Voyaging to Isla Nublar- Jurassic World

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Jurassic World, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson street, Carlton

A couple of months ago we traveled to the Isla Nublar to see the dinosaurs of Jurassic World!

Loud, ginormous creatures who had captured our imaginations back when we were kids were alive and roaring fiercely throughout our time in the exhibition.

We had prepared Daniel for the dinosaurs by telling him that they were animatronic creations and they were not real dinosaurs. We had heard from friends that even the most avid dino fans might will get a little scared so we had to assure Daniel that he’d be safe during our excursion to Jurassic World.

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Instead of tears, his eyes were filled with wonder and he was so amazed. As soon as we entered into the first enclosure that housed the tall dinosaurs, some kids we were with started balling their eyes out straight away. I think this got Daniel’s guard up but by the next section he was excited and enthralled.
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We had been wanting to go to Jurassic World ever since we found out it was coming to Melbourne. Daniel was so amazed and wanted to keep going back to see the T-Rex and Triceratops, so we got a good long look at everything. I actually expected the exhibition to have more of a storyline of some sort related to the movie which it is named after and I was also surprised that the only velociraptors to be seen were outside the exhibition. Nevertheless, the main attraction, the dinosaurs, impressed us all not only by their sheer scale but also by the subtle little details – the way they blinked and breathed quietly while they were waiting to make their appearance made it really look like they were alive!

Jurassic World will be in Melbourne until October 2 2016.

Have you visited the dinosaurs? What did you think?

For some more school holiday fun try a visit to this awesome park and cafe or this one! – the kids and kids at heart will love it 🙂

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?




Travel Thursdays – 7 Things We Love about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

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Tesselaar Tulip Festival
357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan (40km east of Melbourne)

Now in its 62nd year, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival opened today with over 100,000 tulips planted across 25 acres brightening up the Dandenong Ranges. We went for a drive with the family last year taking our aunties, cousins and grandparents and great grandparents with us – there was something to do for the whole family!

With a different theme each week, you can make a weekend of it and even organize a relaxing stay in the Dandenongs.

Sept 11th-13th – Turkish Weekend
Sept 14th-17th – Yarra Ranges Week
Sept 18th-20th – Dutch Weekend
Sept 21st-24th & Sept 28th-Oct 1st – Childrens Weeks
Sept 25th-27th – Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend
Oct 2nd-4th – Irish Weekend

Things we love about the Tulip Festival:

1 – Food and Entertainment We ate some gozleme, Dutch pancakes, ice cream and German sausages while listening to live music by some talented musicians. There is also entertainment with dancers and

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2 – Open spaces and opportunity to be out in the open among beautiful flora spending quality time with family

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3 – Big clogs and novelty things that you can find around the 25 acres that interest the little ones and the young at heartbig clog Melbourne Tulip Festival Melbourne

4 – Loads of photo opps – smile!

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5 – The Sculptor exhibit and plenty of market stalls to purchase goodies from

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6 – The new Tulip Train which you can ride on to view the colorful fields

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7 – The beautiful and bright tulips. You can even grab a bunch to take home.

What’s your favorite thing about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival?

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The animals are ALIVE at Watergardens – Free school holiday fun!

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School holiday fun this April
This time of year is always one of my favourite long weekends as I get to spend time with family and also to reflect on the new gift of chance we have been given.
This year we attended special masses all week and Daniel also made his first Easter hat for their Easter hat parade at his childcare centre. He was so excited and proud to show his grandparents his creation and it was a nice opportunity for us to do some crafting together at home 🙂
For those of you who still haven’t been on the animal adventure at Watergardens, make sure you head down there for some free family fun! You can also snap a photo with a panda, create your own animal mask and win an overnight stay at the wonderful Werribee Zoo!
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“These school holidays, don’t miss out on seeing the first ever Animal Adventure Animatronic Display at Watergardens!  
The display, features lions, tigers, zebras, macaws and, gorillas, to name just a few, is a fun-filled way for children and adults to learn more about these intriguing animals. You will have the opportunity to get close to a zebra’s stripes, hear a lion roar, spot a giraffe standing tall, see the sparkle in a tiger’s eye, and listen to the calls of macaws and much more.

In addition to the animatronic display, Watergardens Town Centre will host an animal craft workshop, where children can let their creative side go wild, and make their own animal mask to take home. There will also be an animal cookie decorating workshop, as well as an opportunity to take a photo up close and personal with a panda.”

T-Rex Tuesday!


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Dinosaur Adventures at Watergardens Town Centre – 399 Melton Highway, Taylors Lakes
Monday 23rd September – Sunday 13th October 2013

We spent Sunday morning at the preview event as paleontologists searching for the dinosaurs at Watergardens with our animated tour guide Ranger Dino! It was so cute seeing all the little ones dressed in oversized lab coats and yellow safety hats. During the last school holidays the dinosaurs were living at Eastland and these September holidays they’ve migrated to Watergardens to fascinate and entertain the kids and adults alike across Melbourne.

We went for a walking tour around the centre with the kids eagerly holding onto their binoculars in order to be the first one to spot a dinosaur. We even took a detour out to the parking lot to see a smashed up car like the one in the Jurassic Park movie (I love that movie!). Back inside we learnt all about the dinosaurs including of course the mighty T-Rex. I think there was also one called Irritator? – but I got distracted watching all the kids’ faces light up I’m not sure if I heard that correctly! – Let me know if you find that one 🙂 We also watched a short educational video before the fossil digging began! With all the exploring, walking and learning we did, sandwiches and refreshments were devoured before our final stop at the giant egg for a photo! My favourite was seeing the Triceratops family – even the little baby ones were moving and roaring out loud!

Educational fun for everyone these September school holidays:

– Dinosaurs include T-Rex, Triceratops, Allosaurus, Dimetrodon, Parasaurolophus, and Styracosaurus
– Dino Library and bench for some light reading
– Fossil dig and shop
-Dino Tour with Ranger Dino (meet near Boost Juice)
– Dino photos with the Triceratops family
– don’t forget to grab a Dinosaur Treasure map to navigate your way through the centre and also on the back is the chance to win a $100 prize pack

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