Mar 27th

The Beach House Osborne Park Play Centre

By Buggybuddys


By Buggybuddys team member Georgia



The Beach House Fun Centre is located at 5 O'Malley St, Osborne Park  is open Monday to Sunday 9am till 6pm. 

  

Admission:  6-11 Months $3; 1-5 years $9.50; 6-14 Years $10.50

After School $5 Mon-Fri 3pm-6pm; Sat-Sun 4.30pm-6.30pm

The Beach House’s building is a huge warehouse divided into sections for different ages. The theme throughout is of course the Beach!

In the main open section there is a huge climbing frame suitable for all ages.



Fully enclosed is the 1-5 years old area with few ride ons  and a big Spiderman bouncy castle which was a hit for my little one who loves Spiderman!



Next to the 1-5 years old area there is huge sandpit with loads of buckets, diggers and much more.  


The Pit Stop was very popular; there are some very interesting rides for a fun race!



A dark Disco room with a big shiny ball and lights where kids were having a “ball” dancing.

 

In the 0-3 years old section there are various ride ons and small climbing frames for the little ones.

  

At the café there is a good selection of hot and cold food and drinks. They also sell a variety of toys, gifts, sweets, crisps etc.





  

There are three themed rooms; Underwater, Treasure Island and Space which can be booked for Birthday Parties as can the Disco room.

There is a separate area which used to be for older kids only, but it is now open to everyone as long the kids are supervised by the parents. In this area there are few arcade machines, a ping pong table and a soccer table.



Also, three huge bouncy castles and some new attractions I have personally never seen inside a playcentre; An Indoor flying fox, my son had so much fun flying up and down on the rope.



Also, there is a surf simulator which is so cool and I can see being a big hit with older kids however my 3 yr old loved it too. The machine doesn't operate all the time but if you ask one of the friendly member of staff they will happily turn it on for you.



There is also a water slide which is a huge inflated slide with a pool at the bottom so next time you visit the Beach House playcentre don’t forget your bathers and towel!



The Beach House Fun Centre was voted Runner-up for 'Best Play Centre in WA' in the Buggybuddys 2013 Awards



View our Youtube video to see the Flying Fox and Surf simulator in action!

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Mar 20th

Nusa Lembongan

By Buggybuddys

Nusa Lembongan, recently voted by Trip Advisor as Asia’s #2 island of choice, has quickly gained a reputation as the ideal island holiday destination.  It is not surprising this stunning island surrounded by crystal clear waters and boasting a laid back village vibe is fast becoming THE place to travel.

 

Nusa Lembongan is perfectly located only a 30 minute boat trip from Bali.  On arrival in Bali, you will be met at the Airport and taken to Sanur, and there you will transfer to Lembongan by boat.  Alternatively if you choose to stay in Bali, The Lembongan Traveller will arrange for you to be picked up from your Bali hotel or villa and transferred to Sanur.  The boats depart four times daily and you will receive 10% discount off your return transfers when booking accommodation with The Lembongan Traveller.

 

Upon arrival to the island you will instantly be awe-struck by the turquoise water and quaint tranquility of the island.  For many it is how they remember Bali – 20 to 30 years ago; there are no hawkers, no night clubs and no traffic jams.

 

Lembongan is an ideal family location, the secure environment gives teenage kids the opportunity to safely explore the island without constant parent supervision - take a boat out to the surf, then grab a bite to eat at a local warung.  Similarly the island caters for people with younger children with resorts and villas who provide cots at no charge and offer reliable baby -sitting services.



The main form of transport around the island is by scooter, however the majority of restaurants offer FREE van pick up and drop off service, which is a perfect solution for those with young children.  All restaurants offer kids menus – two stand out favourites for families are Sandy Bay Beach Club & Gomez Restaurant.  Gomez have a playground for the toddlers, table tennis for kids and pool tables for the Dads!!

 

Accomodation ranges from;  clean and comfort bungalows at $120/night for a family of four, affordable fully staffed 3 bedroom / 3 bathroom villa from $225 /night; two bedroom villas offering the luxury and conveniences of a resort environment with main pool, restaurant & day spa; or you may wish to indulge in the privacy, comfort and service of a luxury beachfront villa.



 
 

The island offers a range of activities for those who like to be active and have an adventurous nature.   Activities include; world renowned diving, snorkeling (for all ages), swimming with manta rays, surfing, stand up paddle boarding, fishing or hiring a scooter and exploring both Nusa Lembongan and neighbouring  island Nusa Ceningan.  For those who enjoy the more gentle activities you can sit poolside and drink cocktails, treat yourself to a massage at a day spa or take time out doing a yoga class.



 

Nusa Lembongan is an idyllic island oasis for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  You can’t shop for designer clothes but you will create some truly amazing family holiday memories. 

  

A holiday on Lembongan will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and honoured  to have  discovered the beautiful people from Nusa Lembongan .

 


All you need to know about beautiful Lembongan. Stay, play, eat & relax! Ph 0419 947 594 Email holiday@thelembongantraveller.com or visit the website
thelembongantraveller.com

 We've teamed up with The Lembongan Traveller to offer you the chance to win a fabulous 4 night getaway including breakfast, spa treatment and return boat transfers valued at $1400! Click here to enter.


 

 

Mar 20th

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2014

By Buggybuddys


By Buggybuddys team member Georgia

Sculpture by the Sea is an annual event held at Cottesloe Beach. The 2014 Sculpture by the Sea is Cottesloe's 10th Annual exhibition.

The event runs from 7 March until 24 March 2014 at the main Cottesloe Beach.

I have never been to anything like this before and so I did not know what to expect from the exhibition.  All the sculptures are scattered along the beach in Cottesloe and some are also on the walkway by the rocks.

There are some very interesting and bizarre things to see. The first thing you notice as you walk down to the beach is a big frame with colourful strings attached, making a sort of rainbow. Very mesmerising and really nice to see from different angles.

There is a world map globe made with piece of plastic



A wave made in by Barbie dolls - yes you heard it, the entire wave is covered in Barbie dolls!



 A “crochet” lookalike gazebo which is in fact made with plastic bags - it was beautifully made and I wish I had one I my garden



A huge sculpture made entirely by plastic bottle tops all precisely fixed to each other; a garden bed of upside down blue plastic bottles filled with water.

 

Surf boards stuck in the sand which looked like sailing boats, or a surf board cemetery.

 

The most interesting one was what looked like an aquarium of suspended things you might find on a trip to the beach. The kids loved that.

 

At the end of the walkaway by the rocks there is a skeleton on a bike carrying a big rock on his shoulder and several set of glass feet placed in random places on the rocks; the kids enjoyed spotting those.

 

I am not very familiar with art but I really enjoyed the exhibition at the beach and my kids did too.

Some of the sculptures looked like they had some solar panel lights which I guess light up in the evening, so it must be really interesting to see at night.

 

Plan your visit with kids:

There are plenty of parking spaces, but the weekend gets very busy. So if you visit at the weekend it is advisable to park at the station and hop on the free shuttle provided.

Make sure the kids go to the toilet before you head down the beach. We had to do 2 trips before we even started the tour. The toilets are in Indiana Tea House building overlooking the beach.

Remember to apply loads of sunscreen and take hats as there is very little or no shade on the beach.

Prams can be pushed alongside the tea room up to the rocks but most sculptures are on the sand so be prepared to park the pram on the side and continue walking on the sand.



Scultpure by the Sea is running at Cottesloe Beach from 7th - 24th March 2014. Visit the website for more details  www.sculpturebythesea.com

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Mar 19th

Bibbulmun Track Foundation

By Buggybuddys

The latest edition of the popular Bibbulmun Track Foundation Calendar of Events is now available and includes a huge range of professionally guided walks on the world-renowned Bibbulmun Track. 

The events include day walks, overnight hikes, women-only walks and kids’ events.  They are fun, interactive and a great way to walk the Track and meet new friends.

A variety of day walks designed to get people outdoors include specialised themed events such as Pubs, Pumps and Pipes which explore the history and controversy of the construction of Mundaring Weir and give a unique perspective of the Track.

 

The Foundation also makes it easy to tackle overnight adventures.  Events cater for the complete novice on Bibbulmun Trek for beginners to the experienced hiker, venturing into the wilderness of the south west on extended walks of up to 8 days. All essential hiking gear and transport are provided and experienced guides are on hand to offer support.

 

There is a selection of family and kids events catering for pre-schoolers to teenagers. School holiday events include Dr Dolittle Goes bush and Childrens Camp Kitchen, and the Walking with Mum and Walking with Dad weekends provide the perfect opportunity for parents or grandparents to spend some precious time with the kids getting back to nature. 



 
 

For those planning their own adventure, the Foundation hosts fun and informative workshops / seminars to guide and teach new skills in trip planning, navigation, hiking gear and food,  and our series of Social Sunday Walks are the perfect introduction to the Track -  led by trained volunteers, these walks are free for members of the Foundation and only $15.00 for non-members.

Bookings are essential.  For more information phone the Foundation on (08) 9481 0551 or email events@bibbulmuntrack.org.au

Check out all our events - pick up a calendar from your local library or download a copy from the Bibbulmun Track Foundation website and book online at www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au.

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Mar 17th

Stickybeaks Cafe, Kings Park, Perth

By Buggybuddys Jennie

If you are on the hunt for a great café for breakfast or lunch where the kids will be entertained then look no further than Stickybeaks Café located in the Buggybuddys Award Winning Ivey Watson Playground, Kings Park.

 

This simple café offers a range of delicious, well priced meals, cakes, drinks and ice creams.

 

As well as the standard hot chips, pies, burgers and hot dogs you’ll also a find a large range of healthier options, the majority of which are priced below $10. 



A few favourites of mine are the brown rice and cashew salad, the sweetcorn fritters and the beef burrito.  My husband usually opts for the Forrester Burger which is a reasonable $9.





They also have daily specials which are more substantial meals which are usually priced around $19. 
If you are more longing for a sweet fix they have a great range of cakes and muffins available.

 

You order your meal at the counter and they will give you a buzzer which will go off when your order is ready. Although the café used to be cash only they now do take EFTPOS which is always handy!

There are a couple of tables within the café but the seating is predominately alfresco. There is a large undercover area which also houses a small playpen, great if you are accompanied by crawlers!

 



If you are accompanied by older children you may wish to permit them to make use of the fabulous playground while you enjoy lunch or simply a coffee and cake.

 

If you sit out the front of the café you will get a good view of the main climbing frame however the playground is huge and is spread out over many different areas so if your children do decide to venture off it is very easy to loose track of them!



On the plus side the playground is fully fenced and there is only one exit and entrance to the park which is situated right outside the café.

 

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Mar 17th

Siena's Restaurant, Leederville

By Buggybuddys Jennie

Siena’s Italian Restaurant is a large, family friendly dining establishment located in the bustling heart of Leederville.

It is a great venue for a casual family dinner as the restaurant has an indoor kids playground which is soundproof! The glass wall which separates the playroom from the dining area means that if you request a table close by you can keep a watchful eye on your children as you dine but you won’t be disturbed by their noisy play.
 

The kids playroom includes a simple playframe and a football table which is coin operated. It isn’t anything fancy but it does the job of keeping the kids entertained while you eat.



The restaurant offers many specials through out the week which makes the food very reasonably priced, although it isn’t going to win any Michelin stars!  If you dine Monday – Wednesday evening you can enjoy a parmigiana with chips and salad for just $17.

We dined at lunch time and selection menus off their special lunch menu opting for the Seasame Beef Salad and Squid Salad both great value at $12 each. The lunch menu also includes a selection of pizzas ranging from $13 - $15.

 

The kids menu has a selection of dishes ranging from pizza, pasta and chicken nuggets and chips for $9.50 each. You could also select an upgraded kids meal which includes the meal, a soft drink and a scoop of gelato for $13.

We opted for a kids pizza was perfect however the garlic bread which we ordered to accompany it had to be returned to the kitchen as it was burnt on the under side.

 

The size of the venue means that they can accommodate large groups of people easily and I have enjoyed many a girls nights out there. To make things easy for large groups you can opt for one of their set menus which range from $20 - $46 per head.  I have always found the food on the set menu to be quick, plentiful and enjoyable. You can also bring along your own wine for $4 corkage per bottle.

 

Siena’s of Leederville is located at 115 Oxford Street, Leederville.  Visit their website for more information. Booking recommended on specials evenings.

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Mar 17th

Wanneroo Markets

By Buggybuddys


By Buggybuddys team member Georgia



As much as I love the Weekend Farmers Markets I find that I can never get to them as we are always busy with something at the weekend. Wanneroo Markets are open Friday to Sunday and so Friday morning has become a ritual for me to head to Wanneroo Markets to buy my weekly supply of fruit and vegetables.



I have a 3 year old in tow and he loves to come to the market with me. As we are regulars to the markets we now know lots of the stall sellers and at the Kiddies Corner inside the Food Court there is a lovely lady who does free face painting for kids which is the highlight of the day for my little one.

Besides finding a good variety of fruits and vegetables there are several stalls selling all sorts of things.


 

You can buy seeds and nuts from an authentic Middle Eastern grocery shop; locally produced honey and jam; frozen fresh fish; second hand and new clothes; toys for kids; gifts and books and plenty more.


 

There are also a few collectable shops; a two buck shop; a music shop; a flower shop; an African art and gift shop (where you can also attend drumming classes); a  few hairdressers and beauty therapists; you can even have acupuncture and Chinese massage and sometimes at the weekend they even have a psychic-tarots reader.

 

There is also a very good selection of places to eat. The most popular being the traditional and authentic Vietnamese and Turkish food (Mr Goz makes delicious Gozleme located in the food court).



You can also sit at the Café, The Coffee Connection or Mai's Cafe and have a freshly brewed flavoured coffee. At the popcorn stall, not only do sell big bags of delicious popcorn, you can also buy freshly squeezed lemonade for $5.

For the kids:
-Free Face painting in the Kiddies Corner inside the Food Court (every Friday morning from 10am till 12pm)
-Free bouncy castle (every market day)
-Pony rides every Sunday morning (fees apply)
-Performers in the Food Court outside courtyard (every weekend)


 

Check the Wannneroo Markets website for details. 

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Mar 17th

Greenhouse Park, Mandurah

By Buggybuddys
by Buggybuddys team member Kerrianne

Greenhouse Park
Mandurah Junction Public Open Space
Cnr Passage Way & Greenhouse Way, Mandurah

Mandurah Junction is a newly developing 15 hectare site located next to Mandurah train station which will offer high-quality residential development, a vibrant community with a distinctive laid-back Mandurah vibe. The development will be pedestrian and bicycle-friendly and retain significant public open space featuring creative public art.



This 4.4 hectare Public Open Space is also known as Greenhouse Park. It features walking and bicycle paths, art pieces, boardwalks, barbecue areas, children’s playgrounds, a ‘kick-about’ area and facilities for a future community garden. 



There are heaps of benches & a gorgeous built in table & chairs area that is ideal for birthday parties. There is so much grassed area that is well maintained and just perfect for picnics.





The art pieces double as play equipment and the kids really enjoy the uniqueness of this.






There is a water fountain & tap onsite and a few bins but unfortunately there are no toilets. Apart from that this is a great space which I am sure many families are going to enjoy! 


 

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Mar 15th

Forrest Place Family Oasis, Perth

By Buggybuddys Jennie
Last weekend we visited the Forrest Place Family Oasis in the City of Perth. 
The last of the events is taking place today Saturday 15th March 10am - 4pm. 

There will be deck chairs around the labyrinth, free face painting, balloon artistry, music, books to read, games and giveaways. Please check times and activities for individual dates below.

Plus, on the day mention Forrest Place Family Oasis at Bocelli's cafe when purchasing one of their famous slushies and pay just $2. There are four flavours - strawberry, tropical, grape and lemon.

There's also great shopping and dining to be had all day with shops open until 5pm.

The event line up is as follows;

10am - 4pm
· Face painting
· Balloon Artistry
· Delish Ice icy poles
· Helium balloons
· Library books
· Deck chairs

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Mar 12th

Bathers Beach Sunset Markets, Fremantle

By Buggybuddys Blogger -The Super Mum Diaries

Bathers Beach Sunset Markets happen every Saturday night from 5pm till 9pm @ Bathers Beach in Freo. The Markets stay open till summer ends & the nights get too cold - last year they were open till April!

I understand there is free parking at the TAFE on Fleet Street but we just fed the meter on Phillimore Street & wandered down by foot (5 mins). We took our 3 year old in her stroller as we weren't sure what her mood would be like as this was usually bedtime routine time.

We approached around 5:45pm & simply followed our noses to the entrance! As we got nearer we could also hear the music. The whole scene was very festive & the different smells in the air from all of the food tents was great!

There were people swimming at the beach, parked on blankets on the grass, kids dancing & playing - everybody was relaxed & it was a lovely summers evening atmosphere which was only ruined slightly by the wind!

 

We weren't very organised. Forgot blanket, didn't realise it was BYO & didn't bring our bathers - which wasn't to much of a problem as the wind was too cold to swim for us!

Nonetheless we parked ourselves on the grass & each took turns to go & select our dinner. Hubby still remembering his recent trip to Vietnam went straight to the Vietnamese Kiosk for some rice paper rolls.  Our Hungarian Au Pair tried her luck with the quesadilla from the Spanish tent & got some chips for our toddler.



When it came my turn to choose I was totally not sure where to start as it all sounded so good! I stopped at the crepe place to grab a nutella/banana crepe for our 3 year old as I hadn't realised the Au Pair had grabbed chips (if there are chips around kid wont eat anything else!).  I wandered along all of the stalls just looking & enjoying the smells. In the end I decided on chicken nachos which were great! All of our meals were between $7-$12 each & were delicious - especially the nutella/banana crepe which my husband ended up eating!

We sat down & enjoyed our meals whilst listening to the band playing familiar covers. After eating our little girl befriended some other kids & ran around burning off her chips whilst we just soaked up the sunset & the music. A glass of wine would have been perfect at this point had we been organised enough!

 

As the sun went down (beautiful photo ops) the wind soon got colder so we decided to start on our leisurely stroll back to the car. Wandering along The Esplanade its hard to miss the Sky Ride Ferris Wheel with its 40,000 lights! My 3 year olds eyes lit up and to be honest I got a bit excited too! This wasn't part of the plan OR the budget but our Au Pair has only just arrived & my husband & I are big kids at heart so we decided - what the heck?!  $40 for a family of 4 is what it cost us. We went around 4 times in total I think which was about 10 minutes. Plenty of chances to take stunning photos from every angle - especially at the top. Murphys Law being what it is my camera batteries died at the start of the ride so you'll have to go on it yourself to get an idea of the view. Well worth the money we thought - and at 46 meters high its one of the few places in Perth you can get an amazing birds eye view.  I've been told its the biggest ferris wheel in the Southern Hemisphere - but don't quote me on that!  





So, for anyone wanting to hit the Bathers Beach Sunset Markets - heres my advice.

*Take a blanket (or two). That wind can be annoying! Get there early to get the best spot on the lawn in shade or away from wind.

*BYO! If you are on a budget pack your own picnic & maybe consider grabbing dessert from the many food stalls - theres everything you can imagine!

*Be prepared for a swim if its warm!

*If you don't want to fork out $40 for a family ferris wheel ride then have your story ready because its hard to miss & the kids are going to want to go on it!

Expensive ferris wheel ride aside this was a cheap Saturday night out & a great way to see a different side of Perth. 99% of the markets are food related but there were a couple offering market type trinkets. There is an ATM but take cash so you don't have to queue.  Had my little girl been a bit older we would have stayed around longer (open till 9pm).

If sitting on a blanket enjoying good food/wine/company watching the sun go down over the Indian Ocean & listening to some live music is your idea of a lovely relaxing time then you will love the Bathers Beach Sunset Markets.

 For more infomation on Bathers Beach Sunset Markets visit their facebook page.

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