The Lego Discovery Centre is now open at Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne!
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to take my 7 year old daughter Lottie and 4 year old son Sol along to the launch. The multi-million dollar attraction is filled with more than 2 million LEGO® bricks and 13 family friendly attractions, making it the ultimate indoor LEGO playground and is as awesome as it sounds!
What I found surprising was that unlike traditional play centres where everything is self-guided, the LEGO Discovery Centre is an evolving, experiential journey through different stages. It’s very interactive, with experiences including: rides, a 4D movie theatre, café, and an incredible play space and construction zones where kids are encouraged to play and create with all different types of Lego. There are even creative workshops.
The highlight for us was seeing an intricate reconstruction of Melbourne made entirely from LEGO, which was a brilliant way to teach the kids about our home city. For visitors to Melbourne, this is a great “highlights package” of our famous landmarks that you can then go explore in real-life.
Both of my children loved the whole experience and we will definitely be going back, especially during the approaching winter months.
Individual Admission tickets are $32.50, and annual passes $81, which I think is well worth it for the hours and hours of fun to be had. To help ensure everyone who visits has an enjoyable experience, entry is spread out into pre-allocated sessions, so I would advise you book ahead by visiting https://melbourne.legolanddiscoverycentre.com.au
Note. My family and I were a guest of LEGOLand Discovery Centre.
Late last week my husband, two children and I attended the Cirque Du Soleil performance, Kooza. Set in an amazing air-conditioned big top that seats over 2,000 people, Kooza was an incredible start-to-finish experience and one of the best shows we have ever seen. There is a very good reason why more than 160 million people around the world have seen a Cirque du Soleil show since 1984. Cirque Du Soleil is in a league of its own – high energy, funny and emotive.
The name KOOZA is inspired by the Sanskrit word “koza,” which means “box,” “chest” or “treasure,” and was chosen because one of the underlying concepts of the production is the idea of a “circus in a box.” A highlight of the production were the amazing costumes and music. The level of acrobatics is among the most jaw dropping and breathtaking you will ever see. We were beyond amazed.
If you are going to see one show this year, I would recommend Kooza you will not be dissaponted. It’s great for all ages. Kooza is currently located at Flemington Racecourse until the 26th of March. Tickets start at $60.00.
Note- I was a media guest of Cirque Du Soleil. Photos supplied by Cirque Du Soleil.
I attended the opening night of Cirque Adrenaline on the weekend with my husband and two children. After being in Las Vegas last year and seeing some amazing shows, I really felt like I was back in Vegas for the night. (minus the jet lag)
Cirque Adrenaline was absolute jaw dropping, high energy entertainment with a good dose of comedy thrown in for measure. Comedian Ross Steeves from Los Angeles had us all in stitches of laughter, while Canadian Sabrina Aganier had us mesmerised by her flexibility in a stunning aerial performance. The extreme team had us on the edge of our seats with the Wheel of Death and the Sphere of Fear. I highly recommend you see it for yourself. A great night out for the whole family.
Cirque Adrenaline is playing at the Arts Centre Melbourne until the 10th of April.
Group 4+: $79
Family of 4: $199
Group 4+: $59
Group 4+: $39
For more information and to purchase tickets head here https://artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2016/circus-physical-theatre/cirque-adrenaline
Last night I attended the Moomba 2016 launch with my husband and kids. It was a beautiful balmy evening. Hubby works in the city so he just wandered over from his office and the kids and I met him there.
On arrival we were given helium balloons and a HUGE beaming smile filled my six and three year olds’ faces and remained there all night! The fun was just beginning. First we saw a great show in The Tent that previewed some of the exciting acts of Ashtons Circus. We also tried some of the delicious food that is available, which included a selection of healthy choices and festival favourites. Moomba has come a long way and grown with our modern foodie city.
We then joined in kids craft activities like crown making. There were lots of great rides in the kid zone which I was happy for hubby to go on as they looked quite dizzy. I opted for the scenic option and took the kids on the Ferris Wheel, just as it was becoming dark and all the bright amusements and city were lighting up. Next to the Ferris Wheel was some skate boarding action. A little 5 year old kid Johnny was absolutely owning the space! So talented and cooler than cool!
We then moved down to the river bank and set up our picnic blanket, had a few snacks and watched some water skiiing on the Yarra. Before going home, hubby wanted to go on one of the crazy rides. He went on the Triple X that was upside down and inside out and insane. I laughed at him (being almost 40) lining up with young teenagers for the thrill! He survived and loved it. We were at Moomba for a total of about 3 hours. It was enough for my kids being quite young still and having been at school and kinder during the day.
We parked at the Arts Centre over the road. Always lots of space there and good value. I often park there when I head into the city.
The event was run really well and had a great family friendly vibe. If you have time over the weekend I highly recommend you get down to Moomba Festival! 11-14th March Love Melbourne, Love Moomba!
For more details and full program http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Moomba
After traveling the world you can really come home and think like a tourist in your own city and make the most of what we have on our doorstep. We headed into the City for a little mini break last night to be close to the action of White Night Melbourne. We booked last minute and found a great deal on Expedia to stay at the Melbourne Marriott in a room with two double beds. When we checked in my husband and I were given a glass of cold sparkling wine and our children little lolly bags. It was a really nice welcome. First impressions absolutely count and we were off to a great start.
We went up to our room and the kids were very excited, Especially Mr Three who explored every cupboard and switch! We had a nice view of Exhibition Street below and Miss Six was thrilled when she saw a horse and carriage go by below.
We put my son in the stroller and we walked with our daughter to Flinders Lane where we lucky enough to get a walk-in table at Fonda. Once up the stairs at the entrance we found the experince very child friendly. We sat at the rear on picnic table style seating. Music was loud enough that children could be loud and blend in. Food was quick, fresh and really good value. Very yummy Mexican! Mr Three fell asleep and missed the whole experience. Thank god we had the stroller for him. Its so good for napping when you are on the go.
After dinner my son woke up and we walked over to Birrarung Marr. The sun was setting and the colours in the sky were purple and pink while the city lights flickered on one by one. Birrarung Marr had hot air balloon baskets shooting flames into the sky, There was great music playing in a brightly decorated circus style marque and lots of people lining up at food vans. My husband and daughter had a little dance before we walked along the river. I was hoping to see some floats and light installations but at 8.30 pm there was nothing to see on the water – it was beautiful all the same. Federation Square/ Flinders Street Station precinct was packed with people expecting a light display on Melbourne’s iconic station, but unfortnately were no projections happening. From there we headed around the corner where the Australian Centre for the Moving Image was brightly illumunated with colourful patterns that the kids loved. We knew of some fantastic displays at the National Gallery of Victoria and Royal Exhibition Building, but as it was 10 pm we decided to not push the kids and head back to our hotel.
Back at the beautiful Marriott we had a wonderful rest in very comfy beds. When we awoke we drove up to Queen Victoria Market and tried Frances Cafe on Franklin Street. Great food and service. After brunch we walked over to Flag Staff Gardens and the kids loved exploring a new park. The sun was shining and it was a great way to spend a Sunday.
I highly recommend White Night Melbourne, Fonda, Melbourne Marriott, Frances Cafe and Flag Staff Gardens. We were only one hour from home but it was a great change of scenery and mini break for my family. I hope you have had a happy weekend with your family too.
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