KIDDO BOOK CLUB: Best New Release Books July

KIDDO BOOK CLUB: Best New Release Books July

New Release books July

 

Look, we understand here at KIDDO that parents don’t get a lot of chance to read; we’re too busy doing school pick up, making dinner, wiping bums… the list goes on! But when we do get those hallowed moments to sit down with a book, it better be a page turner.

So we’ve done all the hard work for you, and put together our top picks of the new release books for July. We’ve also included a few for the kids too, because grubby little fingers love brand new pages to turn too!

ADULT FICTION

The Silent Wife

Karin Slaughter

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A woman runs alone in the woods. She convinces herself she has no reason to be afraid, but she’s wrong. A predator is stalking the women of Grant County. He lingers in the shadows, until the time is just right to snatch his victim. Ten years later, the case has been closed. The killer is behind bars. But then another young woman is brutally attacked and left for dead, and the MO is identical. Will Trent and forensic pathologist Sara Linton re-open the cold case.

RRP $32.99
Release date: 08/07/20

Buy

 

The Patient

Jasper DeWitt

the patient

Parker, a young, overconfident psychiatrist new to his job at a mental asylum, miscalculates catastrophically when he undertakes curing a mysterious and profoundly dangerous patient … ‘The Patient’ is a fascinating and frightening read that comes at you like the monster under your bed.

RRP $27.99
Release date: 08/07/20

Buy

 

The Light At The End of the Day

Eleanor Wasserberg

the light at the end of the day

A family scattered. Lovers torn apart. A painting that unites them all. When Jozef is commissioned to paint a portrait of the younger daughter of Krakow’s grand Oderfeldt family, he has no inkling of the way his life will become entangled with the Oderfelts. Spanning countries and decades, The Light at the End of the Day is a heartbreaking novel of exile, survival and how we remember what is lost.

RRP $29.99
Release date: 08/07/20

Buy

ADULT NON FICTION

Ultimate Slow Cooker

taste.com.au

ultimate slow cooker

From Australia’s #1 food website comes the most delicious and popular recipes for your slow cooker. Ultimate Slow Cooker delivers the best of the best recipes from the team at taste. com.au. From falling-apart-at-the-bone stews to warming curries and heavenly desserts, there are 100 inspiring and clever dishes to choose from – all year round. With handy cooks notes, secret hacks, nutritional information and reviews from the taste.com.au community, Ultimate Slow Cooker is destined to hold pride of place in your kitchen.

RRP $34.99
Release date: 08/07/20

Buy

KIDS PICKS

How to make a Pet Monster

Lili Wilkinson

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Artie is eleven years old. He does NOT believe in ghosts or monsters. He does believe in science.

His stepsister Willow is kinda terrifying, but together they find a weird old book in the attic of their new house: the Big Boke of Fetching Monsters. It tells you how to make your own monster—but that’s impossible.

You DEFINITELY can’t make a monster—because MONSTERS DO NOT EXIST!

RRP $14.99
Release date: 02/07/20

Buy

What Do You Call Your Grandpa?

Ashleigh Barton

what do you call your grandpa

An inclusive picture book for grandparents everywhere. In every country around the world are grandpas short and tall. Though they go by different names, we love them one and all. From brilliant new talents Ashleigh Barton and Martina Heiduczek, comes a charming and heart-warming book that celebrates the many different ways we say grandpa. What Do You Call Your Grandpa? is a love letter to grandfathers and families from every corner of the globe.

RRP $17.99
Release date: 22/07/20

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Pink!

Margaret Wild

pink!

Pink was born to stand out. Pink is a small dinosaur who stands out from the crowd. Hide-and-seek is her favourite game, but her colour means she’s always the first one to be found. She doesn’t want to be pink anymore … until her difference helps her friends find their way home again. An adorable new picture book about accepting yourself and finding your strengths, from award-winning author Margaret Wild and award-winning illustrator Judith Rossell.

RRP $24.99
Release date: 08/07/20

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THE BOY WHO BURPED
The Tale of Barnaby Glurp

Felicity McVay

the boy who burped

This is a story about Barnaby Glurp, a little boy who likes to burp.

Sometimes his burps were quiet, like a mouse creeping across the floor.

Sometimes his burps were loud, like a mighty lion’s roar.

Meet Barnaby, a little boy from Bondi who loves to burp. Barnaby can burp on demand and even entertain his friends by burping the alphabet. But when Barnaby tries to stop burping, he can’t! Barnaby tries everything from changing his diet to standing upside down and walking backwards.

This debut book by Sydney based Felicity McVay will be a delightful addition to your child’s bookshelf. You’ll laugh out loud as you read the rhyming text and travel along with Barnaby who is beautifully illustrated by French illustrator Caroline Seltz. Barnaby will surely become a pre-bedtime favourite with children ages 2 years and above.

RRP $17.99
Release date: 20/07/20

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The Iron King Special Edition

Julie Kagawa

the iron king

Enter a fantastical world of dangerous faeries, wicked princes and one half human girl who discovers her entire life is a lie. This 10th anniversary special edition of The Iron King includes the bonus novella Winter’s Passage and an exclusive excerpt from the new Iron Fey book, The Iron Raven. The rest of The Iron Fey saga will be released as special editions later in 2020.

RRP $16.99
Release date: 15/06/20

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Adelaide School Holidays July 2020: The ultimate guide!

Adelaide School Holidays July 2020: The ultimate guide!

Adelaide school holidays july 2020

MONDAY 6 JULY – FRIDAY 17 JULY

 

Winter holidays can be daunting; long, cold, rainy, long, wet, long, long, (did we say long?) days with a house full of kiddos who have energy to burn and creative minds to engage!

If you need a hand finding something to do with your kiddos during the Adelaide School Holidays July 2020, then look no further!

Welcome to your ultimate guide to keeping little hands busy and growing brains buzzing during the Adelaide School Holidays July 2020!

 

Little Picasso’s Winter Holiday Program

Adelaide School Holidays July 2020

If your kiddo hasn’t already experienced the messy, vibrant, lively fun of a Little Picassos class, the Adelaide School Holidays July 2020 are a great time to get involved, with extra accompanying adult sessions added so big Picasso’s can also be part of the creativity!

Little Picasso’s Winter Holidays Program offers a fun, creative and innovative environment full of colourful activities for children wanting to splash some paint around and channel the inner artist within.

School Holiday classes and workshops can range from one, two or three hours, to half day, full day sessions for children from 2-16 years of age. Limited spots available due to small groups, so make sure to get in quickly!

For more information on session times or to make a booking:

littlepicassos.com.au

@littlepicassosadelaide

 

Urban Art Tutorials for teens

Register your teen for online Street Art Tutorials in the Adelaide School Holidays July 2020!

This immersive online creative series shining a spotlight on urban art, is the first of its kind, and a free resource for budding teen artists brought to you by The City of Norwood Payneham & St. Peters during the Adelaide School Holidays July 2020: Monday 6 – Friday 17 July 2020.

Course details

Designed for teens at all levels of drawing experience, Urban Art Tutorials is a free course is delivered online and your young artist will have access to:

  • Video talks by local Adelaide-based mural and street artists
  • Drawing demos by ACSA graduate and teen drawing instructor Alex Beckinsale
  • A range of activities and instruction videos to get them creating their own urban art
  • Opportunity to have completed works exhibited in the upcoming Canvas Urban Youth Art Exhibition

Whether your teen is just giving art a try or they’re experienced and looking to explore different techniques, these urban art tutorials will inspire creativity, help find and build confidence, and improve overall artistic practice!

Register now

Girl Power Workshops

girl power workshops

GIRL POWER provides fun, interactive well-being workshops for girls aged 7 – 12 years, with a mission to foster a positive mindset and resilience in girls at a young age, before they embark on their teenage years and exposed to the powerful world of social media. Girl Power workshops are based on positive psychology principles and delivered by way of fun, creative and engaging activities. Girls come away from the workshops knowing themselves better, understanding the power they have over their own lives and with increased social awareness.

The full day workshops during the Adelaide school holidays July 2020:

  • explore identity, strengths, friendship, resilience, growth mindset and gratitude through fun, creative and engaging activities.

Girl Power workshops are rotated throughout the year, all focusing on the same important topics but in each workshop, the activities change. This way, your daughter can attend multiple workshops without repeating the same activities.

All instructors are experts in their field and experienced teachers with First Aid training and police clearance.

To book:

girlpowerworkshops.com.au

For more information:

info@girlpowerworkshops.com.au

The Studio ADL Crafternoon Sessions

The studio ADL

The Studio Adl has three crafty options for your kids these Adelaide school holidays July 2020.

Whatever the kiddos are into, the team at The Studio Adl provides encouraging and exciting mini workshops and crafternoon playdates, that will also teach them creative thinking and skill sharing.

Crafternoon One

Basic mix of arts and crafts including:

  • polymer clay
  • jewellery making
  • free play

Crafternoon Two 

All of the sparkles including:

  • Bedazzling crown making
  • Shoe upcyling

Crafternoon Three 

Clay Play Junior including:

  • Air dry clay creations
  • Foam clay fun

 

For more information and to book:

thestudioadl@gmail.com with your preferred date and time – life is flexible, so are they!

 

Sk8 Girls Beginners Skateboarding Lessions

beginner skateboarding lessons

Do you have a daughter who’s interested in learning to skateboard during the school holidays?

Then sign her up for girls only beginner skateboarding lessons in the new St Clair Skatepark.

Girls Beginner Skateboarding Lessons

Adelaide school holidays July 2020:

  • The workshop is best suited to girls aged between 12-18 years old.
  • Cost is $10 per child.
  • Bring own helmet and water bottle.
  • Bookings are essential and places are limited.

Please meet at The Brocas Youth Centre 111 Woodville Road, St Clair.

Please be aware that safe hygiene practices will apply and there will be restrictions on numbers in line with the COVID-19 guidelines. Therefore parents will need to drop their children off and wait outside the building or depending upon numbers in another room.

For more information:

 

Sk8 Boys Beginner Skateboarding Lessons

boys beginner skateboard lessons

Is your son interested in learning how to skateboard these July School Holidays?

Then sign him up for boys beginner skateboarding lessons in the new St Clair Skatepark.

Boys Beginner Skateboarding lessons

Adelaide School Holidays July 2020:

  • The workshop is best suited to boys aged between 12-18 years old.
  • Cost is $10 per child.
  • Bring own helmet and water bottle.
  • Bookings are essential and places are limited.

Please meet at The Brocas Youth Centre 111 Woodville Road, St Clair.

Please be aware that safe hygiene practices will apply and there will be restrictions on numbers in line with the COVID-19 guidelines. Therefore parents will need to drop their children off and wait outside the building or depending upon numbers in another room.

For more information:

Book now

Warm up with AFL MAX

AFL MAX

AFL MAX has plenty of activities to get you moving – out of the house, out of the rain and back at MAX! The recreational facilities will be open for the Adelaide School Holidays July 2020, filled with plenty of exciting facilitated play.

The AFL MAX specialty is getting kids active and having fun and there are a range of offers and activities available for the Adelaide School Holidays July 2020.

With all regular sessions available throughout the holidays, as well as MAX Active Holiday camps, there’s something for every kid of every age and ability level!

AFL MAX also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide

 32 Butler Bvd, Adelaide Airport, SA

aflmax.com.au/school-holidays/

 

Jump into BOUNCE!

bounce kids party venur

We’re all jumping for joy, because Bounce is back just in time for the Adelaide School Holidays July 2020, and not a moment too soon!

Good news for parents too; while doors have been closed the BOUNCE tribe have jumped off the trampolines and onto the tools – building a brand new check-in and cafe experience for bouncers to enjoy.

With extra seating, large balcony viewing area and dedicated power for laptops and phones, parents and caregivers can work remotely while watching their little people leap, spring, skip and bound across the whole BOUNCE venue!

BOUNCE also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide

To book your sessions and get bouncing:

BOUNCEinc.com.au

facebook.com/bouncemarleston

@bounce.adelaide

164-168 Richmond Rd, Marleston, SA 

 

 

Funtopia Prospect

Jump back into the full swing of indoor adventures

Your kiddos can get back to having a funbelievable time these school holidays; whether it’s climbing up Jack’s beanstalk, scaling brick buildings or climbing Funtopia’s interactive pro climbing walls, they’re going to keep going back for more, over and over again!

There’s something for all the kiddos, big and small, with Playground World and Toddler World offering an alternative to the common playground, with super slides, go carts and a mirror maze to keep little people busy and buzzing.

But the kids don’t get all the fun!

Mr Spriggin’s Cafe is fully licensed (woot woot!) and parents, family members and friends can sit and watch their little people while indulging in good food and great coffee by Five Senses.

While the doors have been closed, Mr Spriggin’s Naughty and Nice menu, put together by Executive Chef Stewart Wesson (of Whistle and Flute fame!), has been refreshed, with a section dedicated to healthy bowls, house made nuggets and even popcorn cauliflower for snacking!

Limited capacity and social distancing measures will apply. Online bookings essential.

For more information and updated trading hours:

funtopiaworld.com.au

259-269 Main N Rd, Sefton Park SA

Tree Climb Adelaide

kids tree climbing training course

Your tree top adventure awaits at Adelaideʼs first inner city aerial adventure park. Tree Climb  has over 70 obstacles in 7 courses and thereʼs something for varying ages and abilities. Plus, youʼre outdoors in nature while youʼre having fun. Perfect. Tree Climb is perfect for children aged 3 and over.

Tree Climb also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide!

Cnr Greenhill Road + Unley Road, Adelaide SA 5000
treeclimb.com.au

 

Latitude

latitude kids school holidays

If the weather is miserable, cabin fever has struck and the kids are climbing the walls these school holidays, we have just the answer for you… head over to LATITUDE where they can, quite literally, climb the walls and burn off some energy while having the time of their lives!

With rock climbing, trampolines to bounce away on, a kids zone and just a complete fun-overload, this is a must visit these hols!

LATITUDE also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide!

13-15 Fosters Rd, Greenacres
latitudeair.com

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Hahndorf is just a short drive up the freeway and is the cutest lil town you ever did see. Thereʼs loads to do there and lots of rich German culture and history to immerse yourself and the kidlets in. Itʼs also home to the Hahndorf Farm Barn where your little ones can get up close and personal, interact, hold and feed most of the animals with the cutest little residents from baby lambs to guinea pigs to donkeys. And itʼs educational too, children learn all about the animals as well as have opportunities to milk a cow and ride a pony!

The Hahndorf Farm Barn also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide

2282 Mount Barker Rd, Hahndorf SA 5245
farmbarn.com.au

 

Windmill at Home

Grug Windmill at home

If your family generally enjoy a trip to the theatre in the holidays, this mid-year break might be a little different. But while many theatre’s are still closed across the country, a collection of innovative theatre makers have created alternative experiences that will more than fill the theatre void these holidays – without the stress of finding a car park!

WINDMILL AT HOME is a brand-new digital platform from Windmill Theatre Co that features a smorgasbord of content from their beloved performance repertoire.

Windmill at Home is offered free to the public and features recorded readings of Grug (including some lycra-clad grugercise sessions), and a suite of craft activities and Windmill’s award-winning immersive digital experiences.

For more information:

windmill.org.au

Mountain Goat Mountain

mountain goat mountain

If you’re after something that you can all do together, MOUNTAIN GOAT MOUNTAIN is an audio lead theatre experience for families, perfect for an indoor activity during the winter school holidays.

This delightful lounge room adventure guides families through a series of activities to help them set up for a theatre show before stepping into their own imaginative world.  This unique experience is perfect for families with children aged 5+

With an exquisite soundscape that transports you to ‘Mountain Goat Mountain’, families will explore tunnels, cross lava pits and dive through underwater caves without ever leaving their home, and at at just a fraction of the cost of going to the theatre.

For more information:

thethreshold.com.au/mountaingoatmountain

 

Play mini golf at The Beachouse

mini golf course at the beachouse

GET READY TO PAR-TEE!

The new mini golf course at The Beachouse is ready to go with a fresh look and a whole lot of new obstacles!

While the doors of The Beachouse were closed, the team were hard at work upgrading their mini golf course. With the surfaces stripped back, new greens installed, upgraded landscape garden masterpieces and some awesome new obstacles, the course is looking beauTEEful, there are no ifs, ands or putts about it!

And to celebrate The Beachouse is offering an awesome School Holidays special:

FAMILY MINI GOLF PASS: $30

Includes 18 holes of Mini Golf for 4x people!
To take advantage of this special offer plus heaps more, head to The Beachouse website and download their School Holiday Vouchers at:

thebeachouse.com.au/school-holidays
*Conditions apply – see voucher for details.

The Beachouse will be open every day of the school holidays!

thebeachouse.com.au

 

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20 top tips for going plastic free this July and beyond!

20 top tips for going plastic free this July and beyond!

plastic free july

Choose to refuse single-use plastic

 

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities; something that so important for not only our own lives, but the lives of future generations. In a perfect world, we would be leaving the planet better than we found it for our kiddos!

Every year millions of people around the globe take part, choosing to ditch single-use plastics and drastically reducing the amount of plastic waste ending up as litter or going to landfill.

Learning to make small changes and integrating these changes into your daily life can be a personal challenge, as part of a global effort; every little bit counts!

The change you try is your plastic free July choice. What will you choose to refuse?

We have 20 top tips for going plastic free!

 

Tips for going plastic free

tips for going plastic free

1. BYO bag

Take your own shopping bags to the shops! They don’t have to be canvas if you don’t have any, you can even just reuse plastic bags from your own kitchen cupboard and still help to reduce waste.

Bonus tip: Recycle soft plastics you accumulate in the collection kiosks in Coles and Woollies.

2. Use a thermos or a KeepCup

Single-use coffee cups and lids are among the most common plastic waste items found in the ocean! If you buy takeaway coffee regularly, take your own clean thermos. Some cafe’s even give a discount when you use your own KeepCup.

3. Avoid individually wrapped products

Don’t buy food in pre-portioned packaging, buy in bulk instead! You’ll often find that purchasing products in bulk is cheaper too, so you’re helping your hip pocket as well as the environment.

 

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4. Don’t buy fruit and veggies wrapped in plastic

Avoid buying pre-packed or pre-weighed fruits and veggies. You know the kind – cling wrapped bananas on foam trays and the like – unnecessary and wasteful. Instead, choose from the loose section and put them straight in the fruit basket or fridge when you get home. Banana’s are packaged in the skins that nature provided, you don’t need the extra!

5. Swap out the Glad wrap for beeswax wraps or containers

Invest in some good, air tight storage containers that are both microwave and freezer safe. It’s a good idea to have multiple containers in a range of sizes to accommodate for all the different types of food you’ll be storing, as well as snack sized containers for lunch boxes and storing liquids, dressings, and so on. As a major health bonus, the phthalates in plastic wrap are really bad for you, so you’ll be doing yourself, your friends, and family a favour too. You can also get reusable wax-lined cloths that work the same way as glad wrap, and look great too.

6. Buy your meat or cheese from the deli and ask to use your own container

Pre-packaged meat and cheese is usually sold in plastic or styrofoam trays, but if you buy direct from the deli butcher, you can bring your own container to transport your goodies.

 

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7. Have a bottle on hand

Plastic water bottles are one of the most common items in the world. Don’t help perpetuate the market for this ridiculously wasteful product; take your own drink bottle when you’re on the go. Water comes out of the tap for free, so why on earth would you pay for it?!

8. Use your lips, not a straw

Australians use about 10 million single-use plastic straws every day. This adds up to a huge 3.5 billion a year – no wonder they are one of the most common items polluting our otherwise beautiful beaches and harming marine animals! They may seem small and harmless, but single use plastic straws accumulate incredibly quickly over the space of a night out drinking. If you have to drink with a straw, try to reuse it over the course of your night. Even better, invest in a reusable straw, like the stainless steel varieties.

9. Grow your own

Fresh herbs and salad leaves almost always come wrapped in plastic at the supermarket. Try growing your own herbs and salad leaves at home, and get the kiddo’s involved! Kid’s love seeing the fruits of their labour in the garden, and it often has the bonus effect of encourage kids to try fruits and vegetables they haven’t wanted to give a go before.

 

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10. Buy refills

Rather than buying a new product each time, start buying refills for your cleaning supplies. If you use one spray bottle a month then that’s 12 spray heads a year that you don’t need. Reuse your spray head wherever possible! This also applies to laundry detergents and fabric softeners. Always refill rather than chuck it away!

11. Swap Razors for reusable alternatives

More and more people are choosing to switch to safety razors, which are generally made of stainless steel and have replaceable blades. While they may be more expensive than disposable razors from the outset, in the long-run they can end up saving you money. Many companies now offer blade refills in card-board boxes, making it a great way to avoid single-use plastic entirely.

12. Choose a solid soap

Making the switch from shower gel to bars of soap is an easy way to reduce consumption of single-use plastics. Bar soaps come in different blends to suit body washing, face wash, shampoo and shaving, so your line-up of bottles may become a line-up of bars.

Some people also go one step further and check the ingredients of the soap to ensure they don’t contain palm oil, which contributes to deforestation.

Bar soap can often be purchased without packaging, especially in bulk food, health, and organic stores. Alternatively, many suppliers use cardboard to package their soap which can be thrown in the compost once used.

13. Choose to have a plastic free period

These days, there are many reusable alternatives to single-use sanitary items. This includes the increasingly popular menstrual cups, which are made by numerous brands and can be purchased online and in many health stores and chemists. These cups are inserted like a tampon, and typically need to be emptied and cleaned out a couple of times a day.

Period underwear and washable cotton pads and liners are also reusable alternatives, again with many brands available to choose from. These work more like pads, and can all be washed in the washing machine.

plastic free july    plastic free alternatives

14. Use sustainable dental products

More and more people are choosing toothbrushes are made from sustainable, compostable materials, such as bamboo. Be aware though, bristles are usually still made from plastic, so you’ll need to cut them off before composting or reusing your bamboo toothbrush handle.

Purchasing a toothbrush with a replaceable head can eliminate the need to continually purchase a new plastic brush every few months, too.

When it comes to toothpaste, many health and organic stores sell plastic-free alternatives. There are also recipes available online for making your own.

15. Get creative with your party decorations

With a little bit of creativity, you can easily plan a party that’s free from balloons and other harmful single-use plastics. Popular decorations that can be reused time and time again, include bunting, tassels, tissue pom poms, lanterns, fresh flowers, and more.

Having a theme for your party can help you to draw inspiration for making your own, borrowing or buying reusable party decorations.

With crafting making a comeback, many people find it easy and fun to make decorations from old fabric and scrap paper, too.

Friends and neighbours are a great source of reusable decorations or materials for that home-made creation. Before buying anything, simply put the word out and see what you can borrow.

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16. Try natural scents

If you’re a big fan of the air freshener spray can, try out some non-aerosol versions. For extra brownie points, you could even make a DIY room freshener spray, or try burning scented candles, incense, or essential oils instead.

17. Recycle old toys

Recycle old plastic children’s toys. If they’re not broken, don’t throw them away. Consider giving them to a local op shop, daycare, or kindergarten instead. Search for a toy library in your area to borrow from or donate to.

18. Don’t throw away phones

Don’t throw away old mobile phones. Most post offices have a special bin for recycling all mobiles and their accessories. If you can’t find one, look carefully in the box of your new phone – there should be a special recycling postage bag included in which you can place your old phone.

19. Avoid lighters

If you really need a lighter, stop buying plastic lighters. Instead, purchase a packet of matches or a refillable lighter that can be reused again and again.

20. Invest in cloth nappies

According to Zero Waste SA, 800 million disposable nappies end up in Aussie landfill every year, and once there can take 200-500 years to break down. But let’s face it, there’s no perfect, environmentally-friendly solution when it comes to nappies. But generally, cloth nappies are gentler on the Earth and of course, are plastic free.

Choosing a sustainably-produced cloth nappy, line-drying, and reusing the nappies with subsequent children will help decrease your footprint further. Using your cloth collection across multiple babies saves lots of money too! How much of a hassle are cloth nappies? More work than disposables, for sure. But nothing will top the planet-saving feeling you get in return. Oh, and never having to run to the shop for nappies because you’ve run out is excellent.

 

For more information about Plastic Free July or to register: 

plasticfreejuly.org

 

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Monster Theatres Exhibition: Art Gallery of South Australia

Monster Theatres Exhibition: Art Gallery of South Australia

monster theatre exhibition

Have you been to the Monster Theatres Exhibition at the Art Gallery of SA?

If you’re anything like my family, the extent to your “culture” lately has probably been watching Bingo and Bluey set up a fancy restaurant in their living room in the hopes of seeing Mum and Dad “smoochy kiss”.

If that sounds familiar, then you might be keen to try something a little more “high brow” one weekend or over the school holidays, like we were, and check out the Monster Theatres Exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

However… if by monsters, you’re expecting dinosaurs and dragons, this is not that. I can not overstate that!

A little something creeptastic

Our children are by no means art critics, and to be fair, neither are we, however it’s safe to say there was a little something creeptastic for even the littlest members of the crew we took along to get a gasp out of.

We visited the exhibition with a group of seven children from the ages of four years old to 10, and whilst admittedly there were some sections we had to move quickly through (and some sniggers behind hands with some of the exhibitions art featuring naked bodies) everyone left feeling only a little bit spooked and a lot inspired by the amazing art installations featured.

The security team dotted around the exhibition were also excellent at pointing out areas we might like to miss where the content might be less appropriate for little people.

Titled Monster Theatres, the 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art invites artists to make visible the monsters of our time.

Curator Leigh Robb says ‘Monsters ask us to interrogate our relationships with each other, the environment and technology. They force us to question our empathy towards difference across race, gender, sexuality and spirituality’.

All subjects that, in our current climate, can open the door to some important conversations with our kiddos.

monster theatres

The exhibition title hints at a double narrative which also resonates through the multiple meanings of ‘theatre’.

An operating theatre is a room in which to examine, dissect as well as heal; it is also a theatre of war, a site of conflict where clashes between nations and ideologies play out all too frequently, but a theatre is also an arena – an active social space.

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Curator Leigh Robb says ‘Monster Theatres proposes an arena of speculation, a circus of the unorthodox and the absurd, a shadow play between truth and fiction.

The title is inspired by a group of provocative Australian artists. Their urgent works of art are warnings made manifest.

These theatres are theirs.

Coral

The Monster Theatres Exhibition at the Art Gallery of SA has been extended until August 2nd.

For more information:

agsa.sa.gov.au

AGSA teaser – 2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres

The Adelaide Biennial may be in self-isolation but you can still enjoy a virtual teaser of the '2020 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Monster Theatres' at AGSA. A taste of what's to come. Stay tuned. #agsaadelaide #monstertheatres #musuemfromhome

Posted by Art Gallery of South Australia on Monday, 6 April 2020

BOUNCE IS BACK!

BOUNCE IS BACK!

bounce kids party venur

And we’re ready to jump right back in!

We’re all jumping for joy, because BOUNCE is back and not a moment too soon!

While doors have been closed, the BOUNCE tribe have jumped off the trampolines and onto the tools – building a brand new check-in and cafe experience for bouncers to enjoy when the doors reopen on Monday 29 June, with bookings available from TODAY!

With extra seating, large balcony viewing area and dedicated power for laptops and phones, parents and caregivers can work remotely while watching their little people leap, spring, skip and bound across the whole BOUNCE venue!

Bounce is back with:

  • Bookings will be available from Thursday 25th June
  • 50 minutes sessions, with a 10 minute cleaning blitz prior to the following session
  • All GA tickets also be available for 9am weekday sessions
  • No parties available at this stage
  • Operating hours remain the same

To book your sessions and get bouncing, jump online:

BOUNCEinc.com.au

facebook.com/bouncemarleston

@bounce.adelaide

 

Check out the new and improved cafe and seating area at BOUNCE

 

Funbelievable news: Funtopia Prospect reopening Monday!

Funbelievable news: Funtopia Prospect reopening Monday!

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Funtopia Prospect will reopen and return better than ever Monday 29th June

Home of South Australia’s largest (and cleanest!) indoor playground, Funtopia Prospect, will reopen it’s doors Monday 29th June!

Jump back in to the full swing of indoor adventures

Your kiddos can get back to having a funbelievable time; whether it’s climbing up Jack’s beanstalk, scaling brick buildings or climbing Funtopia’s interactive pro climbing walls, they’re going to keep going back for more, over and over again!

There’s something for all the kiddos, big and small, with Playground World and Toddler World offering an alternative to the common playground, with super slides, go carts and a mirror maze to keep little people busy and buzzing.

But the kids don’t get all the fun!

Mr Spriggin’s Cafe is fully licensed (woot woot!) and parents, family members and friends can sit and watch their little people while indulging in good food and great coffee by Five Senses.

While the doors have been closed, Mr Spriggin’s Naughty and Nice menu, put together by Executive Chef Stewart Wesson (of Whistle and Flute fame!), has been refreshed, with a section dedicated to healthy bowls, house made nuggets and even popcorn cauliflower for snacking!

Limited capacity and social distancing measures will apply. Online bookings essential. 

About Funtopia

Built within 1500 square meters at the rear of Regency Lifestyle Centre, Funtopia encourages adventure, an active and healthy lifestyle and to share the experience with families and loved ones. Funtopia offers value for money entertainment in a safe and clean environment for the whole family.

Funtopia Prospect is located on the corner of Main North and Regency Roads.

 

For more information and updated trading hours:

funtopiaworld.com.au

facebook.com/funtopiaprospect

 

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FUNTOPIA PROSPECT IS OPEN!