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
Recently I attended the launch of Spotlight National Craft month with my daughter Lottie. We were inspired by some amazing creatives in the room including Rachel Burke from I Make It You Wear It and Trixie from Coloured Buttons.
I’m certainly not a craft extrodonaire myself, but that has never stopped me trying something new. Since my children were small I have given them lots of creative opportunities to make and create. I wanted to share with you 5 easy craft activities, to give you some ideas to get creative with your little ones too.
- Autumn Leaf Painting – Collect autumn leaves and place them on some paper to create a stencil and paint over.
- Make a city out of cardboard – After a visit to the city, we got creative with our our old cardboard boxes and made a city, using tape and glue to hold it together and decorate away! You can make houses, cars, anything.
- Play Dough – This is my favourite recipe and requires no heat so the kids can help. Ingredients – 2 cups plain flour, 1 cup salt, 1 tbs oil, 1 cup cool water, 2 drops food colouring. Method- Mix plain flour and salt, then add water, food colouring and oil. Knead until ingredients are mixed in an even consistency. If it is too dry I add some more water and if its too wet add some extra flour. My kids enjoy making the Play Dough, but the real fun begins when they start creating with it. I give them dry spaghetti broken up for them to make echidnas.
- Nature Treasure Hunt – Give the kids a container and ask them to find different leaves, bark and flowers. Get a large sheet of butchers paper and let you kids paste or tape their treasures, they might make a collage or a pattern or just display their treasures. They enjoy exploring different textures and shapes.
- Yarn Bombing- I have to thank Susan at Little Gardeners at the Briars for this idea. Get your kids to find a stick in the garden and use brightly coloured wool to decorate it. I tried this recently when i was looking after 5 kids and they loved it!
If you are looking for more ideas Spotlight are hosting some great instore events this month as part of National Craft Month.
· Fabric Fiesta (2nd April)
· Crafty Party (23rd April)
I hope this gives you some ideas to get crafty with your kids these school holidays. Its great to get out and about but some quiet days at home are always nice too. One more week of holidays school mums, but who is counting 😉
I love Autumn on the Peninsula, The summer crowds have eased and mother nature starts to get a bit moody. I want to share with you 5 things I love to do during Autumn here in my home region, The Mornington Peninsula, and hopefully give you some ideas to get out with your family and enjoy the season.
- Seawinds- Arthurs Seat State Park – I love Seawinds in all seasons but Autumn has to be my favourite time to visit. The deciduous trees provide hours of fun! Playing in autumn leaves, throwing and crunching them. It’s an amazing sensory experience and the bay views from Seawinds are breathtaking. Always a great free Autumn day out. More information can be found here.
- Red Hill Show – The 88th Redhill Show is on Easter Saturday, March 26th. A fun family day at the show will cost $50 for a family ticket (2 x adults and 3 x children), which includes all the traditional agricultural show things like animals, wood-chopping, music, demonstrations, baking, arts and crafts. For the kids there is a huge range of options like the Kids Adventure zone that has includes free activities such as a kite workshop, catch-a-duck, circus workshop and fire rescue challenge. Plus, free face painting, jumping castle and pony rides. More details here.
- Red Hill Epicurean- With the change of season our weekend lunches generally start to move indoors, seeking somewhere warm and cosy to shelter from the potentially windy and rainy Autumn weather. Red Hill Epicuran is the pick of the bunch as it utilises delicious local produce and is a huge space. Once the Red Hill cool store, it dates back to the 1920’S. There is an extensive local wine list and the kids yummy fish and chips were delivered in individual boxes, which was a cute touch. More info here.
- Flinders Blowhole- Another free Autumn idea, the Blowhole is located on Blowhole Track off Boneo Road (opposite Razorback Road). There are amazing views of the scenic rocky coast line and Bass Straight. The walk down to the water is via a wooden boardwalk, with the Blowhole itself situated at the end of Elephant Rock. Autumn is a great time to visit as its just so moody and theatrical down there. Its breathtaking and my kids love watching the water squirt up through the blow hole. Visitors are advised to take extreme care in this area as the rocks can get slippery and large waves have been known to wash over. I’ve always felt safe there and just kept to the designated tracks. More info here.
- Frankston Arts Centre- You don’t have to be in Melbourne to experience a live performance. Just on our doorstep, the Frankston Arts Centre which is hosting a kids show as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Sean Murphy presents Kids Party Confidential. It’s a wild ride through the highs and humiliations of the best birthday ever. Equal parts stand-up, storytelling and riotous celebration, this is a show that educates and entertains kids and (their parents). You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll learn how to tie an incredible balloon sword! Suitable for adults and kids ages 5 to 12. Date: Monday 4 April, 11am. Tickets: $15. Also coming to Frankston Arts Centre is The 52-Storey Treehouse, 19 & 20 April 2016. Book online here.
September school holidays are here! Spring is a great time to enjoy the Peninsula with your family. Here are my September school holiday ideas for families living on or visiting Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and surrounds.
- Beach: The best things in life are free when you’re a “Peninsula Family”. There are pristine beaches down south when the sun shines or if it isn’t isn’t shining, rug the kids up and collect treasures, play games and build sandcastles on any beach. For locals and regulars, with so many beaches to choose from, try exploring a new one for a change of scenery.
- Park: The Peninsula has a number of high quality parks. We love the playgrounds at Flinders, Sorrento and Mornington. For nature’s best try Seawinds on Arthur’s Seat for amazing views and we often see kangaroos at dusk.
- Briars: We visit Angus and Rose at the Briars every school holidays for the delicious cake, fenced in play space and brilliant children’s activities. http://www.angusandroseatthebriars.com
- Pier Walk: Go for a walk down the local pier, I recently did this with my son and he loved it. It also brought memories flooding back of jumping off Mornington Pier as a teenager.
- Gravity Zone: Recently we discovered Gravity Zone in Seaford. My kids loved it and next time we go I will be joining in on the action too. This is an energy burning activity. you may even get kids who fall asleep in the car on the way home. http://www.gravity-zone.com.au
- Nature Hunt: Spring is a beautiful time to go for a walk on the many trails the Peninsula has to offer like the foreshore paths. Often we take baskets and my children collect little interesting leaves and treasures along the way to bring home for use in art and craft.
- The Enchanted Maze: Look no further for a magical and fun day out. Book ahead if you plan on doing the ropes course.http://www.enchantedmaze.com.au
- PARC: Penisula aquatic and recreation centre will be a fun place to be these holidays. They have Water Inflatables, Monday to Thursday 12-4, Fridays 12-6, Disco Night on Friday 25th September and a Movie Night, Lego Movie on Thursday 1st October.
- Peninsula Hot Springs: Relax and unwind with your children in the tranquil setting. This is a quiet activity you know if your child would be suited to this or not. http://www.peninsulahotsprings.com
- Moonlit Sanctuary: Animal lovers this is for you. There is over 60 Australian Species and a new wombat enclosure.http://www.moonlitsanctuary.com.au
- City: We are just one hour away from the city. Go to the gallery or museum, sit at a café and people watch or spend the day at the children’s garden at the botanic gardens. The immigration museum is also great. I think its important to leave your local area every now and then and and expand childrens perception of the world.
- Melbourne Zoo: With the East link freeway Melbourne Zoo is just over an hour away. The zoo is always a fun family day out. Become a Zoo member for free unlimited entry. I recently joined and I wish I had sooner. http://www.zoo.org.au/melbourne
- Melbourne Show: Is running from 19-29 September. Although not on the Peninsula the show is definitely worth the drive. We go every year and its a real highlight for the whole family. So much fun. i just had to include in this list as September holidays means Show time! http://royalshow.com.au
- Rest: I have a preppie and she is tired after three terms at school, we will be going on a few adventures but importantly we will be having some down time at home to get some rest during the holidays. My kids love making cubbies using dining table chairs and sheets and snuggling up to watch some of their favourite shows. Its great to get out and explore but I think rest and quiet time is really important too.
I hope this list of September school holiday ideas for Mornington Peninsula families gives you some inspiration. You don’t have to spend money every day to have fun, I’ve included 5 ideas that are completely free! Please tell me if you try out any of my suggestions, I would love to hear about your holidays. My suggestion for parents is to sleep when you can and have wine racks stocked. I hope you survive and enjoy the September school holidays.
Mum With Wings