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Get Your White Clothes Ready, The Color Run Is Coming To A City Near You!

Get Your White Clothes Ready, The Color Run Is Coming To A City Near You!


 

A couple of years ago I went to India for the Holi festival, for those that don't know the Holi festival is basically a day where everyone throws coloured powder on each other, it's a festival of showing love it's a brilliant day and one of the best days I have experienced in my life so far.

 

So you can imagine I was pretty excited to find out that Australia has their very own Color Run. Seriously it is so much fun and by far the easiest exercise you will ever do, you are way to focused on all the buzz and excitement to worry about how your leg muscles are feeling, while you run. If only someone could throw colour on me at my gym sessions, I would be a lot more motivated to go haha!

 

 

So how does it work?

 

The Color Run is a 5 kilometre untimed run where thousands of participants are dosed from head to toe with coloured powder at each kilometre.

 

There are only 2 rules.

 

1. Wear white

 

2. Finish splattered in colour

 

The fun doesn't stop there after the run participants are invited to show off their dance moves in the best post 5km party on the planet.

 

Exercising could not be more fun than the Color Run!

To find out when the next colour run is on in your city click here: I WANT TO DO A COLOR RUN!

So Get some friends together and book your tickets, we promise you it will be a very colourful day and one you will remember for a long time!

Your kid's are the best and brightest, especially when they're happy! Make them smile and surprise them with tickets to most colourful night of the year! Think about all the show and tell!

This is the first time we are ever offering discounted family passes! Not only will you save $20 but for the first 50 families to register you will WIN a FREE Runicorn valued at $15!  At check out don't forget to apply the code FAMILY to receive your discount.

Pics of me and my son enjoying the Color Run!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN & TINKER BELL IN RETURN TO PANTOLAND!

THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN & TINKER BELL IN RETURN TO PANTOLAND!

Audiences young and old will be all smiles and flying high next winter when Bonnie Lythgoe Productions tours Australia. THE ADVENTURES OF PETER PAN & TINKER BELL will have its WORLD PREMIERE at the Gold Coast Arts Centre from 23 June to 1 July.  Peter Pan will then continue his magical journey landing at Sydney’s State Theatre from 7 to 16 July then up and away to Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre from 21 to 30 July 2017.

This enchanting story will feature top Australian performers, sumptuous glittering sets, spectacular effects, gorgeous fairytale costumes, fantastic song and dance numbers, infectious and riotous comedy, magic and bags of audience participation. 

Bonnie Lythgoe Productions is Australia’s biggest family musical pantomime producer.  PETER PAN will be the fourth panto produced by Bonnie Lythgoe after the success of Snow White Winter Family Musical in 2014 followed by Aladdin and His Wondrous Lamp in 2015 and Cinderella in 2016.  Bonnie has been staging pantos in the USA and UK for a number of years.  Well known for her creativity and involvement in global television hits ‘American Idol’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and most recently ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, Bonnie is dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across Australia by presenting fun, musical theatre that the whole family from the age of 3 to 103 can enjoy.  

 

“Those who have never been to a Panto will have a glorious introduction 

to the form.” Los Angeles Times

 

“Watching Cinderella was like stepping into a wonderful world of magic where your inner child could run free...an engaging and charming show…full of colour and splendour…a real joy to watch and experience.” AU Review

 

“The audience cheered, booed and ‘warmed’ to this fast paced and rumbustious ‘new-age’ production…with all the fun, fantasy and frivolity of the timeless classic.” MiSociety

 

“Inspired! Wonderful! Engaging!”  Broadway World

 

“Fifty Shades of ... Fabulous!” Angela Bishop (Ch 10 Entertainment Reporter)

 

 

VENUE:                     Gold Coast Arts Centre 

DATES:                     23 June – 1 July 2017

PRICES:                   Adult $61.50 / Concession $56 / Student/Child $40.50 

Groups 6+ $51 / Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) $178

BOOKINGS:            www.theartscentregc.com.au or 07 5588 4000 

 

VENUE:                     State Theatre, Sydney

DATES:                     7  - 16 July 2017 

PRICES:                   A Reserve Adult $77.75 / Child $62.75 / Concession $67.75

                                    Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) $261.00

                                    B Reserve Adult $67.75 / Child $52.75 / Concession $57.75

                                    Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children) $221.00

BOOKINGS:            Ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 139 588

 

VENUE:                     Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 

DATES:                     21 – 30 July 

PRICES:                   A Reserve $79.95 / B Reserve $59.95

BOOKINGS:            Ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 11 10 11

 

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Win A Family Pass To See WIND IN THE WILLOWS!

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Sydney’s favourite family entertainment returns for its 17th year anniversary

Kenneth Grahame’s THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS

 




"You'll love this production - no matter what age you are" – The Sun Herald
"Pure charm for adults and children alike" – The Age

Sydney’s favourite family entertainment The Wind in the Willows continues its well-loved summer tradition returning to the beautiful surrounds of Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, playing from Friday 5 to Sunday 28 January 2018.

Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank is a rollicking yet gentle adventure, starring the pompous, arrogant, vain, hilarious Toad – a favourite with children everywhere. Toad, along with his better-behaved friends, Ratty, Mole, Otter and Badger, as well as the rascally Weasel, have come to life every summer for the past 15 years providing enchanting and lively entertainment for all the family.

This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs and laughs. There is fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose. The young ‘rabbits’ are encouraged to get involved in the action, and are given every opportunity to scream out loud, sing along and become part of the adventure. With laughs and surprises for children and adults, this is interactive theatre at its best.

Over the years tens of thousands have delighted in the simple pleasures of this rollicking promenade production… so this summer pack a picnic, pack the kids... and head on down to the riverbank.

DATES: Friday 5 January to Sunday 28 January 2018


WHEN: 10.30am & 6pm Tuesday to Sunday (no show 26 Jan)


WHERE: The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney


Enter via any gate and make your way to the Harbour side of the Main Pond


PRICES: Midweek $25 Single, Family x 4 $90; Saturdays $30 Single, Family x 4 $110


BOOKINGS: www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au or 9011 7704


Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com.au
Tickets can be purchased on site one hour before
show time (cash only).

Competition details: To win a family pass to see WIND IN THE WILLOWS on Sunday 6th January at 10.30am at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, please let us now why you would like to see The Wind in the Willows and competiton closes 15th December - email entries to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 
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Win A Double Pass To See Treasures Of A Nation: Chinese New Year Concert!

Win A Double Pass To See Treasures Of A Nation: Chinese New Year Concert!

The prestigious Chinese Music Orchestra will make its return Australian tour with the very special musical event, Treasures of A Nation: Chinese New Year Concert 2017.

With a history of over 50 years, the China National Opera and Dance Theatre’s renowned national-level orchestra led by conductor Hong Xia and principal gaohu soloist Bai Miao performs music that merges traditional Chinese style with contemporary music. The orchestra has a unique artistic style that is composed of over 50 musicians many of whom have taken part in national and international instrumental music competitions and received many prizes.

Treasures of A Nation promises to be a transcendent experience that merges ancient and modern art form, showcasing China’s diverse musical heritage and introducing audiences to a new world of music, stunning visuals and virtuosity. Soaring melodies from both traditional Chinese style and contemporary music are guaranteed to ring in the year of the Rooster in breathtaking cultural style.

The Orchestra use a combination of western and eastern instruments including the sheng, an ancient flute, the liuqin mandolin, and the gaohu and erhu, sometimes referred to as “the Chinese fiddle”.

The Orchestra has performed in India, South Africa and Canada. This is their second visit to Australia, following a successful Chinese New Year 2016 Concert.

Venues & Dates:

Sydney City Recital Hall, 6 Feb 7:30pm
Host by China Cultural Centre in Sydney
Book at http://www.cityrecitalhall.com or call 02 8256 2222

Melbourne Recital Centre, 9 Feb 7:30pm
Book at http://www.melbournerecital.com.au or call 03 9699 3333

Brisbane QPAC Concert Hall, 12 Feb 7:30pm
Book at http://www.qpac.com.au or call 07 3846 4444

Hobart Federation Concert Hall, 14 Feb 7:00pm
Book at http://www.tso.com.au or call 03 6232 4450

Canberra ANU Llewellyn Hall, 16 Feb 7:30pm
Book at http://www.ticketek.com.au or call 132 849

To win a double pass to see Treasures of a Nation: Chinese New Year Concert on Monday 6 February, 7:30pm at the City Recital Hall, Sydney please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Check Out The Brilliant Holiday Shows Coming To The Sydney Opera House This Summer!

Check Out The Brilliant Holiday Shows Coming To The Sydney Opera House This Summer!

Looking for activities to keep the kids entertained these school holidays? Then head to the Sydney opera house to see one or all of these brilliant holiday shows!

 

Room on the Broom – 9-23 December

How the cat purred and how the witch grinned,
As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind…

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand.

A helpful dog, bird and frog find the witch’s lost things, and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick’s not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two!

When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone?

After a sold-out 2013 season Room on the Broom returns to Sydney Opera House this summer with songs, laughs and scary fun from the team behind The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child. 

 

Georges Marvellous Medicine – 17-25 January (why not book as part of the Junior Adventure?)

Roald Dahl's legendary book, George's Marvellous Medicine , leaps off the page to become a spectacular new live show this summer. Set to completely lift the roof, it's packed (to the rafters) with mischief, magic and giant laughs. Just remember - do not try this at home!   
  


Emily Brown and the Thing – 4-15 January

With beautiful puppetry, original music and lots of laughs for the whole family, award-winning duo Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train Your Dragon ) and Neal Layton's tale of Emily Brown comes to life on stage!

Join intrepid explorer Emily Brown and her side-kick bunny Stanley on a colourful adventure to find everything the Thing needs for a good night's sleep. 

 

The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – 7-22 January

Hats on! Tea Poured! Silly faces at the ready!  

You're invited to the best tea party in town - with the biggest tricks, the largest characters and the catchiest tunes, guaranteed to have each and every party guest calling for more.  

It's a show full of acrobatics, circus, singing, dancing and roller skates! It's an immersive party experience brought to you by the best artists from the world of circus and cabaret - and it's made just for kids!  

Inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, you'll be whisked into a weird and wonderful world where you'll meet all your favourite characters and discover incredible talents far beyond the pages of the book.   

If you believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast, you'll love what we've packed into a single show - have your rounds of applause ready, The Funatorium is here!

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

 

Deadly 60: Pole to Pole – 7-8 January

Following his sold out 2016 Australian tour, Steve Backshall, star of one of the most popular children's shows on the planet, is returning to Australia with a new show based on the hit BBC series, Deadly 60 Pole to Pole.

Join Steve on a theatrical journey of wild discovery and dangerous entertainment as he shares his experiences travelling from the South Pole to the North Pole. Live on stage this January, don't miss Steve and his gripping encounters with deadly creatures from all corners of the globe. 

Please note: live animals on stage do not form part of this show.


Operation Ouch – 9-10 January

The hit ABC children's television series, Operation Ouch! is coming to Australia. Don't miss Dr Chris and Dr Xand in their first ever live stage show!

Packed with incredible stunts, crazy experiments and amazing facts, the doctors will explore the fascinating world of biology and show you the awesome things your body can do. Plus they'll share their favourite bits from the TV show. 

What does it look like inside of Dr Xand's head? How can germs be good for you? What can you do with a month's worth of farts? How does sneezing work? What exactly happens to the food you eat? All these questions and more will be answered when TV's favourite identical twins take to the stage.

 

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CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus Is Coming To Sydney And You Wont Want To Miss It!

CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus Is Coming To Sydney And You Wont Want To Miss It!

In a world-premiere event, the producers of the biggest-selling magic show internationally (The Illusionists) team up with the award-winning puppeteers of War Horse to present a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular, with a jaw-dropping twist.

 

Deploying sensational puppetry on a never-before-seen scale, CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus puts pachyderms back in the ring. The largest-ever performing African elephant (and her calf) lead a unique cast of the world’s most amazing and dangerous acts, including a cycle artist from Germany, jugglers from France, a rola-bola artist from Russia, Ukrainian acrobats, Mexican high-wire artists and a Brazilian knife thrower.

 

Building on the huge success of The Illusionists 1903, which captured Sydney’s imagination during its holiday run last summer, CIRCUS 1903 will take audiences of all ages back to the golden age of circus during its eleven-day, 18-show premiere season in the Opera House Concert Hall in December. After its Australian debut, CIRCUS 1903 transfers direct to Los Angeles and New York.

 

The award-winning team of puppeteers and model makers who created the National Theatre’s War Horse will bring to life two stunningly beautiful elephants for CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus. Featuring groundbreaking advances in design and expression, the puppets feature throughout the show as the mother teachers her calf the tricks of the trade.

 

Produced by Simon Painter and Tim Lawson, the duo behind Le Grand Cirque, Le Noir, Cirque Adrenaline and The Illusionists, which have travelled to more than 250 cities globally, CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus is set in an extraordinary and decadent circus tent, designed by Todd Ivins.

 

Costumes are by Angela Aaron, whose impeccable recreations of original turn-of-the-century circus costumes are inspired by photographic collections, historical museum pieces and discussions with experts and historians.

 

No circus would be complete without music, and the soundtrack of CIRCUS 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus encapsulates the time period and accentuates the thrill and danger of the acts.

 

It is composed by Evan Jolly, composer of many of Painter and Lawson’s international hits.

 

This is a truly captivating circus extravaganza that is perfect for audiences of all ages.

 

Dates:

 

 Sunday 18 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Tuesday 20 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Wednesday 21 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Thursday 22 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Friday 23 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Monday 26 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Tuesday 27 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Wednesday 28 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Thursday 29 December 3pm & 7pm

 

Where: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

 

Tickets: Standard from $74.90*

 

Child from $48.90*

 

*Transaction fee of $5 - $8.50 applies per order, except Insiders members.

 

Booking: (02) 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com

 

More Info: http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/circus_1903.aspx

 

www.circus1903.com

 

 

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Amazing Christmas Lights Display!!!!

Amazing Christmas Lights Display!!!!

We look forward to welcoming you to Cambage Court Christmas Lights 2016. We have over 100,000 Christmas Lights on show with some great new items for your enjoyment. Our address is 10 Cambage Court Davidson.

Please share the display with your family and friends. 100% of the funds raised will be equally divided between Red Nose formally (SIDS and Kids), Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

Display times!

December 3rd - 14th December will be 8pm - 10:30pm
15th - 27th December 7:30pm - 11:00 pm
28th December - 2nd January 8:00pm- 10:00 pm
*above times are confirmed unless the Weather is adverse

Website www.cambagecourtchristmaslights.com

 

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Win A Family Pass To Santa Land And Experience the enchantment of a white Christmas wonderland!

Win A Family Pass To Santa Land And Experience the enchantment of a white Christmas wonderland!

Experience the enchantment of a white Christmas wonderland at the Entertainment Quarter!

Join us at SantaLand this December as we help you create new Christmas traditions and fantastical family memories that will last a lifetime.

Experience the enchantment of Santa's North Pole home as you glide across the ice with unlimited ice skating on Sydney's largest Crystal Ice rink, zip down the real Toboggan Ice Slide and have a ball in Santa's Snow Pit.

Unlimited

  • Carnival Rides
  • Crystal Ice Skating Rink
  • Ice Toboggan Slides

Entry and Activities

  • Enchanted Christmas  Village
  • Candy Cane Land
  • Jolly Elve's  Workshop
  • Toy Land
  • Gingerbread Land
  • Santa's Alpine Forest
  • Illuminated Icicle Cave
  • Animated musical Santas
  • SantaLand Boppin' Christmas Musical Stage Show
  • Free SantaLand Selfies 
  • SantaLand Snow Pit
  • Write a letter to Santa
  • Santa's colouring competition
  • Decorate your own snowflake Christmas decoration
  • Christmas Parade
  • Thousands of twinkling lights to make the Christmas spirit truly come alive;
December 7-24, 2016

Visit here: http://www.santaland.com.au

To win a family pass to Santa Land - Enter HERE

 

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PEPPA PIG PLAYDATE - A NEW SUPER-SIZED INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE!

PEPPA PIG PLAYDATE - A NEW SUPER-SIZED INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE!

 

Peppa Pig is coming to Australia in a brand new super-sized interactive experience called Peppa Pig Playdate. Families are invited to journey into the world of Peppa Pig and her friends when they visit Peppa Pig Playdate for a fun and unique interactive play experience.

 

There is so much to see and do throughout the world of Peppa Pig Playdate. You can visit Peppa’s house, sail on the pond, jump in bouncy muddy puddles and have a special playdate with Peppa, all within this huge and interactive world. Or sit on a picnic rug to watch a musical show starring Peppa Pig and George live on stage - everyone will have the chance to sing, dance and clap along to the Bing Bong Song and delight in being right in the heart of the action.

 

You can also visit Danny Dog in the music room to play musical instruments, along with other interactive entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Get your photo taken with Peppa Pig and her favourite toy Teddy, and ride on Grandpa’s train! Everyone is bound to want to take home a cute memento from Mr. Fox's Shop where a range of Peppa Pig merchandise will be on sale.

 

Peppa Pig Playdate immerses Australian families in the world of Peppa Pig in a brand new way that will leave fans smiling from ear to ear.

 

Peppa Pig Playdate will be a shared family experience filled with memories children will cherish for years to come.

 

TOUR DATES

 

Thursday 5 to Monday 9 January  Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre Melbourne

 

Saturday 14  to Wednesday 18 January Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Brisbane

 

Wednesday 25 to Sunday 29 January  International Convention Centre Sydney

 

Saturday 8 to Wednesday 12  April Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre Perth

 

Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 April Adelaide Showgrounds Adelaide

 

Tickets for PEPPA PIG PLAYDATE are on sale at

www.lifeliketouring.com.au/playdate

and

www.ticketek.com.au

And guess what ABC has 5 family tickets up for grabs, 1 x family pass per city (5 total) and each pass is valued at $149.90.

Enter here and good luck!

 

 

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Celebrate the Season - Join St Mary's Cathedral for the Spectacular Lights of Christmas Show!

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St Mary’s Cathedral will again be the star of Sydney’s public Christmas celebrations, with the Lights of Christmas presented by PAYCE returning to capture the imagination of audiences with a spectacular light and sound show.

Lights of Christmas presented by PAYCE will run from 6-25 December 2017 – including Christmas Night. Starting each evening at 7:30pm with a choir performance – the light show will start around dusk and continue through until midnight.

What a wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season, take the family a long for a look you won't be disappointed. Check out the stunning photos below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Australia Get Ready For Giggle And Hoot’s Magical Christmas!

Australia Get Ready For Giggle And Hoot’s Magical Christmas!

 It’s Christmas time in the land of Giggle and Hoot and everybody is busy getting ready for the arrival of Hootoclaws for his special Christmas Night Watch. 

Trees are being decorated, presents are being wrapped and all that is left to be done is Twinklify the very dark night sky…… but what happens when all the stars suddenly disappear?

Will Jimmy Giggle and Hoot be able to brighten the sky again and help save Christmas? Will they need help from some special Owl Pal friends?

Find out in this live musical spectacular, Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas, this December.

Starring Jimmy Giggle, Hoot, Hootabelle, Gigglefangs, Pirate Hootbeard and of course……Hootoclaws and his singing and dancing Elves, Giggle & Hoot’s Magical Christmas promises to be the most…..well magical show of the season.

Giggle and Hoot, the much loved ABC4Kids preschool program, focuses on preschooler’s lives and routines through songs, stories, friendship, laughter and imagination.

The live show, incorporating these themes, will be one of the most anticipated and hottest tickets for families this year.

So Owl Pals, get your giggle-tastic selves ready because Giggle and Hoot’s Magical Christmas is coming this December.

For full Concert and Event information go to http://lvna.co/GiggleandHootAU

Tour Dates

DECEMEBER

SAT 10                       QPAC, Brisbane

SUN 11                      Empire Theatre, Toowoomba

TUE 13                       Glasshouse, Port Macquarie

THU 15                      Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

FRI 16                        Q Theatre, Penrith

SAT 17                       Seymour Centre, Sydney

MON 19                    Frankston Arts Centre

TUE 20 & WED 21  Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse

And Guess what ABC has 5 family passes up for grabs, 1 winner from each state will be lucky enough to go along and see this awesome show! 

Enter here and good luck!

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Get Ready Australia! Mister Maker Is Coming His Brilliant, Fun And Interactive Live Show.

Get Ready Australia! Mister Maker Is Coming His Brilliant, Fun And Interactive Live Show.

Get ready Australia! Mister Maker is coming back with his brilliant, fun and interactive live show.

Come and join your ultimate arts and craft hero Mister Maker when he tours Australia during the January school holidays.

Featuring new songs and makes, Mister Maker is returning to Australia following his sold out 2016 tour and will include encore performances in Sydney and Melbourne as well as first time visits to many new regions of Australia

Packed full of arty adventures there’ll be a big 'make' to take part in, super songs to join in with, a fabulous supporting cast and not forgetting, The Shapes!

Yes, you'll be able to share the fun with Mister Maker's colourful all-dancing friends Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too! 

This show is tons of arty fun for all the family!

Mini Makers, get ready for some amazing arty creations and book your tickets today! https://www.livenation.com.au/artists/mister-maker

QUOTES

PRESS

***** The show is genius' 'Brilliantly put together, with sections flowing seamlessly from one to the next, full of fun and energy, and with lots of laughs this is a fabulous show' - South London Press

**** 'There is an educational element as well as an encouragement to actually use imagination and make things but most of all it was fun, children went home happy and thinking a theatre was a wonderful place' - behindthearras.com

'Mister Maker Live is like going to see Robbie Williams in concert whilst he does art and craft! What a superb family show and great audience participation!' - MummyFever.co.uk 

'Hilariously funny and inventive live show full of clever crafty makes, singing, dancing and audience participation.'

Derby Telegraph

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We Review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora - Fun Day Out For Everyone!

We Review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora - Fun Day Out For Everyone!

I don't know about you but I think play centres are one of the best business inventions to come out of this decade. I mean what is not to love, you get to meet up with other parents and have a chat and drink coffee while the kids go off and play in a safe environment < genius!

And although play centres are not a babysitting service, the fact that they have a lot of equipment to entertain children with and little ones can't run out onto the street sure does make a play date a lot easier.

I have taken my children to most of the play centres in Melbourne, we love getting out and exploring what different centres have to offer, so we were thrilled when we were asked to review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora.

There are a five key things I look for in a great play centre and they are:

  • Safety
  • Great Play equipment
  • Cleanliness
  • Friendly Staff
  • Great Coffee

Let's see how Lollipops stacked up!

Safety

We attended Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora on a Sunday, and from the moment we walked in we were greeted by a friendly staff member at the front desk. The lovely lady gave the kids a wrist band each and myself a ticket that corresponded with the numbers on their bands, this is so no one can walk out with your child without you knowing, the bands are checked when leaving as well, so hold onto your ticket. I absolutely love this idea and it definitely puts your mind at ease knowing that not just anyone is allowed to walk in or out of the centre.

Great Play Equipment

We live in a time where our kids get bored easily they have access to so many gadgets and things that they need to be stimulated all the time. Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has so many activities it would be hard for any child to be bored. From the toddlers section to the jumping castle to the main play area with slides there is bound to be something to keep your little ones entertained.

All equipment looked clean and well maintained and there is a separate  section just for toddlers that has plenty of sensory and development tasks along with bouncy balls and slides. Older children are not aloud in this section which makes it safe for little ones under 3.

 

Lollipop's Playland  & Café Bundoora has two other major attractions in their centre which is the pirate ship that gives children rides almost hourly and also the rock climbing wall. Both these activities I have never seen in a play centre before, my kids loved these and lined up twice for a ride on the pirate ship < it is very safe as well, a staff member is there to supervise and make sure kids are strapped in.

  

Cleanliness

The centre was very clean and bright, I loved that it is well lit with good lighting and has a huge open space with lots of tables and chairs (lots of high chairs too). Staff cleared tables frequently. Toilets were clean and they have a clean baby room as well where you can change little ones.

Friendliness

The staff at Lollipops Playland & Café Bundoora were very friendly, from the greeting when we arrived to the end where they offer your child a lollipop, every staff member I encountered was polite and helpful. The centre is well staffed, I saw at least 7 staff walking the floor on the Sunday, helping children and adults when needed. 

Great Coffee

Ok so this might not be on the top of everyones list but for a busy mum like myself a great coffee can be a god send and the difference between me visiting a centre again ha! Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora definitely passed this one just look at that cappuccino below and ok I might of snuck in a sneaky scone, what can I say it was delicious!

Lollipop's Playland  & Café Bundoora has a full café that caters for kids right up to adults, they have healthy options to choose from as well.

 

I can definitely say that Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora passed with flying colours for the 5 key things I look for in a play centre, but outside of this they actually have so much more to offer. Like most play centres they offer amazing birthday parties but did you know you can even order the birthday cake through them? I love this idea, no more balancing the cake on your lap on the way to the birthday party. My children have had their birthday parties at play centres for the past 3 yrs and I have always had to take my own cake, this would be so much easier. And just look at some of the cakes below they are gorgeous!

 

Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has 4 party rooms with different themes there is something for everyone, they take care of everything from the invitations to party food. You can view everything that is included in a party here: Lollipop's Playland & Café  Bundoora parties

There are currently 22 Lollipop's Playland & Cafe's across Australia, to find the nearest one to you and for more details click here: Lollipop's Playland & Café locations.

Lollipop's Playland & Café also has 2 very generous offers for all Australian Baby Card holders:

Offer 1: Buy one get one free on all child entries. (Not available during school holidays or public holidays. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer)

Offer 2: 2 free guests when you pay for 12 children on any birthday party package. (Not available with any other offers)

You can view the offer here: Lollipop's Playland & Café offer.

If you don't have an Australian Baby Card and would like to receive this offer plus hundreds of other discounts you can sign up here: Sign Up.

We highly recommend you visit a Lollipop's Playland & Café next time you are heading to a play centre, we were very impressed with the Bundoora location, that much in fact I have arranged a play date there this week, cant wait to have another one of their coffees! ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW

LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR FREE TICKET TO THE ESSENTIAL BABY AND TODDLER SHOW
The Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores is back in Sydney next weekend and it's bigger and better than ever before!
 
Look forward to a smorgasbord of entertainment for your little ones with live performances by Hi-5, a life-size Thomas & Friends train, jumping castle, petting zoo and so much more!
 
But that's not all... you can shop from over 150 local and international brands, test drive a whole range of hot pram brands on our purpose built Pram Trial Track, presented by Jeep and even get top tips from Parenting Experts such as Pinky McKay. 
 
Register before 5pm AEST, 22 September to get your FREE ticket!
 
Tickets on sale now - click here

 

 

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See the stars of ABC Kids and CBeebies LIVE in concert

See the stars of ABC Kids and CBeebies LIVE in concert
We're excited, because the incredible stars of ABC Kids, Lah-Lah are on tour with their spectacularly fun, award-winning new live show, 
'Sing It Loud!' in September!
 
We can definitely vouch for this show as I took my Mr 2 to see it when it was in Sydney and let me tell you I enjoyed it just as much as he did, well secretly I enjoyed watching the joy on his face as he sung along to Lah-Lah's well known songs. I can definatly say this one is worth every cent. So if you feel like seeing your little ones smile from ear to ear while they join in all the fun, take them along to the show.
 
For full details of tour dates and venues: http://www.lah-lah.com/live-shows
You'll groove along to all your Lah-Lah favourites, as well as some never before heard tunes. Plus after the show, all children are invited to meet the band and interact with the instruments! 
 
Educational, interactive, and guaranteed to get the whole family up and dancing, make sure you don't miss out!
Tickets selling fast BOOK NOW!
Tickets are just $23.50, and on sale now!  
 
Lah-Lah LIVE ON STAGE!
See the stars of ABC Kids and CBeebies LIVE in concert in Tasmania and Queensland
  
Launceston * 10th Sep
Hobart * 11th Sep
Cairns * Mon 19 Sep
Townsville * Tue 20 Sep
Mackay * Wed 21 Sep
Rockhampton * Thu 22 Sep
Bundaberg * Fri 23 Sep
Caloundra * Sat 24 Sep
Logan * Mon 26 Sep
Brisbane * Tue 27 Sep
Toowoomba * Wed 28 Sep
Gold Coast * Thu 29 Sep
 
 ABC members receive a pair of socks when the Australian Baby Card is presented at the merchandise counter at Lah-Lah Live in Concert. 
 
         
 
 
 
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Win Family Pass to Peppa Pig Live!

Win Family Pass to Peppa Pig Live!
Following it's successful opening around Australia last year, Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash is back by popular demand to tour the country one more time in 2016!
 
 
You could win a family pass to see Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash. 

 

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Win a family pass to see Spot live!

Win a family pass to see Spot live!

BELOVED CHILDREN’S BOOK DOG SPOT IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA WITH HIS OWN STAGE SHOW!

You could win a family pass Enter today!!! Click here to enter 

Click here to purchase tickets. 

 

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Spot the Dog is coming to Australia!

Spot the Dog is coming to Australia!

 

BELOVED CHILDREN’S BOOK DOG SPOT IS COMING TO AUSTRALIA WITH HIS OWN STAGE SHOW!

You could win a family pass Enter today!!! Click here to enter 

 

Children all over the country will be super excited to know that one of the most loved dogs in the world is coming to Australia for the very first time. Tickets are on sale now direct from the venues.

Spot, the iconic puppy created by author Eric Hill and adorable star of hundreds of children’s books, will come to life on stage in a fun musical adventure aimed at children aged two years and up.

In the show Spot and his friends are off on an adventure to visit Spot’s dad Sam on the farm and meet the farm animals. But when they arrive all the animals are missing, presumed lost! It’s up to Spot and his friend Helen the hippopotamus to find them, along with the help of their new friends in the audience!

 

On stage Spot and Helen will come to life thanks to the puppeteers of Theater Terra. The 50 minute show has already been a smash hit in China, Japan and on Broadway in New York.

“We are proud to bring SPOT – LIVE to Australian audiences. It is an incredible warm, engaging production that has been well received around the world, with one of the most loved children’s book characters of all time” said Michiel Morssinkhof, Executive Producer, Theater Terra.

For more than 30 years, the Spot books have delighted children all over the world. Published by Penguin, the books have been translated into more than 60 languages and have sold over 40 million copies.

See Spot – LIVE at one of the following venues:

  •   The Concourse Concert Hall – September 23 – 25

  •   Seymour Centre, Sydney September 27 - October 2

  •   Riverside Theatre, Parramatta – October 4-6 

  •   Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth - October 11 – 15

  • Spot was first created in 1980 by British illustrator Eric Hill and Spot’s adventures are still one of the most popular book series in the world for toddlers and young children.

    Click here to purchase tickets

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Elmo's Super Fun Hero Show - WIN

Elmo's Super Fun Hero Show - WIN
Get excited! 

Sesame Street is back in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Canberra in a brand NEW live-on-stage adventure. Sesame Street presents Elmo’s Super Fun Hero Show, and to celebrate we’re giving away tickets for:
 
ONE very lucky family (valued at $200) to see the show!
 
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Adventures big and small.

Adventures big and small.

Pete the Sheep, Children’s Cheering Carpet, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mister Maker, Jack and the Beanstalk .... so much to choose from. 

The Sydney Opera House has the bases covered for adventurers big and small this July school holidays. Mister Maker is here to help kids find their inner crafter; Pete the Sheep reminds us of the importance of standing out from the herd; Jack and the Beanstalk breathes new life into a classic fairy tale; and Saltbush: Children’s Cheering Carpet takes children on a magical  ride through Indigenous Australia. 

Every kid will be able to see themselves in Australia’s most famous building these holidays when Creative Play: Digital Mirrors – a contemporary take on fairground mirrors – transforms children’s reflections into new shapes and creatures, encouraging them to create new characters. The Digital Mirror is a free and unique Opera House school holiday activity, encouraging play and silliness between children, their friends and Opera House performers.

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