Out of the house

Winner of a hidden gem

I’m pleased to announce, that Heather Mann is the winner of That Book You Like’s November give-away number 2.  Heather, I hope you’ll enjoy your Hidden Gems Tour of Prahran Market. Please let us know what goodies you find!

Just email me your details (email address) to info@thatbookyoulike.com.au by end Sunday, 04.12.11 and arrangements will be made! If the prize isn’t claimed, I will redraw on 05.12.11

Again, thanks so much to everyone for joining in the fun and don’t forget to follow my blog around on Facebook  and  Twitter.

This month’s give-away is made possible by Prahran Market. For full details about the market, stalls and tours, visit their website here.

Urban wildlife: Owl, the urban edge

Frighteningly, everyone’s calendar’s seem to have filled up for December already, so I thought I’d skip straight to January.

The weather will be warm, we’ll have recovered from the festivities, and eased nicely into a calmer, quieter, holiday pace. And what better way to enjoy the wonderful month of January than with an art exhibition. Sounds to me to be a very fitting way to start off a brand new year.

A dear friend of mine and very talented artist, Lisa Sewards has joined forces with the equally exceptional Dave Dando and Kathryn Gribbin to bring us their gorgeous show; Owl the urban edge.

I can’t recommend this collection of work highly enough, it’ll be mixed, edgy and earthy. I’ll be there on day one. I’m going to take the kids’ too, especially since owls are an absolute favourite for Oscar. He’s sure to love Ron Murray’s performance at the opening, particularly when he shares the owl creation story.

The exhibition will include huge metal and copper sculptures, lightboxes, and works on paper including fusions of photographs, drawings and printmaking applications. The exhibition is bound to appeal to all art lovers including devotees of this emblematic bird!

The show opens Saturday, January 21st 3-5pm and runs until February 4th 2012 at Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon Street, Carlton South.

I know where the yummy is…

I did something new again this weekend, when I braved the torrential Melbourne rain and reported in to Prahran Market for my first ever market tour.

Matt and I used to shop at markets all the time, especially Prahran Market and South Melbourne Market and we loved it. There was nothing quite like the freshness, the discovery and the Saturday afternoon bargains. But I have to admit, since moving suburbs and having children,we’ve become a little out of practice when it comes to finding our way around the produce hall.

I’ve missed it, and I didn’t realise quite how much until Giovanna showed me what I’d been missing.

Led expertly by our tour guide Giovanna, a small band of eager market-goers and myself undertook to get to know Victoria’s oldest market just a little bit better. We were promised information, yummy tastings and an hour and half of enjoyment. We set off.

The Hidden Gems Tour included a wonderful mixture of the old and the new, of history and practical tips for shopping the market; Donnally’s for pinatas, Market Lane for the coffee purist, Oliver and Co for gourmet olive oil and devine flavoured vinegars.

My favourites stops on the tour; MJ Mow Gourmet Potatoes…every variety of potato you can think of, and all the accessories – spices, garlics and fresh wasabi. We had a chat with Michael, who gave me some great ideas for my next dinner party. I’ll admit, as interested as I was in what Michael was saying, I couldn’t help but be distracted by his red-brown dirt-stained hands, they reminded me so much of growing up on Tasmanian farms. In fact, the whole potatoey stall made me quite nostalgic. Next favourite; Damian Pike Wild Mushroom Specialist…I know, an unlikely favourite perhaps, but I love mushrooms and as Giovanna says: “Anything Damian doesn’t know about mushrooms, isn’t worth knowing” I bought the most interesting bag of mixed mushrooms and was absolutely smitten by the baby cauliflowers that Damian showed off proudly.

Lastly, a real highlight of the tour for me, and the source of the delicious smoked trout that I’ve now got in my fridge for later in the week, is Put Victoria on Your Table. Jason shared his passion for all things Victorian, top-shelf produce from around the state. The stall itself is supported by the Victorian Government, and gives regional Victorian food producers a helping hand to bring their goods to the attention of a wider group of fans and businesses. So worth a look, it’s worth a trip to Prahran for it’s own sake.

A new market can some times seem a little bit daunting – typically they’re busy, sometimes noisy and the variety seems at times overwhelming. It takes a while to get to know your way around, and to really discover the goodies that are available at each stall. The Prahran Market’s Hidden Gems Tour is a great way to get to know the market, to talk to the stall owners and to track down those tricky-to-find items like Black Apple Butter, organic coffee or Ostrich Eggs.

I would highly recommend that you take a tour, maybe over the summer break, as both a fun afternoon out and as a way of making your future experience of the market more rewarding.

To find out more about Prahran Market Tours, visit their website. Here you’ll find details, times and vouchers.

And now I’m off to eat some of the yummy, yummy things I found…

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I’m really excited to be able to offer one of you lucky ducks the chance to win two Hidden Gem vouchers (valued at $50).

To go into the running to win, all you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment on this post, or

2. Visit That Book You Like‘s Facebook page

…and tell us what would be the first thing you would buy on a trip to the market.

The winner of this month’s competition (selected at random) will receive two Hidden Gem vouchers.

Entries close Wednesday, 30 November 2011. The winner will have four days to claim their prize, or a redraw will be held.

This month’s give-away is made possible by Prahran Market. For full details about the market, stalls and tours, visit their website here.

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Pink lady number five

A couple of weeks ago, I had the most incredible day out with the Pink Lady Art Exhibition crew. It was such a special day that I just had to share it with you. Here’s a run down of the amazing meal that I had, and an introduction to the wonderful company that I kept.

Counting our blessing for the wonderful weather, six chatty ladies loaded up into Lisa’s 4wd and headed out to Red Hill. We had a booking for a table at Port Phillip Estate, had heard amazing things, and were all eager to have a taste of a devine wine or two.

On arrival, I was taken aback by the incredibly earthy but modern, sculptural structure that is Port Phillip Estate. The view was breathtaking.

“Surrounded by mounds of native grasses and indigenous spotted gums, the new Port Phillip Estate winery, designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, emerges from the landscape as a dramatic curved sculpture made of rammed-earth.”

On being shown to our seats in the calm, coolness of the dining room, we were tempted in all direction by a succulent three course meal and an incredible wine list. The biggest decision of the day…tasting plate or dessert? Needless to say, I went for dessert.

It was the most amazing meal I’ve had all year…luxurious, but not extravagant, and of the highest quality. The first course, Three Little Pigs was pig done three ways, including blood pudding. Ordinarily I would have passed on such a ‘treat’ but this thin, garnished disc was actually delicious, I’m so glad I was a little bold. My main was a fresh ricotta and spinach-filled ravioli which was truly melt-in-the-mouth. For me, dessert was the highlight – vanilla marshmallow, lemon curd, pistachio crumble; essentially a deconstructed lemon meringue pie. I don’t want to undersell it with this description, it would have been the most devine lemon meringue pie ever, but the difference was made by being able to enjoy it in parts. This meant that I was able to really fully experience all the individual flavours, each one perfect.

The catch-up lunch itself was special, as the weekend marked 12 months before the next Pink Lady Art Exhibition, booked in for the 27th and 28th October 2012. For the past four years, this art show has allowed an opportunity to enjoy a spectacular range of art whilst raising funds to contribute to the work of BCNA and NBCF in their support of breast cancer survivors. The exhibition is now biannual, and the organisers are at this point starting to prepare for next year’s show. It promises to be the best yet, and we all look forward to celebrating the 5th Pink Lady Art Exhibition.

Over lunch we all started hatching plans as to how to make next year’s show bigger and better than ever. I don’t want to give too much away at this early stage, but I will say, it’s not to be missed!

This is an event, and an issue close to my heart, and I’d love it if you would put the date in your diary…we’d love to see you at the show. I’d love it if you would like to join the Pink Lady crew on Facebook or Twitter – it’s a great way to hear about art news and breast cancer awareness activities. Finally, I’d also be wrapt if you would visit the exhibition’s brand-new blog (my new baby) at Pink Lady Art Exhibition: Blog. The blog will be a perfect way to get to know more about the show, the artists and our amazing sponsors. Please pop on by, and stay tuned as activities and news ramps up in the new year.

So much to learn from Shazza

Last night, I hot-footed it over to South Melbourne with Fiona from Rushcrowds to see a crazy little show at the Butterfly Club. Shazza, The Bird from Broady had promised to teach us all there was to know about being a celebrity, in her latest show My Celeb Life. I thought it couldn’t hurt to get some tips on how to be all kinds of famous, and attended whole-heartedly and open-mindedly.

I’ve not been to the Butterfly Club before, and as such when we popped in for a drink before the show, I was both overwhelmed and completely delighted. The place is full. To the brim chockablock full. Full of stuff. The shelves are covered with trinkets, toys and statuettes and walls adorned with the most incredible collection of 70s portraits of big-eyed children, doe-eyed women and pictures of ships (yes, ships). The whole place was like a strange cross between the share-houses my friends and I lived in when we first hit the renters-circle, and my Nan’s front room, where ‘the good things’ were kept, her artificial flowers, the shell-art and the random mantel clocks and vases that were her pride and joy.

After a quick look around, we made our way into the showroom with a small crowd of eager punters. The theatrette was intimate (to say the least), with just enough room for the dozen or so rows of church pews and the tiny stage. The floors and pews creaked as we made our way in, and the front door rattled on its hinges as Shazza, big and bold and larger than life, barrelled into the room only moments after we’d all sat down.

Without much of a chance to catch her breath, or for us to catch ours, Shazza (Christie Cula-Reid) was up in our faces, declaring her (undeniable) hotness. And who could argue…the mullet, the leopard prints, and the red, red lippy created a Broady bird of the finest plumage.

In true Kath and Kim style, Shazza’s humour was both cringful and endearing. She was, of course, over the top, an obvious stereotype, but by the same token instantly recognisable and very likeable. Her story, the five steps to celebrity, hung together well, and was very, very funny. The crowd was roaring with laugher, stomping their feet and joining in with chants and songs.

Christie is a really talented chicky, and her cabaret-stylings of a great collection of classic 80s tracks (rewritten to highlight Shazza’s hotness) were enjoyable to listen to, and good for a giggle. Shazza can certainly hold a tune, and she can absolutely strut her stuff. She had all the moves.

Shazza is on stage at the Butterfly Club until Sunday, and Rushcrowds have some great ticket deals which you can check out here and here.

If you’re up for a slightly manic, very funny evening out, give it a go.

I’ve also got to say…check out the Butterfly Club, it’s amazing…Rushcrowds do lots of offers for their shows, and you can check out the club’s website here. A collector’s dream and a duster’s nightmare – it’s so worth a drop in for a drink and a look. I know for a fact I’ll be heading back the first chance I get for a cocktail and a rummage.

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Rockin’ and a rhyming

Although the boys and I do try and get out and about a bit these days, there are still some events which rate as super special. Rhymes Kids Music Festival was one such event.

With a bright and early start, my sister and I took our little ones off to the Melbourne Showgrounds for what promised to be a memorable, tiring, and rockin’ day. It did not disappoint, it was all these things and more.

We’d decided to do the morning shift, while the kids were fresh, happy and compliant. This turned out to be a great idea as it meant that we had the chance to have a good look around before the crowds arrived. After we’d labelled our kids (great peace of mind when your kid is just one little person in a sea of two-foot tall humans), Oscar and his cousin started off their adventure with a quick trip around the Nissan X-Trail driving track. I must say I was impressed with Oscar’s observation of the road rules (right light stop, green light go) and I thought him most deserving of the my-first-driver’s-license that the lovely Nissan people gave him – so cute!

Then for coffee, a bubble-blowing gun each for the kids and a bundle of free Huggies Nappy-Pants (gotta love a freebie!)

Once these important errands were taken care of, it was time to find a prime position in front of the stage, ready for Angelina Ballerina. We found a spot, a little bit further back, but with a bit of room to move. I was so pleased to find that everyone was really friendly and respectful…I was a little bit worried as these types of kid’s-gigs can get a little chaotic at times. Everyone happily put prams out of the way and set up picnic rugs. Grown-ups happily sat, keeping out of the way of the numerous, delighted toddlers who where jumping out of their skins with excitement.

Angelina Ballerina was an absolute hit, both Oscar and his cousin had the most fabulous time jumping, twirling, pirouetting and being as graceful as a three year old can be (which is not very graceful as it happens, but is super-cute). A great way to start the day, the kids were well and truly in the zone, and loving it.

Next up was Spikey and Friends, an Australian K-indie Rock band straight from Byron Bay. Spikey the Echidna was a real hit, larger than life and very, well, very spikey. The band was fun, and kids and parents alike seemed to appreciate their uniquely Australian songs.

There was a short break after Spikey, during which I notice that the crowd started to grow. The kids started to jitter and jump. It was time for Yo Gabba Gabba!  I wasn’t sure what to expect – I’m sure I’m not alone is saying that I find Yo Gabba Gabba a little perplexing. Nonetheless, they are definetly very entertaining even if they’ve been designed to appeal to children who are far edgier than I was as a child – Oscar is most certainly very keen on them. He couldn’t have looked funkier, dancing away, and the Yo Gabba Gabba team certainly didn’t hold back on laying down some hard-core kiddy beats. They shared their favourites, and Oscar spun and clapped and sang along at the top of his voice. The crowd was jumping, much as you would expect at a music festival, and it really was a wonderfully memorable moment.

After a 30 minute set, the Gabba gang waved Goodbye, Goodbye and the kids had a moment to catch their breath. At this stage, we went for a little wander. We had fun listening to Electric Lunchbox and Peter Combe, but we did it whilst on the move.

We came across some more freebies, this time from Burt’s Bees – free moisturisers, baby oil, nappy-rash cream and lip balm (I’m hooked!) all lovely and natural, and then stopped for a bite to eat. By this stage, Lazy Town had started and this required a quick trip back to the stage, the kids had a bit of a dance and then returned to their hot chips. I found myself wondering if I would ever be able to convince Oscar to eat ‘sports candy’ without the actual Sportacus visiting our house…his choice of lunch (chips and musk sticks) certainly didn’t really bode well. Sadly, I’m pretty sure the Lazy Town crew are a bit busy for house-calls.

After lunch we checked out the exhibitors, and listened to a bit more music. We were extremely pleased that the event was indoors, as the weather outside was very chilly and wet. The Showgrounds was a perfect venue really, big enough but not too big, a great location and warm!

I’ve got to say that over-all, the event was spot-on. It was extremely well organised, the kid’s activities were great, the acts offered something for everyone, and the set-up was really comfortable. There was enough room for everyone and this meant that we could all move around safely and comfortably, something that is so important when you’re wrangling two and three year olds. At the same time, there was enough of a crowd, enough little kids having an absolute ball, that there was an unforgettable buzz in the air.

I really think that Oscar will remember this day as a special one, and hopefully it’ll establish a real taste for all things musical. I’m pretty sure we’ll go again next year, and I’ll hopefully rally a few extra friends and family to come along with me.

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If you want to find out more about Rhymes Festival, and keep an eye out for next year’s festival, you can visit their website here or Like their Facebook page here.

If you live in Brisbane, you’ve still got the chance to get along to a Rhymes Festival…coming to you, 22 January 2012.

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Modern learnings

A week or so ago, I was lucky enough to get to check out the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s upcoming exhibition, Australian Modern Masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.


The exhibition has since opened, and so I thought it would be timely to let you know about the other great complimentary events that are going on at the gallery as part of this exhibit. These film screenings and lunchtime recitals will help you to really get into spirit of this impressive stage of Australian art, to learn a bit more about the colourful characters who were working in the art world at this time.

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Film screenings
Celebrate Australian cultural expression with special movie screenings on the wall of the gallery Function Hall. Bring a beanbag and enjoy a glass of wine as you experience some Australian classics. Free screenings – donation requested for supper. Presented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat in partnership with Ballarat Film Society.

A Son is Born and The Picture Show Man
Saturday, 22 October at 8pm
This double feature brings together a 1946 family melodrama featuring Peter Finch and John McCallum with the nostalgic 1977 nostalgia piece The Picture Show Man, starring John Meillon.

Between Wars
Thursday, 27 October at 8pm
This 1974 feature is one of the few Australian features to range over the socio-political landscape. It stars Corin Redgrave and Judy Morris. It will be proceded by shorts including the 1985 The Drover’s Wife.

Heritage and Squizzy Taylor
Tuesday, 22 November at 8pm
A homegrown gangster classic, this Simpson Le Mesurier film starring Jackie Weaver was released in 1982. It pairs up with Charles Chauvel’s second sound feature from 1935.

Lunchtime recitals
Explore different aspects of 20th century Australia with these special lunchtime events. Entry by donation. Presented by the Art Gallery of Ballarat in partnership with Bronwyn Blaiklock, Ballarat Writers Inc and the University of Ballarat.

Eric Christopher Perry and Bronwyn Blaiklock
Friday, 18 November at 12.30pm
Join tenor Eric Christopher Perry and pianist Bronwyn Blkaiklock as they explore a diverse range of Australian song and piano music, reflecting the cultural movements in the Australian Modern masteprieces exhibition. They present sample elements borrowed, adapted and created in a unique soundscape.

Nathan Curnow – The Angry Penguins
Friday, 25 November at 12.30pm
Join award-winning poet Nathan Curnow for readings from the 1940s ‘Angry Penguins’ era, including the notorious Ern Malley poems -the literary hoax that aimed to discredit the Australian avant-garde.

Sheridan Palmer on Bernard Smith and Modernism’s Tradition
Wednesday, 9 November at 12.15pm
Dr Sheridan Palmer, who is writing a biography of the notable Australian art critic Bernard Smith who is known as the father of Australian art history. In this talk she discusses the importance of Bernard Smith as a major player in defining the history of Modernism, that extraordinary cycle of stylistic changes and ideologies in which new codes of behaviour, dress, architecture and politics redefined culture and ostensibly freed modern life from its traditions. This talk will be repeated at 6pm, when wine and cheese will be available.

Text taken from Art Gallery of Ballarat promotional brochure. Full details of all upcoming events can be found on the gallery’s website.

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I’m hoping to get to the Nathan Curnow – Angry Penguins session myself. Well worth a day trip, as is the exhibition itself. Please treat yourself!

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Not much sleepin’ going on…

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again – I really love school holidays.

And this is why…it gives me time to hang out with my two favourite little people, and to help them create wonderful memories of an ever-so-slightly magical childhood.

Part of doing this is through simple things like trips to the movies, or a lunch with friends. Other times it’s a bit more adventurous, like last Friday’s trip into the city to see Still Awake Still! at the Art Centre, Melbourne.

We gave ourselves plenty of time, enjoying the train trip into Flinders Street and took our time weaving through the crowd of football supporters who were eagerly awaiting this year’s grand final parade. Ignoring grand final fever and the sea of blue, black and white, we wandered into the stunning, much quieter, Arts Centre.

After picking up our tickets (big thanks to Little Melbourne!), we paused for a little heavenly entertainment, courtesy of The Fallen Angels. They caught my eye and brought to mind Wings of Desire (another of my guilty 1990s pleasures). For Oscar, he just enjoyed the music and the Angels’ simple game of follow-the-leader around the foyer of the Kids at the Art Centre set-up.

This was followed by a little lunch in the last of the Melbourne sunshine, a browse through a display of original illustrations from the book on which this production was based, I’m Still Awake, Still, by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson and a quick cruisy groove to some of the book’s lullabies.

And then (some ten-year olds might say ‘…finally’) the show itself: Still Awake Still!

It started off quietly, as you might expect, with Miss Tinklefinger working hard to put the theatre-full of rowdy kids to sleep. ‘The Queen of Sleep’ twinkled her fingers on the keyboard, sang and hummed soothingly but to no avail…

The audience wasn’t having a bar of sleepy-time, and told Miss Tinklefinger in no uncertain terms that her magic was most definitely not going to work on them! After this, it wasn’t long before things went just a little bit silly.

What looked to start with to be an impressively large grand piano, fit for many a lullaby, turned out to be a magical playground for two clownish imps and a cast of furry friends. Kids and parents alike laughed and giggled along with these whimsical boys. Miss Tinklefinger was a tougher nut to crack, and it took some time to get her to enjoy a little bit of creative chaos.

But when she did, the fun really began!

The music, the singing, the puppetry of this performance was fabulous, and both my boys loved it from start to finish. They were intrigued by the seemingly never-ending supply of silly props and dug the funky double bass. Oscar yelled loudly with the crowd, in true pantomime style “It’s behind you!!” which made me giggle under my breath.

And just when you would have been forgiven for thinking that peace and quiet, fit for sleep, was worlds away, Still Awake Still! offered a surprise. A wordless and haunting tune turned Miss Tinklefinger’s piano into a Jurassic garden, lit with blues and greens and spinning chrome. I LOVED IT! It was beautiful, soothing and a garden fit for a queen, of sleep.

...with Sue Johnson

The production, by Jump Leads, is inspired by the songs from the children’s book I’m Still Awake, Still! by Elizabeth Honey and Sue Johnson. I’m really looking forward to getting hold of a copy of the book and music. I’m thinking it might make for a nice gift for a little girl I know…

Thanks again to Little Melbourne for helping me get the boys to this show, I love your give-aways!

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A modern masterpiece

I’ve not long ago returned home from a quick trip to Ballarat, where I was lucky enough to have a sneak-peak at the Art Gallery of Ballarat’s upcoming exhibition, Australian Modern Masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Modern Masterpieces is an incredible collection of pieces from the superstars of modern Australian art. Carefully curated and thoughtfully arranged, the show includes works from the likes of Margaret Olley, Margaret Preston, Arthur Boyd, John Brack, Grace Cossington Smith, William Dobell, Donald Friend and Sidney Nolan, John Olsen and one of my favourites, Brett Whiteley.

“This exhibition provides a unique insight into the history of Australian modern art from the 1910s to the 1970s, recognising the extraordinary ability of Australian artists and the pivotal role they played in capturing the lives and moments of Australians in recent times.” 

Image: Jeffrey Smart

I was incredibly impressed by the calibre of the works included in this show. The Art Gallery of New South Wales has been incredibly generous in providing some really stand-out pieces, which have been skillfully blended with works from Ballarat’s own stella collection. The show also includes a piece from the collection of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, which is where the exhibition will move to next.

I was entranced by Dobell’s wistful portrait of Margaret Olley (1948) – the piece made all the more meaningful for Olley’s recent passing. This portrait marked Dobell’s re-entry to portraiture, and won him his second Archibald Prize. The sensitivity behind this portrait is obvious, and it is beautifully whimsical and just a little cheeky.

There are a number of really haunting pieces in the exhibition, such as Drysdale’s Sofala (1947) and Boyd’s The Mockers (1945). Jeffrey Smart’s more recent work The Listeners (1965) is stunning and more than a little ominous.

The absolute highlight for me personally were the Brett Whiteley works, inparticular the inclusion of Remembering Laotse (Shaving off a Second) (1967).

...with Director, Gordon Morrison

We have a print of this piece at the end of our hallway at home, and it’s a favourite. The image is for me at once confronting and comforting, and the handwritten text included in the top left-hand corner of this work on paper, delivered forcefully by pointed finger is both a warning and a reassurance:

Remembering  Laotse …….

He is to be made to dwindle (in power)
Must first be caused to expand
He who is to be weakened
Must first be made strong
He who is paid to be low
Must first be exalted to power
He who is to be taken away from
Must first be given
This is the subtle light
Gentleness overcomes strength
Fish should be left in the deep pool
And sharp weapons of state should be left where none can see them!!!

In my humble opinion, this piece is in its own right worth the trip to Ballarat and the (very affordable) cost of entry to this impressive exhibition.

Australian Modern Masterpieces from the Art Gallery of New South Wales will open at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, on 5 October, and run until 27 November 2011. Check the gallery website for full details, and for some great tips and discounts regarding travel and accommodation.

Further, Rushcrowds currently have some special offers (including free tickets!) – well worth checking out here!

I can honestly say I loved this exhibition, and I’m hoping to get back at least once more before it closes. I can highly recommend it, for both locals and others who feel like a trip to one the best regional galleries around.

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Gettin’ our groove on at Rhymes

Oscar really loves me at the moment.

I am a very popular Mum, and all I had to do was arrange a big day out for a groovin’ three-year old at Rhymes Kids Music Festival.

I’m not sure if it’s the promise of Yo Gabba Gabba! or Lazy Town, or whether it’s all about the silent disco and the magic light show but regardless, Oscar and I are both extremely excited about having tickets to go along to this one-of-a-kind music festival.

You can find the complete line up for Melbourne here, and for Brisbane here.

Music is such an important part of childhood, helping kids to learn and of course, to have fun. Rhymes hones in on this, and takes advantage of the fact that kid’s music has come along way of late:

Rhymes Tour Director Adam Coward says “Kids Music has made massive leaps forward with modern musicians becoming parents and wanting to create new genres and styles that not only their kids will like, but, they can enjoy just as much.” Exciting new styles such as “K(indie) Rock” and “KidHop” have emerged bringing the musical world’s of parents and their children together.

“We’ve seen this convergence happen in kids movies” says Mr Coward. “Shrek, Toy Story, Madagascar, Megamind, they are engaging the adult mind as well, allowing parents and children to sit together and enjoy the movie experience. We’re now seeing the same thing with music and it’s very exciting”.

It’s a fantastic chance for parents and kids to enjoy a day out together, it’s a real adventure:

… for all the parents who thought you would have to hang up your festival boots forever after having kids… Rhymes music festival is helping parents relive their festival glory days and giving their kids their very first festival experience with great music running on multiple stages all day.

So watch out Tweenies, here we come!

I’ve put it on my calendar in big red pen… 30 October 2011. I’ve made plans to get to the Melbourne Showgrounds early, and I’ve already made a mental list of the supplies required to get us both through a day of rockin’ out!

Tickets are available here, and if you buy before 30 September they’re cheaper – get in quick for a nice little discount.

You can check out full details about Rhymes Kids Music Festival at their website. Show the kids, they’ll be rapted!

Stay tuned for more on Rhymes as I’ll be chatting soon with Festival Director Adam Coward about just how this great festival came about.

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