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This week is the last weekend for Children’s Week events plus many other fun adventures to be had! (Photo from Express Yourself: Romance was Born For Kids at NGV International ).

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SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • Children’s Week in Stonnington (18 Oct – 26 Oct) – annual event providing the children with an opportunity to highlight and develop their knowledge of their community by creating a collection of digital images.
  • Children’s Week in Kingston (Sat 18 Oct – Sun 26 Oct) - 11 community groups and not for profit organisations to are delivering events.
  • Caring for the environment at Harleston Park (Fri 24 Oct) – Learn more about living sustainably in Glen Eira with a recycling display, seed planting demonstrations and an exciting scavenger hunt throughout the park.
  • Day out with Thomas (Sat 25 Oct – Sun 26 Oct) – See Thomas in full steam at Puffing Billy’s station; entertainment for the entire family.
  • Children’s day at Carnegie Library (Sat 25 Oct) – mobile petting farm, balloon artists, stilt walkers, an art show, craft activities and a sing-a-long with Miles of Smiles.
  • MikMaks at Carnegie Library (Sun 26 Oct) – The MikMaks are one of Australia’s most popular children’s entertainment groups and will be playing at the Carnegie Library as part of Council’s Springtime Music Festival.

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braybrook playground

The Lance Reichstein Playground at Braybrook Park is a huge all weather adventure playground that’s been built to look like a plane – complete with wings, propellers, a cockpit and tail. Great for those little aviation fans!

braybrook playground

braybrook playground

It’s a big space, with multiple levels, drums, big twisty slides, tunnels, climbing structures and music making equipment. The playground also includes special features for children with disabilities.

braybrook playground

Nearby there is also a barbecue, picnic tables and a drinking fountain.

braybrook playground

The only downside to this playground is that it has attracted a lot of graffiti and on our visit there was a bit of rubbish that needed to be cleaned up as well. If you can ignore those aspects it’s a fun-filled playground that’s suitable for babies right up to primary ages.

braybrook playground

After checking out the Lance Reichstein Playground, visit the awesome Snakes and Ladder mound right next door.

Big Fish, the Footscray-based designers of the Lance Reichstein Playground, are also responsible for the dinosaur playground at McNish Reserve Yarraville.

 

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BabyLit

I’ve previously raved about the BabyLit series of board books so when we discovered that new BabyLit titles had been released we had to add them to our collection!

There are four new books: Frankenstein - an anatomy primer; Huckleberry Finn – a camping primer; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – a colour primer;and The Jungle Book – an animals primer.

BabyLit

The latter two books are especially popular with Lady AB and Baby 2.0. They are both classic films that Lady AB has been watching recently so she is familiar with the characters and references. Baby 2.0’s limited vocabulary is focused a lot on animals at the moment so he is able to recognise many of the pictures.

BabyLit

My personal favourite is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I think the adaptation is particularly clever, with each colour linked to vibrant pictures and recognisable characters.  Don’t you just love the yellow brick road!

BabyLit

BabyLit

BabyLit

The Jungle Book also comes as a playset with the book included in a gift box containing punch out cards.

BabyLit

BabyLit

The 3D element makes the story doubly exciting! In addition building the models has been a good opportunity for Lady AB to practice her fine motor skills and they have provided a springboard for more imaginative play beyond the story.

BabyLit

BabyLit

The four new BabyLit books continue with the same bright and charming illustrations and clever, child-friendly adaptations of literary classics that also make learning fun. Bundle together a collection for a budding bibliophile or pop one in a Christmas stocking from Santa.

BabyLit

BabyLit Board Books are only $14.99 offline at The Little Bookroom or around $11 online at Book Depository.

 

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Scienceworks have a new temporary exhibition opening next Saturday 25 October called ‘Deep Oceans’.

Deep Oceans unlocks the mysterious world of strange and rarely seen deep sea creatures, with hands-on and interactive experiences, model displays and real specimens. Meet the Vampire Squid, Dragonfis, Sea Mouse, Fangtooth and Squat Lobster and other weird and wonderful animals that live 4000 metres below the ocean’s surface.

Deep Oceans comes to Melbourne via Canberra’s Australian Museum and Questacon and the Melbourne version of the exhibition includes something special – a virtual dome aquarium. This means visitors can compare the deep sea environment with footage of Victoria’s own underwater backyard, Port Phillip Bay.

Deep Oceans is recommended for ages 5 and up. For younger kids there is an Octonauts trail where kids can follow eight Octonauts characters on a special adventure through the exhibition, solving puzzles and making discoveries.

Scienceworks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood

Saturday 25 October 2014 – Sunday 12 April 2015

Daily 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM,

$6 adult, $5 concessions and $4.50 children, plus museum entry. MV Members receive discounted entry.

Giveaway! Thanks to Scienceworks I have a family pass (2 adults 2 children) for the exclusive invite-only preview of Deep Oceans at 8.30am Saturday 25 October, before the exhibition officially opens at 10am. To win just follow the instructions and the giveaway closes midnight Wednesday 22 October. Good luck!

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