Pittwater Sports Centre - Kindygym Kindy Recreation - Sydney - Review

Little Mister and I are on a quest to testing out some of Sydney’s kindy gym classes, so we headed this week to review the Pittwater Sports Centre’s Kindygym Kindy Recreation class and what a lot of fun we had!

Kindygym Australia at the Pittwater Sports Centre is Sydney’s longest running children's kindy gym classes with experienced teachers. They specialise in the gross motor development of boys and girls aged 12 months to 5 years and are also a great venue for your child's next birthday party.

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We first headed to the Sand Bucket Play Centre & Café to burn off some energy before class (our review here) and after a stamp, little Mister lined up with his gym buddies and followed the instructors to take part in the class. Parents are not allowed on the gymnastics area unless their little one feels distressed.

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After some warm up and being told that the theme of the week was all about space, the kids were split up in three groups each with an instructor in different areas.

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Little Mister first headed to the bars and trampolines area where he walked around cones, through hurdles, did some bar and then jumped in the foam pit then crawled across a mattress and jumped on trampolines.

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He then took part in more exercises in the second area where he walked across a beam assisted and jumped onto a large mat and did some rolling and practiced techniques around jumping on the trampoline as he tends to run instead ha!

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And at the last area - his favourite, he was equipped with a little trampoline, a walking path where he had to pickup a toy and place it in a bucket on the large mat to then go through a tunnel and over foam rolls and a bar. Sorry I probably should learn the names of gymnastic equipment ha!

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The class finished up with some singing and walking around like aliens in space and playing with the parachute by throwing stars up in the air.

Little Mister had an amazing time, he was really focused the whole time during class and I was impressed he followed the teacher and classmates from start to finish. He was very sweaty, hungry and thirsty afterwards which was a good sign! He then later passed out in the car haha! A great way to tire your little ones!

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Our info:

  • The Pittwater Sports Centre (PSC) is located at 1525 Pittwater Road in North Narrabeen.

  • The centre is open 7 days a week at different opening & closing times so check their website or call in to check.

  • They also have classes for 12-20 months old, 20 months old to 3.5 years, 3.5 years to 4.5 years and 4.5-5 years (year before school). They also have gifted classes and school holiday classes. Checkout their website (listed below) to check their timetable and fees for each class.

  • The PSC is a NUT FREE Centre.

  • Free parking is available onsite.

  • Toilets are located inside the gymnastics main area.

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

For more information on Pittwater Sports Centre, 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.

The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café - Pittwater Sports Centre - Sydney - Review

This week, we headed to Pittwater Sports Centre to review their Kindygym Australia Kindy Recreation class (our review here), so we thought we’d checkout the centre’s Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café while we’re there.

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The indoor playground centre is perfect for a play before or after Kindygym class or perfect for a play with friends & family during the week or weekends or even for a birthday party (parties must be booked). It is fully air-conditioned with Free Wifi. It caters for children 0 to 12 years old with various climbing areas, flying foxes and slides. The main structure for kids 4 and over has 7 slippery dips, 3 levels, 2 ball pits, 2 flying foxes, and loads of soft play equipment. There are also two areas for children 0-2 years and 2 to 5 years of age.

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Little Mister loved the challenging climbing areas of this indoor playground and had lots of fun, it was tricky convincing him to leave for his gym class - ha!

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There is also a baby area for little ones under 2 years old. Since there were no babies when we were there, little Mister had fun with the ball pit and surroundings. There is also a toddler area for kids 2 years and over which was lots of fun too but little Mister preferred the main structure. We look forward to visiting again and showing little Miss this great indoor playground. We had a nice bite to eat and a juice after little Mister’s class at the Sand Bucket Café, a great complex.

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Our info:

  • The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café is located at the Pittwater Sports Centre (PSC) at 1525 Pittwater Road in North Narrabeen.

  • The centre and café are open every day at various opening & closing times so please check their website or call before you head there as they sometimes close earlier than advertised.

  • PSC is a NUT FREE Centre.

  • Children MUST wear socks when in the Sand Bucket Play Centre at all times.

  • No food or drinks are to be consumed in the indoor playground.

  • Parent supervision is compulsory at all times.

  • Ensure the centre gate is locked at all times for the safety of all children.

  • Baby change room and pram parking are located in the corridor.

  • Toilets are located inside the gymnastics main area.

  • Free parking is available onsite.

  • Prices for play vary: Unlimited play for kids during the week for under 1’s is $5, under 2’s is $7 and kids over 2 is $10. Weekends are charged at $10 for all ages. Ask for their 5 or 10 visit passes to save. You can also save on entry when your child is signed up to the Pittwater Sports Centre’s Kindygym program.

Busy City Kids were hosted by The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café for the purpose of a review. Food and travelling costs were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information on The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café, 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.

Simply Fun - Energetic Explorers Program - Chatswood - Sydney - Review

This week, we tested out Simply Fun at Chatswood on the North Shore. The center opened late last year and has proven popular with families wanting their little one(s) to take part in physical activity and free play.

Simply Fun offers a wide range of inspiring programs for children aged 6 months through to 10 years that encourage physical, mental and social development in their engaging and multi-sensory learning environment. Simply Fun runs parent assisted classes, non-parent assisted classes and after school classes as well as birthday parties and school holiday camps.

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We attended the Energetic Explorers program which is suitable for 2.5 to 3.5 year olds. The class focuses on giving your little one(s) confidence in their movements, in their ability to jump, hop and complete different gymnastics moves as well as take part in educational games.

We started the class with a little run around, a welcome song and the little nursery rhyme song Five Little Ducks. Little Mister loved singing along and taking the little peg ducks off the sheet every time they ran away.

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Kids and their parents then followed a circuit around the room taking part in different physical exercises. The circuit course changes every two weeks.

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Valerie the instructor on the day was extremely engaging and children responded really well to her instructions and the exercises she proposed.

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Little Mister really enjoyed working with Valerie and had so much fun and kept going back for more.

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Another fun exercise that little Mister really liked was pushing a little scooter board on the ground and feeding the Easter bunny with carrots. A fun little numeracy game where kids are asked and given a number of carrots they would like to feed the bunny. Once the kids grab the carrots, they push the little scooter board with carrots and head to a number of bunnies with a number on them. Parents help their little one identify the number bunny to the number of carrots.

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Kids then did a fun game of identifying fruit & vegetables on cards shown to them.

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Kids then had some time to take part in different fun activities around the room like bucket swings, climbing a climbing frame to grab a little pig and having fun on little donkeys. We then finished the class with a parachute game, some singing and lots of bubbles.

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Kids attending the class can have a play before or after the class in the ‘Free Play’ area. Non-class goers can take part in ‘Free Play’ anytime and explore the center’s multi-sensory play area at a small fee or a reduced fee for members.

Simply Fun is currently offering 3 Trials for Just $50 and is an approved provider with NSW Active Kids & NSW Creative Kids. Eligible families can claim up to one Active Kids Voucher + one Creative Kids Voucher per calendar year towards recreation programs designed for children who are enrolled in school, aged between 4-18 years like Super Ninjas (Active Kids), Kids Drama (Creative Kids) and Kids Hip Hop (Creative Kids).

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Little Mister had an amazing time at Simply Fun Chatswood this week taking part in their Energetic Explorers Program and Free Play and we can’t wait to visit again - it was very hard to lure him away haha!

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

For more information on Simply Fun Chatswood, 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.

Aussie Gems - Little Gems Preschooler Multisport Program - Frenchs Forest - Review

If your little ones are anything like mine, they don’t like to sit still one second! I have found this especially true with little Mister aka Energiser Bunny. We have been trialling different programs since last year in an effort to keep him busy and active and stumbled upon Aussie Gems at Frenchs Forest. I had heard great feedback about the preschooler program from a school mum and attended my daughter’s friend birthday party there recently so we thought we’d checkout their Little Gems Preschooler Multi-sport Program and share our experience with our readers.

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Little Gems at Aussie Gems is a fun, high-energy movement and motor skill development program for preschoolers designed to help children cultivate their gross motor, visual motor and social skills in a non-competitive environment. Kids will learn the basics from a variety of sports and have lots of fun doing it!

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The class we attended, started with a little running game to warm things up. Little Mister took a little of time to warm up but after a few goes and some convincing that there would be a trampoline activity, he was happy to run around and follow the instructors in the one hour session and bond with new friends.

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After a bit of running around, kids were invited to do a series of jumps on the trampoline, go through obstacles, pick up a sand bag and run back and repeat.

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Then do some rope climbing and hold onto the frame for as long as they could.

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After a water and fruit break (complementary freshly cut fruit is provided for each class), kids then did another running game to tire them further ha! Yes, little Mister had no issues falling asleep that evening, in fact he was snoring! A great activity to wear them out :)

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The children continued with some wall climbing, tumbling exercises and finished off with a cool Ninja Course!

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Little Mister was very happy with the program, loved the instructors and thought they were funny and when I asked him if he wanted to come back to Aussie Gems, he said ‘Yes Please’. Aussie Gems also run a Cheerleading Academy and Fitness Academy and School Holiday Programs. They also run Birthday Parties on Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sunday which are very popular and lots of fun. The parties include 2 hours of non-stop fun with 2 party coaches for up to 17 children and exclusive use of the birthday party room. When I attended the birthday party, the centre used paper plates and cups, paper table clothes and provided freshly cut fruit, popcorn and crisps to the children. Parents brought their own cupcakes and lolly bags to celebrate. More info via their website.

A 45 minutes Preschooler Craft Sessions for 2-6 year olds is also available twice a week Wednesday & Friday at 10:30 am and 11:30 am. Little Mister made and played with slime after his preschooler program before we had a snack and a drink and relaxed by the centre’s café’s little play area. The centre’s Hukilau Café is fully equipped and the chef onsite organises platters for classes or weekend birthday parties. Parents and carers can sit by the café’s glass windows and watch their little ones take the class while they relax and enjoy a coffee.

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Mums - Let the kids do their Aussie Gems sports activity, while you treat yourself at the Union Jacks Hair Professionals hairdresser upstairs. As a mum herself, Julia understands that as mums we don’t always have a chance to sit down and relax and have our hair done. She comes with over 25 years industry experience and can provide 1 on 1 personal care by appointment only Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays. Products she uses include Joico Hair, Evy Organic Karitin, Olaplex and Wella. Complimentary barista style beverage from the centre’s Hukilau Café as well as onsite massage chair. Julia’s Facebook page can be found here along with great customer reviews.

Dads - Dads can also treat themselves while the kids do their Aussie Gems sports activity. Obi at Look Sharp Barber, will look after you with over 10 years experience. Enjoy $20 cuts for the month of March, kids can get their hair cut too. Walk inns welcome.

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There you have it, Aussie Gems is a great hub of services for children and their parents/carers - what a fun place to hang out!

Our info:

  • Aussie Gems is located at Allambie Grove Business Park at Unit 10, 25 Frenchs Forest Road East, Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

  • Preschooler Programs run during school terms Mondays to Saturdays for specific ages at specific days & times. Each session includes multisport, fruit break and 15 min focus activity which changes daily. Become a member or attend casually or buy a pack of 10 classes or attend unlimited classes per week.

  • Checkout their website for more information on their Cheerleading Academy, Fitness Academy, School Holiday Programs and Birthday Parties.

  • There is ample parking at the front of the building.

  • There is also a baby change room, comfy chairs for breastfeeding, toilets, water bubbler, a/c and a kids play corner.

For more information on Aussie Gems, head to their website.

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

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.

Australian Reptile Park - Somersby - Sydney - Review

What’s better than having a birthday on New Year’s eve? Heading to the Australian Reptile Park of course! We surprised reptile and dinosaur lover little Mister on his birthday with a visit at the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby last year and made an amazing day of it! So much to do, it was incredible.

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During the school holidays, the Australian Reptile Park has various activities, feeding times, talks etc. For the summer school holidays, the park had dinosaurs around various parts of the park, dino dig for fossils, interactive dino walks, dino dance party, dino reptile show, roving reptiles and turtles as well as the usual alligator & crocodile feeding shows and more. Checkout their website before you head out to make sure you make the shows and special activities.

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After the kids had a chat with the reptile keeper, we headed to the Lost World of Reptiles where we found an array of different reptiles from around the world.

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Little Miss was fascinated with iguanas while little Mister with cobras and anacondas.

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The Egypt themed room was filled with baby crocodiles around the large statue which the kids loved to spot.

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The Spider World was a cool area to see our arachnid friends and see a giant spider in action as well as comic related info and some fun spider-themed games along the way.

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We then headed outside to say hello to Elvis in the crocodile swamp. There are various feeding times during the day for Elvis.

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The kids then checked out the playground briefly before heading to the Komodo Dragons palace. If you wanted to make the trip a day trip, bring some snacks, a picnic or bbq and set things up at various uncovered and covered picnic areas or sit at various benches around the park.

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The kids did limited dino digging for fossils on the day as the dig pit was filled with friendly kangaroos so the kids were more than happy to give them a pat and cuddle.

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After some cuddles, we ventured across the nature walk where we saw wallabies, cassowaries, dingos, koalas, lace monitors, wombats, birds, a walk-in owl flight, parrots, night animals, tassie devils, tortoises and more.

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Do no miss the alligators along the nature path too and make sure you attend one of the alligator feeding time - it was fascinating to see these creatures and see the large female alligator which rules the alligators basking area. The alligator keepers are truly amazing to be working with such creatures. The Australian Reptile Park is the first zoo in Australia to import the alligators species and breed them. Alligators are found in the swamps and bayous of the south eastern US, and are currently under threat due to wetland clearance and polluted drains.

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After a fantastic alligator feeding, we headed to meet some roving dinosaurs and break some dino dance moves at a dino dance party. Both great summer holiday treats for visitors.

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Before heading home, we fed some kangaroos with some feed from reception and checked out the gift shop of course! We had such an amazing time at the Australian Reptile Park and we will have to visit again soon if not make it a yearly ritual for little Mister’s birthday!

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Our tips:

  • The Australian Reptile Park is located at 69 Pacific Highway in Somersby.

  • Open 9am-5pm everyday of the year, 7 days a week, except Christmas Day.

  • Adults $39, Child (3-15 years) $21, Senior +60 $29, Family Pass (2 adults, 2 child) $105, Single (1 adult, 2 child) $75 or Extra child on family pass $15. Yearly memberships are also available.

  • Checkout their daily schedules or school holiday schedules before you go to make the special activities, talks and feeding times.

  • Bring water bottles, snacks or lunch or a picnic with you (there is a small café with some food there too).

  • There are picnic areas as well as picnic tables in the park.

  • Bring hats and sunscreen on warm days.

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

For more information on the Australian Reptile Park, 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.

The Tramshed Café and Playground - Narrabeen - Sydney - Review

In June last year, the Tramshed Café opened its doors and the playground next to it was finished just on-time for visitors to enjoy both spaces with family and friends! It took us a while to get there but we visited this great setup late last year and loved it!

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The fully fenced playground consists of a main castle-like structure with slides and areas to wonder, different sets of swings, a free play area with dragon eggs, little shops for kids to be pretend shoppers, little trampolines and more.

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The little shops were a hit with little Miss and her brother as well as the swings and little trampolines.

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After some play, we headed to the Tramshed Café for some coffee and food. The kids loved eating in the tram. Food and drinks can be consumed in the tram however council restrictions mean these need to be in take-away containers. Good news though, most of the packaging is compostable. You can also sit inside the café.

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We enjoyed our coffees, bacon & egg roll, kids french toast (two for mum ha!), kids cheese toasty and kids egg & toast. The kids enjoyed some colouring while waiting for the food too.

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This playground is located at 1395a Pittwater Road in Narrabeen.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Castle structure

  • Slides

  • Swings

  • Little Shops

  • Trampolines

  • Nature Play setup

  • Park Benches

  • Tramshed Café nearby

  • Toilets near the carpark

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

Our trip to the Tramshed Café and Playground was self funded and not sponsored. Our opinions are genuine as always.

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For more information on The Tramshed Café which is next to the playground and open 7am to 5pm daily, 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.

Rose Seidler House - Wahroonga - Sydney - Review

Visiting an architectural designed house in Wahroonga might not be the first thing you have in mind to do with kids on the weekend but if you enjoy art, design and 1950s furniture and showing the kids around a well designed house, you will be in for a treat with the Rose Seidler’s House. Designed by Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max and completed in 1950, this house was the most talked about house in Sydney at the time and you can see why.

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Harry graduated from Harvard in 1946, an enthusiastic and committed modernist. That same year his parents and brother migrated to Australia, he however remained in New York, until his mother enticed him to Australia with the offer of designing and building her a house. He arrived in Sydney in 1948, intending to remain only until his parents’ house was completed, but the architectural success that followed persuaded him to stay.

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All rooms in the house except for the main bedroom, have panoramic views of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. The floor plan flows really well as the house is divided into two distinct zones, the living and sleeping areas linked by a transitional zone of a central playroom, stairs and sundeck that can be used to extend either public or private areas, depending on the occasion. The designed kitchen might look dated however it was pure luxury in the 1950s.

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The house was donated by Harry Seidler in 1988 to Historic Houses Trust and was reinstated with 1950s original colour scheme and stays in great condition today. We just love the original 1950s furniture and the simple yet tasteful design and furnishings. Seidler had a great eye for design and making sure that the property had the right features, furniture, spacious aspect and sufficient storage while keeping his simplistic approach in design.

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The house has a series of flexible dividers instead of walls to allow spaces to be reconfigured into different areas. The modern sliding doors that slide right back into the window’s cavity is a genius yet modern idea that is common in today’s houses but was not back in the 1950s. Trying to find a builder to build this intricate house post second world war and finding the required material was no feet for Harry but he managed to do so after some difficult years.

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Our info & tips:

  • Open Sundays only 10am to 4pm

  • Entry Adult $12, Concession $8, Family (2 adults 2 kids, 1 adult 3 kids) $30, Members Free, Under 5 yo Free

  • Closed Christmas Day

  • 71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, NSW 2076

  • No toilets onsite that we could remember

  • Please be mindful with little ones of the balcony, stairs and be mindful not to touch furniture

For more information on the Rose Seidler House, head to the Sydney Living Museums' 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.

Wannabees Hornsby - Sydney - Review

We loved reviewing Wannabees Frenchs Forest so much last November that we wanted to checkout Wannabees’ second centre in Hornsby too. The Wannabees Hornsby centre is a newer version of the Frenchs Forest centre which is jam packed with many rooms to explore like a supermarket, vet, grocery shop, radio and news room, hairdresser, fire station, a dance floor, the list goes on!

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The kids loved everything about this new centre and especially the grocery shop, hospital and post office. It’s easy to spend hours there visiting all the different rooms. Some rooms are opened at different times so make sure you checkout the schedule.

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The vet centre is also a favourite with my kids, they love taking care of sick pets and giving them a bath. Little Mister particularly liked the babies’ room which includes soft play equipment.

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Kids can take part in reading the news, interact in different movie screens, take their turn in the radio station, get their hair ready, dress up in the dressing room for a dance off on the dance floor.

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Little Miss and her brother also loved pretending to cook and serve up food to us at the pizza café and taking their turn to hose fires down at the fire station practice spot.

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There’s also a medical centre and nursery room as well as a post office where kids can pickup letters and parcel to deliver around the centre. Lookout for letterboxes in front of each shop.

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There’s also two party rooms and a restaurant onsite.

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We really enjoyed visiting Wannabees Hornsby late last year, it’s a cute centre for birthday parties, catchups or a simple play. Kids will be occupied for hours exploring all the rooms!

Our tips:

  • Wannabees Hornsby is located at Shop 2042/236 Pacific Hwy (inside Westfield Hornsby opposite Fernwood Gym).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Wannabees Hornsby, head to their website.

To checkout our review of Wannabees Frenchs Forest, head to our review 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.

Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage - Art Gallery of NSW - Sydney - Review

The Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage opened mid October last year at the Art Gallery of NSW. Works of art from well known European Modern Masters Monet, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso and Gauguin from the 19th and 20th century are featured along with equally well known Russian Contemporary artists Kandinsky and Malevich. The exhibition has brought 65 paintings straight from St Petersburg’s State Hermitage Museum.

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The Art Gallery of NSW invites families and carers to enjoy the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition together with a cute kids’ trail which covers 7 pieces of art which encourages children to draw portraits, landscapes, an abstract picture and think about writing a poem.

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Significant works in the exhibition include Monet’s Poppy field c1890; Cézanne’s Great pine near Aix 1895/97; Picasso’s Table in a Cafe 1912; Gauguin’s Month of Mary 1899; Matisse’s Nymph and Satyr 1908; Kandinsky’s Landscape near Dünaberg 1913 and Malevich’s Black Square c.1932, all of which are from the Hermitage’s illustrious modern collection.

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Kids are invited to look out for kids’ labels next to some of the art throughout the exhibition as they summarise the art piece and painters for children to understand.

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Masters of modern art from the Hermitage also tells the story of the Russian collectors Sergey Shchukin and Ivan Morozov, both wealthy businessmen who first championed the ground-breaking works of the French modern masters, and brought their work together with great passion. Shchukin frequently opened his home to the public to showcase his French art collection and this played a significant role in shaping the birth of the Russian avant-garde. A special room in the exhibition showcases stories of Shchukin for the public to watch.

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We particularly loved pieces from Pablo Picasso and Henri Manguin and Andre Derain and Matisse.

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As well as works from Paul Signac, Gauguin and especially Kandinsky and Malewich.

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We enjoyed the Masters of Modern Art from the Hermitage exhibition. It is great for school age kids who have an interest in art, the European modern masters and who enjoy spending time at the galleries. They will enjoy the cool kids trail too. Checkout the Art Gallery of NSW’s website before you head out to time your visit with the kids activities they organise.

Master of Modern Art from the Hermitage is on now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until Sunday 3rd of March 2019. For more information on Masters of modern art from the Hermitage, head to the Art Gallery's website.

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

How Cities Work - Museum of Sydney - Sydney - Review

How Cities Work is the latest exhibition which opened this week at the Museum of Sydney, right on time for the Summer holidays! Based on the How Cities Work book by James Gulliver Hancock, this exhibition is perfect for Busy City Kids! Kids will love this fun and interactive exhibition. Visitors are invited to wear a hard hat and protective gear as they arrive and throughout the exhibition to get into the construction mood and create their own city.

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As soon as you walk in, you are surrounded by our busy cities, the modes of transports, the buildings, the landmarks and the people who live there. Kids can press a button at the three separate cities pods and see moving traffic and a train go by.

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A cute area with a City Zoo, city & transport building blocks, a stadium and museum art gallery invites visitors to mix n’ match Zoo animals and find a spot for them in the City Zoo, discover, play along and read James Gulliver Hancock’s books How Cities Work and How Airports Work. Little Mister who is 3 years old loved this area.

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Kids are then invited to find all the different things in a busy street of the Busy City area by interacting with the projection on-screen.

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A very popular area was the colouring area where kids are invited to colour in James Gulliver Hancock’s awesome skyscrapers. Once their work of art is complete, they can display it around the table. This was little Miss’ favourite area of the exhibition.

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The underground area and the green area are nice to interactive with too. Don’t forget to enter the cool giveaway near the exit.

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Our kids loved the Building Zone near the entrance, we managed to build a few skyscrapers which little Miss decided to hide in - ha!

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We really loved the fun and interactive How Cities Work exhibition at the Museum of Sydney. It will keep the kids busy these holidays! Don’t forget to checkout the Lonely Planet Kids videos on level 1 while you’re there for some fun videos & facts as well as the Street Photography exhibition on the same level as the exhibition and wonder around the rest of this great museum. A great morning in sight!

Our tips:

  • The Museum of Sydney is open daily 10 am to 5pm and located corner of Phillip and Bridge Streets in Sydney CBD.

  • Entry to the How Cities Work exhibition is free with General Admission. Adult $15, Child/Concession $12, Kids 0-5 years Free, Family (2 adults 2 Kids or 1 adult 3 kids) $38. Sydney Living Museums Members and Sydney Museums Pass holders go Free.

  • Visit the rest of the Museum of Sydney while you’re there to make the most of it.

  • How Cities Work is on now until 21 July 2019.

  • Toilets & changing facilities as well as pram parking is located on Ground Level. Lifts are available too.

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For more information about the How Cities Work exhibition at the Museum of Sydney, head to this website.

Busy City Kids attended the free public opening event of How Cities Work for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

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

Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition - Sydney - Review

STAR WARS™ Identities is the Powerhouse Museum’s latest exhibition. We checked out this great exhibition on opening weekend and were spoilt with characters at the entrance of the museum and exhibition.

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STAR WARS™ Identities will take you on a journey to explore the world of STAR WARS™ and your true STAR WARS™ Identity along the way. The exhibition will let you choose and customise a character that matches your personality and will let you decide if you will join the dark force or not.

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Visitors are invited to grab an ear piece and a bracelet upon entry to interact with the exhibition. The ear piece will let you hear all the commentaries about the STAR WARS™ movies, characters and mini movies on display. The bracelet will let you choose a character upon entry and will enable you to build up your character throughout the different selection booths and will let you see your final character at the end of the exhibition.

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Little Miss loved this exhibition. Her and her dad were massive fans of the STAR WARS™ Identities interactive booths and building up their character along the exhibition and also enjoyed watching the mini movies. Little Mister and I on the other hand were happy selecting our character at first but were intrigued by the STAR WARS™ costumes, props, models and artworks, watching little movie clips and checking out Darth Vader and the gift shop ha!

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STAR WARS™ fans will of course love this exhibition but even little Miss and her brother enjoyed all that was on offer even though they were not familiar with the movies. Little Miss now wants to watch the movie and collect the characters.

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Even though my husband and I have watched most STAR WARS™ movies, there is still a great deal we didn’t know about the enterprise and so it was a great to visit this exhibition and share it with our children. Did you know that when the creators were deciding on the Yoda character, they wanted someone with wisdom and therefore took inspiration from Albert Einstein.

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We all really enjoyed STAR WARS™ Identities, it is a very interactive and family friendly exhibition and highly recommend it. Maybe something to do during the school holidays. Entry to the exhibition will also allow you access to the rest of the Powerhouse Museum. Checkout the Wiggles exhibition while you’re there (our review here).

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Busy City Kids were invited to the STAR WARS™ Identities exhibit for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

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

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

Day and Night on the Reef - Sea Life Sydney Aquarium - Sydney - Review

The NEW Day and Night on the Reef exhibit at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is now open and it’s fabulous and all about the Great Barrier Reef by Day and Night. The entrance to the new exhibit is the old one after the touchpool, the nice coral aquarium were previously there however undertook a little remodelling and large cylinders Jelly Lullaby where glowing jellyfish reside can be found when walking through.

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Kids will love walking on Moonlight Beach and see their footsteps glow in the interactive floor projections and on screen display. Little Mister loved this section, he kept running around the beach and laughing.

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Walk down the expansive coral garden which glows under the ‘night’ lights. Little Miss loved seeing her clothes, teddy glow, touching and looking at the coral display on walls.

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Another interactive aspect of the exhibit is the coral spawning motion detecting display where visitors can control the coral reef current through motion sensors by moving their hands across the screen. Kids will love hanging onto the projected coral reef and clock too and being covered by the colourful projections.

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Walk down further and you will see the giant turtle aquarium spanning along with Myrtle the rescue turtle and her fellow turtle friends Dave and Choung with hundreds of beautiful sea creatures. A great photo opportunity if you spot the turtles.

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It was little Mister’s favourite spot, he loved watching on the sea creatures and the turtles and looking at the giant stone turtle in the aquarium.

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Visitors can learn how we can protect our reef by picking up litter on the beach and watch the life-cycle of a turtle through projection from nesting to the birth of baby turtles. Little Mister loved looking at the baby turtles. Little Miss is all across picking up litter at the beach with me to prevent sea creatures getting hurt so she loved the interactive litter game.

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We loved visiting the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium to see the new $5 million interactive exhibit developed by a team of over 100 people, Day and Night on the Reef. This great exhibit is the largest Great Barrier Reef display in the world with interactive experiences which help visitors appreciate the Reef.

Busy City Kids were invited to the Day and Night on the Reef exhibit for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

For more information about Day and Night on the Reef, head to the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium's website.

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

North Harbour Reserve - Balgowlah - Sydney - Review

The North Harbour reserve playground in Balgowlah is a popular playground for families for a play date, a run on the scooter or bike or for a picnic or birthday party. Due to families concern regarding the playground close to a busy road and the water, council made the playground fully fenced and are currently undergoing renovations for the toilets onsite.

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The playground consists of a main structure with climbing spots, slides, monkey bars and more. There are also dizzy sticks, bouncers and a large see saw. There is also a double swing and a swing for all abilities. Kids can also use their scooter or bike within the playground. There’s also lots of benches too.

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There is a nice reserve near the playground where families are often seen throwing birthday parties, playing sport or walking the dog. There’s also a café next to the playground for refreshments, biscuit, ice cream or a coffee.

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The North Harbour Reserve is located at Lot 7001 Condamine Street in Balgowlah.

Our packing list for this playground with water play:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Public toilets

  • BBQ Areas

  • Picnic spots

  • Park Benches

  • Sports Ground

  • Basketball Court

  • Great for Birthday Parties

  • Bubbler

  • Free Parking onsite off Condamine Street

  • Café nearby on Lower Beach Road

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.

Little Rascals - Brookvale - Sydney - Review

Little Miss was invited at Little Rascals Playland some time ago for a friend's birthday party. The Little Rascals Playland runs the center as a membership based indoor playground where members have unlimited access to the venue and runs birthday parties or celebrations for parents & carers at other times.

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The facilities include an enclosed toddler zone for under 5s, a huge 300m2 Climbing Frame, a Pulsating 3-lane Giant Racing Slide, a Fun Ball Zone, a Web climb Zone, Trampolines, a Spiral Slide and is of course fully air-conditioned which is perfect for hot or rainy days.

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Little Rascals Playland can be hired for 2.5 hours at various times on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Pricing for party venue hire and catering packages vary and you can bring your own cake. Children must be 11 years or under to play on the equipment and kids 5 and under can play in the Toddler Zone. There is also a café onsite. There is ample free parking onsite as well as kids toilets. It is a great option for celebrating a birthday party with friends and family.
 

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

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Little Rascals however we thought we would share our experience at this birthday party venue to provide ideas for parents for their child's birthday.

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.

Gymstars Cheerleaders Birthday Party - Brookvale - Sydney - Review

Earlier this year, little Miss was invited to a friend’s birthday party, but not just any party - a Gymstars Cheerleaders Birthday Party brought to you by the same people who run Ninja Kids in Brookvale.

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The Gymstars Party Team are a group of professional, American style, competitive cheerleaders who will teach some dance and cheer routines and show some fun stunts and tumbling to party guests! All routines are age appropriate, fun and easy for guests to perform. The Gymstars Party Team also did a few fun games like dance statues and guests when we attended and were treated to a cute glitter tattoo on arrival too.

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Little Miss loved the pom poms and getting lifted by the cheerleaders and also loved how her little group were shown a specific routine which they then completed all by themselves.

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Gymstars Cheerleaders Birthday Party are a cute idea for a birthday party. Guests are given time between routines and play to have a break and enjoy birthday treats and the birthday cake. Parents and carers of the birthday guest can BYO their food and drinks for the party.

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Gymstars however we thought we would share our experience at this birthday party venue to provide ideas for parents for their child's birthday.

For more information on Gymstars, 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.

Wannabees Frenchs Forest - Sydney - Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on Wannabees, head to their website.

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

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Our tips:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday - Australian Tour

Following a hugely successful tour of the UK, the enchanting world of the CBeebies’ hit animated series Sarah & Duck will be brought to life on stage for the first time in Australia this summer! Kids aged 3 to 6 years will love the Sarah & Duck show!

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Featuring a host of wonderful characters from the BAFTA Award-winning show embarking on a brand-new adventure, Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will play in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne. 

  • Sydney - Sydney Opera House Thu 6th Dec to Sun 23rd Dec 2018

  • Adelaide - Dunstan Playhouse Wed 16th Jan to Sun 20th Jan 2019

  • Melbourne - Clocktower Centre Tue 22nd Jan to Thu 24th Jan 2019 and Karralyka Centre in Ringwood Fri 25th Jan and Sun 27th Jan 2019

Join Sarah and Duck, along with all their favourite friends, including The Ribbon Sisters, The Shallots, John and Flamingo and Umbrella, as they plan a circus-themed birthday party for Scarf Lady in their garden. But when the weather turns windy and the big top is blown away, will Sarah and Duck be able to save the day? 

 

Told through a fantastic blend of inventive puppetry, charming storytelling and toe-tapping music, it features all the familiar voices from the CBeebies series, including Roger Allam as the Narrator and Lesley Nicol as Scarf Lady. Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday will take families and children alike on a magical theatrical adventure.

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

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in 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. 

STAR WARS™ Identities: The Exhibition - Sydney - Review

OUR REVIEW HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Noreuil Park and River Deck Café - Albury - Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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