Goolwa Nature Playground - Adelaide - Review

The Goolwa Nature Playground also known as the Bristow-smith Reserve off Barrage Road in Goolwa is a great nature playground with a gorgeous life size boat with climbing structure, a slide, water play, musical instruments around the playground, more climbing structures and different types of swings.

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Finished in mid 2016, it is a very popular playground and is packed in summer with access to a little sandy beach and access to the water. Supervision is recommended around the road, the water and high grass near the water for little ones as there are no fences. Great for catching up with friends for a play or a picnic or popping in if you are visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula.

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We love the nature feel to it, it suits the area perfectly and the kids loved it! We loved the musical instruments and musical swans around the playground. There is also a cool wooden carved crocodile, large rock to climb and wooden carved tree to climb too!

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The Goolwa Nature Playground is a gorgeous nature and water play playground near the water. There is no shade so do wear protective wear and sunscreen in warmer months. The playground is not fully fenced and it is close to a road and there is access to the water via a little sandy area. Caution must be taken around the road, water and high grass area next to the water with children. There are toilets close to the playground. Try the café or local club.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Public toilets may be accessible in café and club buildings near to the playground
  • Accessible and street parking on the street along and near the playground
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Slide and climbing structure
  • BBQ area

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

Above & Beyond - Scienceworks - Melbourne - Review

Enter the world of flying with the Above and Beyond exhibition currently at Scienceworks. It will take you on a journey into the sky and beyond!

We sent Melbourne Mum Renata and her daughter to experience the exhibition during the last school holidays and they loved it and they reckon young space fans will love it too. Great for kids 5 years and over or little ones can enjoy the exhibition with their siblings. Renata and her daughter Anastasia particularly enjoyed the Visit Mars and the Spread your Wings activities. To follow Renata and her daughter’s experiences on Instagram, head to @renatakatarzyna.

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

This aerospace exhibition features immersive flight simulations, design challenges, visionary concepts for the future and inspiring stories from game changing innovators. Visitors can design and fly their own aeroplane, pilot a drone into the eye of a hurricane, and ride an elevator to the edge of space.

Above and Beyond is presented by Boeing and produced in collaboration with NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. Children and young adults will be inspired to imagine the future of aerospace technology.

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Kids will have lots of fun with the different exhibits on offer including the biometrics screen where they can experiment.

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Anastasia loved spreading her wings and flying in formation with birds in the Spread your Wings exhibit.

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

She was very intrigued by the International Space Elevator. People have long dreamed of building a tower to space and this has evolved into concepts for a space elevator.

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

Visitors can also have a look at the NASA exhibits showcasing missions and the shuttles used.

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Kids can take control of their space jet and fly through the skies.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

They can also blast Space Junk debris stuck in orbit - boom! And understand what debris gets stuck in space.

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Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

 Visitors can also learn about different flight modes like hot air balloons, rockets, gliders and more.

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Photo credit: @melbourneminor for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

And be exposed to more complex exhibits like flight simulation.

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Busy City Kids were invited to Above & Beyond for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

For more information on Above & Beyond at Scienceworks, 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.

Urimbirra Wildlife Park - Adelaide - Review

Urimbirra Wildlife Park is one little gem we found when looking at things to do around Goolwa, Port Elliott and Victor Harbor when visiting family these last school holidays. I read fabulous reviews online with people loving this local wildlife park so I couldn't wait for us to check it out.

Urimbirra Wildlife Park is located in Hindmarsh Valley just 5 minutes from Victor Harbor. The Park has a range of Australian animals kids will love. Visitors can pat and feed kangaroos, pat a koala, feed an emu, watch a professional snake handler, see reptiles and more.

As soon as we arrived and purchased kangaroo feed at the counter and grabbed a map, we headed straight outside and the kids 'jumped' on the first kangaroo they saw. 

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As you enter the wildlife park, you will see wild birds such as black cockatoos, owls and a cassowary and see lorikeets and other birds in the walk through aviary. There are also some salt and fresh water crocodiles and reptiles to checkout, emus as well as farm animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs and sheep before venturing around to see the rest of the Australian animals.

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The highlight of Urimbirra Wildlife Park is by far the open range area where the kids met various wallabies and kangaroos. Even little baby joeys in their pouches - so cute! The kids loved chatting to them and feeding them. There was a small moment where a few kangaroos were startled which scared the kids a little but other than it was a very pleasant experience and they spent a lot of time with them.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We managed to catch one of the Koalas Feeding session, there are daily sessions at 11am, 2pm and 4pm as well as a Snake Handling session at 4pm both near the Koala Enclosure. After an intro from the Koala keeper, visitors were invited to pat and take a pic with a koala.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

We continued exploring and saw dingos, wombats, more birds, reptiles and more Kangaroo Island Kangaroos and Eastern Grey Kangaroos. Little Miss fell in love with one of the baby kangaroos and wanted to take him home ha! We had a wonderful time and highly recommend a visit at Urimbirra Wildlife Park!

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • The Urimbirra Wildlife Park is located at 10 Welch Road, Victor Harbor which is in Hindmarsh Valley just 5 minutes from Victor Harbor. 
  • Urimbirra is open every day of the year from 10 am to 5 pm including public holidays.
  • Admission to Urimbirra Wildlife Park is $14 per adult, $7 for children (4 to 14 yrs), Free for kids under 4. Students & Seniors $10.
  • The wildlife park is pram friendly. 
  • There are toilets inside the wildlife park next to the entrance building.

Busy City Kids were invited by Urimbirra Wildlife Park for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

For more information and up-to-date news about the Urimbirra Wildlife Park, head to their website.

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

Glenelg Foreshore Playground - Adelaide - Review

The Glenelg Foreshore Playground is a fantastic addition to Glenelg and we really enjoyed spending time there. The playground is a great mix of nature, water play and traditional climbing structure.

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My little ones loved playing with the water equipment even though it was chilly that day, going around the merry go round and going up and down the rope climb, rock climb and large slide.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

The Glenelg Foreshore Playground is a great nature foreshore playground with wet play, slides and climbing structures suitable for kids for all ages. Perfect for a walk on the jetty or a picnic or run on the beach afterwards and it's sure to be amazing in summer of course!

This playground is located at Moseley Square in Glenelg.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats
  • Change of clothes after wet play

This playground has:

  • Public toilets in buildings behind the playground
  • Fee paying underground and street parking nearby
  • Picnic and party areas
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Slide and climbing structure

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

Marshmallow Park - Adelaide - Review

The Marshmallow Park located on Glen Osmond Road near Adelaide CBD was recently renovated and reopened in April this year. The existing climbing structure remains however this playground has now been transformed into a nature playground with additional wooden climbing structures outside of the playground for even more fun.

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This fully fenced playground offers some jellyfish-like climbing pods for kids to climb on, a climbing structure and a small three person swing (more swings would be great) on one side.

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Close to that, there is a large slide which is quite steep I must say (even for us!) but some kids seem to enjoy it.

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A very popular space is the rock mound with a small structure with slide for little ones and water play activities. There is also a climbing structure with large wooden beams.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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This playground will be a cracker in spring/summer with the water play area, lots to do in this beautiful nature playground. Little Miss wished there were more swings though.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

A fully fenced playground great for kids of all ages. Kids love the water play area even in winter! This playground is located off Glen Osmond Road in Adelaide near the CBD close to South Terrace. There is free parking along Glen Osmond Road. 

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • No Public toilets that we could see
  • Accessible and street parking on the street along the playground
  • Dog park nearby
  • Seating, tables and benches
  • Slide and climbing structure

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

South Australian Whale Centre - Adelaide - Review

The South Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbor is a fantastic place to visit with kids with three floors of interesting and interactive displays - we loved it!

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Upon entry, kids were given a little bucket, spade and dusting brush to take with them for fossil digging on the lower level and couldn't wait to do so however we took the time to look around. We took in the beautiful mural, the sharks teeth and shells on display, the live fish in the little aquarium and other interesting panels showcasing the life of whales in the area along with Southern Right Whale Skull before heading upstairs to checkout the touch tables, microscopes and the live turtle, hermit crabs and yabbies.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    We then headed downstairs to checkout the whale murals and marine history, the Sea Shepherd Steve Irwin MV Exhibit where the kids had a play and then headed to the Kids Zone where they dug for some whale fossils and shells and crawled through the belly of a giant squid, played with toys and puzzles. There was also a 3D Theatre for a fisheye experience and a shark cage where you can stare and have your pic taken with a Great White Shark.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    We loved our visit at the South Australian Whale Centre so if you are visiting Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula, take a trip to Victor Harbor. There's also the famous Cockle Train departing Victor Harbor regularly as well as Granite Island and the Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Carriage and great fish & chips and nearby Urimbirra Wildlife Park which we visited and will publish a review of soon.

    Our tips:

    • The South Australian Whale Centre is located at 2 Railway Terrace in Victor Harbor.
    • The centre is open every day except Christmas Day from 10:30 am to 5 pm.
    • Admission is $9 per adult, $6.50 per concession, $4.50 for children, Free for kids under 4 and $24 for a family. 
    • Park your pram near reception and walk up and down the different levels. I cannot recall lifts onsite.
    • There are toilets inside the centre including a change table in the ladies toilets.
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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Busy City Kids were invited to the South Australian Whale Centre in Victor Harbor for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

    For more information on the South Australian Whale Centre, head to their website.

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

    PJ Masks Live! - Australian Tour 2018 - Info & Giveaway

    The NEW live musical show PJ Masks Live! is based on eOne’s top-rated animated TV series PJ Masks which airs daily on Disney, Junior and ABC Kids. There is no doubt PJ Masks is a phenomenon amongst Aussie kids, launching as the Number 1 show on Disney Jr in Australia in 2016, and the top TV show for pre-schoolers on ABC in 2017.

    The tour will see the action packed show, featuring a live cast, perform 27 shows around Australia from September 2018 in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in what is set to be one of the most exciting and hottest tickets of the year. Aussie kids are the first outside of the US to see eOne’s hit musical production take to the stage; coming direct to Australia after touring more than 70 cities in the USA with sell-out audiences.

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    Photo credit: PJ Masks Live

    Catboy, Owlette, Gekko and the baddies will delight fans of all ages with a live performance that features world class production values, familiar and original music and audience interactivity. PJ Masks has more than 1.3M subscribers on YouTube and the custom app has had over 11 million downloads worldwide.

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    Photo credit: PJ Masks Live

    To celebrate the PJ Masks Live! Australian Tour this September-October, we are giving away 1 family pass (4 general admission tickets) for one of the 6 Sydney shows at Darling Harbour Theatre at ICC Sydney on either Monday 1st or Tuesday 2nd of October 2018. The show time will be allocated once the winner is drawn so make sure you are free to attend either of the shows.

    To enter, checkout our Instagram @busycitykids page or/and Facebook page in the coming days.

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    Photo credit: PJ Masks Live

    Tour Dates:

    • Perth - Fri 21 & Sat 22 Sep - PCEC Riverside Theatre, Perth, WA
    • Brisbane - Wed 26 & Thu 27 Sep - Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD
    • Sydney - Mon 1 & Tue 2 Oct - Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney, NSW
    • Adelaide - Sun 7 Oct - Adelaide Entertainment Centre, SA
    • Melbourne - Sat 13 & Sun 14 Oct - Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, VIC
    For more information about PJ Masks Live tour or to buy tickets, head to the Ticketek website.
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    Photo credit: PJ Masks Live

    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.

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

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

    ABC Classic Kids: Music for The Dreaming - Sydney Opera House - Info

    The ABC Classic Kids program's new production Music for The Dreaming is on this August at the Sydney Opera House from Friday 17th to Friday 31st of August. We went to the production of ABC Classic Kids: Sounds like Australia in May and loved it!

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    Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

    Join ABC Bushwacked’s Kamil Ellis and Ensemble Offspring in this tailored and interactive show.  Little ones will develop sensory perception, musical literacy and awareness of instrument sounds in a fun and relaxed format, perfect for ages 2 – 5.  Music for The Dreaming is a brand new production celebrating new classical music for young Australian audiences. After the show, kids can meet the musicians and instruments.

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    Photo credit: Sydney Opera House

    For more information on ABC Classic Kids: Music for The Dreaming, head to the Sydney Opera House 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.

    Kid & Hub - Adelaide - Review

    Kid & Hub was founded by Stacey and Giuliana in late 2016 who both moved back to Adelaide from Melbourne and were looking for a space where they could go with their children and help them learn, create and play in a safe environment. They were not able to find such space so they created Kid & Hub and opened in early 2017. We have been looking at visiting Kid & Hub since last September and were lucky to grab two spots for the Movers & Makers 0 to 5 years old program these holidays! As you can imagine, spots do fill up quickly, now we know why!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    We arrived a little bit early before our Movers & Makers session and sat down at the coffee shop while watching little Miss and her brother enjoy themselves in the little play hub. You can pop in anytime at the coffee shop and let your little ones play in the play area for $5 or for free if you are a member. The coffee and food is very nice.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Before our Movers & Makers session started, kids are invited to pop into the little pre-session area 15 minutes before the session starts where they can have a play, go down the slide, make some music with little instruments provided and join the instructor for a welcome song and a few cute activities. When it's time to start the session, kids are asked to take shoes and socks off and put a paint smock on and get ready for some messy fun!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The Movers & Makers monthly theme we attended was based on the Seasons and the season for that week was Winter. A variety of messy play, arts & crafts, painting, science skills and some great activities to develop fine and motor skills. Different stations were setup for kids to enjoy and my kids did just that - they loved their 45 minutes and received a fruit at the end of the session. Little Miss has asked to go back again when we visit Adelaide. After they enjoyed the session, they played some more in the café play hub after a juice and croissant.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Our tips:

    • Kid & Hub is located at 253A Magill Road in Maylands in Adelaide.
    • The centre is open Monday to Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday and closed on Public Holidays. Opening times vary.
    • Pop in for a coffee and a play in the Play Hub anytime.
    • Admission to Coffee & Play Hub is free for Kid & Hub members or $5 per child for non members. Play & Coffee Tuesday is great for play dates as there are no Movers & Makers sessions on that day and everything is opened up.
    • Admission to Movers & Makers sessions vary. Perfect for kids under 6. You can either pay the casual visit fee of $27 or a five pass membership at $115 or ten pass membership at $200.
    • Book in advance for programs as spots book out quickly.
    • Book your child's next birthday party at Kid & Hub for a fun alternative.
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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Busy City Kids were invited to Kid & Hub for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    For more information on Kid & Hub, head to their website.

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

    Sunnyside Up! Studio - Art Gallery of SA - Adelaide - Review

    Pop into The Studio for Sunnyside Up! by local artist Lauren Simeoni and discover that yellow really isn’t very mellow. It’s shiny, full of energy, light and positivity. Discarded pieces of various materials can be reborn as wonderful wearables.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Kids can choose their preferred materials and make their own wearable, a piece of art, a sculpture or anything they like really. Their work can then be exhibited in the collaborative display cabinet or they can take their piece home.  

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Little Miss and Little Mister really enjoyed Sunnyside Up! at the Studio, we were there for closer to two hours and created an array of things and even little Miss' grandmother made a few creatives too!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Our tips:

    • Sunnyside Up! is open at the Art Gallery of SA daily 10am to 5pm from now until Sunday 2nd of September 2018.
    • Admission to the Studio is FREE.
    • Admission to the Art Gallery of SA is FREE except for ticketed exhibitions and events.
    • The gallery is kid and pram friendly with toilets located around the gallery.
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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    For more information and up-to-date news about Sunnyside Up! or Lauren Simeoni, head to the Art Gallery of SA website. 

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

    Smash Stationery Ranges - Review

    We were recently invited to review the NEW Smash Stationery Ranges as Smash Ambassadors. As true stationery addicts, myself and little Miss have quite the collection of notepads and stationery items so we were quite excited to hear about the NEW Smash Stationery Range and were very keen to review it.

    We opted to try out a small sample of three of the four stationery ranges - Other Realm, Urban Graphic and Paint and Play. The fourth range Neo Galaxy as well as the other three ranges are all available at Big W now.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The first range Little Miss was very happy to test out was the Other Realm. This range is full of cute unicorns, glitter and sparkle to excite, delight and motivate both little and big girls! Little Miss loves her lockable diary full of changeable sequins which you can shape into all sorts - so gorgeous and she is obsessed with the cute soft pom poms! She hasn't stopped writing in her diary and took it to bed tonight! She is also planning to take her notebooks and her cute backpack pencil case to school when she goes back. I can see us grabbing unicorn sticky notes, little unicorn notebooks and sharpener in-store soon to complement the range.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Little Mister received the Urban Graphic collection which boys will love as these products walk the walk and talk the talk in a very cool edgy way! Cute twistable erasers, ruler and notebooks and notepads and more in this cool range. He might be little but loves writing in his notebook like his big sister, very cute.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    As for me, I was spoilt with the Paint and Play range which is so gorgeous and perfect for my home office aka my dining table. Perfect for this new financial year, this range promises to inspire me to continue blogging another year and be organised. Love the gorgeous coloured notepads with copper ends, the A4 Magazine holder which is great for storing all those inspiring articles, prospectus to use for review and more. Hubby will be happy to see me file away in the stunning arch level folder and A4 folders. I have my eye on the weekly daily planner which I will have to grab in-store soon. No excuse now not to be organised ha!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The NEW Smash Stationery Range is now all available at Big W. Prices are as low as $2 and up to $8 per item, reasonably priced and each of those we tried are equally as nice as each other. We love the designs of the three ranges we reviewed, especially the thickness and quality of the paper and like that Smash Enterprises use paper from responsible sources. 

    To view all four Smash Stationery Ranges on the Big W website, head here.

    Samples from the NEW Smash Stationery Ranges were provided for free to Busy City Kids for the purposes of a review. This post is in no way sponsored financially. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. 

    Real Madrid World of Football Experience - Melbourne Museum - Review

    Melbourne Mum Renata took her daughter and her friend to the Real Madrid World of Football Experience this morning and loved the experience! The girls had lots of fun and learned a great deal about football in the exhibition with the great displays, the hands-on experiences, a game of soccer and play on the 16 person Fuzbol table in the Battle Zone. Thank you Renata for the great photos and review. To follow Renata and her daughter’s experiences on Instagram, head to @renatakatarzyna.

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Kids 5 years and older, parents and families will love this exhibition. This exhibition is not only for football fans but for all ages, even smaller kids can enjoy themselves with older siblings. 

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    The Real Madrid World of Football Experience is a new, state-of-the-art, digital and hands-on interactive football experience designed for all ages. Through impressive audio-visual displays, physical interactive football experiences, playable gaming technologies combined with historical club memorabilia and stunning trophies, visitors can go behind the scenes to discover the culture passion, players and epic victories that make Real Madrid C.F. the football Club of the Century.

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Housed under the roof of a massive 50m x 30m touring pavilion, Real Madrid World of Football Experience offers visitors four immersive zones. 

    The Real Madrid C.F Exhibition Zone offers incredible audio-visual displays, original memorabilia, trophies and interactive technology to help visitors discover the Clubs’ history.

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    The 360 Cinematic Match Day Experience Zone allows visitors to feel the passion and adrenaline pumping energy from the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

     Photo credit: Real Madrid World of Football 

    Photo credit: Real Madrid World of Football 

    The interactive ‘Come Play’ Zone is loaded with physical, digital and playable technology and test your power, speed and accuracy against the Real Madrid C.F team.

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Have fun in the EA Sports FIFA Arena and battle it out in the Fuzbol Battle Zone with a gigantic 16-person Fuzbol Table.

     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Our tips:

    • The Real Madrid World of Football Experience is on now at the Melbourne Museum until 30th September, open daily 10 am to 5pm.
    • Tickets are $19.50 per Kids 4 to 16 yrs, $35 per Adult, $80 per Family (2 adults/2 kids or 1 adult/3 kids) or $99.50 per Hero (1 adult/4 kids). Kids under 4 go Free.
    • You can get to the Melbourne Museum via public transport or car. There is parking along Carlton Street but also parking under the Museum at casual rates, museum member discount rates or by booking online to save 30%.
    • Hourly timed sessions allow you to arrive within the hour purchased. Once inside the experience there is no time limit as to how long you can stay. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy at their own pace.
     Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

    Busy City Kids were invited to Real Madrid World of Football Experience for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

    The Real Madrid World of Football Experience is on now at the Melbourne Museum Plaza until 30th September 2018. To find out more about the Real Madrid World of Football Experience, head to the Melbourne Museum's dedicated website.

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

    State Library of Victoria - Play Pod - Welcome to Country - Melbourne - Review

    Pop in to the State Library of Victoria to enjoy the latest Play Pod theme and join the Library for Indigenous art and storytelling activities, inspired by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy's Welcome to CountryHow gorgeous is this new theme, love the little fire and the cute cushions!

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    Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

    An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time in a stunning picture book from two Indigenous Australians. Welcome to the lands of the Wurundjeri people. The people are part of the land, and the land is a part of them. Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Discover Welcome to Country through the book and Play Pod.

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    Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

     Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

    Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

    It will be the last Play Pod for a while as renovations will be underway after September to prepare and to build an amazing new space for children and families, the Children's Quarter due to be complete by end 2019.

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    Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

     Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

    Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

    The Play Pod is open 10am–4pm daily in the State Library of Victoria's Courtyard and will close on Sunday 19th of August 2018. For more information on the State Library of Victoria Play Pod, head to their website.

    Baby Bounce and Story Time Programs will be suspended during renovations however keep in touch with the State Library of Victoria as offsite programs will take place. The last dates for these programs will be Thursday 16 August, and the Play Pod will close on Sunday 19 August, 2018.

    To read our past reviews of the Play Pod, head here.

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

    Migration Museum - Adelaide - Review

    On our recent Adelaide school holiday trip, we visited the Migration Museum in the CBD. The Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities. We popped in to have a look and were pleasantly surprised by the rich history the Migration Museum presented.

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    The Migration Museum honours the arrival of families those hundreds of years ago in the Leaving Britain & Establishing South Australia permanent exhibition and shares their stories and their brave journey to make Australia their new home in hope for a better life and more freedom and a great future for their children. 

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    The Migration Museum also talks about immigration in the 20th century and how migration in the last few decades as changed Australia in fundamental ways.

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    The permanent exhibition Immigration in the 20th century shows how migrants impacted on the first peoples and how mass migration schemes made us the multicultural country we are today.

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    Last but not least in the exterior building is the permanent exhibition In this Place, which touches on the history of the Migration Museum site which was once part of Adelaide’s Destitute Asylum.

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    If you are a SA resident and have lived in Adelaide all your life and have family in Adelaide do checkout the family register to see if your family is registered. You can also commemorate your family history with an engraved paver which will be placed in the courtyard.

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    Our tips:

    • The Migration Museum is located at 82 Kintore Avenue near the State Library of South Australia.
    • The Museum is open daily 10 am to 5pm except Christmas Day.
    • Admission is FREE.
    • The Museum is pram friendly.
    • There are toilets located next to the Museum near the courtyard.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the Migration Museum for the purposes of a review. Entry is FREE for everyone. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

    For more information on the Migration Museum and other History of Trust SA Museums, head to their website.

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

    S.E.A Aquarium - Singapore - Review

    The S.E.A (South East Asia) Aquarium located within Resorts World Sentosa is the world's largest aquarium. Home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats, each one as fascinating as the next. The Aquarium spans more than 45 million litres of water.

    The S.E.A Aquarium takes guests through 10 different aquarium zones, covering the vast oceans of the planet through some 49 habitats. From the Strait of Karimata and Java Sea zone which includes the Shipwreck at the entrance of the Aquarium to The Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea zone, Red Sea zone to Shark Seas zone on your way out to name a few. The Aquarium covers all seas!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The gorgeous displays of tropical fish and coral around the aquarium is just fascinating and some of the displays were like nothing like we have ever seen before!

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    The Discovery Touch Pool was a fun way to touch and learn about sea stars, sea cucumbers and other fascinating marine invertebrates. Highly recommended and included in entry fee.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    There's lots of little nooks and crannies around the aquarium for kids to observe different fish and species. Like the giant moray eels' little tunnel kids can walk through and observe the eels from there. Or the 'close up' spots on some of the aquarium exhibits and the educational section.

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    Our favourite zones include the East Africa zone which showcases the amazing life forms that the freshwater lake ecosystems have evolved to occupy unique niches, and are found nowhere else on earth.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The Open Ocean Habitat zone showcases the Ocean Gallery which is the centrepiece of the Aquarium where visitors can see through the world’s largest aquarium viewing panel that measures a staggering 36m wide, 8.3m tall and 70cm thick. The gallery contains more than 18 million litres of water and home to more than 50,000 marine animals.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    And last but not least, my son's favourite zone of all, the Shark Seas zone - so impressive and you'll see why!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    We had a fabulous time at the S.E.A Aquarium, such an amazing Aquarium filled with some of the world's most fascinating fish and creatures! We highly recommend a visit if you come to Singapore and Sentosa!

    Our tips:

    • The S.E.A Aquarium is located within Resorts World Sentosa on Sentosa Island at 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore which is about 30 mins taxi ride from the city.
    • There are many ways you can get to Resorts World Sentosa, there is a Sentosa train, you can take a taxi there or walk from the Sentosa train station located in VivoCity Shopping Mall. 
    • Allow a minimum of 2 hours to fully appreciate the Aquarium.
    • The S.E.A Aquarium is open every day of the year from 10am to 7pm. 
    • There are toilets and food outlets located around the aquarium.
    • The S.E.A Aquarium is pram and wheelchair friendly however it can get squishy when it's busy.
    • Ticket prices are as follows: per Adult S$39 or per Child S$29 or per Senior S$29. 
    • Bring snacks, hats, sunscreen, water bottles, comfy shoes for both kids & adults however outside food is not permitted in the aquarium except for baby products and restricted to designated areas.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the S.E.A Aquarium in Singapore for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. To read our other Singapore reviews, head here. 

    For more information on S.E.A Aquarium, head to their website.

    South Australian Maritime Museum - Adelaide - Review

    On our last visit to Adelaide, we visited the South Australian Maritime Museum in fitting historical Port Adelaide. The Museum preserves, explores and celebrates the human history of our oceans and rivers with a mix of permanent and temporary exhibitions on display.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    As you walk into the South Australian Maritime Museum, you will not miss the stunning replica ketch Active II ship. Built by shipwright Bill Porter and rigged by sail maker Don Lucas in 1986, this replica shows how hard the ketch trade was back in the 1800s. The first Active was built in 1873 and worked the coast until 1959. Kids can get on board the ketch and experience life at sea on dry land! Navigate the ship and go below deck to checkout the ship's quarters.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Visitors can also catch the permanent exhibition Doplhins! The Port River Pod which talks about the Port River and how a pod of about thirty dolphins makes the river estuary its home. As many as 200 dolphins visit each year, all within a city of more than one million people. The exhibition looks at their anatomy, ecology, how they communicate and how they live in social groups. It also explores how humans communicate with dolphins and how we have impacted on their environment as a result of plastic pollution and sewerage pollution in the river.

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    The Museum also has a great collection of artefacts and model ships upstairs.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The Museum also looks at the roles that South Australians have played in the colonial navy and the Royal Australian Navy through the First and Second World Wars and the Vietnam War and from memory it also mentioned recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is showcased at Action Stations.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The Bound for South Australia exhibition on the lower level of the Museum features precious personal mementos first immigrants brought to South Australia. It explores how nine ships left Britain for the newly created Province of South Australia in 1836 and shows life at sea, what they ate, where they slept and how they fared on the long sea voyage.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    We quite enjoyed our time at the South Australian Maritime Museum, when we visited there were some underwater play stations upstairs for kids to have a go at and other sections were going under development. There was a carnival area with old pier carnival games and some surf boards for the kids to have a go on too. Lots to learn and discover at the South Australia Maritime Museum.

    Don't forget to visit the Port Adelaide lighthouse before you leave Port Adelaide. The lighthouse is Port Adelaide’s icon. It stands at the end of Commercial Road marking the place where the city meets the Port River. Visitors can climb the seventy-four steps and take in the views of Port Adelaide, the coast and back past the city to the Mount Lofty Ranges. The lighthouse was first lit in 1869 and originally stood at the entrance to the Port River. We didn't climb up but it was great to see the lighthouse.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Our tips:

    • The South Australian Maritime Museum is located at 126 Lipson Street in Port Adelaide about 30 mins from the CBD.
    • The Museum is open every day of the year except Good Friday and Christmas Day from 10 am to 5 pm.
    • Admission to the Museum is $15 per adult, $6 for children, Free for kids under 5 and $34.50 for a family.
    • The Museum is pram friendly with a lift inside to go between levels. No pram allowed on the Active II ship.
    • There are toilets inside the Museum.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the South Australian Maritime Museum for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

    For more information and up-to-date news about the South Australian Maritime Museum, head to their website.

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

    Museums Discovery Centre - Sydney - Review

    We recently took advantage of Free Museum Weekend and visited the Museums Discovery Centre in Caste Hill for the first time a few weekends ago, for free! 

    The Museums Discovery Centre (MDC) is a collaboration between the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)Australian Museum (AM) and Sydney Living Museums.

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    Inside the Museums Discovery Centre, visitors can expect to find millions of treasures, with hundreds on display, and thousands more waiting to be discovered through booked tours of the deep collection stores.

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    We loved looking at the different cars, bikes, scooters, buses, planes, boats on display as well as miniature trains, cars, planes etc. The kids loved the discovery boxes where hundreds of treasures were there ready to be discovered. There were also experts on the day transmitting message in morse code and writing them up on an old type writer for kids to enjoy.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    After we checked out the many treasures, we headed to a different store of the Discovery Centre where we found collections of furnitures, clothes, costumes and antiques not accessible to the public. Meccano experts were showcasing their models for the open day. We love Meccano so we were quite happy to see the models!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Inside the store of various things, we found costumes and official uniforms for the Sydney Olympic Games' opening ceremony.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    There is also another store filled with old cars which little car enthusiasts will love. It has access restrictions but some special tours are available to organise access.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    We really enjoyed visiting the Museums Discovery Centre! The centre has an immense variety of treasures on display. There was so much to take in on the day that it truly deserves another visit!

    Our tips:

    • The Museums Discovery Centre is located at 172 Showground Road in Caste Hill. 
    • Parking on the day was available at the nearby TAFE off Green Road. I recommend using that entrance.
    • The Centre is open Mon to Fri from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm. Closed public holidays.
    • Admission is $10 per adult, Free for kids 16 and under and $8 for seniors and students. Free for members.
    • The Museum is pram friendly with lifts available.
    • The museum has a disabled toilets with fitted change table.
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    For more information on the Museums Discovery Centre, head to their website.

    Busy City Kids attended the Museums Discovery Centre for the purpose of a review as part of Free Museum Weekend. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

    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!

    Underwater Quest - Legoland Discovery Centre - Melbourne - Review

    This morning, Legoland Discovery Centre in Melbourne launched a new LEGO play zone: Underwater Quest. Kate and her little ones checked out the new play zone and the center and loved it!

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Visitors can create exciting new creatures, ships and submarines to explore the seas and be amazed as projected animation brings the water and LEGO models to life.

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    A new interactive digital build table is the highlight of the new experience with created lego projected onto the table.

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Kids can follow steps by steps on screen and create their own fish, shark and the like.

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    They can also have a play and pretend they are driving a submarine pod and look out for sharks ha!

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Or create other objects made of LEGO.

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    The new experience is made up of over 200,000 LEGO blocks and it took the dedicated team at Legoland over 700 hours to complete the build. This build is one of only three Underwater Quests in the world. How impressive, we love it!

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Underwater Quest is perfect for the school holidays! Entry to Underwater Quest is included in admission price. For our full review & tips of Legoland Discovery Centre in Melbourne, head here.

    For more information on Legoland and their latest news, head here.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the launch of Underwater Quest at Legoland Discovery Melbourne for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, parking and food were self funded. 

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

    Freshwater Beach Playgrounds - Freshwater - Sydney

    There are two playgrounds located next to Freshwater Beach in Freshwater. 

    The first playground is overlooking Freshwater Beach and can be accessed from Moore Rd in Freshwater.

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    The second playground is part of a little reserve also next to the Freshwater Beach and accessible from Moore Rd, Gore St and Kooloora Rd in Freshwater.

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    Both playgrounds are quite entertaining for little ones and a small stroll from the Freshwater local shops and cafés. There are three cafés near these two playgrounds so lots to choose from so grab a coffee and head to the playground with the little ones. Just be mindful of the little ones as the playgrounds are not fenced. My son loves chasing birds and I've had to tell him off a few times as he was getting too close to the parked cars. Parking is free for local residents with a northern beaches council parking pass or ticketed.

    Tips:

    • Bring sunscreen and a hat for your little ones although there is nice shade from the trees
    • Bring a picnic, snacks and water bottle or grab an ice cream and a drink from nearby cafés or lifesaver club
    • There is a walking and cycling path along playground so grab the little one's scooter or bike

    These playgrounds have:

    • Accessible toilets
    • Accessible parking on the street
    • A nearby beach
    • BBQ equipment
    • Cycling & scooter tracks
    • Picnic areas
    • Cafés nearby
    • Seating, tables, benches
    • Swings for babies and older kids
    • Walking and cycling paths
    • Meter and council residents parking.

    For more Sydney playgrounds, head to our dedicated page.

    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.

    Bricks 4 Kidz - Northern Beaches School Holiday Workshops - Sydney - Info

    Bricks 4 Kidz is a fantastic program where kids can create cool BRICKS 4 KIDZ® models with LEGO® Technic, build 3D characters, or make craft projects and other activities that center around SUPER FUN themes. Kids can also join robotics workshops to create and learn to program their own ‘bot!

    Bricks 4 Kidz Northern Beaches specifically will be running July Workshops in Balgowlah for the upcoming school holidays. As well as other venues across the Northern Beaches.

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    In week one Bricks 4 Kidz Northern Beaches will be running three fantastic programs:

    • A Galaxy Far Away (2 Days) workshop offered on Monday, 9 and Tuesday, 10 July from 9am - 4pm. Cost: $180. Inspired by Star Wars, our Galaxy Far Away school holiday workshop is designed to make your imagination blast off! Build AWESOME 3D models of your favourite characters, pilot a rebel fighter to bring you back safely from resistance and motorise models representing the amazing spacecrafts from the world's most popular movie - and much, much more! Come experience this stellar journey to a Galaxy Far Away! Ages: 5 - 11.
       
    • Superheroes: Avengers vs Incredibles (One Day) workshop offered on Wednesday, 11 July from 9am - 4pm. Cost: $90. Use your imaginations, building skills and crime fighting passion in this thrilling new workshop! In the morning, kids will enter the world of the Avengers in their quest to save the world. In the afternoon, join the Incredibles on an epic crime fighting adventure! Guild and create fun models inspired by the superheroes, play games, and creative crafts! Ages 5 – 11.
       
    • Junior Robotics - World of Amusement (Two Days) workshop offered on Thursday, 12 and Friday, 13 July from 9am - 4pm. Cost: $190. Join the fun as we combine the thrill of an Amusement Park with WeDo Robotics to create a World of Amusement! Kids will learn core coding concepts and build their favourite rides, the program them to  spin, roll, turn and rock on command.  They'll use motors, displays, loops, and tilt and motion sensors!  So much fun, they’ll forget they are learning! Ages: 6 - 11.
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    Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

    In week 2, Bricks 4 Kidz will be offering three programs, starting with our unique coding with robotics program for students ages 9 - 13. 

    • MINDSTORMS® EV3  Robotics 101 (Two Days) workshop offered on Monday, 16 and Tuesday, 17 July from 9am – 4pm.  Cost: $190. Experience cutting-edge technology with the introduction of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Robotics. Students are captivated as they incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors and software by programming their commands directly into the intelligent brick. Their capabilities are tested by moving an object with a robotic claw, build a bumper ‘bot and a robot that detects colours! Mindstorms provides the complete fundamental components of robotics.  Our small program size means each child gets the support they need throughout the day. Ages: 9+.
       
    • Winter Brick Blast (One Day) Wednesday, 18 July: 9am – 4pm. Cost: $90. Don’t get left out in the cold! It’s our own Brick Snow Day filled with motorised Bricks 4 Kidz models of popular snow sports, from the hair-raising thrill of the luge and snow mobile to ice hockey and skiing. Then we’ll build other winter characters and create a special craft for each child to take home at the end of the day. No snow? No problem. All you need to create these winter memories are our bricks and your imagination!  Great for both girls and boys. Ages 5-11.
       
    • Extreme Ninjas (Two Days) Thursday, 19 and Friday, 20 July: 9am – 4pm. Cost: $180. Inspired by the LEGO Ninjago movie! Ninjas … GO!   There are new ninjas on the block, ready to fight to defend their honour and restore peace! All ninjas attending this school holiday workshop will have an important role to play in carrying on the legacy of spectacular ninja skill, self-discipline, and courage. Join the team by using LEGO® Bricks, technic pieces, gears and motors to build the ninja domain of temples, dragons, awesome ninja spinning machines and more! Ages: 5 – 11.
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    Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

    The Balgowlah workshop will be at: 1st Balgowlah Scout Hall, Balgowlah Park, Pickworth Avenue, Balgowlah NSW

    For more information on Bricks 4 Kidz on the Sydney Northern Beaches, head to their 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.