Jan 29th

stork's corner, Myaree

By Buggybuddys

Just across the carpark from Grouch & Co in Myaree sits a very beautiful kids shop called Stork’s Corner. They have the most gorgeous range of baby and kids clothes, shoes, accessories etc. They also stock an extensive range of toys and gifts. They also have a selection of toys at the back for the little ones to play while you shop. We did walk out with a uber cute rock your baby singlet, perfect for summer.

Toys at the back to occupy your little one while you shop

Toys at the back to occupy your little one while you shop

They have also recently launched their party space upstairs (Enchanted Garden Parties) and I had a little peek whilst I was there and it looked absolutely amazing! They have different themes and packages to suit your needs, and a little birdie also told me that they’re in the mix of teeing something up with Grouch & Co. Fun stuff happening soon and I can’t wait.

enchanted garden parties
enchanted garden parties
 
Party set up
Party set up

Stork’s Corner

Shop 11/47 McCoy Street, Myaree
Mon – Fri: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Sat: 9.30am – 2.00pm

 

Jan 29th

Grouch & Co, Myaree

By Buggybuddys

Review by Estabelle Ang

Little Stove in Bicton have a new baby and they are proud to introduce you to Grouch & Co. Only 3 days old, Grouch & Co is a micro roasters based in Myaree (Hulme court). Caleb and I thought we’ll give it a go after our gymbaroo session today and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Upon entering, you’ll immediately notice two mean Slayer espresso machines staring at you and you’ll know you’re gonna definitely get some seriously good coffee. They also serve cool drinks, baked good and wraps. They are also going to be expanding their food and juice selection very soon so do keep a lookout for it. We got ourselves our usual coffees, a babycino (its huge!) and a donut (I think its lemon curd and it was DIVINE!).

Grouch & Co

Grouch & Co

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A huge communal table sits in the middle of the spacious interior with magazines and newspapers for customers to enjoy.

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Next time when you’re around the area be it getting your car serviced or just cause you’re around there, do pop into Grouch & Co and say hi. Absolutely friendly and welcoming people in there. We will definitely be seeing them again very soon :)

Grouch & Co

Unit 1/45 McCoy Street, Myaree
Mon – Sat: 6.30am – 3pm
Highchair: No
Change facility: No

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Jan 29th

The Brick House LEGO Play Centre, Willetton

By Buggybuddys Jennie

The Brick House is a brand new children’s play centre packed full of LEGO bricks of every shape and size – the first of its kind in WA.

Located at 113 High Road in Willletton, the Brick House caters for children aged 1 to 12+ years offering school holiday camps, workshops, open play sessions and parties.

 

We went along and had a sneak peek of the venue the day before it opened up to the public for the first time.

The Brick House has 2 separate areas catering for different aged children. Both areas are fenced and gated.

 

The toddler area contains a wide range of DUPLO bricks.  They offer 2 Open Play sessions for the under 5’s:
Baby Builder Open Play – suitable for children aged 1 to 3 years
Junior Builder Open Play – suitable for children aged 3 to 5 years

 

For the children aged 5+ there is the Master Builder Open Play sessions where you can build your own unique LEGO creation from The Brick House’s thousands of bricks and elements. Of if you prefer to follow the instructions you can choose from LEGO themes such as City, Star Wars, Ninjago, Friends, Disney Princess, Technic, The Lego Movie and more. 

 

Open Play Sessions run 9.30am – 11.30am weekdays during school term and cost $8 for 2 hours.  Weekend sessions are limited to one hour and cost $12. You can book your session online in advance on The Brick House website.

 

Children over the age of 5 can take part in The Brick House’s After School Science and Technology Workshops which run during term time. Participants have the opportunity to explore the basic principles of physical science such as forces, motion and energy and work with simple technology such as gears, levers and pulleys.  The Brick House uses an extensive range of LEGO Education kits to explore these themes.

During the school holidays you can book the kids in for a school holiday camp. Half Day Camp runs 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm and costs $30. Full Day Camp cost $70.  Sessions are themed and include ‘Amazing Creation Sessions, Engineering and Robotics Workshops, Earthquake Simulation, formula LEGO Racing, LEGO Story Builder, LEGO Games and Stop-Motion Moving Making.

 

The Brick House’s café is situated right next to the toddler play area. You can relax and enjoy a coffee while your child gets creative with the huge amount of LEGO on offer. The café also has a small menu of cakes, muffins, breakfast options and sandwiches.  I imagine it will become a great hang out for Mothers Groups!

 

If you child is the ultimate LEGO fan then they are definitely going to want to hold their next birthday party at The Brick House.  You can choose from a huge range of LEGO themes. Kids get to spend 1 hour with a dedicated Construction Coach and then 30 minutes in the party room to enjoy a range of tasty treats. Party Packages cost $25 per head and are available on the weekend and are suitable for children aged 5+.

 

For more information on The Brick House visit www.thebrickhouse.com.au

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Jan 29th

Claremont Pools, Claremont

By Alisha
Claremont Aquatic Centre, AKA Claremont Pools was one of our favourite hang outs this summer, especially on those sunny, hot days. We loved that there was plenty of grassy areas covered by shade, a deep pool with diving boards, a splash pool and a playground.


There was plenty of shade covering the pools and grassy areas.
The toddler splash pool was lovely, and completely covered by shade. It was situated conveniently by the playground.


The area set aside for "leisure" swimming was quite small. Most of the two large pools were reserved for lap swimming and swimming lessons.

Luckily, the deep pool was available for leisure swimming. My three kids LOVED jumping off the sides and diving off the edge. They were disappointed that the diving boards were closed most days we visited.

All three of my kids participated in VacSwim during the January school holidays. It was well run, organized, and all three of them passed their levels and gained better swimming skills. Vac Swim is available to all children ages 5 and up during school holidays. Swimming lessons cost just $1 a day plus pool entry fee. Claremont pool offers a special entry fee price for Vac Swim students and spectators.

The kiosk at Claremont Pool had a good selection of coffee, hot foods, cold drinks and ice cream. There was also a nice selection of merchandise to choose from including Turkish towels and after swimming robes.

Entry fees for Claremont pool vary depending on age. There are punch cards available for frequent visitors at a discounted price. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult swimmer at all times. Children 8 and under must be supervised by an adult at all times. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult at the pool.
Claremont Pool offers learn to swim classes, lap swimming, squad swimming, water aerobics and more.

Facilities at Claremont pool include change rooms/toilets available with showers, free Wi-Fi, free to use BBQ and picnic areas, and club room facilities with air conditioning.

Claremont pool had a pool hoist for those in wheel chairs or others that may need assistance getting in and out of the pool. The pools also had steps with handrails for easier access.
There are some family fun days scheduled at the Claremont pool including:
- Kickin Back Pool Party 13th Feb 2014
- Movie Night 28th Feb 2014 (Despicable Me 2)
- Splash Down Fun Day 8th March 2014



Claremont Pool is located at 12 Davies Road, Claremont. For more information visit www.claremont.wa.gov.au/Community/ClaremontAquaticCentre

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Jan 28th

Being Plumpy

By Janelle

So yesterday, my five year old, with no intention of being cruel or vindictive, studied my size 14 (/16) stomach and innocently asked 'Mum, are you having another baby?' So. Many. Feelings. Offence, outrage, shame, devastation. I wanted to scream 'WELL IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE THIS BEFORE YOU AND YOUR SISTER WERE IN IT!' I wanted to scream 'HOW COULD YOU SAY THAT TO ME? I'VE CLEANED SKID MARKS OUT OF YOUR UNDIES WITH MY BARE HANDS!' I wanted to scream 'YA LITTLE BI....!' Of course, I didn't. What I actually said, very calmly, was 'No, Babe.'

Later that night, after a day of being a human cappucino (light and frothy on the top, dark and steaming underneath) I thought I'd approach the topic again. I got Mairéad on her own and asked casually, 'So, do you reckon I look like I've got a baby in my tummy?' She immediately said 'No, Mum! You're not fat (that wasn't the  question, but moving right along) you're just....plumpy.' I said ' Plumpy? Do you know what that word means?' She said 'Yeah - plumpy. Like Gloria in Madagascar.'

Gloria....the HIPPOPOTAMUS in Madagascar. I'm not fat. I'm plumpy - me and the third largest land-living mammal on the planet.

It's ok - I'm ok. I know Mairéad wasn't trying to hurt my feelings or be nasty. I think she was actually hoping that there WAS another baby in there. And I like me. I don't dislike what I see in the mirror. I'm hot (well, warm)! 

Just don't get on the wrong side of me. My kind are responsible for more deaths than any other large animal in Africa.

Janelle Koenig is an accomplished comedian, a mum of two little girls (aged 5 and 1 and no there won't be any more thanks for asking) and mediocre guitarist. She’s proud to consider herself a ‘real woman’ but keeps her skinny jeans ‘just in case’.
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Jan 27th

The Brook Bar and Bistro, Ellenbrook

By Buggybuddys

Reviewed by Georgia Vergano-van Niekerk

A friend recommended The Brook so we thought to give it a go and make a good use of the entertainment book. My husband and I visited The Brook on a Friday for lunch without kids. 

The building is super modern and stylish inside and out.

 

As we entered, the friendly staff welcomed us and asked us where we wanted to sit.  My husband and I had a quick look around and although the Garden Bar looked good we choose to sit inside at the Bistro as it was a very hot day. 

 

The place is huge and can accomodate up to 200 seated people. The Bistro at the front, is probably the most formal, but the atmosphere is relaxed and I saw loads of high chairs and a few families dining with kids. 


 

As you walk pass the Bistro there’s the Lounge Bar with a beautiful fireplace and loads of comfy seats. 

 

At the back is the relaxed Garden Bar.  Also, separated and through a corridor via the Bistro is the Sport Bar with a big projector screen inside and plasma tvs and pool table and a further beer garden. 


 

The menu offeres a huge range and loads of Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Dairy free options. 

 

My husband ordered the chicken parmigiana $27 

 

I ordered the the prawns and Avocado Salad $25. 

 

The service was prompt and the staff were all very friendly. 

The kids menu looked good too with a big selection. All kids meals are $12 and includes a drink and ice cream. 

 

For the kids there are some colouring sheets and crayons available and every Monday kids eat free and they offer free entertainment.

The Brook has most certainly something to offer to everyone with loads of specials every week. It is certainly child friendly however kids are not allowed in the evening after 7pm at the Sport Bar and after 9pm at the Garden Bar.

For more information visit thebrookbarandbistro.com.au

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Jan 27th

The Berry Farm, Margaret River

By Buggybuddys

Reviewed by Georgia Vergano-van Niekerk

If you think at the Berry Farm is only about berries you are wrong.  The Berry Farm is much more than that. 

"The Farm"
The farm is set on 10 hectares of Avocado trees plus a large orchard berry patch. The berry patch consists of Blueberries, Raspberries and Jostaberries. 

"The Cellar Door"
At the Cellar Door visitors are invited to taste before you buy products; berry and fruit jams, jellies, preserves, sauces, syrups, dressings and naturally fermented vinegars all produced on the farm can be purchased. 

The Cellar Door also offers a children’s corner to help entertain the kids while you tempt your tastebuds.  During avocado season you can buy fresh avocado's at $5.00  (7-10) per bag. 

 
"Cottage Café and Gardens"
At the Cottage Cafe they serve morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch using fresh and local produce.

We visited the Cottage Cafe in Early January on a week day for lunch. We turned up without a reservation but we were lucky enough to find a table at the back of the Cottage Cafe on the verranda which was near where the playground is situated. 

They kids were quickly amused at the playground and made friends with few other kids and played with some building blocks available; they also did some colouring with the busy nippers bags available for purchase at $2 each. Plenty of highchairs are available and changing facilities too. 

My husband had to queue for about 30 minutes to order the food and the lady warned him there was a bit of wait in fact we waited about 45 minutes for the food to arrive. The wait was worth it.

We ordered Guacamole served with warm corn chips ($10). The guacamole is made with the avocadoes grown at the Berry farm and it was delicious! 

For the kids there were only two choices and so we ordered one of each for our boys ($10 each). House-Baked Sausage roll and Ham and Cheese toasted turkish roll. 

We also ordered the gourmet mushroom salad ($19). It was fresh, juicy and filling. 

My husband ordered the scones with the jam and cream which are a must try if you visit the Farm ($8). 

We also enjoyed their Pear and Strawberry cider. It was very refreshing on a warm summer day. 

The food was tasty and the portions were generous you can really appreciate the freshness and the quality of the local products. 

I highly reccomend this place: you can sit back on the veranda or take a walk through the delighful gardens and enjoy the experience.

For more information visit theberryfarm.com.au

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Jan 21st

Oliver Hill Train Ride and Guns & Tunnels Tour, Rottnest

By Buggybuddys

Review of Oliver Hill Train Ride and Guns & Tunnel Tour – Kate Vallance – November 2014

Departs Settlement Railway Station, Rottnest Island 
Book at the Rottnest Island Visitors Centre – Phone: 9372 9730 – Email: enquiries@rottnestisland.com
www.rottnestisland.com/travel-to/rottnest-island-visitor-centre

From the website: ‘Enjoy a train ride from the Settlement Railway Station to Oliver Hill on the Island’s 64-seat Captain Hussey train, where you can admire the beauty of the Island’s south-side.

Now re-opened after important conservation works to the nationally significant defence heritage sites at Oliver Hill. Enjoy a Mini Island Tour taking in highlights of the island's south-side on the way to inspect the restored World War II 9.2 inch gun and maze of underground tunnels. Find out why guns were installed on Rottnest Island and how they operated. One hour tour operates daily at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Tickets available at Oliver Hill and the Visitor Centre.’

Oliver Hill Tour Prices

 

Adult

Concession 

Child

Family (2x2)

Extra Child

Oliver Hill Train Ride ONLY

$20.00 

$16.00 

$13.00    

$41.00     

$5.00    

Oliver Hill Guns and Tunnels Tour

$9.00

$7.00

$4.00

$20.00

$2.00

Guns and Tunnels Tour PLUS Train Ride

$29.00

$22.50 

$16.50

$62.00

$7.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Friends recommended this tour for the kiddies so we thought we would give it a try on our most recent visit to Rottnest Island. We chose to get the train as we though the children would like it. There was one train service per day at the time of writing, which departed at 1:30pm. The station is only a short walk from visitor’s information, probably 5 minutes at a maximum and there are train symbols painted on the footpath to keep you going in the right direction.

The train goes pretty slowly through the island and you get some lovely views. It takes around half an hour to get up to the hill and has a top speed of around 20km/hr. The children really liked it.

 

We went past the airport and some old railway cars and it was nice to see the island from a different point of view. Once at Oliver Hill, the view was lovely.

We started our tour in the crew shelter where our guide talked about about the army presence at Rottnest during the war and why they were there.

There are various pictures and information boards with further details and it was all quite interesting and not too heavy going.

Next we went to look at the gun itself from below and then at the top. The kiddies were impressed that it was so big.

After looking at the gun we all gathered at the entrance of the tunnels. We went into the ammunition stores and our guide told us what the rooms were for, how they were made and also told us a bit about life on the island at that time.

At the end of the tour you come out at the bottom of the sand dune so you walk back up through the bush which was quite pleasant.

The train was waiting to take us back to the main settlement at the end of the tour. The whole tour was only an hour long and kept moving quite a bit so the kiddies did not seem to get bored. We had a 4 year old and two 6 year olds with us and they seemed fine. My daughter was also very excited that she got to help ‘drive’ the train on the way back!

I think it was definitely worth doing with the children, especially with the train ride and it was a good length of time for both the adults and the kiddies. We would certainly recommend it.

Note: If you had anyone who does not do well on stairs or if you had a push chair, you would not really be able to go into the tunnels. You would also need to keep a careful eye on toddlers as some of the steps in the tunnel were quite steep.  

Jan 21st

Australia Day 2015

By Alisha

Top 13 Australia Day Activities for Families in Perth 2015

Australia Day is a day to gather with family and friends to celebrate this beautiful country.  There are so many choices for Australia Day activities this year in Perth that it's going to be a tough decision for our family to decide.  I'm thinking we will have to fit in several from my Top Thirteen List!

 Top Thirteen Australia Day Family Events for 2015:

1. City of Perth Skyworks & Laser Show
Australia Day Skyworks - Fireworks and Laser Show

2. Australia Day at The Fremantle Esplanade-
Giveaways, live music, and activities for the kids!
Perth Mermaids at Bathers Beach


Then stay for The Indian Ocean Fireworks starting at 8pm!

These are the best vantage points to watch the fireworks:

  • Esplanade Reserve
  • Bathers Bay
  • Round house
  • Monument Hill
  • Fishing Boat Harbour
  • South Beach

3.  Celebration Zone, South Perth-
australia day, aussie, 2015, perth, celebration zone, south perth, skyshow

4.  Langley Park Entertainment Zone-
100 FREE activites for all ages from 3pm! 
Celebration Zone South Perth

Langley Park on Australia Day

LANGLEY PARK ENTERTAINMENT ZONE TIMES:

  • Amusement Zone, 3pm - 7.45pm
  • Water Playground, 3pm - 7.45pm
  • Circus Joseph Ashton, 4.30pm - 5.05pm, 6.30pm – 7.05pm, 7.15pm - 7.50pm
  • Freestyle Motocross,   4pm - 4.20pm,   5pm - 5.20pm,  6pm - 6.20pm and 7pm - 7.20pm
  • Scitech Live Science Shows, 3:15pm – 3:45pm, 4pm – 4:30pm, 4:45 – 5:15pm, 5:30 - 6:00pm, 6:15 - 6:45pm, 7pm - 7:30pm
  • The Amazing Mr Jim Children’s Entertainer, 3.15pm and 5.30pm
  • Sand Sculpture Artist, Live all day
  • Twilight Hawkers Market, 3pm - 8pm
  • Rotary Big BBQ, 3pm to 8pm
  • Fireworks & Laser Show, 8pm - 8.30pm
5.  City of Perth Air Show-
View the airshow from Langley Park from 3:30-7:45 pm before the fireworks!



6.  Water Regatta on the Swan River-  
Catch the action of the river including float planes, water skiers, and boats from 5:00-7:30 pm.
Skyworks Water Regatta

7.  Australia Day at King's Park-
The traditional 21 Gun Salute fires at noon on Australia Day from the State War Memorial.
Fraser Avenue precinct offers an excellent viewing opportunity during the Australia Day Skyworks. See map below for the BYO picnic zone.  Entry is by gold coin donation.

Skyworks 2015 - Kings Park Map

8.  Rockingham Australia Day Carnival-


9.  Australia Day in Bassendean-


10. Spend Australia Day Poolside-

Claremont Pool:


Outback Splash:


11. Australia Day BBQ Brekkie at Coogee Beach Reserve-
Start the day's celebrations early with Brekkie and fun activities for the whole family!
Roller Ball * Gladiator * Bouncy Joust * Bucking Bull * Aussie Animal Farm * Sandcastles * FREE Sausage Sizzle (with healthy option) and FREE ice-cream and so much more!!! 

12.  Australia Day Armadale-
Family entertainment from 5pm including: carnival rides, live music, delicious food, and Fireworks at 8:30 pm.

13. Australia Day at Rollerdome, Morley-


HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!
 
Jan 21st

Krafty Kidz Arts and Craft Centre, Wanneroo

By Buggybuddys Jennie

Love Arts & Crafts but hate the mess? Then the newly opened Krafty Kidz in Wanneroo is the place for you!

 

Krafty Kidz is a drop in art and craft centre aimed at children aged 3 and older. Younger are welcome – they just need to be able to hold a paint brush or pencil! 

Entry to Krafty Kidz is priced at $9 for the session and kids are able to spend as long as they like working their way around the three craft activities on offer that day.  The activities change daily.   When we visited the activities of the day were painting, bead art and card making.

 

We started off with the painting as you can then leave your artwork to dry while you make your way around the other two craft tables. Art smocks are provided.  

Once our Crafty Kids had completed their masterpieces we moved on to the bead art table. You got to choose your shape from the variety on offer and get to work with your creation.



There are some finished pieces on display if you are in need of inspiration. A saw a couple of mums enjoying this activity too! 

 

Once completed you take it over to one of the staff members to iron the beads together. They were very diligent, taking time to run Miss 4's piece under cold water so that her creation wasn’t hot for her to handle – she couldn’t wait for it to cool down naturally!

 

Our last activity of the session was card making. There was a huge range of stamps, cutters, stick on shapes and colours for you to be able to get really creative.

 

There are also additional craft activities such as wooden animal shapes or sewing kits available for a extra fee which start at $4.

 

All this creative energy is very thirsty work!  Krafty Kidz operates a small café concession offering hot and cold drinks, slushies and some sweet treats. I found them to be reasonably priced.  Hot drinks are $3 and a small slushie $2.

 

They also operate a drop and leave session for children aged 6 plus. The two-hour session costs $20 and the children are entertained with a variety of craft activities.  The centre is run by a former primary school teacher who has over 10 years of experience in the childcare industry.

During term time they will be introducing 2-hour arts and craft classes for children aged 6 plus. Dates and times are still to be announced. Keep an eye on their facebook page for all the details.

 

Krafty Kidz also offer self-catered or fully catered party packages ranging in price from $10 - $22 per child depending on package.  

We really enjoyed our visit to Krafty Kidz and will be returning. Especially as Miss 4 likes to create a whole heap of mess with craft at home! 

Krafty Kidz is located at Unit A, 915 Wanneroo Road (beside Wanneroo Showgrounds). Contact 9494 5000. At the moment they don’t have a website but you can find more details on their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/Kraftykidzwanneroo

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