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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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!

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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.

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

Photo credit: @busycitykids

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

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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!

100+ Easy Ways to Reduce Your Waste

After watching the War on Waste show on the ABC last year and the movie A Plastic Ocean, I was inspired to find and adopt better ways to reduce our family’s household waste, reduce our impact on the planet and oceans and show our kids how they can do their bit and how we can influence others in doing the same.

As part of our family journey to reduce waste, I thought it would be helpful to share 100+ Easy Ways To Reduce Your Waste to our Busy City Kids readers. These tips and tricks were inspired by members of the community, web articles and Facebook groups such as Plastic Free Future, #waronwasteau, Zero Waste groups, local beach cleanup groups, Plastic Free July etc. where community members share events, news and ways we can each do our bit. These groups led me to create a local Facebook group called Plastic Free Sydney Northern Beaches to encourage locals to reduce their impact and plastic use too.

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Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitkids

As a family, we are no way near where I’d like to be in terms of our waste journey and going plastic free, however each day we try a little bit more towards achieving new ways our family can reduce our impact on our world for our children’s future.

Kate and her little ones also recently did their bit and shared simple ways on their Insta page to look after the environment and reduce their waste footprint with Melba Bear. We will share some of Kate’s photos throughout this article. We would also like to thank Pascale at Mailed With Love for her gorgeous illustrations.

So with that, I leave you with a list we have put together of 100+ Easy Ways to Reduce Your Family's Waste and Plastic Usage. We hope you find this post useful. xo Catherine

Note - This post is in no way sponsored. We have mentioned some brands however this is only because we like them.

Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

REDUCE/REFUSE/REUSE - SWAP

1 - REFUSE disposable water bottles - SWAP for REUSABLE ones - stainless steel 18/8 or plastic BPA free only. We love Ecococoon bottles for kids and adults.

2 - REFUSE disposable iced coffee, iced chocolate, bubble tea, boost juice and milk bottles etc - SWAP for large REUSABLE flasks and get your coffee shop, bubble tea, juice & smoothie bar to put those drinks in them.

3 - REFUSE single use juice boxes and fruit bottles etc. - SWAP for REUSABLE BYO your stainless steel bottle and fill up at fruit & veg shops who let you fill your own juice bottle.

4 - REFUSE single use coffee/tea/hot chocolate/babycino cups - SWAP for REUSABLE ones - BPA free only, ceramic or glass and get a discount on your coffee. Checkout Responsible Cafés for a participating coffee shop near you.

5 - REFUSE single use zip lock bags, foil and clingwrap for lunch boxes - SWAP for Nude Food REUSABLE lunch boxes, they can be BPA free plastic ones or metal ones. NO wrap NO rubbish. Encourage kids and parents to do Nude Food and take part in Nude Food Day.

Nude Food lunch boxes - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Nude Food lunch boxes - Photo credit: @busycitykids

6 - REFUSE single use yoghurt pouches - SWAP for bulk yogurt, use REUSABLE pouches, use your REUSABLE containers or RedCycle the pouches (see below).

7 - REFUSE single use ice cream cups and plastic spoons - SWAP for a cone or BYO container, reusable spoon or coffee cup to put ice cream in.

8 - REFUSE single use plastic straws - SWAP for REUSABLE straws - stainless steel 18/8 or bamboo or silicone.

Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

9 - REFUSE single use packaging - SWAP for loose fruit & vegetables not wrapped in plastic and try to find alternatives to packaged foods, make your own if possible.

10 - REFUSE single use meat packs - SWAP for REUSABLE containers and bring those to your local butcher that accepts BYO containers.

11 - REFUSE single use bread plastic bags - SWAP for REUSABLE bread bag at bakeries - our favourite bread bag is from OnYa.

12 - REFUSE single use grocery shop or any other retail shop plastic bags - SWAP for REUSABLE canvas grocery bags or REUSE what you have at home. Find your closest Boomerang Bags to buy, sew or borrow. Drop your excess reusable bags at Boomerang Bags boxes.

Boomerang Bags - Drop Excess Bags or Grab one for your shop - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Boomerang Bags - Drop Excess Bags or Grab one for your shop - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

13 - REFUSE single use plastic fruit & veg plastic bags - SWAP for REUSABLE produce and grain bags - lots of options online and in-stores.

14 - REFUSE single use plastic containers - SWAP for REUSABLE plastic BPA Free containers or better glass containers - our favourite Pyrex glass containers. If you have BPA free plastic containers at home REUSE those up before buying other containers and stop buying new plastic containers.

15 - REFUSE single use containers & packaging from take away shops and sushi shops - SWAP for your own REUSABLE containers at delis for takeaway and leftovers - lookup or/and add a business to Trashless Takeaway and ask your local take-away shops, cafés and restaurants. Say no to those little Sushi Soy fishes, did you know they can can never break down and wildlife can eat lids and other bits thinking it’s a fish in the ocean.

16 - REFUSE single use plastic party plates, cutlery, tumblers - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable plastic tumblers and plates and/or ask friends & neighbours to bring some to the party to avoid single use plastics. Use what you have around the house, your own cutlery, plates and glasses or grab some second hand at charity shops. This will cater for parties to come.

17 - REFUSE balloons and plastic confetti - SWAP for confetti made out of leaves and forget balloons all together. What goes up must come down so when a balloon fly off and later lands in water or on land, chances are it will hurt wildlife.

Leaf Confettis - Image Credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Leaf Confettis - Image Credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

18 - REFUSE Polystyrene if you can. It cannot be collected in your council recycling service. It is made of 98% air, derived from a non-renewable resource - oil and is a type of plastic. Although it can be recycled it’s not ideal - SWAP for green eco peanuts which biodegrade. Expanded Polystyrene Australia is the national EPS Industry Group. They are the drivers behind collection facilities in the capital city of each mainland state. These facilities are capable of accepting all types of EPS from both packaging and building applications. Find a facility near you.

19 - REFUSE bubblewrap even if it can be RedCycled. Use eco alternative like cornstarch packaging, paper and cardboard, biodegradable air peanuts, mushroom packaging, newspapers, old clothes among some options.

20 - REFUSE single use coffee pods - SWAP for REUSABLE refillable coffee pods.

21 - REFUSE single use tea bags as some contain plastic - SWAP for leaf tea like Nerada which is Australian grown and pesticide free, their tea comes in cardboard or metal tins. Check if your favourite tea bags contain thermoplastic fibres as this will mean the tea bags are not compostable or biodegradable. Brands are slowly changing their tea bags due to customer pressure, such brands that still have plastic are Bushells, Yorkshire Tea, some Twinings tea bags and Dilmah amongst some of the brands.

22 - REFUSE single use plastic water bottles - SWAP for REUSABLE water jug with filters to filter tap water. We love Britax.

23 - REFUSE single use milk bottles - SWAP for milk in glass or bring your glass bottles to your local food co op if they have refillable milk. Schulz Organic Dairy and Barambah Organics dairies have various retailers stocking their milk in glass across Australia.

24 - REFUSE single use soda water bottles - SWAP for REUSABLE Sodastream bottles. 1 SodaStream bottle saves 2,190 bottles from going to landfill. Each bottle lasts 3 years. SWAP empty gas bottles for filled bottles at petrol stations, Coles, Woolworths, BigW etc. The empty gas bottles will be refilled and reused again. Once your Sodastream water bottle has expired, recycle it as per guidelines.

Reusable Fruit & Veg & Grain Bags - Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

Reusable Fruit & Veg & Grain Bags - Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

25 - REFUSE single use dish clothes - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable dish clothes & sponges.

26 - REFUSE single use plastic dish brushes - SWAP for bamboo brushes.

27 - REFUSE single use cleaning products in plastic bottles - SWAP for eco friendly refillable alternatives or refill at your co op or bulk store or use bicarb soda & vinegar and lemon juice to clean.

28 - REFUSE single use laundry liquid in plastic bottle - SWAP for concentrate powder from bulk stores or look into Laundry Detergent Eco strips.

29 - REFUSE single use baking paper - SWAP for REUSABLE silicone trays or lining sheets.

30 - REFUSE single use plastic utensils - SWAP for stainless steel utensils.

31 - REFUSE single use freezer bags or zip lock bags - SWAP for reusable freezer bags or reusable zip lock bags.

32 - REFUSE single use vacuum seal food bags - SWAP for reusable freezer bags.

33 - REFUSE single use clingwrap and foil - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable Beeswax wraps, reusable silicone covers and use REUSABLE containers and jars too.

Beeswax Wraps Australia Wraps - Photo credit: @beeswaxwraps.com.au

Beeswax Wraps Australia Wraps - Photo credit: @beeswaxwraps.com.au

34 - REFUSE single use plastic bin liners - SWAP for homemade newspaper bin lining or opt for compostable bin bags. Our favourite Adelaide based Biobag is fully compostable as well as others made of corn or potato starch. Compostable will not break down in tiny pieces of plastic like Degradable plastic and will break down unlike generic plastic bin liners.

35 - REFUSE single use napkins - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable cloth napkins. Place them in the wash once dirty.

Reusable Cloth Napkins - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Reusable Cloth Napkins - Photo credit: @busycitykids

36 - REFUSE single use vacuum bags - SWAP for bag-less vacuum cleaner once the old one no longer works and has been recycled at the tip.

37 - REFUSE softener - SWAP for vinegar instead, it will keep your machine clean and doesn’t have a scent.

38 - REFUSE plastic toiletries containing micro plastics (like facial scrubs with micro beads) - SWAP for soap bars.

39 - REFUSE plastic travel & hotel toiletries or cosmetic samples - SWAP for your own soap bars and toiletries.

40 - REFUSE plastic boxed tissues and plastic covered paper towels - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable cloth tissues and tea towels.

41 - REFUSE plastic covered toilet paper, tissues, paper towels - SWAP for paper wrapped toilet paper like Who Gives A Crap. These guys use recycled paper and bamboo toilet paper and donate 50% of their proceeds to build toilets in third world countries. We love the premium Bamboo TP.

42 - REFUSE plastic shower gel and liquid hand wash bottles and hand sanitiser - SWAP for soap bars or buy refills and avoid sanitiser as it contains BPA plastic.

43 - REFUSE plastic shampoo bottles - SWAP for shampoo bars - our favourite is Sydney Based Shampoo with a Purpose, we’ve tried all 4 bars (you can too with their sample pack for only $5) and love the OG the most but all are pretty good too. They are natural, plastic free, SLS free, it’s a shampoo & conditioner, easy to use & lathers up nicely and each bar replaces 6 plastic bottles.

Shampoo With A Purpose Shampoo Bar - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Shampoo With A Purpose Shampoo Bar - Photo credit: @busycitykids

44 - REFUSE plastic/glass/aluminium covered deodorants - SWAP for plastic free deodorants. Our favourite is Sydney Based No Pong is 100% paraben, aluminium, cruelty and plastic free and comes in a fully recyclable tin and the anti odourant is all natural and comes bicarb free too.

45 - REFUSE plastic insert disposable breastfeeding/nursing pads - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable pads.

46 - REFUSE disposable wet wipes - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable wipes or make your own wipes with recycled paper towels.

47 - REFUSE plastic hygiene pads & disposable tampons - SWAP for REUSABLE & washable pads and undies like brand Modibodi (we can’t wait to try soon) or menstrual cups.

48 - REFUSE plastic children’s nappies if you can - SWAP for reusable clothes nappies. Did you know that the average parent can use up to 3,800 disposables nappies in 1 year that go straight to landfill. By switching to cloth nappies, a parent can use 24 cloth diapers which can be re-used and can cost half of the price of disposable nappies and can be used from 1 to 3 years. Lots of brands out there, our favourite Bambooty.

49 - REFUSE disposable plastic cotton buds - SWAP for paper stem or bamboo ones.

50 - REFUSE disposable plastic toothpicks - SWAP for bamboo toothpicks.

51 - REFUSE plastic toothbrushes and plastic toothpaste - SWAP for bamboo toothbrushes and toothpaste tablets if your dentist approves of them. Recycle oral care packaging through the TerraCycle program.

52 - REFUSE plastic boxed floss - SWAP for floss in glass jars.

53 - REFUSE plastic disposable shaving razors - SWAP for reusable safety razors like old times.

54 - REFUSE plastic pegs - SWAP for stainless steel pegs.

Reusable Stainless Steel Pegs - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Reusable Stainless Steel Pegs - Photo credit: @busycitykids

55 - REFUSE single use plastic around your dry cleaning/pressed shirts or give back to your dry cleaners and return coat hangers if you’re not using them.

56 - REFUSE plastic toys - SWAP for second hand toys or wooden toys or sign-up to a toy library near you - the best thing is that you can return the toys if the kids get bored with it and no clutter at home.

57. REFUSE plastic highlighters - SWAP for wooden highlighter pencils.

RECYCLE

58 - RECYCLE plastic, paper and cans in your council bins. Check your local council website for guidelines on what you can recycle.

59 - RECYCLE soft plastics with Redcycle at Coles and Woolworths. Checkout their website for a list of where you can and what you can Redcycle. The plastic will be made into furniture and other products. The program recently advised that it would soon reach capacity so it’s advised that soft plastics should be avoided if possible.

Redcycle at Coles - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Redcycle at Coles - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

60 - RECYCLE cans, juice boxes, plastic bottles and glass bottles (no wine bottles) at return & earn schemes return points and receive 10c per container in return. This reduces contaminated recyclables and it ensures a high percentage of recycled containers. Not available in VIC yet unfortunately but available in NSW, SA and QLD. Find out yours locally and what you can return & earn.

Tomra Return & Earn Deposit Scheme Return Machines - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Tomra Return & Earn Deposit Scheme Return Machines - Photo credit: @busycitykids

61 - RECYCLE disposable coffee pods with Planet Ark. Places like Nespresso and TerraCycle do it. take them back. This will ensure the coffee grounds break down into compost and the aluminium from the pods is recycled.

62 - RECYCLE batteries at your nearby Aldi or Ikea shop if you have one, or your local library or lookup your local council website for places to recycle batteries.

Battery Recycling at Ikea Richmond VIC - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Battery Recycling at Ikea Richmond VIC - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

63 - RECYCLE old beauty, dental and optical plastic containers with TerraCycle recycling program. Checkout their website for local drop off locations. Make sure the containers are empty first. Places like L’Occitane and Body Shop (Return Recycle Repeat) offer customers discount when you drop off used brand containers at their shop but you can also drop off other brands there too, you will receive 10% of product at L’Occitane (Find out about the scheme here) or with Body Shop you will receive a reward (Find out about the scheme here). You can also get refill bottles of their product to save on money and save on a new container.

L’Occitane Eco-Recycling Program - Photo credit: @busycitykids

L’Occitane Eco-Recycling Program - Photo credit: @busycitykids

64 - RECYCLE old clothes at H&M if you can’t donate them to charity because they are too warn out. They will be either be Reworn, Reused and Recycled. Find out about the scheme here. Kathmandu also collect old clothes to donate to Red Cross shops. Find out more here.

Recycle at H&M - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Recycle at H&M - Photo credit: @busycitykids

65 - RECYCLE old print cartridges with Planet Ark. Places like Officeworks have drop off boxes instore. This will ensure correct disposal and the plastic will be recycled.

66 - RECYCLE old mobile phones, mobile phone components including all brands of handsets, along with their batteries, chargers and accessories with Mobile Muster. Free of charge at old major phone retails.

67 - RECYCLE old electronics at your local tip to avoid it by dumped in landfill. Electronic components are a valuable resource that we can recycle and disposing of them properly will mean components won’t leak into soil. You can recycle your old television, printer, laptop, computer, VCR etc.

TechCollect free national ewaste recycling program - Photo credit: @busycitykids

TechCollect free national ewaste recycling program - Photo credit: @busycitykids

68 - RECYCLE old paint, strippers & varnishes, pesticides, herbicides & poisons, solvents & household cleaners, motor oils, fuels and fluids, batteries, gas bottles, pool and hobby chemicals, fluorescent globes and tubes. Household cooking oil can be stored in a sealable jar or wiped up with absorbent paper, to then be placed in your general waste bin. Cooking oils can also be filtered and recycled into products such as bio-fuel, cosmetics and stockfeed so check your local council for recycling centres, drop off locations and businesses near you. Also lookout for recycling events and community recycling places near you to dispose of and they will be recycled for you, for free. Find out about the cooking oil scheme here. Find out about motor oil schemes near you here.

69 - RECYCLE old car batteries. Used car batteries, as well as other used lead-acid batteries are hazardous waste and should be disposed of appropriately through recycling programs. Lead-acid batteries also include batteries in motorcycles, boats, emergency lighting and air conditioners. Most car workshops, scrap metal dealers and service stations will accept used car batteries for recycling. Check with your car battery vendor when purchasing a new battery. Find out about the scheme here.

70 - RECYCLE old white goods either at your local tip or if you’re buying new white goods, most stores will take them from you when they deliver your new goods.

71 - RECYCLE old plastic bottle caps and bread tags, some rotary clubs and preschools/daycares love to reuse and recycle these. Organisations like Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs and Lids4Kids collect bread tags and bottle caps to be converted into recycled objects or prosthetic limbs.

72 - RETURN expired or unwanted medicine at your local chemist. The old medicine packets and tubes are disposed of safely. They are in no way reused or recycled however this will ensure appropriate disposal of drugs so they don’t enter the waterways or soil. Find out about the scheme here.

73 - RECYCLE your pre-loved bedlinen, quilt covers and towels at Sheridan stores. The recycling program is across all 56 Sheridan factory outlet stores, after the ongoing success of the program in their Boutique stores which launched in February 2019. The program, which encourages customers to return pre-loved bed linen and towels, has collected over 4000+ kg of textiles to date, which are then broken down and recycled and repurposed into new products. They accept any brands and try to reuse and recycle the products as much as possible including donating to animal shelters and zoos. Find out more about their initiative here.

OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT

74 - Go through your pantry & fridge and use up the food you have to make meals and snacks with them. It’s estimated that one in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year in Australia.

75 - Enjoy your coffee and food at coffee & restaurants, sit down and take the time to relax. Reduce single use plastic containers as a result.

76 - Make your own food and avoid packaging and processing foods, you will be saving the planet, your wallet and tummy.

77 - Shop locally at your local butcher, veggie shop, farmers market by BYO your own containers to reduce excessive packaging. Local shops and farmers market encourage customers to bring their own containers and bags. Not only this reduces packaging but it reduces their packaging costs.

Plastic Free Fruit - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Plastic Free Fruit - Photo credit: @busycitykids

78 - Find a local bulk food store and stock up on groceries plastic free. An example of some bulk food places are Naked Foods and The Source Bulk Foods. You can get discounts, loyalties points for shopping plastic free and by BYO your containers when you shop.

Naked Foods - Photo Credit: Naked Foods

Naked Foods - Photo Credit: Naked Foods

79 - Find a local food co op shop where you can buy groceries from - some co ops give you 10% off and up to 25% off if you volunteer at the co op. We love our local Manly Food Co Op. Bring your own containers, measure your container before and after you fill its contents and help your local food co op.

Manly Food Co Op - Photo credit: @busycitykids

Manly Food Co Op - Photo credit: @busycitykids

80 - Take part in local beach or bush cleanups and yearly Clean Up Australia Day cleanup or organise one any day of the year.

81 - Reduce your fashion footprint by buying clothes secondhand or by swapping with friends or by buying clothes that last and clothes made of natural fibres. Polyester, nylon, acrylic, and other synthetic fibres - are all forms of plastic. These fibres contribute to ocean plastic pollution in a subtle but pervasive way: The fabrics they make — along with synthetic-natural blends — leach into the environment just by being washed. Estimates vary, but it’s possible that a single load of laundry could release hundreds of thousands of fibres from our clothes into the water supply.

82 - Reduce your furniture footprint by buying furniture secondhand or by buying furniture that will last and that is multipurpose. IKEA Tempe in Sydney has launched a new furniture take back pilot, encouraging customers to recycle unwanted goods and help the local community. If you don’t want your IKEA products any more, and they are still in good condition, consider bringing them back to IKEA Tempe. Allowing you to up-cycle your unwanted goods instead of throwing them away and minimising the contribution to landfill. If your item(s) qualifies for this service, we will reward you by providing you with a voucher to be spent at IKEA Tempe. More info here.

83 - Take your rubbish with you wherever you go especially beaches and lakes to avoid waste going into the sea and rivers and affecting wildlife. If you spoke, dispose of cigarettes carefully. The chemicals found in one cigarette butt can leach out and contaminate approximately 7.5 litres of water within one hour. This contaminated water is lethal to aquatic life.

84 - If you see litter, pick it up and dispose of it and talk to your children about litter and best ways to dispose of waste.

85 - Encourage your children’s school or workplace to take environmental action about their waste. Lots of ideas and resources on the War on Waste website.

86 - Buy appliances that last rather than buying cheap appliances to reduce your waste as appliances currently do not have a recycling program.

87 - Find a local street library where you can Take A Book - Give A Book - Share A Book or more! Checkout a local street library near you.

Street Library - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Street Library - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

88 - Next time you’re tempted or hassled by kids to buy them a new kids toy, see if you can borrow that toy at your local toy library. Reduces waste, clutter in the house and you can return it once they don’t play with it anymore.

89 - Next time you receive a present you don’t like or no longer need that is in great condition, think of re-gifting and be part of the gift economy.

90 - Next Christmas, think of wrapping presents in recyclable paper, recycle the kids drawings or wrap in material. Most wrapping paper contains plastic thus cannot be recycled in the paper bin.

91 - Next Easter, keep the foil from the Easter eggs in a box and make a big ball of the foil that you can put in the recycle bin to recycle!

92 - Check your local council website and see their tips & tricks and initiatives to reduce household waste. Some councils offer worm farms, compost bins as well as allow you to put food scraps in vegetation bins. Councils have dedicated tips to dispose of electronic waste, hazardous chemicals, paint etc.

93 - Share waste in your community if you don’t have room for a compost bin or worm farm at your place. The ShareWaste website is a great place for people with scraps to find composts or for people with compost to start receiving scraps.

94 - Get a worm farm (great for small places) or a compost bin (great for large gardens) and convert your food scraps into soil for your garden and use the worm juice to help your garden grow and reduce waste to landfill. Don’t add processed foods, meats, garlic, onion and acidic fruits like orange and lemons. Check with your council as some offer discounted or free worm farms or compost bins.

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

95 - Repair - Fix or upgrade broken objects rather than throwing them out. Lookout for local repair shops or repair community events.

96 - Donate your old clothes, toys and furniture to local charity shops or put them up on local community groups on Facebook for people to have/buy or swap you something with. Sell your old things on Gumtree, Ebay, Buy/Swap/Sell Facebook groups or at second hand markets.

Donating clothes to charity - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Donating clothes to charity - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

97 - Donate old towels and blankets to animal shelters.

98 - Reuse your own cardboard boxes, old shoe boxes, old post satchels, old parcel boxes and send with Sendle to reduce postage costs and the use of buying new products. Australia Post allow customers to reuse boxes however the costs savings aren’t great at the moment.

99 - Regenerate nature around you to take part in combating climate change by introducing more flowers to your garden to help bees, planting fruit and leafy trees on your property, planting little veggies patches in your garden or nature strip if allowed and share it with neighbours and community.

Regenerate - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

Regenerate - Photo credit: @kateflatman @busycitykids

100 - Walk to school, work or the shops or take public transport when you can to reduce your carbon emission footprint.

101 - When you travel interstate or overseas, don’t forget your reusable items (coffee cup, water, cutlery, produce & grocery bags, straws etc) to avoid waste on the plane, in the car or during your travels.

102 - When you head to grocery shops, just try and think of ways you can swap plastic wrapped products like fruit, veg, meat and dairy for loose products or buy from delis and butchers where you can BYO containers. Kids snacks are notoriously heavily packaged like single serve cheese, popcorn, crisps, lollies, biscuits even snack cucumbers and snack carrots! Opt for full size packs to divide later, you’ll save money and save on waste.

Thank you for taking the time to read our 100+ Easy Ways To Reduce Your Waste. Feel free to share with family and friends xo Catherine

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Image credit: Mailed With Love @mailedwithlove for @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo Credit: @busycitykids

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Photo Credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo Credit: @busycitykids

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Photo Credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo Credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo Credit: @busycitykids

Photo Credit: @busycitykids

Photo Credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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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Photo credit: @busycitykids

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 $15, Concession $12, Family (2 adults 2 kids, 1 adult 3 kids) $38, 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.