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A parent’s take on the Adam Goodes saga

When I was six my dad, a devoted Geelong supporter took me to a football match. For the duration of play a grizzly old guy in front of us shouted obscenities at the players. When my dad asked him politely if he would mind moderating his language around his young kids he was told to…

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Melbourne’s arts scene. Enjoying it with kids.

Melbourne, arguably the arts and culture capital of Australia.  Thankfully Melbourne’s arts scene isn’t only for adults.  There are increasingly more arts venues and organizations that are engaging families.  Hooray for that I say!  Not only do I get to pretend to be art savvy and a little bit hip – the kids have a…

The Super Trees at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Singapore with kids. Five great family activities.

  It is no secret that I love the tropics.  Visiting Singapore this June we experienced a new tropics – one where familiar plants such as bromeliads and exquisite butterflies co-exist within a modern, even futuristic metropolis.  I was so glad that we booked a full five night stay instead of a brief stop-over in…

Little Ami-Am loving the spectacle of Disney on Ice Dare to Dream

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream review

I am at the tail end of a family Asia adventure right now.  We are having an amazing time (think canoeing, tree surfing, theme parks, zoos and snorkelling).  BUT, and I acknowledge I may have spoilt my kids a tad, there has been some angst from one of my sons that they are missing Disney…

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Cairn’s Wharf Precinct – lots to love.

The Australian winter is the perfect time to discover Cairns. The tropical city and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef provided respite to our family recently as cold descended on our hometown of Melbourne. We spent a glorious week staying in Cairn’s Wharf precinct and enjoying the investment local council and business have made making…

Waiting for the MSO Classic Kids concert "Stan and Mabel" to start at the Melbourne Town Hall

Classic Kids and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

  The Melbourne Town Hall provided an elegant backdrop to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Stan and Mabel.  The pipe organ loomed large in the foreground as the musicians took their places.  This was not a traditional orchestral performance however.  The MSO musicians were attired in brightly coloured polos, the audience sat on the…

Disney On Ice Dare to Dream

Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream Giveaway!

One of my own favorite childhood memories is attending a Disney on Ice show.  It’s a memory that I am sharing with my kids who are really, really, really looking forward to the upcoming Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream tour.   Here’s a little of what I’ve been told about the show, and…