Jun 282015
 

Roadshow Entertainment

It’s high traffic this Winter when it comes to ABCKids arrivals, there is definitely no need to be bored inside with so many new titles on the way! A relaxing winter break is not an option for Thomas & Friends as they hit the tracks for some fresh new adventures:

Thomas & Friends DVD

In ‘Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks’ the Troublesome Trucks cause the world’s favourite blue engine to go a little faster down the hill than he should. Of course there are always loyal friends to help him out when there is trouble on the tracks, teaching Thomas the true value of friendship. Or how about the time Thomas played a joke on Annie and Clarabel and things got really out of control? Luckily someone pulled the brake and put the high-speed adventure to a stop. Thomas fans are sure to enjoy the 5 fan-track-tic episodes on this 80-minute DVD.

‘Thomas & Friends: Trouble on the Tracks’ is available on DVD ($19.95) at major retailers across Australia.

To find out more Roadshow Entertainment, to browse all Thomas & Friends DVDs and to order your favourite titles online visit www.roadshow.com.au.

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Dec 042014
 

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Christmas Countdown – Day 4

Oh the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning to open a big pile of Christmas presents and play with your gifts all day (and the rest of the school holidays)… For many children it’s what they love most about Christmas so toys, games and books they can dig into straight away are always a hot favourite. World’s most loved blue engine Thomas & Friends are chugging into your living room this Christmas with a brand new range of TrackMaster products:

Thomas Trackmaster Starter Set

Created by the toy experts at Fisher-Price the exciting motorised additions to the much loved Thomas & Friends TrackMaster range are sure to be a hit this gift giving season. Whether you are already a huge fan or only just starting your collection there is a perfect Thomas & Friends TrackMaster gift for every child and every budget.

TrackMaster Starter SetThe Thomas & Friends TrackMaster collection (suitable for ages 3-6, from $14.99) helps little engineers build their fine motor skills by connecting the engines and carriages, clicking the track pieces together and constructing the playsets. It also encourages young children to use their imagination through pretend play and stimulates creativity as kids design their own tracks and combine different sets to create a bigger scene.

TrackMaster Expansion PackThe revamped TrackMaster battery operated engines have been redesigned to travel up to 25% faster than the original TrackMaster engine so get ready for faster speeds, steeper heights and exciting new adventures with Thomas and the crew. Aside from old favourites like Thomas, James, Percy and Victor there is also room on the track for Gator and Timothy, the stars of the Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave movie.

Tale of the Brave DVDIf you missed out on seeing Thomas’ latest travels on the big screen you’ll be pleased to know you can now watch Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave (RRP $19.99) on DVD at home. There is lots happening on the Island of Sodor: a land slide, mysterious foot prints and a monster… let Thomas and his friends show you what it really means to be brave. This new DVD is the perfect Christmas gift for a little Thomas fan and it’s very well priced too!

To find out more about Thomas & Friends and to download free Thomas & Friends activities visit www.thomasandfriends.com.

For your chance to win a $65 Thomas & Friends Prize Pack containing Thomas & Friends ‘Tale of the Brave’ DVD, Thomas & Friend Trackmaster Starter Set and Trackmaster Expansion Pack enter our giveaway below:

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Jul 052014
 

Thomas the Tank

We’ve seen him on TV, read about him in books, played with him on the track and now the world’s favourite blue engine is about to hit the big screen! Thomas the Tank Engine will arrived at Hoyts Junior cinemas across Australia on July 19 with a fun packed animated film called ‘Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave’ The movie.

Thomas & Friends The Movie

Tale of The Brave showcases Thomas & Friends on a dramatic journey as they discover what it truly means to be brave. After a monstrous storm on the Island of Sodor a landslide unearths some very unusual footprints. Thomas and Percy are eager to find out what could have made these marks but obstacles and danger appear around every bend in the track. With the help of new friends, a little digging and a heap of courage they discover the surprising answer and, along the way, uncover the true meaning of bravery.

Tale of the Brave signals a coming of age for Thomas, as he gains a deeper understanding of perseverance, discovery and friendship in action – all valuable lessons for young and curious minds. The 60-minute movie is the first under direction of HIT Entertainment’s BAFTA award winning Vice President of Global Content, Michael Carrington, and introduces a host of new characters.

To find out more about ‘Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave’ The Movie, to view session times and to order your tickets online visit www.hoyts.com.au.

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Oct 012013
 

Decor Baby

The interesting texture, the classic look, excellent durability and of course the eco friendly aspects, wooden toys are the perfect choice for hip, eco conscious parents. Australian mum Chloe knows that it can be very time consuming to dig through all the plastics to find the perfect wooden toy or gift which is she started Decor Baby, a lovely online store filled with wooden treasures.

For our son’s 5th birthday we bought him this Tiger Tribe Aiport Boxset ($59.95) made from eco-friendly birch plywood and it was big hit. From the outside it looks like a nice tidy box (I like things neat and organised) with a handy carry handle for moving it from room to room. Inside it carries 2 planes, a helicopter and plenty of track pieces to entertain kids for hours. There are six themed Tiger Tribe boxsets to choose from to suit boys and girls.

Wooden Letter Trains

Letter CarriageDecor Baby is also proud stockist of these cute Wooden Letter Trains which make a very sweet Christmas keepsake gift for a special little person. Whether you add a carriage for every letter of the alphabet or put together the name of your child, these trains are sure to quickly become a favourite toy as well as a unique decor piece in the nursery. Prices are very affordable and depend on the number of letter carriages.

Owl Teething RattleFor the youngest of the family Chloe has sourced these delightful handmade Wooden Teething Rattles ($22). These stylish baby toys are lovingly created with non-splintering, certified sustainably harvested hardwood and finished with organic oils so they’re completely safe your little bundle. Unlike many other baby rattles the Smiling Tree Toys rattles have a lovely, gentle rattle that is very pleasant and absolutely not noisy or irritating.

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Long neck relief

Heart Teething RattleThe teething rattles are currently available in 4 different shapes: Owl, Dove, Heart and Giraffe. Baby Sybil really enjoys playing with the Giraffe Teething Rattle as the long neck makes it easy to hold and the smaller head manages to reach her sore gums perfectly. After a while of daily use you can simply ‘refresh’ your rattle with a light sand and good coating of an organic food grade oil, we tried this last week and it looks like new again.

To find out more about Decor Baby, to browse the range and to order online visit www.decorbaby.com.au.

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Save 30% at Shop For Tots ( + FREE gift with orders over $60)

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Dec 112012
 

With less than 2 weeks to go until Christmas it is time to get your act together and make sure everything on your shopping list is ready and wrapped, or at least ordered. If you are anything like me you’ll probably find that you need a few more gifts here and there just to get the balance right between all the kids. This fabulous Shop For Tots offer will help you fill in the last gaps without breaking the bank:

Right now you can save 30% storewide at Shop For Tots plus every order over $60 receives a FREE GIFT: A Melissa and Doug Sticker Collections Pack with over 500 stickers, a perfect stocking filler! To profit from this great offer simply enter the code ’30GIFT’ at checkout (Excludes Fairy Doors, sale and clearance items).

There are lots of gorgeous Christmas gifts available in store and at 30% off this is the perfect time to stock up the gift cupboard for birthdays too. One of the big sellers this year is the Train Boxset ($59.95), a clever play set in a box designed by the talented team from Australian brand Tiger Tribe. With a fun wooden train, carriages and all the pieces you need to build a track this set is sure to entertain your little man for hours.

The Tiger Tribe Train Boxset takes the hassle out of tidying and storing all the different pieces as everything fits nicely in the sturdy wooden box, just close the two sides and you’re done. The compact size of the box makes this set perfect for traveling too, you can easily take it with you on holiday or a visit to grandma. With the 30% off discount code you can pick up one of the awesome sets for just $41.95, imagine the smiles when the wrapping comes off on Christmas morning!

Another lovely gift idea is this wooden Slice and Bake Cookie Set ($39.95), a wonderful addition to any pretend play kitchen. Your mini chef will have a ball baking, cutting and decorating a dozen delicious cookies using all the cute special kitchen utensils. Once ‘baked’ they can be stored in the adorable cookie dough roll. Use the code ’30GIFT’ to grab these tasty treats for $27.95.

If you are still looking for an awesome gift for one of the younger members of the family I have two words for you: Wheely Bug. I have no doubt Santa will score big point this year if he leaves one of these funky ride-ons under the tree! This cheeky critter is made from plantation Poplar plywood and can be wiped clean. You can save over $25 if you use your discount code, surely that’s a very welcome saving in this expensive December month.

To find out more about Shop For Tots, to browse the range and to order online visit www.shopfortots.com.au. Australian orders over $100 ship free of charge.

Nov 172012
 

Last week I wrote about kids using their imagination and one of the things my kids enjoy most is a cardboard box. Luckily we usually have plenty of them which is good because they are getting too big to fit in a box together. Depending on the day and their mood a box makes a perfect car, bus, train, taxi, plane or boat, who knew a plain brown box could be so much fun? Help your kids let their imagination go wild with Imaginabox by On The Gro.

The super hip Imaginabox kits are sure to get those curious little brains working, they don’t cost a fortune and you can use these great products again and again. A big empty box and an Imaginabox kit are all you need to create a cool car, fast plane, awesome train or ready-to-use oven in a matter of minutes. Stick on the wheels and a dashboard, hot plates and an oven door, attach the steering wheel or even safety straps like on a real plane and you are ready for an exciting adventure and lots of laughs.

The award winning Imaginabox concept encourages lots of important skills and values in little ones: gross and fine motor skills, creativity, colours, shapes, story building, the value of recycling and re-using and much more! Children can enjoy Imaginabox on their own (with some parental help to get started) but it is also great fun for siblings or little friends to share. The recommended age is 3 years and up.

Imaginabox stickers are reusable and made using child-friendly materials, the last thing parents need is to worry about scary chemicals like BPA and phthalates. The big car, aeroplane and train kits ($19.95) contain all your stickers and the steering wheel, straps are sold separately ($10.95). You can also buy individual sticker kits ($14.95), to keep as spare or to replace worn stickers on other toys. Keep Imaginabox in mind when you do your Christmas shopping this year, they’ll be a big hit under the tree!

To find out more about Imaginabox, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.onthegro.com.

For your chance to win an Imaginabox kit of your choice (Car, Aeroplane, Train or Oven) visit www.onthegro.com and answer the following question: Which Imaginabox design is your favourite and why?

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