Jun 192016

Roadshow Entertainment

Are Giggle & Hoot’s famous ‘five steps to bed’ part of your child’s bedtime routine? Get ready to add an extra quick ‘five minutes before bed’ to your daily schedule with these bitesize 5-minute stories from the adventurous Owl Pals:

Owl Pals DVD

The brand new DVD Hoot Hoot Go: Owl Pals contains 13 fun episodes featuring Australia’s favourite owls Hoot, Hootabelle, their orange buddy Hootly and a range of other interesting characters from the Land of Giggle & Hoot. Join these colourful birds and learn to cloud bounce, play Hoot & Seek, look for Hootballs, sing with Hootaluna, find the missing Gigglebug and more.

In The Perfect Cubby House the loveable Owl Pals are getting together for a special tea party. Unfortunately none of the three cubbies is suitable for the fun gathering: It’s either too small, doesn’t have any pillows or lacks yummy snacks for the three friends. Of course they don’t give up that easily, they join forces and build a big new cubby house together. Cup of tea anyone?

When Hoot is getting ready for The Piratey Party to celebrate Pirate Mini Hootbeard’s birthday he discovers that his pirate costume is way too small. He is worried he has to miss out on all the fun, but thankfully his friends Hootabelle and Hootly come to the rescue. They all share some parts of their outfits so the three pirates can enjoy the party together.

‘Hoot Hoot Go: Owl Pals’ is available on DVD (RRP $19.99) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Jun 182016


Just like probably every other child in Australia our tribe is terribly excited to go to the cinema and see the long-awaited movie Finding Dory which finally hit the big screen this week. I myself would love to see it too but am not that keen on long line-ups or packed movie theatres, so we might hold off on the cinema for a little while.

Crayola Dory

Don’t worry, until the crowds die down kids can enjoy plenty of underwater fun with the exclusive Finding Dory range by Crayola:

Crayola Color & StickerThe new Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color & Sticker Book (RRP $4.99, ages 3+) is the perfect pick for Disney fans of all ages (Yes, even the youngest of the family!). With 16 sturdy, double-sided colouring pages (32 images) and more than 50 cute Finding Dory stickers there is plenty of creative fun to go around, even for our big family. The loose pages and 4 individual sticker sheets make sharing super easy, everyone can colour their favourite Finding Dory characters and decorate them to their liking.

Crayola ChalkLet’s hope there will be a few dry hours this weekend for our little artists to get outside with this awesome Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color Your Heroes Sidewalk Chalk (RRP $7.99, Ages 4+). The pack contains 8 large pieces of coloured chalk and on the back of the pack it shows kids how to draw Dory in just 6 simple steps. That’s right, you could find Dory on your doorstep in no-time! My kids have had a quick try on normal paper already and their Dory creations turned out ador(y)able.

Crayola Color WonderIf you are a longtime Hip Little One reader you know by now how much we love Crayola’s ‘Mess Free’ entertainment. The magical Color Wonder markers only work on special Color Wonder paper, keeping clothing, skin, furniture and walls squeaky clean (and saving my sanity). It’s great to see that Dory and her underwater buddies have splashed their way into the Color Wonder range too and I think the Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ Color Wonder (RRP $13.99, ages 3+) set will be a very popular buy these school holidays.

Each Color Wonder set includes 18 Color Wonder colouring pages and 5 special markers in assorted colours that match the theme. To make Dory look her very best this cool pack comes with the typical Dory blue and yellow, orange for Nemo and two other cheerful colours to create an amazing underwater scene.

You can find these and other Crayola ‘Finding Dory’ products at major leading retailers across Australia.

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

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Jun 172016

Dora The Explorer

Sometimes parenting calls for desperate measures: today we’re on day 5 of toilet training miss Sybbie and I am using every trick in the book to make it a success. It has taken lollies, stickers, special undies, charts and even prizes for a full a chart, but I think we’ve finally turned a corner! If you know your child’s soft spot you can achieve a lot and Dora is definitely scoring brownie points. If you have a little Dora fan in the house too you are sure to enjoy this new release by Universal Sony Pictures:

It's a Puppy Party DVD

Who can resist an adorable little puppy? Our favourite explorer Dora sure can’t! Join Dora and her friendly pals for four fun and furry adventures in the brand new DVD Dora the Explorer: It’s A Puppy Party.

No challenge is too big for dog lover Dora, who is always happy to lend a helping hand or find a solution for a tricky problem. Together with her best buddy Boots she tracks down runaways, returns lost pets and even travels back in time for a very special rescue, get ready for more than 90 minutes of pawesomeness with Dora.

‘Dora the Explorer: It’s A Puppy Party’ is now available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures and to take a closer look at ‘Dora the Explorer: It’s A Puppy Party’ visit www.theviewingloungestore.com.au.

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Jun 162016

Lego Friends

A quick look at the calendar shows that Winter Solstice (the day of the year that has the least daylight hours of any in the year) is just a few days away and I sure am feeling it. It’s going to be one cold and dark weekend so we’ll be snuggling up inside with the wood heater burning and a nice movie on. If you’re looking for a fun and adventurous movie for the kids you’ll love this new LEGO Friends release:

Lego Friends DVD

Loveable LEGO friends Olivia, Emma, Andrea, Mia and Stephanie have teamed up for two brand new adventures in LEGO Friends: Keepin’ It Real & Roomies. Come join these giggly girlfriends as they learn all about clever thinking, honesty, working together, determination and friendship:

In Keeping’ It Real the LEGO girls are in desperate need of an amazing project or their ‘What’s At Heart’ webcast will be cancelled. A super cool ‘rockumentary’ about Livi, Heartlake City’s own mega-pop star, could be just the showstopper they are looking for. Sadly it is not all that simple and after a few mishaps from the girls Livi’s future as a pop star is on the line. It’s time to focus on what’s really important and work as a team to rescue Livi’s career and get their webcast in the air.

A whole week of room sharing with your biggest enemy, there is no way Lego Friend Stephanie will happily spend  7 days with Tanya. Stephanie immediately gets her thinking cap on, determined to do everything possible to close the door on her unwanted guest. Unfortunately her mission ends with tears as Tanya gets injured and Stephanie’s guilty conscience sees her looking after the poor patient. But is Tanya sad and sore or is she super sneaky? In Roomies the LEGO Friends bundle the powers and set out to uncover the truth about Tanya.

‘LEGO Friends: Keepin’ It Real & Roomies’ is now available on DVD (RRP $19.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures and to take a closer look at ‘LEGO Friends: Keepin’ It Real & Roomies’ visit www.theviewingloungestore.com.au.

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Jun 152016

Milt & JoeMilt and Joe
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When? Until stock lasts
Where? www.miltandjoe.com.au

What? Coverlet Package Deals
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Where? www.freckles.com.au

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When? Until June 20, 2016
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When? Until June 20, 2016
Where? www.hootkid.com

Little Blue LambLittle Blue Lamb
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Where? www.littlebluelamb.co.nz

What? Up to 70% off EOFYS
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When? Until June 16, 2016
Where? www.holsterfashion.com

Jun 142016

Vintage & Nostalgia Co.

One of the things I love about going back to The Netherlands is being able to show the kids where I used to live, where I went to school and what toys I used to play with. My lovely parents have held onto many of our childhood toys so now our children can enjoy our extensive Care Bears, Playmobil, Pinypon and Dufti collections all over again.

Klorofil Magic Tree House

Sadly our old Magic Tree House didn’t survive the years, but if you are keen to relive your ’80s childhood you can soon get your hands on this limited edition of the famous Klorofil Magic Tree House.

Tree Tots familyTo celebrate the 40th anniversary of this wonderful retro children’s toy French label Vulli had released this gorgeous anniversary edition of the Klorofil Magic Tree House (RRP $159, ages 3+), so many memories come flooding back to me when I look at this! My sisters and I loved playing with our tree house and I still remember cranking the lift up and down to reveal the little dolls in the elevator.

Klorofil Tree HouseThe fabulous pop-up Magic Tree House is home to the Tree Tots family (mum Violette, dad Sylvain and their two kids Choupette and Choupi) as well as the loveable pet dog Youpi. Designed with the original 1970s decor, retro furniture to furnish the three rooms, a car, a dog house, a swing and even a moving elevator this beautiful play set is guaranteed to bring hours of entertainment for the next generation.

You can pre-order the 40th Anniversary Klorofil Magic Tree House at Vintage & Nostalgia Co. for delivery in July 2016, delivery is free Australia wide.

Right now you can save a huge 20% storewide at Vintage & Nostalgia Co., simply enter the code ‘LONGWEEKEND’ at checkout. This awesome deal ends today so if you want to secure your very own Magic Tree House at a brilliant price you better be quick!

To find out more about Vintage & Nostalgia Co., to take a closer look at the Klorofil Magic Tree House and to order online visit www.vintagenostalgia.com.au.

Jun 132016

With a big family like ours there are plenty of birthdays to celebrate, this weekend it was Hip Daddy’s turn to blow the candles. As fun as all these parties may be, they are also quite exhausting especially for the littlest people. Thankfully Hip Daddy’s birthday happens to be timed perfectly and (most years) falls in or around the Queen’s Birthday long weekend so today we can all recover from the excitement and all the party food we’ve indulged in.

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