Dinosaur sightings in Melbourne’s West?

Mimi McNish Yarraville The Urban Ma blogStyling Daniel and daddy The Urban Ma blog

It’s something that until D came along I had forgotten the simple joy of – playgrounds! Before I see his face light up, I can hear his cute little voice from the back car seat saying “Ooooooohh dinosaur!”, or “Ooooooohh slide!” in a sing song almost melodic tone. Wide-eyed and excited to explore a brand new place, D always hurriedly gets out of the car in anticipation of the fun about to be had and the hubby and I can’t help but join in his enthusiasm.

It really is the simple things hey? Either that or I just love the openness of parks right now because D is turning two and this little toddler of mine is a hot ball of energy – open spaces like parks and playgrounds means I don’t have to constantly chase after him or constantly feel anxious that he’s going to break something or take something (he loves touching and checking out everything in the stores we visit when out in shopping centres). I can just let him roam freely as he discovers the different textures or grass, sand, bark and the awesome play equipment.


Mimi the Muttaburrasaurus

 Mimi the Muttuburrasaurus
McNish Reserve, Yarraville

free parking – little shade – benches – tables – water fountain

Did you know the the Muttuaburrasaurus was a prehistoric dinosaur – a herbivore whose skeleton was found in Queensland in the 1960’s?

Mimi is a model of the dinosaur thought to be uniquely Australian.

Mimi is an interactive dinosaur with a slide for a tail and several eggshells scattered around.

The Yarraville Community Garden is also nearby.

The structure was funded by Medibank with the the support of the Maribyrnong council made by the local artists at BigFish.

McNish collage The Urban MaMimi slide McNish Yarraville Egg hiding with daddy

Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2013 – Melbourne

Merry Christmas 2013!

Santa’s Magical Kingdom Nov-Dec 2013, Burnley Oval

With all the Christmas parties, gathering and festivities finished for another year I finally got to sit down and post some photos from our trip to Santa’s Magical Kingdom! We were invited to the opening preview night and there were many a happy face ready to meet Santa and Mrs Claus and experience all the magic under the big tent.

It was our first visit to Santa’s Magical Kingdom and it was so much fun for both the kids and the adults! My husband and I took my 11 month old, my 6 year old goddaughter and my 18 year old cousin and we all had such a memorable time We attended the evening time slot and the anticipation built up outside while we were waiting for the doors to open. From outside we could see the huge tent, a ferris wheel and a giant slide. As soon as they opened the doors everyone was greeted by Mrs Claus and festive music playing throughout the whole place. Lights, rides, laughter and a snowfall lit up the magical kingdom as we walked around deciding what to do first.

The kids when on the caterpillar ride about 3 times and loved getting their hands on some sand art. My little one was mesmerized by the falling snow and all the lights and baubles. There was also gingerbread decorating, story time with Mrs Claus and lots of rides to cater for kids of all ages. After having explored the big tent we were all invited into the second tent to watch the circus and having not been to a circus since I was a little kid I enjoyed it as much as those decades younger than me! The talented performers all had us on the edge of our seats and I really liked watching the lady in the wheel – so graceful and flexible.

The night was well planned out with just the right amount of proplr to create a joyous atmosphere yet still keep the queues for the rides to a bearable wait time. There is food, show bags and merchandise available and an ATM at the entrance. There was ample space to bring a pram and there were roving mascot characters that we got to take photos with. We also spotted a celebrity or two!

Make sure you don’t miss out next year and book your tickets as soon as they go on sale as nearly all of the sessions this year were sold out! There were two sessions a day to choose from, an afternoon or an evening session. So many activities in one place for the kids to take part in on their school holidays, we’ll definitely be back again next year! Thanks for having us 🙂 xx