SciencePlay Kids Classes - Melbourne - Review

On our last school holiday trip in Melbourne, we attended one of Dr Loz’s SciencePlay Kids school holiday session at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. Little Miss was so inspired after the class and loved it so much, she spoke to her dad and I in length about her space probe and alien she made during the class and how she wanted to attend another class the next day!

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Some of you may have remembered the Melbourne Minor gang featuring on Busy City Kids with their review (link here) of SciencePlay Kids when it first started in 2016 in Maidstone. Since then, Dr Loz’s popular science workshops and school holiday program sessions have grown in popularity, so as her team and gear so SciencePlay Kids found a new home at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.

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Little Miss really enjoyed making her first space probe during the class, listening to Dr Loz’s explanations about space and completing the task by herself with a helping hand from the team for the tricky bits. She loved seeing her space probe glow in the dark and make noise with the special battery packs.

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Little Miss also enjoyed making her own alien, her brother enjoyed doing this task too.

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Our SciencePlay Kids session was by far the best school holiday session we have done to-date. We learned so much about space, space crafts, space probes, space missions and so much more. Dr Loz is a true inspiration for kids and especially for little girls like Little Miss!

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For more information on SciencePlay Kids, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to Science Play Kids for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

Our tips:

  • SciencePlay Kids run various sessions at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St in Footscray.

  • If you are attending a session, get there at least 10 minutes before the class starts.

  • They also run term classes, special events, school holiday sessions and Mini Makers sessions at Highpoint Shopping Centre once a month so check their website (above) for more info and signup to their newsletter to keep informed.

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

We Rock the Spectrum Preston - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones recently visited We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) in Preston and really enjoyed their afternoon there. Here’s what Kate had to sayWe Rock the Spectrum is Melbourne’s first drop in, sensory friendly, indoor play centre that provides kids of ALL abilities, a fun & motivating environment to play, regulate and grow together.’ Thanks Kate for visiting and for the pics xo Catherine

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We Rock the Spectrum provides a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. They are committed to providing children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behaviour, social interactions, and self-care skills.

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Their unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development which can help all children grow, develop and feel connected by providing an inclusive environment for play.

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Parents/carers and children can pop in to the WRTS centre and enjoy full use of their sensory-safe gym. Their gym features fun therapy equipment, sensory play, an arts & crafts area, a really nice sensory wall, a calming room and more. There are a range of activities available for kids ages 1 to 12 years.

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WRTS have a fantastic range of toys in the toddler section from Melissa and Doug and The Therapy Store for little ones to use. Older children can jump on the trampoline or zip down the zip line and swing on a variety of swings. 

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We Rock the Spectrum can also host birthday parties, special events, excursions, classes and more. They also have a fantastic The Rock Shop offers parents the best selection of hand picked sensory-based toys and puzzles.

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For more information on We Rock the Spectrum HQ in Preston, head to their website.

Our tips:

  • We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) Preston are open Mon-Fri: 9:30am–6pm, Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm.

  • WRTS Preston are located 378-380 Gilbert Rd in Preston VIC 3072.

  • A range of play opportunities are offered at WRTS such as open play, birthday parties, special events, therapy services, NDIS, Parents Night Out, Excursions as well as Music Classes, Yoga, Storytime, Art Classes, Dance and more.

  • For children ages 1 to 12 years, Open Play Time is offered daily, Sessions are for 2 hours, Siblings are discounted, An All Day Pass with pass outs is available and Multi-visit packages and Monthly memberships are available. A parent or guardian must be on the premises at all times.

  • Prices for Open Play are $14 for 1 Child and $12 for Accompanying Sibling for 2 hours. An all day pass is $24. There are Open Play discount packages and monthly memberships available too. Check their website.

  • FREE off-street parking available at the rear of the building.

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

Wannabees Frenchs Forest - Sydney - Review

We recently visited Wannabees Frenchs Forest before the school holidays and had a great time! Kids really enjoyed spending time at this child size city. The 1100 sqm building comprises of a beauty salon, grocery store, vet office, café & restaurant, post office, bank, doctor’s office, school, library, jail & police station, maternity ward, radio & tv studios, fashion shop and a construction site.

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Children can dress up, role play and pretend to be a doctor, postman, fireman, vet, beauty therapist and much more! Little Miss’ favourite spot was the beauty salon where she pretended to get her hair done and had her nails painted by one of the staff.

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Little Mister and Miss’ other favourite rooms were the grocery store, pet shop, jail and the café & restaurant. They loved pretending to give dogs a wash at the vet’s salon and making coffees & food at the café/restaurant.

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The kids loved pretending away in the green screen room and even dad joined in for a news presentation!

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Little Mister loved taking the little tikes cars and other cars available onsite for a ride around the centre.

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Kids can also enjoy a play zone with toys, a small climbing structure and climbing wall. They can also take part in fashion shows and dance on the special dance floor.

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Wannabees Frenchs Forest is a very popular spot for birthday parties on weekends so book in advance.

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The kids really enjoyed their visit at Wannabees Frenchs Forest and have asked to go again soon. A great spot for a play date, birthday party and perfect for rainy days. Wannabees Hornsby, the newest centre is now open and we hope to review the centre very soon.

For more information on Wannabees, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to Wannabees Frenchs Forest for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

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Our tips:

  • Wannabees Frenchs Forest is located at C1/1-3 Rodborough Rd in Frenchs Forest.

  • Open Monday to Friday (9:30 am - 2:00 pm), Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

  • Adults $5, Children Weekend & school hols: $15 (1-2 yrs) or $20 (Ages 3-10). Otherwise $15 for all ages weekdays during school term. Kids under 12 months free.

  • Head to Wannabees Frenchs Forest during the week or early to avoid the crowds.

  • Scheduled activities are on every weekday morning between 10am and 1pm to keep everyone entertained.

  • On weekends fashion parades are run, disco dance on our concert stage, Tv Studio and the popular “fire fighting” several times during both morning and afternoon.

  • Also open for birthday parties, school excursions or vacation care and café onsite.

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.

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden - Melbourne - Review

Updated Nov 2018. We visited the gardens in October for the Spring into Nature event at the Gardens.

Spring is now in full swing which can only mean one thing, warmer weather for little ones to go outdoors and explore! And the reopening of the Ian Potter Foundation's Children's Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne!!

The Children's Garden will reopen on Father's Day Sunday 2nd of September 2018 which will delight little ones and their carers. There are lots of places for little ones to explore and relax throughout the garden so don't forget a picnic and some spots of water play so don’t forget change of clothes.

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At the entrance you can find a beautiful tree, a Magic Pudding sculpture (pictured in background) and a lavender maze (pictured right).

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There is also a walkway to the main garden's grass area where lots of little ones like to sit down for a snack and relax.

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To the left of the grass area is a large sandpit area which is our favourite spot. We spend a fair amount of time there when we visit. Your little ones no doubt will love it too so don't forget to bring a bucket and spade. 

The kids like running from the sandpit across the little bridge towards the elephant statue. We either explore the wetland area (which is a shallow pond with little fish in) or make our way to the Bamboo forest (behind the elephant statue), walk up the stairs to the little platform to get a view from above the garden.

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We then walk along the rill which is a gentle waterway that runs through the garden. In Summer, a water feature is turned on which sprays water out for little ones to play with. Which then leads to a little hide and seek area where little ones can take some shade. There is also an area which can be rented for parties and you can also access the garden's veggie garden around there too.

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We love walking around the vegetable garden in spring and summer, there are some areas for little ones to dig and play in the dirt too.

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The garden is not open every day so do check the opening times on the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden website before you head out! Here’s a great map of the garden below.

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Tips:

  • Come prepared with sunscreen, snacks, water, change of clothes, bucket & spade, few bandaids and a picnic rug.

  • There is Jardin Tan café nearby where you can also pickup drinks and food from too as well as toilets near the Information Centre.

  • Closest entry is via Gate F along Birdwood Avenue after the Observatory on the left (view map here).

  • There is paying parking along the avenue.

For a great list of playgrounds, checkout our list here.

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

 

STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition - Sydney - Review

Discover your STAR WARS™ identity this summer at the Powerhouse Museum, with the NEW STAR WARS™ exhibition - STAR WARS™ Identities.

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Are your little ones like Yoda or Darth Vader? Fans of the galactic series will be given the opportunity to discover the forces that shape them and the Star Wars character they most identify with in STAR WARS™ Identities. This interactive adventure into the STAR WARS™ galaxy opens on Friday 16th of November at the Powerhouse Museum and will have you and the kids choose which side you are on and which character you would be.

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STAR WARS™ Identities is designed for visitors of all ages and uses technology and expertise in the fields of neuropsychology, psychology, and biochemistry, interwoven with a collection of over 200 original artefacts, costumes, and props from the Lucasfilm archives, to lead Star Wars fans on a personal Identity Quest.

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Visitors will be invited to explore their own identity and learn about the forces that shape them as they move through a series of interactive stations. Each station will provide insights that help museum guests define a unique STAR WARS™ character that they create and meet at the end of the exhibition. Will your choices lead you on a path to the dark side of the Force? Are you a Wookiee Jedi Knight? Or maybe an Ewok with fighter-pilot skills?

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Along the way rare treasures from the Lucasfilm archives and original costumes, props, models and artworks will be on display, giving a behind the scenes look at the movie-making process. There’s BB-8, R2-D2, the Millennium Falcon, Yoda from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™, Darth Vader’s suit from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™, plus so much more!

The STAR WARS™ Identities exhibition is on at the Powerhouse Museum from Friday 16th of November 2018 to Monday 10th of June 2019. Tickets are $36 adult, $32 concession, $23 child and $95 family (2 adults 2 kids). All tickets include general admission to the rest of the museum, where you can enjoy the Wiggles Exhibition (see our review here) and so much more around the museum.

For more information on STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition, head to the Powerhouse Museum's 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.

Noreuil Park and River Deck Café - Albury - Review

Noreuil Park and River Deck Café in Albury is the perfect place to stop over for a coffee, a bite to eat and a play on your way to Melbourne or back to Sydney if you’re driving through.

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The Noreuil Park is a fantastic spot overlooking the gorgeous Murray River. Great for a play at the playground, a picnic, catching up with friends and family for a coffee and a bite to eat. There’s lots of shade trees, picnic tables, lots of grass to sit, relax and watch the river water pass by and watch ducks. There is no fencing near the river so watch your little ones if they love exploring, I know mine do.

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The playground is a great setup with swings, a seesaw, a great structure with slides, monkey bars, climbing sides and more.

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We loved getting takeaway coffee and lunch at the River Café. We loved their coffee and sticky chai tea, eggs & bacon in a brioche bun and the kids loved the chicken & chips!

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You’ll love this great stopover! There is also the nearby Oddies Creek Park which is an inclusive play space which caters for all ages and abilities which also features a flying fox, basket swing, toilets, BBQ and picnic area, musical sculptures, sandpit and climbing walls. And the gorgeous Children’s Garden part of the Albury Botanic Gardens.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids when you get to Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog. Or if you’re heading to Sydney, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots List or Blog.

Children's Garden at Albury Botanic Gardens - Albury - Review

These last September school holidays, we stopped overnight at Albury to break the drive from Sydney to Melbourne. We had a lovely stay overnight at Quest Albury Townsend and headed to the Children’s Garden set in the beautiful Albury Botanic Gardens.

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This gorgeous Children’s Garden designed by Mary Jeavons is a place where children can enjoy learning about the environment in a safe, creative and fun way, stimulating their imagination and providing a sense of wonder.

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This fully fenced Children's Garden will stimulate children’s senses through imagination, observation and play. Kids can follow trails around the garden to explore and discover a wonderful array of items. Little Miss and Little Mister loved the life sized dinosaur and especially the baby dinosaur at the entrance.

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There is a castle themed toilet nestled next to the bamboo forest (where kids can explore). This castle themed toilet is quiet interesting but very useful with children and adults toilets and change table facilities.

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The latest addition to the Children’s Garden is the treehouse which will consist of multi-level decks, ramps, rope ladders and steps, leading to a top platform and covered by an all-weather thatched roof. The structure is supported by natural timber bush poles, with artistic toppings and will be surrounded by a sandpit, garden beds, rock features, soft-fall areas and timber seating. It wasn’t opened when we visited however it is almost finished.

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Highlights include a life-sized dinosaur with interactive speaking tubes, carved animals, living cubbies, a fairy temple, a willow dome, a throne, a water play area, a wetland, dinosaur eggs, a creek line, troll cave, musical instruments, murals and more.

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The Children’s Garden at Albury Botanic Gardens is a gorgeous spot in Albury where children can discover, wonder and enjoy. Make it a must stop when you’re visiting Albury next.

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For more information and opening times to the Children's Garden, head to their website.

There is also the nearby Oddies Creek Park which is an inclusive play space which caters for all ages and abilities which also features a flying fox, basket swing, toilets, BBQ and picnic area, musical sculptures, sandpit and climbing walls.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids when you get to Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog. Or if you’re heading to Sydney, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots List or Blog.

Whales | Tohorā - Australian Museum - Sydney - Review

Whales are a fundamental component of our marine ecosystems whether we live near a beach or not. Sydney is a city familiar with whales sightings and their history. As whales have dominated our existence for thousands of years, take a deep look into these incredible creatures with the NEW exhibition Whales | Tohorā at the Australian Museum.

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Developed by Te Papa Museum in New Zealand, the travelling exhibition Whales | Tohorā explores the diversity, biology and how whales have adapted and have been treated by humans in their oceans throughout history.

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Visitors can expect to learn a great deal about these beautiful creatures and learn about dolphins too in this comprehensive exhibition.

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Whales | Tohorā has a number of interactive setups throughout the exhibition to show visitors and children important facts, images and videos about whales and dolphins around the world as well as interactive games and a fun children’s trail. Little Miss liked the whale and dolphin quiz about their anatomy (see pic below).

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Children will be impressed with the life size replica of a blue whale’s heart and can crawl inside it and watch little videos about this creature. This was little Mister’s favourite part of the exhibition and very popular with other kids too.

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Kids will love listening the different whale sounds in the Sound Chamber. It is easy for kids to use, they can just turn the dial to listen to whale clicks as well as high and low pitch sounds some whales make.

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Whales | Tohorā visitors will be impressed with one of the most extensive collections of whale skeletons ever displayed including an 18m skeleton of a Bull sperm whale.

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Kids will be treated to a cute Whale Trial where they can have a whale of a time looking for clues around the exhibition to help them complete the trail by using specific sections to uncover their little whale on the paper and respond to a word puzzle.

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Visitors will also learn how humans have revered whales, hunted them and explored their astounding adaptations to life in the sea and will learn the stories of some of the people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales – from legendary South Pacific whale riders to whale scientists and former whaling families.

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The Australian Museum also invites visitors during their visit to the exhibition to pop over near the Museum Shop and take part in the Australian Museum and World Wildlife Fund campaign by pledging to reduce their use of plastics through signing up at the Australian Museum.

Whales are at the top of food chain and a fundamental component of marine ecosystems.  They face constant threats from whaling, overfishing and pollution and most recently the effect that plastic pollution has had on whales and marine life across the globe has been alarming. Pledge today to reduce your use of plastics, help with beach cleanups and try to refuse, reuse and recycle when you can to help keep our oceans clean.

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Pop over to the revamped Kidspace after the exhibition if you have little ones under 5. It has had a great facelift and is currently themed with the Whales exhibition in mind with ocean themed water play, a game where kids are invited to match photos of whales and dolphins to their name, kids are invited to draw a whale on little chalkboards and read books about whales. And of course, kids can enjoy the three pods as well as other spots in the kidspace.

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Once you’re done in the KidSpace, head to Search & Discover which also received a facelift and is looking fabulous with so much to search and discover including the new Frog ID section where kids can identify and listen to the sounds of frogs. The Frog ID is a great app which helps you identify and learn about frogs near you all while contributing to science with your help. There is a small section for little ones to relax and read, spots where they can look at insects through microscopes, a dinosaur area where they can colour in and make their dinosaur on the screen and more.

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Our tips:

  • The Australian Museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 5pm except Christmas Day

  • General Admission to the Museum applies. Adult $15, Concession $8, Kids 0-15 years Free, Family (2 adults 2 Kids) $30, Family (1 adult 2 Kids) $15. AM Members go Free.

  • Admission to Whales | Tohora is additional Adult $27, Concession $22, Kids 5-15 years $14, Kids 0-5 yrs Free, Family (2 adults with up to 3 kids) $72, Family (1 adult with up to 3 kids) $49. Members can discounted rates for the exhibition. New Members who join up during the exhibition, get free entry to Whales | Tohora.

  • Whales | Tohora is on now until Sunday 28th April 2019.

  • There are changing facilities on level G on the Museum as well as in the Search & Discover area and KidSpace area.

  • The Australian Museum is pram and wheelchair friendly with a number of ramps as well as lifts.

For more information on the Australian Museum, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to the Australian Museum for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

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.

Lost Picnic Melbourne - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones headed to the first Lost Picnic Melbourne earlier this month while Lost Picnic Sydney returned to the Domain the following week. Lost Picnic is the ultimate outdoor live music event celebrating Spring, music, food and performance along with specially curated entertainment fun activities and lots of food options too to keep the whole family happy! Thank you Kate for the gorgeous pics. To follow Kate and her little ones’ adventures, head to their Insta page @kateflatman.

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The event lineup for Lost Picnic Melbourne consisted of Tash Sultana, Meg Mac, Marlon Williams, Odette, Big Words and Hot Potato Band. Many music lovers brought a picnic along and settled back until late in the night enjoying the bands and the activities throughout the day.

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Families were treated to some very specially curated activities, performances and entertainment under and nearby the Dreaming Space where Kate and her little circus fans spent most of the day while listening to the music in the background.

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The Circus Playground was a fantastic drop in area where kids and adults were invited to discover the magic of circus play. Kate’s little ones learned how to use a hula hoop, how to spin plates, to learn poi and master the diablo.

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Kids were also spoilt with special performances by Nylon Zoo who offered a variety of mostly magical, holographically hilarious, surprising and amazing interactive performances in and around an inflatable magic whale.

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Krazy Koala performed his catchy songs and crazy puppet dance moves and Kazaam the Magician created wonder and mystery with humour and intrigue in his show.

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Fizzics Science outdid themselves with a big science show which blew the kids' and adults’ minds.

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There were also face painting, lawn games and roaming artists to keep the kids entertained.

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Kate and her family truly had the best time at Lost Picnic Melbourne, they loved listening to the bands on stage, joining in the kids entertainment and relaxing on the lawn with delicious food and drinks too. Bring on Lost Picnic 2019!

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Busy City Kids were invited to Lost Picnic Melbourne for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more information about Lost Picnic and to keep up-to-date, head to their website.

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

Play World Australia - Sydney - Review

Before the school holidays, we headed to Play World Australia, a NEW two day event where kids were invited to play, touch, laugh, sing, dance, have fun and more! Being in its first year, it was hard to conceptualise how Play World Australia would look like and the type of event it would be so we were pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be an awesome event with so much to do we could have stayed there the whole day! Little Miss sure didn’t want to leave and my memory card headed towards the 300 photos when I left, they was so much to cover - ha!

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Our first stop was the Nintendo stand with our favourite console the Nintendo Switch on display with kids embracing its technology and the Nintendo Labo components.

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There were more display of gaming consoles at the Star Link and Just Dance stands which visitors loved to test out.

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Young children loved the PJ Masks and Peppa Pig sections which offered free colouring and face painting which was very popular! The Foxtel Kids stand had meet & greets of children favourite tv characters.

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The Disney stand was gorgeous with lots of arts & crafts tables for kids to enjoy and a cool Coco mural to add to. Little Miss loved this section and we stayed there for a bit creating some headpieces, colouring in and creating some artwork.

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The Spotlight section was very popular too with little Miss and other kids were given free materials to create their very own slime and decorate it with all sorts of glitter, objects etc. Kids were then invited to be on their own YouTube video showing off their slime creation. There was also a cool Goblies section where they could throw little paint balls at walls.

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We love Wannabees indoor play centres so little Miss was in her element at their popup supermarket, fashion shop, hospital and petting zoo.

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Some kids embraced their inner Jedi at the Jedi Experience section where they were trained by Jedi masters and used training lightsabers. Others embraced teamwork by taking off Nerf challenges.

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There were various stands such as the Hot Wheels, Ben 10, our favourite Osmo and many more including the Taronga Zoo stand and a Virtual Reality VR stand showcasing their products.

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Play World Australia also had great shows on the Main Stage with comedians, magicians, presenters, DJs and more entertaining families as well as cool dance, arts & crafts and science workshops in the Workshop areas.

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Little kids were also invited to have fun with a special Toddler Town, Lego play area, Dino Dig area, reading nook as well as garden games overlooking the cool Transformers stand with Silent Disco.

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There was also a whole wall of arts & crafts for kids to do (little Miss was there for ages) and the popular Balloon Twister Con who made little Miss an amazing caterpillar. There were also various food and drinks stand for refreshments and a toy shop.

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We loved our time at Play World Australia, it was such a fun event with so much to do, learn from and explore. The event was so grand, it needed its own map so that we could find everything! We cannot wait to go again next year!

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For more information on Play World Australia and next year’s event, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to Play World Australia for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

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.

Tania Park Playground - Balgowlah Heights - Sydney - Review

The Tania Park in Balgowlah Heights is a local favourite for kids and toddlers and with its nearby large dog exercise area, sports ground and harbour views, it’s a great place for the family to catchup for a play and/or a picnic.

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The playground has basic equipment however sufficient for a great play. Kids will like the large structure with climbing parts, a slide and monkey bar. There is a double swing to please both little and bigger kids as well as a little cubby structure for little ones to play and use the slide as well as a bouncer and a bouncing car to ride in with friends.

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

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We like visiting the Tania Park playground and have visited it a few times since we moved to the Northern Beaches.

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

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

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

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Ball for nearby grounds/sports field

This playground has:

  • Fencing

  • Toilets

  • Park Benches

  • Free Parking on both sides of the playground

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

Sydney Bus Museum - Leichhardt - Sydney - Review

Last month, we visited the Sydney Bus Museum in Leichhardt and were spoilt by hopping onboard a Vintage Double Decker Bus from the QVB to the Sydney Bus Museum. The kids and specifically little Mister, were smiling and laughing at the bumpy yet awesome ride from the top deck. It’s a nice drive to the Museum where passengers can have a look around the city and go across the Anzac Bridge.

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When we arrived at the Museum, the kids’ eyes popped as they saw the vintage buses in the warehouse and so did I! There’s nothing better in my mind than preserving these great vehicles from the past.

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The Sydney Bus Museum is a great Museum for kids as they can pretty much touch everything and get on most vintage buses and drive them at the exception of some buses where notices have been written to make sure some of the buses’ old mechanics are preserved.

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The back wall of the 100 year-old tramshed consists of some information about the museum and the buses onsite and a video to show visitors. Visitors can explore the rest of the Museum by hopping on each bus and pretending to be a driver or passenger. There are quite of few buses so it might be hard to pick a favourite.

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The kids and other families on the day loved wondering around and hopping on the different buses and other vehicles onsite and especially the English double decker bus.

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Once we walked around the Sydney Bus Museum for over an hour, we caught a vintage bus back to the city to top the experience! We had such a great time at the Sydney Bus Museum. The Museum is run entirely by volunteers and open the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, check the Museum’s website (below) for more information, upcoming events and special themed Sundays.

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The Sydney Bus Museum is located at 25 Derbyshire Rd in Leichhardt.

Our tips:

  • The Sydney Bus Museum is open every first and third Sunday of the month 10 am to 4pm.

  • Ticket prices are: Adult $15, Child (4-16) $10, Concession $10 - Companion and Seniors cards accepted and Family (2 Adults / 2 Children) $35.

  • Each ticket includes all day entry to the museum and a ride aboard a vintage double-decker bus to Queen Victoria Building and return.

  • The Sydney Bus Museum is located at 25 Derbyshire Rd Leichhardt, access from Norton and William Streets only.

  • Please note there is limited parking on site. Disabled parking is available.

  • There are toilets onsite with a change table in the disabled toilets.

For more information on the Sydney Bus Museum, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to the Sydney Bus Museum for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

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.

The Messy Shed Balwyn - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her messy play lovers headed to The Messy Shed Balwyn last week to checkout what the mess was about ha! They spent a great hour enjoying free play at different stations all themed with Spring season messy activities. It looks like they had a great time! Thanks for the review and pics Kate. xo Catherine

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After the huge success of their first centre in Mornington, The Messy Shed opened in Melbourne’s east in August and has already gained an instant following with local parents and little mess makers.

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Their 45-minute sensory play sessions challenge children to think, interact, explore and most of all, have fun! Each week they run with a different theme, so whether it’s getting muddy with farm animals, digging with dinosaurs, making potions or creeping around with crawlies - there’s is something for everyone. With no rules except each activity stays within its allocated areas these sessions are completely child-led, which is just the way we like it!

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Our visit coincided with Spring activities which saw the poppets paint with fresh flowers, shear lambs, colour matching bugs, make things out of recycled materials and lots of water play! Lucky we bought a change of clothes!

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With three sessions each weekday, there is bound to be a time that you can enjoy with your little ones on a weekly or casual basis.  Plus keep an eye on their Instagram and Facebook accounts for School Holiday sessions too.

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Looking for a simple but super fun party option? The Messy Shed offer private hire both during the week and on weekends for children’s parties.  They provide the space and activities (and clean up) - you BYO everything else. How good is that?!?

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Our tips:

  • The Messy Shed Balwyn is located at 339 Balwyn Road, Balwyn North.

  • Messy Shed Balwyn is open Monday to Friday 9:15am - 10am, 10:30am - 11:15am and 11:45am - 12:30pm.

  • $10 casual class or $100 for an unlimited 3 month membership.

  • They also run birthday parties on weekends or weekdays.

  • Check their Facebook page for more information on upcoming sessions, weekly themes and to book.

Busy City Kids were invited to The Messy Shed Balwyn for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more information on Messy Shed Balwyn and bookings, head to their Facebook page.

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

GoClimb Coburg - Melbourne - Review

Contributor Renata and her daughter Anastasia and her friend Maxim headed to GoClimb in Coburg recently for Busy City Kids and were happy to share their experience with us.

They were hosted by lovely Luana on the day and headed to try out the NinjaX obstacle course first. NinjaX will release your child’s inner Ninja on the adrenaline pumping obstacle course with stand-alone challenges and a whole circuit and the great thing about it is that the degree of difficulty can change as you go.

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The NinjaX obstacle course which runs for an hour is suitable for kids over 130 cm or 5 to 6 years old. The course tested Anastasia and Maxim’s agility, strength and coordination which they really loved.

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Anastasia and Maxim also enjoyed the exciting and highly interactive GoPlay zone which has a sky high soft play arena for children 2 to 10 years old.

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The Clip’n Climb zone was by far Anastasia and Maxim’s favourite zone with 26 unique climbing challenges which are great for kids 4 year olds+ and of course adults.

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Anastasia and Maxim spent a great hour challenging and racing each other to the top of the climbing walls.

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GoClimb also has a cute fun, safe, engaging toddler soft play zone called GoJnr which is perfect for under 2 year olds while the big kids climb away.

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GoClimb Coburg is a great place which will challenge kids of all ages and adults and keep them busy for hours. It will challenge their strengths and abilities and allow them to have fun along the way and will ensure they sleep well that night ha!

Our tips:

  • GoClimb Coburg is open 7 days a week 9am to 6pm except on Friday and Saturday when they close at 9pm. Trading hours vary on school holidays and public holidays.

  • GoClimb Coburg is located at Lincoln Mills Homemaker Centre at 64-74 Gaffney Street in Coburg.

  • GoClimb Coburg runs WonderPlay sensory & creative play classes designed for parents and their kids 18 months to 5 years. Children participate in a range of sensory and interactive activity stations which are weekly themed and carefully created to help development across a range of areas including co-ordination, confidence and creativity. These run Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • GoClimb Coburg also runs birthday parties and after school program.

  • Pricing for activities vary - Clip n’ Climb $20 per hour, NinjaX $15 per hour, Playzones (GoPlay and GoJnr) $7.50 for under 2 and $12.50 for ages 2 and over for unlimited time. Combo Passes and All Access Passes are available at various prices.

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For more information on GoClimb, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to GoClimb for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking 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.

Harbord Diggers - Harbord - Sydney - Review

The Harbor Diggers Club recently reopened after a massive renovation and it’s lovely! We’ve been told it was nice before but now it’s superb and very family friendly. We popped in one morning to check it out and join up to the club.

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The premises has a café DD Collective which we visited as well as restaurants and a bar and ample room outside to have some food and drinks for breakfast, brunch or dinner and catch up with friends or family.

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It also has a coffee trailer which serves drinks and bacon & egg rolls on weekends.

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We enjoyed a breakfast from DD Collective café and had granola & fruit with yoghurt and honey for little Miss, a salmon bagel for me and bacon & egg rolls for the boys.

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The kids love the play area that is located next to the café and if you can grab a table opposite the playground, you can enjoy breakfast while they play as the play area is fenced.

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We visited on a Sunday and on that day they had a kindy farm for the kids to enjoy and pet rabbits and baby chickens - so cute!

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The Harbord Diggers has a parents room located at the amenities on the left of the play area where parents can change and feed bub.

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We really enjoy popping in to Harbord Diggers for breakfast and brunch on weekends, great for families.

Harbord Diggers is located at 88 Evans Street in Freshwater.

Our tips:

  • Harbord Diggers is open Monday to Sunday 7:30 am depending on whether you are visiting the café (7:30 am) or restaurants (from 11 am to late). Check website for more opening closing hours as they vary and close during the day.

  • Join up to be a member for only $6 a year and receive discount on food & beverages and other member benefits

  • There are highchairs at the venue

  • There is a parents room with a feeding area and change table but no dedicated kids toilets

  • There is ample parking downstairs in the car park

  • Bring your Keep Cups for a coffee or babycinos for the kids from the trailer or enjoy a coffee at a table

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Harbord Diggers. Drinks, foods, transport and membership were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. 

For more information on Harbord Diggers, 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.

Weeroona Reserve - Fairlight - Sydney - Review

We recently visited the recently updated Weeroona Reserve in Fairlight and the kids and I were pleasantly surprised by this playground. A very simple setup but very effective to keep the little ones entertained. Being next to the Manly Cemetery might not appeal to some but the kids have loved playing here for the last few weeks.

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The Weeroona Reserve consists of two playgrounds. The fenced playground for younger children has two sets of slides - a single and double slide. Little Mister loves the single slide as it goes really fast. The double slide is great too with some nice shade. The playground also has a wooden structure where kids can step on stomps. The playground also has ample seating.

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The second playground is not fenced but shaded is for older kids to climb and explore with a flying fox and two sets of swings for younger and older kids. There is a small scooter track around the playground which was little bumps and curves (careful the magpies during magpie season). There is also a grass area near the second playground.

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We really like this playground, very simple but effective and lots of fun. Please note there is no toilet onsite and it is close to two streets which kids can access.

This playground is located between Harland St and Jamieson St in Fairlight next to the Manly Cemetery.

Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Helmet

  • Scooter/Bike

This playground has:

  • No toilets

  • Park Benches

  • Free Parking along Sprigg St

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.

Walter Gors Park - Dee Why - Sydney - Review

The Walter Gors Park in Dee Why is a popular spot for local families with a great playground, water play spots and plenty of room for the kids to run around on the grass or have a picnic and relax. Revamped in 2017, it is a great looking playground which little Mister was more than happy to explore!

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The playground’s large and smaller cubbies are great for little ones to climb around, slide down the slides and explore.

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There are plenty of sitting spots for families to sit down and relax as well as two ping pong tables, a public toilets right next to the playground for convenience and a cool water play spot. We didn’t expect to find the water turned on that day so little Mister was soaked but had lots of fun meeting new friends. Note to self: pack spare clothes next time ha!

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There are also some great swings and a merry-go-round for kids to use as well as little nature wonder spots.

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The Walter Gors Park is a great spot for the family to explore and have fun and perfect for the warmer months with the water play spots. There is no shade over the playground or the swings and the water play is partly shaded so please keep that in mind for warm days with the slides and also sun protection. Although the playground is set back from the road, please be careful with your little one, I have a good tester with me as he is always wondering off!

There are local shops next door if you fancy a quick bite to eat or spot of groceries.

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The Walter Gors Park is located at 36 - 40 Howard Avenue in Dee Why.

Our packing list for this playground with water play:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Change of clothes

  • Towel

  • Swimmers and/or swimming nappies

This playground has:

  • Public toilets

  • BBQ Area

  • Picnic spots

  • Park Benches

  • Community Garden

  • Lawn Area

  • Bubbler

  • Water Play

  • Ping Pong tables

  • Free Parking onsite off Howard Avenue

  • Free Bicycle parking

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.

Jurassic Creatures - St Kilda Triangle - Melbourne - Review

The dinosaurs have landed in Melbourne and Kate and her dino lovers checked out Jurassic Creatures at St Kilda on Monday and had a fantastic time checking out 30 dinosaurs onsite (some move, some don’t) but they are equally as impressive as each other! They also loved all the dino related activities offered during the event too. A great option for the school holidays. Checkout Kate’s review below and great pics as always. To follow Kate’s little ones adventures, head to their Insta @kateflatman. Thanks Kate x Catherine

Thanks to Andy Day and his fun-filled series Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures + Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures (not to mention a visit to the Natural History Museum while on holidays recently in London) the poppets are absolutely dinosaur obsessed.  So I knew a visit to the hugely popular Jurassic Creatures exhibition was going to be well received - and I was right!

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Jurassic Creatures, is an interactive walk through event that will captivate young and old alike.  The main attraction, the exhibition, allows you to explore a prehistoric world featuring over 30 life-size moving dinosaurs. Children will have fun identifying and posing for photographs with their favourite dinosaurs - or shrieking and running for cover when they let out a loud roar and move in their direction!

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Apart from the amazing animatronics show, little ones will love becoming a Paleontologist - complete with an expert digger uniform of white coat and protective glasses - as they chip away at their very own fossil using chisels and chipping hammers.  If you ask nicely, you might even get to unearth two! 

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Plus with many more dinosaur activities to take part in including sand art, fossil displays, inflatable activity lands and jumping castles, sideshow alley games, walking dinosaurs and the cutest electronic dinosaur ride - Jurassic Creatures offers a fantastic dinosaur experience for the whole family these school holidays.

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Jurassic Creatures is currently held at St Kilda Triangle opposite Palais Theatre.

Our tips:

  • Jurassic Creatures is on now until 14th October with additional dates available

  • There are two sessions per day 10 am or 2 pm each last 3 hours

  • Tickets are as: Adult $31.56*, Children $31.56*, Under 2's FREE and Family (2 adults and 2 children) $99.44*.

  • The ticket gives you access to the interactive walk-through, fossil digging, paint with sand, 3D Jigsawland, Walking Dinosaurs and Jumping Castles. Additional side games and merchandise not included in ticket.

  • The event is pram and wheelchair accessible.

  • Limited food is available onsite.

  • Toilets onsite.

  • Various parking options and public transport options

For more information, head to the Jurassic Creatures' website.
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Busy City Kids were invited to Jurassic Creatures for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking 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.

Nature Play Space - Healesville Sanctuary - Melbourne - Review

Last Saturday, Kate and her little ones headed to the Healesville Sanctuary to checkout the NEW Nature Play Space just opened for the Spring Holidays and were spoilt with the weather and of course the natural beauty of the new forest play space which Kate’s little ones loved and yours will too! Thanks Kate for the gorgeous pics and review. We cannot wait to visit. To follow Kate’s little ones adventures, head to their Insta @kateflatman. Xo Catherine

Nestled in the centre of Healesville Sanctuary, with the new Pavilion Café and Reptile House just next door, the new Nature Play Space is the perfect spot for little ones to continue to run around while parents take a break and grab a coffee or even a local cider!

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Designed to encourage children to interact with the natural world, to run wild and explore, the Nature Play Space features water play with metal hand pumps, raised sand pits, two cubby houses (designed and made by the amazing team at Castle & Cubby) and an enchanted forest for kids to explore.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The poppets particularly loved playing with the water pumps and watching the water run down into the creek beds (I can see this being a very popular spot come the warmer months!). 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Nature Play Space is perfect for little ones to run, jump, forage, climb, balance and dig as they explore - just be sure to watch out for the plastic creepy crawlies (an assortment of bugs, beetles, an ant, grasshopper, butterfly and a fly) that have been added to the space for children to use their imaginations and learn about Australia's native insects. Eeek!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

During these Spring holidays, head to the Healesville Sanctuary’s Nature Play Space from 11am to 2pm each day and meet the Play Maker team who will bring out every child’s natural wild child with the following activities.

  • Become a bush builder and construct your own ‘Gunya’ shelter for a wild day in the bush,

  • Become a Helmeted Honeyeater to ward off predators with face paint and a special dance

  • Become a bush explorer and forage to make nests in our magical Casuarina Forest

  • Become a didgeridoo player and learn how to play the didge at Murrundindi’s Didge Scho

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

With several additional elements being added over the coming weeks, including sail shades over the sand pits and water play for sun protection, the Nature Play Space is a fantastic addition to the exiting play spaces at Healesville Sanctuary.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Healesville Sanctuary is located on Badger Creek Road in Healesville.

Our tips:

  • Arrive at Healesville Sanctuary as it opens especially during the holidays or weekends

  • Entry to the Healesville Sanctuary varies however Kids go free at Zoos Victoria Zoos during the holidays

  • There is plenty of parking onsite

  • Don’t forget to pack some snacks or a picnic to make the most of the day

  • The new Nature Play Space is wheelchair accessible for participation in sand and water play

  • There are ample toilets onsite

  • There are two parents room onsite, checkout our parents room page

For more information, head to Zoos Victoria website.

Busy City Kids were invited to explore the Healesville Sanctuary for the purposes of a review however Kate used her Zoo membership for entry into the Zoo. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Zoo membership, food, travel and parking 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.

Stan Windon Memorial Playground - Coogee - Sydney - Australia

Maroubra Mumma Lauren recently shared with us one of her children’s favourite playground in Coogee, the Stan Windon Memorial Playground (Grant Reserve). Thank you Lauren for the great review and pics. To follow Lauren’s adventures on Instagram, head to her page @maroubra_mumma xo Catherine

Situated perfectly along the famous ‘Coastal Walk’, this park is a pleaser for both the kiddies and parents. Although in need of some TLC it’s still a popular haunt for Eastern Suburbs families and a great morning out. 

 Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

The playground is split into three zones for kids to explore. You will find typical park necessities of swings, slides and climbing towers. But the kids will be fascinated with the musical noise makers, sandstone sundials and not to mention an extra-large (7.5 metre high) climbing net in the shape of a ship mask. 

 Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Although not a fenced space it is mostly a flat playground making it easy for parents to supervise while taking in the beautiful view of Coogee’s Wedding Cake Island.

With an abundance of natural shade from large old trees this park also has sunshade sails to protect the little ones. This spot is perfect for kids of all ages and the rubber flooring is ideal for crawlers.

 Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Whilst in the area don’t forget to explore the popular Wylies and McIvers Baths situated just across from the park. 

If in need of a snack or coffee take a short stroll down to Barzura Café or wonder up  to Coogee Bay Road to explore local eateries (Melon Head Smoothie Bar, Coogee Café of Merivales Pavillion.) 

 Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @maroubra_mumma for @busycitykids

This playground is located at 151 – 191R Beach Street in Coogee.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Park Benches

  • Shaded Areas

  • BBQ facilities

  • Toilets beside the park

  • Free parking

  • Wylies and McIvers Baths nearby require a fee to visit

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.