Welcome to Windmill at Home. A new online platform that hopes to bring a little bit of Windmill joy into your home. Windmill believe that good stories bring people together and can make even the darkest days brighter. They have worked closely with their wonderful team of artists and creatives to share some of your favourite stories in a whole new way. There is a whole suite of stories with Grug, a collection of hands-on activities and interactive (and award-winning) digital experiences. Windmill will be back onstage as soon as they can. For now, find them here and on your screens!
A message from Artistic Director Rose
The amazing thing about artists is their boundless creativity. When faced with the prospect not being onstage for a little while, our incredible family of creatives at Windmill took it as a challenge. We asked, ‘how does Windmill tell stories in the digital space?’
The answer is Windmill at Home. A suite of digital experiences, content and activities that bring some of our favourite characters, stories and faces into your home. We’ve worked with artists to revisit some of our best friends, including Grug and Beep, to reinvigorate some of our digital experiences and interactive journeys and have created exciting ways to get people young and old up, moving, building and creating
We hope this little bit of Windmill will inspire you, fascinate you and make you smile.
Everybody loves rainbows! This craft activity is a winner every time and fantastic for younger children age 2 years and older. The inspiration for this project came from the amazing ART BAR BLOG, we urge you to go and check out Barbara’s website for the most amazing kids craft activity ideas.
Rainbow collages are a great activity to encourage colour recognition with little ones and to talk about the science behind rainbows with older children. You can either prepare the collage materials before hand or you can get your children involved in cutting up the scraps of paper, which is fantastic cutting practice and great for developing fine motor skills. We always save scraps of paper, card, fabric and old paintings to use for collage, there is something I find very satisfying about sorting items into colour groups!
Cardboard Glue Scissors Items to collage like coloured paper, fabric scraps, pom poms, match sticks and old paintings
Begin by cutting out rainbow shapes in cardboard for the base of your collage. Sort all your collage materials into colour groups and then begin gluing. For younger children you can draw the rainbow sections onto the cardboard to give them a guideline for where to glue.
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What up, dads? I have some exciting news to share: I finally Googled something that has been on my mind for years – “what do birds do at night?”. Turns out many birds are able to switch off half their brain when they need to have a sleep, keeping one eye fully awake and alert to predators. Very cool. Perhaps one day, with scientific and technological advances, us humans will acquire the ability to keep a watchful eye on our kids while simultaneously ripping a solid nap (imagine!). But, until then, I’ll continue writing nonsensical magazine column intros with barely one half of my brain functioning.
READ: POP GOES THE WEASEL – By James Patterson
I read a lot of literary fiction, which is sometimes like choosing the healthy yet tasteless salad for lunch. Occasionally you just need to pick the giant, disgusting, fast food sludge you know is terrible for you. Enter this book, by apparently the world’s bestselling author. This mind-numbing instalment follows Patterson’s regular hero Alex Cross hunting a deranged British serial killer with diplomatic immunity. It’s stupid, with awful dialogue and riddled with crime clichés, but it’s oh-so-fun, and if you can’t find it just head to a second-hand book shop and pick any of the other Patterson titles that inevitably line a huge shelf in it.
Available from Dymocks, $17.99 (or your closest op shop, probably)
READ: THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA – By Judith Kerr
Why didn’t I know about this book?! Written in 1968, it’s one of the best-selling children’s books ever, and sees a mother and daughter visited by a tiger, who eats everything in the house. There’s something really poignant about this book, with the tiger’s Mona Lisa smile, the girl’s adoring gaze at the tiger and an ending I’m still trying to figure out. Daddy-feels aside, your kid will love the beautiful illustrations and the fact there’s a fricken tiger eating all the food, so if you’re one of the seven people in the world that hasn’t read this book, add it to your roster.
Available from Dymocks, $14.99
WATCH: CAPTAIN FANTASTIC
This is a Sunday night special and it’ll make you evaluate your parenting decisions and what’s best for your groms. The film follows a family that has spent years living off-grid in the wilderness as they grapple with the death of their mother and their reintegration into society. Viggo Mortensen is brilliant as the tough yet tender father, with touching performances by the six children. But there are enough laughs on their road trip – to fulfil a mission to honour their mum’s wish to be cremated and have her ashes flushed down the toilet – so it’s not all heavy going. Lovely stuff. netflix.com
DO: DIGITAL DETOX
At the risk of sounding like one of those people – I’m gonna be one of those people. I’ve taken a break from the endless scroll the past couple of months, deleting social media apps off my phone. It probably won’t be a permanent thing, and I haven’t detached completely (I still use the accounts occasionally for work and stuff), but I’ve already found my mood has improved and the time I’ve spent having fun with my kid, reading, keeping fit, etc. has increased markedly as my screen time (and my brain worms) have dwindled. Give a detox a go this summer, I dare ya.
Lights, pageant, carols! Christmas arrives in the City of NPSP
The Parade, Norwood will be buzzing with families and excited children this Saturday 24 November as the much-loved Norwood Christmas Pageant marks the official start of Christmas in the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters.
“Christmas is a great time in our City; there are plenty of things to do and see for residents and visitors,” says Mayor Robert Bria.
Mayor Robert Bria says that Christmas presents an opportunity for all members of our community to come together, connect and celebrate.
“The Norwood Christmas Pageant is always an exciting day for the pageant itself but also launching more than one month of family-friendly events and free Christmas activities hosted by the Council.”
The Council’s Festive calendar is jam packed with fun events, including the popular Twilight Carols at Linde Reserve on Friday 6 December.
“The Council’s Twilight Carols is the perfect opportunity to gather your nearest and dearest for a relaxing evening under the stars to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.”
Unfortunately cancelled in 2018 due to inclement weather, the Movie on the Oval will return this year with a screening of Saving Santa on Saturday 14 December at Norwood Oval.
Osmond Terrace will again be transformed into an outdoor gallery of wooden Christmas Trees for the Festive Gallery on Osmond, as children from 10 local schools decorate 24 six-foot tall wooden Christmas trees to be displayed on the Osmond Terrace median strip from 18 November 2018 until 3 January 2019.
“The Festive Gallery on Osmond is a great example of the Council collaborating with local schools and children to create a popular destination for residents and visitors during the festive season,” said Mayor Bria.
Christmas lights are always an attraction in our City and residents will be delighted with the impressive displays of lights and decorations which local residents have placed on homes along Ninth Avenue (from Royston Park to St Peters) throughout the festive season.
“We know that Christmas can be difficult for some, so the Council is again collecting books as part of Give the Gift of Reading.”
The community is encouraged to donate books, colouring or activity packs at the Norwood Town Hall and Council libraries, as well as donating non-perishable food to the Salvation Army or St Vincent de Paul on The Parade, Norwood.
For more information please contact the Council’s Events Unit on 8366 4555 or visit www.npsp.sa.gov.au
Norwood Christmas Pageant 10.00am–11.00am, Saturday 23 November 2019 The Parade, Norwood
Festive Gallery on Osmond On display 18 November 2019 – 3 January 2020 Osmond Terrace, Norwood
Twilight Carols 5.00pm–9.00pm, Friday 6 December 2019 Linde Reserve, Nelson Street, Stepney
Movie on the Oval – Saving Santa 7.00pm–10.30pm, Saturday 14 December 2019 Coopers Stadium, Norwood
School Holiday Program Christmas Slime | Tuesday 17 December 2019, 10.30am–11.30am at St Peters Library Christmas Craft Maker Morning | Wednesday 18 December 2019, 10.00am–12.30pm at St Peters Library Christmas Movie – The Grinch | Thursday 19 December 2019, 2.00pm–4.00pm at Payneham Library
Give the Gift of Reading Until 20 December 2019 Donate a book, colouring or activity pack at the Norwood Town Hall or any of the Council’s libraries.
Don’t Forget! You can also head to the Urban Picnic Food and Wine Festival after the pageant on Saturday!
From Peter Combe, to Forage Supply Co to Adelaide Gin and a number of hidden east Adelaide gems, this is the place to be this sunny weekend. There will be kids’ entertainment and workshops across the two-day festival.
Father Christmas will also make an appearance – a perfect family outing.
The passionate team from MumKIND have been working with womens charity Catherine House – on a life changing project that will provide a beautiful, safe home for women escaping homelessness.
The MumKIND team lent their time and support to renovate a newly acquired cottage which will provide a homely safe space for women to recover after experience homelessness.
“This project represents a new strategic focus for MumKIND providing a tangible long-term outcome to support for women experiencing homelessness in SA.
We will continue to deliver our shorter-term campaigns and projects throughout the year, but we recognise the powerful outcomes that this cottage will deliver to those who spend time here and it brings us much joy to have been part of this. It was a pleasure to manage this project and style this cottage” says Felicity Baj of MumKIND.
This cottage was allocated to Catherine House from the SA Housing Authority and now sees their Emergency Accommodation Program increases from 20 to 22 rooms. Overall, Catherine House provides a safe and secure environment for 54 women. The occupancy rate is constantly at 100% and the waiting list is approximately 25-30 women at any given time.
This cottage does not receive any government funding and the ongoing case-management support for the women who stay in this cottage will be funded through the fundraising and the generosity of the community.
Women are now 44% of all people experiencing homelessness and women 55 years and over are the fastest growing cohort of all people experiencing homelessness.
“At any given time we have women in their late teens right through to their late 60’s- early 70’s”. We know that homelessness can and does affect anyone, no matter your age, where you went to school or grew up, no one is immune to homelessness”, says Jaylee Cooper, Fundraising and Events Manager, Catherine House.
“Allowing women time to recover after experiencing homelessness is crucial in their recovery journey. There are so many reasons why women experience homelessness and every woman who comes to Catherine Hose presents a variety of complexities and challenges. It is our job to work with her one-on-one with care and support, to guide her step by step to end her homelessness – for good.
Importantly, we work with her to start building her confidence and to find her voice and strengths. We provide every woman with education and employment pathways to enable her to make a positive change in her life. Every opportunity Catherine House provides is a stepping stone to rebuilding her life”
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Fans of Disney’s FROZEN? Book your tickets to Sydney now!
From the producers of Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney’s new hit musical Frozen is storming Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from July 2020.
Adapted from the Oscar-winning film, Frozen The Musical is an inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love that features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. With gorgeous sets and costumes as well as sensational special effects, Frozen is everything a Broadway musical should be — moving, spectacular and pure joy.
“DISNEY’S STRUCK GOLD! SUMPTUOUS SETS, GORGEOUS COSTUMES AND PLENTY OF SPECIAL EFFECTS TO WOW THE AUDIENCE!”
THE NEW YORK POST
“IT WILL GIVE YOU CHILLS! AMAZING SPECIAL EFFECTS, EYE-POPPING COSTUMES AND INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES.”