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    Anzac Day

    Anzac Day is here! Some of you might be wondering what this day is all about. If you are, then continue reading! If you already know, then we have a list of commemoration services in Australia and New Zealand’s major cities below! But first, what is Anzac Day anyway? ANZAC DAY is a national day of remembrance for both countries, which broadly commemorates all Aussies and Kiwis who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, as well as the contribution and suffering of those who have served. It was originally devised to honour the members of the ANZAC, or the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who served in the Gallipoli Campaign. Why April 25? When Britain declared war in August 1914, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles, a narrow strait that can be used to travel from Europe to Russia, to the allied navies. April 25 was the day the ANZAC forces landed on Gallipoli, meeting resistance from the Ottoma Turkish defenders. Why is it important? During the Gallipoli campaign alone, 8700 Australians and New Zealanders suffered and died for our freedom. The number is much higher if we take into account other wars and conflicts. ANZAC Day is the perfect day to remember their sacrifices and contributions, and to meditate on what our countries would be like without their efforts. If you’re a descendant of some of these soldiers, then this day might be extra special for you! If you’re looking for services near you, we’re here to help! Check out the list below. Canberra Dawn Service Location: Australian War Memorial Schedule: 5:30 AM The Australian War Memorial will host a Dawn Service in close cooperation with the Returned and Services League of Australia ACT. It’s a standing ceremony conducted in the dark prior to sunrise. It is likely that the weather will be cold so be sure to dress for the conditions. The Anzac Day Breakfast will be held afterwards. The National Ceremony Location: The Australian War Memorial Schedule: 10:30 AM This year marks the 104th anniversary of the landing of the Anzac troops at Gallipoli. It’ll follow the traditional order of service including a Commemorative Address, wreath laying, hymns, the sounding of the Last Post, observance of one minute’s silence, and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand. This year’s Commemorative Address will be delivered by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC. Adelaide The Dawn Service Location: National War Memorial, North Terrace Schedule: 6:00 AM The annual commemorative march from the memorial to the Cross of Sacrifice in North Adelaide will be held prior to the service. Keith Payne, Australia’s oldest living Victoria Cross recipient, will join the service this year. He received Australia’s highest military honour for rescuing fellow soldiers while under enemy fire and suffering his own injuries during the Battle of Ben Het in 1969. Darwin Dawn Read more [...]

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    Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

    Mother’s Day is coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to show your mom, or the mother of your children, how grateful you all are that she is in your life!   One of the best ways to show your appreciation is through heartfelt and thoughtful gifts! Check out our list of gift ideas and recommendations below.   Handwritten letter/card A handwritten and heartfelt letter from the kids will surely make her feel appreciated and special! Handwriting bracelet Order a custom bracelet to preserve a piece of handwriting from her own mother or grandmother, or even from you! Flower Vase If your mother/wife loves flowers, then she will surely appreciate a beautiful vase. While you’re at it, get a bouquet that would complement its design/ Heart-shaped photo collage Create a collage using photos of priceless moments with the little ones. It makes for a fitting Mother’s Day gift, not to mention sentimental wall art. A set of mugs If she loves drinking coffee and tea, then she will surely appreciate cute mugs. We suggest getting her beautiful hand-painted ones or personalised ones. A cookbook If she enjoys cooking, then you can’t go wrong with a cookbook filled with simple and unique recipes! A new bag or a new pair of shoes Most, if not all, women will appreciate both, even if they already have a lot of them! If you know the type of bags and shoes she uses the most, then it’d be great to give her new ones. Personalized Necklaces Get them simple and elegant necklaces, either with her initials, or bars containing the names of her children! Chocolates Everybody loves chocolates! If you’re worried about her health, then get her sugar-free chocolates instead!  Books or eBook readers If she’s a bit of a bookworm, then she’d love it if you give her a copy of her favourite author’s latest piece. You could also get her eBook readers like Kindles along with digital copies of her favourite titles.   Apron Give her something new and cute to wear as she works her magic in the kitchen. Notepad A stylish notepad for to-do lists is something every mother needs! A personalized rolling pin If baking is something that interests her, this will help her add a bit of flair and a personal touch to her pastries! Calligraphy quote art Spell out how much she means to you using printable art. Adult colouring books This will surely bring out her inner kid! Having colouring sessions can also help her manage stress. Diffuser All mothers need to unwind! Give her the gift of relaxation through essential oils and a diffuser! A diffuser is mainly used to freshen up a room’s aroma. The mist it creates can be absorbed by the skin and can have a soothing effect. Eye masks and neck pillows These will help her feel more comfortable whenever you travel! Nobody knows your mother/wife more than you! Be sure to consider what she would like before choosing a gift!   Read more [...]

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    Things to do during Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to show your mom, or the mother of your children, how grateful you all are that she is in your life!   There’s no better way to show your appreciation than the gift of time! Check out our list of fun family activities below.   Mother’s Day Awards Ceremony Have everyone dress up and hold a ceremony in honour of the mothers in the family! Have family members make up their awards ahead of time!   Karaoke This activity will give everyone an opportunity to show off their vocal skills. If you’re having a large family gathering, don’t get too carried away! Give most of the spotlight to all the mothers in the family, this day is about them after all.   Book a family photo shoot Preserve wonderful moments with the family during this special day! You’ll surely enjoy the pictures for years to come!   Turn your kitchen into an ice cream parlour Create a DIY sundae bar in the kitchen. Pick your favourite toppings and place them in a row! Don’t forget to clean up afterwards! She’ll appreciate it! Let her sleep in If your mother/wife has been in stressful situations recently, then a few hours of uninterrupted sleep is one of the best gifts you can give! Have breakfast ready by the time she wakes up!  Go on a relaxing picnic Any mother would enjoy hanging out and eating with her favourite people outdoors! Movie tickets Make sure to consider what she would like! You can either have fun with the family or let her have some alone time.  Or maybe a date with you(her partner) or her friends. Make her a delicious dinner If she always prepares the meals, working with the little ones to give her a night off would be a wonderful gesture! Take care of the chores and let her binge-watch as much as she wants! You and the kids can do the sweeping, mopping, and the scrubbing. Give her a proper day off and take care of everything for her! Go outdoors and appreciate nature You can either stroll through a botanical garden or go for a day hike!   Visit a museum or a gallery If there’s a new exhibit or gallery that she wants to check out, take this opportunity to have fun with the whole family! Let her explore a passion project Everyone wants to learn something new! Whatever her interests are, there’s probably a workshop for it! Depending on what she wants, you and the little ones might even be able to take the class with her! Go shopping with her Help her in her hunt for deals at the flea market, visit antique shop, or shop for clothes or any other things that she might want or need! Schedule a massage for her   Nobody knows her more than the family! Don’t forget to consider her personal preferences!   Want to do more Read more [...]

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    Auckland and Beyond Tours

    Seeking a unique and unforgettable journey? If so, we’re confident that Auckland & Beyond Tours will exceed your expectations! This New Zealand family-owned business owns and operates a fleet of luxurious Mercedes vehicles, which offers plenty of legroom, comfortable seats, and guarantees a smooth ride! Their vehicles are equipped with everything you and your family could want, including Wi-Fi, charging stations, umbrellas, snacks, drinks, and even iPads for your entertainment.   Everyone in their team is passionate about showing the beauty of this country to every visitor, whether international or domestic!   Below is a list of just some of the tours they offer.   Hobbiton Movie Set – starts at $249 Check out one of the most visited destinations in the country, the place where the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit film trilogies were filmed.   Waitomo Caves – starts at $249 Marvel at the beauty of thousands of magical tiny living lights inside the Waitomo Caves. These creatures are unique to New Zealand.   Te Puia – starts at $285 Visit this active geothermal wonderland situated in the Whakarewarewa. The site is home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, a kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser, and more than 500 natural geothermal wonders.   West Coast Tours – starts at $199 Enjoy a scenic drive through the Waitakere Ranges, and stop by one of the country’s most famous surf beaches, Piha Beach.   Auckland City Tours – Starts at $175 Drive through the scenic Tamaki Drive with wonderful views of Rangitoto Island. Visit MJ Savage Memorial Park, which overlooks the Harbour Bridge, Waitemata Harbour, and the Auckland City skyline.   What are you waiting for? Book a trip now!   For more information on tours offered, and for more updated prices, visit their website. Please follow and like us:

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    A Little Creative

    Thinking of enrolling your child in art classes? Below are a few reasons why your kids should get into it. Art relieves stress. Activities like painting, sculpting, drawing, and photography are relaxing and rewarding. This will help your children cope better when they become frustrated and when they encounter problems in the future. Art encourages creative thinking and enhances problem-solving skills, which will help your children perform better in schools. Art boosts self-esteem and can provide a sense of accomplishment. Being able to cope with stress, performing better in school, and having positive self-esteem will help your child become a better, and happier person in the future. So, what are you waiting for? Find an art school near you! If you’re staying in the Sunshine Coast, look no further than A Little Creative!   They offer adult clay classes, kindy art classes, art foundations classes, art mentoring, and many more. Standard classes cost $25 and run for 2 hours. They are suited to children aged five and above. All materials are included, including a snack. Parents may leave their children during the class. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they offer full-day care programs. Below are just some of their upcoming classes.   Upcycled Timber Students will create and upcycle a variety of timber items as part of this workshop. Portrait Drawing with Isabelle Isabelle will show your children to draw and paint faces in realism, digital, and cartoony styles. Monsters Your children will use their imagination to create and draw their very own cute monsters, before giving them form with clay. Food Illustrations Clay Food They can also host birthday parties and special events! Events can either be held at the studio or a location of your choice! Their party packages include art activities to suit the age and taste of guests, and party bags ready for you to fill at home! You can choose to self cater the party-food or choose from the establishment’s party-food menus! What are you waiting for? Unleash your child’s imagination and creativity! Book a class or event now! For more information and an updated list of upcoming workshops visit their website. Please follow and like us:

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    Chipmunks Playland and Cafe

    Come and discover exciting new adventures at New Zealand’s most loved indoor play centre, Chipmunks Playland & Café. All their indoor play areas are designed for children up to 11 years old. The playground is split into dedicated age zones for maximum adventure, excitement, and safety. Each area has been designed with unique equipment best suited to the child’s age and his/her learning and development levels. Your children’s experience will be enhanced through active play! It truly is the ultimate place to keep kids busy, active and entertained. Their onsite cafes are perfect for parents who want to relax while keeping an eye on their children. Each café is strategically placed in view of the play areas. They all offer a full menu of refreshments and meals, as well as plenty of comfortable seats. Don’t forget to try their magnificent coffee! Below are some of the services they offer: After school care Need more free time outside school hours? Chipmunks Playland & Café’s experienced staff will keep your children busy through active play and learning activities. Drop-off service If you need to finish shopping, run errands, or if you want to catch up with friends, then Chipmunks Playland & Café has you covered! Your children will be able to run wild in a safe environment, supervised by their wonderful staff. School Holiday Programmes The establishment offers full time or casual options, specially designed to keep your children active and entertained throughout the holidays! The establishment is also available for hire to celebrate any occasion. Their packages include full catering with menu options to suit everyone! The staff are willing to go the extra mile to help you plan your day and arrange any extras you might need! In Chipmunks Playland & Café’s different play areas, safety comes first. You can rest assured that your children are supervised by their trained and friendly staff. Chipmunks Playland & Café truly is the perfect place for the whole family to hang out, regardless of the weather. Interested? Find one near you! They have branches at Tauranga, Mt Roskill, Lyall Bay, and many other places. Click here for a complete list of their branches in The North Island, and here for the South Island. They also offer the same services in Australia. Click here for more info. Please follow and like us:

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    Bricks 4 Kidz

    Let your loved ones experience one of the best educational holiday programs in the city! Kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. In this regard, Bricks 4 Kidz is one of the best places for your little ones!   The establishment offers LEGO! workshops that explore architecture, engineering and technology concepts. They also have programs specifically designed to help your little ones with colour, letter, and number recognition as well as counting and patterning.   Their programs are built around model plans that are designed by in-house engineers and architects, with varied themes such as Space Adventures to a Galaxy Far Away, MindStorms and WeDo Robotics, Mining & Crafting, Superheroes & Ninjas, as well as Dinosaurs and Amusement Park Mayhem!   The Bricks 4 Kidz team aims to provide a safe, relaxed learning environment where initiative is invited and self-expression is celebrated. Building models provide opportunities for problem-solving and help kids develop an appreciation for how things work. Your children will surely enjoy the experience and will have an opportunity to socialise in a non-competitive atmosphere.   Below are just some of the programs they offer.   Pre-school LEGO! Programs Watch your children’s eyes light up as they dig into a pile of bricks to create fun and simple sculptures! This workshop is held every week and offers fun and age-appropriate models to build.   School Holiday Workshops With unique models and imaginative play, your children will definitely have fun during the establishment’s school holiday programs with Lego and Robotics! The activities are designed for children between the ages of 5 and 12. The activities are held in Burnside, Tea Tree Gully, Marion, and Holdfast Bay. For more information, click here.   After School Programs This workshop will allow your children to explore architecture, engineering, and technology concepts, in an unbelievably fun way. Students will participate in term-long sessions constructing a new and exciting model each week.   Interested? Click here to find a branch near you! Find out more by visiting their website. Please follow and like us:

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    Newport Judo Club

    Exploring the idea of having your child attend martial arts classes? Newport Judo Club is here to help! Check out the list below. Your child will develop self-defence skills All parents think about their children’s safety. Learning these skills doesn’t guarantee their safety but it can help give us worry a little bit less. Martial arts will help your child stay fit. Your child will develop confidence. Martial arts will help your children gain self-discipline. The classes will present your children with opportunities to socialize and compete with other students. The most famous martial arts include Karate, boxing, Judo, Taekwondo and Muay Thai. If you’re looking for a class with a unique focus on self-defence, then the Newport Judo Club in Melbourne is the perfect place for you! By practising Judo, your child will learn how to fall, throw and compete. They will also learn how to escape, as well as how to get attention and help when needed.   All students are valued and developed in this establishment. Whilst not being overprotected, they are made to feel safe and are safe within the bounds of real martial arts training. The instructor also makes it a point to explain the meaning of Japanese words used to describe judo techniques, making it easier for students to understand how to execute them. The classes are age-based for children from 5 years old to 16 years old so your kids only train with kids their own age. Join Newport Judo and see a big difference in attitude, effort, and fitness. Classes are held every Thursday. Juniors: 6:00PM – 7:00PM Junior Advanced: 7:00PM – 7:30PM U/16’s and Seniors: 7:30PM – 9:00PM Interested? Visit them at Baptist Church Hall, 26 Mason St, Newport VIC 3015! The first lesson is free!   What are you waiting for? Enroll now! Visit their website for more information. Please follow and like us:

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    The Planet

    If you’re searching for fun family activities, bowling is a fun and wonderful choice! Not only is it one of the cheapest sports a person can get into, it’s also very inclusive. It’s something that people of all abilities can play. It’s also something that people can do at almost every time of the year! If you’re from Darwin and you think that’s interesting, then we recommend that you visit The Planet! This wonderful establishment offers facilities for tenpin bowling, mini-golf, and pool. They also have arcade games, a licensed café, and even an indoor playground, which your children will surely love! The Planet is open every day! It’s open from 10AM on Mondays, Sundays and public holidays, and 9AM on any day between Tuesday and Saturday. Check out the photo below for info on prices. The Planet truly is a great place to meet up and bond with friends and family. Click here to visit their website. Please follow and like us:

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    Holoverse

    The concept of the hologram has been around for ages. It’s been used and imagined in sci-fi stories and films, including Star Wars. No one would blame you if you think that our technology today isn’t advanced enough to produce holograms. However, such machines do exist today! And it’s even available to the public! Interested? Then you should check out Holoverse in the Gold Coast! This holographic entertainment centre is the first of its kind in the world. The advanced projection technology used by this establishment was developed with the help of the Queensland Government. Below is a list of the different experiences they offer. Hologram arcade tables This device makes objects out of the light that floats in the air around you. The establishment uses these devices to offer various games that will intrigue both children and older players. You’ll be able to control crocodiles in a river, fly over a battlefield with planes, captain a ship on the ocean, play as an elf in Santa’s workshop, and much much more! Up to two people can play using one table. Experiences Volume One This is recommended as one of the first things to try at Holoverse. This is a collection of 10 unusual experiences, including flying through the sky, playing with fish and turtles, visiting Africa, jumping down holes, and even playing in holographic snow! Holosports This was inspired by the Gold Coast’s hosting of the Commonwealth Games. Take part in up to 6 exciting events and earn points towards your medal tally! Have a go at weightlifting, archery, javelin, and many more! Veggie Patch Valley This experience was designed with children in mind, but even older people will enjoy it. You’ll be able to dig holes with your holographic shovel, plant seeds, water them with your holographic watering can, and watch your veggies grow! Holographic Planetarium Here, you can visit the various planets and moons of our solar system! Look across the methane Lakes of Titan, experience the gravity of other worlds, and many more. Fly Over the Gold Coast Take advantage of the establishment’s technology in order to experience what it feels like to fly over this wonderful city. False Eden This holographic game will allow you to battle with monsters on an alien planet. You can also explore mountains, rivers, swamps, and deserts. Visiting this establishment is truly a magnificent experience. But you don’t have to take our word for it, go and check it out yourself! Find out more by visiting their website. Please follow and like us:

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    Mandarin Stars

    Modern technology and the internet have changed how we consume media and content as well as the way we interact with one another. Since the world has become a much smaller and connected place, your children can really benefit from learning a new language. It can help bring out your child’s innate talents and open your child’s heart and mind to the beauty of different cultures.   China’s vast political and economic growth will not stop any time soon, with many Chinese opening themselves up to exploring and interacting with the rest of the world. Considering that China is one of Australia’s largest import and export trade partners and the fact that Chinese businessmen are investing almost everywhere, becoming fluent in Mandarin can help your children grab wonderful career or business opportunities in the future.   If you’re interested in having your children study the language, Mandarin Stars is the perfect place to get started!   The school’s interactive and encouraging teaching methods inspire a lifelong love of the language and Chinese culture. The teachers are dedicated to making fun and interactive experiences in and outside the classroom. Their lessons are delivered using themes and topics that reflect the central interests of students. This includes immersing them in everyday situations relevant to their everyday lives. Below is a list of the classes offered by the establishment. Mandarin Stars Playgroups This class is designed for children between the ages of 1 and 5. As part of this course, the students will be introduced to the language in an immersive speaking and listening environment. This will help your child develop an ear for the language, learn the pronunciations of several words, and improve their listening skills. Mandarin Stars Preschool Classes This class is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Basic phrases, basic and radical characters, and numbers will be introduced through this course. Students will take part in various activities, including creating characters with art materials, role-play, and language games. Mandarin SuperStars Classes This course is aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 12. More time is spent on language games and role playing during these classes. These activities will improve your child’s phrase and sentence construction, as well as the usage of common vocabulary words. Children will also learn the system of Pin Yin, which is a phonetic system using the English alphabet. Mandarin Stars also offers free Mandarin classes for the parents of their students.   What are you waiting for? Enroll now! For more information on Mandarin Stars’ many program offerings, check out their website. Please follow and like us:

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    Absolute Sports Academies

    Looking to kickstart your child’s career in sports? If so, Sydney’s Absolute Sports Academies is here to help! Before we start, here’s a list of reasons why your child should get into sports. Sports will help your children improve their problem-solving skills and will allow them to work better with others. Sports will boost your child’s self-esteem. Sports will help your child stay fit and healthy. The exercise and the sense of achievement that comes with sports are good ways to reduce pressure and stress, helping your children to better cope with problems. These benefits will surely help your child become a better, stronger, and happier person in the future. Now, back to the main topic! Absolute Sports Academies’ clinics are perfect for your children to learn new skills and to realize their full potential.  All their coaches have associated licenses, Working with Children Checks and first aid certifications. Below is a list of just some of the sports clinics and academies they offer. 1. Soccer 2. Basketball 3. Netball 4. Surfing 5. Futsal Futsal is a fast-paced style of indoor soccer that has been used overseas to develop talented players such as Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Philippe Coutinho. 6. Oztag The children will participate in individual skills and development of Oztag, fun games and conclude with Oztag match play. This program is suitable for both beginners and experienced players. Dynamo Athletics As part of Dynamo Athletics, students will undergo training that is on par with what professional athletes are doing. Check out their current clinics here.   No clinics near you? Urge your local schools or sporting clubs to contact them. The people at Absolute Sports Academies would be more than happy to help organize and bring various clinics to your community! Check out their website for more information! Please follow and like us: