fbpx
REVIEW: Cirkidz School Holiday Program

REVIEW: Cirkidz School Holiday Program

cirkidz school holiday program

REVIEW: Cirkidz School Holiday Program

When school holidays roll around it doesn’t take long to figure out that yes, in fact.. it is your circus and they are your monkeys… and all of sudden you’re the ring master and someone’s hanging upside down from a pendant light.

…Or maybe that’s just at my house.

What can I say… working from home during the school holidays sure is balancing act. A real juggle. (….OK I’ll stop).

cirkidz school holiday program

Roll up…Roll up!

If you’re looking to outsource your circus clowns for a half or full day – or even a series of days –  during the school holidays, then Cirkidz Circus School school holiday sessions will see your kiddos bouncing off the walls and jumping through hoops… in a good way!

With tumbling, acrobatics, trampolining, circus tricks and a massive foam pit (plus plenty of crash mats), kids who join Cirkidz for a school holiday sesh will have the opportunity to meet new friends and have a blast while being active and learning a few new tricks.

cirkidz school holiday program

Who are Cirkidz?

If you missed the memo, the South Australian Circus Centre is a not-for-profit, fully equipped, state of the art circus school located in the good old artsy suburb of Bowden. The Cirkidz Circus School actually runs weekly circus arts classes for children aged 2.5 years, up to adults aged 80 (!!) during the school term, as well as offering an extensive school holiday program during term break.

We signed up two of the KIDDO crew to give the Off The Wall session at Cirkidz a crack during the recent school holidays so we could give you the run down on what to expect (and so I didn’t turn one of them into a human cannonball when they asked me for the 487th snack of the day).

To say they had the time of their lives is an understatement!

cirkidz school holiday program

cirkidz school holiday program

Limber up and get ready to learn

At the start of the session, the kids were divided into groups based on their age and taken through fun warm ups (think dodgeball and tag) and gentle stretching so they were limbered up and and ready to learn.

The super skilled (and friendly!) instructors took the groups through different stations, with a strong focus on tumbling and trampolining, learning to bounce in lots of different shapes and ways.

Over the course of the 3.5 hour session the kids got to try out different apparatus, run through an obstacle course, leap over crash pads and soar through the air using aerial silks and trapeze. The floors are sprung so even the most flat footed will have a spring in their step and with four different types of trampolines, there is plenty of opportunity for everyone to learn the difference between their donkey kicks and their seat drops.

cirkidz school holiday program

cirkidz school holiday camp

Highlights for my pair included practising aerial tricks on the silks (for the uninitiated, that’s the theatrical ribbons that look like props from a PINK concert), trying out some circus skills like chair balancing, and learning to do a safe fall (BACKWARDS!) into the foam pit.

cirkidz school holiday program

cirkidz school holiday program

cirkidz school holiday programs

cirkidz school holiday program

cirkidz school holiday p rogram

Cirkidz School Holiday Program for 5-12 year olds

If you’re keen to get your kiddos off the couch and run away to the circus in the school hols, Cirkidz run half-day and full-day sessions of circus learning and fun every holidays. The Cirkidz fun and friendly circus trainers will guide kiddos through your choice of session in the fully-equipped circus centre.

All sessions are suitable for ages 5 – 12 (except for Parkour, which is strictly for ages 8 – 12) and the team do ask that you provide plenty of snacks, lunch (depending on your session time) and a drink for your little acrobat.

cirkidz school holiday program

Cirkidz school holiday program sessions

  • CIRCUS PICK’N’MIX: You never know what you’ll get in this mixed bag of circus fun. Close your eyes and pick activities out of our circus hat! It could be games, trampoline, aerial, hula and more! Whatever it is, it’s sure to be exciting with no two sessions the same! For ages 5 – 12.
  • SOAR & MORE: Your favourite hard aerials (trapeze and lyra) combined with slack line, tight rope, and other apparatus give you even more ways to defy gravity and stay off the floor! Soar & More focuses on strength, coordination and balance to keep you flying! A great session for all skill levels including beginners. For ages 5 – 12.
  • OFF THE WALL: Tumbling, acrobatics, bouncing, rockin’ and rolling! With sprung floors and four kinds of trampoline and a massive foam pit (plus plenty of crash mats) this session will see your child bouncing off the wall with excitement. Make new friends as you work in groups and with partners. For ages 5 – 12.
  • PARKOUR: Train with SAPA-accredited instructors as you run, leap and roll through our fully equipped and safe facility. Find the most creative way from point A to point B! Beginners welcome.
  • CIRCUS SMORGASBORD: All you can eat circus fun and action! Experience a buffet of circus disciplines. Aerial, trampoline, manipulation including hula, juggling and flower sticks, basic tumbling, acrobatics and more! Get a taste of all things circus in this sesssion! For ages 5 – 12.
  • READY, SET, CIRCUS!: It’s time to gather your wits and be ready for anything in this session featuring circus games and challenges! Bounce, climb, roll, chase, throw and sneak your way through the circus alongside your teammates and learn some new skills as you play. It’s not about whether you win or lose – it’s about how much fun you have on the way! For ages 5 – 12.

cirkidz school holiday program

Discover your Circus Superpower with Cirkidz

Get your kiddos ready to flip out on the trampoline, soar among the rafters, learn acro tricks certain to impress, or try a bit of everything to discover THEIR circus superpower… all while keeping warm and dry in the indoor & fully-equipped circus centre!

By the end of the session they may just want to run away to the Circus… and by the end of the school holidays, you may just want to let them 😉

For more information or to book:

cirkidz.org.au
8346 5735

You might also like:

School Holiday Programs Adelaide | Vacation Care SA

Hours of Fun with a Westfield Kids Pass

Hours of Fun with a Westfield Kids Pass

westfield kids pass

Hours of Fun with a Westfield Kids Pass

WORDS: Carla Caruso

Shopping centres are my happy place. But I never realised exactly how much fun they could be until I went on an epic adventure at Westfield with my twins.

Westfield has just unveiled new Kids Passes, which let you unlock a whole world of entertainment at a discounted bundled rate. They make the perfect school holiday bundle and birthday gift.

Each Westfield – Marion, Tea Tree Plaza, and West Lakes – offers different specials with its passes. We headed to Tea Tree Plaza for our escapade and here’s what’s included there.

westfield kids pass

LET THE GAMES BEGIN

First, we stopped in at the Concierge Desk (located on level 2 near Harris Scarfe) to pick up the boys’ passes. They were pretty excited to have them in their hot, little hands and see just what was ahead of them that day.

Each Westfield TTP pass costs just $35, though is valued at over $64. Wowza.

SWEETS AND TREATS

You don’t need to trek to the city to enjoy Blackeby’s Old Sweet Shop. There’s one right at TTP. Alessio and Sebastian were in ‘Willy Wonka’ heaven, displaying their pass in exchange for an assorted lollies bag.

Blackebys is steeped in history. In 1883, William A. Blackeby was the first indentured apprentice to be registered in SA in any trade at just 14. His trade was confectionery.

Three generations of the Blackeby family have since worked at the company and many of its early lines are still produced, like coconut ice, rainbow jellies, toasted marshmallow, and rocky road. Also available are British sweets, American candies, and Dutch liquorice. Yum!

MUNCH TIME

After the sweet treat, we headed to Grill’d, in the dining precinct, for lunch. Bonus: ‘Healthy Burgers’ is in its name.

westfield kids pass

Grill’d prides itself on fresh, local ingredients, RSPCA-approved chicken, and Aussie grass-fed beef and lamb. As its site says, “No cages, no nasties, no added hormones, no exceptions.” Tick, tick.

Thanks to the Kids Passes, the boys got to tuck into a Dynamic Duo (a chicken or beef burger with chips). Their lips were dusted with flour from the burger buns!

westfield kids pass

They also enjoyed getting to pick a community group to give a token to. With every burger ordered, a Local Matters token is handed over for you to drop in the jar of your choice. At the month’s end, $500 is donated by the eatery, split between the groups ($300 for first and $100 for second and third). Nice.

ENTERTAINMENT

After Alessio and Seb had run around the covered playground, it was time to catch a flick. Each TTP Kids Pass includes a child’s movie voucher.

We’d been wanting to see Disney’s Cruella for a while. (Hello, Emma Stone.) So, off we went to HOYTS Cinemas a hop, skip and a jump away.

Westfield Kids Pass

Our lolly bags from Blackeby’s came in handy, though you can also stock up on extras at its open-plan Treat City.

The movie was a visual feast, and better yet, we got to absorb it all from plush, reclining seats. HOYTS Tea Tree Plaza has powered recliners in every seat of every cinema! It also boasts big sound and vision with HOYTS Xtremescreen (waaaay better than our loungeroom).

westfield kids pass

JUST DESSERTS

The day wasn’t done yet! On a high from the movie, the boys got to cleanse their palates with double-scoop ice creams from Golden North. (I was a little full, so just went for a single scoop!)

What’s especially awesome is Golden North has been proudly South Australian made and owned for over 95 years. It’s been producing ice cream at the same factory in the tiny town of Laura since 1923. The premium ice cream’s made from the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients, and is free of palm oil, gluten, and nuts. Yay.

I’d highly recommend the sorbets – mango, raspberry, or lemon … take your pick! They totally hit the spot. Golden North is also known for its delish hot dogs, shakes, ice cream cakes, smoothies, and more.

For the final stop on our epic quest, we dropped by CupKates Desserts. For a take-home, after-dinner treat, the boys scored a four-pack of cupcakes, care of their Kids Passes.

Established in 2018, CupKates Desserts Bakehouse is all about making your old-school favourites from quality, local ingredients – importantly, by hand.

The namesake ‘Kate’ has been a qualified chef for over 12 years, with a background in French and Italian fine dining. She’s passionate about sharing how rewarding it can be making something from scratch.

Cupcake flavours range from Caramilk hokey-pokey to red velvet, funfetti, Biscoff, and Oreo. Drool. The store also does cheesecakes, chocolates, tarts, fudge, and even handcrafted doggy treats. (I’ll be returning to the store for a Louis Vuitton-themed cookie ASAP.)

What a day! And so close to home!

As you can see, for an abundance of dining, cinema, and quick-stop options, you can’t go past Westfield’s Kids Passes.

Limited quantities are available, so get in quick.

The lowdown on what you get at each Westfield

Tea Tree Plaza (until 30 September 2021)

 Kids Pass: $35

Valued at over $64

West Lakes (until 31 July 2022)

Kids Pass: $30

Valued at $47

  • Reading Cinema: Ticket with a small popcorn
  • Cafe Brunelli: Kids’ meal
  • Boost Juice: Kids’ sized Boost Juice including a kids’ cup
  • San Churro: Churros for One
  • Baker’s Delight: 1 x finger bun
  • Charlesworth Nuts: Lotsa Lollies

Marion (until 24 September 2021)

Purchase the W+ Kids Pass for the same price, with an extra $22 in value, when you sign up to Westfield Plus.

Kids Pass: $30

Valued at $63

W+ Kids Pass: $30

Valued at $85

  • Event Cinemas: 1 x children’s general movie ticket and small popcorn
  • Intencity: 30 minutes’ free play
  • Grill’d: 1 x Mini Me meal pack (choice of beef or grilled chicken mini-burger with small chips and drink)
  • San Churros: x 1 Churro for 1 with a milk chocolate dip cup
  • Funworks Lolly Shop 1x Kids’ Lollybag
  • PLUS, a Westfield Fidget Popper


For more information about the Westfield Kids Pass:

westfield.com.au/marion
westfield.com.au/teatreeplaza
westfield.com.au/westlakes

You might also like:

Top Things To Do With Kids in Adelaide School Holidays

 

REVIEW: Van Gogh Alive Adelaide

REVIEW: Van Gogh Alive Adelaide

Vn gogh alive adeliade

REVIEW: Van Gogh Alive Adelaide

It’s the exhibition you’ve probably been seeing all over the ‘gram, but we can absolutely promise you, however spectacularly it photographs, it’s ten times better experiencing it in person.

There’s a reason that Van Gogh Alive has been a global sensation, it’s because this incredible multi-sensory experience transports you somewhere regular art galleries fail to tread. INSIDE the paintings.

In this world-first purpose-built venue, the internationally acclaimed Van Gogh Alive is currently housed in The Grand Pavilion in North Adelaide, a specially designed and constructed 25,000 square foot immersive gallery.

van gogh alive

No ordinary art exhibition

Created by Australia’s own Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive sets aside age-old traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation, with visitors truly able to interact with art in ways they never imagined possible.

Digital screens wrap around the giant warehouse, displaying an ever changing array of Van Gogh’s works. On the walls, up high, down low, even on the floors underneath your feet. This is an art gallery where little people don’t need to be shushed and the works of the artist are larger than life.

From start to finish, you’ll be surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound, and fragrance that has been rightly described as an ‘unforgettable’ multi-sensory experience.

van gogh alive

Van Gogh Alive

Step into the painting

As well as the grand scale digital gallery immersion, The Grand Pavillion also showcases The Sunflower Infinity Room and a walk-through immersive recreation of arguably Van Gogh’s most famous painting, Starry Night, which for my family were highlights.

These rooms truly offer another way to appreciate the magic and beauty of an artwork, reimagining the pieces in 3D form; with all their beautiful elements close enough to touch if you wanted to. (But please don’t touch, because they don’t want you to…lol).

Van Gogh Alive

van gogh alive

van gogh alive

van gogh alive

And the big question – is Van Gogh Alive kid-friendly?

The short answer is, it depends on your kid!

In the session we attended there was a slew of children of different ages in attendance, all with varying levels of interest in the exhibition. Some were dancing around and over the artwork projections on the floor, marvelling at the field of sunflowers in The Sunflower Infinity Room and desperately trying NOT to touch those ever-so-tempting twinkle lights as they ventured INTO Van Gogh’s wondrous Starry Night painting… and in other directions there were audible murmurs of “is it finished yet?” from the littlest art connoisseurs among us.

You know your kids best. It’s not called a multi-sensory experience for nothing; if you think your little people can cope with the occasional unexpected loud noise, a swelling musical soundtrack, changing light levels and potentially being surrounded by quite a few people, then you’re probably good to go. If you have kiddos that are little more sensitive to sensory stimulation and bright visuals, maybe book a babysitter and go with the girls or make a date of it without the tots in tow.

Two out of three of my kids absolutely loved it, and when you’re a parent, you know those are pretty good stats!

Event details

Dates: Thu 1 Jul, 2021 – Sun 1 Aug, 2021
Venue: The Grand Pavilion, 88 O’Connell Street, North Adelaide

For tickets:

premier.ticketek.com.au

 

You might also like:

Top Things To Do With Kids in Adelaide School Holidays

REVIEW: LIGHT CREATURES AT ADELAIDE ZOO

REVIEW: LIGHT CREATURES AT ADELAIDE ZOO

light creatures adelaide zoo

REVIEW: LIGHT CREATURES AT ADELAIDE ZOO

WORDS: CARLA CARUSO

The Adelaide Zoo just got larger than life.

It’s home to the new lighting installation, Light Creatures, which kicked off as part of the Illuminate Festival on July 8.

For the first time ever at the zoo, art, light, and technology have come together to shine a light on conservation and allow you to see and feel nature through a unique lens.

light creatures

light creatures adelaide zoo

Think animatronic giant pandas snacking on bamboo and rocking on the lawn in a nod to the real-life Wang Wang and Fu Ni. Imagine a gigantic Dreamtime skink, sitting atop a hill, and enormous giraffes forming an arch.

light creatures adelaide zoo

The makers behind the mesmerising display, in collaboration with the zoo, are A Blanck Canvas, Elizabeth Close, Jack Buckskin, Jimy McGilchrist, and Monkeystack. Interactive pathways and trails guide you around the after-dark world.

light creatures

light creatures adelaide zoo

I’m always a sucker for glowing jellyfish, so a highlight was the underwater wonderland, where jellyfish bob and coral changes hue.

While it was too dark to see any of the resident animals, I did hear the male lion, Mujambi, call to its lioness. And there’s just something cool about being let inside the zoo gates after dark, like you’re starring in a Mark and Mandy book. (Showing my age much?)

light creatures

Sessions run from 6.30pm to 9.30pm (10.30pm on Saturdays) and it’s recommended you allow 120 minutes to explore the site. Gazing at the displays, while soundscapes and stories play, can be quite meditative. You may be surprised at the amount of time that passes.

It gets quite cold (and a little muddy) wandering around the lawns in the evening, so make sure to rug up – waterproof boots and all. And keep a watchful eye on the kids amid the shadowy pathways. They’ll enjoy expending their energy at the lit-up nature playground too.

light creatures adelaide zoo

After you’ve checked out all the exhibits, you can indulge in a variety of winter food and beverages. Multiple food stations serve up yummy winter warmers like loaded fries, curries, and hot donuts, plus espresso coffee, hot chocolate, spicy mulled wine, and more.

Trip the light fantastic tonight!

Please note: Under-4s require a standard child ticket. And all people, including bubs and toddlers, count toward COVID capacity limits, and so need a ticket for admission.

LIGHT CREATURES

Venue: Adelaide Zoo
Dates: 8 July – 1 August 2021

For more information:
adelaidezoo.com.au/lightcreatures

You might also like:

Top Things To Do With Kids in Adelaide School Holidays

REVIEW: Bricks4Kidz School Holiday Workshops

REVIEW: Bricks4Kidz School Holiday Workshops

bricks4kidz review school holiday program

REVIEW: Bricks4Kidz School Holiday Workshops

There’s really no better feedback from a kiddo after an activity than “can we do this again?”

And as luck would have it, that was the first thing my 9-year old son said to me when I collected him from a Bricks4Kidz School Holiday Workshop, and my two daughters (9 and 6 years) were not far behind him.

bricks 4 kidz school holiday workshops

brickz4kidz school holidays

Bricks4Kidz School Holiday Workshops

There’s just way too much fun to be had for your Lego-loving lads and lasses at these hands-on build-based workshops. The Bricks4Kidz holiday programs cycle through a variety of themes to keep things fresh (and dynamic for those repeat attendees!), with our KIDDO crew being lucky enough to attend an Amusement Park Mayhem themed day.

The crew of little Lego learners, build beginners and future engineering experts were guided through activities and helped along with building their favourite rides, learning how to make things spin, roll, turn and rock with the help of the fantastic Bricks4Kidz facilitators.

By the end of the day they were able to take what they’d learned to design their own thrills and challenges, taking the action to the max and the fun to the next level with motorised models and more complex Lego Technic builds.

bricks4kids school holiday program

Other popular Bricks4Kidz school holiday workshop themes include:

  • Superheroes
  • Olympic Games
  • Galaxy far away (inspired by Star Wars)
  • Mining and crafting (inspired by Minecraft)
  • Dinosaurs
  • Super Mario
  • Bridges and structures
  • Ninjas
  • Brick city engineers
  • Junior robotics

bricks 4 kidz school holiday workshops

bricks 4 kidz school holiday workshops

Edu-tainment

One of the things parents can feel great about when sending their kids to a Bricks4Kidz school holiday workshop is that the team pride themselves on being high quality providers of edu-tainment… for those playing at home, that’s a whole lot of fun with a little bit of hidden learning in there for good measure… and we sure do like the sound of that!

It’s not a lesson. It’s not school. There’s no homework. It’s just a creative environment where kids benefit intellectually through quality play and most importantly, activities that are chock-a-block (…geddit?) full of FUN!

lego bricks4kidz

bricks 4 kidz school holiday workshops

Bricks4Kidz One-Day School Holiday Workshops

The team at Bricks4Kidz know all the building blocks that make up a good time, with these one-day school holiday workshops blending fun and learning into a great alternative for child care during the hols.

Activities throughout the day included: 

  • 2D Lego mosaic building – Kids make pictures of their favourite fictional characters using Lego bricks on a baseboard… from spider man to wonder woman, R2D2 to Olaf the Snowman, there’s a design to suit kiddos of all ages and interests. This is mainly targeted at the younger kids, 5-6 year olds to develop their fine motor skills. Kids also have the option to build these using perler beads so they can take home their creations!
  • 3D Colour Models – Spectacularly colourful models are a joy to build and immerse kids in the fantasy world of the workshop theme. Kids follow the detailed instruction booklet and the super friendly facilitators are always on hand to assist with some of the more advanced steps in these challenging and fun designs. Kids of all ages (5-12) will get a thrill building these models.
  • Lego Technic Builds – From Ferris wheel to a roller coaster, the BatMobile to a robotic golf putting machine, the Bricks4Kidz motorised, remote controllable, spinning and moving technical builds will have kiddos building and using their creativity to make their creations faster, better and stronger! These activities are aimed at the older kids (7-12) where they’ll accidentally learn STEM concepts from the trained instructors in a fun environment.
  • Games include: The tallest tower challenge, Super Mario’s Kart Race, Angered Birds Vs Pocket Monsters Catapult Challenge and many more. Kiddos also have some time to run around outside during lunch so they get that all important vitamin D throughout the day!

Each kiddo also left with a small Lego model to take home and build which sure took the sting out of dismantling their creations at the end of the day!

brickz4kidz school holidaysbricks 4 kidz school holiday workshops

Bricks4Kidz School Holiday Workshops

To find out more about upcoming Bricks4Kidz school holiday workshops, after school programs and birthday parties and events where your kids will learn, build and play, make sure to head to their website or follow along on social media.

For more information:

bricks4kidz.com.au
@B4KAdelaide
Address: North Adelaide, SA
Phone: 
0420 900 445

You might also like:

Top Things To Do With Kids in Adelaide School Holidays

 

REVIEW: ZOOOM at DreamBIG Children’s Festival

REVIEW: ZOOOM at DreamBIG Children’s Festival

ZOOOM review

REVIEW: ZOOOM at DreamBIG Children’s Festival

WORDS: CARLA CARUSO

Who hasn’t been struck by the prettiness of fairy lights adorning a tree? Or had fun dancing on a light-up floor in an arcade game?

There’s something about light that delights us all, and yet, it’s rarely celebrated in its own right.

Enter ZOOOM – a Patch Theatre show, part of the DreamBIG Children’s Festival this month. The Aussie performance is ALL about the light.

zooom review

Barely any words are spoken during its 45-minute run. The focus is on one female performer (SA’s Temeka Lawlor), an animated alien, and lighting in various, clever forms … laser beams, light-up ropes, floating lights, atmospheric sheets of light, glowing animation that melds with real life, and beyond.

Before the show began, each audience member was given blue LED lights to hold. In exchange, we had to put handfuls of ‘darkness’, from the shadows, into a sack.

ZOOOM review

Later, onstage, we met a young girl at bedtime, who’s unable to sleep and can’t shut off her brain. As the show notes read: “She begins a transformational journey with light and discovers that the dark is a magical place.”

Hats off to the actor for pulling off the show’s light displays with such precision, as well as to the technical wizards behind the scenes.

There’s a nod to the film, ET, when Temeka meets an animated alien and touches her glowing finger to his. This extra-terrestrial also longs to return ‘home’. (The show, though, is said to be largely inspired by iconic children’s book Harold and the Purple Crayon.)

ZOOOM review

During the performance, kids were allowed to sit on a mat at the front, which could’ve proved distracting for the actor. Luckily, though, they were all too enchanted by what was happening onstage.

Audience members became part of the show when the lights given out at the start began changing colour – just by us ‘magically’ blowing on them.

Patch Theatre’s been making shows for four to eight-year-olds since 1972. But this performance certainly entranced the grown-ups in attendance just as well.

With the Illuminate event edging closer, it’s never been hipper to get excited about light.

ZOOOM

Venue: Adelaide College of the Arts, 23 Light Square, Adelaide SA

Dates: 22 – 23 May 2021

For more information:

dreambigfestival.com.au/events/zooom/

You might also like:

DreamBIG: Top shows for adventurous kids