May 6th

Kinkuna Park Adventure Playground Allara Estate Eglinton

By Buggybuddys - Lorraine

Kinkuna Park is a newly opened (7th May 2016) adventure playground nature play park in the Northern Suburbs of Eglinton on Revolution Avenue, about 20 minutes from Joondalup.

The park features many different aspects to offer kids and adults of all ages, one of which is the main wooded fortress with walk-ways connected by tunnels and rope bridges and accessed by a wooden staircase or climbing wall.

Kinkuna Park

 

Other features include a huge birds nest style swing:

 

Mini sunken floor trampolines

 

Rope bridges, climbing wall and balance ropes

  

Stepping stones

 

Water play park - available only in the summer months and includes several water fountains, spouts, sprays and a jet stream!

 

Musical instruments

 

Mult-purpose fully enclosed/gates sports court

  

Adult fitness equipment (although my kids usually love this stuff as well and why not!?)

 

The new park also comes with fully automated toilets - yeah!!!!  

There are several metal based picnic tables with shade structures and BBQ's at the park.  I didn't see any water fountains for drinking purposes but could have missed them during my visit.  In terms of shade there are many young trees planted around the park and these will provide ample shade once they've matured.  There is a mature tree overlooking the main fortress structure so this will provide shade to this area.

It's lovely to see so many well thought out parks in the new estates that are being built around Perth.  

Enjoy your visit and let us know what you think.

 

 

 

 

May 4th

Health Freak Cafe Applecross

By Buggybuddys

New cafe with a playroom?? YES PLEASE!! And even more wonderful when its within walking/scooting distance from home. You might have seen Health Freak Cafe opening up NOR in the last few months and now it has entered the south side, in Applecross. Their slogan is “everything gluten and sugar free”, so what you get is wholesome fresh food. Their menu includes an extensive range of “Raw, Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan, High Protein, Low Carb  food– there is something for everyone”. And they also do a special little freaks menu too.

Health freak cafe
Health freak cafe

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Upon entering, the little one made a bee line for the kids corner and it is one of the most well-set up one i’ve seen! A huge chalk board, colouring, games, books, puzzles and even games for the older kids. They also have a little table and chairs for the kids to have their own little gathering too. There are tables near the kids corner so you can keep an eye on the little ones and still have an enjoyable meal. They have plenty of seats both on the inside and outside too.

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kids corner

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little freak kids menu
little freak kids menu

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I decided on the Paleo stuffed kale egg white omelette and coconut water whist the husband had the Cocowhip and fresh fruit jar and a mean and green smoothie. The little one had scrambled eggs on toast. We had a wonderful breakfast there and heaps of fun with the hungry hippo game. Thank you so much heath freak for the amazing service too.

PALEO STUFFED KALE EGG WHITE OMELETTE .... $18.20 Egg whites stuffed with kale, roasted capsicum, mushroom, tomato, chives, topped with capsicum puree and fresh coriander

PALEO STUFFED KALE EGG WHITE OMELETTE …. $18.20
Egg whites stuffed with kale, roasted capsicum, mushroom, tomato, chives, topped with capsicum puree and fresh coriander

scrambled eggs on toast

scrambled eggs on toast

Cocowhip and crest fruit jar and the mean and green juice

COCOWHIP AND FRESH FRUIT JAR …. $14.95 Layered with veganola and topped with fresh mint MEAN AND GREEN …..$8.00 Apple, cucumber, celery, kale, lemon, ginger

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They also offer a huge range of raw organics cakes. slices and protein balls. Heard the peanut butter slice is amazing.

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There is so much to try at health freak cafe and another visit will be on the cards very soon. Already eyeing off the matcha tea nutella protein pancakes. And how awesome does their lunch menu sound too? Their food is healthy, fresh and they certainly do not compromise on taste. A must-try! Do look out for their other branches and also more of their locations opening up. Am very extremely excited for their King’s park branch.

Health Freak Cafe, Applecross
Shop 5, 787b Canning Highway, Applecross
Mon – Tues: 7.00am – 3.00pm
Wed – Sat: 7.00am – 9.00pm
Sun: 7.30am – 4.00pm
High chair: Yes
Change facility: No

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May 4th

Dog Beaches in Perth

By Buggybuddys - Lorraine

There is nothing more fun to do on the weekends than taking the kids and the dog for a walk on one of Perth’s dog beaches.  There aren’t that many fury friendly beaches so we’ve listed the main one’s below so you can plan your weekend or weekday family walks. 

North of the River

Whitfords Dog Beach, Hillarys

This is one of our local spots but does get very busy at peak times.  The car park usually has a coffee van (nom nom) and sometimes a dog wash (ridiculously useful!!).  There are toilets, showers and water fountains in the car park. The beach is a nice walk with very shallow waters and we often see dogs swimming with their owners.  The beach walk isn't that long, around 1km so we tend to walk up and down a few times and meet lots of other walkers and potential playmates ;-)

whitfords dog beach

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Quinns Rocks Beach, Quinns Rocks

There are two entry points and car parks onto Quinns Rocks Beach.  There's lots of rocks along the coast and shore break so ideal for dog swimming but they can still have a dip ;-)  This is a lovely long dog beach so you can really tire them out!

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Tamala Conservation Reserve - leading onto Burns Beach, whilst technically this isn't a dog beach the Tamala Park Reserve is open for dogs and humans to explore.  This is one of my favourite (outside of snake season) places to walk my dog as it's sand based and very very hilly dunes which my fury friend loves.  The Reserve does lead onto Burn Beach North which is covered in beautiful rocks along the coast line.  It's usually completely empty as it's not a bathers beach and is very rocky.

Burns beach tamala conservation reserve

tamala conservation reserve

Yanchep Beach, Yanchep

Two Rocks Beach, Two Rocks

Bennion Dog Beach, Trigg

Peasholm Street Dog Beach, Wembley Downes

Waterman Beach South, North Beach

South Cottesloe Beach

Vera View Beach, Cottesloe

 

South of the River

C Y O'Connor Beach, Hamilton Hill

Mosman-Leighton Dog Beach, Fremantle

South Beach (North), Fremantle

South City Dog Beach

South Fremantle Dog Beach

Rockingham Foreshore Dog Beaches

Mandurah Dog Beaches

 

Swan River

Sir James Mitchel Park

Neil McDougall Park

Salter Point Parade

Canning River

Mrs Herberts Park, Claremont

Claremont Foreshore Reserve

Alex Prior Park, Claremont

Minim Cove, Mosman Park

Point Roe Park, Mosman Park

North Fremantle Foreshore

Rock Bay Foreshore

John Tonkin Dog Exercise Area, East Fremantle

 

Please check the individual City Council website for further details and maps.

May 3rd

Friends of Ashley Day at Whiteman Park

By Buggybuddys

Ashley and Friends Day a bi-annual event, returns to Whiteman Park on Sunday 22nd May 2016 and it promises to great day out for train enthusiasts old and young.

Presented by the Bennett Brook Railway, children can get up close and personal with Ashley and his steam engine friends - Planet, Rosalie, Betty Thompson, Fremantle and Wyndham in a day packed full of fun! There'll be hissing steam engines, dirty diesels and laden carriages – all under the watchful eye of their very own station master.

Ticket prices are $20 for everyone over the age of two with all proceeds going towards the upkeep of Bennett Brook Railway which has delighted children (and adults) for over 25 years and is operated by a team of dedicated volunteers. A cause well worth supporting! Tickets can be purchased in advance for just $15 by calling the booking office on 9534 3215 or booking online 

The ticket price includes unlimited rides on the trains and buses, entry into the Old MacDonald's Farmyard display, free entry into Revolutions Transport Museum, Fire Engine Display by FESA, Bus Museum and Vintage Car display and the Scout display – what more can you want!


The event takes place over two areas of Whiteman Park – the Village Junction Station and Mussel Pool Station. For an additional fee you'll also find bouncy castles, amusement rides and fairground games and a variety of food and drink stalls at both locations.

Prams and pushchairs are not allowed onto the trains so there is a free secure storage area included in the ticket price. Just don't forget to collect your pushchair at the end of the day! If you have a younger child that is reliant on a pushchair it might be best to take along a baby carrier as you will only have use of the pushchair at one location.

  

For more information see the Bennett Brook Railway website. 



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May 2nd

Maritime Museum Fremantle

By Buggybuddys Jennie

Western Australian Maritime Museum
Victoria Quay, Fremantle,
Phone number (08) 9431 8334      
museum.wa.gov.au/museums/maritime 

Opening times
Open daily: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Open ANZAC Day 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Good Friday

Please note: due to heat and wind, submarine tours are not always available during the summer period. Please call ahead to confirm submarine tours are running on the day of your visit.

Admission Prices
Adult tickets are $15 for Museum entry and $15 to tour the Submarine. A combined ticket is $25. Childrens tickets are $7.50 or $13 for combined entry. A family pass allows up to 2 adults and 3 children museum entry for $30. 

On the second Tuesday of every month you can enter the museum by just paying a donation. 


“Perched on the Indian Ocean's shore, the Western Australian Maritime Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port.

The Museum houses several unique galleries that explore WA's relationship with the sea. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.

The Museum is home to the winning America's Cup yacht, Australia II, an Oberon class submarine — HMAS Ovens, Jon Sanders’ Parry Endeavour and many other iconic vessels from WA's maritime history”.

I visited the museum with Miss 4 and Miss 2 during the summer school holidays. Although they were a bit too young to enjoy the majority of the exhibits, there are not many things that are interactive for young children, we still got great fun out of our visit. 

 
There are 5 themed areas to the Maritime Museum.

-          ‘Hooked on Fishing’ which looks how the fishing industry in WA has changed over the years.

-          ‘Swan River’ which details how the landscape of the Swan River has changed throughout the years.

-          ‘Naval Defence’ – explaining the importance of Fremantle and the Royal Australian Navy.

-          ‘Indian Ocean’ exhibit which examines the trades routes that have linked the people of the Indian Ocean.

-          ‘Cargoes’ which looks at what has come through WA’s ports over the years – including people, and what impact this has had on WA.

In the main hall they have a preserved Megamouth Shark which is one of the world’s rarest sharks. Only 9 specimens have been found in the world and the one on display in the Martitime Museum was discovered in Manduarah in 1988. Miss 4 thought it was fabulous!

Being a Maritime Museum there are lots of boats on display however you can only get onboard one of them which is one of the old ferries that was used on the Swan River. Miss 4 and Miss 2 had a great time pretending to sail the boat.

  

The Maritime Museum also has a submarine, HMAS Ovens, which you are able to take a guided tour of. The tours leave every half hour (10am - 3.30pm) and bookings are advised.  The guided tours take approximately one hour and reveal intimate details about living and serving aboard the 89 meter long vessel. Quite amazingly, 63 people served aboard the vessel living amongst pumps, controls, sensors, tactical equipment and torpedoes in extremely cramped conditions. The tour is available to children aged 5 plus.  If you wish to take a tour it is recommendation that you phone the Maritime museum from 9.30am on the day of your visit to find out whether they are operating.  Read our review of the Submarine tour here.

On the top floor of the Maritime Museum is a kids corner catering for the younger children. Here you’ll find books, games, toys and a few chairs for you to sit and take a rest whilst watching the children play.

 

In the Foyer area of the Maritime Museum is a Caffissimo café which has tables inside and on the deck outside overlooking the ocean. It serves a range of light meals. 

Museum cafe opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9.30 – 4.00pm
Saturday: 11.00 – 4.00pm
Sunday: 9.30 – 4.30pm

  

We enjoyed our visit to the Maritime Museum. It’s a beautifully designed building, lovely and cool on a hot summer’s day and is a nice way to spend an hour or two when visiting Fremantle.

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Apr 30th

Pick Your Own Apples, Pickering Brook

By Buggybuddys Jennie

We may have to wait a few more months before we can venture out to pick our own strawberries again but in the meantime you can go and pick your own apples!

 

Two Apple orchards in Pickering Brook are allowing to pick your own apples this season. 

The first is Valley Fresh Produce located at 50 McCorkill Road in Pickering Brook is allowing you to go and pick your own apples every Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm until the end of May. 

 

Available to pick are Pink Lady’s, Sundowner, Fuji and Granny Smiths. Prices to pick are $3kg or $25 for a whole box – that’s a lot of apples!

 

Don’t forget to take along cash as there are no EFTPOS facilities available.

Also available to buy are Persimmon ($3.50kg), Red and green chillis ($8 kg) and habanero Chillis ($10kg).

For more information visit the Ballato Fresh Facebook page

The second orchard is The Fruit Corner located at 1 Bracken Road, Pickering Brook. The Fruit Corner is open 7 days a week 9am - 4pm. 

Prices for picking are as follows:
Granny Smith Apples - $1 per kg
Pink Lady Apples - $2 per kg
Chillies - 5 for $1 or $10 per kg.

You need to take along your own bags or boxes and once again there are no EFTPOS facilites available so don't forget to take cash.

For more information visit their facebook page - The Fruit Corner

Find more places to pick fruit in Perth

 

Apr 28th

Top places for grocery shopping in Perth

By Buggybuddys - Lorraine

Top places for grocery shopping in Perth

We all have our little secrets about where to go for the best prices and quality produce for our weekly/fortnightly/monthly grocery shopping.  Some Mums shop weekly, fortnightly and even monthly from one or several places.  Then there’s the options of online, offline, home delivery, pick-up, Organic, bulk-buying and local markets.

The majority of us seem to just do what’s easy when and were we can whereas others have a strict budget to stick to and use simple Excel spreadsheets or printed planners to manage their budgets and family food planning.

This is a list compiled by local Mums in Perth who do something a little different to shopping at the major retailers such as Coles, Woolworths and IGA. 

Organic/Locally Sourced Ethical Food Hubs

  • The Naked Butcher – local and ethically sourced meat and game, grass-fed and organic options. Order online, deliver all over Perth.  Great for bulk buying competitively priced organic meat.
  • The Real Food Revolution – Grass fed, Organic and ethically sourced meat.  Organic vegetables and bulk-buy cupboard produce. Order online, deliver all over Perth.
  • The Peoples Market Perth – online ordering and delivery to a few local hubs for collection. Bulk buy cupboard items, organic foods and locally grown and sourced meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. You can also “pay forward” food baskets for local charities.
  • Aussie Farmers Direct – online ordering and delivery to your door. Organic and non-organic fruit, veg, meat, fish and cupboard goods. We hear the family fruit and veg boxes are great value for money.
  • The Local Grocer – online ordering and delivery throughout Perth.  Organic and non-organic local meat, fish, fruit and vegetables as well as pantry items.
  • Eat Clean Train Mean - online ordering of Organic pantry items and bulk buy.  I regularly buy my coconut flour, coconut oil, nuts and seeds as well as the occasional raw treat. 

Markets

  • Check out our list of weekly/monthly local food markets
  • Spudshed – family run fresh food market selling cheap locally produced produce. Various locations across Perth.
  • Farmer Jacks– great value and quality local fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. Various locations across Perth.  Only some stores have websites/Facebook pages so just Google to check locations.

Cheap Bulk Buy

  • Spudshed – family run fresh food market selling cheap locally produced produce. Various locations across Perth.
  • The Beef Shed – Grass fed and free range pasture bred beef, locally owned and also sell lamb, pork, chicken a variety of local fish. Don’t forget to take a jacket as it’s a huge fridge warehouse with many open fridges to choose your goods from. You can park directly outside and fill your boot with cheap meat!
  • The Pantry Man – order online and home delivery of pantry bulk buy product.
  • Weigh & Pay (Woodvale) – great for bulk buying nuts, seeds, flours and a range of health food products.
  • Wasteless Pantry (Mundaring) – bulk buy groceries with minimal waste using reusable containers.
  • Eat Clean Train Mean - online ordering of Organic pantry items and bulk buy.  I regularly buy my coconut flour, coconut oil, nuts and seeds as well as the occasional raw treat.

Please let us know if you think we should add your favourite place to shop: contactus@buggybuddys.com.au

 

Apr 28th

Top 10 Places for High Tea in Perth

By Alison

For me there is nothing more decadent than sitting down to high tea.  And if I’m paying good money for a bottomless cup of tea (!) and a few sweet and savoury treats I want to make sure I choose a good one. 

Here are my top picks in Perth:
Note that this list by no means exhaustive, but I wanted to cap it at 10. Who knows maybe I’ll write another piece on the next top 10, a great excuse to book in some more high tea afternoons with my girlfriends!

1. Rochelle Adonis
In my opinion the very best high tea in Perth! The food, the decor, the service - it has all been outstanding every time I have been!

They have communal dining so be prepared to share a table with others unless you are booking out the whole table. And it’s a lovely table at that - marble, set with absolutely gorgeous vintage china and they always have beautiful roses as a centrepiece. 

They serve one savoury and one sweet course, sorbet to cleanse the palette and a plate of cucumber sandwiches on the table. Do not overlook the cucumber sandwiches – they are delicious! The menu changes regularly based on seasonal produce so you never know exactly what you are going to get. And I believe they can cater to most dietary requirements with notice.

I like tea but I prefer coffee so I always start with a French press coffee (they serve Remedy) and then I like a sweeter tea to have with my sweet options (they serve loose-leaf teas by Love Tea).

 

Bookings are essential (in fact they often book out weeks in advance so plan ahead). Tuesday to Friday they have sittings at 12pm and 2pm and Saturday and Sunday they have sittings at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. They encourage you to vacate your table within 1 hour 45 minutes so they can set up for the next group. High tea at Rochelle Adonis is $58, adults and children alike. They have previously told me that there is no room for prams. BYO bubbles, $10 corkage per bottle.

They usually offer to wrap up any leftovers for you to take home and there is a selection of sweets you can purchase to take away.

2 St Albans Avenue, Highgate
www.rochelleadonis.com
Read the Buggybuddys Review

2. The George

A great venue for high tea in the middle of the CBD, high tea is served at the back of the bar, perfect for a intimate gathering. 

They are currently promoting apple cider scones with raspberry, chilli and balsamic jam and cream as well as all the regulars - petit open sandwiches, tartlets, sweet and savoury treats and French macarons.

Bookings can be made between 1pm - 5pm on weekends, the last sitting is at 3pm. $45 for a traditional high tea, $50 with a glass of sparkling or $60 with Champagne.  The last time I went was for their Christmas special in December and I got a lovely glass of Mumm. A children’s high tea is available for those under 10 for $20 which includes a reduced version of the high tea.  There is usually space for a pram but they don’t have high chairs.

215 St Georges Terrace, Perth
www.thegeorgeperth.com.au

 

3. Maddison Cottage

A cosy little spot for high tea. Located on the main strip in Guildford, ‘Maddys’ have a courtyard out the front and the rooms inside are filled with gorgeous gift ideas and unique pieces to buy.

Like most places, the menu is regularly changing but you will always get an assortment of fresh sandwiches, savouries, their famous scones and a few sweets per person.  And of course unlimited tea from their T2 loose leaf range. Everything is 100% home baked and served on beautiful vintage china and there is a real charm about Maddys as soon as you step inside.

Booking times are flexible during the week and on weekends high tea is served at 10am, 1pm, 1.30pm and 2pm. $34 from Tuesday to Friday, $38 on weekends and $40 on public holidays. BYO bubbles, $2 corkage per person. There is no children’s high tea menu, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend taking small children inside as there is limited space and lots and lots of breakables!

145 James Street, Guildford
www.maddysguildford.com.au

4. Peninsula Tea Gardens

If you’re looking for something a little bit different, the Peninsula Tea Gardens may be what you’re looking for as they are located right on the Swan River at the site of the historic Tranby House.

They call their high tea a ‘Parisian Afternoon Tea’ which includes tea sandwiches (cucumber and cream cheese, roast beef and horseradish, smoked salmon and salmon mousse, leg ham and Dijon mustard), cream scones and an assortment of French-style cakes and petit fours.

Weekend sitting times are 10am - 12pm, 12.30pm - 2.30pm and 3pm - 5pm. $33 midweek (call for booking times) and $38 on weekends.

2A Johnson Road, Maylands
www.peninsulateagardens.com

 

5. C Restaurant

With 360 degree views of our beautiful city, you can’t really go wrong at C Restaurant in the sky.

Delicate finger sandwiches, petit fours and freshly baked scones with your choice of leaf tea or coffee.

They serve high tea seven days a week, bookings are available between 2pm - 4pm Sunday to Friday (you can have the table till 5pm) and between 1.30pm – 2.30pm on Saturdays (you can have the table till 4pm). $44, $55 if you’d like sparkling with your high tea and $66 with Moët & Chandon champagne. Children 12 years and younger can have high tea for $29.

Hot tip – don’t leave your handbag on the ledge! There’s a reason why C is known as the revolving restaurant. 

Level 33, 44 St Georges Terrace Perth
www.crestaurant.com.au
Read the Buggybuddys Review 

6. The Terrace Hotel

On the corner of St George’s Terrace and Mount Street in the ‘West End’ of Perth’s CBD is The Terrace Hotel, located in the heritage listed St George’s House built in 1892.

The menu is always changing (finger sandwiches, scones and sweets) and their teas are from Harney & Sons.

The dining room is reserved for high tea every Saturday from 1pm - 4pm. $42 or $58 with a glass of French Champagne. 

Note - the polished floorboards are very slippery in heels, I had a close call last time I was in there.

237 St Georges Terrace, Perth
www.terracehotelperth.com.au

7. Koko Black

Not your traditional high tea but a fabulous indulgence for all the chocoaholics out there! Their high tea is called ‘Queen of Hearts’ and unlike most high teas in Perth, this one doesn’t need to be booked as it is always available.

I love that you can watch chocolate truffles getting made and they occasionally serve samples throughout the restaurant.

$45 for two people to enjoy a hot beverage each and a mystery bag of savouries and sweets. There is no kids menu at Koko Black and when I first took my daughter there I was not impressed that I had to pay $2.50 for a babycino (after paying $6.50 for my hot chocolate) but it comes with a chocolate ‘teddy pop’ on the side which she loved and kept her happy long after I finished my drink. And let’s just say I don’t often get to drink my hot drinks hot so I was happy.

 

Claremont Quarter, 23 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont
140 William Street, Perth
www.kokoblack.com
Read the Buggybuddys review 

8. The Duxton

One of Perth’s five star hotels, the Duxton offers high tea daily with a good selection of sweet and savoury served on tiered stands and a choice of the finest exotic loose leaf teas.

 

Available from 12pm - 4pm, high tea at the Duxton is $38 on weekdays and $40 on weekends in the Firewater Grille. An extra $10 will get you a glass of sparkling Chandon.

1 St Georges Terrace, Perth
www.perth.duxtonhotels.com

 

9. Tarts Cafe, Northbridge

TARTS ever popular High Teas are served with gourmet savoury and sweet treats. They offer High Teas on Saturdays and Sundays, at only $45 or $50 with a glass of champagne. Also on offer are Gluten Free and Vegan options plus they have a separate High Tea menu for children. 

Bookings available Saturday and Sunday after 2pm. 
Tarts Cafe 
212 Lake Street, Northbridge

10. Café Elixir

Café Elixir offers a ‘tea party’ option when booking for 2 - 12 people. They set the scene with fine bone china tea cups and saucers, sugar bowls, napkins and a vase of flowers; the Elixir Tea Party has a real vintage feel. You receive two pots of tea (or two regular sized cups of coffee or hot chocolate) and an assortment of miniature sweets and savouries.


Bookings are available 7 days a week after 2.30pm for $33.

3 Rocca Way Wanneroo Western Australia 6065
www.elixircafe.com.au

So here’s to everyone enjoying a high tea soon! My hot tip - always book in advance and if you want to go on a public holiday, check if there’s a surcharge. The prices I have listed are per person (except at Koko Black) and obviously subject to change. 

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Apr 26th

30 Mother's Day Ideas for Perth

By Buggybuddys Jennie

This Mother’s Day, Sunday 8th May 2016, it is our hope that you will be treated like royalty and thoroughly spoilt and showered with affection and gifts from your loved ones! You can help things along of course with a few hints and ideas...

Restaurants

Here are 10 restaurant suggestions for Mother’s Day – it is advisable to book in advance.

1. Parkerville Tavern
Mums get a complimentary glass of champagne. Indulge in Sunday Roast with all the trimmings, or order from the a la carte menu. Live acoutsic music with Craig from the Bernadine Duo 3-6pm. Read the Buggybuddys review

2. 150 EAST Bar Kitchen at Assured Ascot Quays
Celebrate Mother's Day in style! Enjoy a delicious Buffet Breakfast or Set Menu Lunch or Dinner by the riverside with your family at 150 EAST bar kitchen.
View what’s on offer at http://bit.ly/1MVVysv
Children under 12 years will also receive a FREE Kids Activity Pack on the day!
Please note this is a pre-paid event and bookings are essential. To book or enquire for Mother's Day at 150 EAST bar kitchen, please contact the friendly Events Team on 9479 0014 or email events@assuredhotels.com.au

3. Head to Swan Valley, and Mum can enjoy a fabulous Mother's Day Breakfast at The Homestead Brewery for $35 per person ($10 per child under 12). This relaxed family friendly eatery has a children's playground.
Or how about an elaborate 3 course Mother's Day Lunch at the more formal Mandoon Estate restaurant, for $85 per person ($22 per child under 12). Read the Buggybuddys review

4. The C Restaurant, Perth
The iconic C Restaurant in Perth City is offering Breakfast, Lunch, High Tea and Dinner this Mother’s Day. Marvel at the elevated views of Perth from the revolving dining room above the city overlooking the Swan River. Click on the title link for further details and prices. Read the Buggybuddys review

5. Canning River Cafe
Enjoy a Mother’s Day breakfast or lunch at the gorgeous Canning River Café. Enjoy a family walk along the river afterwards.
Read the Buggybuddys review of Canning River Café.

6. Frasers Restaurant, Kings Park
Enjoy Mother’s Day breakfast, lunch, High Tea or Dinner at Frasers Restaurant which has one of the best views in Perth! They will also be providing a Kids Corner to keep little ones entertained while you eat.

7. Mother's Day at The Pavillion, Mindarie
This Mother’s Day treat your Mum to an exquisite dining experience at Mindarie Marina’s new and exclusive events suite, The Pavilion.
Enjoy a delicious lunch including live chef stations, deluxe buffet and artisan dessert, all prepared by our team of awarding-winning chefs. Take in the magnificent marina views from the floor to ceiling windows, enjoy the stylish, beautifully appointed interiors and be one of the first to wine and dine in this this brand new, state-of-the-art events space.
Doors open 11.30am-2.30pm
Live acoustic music and kids activities from 11.30am-2.30pm
Seats are filling fast so book early to avoid disappointment.
Adults (18+) $80  |  17-12yrs $55  | Kids 11- 4yrs $35  | 3-0yrs FREE
For more information or to reserve your seats, contact our Events Team: 9400 1122
*Bookings must be a minimum of 6 guests for this event.

8. Decadent C’s, Mandurah
Enjoy a light lunch or High Tea a Decadent C’s. This gorgeous café has a great outdoor play area for kids.
Read the Buggybuddys review of Decadent C’s.

9. Salt on the Beach, North Fremantle
Salt on the Beach provides stunning views of the Indian Ocean and a great playground for kids. This Mother’s Day you can book for breakfast or lunch.
Read the Buggybuddys review of Salt on the Beach.

10. The Joondalup Resort, Joondalup
Treat mum to a day of Pure Elegance at The Joondalup Resort. Mother’s Day lunch is a three course delight with music by soul singer Quinten Going. There will be 2 hours of free-flowing sparkling wine, and soft drinks, plus a complimentary gift for mum. 12-2.30pm in the Lakeview Ballroom. Spot prizes to be won! Cost $75 for adults. Children 5 - 12 years $25. Teens 13 - 17 years $55 Kids under 5 FREE.  Read the Buggybuddys review

Mother’s Day Events

Here is our Top 10 pick of Mother’s Day events taking place around Perth in the lead up to and on Mother’s Day this year.

1. Free Entry for Mums at Perth Zoo
Perth Zoo if offering mums FREE entry this Mother’s Day! If you really want to make the day extra special you could book a Close Encounter Experience to feed a giraffe or meet a Galapagos Tortoise.
Read the Buggybuddys review of Perth Zoo.

2. Bunnings Mother’s Day Event
Activities vary at each store and bookings are essential. See your nearest store for details.

3. Mother’s Day at Karrinyup Shopping Centre
Indulge Mum this Mother’s Day at Karrinyup Shopping Centre where there will be live entertainment from Gary Lynn featuring the hits of Frank Sinatra and many others including Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr and Bing Crosby.

4. Free Entry for Mums at Scitech
All mums deserve the VIP treatment, so we're rolling out the red carpet for Mother's Day with free entry for mum and a host of wonderful activities the whole family will love!

5. Breakfast with Koalas at Outback Splash
Feast on a memorable breakfast while you meet some of Australia's cutest cuddly animals. A decadent buffet style breakfast will be available between 8:30-10am. Seating and koala cuddles are limited so bookings are essential. Adults $28, children 7-15yrs $18; children 3-6yrs cost $12 and under 3's are free.
Receive discounted rates to enter Outback Splash at The Maze when you book your breakfast.

6. Mother's Day Picnic at Cockman House, Wanneroo
Enjoy a relaxed afternoon on the grounds, try your luck playing some old fashioned games including skittles, quoits and noughts & crosses and then partake in a tour inside the heritage listed house. Completed in 1860, Cockman House is an historic gem and tells the story of James and Mary Ann Cockman and their descendants who lived in the house over a 130 year period. Acquired by the City of Wanneroo in 1987, Cockman House has been open as a museum and heritage site since April 1989. We will also be announcing the prize winners from our ‘Great Wanneroo Bake Off’ competition. The ever popular Book Cubby from the Library will be set up and we are inviting children and their families to design and print their own special book for Mothers Day. Children will be invited to create a book featuring their favourite foods and a copy of each book will be proudly displayed within the Wanneroo Library in the week following.

7. The Mother’s Day Classic, Langley Park, Perth
Help raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness this Mother’s Day by taking part in The Mother’s Day Classic. (MDC) The event involves a 4km and 8km walk or run that circuits Langley Park Reserve and part of Riverside Drive. Sunday 8th May 7am. See the website for more details of how to enter.

8. Mums travel FREE to Rottnest Island on Mothers Day with Rottnest Fast Ferries. 
Simply book your Mother in with two full paying passengers (Adult, Senior, Student or Child fare types) and she travels FREE – yes, that’s right, absolutely FREE! Feel like taking your Grandma with you? No problems – as long as they have two full paying passengers each, Grandmothers will get to travel free of charge too.
Valid for Day Returns only. Simply quote “MUM16″ when booking online or over the phone to claim the discount.

9. FREE Begin Bright Mums and Bubs Mother's Day Craft Session
Stockland Bull Creek
Cnr South St & Benningfield Rd, Bull Creek, Western Australia 6149
Thursday, May 5 at 10 AM - 11:30 AM
Designed for children aged 2-5 years of age.
The session will be themed around Mother's Day and will incorporate several interactive stations containing elements of the Begin Bright School Readiness program. The stations combine literacy and numeracy concepts and focus on fine motor skills. Children have the freedom to move from station to station and complete all activities, guided by the Begin Bright teacher. Parents can interact in the activities with their children.Begin Bright Philosophy: To nurture children so that they build the skills to be happy, smart and confident in a learning environment.www.beginbright.com.au

10. Captain Cook Cruise’s Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise
Partake in a brunch with a difference while enjoying a Captain Cook Cruise! Take in the stunning scenery as you cruise the Swan River while a delicious buffet breakfast is provided. Door prizes add a fun twist!
Cruise departs from Barrack Street Jetty at 9.30am and returns at 12pm. Adults cost $75 and children (4-14yrs) cost $40. Children under 4 travel free. Bookings essential 08 9325-3341.
Read the Buggybuddys review of Captain Cook Cruises

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

1.Paint Mum a Special Piece of Pottery
Make Mum a gift she will cherish forever at The Pottery Playroom or Fired Ceramic Cafe in Joondalup. Capture your child’s foot and handprints on a plate or let your child get creative and decorate a mug just for mum.
Read the Buggybuddys review of The Pottery Playroom.
Read the Buggybuddy review of Fired! Ceramic Cafe

2. The Entertainment Book
The Entertainment Book makes the perfect Mother’s Day gift. For only $65 Mum will receive over $15,000 worth of valuable offers which are valid until 1st June 2016. The book is packed with hundreds of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers from the best restaurants, cafes, attractions, hotel accommodation, travel and much more! Order your Entertainment Book here.

3. Organise a Photo Shoot
Every mum cherishes pictures of her family, so why not book a family photoshoot with a professional photographer. For a list of photographers around Perth check out our family photographers page

 
Image Boxshotz Photography 

4. An online photography course
Are you stuck on auto with your camera in the driving seat? You need Club Lilypad’s online beginners course!  Step by step lessons taking you through everything you need to start taking those beautiful family photos.

Lilypad Photography cut through the technical overwhelm and make it easy to achieve the shots you love. The course is delivered online in bite sized chunks so it fits into your life and you’ll have lifetime access so you can go over it as often as you like.

This is the last time they'll be running the beginners the course this year, so don't wait! Jump in now and catch our early bird offer AND an exclusive bonus - enter the code “BUGGY40” for an additional $40 off.  Offer expires May 11th. Learn to photograph your family with Lisa, WAs top family photographer. Click here for more details.

5. Blank Canvas Gifts
Create a unique artwork on a "blank Canvas" by ordering a pack and getting the kids to be creative as a gift for mum this Mother's Day
.Blank Canvas Gifts provide beautiful 100% cotton ‘canvases’ (pure white cushions, painting smocks, sunhats, party dresses, library bags, pencil cases, shoes, t-shirts and more) and non-toxic fabric paints and markers. Read the Buggybuddys product review here.

Family Picnic Spots

1. Kings Park and Botanic Garden
This huge park on the banks of the Swan River offers abundant locations for a perfect family picnic. Overlooking the city near Fraser Avenue you will find rolling lawns to set up a picnic blanket. Or try Synergy Parkland where there are free barbeques around the lake and plenty for the kids including dinosaur sculptures. There is also the Saw Avenue Picnic area with its recently revamped Variety Place nature playground, and the Lotterywest Family Area that has a fabulous fenced playground perfect for little ones.

2. Lake Leschenaultia
This man-made lake is situated in the country town of Chidlow. It is the perfect place for a family day trip. There is an abundance of picnic tables and barbeques dotted around the lake. The calm waters of the lake  make it the ideal spot for small children to paddle in along the edges on the sandy beaches. You can also hire a canoe and take a tour around the lake. If you enjoy walking there is a 3km walking trail around the lake with plenty of wildlife.

3. Mundaring Weir
Located east of Perth, Mundaring Weir is the name of the dam that crosses the Helena River. It was built in 1898.
The walk along the dam wall is great fun and perfectly safe for little people. The South Ledge Lookout point gives you a great view of the Weir and its surroundings, and here you will find woodfired barbeques and picnic benches.

4. Yanchep National Park
Yanchep National Park is abundant with wildlife (kangaroos laze on the lawns; koalas can be seen in their natural habitat from a special boardwalk), and is home to many different water and bush birds. Rolling lawns provide perfect picnic spots in the shade overlooking the lake, with free barbeques available.

For added fun take a tour of the Crystal Caves, or the wetland area, Loch McNess, or if you are lucky you can catch an entertaining Aboriginal cultural experience with Didgeridoo and Dance.

5. John Forrest National Park
The visitor area of the gorgeous John Forrest National Park contains barbecue and picnic facilities and cultivated gardens of native plants. The area around Jane brook provides a beautiful picnic opportinity with tables near the Rock Pool and barbeque facilities closeby. Listen to the babbling brook while you feast on your lunch, and aftwards take a walk in the forrest.

See the Buggybuddys family walks and picnics list for more ideas.

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL OUR AMAZING BUGGYBUDDYS MUMS! 

 

Apr 24th

The Champagne, Carvery, Chocolate Buffet. Bistro 38, Joondalup Resort

By Buggybuddys Jennie

Bistro 38 at the Joondalup resort hosts a  Champagne, Carvery, Chocolate Buffet which takes place every Sunday from 12pm - 2pm. During the 2 hour window you can enjoy full access to the buffet, chocolate fountain and free flowing champagne!


It sounded great! Our only problem … we were to be accompanied by Miss 4 and Miss 2 and we had no idea to whether it was child friendly! To prepare I packed a bag full with colouring books, pencils, playdough, an iPad - you name it; if I thought it would keep them entertained for more than a minute I packed it! Miss 2 is not known as a child who can stay still for more than a minute!

When we arrived at the restaurant I was relieved to see more other young children out to lunch with their parents. We need not have worried about Bistro 38’s child-friendliness. On being seated a booster seat was immediately brought out for Miss 2 without us asking for it. Both girls were also provided with a kids activity pack that included a colouring book, pencils and stickers. Phew!

 

The champagne was poured straight away and we were told to help ourselves to the food on offer. The great thing about a dining at a buffet with kids is that there is no waiting around to order or waiting ages for the food to arrive so little people have no time to get restless.

We helped ourselves to the selection of starters - soup, prawns, salads, meats and frittata. I would say there wasn’t a huge range on offer and I was a little bit disappointed that it wasn’t labeled as to what everything was. My husband hates fish but found himself tucked into a salmon frittata unaware of its ingredients.

Next up was the carvery. The choice that day was beef and Turkey. I had a bit of both accompanied by huge yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings. There was also Thai Green chicken curry on offer if you fancied something a little spicy. And yes the champagne was still following!

Both my girls are really fussy eaters so it was great being able to fill them a plate with a little bit of everything so they could give it all a try.

Then came the best bit ...dessert! There is a chocolate fountain accompanied with fruit, marshmallows, rocky road and profiteroles. The girls loved making their choices and dipping it in the chocolate. There was also Tiramisu, white chocolate panna cotta and triffle. It was all very yummy!

If that’s not enough you can help yourself to coffee from a machine afterwards. At that point Miss 2 was very restless so we decided to move outside and enjoy coffee on the terrace outside, overlooking the pool. The girls enjoyed looking for lizards in the rocks and as the pool is fully fenced they couldn't escape anywhere.
 

After coffee we had a stroll around the beautiful grounds. On the opposite side of the pool area from the restaurant is a pond packed full of huge Koi Carp. The girls loved watching them and it was a lovely end to the lunch. I’d definitely go again as the food was good quality, we now know it is child friendly and overall for what you get I think it represents good value!
 


The Champagne, Carvery, Chocolate Buffet runs every Sunday 12pm - 2pm at Bistro 38, Joondalup Resort. Prices are $65 Adults, $30 children aged 13 - 17 years, $15 children aged 5 - 12 years. Children under the age of 5 are free. 

http://www.joondalupresort.com.au/the-champagne-carvery-chocolate-buffet.html 


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