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Brisbane City Council Active & Healthy

With the cooler yet gloriously sunny days of winter upon us, there’s never been a better time for Brisbane families to get outdoors and get active.If you’re stuck for ideas, the Brisbane City Council’s Active and... Read More


School Holiday Entertainment at Capalaba Central | January 2017

If you are looking for some entertaining and creative activities for your Brisbane Kids during the Summer school holidays then look no further than Capalaba Central this January. The Centre is running a two-week holiday program that is sure to entertain your littlies featuring none other than Poppy and Branch from the DreamWorks Movie, Trolls. …

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Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube – Summer Holiday Program | Brisbane January 2017

Explore and experiment with everyday physics during the fun and hands-on Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube – a Summer Holiday Program running from 6th – 15th January 2017. Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube: Physics Fun Day Kicking off the school holiday program at Physics Observatory at QUT The Cube is an exciting day …

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Celebrate Australia Day in the Moreton Bay Region

Australia Day is fast approaching and as the temperatures start to soar so too does our patriotic excitement for the land we are lucky enough to call our home.  If you are looking for a fitting way to celebrate our island paradise then this year you need look no further than our beautiful Moreton Bay Region. …

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Brisbane’s Best Seaside Playgrounds

Many people are surprised to learn that you can enjoy beautiful beaches right here in Brisbane, without having to travel to the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast. In fact, with their gently sloping sands and calm waters, these local seaside spots often make for better places to visit with kids. Add in an awesome seaside …

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The Best Beaches Near Brisbane

Brisbane enjoys the enviable position of being nestled right between the beautiful bays of the Sunshine Coast and the spectacular expanses of sand along the Gold Coast. With these two amazing locations right on our doorstep, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great beaches to visit for day trips from Brisbane. While most …

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The Wild State Gallery, Queensland Museum – The Review

We say it all the time.  How very fortunate our Brisbane Kids are to grow up where they do.  But do they (or we for that matter) really understand and appreciate in full just how diverse and unique this land we are lucky enough to call our home really is?   Do you, for instance, know …

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The Gabori Sisters: Gathering By The Sea | GOMA Children’s Art Centre, Brisbane

‘The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea’ is a fascinating and inspiring exhibition currently at the Children’s Art Centre, GOMA until 12th February 2017. It is open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm and it is free of cost. The bright and engaging exhibition was developed by the Gabori sisters, Elsie, Dorothy and Amanda, and takes …

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Learn about bush tucker in Brisbane and grow your own

Bush tucker may be only a recent addition to the menus of trendy Brisbane restaurants, but it has been a mainstay of the local indigenous people’s diets for hundreds of years. Back in the 1980s and 90s, the iconic Bush Tucker Man brought bush foods into the mainstream with his popular television show and associated …

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Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

The City Botanic Gardens, Brisbane’s most historic public gardens, is the perfect place to come for a little outdoors time. With so many different features on offer – such as bike and walking paths, expansive lawns, a newly updated playground, countless picnicking areas, and even ornamental ponds – you’ll never be at a loss for …

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Brisbane City Hall and Clock Tower Tour

Our beautiful city and surrounds offers an abundance of exploratory and natural play for our Brisbane kids and has done for as long as we can remember.  Indeed, we are a lucky lot to call this place our home and in many ways it is nice for our children to learn more about the city …

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Fort Lytton, A Brisbane Kids Review

You don’t need to travel to Europe to see a historic military fort – Brisbane has its very own coastal fortress, Fort Lytton, complete with a water-filled moat for you to visit. Situated on the Brisbane River, Fort Lytton is a fascinating landmark to explore with your Brisbane Kids. A visit to Fort Lytton can …

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Food Swaps In and Around Brisbane

Community food projects  and food swaps are a fast growing initiative in Brisbane and around Australia. Growing awareness of the environmental impact of large-scale food production and distribution, concerns over the freshness and safety of mass-produced crops, as well as the desire to live in a more sustainable and green way, have all led to …

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Samford Village Cycle Trail

Samford, just north-west of Brisbane, is such a delightful area with a bustling country village feel to it. There’s lots for families to see and do there, including taking a leisurely weekend cycle around the village. The track, which begins and ends at the Samford Parklands sporting complex, weaves its way through country lanes, new …

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Lakes and Dams That You Can Swim In Around Brisbane

Brisbane is full of family-friendly recreation areas, parks and natural swimming locations. An alternative option during the hot weather, and something that Queensland is well-known for, is its collection of swimming dams – dams that you can swim in that are approved for recreation and some water sports. There are restrictions on which dams allow …

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How to Get Involved In the Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Brisbane Kids love wildlife, and we are blessed to have so many amazing native species in our local area. Sometimes we take these for granted, or simply go about our busy lives without always noticing the amazing creatures right in our own backyards. Which is why the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is so awesome! It …

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Roma Street Parkland Map

Brisbane is exceedingly generous when it comes to finding parks and playgrounds for our children to explore.  Indeed, our Brisbane Kids are most definitely spoilt for choice and, with tree-rimmed green spaces never too far away, you would be forgiven if you overlooked our industrial city centre when searching for some time outdoors immersed in …

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Awesome Guide for Brisbane Kids Who Love Astronomy

If your Brisbane Kid is in to the moon, stars, planets and the universe in general, why not engage their imagination, nurture their interest and ignite their passion for learning through these awesome resources! The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium The Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is definitely the must-see place for budding astronomers in Brisbane. Although …

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What’s On At Mt Coot-tha Lookout For Families

Brisbane Lookout at scenic Mt Coot-tha is a favourite destination for both locals and visitors alike, offering breathtaking views day and night. The lookout has been in operation for more than a century, yet there is so much more on offer than just the amazing views. SENSATIONAL FOOD Right at the top of the lookout, …

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Playgrounds at South Bank Parklands

South Bank Parklands, in Brisbane’s CBD is effectively one giant playground for kids of all sizes and abilities. Streets Beach, Aquativity Water Park and Picnic Island Playground are just some of the popular attractions within South Bank Parklands. And now there is a brand new playground – Riverside Green Playground – for locals and tourists …

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Must-do Brisbane activities while the kids are still young

Brisbane Kids seem to grow up in the blink of an eye — one day you’re bringing your bundle of joy home from hospital and before you know it you’re waving them off to school! To help you make the most of those precious early years, we’ve compiled a list of the best spots around …

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The Gollum Tree at Scarborough Beach | A Touch of Magic for Brisbane Kids

A mysterious door has appeared in one of Scarborough Beach’s beautiful Norfolk Pine trees — and local legend has it that Gollum, of Lord of the Rings fame, is residing inside! Brisbane Kids and Lord of the Rings enthusiasts will love examining this magical door and peeking through the small window to spot a light-up Gollum figurine …

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Fruit picking in Brisbane for making a delicious Mulberry Crumble

If you’ve got access to a mulberry tree in Brisbane that is dripping with fruit this spring, don’t let it all go to the birds. Get your Brisbane Kids fruit picking and whip up a mulberry crumble by following our delicious recipe below. If you don’t have a mulberry tree in your garden, don’t worry, …

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The Best Kids’ Climbing Trees in Brisbane

I’m not sharing anything new with you when I say that kids today have less of an affair with the great outdoors than we did when we were young.  In particular, the adventure and imagination-filled wonder of climbing amongst the outstretched limbs of the perfect tree.  What was once a symbol of an idyllic childhood …

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Jacarandas in Brisbane | When & where to find them this year

Purple Spring Blooms – A photographic guide to Brisbane’s Jacarandas As Brisbane wakes from its wintery slumber, the hills, parks and water-front blossom into a burst of spring colour. When and where can you find Jacarandas in Brisbane this year?Jacaranda season is soon approaching, with Brisbane showing off some of the best blooms in Australia. …

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11 Brisbane Heritage Sites To Visit With Kids

Brisbane Kids love getting out and about, visiting new places and learning new things, so why not combine that with a touch of local history and culture by visiting one of these awesome Brisbane Heritage sites? 1. Boondall Wetlands Long before Brisbane became Brisbane, it was Mian-jin to the original Indigenous inhabitants. Kids can learn …

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Plane Spotting in Brisbane

Does your Brisbane Kid marvel at aircraft flying overhead? Do you have a little aviation enthusiast in the family? There really is something special about flying machines, so it’s not surprising that plane spotting in Brisbane has become a popular hobby for many children. If you’ve got a couple of hours spare on a weekend, …

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12 Walking Games For Kids

Back in the olden days it was totally acceptable for kids to walk 5 miles through the snow… barefoot! In the eighties we had safety houses and kids would often walk short distances by themselves or with their parents. Fast forward to modern day times and things have changed. Parents are busier, with many given …

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Nature Play – Getting Our Kids Outdoors

Turning screen time to green time Firstly – if you are coming here via our facebook page (ironic) and just want to sign up- then go here  passport to an amazing childhood There is very little debate on the fact that children today are growing up in a very different world to the one many …

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Brisbane Kids Scavenger Hunt Adventure

How to create your own fun kids’ scavenger hunt for free Creating fun childhood memories doesn’t have to cost the earth. In fact, as we all know, some of the best things in life are free. And Brisbane Kids scavenger hunts are one of these fun and engaging free memory makers. Recently we printed off …

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Outdoor Scavenger Hunt for toddlers and kids

Heading into the great outdoors for a scavenger hunt is a wonderful way to get your kids out and about with nature. The great thing about being in Brisbane and scavenger hunts is the never ending sources of great places to go. There are plenty of outdoor spaces and Brisbane parks that provide wonderful opportunities …

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Kids Astronomy Brisbane

If your Brisbane Kid is in to the moon, stars, planets and the universe in general, you should consider getting in contact with the Brisbane Astronomical Society. The Society consists of a group of very enthusiastic amateur astronomers who love to share their knowledge and welcome new members with wide arms. Members of the Society …

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50 things to do with kids.. while kids are kids

Sand Bucket List Seemingly, we lucky members of the Parent’s Club need only blink our eyes and before we can say “sleep is for the weak” our precious newborn babies have grown into mud covered mess makers, who suddenly want to dress themselves without our input. Blink again and they’re hitching a ride on the …

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A Day out at Queens Park Ipswich with Kids

Sophia and I were wondering what to do for the day when I thought “what about going to a park?”  It was beautiful outside and it seemed a shame to waste it indoors!  I remembered seeing some parks on the Brisbane Kids facebook page.  So I jumped on my iPad and had it up in a jiffy. …

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Geocaching in Brisbane With Kids

All children love a treasure hunt, but have your Brisbane Kids tried geocaching? This high tech orienteering activity is taking off across the world, with ‘caches’ popping up everywhere. The basic concept of geocaching is that someone plants a cache on public property, records the locating coordinates and posts these details on a listing site. …

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The Best Places To Take Your Brisbane Kids Fishing

Here are some local Brisbane places to introduce your Brisbane Kids to fishing, where it’s not too hard to catch something – hopefully more than a cold! Hornibrook Bridge, Pine River The beautiful bridge may be gone but council have left a lovely area for families to drop a line out into the water. You …

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Explore Brisbane | Cleveland Point Park

I live on the northside of Brisbane and rarely venture over to the southside. However, last year, the children and I visited the park at Old Cleveland Lighthouse located 237 Shore Street North, Cleveland Point which is located in the beautiful Redlands City part of South East Queensland. This picturesque place is situated right out …

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Explore Brisbane | Best of All Lookout | Springbrook

It’s enchanted, I’m sure of it. The entrance is cool, and there is a feel of magic in the air. Shadows are dappled with dancing light, making me wonder what sort of secrets the trees could tell. Green is everywhere: textured moss, twisted vines hugging tree trunks and dainty ferns spilling over rocks.  Spots of …

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Explore Brisbane | McGavin View | Pine Rivers

This picture shows why I love McGavin View so much. The picturesque park sits next to Lake Samsonvale near Petrie on the North Side of Brisbane; it’s a beautiful spot!  The park is filled with sprawling trees, dozens of places to sit, two playgrounds, BBQ facilities, and to top it off: a backdrop of purple …

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The RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre

If your Brisbane Kid or another member of your family has an interest in planes or military aviation, the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre is a must see. Located on the RAAF base at Amberley and about a 40 minute drive from the Brisbane CBD, the museum offers an inexpensive and educational day out. Things …

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Gardens in Brisbane — 7 Gardens to Visit With Brisbane Kids

Looking for something different to do with the kids? Why not get out and explore one of the many beautiful gardens that Brisbane has to offer? Pack a picnic, grab the kids and head outdoors for some exploring. Here are the top 7 gardens to visit in Brisbane: 1. City Botanic Gardens Why not head into …

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Bunnings Playgrounds

Fenced Brisbane Bunnings Playgrounds Bunnings isn’t just a grownups world, with plenty of DIY workshops for kids too. If you have a Brisbane kid over 5 they can take on projects like planter boxes, trucks & CD holders for FREE. Your local Bunnings may also go that step further to please, providing weekend activities like …

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Conservation Centers In Brisbane – Get Amongst Brisbane Nature!

Get your Brisbane kids away from the screen and out and about in nature at any of Brisbane’s amazing Conservation Centres this weekend. It’s not just about teaching your kids about conservation, it’s about seeing native Australian animals in their natural habitats, bushwalks through amazing scenery and taking in fresh air and family time! It’s …

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Child Friendly Shopping Review | Indooroopilly Shopping Town

My 2 year old loves Bob the Builder to the extent that car trips are measured by the number of times I hear the Bob the Builder theme song on repeat rather than the odometer reading.  As such, we make regular visits to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre (= 2.5 Bob the Builder theme songs) to visit …

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Where To Find Glow Worms On The Gold Coast

If you are wondering where to find Glow Worms on the Gold Coast then luckily for you there are two different places where you can spot them. The Gold Coast is home to Springbrook National Park, which features one of Australia’s best known glow worm viewing sites. Further inland at Mount Tramborine you can also find …

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Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha

Set on 56 hectares and featuring over 20,000 plants and 5,000 plant species, the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha are Australia’s premier subtropical botanic gardens. Way more than just a showcase of beautiful flora, the gardens are a must-visit for Brisbane Kids with a range of attractions to excite and engage them. This is the …

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Hide ’n’ Seek Children’s Trail | Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Set in the leafy Exotic Rainforest of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, the Hide ’n’ Seek Children’s Trail leads kids on an exciting and engaging adventure of discovery to uncover the secrets hidden in the forest! This is a fantastic route for kids to take to learn more about their natural environment and to get amongst …

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Top 10 Child Friendly Cafes in Brisbane

Top 10 child friendly cafes in Brisbane If you think your days of having a coffee at a great cafe are over now that you have kids- think again. There are more and more places around Brisbane that are not only welcoming  you and your kids, but are making an effort to keep them entertained …

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Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Next time you are stuck for something fun to do with the kids I would strongly recommend packing them (and a picnic basket!) into the car and heading out for a daytrip to the Daisy Hill Koala Centre.  Nestled within the leafy confines of the Daisy Hill Conservation Park, this small but interesting enclosure is …

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Bird Watching in Brisbane with Kids

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Places to feed the ducks in Brisbane

Places to feed the ducks in Brisbane Before you head off to feed the ducks please read the following document http://wildbirdrescues.com.au/feeding-native-birds/feeding-swans-and-ducks/ and http://www.faunarescue.org.au/documents/BreadIsBadForMe-FeedingDucksAndWaterfowl.pdf and http://mothernatured.com/2011/08/27/ditch-the-bread-and-make-gourmet-wild-duck-food-instead/ There is nothing that a Brisbane Kid will love more than heading to local lake to feed some ducks. We gathered these locations via our facebook fans who claim these are best spots for …

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Aquativity at South Bank Parklands | Water-play for the whole family

South Bank Parklands Aquativity area offers hours of water-play fun for Brisbane Kids of all ages. Aquativity The Fun Throughout human history we have been fascinated with the power of water from its life-giving properties, to its graceful beauty, to the pure joy derived from splashing around in a flowing river. At South Bank Parklands, …

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Walking Tracks for Kids | Mount Glorious and D’Aguilar National Park

If your Brisbane kids are full of energy that you’re looking to zap, whilst also taking in some of the most beautiful views of subtropical rainforest and the surrounding hills, then look no further than the Mount Glorious walking tracks. Picnic & Bushwalking in Brisbane with kids Located north west of Brisbane city in South …

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22 Fun ways to stay cool this Summer

Fun ways to stay cool in summer How to stay cool in summer is a constant battle especially when you don’t have a big pool or airconditioning. So we asked Brisbane parents what they do to keep their Brisbane Kids cool in summer. Wash the car in the shade- get wet and do something constructive …

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Redcliffe Lagoon

Also known as Settlement Cove Redcliffe Lagoon overlooks Moreton Bay on Redcliffe’s foreshore and the view is amazing looking out onto Moreton Island. Redcliffe Lagoon has everything for a great family day out and best of all it’s free! It has water jets, toadstools and bugs that squirt water, children’s playground, wading pools and beach side …

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Best Free Water Parks In Brisbane For Kids

This article is all about FREE fun water play locations and places with water features that are fun and entertaining, including free water parks for Brisbane Kids and places for families built around the concept of water. As Brisbane parents we understand you need options that don’t cost a lot of money, that get the …

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The Best Beaches in Brisbane

Heading to the beach is one of the best activities to do for a family outing. It’s great fun, easy to arrange, really entertaining for the kids, outdoors, and best of all, free! So why don’t we do it more often? Well, mainly because we tend to think we have to drive all the way …

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Redcliffe Kite Flying Days

The Redcliffe Kite Flying Club meets once a month on the foreshore of Clontarf to fly their kites and take in the sea air. Brisbane Kids can look forward to this regular and free kite flying event on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month weather permitting. This is the type of sport where …

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The QLD State Library

The Most Child Friendly Library in Brisbane City Mention the idea of spending a few hours (or a day) with your little kids at the State Library and for some parents the idea borders on hilarious – or at least wishful thinking.  It brings to mind visions of steering their small bodies through corridors of …

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10 free things to do in Brisbane with Kids

Exploring Brisbane for free seems like a pipedream, but it really doesn’t have to be. Pack your own lunch and some cool beverages, grab a sturdy backpack, a hat and suncream and comfortable shoes, and let us take care of the rest! Whether it is raining outside or a beautiful spring day, there are always …

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The Queensland Museum

Don’t make the mistake of assuming you have to be as old as some of the exhibited antiques found there in order to enjoy a visit to the Queensland Museum.   The truth is, it’s actually a wonderland of knowledge, fun, activity and intrigue that leaves little minds clambering for more and bodies happily exhausted from …

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