Brisbane Kids https://www.brisbanekids.com.au Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:31:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.2 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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5 Style Mistakes to Avoid when you’re Pregnant and Breastfeeding https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/5-style-mistakes-to-avoid-when-youre-pregnant-and-breastfeeding/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/5-style-mistakes-to-avoid-when-youre-pregnant-and-breastfeeding/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 04:18:47 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=176332 There’s no need to compromise on style when it comes to dressing for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Follow these great style tips from Milk and Love, and save time and money searching for maternity and breastfeeding clothes that are both comfortable and stylish. Style mistake 1: Synthetic Fabrics are NOT your friend When shopping in the ...

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There’s no need to compromise on style when it comes to dressing for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Follow these great style tips from Milk and Love, and save time and money searching for maternity and breastfeeding clothes that are both comfortable and stylish.

Style mistake 1: Synthetic Fabrics are NOT your friend

When shopping in the early stages of your first pregnancy it can be tempting to purchase a gorgeous, expensive statement piece that you expect to wear a great deal during pregnancy and early motherhood.

Unfortunately, if that gorgeous and expensive statement piece is made out of a synthetic fabric you may find you will glow every time you wear it for all the wrong reasons. Growing a baby in your belly and then breastfeeding tends to play havoc with your body temperature. Most women often end up feeling a lot hotter than they normally would. When you’re also living in a warm climate like Brisbane, it is one of the hardest things to manage during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The best way to manage the heat (and the unfortunate ‘glow’ – i.e. red faced and sweating), is to always choose natural fabrics and bio-based fabrics such as high quality cotton, Bamboo, Modal and Tencel fabrics to help your body stay cool.

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Style mistake 2: Getting caught up in the excitement of cheap but unflattering ‘bargains’

The second big mistake first time mums often make is buying cheap ‘statement’ pieces and not enough high quality mix-and-match neutrals. It’s important to understand what styles you enjoy wearing, and stick to a colour range that you can mix and match. Cheap statement pieces tend to be exciting to buy, but then you get home and like a nasty smell that you can’t get rid of, they sit in your wardrobe, clashing with all of your favourite clothes, and every time you try them on they just don’t sit well or feel flattering. The cost per wear is far too high for something that you feel awful wearing.

If you want a statement piece then add a bright scarf or necklace, but for clothes, high quality tops and dresses that wear beautifully and that you can mix and match and wear throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding will make all the difference. As Vivienne Westwood famously said “”Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality, not quantity. Everybody’s buying far too many clothes.”

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Style mistake 3: Putting off buying comfortable maternity clothes

In the early stages of their first pregnancy many first time mums feel almost guilty about buying maternity wear until they really need to. They put up with uncomfortable suit pants, and wear their suit skirts for ages. By the time they go out and buy some maternity work clothes and jeans it is such a relief. But why wait? If you are going to buy them anyway, surely it makes more sense to buy comfortable maternity clothes earlier and enjoy them for longer.

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Style mistake 4: Buying maternity clothes that aren’t breastfeeding friendly

When you’re a first time mum there is a lot to get your head around. How your baby is growing in your belly, what size they are, the ultrasounds, the healthy eating and cravings. Many first time mums don’t start to plan or think about things like birth and breastfeeding until the third trimester. But by then they have already bought a whole wardrobe of maternity clothes. If only they had considered it earlier they would have bought more maternity tops and dresses that had breastfeeding access as well.

Another thing you don’t realise until it’s too late is that it takes some time for your baby belly to shrink back down – it’s a good idea to plan to be wearing your maternity clothes for a 4th trimester because you’ll probably still have a baby belly for a while. By the time many mums have given birth they are so over ‘making do’ with their maternity clothes that they really don’t want to see them again. Perhaps if they had thought through their maternity wardrobe, and invested in key pieces that they loved, the early motherhood stage wouldn’t feel quite so daggy.

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Style mistake 5: Buying clothes that you’re not comfortable and confident breastfeeding in

Many first time mums also end up buying quite a lot of feeding tops and dresses because their babies like to feed on and off all the time. Clothes with easy, discrete nursing access which allow you to whip it out whenever and wherever you happen to be are a lifesaver.

There are two things to look out for when buying nursing tops and dresses. Firstly, check the breastfeeding access. If you’re buying online, check the pictures, if you’re buying in a shop, check that you can access enough breast for your baby to easily breastfeed. Some tops have gaps for breastfeeding access the size of a 20c piece, which makes breastfeeding very difficult, if not impossible!  Then there are the tops that require you to pull aside multiple layers – pull one up, pull one down, open your bra and then try to breastfeed while holding it in place. Unless you’re an octopus this doesn’t work well with a hungry baby.

Secondly, choose a level of coverage that you feel comfortable with. For some mums this may include having their stomach and chest covered, and as some babies don’t like nursing covers, this may make tops and dresses with a discretion layer, or a double layer a wise choice so you still feel clothed while nursing in public. Other women like to have full breastfeeding aprons for complete coverage, and other women are confident lifting up or pulling down any kind of top. It really is a personal choice – but feeling comfortable and confident breastfeeding whenever you need to and wherever you are, is the most important thing.

That’s it! What are your style lessons? Share your experiences in the comments.

Many thanks to Corryn from Milk and Love for this comprehensive guide.

Milk and Love Corryn

Corryn is a mum of two energetic little boys and is passionate about helping new mums access research-based information about Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Corryn is also the Founder and Owner of Milk and Love, an online boutique in Paddington, which specialises in eco-friendly Maternity, Breastfeeding and Early Motherhood clothes and complementary products.

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Stylish breastfeeding clothes you will love | Milk and Love https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/stylish-breastfeeding-clothes-you-will-love-milk-and-love/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/stylish-breastfeeding-clothes-you-will-love-milk-and-love/#respond Fri, 06 Jan 2017 03:10:32 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=176307 Brisbane’s best kept secret for mums is the Milk and Love online boutique. Owned by mum of 2, Corryn, Milk and Love is a mostly online boutique, specialising in nursing tops, dresses, maternity wear, and much more, all made with natural fabrics like bamboo, organic cotton, modal and tencel. The clothes you’ll find at Milk ...

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Brisbane’s best kept secret for mums is the Milk and Love online boutique. Owned by mum of 2, Corryn, Milk and Love is a mostly online boutique, specialising in nursing tops, dresses, maternity wear, and much more, all made with natural fabrics like bamboo, organic cotton, modal and tencel.

The clothes you’ll find at Milk and Love are all gorgeously soft and comfortable to wear as well as being flattering and well designed. Corryn personally handpicks every style from specialty international and local designers to make sure it is easy to nurse in and flattering for post-partum figures.

The best part is that as a Brisbane Mum in the know, you can email or call Corryn at Milk and Love and organise a personal appointment at her office to try on your favourite styles.

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3 for 2 Organic Cotton Breastfeeding Essentials

Don’t miss the 3 for 2 deal on Organic Cotton Breastfeeding Essentials! Milk and Love have a range of feeding singlets, nursing tops, and dresses called “Breastfeeding Essentials”. They are all great essential pieces for new mums, and with a 3 for 2 deal they are amazing value.

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Breastfeeding Active Wear

If you’ve ever been out for a walk in your sportswear and your baby starts crying for a breastfeed then you’ll know how amazing it is that you can now buy active wear that is breastfeeding friendly. Corryn has a great range of nursing-friendly sports bras and breastfeeding active wear at Milk and Love. Perfect for staying active with your baby.

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Gifts for Mum and Baby

You can also find some thoughtful and unique gifts for new mums, and gifts for baby showers already bundled up into gorgeous gift boxes at Milk and Love. All natural and eco-friendly products make these an easy gift for someone special.

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Free Breastfeeding Videos

As part of their mission to support breastfeeding Mums, Milk and Love have also published a series of breastfeeding videos with a lactation consultant that are available for free for new mums. Breastfeeding can be tricky for new mums, and good support can be hard to find. Understanding how breastfeeding works can help to avoid common problems and help mums reach their breastfeeding goals. It is a great initiative and worth checking out.

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To browse Milk and Love’s extensive collection of stylish breastfeeding clothes in their online store, please visit www.milkandlove.com.au.

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BrisAsia Festival 2017 – A colourful celebration of Asian culture in Brisbane https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/brisasia-festival-2017-a-colourful-celebration-of-asian-culture/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/brisasia-festival-2017-a-colourful-celebration-of-asian-culture/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:40:07 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=176309 The colourful BrisAsia Festival, boasting more than 80 artistic and cultural events held in various locations across Brisbane, is back for another great year. From Friday 27 January to Sunday 19 February 2017, Brisbane families can celebrate the best of Asian arts and culture, including theatre, dance, food, music, film, talks and visual arts. The festival ...

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The colourful BrisAsia Festival, boasting more than 80 artistic and cultural events held in various locations across Brisbane, is back for another great year.

From Friday 27 January to Sunday 19 February 2017, Brisbane families can celebrate the best of Asian arts and culture, including theatre, dance, food, music, film, talks and visual arts.

The festival will open at sunrise on Friday 27 January with the Monks of Tibet offering a special meditation experience followed by Salute to the Sun, a free yoga session at the Cultural Forecourt at South Bank.

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BrisAsia Festival 2017 Highlights

Throughout the BrisAsia Festival, visitors will have the opportunity to experience Asian culture including an ao dai (Vietnamese costume) fashion parade, origami workshops, ikebana displays, Japanese storytelling, bamboo lantern workshops and more.

In addition, the heritage-listed William Jolly Bridge will light up the Brisbane River nightly as it is transformed into a canvas of art with lights projected onto its pillars and arches.

Many of Council’s regular programs will also taking on an Asian twist for the festival including World Kitchen cooking classes, Tai Chi Qigong, yoga and karate in Brisbane parks, creative workshops and activities for nature lovers in the Boondall Wetlands and Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha.

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Chinese Lunar New Year, Fortitude Valley

Your family is invited to bring in the Year of the Rooster at the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown Mall. The mall will be decorated in red and gold, symbolising good fortune and joy. Kids will love the colourful display of lion dancers weaving their way through the crowd, as well as the markets, firecrackers, food and music. Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations is a free event and will be held on Saturday 28 January (5pm – 10pm) and Sunday 29 January (12 noon -5pm) in the Chinatown Mall, Fortitude Valley.

Food Discovery Tour, Sunnybank

Take a Food Discovery Tour to explore Sunnybank Plaza’s Asian precinct, including supermarkets, butchers and restaurants. Over three hours, tour guide and experienced chef, Tony Ching, will give you hints and tips about choosing the best produce, advice on key ingredients and an insight into Asian culture. Every tour concludes with an authentic Asian meal. Food Discovery Tours will run from Wednesday 25 January until Sunday 5 February at Sunnybank Plaza, Sunnybank. Cost is $50 and bookings can be online.

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Queensland Symphony Orchestra, South Brisbane

Join Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) for its annual Chinese New Year concert featuring China’s brightest stars. The repertoire will span Tan Dun’s score from ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ alongside Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. The events will be held on Thursday 9 February at the QPAC Concert Hall, South Brisbane and tickets range in price between $50 and $87. To make a booking, visit the Queensland Symphony Orchestra website.

 

For more information about the BrisAsia festival, visit the official website or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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Australia Day Queensland – The best family events in the sunshine state https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/australia-day-queensland-the-best-family-events/ https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/australia-day-queensland-the-best-family-events/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 06:16:23 +0000 https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=176167 All around Australia, families will soon be celebrating everything that makes this country great – from our indigenous heritage and early pioneering days, right through to our modern success stories. Why not join in the celebrations at one of these family friendly Australia Day Queensland events. AUSTRALIA DAY AT VICTORIA PARK – BRISBANE So much ...

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All around Australia, families will soon be celebrating everything that makes this country great – from our indigenous heritage and early pioneering days, right through to our modern success stories. Why not join in the celebrations at one of these family friendly Australia Day Queensland events.

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AUSTRALIA DAY AT VICTORIA PARK – BRISBANE

So much more than just a golf course, Victoria Park will be celebrating Australia Day with fun activities including tug-a-war, sack races, a jumping castle, giant outdoor games, a kids’ playground and great food and drink offers. Victoria Park’s fun 18 hole putt putt course and driving range will also be open all day. Kids will also receive free Aussie stickers and soft serve ice-cream thanks to Maleny Dairies. The Victoria Park Bistro will be serving an Australian menu, including wood-fired pizzas.

Victoria Park Bar and Bistro is located at 308 Herston Rd, Herston.

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AUSTRALIA DAY AT BROADWATER PARKLANDS – GOLD COAST

This year for Australia Day, you can jump on the G:link (Gold Coast Light Rail) and head down to the Broadwater in the cool of the afternoon. Pack your picnic rug for an evening of spectacular fireworks – the only ones on the Gold Coast! You will also want to bring your appetite so you can indulge in the huge food truck feast or grab a snag from the barbeque. There will be the JJ Richards “Aussie Sports Zone” for the kids and some music from local artists along the pier.

Broadwater Parklands is located at Marine Parade, Southport.

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AUSTRALIA DAY AT HIGHFIELDS PIONEER VILLAGE – TOOWOOMBA

The Australia Day program at Highfields Pioneer Village begins with Aboriginal art talks at 9.00am, cow milking at 9:30am, and much more. There are over 60 buildings of historic interest to wander through filled with collectibles and memorabilia of a time when life was much simpler in Australia. Youngsters will love the baby animal nursery, whip cracking school, sheep-shearing demonstrations and family games. There will also be an Indigenous art show and an Aboriginal dance workshop by Don Nikkelson. Local vendors will sell their goods and chattels at the Village Markets and Trevor Dodds, Cactoblastis and John Colville will entertain the crowds. Billy tea and damper is available onsite and there will be plenty of Aussie tucker including vegemite sandwiches, meat pies and steak sandwiches.

Highfields Pioneer Village is located at 73 Wirraglen Road, Highfields.

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Australia Day at Cecil Plains

Get down early to the Cecil Plains Community Hall Park for a delicious Australia Day breakfast, commencing at 7.00am. At 9.00am, there will be an official presentation of Australia Day awards, followed by games and activities, including the Cecil Plains Hobby Horse Cup! Morning tea will also be available, before the event concludes at 11.00am.

Cecil Plains Community Hall Park is loacted on Cheetham Street, Cecil Plains.

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Australia Day at Queens Park, Maryborough

This annual event offers a free barbeque breakfast to the community followed three legged races, sac races, egg and spoon races, thong throwing, and the giant dummy spit! There will also be live music, billy tea and damper and displays by community groups including the Fraser Coast Antique Car Club. The Maryborough Markets will be re-locating to the Australia Day site, for one day only.

Queens Park is located off Richmond Street, Maryborough.

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Australia Day at Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum

There’s lots happening at the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum on Australia Day, including sheep-shearing, whip making, tug of war, log sawing, painting, rope making, corn shelling and many more activities! There will also be free balloons and flags for children, and games such as stilts, quoits and thong throwing. Hot and cold food and drinks will be available.

Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum is located at 13 Zephyr Street, Scarness.

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Australia Day at Baffle Creek

Head down to the Baffle Creek Community Oval for an Aussie BBQ, damper with golden syrup and lamingtons. Delicious! There will also be plenty to keep the kids entertained, including egg and spoon races, three legged races, water pistols to cool off, and a competition for the best Aussie costume.

The Baffle Creek Community Oval is located in Baffle Creek.

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Australia Day at Calliope

The Calliope Roosters Senior Rugby League Club is the host of the 2017 Australia Day family fun day. Families will love the jumping castle and water slide, listening to Triple J’s hottest 100, and playing in the six a side cricket competition. Gates open at 9.30am and the cricket competition commences at 10.30am. Cost is $30 for a team of six cricketers. A canteen and bar will be operating throughout the day.

Calliope Rugby Leage Field is located in Bunting Park, Sutherland Street, Calliope.

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Australia Day at Baralba

Australia Day at Baralba promises to be a day of fun, food and entertainment on the banks of the Dawson River. A highlight of the event will be the guest appearance of Baralaba local and Broncos player Corey Oates. There will be a presentation of the Australia Day Awards at 9.00 am, followed by Aussie bingo, raffles, poetry readings and much more.

Australia Day celebrations at Baralba will be located at the Neville Hewitt Camping Area, Bedford Street, Baralaba.

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AUSTRALIA DAY AT SOUTH BANK

South Bank will be hosting the Great Australian Bites event – a celebration of food, culture and music on Australia Day. South Bank restaurants will be preparing delectable tasting plates to try – including old favourites and new culinary delights, and local artists will be performing along the river. South Bank will also be the location for a spectacular Australia Day fireworks display. The fireworks begin at 7.30pm, and the best vantage point is along the Clem Jones Promenade.

South Bank Parklands are located in South Brisbane.

Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and Longreach will also be hosting Great Australian Bites events.

Win 1 of 3 Monopoly Brisbane Edition board games for your family!

To celebrate Australia Day celebrations being hosted all across the sunshine state by the Queensland Government, Brisbane Kids has 3 awesome Monopoly Brisbane Edition board games to give away. To enter, simply complete your details via the link below.

Competition opens at 5pm on Monday 9th January 2017, and closes at 9pm on Thursday 26th January 2017.

WIN 1 of 3 Monopoly Brisbane Edition board games

For more information about Australia Day Queensland events happening near you, visit the official Australia Day Queensland website

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