JUMPd Indoor Trampoline & Ninja Xtreme Brookvale - Sydney - Review

JUMPd is a Northern Beaches family owned business which offers indoor trampoline and Ninja Xtreme sessions every day of the week. JUMPd is great for family and friends, birthday parties, special events, a casual play and school holidays energy buster.

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JUMPd has four main areas of play: the Kids trampoline area, main trampoline area, the performance trampoline area and the Ninja Xtreme area.

The kids trampoline area (shown in pic below) is designed for children under the aged of 7 and under 120 cm in height. It has 16 smaller trampolines with additional angled trampolines. This was little Miss and her brother’s favourite trampoline area.

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The main trampoline area has 15 trampolines with angled side walls on all except at the entrance. Older kids love this area because of the larger trampolines so be mindful with little kids going there. Kids under 5 must be supervised at all times. I particularly liked this area, plenty of room to work out a sweat and do some silly bouncing ha!

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The performance trampoline area upstairs has 2 Olympic sized trampolines with 4 runner trampolines, all designed for flips. The kids liked looking at other kids do flips!

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The centre also has a ninja xtreme course which has 10 stations and 12 different challenges, ranging from spinning wheels, cargo nets, swinging doors, adjustable steps, a salmon ladder and a warped wall. This area is ideally suited for older teens but is challenging to all age groups. The center ran a comp the day we visited for whoever finished the course within the best time.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

JUMPd Brookvale is a great place for kids and adults to come and burn off some energy and be active. It’s also a great place for birthday parties and events. We had a great time there and will be sure to go again soon especially during the holiday to get out there, stay away from the screens and avoid cabin fever ha!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • JUMPd is located at 10 Short Street in Brookvale.

  • Open 7 days a week Monday - Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sunday 9am to 7pm.

  • Prices vary on the day you attend and the duration (i.e. on Mondays it’s $12 per hour all day whereas on the weekends it’s $18 per hour, check their website for full pricing details.

  • All ages are welcome. Children of 11 years or under must have a parent or guardian on site at all times. All under 5’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Everyone is required to complete a waiver form signed for by a parent or guardian.

  • The kiosk sells drinks, ice creams, cakes, chips, etc.

  • Wear comfy clothes, bring a bottle of water, snacks.

  • Bring non-slip socks as these are compulsory at all times. They can be purchased for $3 there otherwise.

  • Party options and special events available.

  • There are toilets and parking onsite.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were hosted by MyFirstGym for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information on JUMPd Brookvale, head to their website.

For more ideas and reviews for what to do with kids around Sydney, head to our blog where you will find reviews as well as useful guides like our Daily Spots List as well as parents roomsplaygroundsbeaches & pools and more!

Princess Elizabeth Playground - Adelaide - Review

The Princess Elizabeth Playground is walking distance to the South Terrace Clover Playground. The kids opted to visit the Princess Elizabeth Playground instead, as they were interested in this castle themed playground.

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There’s lots to do at this playground. Lots of climbing structures, slides, a giant spider looking swing, a castle themed cubby house with slide, swings, bikes, musical instruments and more.

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The second part of the playground has swings, bouncers, a modern looking seesaw and another climbing structure.

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The kids really liked the tall net climbing structure and mini trampolines. A great place to play - we loved it!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

This playground is located on South Terrace and is fenced on the road side not on the sports field side. There is free parking along South Terrace as well as toilets in the playground area.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Public toilets

  • Accessible and street parking on the street along the playground

  • Sports ground nearby

  • Seating, tables and benches

  • Slide and climbing structure, slides, swings, mini trampolines etc

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Pittwater Mini Golf at Pittwater Golf Centre - Sydney - Review

One school holiday, my husband decided he’d take over the school holiday activities planning for a day and took us all out for a family game of mini golf at Pittwater Golf Centre, the kids and I enjoyed it and have been back a few times since! The center is the only driving range on the Northern Beaches and provides golfers with two mini golf courses as well as lessons. We opted for one of the pirate themed mini golf courses which welcomes all ages and skill sets and went for 18 holes.

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It was little Miss and her brother’s first time at Mini Golf and they were into the swing of things and loving it in no time, lots of putting around the course and being quite the competitive types but still taking turns nicely.

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Each Pirate themed course comes with different setups which adds to the fun and the kids managed to get a few hole in ones which was fun!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The kids each like a different course, little Miss likes the bottom tunnel course whereas her brother prefers the top level course.

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We always have a great time doing mini golf as a family, it’s also great for friends, birthday parties and work groups and there’s always room for an ice cream and a drink at the end at the kiosk.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Pittwater Mini Golf Located at 1500 Pittwater Rd, Warriewood.

  • Open 7 days a week from 8am until 9pm* (Last game starts at 8pm).

  • Prices vary depending on 18 or 36 holes or unlimited.

  • The kiosk sells drinks, ice creams, cakes, chips, etc.

  • Bring a bottle of water, sunnies, sunscreen and a hat.

  • There are toilets and parking onsite.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were NOT hosted by Pittwater Mini Golf for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. The trip was self funded in every way and we have visited Pittwater Mini Golf at least four times since.

To find out more about Pittwater Mini Golf, head to their website.

For more ideas and reviews for what to do with kids around Sydney, head to our blog where you will find reviews as well as useful guides like our Daily Spots List as well as parents roomsplaygroundsbeaches & pools and more!

Tania Park Playground - Balgowlah Heights - Sydney - Review

The Tania Park in Balgowlah Heights is a local favourite for kids and toddlers and with its nearby large dog exercise area, sports ground and harbour views nearby, it’s a great place for the family to catchup for a play and/or a picnic and since it reopened in April 2019 we love it even more than before!

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The new playground equipment is fantastic for a great play. Kids will love the hurricane swing, the two pirate boat climbing structures (one which has a slide), the large inclusive metal slide with mound, the musical instruments, talk tubes and the little bouncers.

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There is also a double swing, a bucket swing, a wheelchair accessible carousel, balance logs and play hut to please both little and bigger kids.

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This playground is great as it is fully fenced and well shaded and has seatings options inside and outside the playground.

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The Tania Park playground is located at 2 Bareena Drive in Balgowlah Heights.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic as there are no nearby shops or cafés

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Ball for nearby grounds/sports field

This playground has:

  • Fencing

  • Toilets

  • Park Benches

  • Free Parking on both sides of the playground

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Gore Hill Park - Artarmon - Sydney - Review

The Gore Hill Park in Artarmon reopened in April this year after a major $10.5 million project redevelopment. The inclusive playground has some fantastic features which includes water play troughs, a quad swing, plastic slides, play towers with rope bridges, climbing nets and metal slides, a spinning carousel, a basket swing, sensory stepping stones, musical instrument corner and a breaching whale log sculpture.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The kids enjoyed the variety of things to do at this beautiful nature play playground and were happy exploring bit by bit. We were there for a couple of hours until it was dinner time.

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This inclusive playground suits both little and big kids of all abilities with different structures and play equipment suitable for different age groups.

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Kids will love the musical setup as well as the carousel, climbing net and basket swing at the other end of the playground. Parents will love the picnic area with wheelchair accessible tables, BBQ’s and bubblers. A great playground for everyone to enjoy - we loved it!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

This playground is located at Corner Reserve Road and Pacific Highway in St Leonards.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Change of clothes in Summer after water play

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Carousel

  • Climbing structures

  • Musical Play setup

  • Nature Play setup

  • Slides

  • Swings for small and big kids and an inclusive swing

  • Water Play setup

  • Park Benches

  • A central picnic area with wheelchair accessible tables, BBQ’s and bubblers

  • Exercise Equipment

  • On some weekends, some games are played on the oval and the clubs sell bbq sausages, drinks and snacks

  • Toilets along the club near the car park

  • Free Parking along the Pacific Highway or in the nearby parking lot however parking is VERY limited and time restrictions apply

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

For more information on Gore Hill Park, head here.

For more playgrounds in Sydney, head here.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Cheeky Monkey Cafe in Mount Barker - Adelaide - Review

Last school holidays, during our Adelaide trip, we visited the Cheeky Monkey Café in Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. This great indoor playground was recently reopened after new owners Aaron & Ash gave it a nice and clean makeover.

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The kids took no time to test out the facilities by taking on the 3 lane super slide, straight tunnel slide, curly tunnel slide, quick green slide, flying fox, spinning seats, soft obstacle course and burmese bridge.

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They also loved the bouncy castle and had a short play in the separate toddler area with ball pit as well as the rides.

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We were there during a birthday party which was setup by parents in the party room and enjoyed a coffee from the café.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The kids had so much fun, they had a great workout running around everywhere and going down all the different slides. So much so, that we took them home exhausted and very sweaty!

Our tips:

  • The Cheeky Monkey Café in Mount Barker is located at 49 Victoria Rd in Mount Barker.

  • Open 7 days a week (Mon-Sun) 9am to 5pm.

  • Admission is free anytime for kids under 12 months, kids 1 to 2 years $5 weekdays or $7 weekends/public holidays/school holidays and kids 3 and up $8 weekdays or $10 weekends/public holidays/school holidays.

  • The Cheeky Monkey Café offers three types of birthday parties: Standard Party, After school (3.30pm until 5pm) or After hours (5 or 5.30pm start). Time slots and food information on their website below.

  • Private functions can be booked outside these hours including parties or whole venue hiring.

  • Equipment is large enough for adults to enjoy with their kids.

  • No food or drink to be brought onto the premises (with the exception of water bottles and baby food - special dietary requirements can be discussed with management prior to entry).

  • Socks must be worn at all times on the play equipment (parents and children).

  • No Jewellery to be worn at anytime on the play equipment.

  • Toilets and changing facilities onsite.

  • Parking available onsite.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

For more information, head to the Cheeky Monkey Café Mount Barker website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

MyFirstGym Frenchs Forest - Sydney - Review

Last week, we headed to MyFirstGym in Frenchs Forest to try out their new venue and Dingo Pups class.

This new centre which opened in late July, will let each child go on their own MyFirstGym Development Journey. The journey is split in three age specific groups - School Ready, Sports Ready and Performance Ready. School Ready encourages Foundational Movement Skills, Sports Ready has Foundational Sporting Skills and Performance Ready has Fun, Group Interval Training. Special electives include Playgroup, Yoga, Dance, Gymnastics, Cheer, NinjaWarrior, FitClub, Sports, Parkour and Martial Arts.

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Each room at the centre is multi-functional with the preschool gymnastics class which can be joined together with the free-play area in the afternoon for after school programs. There’s also the sports ready room for school age programs as well as a parents retreat room for parents to enjoy a screen guided pilates or yoga exercise while little ones enjoy their class. The centre also offers school holiday camps 12-3pm specific days during the holidays as well as their usual schedules, drop-ins as well as date nights where parents can drop off the kids for some fun while parents enjoy a kid-free evening.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Before our Dingo Pups class, we were invited to play in the free-play arena next to the classroom. The free-play arena is available for students to have a play before and after the class.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

After a bit of free-play, we were ready for our Dingo Pups class. The class combines early gymnastics, bootcamp and ninja warrior exercises as well as language development games. We started the class with some easy stretches and number matching before doing the circuit in place. Each exercise on the circuit promotes coordination, strength and teamwork skills.

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It was then time for kids to do the circuit course. After some instructions, kids were very excited to take part in the circuit, follow their team mate and do the different exercises.

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They were then invited to take part in a letter recognition exercise, some more training and end of class stretches.

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Little Mister really enjoyed the Dingo Pups class and I was impressed how well he followed the instructor’ guidance. He really enjoyed the free-play before and after the class as well as some rock climbing and a play in the extra free-play area. There’s lots to do at MyFirstGym Frenchs Forest and I really enjoyed the calm atmosphere which helped little Mister focus in his class. I can't wait to introduce little Miss to some new classes as well as encourages little Mister to take part in more Dingo Pups classes.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our info:

  • MyFirstGym Frenchs Forest is located at Unit 8a in the Allambie Grove Business Park off of 25 Frenchs Forest Rd East.

  • The centre is open 7 days a week - Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday to Sunday 8am to 12pm.

  • There are classes for kids as young as 7-13 months up to 8+ years.

  • Free parking is available onsite.

  • There are toilets in the centre as well as tables and chairs for parents and kids to sit and have a snack between classes.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were hosted by MyFirstGym for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

To find out more about MyFirstGym Frenchs Forest, their program and where they are located, head to their website.

For more ideas and reviews for what to do with kids around Sydney, head to our blog where you will find reviews as well as useful guides like our Daily Spots List as well as parents roomsplaygroundsbeaches & pools and more!

Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea - Langham Melbourne - Review

Head to The Langham Melbourne these holidays for the gorgeous Disney Junior Minnie Mouse themed High Tea. Kate and her little ones attended the media preview of this special High Tea this week where Minnie Mouse was on hand to celebrate.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea will be on these holidays weekdays from Monday 16th September to Friday 4th October 2019. From polka-dot shortbread cookies to Honey Joy flowers, the special menu features a pink polka-dot theme inspired by Minnie, the favourite fashionista. Kids will love the savoury and sweet dishes which will come with a cold or hot drink.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The children’s menu savoury dishes include Ham and cheese finger sandwich, Fairy bread, Sausage rolls and Crumbed chicken goujons. Desserts include Minnie Mouse polka-dot shortbread cookie, Honey Joy flower, Chocolate-raspberry soft cookie sandwich and Vanilla ice cream cupcake.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There will be no additional entertainment/activities supplied however The Langham Melbourne encourages kids to come dressed up in their favourite Disney or Minnie Mouse themed outfit and enjoy!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea costs are $59 per child with a glass of cordial or hot chocolate + one take home Minnie Bow-tique Why Hello Cell Phone toy, colouring activity sheets and a Little Langham Passport with a sticker for every children high tea occasion at The Langham, Melbourne. Price per adult is also $59 for Wedgwood High Tea with espresso coffee, leaf tea and a glass of sparkling wine. Children must be accompanied by a full-paying adult/s.

To find out more information about the Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea at Langham Melbourne, head to their website.

Little Sparks - Scienceworks - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones had a very interesting morning yesterday when they headed to Scienceworks to checkout the Little Sparks workshop which runs once a month for children 3 to 5. Thank you Kate for this great review. xo Catherine

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

From birth, children are curious.  We can build on that natural curiosity by developing their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The Little Sparks workshops at Scienceworks explore different STEM topics in a play-based learning setting.   With different themes throughout the year, each 50 minute session is suitable for children aged 3-5 years and combines stories, songs and hands-on STEM challenges.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our session ‘Mapping Our Place’ explored maps; what they are, how to use them and how they help us figure out our place in the world.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Led by Scienceworks educator Owen, the children were given a map of Melbourne and stickers to highlight some of their favourite places.  The poppets were very excited to find our suburb on the map and very quickly both maps were filled with stickers representing important places - a fire truck for Eastern Hill Fire Station, a football at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, dogs along the bike track next to Collingwood Children’s Farm and a cat at their grandparents’ house.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The second half of the workshop saw the children using the Scienceworks Visitor Map to navigate their way outside of the Stem Lab to find Dot (the adorable main character in the Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together exhibition, who was named after Dr. Dorothy Hill, the first female fellow of the Australian Academy of Science) who was lost and needed help.  Following Dot’s clues we eventually found her outside near the Amphitheatre where she was waiting to have a selfie taken with the little explorers.   

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Little Sparks workshops run once a month, with each date having two times to choose from, morning or afternoon.  Children aged under 3 are welcome to attend the workshop with their participating older sibling and parent/carer. Parents/carers are expected to participate in the workshop with a a maximum of two children per parent/carer recommended.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

For more information on Little Sparks, head to their website.

100+ Easy Ways to Reduce Your Waste

After watching the War on Waste show on the ABC last year and the movie A Plastic Ocean, I was inspired to find and adopt better ways to reduce our family’s household waste, reduce our impact on the planet and oceans and show our kids how they can do their bit and how we can influence others in doing the same.

As part of our family journey to reduce waste, I thought it would be helpful to share 100+ Easy Ways To Reduce Your Waste to our Busy City Kids readers. These tips and tricks were inspired by members of the community, web articles and Facebook groups such as Plastic Free Future, #waronwasteau, Zero Waste groups, local beach cleanup groups, Plastic Free July etc. where community members share events, news and ways we can each do our bit. These groups led me to create a local Facebook group called Plastic Free Sydney Northern Beaches to encourage locals to reduce their impact and plastic use too.

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Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitkids

As a family, we are no way near where I’d like to be in terms of our waste journey and going plastic free, however each day we try a little bit more towards achieving new ways our family can reduce our impact on our world for our children’s future.

Kate and her little ones also recently did their bit and shared simple ways on their Insta page to look after the environment and reduce their waste footprint with Melba Bear. We will share some of Kate’s photos throughout this article. We would also like to thank Pascale at Mailed With Love for her gorgeous illustrations.

So with that, I leave you with a list we have put together of 100+ Easy Ways to Reduce Your Family's Waste and Plastic Usage. We hope you find this post useful. xo Catherine

Note - This post is in no way sponsored. We have mentioned some brands however this is only because we like them.

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Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

REDUCE/REFUSE/REUSE - SWAP

1 - REFUSE disposable water bottles - SWAP for REUSABLE ones - stainless steel 18/8 or plastic BPA free only. We love Ecococoon bottles for kids and adults.

2 - REFUSE disposable iced coffee, iced chocolate, bubble tea, boost juice and milk bottles etc - SWAP for large REUSABLE flasks and get your coffee shop, bubble tea, juice & smoothie bar to put those drinks in them.

3 - REFUSE single use juice boxes and fruit bottles etc. - SWAP for REUSABLE BYO your stainless steel bottle and fill up at fruit & veg shops who let you fill your own juice bottle.

4 - REFUSE single use coffee/tea/hot chocolate/babycino cups - SWAP for REUSABLE ones - BPA free only, ceramic or glass and get a discount on your coffee. Checkout Responsible Cafés for a participating coffee shop near you.

5 - REFUSE single use zip lock bags, foil and clingwrap for lunch boxes - SWAP for Nude Food REUSABLE lunch boxes, they can be BPA free plastic ones or metal ones. NO wrap NO rubbish. Encourage kids and parents to do Nude Food and take part in Nude Food Day.

Nude Food lunch boxes - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Nude Food lunch boxes - Photo credit: @busycitykids

6 - REFUSE single use yoghurt pouches - SWAP for bulk yogurt, use REUSABLE pouches, use your REUSABLE containers or RedCycle the pouches (see below).

7 - REFUSE single use ice cream cups and plastic spoons - SWAP for a cone or BYO container, reusable spoon or coffee cup to put ice cream in.

8 - REFUSE single use plastic straws - SWAP for REUSABLE straws - stainless steel 18/8 or bamboo or silicone.

Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

9 - REFUSE single use packaging - SWAP for loose fruit & vegetables not wrapped in plastic and try to find alternatives to packaged foods, make your own if possible.

10 - REFUSE single use meat packs - SWAP for REUSABLE containers and bring those to your local butcher that accepts BYO containers.

11 - REFUSE single use bread plastic bags - SWAP for REUSABLE bread bag at bakeries - our favourite bread bag is from OnYa.

12 - REFUSE single use grocery shop or any other retail shop plastic bags - SWAP for REUSABLE canvas grocery bags or REUSE what you have at home. Find your closest Boomerang Bags to buy, sew or borrow. Drop your excess reusable bags at Boomerang Bags boxes.

Boomerang Bags - Drop Excess Bags or Grab one for your shop - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Boomerang Bags - Drop Excess Bags or Grab one for your shop - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

13 - REFUSE single use plastic fruit & veg plastic bags - SWAP for REUSABLE produce and grain bags - lots of options online and in-stores.

14 - REFUSE single use plastic containers - SWAP for REUSABLE plastic BPA Free containers or better glass containers - our favourite Pyrex glass containers. If you have BPA free plastic containers at home REUSE those up before buying other containers and stop buying new plastic containers.

15 - REFUSE single use containers & packaging from take away shops and sushi shops - SWAP for your own REUSABLE containers at delis for takeaway and leftovers - lookup or/and add a business to Trashless Takeaway and ask your local take-away shops, cafés and restaurants. Say no to those little Sushi Soy fishes, did you know they can can never break down and wildlife can eat lids and other bits thinking it’s a fish in the ocean.

16 - REFUSE single use plastic party plates, cutlery, tumblers - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable plastic tumblers and plates and/or ask friends & neighbours to bring some to the party to avoid single use plastics. Use what you have around the house, your own cutlery, plates and glasses or grab some second hand at charity shops. This will cater for parties to come.

17 - REFUSE balloons and plastic confetti - SWAP for confetti made out of leaves and forget balloons all together. What goes up must come down so when a balloon fly off and later lands in water or on land, chances are it will hurt wildlife.

Leaf Confettis - Image Credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Leaf Confettis - Image Credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

18 - REFUSE Polystyrene if you can. It cannot be collected in your council recycling service. It is made of 98% air, derived from a non-renewable resource - oil and is a type of plastic. Although it can be recycled it’s not ideal - SWAP for green eco peanuts which biodegrade. Expanded Polystyrene Australia is the national EPS Industry Group. They are the drivers behind collection facilities in the capital city of each mainland state. These facilities are capable of accepting all types of EPS from both packaging and building applications. Find a facility near you.

19 - REFUSE bubblewrap even if it can be RedCycled. Use eco alternative like cornstarch packaging, paper and cardboard, biodegradable air peanuts, mushroom packaging, newspapers, old clothes among some options.

20 - REFUSE single use coffee pods - SWAP for REUSABLE refillable coffee pods.

21 - REFUSE single use tea bags as some contain plastic - SWAP for leaf tea like Nerada which is Australian grown and pesticide free, their tea comes in cardboard or metal tins. Check if your favourite tea bags contain thermoplastic fibres as this will mean the tea bags are not compostable or biodegradable. Brands are slowly changing their tea bags due to customer pressure, such brands that still have plastic are Bushells, Yorkshire Tea, some Twinings tea bags and Dilmah amongst some of the brands.

22 - REFUSE single use plastic water bottles - SWAP for REUSABLE water jug with filters to filter tap water. We love Britax.

23 - REFUSE single use milk bottles - SWAP for milk in glass or bring your glass bottles to your local food co op if they have refillable milk. Schulz Organic Dairy and Barambah Organics dairies have various retailers stocking their milk in glass across Australia.

24 - REFUSE single use soda water bottles - SWAP for REUSABLE Sodastream bottles. 1 SodaStream bottle saves 2,190 bottles from going to landfill. Each bottle lasts 3 years. SWAP empty gas bottles for filled bottles at petrol stations, Coles, Woolworths, BigW etc. The empty gas bottles will be refilled and reused again. Once your Sodastream water bottle has expired, recycle it as per guidelines.

Reusable Fruit & Veg & Grain Bags - Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Reusable Fruit & Veg & Grain Bags - Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

25 - REFUSE single use dish clothes - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable dish clothes & sponges.

26 - REFUSE single use plastic dish brushes - SWAP for bamboo brushes.

27 - REFUSE single use cleaning products in plastic bottles - SWAP for eco friendly refillable alternatives or refill at your co op or bulk store or use bicarb soda & vinegar and lemon juice to clean.

28 - REFUSE single use laundry liquid in plastic bottle - SWAP for concentrate powder from bulk stores or look into Laundry Detergent Eco strips.

29 - REFUSE single use baking paper - SWAP for REUSABLE silicone trays or lining sheets.

30 - REFUSE single use plastic utensils - SWAP for stainless steel utensils.

31 - REFUSE single use freezer bags or zip lock bags - SWAP for reusable freezer bags or reusable zip lock bags.

32 - REFUSE single use vacuum seal food bags - SWAP for reusable freezer bags.

33 - REFUSE single use clingwrap and foil - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable Beeswax wraps, reusable silicone covers and use REUSABLE containers and jars too.

Beeswax Wraps Australia Wraps - Photo credit: @beeswaxwraps.com.au

Beeswax Wraps Australia Wraps - Photo credit: @beeswaxwraps.com.au

34 - REFUSE single use plastic bin liners - SWAP for homemade newspaper bin lining or opt for compostable bin bags. Our favourite Adelaide based Biobag is fully compostable as well as others made of corn or potato starch. Compostable will not break down in tiny pieces of plastic like Degradable plastic and will break down unlike generic plastic bin liners.

35 - REFUSE single use napkins - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable cloth napkins. Place them in the wash once dirty.

Reusable Cloth Napkins - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Reusable Cloth Napkins - Photo credit: @busycitykids

36 - REFUSE single use vacuum bags - SWAP for bag-less vacuum cleaner once the old one no longer works and has been recycled at the tip.

37 - REFUSE softener - SWAP for vinegar instead, it will keep your machine clean and doesn’t have a scent.

38 - REFUSE plastic toiletries containing micro plastics (like facial scrubs with micro beads) - SWAP for soap bars.

39 - REFUSE plastic travel & hotel toiletries or cosmetic samples - SWAP for your own soap bars and toiletries.

40 - REFUSE plastic boxed tissues and plastic covered paper towels - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable cloth tissues and tea towels.

41 - REFUSE plastic covered toilet paper, tissues, paper towels - SWAP for paper wrapped toilet paper like Who Gives A Crap. These guys use recycled paper and bamboo toilet paper and donate 50% of their proceeds to build toilets in third world countries. We love the premium Bamboo TP.

42 - REFUSE plastic shower gel and liquid hand wash bottles and hand sanitiser - SWAP for soap bars or buy refills and avoid sanitiser as it contains BPA plastic.

43 - REFUSE plastic shampoo bottles - SWAP for shampoo bars - our favourite is Sydney Based Shampoo with a Purpose, we’ve tried all 4 bars (you can too with their sample pack for only $5) and love the OG the most but all are pretty good too. They are natural, plastic free, SLS free, it’s a shampoo & conditioner, easy to use & lathers up nicely and each bar replaces 6 plastic bottles.

Shampoo With A Purpose Shampoo Bar - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Shampoo With A Purpose Shampoo Bar - Photo credit: @busycitykids

44 - REFUSE plastic/glass/aluminium covered deodorants - SWAP for plastic free deodorants. Our favourite is Sydney Based No Pong is 100% paraben, aluminium, cruelty and plastic free and comes in a fully recyclable tin and the anti odourant is all natural and comes bicarb free too.

45 - REFUSE plastic insert disposable breastfeeding/nursing pads - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable pads.

46 - REFUSE disposable wet wipes - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable wipes or make your own wipes with recycled paper towels.

47 - REFUSE plastic hygiene pads & disposable tampons - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable pads and undies like brand Modibodi (we can’t wait to try soon) or menstrual cups.

48 - REFUSE plastic children’s nappies if you can - SWAP for reusable clothes nappies. Did you know that the average parent can use up to 3,800 disposables nappies in 1 year that go straight to landfill. By switching to cloth nappies, a parent can use 24 cloth diapers which can be re-used and can cost half of the price of disposable nappies and can be used from 1 to 3 years. Lots of brands out there, our favourite Bambooty.

49 - REFUSE disposable plastic cotton buds - SWAP for paper stem or bamboo ones.

50 - REFUSE disposable plastic toothpicks - SWAP for bamboo toothpicks.

51 - REFUSE plastic toothbrushes and plastic toothpaste - SWAP for bamboo toothbrushes and toothpaste tablets if your dentist approves of them. Recycle oral care packaging through the TerraCycle program.

52 - REFUSE plastic boxed floss - SWAP for floss in glass jars.

53 - REFUSE plastic disposable shaving razors - SWAP for reusable safety razors like old times.

54 - REFUSE plastic pegs - SWAP for stainless steel pegs.

Reusable Stainless Steel Pegs - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Reusable Stainless Steel Pegs - Photo credit: @busycitykids

55 - REFUSE single use plastic around your dry cleaning/pressed shirts or give back to your dry cleaners and return coat hangers if you’re not using them.

56 - REFUSE plastic toys - SWAP for second hand toys or wooden toys or sign-up to a toy library near you - the best thing is that you can return the toys if the kids get bored with it and no clutter at home.

57. REFUSE plastic highlighters - SWAP for wooden highlighter pencils.

RECYCLE

58 - RECYCLE plastic, paper and cans in your council bins. Check your local council website for guidelines on what you can recycle.

59 - RECYCLE soft plastics with Redcycle at Coles and Woolworths. Checkout their website for a list of where you can and what you can Redcycle. The plastic will be made into furniture and other products. The program recently advised that it would soon reach capacity so it’s advised that soft plastics should be avoided if possible.

Redcycle at Coles - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Redcycle at Coles - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

60 - RECYCLE cans, juice boxes, plastic bottles and glass bottles (no wine bottles) at return & earn schemes return points and receive 10c per container in return. This reduces contaminated recyclables and it ensures a high percentage of recycled containers. Not available in VIC yet unfortunately but available in NSW, SA and QLD. Find out yours locally and what you can return & earn.

Tomra Return & Earn Deposit Scheme Return Machines - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Tomra Return & Earn Deposit Scheme Return Machines - Photo credit: @busycitykids

61 - RECYCLE disposable coffee pods with Planet Ark. Places like Nespresso and TerraCycle do it. take them back. This will ensure the coffee grounds break down into compost and the aluminium from the pods is recycled.

62 - RECYCLE batteries at your nearby Aldi or Ikea shop if you have one, or your local library or lookup your local council website for places to recycle batteries.

Battery Recycling at Ikea Richmond VIC - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Battery Recycling at Ikea Richmond VIC - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

63 - RECYCLE old beauty, dental and optical plastic containers with TerraCycle recycling program. Checkout their website for local drop off locations. Make sure the containers are empty first. Places like L’Occitane and Body Shop (Return Recycle Repeat) offer customers discount when you drop off used brand containers at their shop but you can also drop off other brands there too, you will receive 10% of product at L’Occitane (Find out about the scheme here) or with Body Shop you will receive a reward (Find out about the scheme here). You can also get refill bottles of their product to save on money and save on a new container.

L’Occitane Eco-Recycling Program - Photo credit: @busycitykids

L’Occitane Eco-Recycling Program - Photo credit: @busycitykids

64 - RECYCLE old clothes at H&M if you can’t donate them to charity because they are too warn out. They will be either be Reworn, Reused and Recycled. Find out about the scheme here. Kathmandu also collect old clothes to donate to Red Cross shops. Find out more here.

Recycle at H&M - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Recycle at H&M - Photo credit: @busycitykids

65 - RECYCLE old print cartridges with Planet Ark. Places like Officeworks have drop off boxes instore. This will ensure correct disposal and the plastic will be recycled.

66 - RECYCLE old mobile phones, mobile phone components including all brands of handsets, along with their batteries, chargers and accessories with Mobile Muster. Free of charge at old major phone retails.

67 - RECYCLE old electronics at your local tip to avoid it by dumped in landfill. Electronic components are a valuable resource that we can recycle and disposing of them properly will mean components won’t leak into soil. You can recycle your old television, printer, laptop, computer, VCR etc.

TechCollect free national ewaste recycling program - Photo credit: @busycitykids

TechCollect free national ewaste recycling program - Photo credit: @busycitykids

68 - RECYCLE old paint, strippers & varnishes, pesticides, herbicides & poisons, solvents & household cleaners, motor oils, fuels and fluids, batteries, gas bottles, pool and hobby chemicals, fluorescent globes and tubes. Household cooking oil can be stored in a sealable jar or wiped up with absorbent paper, to then be placed in your general waste bin. Cooking oils can also be filtered and recycled into products such as bio-fuel, cosmetics and stockfeed so check your local council for recycling centres, drop off locations and businesses near you. Also lookout for recycling events and community recycling places near you to dispose of and they will be recycled for you, for free. Find out about the cooking oil scheme here. Find out about motor oil schemes near you here.

69 - RECYCLE old car batteries. Used car batteries, as well as other used lead-acid batteries are hazardous waste and should be disposed of appropriately through recycling programs. Lead-acid batteries also include batteries in motorcycles, boats, emergency lighting and air conditioners. Most car workshops, scrap metal dealers and service stations will accept used car batteries for recycling. Check with your car battery vendor when purchasing a new battery. Find out about the scheme here.

70 - RECYCLE old white goods either at your local tip or if you’re buying new white goods, most stores will take them from you when they deliver your new goods.

71 - RECYCLE old plastic bottle caps and bread tags, some rotary clubs and preschools/daycares love to reuse and recycle these. Organisations like Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs and Lids4Kids collect bread tags and bottle caps to be converted into recycled objects or prosthetic limbs.

72 - RETURN expired or unwanted medicine at your local chemist. The old medicine packets and tubes are disposed of safely. They are in no way reused or recycled however this will ensure appropriate disposal of drugs so they don’t enter the waterways or soil. Find out about the scheme here.

73 - RECYCLE your pre-loved bedlinen, quilt covers and towels at Sheridan stores. The recycling program is across all 56 Sheridan factory outlet stores, after the ongoing success of the program in their Boutique stores which launched in February 2019. The program, which encourages customers to return pre-loved bed linen and towels, has collected over 4000+ kg of textiles to date, which are then broken down and recycled and repurposed into new products. They accept any brands and try to reuse and recycle the products as much as possible including donating to animal shelters and zoos. Find out more about their initiative here.

OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

74 - Go through your pantry & fridge and use up the food you have to make meals and snacks with them. It’s estimated that one in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year in Australia.

75 - Enjoy your coffee and food at coffee & restaurants, sit down and take the time to relax. Reduce single use plastic containers as a result.

76 - Make your own food and avoid packaging and processing foods, you will be saving the planet, your wallet and tummy.

77 - Shop locally at your local butcher, veggie shop, farmers market by BYO your own containers to reduce excessive packaging. Local shops and farmers market encourage customers to bring their own containers and bags. Not only this reduces packaging but it reduces their packaging costs.

Plastic Free Fruit - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Plastic Free Fruit - Photo credit: @busycitykids

78 - Find a local bulk food store and stock up on groceries plastic free. An example of some bulk food places are Naked Foods and The Source Bulk Foods. You can get discounts, loyalties points for shopping plastic free and by BYO your containers when you shop.

Naked Foods - Photo Credit: Naked Foods

Naked Foods - Photo Credit: Naked Foods

79 - Find a local food co op shop where you can buy groceries from - some co ops give you 10% off and up to 25% off if you volunteer at the co op. We love our local Manly Food Co Op. Bring your own containers, measure your container before and after you fill its contents and help your local food co op.

Manly Food Co Op - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Manly Food Co Op - Photo credit: @busycitykids

80 - Take part in local beach or bush cleanups and yearly Clean Up Australia Day cleanup or organise one any day of the year.

81 - Reduce your fashion footprint by buying clothes secondhand or by swapping with friends or by buying clothes that last and clothes made of natural fibres. Polyester, nylon, acrylic, and other synthetic fibres - are all forms of plastic. These fibres contribute to ocean plastic pollution in a subtle but pervasive way: The fabrics they make — along with synthetic-natural blends — leach into the environment just by being washed. Estimates vary, but it’s possible that a single load of laundry could release hundreds of thousands of fibres from our clothes into the water supply.

82 - Reduce your furniture footprint by buying furniture secondhand or by buying furniture that will last and that is multipurpose. IKEA Tempe in Sydney has launched a new furniture take back pilot, encouraging customers to recycle unwanted goods and help the local community. If you don’t want your IKEA products any more, and they are still in good condition, consider bringing them back to IKEA Tempe. Allowing you to up-cycle your unwanted goods instead of throwing them away and minimising the contribution to landfill. If your item(s) qualifies for this service, we will reward you by providing you with a voucher to be spent at IKEA Tempe. More info here.

83 - Take your rubbish with you wherever you go especially beaches and lakes to avoid waste going into the sea and rivers and affecting wildlife. If you spoke, dispose of cigarettes carefully. The chemicals found in one cigarette butt can leach out and contaminate approximately 7.5 litres of water within one hour. This contaminated water is lethal to aquatic life.

84 - If you see litter, pick it up and dispose of it and talk to your children about litter and best ways to dispose of waste.

85 - Encourage your children’s school or workplace to take environmental action about their waste. Lots of ideas and resources on the War on Waste website.

86 - Buy appliances that last rather than buying cheap appliances to reduce your waste as appliances currently do not have a recycling program.

87 - Find a local street library where you can Take A Book - Give A Book - Share A Book or more! Checkout a local street library near you.

Street Library - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Street Library - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

88 - Next time you’re tempted or hassled by kids to buy them a new kids toy, see if you can borrow that toy at your local toy library. Reduces waste, clutter in the house and you can return it once they don’t play with it anymore.

89 - Next time you receive a present you don’t like or no longer need that is in great condition, think of re-gifting and be part of the gift economy.

90 - Next Christmas, think of wrapping presents in recyclable paper, recycle the kids drawings or wrap in material. Most wrapping paper contains plastic thus cannot be recycled in the paper bin.

91 - Next Easter, keep the foil from the Easter eggs in a box and make a big ball of the foil that you can put in the recycle bin to recycle!

92 - Check your local council website and see their tips & tricks and initiatives to reduce household waste. Some councils offer worm farms, compost bins as well as allow you to put food scraps in vegetation bins. Councils have dedicated tips to dispose of electronic waste, hazardous chemicals, paint etc.

93 - Share waste in your community if you don’t have room for a compost bin or worm farm at your place. The ShareWaste website is a great place for people with scraps to find composts or for people with compost to start receiving scraps.

94 - Get a worm farm (great for small places) or a compost bin (great for large gardens) and convert your food scraps into soil for your garden and use the worm juice to help your garden grow and reduce waste to landfill. Don’t add processed foods, meats, garlic, onion and acidic fruits like orange and lemons. Check with your council as some offer discounted or free worm farms or compost bins.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

95 - Repair - Fix or upgrade broken objects rather than throwing them out. Lookout for local repair shops or repair community events.

96 - Donate your old clothes, toys and furniture to local charity shops or put them up on local community groups on Facebook for people to have/buy or swap you something with. Sell your old things on Gumtree, Ebay, Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook groups or at second hand markets.

Donating clothes to charity - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Donating clothes to charity - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

97 - Donate old towels and blankets to animal shelters.

98 - Reuse your own cardboard boxes, old shoe boxes, old post satchels, old parcel boxes and send with Sendle to reduce postage costs and the use of buying new products. Australia Post allow customers to reuse boxes however the costs savings aren’t great at the moment.

99 - Regenerate nature around you to take part in combating climate change by introducing more flowers to your garden to help bees, planting fruit and leafy trees on your property, planting little veggies patches in your garden or nature strip if allowed and share it with neighbours and community.

Regenerate - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Regenerate - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

100 - Walk to school, work or the shops or take public transport when you can to reduce your carbon emission footprint.

101 - When you travel interstate or overseas, don’t forget your reusable items (coffee cup, water, cutlery, produce & grocery bags, straws etc) to avoid waste on the plane, in the car or during your travels.

102 - When you head to grocery shops, just try and think of ways you can swap plastic wrapped products like fruit, veg, meat and dairy for loose products or buy from delis and butchers where you can BYO containers. Kids snacks are notoriously heavily packaged like single serve cheese, popcorn, crisps, lollies, biscuits even snack cucumbers and snack carrots! Opt for full size packs to divide later, you’ll save money and save on waste.

Thank you for taking the time to read our 100+ Easy Ways To Reduce Your Waste. Feel free to share with family and friends xo Catherine

Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Wild Nights - Werribee Zoo - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones headed to Wild Nights last Sunday and had an amazing time! Don’t miss out on a great evening packed with lots of activities and fun at the Werribee Zoo. Thank you to Zoos Victoria for inviting us and for Kate for her great review and pics. Xo Catherine

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For eight nights only, zoo-lovers can visit Werribee Open Range Zoo after dark as it lights up with all the action of Wild Nights! Plus this year, for the first time, see the amazing life-size animatronic dinosaurs at Zoorassic: Dinos After Dark!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This was our first experience of Wild Nights, and most definitely will not be our last. The poppets loved exploring the African Trail by torchlight and seeing what animals they could spot along the way. The event program is full of awesome activities that the whole family will enjoy.

Here are our highlights.


Zoorasic: Dinos After Dark

Explore the Werribee River Trail like never before as you come face-to-face with life-size dinosaurs that will be brought to life for Dinos After Dark with dazzling lights, animatronics and an extraordinary soundscape.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Fire Performers

Be captivated by dazzling fire performers as they wow audiences just inside the main entry gate using a variety of different objects in their high energy, theatrical show.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Lantern Parade

Between 7.00-8.00pm, make your way over towards the Safari Station to see the gorgeous Eastern Barred Bandicoot lantern parade. Children can also decorate their own paper lantern to place over torches from home to join the parade. Be sure to check out the Secret Garden close by too.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Glow Zone


Head over to the Africa Village to get your face painted with special glow in the dark paint before joining in the circus fun in the Glow Zone.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Marshmallow Toasting

As the temperatures drops, keep warm up around a flickering camp fire and toast yummy, gooey marshmallows. There are two marshmallow camp fires for your toasting pleasure - one near the Hippo Play Trail and the other near the Cheetah BBQ area. We highly recommend a hot chocolate or cup of mulled wine too!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Bandicoot Hideout

Head into the Bandicoot Hideout to introduce yourself to the critically-endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot and learn about the conservation work that’s bringing this native animal back from the brink of extinction.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Seeing the Jurassic creatures after dark definitely added to this already spectacular event and the best part, all proceeds from Wild Nights contribute to Zoos Victoria’s fight against wildlife extinction. Highly recommended for the whole family.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Tip - Remember to dress for all weather conditions (especially gumboots if it’s wet as the dinosaur trail can get quite muddy) and bring your own torch to help navigate around the zoo in the dark.

For more information on Wild Nights, head to their website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Interaxcity Children's Museum - Melbourne - Review

Kate’s little ones recently visited the Interaxcity Children's Museum and enjoyed playing at this cute mini city. Kids will enjoy pretend playing being a mail person, being a florist, a flight attendant, a mechanic, a doctor, a dentist, a cook and more! Thanks Kate for the great review and pics and thank you to Interaxcity Children's Museum for inviting us. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Insta. xo Catherine

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Set amidst a scaled-down, indoor ‘mini-city’, Interaxcity Children’s Museum is a place where kids are the community heroes. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Designed to foster creativity, curiosity and learning through imaginative play, Interaxity Children’ s Museum is the only children’s museum in Melbourne.  Owner Melissa Blumenthall discovered children's museum while travelling with her family in the USA and knew instantly that it was something that she wanted to create here for all Melburnians.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids


Unlike a regular museum, a children’s museum is a space where kids are allowed and encouraged to touch and engage with all the exhibits. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

At Interaxcity, each 90 minute session allows children to use their imagination as they take on whatever role they wish against the backdrop of a mini-city. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

They may wish to sort mail in post office, arrange and wrap flowers in the florist, conduct an examination in the medical centre, cook and serve food in the restaurant, be a flight attendant or pilot in the airport (which features a genuine set of Qantas economy seats from a Boeing 737), help build on the construction site, repair cars in the service station and go shopping in the supermarket. It’s learning at its most fun!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The museum has been cleverly designed with activities for toddlers to middle primary aged children.  Little ones can choose to simply interact with the hands-on exhibits or complete tasks based on their developmental abilities by following the handy prompts on the wall - which have been especially designed in conjunction with early childhood educators. 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

With four sessions every day plus parties and private events, Interaxity Children’s Museum is the ultimate learning-through-play environment: with a big emphasis on imagination, interaction and fun. Highly recommended.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

For more information on Interaxcity Children's Museum, head to their website.

Brickman Cities - Scienceworks - Melbourne - Review

Kate’s little ones loved their trip to Scienceworks this morning for the latest Brickman Cities LEGO® exhibition. They observed and admired some of the world’s greatest cities and built their own creations. Find out what they got up to in more details below. Thanks for the great review Kate @kateflatman xo catherine

Following the recent success of Channel Nine’s blockbuster reality show LEGO® Masters Australia, there is no denying the significant boost in the popularity of the much-loved Danish construction toys.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Curated and built by Ryan McNaught, (the official judge on the LEGO® Masters series and the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere) Brickman Cities at Scienceworks is an intimate, immersive exhibition that invites visitors to imagine the cities of the future.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The experience is powered by one of the most famous cities in the world - LEGO® City. Brickman and his team have devoted an entire wall of the show to showcasing the history of LEGO® City, with City Fire Stations on display from decades ago and over a million LEGO® City bricks for visitors to spark their creativity and build the LEGO® City of tomorrow.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The centrepiece of Brickman Cities is a 3m x 4m, 1:600 scale model of Lower Manhattan, New York built entirely from white LEGO® bricks.  Every thirty minutes a 3D story is projected on the display taking visitors from the days of the First People’s villages amongst the swamps of the River Delta right up until the present day.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Around Manhattan, you can travel to four great cities of the world; London, Tokyo, Dubai and Sydney. Each city is represented with three huge skyscrapers as well as different stages of their history that show visitors how each city has evolved and grown. Each city has hundreds of thousands of LEGO® bricks to help you build what you think that city will look like in the future.  Perhaps we will see robot garbage trucks in Tokyo or underground houses in London..? Imagine it and get building!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For little ones, there is also a LEGO® DUPLO mosaic wall to build with as well.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This incredible exhibition is Brickman’s fourth LEGO® brick experience and although smaller than other exhibitions, it certainly is immersive - with a large focus put on learning and play rather than large scale sculptures.  Highly recommended for children, families and all LEGO® lovers.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Tip - Each session to the Brickman Cities lasts 60 minutes (although we were lucky to visit on a quiet weekday morning when session times were not strictly adhered to) and I would definitely recommend allowing at least 45-60 minutes to explore the experience.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.


Brickman Cities ends October 6th 2019. For more information and to book, head here.

Holey Moley & Strike Bowling - Sunshine Coast - Review

Kate and her little monkeys visited Holey Moley & Strike Bowling when they visited the Sunshine Coast recently and loved the mini golf and tenpin bowling experience! Thanks to Holey Moley & Strike Bowling for having us and thanks Kate for the review. xo Catherine

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Bringing fun to the Big Top Shopping Centre in Maroochydore; Holey Moley Golf Club and Strike Bowling offer a unique mini golf, tenpin bowling, karaoke and bar experience like no other!

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

This new venue, operated by Funlab - who also run Sky Zone Australia, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq and the newest addition, B. Lucky & Sons - opened in February 2018 and has quickly become one of the hottest spots on the Sunshine Coast, or should that be ‘Funshine' Coast…?

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Get ready for the craziest round of mini golf you have ever played when you step onto the course at Holey Moley Golf Club!  Forget the usual windmills and castles, putt your stuff through two nine-hole courses, with 18 uniquely themed holes. With nods to much loved TV shows and movies (think The Simpsons, Happy Gilmore, Back to the Future and Game of Thrones) and pop-culture icons (Kayne West and Elvis), as well as tributes to nostalgic games and toys, get ready to tap, tap, tap it in!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Strike Bowling is definitely not your average bowling alley. Whether you’re competing to be crowned bowling king, or just a fan of wholesome fun, bowling is the perfect activity for all ages. Be ready to put on some shiny shoes and smash strikes down on the 10-lane alley where the lights are turned down low, fun is cranked to 100% and the sound system will have you grooving between bowls.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

But the good times don't end there! There is a fully-equipped bar serving drinks and bar snacks including pizza, burgers, hot dogs and delicious loaded fries, which staff will happily deliver to your bowling lane or to the golf course (drinks only). Belt out tunes in one of the private karaoke rooms, play a game of pool, test your skills in the mind-bending escape rooms or get your groove on with the DJ spinning tunes.

FYI - Due to liquor licence restrictions, children under 18 years are not permitted in the venue after 8.00pm.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Maroochydore Strike Holey Moley for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information about Maroochydore Strike Holey Moleyhead to their website.

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, a dual presentation of the terracotta warriors and one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists Cai Guo-Qiang is now on display until the 13th October 2019 at NGV International.

Thanks to our Photographers Tina Giorgio Photography for attending the media preview and for taking these stunning shots, to find out more about Tina Giorgio Photography, head to their website.

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Exclusive to Melbourne and presenting nearly 170 works, the exhibition will offer a new perspective on Chinese culture, past and present and features 8 life-size Qin Emperor’s terracotta warriors discovered in 1974. 

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

More than 160 exquisite ancient treasures of Chinese historic art and design, drawn by the NGV from leading museums and archaeological sites from across Shaanxi province is also on display. These include priceless gold, jade and bronze artefacts that date from the Western Zhou through to the Han dynasties (1046 BC – 220AD)

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

The parallel exhibition of Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape created especially for this NGV exhibition include the monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds. The birds create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of the sacred Mount Li, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuangvand his warriors. So impressive!

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Drawing on Cai’s understanding of ancient Chinese culture and his belief that a dialogue with tradition and history can invigorate contemporary art, he has also created a porcelain sculpture of peonies, Transience I (Peony), placed at the centre of a 360-degree gunpowder painting, Transience II (Peony), both of which were created in Melbourne.

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality | Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape is on now at the NGV International in Melbourne until the 13th October 2019.

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

Photo credit: Tina Giorgio Photography @tinagiorgiophotography

For more information, head to the NGV website.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY - Scienceworks - Melbourne - Info

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY is coming to Melbourne this June at Scienceworks! 

We loved Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY when it came to Sydney earlier this year, the kids loved the impressive builds and building their own Lego masterpiece. We spent almost two hours at the event and enjoyed our time there. Now it’s time for Melbourne to enjoy it! So head to Scienceworks this June with your LEGO fans!

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Created by the LEGO® Masters judge, Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught. The experience has been exclusively curated and built by McNaught and his expert team and opens at Scienceworks Melbourne on Saturday 15 June and runs through until August 4. 

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Showcasing five of the world’s most iconic cities at different time periods in history, visitors can trace each city’s evolution all the way from 1000AD to today in a fun, educational and immersive way.

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY

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Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

At the centre of this new interactive experience is a 3m x 4m scale model of Lower Manhattan, built entirely in white LEGO® pieces with 3D stories of New York projected directly onto them. Using cutting-edge technology of UHD 4K projectors, visitors are taken on a journey from the First People’s villages right through to present day.

More than 1,900 hours and 1 million LEGO® bricks were needed to build Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY.  Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught and the creative team spent a further 250 hours developing sophisticated 3D projections to bring the hero city of New York to life.

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Budding builders itching to get their hands on some LEGO® bricks can do so in the interactive master build zone home to half a million LEGO® bricks where they can build their vision of a LEGO® CITY of tomorrow.  Brickman Cities also features a brand-new collaboration with LEGO® CITY, an entire wall showcasing the history of LEGO® CITY, including CITY Fire Stations from decades ago.

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

McNaught hopes the interactive experience will encourage visitors to learn and play whilst also enjoying large scale sculptures. “Brickman Cities brings to life the rich histories of the world’s greatest cities like never before and I hope visitors will find it both informative and fun.  I can’t wait to see young LEGO® enthusiasts take what they have learnt and use their imagination to create their own LEGO® CITY of tomorrow,” says McNaught. 

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

For more information and to book, head here.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Bellingham Maze - Tanawha - Sunshine Coast - Review 

Kate clearly found the best spots on the Sunshine Coast on her recent Noosa holiday and her little ones definetely had a great time wondering and taking part in the different mazes, mini golf and games at the Bellingham Maze in Tanawha. What a gorgeous place to visit! Thanks for the review and cute pics Kate x Catherine. To follow Kate’s cool adventures, head to her insta @kateflatman.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Bellingham Maze is renowned for being one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions, ‘The Maze’ as it’s known locally has been loved by families since it first opened its doors over 20 years ago.  Located just 10 minutes from Mooloolaba and featuring an incredible 80m x 80m living hedge maze, timber maze, rope maze, tyre maze, 18 hole mini golf course, outdoor games, garden cafe and puzzle shop, it’s no wonder it attracts over 20,000 visitors a year.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

New owners Adam and Robyn acquired the business in June last year (they are the third owners since the Bellingham family developed and opened the property in 1993) and are very excited to own and operate a local icon and have many plans on improving what is already an a'MAZE'ing destination for locals and tourist alike. 

You know you are in the right place when you spot the large Dutch Windmill from the street (which was originally located up the road in Buderim) and once you negotiate the magic waterfall at the entrance (be careful not to get wet!) you will be promptly told by the lovely Bellingham Maze staff to ‘get lost’, in the star shape hedge maze that is!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The eight-pointed, star shaped maze takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. However, you can wander at your leisure through the pathways amongst the rows and rows of lilly pilly hedges to the tower in the middle and enjoy the views.  Along the way keep your eye out for Snow White’s dwarfs and try to crack the secret code as an added element of excitement. 

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Once you find your way out - we found that harder than finding the path to the tower! - the fun doesn't end there. Find the scrambled scrabble letters in the timber maze, take a relay challenge in the rope maze, try your skills on the tyre maze or stretch your mind with one of the floor puzzles, especially designed by award-winning maze designer, Adrian Fisher.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For even more fun, test your hand-eye coordination on the 18 hole, 2 par mini golf course - suitable for all ages.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

After all those activities, refuel with a coffee, cold drink, lunch or Devonshire Tea in the relaxing Garden Café. 

Try the puzzles on the tables in the cafe or browse the Puzzle Shop which has a unique range of brain teasing metal and wooden puzzles to purchase to take home.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Bellingham Maze is an ideal place for families to have good old-fashioned fun together on the Sunshine Coast. It’s a great place to challenge your mind, get out in nature + there is the added bonus that it gives little ones the chance to run off energy as they frantically search for the maze exit! Sounds like a winner to me!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Bellingham Maze for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information about Bellingham Maze, head to their website.

The Ginger Factory - Yandina - Queensland - Review

During their recent Queensland holiday, Kate and her little ones spent a fun day at The Ginger Factory in Yandina riding on their historic ginger train, hopping on boat rides, going on a tour of the factory, experiencing a live bee show, doing lots of tastings and playing too! Thanks for the Ginger Factory for having us and thanks Kate for this great review! x Catherine To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her page @kateflatman.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

One of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular attractions, The Ginger Factory in Yandina has been delighting families for more than 40 years.  Home of the famous Buderim Ginger, it is the world’s largest operating ginger factory and produces a large range of delicious and locally made ginger drinks, sweets, spreads and foods. However, there is more to the iconic Ginger Factory than manufacturing, it offers fun rides, fascinating tours, a unique retail precinct and café surrounded by beautiful sub-tropical gardens - there is something for everyone.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Here are our TOP SEVEN reasons for visiting The Ginger Factory with the whole family.

1. Ginger Train

Climb aboard Moreton, the historic ginger train for a tour of the factory grounds.  Moreton, the 116 year old, retired sugar cane train now spends his days taking people around the property giving a running commentary of the history of Buderim Ginger, the factory and local area + interesting things to see along the way.  Trains depart every thirty minutes from Ginger Town Station.  After three rides, the poppets voted the Ginger Train the best part of our day! 

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

2. Overboard Boat Ride

Running continuously throughout the day, hop on a boat and chase the gingerbread man on an adventure as he escapes the clutches of hungry chefs.  As you sail through different countries, little ones will love trying to spot the gingerbread man as he hides amongst 200 homemade moving puppets including Moulin Rouge dancers, Santa and his elves and the guards at Buckingham Palace. Please note that this ride is quite dark in parts, which some children may find scary.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

3. Live Bee Show & Tasting

Led by an experienced beekeeper, learn about the life of a bee, how bees make honey and see different bee species up close in this fascinating presentation. Honey lovers will enjoy tasting some delicious varieties of honey at the completion of the show with opportunities to buy jars to take home.  

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

4. Factory Tour & Tasting

Take the fully guided Factory Tour for a behind the scenes look into how far Buderim Ginger has come in the last 77 years, from a small farming community and ginger growers cooperative to one of the world’s largest suppliers of ginger.  Finish the tour with a private tasting in the Tasting Room featuring products available to purchase in the Ginger Shop and recipe ideas.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

5. Gingerbread Decorating

Purchase a freshly baked gingerbread man from the Ice Creamery with a tub of colourful icing, mini chocolates and lollies for children to use to decorate.  The poppets loved decorating the gingerbread men, but they loved eating them more!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

6. Kids Play Area

There are several free and fun play spaces for kids to explore. The undercover playground next to the Ginger Cafe allows children to play in a fenced areas with tunnels, stairs, slides, windows for peaking, and ropes for climbing. There is also a smaller play space designed for toddlers with their very own train to climb, a carriage to crawl through and colourful balls to play with. The poppets also loved playing the giant snakes and ladders located outside the Overboard Boat Ride.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

7. Café, Ice Creamery & Shop

A fun day out isn’t complete without a treat from the café (the ginger scones come highly recommended) or a handmade ice cream. Pop into the Ginger Shop on the way out to pick up your favourite Buderim Ginger products for home or gifts for family or friends.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Admission into The Ginger Factory is FREE - this allows you access to the Ginger Shop, Ginger Cafe, Ginger Town, play areas, gardens and Rainforest Walk.  Extra costs apply for the Ginger Train, Overboard Boat Ride, Live Bee Show and Factory Tour.  Check the website for prices and special bundle offers.  If you want to experience everything, purchase a Play, Taste & Discover Bundle which includes entry to all tours and shows + unlimited rides. Note, children aged three and under are free.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to experience The Ginger Factory for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on The Ginger Factory, head to their website.

Australia Zoo - Beerwah - Queensland - Review

On her recent trip to Queensland, Kate took her little ones to Australia Zoo for the ultimate day out to see and interact with wonderful wildlife, see wildlife shows and have lots of fun along the way! Thank you to Australia Zoo for inviting us and thank you Kate for this wonderful review. x Catherine To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her page @kateflatman.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Australia Zoo - home of the Crocodile Hunter - on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland, is nestled on over 70 acres of natural Australian bushland. With over 1,200 gorgeous native and exotic animals, a line up of free wildlife shows daily, interactive animal encounters and an action-packed 24-hour Wildlife Hospital, there is never a dull moment at Australia Zoo.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

If you've ever wanted to cuddle a koala, walk alongside a cheeky cheetah, get up close to a gorgeous lemur, wrap a python around your shoulders or waddle with a wombat, then Australia Zoo is your ultimate destination. 

Located just under an hour’s drive north of Brisbane or south of Noosa, there is no better place to spend a day with the entire family than at Australia Zoo.  Here is a list of highlights from our recent visit:

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • The Crocoseum

A visit to The Crocoseum to watch the world famous Wildlife Warriors Show is a must! Held every day at 12pm, keepers and their amazing animals will take you on a slithering, swooping, jaw-snapping adventure of epic proportions.  See giant snakes, colourful, soaring birds and the highlight; Steve Irwin's favourite animal in the entire world - the impressive saltwater crocodile.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Roo Heaven

Purchase some roo food for a couple of dollars and watch the enchantment on your children’s faces as they feed the friendly red and grey kangaroos as they laze about and roam around in their large outdoor enclosure.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Wildlife Hospital

Located at the rear of the main carpark, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital was opened in March 2004, inspired by the memory of Lyn Irwin (Steve’s Mum), who was a pioneer in wildlife care in Queensland.  It was Steve Irwin's dream to build the world's largest wildlife hospital at Beerwah to honour his mother Lyn, and to provide a lifeline for nature's innocent victims - providing sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with leading-edge treatment and rehabilitation before eventual release back to the wild. The incredible team in the hospital have already treated more than 80,00 patients. By purchasing a $2 Sneak Peak donation, you can visit the Wildlife Hospital and see first hand the vital work that is taking place.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Pat A Koala

Admire our best known Aussie icon and visit Koala Walkthrough, where you can pat a cuddly koala or watch them snoozing or eating amongst the eucalyptus trees.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Tiger Temple

Home to the majestic Sumatrans and Bengal tigers, Tiger Temple provides an amazing opportunity for you to get up-close with these magnificent big cats.  At 2.00pm daily, watch the popular Tiger Show and observe the tigers showcasing their impressive speed, agility and confidence both on land, and in water.  If you’re lucky you might even see them swimming in the underwater viewing area - the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.  Be sure to arrive early for the show as seating is limited.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Kids Zoo

Have some farmyard fun at the Kids Zoo located adjacent to The Crocoseum.  Little ones will love feeding and patting the super cute baby animals in their enclosures.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Bindi’s Island

Visit Bindi’s Island, a tropical island paradise that has ring-tailed lemurs free roaming amongst giant tortoises, colourful macaws, an alligator snapping turtle + Bindi’s three-storey treehouse, which offers sweeping views of Australia Zoo.

  • Roving Wildlife

The Wandering Wildlife team regularly roam around Australia Zoo with animals to meet. Get up close for a pat or to snap a photo with a possum, blue tongue, baby alligator, snake, koala or cockatoo to name a few.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Africa

Catch the FREE Safari Shuttle and explore the wide open plains of the 24-acre African savannah to see the only multi species exhibit in Queensland.  Marvel at the gorgeous giraffe, rhino and zebra or meet one of the mischievous meerkat families.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

  • Play Areas

If the kids need a break from the animals, there are several play spaces located within the zoo for them to run around.  Outside The Crocoseum, kids will love the giant jumping pillow,  tea cup ride and recently opened Laughing Frog Water Park.  At Bindi’s Bootcamp Playground you will find a rock climbing wall and heaps of gooey, scaly, interactive games to play and challenges to complete.  The poppets loved exploring the little shaded playground adjacent to the wombats and snakes too.

Photo credit: @busycitykids for @kateflatman

Photo credit: @busycitykids for @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Steve and Terri Irwin's vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world.  With conservation projects on-going and expansion plans going full steam ahead (including ‘Camp Crocodile Hunter’ which will open in 2020 as part of Australia Zoo’s 50th anniversary celebrations), Australia Zoo is certainly delivering an animal experience like no other and keeping Steve's dreams and legacy alive.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Don’t forget your camera!

  • Be sure to make use of Steve's Safari Shuttle for internal transport, hosted by friendly and knowledgeable guides, it can help tired legs or respite from the sun/rain. 

  • Allow at least four to six hours to explore Australia Zoo, depending on the age of your children.  We were there for nearly eight hours with our nearly 5yo twins. The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is open until 5.30pm so we visited for thirty minutes after the Zoo had closed at 5.00pm.  

  • Check out the range of animal encounters, Zoo tours and studio photo opportunities that are available for an additional cost. 

  • Do your homework before you arrive. Visit the Australia Zoo website and make a list of the animals, shows, exhibits, etc. that you wish to see. Alternatively download the Australia Zoo app onto your phone for exhibit information, as well as handy hints on how to book an encounter, which shows to catch, and where to eat lunch. It also has a really awesome day planner and show reminders to make sure you don't miss all the action. 

  • Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for all weather conditions with a hat, sunscreen and umbrella or rain poncho.

  • Bring snacks and a picnic or enjoy a bite to eat in the two-storey, 1500-seat Feeding Frenzy food court or Dingo Diner, as well as several kiosks and beverage and ice cream vendors though the Zoo grounds. 

  • Keep hydrated and drink water.  You can refill your water bottle at one of several drinking taps.

  • Ramps, pathways and enclosures are designed to be accessible by prams, wheelchairs and motorised scooters. Prams, tag-along wagons and lockers are also available for hire.

  • There are several parents nursing rooms + most toilet blocks have toddler seats in bathroom stalls. 

Busy City Kids were invited to experience Australia Zoo for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information about Australia Zoo, head to their website.

Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program - Info

Families are invited to experience an array of engaging and ambitious theatrical adventures and interactive experiences from Australia and beyond as part of the Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program this June through to November 2019. This season presents entertaining, inclusive and culturally diverse works spanning dance, music, puppetry and theatre. 

Young people and their families can enjoy an interstellar adventure designed for children with disabilities, an international dance work inspired by a computer game, an intercultural b*boy battle, hip hop fairy-tale, graphic novel brought to life, quirky puppetry and an indigenous history lesson with a twist.

Checkout this great video below for a visual of this year’s 2019 Families Winter/Spring program great line up.

 

In June, WA’s Sensorium Theatre will present the intergalactic adventure Whoosh! (29 June), an immersive and highly-tailored multi-sensory performance suitable for all children, including those with multiple and complex needs and those on the autism spectrum.

Woosh - Arts Centre Melbourne

Woosh - Arts Centre Melbourne

During the winter school holidays, little ones aged 2-7 are invited to experience Beep (9-13 July), a heart-warming robot tale from Windmill Theatre Company. The work, from the makers of Grug and Grug and the Rainbow, features gentle story-telling, music and puppetry.

Beep - Arts Centre Melbourne

Beep - Arts Centre Melbourne

For older children and young adults there will be a chance to experience a story told through dance, born from a meeting of cultures, when Nick Power’s Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច (10-13 July) is performed in Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre Rehearsal Room. Budding hip-hop fans can get up close to a high energy b*boy battle in the tale of cultural ownership told through the language of dance.

Between Tiny Cities - Arts Centre Melbourne

Between Tiny Cities - Arts Centre Melbourne

Musical theatre is explored throughout the season, engaging young audiences in important conversations. Shaun Tan’s award-winning book The Red Tree (3-4 August) will be brought to life on stage in a unique musical theatre performance that tackles a young girl’s journey from fear towards hope.

The Red Tree - Arts Centre Melbourne

The Red Tree - Arts Centre Melbourne

Then performer Candy Bowers will wow audiences in One the Bear (8-10 August), a fairy-tale for the hip-hop generation, jam-packed with infectious beats, endless rhymes and humour.

One the Bear - Arts Centre Melbourne

One the Bear - Arts Centre Melbourne

From hilarious to heart-warming, ingenious works of puppetry are presented throughout the season. Indigenous history is explored through Nathan Maynard’s new work, A Not So Traditional Story (7-8 September) a hilarious and unique tale of adventure highlighting the importance of culture, identity and friendship.

Not so traditional story - Arts Centre Melbourne

Not so traditional story - Arts Centre Melbourne

Dead Puppet Society bring the hyper-coloured world of Tim Sharp’s Laser Beak Man (19-21 September) to life. Nominated for four Helpmann Awards, it features live music from Sam Cromack of Ball Park Music.

Laser Beak Man - Arts Centre Melbourne

Laser Beak Man - Arts Centre Melbourne

In spring school holidays, children who love to move and shake will be given the chance to jump into TETRIS (25-28 September), a colourful, participatory work by renowned dance company Arch 8 from the Netherlands.

Tetris - Arts Centre Melbourne

Tetris - Arts Centre Melbourne

This will be followed by a stage adaptation of the much-loved book Spot (13-17 November), Eric Hill’s beloved puppy who is on a new adventure to visit his Dad on the farm and meet farm animals.

Spot - Arts Centre Melbourne

Spot - Arts Centre Melbourne

There you have it, the amazing lineup of the Arts Centre Melbourne 2019 Families Winter/Spring program, grab your tickets soon!

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.