Brisbane Kids https://www.brisbanekids.com.au Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:48:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.3 How to choose a good high school in Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/choose-good-high-school-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/choose-good-high-school-brisbane/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:20:14 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180386 Choosing the right high school for your children is one of life’s most important decisions – if we get it right, all the stars align and everyone is happy. If we get it wrong, it’s time to regroup, make changes, and start over, all of which takes time and money. Readers often ask us for ...

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Choosing the right high school for your children is one of life’s most important decisions – if we get it right, all the stars align and everyone is happy. If we get it wrong, it’s time to regroup, make changes, and start over, all of which takes time and money.

Readers often ask us for tips on how to choose a good high school in Brisbane so we thought we’d gather our favourite resources together in one place. Hopefully these tips will make your quest to get it right first go a little easier.

How to choose a good high school in Brisbane

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1. Location, location, location

Location of the high school is often one of the first considerations for parents. The best school for your high school teenager is ideally within arms length of either your home or workplace so that you are able to maintain some kind of link with the school with ease. This map of Brisbane High Schools (and primary schools) can be very helpful in finding options and also streamlining your search. Click here to access the map now.

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2. High School Options

For a small regional city, Brisbane has a great number of high school options for the kids including private, public, independent, colleges, flexible learning environments, creative industry campuses, science and math academies, Steiner schools and more.

When considering how to choose a good school in Brisbane, we firmly believe one of the best ways to start is to take advantage of Open Days, Tours, and School Talks. Taking your high school ready child to these events gives you both an insight into how a particular school’s curriculum, program, and learning environment may support, guide or teach your child. Opportunities to visit a school also give you an insight into the ethos of the place, and see a snapshot of the community of families and children that attend the school. You can meet the teachers, and view the grounds. Face to face gatherings and meetings are also essential to ‘get a feel’ of the place, have an opportunity to chat to current and past students, and look beyond appearances.

Click here to view our comprehensive list of High School Open Days in Brisbane.

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3. Public Transport Options

After the slog of primary school years, driving children to and fro, (and to and fro) it’s a welcome relief for most parents when the kids are old enough to catch the bus. Letting your teenagers rely more heavily on public transport when going to and from school saves so much time each day and makes family life so much less stressful and chaotic. If you want to check bus routes to make sure your home or office is within reach, click here for information.

We hope these links are helpful to you. Do let us know of any other ideas or resources we should add to the list.

We’ve made it even easier for you to choose a good high school in Brisbane. Click here to see a list of High School Options in Brisbane and surrounds.

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Kids Sport Programs in Brisbane | Young Sports https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/kids-sport-programs-brisbane-young-sports/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/kids-sport-programs-brisbane-young-sports/#respond Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:39:24 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180359 Do you want to introduce your child to the joy of sport in a professional, well organised, stimulating, and really fun environment? Do you want to let them try out a range of different sports and gain an understanding of the fundamentals of each at the same time as developing motor skills, getting healthy and ...

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Do you want to introduce your child to the joy of sport in a professional, well organised, stimulating, and really fun environment? Do you want to let them try out a range of different sports and gain an understanding of the fundamentals of each at the same time as developing motor skills, getting healthy and having fun? Then Young Sports is the program for you!

Young Sports in Brisbane

The Young Sports approach

Young Sports believes that just like learning to read, write and perform arithmetic, developing a healthy body with good motor skills is essential for kids. This helps to enhance their concentration, develop positive social skills and protect against potential illnesses.

Young Sports introduces kids to the basic skills of 9 major sports, with an emphasis on having fun. This gives children the opportunity to enjoy the sports, gain a sense of achievement from improving their skills, increase their confidence, and experience the excitement of competition, at the same time as making new friends. In short, they aim to introduce kids to the joy of sport!

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What kids learn with Young Sports

With their unique focus on a range of popular sports, Young Sports allows kids to acquire not only a basic knowledge of the featured sports, but also developmental motor skills such as throwing, passing, catching, kicking, balancing, twisting, and so on. Through their knowledge and love of a variety sports, Young Sports kids will also gain ‘a head start to a healthy lifestyle’™!

The sports in the Young Sports program include:

  • Athletics
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

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Lessons at Young Sports

Young Sports lessons are based on successful coaching techniques developed over years of professional coaching. The lessons are well structured and taught in a way that kids can clearly understand and learn. The lessons are exciting and positive, with an integral focus on fun. The program is also constantly updated based on the latest research, ensuring your child has an exciting, enriching and up-to-date experience.

There are the multi-sport classes, where each of the 9 sports on offer is focussed on in 2 lessons, as well as single sport classes. In the lessons, kids learn the rules of the sports, practise fair play, develop sports and social skills and healthy lifestyle habits, with professional coaching and excellent, safe and age appropriate equipment.

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What Young Sports offers

Classes

Young Sports has multi-sport classes for kids aged: 3–4 years, 5–6 years and 7–10 years. There is also a sport specific program. Lessons are 30 minutes for children up to 6 years and 60 minutes for children 7 years and older.

Classes are available Monday to Saturday, and run during 4 terms per year at many locations throughout Brisbane. Visit youngsports.com.au to see all classes and venues available.

THE FIRST LESSON IS FREE!

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Childcare centres

Young Sports also operates in childcare centres, where they provide a highly successful, structured sports program that kids, parents and educators will love.

Schools

Young Sports can also come to your child’s school, to complement the physical education program with a high quality sport specific component for the younger grades.

Birthday parties

Birthday parties with Young Sports are a sure hit with kids, with a focus on two chosen sports, lots of games, fun and laughter. There are different lengths to suit your child and are either at a booked venue or venue of your choice.

Holiday clinics

You can also book into the fun Young Sports holiday clinics to keep your child happy and active during the school holidays. Clinics are currently available for:

  • Tennis
  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Cricket

For more information, or to book your Young Sports experience now, call 07 3376 3388, email info@youngsports.com.au or visit youngsports.com.au.

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The Lego Batman Movie https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/the-lego-batman-movie/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/the-lego-batman-movie/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:44:43 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180246 Looks like everything is awesome once again as the new LEGO movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, makes it way onto the big screen just in time for the Easter Holidays in March 2017. After the box office success of The Lego Movie in 2014, Warner Bros and Animal Logic announced the news that there will ...

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Looks like everything is awesome once again as the new LEGO movie, The LEGO Batman Movie, makes it way onto the big screen just in time for the Easter Holidays in March 2017.

After the box office success of The Lego Movie in 2014, Warner Bros and Animal Logic announced the news that there will be two spin-off Lego films – Ninjago, based on the popular stream of Lego toy products and The Lego Batman Movie. And now the time has finally come as The LEGO Batman Movie is the first sequel to be released.

The LEGO Batman Movie will see the self proclaimed leading man of the original LEGO movie, LEGO Batman,  star in his very own self titled adventure movie.  LEGO Batman will have his hands full as The Joker attempts a hostile take over of Gotham City. As a superhero who usually works alone, LEGO Batman may have to change his tune and work with other to help defeat the evil Joker and his even more evil sidekick Harley Quinn. Luckily Robin, Alfred and Batgirl are all not too far away and willing to give LEGO Batman a much needed hand. Let’s hope they can help defeat The Joker, keep Gotham City safe and manage to get LEGO Batman to lighten up just a little in the process!

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The movie has already been released in the US and many other countries to rave reviews. Some are calling it the best superhero movie ever and many say that fans of the original LEGO Movie will not be left disappointed as it follows along in the same irreverent spirit of fun that made the first movie an international smash hit.

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Will Arnett, who voiced LEGO Batman in the original LEGO Movie will once again voice the lead character. He will be supported by an all star cast including Zach Galifiankis as The Joker, Michael Cera as Robin, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred and Rosario Dawson as Batgirl. The all star line up continues with a number of cameos voiced by an impressive list of stars including Channing Tatum, , Adam Devine, Jonah Hill, Zoe Kravitz and even Mariah Carey!

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Chris McKay has directed the movie and producers Dan Lin, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Roy Leee who all worked together on The LEGO Movie are back together again for the sequel. The hilarious script has been written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers with additional screenplay material by Jared Stern and John Whittington based on LEGO construction Toys.

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The Batman LEGO Movie is sure to have everyone laughing out loud with its clever scripts and even more clever LEGO animation in a movie that is perfect for the whole family and a must see for all LEGO fans.

The Lego Batman Movie will be in cinemas nationally 30th March 2017.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL TEASER TRAILER FOR The Lego Batman Movie BELOW:

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Make a family fitness resolution this year… and keep it, with Brisbane’s Active & Healthy Program https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/make-a-family-fitness-resolution-this-year-and-keep-it/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/make-a-family-fitness-resolution-this-year-and-keep-it/#respond Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:17:44 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=178245 A new year is a great time to re-evaluate life goals as a family, and improving health and fitness will be at the top of the list. That’s why the Brisbane City Council is encouraging families to kick-start 2017 with Brisbane’s Active & Healthy program, which offers activities for all ages and fitness levels at ...

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A new year is a great time to re-evaluate life goals as a family, and improving health and fitness will be at the top of the list.

That’s why the Brisbane City Council is encouraging families to kick-start 2017 with Brisbane’s Active & Healthy program, which offers activities for all ages and fitness levels at hundreds of local parks and other venues across Brisbane.

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Low cost exercise for Brisbane families

With the New Year in full swing, Brisbane families can begin to make use of Council’s free or low-cost activities to help improve their health, fitness and well-being.

Council’s Active & Healthy Program builds an active and healthy city and proves that leading a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be costly.

Brisbane families can also complement their activities with outdoor workouts at 110 parks in Brisbane with fitness equipment. Check out our Brisbane park map and detailed park reviews to determine your closest park with exercise equipment.

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Keeping fitness fun for families

Council is dedicated to creating an active, healthy city that delivers a range of programs to help encourage the community to make positive lifestyle choices to improve their personal health and fitness.

Keeping fitness fun and ensuring there is plenty of variety is the key to maintaining your family’s new year resolution. At many of Council’s Active and Healthy programs, you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even notice the sweat!

Council’s Active & Healthy Programs include:

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Active programs for any age and ability level

Council’s Active & Healthy Program offers a series of group classes suitable for everyone, from beginners to those with higher fitness abilities.

With more than 12,000 free or low-cost activities delivered to more than 100,000 residents, there’s sure to be a class or group to suit your age, interests and ability.

Classes include tai chi, pilates, stand-up paddle boarding, skate skills clinics, indoor rock climbing and abseiling, boxing, and mums and bubs fitness classes.

So get your family together and plan your fitness schedule – you’ll reap the benefits together and also feel good about keeping that New Year’s resolution.

For more information about the Active and Healthy program, including class dates, times and locations visit: www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/activeandhealthy or phone (07) 3403 8888.

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Hidden Figures https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/hidden-figures/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/hidden-figures/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:01:59 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180097 Get ready for one of the most inspirational feel good stories of the year when Hidden Figures hits the big screen this February. Inspired by true events, Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of three African American Women working at NASA in 1962. Katherine Johnson,  Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were the brilliant mathematical minds behind one ...

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Get ready for one of the most inspirational feel good stories of the year when Hidden Figures hits the big screen this February.

Inspired by true events, Hidden Figures tells the incredible untold story of three African American Women working at NASA in 1962. Katherine Johnson,  Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson were the brilliant mathematical minds behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space. This event was an amazing achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world.

The buzz around this movie is huge and it has gained critical acclaim gaining over 60 award nominations including Academy Award Best Motion Picture of the year, Golden Globe, BAFTA Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and many more and so far, by the 16th February 2017, the film has won 26 awards.

Hidden Figures is the latest movie from director Theodore Melfi with the screenplay written by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly. The cast is an all star line up and includes Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe in the lead roles of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson respectively. They are supported by the fabulous talents of Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell, Kimberly Quinn and Kevin Costner.

This is a story that the world needed to be told, and is an uplifting and inspirational movie that will teach people to dream big and prove that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and work hard.

Hidden Figures is rated PG and will be in cinemas nationally 16th February 2017.

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Hidden Figures truly is the ‘untold story’ behind NASA’s efforts to send the first man into orbit. It’s a surprising behind the scenes look at the relatively unsung heroes who made it possible for astronaut John Glenn to not only shoot into space, but to orbit Earth three times, and then return safely home. Hidden Figures tells the story of three brilliant African American women who fought both racial and sexual adversity to use their mathematical minds to help make this a reality – Dorothy Vaughan, a self taught computer programmer, Mary Jackson, an engineer, and Katherine Johnson, a physicist and mathematician.

Hidden Figures has the audience fluctuating from disbelief, to tears, to laughter, and back again. It’s an eye-opening look at just how strong these women had to be, and how racism and sexism has no place in any workplace. This movie is perfect for all ages, and would be particularly wonderful viewing for tweens and teens who will be inspired to follow their dreams and fight for their right to make a difference in the world.

You can check out the official trailer for Hidden Figures below:

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Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/sunshine-castle-bli-bli-sunshine-coast/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/sunshine-castle-bli-bli-sunshine-coast/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:54:45 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180099 If you have a Brisbane Kid with an interest in history, it may be worth a visit to Sunshine Castle on the Sunshine Coast, formerly known as Bli Bli Castle. Over the past 10 years, Sunshine Castle have shifted the focus of its displays and exhibits to a medieval museum, complete with spectacular swords, armour ...

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If you have a Brisbane Kid with an interest in history, it may be worth a visit to Sunshine Castle on the Sunshine Coast, formerly known as Bli Bli Castle.

Over the past 10 years, Sunshine Castle have shifted the focus of its displays and exhibits to a medieval museum, complete with spectacular swords, armour and shields.

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Things to do at Sunshine Castle

The Sunshine Castle treasure hunt for kids is a great way to see the best the castle has to offer, and learn a little about medieval history at the same time. After entering and paying admission, you can follow the clues as you navigate your way through the castle. At the end of your successful quest, children can choose a treat from the king’s treasure chest. There’s also plenty of great photo opportunities along the way!

The castle also offers a self-guided tour which you can follow, and covers the following areas:

  • Castle courtyard with the king’s table, fireplace, pillory, stage and moat
  • Reception hall with the original Xena throne from the TV Series and a working ballista
  • Great hall for the king’s feasting nights with his trophies and exhibits
  • Castle dungeon
  • Battlement look out in the circular tower
  • Visit the castle chapel (old ferry master hut)
  • Lookout tower with view from the coast to the hinterland
  • “Outside the castle” display – depicting life outside castle walls
  • Interactive armour display – allowing you to touch and try on some authentic armour
  • Relics of the dancing dolls, toy and doll museum, fairytale diaramas and model train railway
  • Castles of the world display in the gallery, castle seige and James Cook’s travel displays
  • International bow and arrows display and a unique master carved nativity scene
  • History shields with detailed information about the exhibition highlights and history

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Sunshine Castle cafe and gift shop

The castle gift shop is well worth a look, as it stocks a variety of toys and gifts that are not commonly found in big chain/department stores. There’s also lots of themed products – books, toys and puzzles – for children that are interested in knights, medieval times, fairytales and fairies. It is difficult to emerge from this area without purchasing something! In the same area is the Sunshine Cafe, which serves a variety of kid-friendly food and drinks, including fairy bread and smurf (blue) milkshakes.

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A brief history of Sunshine Castle

Originally built in 1972 by a local Scottish couple to house their fairytale and doll collections, the castle has grown over time and has had three owners and three names – Fairytale Castle, Bli Bli Castle and now Sunshine Castle.

The castle, now more than 40 years old, continues to enjoy views of the Maroochy River and the surrounding cane fields, as well as sprawling suburbia.

It’s also become a popular venue for holding corporate events, weddings, children’s birthday parties, and even hosts concerts for the Underground Opera Company.

Please note that many areas of the castle are not pram or wheelchair accessible.

For more information about the castle, including admission fees and school holiday activities, please visit the Sunshine Castle website.

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Kids Parties at Victoria Park Golf Complex https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/kids-parties-victoria-park-golf-complex/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/kids-parties-victoria-park-golf-complex/#respond Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:42:04 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=179869 Finding the perfect birthday party venue for your child can be a challenge. How to keep the kids entertained, what food to serve, and how to make the party one to remember can lead to hair pulling moments each and every year. Luckily, the team at Victoria Park Golf Complex have been celebrating Brisbane kids’ ...

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Finding the perfect birthday party venue for your child can be a challenge. How to keep the kids entertained, what food to serve, and how to make the party one to remember can lead to hair pulling moments each and every year. Luckily, the team at Victoria Park Golf Complex have been celebrating Brisbane kids’ birthdays since 2005 and are up to the task!

Party Packages to suit all tastes

With a party package combining yummy kids’ meals and 18 holes of Putt Putt, your kids and their friends will have a ball celebrating at Victoria Park. Their budget friendly party packages cater for kids under 12 years and offer the choice of dining before or after the kids play Putt Putt. The Bistro offers four party options, including a Breakfast Party, Burger Party, Pizza Party or a Tea Party.

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Why have a Kids Party at Victoria Park Golf Complex?

The benefits of holding a Victoria Park Kids’ Party include:

  • On-site parking for all guests
  • Party held in Victoria Park’s family friendly alfresco Bistro
  • Exciting round of Putt Putt included
  • Stunning views and plenty of room for the kids to run around
  • The Bistro now takes Birthday Cake orders
  • New on-site playground including wooden cubbyhouse and farm tractor
  • Access to Victoria Park’s weekend kids’ games area, including GIANT games and a jumping castle
  • They also have a Golf Driving Range if some of the adults would like to hang around between party drops off and pick up

See Victoria Park’s full range of Brisbane Kids’ Party Packages here (link to www.victoriapark.com.au/bistro).

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Kids Parties at Victoria Park – Testimonials

“We took the kids to Victoria Park for the first time last year for another child’s birthday party in the Bistro, they couldn’t believe how amazing the mini golf was and how amazing it looked. Ever since then we go once a month to play, dine and also visit the Playground because the kids love it so much.”

“We celebrated our daughters 1st Birthday at Victoria Park Bistro. It was a wonderful day that brought family and friends together as well as great food!  Had a fabulous day with so many beautiful photos and memories to look back on.”

“We organised my son’s Birthday party in the restaurant in March and enjoyed the day out with our friends and their children which was awesome with the outdoor activities on the green for the kids and a game of putt putt. The food and birthday cake ordered through the Bistro for the event was delicious! Keep up the great work!”

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Where to find Victoria Park Golf Complex

Victoria Park Golf Complex is located off Herston Rd on Brisbane’s leafy north side, just two kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD and close to the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Victoria Park Golf Complex is home to a 18 hole Putt Putt course, a 72 bay day and night Driving Range, an 18 hole public Golf Course, and a family friendly Bistro with on-site playground and kids’ games area. Parking is free for guests at Victoria Park.

To find out more about holding your next kids’ party at Victoria Park Golf Complex, please phone 07 3252 0666, visit www.victoriapark.com.au/bistro/, or email info@victoriapark.com.au.

Victoria Park Golf Complex is located at 309 Herston Rd, Herston, Brisbane QLD 4006 Australia.

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Dance Academy The Movie https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/dance-academy-the-movie/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/dance-academy-the-movie/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:14:11 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=178436 Dance Academy fans get excited as everyone’s favourite ABC 3 dance show makes a come back in the best way possible – as a feature length movie on the big screen just in time for the Easter Holiday in April 2017. Taking off where the award winning show ended, Dance Academy The Movie, follows main ...

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Dance Academy fans get excited as everyone’s favourite ABC 3 dance show makes a come back in the best way possible – as a feature length movie on the big screen just in time for the Easter Holiday in April 2017.

Taking off where the award winning show ended, Dance Academy The Movie, follows main character  Tara Webster who was destined to become one of the top dancers of her generation before a devastating injury where she broke her back and crippled her career. In her quest to defy the odds, not let her injury define her and make a  comeback, Tara will stop at nothing to become a dancer again.

When  Abigail, who hasn’t changed a bit it seems,  tells her that no one can take 18 months off and expect to get into the National Dance Academy, all her friends gather around her to encourage her to dance again. Wanting her life back and realising she may be able to reach new heights in her dancing career with the right coaches and training, Tara embarks on a journey which takes her to New York in order to try out for the National Dance Academy.

The movie shows how far Tara will go in order to find her own way, live out her dream and gain her life back. And along the way Tara will discover what being defined by a dream really means.

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Dance Academy The Movie sees everyone’s favourite characters return in this all star Australian line up including Xenia Goodwin as Tara, Dena Kaplan as Abigail, Jordan Rodrigues as Christian, Alicia Banit as Kat and Tara Morice as Miss Raine. Australian actress Miranda Otto alos stars in the Asutralian made movie as Madeline Moncur who plants the seed in Tara’s mind the follow her heart, talent and love of dance.

Directed by Australian Jeffrey Walker who is known for his work on multi-award winning director, known for Modern Family, Banished, Chris Lilley’s Angry Boys, Bones and Jack Irish, is responsible for bringing the TV show from the small screen to the big screen. Writer Samantha Strauss who worked on Dance Academy as well as a range of other popular Australin TV shows including Wonderland,. Offspring adn H2): Just add Water, is making sure that the fans get what they want from the movie.

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Dance Academy The Movie is sure to be an action packed movie that is much more than a TV reunion for fans but a big block buster movie for lovers of dance and those who need to be inspired to follow their dreams no matter what happens.

Dance Academy The Movie will be released in cinemas nationally on 6th April 2017.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR Dance Academy The Movie BELOW:

 

This year sees a host of great family movies come to the big screen. You can find out all about the new releases as well as a few other family favourites in our Movies We Love section.

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HRAFNHILDUR ARNARDÓTTIR Mirror Mirror – Children’s Art Centre @ GOMA https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/hrafnhildur-arnardottir-mirror-mirror-childrens-art-centre-goma/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/hrafnhildur-arnardottir-mirror-mirror-childrens-art-centre-goma/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 07:21:52 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=179408 This summer GOMA turns 10 and to celebrate this milestone the gallery has opened its doors and every inch of its floor and wall spaces to an eccentric, contemporary and colourful display of more than 250 works from renowned local and international artists.  ‘Sugar Spin, You, ME and Everything’ is the name of this impressive collection and ...

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This summer GOMA turns 10 and to celebrate this milestone the gallery has opened its doors and every inch of its floor and wall spaces to an eccentric, contemporary and colourful display of more than 250 works from renowned local and international artists.  ‘Sugar Spin, You, ME and Everything’ is the name of this impressive collection and whilst Brisbane kids are invited to ride giant steel slides (if they are over 110cm tall), stand alongside Ron Mueck’s giant woman or stroke the teetering, gravity-defying synthetic hair landscape designed by Icelandic-born Artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir it will be the latter artist’s collaboration in the Children’s Art Centre that will allow them to explore their own artistic creativity the most.

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Running until April 17, “Mirror Mirror” has been created by Arnardóttir (aka Shoppy) and brings together both her love of creating art using synthetic hair and her belief that our own hairstyles are one of our greatest forms of personal expression and creativity.  With that in mind, Shoppy has created an impressive space where children are encouraged not just to explore the way they style their hair but also to be confident in the way they present themselves and this expression to the world.

The Space

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Although it is almost hidden near the back of the gallery, the Children’s Art Centre is definitely not hard to miss.  I took two of my children along to see the main gallery exhibition first but it was not long before we were all drawn towards the purple hued, mirrored walls of the Art Centre’s entrance.  Indeed, as soon as you walk inside the long corridor that is its home it is like stepping out of one world and into another.

In stark contrast to the white walls and spaces of the main gallery, Shoppy’s Mirror Mirror room is covered from floor to ceiling with explosions of colour.  Wallpapered with prints from her own vibrant artwork the space is a sensory feast for children as random pony tails hang enticingly down one wall and oddly shaped, layered mirrors adorn the other.  Oversized, fur-covered lampshades dangle above three low tables that are generously spaced in a way that cleverly caters for curious little bodies which, after walking politely through the main gallery, are eager to move around more freely.

Get Creative

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As soon as we entered the room my children were immediately off in an excited flurry of exploration of all that was on offer.  Once they had completed a lap of the room, climbed the small stage, admired themselves in the mirrors and stroked the rope ponytails a few times they naturally gravitated over to the round tables in the centre.  This was met with many squeals of delight as they discovered these were laden with all elements of craft goodness and they sat quickly and reached eagerly for the scissors, glue and papers.  Before long they realised it might help to know what they were for and we discovered a row of different coloured wig cutouts beckoning us from the wall.

For this activity Shoppy encouraged children to first choose a wig colour and shape that appealed to them and then take it back to the craft table to make it uniquely their own.  With instruction sheets that presented them with some different techniques they might like to use, kids are then left to cut, paste and create to their hearts content.

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Both of my children loved this activity and if we had allowed for more time there I am sure would have spent a good hour each on their design.  My son (aged 2) mostly just loved cutting and pasting whilst my 5 year old daughter (who is a lover of all things fashion) decided she wanted more time and more materials to complete the vision she had in mind.  Therefore, she decided she would assist her brother in making his and take hers home where she could gather more elements for it.  She did trial the different recommended techniques and was more than happy to model his creations home as well.

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A Positive Spin on Vanity

In many of Shoppy’s works she explores the idea of vanity, however, unlike most people she does so with a more positive perspective of it.  She has said that she believes “the most beautiful element in the world is the pure desire to decorate and beautify yourself” and it is for this reason that Mirror Mirror got its name.  Once their wigs are complete and fastened with the provided headband children are able to admire their creation in the many mirrors surrounding the space and from the stages that are erected at each end.  My children were at first captivated by their changed appearance in the mirror and then, understandably, laughed hysterically at the result.

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Hair Creations

The final element within the room, and the one that my daughter loved the most, was the colourful rope strand ponytails that were suspended against the wall.  Designed to entice little hands to reach out, feel them, pull them and weave them creatively, this was where she would have happily spent most of her afternoon plaiting, twirling and experimenting with new styles.  Being the mother to two girls, I might also admit now to honing some of my hairstyle skills on that wall and my young son just continued his love of pulling and fluffing the tails out from their roots.

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Overall Comments

The Children’s Art Gallery is well known for its immersive and interactive activities that are created specifically for kids and linked to the current exhibitions displayed within GOMA.  Once again, with Mirror Mirror, they have managed to do that perfectly with a sensory-driven activity which gently unleashes our children’s imagination and encourages their creative hearts through participatory play.

My young children both really enjoyed this but I noticed many older kids (some teenagers even) spending a great deal of time and attention on the design of their wigs.  I would recommend, if you are also hoping to check out Sugar Spin, You, ME and Everything, that you do that first and finish up in the Children’s Art Centre.  This space is perfect for letting little bodies unwind and release some energy as well as get creative.  My two were both pretty excitable by the end and so it was perfect to finish our GOMA visit here and then head outside into the open air for lunch.

BRISBANE KIDS TIPS

  • The Gallery of Modern Art is in the South Bank Precinct that you can reach by walking past the Museum, via the Art Gallery and State Library.
  • Entry is free.
  • Parking is available immediately underneath but because it is so popular (and shares with the State Library) you will most likely need to park under the museum which is only a short walk from GOMA. Obviously there is many public transport options to the Gallery of Modern Art if you prefer to make an adventure out of the journey.
  • When you walk into the Gallery of Modern Art you will be asked to store any backpacks in their cloakroom to protect artworks.
  • The Children’s Art Centre is accessed by walking through the main doors of GOMA where you will be directed by their helpful staff. There are lifts for disabled access, pram users (and tired toddlers).
  • The main entry of GOMA opens out onto a grassy forecourt where you could eat a packed lunch or grab a bite at a nearby cafe. The most child friendly and least fancy food options seem to be at the Museum where you can get anything from fruit through to hot chips and sandwiches.
  • You could get lost in the gift shop of the Gallery of Modern Art so make sure you check it out before you leave.
  • This is the ideal activity for a preschooler which will both encourage their attention to detail whilst also allowing them to move more freely than in the main GOMA exhibitions. For older kids it may prove to be a quicker activity and part of a greater South Bank experience with the nearby kids corner, Queensland Museum and of course South Bank.

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Circus Oz : Model Citizens | Brisbane April 2017 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/circus-oz-model-citizens/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/circus-oz-model-citizens/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 03:30:25 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=178977 Circus Oz and The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) are excited to present Circus Oz : Model Citizens at QPAC from the 12th – 15th April 2017. Circus Oz : Model Citizens Get ready to be amazed as Australia’s national circus company, Circus Oz,  take to the stage in a physical theatre spectacular full of energy, ...

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Circus Oz and The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) are excited to present Circus Oz : Model Citizens at QPAC from the 12th – 15th April 2017.

Circus Oz : Model Citizens

Get ready to be amazed as Australia’s national circus company, Circus Oz,  take to the stage in a physical theatre spectacular full of energy, tumbles, leaps and spins. Circus Oz, famously know for their explosive animal free circus performances are known for taking their audience on an emotional journey and redefining circus performances as we know it.

In Circus Oz : Model Citizens, the multi-talented cast explore what it really means to be a model citizen in today’s modern society. This visual feast for the eyes will break conventions of scale, as oversized everyday objects become an intriguing world of possibilities with enlarged set pieces becoming exciting and unexpected circus equipment. Just think hand stands on the top of an upright giant peg or juggling whilst balanced on an oversized stack of weighing scales.

There is a lot of buzz surrounding this particular Circus Oz show as it is the first show directed by Circus Oz’s new Artistic Director, Rob Tannion, who describes the show as “Audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australia, Model Citizens aims to challenge our preconceptions of the creative process and expectations of what our audiences will see and experience on stage”.

This thrilling circus escapade combines creativity, acrobatics aerials, juggling, contortion and trapeze with an awesome live music soundtrack and amazing lighting that will impress circus, music and theatre lovers of all ages.

Please note: The QPAC website warns that the show may contain nudity and some course language. 

Circus Oz : Model Citizens Performances

All shows are on at the Playhouse Theatre at The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) which can be found at Grey Street, South Brisbane.

  • Wednesday 12th April @ 1.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Thursday 13th April @ 1.30pm and 7.30pm
  • Saturday 15th April @ 1.30pm and 7.30pm

The show is 2 hours in duration and does include an interval.

Circus Oz : Model Citizens Ticket Prices

  • $176 per group ticket (4 people)
  • $64 per adult ticket
  • $54 per concession ticket
  • $39 per youth ticket (under 30 years of age)
  • $39 per child ticket (13 years and under)
  •  a transaction fee of $6.95 applies per transaction

Circus Oz : Model Citizens Tickets are on sale now!

For more information and to book tickets click here

Watch this video for a sneak peak at the amazing Circus Oz : Model Citizens

For a list of  shows and concerts now showing or coming soon to Brisbane that your Brisbane Kids will absolutely love, take a look at the Brisbane Kids Upcoming Shows page or sign up to theBrisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter. 

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