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Welcome to the winter 2024 edition of Peninsula Kids magazine.

I don’t want to jinx us, but the end of autumn was pretty generous in the sunshine and temperature department! Hopefully that is a promising sign for the months ahead.

Whatever the weather may bring, let us not forget the importance of changing things up. Don’t get me wrong, during the grey days and long nights who doesn’t love being cozy at home on the sofa binging Yellowstone? I love it as much as the next person, but the peninsula is as beautiful and brimming with adventures in the winter as it is in the summer if you give it a chance.

Get the kids out of their caves. Go outside. Breathe in fresh air. Try something new. Keep going.

And remember, where there is ash, there once was fire.

If you do find yourself inside on a rainy day with the kids, why not flip to page 67 for the winter edition colouring comp. The winning entry will receive a Super Pass (family of 4) valued at $99.

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Congratulations to our colouring competition winners from the autumn edition of the mag. Inan, Leyla, and Riley have each won a return family foot passenger ticket aboard Searoad Ferries! Thanks to Searoad Ferries for sponsoring this giveaway.

PS: Don’t miss out on some other great giveaways featured on our Things We Love pages 16-17.

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8 Introducing Mindfulness to Children

In our fast-paced world, the serenity of mindfulness is an oftenoverlooked sanctuary. Amidst the rigours of schooling and societal pressures, this becomes even more critical for children. As parents and guardians, it is within our power to equip our young ones with the tools of mindfulness, not only as a practice but as a lifestyle.

10 The Importance of Career Development for Kids and Teens

Career development isn't just a concern for adults..navigating the job market—it's a lifelong journey of discovery that begins in childhood. Cultivating a supportive environment that fosters career exploration, skill development, and self-discovery empowers our kids and teens (children) to chart their paths with confidence and purpose, shaping their journey of self-discovery for personal and professional growth.

12 So..You’re Not a Fan of Your Son’s Girlfriend?

Most adults can comfortably get on with people who are not their friends as some people will always remain just colleagues or acquaintances. But what if the person you don't get along with is your son's girlfriend?

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Contents Spotlight
6 Peninsula Kids – Winter 2024 Contents In this Issue 16 Things We Love 28 Book Reviews 38 Days to Celebrate 41 The Scoop 63 Lil Bites 67 41 REGULAR CONTRIBUTORS LINDA MARTINUCCI Pg52 Cover DANIELLE BUSUTTIL YVETTE O’DOWD SouthernNaturalParentingNetwork Pg39 KIM NORTON Pg10 14 52 26 60 Special thanks go to the gorgeous and talented group of contributors who breathe life into every issue by sharing their best with us. 56 Local 14 What Are Girl Guides All About? 15 Local Author Spotlight – Jane Ting Education 18 School Refusal 23 How to Help Them Put Down Screens and Pick Up Reading 26 Numbers Do Not Add Up for Maths Homework 30 Focus on Education Pregnancy & Baby 39 Losing Your Milk Supply – Busting the Myths Recipes 52 ‘Simply Swap Foods’ Recipes by Linda Martinucci Health 56 Codral Cold and Flu Forecast 58 Ask the Experts 60 Nurturing Healthy Skin Through Winter


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n our fast-paced world, the serenity of mindfulness is an often-overlooked sanctuary. Amidst the rigours of schooling and societal pressures, this becomes even more critical for children. As parents and guardians, it is within our power to equip our young ones with the tools of mindfulness, not only as a practice but as a lifestyle.

Five easy methods for parents to introduce mindfulness to children.

1: Lead by example

Mindfulness begins with you. Children are astute observers and imitators of adult behavior. When you integrate mindfulness into your daily routine—be it through meditation, mindful eating, or simply observing a moment of silence-you provide a living example for your children to model. Let them see you relishing the quietness of the morning, stepping outside to listen to nature, or taking deep breaths when stressed. This visible practice encourages children to mirror these behaviors and to recognize them as natural components of everyday life.

3: Mindful breathing exercises

Breathing is the essence of mindfulness, serving as an anchor to the present moment. Introduce your children to the concept of mindful breathing with simple exercises. Encourage them to take slow, deep breaths, focusing on the rise and fall of their chest or the sensation of air passing through their nostrils. Make it engaging by having them blow bubbles with each exhalation or using a pinwheel. This not only makes the exercise fun but provides a visual cue to the depth and steadiness of their breath.

2: Sensory exploration

Children are naturally inclined to explore the world through their senses. Use this curiosity to cultivate mindfulness. Engage them in sensory walks where they can notice and articulate the sounds they hear, the colors they see, and the textures they feel. This practice not only enhances their sensory awareness but grounds them in the present. Doing so fosters a deeper connection to their environment and the present moment.

5: Mindful storytelling and games

Stories and games are vehicles of learning. They can be powerful tools for teaching mindfulness. Use storytime to introduce concepts such as kindness, gratitude, and awareness. Select books that capture these themes or create stories together, discussing the feelings and sensations of characters. Incorporate games that require attention and focus, such as 'Simon Says' with a mindful twist. This encourages children to pay attention to their actions and the instructions given.

4: Establishing a 'Mindful Moment' routine

Consistency is key in nurturing a habit. Establish a routine that includes a 'mindful moment' during the day. This could be a brief period where the family gathers to practice silence, shares something they are grateful for, or discusses their emotions and thoughts. This daily practice reinforces the importance of mindfulness and provides a regular and safe space for children to practice selfawareness and reflection.


Mindfulness is not merely an exercise; it is a way of being—a gentle, yet profound approach to life. When instilled in children, this can blossom into a lifelong capacity for self-awareness, compassion, and inner peace. Teaching children about mindfulness is achievable and can be very enjoyable for them and for you. Parents can seamlessly introduce their children to the practice of mindfulness through leading by example, engaging in breathing exercises, exploring the senses, weaving mindfulness into storytelling and games, and establishing a 'mindful moment' routine, As the world evolves, our children will face novel challenges and choices. Mindfulness equips them with the resilience and clarity to navigate their path with confidence and serenity. As we teach them subjects like maths and science, let us also teach them the art of mindful living. In doing so, we gift them not just a skill but an inner sanctuary for life.

Jacqueline Yeats is the Founder of Mindful & Co Kids, and a Psychotherapist specialising in Mindfulness as an early intervention for stress disorders. Inspired by her research in this area, Jacqueline created a range of fun and educational games to raise awareness of the myriad of benefits to promoting mindfulness and yoga for children.

Originating in Australia, Mindful & Co Kids specialises in enhancing the mental and emotional well-being of children. Renowned for its Oprah-endorsed products, the brand is at the forefront of innovative emotional health solutions. Most recently, Mindful & Co has teamed up with Sesame to revolutionise children’s mental health, releasing the “Mindful Moments with Sesame Street” Floor Puzzle, a a playful tool designed to foster mindfulness and emotional well-being in children that features the beloved Sesame Street characters. Find out more at: 9

the Importance of for Kids and Teens

areer development isn't just a concern for adults navigating the job market—it's a lifelong journey of discovery that begins in childhood. Cultivating a supportive environment that fosters career exploration, skill development, and self-discovery empowers our kids and teens (children) to chart their paths with confidence and purpose, shaping their journey of self-discovery for personal and professional growth.

Early Exploration and Discovery

Dynamic and unique to the individual, career is a lifestyle concept that can be affected by a multitude of influences including disability/ability, economic status, family and peers, the media and self-concept. As such, career counselling as a part of career development begins with early exploration and discovery, providing opportunities for young minds to uncover their interests, talents, and passions whilst identifying any barriers in their pursuit.

Career counsellors encourage children to explore a wide range of career possibilities, from traditional professions to emerging fields. Through guided discussions and interactive exercises, career counsellors help children connect their interests and skills to potential career paths, laying the foundation for informed decision-making and future exploration.

Skill Development and Further Exploration

Understanding children's strengths and abilities is essential for guiding them toward careers that align with their natural talents and aptitudes. Career counsellors use assessments and inventories to identify children's strengths, personality traits, learning styles, and influences providing valuable insights into their unique abilities and preferences.

Beyond academic achievement, career development evolves from childhood to adolescence encompassing the acquisition of essential skills that are applicable across all areas of their lives. Skills such as communication, problem-solving, the ability to navigate transitions, time management and emotional intelligence can be learnt through career development providing the building blocks for career success and general wellbeing.

Setting Realistic Goals and Expectations

As children start to explore their career options, it is essential to help them set realistic goals and expectations based on their interests, abilities, and aspirations, with allowances made for identified limitations and barriers. Career counsellors will then work with our older children to develop a clear understanding of their long-term career goals and the steps needed to achieve them.

Through goal-setting exercises, action plans, and timelines, counsellors help children break down their aspirations into manageable steps, empowering them to take ownership of their future paths. By instilling a sense of purpose and direction, career counselling equips children with the confidence and resilience to overcome obstacles and pursue their dreams with determination.

Mentorship and Guidance

Guidance from mentors and role models plays a pivotal role in shaping children's career aspirations and mental well-being. Whether it is a family member, teacher, or community leader, having someone to provide support, advice, and encouragement can make a profound difference in a child's life.

Through one-on-one counselling sessions, group workshops, and mentoring programs, counsellors offer a safe space for children to express their aspirations, fears, and uncertainties. By offering reassurance, perspective, and practical advice, counsellors help our kids and teens navigate the challenges of career exploration with confidence and resilience.

Fostering a Growth Mindset

Encouraging a growth mindset—a belief that abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—lays the groundwork for resilience and perseverance in the face of challenges. When children understand that intelligence and talent are not fixed traits but qualities that can be nurtured over time, they are more inclined to embrace new experiences and persist in the pursuit of their goals.

Career development for children involves cultivating this mindset by praising effort, providing constructive feedback, and reframing failures as learning opportunities. By instilling a sense of resilience

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and optimism, counsellors, parents, educators, and mentors empower children to navigate setbacks with grace and determination, essential skills for success in any career path and life in general.

Encouraging Lifelong Learning and Adaptability

In today's rapidly evolving job market, adaptability and lifelong learning are essential skills for success. Career counselling emphasises the importance of continuous learning, adaptability, and resilience in the face of change.

By promoting curiosity, critical thinking, and a growth mindset, career counsellors encourage children to embrace new challenges, explore emerging trends, and pursue opportunities for personal and professional growth. By instilling a love of learning early on, career counselling equips children with the tools and mindset they need to successfully navigate the uncertainties of the future.

Career development activities empower young minds to explore their interests, discover their strengths, and pursue their passions with purpose and determination. By providing opportunities for exploration and discovery, skill development, and realistic goal setting in childhood, career counsellors play a vital role in providing the foundational support needed for our children to foster a growth mindset and successfully adapt to, and manage, their ever-changing world through adolescence and into adulthood.

Kim is a Career Development Practitioner and Counsellor working with people of all abilities and ages under the NDIS and in private practice. Kim provides a unique, intuitive, and individualised approach through individual, small group, and family counselling sessions online, on-site and from her studio in Langwarrin. For more information; 11


Everyone has their own unique set of quirks, personalities, interests, hobbies and values, so it's not possible for you to be friends with everyone you meet. Most adults can comfortably get on with people who are not their friends as some people will always remain just colleagues or acquaintances. But what if the person you don't get along with is your son's girlfriend?

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Why do you dislike your son's girlfriend? This is the first thing you need to figure out and do a bit of soul searching. Understanding your reason behind it will help you determine what the next step is to build a better connection with her.

That's a tricky one, isn't it? Ideally you should get along with your son's girlfriend, who could after all one day become your daughter-in-law. It's not always the case, but it's a good idea to maintain the relationship regardless of how you feel towards her.

Here are some steps parents can take to have a better relationship with their son's girlfriend (or daughter's boyfriend.)

Sometimes we just don't click with certain people, and you might wonder incredulously what your son sees in her, but be aware of overstepping boundaries because even though he is your son, he's now an adult and it's a different relationship to when he was a child. The dynamic of a parent and adult-child relationship is very different, you need to let that umbilical cord out. Controlling your adult children's choices can inhibit their resilience, development and growth if they are not able to experience life's challenges for themselves and make their own life choices.

Also consider the possibility that what you don't like in your son's girlfriend is something that needs to be healed within you that is being reflected back at you. For example, should you find her disrespectful then maybe look closely at how much respect you are giving yourself. Be fair to his girlfriend and make sure you've had a proper conversation with her. Many people often find that having an authentic chat improves their perception of the other person.



If one of the things that you have against your son's girlfriend is that you think she's not good enough, you must be on your guard because you could be compromising the boundaries between you and your son.

An enmeshed family dynamic is when family relationships lack boundaries and parents can inhibit their children from becoming emotionally independent. Enmeshment is a dysfunctional family dynamic that tends to span across generations because we tend to create the family dynamics that we grew up with because they're familiar to us and we feel safe.

As much as families should be close, we also need boundaries in our families to create both physical and emotional space that's reflective of respect for everyone's feelings and needs.



Abuse can present in many forms, not just physical abuse or sexual abuse. We often think of abuse in relationships as males abusing females but the opposite can occur as well. It can take the form of emotional, verbal or even financial abuse, and it can be extremely subtle.

Witnessing someone with a controlling partner can be difficult for all concerned. Let your son know that you're there for him. Don't judge or criticise him. Toxic relationships are imbalanced. One person dominates and the other accommodates. This is very common in situations where a person may be exhibiting coercive control in a very sinister yet subtle way which is often not noticeable to others.

Parents have an innate ability to see through coercive behaviour and the damage it inflicts before others recognise what is happening. People that engage in coercive behaviour use this to their advantage to slowly isolate their partner, especially from his family. Rather than look for ways to bring the family together, they often actively undermine their partner's family relationships isolating their partner from them.

However, realise that we cannot make somebody see what they don't want to see. You cannot force him to leave his relationship. However, you can be there to support him by listening to him, and when he's ready, help him to access help.



If you've had a proper conversation with your son's partner surely you must have found at least one thing that you find interesting about her. Use that as your stepping stone towards bonding with her. Having something in common will likely improve your opinion of her, as well as your relationship with her.



Communication in relationships is important and you are certainly encouraged to speak to your son about your feelings towards his girlfriend. Before you have that conversation with him, gather your thoughts properly and find the right time and words to talk to him. Have that conversation with him calmly, and just once. More than once is unnecessary. Remember you are purely a guide and it should ultimately be your son's decision as it is his life.

It's not a good idea to issue an ultimatum making your son choose between his girlfriend and you. Ultimatums create unnecessary stress and potential divide within families forcing your son or daughter to make a choice. Remember you could stand to lose your child in the process. It's much better to communicate openly and authentically and share your concerns—once. Part of maintaining your relationship with your son or daughter could be knowing when to drop the discussion. Agree to disagree.



Ideally you would get along with your son's partner and you certainly don't ever want to be known as the mother-in-law from hell! As adults, we can all take steps towards being polite and interested in each other, even if we are not destined to be best friends. Relationships can still prosper if everyone observes boundaries and remains committed to the person in common, which is your son.

Ultimately, working on the relationship you have with yourself and empowering those relationships you have with your children and their partners with open authentic conversations can lead to growth for all concerned as boundaries are clearly communicated, with no one's needs being sidelined.

Elizabeth Jane is an Australian artist, author and public speaker. She uses a selection of painting media in her art, including acrylic oil and water colour. Digital and canvas versions of her art are available for purchase through her website. Jane's debut book, 'Free and First—Unlocking Your Ultimate Life', was written as part of her healing process following her divorce, which ended a 25-year marriage. Jane aims to develop wellness centres and healing sanctuaries focused on helping people to recover from relationship breakdowns and other life issues. 13


On Monday afternoons at 4 pm you will find a group of 7–11-year-old girls from surrounding schools, gathering in their uniforms at the Girl Guide Hut in Mt Eliza. Laughter and energy abound as they begin another night at ‘Guides’.

As part of the worldwide organisation of Girl Guides, this unit of Koala Guides in Mt Eliza is a vibrant group of girls and leaders who engage in and deliver a program of activities which are wide ranging, challenging and fun. Designed to allow girls to challenge themselves in activities which are sometimes physical, social, and emotional, the special all - girl environment allows the guides to thrive! Girl Guides present opportunities to spend time with like-minded peers, to be silly, try different things, spread their wings, learn to take positive risks, and reap rewards and grow and prepare for life!

Activities are as broad as the horizon and include outdoor and indoor camping, games, cooking, craft, service activities for the community, leadership, badge work, bushcraft, drama, patrol time, and World Guiding; all of which help the girls make new friends, have fun, and develop life skills. Many of the activities stem from suggestions or interests of the girls or emanate from their interest badge work.

Girls work in different ways at Guides as badge work provides scope for personal endeavour, growth, creativity, and self-esteem is fostered. As a whole group they can work on unit activities such as preparing for a camp, making a challenge course, having a waterslide night, joining in a science experiment, attending an ANZAC service or sausage sizzle fundraiser day. Other times, they work in smaller groups, called patrols, on things such as preparing a menu for a Patrol Master Chef Outdoor Cooking Challenge or an International Night Patrol presentation.

All Guides are also encouraged to work on individual challenges and presentations in areas of interest to them. They devise a challenge to undertake – something which will extend them and need a little time and effort to accomplish. Once completed, they present their efforts to the group. Some highlights have been solar systems created from foam balls, skateboard skills, yummy treats as part of a cooking challenge, flower pressing, and wooden flagpole stand making.

All these activities, when achieved, earn the Guides badges which they wear on their uniform, with pride, which is always evident.

Life skills abound as part of the Girl Guides structure. Independence, responsibility, achievement, cooperation, understanding, care and appreciation for the environment, community spirit, pride, resilience, and courage progress naturally, and the chance to lead their small patrol group allows girls to develop leadership and communication skills.

As Guides is a worldwide community, there is also the opportunity to participate with other units on the Mornington Peninsula and across Victoria to foster an understanding of world guiding. State camps, Region camps, and special days in the Guiding calendar are times of getting together in a wider capacity.

The Mt Eliza Guides like to “have fun and get grubby” but also maintain many of the traditional elements of Guiding such as the opening and closing ceremonies each week, enrolment ceremonies, and Colour Party procedures. They love getting out of the hut and exploring. From local beaches to parks, Christmas carols to community services, outdoor adventures to big sleepovers and camps, these Guides see a lot, and do a lot more.

Super creative, caring leaders bring experience and everyday tasks to the forefront at Guides. Ask your child, can they change a light bulb, hammer a nail, or tie a knot? What about sewing a button, writing formal invitations, and setting tables?

The goal of Girl Guides is to shape youth into caring, capable, funloving women who have initiative, tolerance, resilience, and a desire to be the best they can, coupled with a healthy amount of not taking themselves and life too seriously.

Come and join the Girl Guides! Contact Heather Runting on 0414 881 545.


Jane Ting

Jane Ting is a Mornington Peninsula mum of three, author of the children’s picture book series, Zac’s Happy Planet, and a sustainability advocate.

Jane initially studied Education at University in the UK as well as teaching students as a lecturer at York College. Jane had an entrepreneurial drive at an early age, opening her own hair and beauty salon at nineteen.

Jane’s career headed to London, where she worked on amazing projects, in West End Theatre productions, T.V. and Movies. One of those movies was, ‘Love Actually’ as Keira Knightley’s hair and make-up artist.

Jane always had a yearning to travel and, after deciding to leave London, she embarked on a career in Super Yachting where she worked with A-list celebrities and some of the world's leading business figures.

Travelling around the globe many times gave her exposure to remote and interesting parts of the world. Whilst witnessing what was happening to the environment, she instantly knew she wanted to dedicate herself to making a change and channelled her beliefs and sustainable knowledge into relatable children's picture books. Jane always enjoyed creating poems for friends’ birthdays, weddings, parties, and retirements, which led her to study creative writing.

Recently launched, ‘Beach Clean-up Adventure,’ is the third book in Zac’s Happy Planet series. This book encourages children to immerse themselves in the outdoors, with a realistic storyline that connects with kindness, courage, teamwork and sharing that every child can relate to.

“Inspired by my children and their friends collecting microplastics, nurdles (small lentil-sized pieces of plastic) and beach waste, I was so impressed by the children's dedication, particularly having competitions to see who could collect the most nurdles! This enthusiasm flows through to parents becoming more involved in environmental issues,” Jane adds.

A friend mentioned to Jane, “I never would have known about nurdles or micro-plastic if you hadn’t been collecting them. Now I can’t stop looking for them.” Hearing this had an amazing impact on her.

Jane explains, “My passion is driven by aspiring to make a difference for children; my children’s generation and the generations that follow. I am reminded daily of my aim which continually delivers me the motivation to help create positive changes in the world.”

Jane loved becoming a Mum and has spent many wonderful evenings snuggled up reading to her three boys. Jane believes that fostering an awareness of environmental topics from an early age is crucial to the health of our planet.

Her first book, ‘Soft Plastic to Things Fantastic,’ touches on caring, kindness and teamwork across all ages. Zac, the main character, is on the lookout to make our world a better place by introducing to his grandparents ways of recycling which have far-reaching impacts.

At the end of last year, ‘Plastic Bottle, How Can You Change?’ was released. Zac and his friends demonstrated to their teacher in a class presentation some alternative, sustainable, options that can replace plastic bottles. The characters sing a catchy song, that children sing along to, spreading the word about pioneering ideas like plant-based edible packaging.

“Allyson Terrill is the talented illustrator for Zac’s Happy Planet books,” says Jane. “After we became friends at our children’s preschool, this friendship naturally evolved into a working relationship.”

“I love working with Allyson; we articulate the story alongside each other, caring deeply for the outcome. The vibrant illustrations, which are beautifully detailed with such artistic precision, are the result. I feel so lucky to have met Allyson; it's such a pleasure working together. These entertaining stories are all about the messages delivered within the narrative alongside the stunning illustrations.”

Bringing a sustainable touch to celebrations throughout the year saw Jane showcase her Christmas ideas last year on National TV with the Studio 10 program.

Jane is involved in various projects, general talks and working with children in schools, whether it’s discussing the book publishing process, environmental topics, reading or fundraising.

Jane adds, “I am very passionate about raising awareness through literature and how we can all try and educate ourselves and our children to start making small steps. Zac’s Happy Planet is an exceptional series that all children should be introduced to. I am very excited to share more titles in Zac’s Happy Planet and these will adventures to follow shortly.”

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Glow Dreaming

While we love these wintery months for snuggles and getting cosy, many of us are still struggling with the bedtime blues. For families familiar with the challenges of sleep deprivation and fatigue, the Glow Sleep Easy is an appenabled device with a unique combination of Red LED Light Therapy, Pink Noise, Humidifier, and Aromatherapy, designed to help create a tranquil sleeping environment, supporting parents in promoting healthy sleep patterns for their children (and to get some extra shut eye themselves).

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Maggi 2-Minute Vegemite Flavoured Noodles

Iconic pantry faves, Maggi and Vegemite, have joined forces to create Maggi 2-Minute Vegemite Flavoured Noodles… a bowl of noodles so Aussie, even celebrity chef and childhood TV icon Iain ‘Huey’ Hewitson has given it the tick of approval!

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Little Stackers

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The Listies: Make Some Noise at FAC

Step right up in the winter school holidays for an insane mixed tape of silly songs, stupid sketches and crazy clowning. For over a decade the award winning Listies have toured the world doing shows for literally gazillions of kidults - that’s kids and their adults. Now it’s your turn! It’s a party for your ears and both of them are invited! Hilarious, fabulous fun for the whole family!

Some sudden loud noises. Recommended for ages 4-400 million (dinosaurs allowed)

Friday, 05 July 2024 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM | 60 minutes, no interval

RRP: Family (4 tickets) $100.00

Marble Rush Game Zone

Children can challenge family and friends to some red vs blue head-to-head gaming action with the Marble Rush Game Zone! This exciting colour-coded play set features all the pieces children need to create a Marble Rush play set ready for multiplayer gaming. The two marble catapults allow players to launch marbles and hone their targeting skills. With 12 marbles included and62 building pieces to assemble, there is plenty of fun to be had. Marble Rush Game Zone features a double-sided game mat and six tokens for the four fun games to play! The set includes easy-to-follow assembly instructions and is compatible with other Marble Rush items. For children from 4+ years, Marble Rush Game Zone is available now at Big W, good toy stores and online retailers.

Keen to put these flavours to the test? Maggi 2-Minute Vegemite Flavoured Noodles are available in select Coles stores from May 1st 2024 for a limited time only.

RRP: $5.00

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Sesame St Floor Puzzle

Australian brand, Mindful & Co, has teamed up with Sesame Street, to introduce a “Mindful Moments with Sesame Street Floor puzzle”, designed to cultivate mindfulness, enhance emotional well-being, encourage problemsolving, and a host of critical life skills in children. Featuring Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, and other favourite characters from Sesame Street, the floor puzzle was developed by Jacqueline Yeats, whose products have already captured the attention of Oprah Winfrey on two separate occasions.

RRP: $49.95

Care Bears Sequin Jacket & Dress

The Care Bears have just released an outfit for your child to embrace their imagination through sequins and sparkles. Perfect for parties, playdates and precious moments - this outfit will have your little one standing out from the crowd.

Care Bears Kids Sequin Tulle Dress

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School refusal is when children get extremely upset at the idea of going to school and often miss some or all of the school day. This distress doesn’t go away.

School refusal can mean that children have trouble going to school or trouble leaving home, so they might not go to school at all. Children who refuse to go to school usually spend the day at home with their parents’ knowledge, even though their parents try hard to get them to go.

School refusal is not a formal psychiatric diagnosis. It’s a name for an emotional problem.


If your child refuses to go to school, you might feel that school nights and mornings are a ‘battle of wills’.

Your child might:

 Cry, throw tantrums, yell or scream

 Hide or lock themselves in their room

 Refuse to move

 Beg or plead not to go

 Complain of aches, pains and illness before school, which generally get better if you let your child stay at home

 Show high levels of anxiety

 Have trouble sleeping

 Threaten to hurt themselves.

School refusal can be an issue for children in both primary and secondary school, but it’s more common in children aged 5-6 years and 10-11 years.

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The best way to get your child back to school is by working as a team with your child’s school. It’s a good idea to start by talking with your child’s classroom teacher, home-room teacher or year coordinator.

Here are things you could cover:

Explain what’s going on for your child and why your child is refusing to go to school – for example, bullying, learning difficulties, mental health problems and so on.

If your child is experiencing bullying, talk about how this is affecting your child. You could ask the school about their strategies to manage and prevent bullying.

Ask whether other support staff can help your child. These staff might include the student welfare coordinator, school psychologist or counsellor. Ask whether you can have regular updates on your child’s progress and support needs.

If your child has a learning difficulty that makes it hard for them to enjoy learning, ask what support the school can offer.

If your child needs ongoing support to stay engaged in school, ask the school about forming an attendance student support group. This group can work with you to find the best ways to support your child’s attendance.

Talk with the school about a gradual start back at school for your child. For example, your child might be able to start with a shorter school day or with their favourite subjects and build up from there.

Children have the right to learn and develop in safe and healthy school environments. If school refusal is related to school-age bullying or teenage bullying, it’s always best to work with the school on the problem.


Here are practical things you can do at home to encourage your child to go to school.

When you’re talking to your child:

Show your child that you understand. For example, you could say, ‘I can see you’re worried about going to school. I know it’s hard, but it’s good for you to go. Your teacher and I will help you’.

Use clear, calm statements that let your child know you expect them to go to school. Say ‘when’ rather than ‘if’. For example, you can say, ‘When you’re at school tomorrow...’ instead of ‘If you make it to school tomorrow...’.

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Show that you believe your child can go to school by saying positive and encouraging things. For example, ‘You’re showing how brave you are by going to school’. This will build your child’s self-confidence.

Use direct statements that don’t give your child the chance to say ‘No!’

For example, ‘It’s time to get out of bed’ or ‘Jo, please get up and into the shower’.


Stay calm. If your child sees that you’re worried, stressed or frustrated, it can make your child’s anxiety worse.

Plan for a calm start to the day by having morning and evening routines. For example, get uniforms, lunches and school bags ready the night before, get your child to have a shower or bath in the evening, and get your child to bed at a regular time.

Praise your child when they show brave behaviour, like getting ready for school. For example, you could say, ‘I know this is hard for you, but I think it’s great that you’re giving it a go. Well done’.

Make your home ‘boring’ during school hours so that you don’t accidentally reward your child for not going to school. This means little or no TV or video games and so on. You could think about not letting your child use their phone during school hours.

Get your child to do work provided by the school while at home. This will help to make sure your child doesn’t fall behind.


Get someone else to drop your child at school, if you can. Children often cope better with separation at home rather than at the school gate.

Praise your child when they actually go to school. You could also consider rewarding them. For example, if your child goes regularly, they could earn bonus technology time, a special outing with a parent to their favourite park, or their favourite meal for dinner.

Your child needs your love and support to get back to school. So focus on any efforts your child makes to go back, be patient with your child’s progress, and try to keep any frustration to yourself. This will help your child build the confidence they need to get back to school regularly. provides free, reliable, up-to-date and independent information to help your family grow and thrive together. We’re funded by the Australian Government, reviewed by experts and non-commercial, so you know you can trust us.

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how to help them put down screens AND PICK up reading

Many parents these days complain that their kids spend too much time glued to their screens. In a very short space of time, children went from spending their weekends and holidays playing outdoors, camping, crafting and reading to being holed up in their bedrooms watching TikTok and YouTube and playing online games for hours on end.

There is a definitely a place and time for devices, because they can be educational and you can do a myriad of things on them. I’m not opposed to them, but they can definitely be used in better ways than just letting kids space out for hours on end watching video after video or playing shooter games.

In Australia, literacy rates have been falling for years and there is a strong correlation between children who are poor readers at school remaining as poor readers throughout their lives.

Reading is an important life skill, not just because of literacy but also because being readers makes us better thinkers by improving our critical thinking and problem solving skills. It can also bring about other benefits like increasing our general knowledge and developing our social and communication skills.

The problem is that for a lot of children, reading is not considered cool. So it is important for parents to try and overcome this by helping their children to realise that reading is cool – in fact it’s so cool, they will thank you for it years down the track.

Some tips for parents on how to encourage children to read: Family time reading

Family time reading is a wonderful way to bring the family together and involve children in reading. Regular reading time activities with fun treats makes the process even more inviting. Why not turn reading into a family activity and building it into your daily routine as a wind down sort of activity in the evening? For younger families, it can be

a beautiful family bonding thing when everyone sits down and takes turns reading and the younger ones just adore watching their older siblings read aloud and it gets them excited about learning to read too.

The best thing to encourage children to read more is to let them choose what they want to read. When you put this power of choice in their hands, they’ll choose stories based on what they’re interested in, and you might even be surprised by what they choose! As long as kids are reading, it doesn’t matter what the topic or genre is; it can be fiction, non-fiction, magazines, and even graphic novels.

Go to the library

If you haven’t recently taken your children to the library, make sure you put it on your to-do list as soon as possible. Libraries are no longer dim, dusty old buildings. They’re active community hubs with lots of activities and life happening.

These days libraries host events for people of all age groups, from babies and toddlers to adults. They’re innovative information and resource centres now and your kids will likely want to go again soon!

They have displays of all the latest books with wonderful informational materials. Your child can see and experience all the wonder of books at the library and even pick out some books they would like to read at home.

Visit book fairs

Book fairs are a wonderful day out that usually involve plenty to see and do. They normally include a wide range of fiction and nonfiction books, including rare books and collectables, children’s books, textbooks and foreign language books.

They often also include magazines and pamphlets, sheet music, comics, maps and atlases, talking books, records and CDs, DVDs, games and jigsaws, and much more. Many authors also attend to promote their books, sign books and talk to people. They are great events full of activity and buzz.

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Become a reading role model

Children are incredibly observant and they watch what adults do and say. If you would like to encourage your child to read, engage in reading too.

Read often and within plain sight. If your child sees you reading and getting enjoyment out of reading, they will become interested in reading too. Stock your shelves and coffee table with a few colourful and interesting books. The more books that appear around the house, the more likely your child is going to be interested in reading them.

Giving the gift of books

Parents are always saying that their kids have everything already and they don’t know what to get their kids. It’s certainly not true! To give a child a book is to give them the gift of a few hours of entertainment. For the same price as a movie ticket these days, you can get several hours of reading rather than just a 90 minute movie. That’s value for money right there!

If you’re stuck for ideas on what book to give your child, try the Zach’s Story series which I wrote and which comprises five books. Once children are familiar with a set of characters, they often want to read more and find out what happens in the next instalment! It’s extremely gratifying to see a child finish a book and look satisfied with the ending

and excited about the next book. And if they’ve reached the end of the series, why not encourage them to continue the story with their own! Good readers often morph into good writers, and I’m excited to see what the next generation of Aussie authors will write about.

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Supporting kids with maths homework is a common afterschool activity. But beyond the basics, new curricula and teaching strategies are making it harder for parents to help and it’s taking a serious toll on children’s confidence and learning.

In a study from the University of South Australia, it was found that mathematics homework can sometimes cause more harm than good.

Exploring how homework policies and practices affect families, researchers found that mathematics homework could inadvertently affect a child when it often:

• was too difficult for a child to complete independently, and/or with the support of a parent.

• required significant support from parents and seeped into family time.

• resulted in a negative experience for the child and their parent, leading to negative associations with mathematics and potentially students’ disengagement from the subject.

• generated feelings of despair, stress, and negativity among parents who were unable to help.

• made students feel inadequate when they struggled with the work.

Such negativity around mathematics has broad implications. Homework has long been accepted as a practice that reinforces children’s learning and improves academic success, but when it is too complex for a student to complete even with parent support, it raises the question as to why it was set as a homework task in the first place.

We know that parents play a key role in supporting their children with schooling and homework. When children need help, their parents are often the first people they turn to, but many parents are unsure of the current mathematics strategies and approaches that their children are learning as these have changed a lot since they were at school. Like many things, mathematics teaching has evolved over time. But when parents realise that their tried-and-true methods are different to those which their children are learning, it can be hard to adapt, and this can add undue pressure. When children see their parents struggle with mathematics homework, or where mathematics homework becomes a shared site of frustration for families it can lead to negativity across generations.

For example, we might hear adults saying things like ‘I wasn’t very good at maths, so my child won’t be either’. Negative interactions with mathematics, and negative discourses like these can lead to reduced confidence, reduced self-efficacy, and can negatively affect children’s resilience, persistence, and ultimately their inclination to continue with mathematics.

Any decline in STEM subjects such as maths can have long-term impacts for Australia’s future. Statistics show that less than 10% of students are studying a higher level of maths, with maths capabilities declining more than 25 points (15-year-olds in 2022 scored at a level that would have been expected of 14-year-olds, 20 years earlier).

Other research also identified gendered biases.

The research showed that it was overwhelmingly mothers who were responsible for managing children’s homework. And they often experience frustration or despair when they were unable to understand the maths problems. When mothers find maths hard, there is concern that this may demonstrate to their children, especially their girls, that this is not an area in which they would naturally excel.

The last thing teachers want to do is disadvantage girls in developing potentially strong mathematical identities. We need a greater understanding of homework policies and expectations.

If you’re concerned about your child’s maths skills, it might help to know that sometimes children need to practise the same maths concept many times and in different ways before it starts to make sense. This can take time, but difficulties with maths can affect your child’s motivation and confidence and stop them from enjoying maths activities with their peers.

So if you notice that your child is becoming frustrated or is consistently making the same mistakes, it’s a good idea to talk with your child’s teacher. The teacher can tell you more about your child’s maths skills in class and let you know whether their learning is on track.

Your child’s teacher might suggest ways to support your child’s maths learning. For example, you and the teacher might talk about some of these points listed below:




You can ask your child’s teacher for records of your child’s progress in class and a copy of the maths topics to be covered for the term.

You might also be able to sit in class to watch how your child learns at school. All of this can help you keep track of your child’s maths learning.

Your feelings about maths influence how your child thinks about maths. Even if you’ve grown up thinking that you’re not very good at maths, you can show your child that you appreciate how maths helps you to do things that you enjoy – for example, cooking, sports or card games. This can help your child develop a positive attitude towards maths and feel more confident about maths.





Inspired by Elly’s own experience of being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 44, the book encourages kids to see ADHD as a superpower, rather than a hindrance. In the book, Elly celebrates neurodiversity and the unique skills that come with ADHD, such as creativity and hyperfocus, encouraging kids to see their differences as powerful strengths.



There's no easy way to put this, so I'll say it straight out. It's time I faced up to the truth. I'm fourteen years old and I have Ishmael Leseur's Syndrome. There is no cure. But that won't stop Ishmael and his intrepid band of misfits from taking on bullies, bugs, babes, the Beatles, debating, and the great white whale in the toughest, the weirdest, the most humiliatingly awful and the best year of their lives.


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The most charming and funny new character launch of the year: Nina is the new best friend for all kids, everywhere. Nina Peanut makes amazing videos - so why is it that only her Nan and best friend Brian watch them? Surely everyone should be interested in her serious and not-stupid videos about potatoes with faces? Nina dreams about being as popular as class queen bee Megan Dunne, who films not amazing at all content of her pampered dog, Princess Trixie Bell. So when Nina's stinky cat, Les, wanders into one of Megan's videos by accident and goes viral, Nina and Les are suddenly internet famous! But is overnight stardom as wonderful as Nina always dreamed it would be?



Crazy-busy and overworked have become the new normal. Add to that our tendency to be people pleasers and perfectionists and we’ve created the perfect storm of stresses that lead to body burnout. If you have energy, mood, gut & other “weird” inflammatory issues that won’t go away, then read on.





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Liz Watson loves reading, baking, and hanging out with her BFF, Katie. But there's one thing she loves the most ... netball. Read all about it in her diary! Liz's netball team are on their way to the semi-finals! But then their star Goal Attack breaks her ankle! Coach Michelle finds a new player, Emma, who is rumoured to be an excellent shooter. But the moment she starts playing, she misses every goal! What is going on? Can Liz find out in time to help her team get to the finals?



Jessica knows she’s the better dancer but their teacher only seems to have eyes for her sister Elizabeth! No matter how hard or perfectly she dances she’s not getting recognised which becomes a huge problem when it becomes clear that her sister is going to get the main role of Swanilda instead of her. Even worse, Elizabeth refuses to believe that their teacher is favouring her! With Jessica’s attitude rapidly souring and Elizabeth slowly realising that Jessica might actually be right, will they be able to find a way to get Jessica her leading role?


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General Waste loves stuff! Wasting lots of stuff! He tosses away apples after one bite, he has hour-long showers, he must have the latest uniform fashion, and he rides around in a monster truck! He shares a house with Gram-Gram. She always saves her leftovers, does her own repairs and cycles everywhere! One day, when General Waste finds himself trapped under a mountain of his own stuff, GramGram comes to the rescue ... General Waste is a hilarious tale about how to find joy in the simple things in life.


By Joel Slack-Smith, Rebel Challenger (illust.), Paperback, $16.99

Half lion. Half werewolf. All pillow. Totally roarsome! All Walter wanted for his birthday was a limited edition, nitro-powered drone. Instead, he gets a tattered old lion-shaped pillow (that smells suspiciously like werewolf wee). Roar-kward! Now the full moon is out and Roars the lion-pillow has come to life for one night only, looking for adventure. Roars doesn't just want some fun ... he wants all the fun!



Ariel del Mar is one of the most famous singers in the world. She and her sisters, known as the band Siren Seven, have been a pop culture phenomenon since they were kids. On stage, wearing her iconic red wig and sequined costumes, staring out at a sea of fans, is where she shines. Anyone would think she's the girl who has everything. But lately, she wants more. Siren Seven is wrapping up their farewell tour, and Ariel can't wait to spend the summer just living a normal life part of a world she's only ever seen from the outside. But her father, the head of Atlantica Records, has other plans: begin her breakout solo career immediately, starting with a splashy announcement on a morning talk show.


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One, two three. One, two, three. Why won’t someone play with me? Heidi is a stick insect, long and thin like the twig of a tree. It’s her first day at Bug School, where she hopes to learn lots and make new friends. But no-one will talk to her ... and no-one will play with her at lunch. No-one even notices her! Perhaps she’s blending into the twigs a little too well? Luckily, Miss Orb comes up with a plan to help Heidi stand out.


SCARLET SHEDDER (DOG MAN #12) By Dav Pilkey Hardback, $19.99 P.U. Dog Man got sprayed by a skunk After being dunked in tomato juice, the stink is gone but the scarlet red color remains. Now exiled, this spunky superhero must struggle to save the citizens who shunned him Will the ends justify the means for Petey, who's reluctantly pulled back into a life of crime in order to help Dog Man? And who will step forward when an all-new, never-before-seen villain unleashes an army of A.I. robots?


Returning from an extended trip abroad, Maid Marian finds that not much about her beloved England remains the same. Her best friend, Robin, has been banished; her beloved uncle, King Richard, is dead; and the village of Nottingham and its citizens have been impoverished by taxes. With the help of her lady's maid, Lady Kluck, Marian decides to take matters into her own paws. She is determined to help all the villagers while also solving the mystery surrounding her uncle's death. Deep in the woods, she finds Robin and his Merry Men. Will they help Marian with her plan or leave her and Lady Kluck to forge ahead on their own?

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By Gavin Aung Than Hardback, $18.99

Win the morning, win the day, that's what I always say. Join me, Baa Baa Black Belt , as I use my martial arts skills to help the lazy farm animals to rise and shine!



Join Andy and Terry in their newly expanded treehouse, which now features 13 brand-new storeys, including a dodgem car rink, a skate ramp, a mud-fighting arena, an anti-gravity chamber, an ice-cream parlour with 78 flavours run by an icecream serving robot called Edward Scooperhands and the Maze of Doom - a maze so complicated that nobody who has gone in has ever come out again . . . well, not yet, anyway. And, now, The 26-Storey Treehouse is in colour!


By Isabelle Duff, Susannah Crispe (illust.)

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When Sal rides her pony, she feels like a cowgirl; brave, smart and wild. But at school, she is isolated and anxious. In this vibrantly illustrated, heart-warming story, find out how a small act of bravery and the power of friendship help Sal to be herself even when she is scared. Perfect for young readers who are struggling with nerves or anxiety.


By Anh Do

Jules Faber (illust.) Paperback, $15.99

The Do family is going on a road trip! There'll be I Spy, singalongs and camping fun. But things don't always go to plan for Weir ... Will this road trip be more of a trip-over? Or will it be caravan-tastic?! It won't be easy ... but it will be funny!



Find out how Max Verstappen went from go-karting to becoming one of the world's best RACING LEGENDS! Detailing his super-fast rise to fame this book shows just how much of a legend Max Verstappen is, as well as shedding light on the team that helped him become number 1 in F1.

Easy to read and fun to share, Racing Legends is perfect for fast and curious minds, whatever their reading ability.


By Jess Galatola, Jenni Barran (illust.)

Ages: 4 to 8 Hardback, $24.99

Some Families Change gently navigates the complexities of changing family structures through poignant verse and empathetic illustrations. From split families to the loss of a parent, this book offers a sensitive, reassuring lens for children grappling with such changes, helping them understand and process their feelings.


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Bruce Whatley (illust.) Hardback, $26.99

From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire, Cyclone, Drought, Pandemic, Earthquake and Plague. I was born of twisting air, touching ground and spinning there. Do not laugh, just feed me thunder, I will soar and roar and plunder ...


By Maurice Hamilton Paperback, $12.99

Find out how Lewis Hamilton went from playing with remotecontrolled cars to becoming one of the world's greatest ever RACING LEGENDS! Covering speed records and epic rivalries, as well as Hamilton's heroes and charity work, this book shows just how legendary Lewis Hamilton is, on and off the track, and celebrates the unsung heroes of racing, from the pitstop crew to the engineers.

Easy to read and fun to share, Racing Legends is perfect for fast and curious minds, whatever their reading ability.


By Kristin Kelly, Amelina Jones (illust.)

Ages: 4 to 8 Hardback, $24.99

Despite the itchiness, teasing, and stress, Mitchell stays strong while experiencing chronic eczema. With his family's support, he learns to manage his condition and discovers that playing the guitar is a great distraction from the itch. Will all his practicing pay off when he tries out for the school band?


By Marc Colagiovanni, Peter H. Reynolds (illust.) Hardback, $19.99

When you see your reflection, always remember that the real magic comes from within. I like being you, said the reflection in the mirror. To me, you are perfectly perfect.


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From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Atlas Six (under the penname Olivie Blake) comes Twelfth Knight, an grumpy/sunshine YA romantic comedy and coming of age story about taking up space in the world and learning what it means to let others in.



Henry spends his nights exploring the world alone and wondering one thing: what are stars for? One morning, he decides to come out of his shell and ask someone. Can Henry find the answer to his question and make a friend? A gentle, moving story about a shy, curious snail who overcomes his fears and finds a friend. This gorgeous picture book is a perfect gift for shy children who need some gentle encouragement to come out of their shell.

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Mornington Secondary College has an abundance of choice to offer our students.



• Excellent Performing Arts Complex equip with music rooms for instrumental lessons and the school bands

• Excellent Performing Arts Complex equip with music rooms for instrumental lessons and the school bands

•Indoor swimming pool

•Indoor swimming pool

•Basketball stadium

•Basketball stadium

•Art and Technology

•Art and Technology

•Sport squads

•Sport squads

•Breakfast club

•Breakfast club

•Lunchtime clubs

•Lunchtime clubs


•2023 National Champion

The College Wellbeing Team is made up of Mental Health Practitioners, Adolescent Health Nurse and Counsellors, who work collaboratively to support students and their families with a wide range of academic and non-academic needs. Together they provide school-based counselling, as well as a referral service to external support agencies when needed. Our wellbeing program includes Doctors in Schools available to our students weekly.

The College Wellbeing Team is made up of Mental Health Practitioners, Adolescent Health Nurse and Counsellors, who work collaboratively to support students and their families with a wide range of academic and non-academic needs. Together they provide school-based counselling, as well as a referral service to external support agencies when needed. Our wellbeing program includes Doctors in Schools available to our students weekly.

Head Start is a program that supports students in Years 10-12 to participate in a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT) program to develop skills, capabilities, and confidence that employers in growth industries need.

Head Start is a program that supports students in Years 10-12 to participate in a school-based apprenticeship and traineeship (SBAT) program to develop skills, capabilities, and confidence that employers in growth industries need.

SBAT students receive paid on-the-job training that contributes to their VCE, VCE Vocational Major or VPC and leads to a qualification.

SBAT students receive paid on-the-job training that contributes to their VCE, VCE Vocational Major or VPC and leads to a qualification.

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Mornington Secondary College is a co-educational Government Secondary School located on the Mornington Peninsula.

Mornington Secondary College is a co-educational Government Secondary School located on the Mornington Peninsula.

Our vision is to create happy, healthy, and resilient young people who are lifelong and respectful learners.

We bring this vision to life by integrating our college values with all aspects of the school experience.

Our vision is to create happy, healthy, and resilient young people who are lifelong and respectful learners. We bring this vision to life by integrating our college values with all aspects of the school experience.

Mornington Secondary College values form the foundation of behaviour that underpins our expectations of each other at Mornington Secondary College.

Mornington Secondary College values form the foundation of behaviour that underpins our expectations of each other at Mornington Secondary College.

Our values are:

Our values are:

Respect -

Respect -

We are a welcoming community respectful of each other’s beliefs and views.

This value is cultivated through the celebration of diversity and practice of acceptance.

We are a welcoming community respectful of each other’s beliefs and views. This value is cultivated through the celebration of diversity and practice of acceptance.

Community -

Community -

A supportive community helps foster belonging, demonstrates the power of working together and prepares young people for life beyond school.

A supportive community helps foster belonging, demonstrates the power of working together and prepares young people for life beyond school.

Achievement -

Achievement -

We inspire students to explore and strive towards their own highest potential and personal excellence.

We inspire students to explore and strive towards their own highest potential and personal excellence.

Our Student Excellence Program has been partnered with a STEM professional as part of the CSIRO STEM Professionals in School. The program involves the STEM professional working with students to develop a project of interest, which will provide a guided learning experience tailored to the skills students need from a top-down approach dipping into the skills as needed to complete their personal learning challenges and creative ideas..

Our Student Excellence Program has been partnered with a STEM professional as part of the CSIRO STEM Professionals in School. The program involves the STEM professional working with students to develop a project of interest, which will provide a guided learning experience tailored to the skills students need from a top-down approach dipping into the skills as needed to complete their personal learning challenges and creative ideas.. 35
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Sorrento Primary School is situated at the end of the Mornington Peninsula and is bordered between Sorrento Front Beach (Port Phillip Bay), Sorrento Back Beach (Ocean Beach) and Point Nepean (Portsea).

Our school motto “Every Step Outside Leads to New Discoveries” encapsulates our teaching pedagogy, which balances learning both in and outside the classroom. Students investigate and inquire, at times leading their own learning. Teachers explicitly teach English and Mathematics content using evidence-based practices, including a Systematic Phonics Programme.

SPS has an innovative approach to Outdoor Education, building on the Victorian Curriculum rationale and aims. Foundation students participate in place-based learning once a week at Point Nepean. Years 1-6 spend up to 5 sessions attending a day camp, participating in challenge and adventure activities, along with planned lessons linked to learning outcomes.

Our specialist classes include: Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Digital Technologies and STEM.

Our language has this year transitioned to AUSLAN.

Our Lady of Fatima is a small Catholic primary school that delivers evidence informed teaching and learning in a warm and supportive community environment.

The school is situated in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, approximately 85 km south of Melbourne, serving the Catholic communities of both Rosebud and Dromana.

Our School motto is Dream, Believe, Achieve, with a focus on meeting each child at their point of need. Student wellbeing is at the heart of what we do and our staff ensures that your child is supported to make the very most of their academic potential.

With a rigorous teaching program, our staff hold a common vision of academic success for all students, where teaching capabilities and relationships are nurtured to support students’ academic results, spiritual development and wellbeing.

With an extensive campus, Our Lady of Fatima offers spacious and modern learning spaces, a dedicated specialist learning area, Hub, School Hall, substantial playgrounds and sporting fields, all while located on a quiet street frontage that provides a sense of privacy and security for our students and families.

Working together in partnership is of utmost importance to our school, where together we build the highest possible level of care and trust between students, staff and families. We place learning at the centre of our everyday encounters, while ensuring that a strong sense of wellbeing and community is maintained.

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'About children being children'

Cold days - Stop play? NO WAY!

Embracing Winter Wonderland

Winter has wrapped its icy fingers around the Peninsula & South East Victorian suburbs, the chill in the air only adds to the excitement! Our FiRST Early Learning unique centres nestled away in the suburbs of Hastings, Frankston South, Pakenham, Endeavour Hills & Narre Warren North - continue to ignite the flame of curiosity and exploration in young minds. Inspired by the renowned Reggio Emilia approach, we believe in nurturing the innate curiosity and boundless imagination of our young learners, no matter the season.

In our Winter season, children at FiRST Early Learning are encouraged to immerse themselves in the magic of the season. From the last few Autumn leaves falling off the branches, to the first blanket of fog in the mornings, and children safely sleeping outdoors rugged up in warmth. Every moment becomes an opportunity for hands-on learning and creative expression.

Our qualified and professional educators recognise that winter brings with it a wealth of sensory experiences. Children delight in the crunch of Autumn leaves beneath their boots, the soft touch of frost on bare branches, and the sight of cool air being visible from their mouths. Through outdoor exploration and indoor activities, we encourage children to engage with their surroundings and deepen their understanding of the natural world.

Our Lady of Fatima is a small Catholic primary school that delivers evidence informed teaching and learning in a warm and supportive community environment.

While some might see winter as a time to hibernate indoors, we see it as a canvas for exploration and discovery. Our little adventurers bundle up in their coziest scarves and mittens, ready to conquer the frosty terrain outside.

The school is situated in Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula, approximately 85 km south of Melbourne, serving the Catholic communities of both Rosebud and Dromana.

As the days grow shorter and the nights longer, FiRST Early Learning remains a beacon of warmth and creativity for our Peninsula & South-Eastern families. Together, we embrace the magic of winter and celebrate the endless possibilities for learning and growth that it brings.

Our School motto is Dream, Believe, Achieve, with a focus on meeting each child at their point of need. Student wellbeing is at the heart of what we do and our staff ensures that your child is supported to make the very most of their academic potential. With a rigorous teaching program, our staff hold a common vision of academic success for all students, where teaching capabilities and relationships are nurtured to support students’ academic results, spiritual development and wellbeing.

We invite you to join us on a journey of discovery and delight at FiRST Early Learning, because here, even in the coldest of seasons, the warmth of learning and exploration knows no bounds !

With an extensive campus, Our Lady of Fatima offers spacious and modern learning spaces, a dedicated specialist learning area, Hub, School Hall, substantial playgrounds and sporting fields, all while located on a quiet street frontage that provides a sense of privacy and security for our students and families.

Working together in partnership is of utmost importance to our school, where together we build the highest possible level of care and trust between students, staff and families. We place learning at the centre of our everyday encounters, while ensuring that a strong sense of wellbeing and community is maintained. 37 37 PAKENHAM 5922 2040 ENDEAVOUR HILLS 9700 1922 HASTINGS 5979 2831 FRANKSTON SOUTH 9783 3390 NARRE WARREN NTH 9123 4452
CHILDCARE • KINDER • EARLY EDUCATION Fabulous, Fun, and Fantastic!

21st-century teaching and learning practices, based on values of integrity, respect and kindness.




A corn cob is the central woody part of maize or corn on which the corn grains are attached. Corn on the cob is a type of dish where the corn grains are cooked and eaten while still on the cob. Try corn on the cob boiled, grilled or roasted, smothered in plenty of butter - it’s a tasty winter warmer.

Did You Know…

…that a corncob is part of the corn plant's flower? The individual kernels are seeds of the plant.


Acknowledge your forgetfullness for those whose special days you've missed. Arrange to make a nice dinner, send belated flowers, and try not to forget this time!

Did You Know...

...that according to some studies, walking through doors can create memory lapses? The theory is when people walk through a door from one room to another, the transition indicates to the brain that the scene has changed and all information gathered in the previous room or scenario is no longer needed.

Frankston East Primary School was established in 1952 and is in Ashleigh Avenue, Frankston. Our school promotes an atmosphere where excellence is valued and where our students are building their capacity to be curious, creative, communicative, collaborative, compassionate, have composure, and be good citizens. This is through a focus on the core values of integrity, respect, and kindness.

Our school is set in spacious grounds surrounded by mature trees, with several playing areas, two basketball courts, cricket nets, quiet areas, and an oval. A broad curriculum is offered with well-developed programs in the eight Key Learning Areas, we also offer specialist classes in Art, LOTE, Music, Physical Education and Science.

We invite you to visit our school, meet our warm and engaging staff, and experience the vibrant learning environment firsthand. We look forward to meeting you!

to celebrate



Created in the early 1960s by Princeton mathematics students, David Kelly and Michael Spivak, while working on the special properties of the prime number 17.

17 is the sum of the first four prime numbers - 2, 3, 5, and 7. A prime number is a number that can only be divided by 1 and by itself.

Gift a yellow pig plush toy or do 17 acts of kindness during the day.

Did You Know...

...that the fear of the number 17 is called heptadecaphobia.


13 AUG


10% of the world are left handed. This day aims to raise awareness of all the advantages and disadvantages they face. Even though some items have been adapted for lefties, such as can openers, you'll find that most day-to-day articles are designed for the use of right-handed people.

Did You Know...

...that people who are ambidextrous can easily perform tasks and use devices with both their hands?

Ambidexterity is rare and only occurs in about 1% of the population.

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You have probably heard of mothers losing their milk. You might even have been told it happened - or is happening - to you. You might be surprised then to learn the following facts:



It is very common for people to try expressing and get only a few mls and panic when their milk is gone. This is not true! Learning to express your milk is a skill and takes practice. Most people are a bit anxious when they first try and might be doing it because they are already worried about their baby. Your body knows when you are anxious or worried - you produce hormones like cortisol and adrenaline when you feel this way. These hormones get in the way of your calm, relaxing breastfeeding hormones like oxytocin and prolactin. Your brain thinks you are in Fight or Flight mode and gets ready for action - not ready to sit down to breastfeed your baby! To release milk in response to your baby, hand expressing or a breast pump, you need to feel calm, relaxed, safe and comfortable. If you learned mindfulness or relaxation techniques in pregnancy, now is the time to use them. And the other myth we will bust here: how much you can express does not indicate how much you make. It is a snapshot of how much is available and accessible right then. Soon after a breastfeed, the volume you can pump is low - maybe 10 or 20 mls. Just before a breastfeed is due, you could pump nearly a full feed - perhaps 70 - 100ml! And in between feeds you will get somewhere in the middle. Around 20-50ml is common. You will only pump a whole feed if your baby hasn’t been to the breast for several hours. But always remember your baby can remove more milk than you can. Dribbles, drops and oozes are what many people get when they begin expressing - once the let-down reflex kicks in the milk might begin to run or spurt out. Breast compressions can increase the flow of milk while you express but always remember: the most effective tool to remove milk from the breast is a well-attached baby! Anything you can buy in the shop will never be as good.




Once established, milk production is pretty stable. It is not as vulnerable to changes in circumstances as our grandmothers and mothers were led to believe. Understanding of human lactation was pretty poor in the past and natural variations in how babies breastfeed and how breasts respond were frequently misunderstood. The fact is, when it comes time to wean, your breasts will continue to produce milk weeks, months and - rarely - years after the baby's last breastfeed! Those few drops you can still squeeze out show your breasts haven’t ceased lactation and are ready to reboot production at any time. Indeed, you could relactate to return to breastfeeding or even induce lactation for a baby you haven’t given birth to!



Around the world, humans breastfeed their babies successfully despite cultural and dietary differences. The reality is, as long as mothers are eating and drinking enough to sustain their own body, lactation will make sure it gets everything needed to make breastmilk to meet your child’s needs. There is no one food crucial to milk production - whether you live in the Arctic Circle or live near the Equator, your normal diet is just what you need. Even if it doesn’t meet any dietary guidelines. There are NO foods, drinks or supplements which are necessary to make milk but there are lots of them which make money for the people promoting them. Eat when you are hungry, drink when you are thirsty and breastfeed your baby with confidence.

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Babies change their feeding patterns frequently. The time between feeds, length of feeds and how many breasts they take evolves as they grow and develop. Your three month old is not the same baby they were at six weeks and is nothing like the baby you will have at six months. Babies adapt their feeds to meet their needs - you don’t need to monitor or control anything. If your baby is showing hunger cues, that means they are hungry. It doesn’t mean you don’t have enough milk.



After the early days of establishing breastfeeding, it is normal for breasts to feel less firm and full. This shows you have transitioned into the next stage of milk production and this is how your breasts will look and feel until you reach the weaning stage. Hard, full (engorged) breasts are common in the first 6-12 weeks but after that you are only likely to experience breast fullness if you skip a breastfeed without pumping or your baby sleeps longer than usual. Soft breasts are actively making milk. Hard breasts have the brakes on.


You might be surprised to find out some causes of sudden changes to milk production. Most people will not experience this.


Most prescription and over-the-counter drugs are safe when breastfeeding. Just a few can decrease your milk supply, so always remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are breastfeeding before starting new medicines.


The female body is designed to breastfeed for most of the childbearing years, interrupted only by pregnancy. Even then, some women continue to breastfeed throughout their next pregnancy.

However, some babies do experience fussiness around the ovulation and menstruation stages of their mother’s cycle. If you do conceive a new pregnancy, natural changes to how you produce milk will occur during the first trimester and the volume of milk might decrease.

Some contraceptives like the Pill can have similar effects on your milk supply. There are alternatives which do not. Speak to your doctor about your breastfeeding goals before starting a new contraceptive.


Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol are all substances which can delay your let-down reflex. Mothers feeling fatigued caring for a baby might turn to caffeinated drinks and foods to give them a boost of energy, without knowing that caffeine has been shown to increase cortisol levels - that same stress hormone released during the Fight or Flight response. While moderate caffeine intake is fine for most breastfeeding parents - around 200mg a day - you might be taking more than just what comes in your morning coffee. Chocolate, cola and energy drinks also include caffeine - and even some energy bars or supplements include caffeine in their ingredient lists! Always check!

Nicotine and alcohol dependence might also slow the release of breastmilk. If you suspect this might be affecting you, seek guidance from your doctor to minimise the impact.

Mindfulness and relaxation techniques can be helpful to calm your mind and body and allow the milk to flow to your baby.

Mothers have been producing enough breastmilk to sustain their babies since the dawn of time. It is very rare to be physically unable to produce breastmilk at all. Once breastfeeding is established you are very unlikely not to be able to maintain your milk supply. And even if your supply does drop temporarily, it can nearly always be returned to normal production.

Yvette O’Dowd is not your typical grandmother! This mother of three and 'Granny' of three has been a breastfeeding counsellor since 1992. In 2014, Yvette established the Southern Natural Parenting Network, incorporating South Eastern Babywearing Group. With 11,000 members world-wide, the group supports parents interested in breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping, baby-led weaning and modern cloth nappies and other aspects of gentle, natural parenting.

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It is now widely recognised that babies learn more during the first year than at any other time in their life. In fact, during this first year, their brain doubles in volume. Wow!

Baby Sensory is a learning and development class specifically designed for babies from birth to 13 months. Everything we do is based on 35+ years of research into how your baby develops in this precious first year. Each week our parent-baby classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, signing, therapeutic games, bonding and massage; all designed to aid your baby’s brain development as well as to enhance social and emotional skills.

The warm, relaxed environment also makes our classes a fabulous place to connect with other new parents in our community. Come and join in the fun!

Please note: Whilst the Somerville Mechanics Hall is being refurbished, classes are running in Tyabb. Please see the website for more details.

@babysensorymorningtonpeninsula @babysensorymorningtonpeninsula


Nestled in our bustling neighborhood is Kidz Shed, where joy knows absolutely no bounds!

There, you'll meet Ash, a friendly face and devoted dad of two, who's now steering the ship of fun with a heart full of community love. For six years, Kidz Shed has been the local hotspot for playdates and giggles. Kidz Shed is not just a play center – it's a community hub where families come together for a dose of joy and togetherness, serving up delicious treats for hungry tummies and happy hearts makes it the ultimate family fun destination. Whether it's a casual family outing, a tasty meal, or a birthday bonanza, Kidz Shed has it all. With a deep-rooted commitment to family-centric values, Kidz Shed Team Members aim to enrich the Kidz Shed experience, ensuring it remains a cherished haven for children and families.

His ultimate vision is to make every visit packed with lots of fun, delicious treats, and memories that'll last a lifetime.

Book you next birthday party at KidzShed and enjoy a 10% discount on presentation of ad in the Party Planning section on page 65 of this magazine.

Come and join the fun!

Sensory and learning development classes from birth to 13 months:

Mornington Thursday

Somerville Friday

Our multi-award winning classes will introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights, where you can learn about your baby's development, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents









MONDAY - CLOSED (Except during school holidays)

TUESDAY - FRIDAY 9AM - 3.30PM (Later for parties by arrangement)

Babies of the Peninsula...


What’s so good about being on Phillip Island in winter? Witnessing the annual migration of humpback and southern right whales into the coastal waters!

In July the Phillip Island community joins in celebration of these majestic creatures at the Island Whale Festival. This year the festival takes place 5-7 July with the Festival Experience Hub located at Berninneit Cultural Centre in Cowes, featuring loads of fun activities - workshops, talks and presentations, virtual reality, the immersive room, face painting, art and craft activities, stalls, music and more!

There will be exciting events across the whole island over the festival weekend! Visit the Woolamai Beach Life Saving Club where the Dolphin Research Institute and Two Bays Whale Project teams will teach you about the whales of Victoria and how to Spot a Whale. Go whale spotting and see a free Pop-Up Art Show at The Nobbies Centre. Join a craft workshop at Clay & Co Studio, view the Ocean Film Festival on

Thursday 4 July, or join the Whales, Wine and Wisdom Science and Film event on the evening of Saturday 6 July.

Grab your warm clothing and a pair of binoculars and explore the Phillip Island and Bass Coast Whale Discovery Trail, marvelling at the area's stunning landscapes along the way. Those wanting to get closer to the marine giants can join one of the Wildlife Coast Cruises whale and dolphin boat tours that circumnavigate the island in search of whales.

Scan the QR code or visit website for tickets!



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Located in Langwarrin, Grace & Maggie is a local, small business on a mission to provide safe, eco-friendly products that will bring joy to your little ones while standing the test of time. Their collection includes a range of sensory products, but their star product is the two-sided waterproof padded Playmat that kids absolutely adore! What makes Grace & Maggie playmats so special is their amazing features! Their playmats create a safe play or workout space for little ones, they are waterproof and super easy to clean. They provide the perfect base for tummy time, helping your little ones develop those important motor skills. Not only are the playmats functional; they're stylish too! They'll seamlessly blend into your shared living space, adding a touch of fun and colour. It's no wonder they have become leaders in this space, with their playmats being used in daycare centres, physiotherapy facilities, NICUs, and early parenting centres all across Australia. Grace & Maggie is also proud to be a registered provider for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), which means you can use your funding to bring these amazing products into your home.

Their playmats are inclusive and designed to assist with self-regulation, calming, and strengthening. From individuals with fine motor difficulties to those with sensory needs, such as individuals on the autism spectrum, Grace & Maggie playmats have got you covered! They even help individuals with chronic pain or fatigue conserve their energy by providing a soft and supportive surface. Just talk to your NDIS Plan Manager, and they'll guide you through the process of purchasing items through your NDIS package whether you are self-managed or NDIAmanaged.

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John Young is the founder of ‘Power of Percussion’ . A husband, dad, grandad, and drummer percussionist, located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

With over 40 years experience playing drums and percussion and more than 25 years of teaching, ‘Power of Percussion’ is thrilled to be coming to you to share in the magic.

All children and adults love drumming, and ‘Power of Percussion’ parties are structured to allow both children and adults to be creative and energetic in a positive way. With no prior knowledge or experience needed, all the children will be guided through a small workshop of how to play the instruments. The children will then relish in the enjoyment of preforming for you with their peers.

Book your child’s next birthday party:

‘Powerof Percussion’ offers drumming parties for children where they create a fun environment, allowing children to explore and play percussion instruments.

Whilst enjoying the birthday party, the children will:

• Improve listening skills

• Improve Coordination skills

• Develop rhythm skills

• Develop both Inclusion and expression

Share in your child’s love of music through a diverse range of percussion instruments for everyone all to enjoy, such as; Djembe, Congas, Kinkini, Sangban, Dun, Six key Marimba, various shakers/bells, and many more. Instruments brought to your chosen location.

All prices are for 1.5 hours of playing time, and for locations on the Mornington Peninsula only.

$30 per child – minimum seven children.

$500 for a party of maximum 30 children.

Add something unique +$150 to include seven hand pan drums, allow 30 minutes additional playing time.

Want something different?

Power of Percussion is your answer. @powerofpercussion

44 Peninsula Kids – Winter 2024 FIND YOUR POWER IN PERCUSSION! Explore your positive, creative energy within!


Calling all aspiring hen keepers! Have you dreamed of gathering fresh eggs from your own backyard flock? Or perhaps you're curious about the delightful companionship that chickens can bring? Look no further than Talking Hens' 3-part Winter Series – your ultimate guide to a fulfilling backyard chicken-keeping journey.

Why Chickens? These feathered friends are more than just a source of delicious eggs; they're known to steal hearts with their quirky personalities and entertaining antics.

Families across Melbourne are discovering the joy of welcoming chickens into their lives and we're here to help you do the same!

What Awaits You:

• Sunday, June 23rd (2 pm): Selecting the Right Breed Learn to match the perfect chicken breed to your unique lifestyle and preferences. We’ll look, see and touch a number of the breeds right from the farm.

• Sunday, July 21st (2 pm): Coop Management and Safety Uncover the secrets of building a secure, comfortable haven for your flock, safeguarding them from predators and the elements.

• Sunday, August 25th (2 pm): Health and Wellness Empower yourself with the knowledge to keep your feathered companions happy and healthy for years to come.

Each session will be held onsite at the Talking Hens farm in Merricks, where you'll gain hands-on insights from our highly experienced and expert presenters.

Ready to Start Your Journey?

Don't miss this opportunity to launch or elevate your backyard chicken experience. Tickets are just $29 per person (17 years and under free). Visit our website or scan QR code below for more details and to secure your spot.

Let's make this winter the start of something special for you and your future flock!

Looking for backyard hens but unsure where to start?

Talking Hens is a business that enjoys backyard hens.

We specialise in friendly, egg laying hens with quality products to keep them happy and healthy.

There’s nothing like the friendship and entertainment that you receive from our laying hens - a pleasure to be shared! 45
Talking Hens 3590 Frankston-Flinders Rd Merricks, Vic 3916 Open 7 days: 10am to 4pm For enquiries call 0406 691 231 Email: Visit:


Robyn’s Room is a fun, engaging and creative space where children can explore several aspects of art.

This unique and stimulating platform celebrates children; respecting their individuality and personality in their art making. The children are offered freedom and choice; enhancing their opportunities to experiment, develop new ways of seeing, adopt different ways of doing, self-correct and discover and value their own creative worth. It’s their idea ! It’s their art!

Children can only fully express themselves, when the usual contrived expectations, judgements and criticisms are removed from their art. Confident, independent and happy children will then emerge from this exciting world of creative arts.

• For children 5 - 15 year olds

• After School Programs 4.00 – 5.45pm Tuesday – Friday

• All Day School Holiday Programs – Watch out for details.

• Children’s pARTies – tailored and personalised. It’s just not a pARTy without ART !

• Book early – spaces limited


Swimming lessons are one of the few lifesaving interventions we can do for our children…

This Summer, there have been 72 drownings (until 30 January, 2024) – a 24% increase from last Summer. These numbers are a shocking reminder of the dangers of the water and why it’s important to enroll in regular, formal swimming lessons – which can reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88% (study by American Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine).

You can start regular, formal swimming lessons with babies as young as 4 and 5 months old. By this age babies are able to regulate their body temperature for the duration of a 30-minute class. PLUS, Paul Sadler Swimland Carrum Downs offer 4 & 5 month old babies to swim for free, so there’s never been a better time to start lessons.

For lessons for children aged 3+ years, Paul Sadler Swimland offer a FREE 1:1 assessment, where the teacher will work with the swimmer to establish their current skills and comfort level in the water in order to

You can book a FREE assessment at Paul Sadler Swimland Carrum Downs

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Embark on a wondrous winter adventure at the Arthurs Seat Eagle—an enchanting experience that promises to warm your heart and captivate your imagination! This winter, soar to the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula and embrace the seasonal blend of excitement and coziness for visitors of all ages.

As you ascend in the fully accessible, state-of-the-art gondolas, leave behind the everyday hustle and bustle. At the Eagle, every moment is special, whether you're seeking a magical family outing, a cozy retreat with friends, or a romantic evening under the stars on one of the unique night time flights.

The comfortable, all-weather gondolas, equipped with large windows, provide the perfect vantage point to admire the breathtaking beauty of the region.

Step into a whimsical world with our blow-up "bubble houses" filled with balloons, creating a playful and warm atmosphere. Delight in warming foods from the Eagle café, featuring treats like decadent hot chocolate, hearty soup, and mulled wine, perfect for keeping the winter chill at bay.

Experience the magic of faux snow falling on the hour, every hour, and immerse yourself in cultural enrichment with yarn and yidaki sessions by Living Culture. Enjoy the thrill of nocturnal animal shows and enchanting winter night flights on Saturdays, offering a unique perspective of the Peninsula after dark. With live music every weekend, and daily winter kids' crafts to provide endless fun for the little ones, there’s always something on.

As the season peaks, join us for a special "Christmas in July" celebration on the last weekend, making memories that will last a lifetime. Arthurs Seat Eagle offers a world-class experience unlike any other, promising to be "every bit special." Book your tickets now and discover the magic of winter!

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Acro Kids is a family-oriented business run by the dynamic duo, Damian and Katherine. They created Acro Kids with a simple yet powerful vision: to provide a fun, inclusive environment where children of all abilities can enjoy moving their bodies and build confidence along the way. Their focus is on non-competitive recreational gymnastics and parkour programs for kids ranging from toddlers to teens.

At Acro Kids, the emphasis is on creating a nurturing, inclusive environment where children can build confidence and resilience through moving their bodies. Their programs are designed to be engaging and fun, ensuring kids look forward to each session and stay motivated to participate. The programs are holistic, focusing not just on physical skills but also on developing self-belief, courage, and social skills like empathy and leadership. By combining gymnastics, parkour, and other dynamic activities, Acro Kids helps children improve their coordination, balance, and overall fitness while also fostering a sense of achievement and self-worth.

One of the standout aspects of Acro Kids is that children can explore their physical capabilities without the stress of competition. By emphasizing personal achievements and setting attainable challenges, kids learn to overcome obstacles—both literally and figuratively. This process fosters a sense of accomplishment, boosts their self-esteem, and, of course, ensures they have a ton of fun along the way.

Acro Kids offers term programs for 1 - 13 yr olds of all skill levels. Mini Acro classes for 1-4 yrs focus on developing gross motor skills through fun activities like jumping, running, climbing, and balancing. Kinder Acro/Ninja classes for 4 & 5 yrs mix acrobatics fundamentals with ninja-style obstacle courses, boosting physical fitness, coordination, and core strength. These classes provide a strong foundation for young children, enhancing their physical development in an enjoyable setting with interactive themes.

For school age kids and teens, the acrobatics and parkour programs provide an adventurous challenge, teaching fluid movement around obstacles and enhancing strategic thinking and physical abilities.

Parkour, or free running, involves moving fluidly and quickly around obstacles, teaching kids to think strategically while improving their physical capabilities. It's an excellent way for children to challenge themselves and have a blast doing it. Acrobatics focuses on the fun part of gymnastics, tumbling! Children learn handstands, forward rolls, walkovers, cartwheels, aerials and much more in a supportive environment.

The non-competitive nature of the classes encourages children to focus on their personal best, fostering a growth mindset and resilience. By giving kids opportunities to succeed and overcome challenges, Acro Kids helps them develop a positive self-image and confidence that can be applied in other areas of their lives.

Damian and Katherine have created a space where children can thrive physically, mentally, and emotionally. By emphasizing the importance of movement and personal growth, Acro Kids is helping to build a generation of confident, resilient, and healthy children who are ready to take on the world. If you’re looking for a place where your child can have fun, stay active, and build confidence, Acro Kids is the perfect fit. The skills and confidence that children develop at Acro Kids will stay with them for life, helping them to face future challenges with courage and resilience. Damian and Katherine, along with their dedicated team, are ready to welcome your child into the Acro Kids family. Join us at Acro Kids today and see the positive impact it can have on your child's life!

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Our programs are designed for toddlers to teens of all skill levels and experience from beginner to advanced. Book a free trial and join in the fun!

Mornington Peninsula Wizardry Quest

Experience the Magic and the chance to WIN a family getaway valued at over $1100

This winter, unlock a world of enchantment on the Mornington Peninsula with our Wizardry Quest, part of The Magical Mornington Peninsula Taste, Play, Stay Tourism Campaign. From June 3rd until 4pm on Monday, July 15th you have the chance to win a magical family getaway worth over $1100. Explore the hidden gems and must visit locations of our beloved region while collecting special code words along the way.

The grand prize includes a family getaway to Boathouse Resort in Blairgowrie, an evening under the stars at Dromana 3 Drive-In, a family pass to Arthurs Seat Eagle and a $100 food voucher for Hickinbotham of Dromana. Other prizes include a family pass to Enchanted Adventure, Moonlit Sanctuary, and a food voucher for JimmyRum.

Joining the quest is simple and free, making it a fantastic adventure for everyone. Pick up your map from participating businesses including your local visitor information centres

or download it from our website.

As you explore, collect five special code words displayed at businesses, record them on your map or online and share your adventure on social media using #WizardryQuest and #MagicalMorningtonPeninsula. For a bonus entry follow Mornington Peninsula Visitor Centre on Facebook.

Between quest stops, take time to experience all the wonders of the Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy a long lunch at a local brewery or vineyard, warm up with hot chocolate from a local café, explore boutique shops and wildlife sanctuaries. Visit an escape room, get lost in mazes, cast a line, explore galleries and as dusk falls, head to one of the Peninsula’s scenic beaches for a stunning sunset, adding a magical end to your day.

You can submit your completed quest at drop-off points at the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre or The Briars Visitor Information Centre during opening hours, or via the online form.

Plan your Wizardry Quest adventure now and discover why there’s magic around every corner on the Mornington Peninsula. For more details on competition rules and special offers, visit our website at:

Unlock your quest adventure here:

Don’t be fooled, there are some sneaky names for hidden sugars!

Did you know that big food manufacturers have become masters at disguising sugar under various names making it really challenging for consumers to recognise it in products? There are over 100 different words used to describe sugar, here are just a few that you might recognise next time you read a food label:









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Just like the memory of the general store, they provide great service and focus on supporting local producers like us who are ethical and really care about where your food comes from. By shopping at Victorian Farmers Direct, you’re supporting hard working local farmers and small business owners with a true dedication to their craft.

Check out their website to set up a regular order and never worry about running out of your weekly essentials again. You don’t even need to be home for delivery, just leave your esky outside and your goodies will be waiting for you when you return.

With a background as a food writer and cookbook author, Linda Martinucci overhauled her eating style in 2017 when her husband David was diagnosed pre-diabetic. By making a few simple changes to their eating style - reducing carbs and increasing healthy fats – they both felt better and had more energy than they had in decades. David reversed his diagnosis within a few short months and all inflammatory joint aches and pains disappeared. Unable to find easy alternatives to their favourite foods which were free from inflammatory and artificial ingredients, they created a range themselves. Their mission is to help others experience the joys of good health by providing convenient easy alternatives which are full of good nutrition and health benefits.

*As always seek the advice of a qualified health professional before making significant changes to your diet (see our website for resources).

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Healthy Breakfast Cookies

Naturally gluten free and full of healthy nuts and flaxseed fibre, these delicious cookies will keep you full for hours and are perfect when running out the door on a busy morning or as a yummy treat with a cuppa. If you can’t find dark choc chips, use Lindt dark chocolate (min. 70%) and chop into small pieces to keep the sugar content low.


1 cup flaked almonds

⅓ cup shredded coconut

⅓ cup blanched almond meal

¼ cup flaxseed meal

¼ cup hazelnuts, chopped (or other preferred nut)

¼ cup pepitas

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

⅓ cup Lakanto golden monkfruit sweetener (firmly packed)

⅓ cup crunchy peanut butter (or other preferred nut butter)

¼ cup dark choc chips (or sugar free choc chips)

¼ tsp fine salt

2 large eggs, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 180°C and line a large flat tray with non-stick baking paper.

1. In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients and mix together well.

2. In separate bowl add all wet ingredients and mix together well with a fork.

3. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine well until a cookie dough forms.

4. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls (approx 35g each for 16 cookies) and place evenly separated on cookie tray.

5. Flatten each ball slightly with your hand, they don’t spread much.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until edges are slightly browned and crispy.

7. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes on trays before removing to cool on wire racks. Cookies may be a little soft when first out of oven however firm up when cool.

8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 2 weeks or freeze in airtight container up to 3 months.


Simple Steak & Sugo Zoodles

This versatile recipe is super quick to put together and so much faster and healthier than takeaway. With meat prices skyrocketing, we’re really fortunate on the peninsula to have a number of quality discount butchers to shop at.

I highly recommend you check out The Meat Chiller in Dromana for great bulk meat buys at super savings. I’m not affiliated in any way, just love this family run business who always stock quality affordable meat options.


500g steak, sliced into thin pieces (scotch, rump or porterhouse work well)

Salt and pepper to taste

4 large zucchinis (or 800g), spiralized or grated


1. Melt 2 tblsp of preferred shortening in frypan on high heat then add steak and stir fry with salt and pepper until browned all over.

2. Turn heat down to low and add zucchini to pan. Keep tossing together until zucchini is slightly softened.

3. Add all other ingredients to pan and combine well. Stir over heat until sauce is warm and starting to simmer.

4. Remove from heat and serve as is, or with optional extras as desired.

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Double Choc Chia Waffles

(approx 15cm diameter)

Such a delicious dessert, these waffles really hit the spot when topped with cream/coconut cream, berries and a drizzle of melted dark chocolate. You can make waffles as large or small as you like and don’t worry if you haven’t got a waffle maker as you can cook the batter in a frypan for delicious choc chia pancakes. Enjoy!


1 pack Simply Swap Foods Low Carb Pancake Mix

1 tblsp raw cacao powder

1 tblsp Lakanto Classic monkfruit sweetener

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp baking powder

2 tblsp melted butter (or ghee or coconut oil)

2 extra-large eggs, beaten ¼ cup preferred milk

(Cooking spray or extra melted butter to grease waffle maker)

For serving:

Dark chocolate, melted (Lindt 70% or higher)

Fresh berries (or defrost frozen berries)

Whipped cream or coconut cream


1. Preheat waffle maker.

2. Pour contents of pancake mix in a medium size bowl, add remaining dry ingredients and combine together well ensuring no lumps remain.

3. Add melted butter to dry mix along with beaten eggs and milk then whisk ingredients together until a batter forms.

4. Grease waffle maker with cooking spray then spread approx. ⅓ cup mixture onto hot plate.

5. Close lid and cook approximately for 3 - 5 minutes until firm and crisp.

6. Remove and serve topped with fresh berries, whipped cream or coconut cream and melted dark chocolate (melt chocolate by breaking into pieces and placing in microwave safe bowl on high for 1 minute Remove and stir. If not fully melted, microwave further 30 seconds at a time if needed).


Cold and flu affects almost every Australian year in and year out, and it has the tendency to come around at the worst time. In fact, people are likely to be affected with cold and flu when they stray from their usual routines, which is why the chances of experiencing symptoms is higher during periods of increased socialising or travel, particularly around holidays.

There’s nothing worse than suffering from nasal congestion, coughs, pain, and fever when you’re trying to make the most of a vacation or heading back to your usual routine, which is why Codral has released a first of its kind; Cold and Flu Forecast to help Aussies predict the movement of cold and flu symptoms around them.

Built using a robust model that combines cold and flu reports from public institutions, medicine sales, web search results, and trends data from previous flu seasons, the Codral Cold and Flu Forecast revealed that this year’s season is predicted to be at least as potent, if not more, than 2023 –which was one of the worst years in recent history.

Overview of the 2024 cold and flu season

According to IQVIA’s FAN report, over 5.7 million cold and flu products were sold between January and March of 2023 across Australia, while 2024 recorded over 6 million sales within the same period – an increase of 6%.

Similarly, findings from the Codral Cold and Flu Forecast predicts this upward trend to continue, forecasting Australia to experience a sharp incline in cold and flu symptoms after the school holidays until 1 June, with 1 in 3 households predicted to be affected.

Furthermore, the data forecasts that Victoria could see a 44% increase in cases of cold and flu between April and early June, with the following suburbs expected to be cold and flu zones:



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BAXTER PRAHRAN WARRNAMBOOL NORTH MELBOURNE WANTIRNA DAYS 1 to 2 • Scratchy or sore throat • Achy body • Tired • Dry tickly cough • Chesty vs dry hacking cough • Sore throat • Cold & flu FIRST SIGNS DAY 1 to 2 DAYS
2 to 3
Sore throat
Runny nose
Chills or low grade fever
DAYS 4 to 10


Who is most likely to be affected and for how long?

Like other health conditions, cold and flu is likely to affect children more than others. This is primarily because their immune systems are still developing, and they have limited experience in contracting cold and flu as compared to an adult. According to the Lung Foundation of Australia, families with young children in day care, pre-school, and primary school experience frequent colds and can be affected between six and twelve times per year. Similarly, those aged over the age of 65 may also have a higher chance of being affected by cold and flu.

Most cases of cold and flu last between 4-10 days, with symptoms peaking on day two and day three. However children and elderly people may take longer to recover.

How can I avoid the upcoming sneezy season?

The reality of cold and flu is that it affects everyone at some point in the year, so it is extremely difficult to avoid altogether. However, there are steps Aussies can take to be better prepared as we head into winter.

Primarily, good hygiene is essential. Regularly washing your hands and sneezing into your elbow can help protect you and others around you from cold and flu.

Secondly, it is suggested to stock up on cold and flu products which will help alleviate the symptoms of nasal congestion, cough, pain, and fever to minimise the inconvenience if you do catch the sniffles.

Finally, monitor and follow any health advice suggested by the health authorities.

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What causes acne?

Acne is caused by a build-up of dead skin cells and oil. This then forms a pimple or nodule in the skin. Bacteria can then grow in blocked pores, causing inflammation and redness.

Androgen hormones may also make your skin produce more oil. But, hormones only cause acne in a very small minority of people, such as people with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Hormone levels also increase during puberty in teenagers and young adults. Other things can trigger acne such as stress, family history, diet, and some medicines.

You should see your doctor if your acne is severe and causing you concern or if your acne does not improve after using the treatment recommended by your pharmacist. Your doctor may refer you to a dermatologist (a skin specialist) if your acne is severe. They can help you decide which treatment is best for you. Untreated acne can leave you with skin scars.

What is the difference between IBD and IBS?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are two separate disorders of the gut. Because they are different conditions they require different treatment, so it is important not to get them confused with each other and receive an accurate diagnosis. Performing tests on the bowel that measure if there is inflammation present is important to work out which treatment strategy is best to make you feel better.

The similar acronyms for IBD and IBS and the fact that they both affect the digestive system often lead people to confuse the two. While both IBD and IBS are chronic (long-term) conditions, only IBD causes damage to the gut through inflammation. IBS is experienced through symptoms only without any injury to the gut.

What is a jarred finger?

James Lucas

Sara Shayegan

A jarred finger is a joint sprain that happens when the ligaments that hold a joint together are torn. This can cause pain, swelling, bruising and restriction. A mild joint sprain will typically take about two weeks to heal, but more severe sprains can take longer.

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How do I decrease the risk of tooth decay for my child?

Tooth decay is the most chronic disease for children in Australia, with 1 in 4 children (aged 5 to 10) having at least one baby tooth with untreated decay. Tooth decay is largely avoidable by minimising the amount and frequency that sugary foods and drinks are consumed. Sugar contained in our food and drinks is consumed by the bacteria in our mouth. This bacteria then produces acid which weakens the outer surface of our teeth. Over a period of time this weakened tooth will turn into a cavity.

Here are a few tips to help lower your risk of decay:

• Avoid or limit sugary drinks. Juices, cordials, soft drinks and frozen drinks contain copious amounts of sugar. For example, a 350ml bottle of apple juice or coca cola can contain more than 10 teaspoons of sugar!

• Be aware of sugar-free drink varieties as they can also be harmful to teeth as they are acidic and can erode and weaken the outer surface of the teeth.

• Always read the labels! Products with less than 5g per 100g are generally low in sugar

• Limit sugar at breakfast by swapping out high sugar spreads, use wholegrain cereals and try having a piece of fruit rather than fruit juice

• Drinking water after having sugary drinks or foods can help to minimise the effects the sugar can have on the teeth

The early loss of a baby tooth due to decay can lead to future orthodontic problems.

With good oral hygiene, a healthy diet and frequent dental checks, you can greatly decrease your child’s risk of decay. Regular dental appointments will also allow the opportunity for tailored guidance on decreasing your child’s risk of decay

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Nurturing healthy skin through winter

As we enter colder months, our skin undergoes its own seasonal shift. The cooler, drier weather can strip our skin of its natural moisture, leading to dryness and sensitivity.

However, with the right care and adjustments to your skincare routine, you can maintain radiant, healthy skin throughout the colder months. Here are key strategies to keep your skin glowing as we embrace the cooler season.

During winter, the shift in climate and lifestyle requires a parallel shift in how we care for our health, particularly our immune system and our skin, which is an integral part of our immune defence.

Understanding the interplay between these elements and incorporating natural aids like omega 3 fatty acids, activated phenolics, activated apple cider vinegar can keep you in top shape throughout the colder season.

Optimising Skin Health

The skin acts as a physical barrier against pathogens, and its health is vital in supporting overall immunity.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been touted for its potential health benefits, including supporting the immune system. Its acidic nature can help balance the skin's pH, making it less prone to infections. When ingested, ACV is believed to have prebiotic properties that may promote a healthy gut microbiome, an essential component of the immune system. However, it's important to use ACV with caution, as its acidity can also irritate the skin and digestive tract if used improperly.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

These essential fats, found abundantly in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts, are known for their anti-inflammatory properties which are crucial for managing the body's immune response.

Inflammation is a natural part of the immune system's reaction to threats, but chronic inflammation can lead to a host of issues, undermining our health. Omega-3 fatty acids help maintain the skin's lipid barrier, essential in hydration and protection against environmental stresses.

Activated Phenolics

Activated phenolics, a class of potent antioxidants found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are another cornerstone in the fortress of our summer health regimen.

These powerful compounds help protect the body's tissues from oxidative stress and inflammation, which can be exacerbated by increased sun exposure and outdoor activity during the summer months. The role of activated phenolics extends to the immune system, where they contribute to the defence against pathogens by enhancing various immune functions. For skin health, they are particularly important; they help to defend against free radicals and repair damage caused by environmental pollutants. By ensuring a diet rich in these active compounds, we can support our body's resilience to the stressors of winter, promoting a robust immune system and a vibrant, healthy complexion.


1. Moisturise Generously

The cornerstone of winter skincare is ample hydration. As humidity drops, your skin may begin to feel drier and tighter. Use moisturiser that contains hyaluronic acid which is powerful hydrator and help to reinforce your skin's barrier. Don’t forget about your body’s skin, which can also suffer from dryness. Applying body lotion after showering to help lock in moisture.

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2. Gentle Cleansing

While it may have been tempting to use stronger cleansers to combat summer sweat and oil, winter calls for a gentler approach. Opt for a hydrating cleanser that removes impurities without stripping your skin of its natural oils and maintaining skin’s pH.

3. Hydration

Keeping the skin hydrated with active moisturisers that restore skin health and staying hydrated can help maintain its integrity. Indoor environments can become particularly dry, exacerbating skin dryness. Using a humidifier in your home or office can help maintain a more skin-friendly level of humidity, keeping your skin hydrated. Internal hydration is just as important for your skin. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day helps to maintain your skin’s moisture balance and overall health. Incorporating foods with high water content, like cucumbers, tomatoes, and oranges, can also contribute to your daily hydration needs.

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Showcasing the wonderful places on the peninsula and bayside region to take your family out for a ‘lil bite’ to eat on your fun-filled peninsula day out! Here’s just a few of the family-friendly places to stop and visit. 63 •Mornington •Mt Martha •Dromana •Sorrento •Portsea •Flinders •Arthurs Seat Balnarring• Merricks• Somers• Bittern• Hastings• •Frankston •Langwarrin •Seaford •Mt Eliza •Red Hill
Harry’s Cafe Open Wed to Sun: 10am—4pm 1/131 Nepean Highway, Seaford Ph: 9024 0138 E: $49 FAMILY DINNER DEALS Wednesdays from 4pm Open 7 Days for Breakfast & Lunch Dinner Wed to Sat from 4pm BIRTHDAY PARTY & PRIVATE HIRE OPTION AVAILABLE YUMMY HOME MADE FOOD LOTS OF GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS 222 Marine Parade, Hastings P: 5439 7433 227 Cranbourne Road Frankston Open 7 Days 11am - 10pm P: 9776 5277 •Rosebud •Rye UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!


Ingrid’s Face Painting

Ingrid’s Face Painting

Turn your child’s special moments into magical memories with Ingrid’s face painting!

Turn your child’s special moments into magical memories with Ingrid’s face painting!

Ingrid is great with kids & has been bringing smiles to little faces in Melbourne & the Mornington Peninsula since 2009, unleashing imaginations and fun with vibrant and creative designs. Don’t miss out, enquire today.

Ingrid is great with kids & has been bringing smiles to little faces in Melbourne & the Mornington Peninsula since 2009, unleashing imaginations and fun with vibrant and creative designs. Don’t miss out, enquire today.

M: 0419 102 911

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Mad Scientist Escape Room

An escape room experience for kids.

Can you help Alex the laboratory assistant stop the evil Professor Prism from destroying the world? Perfect for birthdays.

2/2a Carbine Way Mornington


Soul Circus

Soul Circus

Parties are available on Saturdays from 9.30am-12pm & 12.30pm - 2pm.

Parties are available on Saturdays from 9.30am-11am and 12.30pm - 2pm.

Robyn’s Room

Seeking something different?

Here you’ll combine traditional party games with circus skills. Swing on the trapeze, climb the silks, jump on the mini tramp’s and hula the hula hoops

Here you’ll combine traditional party games with circus skills. Swing on the trapeze, climb the silks, jump on the mini tramp’s and hula the hula hoops

A quality art and craft pARTy takes birthday fun to a whole new level.

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A: 15 Virginia Street Mornington M: 0405 500 117

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Mornington & Seaford


The biggest and most exciting themed kids party venue to hit the Mornington Peninsula.


P: 8759 1431

M: 0403 795 562


Charlie SillyPants Parties

The ultimate kids’ show! Come on an adventure full of magic and laughter with Charlie SillyPants and friends. Parties, preschool and childcare.

M: 0411 957 185


Have a “Very Silly Christmas” by having the silliest magician in Magicland Charlie SillyPants at the kids’ next party!

You receive $50 off a 1 hour party/show or it’s

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Gravity Zone

The ultimate destination for family fun and entertainment! We are Australia’s largest Indoor Trampoline, Laser Tag, Hologate, Ninja Zone, Café & more.

Phone to enquire about your next party or celebration from 10 – 200 people. Exclusive hire available, we can custom build your function.

A: 25 Oliphant Way, Seaford T: 8770 3900


IG: @gravityzoneseaford


Parties that embody enjoyment and a welcoming atmosphere for children, while simultaneously being convenient for parents. BOUNCE represents the ultimate destination for kids' birthday parties!

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UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT! WE ARE OPEN EVERY DAY OF THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS FOR GR EAT VALUE FAMILY FUN! 3/2 Amayla Cres Carrum Downs VIC ph. 9773 6799 *See website for all session times, pricing and spe cial offer details CHECK OUT OUR HOLIDAY SK8 CLUB SPECIAL OFFER!! 24 HOURS OF SKATING FUN FOR JUST $70* HOLIDAY SK8 CLUB - Great value at less than $3 p/hour!! includes Entry & Sk8hire for the 10am-11am Learn-2-Sk8 Class & 11am-4pm Session on Tues 2nd & 9th & Thurs 4th & 11th July 2024 WARM UP WITH US WARM UP WITH US THIS WINTER THIS WINTER GENERAL SESSIONS SKATE CLASSES PARTIES PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
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