Friday, 26 August 2016

Friday Finds

+ Spot on Festival from the 27 Sept - 2 Oct at Riverside Theatres. So much quality stuff on for over the festival. We are looking forward to Slingsby Theatre Company's Oscar Wilde's  The Young Kimg and $10 movie tickets.
+ Lights and  Lanterns / Dandenong Festival of Lights 26 August - 9 October
+ Film in Revolt / A platform for teens who are intersted in film

Friday, 29 July 2016

Friday Finds

image credit: Raquel Caballero

+ My youngest son adores animals and did a vet workshop with these guys a few years ago. New programme out for 2017 AND they are also offering two scholarships.
+ My daughter would love these graphic tights. Too many choose from!
+ Our friend Lilly Blue from BIG Kids magazine will lead participants through theatre games, collaborative invention and art making in response to SCAF's immersive installation, After Voices. 
+ My daughter is my new photographer for my project Hello Bookshop (That's her pictured). It was very exciting to work with her.  We will give you a heads up when our first conversation is up.
+ If you are in Penrith this is your last chance this weekend to catch The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. We loved  it in 2011 at the Sydney Festival.
+ We will be in Melbourne this weekend and will be popping along to Circus Oz's open house in Collingwood.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Friday Finds

+ Pop up ice skating in the city and Bondi may have ended but you can skate seven day a week at The Ice Zoo
+ Melbourne Writers' Festival children and teen program looks wonderful. Love the podcasting workshop
+ Your teen may be find their voice at the Australian Poetry Slam
+ We love this Tokyo time-lapse / Tokyo is an amazing city to visit with your kids
+ Tracks - A pop up program of events for young writers
+ My teen is at Splendour in the Grass this weekend - but they also cater for the little ones.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Friday Finds

+ Assignments from artist Miranda July's project, Learning to Love You More
+ Beautiful online games for younger children
+ Grab a camera, jump on a train and create your own 52 Suburbs
+ Like a TED for mums. A collaborative community for creative mothers
+ Keep your teen busy for 100 days
+ Kidtopia festival in October

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Australian National Maritime Museum - Wildlife Photographer of the Year

images by Mischa

This week over the school holidays I took my two youngest children (15, 12) on an adventure. An adventure like we used to do when they were younger. I didn’t tell them where we were headed just to take their cameras.

As we approached the Maritime Museum they were little apprehensive. They had been before there when they were younger and saw no sense in going again.

We were stamped at the front counter, which gave us access to the whole museum – boats and all. With our map in hand our first stop was the submarine (which is quite an experience, imagining people working and living within the space), we then hit up the HMAS Vampire and the HMB Endeavour. The submarine was our favourite.

Inside the museum we wandered through the regular exhibitions heading towards the main purpose of our visit – to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition.

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, this beautiful exhibition showcases the most amazing photographs from around the world. The kids are into photography at the moment and I knew they would appreciate the skill it takes to capture rare natural moments on film. It was also an opportunity for us to view parts of the world that are rarely seen.


Australian National Maritime Museum
Darling Harbour, Sydney

Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition runs until the 16th  October 2016 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Genext - New Romance: Art and the Posthuman | Museum of Contemporary Art

My daughter (15) went to MCA's Genext evening New Romance: Art and the Posthuman  on Sunday. The event is for teens aged between 12 and 18, where they get the run of the museum. (images by Mischa)

Random Musical | Monkey Baa Theatre

If you are looking for a day out with some culture and fun, Monkey Baa Theatre is a great family venue for such an event. Situated directly opposite the children’s playground in the Darling Quarter Precinct, Monkey Baa Theatre is currently presenting Random Musical by Cre8tion till 16th July. 
The musical commences with each child writing down a random word on a card, and from these cards their random words lead the actors in taking the audience members on a clever and completely random musical adventure. Conjuring up spontaneous characters based on the audience’s random words, these talented actors completely improve the whole story with creative song, clever dialogue and costume, creating a storyline that is unlimitedly imaginative.
The kids loved the audience participation and surprises of the unexpected twists and turns of the story. Their involvement in the musical created a connection to the story that kept them entertained and creatively involved until the end. When asked who was their favourite character my son replied the pianist. He was amazed of how the pianist cleverly kept up with the actors sudden change in storylines and pace with the changes in his music.
Random Musical was lots of fun and I felt it was a great intro to improv acting and live theatre for young children. You won’t know what story you will get, but it will be definitely totally original with lots of silliness, fun and laughs.
By Virginia and Barkley
Random Musical
12th – 16th July 2016
Monkey Baa Theatre
Darling Quarter Precinct

Friday, 8 July 2016

Friday Finds

image: Abbey Vella

+ Forget the Archibald's! Meet the Young Archie's
+ One of my teens will be at Genext this Sunday - maybe she will share her images
+ Evening sorted = Back to the Future at Golden Age Cinema
+ For your photographer in the family
+ Palace movie club - discounted movies

Monday, 4 July 2016

Friday, 1 July 2016

Friday Finds

+ Best Sunday evening in Sydney for over 12's (and it's free too)
+  Got space lovers at home? The Final Frontier in Melbourne might be right up their alley
+ It's an old one but we still love it
Kidlolly - Where have you gone?
+ Travelling with kids with Zig Zag - Would be great to see a Sydney version
+ Catch Mustang in the cinemas with your teens
+ On our list for August

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Plant Planet Workshop

 Plant Planet workshop = Mundane Matters x Superlocalstudio = A thought -provoking, creative food experience led by Danling Xiao and Liane Rossler.

Saturday 23 July 2016
11am - 1pm
Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation
16-20 Goodhope St

$20 per participant
All ages welcome

Bookings essential/Limited numbers 02 9331 1112,au
more info

Monday, 27 June 2016

BIG Kids Magazine - Contribution call out

BIG Kids Magazine have announced their next issues (issue 10) theme is HUMAN.
1. *CREATE and CONTRIBUTE your response to the theme Human. You can write, film, paint, dance, draw, sew or sing your contributions which will be considered for publication on their blog, and/or in the pages of BIG Kids Magazine.
2. SEND high resolution print quality images, sound bites, videos or word docs  of your work to including the title of the work, your name, age (if you’re a child) and location.

Saturday, 25 June 2016


HIPPO! HIPPO!, a new kids’ musical based on the best-selling book There’s a Hippopotamus on the Roof Eating Cake, is coming to Glen Street Theatre next month and have a  family pass valued at $75 to giveaway. The pass is valid for 2 adults and 3 children and is for the 1pm performance on Thursday July 14.

For your chance email tell us your families favourite cake and why before July 4th (please also include a contact number). ENTRIES CLOSED

Based on the books by Hazel Edwards & Illustrated by Deborah Niland
Adaptation and Directed by: Garry Ginivan
Original Score and Musical Direction: Mark Jones
Cast Includes: Rosie Byth, Kaisha Durban, Eamonn George and Dean Schulz

Venue: Glen Street Theatre, corner Glen Street and Blackbutts Road, Belrose
Performance Dates: 14-16 July 2016
Performance Times: Thu & Fri 10.30am and 1pm. Sat 10am and 12pm.
Running Time:50 mins (no interval)
Ticket Prices: $21 each or $75 for a family pass of five. Transaction charges may apply.
Patrons’ Advice: Ideal for 1 – 7 year olds.

Bookings: or 9975 1455

Friday, 24 June 2016

Friday Finds

image: Nick Miller

+ A new music and arts festival - The Lost Lands - shared experiences for families of creatives, music-lovers and the adventurous. When: October 28-31 2016, Where: Werribee Mansion (Melbourne)

hotDocs - Most documentaries are classified for under 18's 

+ Unicorn Youth - weekly radio show dedicated to giving young LGBTQIA+ people a voice

+ Why poetry is great for young children - Lilly Blue on Kinderling radio

+ If you have a shutterbug aged under 11 - get them snapping for this

+ JAM Online courses for kids

+ Studio Ghibli week at Golden Age Cinema in Surry Hills

+ How to talk about teenage mental health 

+ Aphex Twins first video in 17 years directed by a 12 year old YouTuber

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

The Red Turtle | Sydney Film Festival

a movie review by Taite (age 11)

The Red Turtle is a movie about a man that gets shipwrecked on an island, he tries to escape by building rafts but something keeps destroying it. He finds out that it was a red turtle which came on land to lay eggs the man gets angry and hits and turns over the turtle to slowly die as it can’t get to water. The red turtle dies but then reappears as a woman. He falls in love with her. They have a child and the film follows these characters till the man’s death. He remains on the island with no further desire to leave- yet his own child eventually leaves with three other turtles to see the world.

This movie shows struggles, difficulties, happy moments, ups and downs and many more emotions. Although there is no talking in this movie the pictures still give a magnificent understanding of the characters and their emotions, so little can still be enough.

The design wasn’t like an anime even thought it was made by an animation company that made another well-known anime film Totoro (Studio Ghibli). The imagery was focused on nature, while telling the story. There are very few close up shots.

This movie was sad as when the tsunami hit they experienced difficulty and a sad moment of their home land being lost and got severe injuries. At one moment I thought the father was going to die.

I think this movie is recommended for people from 9+ and for people that have patience. Some people around me thought it moved too slowly,but I was happy with the pace. This is a dramatic poetic arthouse film with a bit of romance for all ages over 9.

My rating is 4.5 out of  5

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

SING STREET | Sydney Film Festival

a movie review by Salvador (12)

Sing Street is a marvellous movie about a boy, Cosmo (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo)
and his life and family in Dublin, Ireland. His family are having problems, which means a new life and new school for him where he makes enemies and friends.  

He also meets an interesting and mysterious girl, Raphina (Lucy Boynton)
hanging outside his school. He tells her he is in a band to impress and get to know her.  But the trouble is he doesn't have a band so he teams up with his new friend Darren (Ben Carolan) to get a band together so they can make a music clip and get Raphina to be in it.

My dad is from Dublin and was the same age as the main character (15) at the time of the movie date (1985) so he remembered a lot of things from the movie, the songs, the clothes and the places they filmed in.

I thought it was one of the best movies of the year.  The movie had brilliant songs and hilarious jokes.  If I had to rate it out of 10 I would give it 9/10 because it was that good.

After the movie two of the actors Ferdia Walsh-Peelo and Mark McKenna

were there to talk about the movie and answer the audiences questions.  The main actor liked the Beatles when he was growing up and Mark McKenna who plays Eamon does not like rabbits in real life (you will understand when you watch the movie).

I would recommend it to everyone that likes good songs and who has a sense of humour.

Editors note for parents: 
Sing Street is rated: M. There are some scenes with bullying, which may be upsetting to younger viewers. Themes within the movie include bullying, divorce and abuse. IMDB provides a parents guide.

A film guide is also available here