Your Ultimate Guide to Kidzania Manila

 

Kidzania Manila Review The Urban Ma blogFinish this sentence – When I grow up I want to…

Fly a plane?
Help people when they’re sick?
Look after animals?
Save a burning building?

Or,
Monitor, control and activate clean energy in the city?
Create new ideas for different treats?
Learn different techniques for preserving processed meat?
Examine and care for trees in the garden and around the city?
Or perhaps share the many sights, attractions, and highlights of the city to tourists?

Being a fireman, pilot, doctor or vet might have crossed all our minds at some stage. But how about all the other work that needs to get done? All of the above and more are experiences that kids from 4-14 years old can participate in at Kidzania Manila.

Kidzania is not like any play center I have ever been to. And I have been to a lot. From birthday parties, to mothers group catchups, to rainy day alternative play areas, the kids have explored different play areas from the east to the west and everywhere in between. Nothing compares to the experience we had when my cousins took us to this wonderful world for kids in Bonafacio Global City in Manila.

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Ignite your child’s imagination and their thirst for learning by accompanying them to a world for kids which has their own currency (Kidzos), own language, and own set of rules and values.

After sailing on the sparkling blue waters of Coron and climbing the famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol, I really wondered if maybe extending our time in the islands instead of heading back to Manila would be a better idea. Thank goodness we wanted to spend time with our cousins because they really took us to some awesome places up in the big smoke.

Kidzania originally started in Mexico in 1999 and since then has spread its edutainment concept to 24 other locations in the world including London, Moscow, Tokyo, Singapore, and Dubai. Kidzania is a kid-sized city complete with its own currency, bank and jobs needing to be done. Adults are not permitted to participate in the activities and the kids are able to experience explore their own interest with independence and develop their confidence.

Initially upon entering Kidzania I was overwhelmed with all that was going on and impatient with having to line up for so long at some of the activities. I’m glad we pushed through it because after only a short while we totally had or Kidzania game on! So below are some things we observed that will hopefully help you make the most out of your trip!

1) Kidzania has their own currency called Kidzos and as soon as you enter your child is given a cheque for50Kidzos which they can bank for some cash or even open an account with a ATM card if they want to save it and earn interest.

2) Kidzos money can be spent at the Kidzos department store and some other places where they can purchase lollies, clothes, toys etc and Kidzos can also be earned by participating in the various “jobs”/activities in Kidzania City!Kidzania Manila Kidzos blogger review

3) You can purchase a passport for your child at 220pesos in which the can get a stamp at every job they complete. There are different rewards depending how many stamps you get so if your planning on visiting Kidzania more the once you should totally get one! We purchased a passport towards the end of the day because there was a bit of a line when we first arrived. We thought that we would be able to go back to all the activities that we completed to get our stamp but they said that’s not how it works – you have to have your passport at the time you do your activity to get it stamped. So purchase one before you go around the place if you’re interested in collecting stamps and extra Kidzos. If you visit Kidzania in other countries you’ll also get a special holographic sticker.

4) As you walk around the world of Kidzania, you’ll see familiar establishments like a hospital, mobile phone shop, gym, laundromat all tailor made for kids. Look for the census plate at each of the establishments as guide to know a) how many kids can participate in the activity b) the minimum age required c) how many minutes the activity runs for and, d) whether you can earn Kidzos or spend Kidzos and how much.

 5) Below are just some of the many different jobs available for the kids to experience:

Automotive
Pit Crew Training Centre
Driving Streets
Gas Station
Car Design and Dealership

Culture Museum
Traditional Jewelry Workshop
Arts & Crafts Workshop
Tattoo Studio

Education 
Driving School
Music Studio
Acting Academy
Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Art & Design Academy
University
Cooking School
Aviation Academy

Entertainment
City Tour Bus
Theater

Environment
Marine Research Lab
Urban Garden

Financial Services
Bank

Health
Dentist
Baby Care Training Center
Hospital – Operating Room
Hospital – Emergency Room
Pharmacy

Media
Newspaper
Magazine Publishing Company
Radio Station
Home Shopping Studio
TV Studio

Private Services
Window Washing
Laundromat
Vet Clinic
Hotel
Beauty Salon
Courier Service
Employment Office
Mobile Phone Shop
Creative Hub
Farm House Store

Public Services
Fire Station
Police Station & C.S.I
Courthouse
Tax Office
Clean Energy Center

Residential
Construction Site
Home Finishing

Retail
Fashion Boutique
Supermarket
Bookstore

Sports
Fitness Lab
Stadium
Climbing Building

Industrial
Bakeshop
Ice Cream Factory
Bottling Plant
R&D Center
Cookie Factory
Product Lab
Snack Factory

6) Being a fire fighter and pilot were extremely popular jobs when we visited Kidzania so make sure you get some snacks and bring along your patience – be prepared to wait even up to an hour or so. The wait is totally worth it though, as the kids take some part in fire fighter training before riding on their own little fire engine with sirens blasting out while they make their way to help put out a fire at the burning hotel. It was an incredible experience for the kids and all the parents loved seeing their little ones so involved and active. Fire fighting Kidzania Manila blog review The Urban Ma

7) You can only enter Kidzania with kids and my cousins had organised all our tickets for us prior to us arriving. We went on a Sunday around 11am after attending mass at Greenbelt. The front entrance area is set up like an airport check in terminal. You can purchase tickets through the Kidzania website and you can also find discounts and deals through websites such as Metro Deal if you want to save and have more money to spend inside!

8) All the jobs seem to be branded with popular current brands so as to make the experience seem more like the big world outside. We were really impressed that there were not only the popular medical and rescue service jobs, but the kids are also exposed to tasks such as customer service at the holiday in and mobile phone shop, as well as the responsibility of delivering important parcels through the Kidzania courier and mail service. It was also interesting to see jobs such as the brand ambassador jobs offering a high pay rate at 12Kidzos for kids who assist customers in their needs and orient them on mobile phone apps! A good focus on customer needs and sales! The kids’ creativity is harnessed in so many of the jobs offered at Kidzania including one where they get to create their own new sweet treat, or write an article to be published in the newspaper.Kidzania Manila Philippines travel blog dentist Kidzania Manila Philippines activities

9) Let your kid explore and check out the activities that interest them. Our 4yo said his favourites were the pilot academy training, the Emergency room where he was a paramedic and the cookie making factory. It was so cool watching the kids in the ABS CBN TV studio that was set up so the kids can host the news or even their own infomercial! The radio station and courtroom also looked super cool however the minimum age was 6yo as they are required to be able to read to complete the activity. In the operating theatre and in the dental clinic, there were life sized mannequins that the kids had to work on. They really try to make it as real as possible for the kids!Kidzania Manila blog review paramedic

10) If you want to eat before heading into Kidzania, there is a McDonalds outlet and a few other restaurants right next door. Alternatively you could purchase some food and drinks from the vendors inside.Paramedics in training Melbourne travel blogger Kidzania

11) There is a parents lounge with free wifi and you can grab a coffee and cake while sitting on the comfy couches reading a newspaper or magazine while your kids earn their keep.

12) Everyone greeted us with a friendly and enthusiastic “Kai!” when we arrived at the different activities. Kidzania has their own little expressions so be sure to get in on the fun and greet people with with “Kai!” (Hi!) or say “Zanks/Zank-u” (Thank you). We also heard some of the Kidzania people say “Zaz!” It’s their way to say “Wow!” when they are surprised or impressed!Kai Kidzania Manila blog review Melbourne

13) There are so many jobs to choose from when you enter and if your kid is particularly interested in something, you can head on over to the Employment Center where they can help you match something to your needs. For example if your kid wants to be an athlete, they have a sports stadium with team sports or a gym for some fitness exercises they can participate in! Otherwise your child can take a quiz to see what might interest them.

14) There is also the Kidzania University activity where the kids can participate in a 30min or 15min cycle where they can complete their Masters or Bachelor degree. They receive a certificate and from then on, when they show their certificate at any of the jobs in Kidzania, they get paid a few extra Kidzos, illustrating to them the benefits of ongoing learning and upskilling.

15) When entering Kidzania, each child and adult is given a wristband which only Kidzania staff are able to remove. That way, your kids are able to be tracked and won’t be able to exit Kidzania without you.

16) Kidzania would be an awesome place to have your kid’s birthday party. We saw a few birthday celebrants excitedly exploring their Kidzania world with all their friends. Kidzania has proven popular with even the adults that on certain days and nights, they run private functions where I believe the adults get to join in on the fun!

17) The Kidzania website and social media channels are always updated with special events and promotions so be sure to check them before you go. On the day that we went, I checked their Instagram account in the morning and found out that one of the famous Filipino actors would be there promoting his new movie in the Kidzania theatre. My cousins were sooooo excited to see Piolo in the flesh and so close, it was an added bonus to our already amazing day!

18) Kidzania have their own mascots each representing the rights that Kidzania patrons share together. There is also a sixth right, the Right to Be.

Urbano – Right to Know
Vita – Right to Care
Bache – Right to Play
Beebop – Right to Create
Chika – Right to Share

There are interesting monuments and plaques you can find all around the city so take the time to explore and read them while your kids wait in line for their activities. It gives you a glimpse into the Kidzania culture!

I could go on and on about our time at Kidzania and how happy Daniel was participating in all the jobs he is normally only an observer of in the big, real world. You’ll find a list of all the roles your kid can participate in here and I hope this has been of some help or has encouraged you to brave the traffic and smokey haze of Manila to visit this awesome role play concept!

Kidzania Manila can be found in the modern and sleek area of Bonafacio Global City where is seems brand new shopping malls and attractions have been popping up recently along with some nice street art! We went by car and there is paid parking available at Park Triangle and nearby places such as Market Market. Otherwise they have more information here if you’re travelling by bus, MRT or other modes of transport! Another easy way to get there is to just use a Grab or cab. 

I heard that they might be planning on finally getting one up and running here in Australia so hopefully it’ll be in Melbourne! Have you been to Kidzania? Any tips for first time visitors?

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

-xx-

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Daniel had the best time being spoilt by all his aunties and uncles!kid friendly Manila Kidzania Philippines

January favourites 2017

It’s been an interesting start to the new year. Lots of things have happened and rather than dwelling on the not-so-good, I thought I’d share my favorites for the month! The hubby and I started the year off spending less time holding onto our phones and more time holding onto each other and creating memories with the kids and it’s been amazing, so below are something of the things that have brightened up the first few weeks of 2017.

Hot air ballooning with Global Ballooning 

With January being my birthday month it’s always such a hectic end of the year/start of the year period. So this year I absolutely loved that the hubby planned something for just the two of us for breakfast and dinner. I  was surprised with a hot air balloon ride! It was like we were watching a live Google Earth flying high over the houses, golf courses, freeways and parks. It was so peaceful up there that I think it would be the perfect place to get away on your own. No noise and beautiful views of our world. We watched as the sun rose and the beautiful changes of colour in the morning sky. I would highly recommend trying out this experience if you haven’t been already! We flew with Global Ballooning Australia and they were brilliant. So friendly and knowledgeable.

Dinner dates – Nieuw Amsterdam & The Graham

We spent most of this month feeling like we were in holiday mode and the evenings were filled with either family movie nights and relaxing at the beach, or enjoying dining out with friends. The hubby booked birthday dinner for me at one of our faves – Nieuw Amsterdam. This place has amazing food with vibrant service and there’s just something comfortable about being there. This time round some of the dishes we enjoyed were the zucchini flower poppers, the pork and scallops and the fresh tasting salmon ceviche.

Sharing a meal is always such a great way to bring about conversation and get to know each other better and we did just that with some friends from the parish at a sophisticated yet casual place in Port Melbourne called The Graham. I had the pork belly for entree and it was so delicious and generous in serving, I wondered how I would finish the mushroom risotto I had ordered for mains. I needn’t worry as the risotto was so tasty, I easily cleaned up the plate. The wine and conversation was never-ending which made for another great night out. We didn’t have to worry about parking as there were plenty parking options around and the beach is just a walk away. Great for a no fuss weeknight dinner I say!

 How much clearer are these two pics above compared to the previous ones? These two were taken with the hubby’s Samsung S6 andriod phone. So much sharper than my iPhone 6S.

Kikki K – Wellbeing Diary

A new year means a shiny new diary. I love opening up books to fresh, clean, white pages. A blank canvas to write new stories and capture wandering thoughts. This year the hubby bought me the Wellbeing Diary from Kikki K. So apart from keeping up with appointments, to do’s and generally organising my life, this diary also has weekly prompts that encourage me to reflect and improve on things like health, nutrition, exercise and overall wellbeing. There’s a different focus theme for each month of the year and so far I’m hooked!

January – Dream Then Do (bucketlists, dreams and goals)
February – Exercise
March – Nutrition
April – Sleeping Habits
May – Mindfulness
June – Time for Me
July – Relationships
August – Attitude Audit (Self Esteem)
September – Surroundings (Enhance your sense of wellbeing by surrounding yourself with the things you love. Simplify. Declutter. Creativity)
October – Technology Detox (Technology has the power to improve lives in so many ways but it can also provide endless distraction which can negatively impact your productivity, relationships and sense of wellbeing)
November – De-stress
December – Gratitude

I also love how the diary has a yearly, monthly and weekly view set up. Easy to plan dates and have an overview of what’s coming up.

Skin Naturale’s Me. range – Pink Clay and Jojoba Exfoliant

Spending so much time outdoors in the sun, sand, park, garden etc means slathering on the sunscreen, moisturiser and make up. After a long day out, exfoliating with this pink clay and jojoba medley makes my skin feel oh so squeaky clean and smooth. Gentle enough to be used daily but thorough enough to stimulate blood circulation, even out complexion, reduce pre mature aging and tighten pores. I’m sure I’ve included this in a previous favorites post I’m so obsessed with it!

 

How was your start to 2017? What were some of your favorite places, products or moments that brightened up your January?

8 Drive-In Movie tips for families – Backlot Rooftop, Docklands Melbourne


The Urban Ma at Docklands drive ins Backlot Rooftop open air cinema

The Backlot Rooftop Drive-in
Harbour Town, Docklands

Once upon a rooftop four kids and their families watched the stunning sun set behind a giant ferris wheel. It was like the sun and the stars tagged team to transform the romantic lingering hues of the dusk sky to a glamorous glittering city skyline.

What: An open air cinema with a difference – a rooftop drive-in with 360 degree views of beautiful Melbourne city. Perfect for date nights and movie nights with the fam bam!
When: every night (check the Backlot Rooftop website for times)
Where: 90 Waterfront Way, Docklands (the multi-level carpark in Harbour Town)

On Boxing Day, we headed outside and upwards away from the hoards of people frantically stealing car spaces and shopping the Boxing Day sales to watch a movie. Not any old movie. We wanted to be outdoors. We wanted to try something new. We wanted do something that the whole family would love. The newly opened Backlot Rooftop Drive-in ticked everything off our list and more.

Entry is per car and prices vary depending on what day you go so check the website for the latest show times and information. I borrowed my grandad’s 7-seater and brought my parents along with me, while my brother and his family had their car and we parked next to each other. For those that might be in the city or are Uber-ing it in, there’s also a deck area with chairs set up if you don’t have a car to bring but still want to enjoy the rooftop drive in experience.

Melbourne bucketlist drive-ins Backlot rooftop drive in Docklands

With a huge movie screen set up on the top floor of a multi-level carpark, the Backlot Rooftop Drive-in makes such perfect use of a space with a view that I wonder why no one’s every thought of it before ! I haven’t been to the drive-ins since I was twelve and that wasn’t even in Melbourne. It was on a family holiday to the Gold Coast. I remember watching a double feature – Speed with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves and The Good Son with Macualay Culkin and Elijah Wood – and we were crammed in a little car watching through the foggy windows.

This time around, we backed up our cars and watched the upbeat musical comedy, Trolls from the comfort of the boot. It was such a fun night out and the ultimate way to relax after the excitement of Christmas that I think we’ve found a new Boxing night tradition! We had such a great time that I’m already checking out the showtimes to see what else we can watch.


8 Drive-in movie tips for families

1. Get comfy! – Park the car backwards and set up the boots space into your own little mini gold class cinema experience. Bring along some blankets, pillows, soft toys for the kids, fold out chairs, whatever makes you feel most comfy when watching a movie

2. Arrive early – We came half an hour early to our 8:30pm session and were actually a little too early! Being drive-in newbies I didn’t take into account that the sun was still up at this time and so the movie didn’t actually start until around 9.15pm. So we were waiting for a while. But it’s still a good idea to arrive early to give you time to; find a spot (we were directed by helpful parking attendants), park the car and get set up without having to rush. Check out the little food stall with snacks and refreshments and familiarise yourself with where the toilets are in case the little ones need to go in a hurry.

3. Enjoy the view – With 360 degree views of Melbourne and Docklands, watching a movie is almost a backdrop to Melbourne’s gorgeous buildings and the mesmerising lights of the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel. While waiting for your movie to start, sit back and take it all in. Nothing prettier than spending a night under the stars

4. Bring snacks – Unlike the traditional movies, you can bring any snacks you like into a drive-in and even if we’ve just eaten a meal at home, by the time we get out of the house, everyone in my family, including me, always seems to get hungry again! It’s either that or we just want to buy food to taste! There’s a little food stall that sells popcorn, coffee, drinks etc however we hadn’t had dinner yet so we picked up three large pizzas on the way to the drive-ins and these were a hit! No fuss, easy, and always delicious. You can’t go wrong with pepperoni, Aussie with mushrooms and BBQ chicken pizzas. Pack some fruit and dips for a healthier option or if it’s a romantic date night, set up a pretty little antipasto platter with some wine. I read on their website that they’ll have foodtrucks on some nights too so that would be another cool option.

5. Bring cash – just in case you want to buy something and on the odd occassion that the EFTPOS isn’t working.

6. Bring a flashlight…or glow bracelets – In case you need to go to the loo in the middle of the movie or make your way to get a popcorn or coffee, bring a flashlight to help light the way. Glow sticks or bracelets would add to the fun!

7. Did I mention get comfy? -Bring a jacket and beanie in case it’s a cool night or even just wear your pyjamas! I think we’ll totally do that next time – have a pyjama themed family movie night. The kids would love it! Bringing along some insect repellent might also come in handy!

8. Relax and have fun! – One of the reasons why we haven’t been to a movie in a while is because we’ve got an active four year old and a curious one year old. Being at a drive-in gives you space if the kids need to stretch their legs and explore a little without having to feel bad that you’re getting up out of your seat and blocking the screen.


Pizza time! 
Melbourne foodtrucks backlot rooftop drive in Docklands kid friendlyAll the staff were so friendly, it was like everyone was on an opening night high.


A new generation of Melbournians experiencing the magic of the drive-ins

Melbourne city skyline best view Drive in movies Docklands
Seriously, can Melbourne get any prettier? The purple pink haze was just beautiful

signage Melbourne to do kid friendly family drive ins Backlot rooftop Docklands The Urban MA
Clear signage is everywhere as soon as you enter the carpark so it’s really easy to find. The car park fee is included in the entry price.Backlot rooftop drive in movies MelbourneWe watched Trolls and the other big screen was showing Red Dog. In between the two screens was the food truck.
Backlot Rofftop Melbourne drive-ins Docklands
Even my parents got in on the drive-in experience all snuggled up under a blanket!

Have you got any more drive-in tips for us? It was our first time going to a drive-in in Melbourne, the first of many. We’re totally coming back for more.

Blogmas 2016 – Day 3 Our first Wiggles concert

Melbourne Town Hall projections Christmas in Melbourne

Just got home a couple of hours ago from attending our first ever Wiggles concert and spending the rest of the evening in the city. It was the perfect evening to be out and about as the weather was so balmy it really felt like summer may finally be here. Tonight I am grateful for:

– having my parents close by who are so happy to look after our little ones while we went out and partied last night. It felt so good to be able to sleep in and wake up together and just be
– being able to take the kids to their first ever Wiggles concert. Music and dance. What more could you ask for? Makes me so happy inside!
– living in such a vibrant and interesting city with both amazing sights and beautiful people
– being close to my siblings and being able to make memories with my niece and nephew
– our two kiddos for constantly giving us new things to experience. If it weren’t for Mr D wanting to go, I never would’ve thought I could enjoy a kids concert so much hehe! Thank you little munchkins for always being so full of wonder and appreciation. Here’s to many more firsts with you!

Blogmas 2016 The Wiggles concert

Blogmas 2016 – Day 1

Happy 1st of December!

I don’t know if it was just me but I’m certain I could feel a lively buzz in the air at work, home and at the shops today. Nothing like the first day of summer to get people excited for Christmas. I’d love to experience a white Christmas one day – it’s totally on my bucket list, but for now I just can’t wait for all those balmy nights to come and summer drinks and BBQ’s that go along with it.

Blogmas 2016 Day 1I love how it looks like Little Miss H is telling her big brother how to decorate the tree!
Blogmas 2016 Melbourne bloggerMum always used to make us put the tree up while she played Christmas tunes in the background. Now Mr D and Little Miss H are getting into the Christmas spirit too!

So in past years I’ve seen so many people do Blogmas which basically means they blog every day leading up to Christmas! Mostly Christmas-related posts. Seems like such a challenge but let’s see how I go! I have so many posts still in draft mode just sitting there waiting to be posted so even if it might not be Christmas related I will attempt to post everyday.

Today I thought it would be great to share some awesome blogs that I’ve been loving lately. I don’t get to read too many blogs these days but the below posts that I have come across are totally worth sharing!

1) The Organised Housewife – I’ve followed Katrina’s blog for a few years now ever since I met her at one of the Problogger events on the Gold Coast. Katrina shares her daily dose of domestic advice to make a mum’s life simpler and tidier. I love her easy to follow posts on how to clean and tidy up (I hate clutter…it makes me feel stressed out and exhausted just looking at it!) and last month she started a Christmas Tasks To Do countdown. It’s been so helpful in the lead up to Advent and the task archives can be found here.

2) Tot Hot or Not – So just last week Joyce posted a Christmas Activity Advent Calendar which has so many fun things to do it’s like she read my mind! Now I don’t have to come up with my own list because Joyce has  covered it beautifully and created a printable for you to keep and follow along as December rolls by. Lots of great ideas to see many amazing things that Melbourne has to offer during this time of the year.

3) MeeToo – Just saw this post of Kate’s yesterday on 7 Gifts That Aren’t Toys and it’s so perfect for helping us give kids the gift of experiences rather than toys which they probably have so much of already! I have a few memberships that we use throughout the year like the Zoo and Scienceworks memberships and they are just brilliant! Check out Kate’s post here if you want to save time shopping (most of these you can purchase online) and give something the kids (and their parents) can enjoy together!

Have you got any favourite blog posts you’ve come across recently? Share them in the comments below and spread the Blogmas love!

Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2016

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2016
Caulfield Racecourse, Dec 18th – 23rd

After 4 successful years in Melbourne, Santa’s Magical Kingdom has become a Christmas tradition being visited by thousands of families from across Australia. This year it also opened its doors in Perth.

With an excited little four year old having looked forward to the opening night ever since he received the cute little invite in the mail, the event didn’t fail in putting a huge smile on his face from the moment we entered the place to the time we had to leave. Mr D headed straight to where it was “snowing” and then led us to Gingerbread Land where he knew exactly what he wanted to do – decorate and devour one of the scrumptious gingerbread men. All included in the entry price, except for a few games and the extra take away food, this year there was:

– A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland
– Snowland and meet the Snow Queen
– A free gift, when you meet Santa
– A brand new International Christmas Show Spectacular
– Roving Christmas characters
– Christmas Craft Village where you can make your own Christmas tree decoration
– Gingerbread Land, where you can decorate your own gingerbread man
– Interactive Letter Writing area and Storytelling area with Mrs Claus
– Amusement Rides & Games, including:
Santa’s Sleigh Ride,
the Giant Ferris Wheel
one of the Largest Super Slide’s in the country
The Elves Magical Train Ride and more

It has become a yearly tradition for us and such a wonderful way to welcome the festive season. Such a great gift idea too for those of you wanting to give a child memories to last a lifetime. Open until December 23rd there are still sessions available for some magical fun with the family.

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In case you wanted to check out our previous visits to Santa’s Magical Kingdom, links are below -xx-

Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2013
Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2014
Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2015

7 favourite Christmas traditions plus Santa’s Magical Kingdom – Giveaway!

Christmas is such a magical time of year when everyone seems so cheerful, decorations brighten up the place and a sense of hope and togetherness touches us all. The year draws to close paving the way for a new year of discovery and learning. Whether it’s staying up until midnight on Christmas Eve, cooking and eating your favourite dishes of the festive season or, spending some thoughtful, quiet time in reflection, we all have our different Christmas traditions that we love to share. Here are some of ours!:

1. Seeing the Christmas projections on Melbourne Town Hall and various Christmas decorations around Melbourne cityMelbourne Town Hall

2. Driving around to see the local Christmas lights

3. Attending Simbang Gabi – the traditional Filipino dawn masses leading up to ChristmasSimbang Gabi Resurrection Kings Park

 4. Donating to canned goods or clothing to St Vinnie’s

5. Baking gingerbread biscuits with Mr DChristmas gingerbread man

6. Decorating our Christmas tree whilst listening to our favourite carolsChristmas in Melbourne

7. Sharing a meal with all the relatives on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The great thing about family traditions is that you can always create new ones together and there are so many amazing ways to share the joy of the silly season! In the past couple of years the kids (and us big kids alike!) have absolutely loved visiting the wonderland that is Santa’s Magical Kingdom. It has been a must-see for us leading up to Christmas with sessions being sold out annually.

Santa's Magical Kingdom 2014 The Urban Ma

Where else can you experience dreamy snowfalls, creative activities for the kids, jaw-dropping performances by the awesome International Spectacular Christmas Show crew and keep the kids happy and enthralled for three hours where everything is organised for you (Mums join in with me as I heave a sigh of relief!)?snow fall The Urban Ma blog SMK

Santa’s Magical Kingdom this year will include:

• A magical Christmas walk-through wonderland
• Snowland the Snow Queen
• A free gift, when you meet Santa
• A brand new International Christmas Show Spectacular
• Roving Christmas characters
• Christmas Craft Village where you can make your own Christmas tree decoration
• Gingerbread Land, where you can decorate your own gingerbread man (this is always a favourite of ours and we end up eating our gingerbread on the car ride home!)
• Interactive Letter Writing area and Storytelling area with Mrs Claus (Mrs Claus is a darling!)
• Amusement Rides & Games, including Santa’s Sleigh Ride, the Giant Ferris Wheel, one of the Largest Super Slide’s in the country, The Elves Magical Train Ride and more (love the giant Super Slide!)
There’s so much fun for the whole family

Help Celebrate Rudolph’s Birthday!
In addition this year, Rudolph will be celebrating his birthday at Santa’s Magical Kingdom. Rudolph loves parties, so we need to impress him and celebrate in style! Rudolph will be joined by Mrs Claus, the Snow Queen, as well as Trolls: Poppy and Branch to celebrate his birthday. You will be able to meet and greet Movie Stars – Poppy and Branch. Every child will receive a special gift. All activities are inclusive with your Santa’s Magical Kingdom Admission Ticket. Rudolph’s Birthday will be celebrated on specific dates during the season.

Mon 12 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Tue 13 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Wed 14 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm
Thu 15 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm Session 2: 2pm – 5pm
Fri 16 Dec: Session 1: 10am – 1pm Session 2: 2pm – 5pm

The above times are the sessions where Rudolph will be celebrating his birthday and there are also more session times available for you to choose from! Tickets are now on sale so get in early to avoid missing out.

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom will be open from November 18th to December 23rd, 2016 with the big top at Caulfield Racecourse being transformed into an unforgettable event to suit all ages. I think it would even make for an awesome early Christmas present for those of you who have started planning early and are thinking of what to get for those on your Christmas list!

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Santa’s Magical Kingdom Giveaway (This giveaway is now closed!)

++++++++++AND THE WINNER IS….NICOLE! (Updated 20/11/16)+++++++++++

Please email theurbanma@hotmail.com with your postal address and the ages of your kids by 5pm 22/11/16 in order to claim your prize otherwise another name will be drawn. Congratulations and thank you so much to all who entered. We look forward to sharing more events and products with you in the future.

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Thanks to Santa’s Magical Kingdom, we have a Family Pass (2 x adults and 2 x kids) worth $140 for Friday 25th of November 6pm session to giveaway.

To enter, simple leave a comment below on this blog post and let us know one of your favourite Christmas traditions. Competition closes November 14th, 2016. The winner will be randomly selected and will be given 48 hours to respond via email with their name and address. Good luck and have a great week everyone.

P.S Thank you so much for your support throughout the year. It is because of you that am given the opportunity to give away such fun, awesome experiences like this. So if you like discovering new places and experiences, check out the latest on my Instagram and Facebook pages and follow along with our adventures!  Much love, Jacqui.

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