Around the world with SmartGlobe

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Oct 152020
 

When we booked our European adventure last year, we could not ever have imagined how the world would be turned upside down just a few months later. No amazing new memories with our Dutch family, no exploring new countries and cities, no tasting new foods or trying new languages… it was a such a disappointment when our tickets were cancelled indefinitely. However through a stroke of luck the kids have still been able to go on a (virtual) trip around the globe, thanks to this amazing invention from Oregon Scientific:

At first sight you may think this is just another ordinary world globe, but I can assure you there is nothing ordinary about the SmartGlobe Explorer AR (RRP $399, Ages 5+). Using clever interactive technology the award-winning design allows children to learn all about the world they live in, the earth they live on and the solar system they are surrounded by. Come and explore with us!

The large SmartGlobe is absolutely packed with features and even after months of investigating there is still so much more left to discover. With a simple touch of the special SmartPen children can explore over 220 countries, learn 20,000+ interesting facts, play 42 educational games and so much more. From countries to capitals, from continents to currencies, from languages to landmarks, from anthems to animals, from the weather to world time, the SmartGlobe is an endless well of information for young and old.

But there is more to the SmartGlobe Explorer AR than meets the eye. As the world’s first and only ‘open’ globe in the market the SmartGlobe opens up to reveal a unique view of the earth’s interior, as well as the solar system. Grab your SmartPen and learn all about the planets, find their place in the milky way and delve deeper into the layers of the earth. The SmartPen is wireless, rechargeable and is stored safely at the back of the unit when not in use.

By downloading the SmartGlobe App onto your smart phone you can actually bring your SmartGlobe to life, simply move your phone around the globe and be treated to a fabulous augmented reality experience. Watch exotic animals walk into your screen, visit famous landmarks and even check out delicacies from around the world. You can also use the app on its own, which is great fun on-the-go when you’re not near your SmartGlobe, and test your world knowledge with a cool quiz or two.

As a mum of six children I particularly love that this design caters for different ages and interests, making it a valuable investment for growing families. By selecting the right age group (Ages 5-8, Ages 9-14 and Ages 15+) you can automatically customise the SmartGlobe content to match your child’s development stage. This keeps things interesting, age appropriate and fun, no matter how old your child is. Siblings and friends can also enjoy learning together because the SmartGlobe allows for up to 4 multi-players, now that’s what I call family friendly!

Of course the world’s facts and figures are forever changing, so to ensure your SmartGlobe teaches your children the latest and most accurate information Oregon Scientific offers unlimited updates to your SmartGlobe for the first 12 months (from date of registration). After this you can access updates for a small fee of $14.99 per year.

Hip Tip: Sign up for the Oregon Scientific newsletter to receive a 10% discount code for you to use on your first purchase, bonus!

To find out more about Oregon Scientific, to take a closer look at the SmartGlobe Explorer AR and to order online visit www.oregonshop.com.au.

Adelaide Fringe 2020 ‘Hotel Paradiso’ giveaway

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Feb 142020
 

I know it is hard to believe but in the almost fourteen years I have lived in South Australia, Australia’s Festival State, I have not once made it to the Adelaide Fringe. Things are about to change as we’re planning to celebrate Sybil’s birthday in style this weekend with a visit to a Fringe performance full of giggles, gasps and good old-fashioned family fun:

This year Lost in Translation, one of the UK’s leading contemporary circuses, is making its Adelaide Fringe debut combining theatre, comedy and music in one amazing show that is guaranteed to please the crowds. Hotel Paradiso is a winning mix of thrillingly spectacular and daring circus skills including incredible acrobatics, clowning and juggling, theatrical storytelling, slapstick and physical comedy, it certainly ticks all our boxes! They even use a person as a skipping rope, this has to be seen to be believed…

Come along to meet Madame and the charming staff of the quirkily ineffective Hotel Paradiso. Gathered from countries around the globe the Lost in Translation cast of six highly skilled acrobats, clowns and jugglers will tell the story of how the tenants battle to save their home and livelihood from ‘the Banker’. With thrills, gasps, laughs and drama there’s plenty for both adults and children to enjoy and the glowing reviews are coming in thick and fast: “Easily the best family show at the Fringe!”

Hotel Paradiso at Gluttony is suitable for ages 5 and up and it’s on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so check your calendar and lock in those seats.

To find out more about the Adelaide Fringe, to take a closer look at Hotel Paradiso and to order your tickets online visit www.adelaidefringe.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 2 Hotel Paradiso family passes (RRP $85, each pass admits 2 adults and 2 children OR 1 adult and 3 children) for the Sunday February 16 (2.50pm) performance hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page. Good luck!

Santa’s Wonderland 2019

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Dec 082019
 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year 🎄✨ We just returned from three fun filled hours at Santa’s Wonderland and what a fabulous afternoon we have had! After our first visit to Santa’s Wonderland last year our expectations were high but Adelaide’s biggest Christmas event most certainly delivered, it was nothing short of amazing.

Traditional Christmas carols and sparkling lights, beautifully dressed up trees and eye catching displays, unlimited rides for young and old and photo opportunities galore, ice skating, toboggan slides, jumping castles, ride-on reindeer and much more… There is just so much to love about Santa’s Wonderland. If you want to treat your family to a memorable outing this festive month Santa’s Wonderland is ready to welcome you, book your visit online to secure your preferred time-slot or pay at the door. Here are just a few snaps of our Santa’s Wonderland experience:

Santa’s Wonderland is located at the Adelaide Showground (Wayville, SA) and will be open from December 6 – December 24, 2019. Each ticket allows for 3 full hours of entry during the session-time chosen when booking, that’s a whole lot of Christmas fun! With over 35 sessions to choose from there’s a perfect time slot for everyone. Please note that advance booking is recommended as sessions do sell out, alternatively tickets can be purchased at the gate at door prices. Children under 2 years of age are free.

To find out more about Santa’s Wonderland and to secure your preferred session online visit www.santaswonderland.com.au.

Nov 262019
 

I’ll be honest, I absolutely love writing about all the gorgeous kids’ books I find but I am struggling today. Just last week I lost my amazing Opa, which made this new Walker Books release even more personal, special and quite emotional to me. If you have a wonderful grandpa (or grandma) in your life this book is sure to pull on your heartstrings like it did for me:

In The Corner of my Eye (RRP $26.99) we meet a special grandfather and his granddaughter Sally, who is determined to help her grandpa find what he is looking for. Things would be a lot easier if grandpa actually remembered what he was looking for, but he forgot that too so Sally decides to simply start looking…

From the cluttered kitchen cupboards to the soft, cosy armchair, from the colourful backyard to the farthest corner of the attic and everywhere in between, Sally searches everywhere and while she finds lots and lots of things she still doesn’t find ‘it’ so she must keep going. This treasure hunt sure is full of interesting finds and dear memories which are all precious in their own way.

As I have sadly seen in my own Opa, dementia is a cruel disease. Dementia turns someone’s brain into a big, messy house where they can’t find the one thing they are desperately seeking. As a loved one you often don’t know what the missing object is, however you can help join the search and sometimes that’s enough.

The ‘Corner of my Eye’ is a beautiful and heartwarming book that, in a wonderful, gentle way, helps young children to understand their ‘forgetful’ grandparent a little better. Featuring an interesting mix of hand drawn illustrations and real photos the book is a joy to look at. I just love the balance between the calm, peaceful images and Colin Thompson’s signature busy, overflowing pages which are perfect for a game of search and find. ‘The Corner of my Eye’ is a touching addition to any family bookshelf.

To find out more about Walker Books and to take a closer look at ‘The Corner of my Eye’ visit www.walkerbooks.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of ‘The Corner of my Eye’ (RRP $26.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck!

Santa’s Wonderland giveaway

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Nov 212019
 

Our calendar for the remainder of the year is full of important dates, but some things are worthy of a big red circle and our upcoming visit to Santa’s Wonderland is definitely one of them. The kids are still treasuring their memories of last year and we can’t wait to add many more special moments this December. I previously told you why Santa’s Wonderland is the place-to-be for Adelaide families leading up to Christmas (read up here if you missed it) and I promised you a give away so here it is!

It’s clear to see why Santa’s Wonderland takes the crown as Adelaide’s biggest Christmas event and this year it is bigger and better than ever. Grab the kids, invite your family and bring along your friends to enjoy the magic of Christmas like you have never seen it before.

There is just so much to see and do: Wonder through the Traditional Family Christmas Land, explore the sparkling and slippery side of Ice Wonderland, admire the colours of Candy Land and most importantly, enjoy UNLIMITED rides for three whole hours! Expect to be swept away by the bright colours and the Christmas music, the beautiful decorations and the unique photo opportunities and of course keep an eye out for the big man himself…

If you’re a budget conscious parent like myself you’ll appreciate not having to pull your wallet for every ride, it’s all included in your ticket price. This make Santa’s Wonderland a fun and affordable outing for families with no costly surprises along the way, because we know the December month is expensive enough as it is.

Your all-access ticket includes 3 full hours of:
⭐️ Unlimited FREE Carnival Rides
⭐️ Unlimited Bouncy Castles and Ball Pits
⭐️Unlimited Ride-on Reindeer fun
⭐️ Unlimited Ice Skating
⭐️ Unlimited Ice Toboggan Slides
⭐️ Unlimited Ride on Reindeer’s Coral with Rudolf & Friends
⭐️ Unlimited Dodgem Cars
⭐️ Even More Main Stage Entertainment
⭐️ Story Time with Mrs. Christmas
⭐️ Write a Personal Letter to Santa & Mail It
⭐️ FREE Activity Trail Showbag (10 stops)
⭐️ Roaming Christmas Characters to meet, greet and takes selfies with!

Want to know more? Click here for a full list of all that’s included when you visit Santa’s Wonderland (and the few things that aren’t).

Santa’s Wonderland is located at the Adelaide Showground (Wayville, SA) and will be open from December 6 – December 24, 2019. Each ticket allows for 3 full hours of entry during the session-time chosen when booking, that’s a whole lot of Christmas fun! With over 35 sessions to choose from there’s a perfect time slot for everyone. Please note that advance booking is recommended as sessions do sell out, alternatively tickets can be purchased at the gate at door prices. Children under 2 years of age are free.

To find out more about Santa’s Wonderland and to secure your preferred session online visit www.santaswonderland.com.au.

For your chance to win a Santa’s Wonderland Family Pass (RRP $180, admits 4) to a session of your choice hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page, good luck! Sessions subject to availability.

‘Sesame Street Circus Spectacular by Silvers’ giveaway

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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!