Brisbane Kids Brisbane for Kids. Activities, Events and Things to do. 2017-02-22T13:10:37Z https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/feed/atom/ WordPress Brooke Powell <![CDATA[Exploration of much loved children’s stories through games and nature play with Sensory Stories]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180519 2017-02-22T04:42:48Z 2017-02-22T04:42:48Z Sensory Stories was created to cater for both children and parents in Brisbane. Greatly loved children’s stories are brought to life using various sensory activities and games. Finding time to get outside and let children explore their environment can sometimes be a challenge. Sensory Stories provide a safe space for your child to explore the ...

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Sensory Stories was created to cater for both children and parents in Brisbane. Greatly loved children’s stories are brought to life using various sensory activities and games. Finding time to get outside and let children explore their environment can sometimes be a challenge. Sensory Stories provide a safe space for your child to explore the natural world and use their imaginations.

The beginning of Sensory Stories

The creator of Sensory Stories, Benita Blunden, has been working as an Environmental Scientist for over 15 years. After having children of her own she realized that there were no places that catered for young children to explore and learn about their natural environment. Parents are looking to help their children disconnect from the digital world and have a break from screens. Sensory Stories provides this break, through interesting activities and games for your child using all natural materials.

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Exploration and investigation of the natural environment through story telling

Sensory Stories combines a love of books, with a love of nature. Children love to get lost in a world of imagination and pretend, and they love to explore and ask questions! Sensory Stories encourages this curiosity by providing experiences in a safe space. Their staff can explain the natural world to children in an age appropriate manner.

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Time out for Mum or Dad

While the children are busy exploring and investigating, parents can choose to enjoy a high tea package. It is always nice for a group of friends to get together and catch up, or you can meet new friends. Sensory Stories aims to make a space where your child is busy exploring and parents can catch up with friends – and have a conversation!

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Sensory Stories weekly sessions

Sensory Stories sessions run for 45 minutes, and have been developed with children under 5 in mind. Upon arrival, your child will gather in a make-believe forest and listen to the stories of the day. Each session has a different theme – Rainforests, Ocean, Reefs. The group then moves onto interactive sensory play, where your child can engage in feeling different natural materials, smell different materials, hear the bush around them, and play with water and other fun materials. Sensory Stories relate all of the weekly activities back to the theme of the books, and let your child explore and investigate in a safe space.

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When and where?

Sensory Stories currently hold sessions on a Wednesday at the Hawkes and Crosby Café, Anstead, or on a Thursday at the Environment Hut at Chapel Hill. Sessions times are for the morning and can be booked online prior to the day. Sensory Stories do also offer discounts for bookings of more than one child.

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Older children and birthday parties with Sensory Stories

Sensory Stories can cater for school age children and parties, however require a minimum of 10 children for the booking. For school age children, Sensory Stories can do “science experiments” or other fun ideas. Instead of pirates trying to find treasure, there could be Burke and Wills trying to find a picnic! The children love it, and the parents have fun too.

Through a love of books and nature play, Sensory Stories will encourage your little explorers to find out about their world and to understand how important it is. They believe that children that appreciate the environment we live in can grow up to truly love and understand how important it is to protect it.

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Sensory Stories would love to have your little explorers join them for some fun, and look forward to seeing you at one of their sessions. You can book sessions online and find out more at www.sensorystories.com.au.

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Brooke Powell <![CDATA[Private Occupational Therapy in Brisbane | Synchrony OT]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180503 2017-02-22T02:11:14Z 2017-02-22T02:06:16Z Synchrony OT is a private Occupational Therapy practice located in Toowong, Brisbane. They specialise in providing services for children between the ages of 3- 18 years and have experience working with children who have mild learning difficulties, as well as those who have a formal diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyspraxia ...

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Synchrony OT is a private Occupational Therapy practice located in Toowong, Brisbane. They specialise in providing services for children between the ages of 3- 18 years and have experience working with children who have mild learning difficulties, as well as those who have a formal diagnosis such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia.

Occupational Therapy services where it is most convenient for you!

You can choose to visit Synchrony Occupational Therapy’s state-of-the-art clinic, or opt for mobile sessions at your home, school or kindy.

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How can Synchrony OT help your child?

Synchrony Occupational Therapy know that in order for children to learn new skills, sessions have to be fun, motivating and engaging. Every child is provided with an individualised program that fosters skill development. Occupational therapists can help with:

  • Handwriting (letter formations, pencil grasp, line placement, speed)
  • Fine motor skills (scissor skills, shoe laces, pencil control)
  • Gross motor skills (sports, balance, ball skills, bike riding, swimming)
  • Play (imaginative play, social skills)
  • Attention (sitting still, task completion, following instructions)
  • Behaviour (managing emotions, anxiety and aggressive behaviour)
  • Sensory processing (managing sensitivities and monitoring their arousal state)
  • Self care (toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming)

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What to expect

1. Initial phone call: From your first phone call you will speak directly to an Occupational Therapist who can discuss how services may be able to assist your child. You do not require a referral to book in for an appointment.

2. Assessment: This appointment includes a parent interview, standardised assessments and structured observations. Following the assessment a full written report is compiled.

3. Follow up parent consultation: This appointment is scheduled one week after the assessment and provides opportunity to go through the assessment findings, discuss strategies to assist your child and devise a future plan.

4. Individualised treatment sessions: Your therapist will discuss how frequently it would be beneficial for your child to attend therapy sessions, however most commonly children come on a weekly basis. An individualised treatment outline is generated that specifically targets your child’s therapy goals.  Parents are provided with information and strategies for how to follow up skills in the home setting.  Information can also be passed onto teachers to ensure generalisation of strategies into the kindy/school setting.

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Occupational Therapy funding options

If you have private health, Occupational Therapy is often included under ‘extras’ cover, HICAPS facilities are available at the clinic.

Your child may be eligible for Medicare rebates under :

  • a Chronic Disease Management Plan
  • a Better Access to Mental Health Care Plan

Synchrony Occupational Therapy is a registered panel provider for the Helping Children with Autism Package (HCWA).

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For further information, or to make a booking, please contact Kate Kleinau, Head Therapist, on 0400 788 459, or email Kate at kate@synchronyot.com.au. Alternatively, you can visit www.synchronyot.com.au or visit Synchrony Occupational Therapy on Facebook for more information.

Synchrony Occupational Therapy is located at Suite 2a, 524 Milton Rd, Toowong, Brisbane.

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Bianca Power <![CDATA[How to choose a good primary school in Brisbane]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180329 2017-02-21T04:47:52Z 2017-02-21T04:47:52Z The New Year is the time when most people start thinking about future plans. If you have children, one of those plans might be to start thinking about school choices. But how to choose a good primary school in Brisbane? Where do you start? What do you look for? It’s a question most parents ask ...

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The New Year is the time when most people start thinking about future plans. If you have children, one of those plans might be to start thinking about school choices. But how to choose a good primary school in Brisbane? Where do you start? What do you look for? It’s a question most parents ask at some point.

Brisbane has such a vast educational landscape with so many good primary schools. It can be overwhelming. Have you picked the right one? How will you know?

Luckily, we’ve got you covered. We’ve asked around and have come up with the most important things you need to consider when deciding how to choose a good primary school in Brisbane.

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Step One: Personal Preferences

The first step is to determine your personal preferences so you can narrow it down.

  1. Do you want your child to attend a public school, or a private school?
  2. Would you like the school to have a particular philosophy or religion that fits with your family beliefs and practices?
  3. Will all of your children be able to attend the same school?
  4. Do you want your children to go to school with their friends and neighbours or does that not matter?
  5. Do you want the school to be nearer to home or work?
  6. How far are you and the children willing to travel each day?

It pays to look into public transport options before you go much further. Long term, it’s something you might need or want.

These six questions allow you to draw a big red circle on a local map highlighting the area in which you will begin your search for a good school in Brisbane.

Social Proof

It also pays to ‘put it out there’.

Ask your friends and family their thoughts on how to choose a good school in Brisbane. Survey your friends on social media, and listen closely to the parents who are already a part of the school community. Hearing first-hand feedback from a number of parents who are intimately involved with a certain school will be your best indicator. (Remembering that we all colour our experiences of schooling with our own backgrounds, expectations, history, and worldview. I’m reminded of that old adage, “There’s three sides to every story – one side, the other side and the truth, somewhere in the middle”. It’s safest to go with the general consensus).

It’s then time to make a big list of schools that fit your brief. Once you have that, it is informative to take a look at the My School website. My School gives you readily accessible information to help you compare school achievements, characteristics, size, make up of the student bodies, and cultural backgrounds of the schools you research. It may help you to narrow your list further too.

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Step Two: Meet and Greets

The second step is to organise Meet-and-Greets with the schools that now top your list of possibilities. Prepare for your visit by making an appointment or signing up for a school tour. Arrange to visit with your child or children in tow so they also have a chance to feel out the place. It’s then time to ask the hard questions. Here’s our list of considerations for how to choose a good school in Brisbane.

School Culture and Leadership

  • How long has the school been established?
  • Who leads the school, it’s culture and ethos?
  • Is the school ethos based upon a particular religion or philosophy? Does that fit with your family’s outlook on life?
  • How long have your teacher’s been at the school?

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School Size

  • How many students does the school have, across how many year levels?
  • How big are the class sizes?

Curriculum and Program

  • What does the school curriculum and educational program look like for each year?
  • Are there opportunities for children to specialise in things they like, or are good at?
  • Is there a learning support program?
  • Is there a music program and who is involved?
  • What does the school excel in each year? (for example; sports, eisteddfods, music, debating, creative arts, or science and math?)
  • What is the school’s approach to discipline and behaviour management in and outside the classroom?
  • How does the school deal with bullying and disruptive behaviours?
  • What are the school’s most recent results in NAPLAN? How did the most recent school graduates fare with their OP results?

Ultimately, NAPLAN results are not a fair measure of a school’s performance and should not be relied upon too strongly to judge the potential of a primary school. A warm caring environment, enthusiastic teachers, like-minded parents, and a common goal can be a much better indicator when contemplating how to choose a good primary school in Brisbane.

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Facilities and Technology

  • What facilities does the school offer the children?
  • What is the school’s view on technology?
  • And also, how does the school deal with the challenges of technology and social media?

Community and Involvement

  • Does the school have before and after school care facilities available?
  • Can you join parent groups, and support fundraising endeavours if you so choose?

Most schools also have their policies and procedures on their website, and often provide parents with a copy of their school’s handbook but if doubt, ask.

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At the end of the day

Most often, visiting a particular school is the action that seals the deal. Most parents just know when they’ve found the right place for their child and family – it’s in the air! But visiting a number of possibilities gives you more scope and if nothing else, helps you to be even more solid in your decision on where you will send your precious children. That’s our guide to on how to choose a good primary school in Brisbane. Do let us know if you have other questions or considerations you would add to our list.

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

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Bianca Power <![CDATA[Putt putt mini golf at Victoria Park Golf Complex – a great day out!]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180321 2017-02-21T08:05:58Z 2017-02-21T02:13:09Z Victoria Park Golf Complex’s 18-hole putt putt course is jam-packed full of fun for the whole family and is like no other you’ve experienced before. Sitting just 2kms from Brisbane’s CBD in Herston, the putt putt course challenges even the best of players as it weaves around a rocky terrain and undulating hills. It’s perfect ...

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Victoria Park Golf Complex’s 18-hole putt putt course is jam-packed full of fun for the whole family and is like no other you’ve experienced before. Sitting just 2kms from Brisbane’s CBD in Herston, the putt putt course challenges even the best of players as it weaves around a rocky terrain and undulating hills. It’s perfect for a fun day out with the family or keeping the kids entertained during school holidays. Why not enjoy a delicious meal in the Bistro and an adventure in the kids playground before or after you game. The kids will be begging you to take them back again and again! Victoria Park has ample free car parking spaces which makes it the perfect choice for an inner city day out with the family.

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How much does putt putt cost and when can you play

The putt putt course is open 7 days a week from 6am – 10pm (11pm on Fridays and Saturdays), including all public holidays except Christmas Day! Adult passes are $19 and children under 18 are $13. You know what the best part is? Victoria Park has a family deal where everyone pays the price of a child when playing as a family, just $13 each!

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Kid’s putt putt mini golf parties

If you’re looking for a no-fuss kids putt putt birthday party then look no further than Victoria Park! Let Victoria Park make your life easier by organising the food and the fun. The best part, you don’t have to clean up afterwards!  To find out more about our kids party packages, visit www.victoriapark.com.au/bistro/group-party-packages.

Where to find Victoria Park Golf Complex

Victoria Park 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 61 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 Victoria Park Golf Complex’s putt putt and their fantastic facility, visit www.victoriapark.com.au/golf/putt-putt/ or call 07 3252 9891.

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

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Brooke Powell <![CDATA[How to choose a good high school in Brisbane]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180386 2017-02-20T00:20:14Z 2017-02-20T00:20:14Z 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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Brooke Powell <![CDATA[Kids Sport Programs in Brisbane | Young Sports]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180359 2017-02-22T06:49:10Z 2017-02-19T00:39:24Z 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 teaches one sport at a time and there are 2 weeks spent on each sport –

ATHLETICS   BASEBALL   BASKETBALL   CRICKET   GOLF   HOCKEY   RUGBY   SOCCER   TENNIS

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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’™!

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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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Leigh Knaus Child <![CDATA[The Lego Batman Movie]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180246 2017-02-17T23:48:30Z 2017-02-17T23:44:43Z 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:

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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Cath Johnsen <![CDATA[Make a family fitness resolution this year… and keep it, with Brisbane’s Active & Healthy Program]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=178245 2017-02-17T03:28:33Z 2017-02-17T01:17:44Z 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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Leigh Knaus Child <![CDATA[Hidden Figures]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180097 2017-02-18T09:04:31Z 2017-02-16T12:01:59Z 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.

Hidden Figures Review

Hidden Figures review

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:

This year sees a host of great family movies coming to the big screen. You can find out all about them in our Movies We Love section.

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Cath Johnsen <![CDATA[Sunshine Castle, Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast]]> https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/?p=180099 2017-02-16T07:54:45Z 2017-02-16T07:54:45Z 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.

Sunshine Castle Bli Bli

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

Sunshine Castle toy shop

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.

Sunshine Castle Bli Bli

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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