Do the Dino Dance

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Nov 242019


After five girls it seems I had totally forgotten how loud, cheeky and active little boys can be. Ted has turned into a big, boisterous two year old who never sits still. He loves noise (he has the deepest, booming boy voice already!) and is always stamping, dancing and singing which is why this colourful VTech character made a perfect gift for him:

When you first spot the triangle, round and square pegs you might briefly think this is just another ordinary shape sorting toy, but you could not be more wrong… This cool walking, talking and dancing Learn & Dance Dino (RRP $49.95, ages 2-5) offers epic entertainment in more ways than you would think!

Measuring an impressive 30cm tall and 35cm long this large green dinosaur has a ‘shape sorter’ back with three coloured spots where his spikes should be. Each spot sports a different colour, is a different shape and has a different effect, time to add the magic spikes! Once you successfully match the correct spike with the right ‘hole’ your dinosaur will suddenly come alive…

The yellow triangle pegs represent three emotions (happy, sleepy and angry), the red circle pegs trigger three personalities (Dino, Robot and Monster) and the blue square pegs activate three different music styles (marching, hiphop and ballet). In a perfect example of the cause and effect principle your child can handpick each peg and watch dino reward their choices with a fun display of song, dance and sentences.

Dance alongside a sleepy ballet monster, stomp after an angry marching robot or bust some moves with a happy hiphop dinosaur, it’s all possible! Between the nine different pegs kids are able to create 27 unique combinations, what a fantastic sneaky introduction to coding! The dance moves train gross motor skills, the music pegs introduce children to catchy music styles and the three emotions teach children about different feelings eg. ‘Let’s practise calming down, take a deep, deep breath’ ‘When you smile it makes me happy’.

Even young children can press the chunky light-up buttons to hear colours, shapes and phrases or turn the switch to swap between singing or talking, giving them a feeling of independence and control over their new dino friend. Handy accessory: When not in use the coloured pegs can be neatly stored in the big orange dinosaur egg.

You can find VTech’s Learn & Dance Dino at your local Target, Kmart, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit

Jul 062018

I know I say this every year but once again I am amazed by how cold Australia gets in winter. You’d think as a native Dutch girl I am very much used to these chilly temperatures but I am really feeling it this year! My mum always used to tell me that moving was the best way to keep warm, so I think we think we can safely say the talented crew at Irish Celtic is comfortably warm while on stage:

Featuring the finest performers from Ireland’s top dance companies Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland is a spectacular show filled with mind-blowing dance routines, irresistible rhythms and amazing choreography.

The audience will be whisked away to a traditional pub in Southern Ireland and taken on a heartwarming journey through Celtic history by genial landlord and owner Paddy. Get ready to tap along to familiar tracks from Braveheart and Last of the Mohicans and many more (performed by a five-piece on-stage band) and watch the 12 extremely talented dancers work their magic through a series of high-energy dance acts.

After France and Germany it is now the turn of Australian fans to tap along to Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne (July 31 – August 5) or at Capitol Theatre in Sydney (August 7-12). It’s promising to be an unforgettable evening of music, storytelling and dance, making ‘Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland’ the perfect night out on a chilly winter night.

To find out more about Irish Celtic, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit

For your chance to win 2 tickets to see ‘Irish Celtic: Spirit of Ireland’ (RRP $170) on Tuesday 31st July 2018 (7pm) at The Palms at Crown in Melbourne (VIC) enter our giveaway below:

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On the move with Chase me Casey

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Jun 242018


There is no stopping him now! Ted is turning into quite the adventurer and if he sees the chance he is off exploring the house. Thankfully he makes plenty of noise so we know exactly where he is hanging out. His latest hobby is following around this fella by the toy makers at VTech:

VTech Chase me Casey (RRP $59.95, ages 9-36 months) is a gorgeous toy monkey who loves to hang out with curious toddlers. Not only is he very cheeky, he is super clever too as he is fitted with built-in sensors that help him move around the floor without bumping into things, react to movements and interact with your little learner.

Casey is quite the versatile fellow and there are many different ways to enjoy his company, making him a hit with little ones at all different stages. Measuring an impressive 34cm tall Casey is designed with little hands in mind, he is easy to control and easy to spot. Using the five chunky shape buttons toddlers can not only activate lights, sounds and music but also learn about letters, numbers, colours, body parts and more. It’s a fantastic way to train those important fine motor skills and a good introduction to the cause and effect principle too.

At 9 months old Ted loves crawling after Casey in Catch Me Mode, he has just mastered proper crawling and trying to keep up with Casey is great practice! As Casey rolls across the floor he encourages tiny explorers to follow him through music and short sentences. He even recognises when he’s been caught; time for another round of play.

Whether your baby is just sitting up or can already stand independently, with Casey in Music/Dance Mode no one will be able to sit or stand still. Casey can play a range of catchy tunes/music styles for kids to bop, hop, tap, clap and swing along to. In dancing mode Casey will wiggle and dance but not move away so he stays within reach of little hands to press his buttons. Parents will appreciate the volume control for quiet play.

Chase me Casey is available in blue and pink and is available at major department stores, select online stores and independent toy retailers across Australia.

To find out more about VTech, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit

Jun 102018


If, like me, you have a big The Wiggles fan (or a few) in the family there may have been some frowns when yellow wiggle Emma announced she would be taking a break from performing for medical reasons. Thankfully she is on the mend after her hospital stay and this week Emma, together with her Wiggly husband Lachy, treated her little fans to a fabulous new DVD + CD release:

The Emma! & Lachy! Show proves that yellow and purple are a winning combination, both in marriage and in music. Singing and swinging, ballet and bouncing, dancing and dressing up… Emma and Lachy are ready to entertain the whole family with 24 catchy new recordings.

Young dancers will be able to enjoy a range of different dance genres from all over the world while budding musicians will enjoy seeing Lachy play the piano, supported by plenty of other musical instruments. Emma and Lachy are joined by Ponso the Pony, Phil the Fluter, ballerinas and fairies and if you look closely you may even spot another familiar Wiggles face too. If you can’t get the new tunes out of your head you can take them along in the car too with the The Emma! & Lachy! Show CD featuring 29 wiggly sing-along songs.

‘The Emma! & Lachy! Show’ is now available on DVD (RRP $19.95) and CD (RRP $12.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more about ABC for Kids get social with ABC for Kids for Parents on Facebook and to order your copy of ‘The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas!’ visit the ABC Shop online.

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Apr 132017

One quick look at the weather forecast and it’s clear that we’re in for a cold, wet and rainy Easter break. While this yucky Autumn weather throws a spanner in the works for some of the fun outdoor stuff we had planned I am sure we’ll come up with plenty of indoor activities the kids will love. A spot of baking, a bit of making, a new book and… look:

As a mum of four little girls (and a boy) I am regularly treated to a mind-blowing (and sometimes also quite hilarious) dancing performance in our living room. They spin and they twirl, they jump and they bow, they are going to love the newly released family movie Ballerina.

In Ballerina we meet a lovely French orphan girl called Félicie who wants nothing more than to become a ballerina. It seems an impossible dream until she flees for Paris where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera House. Felicia’s inspiring journey through France and her dedication and determination to maker her biggest dream come true are absolutely heartwarming, what a great way to teach children to never give up!

‘Ballerina’ is now available on Blu-ray (RRP $44.95) and DVD (RRP $39.95) at all good retail stores across Australia.

To find out more about Universal Sony Pictures Australia and to take a closer look at ‘Ballerina’ visit

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Nov 192016


Whether your child loves to dance with Emma, invent with Lachy, eat with Anthony or sing along with Simon, parents of young The Wiggles fans can’t go wrong this Christmas with this fabulous gift idea from ABCKids:
Just in time for Christmas ABCKids has combined four of the most popular The Wiggles titles in one awesome box set, meet ‘The Wiggles: Fab Four Faves’ (RRP $24.95). Priced at under $25 for four DVDs this gift pack offers amazing value for money, it’s a perfect Christmas pick for a Santa on a budget. Here’s what you’ll find inside:

wake-up-lachyIn between snoozes purple Wiggle Lachy has handpicked over 50 of his most loved songs for ‘The Wiggles: Wake Up, Lachy!’. When one of our littlest ones wakes up crying at night this DVD is generally enough to cheer them up, if only it made them fall asleep like Lachy! Even in the middle of the night I love listening to Taba Naba, a sweet sing-along song from Australia’s Torres Strait Islands.

Simon Says DVDWith 12 fun episodes and a 140-minute runtime ‘The Wiggles: Simon Says’ is sure to put a smile on the faces of little Wiggles fans. The loveable red Wiggle has handpicked his favourite ‘Ready, Steady, Wiggle’ episodes and bundled them on one DVD. Get ready for lots of catchy tunes and funny jokes in ‘Simon’s Brush with Fame’, ‘Simon can’t stop Yodelling’, ‘Wags has lost his Wiggle’, ‘Simon’s Sad Fruit Salad’ and 8 other episodes.

Of course this special Simon Wiggle DVD wouldn’t be complete without an appearance of the very smart Professor Simon too. Warm up your singing voice, tap your toes, stretch your arms and legs and get your wiggle on!

Anthony's Fruity FeastThe Wiggles: Anthony’s Fruity Feast! features a delicious serving of catchy songs taken straight from Ready, Steady, Wiggle!, one of our children’s most watched ABCKids shows. No more relying on the TV schedule for our daily dose of wiggly music, just pop on the DVD whenever you want and get those hips shaking. Featuring more than 40 different songs and even some bloopers for extra laughs this DVD offers plenty of (sanity saving) entertainment the upcoming holidays.

Learn all about healthy eating with Anthony, find out what’s wrong with Emma’s glasses, see Lachy’s latest invention, practise the alphabet with Simon and much more, The Wiggles: Anthony’s Fruity Feast! has something fun for everyone.

enmmas-bowtiful-dayAccording to our girls ‘The Wiggles: Emma’s Bowtiful Day’ is best enjoyed with your Emma outfit on, they love watching Emma’s dance lessons and copying her dance moves. The one and only girl Wiggle has carefully chosen 50+ wiggle tunes to sing and dance along with, eg. ‘Save the Dance, do the Dance’, ‘Simon’s Cold Water Blues’ and ‘Dancing on the High Seas’. Did you know ‘Full Moon Melody’ was written by Lachy especially for his special lady Emma?

‘The Wiggles: Fab Four Faves’ is now available on DVD (RRP $24.95) at major retailers across Australia.

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