Apr 21st

Pagoda Little Princess High Tea – Snow Princess Theme

By Georgia

What better way to treat the little princess in your life than to take her to an indulgent Snow Princess High Tea at the gorgeous Pagoda Resort & Spa. I was lucky enough to chaperone two little Frozen fans dressed in glittery Elsa outfits for the occasion.

 

Their excitement was tangible, along with the 50+ other little princesses attending this popular event. And no one left disappointed! From the gorgeous elegant table settings, to the abundant dainty tea treats and the excellent singing entertainment provided by Encore Kids Parties, the afternoon was brimming with magic.


Blue chair covers and crisp white tablecloths created a regal impression, while snowflake backdrops in shades of blue and white set the scene to transport us to Arendelle. On the tables glass jugs of icy blue lemonade caught the afternoon sun and served as the perfect accompaniment to the beautifully crafted mini meringue snowmen, blue jelly cups and frosted cupcakes. The girls indulged in all these and more – petite crustless sandwiches, fruit kebabs, fairy bread and scones with jam and cream; all presented on a classic three-tiered stand. Apple juice and water were also provided.

Meanwhile the Mums indulged in a glass of champagne as well as a bottomless choice of leaf teas or coffee. A separate adult food stand displayed a delicious assortment of sandwiches, mini quiches and croissants, banana cake slices, macaroons, strawberries & cream tartlets, scones and a melt-in-your-mouth final chocolate treat to push you near to bursting.

Silver service waitrons breezed past delivering our tasty food promptly and whisking away dirty plates and empty glasses with that silent efficiency that makes you feel like royalty.

On the tables there were also Frozen colouring-in sheets and pencil crayons for little artists to keep busy. But then the afternoon’s entertainment really kicked in. The Encore entertainers performed on an elevated stage area so that all the kids could see them, and a crowd of breathless princesses quickly gathered in front of them. Of course there was huge excitement as Anna, Kristoff, Hans and finally Queen Elsa herself emerged. They chatted to the crowd of fans and briefly recapped the Frozen story and then proceeded to lead a singalong with several popular songs from the Disney movie. Their voices were truly stunning to listen to, and the sound system was faultless. It was great entertainment for adults and kids alike.

After the enjoyable singalong, the princesses were asked to return to their seats to await special individual visits from the Frozen characters, as well as soft toy versions of Olaf the Snowman and Sven the Reindeer. Although the short wait was torturous for my two princesses, it was well worth it, as the Encore entertainers really took their time to interact and answer all the girls’ questions. And they patiently posed for photos with every little princess, making each one feel special. I was so impressed with the ease with which the performers engaged with the children and how fun they made the occasion, cracking light jokes and smiling endlessly and remaining perfectly in character.

As the afternoon wound down, we were in for one final surprise. The Encore entertainers took to the stage once more and led a finale singalong. As all the delirious Frozen fans launched passionately into Let it Go, a snow machine began to rain down snow bubbles on them – the perfect magical end to an exceptional afternoon!

When we left, the girls each received a small goodie bag filled with Frozen trinkets. Two contented princesses sighed and announced: “This is the best day ever!”

The Pagoda Spa & Resort is planning to host more Little Princess High Teas over the July School Holidays. A little birdie told me that the next theme could possibly be Cinderella… shh …

So be sure to look out for announcements of dates and ticket sales, on the Pagoda Facebook page.  Buggybuddys will also spread the word as soon as we know anything further.



 

 

Apr 20th

Top 10 Swan Valley Family Friendly Restaurants

By Georgia

Carilley Estate
Lot 23 Hyem Road, Herne Hill
(08) 9296 6190

 

Carilley Estate is a winery and restaurant with sweeping views of vineyards and gardens. The restaurant caters very well for kids with an outdoor playarea consisting of a small spidernet climbing frame covered by shade sails, a cubby house and small playframe suitable for toddlers. There is also a large grassy space for the kids to run around.

Entertainment Book Offer: Complimentary main course when another of equal or more value is purchased.

Feral Brewing Co
152 Haddrill Road, Baskerville
(08) 9296 4657

Feral Brewing Company is a family owned and operated microbrewery in the heart of the Swan Valley. You can enjoy a good quality hearty meal overlooking the vineyards while the kids run around on the large grassed area or play in the sand pit and on the swings. Small kids will need to be accompanied as the tables are a fair distance away from the play area.

Entertainment Book Offer: Complimentary main course when another of equal or more value is purchased.

Mash Brewing
10250 West Swan Road, Henley Brook
(08) 9296 5588

Mash Brewing boasts a locally built craft brewery producing a great range of naturally brewed beers. Customers can sit back and watch the brewers in action behind the bar or enjoy a delicious meal from the great seasonal menu. There is a small indoor play area that has two sofas, a table and chairs and a few toys and books. There are also a few Playstations for older kids.

Entertainment Book Offer: 25% off total bill. 

The Laughin Barrel
247 Haddrill Road, Baskerville 
(08) 9296 1348

This winery and restaurant overlooks 12 acres of picturesque vineyards and has a partly shaded patio area for outside dining. Nearby is a fenced in sandbased playground that consists of swings, a slide, a climbing wall, a tree house style platform and frame, and a smaller toddler climbing frame. There is a basketball hoop and ball as well, and baby and toddler toys are set out on a picnic blanket in the shade.

Homestead Brewery
10 Harris Road, Caversham
(08) 9724 4346

The Homestead Brewery offers a chilled out vibe with bar tables on the verandah overlooking the peaceful vineyard. Alongside the Beer Garden is a well equipped, fenced and gated playground which is covered by shade sails. 

Taylor’s Art and Coffee House
510 Great Northern Highway
0447 441 223

Taylor’s is passionate about serving seasonal fresh, organic food and quality coffee. Mismatched tables and chairs tucked into nooks and crannies around the courtyard garden create a rustic charm. There is a large sandpit filled with sand toys to keep the kids busy.

Oakover Grounds
14 Yukich Close, Middle Swan
(08) 9374 8000

Oakover Grounds is set in expansive grounds, the centrepiece of which is a large lake that has its own island accessible via a bridge. On the lake are Pedal Boats which are free to use (lifejackets supplied). The restaurant has a distinctly chilled out vibe which is perfect for a casual weekend breakfast or lunch. All produce is sourced from local, organic, fair trade and animal friendly suppliers. Oakover Grounds is also the home of award-winning Fiori Coffee which is roasted onsite and available for tastings. 

Oggies Ice Creamery
10581 West Swan Road
(08) 9296 6095

An Ice Cream Café set in a fully enclosed fenced area with a playground consisting of play frame, swings, toys and cubby house. Ice cream is homemade and with over 60 flavours you're sure to find your favorite. The café also serves a range of hot light meals and hot and cold beverages. 

Whistlers Chocolate Factory
506 Great Northern Highway, Middle Swan
(08) 9274 7777

Whistlers is the oldest confectionery company in the state. The onsite café offers a choice of seating – inside in the main café, in the Cocoa Lounge or outside on the shady terrace. There is a large grassy area with several picnic tables. There are two large shaded sand pits for sandy fun, and there is a large chalkboard for the kids to get creative.

Henley Park Winery
8 Swan Street, Henley  Brook
(08) 9296 1313

Henley Park Winery produces a range of handcrafted wines made from grapes grown on its 11 acre vineyard. The proud owners can be seen on weekends personally attending the cellar door for tastings and sales. Henley Park offers lunch at its small café where you can take a seat under the pergola overlooking the vineyard, or inside the old cellar surrounded by the barrels. The outdoor area has a small children's play area close by.

Find more places to visit in the Swan Valley

Apr 15th

Ngala Helpline - parenting support just a phone call away

By Buggybuddys

Ngala Helpline - parenting support just a phone call away

1.      “Our 2 month old baby seems to cry a lot, particularly in the evenings and wants to feed constantly and won’t settle for hours. What should we do?”

2.     “My 8 month old baby starts crying every time I leave her sight? Is this normal?”

3.     “When and how do we start toilet training our toddler?”

4.     “How do I introduce solids and when should we start?”

5.     “My baby is not sleeping, and neither am I. I’m feeling anxious and stressed all the time. We need help”.

6.     “My 5 month old baby was feeding 4 hourly overnight, now he wakes 2 hourly for feeds and doesn’t feed well during the day. Why is this happening and what can I do?”

7.     “My 2 year old keeps having tantrums. I don’t know how to handle her behavior.”

8.     “My 3 year old is becoming anxious when I leave him at day care; how I can I help him settle in?”

The above se are just examples of some common questions that get asked on the Ngala Helpline every day by parents from all around Western Australia. Ngala is a not-for-profit organisation that supports WA parents and the development of children aged 0 -6 years old, through a range of diverse services, including the Helpline. The Helpline is available between 8am and 8pm every day, including weekends and public holidays, and is operated by experienced clinical staff.

 Ngala offers a confidential service for parents to discuss any of their parenting concerns and questions. These concerns may relate to their child, themselves or the family as a unit. At Ngala, we aim to understand what you are experiencing as a parent or carer and discuss with you possible solutions and strategies that are tailored to your family’s needs, as well as explore what options you have available in you local community for ongoing support and services.

We deal with the whole spectrum of common parenting concerns, including sleep, feeding, child development, behaviour, adjustment to parenting, emotional/ mental health and wellbeing, as well as family and relationship issues. 

So, if you are in Western Australia and would like to speak to us today, call us on 9368 9368 if you are in the metro area, and 1800 111 546 if you are in the rural and remote areas. Alternatively, you can fill out a callback request online: http://bit.ly/ngalahelpline

 

Apr 15th

Bolt Coffee Roasters

By Alison

Down a windy back road and through a leafy green nursery you will find Bolt Coffee Roasters! 

Nestled at the back of the Men of the Trees St Barbe Grove Nursery (more on them later) you will find a really good cup of coffee that is roasted on site (last time I spoke to the owner/barista it was literally roasted in a converted BBQ!).

 

It opened a couple of years ago, initially as a drive through espresso bar and was literally THE BEST COFFEE I could get within a 5km radius of my house. With a baby who loved to sleep in the car (and not in her cot!) I spent a lot of time driving around in my beloved automobile and getting a good drive through coffee was a great way to start my day.  

Steve is the man behind Bolt. And as he got busier I guess it didn’t make sense to only serve drive through coffee and he slowly started expanding his quirky little outdoor space.

He went from having an old shed with standing room only, to setting up a mish-mash of tables and chairs under the trees (complete with toybox!), an outdoor stage for local musicians and an undercover dome where you can take cover with a cup of Bolt if it’s raining.

 

I believe Alacrity Foods supply all the food and the variety of goodies on offer changes daily. You’ll usually find sweet and savoury options - a chocolate marmalade or lemon drizzle cake, scones, biscuits, bagels, savoury muffins and gluten free options. 

There’s plenty of parking on site and live music most Saturday mornings.

 

Open Mondays 8am – 2pm and Wednesday through Saturday 8am – 2pm, Bolt is a great place to have a coffee under the trees and let the kids run wild. There’s loads of space, a toybox full of toys (my daughter always seems to find something new to play with whenever we stop by) and most importantly - good coffee!

 

No decaf if that’s your thing but he will serve you a cup of tea and I do love an ice coffee on a hot summers day.

Look out for the vintage rocking horse which was a hit with the kids last time I was there.

Reusable coffee cups are encouraged.

Toilets are inside the nursery so leave a few minutes to find it, especially if you’ve got a newly toilet trained toddler on your hands!

Hot tip – if you go after it’s been raining make sure you take gumboots for the kids, I won’t be making that mistake again! 

Men of the Trees is a not for profit organisation bringing people together to plant and grow trees! According to their website they’ve been active in WA since 1979 (+2000 members and volunteers) and they collectively grow and plant more than half a million trees in a season - impressive or what?! They sell seedlings to the general public on certain days and they do a great annual festival. ‘Festival of the Trees’ is held around September each year and it’s a great local event if you’re looking for something different to do with the kids. It’s free entry (gold coin donation for parking) and Fat Cat made an appearance last year! 

Head to the Bolt FB page for info on current food options and Saturday morning music acts https://www.facebook.com/fractile

 

Bolt Coffee Roasters
Corner Stirling Crescent and Amherst Road, Hazelmere WA 6055

BOLT Coffee Roasters on Urbanspoon

Find more family friendly cafes in Perth

Apr 14th

ANZAC Day in Perth 2015

By Georgia

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation's involvement in the First World War. This year, 2015, marks the centenary of the landing of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli.

The ANZAC Centenary is one of the most significant commemorations to take place in our lifetimes. It is a time to honour and reflect upon the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn our nation’s uniform – past and present.

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is a day of national remembrance. The acronym actually stands for Australia & New Zealand Army Corps and refers to the soldiers in those forces. Services are held around the country as a way to honour all Australian service men and women and commemorate those who died or served in the military for their country.

It is hoped that the baton of remembrance will be passed on to future generations and that the day continues to be marked with the spirit and reverence it deserves.

LEST WE FORGET

ANZAC Sunset Service, Greenmount
Friday 24 April, 5:30pm
Blackboy Hill Commemorative Site, Innamincka Rd
An hour long Sunset service on the eve of Anzac Day.

ANZAC Sunset Services, Kings Park
21-24 April
For the week prior to Anzac Day, there will be sunset services every evening from 5pm at the War Memorial in Kings Park.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service, Kings Park
25 April 5.30am – 7:00am
The ANZAC Day Dawn Service is an annual event and marks a solemn day of remembrance, gratitude and national pride.
The Dawn Service commences at 5.50 am at the State War Memorial in Kings Park. Vehicle access to Kings Park is available via Saw Avenue or Poole Avenue.

100 Years of ANZAC - Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
25 April
Live broadcasts on the Perth Cultural Centre Screen (King’s Park Dawn Service, Perth Troop March, Gallipoli Service)
25-27 April
Participate in rosemary wreath making with Awesome Arts; poppy knitting; origami peace crane making; an early 1900s photo booth; and Family History Discovery (Sunday only).

100 Years of ANZAC  - Forrest Place, Perth City
Monday 27 April, 10am – 4pm
Activities and entertainment include all ages poppy and badge making workshops, WA Camera Club Pop Up Photo Studio and Australian Red Cross heritage display.Live music performances from the Australian Army Band Perth, Perth Highland Pipe Band, Jake Dennis & the Mint Jazz Band, and City of Perth Brass Band.

100 Years of ANZAC  - Northbridge Piazza
Monday 27 April, 1 – 4:30pm: Hullaballo Hollywood Canteen
The City of Perth in partnership with the Perth Swing Dance Society is proud to present this free public event featuring vintage songbirds The Cottontail Trio, straight out of the 1940s wartime era.
Enjoy a free family feature film at 1pm, get your hair done in vintage style, and cut a rug in the sun with a free swing dance class and performance from 2:30pm.

ANZAC Day in York
Dawn Service:
5:30am, Mount Brown - Pioneer Drive York
Gunfire Breakfast & march to memorial: 10:30am, RSL Hall, 164 Avon Terrace, York
Anzac Display: 11am-3:30pm, York Residency Museum

ANZAC Centenary Breakfast
25 April, 6:00am-7:00am
Memorial Gardens, cnr Albany Highway and Harvey Street
Dawn Service followed by a light breakfast for all attendees.

ANZAC Day Service, Shenton Park
6:45am, Shenton Park Community Centre
Morning tea will be provided after the service.

ANZAC Day Service, Town of Cottesloe
6.45am, Cottesloe Civic Centre
The service includes: Parade and flag raising, wreath laying, prayers,
readings and last post.
Light refreshments will be served after the service, at the Main Lawn. Seating will be provided for most people during the service.

ANZAC Day Events, City of Fremantle
Dawn Service, 5.50am – 7.00am, Fremantle War Memorial, Monument Hill (at the end of the service, permanent plaques that will have been affixed to the Monument will be unveiled. These plaques will forever display the names of Fremantle's 849 fallen soldiers from World War One).
Gunfire Breakfast, 7.30am – 9.30am (breakfast to be served after 8am), Kings Square and Fremantle Town Hall.
North Fremantle Memorial Service, 9.50am for a 10am start, North Fremantle War Monument.
Parade and Closing Ceremony, assembly at 9.45am with a 10.15am step off, Esplanade Reserve, Fremantle. Closing Ceremony on the Esplanade Reserve at 11.00am.
Exhibition, all day, Army Museum at the Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle. For more information on the Army Museum see http://armymuseumwa.com.au

ANZAC Day Service, Claremont
Ceremony commences at 7.30am, War Memorial Claremont
Join us for a special choir performance by local primary school students, followed by the much loved Lions Club breakfast.

ANZAC Day Gunfire Breakfast & Service, Mosman Park
7:30am – 12 Noon
Gunfire Breakfast at the Alf Adams Pavilion. The breakfast will be followed by the ANZAC Day Commemoration Service in Memorial Park, on the corner Bay View Terrace and Memorial Drive, Mosman Park at 10am.
This year's service will include a special performance of an excerpt of "Minefields and Miniskirts", a play that is being performed by the Harbour Theatre about women in war.

ANZAC Day Service, Subiaco
8am, Rankin Gardens.
Morning tea will be served after the service outside the Subiaco Museum.

ANZAC Day All Day Event, Bindoon
Bindoon Cenotaph - 11am
Bindoon Heritage Museum - open from 10am to 3pm

ANZAC Day Service, Bellevue and Mundaring
March off at 12.15pm, Service at 12.30pm
Bellevue RSL Memorial Garden

ANZAC Day Services, Mandurah
6am - War Memorial and Dawesville Foreshore
11am - Main Service at the War Memorial

View the field of poppies on the Mandurah Foreshore!

The Annual Anzac Exhibition, Mandurah Community Museum
The exhibition will run from April 2- 29 and will showcase war memorabilia from private collections, including a military vehicle and other rarely seen items.

Free entry into PERTH ZOO for Servicemen and Women
Simply present your Service ID, Veterans Card, or wear your uniform on 25 April to gain free entry into the Perth Zoo!

To find details of all the ANZAC Day services around WA visit rslwahq.org.au

Apr 9th

Oakover Grounds, Swan Valley

By Buggybuddys Jennie

One of my favourite ways to spend a weekend is to head to the valley with my family for a lazy lunch. Therefore I am pleased to see that over recent years more of the wineries located in the Swan Valley are catering for the family market.

Oakover Grounds (previously Oakover Winery) has recently undergone a major transformation and as a result is now a serious contender in becoming one of my top favourite family friendly restaurants.

 

Set in expansive grounds, the restaurant has a distinctly chilled out, Hipster vibe which is perfect for a casual weekend breakfast or lunch.  The venue is the perfect meeting place for social gatherings with plenty of tables, inside and out, that can accommodate large groups.

 

The centre piece of the grounds is a large lake which has its own island accessible via a bridge.  The kids had a great time exploring. However if you are accompanied by a toddler who is unable to resist the attraction to water you may prefer to request a table inside to remove the stress of them gravitating towards it whilst you are trying to eat. 

On the lake are 3 Pedal Boats which are free to use.  All boaters must wear a life jacket which are available inside the restaurant. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

The Pedalos were great fun but hard work – especially when you are accompanied by a small child who is more of a hindrance rather than a help! The tricky bit was mastering the steering so that we didn’t end up in the middle of the spray of the fountain that is in the middle of the lake.

 

After a trip once around the lake we were ready for a well-deserved lunch. The menu is well priced and includes a pleasing array of mouth-watering dishes. You’ll have a hard time making a selection.  All produce is sourced from local, organic, fair trade and animal friendly suppliers.

 

My husband opted for the chargrilled Beef Burger ($25) which he claimed was one of the best burgers he had ever had!

 

I went for the Barbeque Pulled Pork Bun with sauerkraut, chipotle and sweet potato crisps ($22). The Pork Bun was delicious! Next time I will be definitely trying the Charcuterie plate ($30) which consists of baguette, potted pulled pork, chicken ham & pistachio terrine, apple & walnut chutney and pickled vegetables.

The kids menu is small but the food is good quality – there are no frozen chicken nuggets on the menu here! Options are:
Kids ham and cheese toastie and chips, kids free range crumbed chicken and chips and kids mac n cheese and chips. All kids meals are priced at $9.

 

The meals were served quickly after ordering and we found the staff to be really friendly and accommodating.

After our meal we couldn’t resist trying a Nutella and Banana Popsicle ($5) which was very yummy.  Adults might like to indulge in the alcoholic Sangria version.

If you are a coffee fan you may be pleased to hear that Oakover Grounds is also the home of award-winning Fiori Coffee which is roasted onsite and available for tastings. 

 

Oakover Grounds is really focused on becoming a fantastic destination for families in the Swan Valley. We visited over the Easter weekend during which they organised an Easter Egg hunt for all the kids. 

 

By Christmas they hope to have installed a nature play inspired playground which I am certain will keep the kids amused for hours!  During our visit our kids had a great time climbing trees and playing hide and seek with their new friends from the neighbouring table. There is a vast amount of space to have fun running around!

We really enjoyed our visit to Oakover Grounds and we’ll definitely be back!
For more information visit www.oakovergrounds.com.au

Oakover Grounds on Urbanspoon

Find more places to visit in the Swan Valley

Find more family friendly restaurants

Apr 9th

WA Maritime Museum April School Holiday Activities, Fremantle

By Buggybuddys

Review by Jacqui Snelgar

Signals and Codes
7-10th April & 13-17th April
10.30am-12.30pm activities range in price from $2-3, ages 4+
Standard museum entry fee applies. Adults $10, Children aged 5 - 15 years $3, Family passes (2 adults & 2 children) $22. 

At the WA Maritime Museum this school holidays you can make a signal door hanger, create your own Morse Code bracelet, craft a remembrance poppy wreath or take the Indian Ocean Raider Mission activity trail.  Activities are to be paid for at the admission counter.  

We decided on the Morse Code bracelet which was $3ea. 

First was to write your name and then decode it into Morse Code.  You then create your bracelet using beads. 

After we finished the bracelets we headed up to the Superstitions and Sea Monsters Discovery Zone which is a new permanent exhibit open 9.30pm-5pm. It’s free with the standard entry fee and suitable for all ages.

There are plenty of options to dress up as your own mythological sea creature and go on an adventure. Or you can play monster dectective and have fun trying to work out which sea creature is which. 


If you are accompanied by older children (aged 5+) you could also add on a tour of the Oberon class Submarine HMAS Ovens. Tours leave every half an hour from 10am with the last tour at 3.30pm and cost an additional $6 for adults and $3 for children on top of the standard museum entry fee. Find out more in the Buggybuddys review

 Find more places to visit in the school holidays  

Apr 8th

Margaret River Farmers’ Market, Margaret River

By Buggybuddys

Review of Margaret River Farmers’ Market – Kate Vallance
Margaret River Education Campus, Lot 272 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
Ph: (08) 9757 9095 - Email: kat@margaretriverfarmersmarket.com.au
http://www.margaretriverfarmersmarket.com.au/  
https://www.facebook.com/margaretriverfarmersmarket?ref=ts&fref=ts
Open Saturdays 8am – 12pm (December – March 7:30am – 11:30am)

The Margaret River Farmers’ Market it amazing! It is held every Saturday morning and has a fantastic selection of different foods and other products from the Margaret River region. We love it so much that if we are going down south we try to go on a Friday so that we can get all our holiday food from the market on the Saturday morning. It is really worth it.

Tip: some stalls take cards but some are cash only so it is really worth taking a decent amount of money with you, particularly if you are going to stock up for the week and eat some food while you are there.
The farmers market is a large collection of stalls containing local produce. There is everything from eat on the go food such as samosas (my husband’s favourite), baked goods, freshly squeezed juices, egg and bacon rolls, raw food, a coffee van and the list goes on.

There is a large variety of local produce such as fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, meat, eggs, cheese, etc and things like honey, nougat, cakes, pies and Yalllingup wood-fired bread. There were also a couple of wine stalls. Many vendors have tasting plates out so you can sample the produce before you buy. There is usually some live music too.

One of my favourite stalls is I Pasticcioni (see photo above) which sells the most amazing Italian biscuits made by Claudio, an Italian chef. You can get a mixed selection of biscuits (see photo below) or just choose your favourites. My favourites are his Ricciarelli biscuits which really are to die for! He also does cakes to order.

I am not the biggest fan of pies in general but the pies at the market are amazing. The fresh pasta stall is also highly recommended as are the home-made pasta sauces sold there.

The fruit and vegetables are so fresh and have fantastic flavours. The steaks we bought last time from Leeuwin Grass-Fed Beef were some of the best I have ever had too. We really love supporting the local producers and it is such a treat to get such great tasting food. 

When we visited one April there was also a selection of carved and giant vegetables!

In addition to all the food, there are also some other stalls selling clothes, local pictures, jewellery, carved wood, fresh flowers, gifts, etc. Most of the times we have been there has also been a fantastic face painting lady. You do have to pay (the price varies depending on what you choose) but she is very good.

  

Details of all the vendors and their individual contact details and web pages are on the main Margaret River Farmers Market website, listed at the top of this page. Not all stalls are there every week as some vendors rotate around different markets, so if you have a favourite it is worth checking in advance that they will be there when you are going to visit.

We have been going to the Margaret River Farmers Market for a few years. It used to be on the edge of town at the community centre and then moved to the Cultural Centre on Wallcliffe Road. It has now moved south of the town to Margaret River Education Campus, Lot 272 Bussell Highway so it may be worth checking the address on the website before visiting.

(Note: some of my photos were taken at the old locations but the stalls are the same).

 Find more places to visit in Margaret River

Find more markets

Apr 8th

The Tourist Wheel, Fremantle

By Buggybuddys

Reviewed by Georgia Vergano-Van Niekerk

The Tourist Wheel, Fremantle
Opening times: 
Mon - Fri 12pm to 9pm 
Closed Tuesdays
Saturday 10am - 10pm
Sunday 10am - 9pm 
(Subject to changes and weather permitting)
Non school holidays closed between 5pm-6pm

Prices: 
Adult $12
Child $10 (up to 12 years old)
Family ticket 2+2 $40
Couple (2) $20
Private Gondola $60
Discount for groups. 

We visited Fremantle on Easter Monday for the Fremantle Arts Festival and we took the opportunity to go on the Tourist Wheel as the boys always wanted to go but we never had the chance to do it before. 

There are 24 gondolas in total and each can accommodate up to 6 passengers.  

All the gondolas are wheel chair accessible. Pushchairs are not allowed but can be parked in the pushchair parking area near the box office. 

It was a busy day but we only had to wait about 10/15 minutes to board our gondola. We had one just for our family (4). 

The wheel is 40 meters high and rises well above all the huge trees that are located in the park below. The boys found it very amusing to be as high as the trees. Like the birds!! It was amazing, even though I am not a big fan of heights (my heart was pounding in my chest when we reached the top!).

The view from up there is amazing! You can see Fremantle Dock, Little Creatures just below, the Duyfken and the Bathers Beach on one side and Fremantle Town on the other.

The wheel went around for about 4 times and took about 15 minutes. 

Its not a cheap sighting as we paid $40 for a family of 4 for a 15 minute ride but it was something we always wanted to do and the views from up there was worth it.

When we visited the sky was overcast but on a sunny day I guess it is possible to admire a magnificent sunset if you board the wheel at the right time :) 

For more information visit www.touristwheelfremantle.com 

Find more places to visit in Fremantle with kids

Apr 7th

Inflatable World, Joondalup

By Georgia

The brand new Inflatable World is the perfect place to burn off some energy these holidays! It has opened in Joondalup (located inside Bouncers), with a sister branch in Ballajurra and Shenton Park.

You can expect the kids(and adults) to have a huge adrenaline rush when they see the large inflatables that boast slides, climbing walls, obstacles and more… A fun time is virtually guaranteed!

There is a NO SOCKS, NO PLAY policy. All ages are permitted. Your entry fee allows you free play for a 2 hour session. It’s plenty of time as believe me the kids will hardly sit still and will be burning off calories faster than you can blink! On entry you will be given a colour wristband that indicates when your session expires.

There are about 10 huge inflatables of which only a few cater for the younger kids (under 3s). The rest of the inflatables are more challenging so there are Supervisors to make sure that the younger kids don’t climb on them and get hurt, and that a limited amount of kids go on them at a time – ensuring a safe play environment. But it is still advisable to keep a close eye on your younger kids.

There is an Under 5’s area with soft play shapes to climb on and build with. This area is not fenced off so supervision is important if you have a feisty toddler. Nearby are the tamer slides and bouncy inflatables for Under 5’s.

Check out some of the exciting Inflatables –

Daredevil Island and Cliff Jump – with supervised one-at-a-time jumps:

 

Spaceship Bounce & Slide:

 

 Thomas Tank & Train Station (for little ones):

 

Sticky wall – for this a supervisor helps you put on a special Velcro suit and you then throw yourself at the wall to stick to it – Hilarious!



Basketball challenge:


Swinging Pendulum challenge:

Bendy Mushroom:

 

Jousting Arena:

 

Slides:

Circus Obstacle course:

Alongside the inflatable area are a scattering of tables and chairs and a few spectator benches for mums to set up camp. Rosie’s café within Bouncers serves light meals including toasted sandwiches, hotdogs and hot chips which they will bring to your table once you have ordered and paid (cash only – a cash atm is available). Good coffee and other refreshments are also plentiful. Drinks and food are not allowed in the Inflatable area – only at the upper tables.

 

There are toilets alongside the Inflatable area, which are easy to access if you are busting. But there were no baby changing facilities when we visited.

Inflatable World is open Mon–Fri  (10-3pm) and Sundays (10-4pm) during the School Holidays BUT sadly during School Term, it will only be open Friday evenings 4-9pm and Sundays 10-4pm. CLOSED ON SATURDAYS.

Kids birthday parties are available – click here for more details

Entry Cost for one session:
5 Years and Over - $16
4 Years and Under - $8
4 Years and Under & 1 Parent - $16
Playing Adults - $16
Spectators are Free

Inflatable World is not recommended if you are unwell, pregnant, have a bad back, or are injured. All participants use the equipment at their own risk. A Parent or Guardian must accompany all children under 12.

If you forget your socks, there are socks for sale at $2.50 a pair.

Joondalup Inflatable World:

4-6 Elcar Lane, Joondalup

Find more playcentres in Perth

Find more places to visit in Perth

 

 

 

Top Authors

Check out our page of other parent blogs which Buggybuddys love