Nov 022011

As some of you may know I moved to Australia five years ago and although I am now very much used to speaking, writing and listening to English all day for me there is nothing more relaxing than watching some Dutch television or reading a Dutch book. Our children speak English at home but they are slowly picking up more and more Dutch words which I am very excited about. Teaching children another language can be tricky but also a lot of fun, kids just love learning so it is no wonder they really like Dora the Explorer who speaks English and teaches a bit of Spanish too. In fact, my kids watch the new Dora the Explorer DVD not only in English but also in Dutch, making it both relaxing and educational.

The latest release Dora’s Enchanted Forest Adventures consists of three separate tales featuring the very mysterious enchanted forest, elves, fairies and even a unicorn! As always Dora is on a mission and together with her friend Boots she goes on her way, using the map to reach her goal. She meets new friends along the way and sings a whole bunch of catchy songs that kids will love and are easy to sing along with.

Now you may not want to take my word for it when I say my twins really enjoyed the DVD, and that is okay, but surely you can’t argue with a whole bunch of excited kids who love it too? Listen to what these mini VIP guests had to say after they watched the new Dora the Explorer DVD in cinema (aren’t kids just incredibly funny?):

As well as the three Dora the Explorer parts (Tale of the Unicorn King, The Secret of Atlantis and Dora Saves King Unicornio) Dora’s Enchanted Forest Adventures also contains a bonus Go Diego Go episode. The total running time is 91 minutes but obviously this is very easy to break down in smaller segments to limit television time for children.

As of November 3 you can find Dora’s Enchanted Forest Adventures (RRP $19.95) at leading retailers across Australia.

For your chance to win a copy of Dora’s Enchanted Forest Adventures answer the following question: Do your children speak any languages other than English and if not, which language would you love them to learn?

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Oct 132011

As I child I remember watching The Lion King on video and being completely overwhelmed by the enormity of it all; the sight of all those animals, the music, we just loved it. Years later I was lucky enough to attend the musical The Lion King in theater, although I was not a child anymore the story was not less impressive, in fact, I was even more in love with it and I still get goosebumps listening to the recording of the musical.

If you missed out on seeing The Lion King back then (or you just want to relive the experience) or if you would love to share this beautiful story with your children you are in luck because yesterday The Lion King has been released on Disney 3D and Blu-ray High Definition, available for a limited time only. The award winning story has been restored and remastered for an even more amazing movie experience the whole family can enjoy. My kids immediately fell in love with the songs and Hakuna Matata is their new favourite slogan.

The Lion King tells the tale of lion cub Simba, destined to take over from his father as king, who runs away from his Uncle Scar and his home with the intention of never coming back. But luckily he meets the hilarious Timon and Pumbaa and after going on plenty of fun and exciting adventures with his new friends he returns to take his rightful place, after all, he is the real king of the jungle.

To celebrate the release of The Lion King on DVD one lucky Hip little one reader will be spoiled with a funtastic 8-pce The Lion King prize pack valued at $144. It is filled with great prizes for the whole family:

  • The Lion King Diamond Edition Blu-ray and DVD
  • The Lion King Soundtrack CD
  • The Lion King Book and CD
  • The Lion King CD Read Along Book
  • The Lion King Puzzle 48 piece
  • The Lion King Plush 16cm
  • The Lion King Shaped Board Book
  • The Lion King Mini Collection Activity & Storybook

The Lion King (rated G) is now available on Blu-ray, DVD and 3D Blu-ray, prices start from $39.99.

For your chance to win the fabulous The Lion King Prize Pack watch the movie trailer from The Lion King and answer the following question: Which animal pictured in the movie trailer do you like most and why?

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Competition ends November 13, 2011. Sorry, Australian entries only.