‘Pop the Pig’ giveaway

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Jul 282017

While being sick was not exactly part of our school holiday plans, it did force us to slow down and take things easy for a few days. Three little patients really kept me on my toes but thankfully the other kids took it in their stride and made up their own indoor entertainment. My box of school holiday boredom busters was raided and this hilarious Crown & Andrews game was a huge hit:

Knowing how much our kids enjoy Pop the Pirate I am not surprised they were immediately taken by his funny and famished sibling Pop the Pig (RRP $39.95, ages 4 – 7). Doesn’t this chef pig look awesome?

Designed for young players Pop the Pig is easy to understand and quick to play, it’s perfect for some family time before bed and you can easily fit in a few rounds to give all the kids a chance at winning. The aim of the game is to pop the pig’s tummy by filling it up with delicious hamburgers, but who will be the one to feed him the ‘winning’ burger?

Players take turns by throwing a dice to determine the colour hamburger they can serve up. Each hamburger features a number (between 1-4) which allows the player to press the pig’s head the selected number of times. As the game progresses and more hamburgers enter his mouth the pig’s belly gets bigger and bigger and the excitement is building, after all everyone wants to pop the pig!

Aside from being very funny Pop the Pig also teaches children valuable skills like taking turns, recognising colours and numbers, being patient and of course the concept of ‘chance’. As no one can predict when the pig will pop the game stays exciting until the end, which really helps keep little players involved and motivated. Once popped the pig can be deflated with a simple push on his hat, his chef’s jacket can then be refastened and he’s ready for another round of tasty treats.

To find out more about Talkin’ Toys, to take a closer look at Pop the Pig and to discover a whole heap of other cool toys visit www.talkintoys.com.au.

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Jul 062017

It may have felt like this school term would never end, but tomorrow our school holidays finally kick off. We are looking forward to two weeks of chilling out and calming down at home and hopefully some time for this pregnant mama to put her tired feet up. The woodshed is stacked to the brim (I love a warm, cosy fire!) and we have stocked up at the library with books for our little bookworms. Of course it won’t be school holidays without a new movie to relax with so this latest Sony Pictures release comes right on time:

Did you know it has been almost 60 years since the world was first introduced to the quirky blue creatures called The Smurfs? People of all ages love following this interesting tribe on their many adventures, chased by the wizard Gargamel, his cat Azrael and a bunch of other evil characters. This Winter the Smurfs are back for a brand new expedition that will have fans sitting on the edge of their seat:

In Smurfs: The Lost Village a mysterious map sends Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through a Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a long lost village. Will they find it before Gargamel does? Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ 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 ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ visit www.theviewinglounge.com.au.

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Dec 032015


Christmas Countdown – Day 3

These last weeks of term are so incredibly busy that I can’t wait for the laziness of school holidays to start. For our munchkins holidays are all about late breakfasts, good books, playing outside, awesome family outings, yummy baking and of course loads of crafty fun. Colorific has lots of cool and creative gifts to put under the Christmas tree, here’s one for the girl who loves a bit of fairy magic:

Sparkletopia Jewellery Set

If you are afraid of glitter you better click away, because FairyLites Sparkletopia is all about sparkles, shimmer, glitter and glam and the best part is: no glue! This gorgeous collection of craft kits is perfect for young designers aged 4-9 and with prices starting at just $14.99 it’s affordable too.

Sparkletopia Secret Diary KitWith a new year about to begin now is the time to start a new tradition like keeping a diary. This gorgeous Secret Diary Set will help your little girl design a cute sparkly (lockable!) diary, perfect for recording big adventures, short stories and lovely dreams. Using the special fairy wand tool and plenty of sticky charms, gems, stencils and sparkle sheets this colourful set is sure to keep her busy these school holidays.

If you’re looking for a set to entertain multiple children (great for siblings, friends, family get-togethers or even parties) you can’t go wrong with the Fairy Jewellery Set or the Charm Set Assortment. Both packs contain a range of smaller ‘projects’ so kids can share the Sparkletopia fun. I know my girls would love wearing a necklace, ring or cuff of their own design so this is definitely going to be on our school holiday to-do list.

FairyLites Sparkletopia

There are currently five different FairyLites Sparkletopia packs to choose from, each pack contains all the tools you need to design your own unique creations: charms, jewellery, a jewellery cabinet and even a diary, go on and add a sparkle to your day!

To find out more about Colorific, to browse the FairyLites Sparkletopia range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.colorific.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 5 FairyLites Sparkletopia packs (RRP $24.99, choose from Fairy Jewellery Set, Jewellery Cabinet Set and Secret Diary Set) enter our giveaway below:

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Sep 192015

Giggle amd Hoot Logo

With the school holidays (and a new baby) around the corner I have been stocking up on things to do for our four kids. I’ve hidden a stack of new books, tucked away some toys and games and grabbed a few DVDs to keep them entertained, let’s hope we can keep the kids happy and mummy sane! For our youngest who loves songs and dance I’ve wrapped up some new Giggle & Hoot entertainment:

Giggle & Hoot DVD

If the kids can’t get enough of Jimmy Giggle, his best mate Hoot the Owl and the lovely Hootabelle they’re in for almost an hour of giggly fun with ‘Giggle & Hoot: Giggle Fangs & Hootabulous Favourites’. Meet their newest friend Giggle Fangs the Bat and join the happy group in nine catchy sing-a-long tunes including ‘Cloud Bouncing’ and ‘My Batty Lair’. After all that singing and dancing the performance wraps up in style with the famous ‘On The Night Watch’ and ‘Hoot’s Lullaby’.

To get you in the mood for Christmas the DVD also includes a bonus Giggle & Hoot Christmas Special, after all Christmas is just 3 months away!

‘Giggle & Hoot: Giggle Fangs & Hootabulous Favourites’ is available on DVD (RRP $14.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to read all about Giggle & Hoot and to order your copy online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Jul 092015

Bloom Pops

What can I say, we’re four days into these school holidays and we’ve already seen more rain than during the whole month of June! Luckily we’ve got a lovely fireplace to keep us snuggly warm indoors and I stocked up on a whole range of awesome boredom busters so (so far) we’re keeping very busy and happy here at Hip Little One HQ. This awesome new range from the craft experts at Colorific was a massive hit with my two oldest daughters:

Clear off the table and watch your budding designers work their magic with Bloom Pops (ages 5-12). Think art and craft, glitter and gems, felt and fragrance, flowers and charms and you can see why this fabulous new collection of craft kits is so popular with young girls.

Colorific Bloom Pops

Bloom Pops fun is an easy 3-step ‘Pick, Stack and Pop’ concept that kids will get the hang of very quickly, after showing my girls (4 and 6 yo) once they did it independently without any trouble and I enjoyed 1,5 hour of peace and quiet, bonus! Pick your favourite felt shapes, colours and patterns, stack them up and decorate to your taste, then pop them together with the special Bloom Pop maker, easy as pie.

Bloom Pops BouquetThere are currently 9 different Bloom Pops packs available to create a range of exciting products eg. jewellery, hair accessories, a purse or even a flower bouquet. Unlike many craft kits on the market that are one-use-only Bloom Pops can be re-used over and over and you can change your designs as often as you like, this makes Bloom Pops excellent value for money. Simply ‘unpop’ and start again!

Bloom Pops packs are priced between RRP $14.99-$34.99 and are packed in large, attractive boxes so if you are looking for a great, affordable birthday gift that is sure to impress the birthday girl look no further. You can find the Bloom Pops range in store right now at leading toy retailers across Australia.

Bloom Pops packaging

To find out more about Colorific, to browse the Bloom Pops range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.colorific.com.au.

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Apr 282015


After two fun filled weeks our kids went back to school this week, that’s another school holiday done and dusted. The next school holidays may seem like they are still months away but it is not too early to start thinking about all the awesome stuff you can do during June and July. In fact, if you don’t want to miss out on some of the coolest outings you better be quick and get them locked in while you can:

Hi-5 Tour

Dream big this winter and join popular Australian band Hi-5 on their brand new stage show, Hi-5 House of Dreams. Hi-5 House of Dreams will tour around Australia from June 28 to July 15, visiting Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne.

The Hi-5 House of Dreams tour gives audiences an invitation to the most exciting “slumber party” ever! There’s not much sleeping but lots of singing and dancing and adventure when our favourite puppet Chats takes control of the Hi-5’s dreams and makes their dreams come true!

Using Chats’ Magic Dream Catcher audiences will travel through jungles, fairy grottos, underwater coral gardens, the Wild West, and even outer space!! This interactive and energetic show will have audiences totally immersed in the world of dreams.

Hi 5 Cast

Hi-5 House of Dreams is a whimsical trip into a fantasy adventure where you can catch your favourite Hi-5 songs – Underwater Discovery, Move your Body, It’s a Party and Living in a Rainbow and plenty of new songs with the Hi-5 gang – Stevie, Mary, Tanika, Ainsley and Dayen.

To find out more about Hi-5, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to book your tickets online visit www.hi-5world.com.

Thanks to our friends at Hi-5 we are able to give away 4 double passes to the Hi-5 House of Dreams Australian Tour. There will be one winner for each of the below venues and each winner will receive one double pass (admits 2, RRP $99.80) to the show, see show dates/times below:

  • Brisbane, RICC – Thursday 2 July (1.30pm)
  • Melbourne, Palais Theatre – Saturday 4 July (4.30pm)
  • Sydney, The Concourse Chatswood – Tuesday 7 July (1.30pm)
  • Perth, Regal Theatre – Tuesday 14 July (1.30pm)

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Dec 252014


If you’re looking for a fun day out in Sydney these school holidays you don’t want to miss this: ABC4Kids favourites The Octonauts are on their way to Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, make sure to visit them before they head off again in their submarine:

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary

From 20 December 2014 until 26 January 2015 kids can explore the great big ocean with the Octonauts at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. With daily appearances by Captain Barnacles and Kwazii kids are in for a fun and very exciting Octonauts experience.

As well as fun crew meet and greets, kids will embark on an underwater adventure discovering plenty of Octonauts themed activities including an Octonauts activity corner. Little Octonauts fans will also go on an exciting mission to find Octonauts characters in displays throughout the aquarium and test their knowledge on the Explore, Rescue, Protect quiz trail to win an exclusive sticker.

Meet The Octonauts Ticket

Thanks to ABC4Kids we have 15 ‘Meet the Octonauts’ Free Child Entry ticket packs to give away. Each pack contains 2 child passes for Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, each child needs to be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are valid until January 31, 2015.

To find out more about Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, to see opening times and location details and to order your tickets online visit www.manlysealifesanctuary.com.au.

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