Owls and other feathered friends are visiting Watergardens – The Aviary

The Aviary, Watergardens Shopping Centre
Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th July, 2016

“Escape to a paradise of natural beauty and bird life in Watergardens’ very own aviary. See Parrots, Cockatoos and Owls soar and dive in breathtaking shows, delight in the colourful plumes of exotic birds and learn all about our feathered friends from specialised handlers.”

It’s raining, it’s pouring and there are so many things to do no matter what the weather, especially during the school holidays. You’ll find adventures to be had everywhere if you just take a look.

On the weekend our little explorers took to Watergardens Shopping Centre and spotted some feathered friends including exotic parrots and a wise and handsome owl with their talented handlers.

Live bird shows, teepee talks and fun activities for the kids – another great way for the kids to learn something new plus have fun during the July school holidays. And it’s all free, which leaves mama with more money for shopping!

Saturday 2 July to Sunday 10 July
Live bird show in Town Square, 11am and 1pm
Activity Centre located opposite Pumpkin Patch, 11am – 2pm daily
TeePee talks in Town Square, 12pm and 2pm.

Below are some more free school holiday fun for the kids!:

Marvellous Messengers – Communicating at Wartime – Shrine of Remembrance (designed for 6-10yr olds)
Can you decipher the coded message in the walls of our courtyard?
Discover the fascinating ways, both openly and secretly, that service people on deployment have communicated with each other, headquarters and home. Learn how – before the internet – people from faraway countries kept in touch with their families and how news from home travelled to them. Children will be given an opportunity to create a mysterious message of their own.

Wild Things at Woodrove Shopping Centre
Get wild these School Holidays with our life size animatronic Zoo animals. Join us on one of the educational Zoology Tours, plus learn all about threatened & endangered species at our Live Shows with real endangered animals!

Daily snowfall 5-8pm at South Wharf
Experience a touch of European winter in the heart of South Wharf, Melbourne. Explore Dukes Walk Promenade through gently falling snow, enchanting lighting and fir trees. Take advantage of an abundant variety of restaurant and bar winter offers at South Wharf.

Playground and cafe fun at Woodlea 
A brand new playground with flying foxes, trampolines, a tall towering slide and more! Plus there’s the wonderful Go West cafe where the ham and cheese croissant is a must-try! Something for both the kids and adults.

Friday Fireworks at Docklands Waterfront
Start your weekends off with a spectacular fireworks show, free at Docklands. Every Friday night in July and August live music and roving performers will be entertaining crowds from 6.30pm with the fireworks starting at 7.30pm. Make sure you check social media for last minute cancellations.

The Big Freeze Festival Launch 2016

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The Big Freeze Festival 2016 – Cranbourne
Open for a limited time only – Saturday July 2nd – Sunday July 10th, 2016

It’s been a warm start to winter so far this year but the past few days have brought in what may be the start of the chill. We love that no matter what kind of weather is thrown at us, Melbourne always seems to have an answer to it. With an abundance of festivals, events and exhibitions taking place in Melbourne throughout the year, we are always given the opportunity to learn something new and share the wonderful experiences with family and friends. Last weekend we took our little ones out for a taste of some cold, winter fun at the launch of The Big Freeze Festival.

334A2277The snow sisters from Magical Princess Entertainment were amazing! So talented and lovely to chat with!

The Big Freeze Festival is a fun filled event coming this July that aims to:

– provide an affordable snow experience close to home for Melbourne families and,

– help families re-discover how to have fun together over the winter months by promoting physical activity, encouraging creativity and remembering the joy of imagination play.

We had a little preview of the upcoming festival with some live performances and photo opps with the snow princesses and some snow play. The festival opens in July and will feature the following zones and more:

Snow play (be sure to get in and book your session early!)
Snow globe photobooth
– Regular snowfalls through the Snow Forest
Stage performances and Meet n Greets
Superhero training
Rainy day arts n crafts
Construction play
Workshops: Learn new skills in the workshops series. Select from activities such as hip hop dancing, learn a magic trick, kids’ yoga & music classes. Check out the festival timetable to plan your visit.
Tiny Tots Zone

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Mummy daughter time 🙂
Big Freeze partners
Hot apple cider from Those Girls was sweet and soothing after some time out on the ice! Sweetcheeks Cookies and Cakes & The Marshmallow Club had a nice spread of colourful treats for us.

Entry to The Big Freeze Festival not only gives you the opportunity to play in the snow and the above interactive zones, it also includes a 4 Park Pass to Phillip Island Nature Parks (Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey, Churchill Island and Koala Conservation Centre) when you purchase a Child ticket (2-12yrs) for only $28. Further info on dates and prices can be found on The Big Freeze Festival website and if you would like updates on any event giveaways and competitions don’t forget to subscribe here!
334A2361334A2353He wanted me to go faster so we could “drift”! Thank goodness I could hold onto him and his seal for balance…I hadn’t been out skating in so long!
The Big Freeze Festival The Urban Ma blogHe didn’t want to stop!…looks like we’ll have to come back for another visit to Docklands for some more laps of the skating rink.

Thank you to You’re Melbourne for the awesome pics!
334A2395Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We attended the launch by invitation and found it to be so much fun we just had to share it with you as we know that you love hearing about the latest events and things to do. If you would like to see more photos or daily posts you can find The Urban Ma Blog on Instagram. Also don’t forget to subscribe for upcoming event giveaways.

Good night and have a great long weekend!


Jurassic Creatures hits Harbour Town – Docklands

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Until April 10th 2016

If you still haven’t heard the dinosaurs roar, gone on a fossil dig or met the crew from Dinosaur Train, then consider this your personal reminder to get some tickets to Jurassic Crrstures before its last day on Sunday April 10, 2016.

There are two or three sessions daily that run for two and a half hours. Our family visited on the opening day and we were impressed at the organisation and planning of the event.

With fossil digs, amusement rides, dinosaur arts and crafts, this interactive walk-through kept both the young and the young at heart occupied. Even baby Hannah couldn’t stop staring at all the sights!

What a fun way to engage all the senses and keep the kids active during the school holidays! We even ate and shopped in Harbour Town after our Jurassic adventure.

Have you been to see the Jurassic Creatures? What are you getting up to on the school holidays?




Things To Do – Ron Barassi Park, Docklands

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These pics say it all! D had an awesome time at the Ron Barassi park in Docklands. We met up with some friends for some quality play time and the kids made the most of all the sand and water play. Luckily I brought a spare pair of clothes for D!

digger at Docklands playgroundD had such good coordination – he was able to work these diggers in no time!
IMG_9217IMG_9219Our little babies had a fine time napping!
IMG_9224Quite a unique playground making use of the space underneath the Bolte bridge – it gives you a whole new perspective of the huge bridge 
IMG_9222A rare sight – no monster truck in his hands because D was too busy with the playground equipment!
IMG_9221Eating some crispy grapes, strawberries and crackers that we packed for snacks. We ended up having lunch at one of the cafes at Harbour Town in Docklands as it was really close by on the the way out! D was so excited he saw lots of big things! – the big bridge and the big Melbourne Star Observation wheel!
water fun playground Melbourne IMG_9207 IMG_9208 IMG_9209Big sandbags served as a place for us mamas to sit and chat while watching over our kids and D also had fun jumping and running along them
Docklands playground The Urban MaDaddy and D getting busy with all the sand play pulleys, chains and tubes! Literally hours of fun, so don’t forget to pack the sunscreen and hat!
IMG_9218You get a panoramic snapshot of Melbourne city and the lush green grass makes you just want to run straight across it!
IMG_9223IMG_9220Washing up after all the water and sand play
IMG_9224Bolte Bridge Melbourne Docklands playgroundA cool view and nice shady parking spaces.

We went in the morning and it was super sunny so if you want a bit of shade whilst playing it’d be best to visit in the afternoon when you get the shade from the bridge. There are toilets and baby change facilities available and bbq’s, picnic tables and a water fountain.

Yet another great Melbourne playground for you and your family to explore! And maybe do some shopping on the way home at the factory outlets in Harbour Town while the kids sleep in their prams – that’s what we did!

What have been some of your favourite playgrounds you’ve been visiting this summer?

Dancing with the mamas


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 Last weekend was so much fun! Here’s what we got up to 🙂

Ain’t nothing like a Wonderland party!

My goddaughter and cute little brother had their joint 1st and 7th birthday held at Wonderland Fun Park in the Docklands. There was an abundance of food, lollies, cake and rides! It was such a perfect day for it too – sunshine and friends all around. Daniel got to ride on the 3 toddler-friendly rides but spent a lot of time watching the dodgem cars wishing he could go for a spin on them 🙁 Don’t worry buddy, you’ll get to go on them next year! More pics here!

Rewind Dance Crew at Passion’s End of Year Concert

With some time to rest in between, we dropped Daniel off at mum’s house for a sleepover while we made our way back into the city for the Passion Dance Studio End of Year Showcase at Hi Fi Bar and Ballroom. It was a proud night for studio owner Vincent Calingasan as he watched all his students take the stage with enthusiasm and confidence. It was also such an exciting for me as I got to share the stage again with fellow mumma Susie and soon-to-be mumma Chaz! So grateful to be part of such a loving dance family. If you want to learn some dance moves and be part of the next concert you can! Click here for more info.

Kids Day Out – Errington Reserve

After a nice sleep in until almost midday (that hasn’t happened in a while!), we took Daniel to Kids Day Out at Errington. We missed this amazing event last year so this year we made sure we didn’t miss all the free rides, face painting, activities and performances. We also dug into some good food truck dishes from Big Cook Little Cook. I’ll post more about the event this week so stay tuned!

If you have any favourite places to visit or things to do, let me know – I’m always on the look out for new experiences to share with the fam 🙂


merry go roundDaniel absolutely LOVED going on the rides at Wonderland! Loved seeing him so happy 🙂

Melbourne Mondays – Broadening my palette

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Bopha Devi’s dishes – I was caught up in conversation with my besties so sorry I can’t name the dishes for you in the above photos! The staff were very helpful though, so just ask them for their recommendations if you are not sure what dish to order!

Bopha Devi – Yarraville and Docklands 

The thing I love about Melbourne is no matter how long I have lived here I am always discovering new places that are perfect for catching up with friends. Bopha Devi is one of them. A cute little restaurant in Yarraville serving Cambodian cuisine. I have never tried Cambodian cuisine before and its light, fresh tasting dishes had me hooked in one spoonful! With much more understated flavours than other Asian cuisines that I’m used to, the Cambodian food at Bopha was very tasty and elegantly presented. For me the freshness reminded me of the fresh Vietnamese food I ate in Saigon last year and the flavours in the curry dish reminded me a little of Thai food but not as strong.

If you’re looking for a place to catch up with friends on a relaxed weeknight, the Yarraville institution is perfect! For more of a special celebration then I suggest Bopha Devi in the Docklands as it is a lot bigger and the interior a little fancier than its Yarraville sibling.

What is something new that you have tried lately?

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Baby’s day out!

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Baby’s first outing to daddy’s work

Yesterday I took baby out for the first time to visit daddy at his work in the city with the help of my sister! It ended up being a very eventful first outing without daddy – hot weather, Docklands during corporate lunch hour, a visit to daddy’s office, a dead car battery meant a call to the RACV Roadside Assist truck, an exciting visit to some friends with babies in Balaclava and peak hour traffic on the way home. Seeing everyone in their suits made me miss dressing up in crisp shirts and heels for work (I’ve been living in t-shirts and leggings these past 5 weeks!).

I am slowly practicing taking baby out and have found that it is all about organisation, preparation and patience. It was quite warm yesterday and I was exhausted by the end of the day, however visiting daddy and some friends and their babies made it all worthwhile! Baby was so good and slept in his pram and in the car through most of the day – even during the 20 minute wait for the RACV man! I think after yesterday’s shenanigans, I should be able to handle a more easy trip to the shops on my own 🙂 Practice makes perfect!

Happy birthday Mr Hubby/Daddy/DJ Atomik! (Today is Wes’ birthday!) 

What baby travelling tips can you give a first-time mummy?

Happy birthday to Mr Husband/Daddy/DJ Atomik!