Wizzy World Indoor Play Centre Frenchs Forest - Sydney - Review

Last Sunday, the kids and I headed to the NEW Wizzy World Indoor Play Centre Frenchs Forest which opened during the school holidays. The old Chatswood site closed back in August 2017 and the family owned business has been working very hard to bring a new Wizzy World on the Northern Beaches since and they’ve done it and it looks great! Families with kids 0 to 12 years, can now have a place to have fun, catchup for a play or celebrate a birthday party.

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The Wizzy World Indoor Play Centre Frenchs Forest is so well setup that if you stand next to the baby area you can watch your children whether they are in the toddlers area, the three level main play structure, sports room or bouncing castle.

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The main structure is so big and has so many sections for kids to walk, climb through, hide or slide down from 7 slides! It should take them some time to experience it all and they’ll like the flying fox inside too.

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The kids enjoyed a play of soccer and basketball in the sports room which is a great idea. I didn’t think they would be interested but looks like I need to enrol little Miss in basketball and little Mister in soccer classes ha!

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The centre also has a soft play baby area for under 1’s as well as a fenced in toddler area for kids 3 and under which are great for little ones.

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There’s also a bouncing jumping castle for some more fun!

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The centre’s streamline café with commercial kitchen is all on one side this time around which makes life easier as parents and children can order and pickup at different spots. The café offers café food, party catering as well as hot and cold drinks.

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There is also lots of seating available throughout the centre as well as well positioned toilets next to the play equipment with baby changing facilities. Free wifi is also available should you need it.

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Wizzy World also has three different party rooms available with two rooms up the stairs and another on the ground floor near reception which is a great accessible option. There is a boys party room which can be setup against a pirate or ocean background and a girl’s room which can be setup against a castle or unicorn background. The accessible party room downstairs is a cute happy birthday and dinosaur room.

Birthday parties are for 2 hours of fun: 1 hour downstairs to play on the equipment and 1 hour upstairs to have food, the birthday cake as well as dance and play games in the disco room hosted by party hosts. There is a Standard Food Party Package $395 covers 10 kids cost is $37.50 per extra guest or Healthy Food Party Package option $415 covers 10 kids cost is $38.50 per extra guest. For more birthday party info and packages, talk to the Wizzy World Frenchs Forest team they are super friendly.

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Little Miss and her brother had a great time at Wizzy World Frenchs Forest, they enjoyed the clean new setting with its large main climbing and sliding structure, the sports area and bouncing castle. It was a lot of fun and the team were so nice, we will be sure to pop in again soon.

Here's a few tips before you head to Wizzy World Frenchs Forest

  • Wizzy World Frenchs Forest is located at Unit 7/25 Frenchs Forest Road East, Frenchs Forest in the Allambie Grove Business Park.

  • The centre is currently open Tuesday to Thursday 9:15am to 2pm and Friday to Sunday 9:15am to 5pm during school term. The centre closes Monday for cleaning. Days and hours change during school holidays and may change so it’s best to check their Facebook page and soon to be updated website.

  • Entry prices vary depending on the child’s age with prices as follows: Under 1s’s Peak & Off Peak $5. 1-3 year olds Peak $15.50 or Off Peak $13.50. 4 year olds+ Peak $18 or Off Peak $15.50. Peak time charges apply to weekends and school holidays. Under 1’s are free with a paying sibling and Twins pay for 1 chid and half price for the second twin. Session time is unlimited.

  • The centre also offers birthday party options with their three different party rooms.

  • There is ample parking around the Allambie Grove Business Park and around Wizzy World.

  • For hygiene purposes, socks must be worn on equipment at all times. Bring socks for kids and adults if adults are accessing the equipment or sports area. Socks don’t have to be anti-slip socks just normal socks.

  • There is a café onsite with food and drinks which caters for adults and kids. Example items from the kids menu: Freshly made kids sandwiches with different selections available $6.50 and gluten free bread available $2 extra, premium chicken breast nuggets with chips $8.90, hot dog $8.90, toasted cheese fingers $4.50 or $6.50 with ham with gluten free option $2 extra. There’s also all day breakfast options, snacks as well as light and main meals! Lots to choose from.

  • There are toilets located conveniently right across the main structure with an accessible toilet as well as girls & boys toilets and baby changing facilities.

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Busy City Kids were hosted by Wizzy World Frenchs Forest for the purposes of a review. Travel and food were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information, head to their Facebook page.

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!

Planet Mino Chatswood - Sydney - Review

The kids and I headed to Planet Mino in Chatswood this morning for a play and what a big morning they had! A sure place to burn off some energy with so much to do over two levels of play play play!

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The kids headed straight to the ball pit on the first level first where they couldn’t wait to head down the slides, go through all the climbing nets, play a ball game against the wall and head to the other side of the room for more! They really loved throwing balls against the projected games on the wall to aim at frogs, penguins and more to win points as well as going up and down the flat slide with projections too.

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They also liked going down the four long slides and climb all through the climbing structures in the main structure which includes a flat swing, two spinning seats, a hanging octopus, monkey hangers, walking bridge and more.

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The other side of the main room includes three trampolines - one small trampoline which allows maximum 1 child, one medium trampoline which allows maximum 2 children and one big trampoline which allows maximum 4 children. It also includes a volcano slide which is only for kids over 5 years. Little Mister went up the top and then realised it was a bit high but luckily his sister rescued him and then went down the volcano on their tummy.

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The area also includes 3 round swings and is situated below a giant netting area which connects to the main structure as well as a tube net and a curly slide nearby.

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Both kids were exhausted running and jumping around after one hour so we energised with a juice and banana bread from the café before heading to the second level where more play was due with a large supermarket, a lego area, a small ball pit for little ones and more!

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The second level play area includes a full kitchen with supermarket, a little bubble with soft play, a make up area, an area with a lego building table and teepees.

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The second level also includes a small ball pit area and play area for babies under 24 months and an inflatable bouncing area for kids over 3 years as well.

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The level also includes a play area for small kids as well as a birthday party room and toilet rooms with change table.

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The first level also includes a café with all day breakfast, breakfast, lunch menu, snacks and a kids menu as well as drinks and coffee. There’s also lots of room for parents and carers to sit down and watch over their little ones.

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The kids really enjoyed their time at Planet Mino today and burnt off so much energy, they went to bed early! They had so much fun over the two levels of play, they didn’t want to leave and it was very hard to take them away and they already want to come back!

Here's a few tips before you head to Planet Mino:

  • Planet Mino is located at 10 Smith Street in Chatswood close to Forty Winks as well as the Eastern Valley Way complex of Baby Bunting and Bunnings.

  • The centre is open 7 days Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. The centre is open during school holidays at the same hours and price as weekends.

  • Entry prices vary depending on when you head there. Kids under 12 months (free with sibling) Weekdays $10 unlimited vs. Weekends $15 unlimited. Kids 1-3 years Weekdays $11 per hour or $35 unlimited vs. Weekends $13 per hour or $45 unlimited. Kids 3 years+ Weekdays $13 per hour or $39 unlimited vs. Weekends $15 per hour or $49 unlimited. One adult entry included - extra adult $5 per hour ($10 unlimited).

  • The centre also offers birthday party packages in two different rooms. Price varies but as a starter it’s $55 per child with a minimum spend of $550 which includes 90 mins of free play for all guests, 30 mins exclusive use of one of the parties rooms, a host, kids food, party table & accessories, themed party invitations and a variety of add-on options.

  • It sure gets busy so plan ahead and checkout their Facebook page (link below) for the latest updates as the center will post if they are cleaning the ball pits, closed for a birthday party or very busy on the day and at maximum capacity.

  • There is limited parking on the street level of Planet Mino and you may find limited parking in surrounding streets.

  • For hygiene purposes, bring anti-slip socks for the kids (or buy some onsite for $4 a pair) and bring some socks for adults too - no shoes and no bare feet allowed.

  • There is a café onsite with food and drinks which caters for adults and kids. Example items for kids menu: Kids ham & cheese toastie with free range smoked ham & cheddar cheese with Brasserie Bread $10, Kids Nuggets & Chips $12, Adult Chicken Schnitzel $20, House Burger $20 and Banana Bread $7.

  • There are toilets located on the second level of the center with a change table option.

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Busy City Kids were hosted by Planet Mino for the purposes of a review. Travel and food were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information on Planet Mino, head to their Facebook page.

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!

Kulin Dreaming & Kangaroo Tales Experience - Werribee Open Range Zoo - Review

Kate and her little ones experienced the special Kulin Dreaming school holiday activities yesterday at Werribee Open Range Zoo and were invited to experience the special Kangaroo Tales Animal Experience where they shared a special connection with the Zoo’s kangaroos - such a special day! Thank you for the review and photos Kate xo Catherine

Connect with Australian animals and Indigenous culture these school holidays during Kulin Dreaming; a new, meaningful and immersive experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo.

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From 21st of September to the 6th of October, visitors can join members of the local Kulin Nation as they share incredible stories through dance and didgeridoo performances as well as participating in Aboriginal cultural activities. 

Visit the Australian Trail to cook damper and sample bush tea. 

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Learn Aboriginal dance and hear animal stories.

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Have your face and hand painted with ground ochre and create your own Indigenous arts and craft.

The poppets loved decorating clap sticks and river pebble symbol painting.

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While you are there, be sure to say hello to Werribee Open Range Zoo’s kangaroos, brolgas and emus in their native grassland habitat, spot koalas in the trees, and meet some curious creatures in Bandicoot Hideout.  You might even be lucky enough to see a tiny wallaby head peeping out of its mum’s pouch!

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Make your zoo visit even more special by booking a koala or kangaroo encounter. 

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We joined Ranger Danielle for a Kangaroo Tales Experience - up-close access to the Zoo’s resident mob of kangaroos (as well as the cheeky emus).  Perfect for all ages, Danielle shared lots of fun facts about Australia's most famous animal and we even got to hand feed Josie, a gorgeous 11 year old Eastern Grey Kangaroo.

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We highly recommended taking part in Kulin Dreaming and booking an animal encounter at Werribee Open Range Zoo these school holidays - not only does it offer the opportunity to step into the beautiful outback but it provides children and their families with unforgettable animal memories and a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture.

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For more information on Kulin Dreaming, head to the Werribee Zoo's specific page. For more information on Animal Encounters, head to the Werribee Zoo's specific page.

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

Circus Oz: Aurora - Melbourne - Review 

Circus Oz is back with a new show and Kate’s little circus fans could not wait to see it, thanks Kate for the great review and pics! Circus Oz: Aurora is on now at the Royal Botanic Gardens under the Big Top under the 6th of October - a perfect school holiday activity.

Roll up, roll up! The Circus Oz Big Top has returned to Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria these school holidays to premiere the latest Circus Oz creation: Aurora.

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Blasting audiences into other atmospheres, Aurora is an exhilarating and awe-inspiring 70-minute spectacular.  

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From jaw-dropping acrobatics, impossibly intricate foot-juggling and stunning visual projections, to breathtaking hula hoops, hair-raising balances and absurd physical comedy, Aurora is a collision of amazing artistic elements.  

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The outrageously talented Circus Oz acrobats have never been afraid of heights, but in Aurora they are pushed beyond their earthly limits with a feast of aerial delights: flying, swinging, straps and the incredible Washington trapeze (where aerialists perform various headstand skills on the bar).  It’s a fast paced, blink and you will miss it show, that is kept rocketing along by the original live music from the Circus Oz band.

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There’s nothing like a circus show for great family entertainment!  So grab some freshly popped popcorn and head into the Circus Oz Big Top to see Melbourne’s homegrown circus troupe perform their latest heart-stopping offering. 

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Tip - Watch out for the cheeky - snack eating, beach ball throwing - penguins at the start of the show + be sure to stay around after the show for a meet and greet with the performers in the adjacent tent.

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For more information on Circus Oz: Aurora, head to their website.

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

KAWS:PLAYTIME at the NGV Melbourne - Review - Melbourne

Kate and her little ones popped into KAWS: PLAYTIME today at the National Gallery of Victoria for a play and loved exploring this colourful kids installation created especially for kids and families to coincide with the artist's exhibition KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness.

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Brian Donnelly aka KAWS, one of the most prominent and prolific artists, who straddles the worlds of art, fashion and design to include paintings, murals, street and public art, sculptures, fashion and more recently opened his exhibition KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness at the NGV in Melbourne.

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KAWS: PLAYTIME was inspired by a character created by KAWS called BFF, BFF may remind you of a cartoon character or a puppet you’ve seen on tv, does it have feelings?

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KAWS: PLAYTIME invites kids to create a special message by using a touchscreen and camera, wear BFF’s features, choose what they like, record a video portrait, and have lots of fun doing it too! How super cute does Kate’s little ones look as BFFs!

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This kids installation definitely delivers the goods in terms of styling and pop!

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Visitors can also make a friend for BFF by exploring BFF's world and his feelings. BFF looks lonely or sad, cheer up BFF, draw a friend for BFF and share it with friends.

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Kids can also write their name using alphabetical stickers designed by KAWS. These were especially designed for kids to learn the ABC and create a message or even their name. The stickers can be placed anywhere on the surface and the best bit - they are reusable to change again and again! Kids can take this little piece of art home.

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Kids will love KAWS:PLAYTIME and by looks alone - everyone will! So head to the NGV Melbourne these holidays to experience it with the kids and have some fun because after all it’s PLAYTIME! Thanks Kate for the gorgeous pics x

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For more information about KAWS and KAWS:PLAYTIME, head here.

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

JUMPd Indoor Trampoline & Ninja Xtreme Brookvale - Sydney - Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our tips:

  • JUMPd is located at 10 Short Street in Brookvale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Party options and special events available.

  • There are toilets and parking onsite.

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

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

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

Princess Elizabeth Playground - Adelaide - Review

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

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

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

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

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

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Public toilets

  • Accessible and street parking on the street along the playground

  • Sports ground nearby

  • Seating, tables and benches

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

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

Pittwater Mini Golf at Pittwater Golf Centre - Sydney - Review

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

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

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

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

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

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Our tips:

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

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

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

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

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

  • There are toilets and parking onsite.

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

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

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

Tania Park Playground - Balgowlah Heights - Sydney - Review

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

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

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

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

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

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

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

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Ball for nearby grounds/sports field

This playground has:

  • Fencing

  • Toilets

  • Park Benches

  • Free Parking on both sides of the playground

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

Gore Hill Park - Artarmon - Sydney - Review

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

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

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

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

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Change of clothes in Summer after water play

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Carousel

  • Climbing structures

  • Musical Play setup

  • Nature Play setup

  • Slides

  • Swings for small and big kids and an inclusive swing

  • Water Play setup

  • Park Benches

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

  • Exercise Equipment

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

  • Toilets along the club near the car park

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

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

For more information on Gore Hill Park, head here.

For more playgrounds in Sydney, head here.

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

Cheeky Monkey Cafe in Mount Barker - Adelaide - Review

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

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

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

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

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

Our tips:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Toilets and changing facilities onsite.

  • Parking available onsite.

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

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

MyFirstGym Frenchs Forest - Sydney - Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our info:

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

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

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

  • Free parking is available onsite.

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

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

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

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

Disney Junior Minnie Mouse High Tea - Langham Melbourne - Review

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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

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

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

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

Little Sparks - Scienceworks - Melbourne - Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wild Nights - Werribee Zoo - Melbourne - Review

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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

Here are our highlights.


Zoorasic: Dinos After Dark

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

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Fire Performers

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Lantern Parade

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Glow Zone


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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Marshmallow Toasting

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Bandicoot Hideout

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

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

Interaxcity Children's Museum - Melbourne - Review

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids


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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Holey Moley & Strike Bowling - Sunshine Coast - Review

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

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

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

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

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

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

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Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

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

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Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY

Brickman Cities Powered by LEGO® CITY

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Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

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

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

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

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

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

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

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

Photo credit: @busycitykids Sydney January 2019

For more information and to book, head here.

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Bellingham Maze - Tanawha - Sunshine Coast - Review 

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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

The Ginger Factory - Yandina - Queensland - Review

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

1. Ginger Train

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

2. Overboard Boat Ride

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

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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

3. Live Bee Show & Tasting

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

4. Factory Tour & Tasting

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

5. Gingerbread Decorating

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

6. Kids Play Area

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

7. Café, Ice Creamery & Shop

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

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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

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