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30 June - 13 July
11am-2pm, Centre Court (near Kmart)
Crn Heaths and Derrimut Roads · Hoppers Crossing
Jurassic World fans? This one is for you!
If you are 5 years old, then meeting BLUE is kind of a big deal! But there was so much to enjoy at Pacific Werribee’s Jurassic World set up. We waited about 45 minutes to participate in some really fun activities that will continue this week in the centre before changing to some other activities next week (so we might just visit again!)
Upon entry, the boys were given a lab coat and a show bag with a plaster dinosaur that they could paint. They loved how realistic the dinosaur was, and had a good time painting. They took some photos with the dinosaurs while they waited for the next activity which was to trace dinosaurs using a light box and some tracing paper.
Dinosaurs were scattered throughout the centre- Blue was near the entry to Myer.
They had a great day, it was free to participate in the activities and loads of sales around the centre so we left with some great bargains and 2 happy boys :)
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30 June - 13 July
11am-2pm, Centre Court (near Kmart)
Crn Heaths and Derrimut Roads · Hoppers Crossing
Jurassic World fans? This one is for you!
If you are 5 years old, then meeting BLUE is kind of a big deal! But there was so much to enjoy at Pacific Werribee’s Jurassic World set up. We waited about 45 minutes to participate in some really fun activities that will continue this week in the centre before changing to some other activities next week (so we might just visit again!)
Upon entry, the boys were given a lab coat and a show bag with a plaster dinosaur that they could paint. They loved how realistic the dinosaur was, and had a good time painting. They took some photos with the dinosaurs while they waited for the next activity which was to trace dinosaurs using a light box and some tracing paper.
Dinosaurs were scattered throughout the centre- Blue was near the entry to Myer.
They had a great day, it was free to participate in the activities and loads of sales around the centre so we left with some great bargains and 2 happy boys :)
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On from June 29- Jul 8 4pm-10pm
Commonwealth Reserve, Nelson Place Williamstown
It was jackets on when we ventured to Commonwealth Reserve to see the Melbourne Artist Carla O’Brien’s Neon Dog Park. They kids loved running between each of the installations and we had a lovely time meeting all the doggies that had come to have a look too, Dalmatians and sausage dogs and labradors. If you love dogs then this is a fun one for the whole family.
We arrived at about 5pm, but the darker it is, the better it is :) there is entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
See the Facebook event for the line up and more information here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/614227588925215/?ti=icl
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It's been 3 years since the last time we visited the Fun 4 Kids Festival. It's in Warrnambool, so it's a bit of a trek.
But today I walked in, and all of the magic of our first visit came right back.
First of all, their line up- Jimmy Giggle, Lah Leah's big live band (today), Trolls, Paw Patrol and so many other wonderful shows to give you an opportunity to have something to eat and to sit and enjoy a performance.
Then there are all of the zones. I am so glad we aren't squeezing it all into one day. We arrived a little after lunch and looked at all of the zones, mapped out which shows we wanted to see and worked around those.
Super-box world was a favourite- everyone gets to contribute to making a world of boxes- work out what you think is missing and you can build it with boxes, tape and cardboard, textas... look out for the robot boxes. So much fun!
The Pirate area had a wonderful obstacle course and a giant sand pit, complete with singing pirates
The Tradie Town area- well I had 2 boys, each with a hammer and nails in hand. There are zero photos of that, but we escaped injury free, and left with 2 race cars that a helpful guide assisted with. Ok, he pretty much undid what I did, and put it together right ... I'm a little out of practice.
But it was great, well organised, lots of help, first aid, food, toilets, people dressed as scarecrows to help with any lost children. I loved it. The kids did too of course, but they got to experience so much and it was really nice quality time together.
Here's a few more pics of the animal farm and various other areas. We are looking forward to day 2 tomorrow.
Also, on our way, we saw a koala in a tree and stopped at Logan's beach nursery where we saw a whale. That pretty much makes it my best day ever lol. Is it worth the trip? For me, 100 times yes. I find the drive is manageable, but I'd recommend 2 nights as a minimum. There is oh so much to do, I'm not sure that I'll even be ready to head home by Friday!
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If you follow our page, you may have noticed that we went to Bali and then we disappeared for a few months basically. No where to be seen. No explaination. Gone. Coincidentally, we are about the leave for Bali again!
Many years ago, hubby and I had a goal to purchase a house in our dream suburb. I can remember sitting down with my cousin and telling him about it. And his reply was simply 'do it!' Then I told him that we were hoping to start a family soon. His reply was 'then that's your real goal, the other one doesn't count'
The difference, you see, between a goal and a dream is a plan. We were blessed with our 2 little boys, and then I blinked and in just under a year they'll both be at school.
Approaching the school year, we realised that now was going to be the best time to make the leap. So we started building a life in the new suburb, one step at a time. Applying for schools, looking at office space, a little glimpse at domain.com every now and then. Our dream was turning into a plan. We had started putting all the little pieces together.
Tim was accepted into a new office space and on the week he was set to move in, a house popped onto the market, we went to an open for inspection, and put in an offer the next day. Without our house being ready for sale, without our finance being pre-approved, without seeing what else was on the market. And after that everything happened very quickly:
- move Tim into new office
- prepared our house for sale
- offer was accepted
- finance was approved- thanks Accession Finance!!
- sold our house
- kids were accepted into school and kinder
- sell off 9 years of accumulated stuff
- house packed and ready to go
- get a new job
- move in
And the most important
- take a deep breath, settle in and enjoy!
So it was a whole heap of life changing things all happening at once. But I'm home now, and I've never felt more at home than I do at the moment.
So we've been setttling in and adjusting to a new life of routine and a new type of chaos! And we spend a lot more time being grateful, being still and enjoying the cheaper things in life. And with that, will come a brand new blog.
Stay tuned!
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'It was the best in the universe!' Said Mr almost 5 as we left the show this evening and he wasn't even joking.
Where do I start? Parking?
There is parking at the show, at the local primary school and in some random people's front yard sometimes! There are gates on Epsom Rd, Langs Rd and via the car park as well as access via the train station.
Here are a few tips for a well executed day out.
Tip 1: plan your day. There is so much to see and do, it's a good idea to know when the various shows are on so you can work the other activities around them. The boys would have loved the Looney Toons show on at 11 and 12.30, but we didn't arrive until 3pm. We also left before the fireworks at 8.15.
Tip 2: have a good look around at the rides before you take up a multi-ticket discount offer - the rides are run by different operators so make sure that you're getting the right
amount of tickets for the right rides.
Tip 3: there are so many things that you can do for free, you just need to look out for them- there's colouring in, the animal nursery (my fave!) loads of shows including the Looney Tunes, performers including Anthony Callea, Jessica Mauboy, fireworks & much more, check it out here.
Tip 4: make the Show bags the last stop. But I don't need to tell you that, you already know.
Tip 5: bring cash for the rides, some of them don't accept eftpos and it can be a while before you come across one.
Our highlights included:
The kids carnival, that's where we spent most of our time (& money!) the boys enjoyed their very first roller coaster and had an absolute ball on the kids dodgems'
This Honey Pot Choc Top from Messina. It's located near the Masterchef building
And of course the show bags. Both kids were playing with theirs right til they went to bed tonight.
It was a great way to kick off the holidays. Thanks for an incredible day!!
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On Sunday, we visited the gorgeous Sovereign Hill for their Winter Wonderlight Christmas in July.
If you haven't visited Ballarat before, home of Sovereign Hill, the most important thing for you to note is that it's cold. When we arrived at around lunch time, and it was 4degrees. We made a quick pit stop at Coles from some gloves and a scarf, but we were already dressed in double and triple layers of everything else. When we arrived at Sovereign Hill, we were happy that they had some gloves and beanies for the kids in the gift shop that were reasonably priced (kids gloves $8).
Being lunch time, we stopped for a quick Sausage Roll at the bakery and, as we had the car trip to plan, we knew the times of the presentations that we didn't want to miss, namely: the gold pour, the sweet making, some gold panning, the muscat firing and the Snow White pantomime. As a part of the winter wonderlight's program, we also got to enjoy the faux snow falls throughout the day and of course the spectacular light show at 5.45pm. Had we allowed a little more time, we would have spent some time at the circus and storytelling at the Marquee. With your Sovereign Hill ticket, you can validate your ticket for free entry the next day if you feel you didn't get to see everything in one day.
We enjoyed all of the activities, Mr 4 and his sweet tooth really loved watching the sweet making. Mr 3 was in his own wonderful fantasy land when the snow would fall. And when the light show started, it was so incredibly beautiful and magical, it was a reminder why despite the freezing temperatures, it's one of my favourite events of the year. The panning for gold is usually a favourite of ours, however there was such a chill, we decided to head to the bowling instead.
We had a truly special evening and a really fun day. Dress warm (like going to the snow warm) and do not miss the light show at the end of the day, it's a wonderful way to finish the day.
For more information on the event - dates, time, prices etc - click HERE
It's a great holiday activity, don't miss it!
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Last week we were lucky enough to interview Cookie Monster. THE Cookie Monster, resident of Sesame Street.
For this interview, I thought we would do something a little different and I let Mr 4 do the interviewing. I asked him to come up with 5 of his own questions – and after we established the difference between a question and a statement, he came up with 5 little questions, all of the important things that a 4 year old needs to know about a celebrity of this caliber.
I spent a couple of weeks looking for a Cookie Monster T-Shirt with no luck (found one 4 days afterwards of course!), we picked a little outfit. I thought little cue cards would be a great idea, but the kid can’t read yet! So we made little picture card promts to help him remember his questions.
The wonderful Nicci from Frosted by Nicci make us these AMAZING cookies to give to Cookie Monster as a thank you gift! I purchased a brand new memory card for the occasion, we did a few practice runs in the morning and in the afternoon, we went down to the gorgeous Olsen Hotel.
The interview was recorded…. Mr 4, a little shy to start with and quite camera shy remembered all of his questions, he had an absolutely wonderful time and Cookie Monster is DEFINITELY my Sesame St favourite... after all, we have so much in common... COOOKIIIIIES!!
AND THEN...
DISASTER
I PLUGGED THE CARD INTO THE CARD READER AND GOT AN ERROR MESSAGE.
There was nothing on the card. NADA.
There were tears. A whole lot of them. I'm not sure how it happened, but I felt like I let everyone down. I hope that we’re able to get it all back- it's in data recovery now, in the mean time however, here’s the answers to the ground breaking interview questions from the mind of our little Mr 4.
Cookie Monster’s favourite colour is BLUE
His favourite Cookie is CHOC CHIP- and Nicci's amazing creations were the best he'd ever seen!
Cookie Monster’s favourite fruit is BANANA
To get to Sesame Street you have to get on a plane and then get on the Subway and go for a little walk. Our Mr 4 was very happy to hear that Sesame Street was near Subway as we have one of those (restaurants) right near us!
AND his favourite thing about Melbourne - was meeting our little guy, of course...
The 46th Season of Sesame Street with Cookie Monster, Elmo and the gang premieres on April 3 with the Cookie Thief special, followed by new episodes every weekday morning at 9am and 12 noon on ABC Kids.
Thanks for meeting us Cookie Monster, can't wait to see you for all new eps next week!
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The Donut Cone hit Melbourne today... and Mr 3 was not about to share!
Find out more....
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Week 2: Fun Memberships
This post originally appeared on the www.accessionfinance.com.au blog
Well it was one step forward last week with our Insurance Saving. But then, as life often does, our poor fluffly girl was injured when grass seeds went into her paws. (Note: don't walk your dogs through long grass...) It has so far cost $450, as she needed to be anethesised, BUT she is on the mend and that's all that really matters. But it definitely served as a reminder to us how important it is to have those savings tucked away.
This week I want to share something that we started last year to save our family money. Each year we have invested in quality memberships for the kids, they are both very active pre-schoolers and having some places that we can go, both indoor and out has been absolutely wonderful. At first we purchased these memberships ourselves, but after our house accumulated more toys than we can store, we decided to ask our families instead to contribute to the memberships - saving our family the following:
Zoos Victoria Membership: $90 per adult and FREE for kids on an adult membership.
Includes:
Entry to Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, as well as selected zoos in other states and other discounts and savings within the zoo.
Museums Victoria Membership: $79 per family including up to 4 children up to 16 years
Entry into Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and the Immigration Museum.
Sea Life Melbourne Annual Pass: $79 Per Adult, $50 per child (4-15 years) or $250 for a family of 4)
Entry
We have found great value in each of the memberships because the kids never get sick of the locations, having all of them has meant that we always had somewhere fun to go in rain, hail and sunshine and we never really felt like we were always at the same places.
In asking for these memberships as birthday and Christmas gifts throughout the year instead of paying for them ourselves, we have saved $388 from our yearly budget as follows:
$190 2 x adult and 2 x kids Zoo Membership
$79 2 x adult and 2 x kids (up to 4 kids included) Museums Victoria Membership
$129 1 x adult and 1 x 4+ kid Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium (Mr 3 is free and dad usually stays at home when we venture in to explore the city, so he might only come with us once a year and take advantage of the 20% discount he gets by attending with us as members.
We have decided that these memberships work for our family, because this is where the kids interests lie - and we enjoy taking them to these locations, but there are many memberships that are out there that might be more suitable for your family or location that are great as gift suggestions:
- Play centre passes (I learnt that Crocs has a 10 session pass, will definitely have to pencil that one in!) but they are available at selected other play centres too.
- NGV Membership
- Swimming Lessons
- Sports Classes at something local to you
- Cinema Vouchers
On the way home from the Rhythm of Africa at Werribee Zoo on Saturday I called mum who purchased the passes for us, and the boys were so excited to tell her about all the fun we had - it was much more rewarding for her to hear their excitement and see the videos - and having 12 months to spend enjoying each location is definitely a big win for everyone.
Over at The Melbourne Kid, we have joined up with Bubbler to Offer you the chance to win a Zoos Victoria Membership to get you started. Entry is simple.
You can enter here!
Good Luck!!
Savings Tally so far:
Insurance: $190
Memberships: $388
Total $578
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