Nov 042014
 

The Nutcracker

Sydney families are in for a big treat this Christmas with the Sydney City Youth Ballet staging the wonderful Christmas favourite The Nutcracker. From Tuesday 16 December to Sunday 21 December 2014 guests of all ages can enjoy this magical and enchanting ballet at Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, it’s a heartwarming performance not to be missed:

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker – Photo by Erik Sawaya

Told in two acts of 45 minutes each, The Nutcracker follows the story of the beautiful Clara who is given a Nutcracker doll by her uncle for Christmas. When she falls asleep on Christmas Eve she dreams her Nutcracker has to fight the Evil Rat King and his army of mice, before transforming into a handsome prince and whisking her away to the land of the beautiful sweets. On the magical journey Clara encounters dancing snowflakes, chefs, cheeky clowns, Russian acrobats and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy, before waking up on Christmas morning wondering if it was all a dream. Come and be enchanted by this magical Christmas tale!

The Nutcracker will be presented under the direction of Mrs Tanya Pearson OAM and Lucinda Dunn OAM, who will step into the role of Artistic Director of the Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy and the Sydney City Youth Ballet in January 2015. Ticket prices start at $25 (child) up to $45.00 (adult), concession tickets are available.

Glen Street TheatreIf you would like to treat your family to a fantastic night out these upcoming school holidays I’ve got the perfect competition for you. One lucky family will win a family pass (admits 4) to the premiere of The Nutcracker by the Sydney City Youth Ballet at Glen Street Theatre, Belrose NSW on December 16, 2014 at 5pm. What an amazing experience that would be, I know my girls would absolutely love it! This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.

To find out more about Glen Street Theatre, to check show times for The Nutcracker and to order tickets online visit www.glenstreet.com.au.

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Jul 032014
 

Justin and the Knights of Valour

With only one day left of term I am making an effort to get our playroom, puzzles, games, craft supplies and movie cupboard school holiday ready, with four kids at home I need plenty of options to keep us all happy, entertained and sane. Released only last week this is our latest addition to the DVD shelf: Justin and the Knights of Valour.

Justin and the Knights of Valour tells the story of Justin, a quiet young boy who lives in a kingdom ruled by bureaucrats and with laws for everything big or small. Inspired by his deceased grandfather Justin dreams of becoming a knight just like his heroic grandfather was but there are a few slight problems. The first issue is that knights have been ousted by the queen, the second hurdle is his father Reginald who wants Justin to become a lawyer just like himself.

Justin the Knight

Justin is struggling to decide, on the one hand he really wants to become a knight, fight for justice and win the heart of his dream girl Lara, on the other hand he doesn’t want to disappoint his father. His grandmother encourages him to follow his heart so he sets off on a journey to find his grandfather’s missing sword. With the help of his new found friends Talia and Melquiades he makes it to a far away castle where three monks train, teach and test him to become a real Knight of Valour.

Justin and Talia

While he is away a disgruntled former knight called Sir Heraclio, accompanied by a team of helpers, returns to take over the kingdom. Will Justin be ready to fight for what is right? He may not feel or look like a proper knight just yet but that won’t stop him from trying. It’s a time  of learning for many, Justin’s father will come to accept his son’s big wish and Justin realises that it is not Lara who has his noble heart after all.

Justin and the Knights of Valour is available on Blu-ray (RRP $34.99), DVD (RRP $29.99) and as a digital download.

To find out more about Justin and the Knights of Valour visit www.transmissionfilms.com.au.

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School Holiday Fun on a Budget

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Jul 022014
 

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I don’t know about you but I always struggle a bit in the Winter school holidays. In Summer we’re outside most of the time: playing in the garden, at the playground, the park, the swimming pool, the beach, there is so much choice the holidays are never long enough. In winter it is a different story, we all know there is only so much craft and puzzles you can do!

Scoopon Mini-GolfA quick and easy way to score amazing bargains on kids activities is by signing up for daily deal site Scoopon. Every day they deliver a bunch of fabulous offers from businesses in the area of your choice (just enter your postcode at signup) straight to your inbox. It’s not only a great way secure discounts for your favourite stores and entertainment venues, it’s a fantastic way to discover new ones too.

Scoopon Movie TicketDiscounted entry to your local children’s play cafes, movie tickets, a game of paintball or mini-golf, a day at the zoo, fun at the railway museum or a dolphin cruise, if you keep an eye on your Scoopon emails you’ll have your school holiday filled with awesome outings in no time without breaking the bank. I always have a sneaky collection of Scoopons stashed away for boring weekends and rainy days, very handy!

Scoopon DinnerYou can even give yourself a day off from cooking by buying one of the Scoopon dinner deals. As a family of six we don’t go out of dinner or get takeaway often, mainly because of the costs, so if I spot a good dinner deal I always grab it. It is nice to have some of these special treats on hand and knowing the Scoopons have been paid for already makes the dinner taste even nicer.

Tip: Just make sure you keep an eye on your expiry dates and any exclusions, it would be a shame to let your Scoopons go to waste.

To find out more Scoopon, to browse all current offers and to receive daily deals for your area by email visit www.scoopon.com.au.

Jun 072014
 

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They are questions most parents, particularly those with boys, will be asked sooner or later: How big is a dinosaur? Can we go see a dinosaur one day? Normally the answer would be that it is hard to explain as you never seen a dinosaur before and sadly it is not possible to go see one either resulting in disappointed little faces. Well I’ve got news that will turn that frown upside down, check out Dinosaur Adventures:

Dinosaur Adventures Melbourne

After the enormous success of Dinosaur Adventures at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney it is now time for Melbourne dinosaur fans to get up close and personal with these intriguing creatures from the past. Get ready for an experience like no other at this mind blowing exhibition with the most amazing animatronics.

Dinosaur Adventures exhibition

Kids of all ages (and parents too) will have a blast visiting this interactive dinosaur event which transforms little visitors into expert paleontologists complete with outfit and digging tools. You get to dig out your own fossil, admire life size dinosaurs and eggs, listen to their roars and watch them move, do dinosaur craft, explore the dinosaur library and fossil display and so much more.

Dinosaur Adventures 2014

If there ever was a chance to step into this wondrous prehistoric world this is it, don’t miss it! Kids will talk about it for a long time to come and it’s a fantastic opportunity to turn something they only read about in books into something real and tangible. I bet many children walk away from Dinosaur Adventures wanting to learn all about this interesting topic or even cherishing a new dream to become a paleontologist one day.

Dinosaur Adventures show

The Dinosaur Adventures exhibition will be held at Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, from June 21 until July 21 making it a must-see these school holidays. Tickets cost $27 per person and children under 3 are free.

To find out more about Dinosaur Adventures, to check show times and to order tickets online visit www.dinosauradventures.com.au.

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Djeco Bead Kits: Cute. Creative. Crafty

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Apr 182014
 

Djeco

The tricky thing with Easter holidays is that you never know what the weather will be like. It can be sunny and dry, ideal for outside adventures, or you could find yourself stuck inside for days in a row thanks to wet and rainy weather. If you’re looking for something to keep the girls entertained indoors these school holidays I’ve got the perfect find for you:

Djeco Pearl and Bead Kit

These gorgeous new Djeco bead kits have only just arrived on the virtual shelves at Itty Bitty Box, in time keep the kids busy and mum sane over the Easter holidays. Do it on your own, sit down with your siblings or call a friend or two and meet up for a fun afternoon of Djeco jewellery making.

Djeco Bead Kits

Each Djeco Beads kit (RRP $27.95) is filled with pretty beads, pearls, ribbons, elastics, lockets and other sweet accessories to help you create a unique piece of custom made jewellery. Whether you love pastel and flowery, green and fruity, purple and mysterious or pink and bows, there is a perfect kit for you. There are four different sets to choose from, which one is your favourite?

To find out more about Itty Bitty Box, to browse the Djeco range and to order online visit www.ittybittybox.com.au.

Oct 112013
 
Disney Live!

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The ice that formed the playground for the spectulair show Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes may have melted but don’t worry, Disney will be back in summer with a fun filled spectacle for the whole family. Children (and adults!) all over Australia will be watching in amazement as Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show takes to the stage these summer holidays:

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All eyes will be on world’s most famous mouse Mickey as he takes the audience along on a jawdropping journey of magical tricks. But they are no ordinary tricks, it’s magic Disney style with Cinderella’s dress getting an amazing (instant) makeover, the beautiful Princess Jasmine floating in the air, an appearance of Fantasia’s brooms and much more. Join master magician Mickey and his friends in this exciting show full of mind boggling illusions. For a little taste of what to expect check out this fabulous video footage!

Mickey's Magic Show

Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show will kick off in Perth on December 27th and travel via the Gold Coast to Melbourne and Wollongong, finishing the tour with a bang in Adelaide on January 19th 2014. What a great opportunity to treat the kids to a very special outing in the school holidays! Tickets are available through Ticketmaster for Melbourne & Ticketek for all other venues.

To get in the mood for Mickey’s Magic Show simply grab your crayons and markers and enjoy this free colouring activity:

Click on the image to see full size. Print and enjoy!

Click on the image to see full size. Print and enjoy!

To find out more about Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show, to take a closer look at the tour schedule and to order your tickets online visit www.disneylive.com.au.

If you would like to score some extra brownie points with the kids these summer holidays I’ve got good news for you: here’s your chance to win 1 of 4 family passes (RRP $154 each, admits 4) to Disney Live! presents Mickey’s Magic Show! Travel to/from the show is the responsibility of the winner. Up for grabs are:

1 x family pass for the Perth show on Friday 27th December 2013 at 1pm
1 x family pass for the Melbourne show on Friday 10th January 2014 at 4pm
1 x family pass for the Wollongong show on Wednesday 15th January 2014 at 4pm
1 x family pass for the Adelaide show on Sunday 19th January 2014 at 4pm

And that’s not all, one of the four lucky winners will also get to enjoy a very special Meet & Greet on the day of the show! This is a once-in-a-lifetime expererience that is sure to have the kids talking for ages, I hope the winner of this awesome bonus prize sends us a picture of this unique Disney moment (I know my bunch would go crazy for this!). Good luck!

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Apr 232013
 

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It wouldn’t be school holidays if we didn’t have a couple of cold and rainy days, and boy have we seen some rain this weekend. As playing outside was not an option we decided to cosy up inside, get the fireplace working and enjoy some fun craft activities. Usually it is me doing the craft with the kids but this time we got daddy involved to help us build the Fun Dough Castle by Junior Tradesman.

We had lots of fun building the Fun Dough Castle

We had lots of fun building the Fun Dough Castle

With 3 sisters our son (4 years old) often has to settle for pink and girly so he was pretty chuffed with this (what he thinks is a) boys themed playdough set. The Fun Dough Castle kit ($29.95) contains a very generous 1.3kg of grey dough, a base plate, 2 windows and gate, spatula and the special ‘brick making tool’, it’s all kids need to create their very own castle.

Fun Dough CastleBy pushing playdough through the special tool you can make long bricks which you then cut to size with the spatula, such a great way to encourage building and construction skills in young children. On the back of the box you’ll find several examples of different castles you can build but of course the options are endless. When your castle is ready just get out your knights and horses and the fun can begin.

Anastasia from the Coccinella store also put Junior Tradesman to the test

Anastasia from the Coccinella store also put Junior Tradesman to the test

untitledThe building components and playdough can be used again and again so kids have will hours of fun with one box, a great gift idea. There are 4 different Junior Tradesman kits to choose from: Fun Dough House, Fun Dough Castle, First House and First House and Garage. The gorgeous Anastasia (daughter of Coccinella owner Renata) and her friend tried their hands at the Fun Dough House, I think it looks great!

Find them all in store at Coccinella, delivery is $8.95 Australia wide.

To find out more about Coccinella, to take a closer look at the Junior Tradesman range and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.