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Apr 122018
 

While it is many years ago I still remember the excitement of unpacking our first game console. Discovering the different characters in each game, mastering special skills, exploring secret worlds, discovering valuable treasures and fighting bad guys, it was so much fun! But what if you found yourself on the other side of the screen and became the avatar in your own game? Get ready for a brand new Jumanji adventure:

A boring shift of detention is about to become a whole lot more exciting when four students find an old video console in the basement. As they plug in to play Jumanji they find out that this is a game like no other: You don’t just play Jumanji, Jumanji plays you…

Transported to the jungle of Jumanji the students are shocked to discover that they have been turned into the avatars of the game. Jumanji is no longer just an innocent computer game, for these four players it becomes a dangerous adventure, a fight for survival and a journey that teaches them a lot about themselves and each other. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’; will they make it out alive or will it be game over?

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD at all good retail stores across Australia.

To take a closer look at Jumanji or other exciting new releases and to order your favourite titles online visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

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Apr 052018
 

When people look at our oldest son the first thing they say is that he looks like his dad. Not only does he have the same dark hair and beautiful brown eyes, they also share some of the same interests. Both my husband and our boy love anything rhythmic, as soon as they hear music I see their fingers moving and their feet start tapping. If you’re a fan of rhytm too you are sure to enjoy STOMP:

For more than 25 years STOMP has been travelling around the globe with an award-winning show that binds people together. No matter how young or old you are or where in the world you live, the wordless combination of rhythm, dance, comedy and theatre gets everyone excited. The eight talented STOMP performers use non-traditional instruments (everything from supermarket trolleys to Zippo lighters, plastic bags to garbage can lids and even the kitchen sink) to create the most amazing rhythms that will have you bouncing on your seat.

After their spectacular performance at the London 2012 Olympics STOMP is now more popular than ever so shake those hands, warm up your feet and get ready because STOMP will soon be back on Australian shores for another mind-blowing tour. It has been almost five years since Hip Daddy first took our son to see STOMP and it has made a really big impression, he can’t wait to see them back on stage again later this year.

Arriving in Australia next month STOMP will travel around the country, treating fans in Melbourne, Adelaide, The Gold Coast and Sydney to a smashing show filled with awesome musical delights, unique choreography and fancy routines. You never know, it may even give you some inspiration for an act of your own when you get home! STOMP is a unique experience that is guaranteed to captivate from start to finish.

To find out more STOMP, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.stomptour.com.au.

Want to experience the rhythmic sensation of STOMP yourself? Thanks to Lunchbox Theatrical Productions we are giving you the chance to win 1 of 2 STOMP double passes (RRP $179.80 each), enter below for your chance to win:

1x double pass to see STOMP at Comedy Theatre, Melbourne on May 1 at 7pm
1x double pass to see STOMP at Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide on June 6 at 8pm

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Apr 012018
 

Most years it feels like Easter sneaks up on us, but this year there has been so much bunny hopping that we can’t pretend we didn’t see it coming. Last week Peter Rabbit and his friends popped into cinemas around the country with the heartwarming Peter Rabbit movie, winning the hearts of people of all ages and getting everyone in the Easter spirit at the same time.

Easter might be over in a matter of days, but if you can’t get enough of Peter and his exciting adventures you can enjoy them over and over again with this gorgeous Peter Rabbit bumper DVD box:

The Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection consist of four separate DVDs: One Big Adventure, Brave and Strong, I’ve got a Plan and The Tale of The Missing Egg. Together they hold 27 Peter Rabbit tales based on the works of the talented Beatrix Potter, get ready for well over 5 hours of forest fun for the whole family.

From (hazel)nutty troubles to meeting friendly and not-so friendly characters, from daring escapes to secret plans and from last minutes rescues to valuable lessons, there is no time to be bored when Peter is around! My little ones love seeing Peter in action, they think there is no cuter rabbit than Lily Bobtail and they adore Benjamin Bunny, I think you can safely call the Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection the ultimate Easter gift.

‘Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection’ is now available as 4-DVD pack (RRP $24.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABCkids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘Peter Rabbit: Adventure Seeker Collection’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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Mar 262018
 

It has been a busy two months for our Sybbie: Not only did she started reception, her Opa and Oma also came all the way from The Netherlands to celebrate her 5th birthday with her! As you may remember Sybil made an early start at kindy due to her speech delay, fast forward 1.5 years and now we’re learning to read. It’s a shared effort between school (she is blessed with a lovely teacher) and home, where we make practising fun with LeapStart:

Developed by the toy specialists and educational experts at LeapFrog LeapStart is an exciting, versatile and interactive (yet screen free!) learning system for young learners aged 2-7 years old. The kid-tough LeapStart System opens up like a book, looks like a super cool toy and is easy for small hands to hold and manage. Simply insert your favourite LeapStart book and watch your child turn into a real bookworm, one page at a time.

So how does it work? A LeapStart story book is way more than just a book, when you touch the pages with the special LeapStart Stylus it really comes to live. You can hear the words, the page or the whole story, repeat it or spell it, listen to a song, play a fun activity and more. You can touch anything you see on each page, what an excellent way to make books exciting and keep boredom at bay. Get ready to explore!

It didn’t take long for Sybil to master the LeapStart System, even though she has read her current books many times already she is still discovering new activities every time. The letters are easy to read, she loves the pictures and seeing her recognise letters and words is absolutely heartwarming.

We bought her some pretty purple headphones so she can hear the stories and follow the instructions and you will often find her curled up in a comfy chair exploring one of the LeapStart books (of course one of her favourite titles is ‘Get up, Ted!’).

The ever-growing LeapStart Library has been developed by a team of learning experts who understand what kids love, how they learn best and what material is suitable for which age group and learning level. Each LeapStart book teaches different skills and is aimed at specific reading levels, this allows children to learn one step at a time (increasing confidence) and keeps it challenging and fun at the same time. With over 400 activities to do across the whole library LeapStart certainly knows how to keep new readers busy.

The books are sold separately so you can build your library at your own pace to suit your child’s development and interests. The alphabet, maths, animals, problem solving, music… LeapStart has the whole curriculum covered and even popular characters like Trolls and PJ Masks make an appearance. Sybil can’t wait to join Poppy and play dress up, create art and sing to her favourite Trolls tunes, it will make a great gift idea for the Easter holidays.

Loading your new title(s) onto your LeapStart System is a piece of cake, simply log into your LeapFrog parent account online and connect your device with the included USB cable to update the audio content. We’re ready to read!

To find out more about LeapFrog, to browse the range and to locate stockist near you visit www.leapfrog.com.au.

Mar 242018
 

As a large family of eight going to the movies is not something we often do. To warrant a big expense like a trip to the cinema a movie would have to be REALLY good, so if I tell you that I took the oldest four to see our favourite little bear on the big screen you can be sure this movie is an absolute winner. We first fell in love with Paddington when reading the books, totally adored him in the first Paddington movie and we couldn’t wait to see what he got up to in Paddington 2:

After making the movie across the oceans to London and finding a new home with the Brown family, Paddington has well and truly settled into his new life. He still misses his Aunty Lucy and with her 100th birthday coming up Paddington sets off on a mission to find her the perfect gift.

He finds it in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop: A unique and very rare pop-up book that celebrates London’s most special spots. Unfortunately it is pricey so he decides to join the workforce and hopefully earn enough money to buy the book in time for the big event. Just as he is about to earn the final pounds the gift of his dreams is stolen, buy by who and why? The adventurous bear is not about to let go of the book that easily and is determined to get the books safely back in his hairy little paws.

There is no doubt about it, after watching Paddington 2 you will be licking your lips at the thought of a delicious slice of toast smothered in marmalade. Especially for hungry bears of all ages celebrity chef and dessert queen Anna Polyviou has created this scrumptious recipe for Paddington’s Pineapple Marmalade for you to try at home. Enjoy!

With the Easter long weekend just around the corner why not print off some of these beary cute Paddington colouring-in pages for your little artists? You can find Paddington Colouring-In Page 1 or Paddington Colouring-In Page 2 here, grab your markers, crayons and pencils and get creative.

Paddington 2 is now available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD at all good retail stores across Australia.

To take a closer look at Paddington 2 or other exciting new releases and to order your favourite titles online visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

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Mar 192018
 

Exisle Publishing

As a mum of six little ones I have experienced my fair shares of allergies, intolerances and sensitivities so I wasn’t exactly surprised to discover our little Ted is struggling in that department too. So far we are not having any luck finding a food he doesn’t react to (aside from breastmilk), with his chubby baby body covered in angry red rashes and dry patches after every try. Eczema runs in the family so I was super interested to get stuck into this eye-opening guide by Karen Fischer:

As a successful nutritionist and mother of an eczema-sufferer, and after working with eczema patients for more than 15 years, Karen Fischer knows first hand the impact eczema can have on your life, but also how much of a difference your diet can make in managing it. On a mission to ban nasty skin rashes and fight the eczema misery she has created The Eczema Detox (RRP $34.99), a life-changing book that combines the science behind food choices and the way they affect on your skin with delicious skin-happy recipes for eczema patients of all ages.

Filled with loads of healthy, nutritious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks and even drinks changing to this low-chemical diet for eliminating skin inflammation is a piece of cake. The book will use some of your pantry staples but also introduce you to new flavours and ingredients that will help improve your skin and wellbeing. We’ve been testing some of  these treats at home and I can highly recommend the Steamed Salmon with Maple Dressing, the Protein Smoothie Bowl, the Sweet Potato Stack and Banana Carob Icy Poles.

Only released last month ‘The Eczema Detox’ has been such a huge hit that is already out of stock and currently undergoing a re-print. Don’t miss out on your chance to ditch the itch and pre-order your copy today, new stock is due to arrive in April.

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Eczema Detox’ and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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Mar 082018
 

Long time Hip Little One readers will know by now that I am raising a tribe of little bookworms. From thick novels to massive encyclopaedias (not kidding!) to sweet picture books and wonderful pop-up stories, we can never get enough of reading. If, like my family, you are a big fan of Australian authors Alison Lester and Jane Godwin I am excited to share they’ve bundled their talents for a very special collaboration:

Inspired by and in partnership with the amazing children from the Royal Children’s Hospital Alison and Jane created The Silver Sea (RRP $19.99), a magical picture book that takes readers on a unique discovery trip of the ocean. Take a deep breath and dive under water and explore colourful creatures and eye catching nature like you have never seen before.

The rhyming story of a midnight adventure under the sea has been illustrated by the children of the hospital themselves, so much talent! The Silver Sea has allowed these children to momentarily forget about being patients, instead becoming real artists and seeing their very own art printed and enjoyed by many. The end result is a unique children’s book that will be read over and over again, there is so much to see and learn in the deep of the ocean.

As if we didn’t love The Silver Sea enough already, here’s the most fabulous thing about this beautiful book: All proceeds from The Silver Sea will go to the Education Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital! So if you are looking for a wonderful gift that keeps on giving this is it.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘The Silver Sea’ and to order online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

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