Brisbane Kids https://www.brisbanekids.com.au Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. Mon, 23 Jan 2017 03:45:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.2 Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa’s Australian Holiday Movie https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/peppa-pig-first-cinema-experience-peppas-australian-holiday-movie/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/peppa-pig-first-cinema-experience-peppas-australian-holiday-movie/#respond Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:34:39 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=177637 Get ready to see Peppa Pig splash onto the big screen for the first time ever in Australia on the 16th March 2017. Peppa Pig fans can get excited as a one hour cinema experience is launched around the country. Brisbane Kids will be delighted to see all brand new episodes, some that are set ...

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Get ready to see Peppa Pig splash onto the big screen for the first time ever in Australia on the 16th March 2017.

Peppa Pig fans can get excited as a one hour cinema experience is launched around the country. Brisbane Kids will be delighted to see all brand new episodes, some that are set right here in Australia, as Peppa Pig and her family enjoy an Australian Holiday.

Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy Pig all head down under for an adventure of a lifetime as they visit Peppa’s friend Kylie Kangaroo and her family Joey Kangaroo, Mummy Kangaroo and Daddy Kangaroo. There will be many familiar sites and activities as the four part Aussie adventure sees Peppa chasing clown fish (aka little Nemos) around the Great Barrier Reef in a submarine, having a BBQ in the Outback, learning how to surf at a beautiful Australian beach and throwing a boomerang. Along for the fun are some well known Australian animals including Mr Wallaby, a platypus and of course no visits to Australia would be complete without meeting a koala.

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Images courtesy of Peppa Pig Facebook Page

The cinema experience will also feature 5 brand new never seen before in Australia episodes including Peppa’s trip to London, a visit to the zoo, a cruise along a canal and a meeting with Policeman Panda.

The big screen debut also features a brand new character to the Peppa Pig franchise and a new friend for Peppa called Daisy.  Plus of course all Peppa’s old friends will join in the big screen fun including Danny Dog, Rebecca Rabbit, Suzy Sheep, Zoe Zebra and many more.

But wait there’s more! The best bit is this is not just your ordinary movie experience- the session also includes interactive elements including a sing and dance along with Peppa where everyone is encouraged to get out of their seats and and join in the fun as well as games to play along with Peppa and her friends.

Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa’s Australian Holiday Movie is sure to be a fun, hilarious snort out loud animated adventure where giggles, dancing and jumping up and down is all part of the experience. This movie will be perfect for a Brisbane Kid’s first trip to the cinema and for Peppa Pig fans of all ages.

Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa’s Australian Holiday Movie will be released in cinemas nationally on 16th March 2017.

You can check out the official trailer for Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience: Peppa’s Australian Holiday Movie below

 

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Disney Princess Film Festival @ Various BCC and Event Cinemas | February- March 2017 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/disney-princess-film-festival-various-bcc-event-cinemas-february-march-2017/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/disney-princess-film-festival-various-bcc-event-cinemas-february-march-2017/#respond Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:56:09 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=177623 Event Cinemas and BCC are launching their 2017 Disney Princess Film Festival on Saturday 18th February. Running through until 12th of March, the festival showcases some Disney’s most magical princesses animated movies. From the all time favourite The Little Mermaid to the more modern non-animated Disney version of Cinderella, the whole family can see these ...

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Event Cinemas and BCC are launching their 2017 Disney Princess Film Festival on Saturday 18th February. Running through until 12th of March, the festival showcases some Disney’s most magical princesses animated movies. From the all time favourite The Little Mermaid to the more modern non-animated Disney version of Cinderella, the whole family can see these beautiful Disney princess movies as they were meant to be seen on the big screen over 4 special weeks.

The Disney Movie Stars Film Festival line up includes Cinderalla (non animated version), Sleeping Beauty, Tangled and The Little Mermaid.

Not only is this a chance to see these great family films at an affordable price with tickets only $8 each, but there are also plenty of fun  to be had and singing and dressing up is a must!

Films at the 2017 Disney Princess Film Festival in Brisbane

Cinderella (G)

Images courtesy of www.facebook.com/Cinderella

Images courtesy of www.facebook.com/Cinderella

Undoubtedly the most beautiful Disney movie of recent times, Cinderella is a live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a girl named Ella. Unfortunately after Ella’s father dies, her evil step mother and step sisters turn her into a servant and banish her to live in the attic. Although she is treated poorly, Ella makes the most of her life and keeps a kind heart. Ella one days meets a stranger in the woods she believes to be an apprentice at the palace, unbeknownst he is actually the prince. When an open invitation arrives inviting all eligible maidens to a palace ball, Ella has hopes of seeing the man once again. Instead, her stepmother forbids Ella to go, destroying her gown and her chances of attending. But all is not what it seems when a kind beggar woman armed with a pumpkin and some mice changes Ella’s destiny forever.

Tangled (G)

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Images courtesy of Disney Tangled Facebook Page

After being kidnapped from the palace as a baby by the horrible Mother Gothel and hidden in a tower her entire life, the beautiful Rapunzel is now a teenager with 70 feet of magical hair and curious of the outside world. One day, a runaway thief, Flynn, takes refuge in the tower and stumbles upon Rapunzel who strikes a deal with Flynn taking her on a journey to discover the world for the first time. Along for the ride is super-cop horse (Maximus), an over-protective chameleon (Pascal), and a gruff gang of pub thugs but Mother Gothel is on their tails trying to make sure Rapunzel does not really discover who she really is while she is on the adventure of a lifetime.

Sleeping Beauty (G)

Th oldest of the movies in the festival, Sleeping Beauty tells the tale of Aurora, a beautiful Princess who has a cruse placed upon her by a  a malevolent fairy who was snubbed by the royal family. The Princess is cursed to sleep for 100 years and makes sure that only the kiss of a prince can break the spell. With the help of three good fairies determined to make sure Princess Aurora wakes up , they stop at nothing to make sure that her prince and true love finds her to not only break the spell but to make sure that the sleeping beauty has her happily ever after.

The Little Mermaid (G)

The Little Mermaid tells of a mermaid called Ariel with a curiosity for all things human. In her world of mermaids and sea creatures, she is forbidden (by her father) to enter the world of humans. Despite this, Ariel seeks out adventures in and above the ocean waters, avoiding the danger of sharks and other perils of the sea. During a wild storm she rescues a prince whom she falls in love with and thus her obsession with being human begins. Ariel ends up bargaining to be human with Ursula – a wicked sea witch which results in a climatic ending requiring her to save her under sea home while gaining the love of her prince.

Movies and Dates

Tickets for the Disney Princess Festival are only $8 per session for adults and children.  Everyone is encouraged to dress up and sing along at this amazing event, which is exclusive to BCC and Event Cinemas and guarantees to keep the whole family entertained.

Check your local BCC and Event Cinemas for session time details.

  •  Cinderella: 18th and 19th February
  • Tangled: 25th  and 26th February
  • Sleeping Beauty: 4th and 5th March
  • The Little Mermaid: 11th and 12th March

For more information and to book your tickets click here 

Going to the cinemas is a great day out with kids. We have a list of cinemas around Brisbane here and a list of all your favourite movies, plus upcoming movie releases here.

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LCF Fun Languages Australia – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine & Toowoomba https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/lcf-fun-languages-australia-brisbane-gold-coast-sunshine-toowoomba/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/lcf-fun-languages-australia-brisbane-gold-coast-sunshine-toowoomba/#respond Thu, 19 Jan 2017 08:33:58 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=177536 LCF Fun Languages Australia was established 10 years ago. LCF was first established in 1985 in the UK. LCF Fun Languages Australia provide languages classes/lessons in several primary schools and childcare centres across Australia, and are now offering their services in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba. What LCF Fun Languages offers Primary School ...

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LCF Fun Languages Australia was established 10 years ago. LCF was first established in 1985 in the UK. LCF Fun Languages Australia provide languages classes/lessons in several primary schools and childcare centres across Australia, and are now offering their services in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.

What LCF Fun Languages offers

Primary School Kids

  • LCF offer before, after and in-school language programs at your local schools.

Preschool Kids

  • Specialised language program at your local childcare centres.
  • Music & movement program called Jazz-Mataz in your chosen language.
  • Playgroup for mums and bubs or toddlers.

French, German, Italian, Mandarin or Spanish are fun to learn using LCF’s methodology.

Whether you enrol your child in one of their playgroups, childcare language programs, before or after school programs or playgroups for mums and bubs, you can rest assured your child will have fun, gain self-confidence and advance their language learning with LCF Fun Languages’ play-based and foreign language immersion teaching methodology.

Children learn languages through a combination of drama, storytelling, technology songs, craft and games. They rapidly acquire enough knowledge and confidence to enjoy using the language for communication and expression. LCF Fun Language programs are designed to give children the confidence to speak in French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian or German.

All LCF courses follow a carefully structured, progressive sequence that enhances learning and gets the kids using the language quickly and naturally. This interactive and communicative approach is supported by professionally designed materials including flashcards, board games, CDs, songbooks and activity sheets, reward stickers and certificates.

METHODOLOGY

The LCF methodology has been carefully designed to help your children start from scratch and make their way to proficiency at their own pace. LCF’s clubs are also great for children who already have some knowledge of the language and wish to maintain and expand upon it. LCF Fun Languages’ engaging approach includes a wide range of activities to cover all learning styles. In class learning is further supported by Babelzone – their unique online learning resources, CDs and books, which allow the children to continue their fun learning at home.

The methodology of LCF’s programs reflects the natural process of language acquisition. Just as children acquire their first language, the same principles apply to a second language, particularly at the early stages of their development.

Children listen, repeat, speak, read and write. All components of the LCF Fun Languages scheme of work are interwoven with cross-curricular themes, such as maths, financial literacy, social studies, music, art, and many more. At the heart of the programme is communication and inter-cultural understanding.

This interactive and communicative approach is supported by professionally designed materials including flashcards, board games, online resources, CDs, songbooks and activity sheets. The Clubs’ method makes learning fun and stress-free. While children play games, sing songs, act out role plays and interact with each other, they absorb the new language without consciously thinking about doing so. Naturally, this all takes place within a carefully structured progressive sequence, which enhances learning.

LCF’s childcare programs are specially designed to meet early development. Research has shown the introduction of a second language improves cognitive deployment, self-esteem, brain power and mathematics skills.

All LCF teachers hold a Blue Card to ensure safe and supportive environments for children.

FUN LANGUAGES FOR 0 MONTHS TO 5-YEAR-OLDS

LCF Fun Languages babies

Enjoy an amazing time with your baby or toddler during LCF Fun Languages’ 45 minutes mums & bubs playgroup and learn a new language. LCF can also come to your kid’s childcare centre and deliver their language or Jazz-Mataz programs.

It’s amazing to see how fast your child will learn while playing or singing. During the younger years, the brain can catch and easily remember numerous foreign words and associate them with no confusion with their mother tongue.

LCF’s preschool programs have been designed especially for children aged 0 months – 5 years and our play-based, immersion style sessions set the children on an exciting path to becoming bilingual.

LCF Fun Language programs teach preschoolers the art of learning a foreign language effortlessly and naturally during their most formative years.

JAZZ-MATAZ PROGRAM

Jazz-Mataz is a fun music, movement and language program designed to help meet the criteria for developmentally appropriate musical and fitness activities specific to Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Research has shown that music is one of the few activities that uses both sides of the brain – the logical and the creative side – simultaneously. With fitness and movement, LCF’s fun filled sessions offer the complete pre-school development package. In addition, Jazz-Mataz helps children to develop their social, interactive and sharing skills through basic musical instruments, singing, dancing and lots of movement. The program can also integrate foreign language into the program, which makes it even more exciting!

FUN LANGUAGES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

LCF Fun Languages at schools

LCF Fun Languages can offer before-school, after-school and in-school classes in primary schools across Queensland.

These specially designed clubs run before or after school, which cancels the need for parents to drive their kids here and there for classes. In some schools, LCF offer in-school programs, where they work with the school to incorporate language learning as part of the school curriculum.

LCF create a challenging and interesting learning environment called clubs, where your child will sing, play, draw, dance and have fun with their friends. One of the key benefits to parents is that they need not pick up and drop off to another place for language learning.

If your school doesn’t support the before or after school activities, LCF Fun Languages can create a club in a community centre in your area.

Research shows that kids learn more while having fun, so why not let LCF Fun Languages help you set up a program at your school or childcare centre?

TEACHING AND FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES

There are a number of French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, German teaching jobs, and franchise opportunities across Australia. Visit www.teachinglanguages.com.au for more information on teaching and franchise opportunities.

LCF Fun Languages

Contact LCF Fun Languages to start a language program at your child’s childcare, or a before or after school class at your kid’s primary school. Please visit their website or Facebook page to find out more about the services on offer.

“A fun way to learn another language”

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Cars 3 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/cars-3/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/cars-3/#respond Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:47:08 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=177450 Kaaaachow! Get ready to see Lightning McQueen roar onto the big screen again in June 2017, in a film with cars  new and old just in time for the school holidays. It’s been over 10 years since Disney first made us fall in love with Lightning McQueen, Mack , Mater and many more in the ...

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Kaaaachow! Get ready to see Lightning McQueen roar onto the big screen again in June 2017, in a film with cars  new and old just in time for the school holidays.

It’s been over 10 years since Disney first made us fall in love with Lightning McQueen, Mack , Mater and many more in the original Cars movie. Lightning McQueen has come a long way from Radiator Springs and throughout Cars and Cars 2  was able to prove himself as the best racer in the business but it looks as though all that might be changing. After a serious crash, Lightning McQueen is told he needs to retire and that he will never be the racer he once was. And it seems Lighting McQueen’s chances of regaining racing glory are further diminished by the new generation of high tech racers.

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Images courtesy of Disney Pixar Facebook Page

Enter Cars 3’s newest character, Jackson Storm, a slick looking blue and black race car who on paper looks like he will be able to take down Lightning McQueen in a second and easily beat him to the checkered flag! However, not yet willing to give into the newest generation of race cars, Lightning McQueen gains the help of a young race technician known as Cruz Ramirez, a yellow car who also displays Lightning McQueen’s number 95. It will be Cruz’s job to work out if an old car can be taught new tricks in order to compete with the best of the best.

Hints from the newly released trailer and Disney Pixar indicate that the great Hudson Hornet will be along for the ride to inspire Lightning McQueen with his racing wisdom, but there are no references to Mack, Luigi or  Ramone. Disney have indicated that Mater and Sally will feature in the new movie but we can only hope that they all make an appearance in the highly anticipated third installment and hopefully help Lightning McQueen in his attempt to race again.

Whoever makes it onto the big screen again, only time will tell if Lightning McQueen can get his team together, take on the younger generation and take out the Piston Cup once again on racing’s biggest stage.

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Cars 3 has all all star cast line up with Owen Wilson returning to voice Lightning McQueen, Larry The Cable Guys as Mater and Bonnie Hunt as Sally. Everyone is still eagerly awaiting the official announcement of who will voice Cruz Remirzo and Jackson Storm and whether or not all the old favourite characters will return (we suspect most of them will!).

Cars 3 is once again brought to the screen by Disney Pixar, and is directed by Brain Fee who also worked on Wall-E, Ratatouille and the original Cars movie. The screen play was written by Daniel Gerson who has also worked on Monster Inc, Monsters University, Chicken Little and Big Hero 6. Of course being a Disney Pixar movie the music in the movie is expected to be fantastic and is scored by Randy Newman who is responsible for the animated hit songs If I Didn’t have you from Monsters Inc and You’ve got a Friends in Me from Toy Story.

Cars 3 is sure to be a hilarious animated action adventure perfect for the whole family that will make you laugh out loud and fall in love with Lightning McQueen and car racing all over again while delivering a powerful message as only Disney Pixar can.

Cars 3 will be released in cinemas nationally on 22nd June 2017.

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Horrible Harriet | Brisbane August/September 2017 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/horrible-harriet-brisbane-augustseptember-2017/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/horrible-harriet-brisbane-augustseptember-2017/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 22:18:11 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=177383 CDP Theatre Productions presents Horrible Harriet at QUT Garden’s Theatre in August and September 2017 for a strictly limited season. Horrible Harriet After the success of bringing The Tree House books, The Gruffalo and Mr Stink to life, CDP Theatre Producers are back to bring the popular children’s book Horrible Harriet to life in a ...

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CDP Theatre Productions presents Horrible Harriet at QUT Garden’s Theatre in August and September 2017 for a strictly limited season.

Horrible Harriet

After the success of bringing The Tree House books, The Gruffalo and Mr Stink to life, CDP Theatre Producers are back to bring the popular children’s book Horrible Harriet to life in a live stage production.

The show follows the title character Horrible Harriet and is adapted from the books by Leigh Hobbs. Harriet is a girl who lives in the school roof and keeps teachers chained in the basement so they can do her homework for her. She does not really get along with the other kids at school, buts she is lonely and would love to have a friend at school to play with.

That’s when Athol Egghead enters the story. He lands in his hot air balloon and it seems that Harriet has finally met someone that gets her and she can have fun with….that is until Mr Chicken arrives and causes havoc. Fortunately it seems Harriet knows how to handle Mr Chicken…….or does she? And that is when the fun starts!

The show is a fun, scandalous, laugh out loud comedy that is full of songs, mischief and a powerful message about friendship that is recommended for Brisbane Kids aged 3-8 years and their parents. Even those who have never read the book before will love this production of Horrible Harriet!

Horrible Harriet Live Shows

 QUT Garden Theatre :  2 George St, Brisbane

  • Tuesday 29th August – 12pm
  • Wednesday 30th August –  10am and 12pm
  • Thursday 31st August –  10am and 12pm
  • Friday 1st September –  10am and 12pm
  • Saturday 2nd September –  10am and 12pm
  • Sunday 3rd September – 10am and 12pm

The show is 55 minutes in total and does not include an interval.

Horrible Harriet Ticket Prices 

 QUT Garden Theatre Ticket Prices: 

  • $27 per person
  • $22 each for group bookings of 6 or more

Please note: for Gardens Theatre you do need to purchase a ticket for your child, but children under 18 months sitting on an adults lap are admitted free. 

Phone the Garden Tix on (07) 3138 4455 or  for more information and to book tickets at QUT Gardens Theatre click here.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

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, the Brisbane Kids Event Calendar or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter. 

 

 

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Mr Stink | Brisbane and Ipswich June/July 2017 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/mr-stink-brisbane-ipswich-junejuly-2017/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/mr-stink-brisbane-ipswich-junejuly-2017/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:22:02 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=177375 CDP presents Mr Stink at Ipswich Civic Centre in June and QUT Garden’s Theatre in the June/July school holidays 2017. Mr Stink After the success of bringing The Tree House books to life, CDP are back again bring the award winning books by David Williams,  Mr Stink, to life live on stage. The show follows ...

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CDP presents Mr Stink at Ipswich Civic Centre in June and QUT Garden’s Theatre in the June/July school holidays 2017.

Mr Stink

After the success of bringing The Tree House books to life, CDP are back again bring the award winning books by David Williams,  Mr Stink, to life live on stage.

The show follows Chloe, a little girl who has no friends and is incredibly lonely so she decides to befriend the local homeless man known as Mr Stink. Even though Mr Stink stinks, he is nice to Chloe so she invites him to her place to say in their shed as soon as she discovers he has nowhere to live. In making sure that no one discovers that Mr Stink is living in her garden shed, Chloe learns that secrets lead to disasters and that there maybe more to Mr Stink than she first thought as she discovers he has secrets of his own!

The show is a fun, thought provoking, laugh out loud comedy that is recommended for Brisbane Kids aged 6-12 years and their parents. It explores themes of social justice, homelessness, bullying, prejudice, and family relationships and even those who have never read the book before will love this production of Mr Stink!

The Mr Stink Live Shows

 Ipswich Civic Centre:  50 Nicholas Street, Ipswich

  • Tuesday 6th June – 6pm (one show only for the public)

 QUT Garden Theatre :  2 George St, Brisbane

  • Saturday 24th June – 12pm and 3pm
  • Sunday 25th June-  12pm and 2pm
  • Tuesday 27th June – 12pm
  • Wednesday 28th June-   12pm and 2pm
  • Thursday 29th June-   12pm and 2pm
  • Friday 30th June-   12pm and 2pm
  • Saturday 1st July–   10am ,  12pm and 3pm
  • Sunday 2nd July– 12pm and 2pm

The show is 60 minutes in total and does not include an interval.

Mr Stink Ticket Prices 

Ipswich Civic Centre Ticket Prices:

  • $15 per person
  • $50 per family of 4
  • To purchase tickets for the Ipswich Civic Centre shows click here 

 QUT Garden Theatre Ticket Prices: 

  • $29.50 per person
  • $26 each for group bookings of 6 or more

Please note: for Gardens Theatre you do need to purchase a ticket for your child, but children under 18 months sitting on an adults lap are admitted free. 

Phone the Garden Tix on (07) 3138 4455 or  for more information and to book Tickets at QUT Gardens Theatre click here.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

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, the Brisbane Kids Event Calendar or sign up to the Brisbane Kids Weekly Newsletter. 

 

 

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Activity Programme for Toddlers in Brisbane | Toddler Sense https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/activity-programme-toddlers-brisbane-toddler-sense/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/activity-programme-toddlers-brisbane-toddler-sense/#respond Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:04:52 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=177340 Toddler Sense is a 2-year activity programme, which introduces children aged 13 months to 3.6 years, to a whole new world of adventure after Baby Sensory. Activities are designed to keep toddlers and children busy, active, and stimulated by offering them a magical, multi-adventure experience in a safe and happy environment. What is Toddler Sense? ...

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Toddler Sense is a 2-year activity programme, which introduces children aged 13 months to 3.6 years, to a whole new world of adventure after Baby Sensory. Activities are designed to keep toddlers and children busy, active, and stimulated by offering them a magical, multi-adventure experience in a safe and happy environment.

What is Toddler Sense?

Toddler Sense was rigorously tested before being launched by Baby Sensory. Only the most effective and successful activities have been included in the programme.

Each week introduces fresh new ideas and an action-packed adventure. There is always something new and exciting to look forward to. After each session, everyone buzzes with energy and enthusiasm having had a huge amount of fun. The end result is a great sense of well-being and achievement.

Toddler Sense

The aims of Toddler Sense

The aims of Toddler Sense are:

  • to promote a positive attitude to exercise
  • to keep children mentally alert
  • to develop imagination and creativity
  • to promote social and emotional development
  • to enhance language and communication skills
  • to gain a basic understanding of mathematics
  • to develop an understanding of the world in a fun and energetic way.

What to expect at a Toddler Sense Class

Every week is different, you could attend weekly for two years and never have the same experience twice. Each week is a brand new adventure.

Toddler Sense classes feature original music the whole way through and are led by the trained Class Leaders who will create magic, excitement and ‘wow’ for your toddlers.

Classes commence with free play, where toddlers can climb, jump, bounce, roll, run and have fun exploring. After some tidy up time which encourages your toddler to learn about being organised and helpful, the group sings the Toddler Sense hello song called ‘How Do You Do’ with their very special rhythm sticks.

The class then goes on special adventures, with a series of sensory filled activities that are sure to bring wonder and fun with many of the ideas able to be replicated at home. Adventures include snow mountain, safari, fossil hunting, swimming with dolphins, catching rainbows, magic shows, dancing, nature trails and so much more.

Toddler Sense classes are designed to promote exercise, mental alertness, imagination, social and emotional development, and an understanding of the world in a fun, positive and energetic way.

Toddler Sense

What age is Toddler Sense suitable for?

Children will join classes based on their age and stage of development, as follows:

  • New Explorers (13 months – 2 years)

As toddlers grow and become more independent, they have a natural curiosity and appetite to explore. Toddler Sense gently introduces toddlers to equipment and activities that are suitable for their age and stage of development.

  • Adventurers (2 years – 3.6 years)

Early adventures are an important part of a child’s journey of discovery, helping them to learn about themselves and the world around them. Toddler Sense offers a whole new world of adventure and challenge that lead learning and development forwards, and motivate children to try out new skills.

There is also mixed aged classes available to cater for both the developmental stages of New Explorers and Adventurers for those with multiple children of different ages.

Class duration and location

Each class runs for 1 hour. Classes are held at Mt Gravatt.

Toddler Sense

To find out more about Toddler Sense in Brisbane, please visit the Toddler Sense website.

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Cycle or walk the Riverwalk between New Farm and Brisbane CBD https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/cycle-or-walk-the-riverwalk-between-new-farm-and-brisbane-cbd/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/cycle-or-walk-the-riverwalk-between-new-farm-and-brisbane-cbd/#respond Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:14:25 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=177266 Strolling or cycling along the Riverwalk on a sunny Brisbane day is a glorious way to spend the morning or afternoon with your family. Built in 2014 to replace the flood damaged floating walkway, the Riverwalk is a pathway over the Brisbane River which connects New Farm with the Brisbane CBD. Stretching over 870 metres, the Riverwalk begins ...

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Strolling or cycling along the Riverwalk on a sunny Brisbane day is a glorious way to spend the morning or afternoon with your family.

Built in 2014 to replace the flood damaged floating walkway, the Riverwalk is a pathway over the Brisbane River which connects New Farm with the Brisbane CBD.

Stretching over 870 metres, the Riverwalk begins at the Howard Smith Wharves (near the Eagle Street Pier) and finishes at Riverview Court in New Farm (near New Farm Park).

If you want to extend your walk or ride, you can include the City Botanic Gardens, Goodwill Bridge and SouthBank Parklands which offer a continuous run of cycle and pedestrian pathways.

Brisbane Riverwalk – a suggested itinerary

Cycle the Riverwalk, Brisbane

Southbank Parklands – Howard Smith Wharves

For a fun weekend or school holiday activity, begin at South Bank Parklands and spend some time exploring the playgrounds, beach and gardens. Next, walk or cycle towards the Goodwill Bridge, cross the bridge and continue into the grounds of the Queensland University of Technology. Follow the path that enters the City Botanic Gardens, and stop for a break at the playground. Ride or walk alongside the Brisbane River, passing by the waterfront cafes and restaurants of Eagle Street Pier.

At the end of the pier, you will come to the historic Howard Smith Wharves, which is the official start of the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is wide enough to accommodate a family, and has segregated lanes to separate walkers and cyclists. It is mostly in the full sun, so you will need to slip, slop and slap before beginning.

New Farm Riverwalk

Howard Smith Wharves – New Farm Park

From the wharves, it is a flat and comfortable walk or ride through to Riverview Court in New Farm. From here, you can make your way to the sprawling New Farm Park, with its big climbing trees, adventure playground, and perfect picnic spots. Nearby is the Powerhouse, which offers kids activities, a restaurant, and the Jan Powers Farmers Markets on Saturdays.

Cycle in Brisbane with kids

New Farm Park – Brisbane CBD

When it’s time to make the return trip, you can either go back the same way you came, or catch a CityCat! The CityCat will ferry you (and your bicycles!) along the river and back to the city or South Bank. This is the perfect way to rest those tired legs and soak in the river views. And if you don’t want to take your own bicycles into the city, you can hire them for just $2 from CityCycle. Scooters would be another good option for this track.

There’s plenty for families to do in Brisbane City – read our Fun for Kids in Brisbane City review for more ideas.

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Driving Schools for Teens in Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/driving-schools-for-teens-in-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/driving-schools-for-teens-in-brisbane/#respond Sat, 07 Jan 2017 07:45:14 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=172970 Learning to drive is a rite of passage for most teens, and here in Brisbane they can apply for a learner licence when they reach sixteen. They must first study the Queensland road rules, which you can find at tmr.qld.gov.au. Then they need to pass a written road test based to check their understanding of ...

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Learning to drive is a rite of passage for most teens, and here in Brisbane they can apply for a learner licence when they reach sixteen. They must first study the Queensland road rules, which you can find at tmr.qld.gov.au. Then they need to pass a written road test based to check their understanding of these rules. You can learn more about the written road rules test and find an online practice test here.

Once they have passed the written test, teens will then be granted a learner licence and learner logbook, in which to log the hours they spend doing supervised on-road driving. Learner drivers must complete 100 hours of supervised driving.

Driving lessons for teens in Brisbane

Why Learn to Drive with a Driving School?

Learning to drive with a driving school isn’t a cheap option, but definitely has some clear benefits for beginner motorists. For example:

  • It is the safest way for teens to learn how to drive.
  • Teens learn from professionals who teach based on the official Queensland road rules and not presumed road rules or even bad habits that other drivers may think are correct.
  • Learning from an instructor avoids the inevitable arguments that would often arise from family members trying to teach teens in high stress situations.
  • Teens gain 3 logbook hours for every hour spent with an accredited trainer (up to a maximum of 30 logbook hours or 10 actual hours).

Also, according to the Queensland State Government at qld.gov.au,

The benefits of using a professional driver trainer include:

  • a properly trained teacher realises that you are an individual

  • the trainer has the ability to develop a teaching plan to suit your needs

  • dual-controlled vehicles are used to provide driver training and these are checked every 12 months by government inspectors to ensure they are properly maintained

  • lessons may be taken before or after work and in some cases on weekends

  • rates are competitive and lessons run for a prescribed length of time.

Driving lessons for teens in Brisbane

What Should We Consider When Choosing a Driving School?

There are lots of options to choose from when it comes to finding a driving school for your teen in Brisbane, so how do you know which is best for you? The Government has the following advice to offer new motorists (here):

When looking for a driver trainer, cheaper is not always better. Make sure you check:

  • the driver trainer’s accreditation and experience

  • how long each lesson will be

  • whether the trainer follows a structured approach with defined objectives.

Driving lessons for teens in Brisbane

How Can We Find a Good Driving School?

The RACQ has a list of RACQ approved driving schools, which you can find at racq.com.au. Those in the Brisbane Metro area include:

Other driving schools in Brisbane include:

… to name just a few. In fact, there are driving schools in many suburbs all around Brisbane! To find one closest to you, visit yellowpages.com.au, type in ‘Driving schools’ and your suburb or postcode.

You can also search for schools using Google Maps. This has the benefit of showing you rates and reviews for various schools.

It is also great to get personal recommendations to help you find the right driving school to fit you or your child. Make sure you ask around family and friends for their recommendations!

Driving lessons for teens in Brisbane

RESOURCES

You can read more about rules for learner driving, getting a learner licence and driving schools at qld.gov.au.

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KATZ (Kids Acting and Theatre Zone) Acting School for Children in Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/katz-kids-acting-theatre-zone-acting-school-children-brisbane/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/katz-kids-acting-theatre-zone-acting-school-children-brisbane/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 05:13:06 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=176549 KATZ (Kids Acting and Theatre Zone) Acting School for Children is in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane in Mitchelton and is a boutique acting school that provides tuition to children aged 6 to 16 years of age. They call themselves “boutique” because classes are kept small so all students receive a wonderful acting experience throughout ...

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KATZ (Kids Acting and Theatre Zone) Acting School for Children is in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane in Mitchelton and is a boutique acting school that provides tuition to children aged 6 to 16 years of age. They call themselves “boutique” because classes are kept small so all students receive a wonderful acting experience throughout the term.

KATZ has developed lessons that have been specifically designed for children, using games, sketches, monologues and improvisation as tools to reinforce theatre theory and practical acting techniques. Consideration is given to the age and experience level of each child. For example, the younger children could be given a small monologue based on a well-known fairy tale to learn whereas an older child could be given a Shakespearean soliloquy. All Children will participate in a play.

Students will be taught by experienced actors who have had over 40 years’ experience in both the amateur and professional theatre, film and television.

KATZ Acting School katy-monologue

KATZ Philosophy

Acting in all its forms is a no different to team sports. There is a need to work co-operatively with others, whether this is with other actors on stage, back stage crew or technical staff. The school therefore encourages all students to work co-operatively together, respecting boundaries, helping other students and being a team member. KATZ will therefore concentrate on ensemble work and an actor’s responsibilities.

Through acting, KATZ wants to help develop each of their students over and above being an actor. Acting builds confidence in the child, enhances their emotional intelligence by teaching them to think about their actions and reactions to situations and how this affects other people. This is achieved through role and a character development. Acting is also a good method of developing creative and critical thinking.

KATZ believes that the arts is an essential part of a child’s development and that learning both the practical and theoretical areas of acting provides children with the opportunity to explore and express their creativity.

KATZ acting School sam-and-blake-rehearsing

KATZ Acting School’s Commitment to Child Safety

KATZ Acting School want their students to feel safe and secure in an environment that is conducive to learning and performing.  Consequently:

  • Students will be supervised and/or trained by a Blue Card holder
  • Parents may stay within the teaching environment if both the parent and student prefer this
  • Students’ first performance is in front of guests who have been invited by the student and their family.

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What KATZ Provides and Fees

KATZ Acting School has 4 teaching terms that coincide with the school terms, with the exception of term 2 in 2017, which will be shortened to 6 weeks. Tuition fees are fully inclusive and have been kept to 2016 prices, working out to be $10 per week. A 25% discount is available to families who enrol 2 or more students.

Classes are available either Thursdays at 4pm, or Saturdays at 11:30am. Should demand require, KATZ can deliver extra Saturday classes in the afternoon. Terms are the week commencing:

  • Term 1 2017 – 9/02/17 to 8/04/17 (9 weeks) – Fee $90
  • Term 2 2017 – 15/04/17 to 20/05/17 (6 weeks) – Fee $ 60
  • Term 3 2017 – 8/07/17 to 9/09/17 (10 weeks) – Fee $100
  • Term 4 2017 – 7/10/17 to 9/12/17 (10 weeks) – Fee $100

FOR BRISBANE KIDS READERS, YOU WILL RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT IF YOU ENROL A CHILD IN TERMS 1 AND 2 2017. IF YOU ENROL 2 CHILDREN YOU WILL RECEIVE 10% DISCOUNT FOR THE FIRST CHILD. BUT THE 25% DISCOUNT WILL NOT CHANGE FOR 2 OR MORE CHILDREN.

All materials for each term, including a student’s journal, are provided as part of the fees. The only exception to the fee inclusivity is a small charge for the end of term Showcase Performance to cover venue costs. It is important that children showcase what they have learned but we believe this should be in a supportive environment. To this end only invited parents/carers, relatives and friends will attend.

To ensure that the student understands what has been taught, a small exercise is given to the students.

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The Aims of KATZ Acting School

The Aims of KATZ Acting School are to:

  • Develop children’s creativity, build relationships and self-confidence.
  • Motivate children to aspire in their fields of endeavour
  • To encourage an appreciation of the Arts

Venue and Contact Information

The KATZ Acting School teaching venue is located at St. Mathew’s Hall, Church Road, Mitchelton.

If you would like your child to experience the thrill and exhilaration of acting and learning life skills, contact Trevor Jones at KATZ Acting School on 0409856637, email katzkids1@gmail.com, or visit www.katzkids.com.au.

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