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Mar 032016
 

Anaconda

When I think of Easter I always think of a nice long weekend in April, so I was a little shocked to discover that Easter actually falls in March this year, that’s soon! With just over 3 weeks to go it’s time to get your thinking caps on and plan a fun few days outside with the family. Need some inspiration? The outdoor specialists at Anaconda are here to help:

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During Great Outdoors Month (February 24 – March 24) you can visit Anaconda stores across Australia for loads of outdoor fun. Whether you are an adventurous camper, a fishing enthousiast, a keen cyclist, a thrill seeking climber, hiker or relaxed walker, they’ve got you covered this Easter.

Anaconda Camping

As a mum of five young children I know the logistics of camping with kids can be a little scary, so if you are a bit nervous too make sure you check out all the Camp Out action at your local Anaconda store. The team is ready to ‘ inspire, equip and enable’ using helpful demonstrations on setting up your tent, packing your sleeping bag, cooking a camp meal and much more.

Anaconda FishingEven if you prefer to stay close to home there are plenty of ways to get active. Turn off those mobile phones, tablets and computers and set off to explore your own neighbourhood. Go for a ride on your local bike track (drop in for the ‘maintain your bike’ demo), catch a big one at a lake or beach (learn how to set up a fishing line in store) or play a game of tennis in your backyard or a park.

While parents are stocking up on expert knowledge the kids will have a ball in the special kids’ corner (selected stores). Activity tables, face painting, a bug garden, balloons, a yummy BBQ… there is nothing boring about a visit to Anaconda. Our kids have made a little start at home already with the Anaconda Colouring Competition; there are 4 different images to choose from and you can print them at home, quick and easy.

Anaconda Bikes

Hot Tip: Make sure to share your favorite outdoor adventure on the Anaconda Facebook page for your chance to win two nights at a Big4 Caravan Park + a $500 Anaconda Gift Card!

To find out more about Anaconda, to locate an Anaconda store near you or to order online visit www.anacondastores.com.

Dec 082015
 

Anaconda

Christmas Countdown – Day 8

With just a few days left of the school year families across Australia are gearing up for six long weeks of Summer holidays. Instead of taking the kids for an expensive visit to a crowded theme park, why not go on a little (or big) adventure in our beautiful Aussie ‘backyard’ and have a camping holiday to remember forever:

Anaconda Family Camping

While camping with kids does take a bit of preparation there is no need to be scared, camping specialist Anaconda is here to help. Anaconda is Australia’s largest camping, outdoor, sporting and adventure super store and aims to provide Australians with all the gear they need at the lowest prices.

Coleman Camping StoveAt Anaconda they understand that shopping with kids can be tricky, so they’ve made buying your family’s camping needs a breeze by having all the best brands and products together in one convenient location, no need to go from shop to shop. From tents to sleeping bags, from fold-out chairs to airbeds, from clothing and accessories to lanterns and camping stoves and much more, you can stock up for your next camping trip in one go.

Tactical Kids Heaplamp PandaWhether it’s near the beach or in the bush, for kids camping is all about exploring and having fun. With Christmas coming up now is the perfect time to pick up some cool new camping gear for your little adventurer like this funky Panda Head Lamp. It’s perfect for spotting animals at night and trips to the community toilets in the dark (yay for being hands free!), priced at just RRP $12 it is a fabulous stocking filler.

Spinifex Lizard ChairGetting the kids to sit down would usually be a challenge, but  with this colourful Spinifex Lizard Chair (RRP $34.99, now $20.99) it will be a piece of cake. It’s an ideal kids’ seat for camping but also useful for BBQs, picnics, festivals or your own back yard. The portable, foldable chair can hold up to 60kg and comes with a handy carry bag with shoulder strap for easy transport or safe storage when not in use.

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Anaconda we are giving you the chance to win this OZtrail Sportiva Peninsula tent (RRP $490). This easy-to-use and super spacious tent can sleep up to 12 people (now that’s what I call big family friendly!) and is currently on sale for $350. For one lucky family this awesome prize will be the starting point for their first (or next) big camping adventure, where would you like to set up camp?

OZtrail Sportive Peninsula Tent

To find out more about Anaconda, to locate an Anaconda store near you or to order online visit www.anacondastores.com.

For your chance to win an OZtrail Sportiva Peninsula Tent (RRP $490) enter our giveaway below:

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Feb 172014
 

Vuly logo

If you regularly read our updates on the Hip little one Facebook page you may remember that we were considering purchasing a trampoline for our little tribe. After lots of researching, comparing, reading reviews and asking around we finally decided on one and ordered the Vuly Thunder from Australian outdoor play specialist Yardgames:

Vuly Thunder

Vuly Thunder

Born in 2008 right here in Australia the Vuly brand is now one of the biggest names in trampolines, you can find their trampolines in backyards all over Australia and around the world. Following the success of the original model (the Vuly Classic) Vuly last year released a brand new, innovative and highly anticipated design called the Vuly Thunder, a revolutionary trampoline designed to be strong, safe and have the best bounce of any recreational trampoline in existence. I thought that sounded pretty awesome so I set out to find out more.

Unlike most other trampolines the Vuly Thunder is made without traditional coil springs, instead it uses super strong, quiet and extremely bouncy, leaf springs, eliminating the risk of limbs getting stuck in springs and removing the annoying clanging noise that many trampolines make when in use. Because the mat and the net are one piece there is no slipping off the trampoline either making it extremely safe for our precious bundles.

Vuly versus Springfree, a question we asked ourselves too. I’ll admit that we did consider a Springfree but after comparing the two we made up the balance and felt the Vuly Thunder ticked all the boxes for us, had some great benefits over the Springfree and was simply much better value for money.

Vuly Thunder in action

The Vuly Thunder in action

Size:
One of the first things people look at when buying a trampoline is the size. You want a trampoline that can accommodate your own children (and any little guests that come to visit), now but also as they grow. As a family of six we knew we had to invest in a big trampoline so we decided on the Vuly Thunder XL, a round trampoline with a jump mat diameter of 3.8m. The Vuly Thunder is also available in size M (2.5m diameter) and L (3.2m diameter) for smaller yards/families.

Weight:
No matter how big (or small) your trampoline is, the fact that it is big enough doesn’t mean it can hold the weight of the jumpers so the weight limit is extremely important. As we have four children it is likely there will be multiple children, and sometimes an adult, on it at the same time so we wanted to make sure our new trampoline could handle the weight. The Vuly Thunder, regardless of which size you choose, has a massive weight limit of 150kg (that means even hubby and I can have a jump together!). Only the biggest and most expensive Springfree has a 150kg limit, the others can only hold 115kg.

Also very important is the weight of the trampoline itself. The Vuly Thunder is a very solid and extremely heavy trampoline which is very important in our windy neighbourhood, the Thunder XL weighs in at more than 250kg so it won’t blow away with a strong gust of wind. For comparison, even the biggest Springfree trampoline comes in at less than 150kg.

Fun and exercise in one

Fun and exercise in one (inside the Trampoline Tent)

Quality:
Obviously a trampoline is a big investment so you want to make sure you are buying a high quality and very safe product that will last the distance. The Vuly Thunder is designed with strong, heavy duty, thoroughly tested parts and does not involves any nuts, bolts or screws so it is not only easy to set up but there is also no chance of screws becoming loose leading to a potentially dangerous situation.

Zip Free Trampoline Entrance

Zip Free Trampoline Entrance

Safety:
You may not be able to do the same tricks (yet) as the Olympic medalists that tested the Vuly Thunder but you can definitely try whilst being safely protected by Australia’s tallest trampoline safety net. The strong mesh is not too loose and not too rigid and has small holes so fingers and toes won’t get caught. The net is stitched to the mat so jumpers won’t tumble off the trampoline.

After having seen several Springfree trampolines with broken zips around the entrance, and hearing from others users with the same issue, we felt this was a big worry as it leaves an open door for kids to fall out and get injured. The entrance of the Vuly Thunder is completely zip free, instead the safety net and the door opening overlap. This layered designed allows for a tight side opening (admittedly a bit of a squeeze for an adult) that is not accidentally accessible while jumping.

Fun on the HexVex Mat

Fun on the HexVex Mat

Extras:
The Vuly Thunder is fitted with a super bouncy mat with HexVex print which adds a whole new dimension of play to your trampoline. From a game of Trampoline Twister to Mimic Me and Story Hop, kids will have no trouble coming up with new games to play using the fun illustrations on their Thunder.

Unlike most other trampolines the Vuly Thunder comes complete with free trampoline skirt which looks neat and keep limbs, toys and animals from getting under your trampoline. Another bonus is the handy step that is built into the frame, removing the need for a ladder, Springfree trampolines are delivered without ladder and it will cost you an extra $99 to add one.

The bonus Trampoline Tent is awesome!

The bonus Trampoline Tent is awesome!

If you keep an eye on the Yardgames website you will notice that there are regular offers for a free Vuly Trampoline Tent when you purchase your trampoline. This is an awesome accessory that our kids absolutely love, you can use the complete tent with roof and sides or just the roof alone, transforming your trampoline in a super cool cubby.

Quite the adventure, 'camping' on your Trampoline

Quite the adventure, ‘camping’ on your Trampoline

Warranty:
By buying your Vuly trampoline through Yardgames, a registered Vuly reseller, you can rest assured you will receive full warranty, ongoing support and half price spare parts for the life of the trampoline directly from Vuly Australia.

When you add all these great features and bonuses up the Vuly Thunder came out on top for value, quality, safety and fun and we’re super thrilled with our purchase. If you happen to walk by our yard you’re sure to hear lots of laughter and giggles thanks to Vuly.

To find out more about Yardgames, to browse the Vuly range and to order your own Vuly trampoline online visit www.yardgames.com.au.