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.

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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

 Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

Photo credit: Renata Marchionna for Busy City Kids

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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.

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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

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 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 Sunday 5th August, 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 5th August 2018. To find out more about the Real Madrid World of Football Experience, head to the Melbourne Museum's dedicated website.

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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

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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.

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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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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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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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

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

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

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

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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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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

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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. 

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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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Photo credit: Bricks 4 Kidz

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

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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

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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.

National Motor Museum - Adelaide - Review

If you're visiting Adelaide or the Adelaide Hills, do make the drive to the National Motor Museum in Birdwood. Motor enthusiasts and families love this museum and for my car obsessed son, this was heaven! Little Miss loved looking at all the cars and motorbikes too, we had a fun afternoon.

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From the get go at the Museum Shop, the kids got on the little cars for sale and wanted to ride through the museum. Would have been a great idea but we left the cars at the shop for repairs haha!

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The National Motor Museum has a unique collection of cars, trucks, vans, motorbikes, bicycles, toy and model cars and so much more! Kids will love walking through the aisles of cars and motorbikes and checkout one of a kind vehicles that are only at the museum. 

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Checkout the latest exhibition Sunburnt Country which celebrates Australia’s unique love affair with all things motoring. The exhibit includes the hand-built 1899 Shearer Steam Carriage, the 1908 Talbot that crossed from Adelaide to Darwin and the faithful 1936 Leyland Badger that enabled the legendary South Australian Mailman of the Outback, Tom Kruse, to deliver mail to rural communities. We liked watching the video in this exhibit showcasing the way cars were built back in those days.

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Walk through the aisles of motorbikes and scooters on show and make your way to the 1920s mechanical workshop which has petrol pumps, original tools, advertising images, a fire extinguisher, and even a vintage typewriter and small office.

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Don't miss the Model Behaviour exhibit on your way out which features a number of pedal cars which came to life in the workshop of Adelaide grandfather Bob Phillips, and an impressive collection of Corgi model cars which was the life-long passion of Eric Hauschild.

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We loved our time at the National Motor Museum in Birdwood and didn't mind the drive up through the beautiful villages. The kids did not stop admiring everything in sight. It was heaven for my car loving son!  

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Our tips:

  • The National Motor Museum is located at Shannon Street in Birdwood in the Adelaide Hills.
  • The Museum is open every day of the year except Christmas Day from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Admission to the Museum is $15.50 per adult, $6.50 for children, Free for kids under 5 and $35 for a family of 2 adults and up to 6 children.
  • The Museum is pram friendly.
  • There are toilets inside the Museum.

Busy City Kids were invited to the National Motor 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 National Motor 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.

Funtopia - Fit & Fun For Mums, Dads & Bubs - Melbourne - Review

Kate's little adventure seekers were invited to Funtopia Maribyrnong this morning to test out the NEW Fit & Fun for Mums, Dads & Bubs program. They really enjoyed this great new program for little ones 4 years and under. The super helpful staff gave some tips to Kate's little Arlo which made him a super quick climber across the center and also enjoyed climbing with his dad. Little Macy was hesitant at first however with the help of staff was able to gain confidence and climb without a rope on small sections of walls. Turns out she's also a great little climber and will try using a rope to climb higher next time. Both had a fantastic time at Funtopia Maribyrnong and could have stayed there for an easy 3 to 4 hours. Thank you for the great pics and highlights Kate xo Catherine. Follow Kate's adventures at @kateflatman.

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Fit & Fun for Mums, Dads & Bubs Sessions allow little ones 4 years and under the opportunity to explore Climbing World’s interactive climbing walls with their parent/carer.  Climbing World is usually only open to over 4’s.

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Specially sourced safety equipment, including baby and toddler harnesses provide parents with peace of mind for safety.  

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Supportive coaches are on site to help adults and children & guide you through the different climbing walls.  

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Make sure you press the red buzzer when you get to the top to let everyone know you’re an awesome climber!

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Includes FREE access to Playground World after the Fit & Fun session concludes at midday.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Fit & Fun takes place Monday – Friday from 10am to 12pm. Available during the school term only.  No bookings required.  Come anytime between 10am and 12pm. $18.50 per child. Mum (or dad) included in price. Includes FREE access to Playground World after the Fit & Fun session.
  • Dads are welcome too! 
  • Start in Climbing World to maximise your time before the session concludes at midday.  You can then have some lunch and then stay and play in Playground World for as long you as like, well until the centre closes!
  • All climbers must wear closed toe shoes.  Socks are to be worn inside Playground World.  Grippy socks are available to purchase & make exploring the playground even more fun!
  • The motorised car ride upstairs in Playground World takes $2 coins, so come prepared or ask reception for change.
  • No outside food or beverages are permitted with the exception of baby food and children’s drink bottles.  The onsite café, Mr Spriggins offers a wide variety of delicious (+ healthy) food and drink options.  
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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information on Funtopia Maribyrnong, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to Funtopia - Fit & Fun For Mums, Dads & Bubs at Funtopia Maribyrnong for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel 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.

Morialta Conservation Park Nature Playground - Adelaide - Review

The Morialta Conservation Park Nature Playground opened June last year in 2017 and has been a very popular destination for families since. We visited this nature playground last September and really enjoyed it. Kids 5 years + will love this nature playground with lots of options to climb, slide down and a range of nature spots for them to explore and the nearby creek to enjoy during warmer months. 

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The $900k construction project inspired by aboriginal culture took more than 6 months to build and includes an Eagle's Nest, Kookaburra Nests, Climbing Boulders, Frog Island near the creek and Great Snake (pictured below). Kids loved exploring through the snake's belly labyrinth and also climbing and walking on top of the snake's back and tail.

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The giant bird's nest is fantastic to play in and the giant metal slide is fantastic for bigger kids. Pack a picnic and relax on the nearby grass or at designated picnic tables. The playground also has slides, trees to climb on and more. 

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Kids will love going on a nature adventure at Morialta Conservation Park. This large playground is fantastic to get the kids out in the fresh air and let them run around, climb, slide down huge slides and explore the creek. Caution must be taken as this playground is not fenced near the creek, nor is it fenced near the car park or nearby road. My little one under 2 was very keen to go in the creek so we had to watch him very carefully.

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Our tips:

  • The Morialta Conservation Park Playground is located 10 minutes from the Adelaide CBD at Morialta Falls Rd in Woodforde off Morialta Road. 
  • Admission is free.
  • There is some free parking at different levels of the park.
  • The park open from 8:30 am to 15 minutes before sunset and closed Christmas Day.
  • There are toilets located near the wooden 'snake'.
  • There are bbq and picnic spots in the playground.
  • Caution must be taken as the playground is not fenced near the car park, road nearby and the creek. 

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottle
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Spare clothes and shoes in case kids go in the creek
For more information on the Morialta Conservation Park Playground, 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.

Skating At Festival - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her skating bunnies rugged up and headed for the Skating At Festival at Crown Riverwalk this morning and hit the ice rink with the help of a Kanga and loved the experience! The Skating At Festival is a pop-up ice skating festival which will run around Australia these Winter school holidays. Thank you Kate for the gorgeous pics and highlights! Looks like the babes had a really good time! To follow Kate and her little ones' adventures, head to their Insta account @kateflatman.

 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

Kanga Skate Aid - The perfect way to ease children onto the ice for their first time. Save little ones from getting a wet bottom and provide parents with something to hold onto so they look semi-coordinated! The poppets loved being pushed around on the bright blue kangaroos, whizzing past other skaters and cheering us to push them faster.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Watching the helicopters take off and land from the helicopter landing pad in Batman Park (just to the left of Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium).

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Dancing and singing to the catchy tunes playing on the loudspeakers.

 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

Several Skating At staff are on the ice rink at all times and are happy to provide skating tips, lend a helping hand fixing skates or even snap a photo for you!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Ice skating at Skating At is available for adults and children over two years old.  Kids under five must have an adult on the rink with them at all times. They must wear a helmet (provided), wear double bladed skates (provided) and have an ice skating aid (Kanga) with them at all times. Kangas need be pre-purchased prior to the session starting.
  • It can be quite tricky to secure the double bladed skates over the top of your child’s regular shoes so grab a Skating At staff member to assist you.
  • The ice rink is completely outdoors and is open rain or shine. Make sure you rug up if the weather is cold. Be sure to pack a change of clothes + a spare pair of thicker socks too (they will give you more warmth and padding inside the ice skates). 
  • Skating At tends to get busier in the late afternoon and evening. Capacity on the ice rink is capped to ensure everyone has a great time. To avoid disappointment book online to secure your desired time.
  • There is a small coffee cart onsite serving hot drinks and minimal snacks.  You will find more food and drink options inside Crown Melbourne. 
  • The closest toilets and baby change facilities are inside Crown underneath Spice Temple via escalators or lift.
  • If you’re heading out of town for the school holidays and don’t want to miss the fun, the Mornington Peninsula has a rink of its own on the Sorrento foreshore + several other locations around Australia including Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Brisbane.
 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information on Skating At, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to Skating At for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and hiring of Kangas was self funded. 

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

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival 2018 - Melbourne - Info

Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival as it returns for its ninth year this year with a program packed full of intimate performances, workshops and unique activities to ignite your child’s imagination.

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Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

Running from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 13 July across Stonnington with the Festival Hub activated at Chapel Off Chapel from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th of July.

The Roola Boola Children’s Arts Festival has a curated diverse program with some of Australia’s most renowned performers at the Festival Hub all within the accessible price point of $15 and with plenty of free events also on offer.

The Festival Hub will feature Anna Lumb in Super Amazing Giant Girl, an hilarious action packed and interactive parable exploring the challenges of fitting in when you’re a Super Amazing Giant! The award winning company Asking For Trouble with FoRT, a fun and playful physical theatre show that inspires creative play with everyday objects.

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Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

The timeless and much loved fairy tale Cinderella presented by Victorian State Ballet and, back by popular demand, the internationally acclaimed Trash Test Dummies with their electrifying new production Splash Test Dummies, full of laughs and plenty of surprises, this world-class troupe will display a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the sidE splitting, slapstick comedy for which the dummies are famous.

 Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

Candy Bowers, the 2018 winner of the Geoffrey Milne Outstanding Contribution Award will be leading a Rap Workshop designed to inspire aspiring young rappers and beatboxers. Kids can try their hand at juggling, plate spinning, hula hooping and more with The National Institute of Circus Arts, or take the Roola Boola Magic Class with master magician Lee Cohen.

For the crafty ones in the family, book in the special craft activities on offer! Make and take home a Comic Book, design a Flower Crown, or get involved with the unique one on one experience of I See You Like This, where children use their parent's face as their canvas, to make a portrait with objects and materials before capturing their image on their parent's smart phone. Plus a surprise pop up performance from Cirque Du Soleil clown Cameron Taylor with Pisca.

 Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

Image credit: Roola Boola Children's Arts Festival

For more information or to buy tickets, head to the Roola Boola Children's Art Festival website.

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

Rabbit Hole Kids Playcentre - Melbourne - Review

This week Kate and her experienced little reviewers took on the Rabbit Hole Kids Playcentre in Braybrook. Judging by the photos and from what I heard from Kate, her little ones had the best time climbing everything in sight, going down every slide, playing in the ball pit and experiencing the centre to the maximum. They stayed at the centre for under 4 hours but could have easily fitted an another hour in there! The verdict - a big thumbs up from the whole family including Kate whom I hear took down a few slides herself ha! Thanks for inviting us Rabbit Hole Kids Playcentre. Thanks Kate for the perfect pics and review  xo catherine. Here's Kate's highlights. To follow Kate and her little ones, head over to their Instagram.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Entering the Rabbit Hole and seeing the tall, wooden boat and massive, glowing white ball pit. Climbing through the tunnels and up/down the hull of the boat.

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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

Enchanted Forest - Exploring up high on the forest canopy through the treetop walk.  Climbing the huge interlinking rope playground and having many turns on the bumble bee slide!

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Space World - Chasing each other through the large climbing structure (which has direct access to the party rooms!).  

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Sea World - Watching older children climb the rock wall (minimum 20kg weight restriction). Slipping and sliding through the interconnecting villa huts playground and slides. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

There are trained staff providing general supervision throughout the centre.  Lots of seating for adults to enjoy a coffee while they watch their little ones playing.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Rabbit Hole Kids Playcentre is located at shop 13/227 Ballarat Rd, Braybrook, Melbourne.
  • Rabbit Hole Kids Playcentre is open daily Monday to Friday and Sunday 9:30 am to 5pm, Saturday 9:30 am to 6pm and Public Holidays 10 am to 5pm.  
  • Little kids and big kids (adults) of all ages are welcome to play at the center. A soft play area at the Funfair for 3 years and under.
  • Entry prices vary according to your child’s age and whether you are visiting during the week or on the weekend.  These prices allow your little ones to have unlimited play all day.  Be sure to ask about Mother’s & Father's Group specials and 5-Pass Packs; they are a great way to save money if you plan to visit often or with a group. 
  • No outside food or beverages are permitted with the exception of baby food and children’s drink bottles.  The onsite café offers a wide variety of delicious (+ healthy) food and drink options.
  • All visitors are required to remove their shoes and wear socks before entering.  All outside footwear must be stored in the designated shoe cubbies provided.  Socks are also available for purchase if you forget to bring your own.
  • Rabbit Hole Play Centre is the perfect venue for children’s birthday parties with several different party options to choose from.  The Bakehouse Cooking School and Disco Room packages look particularly fabulous!
  • Stuck for a birthday present? No worries, Rabbit Hole Play Centre sells Gift Vouchers too. Woo hoo!
  • Rockwall Climb or Bakehaus and Funfair special programs are at additional costs.
  • Prams are permitted but parking prams is recommended. Pram wheels will be cleaned on entry.
For more information about Rabbit Hole Kids Playcentre, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to the Rabbit Hole Kids Playcentre for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel 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.

Kew Traffic School - Melbourne - Review

Kids will love the Kew Traffic School and will want to stay there all day! With roads, roundabouts, intersections, traffic lights, street signs, railway crossings and mini trams, the Kew Traffic School is a great place for children aged between 2 and 10 years to gain confidence and develop road safety skills, away from the dangers of real traffic. Kate Flatman over at @kateflatman and her minis love the Kew Traffic School. The track is suitable for bikes, scooters and ride-on pedal cars.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Kids will love popping at the Petrol station for some 'fuel', checking out the Garage and Supermarket, and riding the traffic school like they own the place and own the road.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Little riders will love going through the 'real traffic lights' and also pretend to be pedestrians.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    The Kew Traffic School is a great place to visit but also to hire for private functions, safety education programs, school holiday sessions and play & ride sessions. Also a great place to host a birthday party! For more info, head here.
     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    The Kew Traffic School is located at the corner of Cotham Rd and Grange Rd in Kew. Entry is Free. There is parking in the carpark which separates the Kew Traffic School from nearby playground. Parking is free. If busy, there is also free street parking.

    Our packing list for this playground:

    • Bikes, scooters and ride-on pedal cars
    • Helmet
    • Drink bottle
    • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunhat

    This playground has:

    • Bike paths
    • Accessible and street parking
    • Picnic areas
    • Drinking fountain
    • Seating, tables and benches and covered space
    • BBQ Facilities
    • Baby change table
    • Public toilets
    • Shed with microwave, fridge and freezer and boiling water for tea and coffee

    For more Melbourne playgrounds, head to our dedicated page

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

    Carnivores' Trail and Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife at Melbourne Zoo - Melbourne - Review

    These Winter school holidays, the Melbourne Zoo is going wild about cats! Explore the Carnivores' Trail, the 'Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife' campaign down Cat Alley, attend the new daily Snow Leopard talk, catch the witty cat performers from Born in a Taxi, play in the Safe Cat Play House, take part in a Cat hack treasure hunt and enjoy cat enrichment activities in the Keeper Kids indoor play space! Lots to miaow about these holidays!

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    The Carnivores' Trail provides a state-of-the-art home for the Melbourne Zoo’s top-order predators. Visitors can meet the newest additions to the Snow Leopard family, watch the South American Coati as he explores his new home, journey through the world of the majestic African Lion, experience new corners of the zoo with the Sumatran Tiger, come face-to-face with Australia's most famous predator, the Tasmanian Devil and learn how you can keep your own cat safe and happy at Cat Alley.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Explore CAT Alley and understand Zoos Victoria and RSPCA Victoria's latest campaign Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife - an ongoing campaign to help cat owners give their cat the safest, happiest and longest life possible while ensuring they have no link to loss of wildlife.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Kids can wonder down CAT Alley and like true Melburnians take a photo against the great murals!

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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    They can then wonder in the Safe Cat Play House where they can pretend to be a cat and enjoy cat enrichment activities indoors. 

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    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    So be Wild about Cats these holidays and learn everything there is to learn about some of the world’s most powerful species in the impressive Carnivore trail and learn how we can keep our domestic cats safe and happy at home with the Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife campaign.

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    Photo credit: @renatakatarzyna for @busycitykids

    Our tips:

    • The Carnivores Trail and Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife are permanent exhibits at the Melbourne Zoo.
    • Entry to both is included in Melbourne Zoo entry fee.
    • Melbourne Zoo entry if $36 per adult, Free for kids under 4, Free for kids 4-15 years during school & public holidays) and weekends. Concession ticket is $27.50 and Senior is $32.50.
    • Melbourne Zoo is open every day of the year 9am to 5pm.
    • Melbourne Zoo is pram friendly.
    • Parking is available outside the Melbourne Zoo for a small fee of $2 for 5 hours. Please bare in mind parking gets full on weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
    • There are accessible toilets as well as parents rooms throughout the Zoo.
    For more info on the Wild about Cat school holiday events, head to this page.
    For more information on Safe Cat, Safe Wildlife, head to their website.

    For more ideas for these July holidays, head to our dedicated Melbourne School Holidays Spots page.

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

    Justice & Police Museum - Sydney - Review

    The Justice and Police Museum located in the city a short walk from Circular Quay was a busy place in the 1850s with the recent end of convict transportation, the discovery of gold, and improved transport and communications, people of all kinds flooded through the bustling port which meant crime as well as trade was on the rise. The crimes of drunken flights, petty criminals were hauled before the Water Police Court daily, so busy in fact that a new building was needed urgently. The new Water Police Court was completed by 1856, and soon after the new Water Police Station was opened. In 1886 a Police Court was squeezed into the vacant land between the two buildings, making the three-building complex one of the busiest legal precincts in the colony.

    Today as the Justice & Police Museum, the history of crime, policing and justice are explored in these same buildings, where the gritty business of maintaining law and order once played out. 

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Visitors can brave the steep steps in front of the Justice & Police Museum or use the side ramp to enter with prams and wheelchairs. Once in, visitors can read up on the notorious criminals and bushrangers who have left their stories at this museum.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Visitors can appreciate the old building which has been well kept and preserved when moving from one part of the Museum to the other.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Kids or adults can dress up as witnesses, criminals and the like in the Police Court using provided outfits and play pretend. 

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Visitors can view an interesting range of weapons confiscated by NSW Police in the Crime Museum

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    My little ones loved playing in the Charge Room, there's a hole puncher, some paper, finger printing quest sheet and a small open cell they can sit in. 

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The 1890 holding cells are pretty interesting, the first one is as they were back in those days whereas the other cells have been fitted with artefacts, stories and draw visitors into a world of crime, punishment and policing, from bushrangers, sly grog and razor gangs to forensics.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    There's lots to read up on, Mister 2 wasn't so interested except when he saw dogs, bikes and cars on photos and displays. Little Miss was following a little trail throughout the Museum.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The highlight of the visit was the Mock Trial in the Police Court which happens Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am for 30 minutes and asks visitors to either step into the shoes of a notorious bushranger and plead your innocence. Or perhaps visitors can wear the barrister’s or the judge's wig to test their powers of persuasion. Visitors can see first-hand how a 19th century magistrates court put Sydney’s infamous criminals behind bars. The Police Court retains the original magistrate’s bench, reporter/jury box, witness stand and prisoner’s dock (not pictured). 

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    On your way out, don't forget to checkout the City of Shadows installation (some photos aren't kid friendly) but this room provides a vast archive of crime scene photography and mug shots from more than a century of underworld Sydney.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The Justice & Police Museum is a great place for primary school children, teenagers and adults to read up on, understand and appreciate the rich history of the buildings and underworld Sydney. The Museum is only open weekends and the Mock Trial is only on once a day on Saturday and Sunday so make sure you attend during those times. Kids can play dress ups and follow a little trail to find their missing friend provided at reception. I did query reception regarding the Cop or Robber activity available weekends at 10:30 am for 30 minutes but was told there was no such activity and that a tour takes place during that time instead.

    Our tips:

    • The Justice & Police Museum is located at Corner Albert and Phillip Streets, Circular Quay, Sydney CBD.
    • The Justice & Police Museum is open 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday only.
    • Admission is $12 per adult, $8 per concession, $30 per family, Members and Kids under 5 go free.
    • Free self guided tour and guided tour at 10:30 am.
    • Free dress ups in the courtroom.
    • Free family-friendly Bushrangers Behind Bars mock trial at 11:30 am.
    • Entry to the Museum for prams and wheelchairs is available on the side of Albert Street using the ramp. Ring and hold the bell to make sure someone opens up for you. The Museum is pram and wheelchair friendly throughout most of the building however you can leave the pram at the entry and the staff is cloak it for you.
    For more information on the Justice & Police Museum, head to their website.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the Justice and Police Museum for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food 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.

    Stirling Steamroller Playground - Adelaide - Review

    Originally ordered by the Mt Barker Council, the Steamroller now featured in the Stirling Steamroller playground was being driven from Adelaide to Mt Barker when the driver stopped at the Eagle on the Hill for refreshment and the engine seized. 

    Mt Barker Council subsequently offered the steamroller to Stirling Council for a discount, and the offer was accepted.  The steamroller came into service in 1927 and since its retirement it has continued to serve the community as play equipment in the park.  Kids are particularly fond of climbing up on the steamroller and playing driver. My kids love it every time we visit the Adelaide Hills!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    This fully fenced playground is perfect for families to pop in the centre of Stirling for a coffee, a shop, a wonder and a play. It features two structured areas, one for little kids under 5 years and one for kids 5+ years. Each area features a climbing structure with a slide as well as age appropriate swings, bouncing cars, seesaws and lots of seating and eating spots.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    A fully fenced playground separated in two parts, great for kids of all ages. They will love driving the old steam roller! This playground is located at 2 Mt Barker Rd, right next to the first roundabout in Stirling. 

    Our packing list for this playground:

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

    This playground has:

    • Public toilets in a brick building next to the playground
    • Accessible and street parking on the street along the playground
    • Picnic and party areas
    • BBQ 
    • Water fountain
    • 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.

    Adelaide Zoo Nature Playground - Adelaide - Review

    Opened in late 2015, the Adelaide Zoo Playground is pretty impressive! Visitors of all ages can have fun while exploring nature.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The playground includes play equipment built on nature play principles that stimulate all the senses through climbing structures, water play features, a natural creek bed and aerial walkways. Kids can a birds-eye-view of the Zoo, the CBD and the riverbank from atop the aerial walkway which is also accessible via a lift for wheelchair and pram users.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Kids can slide, climb, jump and wonder around the playground. There are lots of opportunities for them to climb through the structures or around the playground on trees and the like. They can build a fort with branches, sticks and leaves nearby too. They can jump on one of the three inbuilt trampolines. They can also splash and play through a series of water jets and discover tadpoles and frogs in the natural creek bed. Lots to do and the kids won't want to leave the playground after entering it, so best visit the Zoo first ha!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    This playground is located inside the Adelaide Zoo which is on Frome Road in Adelaide city near the Botanic Park. Entry is included with Zoo entry.

    Our packing list for this playground:

    • Drink bottles
    • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunhats
    • Change of clothes in case kids go in the wet areas

    This playground has:

    • Accessible and street parking on the street
    • Public and disabled toilets and parents room next to the playground
    • Seating, tables and benches
    • Slide, climbing structure
    • Undercover seating area for families

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

    South Australian Museum - Adelaide - Review

    Some Museums get better with age! I may have had work drinks at the South Australian Museum back in the 2000's looking at the taxidermied animals gallery, some of which are probably still at the Museum today but one thing is for sure - we love Museums in our family. I grew up going to Museums and Galleries in Paris with my dad every weekend and I wouldn't have it any other way with my kids. The best thing is, most Museums are free to visit and if they're not, entry or membership fee pays itself in knowledge! 

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    We loved visiting the South Australian Museum on our last trip to Adelaide. The World Mammals Gallery, the Discovery Centre, the Fossils Gallery, the Ancient Egypt Gallery, the South Australian biodiversity and Whales & Dolphins are sure to keep your little ones busy and that's not all of the Museum and the best bit is general entry is free!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The South Australian Museum's Discovery Centre is a wonderful thing. Located on level 1 of the Museum, it is a place of wonder where many species are exhibited. Children can also see an impressive working beehive, live scorpions, stick insects and more!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Visitors at the Discovery Centre can get pretty hands-on (aka my kids - touch everything in sight ha!) and touch real fossils, minerals, rocks, animal skin and the like. Kids will love putting everything under the microscope and complete their own experiments. It was pretty impressive to watch the bees working away in the beehive, and watching them come in and out of the hive and going outside of the building. 

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Kids can easily spend close to an hour exploring the Discovery Centre as there are an array of things to keep them busy with and keep them exploring around the room. My little ones' favourites are all the insects species throughout the centre hung up in beautiful frames and classified in draws. 

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The Opal Fossils Gallery has a vast range of opalised fossils from Coober Pedy and Andamooka in the State's north to the largest ammonite ever found in Australia.

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Other galleries include the South Australian Biodiversity Gallery. More than 12,000 individual models were hand-made to create this gallery, along with historical taxidermy specimens from the Museum’s mammals and birds collections. The Minerals and meteorites gallery has 35,000 specimens ranging in all sorts of stunning colours, shapes and sizes, some of which glow in the dark!

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    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The Ancien Egypt Gallery would have to be on of our favourite gallery rooms. Originally established in 1939, it gives an insight into the religion, burial practices and everyday life of Ancient Egypt. The room features some of the 650 artefacts from the museum's collection, most of which are genuine pieces from Ancient Egypt, with only a few replicas and model casts.

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    While you're there don't miss Architeuthis duxthe 11 m long model of a giant squid which is a favourite among children. The display is in an old lift shaft and extends over four floors, complete with life-size models of other creatures that inhabit the murky depths. And if you didn't catch them on your way in, make sure you checkout the Whales and Dolphins skeletons at the front of the museum next to the café. The museum also has a Megafauna gallery with large animals including mammals, birds and reptiles. Don't miss the museum's Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery and Pacific Cultures Gallery as both galleries include large collections of artefacts.

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @busycitykids

    The South Australian Museum is a fantastic museum for local and interstate/overseas visitors to visit. Allocate a minimum of 2 to 3 hours if you want to soak up most of the museum's collection and if your time is limited and make sure you visit the Discovery Centre.

    Our tips:

    • The South Australian Museum is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide CBD.
    • The Museum is open daily except Good Friday and Christmas Day from 10am to 5pm. Anzac Day 12pm to 5pm. 
    • The Discovery Centre is open from 11am to 4pm weekdays and 11am to 3pm weekends and public holidays. It is closed from 25 December – 1 January.
    • Admission is Free except for special exhibitions
    • The Museum is pram friendly with lifts around the museum.
    • Parking can be found across from the Museum or along the river and University of Adelaide.
    • Be aware of current tram works extension.
    For more information and up-to-date events news about the Hahndorf Farm Barn, 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.

    New York! New York! for Kids at the NGV - Melbourne - Review

    When New York comes to town, you come to town! Head to the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) with the kids from now until October and experience New York! New York! The kids installation coincides with this year's Winter Masterpiece exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art (our review here) and showcases New York City – home of MoMA - Museum of Modern Art in New York.

    Kate and her little fun seekers headed to the media preview yesterday and loved wha the Big Apple had to offer! Thanks Kate for the gorgeous pics xo Catherine. Follow Kate on Instagram at @kateflatman.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    New York! New York! invites children of all ages (and adults) to explore the sights and sounds of the Big Apple - New York! This modern installation comprises of four activity zones and a digital area where kids can take part in a quiz to test their knowledge and teach them about New York City landmarks.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Two of the activity zones - City Blocks invite young children to discover Manhattan’s Uptown and Downtown and build their own miniature 3D versions of the districts using custom-designed wooden toy blocks that feature façades of New York buildings.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    One of the other activity zones is the Marble Run where kids can make a marble speed across the busy city and experience the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    The last activity zone which kids will also love is the City Lights photo booth where you can pose in front of the iconic backdrop of New York’s city skyline.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Kids can also test their knowledge about New York City landmarks in the digital installation Let’s Go to New York City! 

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    The exhibition also includes an immersive large-scale panoramic video projection of the New York City skyline with breakaway moments that highlight urban street life, underground subway networks, and the excitement of Broadway that kids will love watching.

     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Kids will love New York! New York! - a great kids installation perfect for when you pop into the Melbourne CBD and perfect for the cold and rainy days this winter. 

    Our tips:

    • New York! New York! is now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) located at 180 St Kilda Road in Melbourne.
    • The NGV is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
    • Entry is free to New York! New York!
    • New York! New York! is now showing at the NGV until Sunday 7th Oct 2018.
    • The gallery is pram friendly however due to restricted space in the kids installation, you can park your pram in the pram parking bay and coats and drop any bulky belongings at the Cloak Room. 
    • Free city trams are available across the Melbourne CBD however make sure the stops you take are covered by the free program. 
     Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

    For more information on New York! New York for Kids, head to the New York! website. For more information on MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, head to the MoMA specific website.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the media preview of New York! New York! for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel 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.

    MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art - Melbourne - Review

    Why go to MoMA when MoMA comes to us! Every year, the National Gallery of Victoria unveils their Winter Masterpieces exhibition and every year the bar is raised higher. This year's Winter Masterpieces exhibition: MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is one impressive exhibition and with such collection, I do understand why people would travel to New York to visit MoMA. 

    Our dear friends and master photographers Tina and Sebastien over at Tina Giorgio Photography covered the exhibition for us yesterday. Being massive art fans, they thoroughly enjoyed pieces from the great Salvador Dalí, Frida Kahlo, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol to name a few.

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    MoMA at NGV comprises of 200 key pieces arranged chronologically into eight thematic sections and traces the development of art and design from late 19th century urban and industrial transformation through to the digital and global present.

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Paintings are displayed alongside MoMA’s Architecture and Design collection which comprises of objects, furniture and sculptures and together create a strong visual for the modern era.

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     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Key pieces from the collection include Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with cropped hair, Salvador Dalí's The persistence of memory, Giorgio de Chirico's Gare Montparnasse (The Melancholy of Departure) from the 1910's to 1940's. Other pieces from post-Impressionist painters are included from Vincent van Gogh's Portrait of Joseph Roulin, Georges Seurat's Evening, Honfleur and a still life by Paul Cézanne's Apples and oranges (Pommes et oranges) and Henri Matisse's La Japonaise: Woman beside the Water.

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    The variety provided in this collection will keep you discovering and learning about modern and contemporary art for hours and is perfect for school tours as well as primary school children to see these key pieces.

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    If you have children or want to explore too, pop into the New York! New York! installation after MoMA at the NGV. Kids will enjoy visual displays, interactive displays, build their own big apple with customised blocks and more. Checkout our review here.

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    There you have it, your winter art fix is sorted - don't miss MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art which will be showing at the National Gallery of Victoria from today until Sunday 7th of October 2018. Thank you again to Tina Giorgio Photography for these stunning shots.

     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Our tips:

    • MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is now showing at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) located at 180 St Kilda Road in Melbourne.
    • The NGV is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
    • Entry to MoMA at NGV is $28 per adult, Children 5 to 15 years are $10, $65 per family ticket (2 adults & 3 children) and kids under 5 are free.
    • Entry to the New York! New York! kids installation is free.
    • MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art is now showing at the NGV until Sunday 7th Oct 2018.
    • The gallery is pram friendly however due to restricted space, you can park your pram in the pram parking bay near the kids installation and drop any bulky belongings and coats at the Cloak Room. 
    • Free city trams are available across the Melbourne CBD however make sure the stops you take are covered by the free program. 
     Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    Photo credit: @tinagiorgiophotography for @busycitykids

    For more information on MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, head to the MoMA specific website. For more information on New York! New York for Kids, head to the New York! website.

    Busy City Kids were invited to the media preview of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel 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.