Escape the Gaol at the Old Melbourne Gaol - Melbourne - Review

'Kel and the gang' from Melbourne Minor headed to the Old Melbourne Gaol this morning for Busy City Kids and experienced their new school holiday program 'Escape the Gaol'. Thanks Kel for these stunning pics and great writeup. xo Catherine

The Old Melbourne Gaol has just launched a new program for kids: 'Escape the Gaol'. Escape the Gaol is a scavenger hunt that has been designed to get kids exploring the gaol and learning about the history of this amazing place while having fun.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The game will have you in and out of cells on three levels and scratching your heads over a few tricky clues thrown in. The game requires reading but even younger kids can enjoy it with a little adult assistance.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

As the final home to Ned Kelly, the hunt includes his cell and encourages you to read a little of his history. You can also dress in replica armour and the iconic helmet. 

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

There is plenty to see in and around the cells and I know my kids were captivated with the place. I would suggest allowing an hour to complete Escape the Gaol but this will vary on how old the kids are and how much additional exploring and reading you'd like to do. 

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The three levels of the Gaol are accessed only by stairs, buildings of this era weren't quite up with accessible options. Approximately a quarter of the questions relate to the ground floor should you be restricted to that level. 

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Escape the Gaol is aimed at children 6 and over but can be played by younger children with help. On now until Friday 26th of January 2018.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The Old Melbourne Gaol is a short walk from Melbourne Central Train Station or there is also limited street parking around. 

To find out more about Escape the Goal these school holidays, head to this website.

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Brickman Awesome - ICC Sydney - Review

This week we were invited to Brickman Awesome at the ICC Sydney and I must say it was truly awesome! It’s easy to take for granted how long it would have taken Ryan and his team to build the different models displayed, they all look so impressive and in some cases so life-sized and definitely something that I will let the experts do!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We saw the only life-sized LEGO Harley Davidson ever made as well as the impressive Caterpillar dump truck! Little Mister loved the full-sized LEGO Australian saltwater crocodile which weighs 60kgs and was built using more than 40,000 LEGO bricks and took 130 hours to build - how amazing!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The NASA Space Launch System with light and sound effects was also very impressive with over 460,000 LEGO bricks used and taking 563 hours - wow! The 3m Orcha Whale built using 14,000 LEGO Duplo and LEGO bricks was remarkable to stand next to, so was the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The exhibition isn’t only about record breaking LEGO models, it also inspires visitors and children to build models around the exhibition like building LEGO Duplo Penguins to add to the colony, build a Harley, build an animal, a time-travelling car, a dump truck and contribute with other visitors to build the longest LEGO snake!!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

The exhibition is great for Lego fans and little builders. I recommend taking kids 3 years+ who can take full advantage of the building spots around the exhibition. The penguin station is the only Duplo station. Little Miss 5 really enjoyed looking around and building things around the stations including her name for the longest Lego snake. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is $95. The tickets are for timed sessions but we stayed for 1 hour and were not asked to leave at any time. There is parking in the ICC Sydney building with a special summer price of daily charge of $20. Head to the Darling Quarter after for a play in the playground and to cool down in the water play spots. 

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Brickman Awesome is on until the 4th of February 2018 at the ICC Sydney! For more info, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to attend Brickman Awesome for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Parking was self-funded as always.

Grab the kids swimmers, a towel and some change of clothes and pop into the Darling Quarter playground and water play area nearby. Our review on the blog.

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.

NGV Triennial - Review - Melbourne

The NGV Triennial has arrived at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). This free and exclusive unprecedented and large-scale exhibition of international art, design and architecture is now on and it's epic! It showcases major works by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries across all four levels of NGV International. Thank you Kel from Melbourne Minor for these epic photos!
Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Artist Xu Zhen explores Buddhist aspects of his own cultural heritage and various traditional depictions of the Buddha with a 15.8m long replica of a reclining Buddha sculpture on which he places 3D scanned and cast replicas of classical Greco-Roman, Renaissance and Neoclassical sculptures in order to break down cultural boundaries and promote cross-cultural understanding.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Your little ones will love We Make Carpets from The Netherlands. In an Australian premiere, Dutch art collective We Make Carpets has created a spectacular exhibition for children and families in which the floors and walls of the children’s gallery will be covered in vividly colourful murals created with household objects, including kitchen sponges, Velcro squares, pegs, pool noodles and coloured rope.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Visitors are also encouraged to add to the kaleidoscopic patterns by adding objects directly to the walls and floors of the gallery. Something tells me the kids will spend hours there!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Yayoi Kusama's NEW participatory work invites visitors to completely cover a purpose-built apartment with 3D flowers and flower stickers! We love Yayoi Kusama's obliteration concept and this exhibit is so much fun!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Shift your perception of space in Pae White’s boundary-pushing installation. Love this colourful installation!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

teamLab's interactive and immersive installation from this famous Japanese ‘ultratechnologist’ design collective has created a ‘vortex’ using a digital floor which responds as water would to the audience’s presence and movement.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Ron Mueck’s world-premiere installation, Mass, 2016-17 is one of twenty large-scale new artworks that have been especially commissioned by the NGV for this exhibition. Reminiscent of the catacombs in Paris, the awe-inspiring work by one of Australia’s leading sculptors has been generously supported by the Felton Bequest. The 100 hand-cast skulls, each measure 1.5m and collectively weigh approximately 5 tonnes!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Alexandra Kehayoglou's monumental 46m2 carpet landscape titled Santa Cruz River impressively documents one of Argentina’s most contested landscapes. Take your shoes off and walk on Alexandra's beautiful landscape and don't forget to look up.

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Don't forget to pop in the NGV Garden and checkout the 2017 NGV Architecture Commission: Entitled Garden Wall by Retallack Thompson and Other Architects. The elegantly-designed structure comprises over 260 white walls clad in transparent woven mesh, which offer visitors the opportunity to rediscover NGV’s Grollo Equiset Garden. How cute is this pic from Melbourne Minor, love it!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

Photo credit: @melbourneminor @busycitykids

The NGV Triennial will be on display at NGV International from Friday 15th December 2017 to Sunday 15th April 2018. Entry is FREE.

For more information regarding the NGV Triennial, head to the NGV's dedicated website.

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Escape Gaol - The Old Melbourne Gaol - Info - Melbourne

The Old Melbourne Gaol has announced an all-new, limited edition experience exclusively for children these school holidays. Children are invited to participate in Escape the Gaol, an immersive and educational activity aimed at ages six and up.

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Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Participants will have the opportunity to become inmates and must explore the Gaol to discover all the necessary clues to create the perfect escape plan, without being discovered by the prison guards.

Each ‘prisoner’ will be given a notebook containing a number of riddles, which must be deciphered in order to receive directions to hidden clues. Once the clues are discovered, prisoners must secretly hunt through the Gaol to uncover the answers to pull off a fool-proof escape plan.

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Since its opening in 1845, the Old Melbourne Gaol has held some of Australia’s most dangerous criminals, including the infamous Ned Kelly. Today, visitors can experience what it was like for the men and women who were held at the Gaol all those years ago.

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

The Old Melbourne Gaol is open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm, with the exception of Christmas Day and Good Friday.

The Escape the Gaol experience will be available for a limited time only, from Tuesday, December 26 2017 to Friday, January 26 2018.

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

Photo credit: @oldmelbgaol

To find out more about Escape the Goal these school holidays, head to this website.

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

Christmas Bricktacular - Legoland Discovery Centre - Info - Melbourne

It is the season to be jolly and this year Melburnians have a reason to be merry as LEGOLAND Discovery Centre unwrapped its inaugural Christmas Bricktacular event this month. Little elves will experience the true magic of Christmas until Sunday 24th of December at the popular Melbourne attraction with festive activities scheduled throughout the month including special LEGO builds in Santa’s workshop and cupcake decorating. Junior jollymakers can also write their Christmas wish lists at a letter writing station before posting off to Santa via a large LEGO-made Santa Mailbox.

Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

While Santa will be reading these lists - and checking them twice – all children (naughty or nice) will also have the chance to meet the man in red with meet and greets scheduled daily.

Decking the halls with Christmas trees, tinsel and fairy lights, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre will be transformed into a ‘bricktacular’ wonderland including its must-see MINILAND Melbourne display which will receive a magical festive makeover.

Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

Any families who come dressed in their best Yuletide look will receive $5 off the price of admission (per person) from 1-24 December. LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne encourages families with children aged 3-10 years to enjoy a world of creativity, colour and brick-building fun in Australia’s ultimate indoor LEGO® playground.

Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

The attraction’s features include leading local landmarks made from 1.5 million LEGO bricks in MINILAND Melbourne, fun and exciting LEGO themed rides, a 4D Cinema and a LEGO Friends at Heartlake City play zone. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is a great choice for those looking to learn and discover through play.

Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

Photo credit: Legoland Discovery Centre Melbourne

LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Melbourne is located in Chadstone Shopping Centre. Entrance is $32.50 per person. For more information or to book, head to the Legoland website.

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Aladdin and The Arabian Tales - Sand Sculpting Australia - Info - Melbourne

Sand Sculpting Australia is back this year on the Frankston Waterfront with a new theme - Aladdin and The Arabian Tales . Over 3,500 tonnes of brickie’s loam sand has been masterfully transformed into life sized sand sculptures by the world’s best artists, who have come together to tell the tales of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, and Ali Baba and the forty thieves.

Photo credit: Sand Sculpting Australia

Photo credit: Sand Sculpting Australia

The product of 20 sculptors, 30 days and over 5,000 carving hours, this exhibition continues in its tradition of delivering something bigger and better every year!

This summer, you’ll be transported back in time to explore the ancient and ever-so-magical stories of the 1001 Arabian Nights, made completely from sand. You can see Aladdin fall in love with Princess Jasmine and trick the Genie of the Lamp with his three wishes.

Integrated with the sand sculptures will be a fun range of themed activities for children; from hands on sand sculptor workshops, sand art and craft, to themed face painting and the interactive family game zone, there is plenty to explore.

Tickets for the event are now on sale, with the exhibition opening up early for an all-inclusive family Christmas festival. Running from 16th to the 24th December, Santa’s Sand Land is the quintessential Australian summer-take on the holidays.

With the Christmas spectacular set to include live stage shows, roving performances, a meet a greet with Santa, arts and craft, plus more - the waterfront is the ultimate outdoor playground this Christmas.

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

 Kate and her little ones loved their visit last year at Santa's Sand Land and the main exhibition Lands of Imagination. To see their review, head here.

Open to the public daily from 10am, the exhibition will carry over into the New Year with the official event picking up on 26 December 2017 and running through until 25 April 2018 at the Frankston Waterfront. For more info or to book, head to Sand Sculpting Australia's website.

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Summer School Holidays 2017 - Sydney

Summer School Holidays are coming up in Sydney, here's our lineup of Activities and Events - let's do this!

Photo credit: @busycitykids - Future Park

Photo credit: @busycitykids - Future Park

  • Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab at the Museum of Sydney. Immerse yourself in the alphabetical world of Alphabetical Sydney. Kids can explore the wonders of our beautiful city from A to Z. Read our review here.

  • Arctic voices at Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) takes families on a fascinating journey to the Arctic in this new interactive exhibition opening on Thursday 14th of December. Be sure to checkout the various school holiday activities taking place too at the ANMM. Read our review here.
     
  • Brickman Awesome at the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Brickman Awesome will be made up of 38 never-seen-before LEGO® models, totalling more than 1.5 million bricks and clocking up more than 4,500 hours of build-time! It will also showcase the only life-sized LEGO® Harley Davidson ever made, the largest ever LEGO® Caterpillar 797 dump truck and a full-sized LEGO® Australian saltwater crocodile, weighing over 60kgs and built using more than 40,000 LEGO® bricks! Read our info post here.
     
  • Ian Potter Children's WILD PLAY Garden at Centennial Parklands opened late October. The garden is a special place for children and their families, a beautiful little oasis amongst Centennial Parklands with a beautiful garden, a treehouse with slide, bamboo forest, mounds and a water play area. Read our review here.

  • Learn & Play! teamLab Future Park at Powerhouse Museum is the latest exhibition by Japanese art collective teamLab. Featuring eight interactive light installations never seen in Australia, Future Park is exclusive to the Powerhouse Museum. Read our info post here.
     
  • Mammoths at Australian Museum. Rule out myths, learn new facts and get up close to the world's most intact 42,000 year old baby wooly mammoth! This interactive exhibition will have your little ones wrestling with mammoths, touch mammoth fur, tusks and walk past life size replicas of mammoths and so much more! Checkout the awesome school holiday activities coming up at the Australian Museum too! Read our review here.
     
  • Pipilotti Rist: Sip my Ocean at MCA. Pipilotti's vivid projections explore the relationship between nature, the body and technology and takes you outside of your comfort zone with rooms of hi fi projections. Lay down on beds to view projections, walk through the Instagrammable Pixel Forest and moreRead our review here.

  • Tiger Trek at Taronga Zoo is a great experience to see critically endangered Sumatran Tigers face-to-face. Read our review here.

  • Titanic The Exhibition at Moore Park. See the world’s largest and most comprehensive touring exhibition with 10 new exhibits including a Titanic VIRTUAL REALITY experience that lets you dive to the wreck, new artefacts and a new learning gallery! Must close in February. Read our info post here.

  • Wind in the Willows at Royal Botanic Garden continues its well-loved summer tradition returning to the beautiful surrounds of the Royal Botanic Garden from Friday 5th to Sunday 28th of January 2018Read our info post here

Also checkout these great places in July ... entertain them for hours to avoid cabin fever!

  • The Penguin Expedition at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium - Visitors are invited to see a colony of King and Gentoo Penguins up close onboard a little raft. It is the first of its kind and the experience is included in your entry ticket when you visit the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.
    Read our review here.
     
  • Wiggles Exhibition at Powerhouse Museum - A revamp of the old space, the Wiggles Exhibition is sure to entertain your little ones these holidays and it's here to stay and part of your Powerhouse ticket! Wiggles' favourite characters Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword remain part of the exhibition however profiles of latest members Lachy, Emma and Simon along with some of their precious items and new interactive activities have been added to the new exhibition. Read our review here.
     
  • The Room of Lucky Charms at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). A NEW contemporary art installation featuring 600 soft sculptural good luck charms opened recently at the MCA and we love it! Room of Lucky Charms (2017) is a multi-sensory work created by Melbourne-based artist Kate Beynon for the sixth annual Bella Room Commission. Read more info here.
     
  • Our Top 5 things to do at the Australian Museum - The Australian Museum is always a great place for babies, toddlers, their parents and carers. There's always a new exhibition on that will tickle your little one's fancy, school holiday activities, free activities for under 5s during the week as well as weekday activities during term. Read Our top 5 permanent things to do at the Australian Museum here.

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!

Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age - Australian Museum - Review & Giveaway - Sydney

Kids can meet a 42,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth named Lyuba (means “love” in Russian) at the Australian Museum this summer with the NEW exhibition Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age! This is the first time the world’s most intact mammoth has travelled to the Southern Hemisphere from Siberia. Rule out myths, learn new facts and get up close to this unique baby mammoth and get hands-on too!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

These amazing creatures never lived on our continent so this may be the only chance for your little ones and yourself to learn more about these wooly animals. Experience the iconic age of mammoths, their habitats and hunters from 1.8 million to 10,000 years ago.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age features more than 100 rare fossils and specimens from around the world, including skulls, cave drawings, ivory carvings, Paleolithic jewellery and sharp-tipped spear points used by hunters to stalk their giant prey. 

Children and families get stepped through the important family tree of these creatures, their habitat and the herds that hunt them. Visitos can walk through the landscapes where mammoths and mastodons (their smaller, stockier cousins) lived and see their struggles to raise their families.

Did you know that mammoths are not the ancestors of elephants - neither animal is the ancestor of the other. Instead mammoths and elephants are close relatives and belong to the same family - Elephantidae! This family branch is split into 3 groups: the ancestors of today's African elephants, the ancestors of today's Asian elephants and the earliest mammoths. I didn't know either until we visited! 

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can get really hands-on at this exhibition with 10 different interactive stations which is fantastic! There were numerous opportunities for children to touch replica mammoth tusks, touch giant teeth and feel mammoth fur as well as play some cool games using mammoth's tusks, lift the weight of mammoth's food, play guessing game with species and more! We were invited to experience this exhibition and loved it, the kids touched everything and anything in the exhibition very hands-on!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We were fascinated by the beauty of the baby woolly mammoth and how she was found and preserved! She was discovered in 2007 in Siberia and it is estimated that she was one month old at the time of her death and she laid in Siberian soil for 42,000 years! You can find out more interesting facts on your visit!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

You can also come to face-to-face and have your photo taken with a life-size mammoth as well as a sabre-toothed cat, giant short-faced bear and dire wolf! My little one was very impressed by these creatures and said 'wow' a couple of times as we walked past.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

In addition to interactive learning games for kids, there are numerous videos throughout the exhibition which are very interesting to watch. The narrator of the video is really engaging and Miss 5 watched a couple of videos from start to finish!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

This interactive exhibition also investigates the roles of climate change and humans in the eventual extinction of mammoths and asks whether it is possible to clone them today.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age and highly recommend a visit with your little Ice Age fans!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited by the Australian Museum for the purposes of a review for Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age. We love the Australian Museum and we are members of this great museum. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age is on now until 13th May 2018. For more information and to book tickets to Mammoths, head to the Australian Museum's website. Note: This exhibition is fee paying for members or if you join the museum this summer you get free tickets to Mammoths.

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.

Santa's Tree House - The District Docklands - Review - Melbourne

Kate and her little ones headed to The District Docklands this weekend for a different type of Santa Claus photo. The traditional red velvet throne has been taken to the next level and has been replaced by a very special woodlands inspired swinging chair complete with its very own scandi inspired ‘Santa’s Tree House’!

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

After a browse through the scandi tree house, it was time to get to business! While the little ones were having a very important chat with Santa, Kate and her husband watched on at the gorgeous interaction before taking a family photo with Santa.

The seat is big enough to fit a family which is great and Kate found both Santa and the photographer to be patient, friendly and really interactive with the children (and adults). Each child that visits Santa Claus will receive a free colouring-in book with pencils to take home! 

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Santa photos are on now until Sunday 24th December 2017 next to Le Cirque Café. No bookings required however contact Customer Service for a photo with your furry friend.

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

You can also meet Mrs. Claus and take part in weekend craft activities at Santa's Tree House!

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Everyone is welcome to take part in Christmas craft activities every weekend - hosted by Poppies for Grace - at Kids Craft Zone until Sunday 24th December.

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids - Poppies for Grace

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids - Poppies for Grace

Kate's little ones loved the craft activities and made their own little pom pom Christmas tree!

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

While they were there, they had fun amongst balloons.

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

And watched on as customers were getting strapped to pickup a free gift with Santa Claws! Lots of fun this Christmas season at The District Docklands!

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

For more information on Santa's Tree House, Craft Activities, Santa's claws, head to The District Docklands' website.

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Brickman Awesome New Exhibition - Info & Giveaway - Sydney and Melbourne

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Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 in the world is smashing another ‘awesome’ LEGO® record with his latest Brickman exhibition coming to Sydney this December and he’s on the hunt for Australian brickies to help him along the way!

Brickman Awesome starts its national tour in Sydney this Boxing Day at the ICC Sydney, Convention and Exhibition Centre and has already broken LEGO® records before it has even opened! It will be Ryan's third exhibition made entirely from LEGO® bricks and will be on until the Sunday 4th of February 2018 before heading to Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

Photo credit: Brickman

Photo credit: Brickman

The exhibition will be made up of 38 never-seen-before LEGO® models, totalling more than 1.5 million bricks and clocking up more than 4,500 hours of build-time! Brickman Awesome will also showcase the only life-sized LEGO® Harley Davidson ever made and the largest ever LEGO® Caterpillar 797 dump truck! Adding to the awesome-ness is a full-sized LEGO® Australian saltwater crocodile, weighing over 60kgs and built using more than 40,000 LEGO® bricks!

Photo credit: Brickman

Photo credit: Brickman

Brickman Awesome will showcase the tallest LEGO® model in the Southern Hemisphere – a NASA SLS rocket standing at a whopping 7.5m tall and built from more than 450,000 bricks! Taking more than 500 hours to create, Ryan has pushed LEGO® building boundaries by installing an in-built lighting system giving the effect that the rocket is blasting off into space!

If that’s not awesome enough, visitors will be forgiven for thinking they have stepped inside a zoo as they find themselves surrounded by a LEGO® Kangaroo, Koala and even a giant Orca Whale!

Photo credit: Brickman

Photo credit: Brickman

Ryan is not stopping at the current LEGO® records, he'd like to get another one! He wants to build Australia’s longest LEGO® model a giant snake - but he will need all the budding Australian brickies out there to help him and his team! The Brickman team has already built the head and the tail but they need everyone who visits the exhibition to help them build the belly too!

LEGO® fanatics will have lots of opportunities to show off their building skills at Brickman Awesome – visitors can help the Brickman team expand their LEGO® colony of Emperor Penguins, build their very own time machines and even put them on display next to Ryan’s LEGO® models of Doctor Who’s TARDIS and the DeLorean from Back to the Future! Needless to say this exhibition is going to be awesome - Brickman Awesome to be exact and we can't wait!!

Photo credit: Brickman

Photo credit: Brickman

To celebrate, we have 1 family pass to giveaway for Sydney readers. Head to our upcoming giveaway on Instagram to find out how, don't forget to mention the word 'snake' while you're there, follow us, like our post and tag friends for more entries! Good luck! This giveaway is not associated with Instagram or Facebook.

Brickman Awesome will be in Sydney from 26th December 2017 until 4th February 2018 at the ICC Sydney, Convention and Exhibition Centre, before continuing around Australia, stopping in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. For more information or to book online, head to the website.

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.

Titanic The Exhibition and VR Experience - Moore Park - Info - Sydney

Titanic The Exhibition, the world’s largest and most comprehensive touring exhibition with 10 new exhibits now has exciting additions including a Titanic VIRTUAL REALITY experience that lets you dive to the wreck, new artefacts and a new learning gallery! This extraordinary exhibition will remain in Sydney until Sunday 4th February 2018.

 
 

On September 1st, 1985, the legendary Titanic shipwreck was discovered 2.37 miles below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.  Over the years since its discovery, only a select few people have had the honour to explore the site.  Now a spectacular virtual reality experience will enable YOU to go on a journey through the wreckage.  Using stunning graphics that place the visitor inside a virtual dive vessel, visitors will travel to the depths of the ocean and explore the murky waters that surround the sunken ship.  With narration detailing the historic event this state of the art virtual reality technology will fully immerse you in the history and impact of the tragedy and provide an unparalleled view into that fateful April evening. 

Photo credit: Titanic the Exhibition Facebook page

Photo credit: Titanic the Exhibition Facebook page

Photo credit: Titanic the Exhibition Facebook page

Photo credit: Titanic the Exhibition Facebook page

Come along and see the newly installed exhibits and experiences:

  • Listen to a collection of stories from passengers about their life 
  • Learn calligraphy and write a letter on Titanic stationary 
  • Dress up corner so you can try on Edwardian costumes 
  • Play deck games that were popular on board
  • Learn to Waltz like a First-Class passenger 
  • Cubby quiz games to test your knowledge about the Titanic
  • View newly acquired costumes from the film
  • Listen to passengers and crew from Titanic tell a short story about their life
  • Brand new video content throughout the exhibition courtesy of TITANIC CHANNEL
To find out more info and book, head to their website now.

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Tiger Trek - Taronga Zoo - Review & Giveaway - Sydney

We were very happy to see the Sumatran Tigers at Taronga Zoo's Tiger Trek yesterday - second time lucky in fact! These critically endangered Sumatran Tigers have lived at Taronga Zoo since 2015 and with up to 400 remaining in the wild, there’s never been a better time to visit Taronga to learn about endangered wildlife. This exhibit is included in your Taronga ticket and free to members too!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Tiger Trek experience takes visitors on a journey to Sumatra. Visitors walk into an aeroplane and are transported to a recreated village in the Way Kambas National Park.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Kids can hop on the village bikes and see the village shops before heading to see the Sumatran Tigers.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The four Sumatran Tigers are Clarence (six-year-old adult male), Jumilah (14-year-old adult female born at Taronga) and her cubs, Kembali (male) and Kartika (female) born at Taronga Zoo in 2011.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

You might spot one of the tigers at the top of the hill when peering through the windows of this beautiful hut (right of the photo below). Let the little ones go across the river through the discovery trial (left of the photo below).

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

If you're lucky you will spot sleeping tigers on top of the wildlife truck and see them face to face! 

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The kids loved driving the wildlife truck and peering out the window at the Sumatran Tigers.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We were so happy to come face to face with these beautiful animals this time around as we missed out the last time we visited! 

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

There were around three of these beautiful Sumatran tigers on the day near the wildlife truck and one at the top near the hut. The kids loved the experience!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Visit the Tiger supermarket and checkout the products and brands who are opting for sustainable palm oil and write to those who are not playing the part and see how you can help to protect Sumatran Tigers in the wild.

Palm forest deforestation endangers wild animals like Sumatran Tigers and Orangutans. Stopping manufacturers from making products with palm oil or influencing them to opt for sustainable palm oil means less deforestation and endangering these precious animals. 

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

To WIN one of 3 family passes valued at $115.20 each for 2 adults & 2 children, head to our Instagram account. Follow us, like our upcoming Tiger Trek post and tag friends for more chances to win. (We will check). Entries are now open and close Friday 15th of December at 5pm AEST. Open to NSW Residents only. Not associated with Facebook or Instagram.

The Tiger Trek is open daily at Taronga Zoo. For more information on Tiger Trek and the Taronga Zoo or to book, head to their website.

Our tips to make the most out of your Zoo and Tiger Trek trip:

  • Head as the Zoo opens to avoid the 11am midday crowd. People generally go during those times to attend the Seal and the Bird show. We tend to go as it opens, which means there is parking available near the entrance and we get to see some animals get fed.
  • Head to the Tiger Trek experience first as it is a popular exhibit. 
  • Parking for Zoo members is discounted or $19 per day for non Zoo members.
  • Pack some snacks and lunch. There is food available at the Zoo canteen however we find selection is minimal and some food can be costly.
  • Plan your day around the shows if you are interested in seeing the shows. We love the Seal show we go every time and head to the Bird show a few times a year.
  • You can get to the Zoo via ferry and make it a day trip with beautiful views of the harbour the kids love it and grab the Sky Safari on the way up and down.
  • We love grabbing the Sky Safari. We drive into the Zoo and park at the main entrance, walk around the Zoo and enjoy the animals and head down the lift (near the elephants) and all the way down to the Sky Safari and grab it back up to the carpark. It's included in your ticket and you can take your pram on too.
  • The Zoo is pram friendly however park your pram in pram parking spots when attending shows and make sure you use the elevators in area where stairs are the only option.
  • There are toilets and parents room throughout the Zoo. We featured one of them in our parents room page last year.
  • Enjoy!

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West Life Size Monopoly Game - Highpoint Shopping Centre - Melbourne

Challenge your friends and family to a life size game of Monopoly…but with a twist. Traditional Monopoly locations such as Piccadilly and Mayfair, are replaced with iconic locations in the West including Williamstown Pier, Whitten Oval and Flemington Racecourse! Thank you to Kel from Melbourne Minor for these great pics and great video!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Work your way around the board, test your knowledge of the west and try your luck at scoring your share in over $5,000 worth of prizes! FREE and on until Sunday 24th December.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Photo credit: @melbourneminor

For more information and the skip the queue, head to Highpoint's dedicated website.

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Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together - Scienceworks - Review - Melbourne

Today, Busy City Kids were invited at the launch of the brand NEW screen-free interactive permanent exhibition space for babies to 5 year olds - Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together at Scienceworks! This space replaces Nitty Gritty and is here to stay and influence children to encourage their natural abilities as scientists and problem solvers! A big thank you to Kate and her little ones for attending the event today, the new exhibition looks amazing! xo Catherine

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Kate and her littles ones went along to experience the $2.5 million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) exhibition which focuses on construction to introduce small children to real world skills in an unreal space. Children are encouraged to tinker to develop problem-solving skills and shown that there is no one 'right' way of doing something.

Australia’s international ranking for achievement of students in maths and science has declined over the past 10 years. Girls, in particular, are excluding themselves from advanced maths and women remain dramatically underrepresented in STEM fields, with only 14% of engineers and only 25% of information technology professionals.

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together invites young children and adults to think, try and creatively problem solve. Experiences are designed to be intuitive, instruction-free and open-ended. Children and their carers can tinker, design, build and test with shapes, lights, balls, and large-scale imaginative machines. In this screen-free space, technology skills are flexible and multi-dimensional. Look out for the 7m tall Kinetic Sculpture as you enter, all about the concept of working machines!

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

The exhibition is divided into three broad age and activity zones however kids can still walk around the whole space. The three areas are The Baby Landscape, The Tinkering Zone for toddlers to 3 year-olds and The Collaborative Zone designed for 3 to 5 year-olds.

FIRST ZONE - The Baby Landscape Zone is a quiet and safe space created for babies and crawlers. It has nooks and mounds for climbing, a moving overhead light display and spinners to show little ones how different materials move.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

SECOND ZONE - The Tinkering Zone for toddlers to 3 year olds engages children in open-ended activities which encourage them to experiment and test their ideas.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

The Foundational Coding area is a screen free activity that develops skills such as cause and effect, sequencing and pattern making.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

The Flight Tubes area invites children to create contraptions to fly in huge wind tubes.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

The Light-up Switch Wall is a wall featuring 1,376 light switches which children can turn on and off to develop deductive thinking.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

THIRD ZONE - The Collaborative Zone designed for 3 to 5 year olds is an active, physical space where children use communication and social skills to solve problems and achieve results.

The Car Wash where children use gears to activate giant blue car wash brushes, learning that small movements can have a big effect in  large environment.

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

The Hub is a large climbing challenge with an interactive ball run.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

The Build zone is based on the much loved exhibit from Nitty Gritty, children can work collaboratively to build walls with foam blocks using conveyor belts, pulley-systems and wheelbarrows.

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

All that problem solving will keep your little ones busy for hours - you can see why Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together will be a very popular space moving forward! We are sure it will influence little visitors and will hopefully encourage them to take part in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

Join in the festivities and be one of the first to discover Scienceworks’ brand new exhibition by attending the Little Kids’ Day tomorrow on Monday 4th December. It will be a fun day especially for kids aged 5 and under, their parents and carers. More info on their website.
Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman - @busycitykids

'Ground Up: Building Big Ideas, Together' opens at Scienceworks on Monday 4th of December. For more information, head to their dedicated website.

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PJ Masks - Time to be a Hero Digital & DVD Release - Info & Giveaway

PJ Masks is a show about heroism. Super-heroism. Only these superheroes are kids!

By day, 6 year olds Connor, Amaya and Greg go to school like everyone else. But when something goes awry in the city, these special kids, filled with curiosity and a sense of justice get ready for their mission – but they have to wait until night fall when the city is asleep and they can go un-detected.

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As night falls and they put on their pyjamas and activate their animal amulets, they magically transform into superheroes - CatboyOwlette and Gekko and become the PJ Masks!

Here comes Catboy – super fast and agile, Gekko – super strong and can scale walls, and Owlette – with the ability to fly and see great distances. Together these three can tackle any situation and embark on action packed adventures, solving mysteries and mayhem across the city. Watch out night-time baddies – the PJ Masks are on their way, into the night to save the day!

PJ MASKS 'TIME TO BE A HERO'  is now available on digital and DVD and we are giving away 3 DVDs to celebrate!

To celebrate the release of PJ Masks 'Time to be a hero' - head to our Facebook page, like our Facebook page, like our PJ Masks' recent Facebook post and tag a friend or more (multiple entries accepted, one friend per line, the more entries the more chances to win!). Good luck! Entries are open Wednesday 29th November 2017 and close this Sunday 3rd of December 2017 at 5PM AEST. Entries open to NSW and VIC residents. Not associated with Facebook.

Arctic Voices - Australian National Maritime Museum - Info - Sydney

This summer, the Australian National Maritime Museum is taking families on a fascinating journey to the Arctic in a new interactive exhibition Arctic Voices opening on Thursday 14th of December.

The Arctic is a place of rapid change and despite its seemingly remote location, it is connected to us all. What affects the Arctic in turn affects the whole planet. Arctic Voices uses interactive experiences, photos, videos and real specimens to show that the Arctic is more than just snow – it is land, water, and ice. It is home to people and a surprising diversity of wildlife.

Arctic Voices will challenge perceptions of the Arctic and introduce visitors to a colourful land. Children can pounce, hop, push and crawl their way through animal life in the Arctic, and come face to face with a polar bear and other arctic creatures.

Learn about the majestic polar bears: their long travels on the ice, how they survive extremely cold temperatures, and how they cope during the brief Arctic summers waiting for the sea ice to form again.

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Study real skull and claw specimens to compare the paws, claws and jaws of the three North American bears.

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Stand next to an authentic polar bear specimen and examine its unique features and adaptations.

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Find out how far, and how fast, an Arctic hare can leap in a single bound. Then, test your jumping skills against the powerful hind legs of this amazing Arctic animal.

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

The Newcomers to the North multiplayer quiz will test your knowledge about species that are moving further and further north due to climate change – including mosquitoes and elk

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Examine real specimens to find out more about survival techniques of birds, fish, mammals and other Arctic animals.

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Discover how Inuksuit serve as sign posts and symbols of a proud cultural heritage, marking locations of camps, stored food and fishing grounds.

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Take a garden tour of the Arctic to discover the amazing and diverse adaptations of Arctic plants. View samples from Canada’s National Herbarium – the most complete collection of Canadian Arctic plant specimens anywhere in the world. The Herbarium is housed at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Use the touchscreen to help guide an Orca through the openings in the ice in order to reach the safety of open ocean water.

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

Photo credit: Australian National Maritime Museum

The exhibition is co-produced by Science North, one of Canada's largest and most respected science centres, and the Canadian Museum of Nature, Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences.

During the school holidays, there will be a number of associated activities to keep families entertained when visiting Arctic VoicesDon’t miss the kids’ craft and dress-up sessions, fascinating 3D film, lively theatre show, interactive Cabinet of Curiosities and tours for the under 5s.

Arctic Voices opens on Thursday 14th of December 2017 and ends on Tuesday 1st of May 2018. To find out more information about Arctic Voices at the Australian National Maritime Museum, head to their website. Keep an eye on our social media feeds either via Facebook or Instagram and you could WIN 1 of 3 family passes to see this exhibition!

Checkout the Little Mariners Under 5s Play Zone while you're there, our review on the blog as part of a review this year.

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ArtVo Pop Up at Crown - Review - Melbourne

There's nothing better than ArtVo than FREE Christmas ArtVo painted by the ArtVo Melbourne crew through the Crown complex!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor

I remember it like it was yesterday when Kel and the Melbourne Minor gang popped into the ArtVo Melbourne exhibition to experience this fully interactive and selfie friendly exhibition. If you don't, checkout Kel's review of ArtVo here. 

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor

The Melbourne Minor checked out the eight freshly hand painted new walls at Crown last weekend and suggested a brilliant idea! If you need a Christmas card photo then the Christmas ArtVo Pop Up has you covered!

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor

There is one wall by the epic Christmas Tree in the atrium and the rest are scattered around on level one, near the cinema.  

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Photo credit: @melbourneminor

While you're there, visit the Crown Christmas Spectacular Show. The show runs on the half hour daily from 10am to midnight. It happens where the giant baubles are in the atrium. 

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Thank you Kel for the fantastic pics and info! To follow Kel and the gang at Melbourne Minor, head to their Instagram page.
For more information on Crown events and the Christmas Spectacular Show, head to their website.

For more ideas on Christmas activities and events in Melbourne, head to our special Christmas 2017 post.

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The Wind in the Willows - The Royal Botanic Garden - Info & Giveaway - Sydney

The Wind in the Willows continues its well-loved summer tradition returning to the beautiful surrounds of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney playing from Friday 5th to Sunday 28th of January 2018.

Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank is a rollicking yet gentle adventure, starring the pompous, arrogant, vain, hilarious Toad – a favourite with children everywhere.  Toad, along with his better-behaved friends, Ratty, Mole, Otter and Badger, as well as the rascally Weasel, have come to life every summer for the past 15 years providing enchanting and lively entertainment for all the family.  

Photo credit: Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: Australian Shakespeare Company

This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs and laughs. There is fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose. The young ‘rabbits’ are encouraged to get involved in the action, and are given every opportunity to scream out loud, sing along and become part of the adventure. With laughs and surprises for children and adults, this is interactive theatre at its best.

Photo credit: Australian Shakespeare Company

Photo credit: Australian Shakespeare Company

Tens of thousands of people have delighted in the simple pleasures of this rollicking promenade production over the years, so this summer pack a picnic, pack the kids... and head on down to the riverbank.

Showing from Friday 5th January to Sunday 28th of  January 2018 (except 26th Jan no show). Times are either 10:30 am or 6pm Tuesday to Sunday.

For more information on 'The Wind in the Willows' production or to book tickets (now on sale), head to the Australian Shakespeare Company's website.

To celebrate this fantastic production, we are giving away 1 family pass valued at $110 (4 people) for Saturday 6th of January 2018 at 10:30 am.  To enter, follow us on Instragram, like our Wind in the Willows Instagram post and tag a friend (we will check). Entries open Wednesday 29th of November and 2017 close Wednesday 6th of December 2017 at 5pm AEST. Entries only open to NSW residents. 

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.

Santaland - Myer - Review - Melbourne

This year, Myer has reimagined Santaland to create the ultimate, Christmas adventure: an in-store, immersive experience and recreation of a magical, winter-wonderland.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The key showpiece of the in-store experience is the Santaland Express – a life-size train that will whisk shoppers of all ages away on a virtual journey from Myer Central Station to the North Pole. Kate's little ones especially loved having snow balls thrown at them!

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Photo credit: @activedisplaygroup

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Once in the North Pole, you can meet and have your photo with Santa, enjoy Santa’s workshop with various interactive Christmas themed play stations including Lego and Duplo, Nerf Gun target shooting and of course letter writing for kids (and adults) to send Santa their wish-lists! Book your session(s)/visit(s) online to avoid the queues.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Don't miss out on Storytime with the wonderful Mrs Claus too! Your little ones will love reading the Myer Christmas storybook, The Completely & Utterly, Absolutely Perfect Christmas.

Kate's little ones also loved posing for photos & giving cuddles to the Large Scale Christmas Characters.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

The Christmas Giftorium is also great to visit while you're at Myer. The Christmas Giftorium is Australia’s number one destination for all your gift giving needs and is famous for its personalisation. An exciting new addition to Myer this year is personalised Tim Tams.

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Photo credit: @kateflatman

Of course, don't miss the Myer Christmas windows while you're there!

Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Photo credit: @melbourneminor

Thank you Kate for your photos and review on Santaland. To follow Kate's adventures with her little ones across Melbourne, head to their Instagram account.
For more information on Myer Santaland and more, head to their website.

For more ideas on Christmas activities and events in Melbourne, head to our special Christmas 2017 post.

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Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab - Museum of Sydney - Review & Giveaway - Sydney

Immerse yourself in the alphabetical city of Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab at the Museum of Sydney this summer. Kids can explore the wonders of our beautiful city from A to Z.

With 30,000 copies sold to date, Alphabetical Sydney has become a popular book amongst children and it's no surprise as the colourful illustrations and rhymes take you on a fun journey across Sydney.

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We were invited to the media preview of the exhibition today and were welcomed by the colourful world of author Hilary Bell and illustrator Antonia Pesenti. This fun interactive exhibition explores the alphabet in a creative lab highlighting the sights and sounds of Sydney. 

As you enter, visitors are invited to watch videos showing pages of the book, look at items that are mentioned throughout the book and with their Creative Lab booklet (given at reception), kids can investigate and fill in their booklet as they look through the exhibition space.  

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

B is for Bats - we loved making our little bat and hanging it in his cave under the stars and the glowing moon.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The booklet includes a little bat to undo and glue together, a poetry factory piece of paper for visitors to add their little poetry pieces to the poetry factory.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

There is also a tag where children can fill in their name and where they dream of going to which they can add to the map of Sydney. They are also invited to fill in other details on the booklet while at the same time understanding where they are from, what are their dreams, what languages they speak, to draw their home, town and more.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We love the way the exhibition is setup to invite little ones and their siblings to sit in the reading corner and enjoy a story or two.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We also love the tables that have been setup for families to colour in together, fill in their booklet and enjoy the space. Little Miss loved drawing with her dad and filling in her booklet. 

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

A for Amusement Park is a great little spot where kids can dress up like a clown and look at themselves in the distorting mirror. Little Miss and her brother had fun playing dress ups and looking at their reflection in the mirror.  

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

P is for Paramatta Road. Listen to the sounds coming from Paramatta Road using the little headphones attached to the wall.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Visitors can contribute their piece of poetry to the Poetry Factory board or play with words on the Word Play board.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

It’s almost the end of the exhibit when you see Z for Zoo - Taronga Zoo to be exact! Kids can make an origami paper boat and add it to the gorgeous Taronga Zoo backdrop overlooking the harbour waters.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Don’t miss W for Mr Whippy on your way out, press the ice cream truck button to hear the sound of delicious ice cream! Cute photo opportunities throughout the exhibition and next too the exhibition’s favorite symbol - the Sydney Ferry at the exhibition's entrance - selfies the ready!

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

We loved Alphabetically Sydney: Creative Lab at the Museum of Sydney and we can’t wait to visit the exhibition again this summer.  

On now until Sunday 12th of August 2018. For more information on Alphabetical Sydney: Creative Lab and the Museum of Sydney or to book, head to their website.

To celebrate the opening of Alphabetically Sydney: Creative Lab at the Museum of Sydney, we have 3 family passes to giveaway each valued at $30!! To enter, head to our Instagram page, follow us, like our Mr Whippy post and tag a friend (we will check both). Each tag represents an entry, the more entries the more chances to win! Good luck - entries close Tuesday 5th of December at 5pm AEST. Entries open to NSW and VIC residents only.

To BUY this book, head to this link.

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.