Santa’s Magical Kingdom returns to Melbourne!



UNDER THE BIG TOP AT CAULFIELD RACECOURSE

FROM 22 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER

ENTER and you could WIN one of Three family passes (2 Adults and 2 Children) to Santa's Magical Kingdom on 30th November at 6pm. To enter email your name and address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Santa’s Magical Kingdom has become a Christmas tradition for countless Victorian families. Now in its 8th year, this much-loved family event marks the start of the festive season for many.

Santa’s Magical Kingdom is an enchanting experience for families and people of all ages. This one of a kind Christmas event immerses guests in a magical Christmas journey they can share and treasure for years to come.

Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their friends as they share the magical Christmas spirit that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families. Open from 22nd November until 24th December, Santa’s Magical Kingdom’s delightful walk-through wonderland includes:

  • The beautifully decorated Snowland.   Feel the snow fall and meet the Snow Queen.
  • A private meeting with the jolly man himself, Santa! Have your picture taken or just say hello.
  • Gingerbread Land! Nothing says Christmas like the smell of gingerbread.  Kids can decorate their very own gingerbread man in this land of sweet delights.  Best of all, they can then eat it!  
  • Story time with Mrs. Claus. It's not all about Santa at Santa's Magical Kingdom you know, Mrs Claus shares the spotlight.
  • A new International Christmas Circus Spectacular Show. With acts from around the world - hand selected by Santa and Mrs. Claus - set to amaze young and old alike.
  • Unlimited rides! What would a Christmas celebration be without them?

Santa’s Magical Kingdom delivers a Christmas wonderland full of activities that brings the Christmas spirit to life!

HELP CELEBRATE RUDOLPH’S BIRTHDAY

As always, Rudolph’s birthday will also be celebrated at Santa’s Magical Kingdom. Our favorite red-nosed reindeer loves parties, and Santa’s Magical Kingdom delivers his wish for an awesome party!  Every child who helps Rudolph celebrate his birthday will receive a special gift. Rudolph’s Birthday will be celebrated on specific dates during the season, see the website for details.

 

SEASON DETAILS:

Dates

22 November – 24 December 2019

Location

Caulfield Racecourse, Station St, Caulfield

Tickets

Now on sale at www.ticketmaster.com.au or via our Booking Office on 1300 307 740

Website

www.santasmagicalkingdom.com.au

 

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Win tickets to Paw Patrol Ready Race Rescue!

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Our favourite pups are back and they’re ready to race!

The all new PAW PATROL: READY RACE RESCUE movie (produced by Spin Master Entertainment) hits cinemas OCTOBER 3!

Check out the brand new trailer, and make this movie event your little ones’ first cinema experience.

 

To WIN one of 10 family passes to see Paw Patrol Ready Race Rescue - please ENTER HERE. Competition closes on 10th October, 2019. 

 

It’s the ADVENTURE BAY 500! The pups have built an awesome race track and are ready to be the pit crew for their race hero, THE WHOOSH!  But when the legendary racer is unable to drive in the CHAMPIONSHIP RACE, he calls on his biggest fan-pup MARSHALL to take the wheel and race in his place! Marshall has to overcome his lack of confidence and his dastardly competition, THE CHEETAH, to fulfill his dream of becoming the FASTEST race-pup EVER!  Get ready to race and rescue!

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Whitehaven Beach Cruise

"Pristine, pure, perfect – the silica sand here is dazzlingly white, washed in on the tide over thousands of years. Located on the largest island in The Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach offers up 7km of shore to explore – swim, snorkel, laze on the sand or even take a hike through the forest to an ocean lookout or secret swimming spot: your time here can be as energetic or relaxed as you’d like it to be. Don’t miss the walk to the spectacular viewpoint over Hill Inlet at Whitehaven’s northern end, where a swirl of white sand and turquoise water fuse to create a stunning blend of colours." From Cruise Whitesunday's Website. 

We loved our cruise with Whitsunday Cruises. The scenic cruise out let us see Hamilton Island from different directions, we loved the scenic trip to Whitehaven Beach. 

We enjoyed morning tea of muffins and fruit and tea and coffee onboard the boat. We then went ashore on a transport barge which took us to shore. We took part in fish feeding, wrote our names on the beach and put on our stinger suits where we discovered a fringing reef which was spectacular. 

A lovely morning at Whitehaven Beach and lots of happy memories. 

 

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Turtle Discovery Catseye Beach

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We recently went to Hamilton Island and we were fortunate to see and see a whole variety of marine life - including turtles, on a Turtle Discovery tour. 

My two eldest sons and myself put on our snorkles and went out with guides standing on paddle boards. The guides on paddleboards were spotting for turles and when they found them they signalled to us and we all hurried over.

The excitement we all felt when we spotted our first turle was amazing as we hurried across to the next turtle that had been cited. 

We saw 6 large turtles which made for a fantastic tour. 

We saw some coral formations and tropical fish and colourful coral structures which I was not expecting to see off Hamilton Island's Catseye Beach. I enjoyed this so much we didn't go out to the outer reef as we just enjoyed the snokelling at Catseye Beach. 

More information at https://www.hamiltonisland.com.au/scuba-diving-and-snorkeling/turtle-discovery


 

 

 
The information above should be used as a guide only. Activity/tour details, prices and timings are subject to change at any time.
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A TRILOGY OF TUBE RIDES AND SO MUCH MORE

It was 2011 and I took my kids then 10 and 6 to Jamberoo Action Park. The kids loved it then and have asked for years to go back - today 8 years later we will take my 5 year old, 13 year old and 18 year old and with excitement we return.  

NSW's largest family owned and operated water theme park will be open throughout the summer season until the end of April between 10am and 5pm and is the ultimate destination for family fun in the region!

There’s so much to see and do at Jamberoo Action Park and to top it off - you can experience a trilogy of tube rides – all with an element of darkness, anticipation, enhanced thrills and excitement!

The Perfect Storm - drop into The Eye of the Storm

Funnel Web – drop into The Spider’s Lair

The Taipan – drop into The Belly of the Snake

Your raft will twist and turn through these rides often in complete darkness, and you’ll never know what’s coming next! Every ride is a different experience depending on where you are sitting on your raft – it’s quite incredible.

Set among 40 hectares (100 acres) of landscaped gardens and parklands, Jamberoo Action Park is a place for thrill-seekers and families alike. 

Travel the Chairlift, taking in views from the mountains to the sea, marvel at the water wonderland that is Banjo’s Billabong, or kick back and chill as the waves roll in at Outback Bay – there’s something for everyone at Jamberoo Action Park.

On Saturday nights from 6pm throughout the summer holidays, Jamberoo Action Park will screen blockbuster family dive-in movies on the big screen at Outback Bay. You can relaxation a sunlounge or float on a tube in the bay. 

Jamberoo also offers souvenir photos of your ride into the belly of The Taipan, food & coffee shops, retail stores, a vast array of water themed rides and attractions for all ages, mini-golf, the amazing chairlift and legendary Bobsled ride – where you really do control the action! 

There is free parking and even the summer fun bus operating daily from December 26-January 31 between the park and Kiama Train Station. You can even bring your own food if you want – and children 3 and under may enter free of charge! 

Season and Summer fun passes are available for those looking for great value for money, and you can save even more with a group booking of 20 people or more!

For full details of park opening dates, times and ticket prices visit www.jamberoo.net

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4 Top Tips For Easy Family Travel

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Travelling with your kids is one of the best gifts you can give them.  Experiencing new places and creating memories during the quality family time spent together is invaluable. The benefits of travel to children’s learning and development are also an added bonus. But let’s face it, travel, especially long distance with kids can be tough and if the thought of it alone makes your stress-levels rise, then you will be pleased to know about these helpful travel tips and handy items to make it easier.

 

TRAVEL COMFORT

Keeping kids comfortable is vital to successful travel, especially on long-haul flights, which can be a nightmare if you don’t have a way of letting your child stretch out and lay flat for some sleep. Luckily there is a practical and affordable product available to help.The inflatable travel “Kooshions” from Kooshy Kids are absolute lifesavers when travelling on planes with kids. Little kids and big kids alike will love being able to put their feet up and relax (or even lay down for a sleep onboard!). Easily inflating between two plane seats, the durable Kooshion provides a flat, flexible and comfortable space. Don’t attempt air travel with young kids without one!

 

KEEP KIDS ENTERTAINED

There is no doubt that Ipads and Tablets are great for keeping kids entertained, with the ability to pre-download their favourite shows, movies, e-books and games before travelling so they can watch them mid-flight.  The Netflix app in particular is great with the ability to download shows before travelling and watch them even with no Wi-Fi connection. Wireless headband type headphones like Kontraband,are great for little heads and are a more comfortable option when watching shows during travel.

If you’re looking for some alternate entertainment that engages kids creative minds and gives them a nice break from a screen there are some great travel friendly activity kits and games out there. Look for compact and portable sized activities that encourage independent play such as magnetic games, drawing and colouring books with pencils, stickers, puzzles and cards. Providing children with activities that foster creative play helps develop their imagination and fine motor skills as well as keep their little hands and minds busy.Avoid taking toys with small parts as they can easily get lost under and in-between seats.

 

PACK SOME SNACKS

As every parent knows, kids can get cranky when they are hungry so snacks and water really are essentials when you’re travelling as a family. 

So its best to pack some snacks in your bag to have readily available, take something healthy as well as their favourites, or surprise them with something new. Snacks are also a good way to pass some time and keep kids quiet. 

Also remember to encourage your kids to drink lots water and walk around the plane at regular intervals.

TAKE THE RIGHT BAG

Travelling with a backpack style nappy bag instead of the traditional over the shoulder bag is far more convenient and comfortable when you’re with the kids. It means your hands are free to hold the essentials, such as your child’s hand and your families’ passports when in transit, whilst you carry everything you need for the journey comfortably on you back. A backpack such as the Kooshy Kids On-The-Go Parent Backpack,can be both a stylish and practical option easily holding all of you and your child’s necessities.

So go on, select your dream place to travel with the family,book the flights and rest easy knowing that you can have a stress free travel experience with your kids!

ABC Offer from Kooshy Kids: 20% off Kooshy Kids On-the-Go Parent Backpacks and Kooshy Kids Kooshions - inflatable travel pillows! Use code ABC and the last 4 digits of your barcode. Visit https://kooshykids.com.au/

 

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Summer at the Opera House

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 QUACK! The much loved BBC series Sarah & Duck are flying south for their first visit to the Sydney Opera House! Click here for more information. 

 Explore the nutty world of Andy and Terry’s 91-Storey Treehouse live on stage this summer. Click here for information. 

Tumble and fly through the magical world of Wolfgang on stage and experience Mozart's irrepressible spirit and vibrant compositions through physical comedy and mischievous antics. Click here for more information. 

It’s about to get WILD! Steve Backshall is back, this time to share Australia’s deadliest wildlife with his brand new stage show, Deadly 60 Down Under. Click here for more information

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Kooshy Kids specializes in comfortable and convenient gear for busy parents and travelling families. With their popular On-the-Go Parent Backpack, a stylish and practical nappy bag the backpack design ensuring hands are free for adventures with your kids, and their signature travel product the Kooshy Kids Kooshion, an inflatable travel cushion creating a flat flexible space for little ones to put their legs up and sleep onboard planes, Kooshy Kids is passionate about helping parents travel or simply just get out and about with kids!


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20% off Kooshy Kids On-the-Go Parent Backpacks and Kooshy Kids Kooshions - inflatable travel pillows! Use code ABC and the last 4 digits of your barcode.

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The Medium Lunch Bag is THE most popular lunch bag according to parents* and will ensure you can pack a healthy lunch for your child or yourself knowing it will stay cool, fresh and bacteria-free all day!

Test drive one today if you haven’t already!!
*According to parents who keep telling us this over and over!

PRE-ORDERS FOR NEW PATTERNS AVAILABLE NOW – NOTE DESPATCH WILL BE WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 12TH.

Fridge-to-go® bags are very easy to use, just remove the panel from the zipped pocket and place this (or the whole bag if you prefer) in the freezer overnight. Replace the panel when you want to use it, fill and go. Be sure to keep the bag zipped close when possible and the cooling inside will last up to 8 hours.

Visit http://fridge-to-go.net.au/

 

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Fabuously floppy silicone beach bag to hold all your products and will roll up to pack away easily.

30 x 20 x 10 cms. Handle 22cms.

Available in Pink and Purple.

  • Easy to store – fabulously floppy silicone beach bag
  • Washable – easy to keep clean
  • Non-toxic – feels great too!

Click here to purchase. 

Other great toys are also available at https://haggusandstookles.com.au 

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12 Days of Christmas Day 5

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This awesome Shovel Excavator stays wide open thanks to the simple locking mechanism! Double the fun by digging and transporting sand. Shake up the sandbox with the HABA range of sand and water play toys!

Click here to purchase

Other great toys are also available at https://haggusandstookles.com.au 

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A Christmas Celebration - WIN WIN WIN

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WIN WIN WIN - Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you could win a double pass to the concert on Friday 14 December at St Mary's Cathedral at 11am. Let me know why you would like to win. 

 

On Friday 14 December St Mary’s Cathedral will celebrate this special time of year with carols and Christmas joy for the annual, and much anticipated ‘A Choral Christmas Celebration’ concert. Year after year sell-out crowds have been delighted by this traditional Christmas experience which sees the world-famous St Mary’s Cathedral Choir and celebrity readers offer glorious music and verse sure to fill every heart with Christmas cheer. From Silent Night to excerpts of Handel’s Messiah, there will be glorious music to celebrate this festive time of the year for the young and the young at heart.

“There is nothing like the traditional Christmas experience: choristers singing beautiful music in such an inspiring building at this special time of year. What a great way to start Christmas.” said Cathedral Director of Music Thomas Wilson.

The concert, this year involving orchestra, Sinfonia Australis, will perform music by J S Bach, Handel, Bruckner and others. Prominent public figures will read seasonal texts, both sacred and secular, and the Archbishop of Sydney will give a Christmas reflection (at the 7pm performance only).
The highlight for many audience members will be the opportunity to join in singing with the choir and orchestra for such favourite carols as ‘O Come, all ye faithful’, ‘Hark the herald angels sing’, ‘Once in royal David’s city’, and more.

Ticket Prices:
11am Matinee:
Premium (non-reserved seating): $50
General Admission(GA) (non-reserved seating): $20
Groups (10+) in GA: $18pp
Family (2 adults, 2 children*): $60

Tickets can only be purchased via the City Recital Hall Box Office 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney; via Phone (02) 8256 2222 or via the event website:

*children under the age of 12 years.

**children under the age of 2 are free on the knee
NB: City Recital Hall booking fees are in addition to the listed prices.

*******Doors will open half an hour before the performance at 10:30am*******

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These very cute Wooden Stackers for toddlers (ages 1-4) comes in 2 different themes, for both boys and girls. The Mini Wooden Stacker consists of five chunky pieces that when stacked make one adorable character. A toddler can stack them up and spin them around. It is the perfect toy to enhance motor skills!

Details:

  • Stack them up!  Spin them around!
  • Five chunky pieces make one adorable character.
  • Perfect toy to enhance motor skills!
  • Approx. 10cm x 18 cm

Click Here to purchase

Visit https://haggusandstookles.com.au for other Christmas ideas. 

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12 Days Of Christmas! Day 3

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The Stripy Sock Club Christmas Pack includes:
– glowing tambourine
– pair of stripy socks
– signed Stripy Sock Club Poster
– Lah-Lah’s Stripy Christmas CD

https://lah-lah.com/lah-lah-online-shop/

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12 Days Of Christmas! Day 2

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Fridge-to-go® bags are very easy to use, just remove the panel from the zipped pocket and place this (or the whole bag if you prefer) in the freezer overnight. Replace the panel when you want to use it, fill and go. Be sure to keep the bag zipped close when possible and the cooling inside will last up to 8 hours.

What a great present - my son is starting school this year and he would love this for Christmas. 

Visit http://fridge-to-go.net.au/

 

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12 Days Of Christmas! Day 1

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The Haba Brick Layer Set Kids Beach Toy is perfect for sand or snow play for building walls and small castles. What little boy or girl wouldn't love to build their own little house or wall out of sand?

This awesome sand set is the perfect bundle to create ultimate sand structures!

  • Includes 1 brick mould and 1 trowel
  • Perfect for ages 18 months and up.
  • Use this set year round... build SNOW bricks as well!
  • Made of PP plastic
  • Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 7 cm

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Other great toys are also available at https://haggusandstookles.com.au 

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Christmas Wonderland at Sydney Showgrounds

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We loved every moment of Christmas Wonderland last year and we can't wait to return this year.  There were so many activities to entertain us. Visit https://www.christmaswonderlandsydneyshowground.com.au for more information. 

 

  • Santa's Inflatable World

  • Enchanted Christmas Village

  • Candy Cane Land

  • Jolly Elve's Workshop

  • Toy Land

  • Gingerbread Land

  • Santa's Alpine Forest

  • Magical Musical Stage Shows

  • Penguin Parade

  • Write a letter to Santa

  • Santa's colouring competition

  • Decorate your own Christmas decoration

  • Twinkling lights to make the Christmas spirit truly come alive...

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What's on at the Opera House this Winter Holidays!

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The Sydney Opera House is letting imaginations run wild these July school holidays with literary classics jumping off the page, epic illusions and true stories of Australia’s displaced past.

Direct from the West End, Wilde Creatures is an exciting new production based on Oscar Wilde’s best-loved tales, including The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose. Parading onto the Playhouse stage from July 7 – 14, Wilde Creatures features a jaunty quartet of actor-musicians who mix imaginative storytelling, live music and a generous dash of comedy.



Can you spot the mythical Snark hiding at the Sydney Opera House? All aboard – the whole family is invited on a riotous quest to catch the legendary creature, from July 17 – 22 in the Playhouse. The brilliant modern musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s The Hunting of the Snark is complete with life-like puppets, fantastical creatures and of course a knitting beaver.



Direct from a sold-out season at Sydney Festival, Australia’s colonial past and refugee policies are put on trial in this powerful piece of political theatre for audiences of 12 years and over. Tribunal features monologues and real-life testimony from guests airing the experiences directly affecting their communities. Held in the Studio from July 6 – 7, Tribunal is led by Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor, a Darug-Yuin elder, and will feature a Q&A session at the conclusion of the performance.



The closing act of the July school holidays is the enchanting story of a young boy who longs to be an illusionist. Supported by Performing Arts Fund NLThe Great Illusionist invites audiences into the Studio from July 21 – 29 to experience cleverly executed illusions, tantalising tricks, live music and magical puppetry as they uncover the truth of how magic works – we want to be fooled!



The free, immersive Creative Play returns to the Western Foyers with Reach Out Sounds. Encouraging children to make music through connections, Reach Out Sounds will invite little ones to touch the top of a sound pod and then hold hands, fist-bump and even high-five their way to the next sound pod. Only once the circuit is complete will music fill the air.

Behind the scenes, young ones with a passion for discovery and love of the spotlight can find out what it takes to be an Opera House star on the Junior Adventure Tour. In a fast-paced, one-hour experience, kids will venture beneath the famous sails to uncover a world of magic and theatre with costume dress-ups, games and astounding facts to learn. For those with an appetite for more, the Junior Day Packincludes a Junior Adventure Tour, ticket to Wilde Creatures and lunch at Opera Bar – a well-earned treat for little kids and ‘big kids’ too.

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The Beanies

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The Beanies is a podcast the entertains and encourages active listening for kids while providing parents with a much needed screen free and guilt free break. With 10-12 minute long episodes full of wacky stories, sing silly songs and learn important lessons taught by the blunt but loveable Professor Know-It-All The Beanies are drip feeding 10 brand new episodes over the July School Holidays.

-         The Beanies podcast offers screen free entertainment for kids so parents can have a well-earned guilt free break!

-         The podcast invites little ears to come along on a ‘Big Day Out’ which follows the Beanies from sun up to sun down while they brush their teeth, select the perfect outfit, play car games, construct a sandcastle and even read a bedtime story

-         The Beanies are one of the most popular children’s podcasts in Australia boasting over 150,000 downloads across their series and recent winners of ‘Best Family & Kids’ Podcast at the Australian Podcast Awards 2018.

 

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Mister Maker Returns

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Get ready mini-makers your favourite arty party man is coming back to Australia!

Mister Maker Returns for a series of live shows in July that will take him around the country in what promises to be the family show of the year.

Joining Mister Maker on stage will be his famous side-kicks The Shapes as well as the Mister Maker dancers.

Since his debut in 2007, Mister Maker has gained international success with his unique ability to encourage chldren to use their imaginations in fun and creative ways.

Screened in over 100 countries, and dubbed in several different languages, Mister Maker’s crafty approach to children’s entertainment sees mini-makers transcend culture and age, with a fan base ranging from toddlers to adults.

Star, Phil Gallagher, is so popular he has developed cult status amongst kids and has been nominated for a BAFTA Children’s Award for Best Performer.

Click here to buy tickets.

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