12 books to read in the next 12 months

12 books to read in the next 12 months

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There’s nothing quite like curling up under the covers with a good book, but as busy parents, between working and school pick ups and keeping the kiddos entertained on the weekend, it’s not always easy to find the time to make that happen. And when you do, the last thing you want is to be stuck with a book that you can’t get into and wish you hadn’t wasted the time on.

That’s where we come in! We’ve got the Kiddo Community approved 12 books to read in 12 months, guaranteed page turners that you’re not going to want to put down.

So book in some time and get reading!

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

This book topped The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 and 2020 for 30 non-consecutive weeks and for good reason; it’s a cracker.

For years, rumours of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she alls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand.

Where the Crawdads Sing is an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming of age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. The story delivers a heck of a powerful punch and is sculpted with quite a humble hand, a delicate wind that builds until ultimately it emphatically blows your mind.

Conversations with Friends

Sally Rooney

conversations with friends

Conversations with Friends is the 2017 debut novel of Irish author Sally Rooney. It’s a sharply intelligent story of two college students, centring around the strange, unexpected connection they forge with a married couple.

Ostensibly it’s a book about four people: two ex girlfriends and best friends, Frances and Bobbi, and a married couple Nick and Melissa. But before you get it into your head that it’s a book about cheating, it’s not. The book refuses to make it that simple. The six connections formed within this circle are all given both page time and weight within the narrative. On some level, it’s impossible to root for any one character over the others, because they all feel starkly real and as a reader you find yourself vacillating between liking none of them to loving them all.

This is a book made up of tiny moments of humanity vulnerability and tenderness that will ultimately stay with you for a long, long time.

We need to talk about Kevin

Lionel Shriver

we need to talk about kevin

This gripping international bestseller is about motherhood gone awry.

Eva never really wanted to be a mother, and certainly not the mother of an unlovable boy who murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker and a much adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his sixteenth birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood and Keven’s horrific rampage in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband.

Famous for being a gritty, slightly disturbing read, We need to talk about Kevin is unsettling and harrowing and at times not an easy read, but well worth it.

A Man called Ove

Fredrik Backman

a man called ove

A Man called Ove is a 2012 novel by Fredrik Backman, a Swedish columnist, blogger and writer, and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 42 weeks.

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. Behind the cranky exterior there is, of course, a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, so begins a comical and heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship.

Me Before You

Jojo Moyes

me before you

A love story that captured over 20 million hearts, Me Before You, is the story of Louisa Clark, an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life.

Taking a badly needed job, Louisa begins working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will had always lived a huge life – big deals, extreme sports, world wide travel – and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody and bossy but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common – a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks what do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Pants on Fire

Maggie Alderson

pants on fire

A wonderfully witty, entertaining debut novel in the same vein as Marian Keyes. This is a light and clever woman’s romp, set around loveable heroine Georgiana Abbot, a magazine editor for London who comes to Sydney to work as deputy editor of a girlie magazine, after her heart is broken.

At first things seem promising as she is swept up in a whirl of parties, dancing and debauchery. But Australian men are starting to look all too familiar.

Frivolous, filthy and funny, just the escapism we all need in fun chick lit!

The Help

Kathryn Stockett

the help

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty two year old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy until Skeeter has a ring on her finger.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobodies business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

In pitch perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own, forever changes a town, and the way women, mothers, daughters, caregivers and friends view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humour and home.

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

the kite runner

The Kite Runner is the first novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini, telling the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons – their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love and friendship, told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one of a kind classic.

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

the book thief

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.

By her brother’s graveside, Liesel’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger’s Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordian-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library, wherever there are books to be found.

But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up, and closed down.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

Big Little Lies

Liane Moriarty

big little lies

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbours secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realises how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive. One of those books that you just can’t put down.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine

Gail Honeyman

eleanor oliphant

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: she struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding unnecessary human contact, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realises the only way to survive is to open your heart.

The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion

the rosie project

An international sensation, this hilarious, feel-good novel is narrated by an oddly charming and socially challenged genetics professor on an unusual quest: to find out if he is capable of true love.

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realisation that love is not always what looks good on paper.

The Rosie Project is a moving and hilarious novel for anyone who has ever tenaciously gone after life or love in the face of overwhelming challenges.

 

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10 best waterfall hikes in South Australia

10 best waterfall hikes in South Australia

deep creek waterfall

OK, OK…so TLC told us not to go chasing waterfalls, but we respectfully disagree; we don’t want to stick to the rivers and the lakes that we’re used to! Are we showing our age?

Waterfalls are pure magic for our kiddos, it’s where fairies live and hidden kingdoms exist!

South Australia has some unexpectedly beautiful waterfall hikes, and we’ve got ten top spots for you to put on your list to do with your family this weekend!


Ingalalla Falls

ingalalla falls

Ingalalla falls is a great place to start with the family, as it’s just a short 250m walk, with the trail starting at a picnic area. It follows the creek upstream to the rock pool and waterfall, with several other picnic areas along the way.

  • Distance: 0.5km
  • Duration: 45 minutes return
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain: Flat
  • Travel time from Adelaide: 1-2 hours

For more information and maps:

Ingalalla Falls

Hindmarsh Falls

hindmarsh falls

With just a short walk to the lookout to see the waterfalls, you’ll find water cascading over numerous pools. The lower car park is adjacent to a picnic area.

  • Distance: 0.2km return
  • Duration: 15 minutes
  • Suitable for: Walking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain: Undulating
  • Travel time from Adelaide: 1-2 hours

For more information and maps:

Hindmarsh Falls

Waterfall Trail, Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

mark oliphant waterfalltrack

The Waterfall Trail passes through the waterfall, but be warned, the waterfall is not always flowing. Whilst the entrance to the park appears rundown, but don’t be deceived – this park is a gem for walkers. Trails are marked, and fire tracks named with street signs. The Waterfall Trail is rewarding, but at times can be a little overgrown.

  • Distance: 1.6km return
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Suitable for: Walking, trail running
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Terrain: Undulating
  • Travel time from Adelaide: 1 hour or less

For more information and maps:

Waterfall Trail, Mark Oliphant Conservation Park

Deep Creek Waterfall

deep creek waterfall

Flowing in winter and spring, Deep Creek is a permanent waterfall.

  • Distance: 12km
  • Duration: 4-7 hours
  • Suitable for: hiking/trail running
  • Difficulty: Hard hike
  • Terrain: Steep
  • Travel time from Adelaide: 1-2 hours

For more information and maps:

Deep Creek Waterfall

Mannum Waterfalls

mannum falls waterfall

Mannum waterfalls has numerous waterholes, with waterfalls flowing between them. A scenic walking trail follows Reedy creek from the lower pools to the waterfalls. This is like natures playground, with climbable rocks, navigable pathways and wildlife galore.

  • Distance: 3km return
  • Duration: 2-3 hours return
  • Suitable for: walking
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Terrain: undulating
  • Travel time from Adelaide: 1-2 hours

For more information and maps:

Mannum falls

Waterfall hike, Belair National Park

belair waterfall

The Lower and Upper Waterfalls make up the two sets of falls at Belair National Park. These falls are best to visit after rainfall, as often, without recent rainfalls there won’t be a trickle!

  • Distance: 6.5km circuit
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Suitable for: Hiking, dog walking, trail running
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Terrain: Steep
  • Travel time from Adelaide: 1 hour or less

Fore more information and maps:

Waterfall Hike, Belair

Three Falls Grand Hike, Morialta

three falls grand hike

With a hike that visits all three of the falls in Morialta Conservation Park, your waterfall cup will literally be overflowing! First falls are the most spectacular, accessible from the easy Morialta Falls Valley walk, and can also be viewed above at the Eagle Nest Lookout.

  • Distance: 7.3km circuit
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Suitable for: Walking, trail running
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Terrain: Steep
  • Travel time from Adelaide: 1 hour or less

For more information and maps:

Three falls grand hike Morialta

Sturt Gorge

Sturt gorge

The Sturt River through Sturt Gorge flows for most of the year, but the waterfalls are best after rainfall.

The loop of the upper section of the River Trail in Sturt Gorge Recreation Park is an adventurous walk, with river crossings and possible rock scrambling.

  • Distance: 7.6km circuit
  • Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Suitable for: Walking, trail running
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Terrain: Undulating
  • Time from Adelaide: 1 hour or less

For more information and maps:

Sturt Gorge

The Terraces, Alligator Gorge

alligator gorge

Alligator Gorge in Mt Remarkable National Park features the Terraces and the Narrows. The Terraces are a long series of small cascading waterfalls.

  • Distance: 8.9km circuit
  • Duration: 4 hours return
  • Suitable for: Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Terrain: Undulating
  • Time from Adelaide:  2+ hours

For more information and maps:

Alligator Gorge Ring Route Hike

Waterfall Gully

waterfall gully

There are six waterfalls along the popular Waterfall Gully to Mt Lofty summit hike. The First Falls are the most spectacular, and accessible from the car park. The Second Falls are just 500 metres along the trail.

  • Distance: 7.8km return
  • Duration: 1.5-3 hours return
  • Suitable for: Walking, hiking, jogging
  • Difficulty: Hard hike
  • Terrain: Steep
  • Time from Adelaide:  1 hour or less

For more information and maps:

Waterfall Gully hike

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31 must-see movies coming out in 2021

31 must-see movies coming out in 2021

cinema popcorn

Going to the cinema has been off the cards so far for much of 2020 because of COVID19 making it’s way around the globe. As a result, studios have delayed not just movies but whole productions, leaving a bunch of must-see films pushed back for 2021 release. We wanted to get the calendar ready so you can keep track of the films you’re excited to see next year!

Here’s our list of 31 must-see movies that will hit theatres in 2021. There’s something here for everyone, date night, girls night, family night – we’ve got you covered.

1. Jurassic World 3
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Filming

The plot for this one is currently under wraps, but it’s prehistoric dinosaurs wreaking havoc on the world, what more could you want?

Director: Colin Trevorrow | Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Jake Johnson, Jeff Goldblum

2. The Matrix 4
Action, Sci-Fi | Announced

The fourth instalment of the Matrix. Stars Keanu Reeves… enough said!

Director: Lana Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra

3. Avatar 2
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Filming

avatar 2

The very (very!) long awaited sequel to Avatar.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Kate Winslet, Jemaine Clement

4. Fast & Furious 9
Action, Adventure, Crime | Post-production

Cypher enlists the help of Jakob, Dom’s younger brother to take revenge on Dom and his team. Fast cars, vroom vroom, etc etc!

Director: Justin Lin | Stars: Charlize Theron, Vin Diesel, Lucas Black, Michelle Rodriguez

5. The Eternals
Action, Adventure, Drama | Post-production

The saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani

6. The Suicide Squad
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Post-production

Superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team Suicide Squad. Intended as a standalone sequel to Suicide Squad (2016) and the tenth film in the DC Extended Universe.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Margot Robbie, Taika Waititi, Pete Davidson, Joel Kinnaman

7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | Post-production

Superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Venom, it is intended to be the third film in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters and the sequel to Venom (2018).

Director: Andy Serkis | Stars: Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Woody Harrelson, Naomie Harris

8. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
Comedy | Post-production

ghostbusters afterlife

When a single mum and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray

9. The Batman
Action, Crime, Drama | Announced

The plot is currently totally unknown for this one, but it’s BATMAN! I mean, need we say more?

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell

10. Mortal Kombat
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Post-production

Feature film based on the popular video game.

Director: Simon McQuoid | Stars: Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ludi Lin, Tadanobu Asano

11. Space Jam: A New Legacy
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

space jam 2

NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Sonequa Martin-Green, Don Cheadle, Martin Klebba, LeBron James

12. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Action, Adventure, Comedy | Pre-production

Plot unknown. Third installment of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

13. Mission: Impossible 7
Action, Adventure, Thriller | Announced

The seventh entry in the long-running Mission: Impossible series.

Director: Christopher McQuarrie | Stars: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell

14. Jungle Cruise
Action, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

jungle cruise

Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travellers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles but with a supernatural element. And… The Rock is in it!

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti

15. Uncharted
Action, Adventure | Pre-production

The story is a prequel to the games, starring Holland as a younger Drake, showing us details of how he came to meet and befriend Sully.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Tom Holland, Antonio Banderas, Tati Gabrielle

16. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3
Adventure, Family, Fantasy | Pre-production

fantastic beasts 3

The third instalment of the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ series which follows the adventures of Newt Scamander.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston

17. Killers of the Flower Moon
Crime, Drama, History | Filming

Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920’s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro

18. Minions: The Rise of Gru
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

rise of gru

The untold story of one twelve-year-old’s dream to become the world’s greatest super villain.

Directors: Kyle Balda, Brad Ableson, Jonathan del Val | Stars: Steve Carell, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lucy Lawless, Julie Andrews

19. In the Heights
Drama, Music, Musical | Post-production

A feature version of the Broadway musical, in which a bodega owner has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

Director: Jon M. Chu | Stars: Stephanie Beatriz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dascha Polanco, Jimmy Smits

20. Sherlock Holmes 3
Action, Adventure, Crime | Pre-production

sherlock holmes 3

The plot is unknown at this time, but Jude Law is in it, so I’m basically lining up outside the cinema already.

Director: Dexter Fletcher | Stars: Rachel McAdams, Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law

21. Scream 5
Horror, Mystery, Thriller | Pre-production

A new instalment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett | Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette

22. Babylon
Drama | Pre-production

Plot unknown. Rumored to be set in period Hollywood. Brad Pitt, Emma Stone; no brainer!

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Brad Pitt, Emma Stone

23. The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
Action, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

Sequel to the 2017 action/comedy, and it stars Ryan Reynolds so sign me up!

Director: Patrick Hughes | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan Freeman, Salma Hayek

24. Cruella
Comedy, Crime | Post-production

Cruella

A live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil. Emma Stone as Cruella? It doesn’t get any better than that!

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Emma Stone, Mark Strong, Emma Thompson, Paul Walter Hauser

24. Rumble
Animation, Comedy, Family | Filming

In a world where monster wrestling is a global sport and monsters are superstar athletes, teenage Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps by coaching a loveable underdog monster into a champion.

Director: Hamish Grieve | Stars: Ben Schwartz, Terry Crews, Will Arnett, Joe Anoa’i

25. Untitled Spider-Man Sequel
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Announced

A continuation of Spider-Man Far From Home.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Zendaya, Tom Holland

26. Raya and the Last Dragon
Animation, Action, Adventure | Post-production

In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.

Directors: Paul Briggs, Dean Wellins | Stars: Awkwafina, Cassie Steele

27. Pinocchio
Animation, Fantasy, Musical | Filming

A darker version of the classic children’s fairy tale of a wooden puppet that transforms into a real living boy.

Directors: Guillermo del Toro, Mark Gustafson | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Christoph Waltz, David Bradley

28. Cinderella
Comedy, Family, Fantasy | Filming

A modern musical version of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella”. Camila Cabello is cast as Cinderella so I have this one earmarked as my potential favourite family movie of 2021!

Director: Kay Cannon | Stars: Camila Cabello, Billy Porter, Nicholas Galitzine, Minnie Driver

29. Tomb Raider 2
Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

Sequel to the 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Kristin Scott Thomas

30. Monster Problems
Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

A young man learns how to survive a monster apocalypse with the help of an expert hunter.

Director: Michael Matthews | Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Ellen Hollman

31. The Boss Baby 2
Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Announced

boss baby 2

No plot is currently known, but if Boss Baby was anything to go by, this one will be a hit!

Director: Tom McGrath | Stars: Alec Baldwin, John Flanagan, James McGrath

Adelaide’s favourite takeaway coffee spots!

Adelaide’s favourite takeaway coffee spots!

take away coffee adelaide

The KIDDO community has spoken! We all know that as parents we are sleep poor and time poor. Coffee keeps us going when we’ve been up in the wee hours with a teething baby, or have had a small human crawl into our bed in the middle of the night and proceed to kick our spleen for the next four hours under the thinly veiled guise of “cuddling mummy”. When shut eye is at a premium, caffeine is a necessary!

We asked KIDDO readers to share some of their favourite Adelaide coffee spots for grabbing a cup on the go and have compiled a list, stretching across the North, South, East and West of Adelaide, as well as the Hills and CBD.

 

SOUTH

HARK
65 Duthy Street, Unley

Nettle and Knead
84 Duthy Street, Malvern

The Local Crowd
14 The Strand, Colonel Light Gardens

Bond and Lane
1 Salisbury Crescent, Colonel Light Gardens

Yeah Nah Yeah
1/97 Belair Road, Torrens Park

Frewville Foodland
177 Glen Osmond Road, Frewville

B3 Coffee
2/231 Main Rd, Blackwood

96 Glen Osmond Road, Parkside


EAST

fine fettle takeaway coffee

 

Fine and Fettle
Unit 4, 57 Magill Road, Stepney

Rustic Gourmet
471 Greenhill Rd, Tusmore

FIX
27 Torrens Street, College Park

Taylorblend
1/34 Hallett Road, Stonyfell

Tell Henry
20 The Parade West, Kent Town

WEST

third time lucky takeaway

Queen Street Cafe
12 Elizabeth Street, Croydon,

Third Time Lucky
4/436 Henley Beach Road, Lockleys

94 West
225-229 Grange Road, Findon

Folklore Cafe
11 Mundy Street, Port Adelaide

Dutch Coffee Lab
Shop 5, 255 St. Vincent Street, Port Adelaide

Drummer boy
132 St Vincent Street, Port Adelaide

Coffee By the Bean
Shop 3, 394 Henley Beach Road, Lockleys

Cafe 303
303 Seaview Road, Henley Beach

 

NORTH

coffee barun beans

The Coffee Barun
219 Main North Rd, Sefton Park

First Things First Coffee
373 Main North Rd, Enfield
316 Salisbury Hwy, Salisbury Down

42nd Street Cafe
Shop 15/9-15 Main St, Mawson Lakes

The Food Barr
1 Goodall Parade, Mawson Lakes

Cafe Aroma Golden Grove
The Stables Shopping Centre, Shop 7 / 1495 Golden Grove Road, Golden Grove


CBD

perfect cup coffee machine

Nano Cafe
23 Ebenezer Place, Adelaide

Perfect Cup
26 Frederick Road, Adelaide

Coffylosophy
198A Hutt Street, Adelaide

Shubui
Shop 2/ 160 Grote Street, Adelaide

Funk Coffee Food
250 Victoria Square, Adelaide

BTS
33a Pirie Street, Adelaide

289 Halifax St, Adelaide

 

HILLS

Fred take away coffee

 

Shop 1/24Gawler Street, Mount Barker

Joan’s Pantry

7 Watahuna Avenue, Hawthorndene

Foodland Complex, Johnston Street, Stirling
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Book your babysitters, COVID19 restrictions easing early!

Book your babysitters, COVID19 restrictions easing early!

Book your babysitters, and get out of your active wear, we’re eating out! And we can have a drink too!

South Australia’s Premier Steven Marshall has this morning announced that as of Friday this week, all restaurants and cafes will be able to accommodate 20 diners; with half of these patrons permitted indoors and half outdoors. The early easing of coronavirus restrictions will also include the service of alcohol in these venues. Cheers to that!

Also announced this morning the news that from Friday June 5, just in time for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, all pubs across the state will be permitted to open.

South Australia’s previous restriction road map contemplated restaurants only allowing 10 outdoor diners, with no alcohol until June 8. Stage Two in the government road map to recovery has been moved forward in order to give hoteliers and patrons the opportunity to boost revenue and morale over the long weekend.

Mr Marshall said the “small changes” were “steps along the path”, and in response to the wishes of the South Australian public.

South Australia has had just one case of coronavirus detected in the past 28 days.

 

 

 

 

10 top short-drive camping spots in Adelaide

10 top short-drive camping spots in Adelaide

10 short drive camping spots in SA

With camping sites reopening this week, coinciding with the easing of COVID-19 related restrictions to regional travel across South Australia, it’s the perfect time to hit the road with your kiddos and check out some of the beautiful family friendly camping spots South Australia has to offer.

We’ve compiled a list of the best “are we there yet” proof locations for families who want to camp but don’t want to be stuck in the car with their kids for 6 hours!

Pink Gum campground – Onkaparinga River National Park
45km south of the CBD (45 minutes)

Situated at the Eastern end of Onkaparinga River National Park, this campground has 11 camp sites, including three suitable for caravans, a toilet, washing up facilities and fire pits for use outside the fire ban season.

Pink Gum campground for more information

The Wirra campground – Para Wirra Conservation Park
45km from Adelaide CBD (45 minutes)

parrawirra conservation park

Situated at the Eastern end of Para Wirra Conservation Park amongst the pink gums, this campground has 19 camp sites, including six that are suitable for small campervans and camper trailers, toilets, a basic camp kitchen, gas barbecues and fire pits in each camp site for use outside the fire ban season.

Wirra campground for more information

Deep Creek Conservation Park
Within 100km of Adelaide (90 minutes)

Deep Creek Conservation Park is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. Five campgrounds are dotted throughout the park, with four accessible by 2WD vehicles.

Campgrounds available:
Stringybark campground
Trig Campground
Tapanappa Campground
Cobbler Hill Campground
Eagle waterhole “hike in only” campground

Deep Creek Conservation Park for more information

Second Valley Caravan Park
90km from Adelaide (80 minutes)

second valley beach

Nestled in the valley beside the creek, the rural setting of Second Valley provides a relaxing environment for a family getaway. Sites are suitable for multiple types of camping experience, be it tent, camper trailer or van. Amenities with private bathrooms are only a short walk from sites, as are camp kitchen and laundry. Sites boast magnificent views of the Second Valley hills.

Second Valley Caravan Park for more information

Waitpinga Camp ground – Newland Head Conservation Park
90km from Adelaide (80 minutes)

Newland Head Conservation Park is under two hours from Adelaide, and less than 15 minutes from Victor Harbor. Just a short walk from the beach, and sheltered from the winds, you can camp among the mallee or open areas protected by shrubs in one of 15 unpowered sites. Toilets and a large communal gas barbecue area available.

Newland Head Conservation Park for more information

Woodhouse Activity Centre
20km from Adelaide (30 minutes)

woodside activity centre

Only a short drive up the freeway, Woodhouse provides a safe, convenient space for campers of all experience levels. There are numerous campgrounds, all with shared campfire circles (seasonal use) and adjacent basecamps fitted with creature comforts including toilets and showers. Shared dining halls provide shelter, tables and seating, sink and BBQ facilities.

Your camping fee also gives you access to all Woodhouse activities on each day either side of your overnight stay!

Woodhouse Activity Centre for more information

Hindmarsh Island Caravan Park
100km from Adelaide (90 minutes)

Hindmarsh Island Caravan Park is located on the northern side of Hindmarsh Island, spread across 22 acres of natural land. The island is renowned for its sheltered waters on the northern shores and its vast ocean on the southern side. The nearby Coorong is a haven for bird life and water activities.

Hindmarsh Island Caravan Park for more information

Brownhill Creek Caravan Park
7km from Adelaide CBD (10 minutes)

brownhill creek conservation park

Adelaide’s Brownhill Creek Caravan and Holiday Park is just 7km away from Adelaide CBD and beaches, in the leafy eastern suburbs of Mitcham, in the Brownhill Creek state recreation park. Set on 25 acres, this is the ideal place to relax and unwind, only a hop skip and a jump from central Adelaide.

With cabins, camp sites (powered and unpowered) and sites for campers and vans, Brownhill Creek has options for campers of all experience levels.

Brownhill Creek Caravan Park for more information

Victor Harbor Holiday Park
85km from Adelaide (75 minutes)

The Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park is the perfect base to explore South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula. Roughly an hour’s drive from Adelaide, the park has a range of accommodation from self contained two bedroom waterview villas overlooking Encounter Bay, cabins, studio rooms as well as large shady camping and caravan sites and powered and unpowered options to choose from.

Victor Harbour Holiday Park for more information

Chookarloo Campground – Kuitpo Forest
50km from Adelaide (45 minutes)

chookalaroo campground

Less than an hour from the CBD, Chookalaroo campground is an ideal location for a quick family getaway.

With 23 designated, unpowered camping sites, and bigger sites available for caravans, Chookalaroo is surrounded by a Eucalypt woodland, with plenty of shade and shelter.

Camping permits are available exclusively online via ForestrySA’s booking system.

ForestrySA for more information


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