Nov 122018
 

After 12 years away from my family I can safely say that saying goodbye does not get any easier. In fact, it only seems to get harder every time! Knowing this I give myself two months after each farewell to feel homesick and this week my time is up, I don’t feel exactly ready yet but it’s time to face the world again. If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps too or could just do with a lovely, relaxing evening out filled with big belly laughs here’s a tip for you:

After the huge success of The Play That Goes Wrong the expectations were high for Peter Pan Goes Wrong and Mischied Theatre once again delivered. We all know things don’t always go to plan and in this case those trip-ups and stumbles, falls and fights and glitches and hitches are exactly what makes Peter Pan Goes Wrong disastrously funny.

On their way to magical Neverland the much-loved members of The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society have to battle against technical hiccups, flying mishaps and cast disputes which will leave the audience in stitches. This successful West End production is a welcome treat of fabulously funny comedy packed with finely-tuned farce and Buster Keaton-inspired slapstick, who knew disaster could be this hilarious?

Since its London premiere in 2013 Peter Pan Goes Wrong has been bringing smiles all across the UK and the West End and even earnt a nomination for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, so grab your tickets today and settle in for two hours of roaring laughter.

On its way to Neverland Peter Pan Goes Wrong will stop in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Perth.

To find out more about Peter Pan Goes Wrong, to check out the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.peterpangoeswrong.com.au.

One lucky Hip Little One reader is in for an evening full of laughs as we are giving away a double pass (RRP $199.80) to see Peter Pan Goes Wrong at Arts Centre Melbourne, The Playhouse on Wednesday 19th December (7pm). For your chance to win enter below:

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Nov 212017
 

Penguin

When people hear I am a mum of six, including a newborn, they often say ‘You have your hands full’ followed by ‘at least you have lots of helpers’. Of course all the kids love helping out with the new baby but miss 9 especially is always ready to assist with any chores big or small. Because she is a real bookworm and likes the responsibility of a ‘job’ she was super keen to help out with today’s blog post. After the success of Ickypedia kids can now enjoy another hilarious guide full of yucky creations by The Listies, check out our latest book review brought to you by my wonderful assistant Olivia:

Learn all gross foods from A-Z in Ickyfoodia (RRP $14.99)! From Bindigestion (which is to feel sick after eating something out of the bin) to Phlegmonade (which is the most disgusting soft drink ever), you can learn all gross foods that you’ve never heard of. Find out what “Fail chips” are or see all of the recipes to foods that will make you sick! Also includes disgusting poems, weird quizzes and gross games.

I thought this book was a bit crazy, interesting and gross. It has some strange words and their meanings, some silly stories and an episode of ‘The ultimate sandwich’. The recipes are weird, funny and interesting. I’m nine years old and I think the book is suitable for people the same age as me. I think it’s a funny book and I liked reading it.

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

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Nov 252016
 

funtastic

It’s that time of the year again and calendars are quickly filling up with long overdue catch-ups, large family feasts and relaxing New Year’s Eve parties with friends. If you are looking for a way to de-stress in December and add plenty of giggles to your Christmas gatherings you’ll love this awesome find from Funtastic:

mouthguard-challenge

Hailed on social media as the perfect party game for the silly season Mouthguard Challenge (RRP $10) is flying off the shelves, if you want to get in on the fun you better be quick!

Mouthguard Challenge proves that the simple things in life are often the most enjoyable. The game requires no talent, little effort and everyone can play as long as you don’t mind making a fool of yourself! Pop in your mouthguard and draw a task card to accept your challenge: From singing a song to saying a sentence and from describing a word to completing a taste test, everyone will be roaring with laughter in no-time.

With 51 different task cards there is plenty of mouthguard fun to be had and you can always create your own dares too, the options are endless. At the end of the game the player with the most points will be crowned the Mouthguard Expert, will it be you?

There are loads of hilarious videos online of people who took on a mouthguard challenge of their own, this being one of my absolute favourites:

The game comes with four reusable mouthguards, simply wash after use so they are clean and ready for your next round. Pleasantly priced at just ten bucks Mouthguard Challenge is kind on the tight Christmas budget and an ideal stocking filler or Kris Kringle gift.

You can find Mouthguard Challenge at your local Kmart store or online at www.kmart.com.au.

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Jan 162016
 

Penguin

After one month of school holidays I can safely say I have heard more than enough snot, poo, wee and undies jokes for the whole year. Especially master 7 enjoys being the clown of the family and making his siblings laugh with silly business, which is immediately copied by miss 2. I may not always get kids humor but Melbourne comedy duo The Listies totally gets what makes kids giggle, here’s the proof:

Ickypedia

I don’t know how they did it but The Listies have managed to fill an enormous 200 pages with terrible yucky, totally funny, ridiculous words that kids will find totally hilarious. That’s right, Ickypedia (RRP $14.99) is a dictionary of disgusting words! (And you thought burping the alphabet was bad!!)

Have you ever heard of a ‘nanstache’ (the totally excellent hair that grows on your nanny’s top lip), a ‘flyris’ (a bug that lands in your eye and tries to live there), a ‘gleek’ (a vegetable that knows heaps about computers) or ‘decismell’ (the scale used to measure how much something smells)?

No, me neither. By the time your child has worked his way through all 26 letters of the alphabet he will have expanded (enriched?) his vocabulary with plenty of weird words that might be very useful one day.

To find out more about Ickypedia by The Listies and to order a copy online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Get your giggle on with Pie Face

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Jul 102015
 

Rocket Games

If you are anything like our crazy bunch and enjoy a fun family game you are going to love today’s hip find. Quite a while ago I saw this cool Pie Face video pop up on Facebook and I have seen it being shared on social media regularly ever since. So many Aussie mums and dads with a sense of humor absolutely loved the look of this awesome game and were desperate to get their hands on it but sadly the fun was reserved for other countries only, until now…

Pie Face is on its way to Australia and is expected to arrive on our shores in October, perfect timing for your Christmas shopping. Be warned, with many families impatiently waiting to get hold of this hilarious game stock will sell out fast. If you don’t want to miss the chance to add this top-seller to your game cupboard you can pre-order it today at Toys Paradise.

Pie Face gamePie Face (RRP $34.95, ages 4+) is filled with laughter and excitement, it’s easy to play and a little messy but above all good fun for all ages. For once it is totally fine to have a good belly laugh at the expense of others, or maybe the joke will be on you! Simply load the throwing arm with yummy whipped cream (or even a wet sponge) and take turns in turning the spinner… you never know who will end up being the pie face!

To find out more about Toys Paradise, to browse the range and to pre-order Pie Face today visit www.toysparadise.com.au.

Dec 302014
 

Penguin Australia

As a family with four young children our days are filled with books, long stories, short stories, board books, rhyming books, fairy tales and many more. They are all different but like most children’s books most of them have one thing in common: they have pictures for young readers to look at and keep them entertained. You’d think pictures are a must for a children’s book, but then there was this…

The Book With No Pictures

Much talked about children’s book The Book With No Pictures (RRP $19.99) by B.J. Novak is an eyeopener for readers of all ages. It teaches us the power of words, the magic of voices and the unbelievable joy of imagination, it’s fantastic to see what a few words on blank pages can do. Admittedly as the person reading the book out loud you do have to set aside your pride and reservations, you have to give yourself over to the words and make them your own. At first this may feel a little odd but when you see your little spectators respond, giggle, roar and impatiently wait to see what the next page will bring it is all very much worth it.

Watch The Book With No Pictures in action:

After seeing those smiles and hearing the laughter you can’t help but get excited about reading this book to some special little people in your life. The Book With No Pictures is now available at retailers across Australia and online.

To find out more about The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak, published by Penguin Books Australia, and to order online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Sep 082013
 

The Game of Things

Finally we’ve seen the first signs of spring, we’ve mowed the lawn and have started to dust off the outdoor setting ready for many relaxing hours spent outside. If you love spending time with family and friends over a typical Aussie barbeque, followed by drinks, games and lots of laughs I’ve got the perfect game for you: The Game of Things by Moose Toys.

The Game of Things - CopyThe Game of Things ($35, 8 years+) is a fabulous games for families and groups of 4 players or more. There are no incorrect answers, if you can read and write you can join in. The game is based around a big pile of 300 question cards which cover a whole range of topics. Each round is lead by a reader, who reads the question out loud. Players then write down their answer and the reader reads all the answers to the group. Now comes the tricky part, guessing who gave which answer…

Things you would do with a million dollars. Things you would do if you were invisible. Things you shouldn’t do with your mouth open. Things cannibals think about while dining. So many questions and even more answers, if you’ve got the right group together The Game of Things will have people roaring with laughter in no time. Answers can be funny, serious or maybe even meant to trick the other players, just make sure it is not too obvious which answer is yours as that’s what will keep you in the game.

Perfect after dinner game

Perfect after dinner game

With 300 different questions, and players who all give different answers, this game can be played again and again without ever becoming boring. As you can imagine the answers will also depend on the age of the players, a bit more straight forward for younger children and a bit more cheeky for a late night game with friends. All the cards, response pad, score pad and even pencils are nicely kept together in the handy wooden storage box.

So many questions...

So many questions…

To find out more about Moose Toys, to take a closer look at The Game of Things and to locate a stockist near you visit www.mooseworld.com.au.

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