The Funtorium Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is showing at the glittering Aurora Spiegeltent after showing at the Sydney Opera House. It’s a high-energy, family-friendly show by former Circus Oz Artistic Director, Mike Finch and the 65 minutes is filled with circus, singing, dancing and of course classic circus tricks.
The show is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland so you’ll meet a familiar cast of characters including the Cheshire Cat, Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
The March Hare steals the show with his spinning plates trick which has the audience gasping and laughing.
Kids are encouraged to get up and dance, throw foam sugar cubes at the stage, yell and sing along! And of course there are bubbles.
Afterwards check out what else is on offer at Map 57 including food stalls and an ice skating rink.
child ticket is applicable to children aged 12 & under. Unless otherwise specified, children 18 months and under can sit on the lap of a carer free of charge. Any child over this age must have a valid ticket.
Seating is General Admission and unallocated;
There is a snack bar with a Mad Hatter’s Kid’s Tea;
The Big Freeze features an affordable snow play experience plus heaps of other wintery activities that will keep the kids amused while sheltered under cover. This year there’s also a free Community Precinct open daily from 9am – 5pm with daily stage shows, food vendors, craft with Phillip Island Nature Parks, soccer and sampling with Milo.
Unlike last year The Big Freeze this year allows snow play any time during your 2.5 hour entry session.
However, Lady AB runs at the first sight of a snowball and heads to the Castle and Cubby ‘snow village’ for imagination play…
….has multiple goes of the snow slide/jumping castle…
…does some of the craft activities…
…races other kids in the Kids Challenge….
…and becomes a Circus Star in the circus circuit.
There’s so much to do that we don’t have time to try the ice slide – one for little ones, one for bigger people – the construction zone or Lego play.
The biggest queues are for the photo opportunity snow globe so maybe do it at the end only if you have time.
Each session of The Big Freezelasts for 2.5 hours and you’ll find plenty to keep kids amused. You can have unlimited time with any of the activities and a good balance of active and quiet play.
dress for snow – coat, beanie, gumboots and gloves;
Bring a change of clothing for after snow play or wear snow gear. Waterproof pants and gumboots are great for younger children as they will inevitably sit on their bottoms to play!;
Ticket provides access to all the festival zones and activities for the rest of your visit;
No box office sales will be available for sessions that have sold out;
If you plan to purchase tickets at the gate, check the website and social media channels prior to leaving home to ensure that tickets are available that day;
The site is next to Toys R Us/Lollipop Play Centre;
free onsite parking available and you can get passouts to pickup/drop off snow gear;
the entire festival is undercover;
food and hot drinks are available on site, though you can bring a packed lunch.
The Big Freeze, Under the Big Top at Westfield Fountain Gate Shopping Centre Cnr Brechin Drive & Princes Highway
Saturday 1 July 2nd to Sunday 9 July
Community Precinct open daily from 9am – 5pm with FREE entry to the general public. Features include daily stage shows, food vendors, craft with Phillip Island Nature Parks, soccer and sampling with Milo.
Winter Festival runs three sessions daily: 9am – 11:30am, 12pm – 2:30pm, 3pm – 5:30pm
Child SuperPass to Winter Festival (includes 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks valued at $28.50) – $29.50.
All Adults (13+yrs) at concession prices – $19 (includes access to snow pit)
Tiny Tots (12mths – 23mths) – $19 (includes access to snow pit)
Family (2A + 2C) – $92
Family (2A + 3C) – $117
Group Bookings – Pay for 10 children, get 4 adults for free
Late Play Discounts – save $5 per ticket for the afternoon session on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
These winter school holidays enjoy a very special treat with afternoon tea at the Windsor Hotel where kids aged 3-12 years only pay the price of their age when one full paying dines on a weekday. Usually, children aged 3-6 years pay $25 and 7-12 years pay $40, so it is a significant saving.
The historic Hotel Windsor has been serving traditional afternoon tea every day since 1883. The restaurant 111 Spring Street where the high tea is served is a bright and light formal dining room, with big stuffed chairs, starched tablecloths and shiny silverware.
For the school holiday promotion for weekday afternoon tea sittings adults pay the standard rate of $69 for a glass of sparkling wine, unlimited tea and a three tiered stand. There’s a rainbow of thick, freshly made finger sandwiches and dainty savoury and sweet treats.
The scones come separately (one vanilla, one fruit) accompanied by jam, lemon curd and double cream. I like how the scones are brought out only when you want them, fresh and warm from the oven. They are light and crumbly in texture with a soft crust.
Children receive their own special stand, a juice and hot chocolate.
Both adults and kids also get plus unlimited visits to the towering Chocolate Fountain!
Both kids love their experience, with Lady AB describing it as ‘very velvety, grand and fancy. Even the toilets are fancy!’.
Afternoon tea at the Windsor Hotel is an indulgent treat and if you enjoy that sort of thing with your kids then school holidays is definitely the time to go. For reservations call 9633 6004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For online bookings, please indicate children’s ages under “Special Request”.
The LEGO City Play Zone is open for every day of the school holidays Monday 3 July to Sunday 16 July at Harbour Town Docklands. If you’re looking for something free and fun to do with the kids then check it out.
I was invited to get a sneak peek of the activities and can report that it’s a great place to relax, learn and play with kids. There’s lots of fun photo opportunities too!
There are several different play stations. Starting with building challenges…
…Lego City iPad games…
…and free build zone at the back where you can display, photograph and share your Lego creations.
There are also opportunities to meet and greet the Lego City Policeman and to win a Lego Prize pack valued at $1000!
The gardens is one of the jewels of the Dandenong Ranges. It is particularly stunning in Autumn, with the changing colours of maples and beeches, and in spring the park blooms with azaleas and cherry trees.
The large garden was part of the historic Burnham Beeches Estate, home of Alfred Nicholas, developer of the Aspro formula. It is over 13 hectares but you shouldn’t miss the ornamental lake with boathouse at the bottom of the hill.
Make it your first stop as what goes down must come up….and it’s better that you tackle the uphill climb while little legs still have energy.
On the upper levels of the garden you’ll find a small pond with sculptures as well as many paths leading under the canopy of mountain ash trees.
Take a picnic and while away a day away from the bustle of the city or head next door to The Piggery at Burnham Beeches for food and drinks and a child-friendly venue.
Toilets and water available near entrance.
The car park is situated opposite the main entrance, no vehicle entry into the gardens.
Be immersed in Scienceworks latest temporary exhibition LightTime, which explores the different phenomena of light, optics, sound, movement and perspective through the display of eleven art installations.
Adults and kids alike will be mesmerised by these stunning works!
…there’s even one that explores how our senses cause motion sickness by (((20hz)))!
LightTime is a chance to engage with art and science in a different way – take some time out to appreciate each work slowly and carefully to engage your senses. While you’re there check out the interactive Laser Maze and Forest in the Pumping Station created by Monster Studio. I got a sneak peek while they were installing the works and I can assure you it’s amazing!