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Sep 042019
 

A few years ago I was offered the incredible opportunity to see Cirque du Soleil perform in Antwerp, Belgium, however with no babysitter available I sadly had to pass last minute and it still makes me sad thinking about it. I have always wanted to experience Cirque du Soleil and I have been patiently waiting for another chance… with Adelaide on the tour list for 2020 I am secretly hoping it will be my year!

Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, reality is quite relative indeed as our perception of it is utterly transformed.

In an alternate yet familiar past, in a place where wonders abound for those who trust their imagination, a scientist (the Seeker) is convinced that there exists a hidden world – a place where the craziest ideas and the grandest dreams await. Out of his curio cabinet steps an international cast of 47 artists from 17 countries, a collection of otherworldly characters made up of world-class gymnasts, acrobats, contortionists, hand-puppeteers, yo-yo wizards, clowns, actors and musicians. Together they turn the Seeker’s steampunk world upside-down as they are guided by an energetic gypsy jazz, electro swing soundtrack.

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ will be opening its doors to the public in the following locations across Australia (with Melbourne now being treated to additional performances, how lucky!):

Sydney – October 2 to November 24, 2019
Brisbane – January 10 to January 26, 2020
Melbourne – March 12 to April 13, 2020
Adelaide – May 29 to June 7, 2020

To find out more about Circque du Soleil, to see the ‘Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities’ tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Sep 042019
 

My little students can never get enough of art and craft. Thankfully the school provides plenty of creative opportunities and the kids especially enjoyed learning about (and even trying their hand at) indigenous art at school some time ago. There are many talented artists among the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities and how they depict their amazing country in their own unique style is truly eye-catching.

Thanks to Magabala Books people all over the Australia and even the world are able to experience the talent and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, what a fabulous way to share the rich Australian culture! Tiwi artist Debbie Coombes inherited her love of painting from her grandfather and has used his teaching and her heritage as inspiration for this sweet picture book.

We all know Australians love their footy, people come from far and wide to see their favourite teams face off against each other on the footy field. But how do all these footy fans get there? From a bus to a barge, from a tinny to a trail bike and everything in between, in Going to the Footy (RRP $19.99) we take a closer look at different modes of transport. The book features simple words for easy reading and delightful Tiwi art in traditional colours. How will you get to your next game?

As a special treat for our Hip Little One readers Magala Books has put together three fabulous ‘Going to the Footy’ prize packs valued at $60 each. Each pack contains a copy of the ‘Going to the Footy’ book, a beautiful printed tea towel and a gorgeous set of two coasters. Whether your little ones love footy, or is just crazy about transport vehicles of any kind, this real Aussie read would make a great gift (and a fantastic souvenir for family and friends overseas as well).

To find out more about Magabala Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite Magabala titles online visit www.magabala.com.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 ‘Going to the Footy’ prize packs (RRP $60 each) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Sep 032019
 

Penguin

She may not look like me at all, but if there is one thing miss Olivia has inherited from her mama it’s my love of books. Just like her twin brother she absolutely loves to read and if I let you you’d even find her walking to school while reading a book. When I stumbled upon this new Petra James title Olivia immediately put her hand up to read and review it and she has given it the big thumbs up:

Izzy Winkle is the most grateful girl in the world. At least, she was until a red polka-dotted hot air balloon floated past her window, and out came a competition flyer that fluttered right through her window. That is when the trouble really began. Izzy decides to enter the ‘Most Ungrateful Girl in the World’ competition, surely she must be the best at something? She becomes even more determined to win when the Department of Manners asks her to go undercover to spoil the competition. Now, everywhere girls are being ungrateful as they dream of being crowned The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World (RRP $16.99) and take out the big prize.

But how can Izzy Winkle, the most grateful girl in the world, compete against Fib Girl who holds the record for the tallest story ever told? (At least, she says she does) How can she win against Bad Word Girl, whose favourite word is ‘Bumfuzzle‘? How can Izzy beat Nit Girl, who hasn’t washed her hair for six months? The only thing Izzy is sure of is that there is going to be a lot of trouble, bad manners and fun!

I thought that ‘The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World’ is a great book, it was very funny. I think the ages 8+ will really like this book, or anyone with magnificent manners!

Reviewed and written by Olivia (10)

To find out more about Penguin Books Australia, to browse the range and to order your favourite books online visit www.penguin.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘The Most Ungrateful Girl in the World’ hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page an enter, good luck!

Aug 312019
 

As you can probably imagine a busy home like ours is never quiet. As if six children don’t make enough sound, chatter and noise just yet we also have a piano (the four older kids get lessons at home) and three of them are learning the violin too! He may be the smallest of the family but Ted sure enjoys adding his fair share of volume so this musical LeapFrog toy comes in real handy:

The Learn & Groove Mixmaster Scout (RRP $34.95, ages 12-36 months) is the cutest toddler turntable you have ever seen. Future DJs can bop to the beat as they join puppy pal Scout to create their own unique tunes using a range of instruments, rhythms, sounds and background tracks. With colourful buttons to press, switches to flick, wheels to spin and lights to flash the Mixmaster instantly takes your little musician from cot to club.

I’ll admit, at this stage it looks like Ted is mainly out to make as much noise as possible but there is more to Mixmaster Scout than meets the eye. Not only is mixing your own music secretly a fabulous fine-motor skills exercise for chubby toddler hands, kids are also getting a fun and funky introduction to numbers, colours and instruments and learn to sing along to the catchy ABC song and other melodies.

As kids get older they come to understand the cause and effect principle and learn what the different buttons, switches and play modes (alphabet, numbers and colours) do and the sounds they make, giving them more control over their personal toddler tracks. You’re never too young to become a musician, so get those hands clapping and toes tapping with Mixmaster Scout.

The LeapFrog Learn & Groove Mixmaster Scout is now available from Big W, good toy stores across Australia and online.

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

Aug 282019
 

People all over the country have been getting up close with a range of prehistoric giants in Jurassic Unearthed while at the same time soaking up the circus magic thanks to Silver’s Circus. It is clear that the masterminds at Silver’s Circus know all about winning combinations and they’ve lined up a brand new circus treat that is sure to capture the hearts of young and old:

Showtime Attractions and Silvers Circus have joined forces to bring to Australia an exciting show filled with entertainment for the whole family, meet Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers. Get ready to see Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all your favourite Sesame Street characters like you have never seen them before. Together with a range of talented circus performers from around the world they will treat the audience to a unique, authentic Sesame Street experience in a heartwarming 90-minute big top spectacular.

Little fans will love watching their Sesame Street heroes, recognising their voices and seeing their personalities shine through in each element of this brilliant production. And the audience is invited to join in too as they learn to draw Sesame Street characters, dive in for some ball-pit fun and pose for a photo with the loveable Big Bird after the show. Silver’s Circus and Showtime Attractions have successfully created an engaging family entertainment experience that is inviting, interactive and captivating for all.

As this amazing production travels around Australia the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers will put up its brand new 1000-seat tent in the following locations (subject to change):

Burnley – September 11 to October 13, 2019
Hobart – January 7 to February 2, 2020
Launceston – February 5 to February 23, 2020
William’s Landing – February 28 to March 21, 2020
Warnambool – March 25 to March 29, 2020
Mount Gambier – April 1 to April 5, 2020
Adelaide – April 9 to – May 10, 2020

If you want to be guaranteed a slice of the Sesame Street fun be quick and secure your favourite seats through Ticketmaster, tickets for all locations will be added as they become available.

To find out more about Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.sesamestreetcircus.com.au.

Thanks to our generous friends at Silver’s Circus and Showtime Attractions one lucky family will win 2 adult tickets and 2 children’s tickets (Red Elevation, total RRP $140) to enjoy the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers at their preferred location across Australia. Please note that the tickets are only valid for the opening show at the chosen venue. For your chance to win hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck!

‘Dad Hacks’ giveaway

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Aug 242019
 

Pan Macmillan Australia

Who needs weekends with pubs and clubs when you can have Friday nights on the couch with Better Homes and Gardens? I love starting the weekend with some recipe inspiration, my girls always enjoy the craft ideas and secretly we all wish for our very own Rob Palmer to lend a hand around the house. I may not be able to give you Rob, but with this cool book of tricks your own hubby is sure to become your favourite handyman:

Especially for his first book Dad Hacks (RRP $29.99) Australia’s favourite DIY guru Rob Palmer has handpicked 101 of his best tradie tips, household hacks and savvy savings that will help Aussie families save time and money.

Whether dad’s an amateur cook (cook a scrumptious scone or boil the perfect egg), a fun family-man (build a backyard slingshot or play supermarket hide-and-seek), an outdoor guy (pull out a tree stump or light a fire with corn chips) or a tool trainee (fix a sticky lock or drill into tiles), with these and many more Dad Hacks Rob Palmer has all types of fathers covered. Everyone knows kids like to believe their dad knows all and can do everything and this great guy guide is exactly what dads need to keep up the image.

With Father’s Day just around the corner ‘Dad Hacks’ would make a perfect gift for the special man in your life (and the rest of the family can reap the benefits too!).

To find out more about Pan Macmillan, to take a closer look at ‘Dad Hacks’ Rob Palmer and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Dad Hacks (RRP $29.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter. Good luck!

Aug 232019
 

If you are a regular Hip Little One reader you may remember Jess Racklyeft’s gorgeous picture book ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’, one of our favourite 2019 Mother’s Day finds. So many (grand)mothers were spoilt with this beautiful book and the story is being read and loved over and over again in homes all around the country. But what about the dads? Don’t worry, Affirm Press has them covered too:

‘There’s only one dad like you, Dad.
Caring, daring and wise.
Fixer of all that is broken;
builder of the best surprise’

There’s Only One Dad Like You (RRP $19.99) is a warm celebration of the special father (figures) in our lives. The fathers that fix, the papas who play, the protectors and problem solvers, the cooks and the craftsmen, the heroes and the helpers, no two dads are the same yet this book treasures them all.

Featuring Jess’ eye-catching water colour illustrations, a unique lay-out and delightful rhyme this picture book is guaranteed to speak to the children who read it and warm the hearts of the dads that receive it. You have one week left to get your hand on a copy, be quick!

To find out more about Affirm Press and to take a closer look at ‘There’s Only One Dad Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘There’s Only One Mum Like You’ by Jess Racklyeft and to order a copy online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.