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ISSUE 26 November/December 2017 BRISBANE

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Ho ho ho! Join us for a jolly local Christmas

WHAT'S ON: All the Christmas events from across the region

EDUCATION: Using psychology in the classroom

LOCAL: Meet the everyday mums making waves in business


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Love the SUPER-COOL wagon on the front cover? WIN Yay, can everyone feel that summer BUZZ in the air? The days are getting longer, there is sand in EVERY pocket again, and that crazy run to the end of the year has us all chasing our tails a little! But Christmas is just around the corner and the summer break is even closer! I must be honest, this is a bit of a special issue for us. There’s been several changes behind the scenes at Kids on the Coast/in the City in the last month, with the previous owner deciding to move onto new things and myself and Helen taking the plunge to take ownership ourselves. We are super-excited to see where this journey takes us, so watch this space for the many plans we have in the pipeline. Talking COMMUNITY, this issue we are looking LOCAL, where we celebrate everything amazing about our region. We check in with a few mums across the region who have made the bold step to launch their own business and find out the secrets behind their success. Our EDUCATION feature visits two local schools using psychology methodologies in the classroom with impressive results, and we share an amazing creative project from one local photographer whose latest venture is to tell the unique motherhood stories of 50 women. We also get ready for the summer break, stepping beyond our immediate doorstep to explore the many highlights on offer across the region that are only a day-trip away. Not forgetting CHRISTMAS (gulp #notstartedshoppingyet), we have a round-up of the many festive events across the region and a fabulous Christmas Gift Guide for those in need of some inspiration. And as always, we have the latest news, school notices, events and fab local products to fill those stockings. If you have a story to share or any feedback, just drop me a line at angela@shoremedia.com.au. I’d love to hear from you!

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Treacletart Emberwine* (Iris), 18 months

More than just a magazine, we are a vibrant community, bringing the best in local news, events, features and more to parents across the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Brisbane. Made by local parents, for local parents, we strive to be the first and only place families come to connect – where they are understood, united and inspired.

THE TEAM EDITOR IN CHIEF Angela Sutherland SALES DIRECTOR Helen Rush

Pompom Cuddlebubbles* (Florence) 18 months

ACCOUNT MANAGER Bridget Vallis ACCOUNT MANAGER Rebecca Kane PRODUCTION Tanya Nissen SOCIAL MEDIA Eva Lewis DESIGN Michelle Craik

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3 FROM THE EDITOR 6 WHAT’S ON: The best local events for November and December 11 WHAT’S NEWS: The latest news in your area 12 NOTICEBOARD: All the news and achievements from our local schools 14 YOU: The inspiring motherhood project 'The Light of the Moon'

your own Christmas elf name * Generate at christmas.namegeneratorfun.com

18 CHECK THIS OUT: The latest products to inspire, create and play

36 CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: Fab ideas to fill those stockings

20 LOCAL: Meet the local mums making waves in small business

38 RECIPE: Simple to make and super-cute Melted Snowmen

24 EDUCATION: Psychology in the classroom

40 LOCAL LIFE: Jane Harbison's Tweenage Magic

30 PLACES: Step off your doorstep for a day trip 34 CHRISTMAS EVENTS: All the festivities planned across the region

42 REVIEWS: This season's movies, books and apps

WE ENCOURAGE RECYCLING. Please keep this issue for future reference, pass onto your friends and family, use for craft projects or place into the recycling bin.

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WHAT'S ON

Visit ou r website to see more events!

DON'T MISS OUT ON ANY EVENTS! Sign up at kidsonthecoast.com.au or kidsinthecity.com.au for our weekly What’s On guide.

Enjoy a free fitness class as part of the South Bank’s free Medibank Feel Good Program. The program features eight different fitness classes, all taught by qualified instructors. All classes are free and bookings are not required – to join in, simply show up and grab a spot on the lawn! visitbrisbane.com.au/feelgood

27 OCTOBER – 12 NOVEMBER ENERGIES 2017 EXHIBITION A snapshot of the current social, emotional and global views held by young people on the Gold Coast, the ENERGIES 2017 exhibition showcases works of art by more than 80 talented secondary school students from across the Gold Coast. theartscentregc.com.au

EVERY TUESDAY POWERKIDS: LITTLE ARTISTS AT PLAY, BRISBANE POWERHOUSE A creative play workshop series for children aged 0–5 years and their parents and carers. Bring your kids along to take part in multi-art experiences led by internationally acclaimed artists from Imaginary Theatre. brisbanepowerhouse.org

4 – 11 NOVEMBER WIZARD OF OZ An enchanting revision of the all-time classic. Sing along with your favourite character plus there are a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. qpac.com.au

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FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Broadbeach Christmas Carols Roma Street Parklands Christmas Concert South Bank Christmas Carols Carols on the Beach at Surfers paradise Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols

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SUNDAYS UNTIL 12 NOVEMBER SUNSHINE SUNDAYS Hands-on art activities every Sunday including creating patterns and prints with food, fruity bunting, fruit collage and building your own seed and clay mandala. For ages 5-10 years. museumofbrisbane.com.au

9 – 12 NOVEMBER WANDERLUST

15 NOVEMBER STEVE IRWIN DAY

A 4-day celebration of mindful living, Wanderlust brings together a group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists, and chefs for a transformational retreat in one of the world's most awe-inspiring natural resorts. wanderlust.com

Celebrate the legacy of Steve Irwin with a jampacked day of action at Australia Zoo. With a free BBQ breakfast, live music, and stacks of familyfriendly activities. australiazoo.com.au

Summer Sunshine Coast - Brisbane - Gold

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE

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* We publish information based on what is supplied to us - to the best of our knowledge all details are correct at the time of printing, however we do recommend you check event details with the organisers.

2 OCTOBER – 2 DECEMBER MEDIBANK FEEL GOOD PROGRAM


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WHAT'S ON

Visit ou r website to see more events!

DON'T MISS OUT ON ANY EVENTS! Sign up at kidsonthecoast.com.au or kidsinthecity.com.au for our weekly What’s On guide.

Aquasplash is a giant inflatable obstacle course on the Broadwater featuring trampolines, slides, swings, bouncing pillows, log roll spinners, giant icebergs and much more. aquasplash.com.au

17 NOVEMBER 2017 – 18 FEBRUARY 2018 BUILT FOR SPEED @ IPSWICH ART GALLERY Design and build your own car from LEGO, race it down ramps and slick tracks, modify your ride, and re-race for the ultimate victory! Thrills, spills and awesome crashes are guaranteed! ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au/

5 NOVEMBER – 3 DECEMBER SOUNDS IN THE PARK – JAZZ SUNDAYS If jazz music is your jam, Sounds in the Park is the place for you to be. This is a free event produced by Roma Street Parkland held every Sunday at Forest Meadow. visitbrisbane.com.au/ roma-street-parkland-and-spring-hill

18 NOVEMBER FLOURISH CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL The Gold Coast’s largest Fairtrade marketplace, featuring a treasure trove of Fairtrade goods and unique gifts, delicious food, fun for all the family plus a full program of entertainment culminating in Carols at dusk. flourishartsfestival.com

27 DECEMBER 2017 – 1 JANUARY 2018 WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL 9 DECEMBER – 12 JANUARY 2018 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST In this fairy tale classic, love between a sweet young woman and a ghastly beast is only a heartbeat away. artstheatre.com.au/children-2017

16 – 20 JANUARY 2018 STORYTIME BALLET: THE SLEEPING BEAUTY Dazzling dancing, sparkling tutus and enchanting music, Storytime Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty is the perfect ballet for children. The first mainstage production from the Australian Ballet’s created especially for children ages 3-11, this live and interactive production features Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, a sparkling crowd of fairies, and storybook characters including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf. brisbanepowerhouse.org/events

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Over 2,000 individual performers will play across 35 venues. Headline acts include John Butler, The Beautiful Girls and Holy Holy. For the little ones there’s stacks of family-friendly activities and shows at the dedicated Children’s Festival. woodfordfolkfestival.com

Join Girl Shaped Flames for an intimate chat with Hollywood stunt artist Ky Furneaux, during which she’ll answer your burning questions about what got her through her many adventures, her ups and downs, and the secret to distinguishing between safe and deadly fruits in the wild! girlshapedflames.com

1 DECEMBER – 30 JANUARY SUMMER FESTIVAL AT STATE LIBRARY The State Library, Queensland has a wonderful Summer Festival planned, featuring free, all-day, drop-in activities for all ages, and paid workshop sessions for 3-16 year olds, exploring tech, art and play. slq.qld.gov.au

13 – 23 DECEMBER THE 78-STOREY TREE HOUSE The official world premiere of The 78-Storey Treehouse comes to QPAC! Will the Treehouse Blockbuster ever get made? Who will win the battle of Andy and Terry? And why are those mysterious spy cows turning up everywhere? qpac.com.au

20 JANUARY 2018 STEVE BACKSHALL’S DEADLY 60 DOWNUNDER After two sell-out Australian tours, Steve Backshall, the star of the hit TV show Deadly 60 is returning to Australia with his brand new stage show, appearing live on stage with some of Australia’s deadliest animals! Plus there will be loads of audience participation and lots of on stage fun! deadly60liveonstage.com

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Whats news DID YOU KNOW US scientists calculated that

Santa would have to visit

822 homes per second to deliver all the world’s presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at

650 miles a second.

Despite having male-sounding names, the reindeers that pull Santa’s sleigh are probably female, as male reindeer shed their antlers in early December.

IT’S TECHNICALLY ILLEGAL TO EAT MINCE PIES ON CHRISTMAS DAY IN ENGLAND.

CHRISTMAS TREES USUALLY GROW FOR ABOUT

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BEFORE THEY ARE SOLD.

IT WOULD TAKE 27 YEARS TO VISIT ONE NEW AUSSIE BEACH EVERY DAY. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au

2017-18 WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL LINE-UP ANNOUNCED The hugely popular Woodford folk festival has released its 2017-18 line-up, and there’s stacks for every festival-loving family this year. Over 2,000 individual performers will play across 35 venues ranging from the 25,000seat amphitheatre to smaller, more intimate venues like Bill’s Bar. As well as headline names such as John Butler, The Beautiful Girls, Holy Holy, Husky and Kate Miller-Heidke, a record number of performers will make their first appearance at the Woodford Folk Festival this year. For families, the line-up at the dedicate Children’s Festival doesn’t disappoint. There’s puppetry and fun with the Amazing Drumming Monkeys, stories to share with Bella the Bookworm, and crafts and creativity with ROCKADABADO, Painting with Bubbles and Play with Clay. If you are looking for entertainment, Miss Mimi will be there to leap, laugh and dance with the entire family at her creative dance workshop, or be amazed by Terry the Great, pirate extraordinaire and extreme juggling champion. The purpose-built festival site will become

Australia’s 67th largest town when it opens on December 27th, similar in size to a regional centre like Lismore or Nambour. The full line-up can be found online at woodfordfolkfestival.com.

FREE FITNESS CLASSES IN SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS The Medibank Feel Good Program has returned to Brisbane this spring with a series of free outdoor fitness classes in South Bank Parklands. Held on the Little Stanley Street Lawn from until Saturday 2 December 2017, classes include yoga, cardio, bootcamp, active kids and more. The Medibank Feel Good Program has been designed to suit all fitness levels, with classes ranging from low impact to high energy options. All classes are free and bookings are not required – just turn up and join in the fun! Head to http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/ feelgood for the complete class program. You can also follow the program at #feelgoodprogram.

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NOTICE BOARD All the news and achievements from ou r local schools explore social, environmental, cultural and historical perspectives through high quality performances and workshops. To ensure small and remote schools have access to Youth Touring performances and workshops, QMF, which has an unmatched track record of working in the state’s most remote corners, is offering much lower minimum booking numbers when compared with similar organisations. The Youth Touring team can also assist in combining smaller schools for performances and work with other community and arts groups to ensure all schools can access the program.

FIRST CHILDCARE CENTRE TO OPEN IN SURFER’S PARADISE AWARD-WINNING THEATRE WORKS TO BE ADAPTED FOR QUEENSLAND SCHOOLS Queensland Music Festival (QMF) has revealed its 2018 Youth Touring program that will bring some of Australia’s most exciting award-winning artists and works into Queensland schools. QMF Artistic Director Katie Noonan said her team had scoured the country for the best possible productions, and was working with some of the country’s most innovative companies to adapt work for school audiences. "The quality of the work we will be bringing into schools in 2018 is so exciting. We have listened to teachers and ensured the program meets curriculum needs and surpasses expectations.” A reworking of the powerful Australian play Black Diggers, two works by internationally acclaimed hip hop artist and theatre maker Candy Bowers, and some marvellous prehistoric megafauna all feature in the 2018 Youth Touring program, which will

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Council has approved a new childcare centre to open at Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, the first facility of its kind to service the heart of Surfers Paradise.

“The proposed Chevron Renaissance childcare centre will become the first facility of its kind in central Surfers Paradise, demonstrating our long-term commitment to the residents and working parents of our Gold Coast community,” he said.

BRISBANE STUDENTS FINISH IN TOP 10 OF TRANS-TASMAN MATHS COMP

Expected to launch in 2018, the new facility, to be operated by Rise Early Learning, will have capacity for 88 children and be housed within an expansive repurposed floor space on the second level of the CBD complex.

Students from Clover Hill State School in Mudgeeraba, Queensland have beaten hundreds of thousands of other students across Australia and New Zealand placing ninth in the inaugural Matific Games – a maths competition run by leading online maths resource Matific.

Rise Early Learning Centre Manger Mel Comerford said the centre would be a place where children will feel safe, secure and nurtured to play and learn in a close knit, home-like environment. “Our vision is to create an early learning environment that will be an oasis for children and their families, right in the heart of Surfers Paradise.”

Brent Hughes, former teacher and Teacher Educator at Matific said, “The idea behind the Matific Games was to introduce a fun and engaging way for primary school kids to enjoy and learn maths and we are absolutely delighted at the level of enthusiasm and participation we’ve seen from this first event.”

Chevron Renaissance Centre Manager Gerard Coorey said the new facility would provide an innovative childcare solution in the heart of the Gold Coast, catering to professionals working in Surfers Paradise as well as young families living in the worldrenowned beachside community.

The Matific Games was based around participation by students and teachers using the Matific education resource. During the competition, students took part in over 7 million maths activities in just under two weeks. Winning schools, students and teachers will share a prize pool of over $50,000.

“There are currently more than 6,000 people working in Surfers Paradise, along with a thriving residential population, but until now the precinct has been lacking in a quality childcare solution.

Brent Hughes went on to say, “We’re delighted at the level of achievement we’ve seen by kids in Australia and New Zealand in this fantastic new maths competition.” kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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[YOU]

The Light of the Moon

With the aim of bringing women together and celebrating the beauty of motherhood, a Sunshine Coast photographer has embarked on an inspirational story-telling project called ‘The Light of the Moon’. The project is a curated series of written stories and intimate black and white imagery depicting the motherhood journeys of 50 Australian women. ‘The Light of the Moon’ Project aims to explore and acknowledge each mother’s significance in the world in her role of raising a child. These beautiful stories are therefore both unique and incredibly powerful. As a seasoned photographer, and mother of two, motherhood is one of Peta’s favourite things to document with a camera.

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“The bond between a mother and child is incredibly beautiful to watch,” Peta explains. “In its ups and downs, in the closest moments and the most distant… I get lost in the connection, the intricacies, the unrelenting love, the courage, the devotion, the resistance, the curiosity, the compassion, the confusion… the holding tight, the letting go. And what makes it even more magical, is that all of it is fleeting – for a short time, yet for a lifetime.” Aiming to truly ‘see’ and celebrate women at some of their most vulnerable, precious and sometimes uncertain times in their lives, this

project is an empowering one, capturing beauty and strength; sharing moments that help make mothers realise that each of our journeys are significant, powerful, and beautiful. In today’s world where we often don’t slow down to share our stories and are often battling to find our similarities rather than celebrate our differences, Peta aims to bring the art of storytelling back to life. This beautiful and important project is gaining momentum and, as it unfolds, the community of women becoming connected by its honesty is rapidly growing.

"Motherhood is one of the strongest forces I have encountered. It is beautiful, raw, relentless, challenging, heart-warming, heart-wrenching, inspiring and magical. All at the same time." - Peta Hood kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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“I had always assumed that when ‘my’ children came along, they would be a product of their parents’ influence, personalities, likes and dislikes. Pretty early on, Frankie made it clear she was here on her own terms. Her personality was strong. She wasn’t my possession. Beneath her soft round face and big alert eyes was a defiant message: “I am me. I will make my own way. I will be my own person.” Cass G

“You think you know yourself, you think you know all there is to know about your life, your feelings and your actions. Truth is, we don’t know half of it and we are not in control. We have birthed little miracles.” Jodi B

Words from Jodi ... a local mum

I didn’t think I’d have anything significant to say about motherhood. But the more I found the courage to open up to other mums, the more I realised I wasn’t alone. The amazing gift of birthing a child is beyond magic. Yet with all of this can come chaos, uncertainty, self-doubt and guilt as we want so desperately to be the best example of strength, love and harmony we can to our little people, and to raise loving, level headed, kind and confident human beings. As a mother of three, I understand perfectly the pressures of getting this ‘right’. It is so easy to fall into a spiral of questions and doubt about the very important ‘job’ we do. We often put ourselves last, our hair unwashed for longer than it should be, our eyes weary and our bodies not recognisable as our own for quite some time. We are filled with so much love for our babes but can question our place in the world. Motherhood is an incredible thing, we must take time out to stop and remember that. It’s finding that balance between steam-rolling ahead to get things done, and pausing to cherish the endless beauty along the way. I believe we not only need to embrace our own journeys as mothers, but share them with others so that they feel that they are not alone. Peta’s project helps us fall in love with ourselves all over again – as mothers and as human beings. To remind us of our significance and to help us celebrate it.

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“As just the two of us sit awake and he feeds, I take note just how small and new this little life is and knowing one day I will yearn for these moments back...” Aimee D

"Motherhood is everything,and sometimes nothing. It drives us in ways we sometimes don't understand. It strikes us at our core. It is complex, yet so simple. It is incredibly powerful and yet delicate." - Peta Hood “Every single day, motherhood encourages me to look a little closer and ask myself honestly – what kind of life do I want for my children? And for my family? What is most important to us? It has propelled me at great speed into living a more authentic life and being really conscious of whether my choices reflect my highest values.” Rachel M

Peta is a creative, natural light photographer with a particular passion for intimate black and white imagery. She lives in the Noosa hinterland but is available for bookings Australia-wide and plans to publish her beautiful project in a hardcover book that can be passed down over generations to come. You can follow Peta’s work at Can’t.Stop.Staring Photography on Facebook and Instagram, and at cantstopstaring.com.au

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Family Interaction Program The Family Interaction Program provides FREE evidence-based parenting programs for parents of children aged 1 to 6 years.

The Circle of Security Parenting (DVD) Program Learn how to: 

Develop a positive and satisfying relationship

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Increase positive interactions with your child

Establish effective discipline

Decrease behaviour problems

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FUNKY MONKEY BARS

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BLACK STRIPE CRAWLSUIT

$44.95 skittleandmouse.com Designed for active babies and toddlers, this short-sleeved grow suit features a lightly padded knee patch with a non-slip surface, perfect for crawling on slippery or rough surfaces. Made from a soft cotton knit with press stud opening for easy nappy changes, these practical, on-trend monochrome crawlpants will help your baby navigate the rough and tumble of little life!

LOPSIDED BUNNY

$20 kingsleyandmae.com.au Made locally on the Gold Coast, these super-cute bunnies make a fabulous toy or baby gift. Using a mixture of textures, the body is made from microfleece backed with a soft denim fabric, and you can choose any fabric from the Kingsley & Mae bib section for the ears. With handstitched faces and long ears for holding or chewing they are soft, squishy and perfect for little hands to grab.

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From $39.95 inspirebookbox.com.au With this monthly subscription box, the hard work is done for you. Filled with great books, creative craft and sensory activities, book-inspired food recipes, and a comprehensive parent guide, each box has been purposefully curated by a book loving team of qualified teachers, parents and children, and is sure to ignite a child’s passion for reading. Delivered to your door, Inspire Book Box is a fun and convenient way for parents to actively engage in their children’s early learning.

'EAT YOUR GREENS' BAMBOO DINNER SET

$49.95 evolveperegianbeach.com.au Made from the bi-product of the bamboo industry, this unique Love Mae bamboo dinner set is beautiful and truly planet-friendly. With no mining taking place for the products, Love Mae simply takes the leftovers that no one uses to creates sustainable and 100% biodegradable tableware. BPA free, Phthalates free, and toxic free, the quality is amazing and the design is too cute for words. Dishwasher top rack recommended.

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You can WIN this Many Hands ‘Music is in the Air’ Inspire Book box. This box includes: • 4 fantastic books, one of these beautiful hardcover books is even signed by local author Renee Price. • 2 comprehensive parent guides full of tips on how to develop a life-long reader. •A  book-inspired microphone craft activity including all materials. •A  sensory maracas activity including all materials. •A  fantastic music-inspired recipe and lunchbox idea. • 2 musical engagement toys.

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DO IT YOURSELF FLOWER CROWN KITS From $30 etsy.com/au/shop/tutucuteflorals These beautiful flower crown kits make the perfect holiday activity, party favour or even Christmas gift. Kids have fun, whilst sparking their creative side. Kits are available individually or in packs of 5 and 10. (Perfect for parties!) Made with paper flowers, they can be worn time and time again. Special offer: 20% off while stocks last, use code TUTU20 at checkout. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au

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LOCAL

Mumpreneurs MAKING WAVES

HAS ANYONE ELSE NOTICED THERE’S A REAL VIBRANCY IN THE AIR RIGHT NOW? MUMS ACROSS THE REGION ARE BRINGING AMAZING IDEAS TO FRUITION; BUILDING A FLEXIBLE LIFE AROUND THEIR LITTLE ONES WHILST CHASING THEIR DREAMS. Southeast Queensland is busting at the seams with mums making their mark across all facets of small business. From handmade toys to kids’ yoga classes, you can now find a local mama doing it. With so many Queensland mumpreneurs making waves in business right now, we meet a few to find out more. You never know, they might inspire you to launch your own little side project!

Elisa Reeves ONE CHEW THREE

Elisa Reeves,

ONE CHEW THREE Why did you start One Chew Three? I was maternity leave with my second son. Mid-way through maternity leave I felt like I wanted to do something that challenged me; I wanted something that was for me, but also something that supported my family. I’d also only recently come across silicone jewellery and couldn’t find one that I really liked, so I designed one. And that’s where it all began! A month into it and there was no looking back – it really ignited something inside of me. 20

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I’d always been creative, but it just gave me an opportunity to follow a passion I never really knew existed! From there it has grown very quickly, the jewellery has been really popular, and I’m so humbled by the success! Now, after 18 months, I have 240 resellers worldwide, I make 1,200-2,000 handmade pieces per month, as well as designing a manufactured line. So, it really is crazy!

Julia Rolando THE MAMA PROJECT

What makes your business unique? I design jewellery that is modern, funky, and so it doesn’t feel like you are wearing something intended to be safe around baby. The whole concept is a little softer and natural, as we all seem to be moving towards living a little more naturally. We also now offer personalisation so the teethers can be a lovely and practical keepsake.

What do you think is the secret to your success? The growth happened organically, but I’ve been in corporate marketing for 15 years so the way I positioned and grown the brand certainly contributed to the success. The Internet and social media certainly make it easier to get the exposure and give you the momentum. The customers are also really supportive, they are mums like me! We want to shop with people we connect with and we have our roots in the community.

You’ve also won a few awards recently, congratulations! Yes, I was a finalist in the Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Awards, which was an honour to be recognised in that. And I won Gold in the handmade category of the national AusMumpreneur awards, which was amazing.

What do you enjoy most about running your own business? I spend a lot of time working, but I love the flexibility and I find it really satisfying. I think it’s very much about finding something that you are passionate about. As the kids grow up so fast you realise that you want to savour every possible moment, so I really aim to balance my work with my family.

Julia Rolando,

THE MAMA PROJECT What inspired you to start The Mama Project? When my youngest daughter started Kindy I really felt like I needed to go a spiritual journey, to find some peace and stillness. I had really struggled as my eldest daughter kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au

passed away five years ago – with that comes a lot of depression and turmoil. Leading up to the start, I often wondered, ‘is there a better way to be supportive of mums?’ I didn’t have a great support system and I when I wanted to do something for myself – take a yoga class or a creative class – I couldn’t find anything that I could take her to. So, I decided that I would fix that! And that is when the journey began!

Tell us about what The Mama Project does? The whole theme is about slowing down, being more family based with soothing, natural activities that you can share with your kids. With this, we connect mums with other mums, and connect children with carers – whether that is Mum, Auntie, Grandma or Dad. The mama and youngster yoga classes include storytelling, yoga games, music and a nature-based craft activity, perhaps even something we've collected from a nature walk. Family yoga classes will be added late 2017 and will be an opportunity for the entire family to explore gentle yoga together, including grandparents!

And you support other community projects too? Yes, a portion of any money from the Mama Project goes to the Phoebe Foundation or another foundation that helps women and children in the area. The Phoebe Foundation provides craft kits for Sunshine Coast Hospital, funded in NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

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part by the Mama Project and volunteer support. We also work with Wish List.

Why do you feel that embracing a slower pace of life is important for mums? We are so frantic. We have gotten to the point in our lives that we feel like we must prove something. Having the kids, the career and getting there on time – it’s marvellous, but do we really need to have it all? We need to put less importance on the material things and realise that what we are doing is enough. We don’t have to sacrifice, we just need to prioritise, as we are totally burning ourselves out, which isn’t helping anyone. As parents, we are their ultimate role model. So, let’s take a step back and think ‘What do I want my children to see?’ We are raising the future peacemakers of the world, so let’s find ways we can be gentler on our earth, and have kindness in our hearts, teaching our kids that there is happiness within ourselves.

Jessica Harris,

LITTLE MONKEY GREASE What inspired you to start Little Monkey Grease? It started mainly because my son has such bad bed hair… it was always all over the place! We wanted him to have the coolest hair, just like Daddy, but adult wax was way too strong for him – kids’ hair is so fine and soft, we didn’t want to use chemicals.

you get genuine mums sharing quality products. They wouldn’t put up something they don’t believe in as they know someone else will use it on their own child. I’ve found that lots of mums are now choosing to step away from the commercial products and shop this way for their family instead, which in turn helps these small mama businesses flourish.

How do you juggle running a business and being a mum? It is definitely a struggle sometimes, particularly as my husband is FIFO (fly-in-fly-out)! But I have automated processes that help me get through and I have incredible family support. But I really enjoy it too – I get a true enjoyment from the product because its mine, and I brought it up as a baby.

What do you enjoy most about running your own business? I enjoy the open interaction with customers – other mums and parents. Being able to connect with people and show them a genuine product that is safe and good quality is really satisfying. I always feel confident in telling them about it and letting them try it! But I think my favourite thing is when new people discover what we do and getting positive feedback on the product.

Jessia Harris

LITTLE MONKEY GREASE

I looked up some recipes for hair wax to make yourself, and after trying about seven or eight different recipes, I put the best ingredients I’d found into a wax. It ended up as just three ingredients, no essence, no nasties, so it just smells like coconut – and that product became our baby wax! All my friends started asking what I put in my son’s hair and a few asked me to make them some… and it just evolved from there!

How quickly has it grown? Before I had plans of starting it as a business I thought I’d try it out on social media. So, I put it up on Instagram and it just went crazy! Hundreds of likes in the first few weeks… I couldn’t believe it! Because it just started as word of mouth, through friends of friends, I never intended things to grow so much as much as they did! Social media is huge and I’ve found this market a very genuine one – especially when kids are involved. Usually, 22

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PSYCHOLOGY in the CLASSROOM

AS EDUCATION PRACTICES SHIFT TOWARDS A MORE HOLISTIC STYLE OF LEARNING, MANY SCHOOLS ARE LOOKING TO PSYCHOLOGY TO BUILD POSITIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENTS. IN THE HOPE OF BETTER EQUIPPING OUR KIDS TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES AND BE HAPPIER PEOPLE AS THEY GROW UP, THERE ARE NOW SEVERAL SCHOOLS ACROSS THE REGION WHERE PSYCHOLOGY PRACTICES UNDERPIN THEIR ENTIRE SCHOOL CULTURE. GLASSER CHOICE THEORY To help them better understand behaviour, Sunshine Beach State Primary School has been using William Glasser’s Choice Theory as their psychological base since 1994, and in 2003 they became the first Glasser Quality School in Australia. A Glasser Quality School (GQS) primarily functions in three ways: actively building quality relationships, providing a need-satisfying environment, and encouraging all learners and staff to achieve to their potential. And the psychological base to this is Choice Theory. Choice Theory is Dr William Glasser’s explanation of how and why we behave. Even though most people around us operate from an external control perspective, Choice Theory offers us a way to understand how our behaviour is motivated internally and that we are driven to meet our needs. 24

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“Choice Theory can be taught to anyone who is capable of understanding what a choice is,” Dr William Glasser explained. “All through our lives we make choices… we make choices that help us get along with people in our lives, and we make choices that harm us. In Choice Theory, we want to make mentally healthy choices… we believe that there are good things to choose.” When put into practice in the classroom at Sunshine Beach State School, the impact was significant. “We saw a huge change in the school,” said Gerard O’Brien, Intensive Self-management Support Officer from the Student Services Team at Sunshine Beach State School. “We were able to connect with those kids that we’d had issues reaching; we were able to build better relationships, teachers were happier, families were happier, and learning outcomes jumped through the roof.” kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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Building relationships is at the core of Choice Theory. “Teachers put a lot of energy to create a safe environment for the kids; to build trust and get to know every side to the child,” explained Jenny Easey, Principal at Sunshine Beach State School. “Once this exists, when we ask them to do something, they want to do it.” Choice Theory brings with it a common language that is used throughout the school. Everyone knows what is meant when they talk about ‘filling a bucket’ and all the teachers are on the same page. “By looking at what happy people do and think and speaking to each other in a common language to achieve this, we can help kids grow towards those things and think those things,” Gerard said. Rather than forcing kids to learn and behave, and using punishment to achieve this, Choice Theory works from a different angle. Instead of an environment based on a coercive culture, where the aim is to get the kids to do what the teacher says, this theory focuses on self-directed learning. “The kids manage themselves, their behaviour and their learning. We are helping kids get to the point where they are helping themselves; they own their own behaviour,” explained Gerard. “Choice Theory gets kids to recognise

where the behaviour is coming from. They can then understand and know what not acceptable, and the teacher works with the child to help them find another way to get what they want – someone is there to talk to them to help them find a better plan.” Off the back of the success of this methodology, Sunshine Beach State School also began to offer a parenting program, so that Choice Theory could be introduced in the home environment and continued into the teenage years.

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY With 139 schools across the region and 71,000 students in their care, Brisbane Catholic Education is another organisation taking a holistic approach to every student’s development, incorporating principles of positive psychology in their approach to supporting student wellbeing and learning. “Our starting point is a principle of positive psychology; a strength-based approach to learning,” explained Kathy Shelton, Principal Education Officer – Learning & Teaching, at Brisbane Catholic Education. “Rather than trying to fix something, we look at starting at the point of what students can do and building from that.”

SOME OF THE CORE CONCEPTS OF CHOICE THEORY INCLUDE: • Removal of fear and coercion • Doing quality work is deeply satisfying • Quality relationships enable quality learning • Self-evaluation and co-verification lead to quality learning outcomes • Operating this way removes barriers to learning

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Drawing from the research of leading researchers such as Carol Dweck and Michael Fullan, Brisbane Catholic Education’s foundation is based on key principles that include: developing a growth mindset, high teacher expectations for every student, explicit teaching of selfregulation and motivation, and using feedback and goal setting to improve learning. And these principles underpin both their pedagogy and teaching framework. Their strategy is based on a whole school approach, providing teachers with an excellent learning and teaching strategy that brings the psychology to the classroom. “Teachers need to understand the elements, as they are working closely and directly with the students, so we have done a lot of work in positioning teachers and the work of student wellbeing to happen within the curriculum rather than as a separate program – making it an integrated part of what teachers are doing in the classroom,” said Kathy. Underpinning that strategy is student engagement in learning and positive relationships with their peers and their teachers. “We look at their engagement in learning, their progress in learning and their wellbeing.” The combination of these psychology principles, a strong pastoral care program and the Catholic philosophy, ensures that the core values of the organisation flow throughout the network of schools. “We believe that every person should be fully supported to reach their full potential,” explained Kathy. “We have programs for social justice and you’ll find lots of examples of students helping others in the community; students are fully supported in their own spiritual and personal development.” Over time, Brisbane Catholic Education has put more resources into providing professional learning for teachers and providing schools with school-based guidance counsellors. “Every school in our system has a schoolbased guidance counsellor, many whom are psychologists, 26

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providing proactive and leading approaches, as well as providing more targeted and individual support for students and families when needed.” Since implementing the changes, the schools have seen a definite change in the culture and environment. “These approaches have had a really positive effect,” said Kathy. “We are seeing a very positive impact in student learning growth, but the impact is because we have an integrated approach – we focus on improving literacy and numeracy, however it’s not separate from students’ engagement and wellbeing. We want students to be engaged in their learning and have positive relationships where they feel connected – there is positive impact because the two things go together.” With the systems in place, Brisbane Catholic Education has been able to collect a huge amount of data to perform detailed analysis of student progress and student behaviour, which allows them to see patterns and trends, making it possible to target resources towards areas of need. “We do collect a lot of data and we have a very detailed analysis of students’ progress in learning combined with student behaviour support policy and processes – reflecting students’ engagement in their learning,” said Kathy. “For example, we can look at data and notice that incidents are occurring more during transition between classrooms we can look at our structure and how students are moving around school – a preventative proactive approach to behaviour.” Because of this large network of schools working together, the organisation is also able to share a common language across the entire group. “We are a system of schools and we are able to get that common language and shared approach across the schools – providing a consistent approach to student behaviour, pastoral care, and excellence in teaching.” kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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PREGNANCY AND OBESITY:

THE BIG PICTURE

Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle against your weight? Blame it on the genes. According to Dr Harald Puhalla, one of the Gold Coast’s leading weight-loss surgeons, obesity and genetics are directly related. Combined with environmental influences, your genes are up to 70 per cent responsible for your body’s weight. According to Dr Puhalla, bariatric – or weight-loss surgery – may be the only effective way to alter these genetically predetermined body processes.

With two out of three Australians now overweight, and 25 per cent of the population classified as obese, Dr Puhalla dispels the myth that those with weight issues have brought it on themselves. “Obesity is only partly caused by lifestyle factors,” Dr Puhalla said. “The World Health Organisation regards obesity as a chronic disease and one of the biggest health threats worldwide. “For many patients, their weight problems are not only their fault. The view that obesity is genetic is controversial, however the evidence is very strong that there is a genetic predisposition to obesity.” For those who have tried – and failed – to gain control of their weight, surgery is often the only answer. And the good news, according to Dr Puhalla, is that an obese woman who undergoes weight-loss surgery can help prevent the preposition to obesity being passed on to her children. “Some moderate weight gain can be caused by multiple factors,” Dr Puhalla said. “It often starts as an imbalance of high calorie food intake and lack of adequate exercise. A genetic predisposition for obesity can accelerate the weight gain process. Fat is a very ‘active’ tissue regarding the release of a broad variety of biochemical messengers. These messengers are responsible for causing a lot of disturbances to the body. For example, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and polycystic ovarian syndrome.” These could also lead to slight alteration in the chemical structure of the DNA (genetic information) without changing the DNA itself. Research has shown that an obese mother has a higher chance of having obese offspring when adult. 28

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“However, if the same woman has weight-loss surgery and falls pregnant again, the genetic profile which was altered by the messengers from the fat tissue has changed and her kids have a higher chance of being normal weight when adult,” Dr Puhalla said. Weight-loss surgery disrupts the association between obesity and genetics in the mother by impacting on the hormones that affect hunger. The surgery itself leads to much smaller portions and subsequent weight loss results in increased physical activity, increasing the body’s fat-burning metabolism. Dr Puhalla stressed the dangers of obesity during pregnancy. “Obesity during pregnancy presents high risk factors for the whole pregnancy,” he said. “There are also genetic changes which can occur when a woman becomes obese and passes it on to her child.” In June 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association published the results of the world’s largest and most comprehensive study of its kind. Led by researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, the study of more than 1.3 million pregnant women found three out of every four were failing to keep pregnancy weight gain within a healthy range. The 38 per cent of pregnant women who are overweight and obese are at higher risk of needing a caesarean birth for larger babies, who are also more likely to remain larger for life. Before they are even born, some children are drawn into a cycle of unhealthy weight that has yet to come full circle. The so-called obesity epidemic is undermining gains in life expectancy, as more people live out their years with chronic illness and disability. Bariatric surgery can offer hope for many people. “Weight-loss surgery is a safe and effective solution that can improve life expectancy and quality of life,” Dr Puhalla said. “It has been shown to cure or at least improve many obesityrelated conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and more.

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“Most bariatric surgery patients maintain successful weight-loss long-term.” Dr Harald Puhalla is a General Surgeon with a private practice at Gold Coast Private Hospital and Pindara Private Hospital, Gold Coast Queensland. You can find out more information about the range of surgical procedures and weight-loss support offered by Dr Puhalla, at www.generalsurgerygoldcoast. com.au or calling (07) 5563 1360. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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Day-trippin’ LET’S BE HONEST, WE LIVE IN ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER SPOTS TO SPEND THE SUMMER BREAK. YET HOW OFTEN DO WE STEP OFF OUR DOORSTEP TO EXPLORE THE REST OF THE REGION? With so many things on offer – the adrenalin-pumping theme parks of the Gold Coast, the laid-back vibe of the Sunshine Coast and the vibrant sights of Brisbane – our fab little corner of Queensland has something for every family. And it’s all just a day-trip away.

COAST SUNSHINE

Main attractions GINGER FACTORY gingerfactory.com.au A Sunshine Coast institution and fabulous fun day out for the kids, the Ginger Factory is a must-do for the region. Take a ride on the train, wander through the heritage-style shops in Ginger Town, check out the live bee show and, of course, decorate your own gingerbread man! There are also free shows for the kids during school holidays; check website for details.

AUSTRALIA ZOO australiazoo.com.au Crikey, no trip to the Sunshine Coast is complete without a day at Australia Zoo! A fabulous zoo for families, there’s plenty of opportunity to get up close with animals and supereasy to get around (just catch the train between areas if your family has little legs). Feed the kangaroos, take in the show in the crocoseum, and if you can, fit in a visit to the wildlife hospital to see the inspirational work of the vets there. 30

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MALENY DAIRIES malenydairies.com Maleny dairies is a family-owned milk company with their own processing and bottling plant. It’s a great day out for the kids, to see how a dairy farm works and enjoy the Maleny countryside. Book a farm tour or take a tractor ride around the paddock, and make time to stop at the café for their delicious coffee and snacks. There is also a great grassed area for kids to play.

AUSSIE WORLD aussieworld.com.au Perfect for families, Aussie World has rides and attractions for kids of all ages. For some tummy-turning action there are rides such as The Wasp and The Redback. For the little ones try the Giggle Go Round and the Tin Lids Tea Party. If rides aren’t your thing there are stacks of other games and attractions such as Mini Golf, Crazy Mirrors and Leak’n Logs water play.

SUNSHINE CASTLE sunshinecastle.com Did you know that the Sunshine Coast has a castle? This Norman-style castle

is filled with medieval and historical displays. Wander over the drawbridge, feast with Kings in the Great Hall or explore the dungeon. Kids can dress up in themed headgear and take an interactive treasure hunt that leads to a free treat from the King’s treasure chest. And make sure you check out the stunning coast and hinterland views from the top of the castle keep.

QUEENSLAND AIR MUSEUM qam.com.au If you have a little aviator in your family, a trip to the Queensland Air Museum is a must! There are more than 75 historic aircraft on display, as well as WW2 Jeep rides and other displays to explore. Check out the website for any special events happening when you visit.

SEALIFE underwaterworld.com.au A great aquarium for little ones, SEALiFE has stacks of ocean life to explore. Touch a starfish, wander through the Ocean Tunnel, see the enormous stingrays devour their dinner, and don’t miss the very entertaining seal show. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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For Octonauts fans there is also the fabulous interactive display, where kids can embark on their own mission to ‘Explore, Rescue and Protect’ alongside Kwazii, Peso and Captain Barnacles.

WILDLIFE HQ whqzoo.com Located at the iconic Big Pineapple, Wildlife HQ is the new home for the 200 relocated animals from Alma Zoo. As well as the Aussie favourites such as koalas, wombats and dingos there are more exotic animals too such as red pandas, binturongs, ring-tailed lemurs and hamadryas baboons. With superfriendly staff and a simple layout, it’s a great zoo for families.

Out & about NOOSA RIVER/EVERGLADES The Noosa Everglades are a 60km stretch of pristine, untouched waters in the upper reaches of the Noosa River. One of only two everglades systems on the planet, it is known as the ‘River of Mirrors’ because of the amazing reflections in the water. You can explore the Noosa Everglades on foot, by boat from Noosaville or with guided and self-guided kayak tours from Boreen Point.

MARY CAIRNCROSS SCENIC RESERVE mary-cairncross.com.au With 2km of tranquil walking tracks and a boardwalk viewing platform, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a wonderful rainforest day out for families. Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre to discover some of the hidden plants and animals of each ecosystem, and enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the picnic shelters by the playground. Walking tracks include stroller-friendly options. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au

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Main attractions QPAC qpac.com.au Nothing says a trip to the big city more than taking in a show, and QPAC always has something that will keep kids of all ages entertained. Check website for what is showing when you visit and for tickets.

QAGOMA (QUEENSLAND ART GALLERY & GALLERY OF MODERN ART) qagoma.qld.gov.au Though you might not think that kids and art galleries go together, QAGOMA offers some great interactive installations and art projects that kids absolutely love. They also have the Children’s Art Centre with several exploratory art programs for kids, and the regular ‘Toddler Tuesday’ activities.

STATE LIBRARY OF QUEENSLAND slq.qld.gov.au With one of the best kids’ sections, the State Library is top of the list for family friendly day out. Explore the creative hands-on activities and games in The Corner, or take part in one of the many events as part of their comprehensive school holiday program.

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE brisbanepowerhouse.org A magnificent arts centre on the Brisbane river, the Brisbane Powerhouse is Queensland’s home for contemporary culture. Shows rotate and there is always something fun on for kids. Check website for things happening during your visit.

A treasure trove of hands-on experiments that appeal to kids of all ages. Challenge your body in the Body Zone, delve into the optical illusions and puzzles in the Mind Benders area, explore the human body in the Body Works zone, or get hands-on in the Action Stations area where you learn about sound, water, gravity and space. Check website for special exhibits during school holidays.

Out & about ROMA STREET PARKLAND brisbane.qld.gov.au Set in the middle of the city, Roma Street Parkland is a beautiful green space with something for everyone. Relax amongst the tranquil gardens and water features, wander the many boardwalks and paths, take a ride on the Parkland Explorer mini-train, then head to the playground with flying foxes, cubbies, bridges, climbing equipment and hedge garden.

SOUTHBANK brisbane.qld.gov.au Stretching from Queensland Art Gallery to the Queensland Maritime Museum, Southbank is home to 17 hectares of parklands, restaurants, cafés and stacks of activities to keep tiny tots busy. For a little adventure, head to Little Days Out – a free children’s program held every Thursday. For some splashy fun, try Aquativity in the heart of Southbank – a fun water-play park to cool off the kids. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

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LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY

WARNER BROS. MOVIE WORLD

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Whether it’s meeting Superman or checking out the Hollywood Stunt Driver show, Warner Bros. Movie World has something for every movie buff! Cheer your favourite LOONEY TUNES characters, have your photo taken with Scooby Doo or go behind the scenes on the Star Tour.

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world’s first and largest koala sanctuary with over 130 koalas. Hold a koala, hand feed kangaroos and meet a large variety of Australian wildlife in beautiful, natural settings. Located only 12km from Brisbane city, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a great place for kids to learn, connect with nature and be inspired to make positive changes to protect wildlife habitats.

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Main attractions DREAMWORLD & WHITEWATER WORLD

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SEAWORLD seaworld.com.au A marine park and theme park rolled into one, at SeaWorld you can get up close with a range of marine life including polar bears, penguins, sharks, sting rays. And when you are ready for a little action, enjoy the thrills and spills of the Storm Coaster, Castaway Bay and Jet Rescue, or for the little ones there is Nickelodeon Land, with kid-sized rides and shows.

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WET ‘N’ WILD GOLD COAST

A visit to the Gold Coast isn’t complete without a day at Dreamworld, Australia’s biggest theme park. As well as the big thrill rides, there are plenty of rides specifically designed for the littler ones to enjoy. After a busy morning of thrills and action, head next door to WhiteWater World, where you can cool off on one of their many water slides and water play spaces.

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IFLY downunder.iflyworld.com For ages 3+, iFly is the excitement of skydiving in an ultra-safe, state-of-theart environment. Not just a thrill ride but also the latest in action sports, simply lean into the wind inside in the giant glass tunnel and a column of air lifts you up to float effortlessly into flight. 32

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Packed with thrill rides and family fun, Wet ‘n’ Wild has something to cool everyone down this summer. From the adrenaline-pumping Extreme H20 rides to the subtropical gardens of Calypso Beach, the whole family will be set for a splash-tastic day.

SKYPOINT OBSERVATION DECK www.skypoint.com.au Located on level 77 of the Q1 Building and soaring above the golden beaches of Surfers Paradise, is SkyPoint, Australia’s only beachside observation deck. Take in the panoramic views and if you are feeling brave, try the SkyPoint Climb – Australia’s highest external building climb with unparalleled 360° views of the Gold Coast and beyond (bookings essential).

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY cws.org.au There’s stacks to keep the whole

family entertained on a day out to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Get up close and personal with a range of animals, check out the animal shows, or get your photo taken with a koala. For the older ones, the Treetop Challenge is a must – a thrilling set of five large rope courses that climb through the pristine bushland and 11 ziplines that sour through the treetops (weight and height restrictions apply).

Out & about SPRINGBROOK NATIONAL PARK www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/springbrook Just 45 minutes from the busy coastline is the idyllic forest wilderness of Springbrook National Park. Formed by the eruption of an ancient volcano 23 million years ago, this nature-lover’s paradise is brimming with waterfalls, cool rock creeks, fascinating wildlife and some of the oldest trees in Australia. With many walks and lookouts that are kid friendly and stroller accessible, it’s a great spot for families to escape the rat race for a day.

TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN RAINFOREST SKYWALK Set in 30 acres of rainforest, this exciting eco-adventure offers a unique view of the rainforest. The 1.5km walk is a combination of forest floor trails and bridges that sour through the upper canopy. The walk is stroller friendly (but there are some steps) and there is also a rainforest eco gallery to learn about the local animals, birds and reptiles.

THE VILLAGE MARKETS thevillagemarkets.co Teeming with products from talented local designers and creators, as well as delicious food trucks and live music, the Village Markets is a great day out for the family and a popular place for locals to hang out. Grab a blanket, sit under the trees and enjoy the good vibes. kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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Event Guide

HO HO HO! CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! TO FILL UP YOUR FESTIVE CALENDAR WE’VE ROUNDED UP THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVENTS HAPPENING ACROSS THE REGION.

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9 DECEMBER LORD MAYOR’S CHRISTMAS CAROLS

25 NOVEMBER LIGHTING THE BRISBANE CITY CHRISTMAS TREE

Bringing together generations of families, friend and community volunteers to celebrate Christmas. facebook.com/LMCCBNE

Join Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Santa and special guests in King George Square to welcome the festive season by illuminating Queensland’s largest solarpowered Christmas tree. Soak up the festive cheer with a host of Christmas carols on the night and a special Christmas performance. brisbane.qld.gov.au

3 DECEMBER NORTH LAKES CHRISTMAS CAROLS With lots of family-friendly entertainment on offer, everyone can get into the spirit of the season while enjoying performances by local community groups and schools. The North Lakes Christmas Carols will feature plenty of free activities and workshops, roving performers and FUN! You can even do some last-minute Christmas gift shopping at the twilight markets. visitmoretonbayregion.com.au

8 – 17 DECEMBER THE ENCHANTED GARDEN Come and explore the magic of the Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland this Christmas. The Enchanted Garden is part of Brisbane's free Christmas program. brisbane.qld.gov.au

8 – 24 DECEMBER GOLD LOTTO CITY HALL LIGHTS This year, Brisbane’s City Hall will light up with an all-new magical light projection show. A must-do for everyone’s Christmas calendar, the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights will run every 15 minutes until midnight. brisbane.qld.gov.au

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9 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS EXPRESS Catch the Christmas spirit with a festive return steam train journey from the Workshops Rail Museum to historic Grandchester station. Trip duration is approximately 2.5 hours. Add museum entry and make a whole day of it! theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au

16-24 DECEMBER BRISBANE CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE

GOLD COAST 2 DECEMBER MAYOR'S CHRISTMAS CAROLS Presented by Mercedes Benz Gold Coast, the free event is hosted by Channel Nine’s Shelley Craft and will boast a bunch of food trucks, a special Smurfs Christmas show for the little ones, and of course an appearance by Santa Claus himself. The main show kicks off at 5pm, with interactive kid’s fun commencing at 2pm, closing with a spectacular fireworks display at 9pm. goldcoast.qld.gov.au/

9 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK, PACIFIC PINES

Brisbane’s favourite family tradition returns, brimming with music and merriment. Comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages. Nightly at 7pm, commences at the Edward Street end of the Queen Street Mall. brisbane.qld.gov.au

Community carols event with rides for the kids, face painting, giant inflatable snow globe, market stalls, food vendors and great entertainment, concluding with fireworks at 8pm. facebook.com/ ChristmasintheParkPacificPines

22 – 23 DECEMBER SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS

10 DECEMBER COOLANGATTA CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Presented in the grandeur of QPAC’s Concert Hall, Spirit of Christmas has become a cherished annual tradition at QPAC. So, gather your friends and family and join us for this magnificent celebration, including traditional carols to singalong to. qpac.com.au

Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols and be entertained as skydiving Santa arrives in style. There will also be activities for the kids and magical Christmas performances for the whole family to enjoy. southerngoldcoast.com.au

13 – 24 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS IN SURFERS PARADISE Roving carollers and colourful performers spread the magic of the season through the streets of Surfers, while merry decorations including summer-themed Santa statues and oversized gifts enhance the festive spirit throughout the precinct. surfersparadise.com kidsonthecoast.com.au • kidsinthecity.com.au


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23 DECEMBER CAROLS ON THE BEACH AT SURFERS PARADISE A stunning line-up of talented local musicians and dancers lead residents in a chorus of traditional Christmas tunes to the accompanying soundtrack of the ocean lapping the shore, culminating in a colourful fireworks finale. surfersparadise.com

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15 – 23 DECEMBER SUNSHINE COAST CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

1-2 DECEMBER CHRISTMAS IN COOROY A free community event that kicks off with Carols and lighting of the tree on Friday night. The main Christmas events held on Saturday afternoon include stacks of entertainment, rides, the Great Santa Race and a Street Parade, followed by live music and fireworks. christmasincooroy.com.au

3 DECEMBER SUNNY COAST BABY AND KIDS CHRISTMAS MARKET A mix of pre-loved items including clothes, toys, books, cots and prams, a stall at Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Market is a great way to clean out your little one’s cupboards and earn some extra cash. You’ll also find beautiful handmade items, made locally.

What's on at Westfield Helensvale 12 November, 9.30-10.30am: Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade 12 November – 24 December: Santa photography 17 November – 9 December: Pet photography every Friday & Saturday 19 & 26 November: Sensory Santa & Shopping Experience 3 December: Community Christmas breakfast 11 – 24 December: Complimentary gift wrapping 18 – 24 December: Shop longer with extended trade

Just head to our website for more Christmas events!

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Every market has a free jumping castle, free facepainting, free bounty bags,and yummy hot food and coffee. sunnycoastbabykidsmarket.com.au

9 DECEMBER CAROLS AT COTTON TREE PARK Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy a wonderful Christmas celebration with entertainment, food and fun at Cotton Tree Park. Also expect a visit from Santa. The evening will finish with a fireworks display. carolsatcottontree.com.au

9 DECEMBER NAMBOUR COMMUNITY CAROLS & TWILIGHT MARKETS Experience the wonderful Twilight Markets, buy a Christmas present, then enjoy a fun-filled concert featuring local artists, a special visit from Santa, and a fabulous fireworks finale! facebook.com/nambourcommunitycarols

10 DECEMBER TEWANTIN CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL A free event with live entertainment, food and drink, rides, carols by candlelight, and fun for everyone. The evening culminates in a fantastic firework display. All are welcome! noosarsl.com.au

Free event with spectacular lights display, animal farm, musical night production at 6.30, 7.15 & 8pm, Christmas story walk through, carols sing-along show, popcorn, fairy floss, balloons, face painting, jumping castles, food court, café and markets for you to enjoy. Open 5.30 – 9pm each night. 186 Wises Road Buderim. lifepointe.org.au

16 DECEMBER COOLUM’S CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK Each year Coolum’s Christmas in the Park gets bigger and brighter, attracting thousands of locals and visitors. Bring your family down for an early dinner and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere singing our favourite traditional Christmas carols. ccfchurch.org.au

16 DECEMBER ANNUAL BOAT PARADE The Annual Boat Parade in Mooloolaba has become a true Christmas tradition for the Coast. Don't miss the fun this year! christmasboatparade.net

16 DECEMBER CAROLS ON KINGS BEACH Enjoy a wonderful Christmas celebration with entertainment, food and fun! Bring a blanket or chair and join in for a night of celebration. There will be entertainment, food stalls, coffee, fireworks and a visit from Santa. carolsonkingsbeach.com.au

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Christmas Gift GUIDE - 2017 -

Triplex cubby house

My Cubby makes the coolest cubbies, here in Brisbane, so you create the perfect layout for your home! These cubbies are built to last and perfect for our QLD conditions. The Triplex Cubby House offers the best of both worlds – a fantastic play house combined with an upper level fort. Installation and interest free terms are available. mycubby.com.au

Hooded Towelling Robes

Back Beach Co Towelling Robes are the perfect gift for any age. Made from 100% cotton towelling complete with a full front zip, hood and pockets. Stay dry and warm - simply "Wear your Towel". With their UPF 50+ sun rating you will be covered and protected. Ideal for around the pool, beach, swimming lessons and holidays. Use code "Coast" to receive 10% off your order. backbeachco.com

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Cottontail Swim Nappies

Featuring a waterproof 100% Polyester PUL outer layer and soft lycra bindings for a secure stretchy fit, the Cottontail swim nappies are made of high-quality swim materials and one size to fit all as your little one grows. A swim nappy will be included as a bonus in each Nappy Service Kit throughout summer, or jump onto the Cottontail website and buy your own for just $15! cottontailservice.com.au

FAIRY GARDEN GIFTS

Create a family fairy garden this Christmas! Nurture the imagination, inspire hearts and create precious memories. Choose from Fairy Kate's hand-picked range of designer fairy garden kits, magical fairy houses and miniature accessories. Products shipped Australia wide and internationally. Afterpay + Zippay. Fast and friendly service with lots of sparkle! Visit us when you're next in Cairns! www.gardensparkle.com.au

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Christmas holidays? Let them explore their imaginations while getting in touch with nature with a beautiful flower crown workshop. Perfect for small groups they will learn how to craft a crown from wild vine and adorn it with seasonal blooms. From $49 a head wild and creative spirit tahlia@wildandbloom.com.au

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BUILD-A-BOUQUET ECO TOY

Create countless floral arrangements with this eco-friendly toy for toddlers. Made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, this Green Toys playset includes 4 bases, 16 stem and leaf pieces and 24 flower pieces. Develop construction skills, colour recognition, fine motor skills and more! $49.99 rainbowfun.com.au

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CHILDREN'S HAIR WAX

Children's Hair Wax that is chemical free, natural, organic and safe for every member of the family from newborns to adults. A gift anyone will enjoy without the guilt or why not spoil yourself. Daddy and Me packages available now. From all corners of the world we are helping families bring a little more style to their everyday life. Who doesn’t want awesome hair without the guilt! www.littlemonkeygrease.com

WOODEN SKITTLES

A super fun, compact indoor game of skill, these Wooden Skittles from Tiger Tribe are hand-made and fun. Based on the traditional game of skittles, each set comes with six character pins (each 10cm high) and two coloured balls. Its the ideal toy to get the whole family involved. RRP $25 evolveperegianbeach.com.au

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SHAPEEZE ACTIVITY KITS

The best gifts to give pre-schoolers this year are screen-free! Shapeeze activity kits feature pre-cut shapes and simple designs, which help fine motor skills, increase colour, shape and letter recognition. Activities can be completed without supervision, boosting independence and a real sense of achievement. Oh… and kids LOVE THEM! Use code: KIDS15 for 15% discount online: shapeeze.com.au/shop

SmarTFOLD™ Smartrike®

The new smart solution trike from the best-selling baby and toddler brand is fully foldable (down to 85% less than the original size), portable and compact enough to fit into small spaces. Designed to grow with your child from 9 months to 3 years, the SmarTfold™ from Smartrike® is the perfect travel accessory. From $199.99 Available at Target, Big W, Toys R Us and Baby Bunting

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[RECIPE]

Melted Snowmen

CHRISTMAS IS A GREAT TIME TO GET IN THE KITCHEN WITH THE KIDS AND MAKE SOMETHING NEW. THESE SUPER-CUTE MELTED SNOWMEN ARE SIMPLE TO MAKE, AND KIDS WILL LOVE THEM!

Number of serves: 8 Prep time: 30 minutes Setting time: 2 hours

INGREDIENTS: • 2 x 85g packets Aeroplane Original Berry Blue Jelly • 1 egg white* • 1½ cups icing sugar • 8 marshmallows • Assorted cake decorations (for making snowmen faces)

METHOD: Make the Aeroplane Original Berry Blue Jelly to the pack instructions, and pour it into eight shallow bowls. Place the bowls of jelly in the refrigerator to set. Mix the egg white* with the icing sugar to form pliable icing. Create 8 palm-sized, thin flat shapes from the icing, then cover each marshmallow with a piece of icing. Decorate the snowmen and place them onto the berry blue jelly. And serve! *Disclaimer/caution: please note this recipe contains raw egg. If you feel uncomfortable giving your children raw egg (due to the risk of contamination), try replacing icing mixture with ready-made mouldable icing. 38

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Tweenage Magic WHEN JANE HARBISON, MOTHER, BUSINESSWOMEN AND FOUNDER OF DREAMING BIG FOR LITTLE GIRLS, RAN A POLL ASKING PARENTS WHAT THEY WANTED MOST FOR THEIR CHILDREN, ‘HAPPINESS’, WAS THE OVERWHELMING RESPONSE. FROM THIS DISCOVERY, JANE SET OUT TO CREATE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HELP YOUNG GIRLS TO DISCOVER WHAT REALLY MAKES THEM HAPPY. WE SPOKE TO JANE TO FIND OUT MORE. What inspired you to start the ‘Make my Bedroom Mine’ workshops? It came from a combination of things. I am Deputy Chair on a girl’s school board and I sit on stage each year watching the girls graduate hoping they are going into the world with an idea of what they love doing and confidently do something with it. The other comes from having an about face in my own career, going from an accountant to a creative, and loving the move. So, the Dreaming Big for Little Girls workshop, ‘Make my bedroom Mine’ is a small introduction into identifying what makes you happy using creativity.

are starting to develop their own style, so the workshop is a unique, fun way for the girls to express themselves and explore what makes them happy and feel safe. You partnered with award-winning designer, Virginia Bishop for the project. What depth does that bring to the workshops?

Can you briefly describe the workshops?

Virginia balances guidance and freedom perfectly in the workshop. While sharing the technicalities of what makes a room ‘feel’ right she allows the girls to create something that is just right for them. Two girls can have the same feeling word and the same favourite colour but create two completely different mood boards.

It is an interior design workshop for girls 10-15 years old, where the girls create a mood board for their bedroom using our 10 principles of good design. This is an age when they

We aim to create an environment that is safe for the girls to develop a sense of self-expression and the diversity created is testament to that.

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Why do you feel it is important for kids to understand what makes them happy before they reach teenage years? When you are happy you are capable of contributing effectively to the world around you. Teenage years can be a difficult time as you navigate who you are and where you fit. Having visual cues to your happiness can, in a small way, equip you to dealing with some of those difficult times when they arrive. How does interior design help with that journey of self-discovery? Interior designers and architects say that space has a very real impact on how we feel, and neuroscientists and psychologists are not far behind with research that supports it. They discuss the way aesthetics affect our decisions, emotional responses and the way we feel about ourselves. We believe that whether we are consciously aware or not, our environment has a profound effect on our state of mind. We like to work with the girls to shape that affect and to make the space authentically theirs. This is why we start the process well before they arrive, by asking them how they want to feel in their room. The workshops are targeted at tween girls. Do you feel this is a particularly important age for this experience? We have found that as they reach 10 years old they desire to insert their own stamp on their space. Interestingly, recent social research indicates that tweenies respond to things more so than engaging with people, so having a bedroom full of things that they love is positive. Older than 15 their interests lie more importantly in human interactions, although I think the aesthetics of space plays an important role in our wellbeing regardless of age.

“IT MAKES US SO HAPPY THAT THEY ARE CREATING THEIR OWN SPACE TO FEEL COMFORTABLE IN. THANKS TO BOTH VIRGINIA AND JANE FOR THE INSPIRATION AND CONFIDENCE THEY HAVE GIVEN THE GIRLS ABOUT INTERIOR DESIGN,” – Brioney Kirby.

How will this help them as they grow up? I believe it is important to love what you do. If you do what you love, you will stick with it. If you stick with it you will get good at it. If you get good at it, people will reward you for it. I recently asked a career officer at QUT (Queensland University of Technology) if loving what you do was enough for a successful career. She said yes, as long as it leverages your character strengths (the things you are naturally good at). It is one of the reasons I encourage everyone that is interested in our workshops to find out what theirs are.

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Books

Movies For the December school holidays, families can save with the Cinebuzz discounted Family Pass available for a great range of family films at Event Cinemas. Membership is free to join. Join now at eventcinemas.com.au

PADDINGTON 2 (CTC)

In cinemas December 21, 2017 Paddington, now happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community, picks up a series of odd jobs to buy the perfect present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday – a unique pop-up book he discovered Mr Gruber’s antique shop. But when the book is stolen, it is up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief and recover the book. See a special advance charity screening of Paddington 2 at BCC and Event Cinemas on Sunday 3rd of December at 11am. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital Foundations Australia. Tickets are on sale now at eventcinemas.com.au

THE NAUGHTIEST REINDEER TAKES A BOW

By Nicki Greenberg. RRP $19.99 While all the other reindeer are sleeping, Ruby sneaks off with the present-laden sleigh in an attempt to get a headstart on the Christmas deliveries. So, when she crash-lands at George and Amelia's house, she abandons the presents to join them in the school concert. What could possibly go wrong? And what will Santa do when he discovers his sleigh (and all the presents) are missing? Will he be able to save Christmas? Ruby the reindeer makes Christmas Eve more entertaining than ever before! For ages 3-6.

KOALAS EATS GUM LEAVES

By Laura and Philip Bunting. RRP $16.99 Koalas eat gum leaves. Everyone knows that. But this is the story of a koala who's had enough of his monotonous diet and goes in search of some tastier tucker. And he's about to make a discovery that changes everything. This humorous new book from Sunshine Coast-based husband-and-wife team Laura and Philip Bunting is a cautionary tale about the perils of having too much of a good thing.

In cinemas Boxing Day 2017 Coco follows the secret musical ambitions of 12-year-old Miguel, who comes from a family of shoemakers. For generations, his family has banned music because they believe they’ve been cursed by it. But Miguel harbours a secret desire to seize his musical moment, inspired by his favourite singer of all time, the late Ernesto de la Cruz. It’s only after Miguel discovers an amazing link between himself and De la Cruz that he takes action to emulate the famous singer and, in doing so, accidentally enters the Land of the Dead.

WHY CAN’T I BE A DINOSAUR?

By Kylie Westaway; illustrated by Tom Jellett. RRP $24.99 Mum, Dad and baby Riley are all busy getting ready for Aunt Daisy's wedding and no one has time to listen to Nellie. But Nellie can't wear her flower girl dress today. Today, she's a dinosaur. Luckily Nellie might just have a brilliant idea... Why Can't I be a Dinosaur? is a warm, funny read-aloud story about determination and ingenuity, and a wedding with a difference. For ages 3-6.

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THINKROLLS: KINGS & QUEENS

$5.99 The latest edition in the Thinkrolls series, Thinkrolls Kings & Queens is an epic adventure of logic, physics and fun! With castles, dragons, simple machines and enchanting spells, kids think their way through 228 brilliant puzzles that sharpen their memory and problemsolving skills. Collect gems to unlock costumes and customise your Thinkroll character along the way. For ages 5-8; levels get progressively harder.

FERDINAND (CTC)

In cinemas Thursday 14th December 2017 Ferdinand, is a giant bull with a big heart and gentle soul. Life is good until one day, he is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home and family. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team for the ultimate adventure. Set in Spain, Ferdinand proves you can't judge a bull by its cover.

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An enchanting ballet experience for children aged three and up

16 – 20 JANUARY I BRISBANE POWERHOUSE

The Storytime Ballet series is generously supported by The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation and Gandel Philanthropy.

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Summer is set at QPAC QPAC’s family summer holiday entertainment program, SummerSet, arrives in December with a host of shows to ignite the imaginations of children and adults alike, creating unforgettable experiences for young theatre goers.

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Emily Brown and the Thing 12 – 23 December 2017

AGES 3+

This unique adaptation of the much-loved book by Cressida Cowell (author of How to Train Your Dragon) and Neal Layton is wonderfully told with original music, beautiful puppetry, physical storytelling and lots of comedy.

The 78-Storey Treehouse 13 – 23 December 2017

AGES 6+

After a sell-out season of The 13-Storey Treehouse in April 2017, the official world premiere of The 78-Storey Treehouse comes to QPAC in the NEWEST, BIGGEST, BRIGHTEST blockbuster in the series.

The Funatorium: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 3 – 13 January 2018

AGES 5+

Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this hilarious cabaret for kids is packed with catchy tunes, acrobatics and all your favourite characters.

Brainiac Live! 9 – 13 January 2018

AGES 7+

Strap on your safety goggles for a ride through the weird and wild world of science as Brainiac Live! lands at QPAC. This messy, loud, all action live show is set to bust science myths and blow your minds.

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