Hong Kong Disneyland

Visiting Hong Kong Disneyland with a toddler.

There’s a lot to love about Hong Kong Disneyland.  While retaining the joy, imagination and authenticity of the large north American Disney Parks, it is closer to Australia for one.  Instead of a thirteen hour flight to Los Angeles, we subtracted a full five hours of flying time by seeking our Disney Magic in Hong…

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You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown Giveaway

Musicals, my kids love them, I love them, I wish we could go to more.  Melbourne is arguably the culture capital of Australia so we are blessed here with many musical theatre productions however unfortunately the cost of attending puts the experience beyond the reach of many families.  Smash hit Broadway musical You’re a Good…

Disney's Hollywood Hotel 
A stunning place to cool off

Disney’s Hollywood Hotel in Hong Kong

Nineteen sixties era rock music plays in the background as families cool off in a piano themed swimming pool under palm trees after a day at Disneyland.  No we are not in California, we are in Hong Kong, and most of the families that we met at the Disneyland Hollywood Hotel which celebrates nostalgia for…

Dreaming of a trip to Disneyland ?  Factor the cost of tipping, airport transfers and travel insurance into your budget

Hidden travel costs. Budgeting for family travel

If you listen closely you might just hear me sigh.  Two days out from our next big trip and, despite being a veteran traveller the last minute costs are piling up.  I’m not talking about the airfare and accommodation costs – these were paid for long ago.  There are many lesser known travel costs that,…

Autumn leaves in the Dandenong Ranges

The best places to see autumn leaves around Melbourne

Nature’s paintbrush has marked Melbourne and surrounds red, yellow and orange.  Autumn is well and truly here so there is no time to waste – get outside and view those pretty autumn leaves.  We’ve done some of the leg work for you already though – sourcing some of Melbourne and surrounds most stunning locations to…

Zippizap balance bike

Zippizap Balance Bikes

I wish we were one of those cool bike riding families.  You know the ones – you see them at the park, the parents on bikes with their amazingly proficient bike riding offspring zooming along behind them.  Cooler still, one of those families that ride down mountains on bikes together, or that head off on…