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    Kids Classes Near Me

    Looking to start the new year enrolling your kids to classes?  You might be thinking, where are the kids classes near me? Not to worry, we list the popular choices for kids classes in your area!

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    Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids

    Popular Types of Dance Classes for Kids Dance Classes should always be pursued from an early age.  By enrolling your child in a dance class it would build up their kinesthetic intelligence and fosters self-expression and confidence.  For some children, it is easily identifiable whether they have dancing bones in their genes. Parents will need to find out if dance is something that their kids will even enjoy.  With so many different genres of dance to choose from, what are the popular types of dance classes for kids?    Classical Ballet Known for its graceful forms and elegant poise,  classical ballet has been around for centuries and we’ve all grown up being inspired by it. The question is, is the tutu and pointed shoes right for your kid? What should I expect? Ballet is unlike any other type of dance training. For beginners, you are first taught how to stand properly, how to position your arms and bend your knees. It is a discipline that might seem challenging at first but comes with a lot of benefits.  Many would think kids need to take ballet at a very early age but actually it is possible to delay training until the age of 10 or 12. (Bear in mind, a child’s bones are too soft to withstand the physical demands  and exercises in ballet.)  However there are pre-ballet classes for kids aged 4 – 8.  Why should my kid take it up? It is important to understand that there is ballet for girls and ballet for boys. Ballet training is a very enduring process and kids need to have high stamina.  Girls play the elegant roles while the boys play the parts that require strength and athleticism.  Your child isn’t required to  take up ballet as a profession, the fitness and concentration needed alone sets sports players apart due to the discipline and concentration learned. It’s all down to preference. Is your child passionate and committed to this medium of dance?  You’ll know then if you’ll be making the right investment.    Available schools in Brisbane Alichia’s Dance Fitness Academy Available schools in Melbourne Studio D (Mount Waverley) Stepnout Performing Arts (Werribee) Rhythm Factory (Beaumaris) Rhythm Factory (Black Rock) Awesome Dancer (Thornbury) Available schools in Sydney Bourne 2 Dance  Jazz When you think about jazz, you might think of tapping and jiving to the beat of broadway musicals and 40s club lounge music. Jazz dance encompasses many styles like tap, theatre and jitterbug. It’s a very exciting and lively genre of dance and kids can expect to have lots of fun. What should I expect? Lots of physical movement for sure. There’s a lot of techniques that can also be found in Hip Hop such as learning to isolate specific parts of the body. Jazz is all about finding the passion from inside and radiating it out with excitement. It’s a happy form of dance so kids will be smiling for the majority of the routine.  Why should my kid take it up? Read more [...]

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    Ten Failed Promises You Tell Yourself Every Christmas

    We tell ourselves every holiday that this year will be different. No longer will we subject ourselves to the woes of holiday fret and and panic.  Scratch the new year’s resolutions, this list is certain to highlight some of the  failed promises  we make (and will keep on making) all for the sake of our crazy loving family.   1. This is the last time I’ll do last minute christmas shopping.   2. I’m finally going to join the gym next year   3. I won’t ever get presents that will drive me up the wall   4. I won’t get gifts for teenagers anymore   5. I won’t get toys that will make kids antisocial   6. I will get someone good to decorate the Christmas tree   7. Not let the holiday stress get to me   8. I won’t be the one stuck with all the washing up   9. Perhaps next year I’ll tell the truth about Santa – for now, I’m not ready   10. I will never forget I have the craziest, best family ever   Happy Holidays everyone!

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    Outdoor Summer Activities in Australia

    Outdoor Summer Activities in Australia Outdoor Summer Activities The end of the year is approaching but the beginning of summer is here. Kids are eager to begin their summer adventure so where should families go? The beach, park, field… with over 2000 outdoor activities across the whole Australia, we’ve put together our recommended hot picks from each city. Find outdoor summer activities in Australia at Fun Kids Guide! SYDNEY Archery Games Take part in this extremely fun combat sport in which players use their recurve bows and foam-tipped arrows to shoot at the opposing team members on the field. Similar to paintballing but without the bruises. Families and friends can wage all out war with each other in different unique and entertaining games.  Visit their page   Thunder Jet Boat For thrill seekers, experience the most exciting jet boat adventure in Sydney. You’ll get a taste of the ocean air and hear the excitement as you and other passengers will be jetted around the Sydney harbour.  Visit their page   Eagle Rock Adventures Ensuring families that they’ll have an unforgetable adventurous day in Sydney, Eagle Rock Adventures offers exciting activities like abseiling, canyoning, hiking and kayaking tours.  All the equipment is modern and top of the line and safety is guaranteed, guaranteeing a memorable experience for the family. Visit their page   MELBOURNE Melbourne  Boat Hire Who says you can’t have an outdoor adventure in luxury? Without hurting your bank account, sail down the Yarra River in affordable luxury as you get the chance to hire your own private cruise. Bring family and friends to hop on board and see Melbourne from a unique perspective from the water as you pass by popular attractions. No boat license is needed.  Visit their page   GPS Treasure Hunt Daylesford Imagine a high-tech game of hide and seek. Using GPS technology, participants search for a series of marker posts cleverly concealed around  the gorgeous Lake Daylesford.   As you hunt down the markers, there are activities and observations along the way, as well as information to solve the Treasure Hunt puzzle. Suitable for five year olds up, the GPS Treasure hunt takes around 90 minutes to complete, and a prize awaits those who can successfully solve the puzzle. Visit their page     BRISBANE Boab Boat Hire (Redcliffe and Cairns) This summer, go out into the ocean blue and swim around the gorgeous waters of Queensland. Hop along the cheerful orange vessel and take your family out for a whole day of swimming, snorkeling, fishing and more.  See below for the available branches in Queensland  Redcliffe branch Cassowary Coast branch   Green Frog Adventures Outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens! Children 6 – 13 years can take up any number of activities such as Junior Rock Climbing at Kangaroo Point or the Glasshouse Mountains, Mountain Bike tours, river or estuary Canoeing tours. Teenagers 15 – 18 can also do team building activities. Gear up and have an awesome experience outdoors! Visit Read more [...]

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    10 Reasons to do Indoor Skydiving

    You might ask yourself, what are the reasons to do indoor skydiving? It's an out of this world experience to be able to float in the air and indoor skydiving allows you to do the things you've dreamt of being able to do on land. If you're looking for reasons to do indoor skydiving, here are 10 reasons why.

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    What to do on Australia Day

    What to do on Australia Day 2018 What to do on Australia Day?   Spend Australia Day this year out with the whole family.  It’s approaching the end of summer and kids will go back to school. How will you spend this last weekend all together?   Sydney Australia Day Unlimited Rides Pass (Bargo Sports Club) Family fun event, with live music, petting zoo, Obstacle course, mechanical surfing, jumping castles, horizontal bungee, BBQ, slushies, popcorn, fairy floss, pie eating comp, thong throwing comp. Unlimited rides pass $10 per child. Ticket Must be brought on the day to redeem for the Unlimited Ride Wristband. For more information   Tropical Courtyard Party Lets Get Tropical! Free Entry | From Midday till Late. *Ticket is only valid for Entry For more information   The Farm Celebrate everything that makes Australia great at The Hills Shire’s massive afternoon  celebration with show-stopping performances, rides, kid’s activities, delicious street food, roving performers, fireworks and much more. For more information   Melbourne Parade 2018 March in the 2018 Australia Day Parade in the Melbourne CBD. Spots are limited so get in quick! For more information   Brisbane Australia Family Fun Day Join us to celebrate Australia Day with a Fun Filled Family Day @ Parkridge Tavern. With great Ozzie lunch specials, jumping castle, animal farm, Pony rides and face painting for the kids then the talents of Champange Jam from 5.30pm its sure to be a great day out….Celebrate Australia woth us @ Parkridge Tavern For more information   Perth On the Llawn Take the family out to celebrate Australia Day! The grounds of his original homestead at ‘Location L’ are now our Llawn – where you will experience a casual, family-friendly, alfresco area with picnic tables, a full enclosed playground, live music, face painters, lawn games and great food!     Have fun and enjoy this coming holiday ! Cheers!      

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    5 Things You May Not Know About Plastic Toys

    There’s nothing quite as wonderful as seeing your child’s eyes light up with joy upon seeing a new toy. It may be brand new, or not — it doesn’t really matter. A new toy means new adventures, and countless hours of fun for your child. But wait, is it made of plastic?   The toy, beautifully wrapped in paper, is only one of the many presents your child has yet to unwrap after celebrating another birthday or Christmas. How many plastic toys will your child get, yet again, even as you have done your part as a parent to not purchase any these past few years?   Well-meaning gift-givers continue to purchase plastic children’s toys, not knowing the health risks and environmental impact their gifts pose. After all, whether heavily marketed or not, plastic toys dominate the market in terms of sheer number. Now, it is up to parents and child caregivers to ensure that plastic toys get no place in their home.   Still find yourself wavering from your “no plastic toys” policy from time to time? Maybe it’s time to get familiar with the world of plastic toys.   1. Plastic toys end up in landfills. You already know they are not biodegradable. So whether we’re talking about popular plastic toys featuring your child’s favorite cartoon character, or those mini cars, pots and pans from a kid’s goody bag, they will all end up as waste that doesn’t degrade — in landfills. This, of course, is toxic, and will last for generations.   2. Plastic toys can contain e-waste. Plastic toys made up of recycled materials can sometimes contain e-waste. This means contaminants, harmful chemicals and compounds can end up being part of your toddler’s favorite toy. Countries that depend on low-cost plastic exports save on costs by using recycled components, even in the production of children’s toys. So part of yesterday’s old filing cabinet could end up in your child’s favorite plastic car.   3. Plastic toys are not recyclable. According to experts, even when all plastic products are essentially what they are called (plastic), plastic toys pose even greater environmental risks. Plastic toys almost always cannot be recycled precisely because most of them are already made of recycled materials. Recycling centers find attempting to recycle plastic toys especially complicated. Some plastic toys have been found to contain metal components aside from other contaminants. Removing these ingredients during recycling would be both costly and difficult.       4. Although cheaper, plastic toys end up costing everyone more. The adverse health effects of BPA and phthalates are already widely known, and some toy manufacturers have stopped using them altogether. However, majority of mass produced toys (including more expensive and popular ones) are still made of plastic — and everyone knows where they’ll all end up. First, in the mouths of young kids, and later, in a landfill.   5. Plastic toys introduce kids early to the culture of mass consumption. As a parent, you already know the importance of Read more [...]

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    Art School Holiday Workshops (Richmond, NSW)

    Get creating and make art today. See below the January schedule for Richmond Art Supplies’ Art of the Day class.    Mon 15th Jan  10 am – 12pm Paint a Landscape  1pm – 3pm Make Little Clay Animals   Tues 16th Jan  10 am – 12pm Paint an Underwater Scene   1pm – 3pm Create an Abstract Painting   Wed 17th Jan 10 am – 12pm Make Pompom Kittens 1pm – 3pm Make Dragons   Thurs 18th Jan 10 am – 12pm Make Fairy Lanterns 1pm – 3pm Draw Dinosaurs   Fri 19th Jan 10 am – 12pm Decorate Photo Frames 1pm – 3pm Make Sock Puppets   Mon 22nd Jan 10 am – 12pm Make Mini Monsters 1pm – 3pm Make Marbled Paper   Tues 23rd Jan 10 am – 12pm Making Jewellery 1pm – 3pm Paint a Glittery Fish   Wed 24th Jan 10 am – 12pm Pottery 1pm – 3pm Draw Cartoons   Thurs 25th Jan 10 am – 12pm Make Butterfly Wind Chimes 1pm – 3pm Draw Mandalas   Cost: $15 per 2hr workshop per child; all equipment supplied. Venue: Richmond Art Supplies NEW LOCATION Shop 1, 328 Windsor St, Richmond (next to Brynorms) Bookings Essential: phone Deidre 0412 979 731

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