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Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt Review


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My family attended Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt as guests of the promoter

The heavy red curtains were still closed when the lights dimmed and the familiar jingle started. A theatre full of kids squealed with delight like tweenage girls at a One Direction concert. The jingle was the theme song of the best pig to ever grace the television screen. Peppa Pig.

The show has already enjoyed a smash hit season on London’s West End and a sell out Australian tour. It’s back for more downunder with shows on both sides of the Tasman.

Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt, is as suggested in the title, about a treasure hunt. Peppa, along with little brother George and her friends Danny Dog, Pedro Pony and Zoe Zebra embark on a treasure hunt with the help of Daisy, (a real person and not a puppet) and plenty of transport help from Miss Rabbit and Grandpa Dog.

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The performers encourage lots of audience participation which the kids all enjoy. The fact that the puppeteers can be seen at all times, did not seem to distract them or detract from their enjoyment. The show held the attention of my 6 and 3 year olds for the full 70mins – excluding the boredom of the intermission. I could have kept them entertained during this time by spending money on showbags or other things, but I don’t do “merch”. However, there is definitely plenty of things to buy your young ones if you do wish to partake in the stuff. I’m pretty sure my kids were the only ones that left without a Peppa stuffed toy or balloon.

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After the intermission there was a trippy scene involving glowing sea creatures. That was cool. Probably my favourite bit.

I would recommend Peppa Pig Live! Treasure Hunt for any Peppa Pig fan. I wouldn’t recommend you take your baby if you plan on having it sleep while your toddler enjoys a nice quiet show, because this show is not quiet. It is singing and yelling and oinking and laughter. Your kids will LOVE it. Mine did.

For information on dates and how to buy tickets. Check out the website.

Happy Anniversary with Poster Candy

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It’s our wedding anniversary and I have finally done something with my wedding photos! It’s only taken me four years! I just need to get an awesome 50 x 50 frame and hang this baby. I hope to do that soon and not let it take another four years!
Remember when I did the huge PosterCandy of the kids?  It was, and still is, AWESOME.

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Since then PosterCandy have become even better and easier for everyone to use. You can now connect through Facebook to use photos from your Facebook albums or upload photos straight from your computer or smartphone as well as being able to connect straight through to instagram like you have always been able to.
You can also order single prints now and they come to you like old style polaroids. So Much Fun!

My poster came packaged beautifully in a tube and wrapped in bright green tissue paper with bright pink tissue paper at one end that had lollies in it!

PosterCandy is definitely my favourite photo product and I’ve used it to send gorgeous photo gifts to my mum, my dad and my mother in-law who are all overseas.

Check out PosterCandy online and have a play – it’s fun and with posters ranging from $15 there is something for everyone and every occasion.

*PosterCandy provided me with a code to get my wedding PosterCandy absolutely free. But I do really, really truly love them and everything I say is true.

ACMI: DreamWorks Animation Exhibition. Review and GIVE-AWAY – CLOSED

On the weekend my little family and I were invited to visit the ACMI DreamWorks Animation exhibition in Melbourne. My kids are tiny little film buffs and have some favourites by DreamWorks so I was sure they would love it.

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The kids really enjoyed seeing characters they recognised. The absolute highlights of the exhibition were the Dragon Flight and the Animation room.

Dragon Flight is a wrap around movie screen which takes you on a journey on the back of a dragon while the Isle of Berk  - the setting for the movie How To Train Your Dragon - is drawn and created in front of you. Millar loved this so much that we watched it twice.

The Animation room houses four computers with an animation program and digital pen thingees. You can make your own little animated movie. FUN! I suggest getting there super early or going to a late night session on a Thursday if you want to spend more than five minutes playing with this. It got very busy while we were there from 11am. The line was long and the wait was about 20 minutes. Both kids really enjoyed it though, so it was worth the wait.

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Just inside the entrance to the exhibition is a large screen that goes through many of the drawings from the Shrek movies.

There are “over 400 items including rare and never-before-seen concept drawings, models and original artworks, interviews and interactive displays from DreamWorks much-loved and favourite animated classics.”

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Little figurines from many movies.

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Bee Movie! Xanthe loves the baby bee.

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Megamind. By far my kids’ favourite DreamWorks movie and current favourite movie ever. There wasn’t a lot of Megamind stuff, which my kids were disappointed with. Some of the movies the exhibition focuses on, my kids have never heard of and I have never seen (Sinbad, Spirit, Prince of Egypt etc).

There was plenty to keep them entertained and make them forget about Megamind for a moment.

But I would recommend this exhibition more for older kids (8years and up) that like to know how stuff works and adults that love the magic of animation.

There was a brilliant display to illustrate the storyboard process and lots of little things to see and read if you have time and perhaps don’t have little kids with you.

They are also showing some of the Dreamworks movies for an extra cost. Check the times on their website. Seeing a movie would be a great companion to the Exhibition.

Exhibition Details:

Thursday 10 April – Sunday 5 October 2014
Open daily 10am – 5pm (Thursdays until 9pm)

General Admission

Full $22.50
Concession $16
Child (4-15 years) $10
Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) $50
Family Pass (1 adult & 2 children) $32.50

ACMI Members
Adult $14
Child (4-15 years) $8.50
Family Member pass $43

You can interact with ACMI on the following social media channels: Facebook and Twitter

 

 

GIVEAWAY

I have one family pass for 2 Adults and 2 Children to giveaway.

  • Simply tell me in the comments which Dreamworks movie is your favourite.
  • Winner will be chosen at random on Monday 12th May.
  • Winner will be notified by email and will need to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn.

This giveaway is now closed.

The winner was chosen by random number generator. Comment #3 was the winner and Lyn has been emailed.

Thank you everyone who entered.

 

Frozen Movie Review – *SPOILERS*

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These school holidays we took the kids to see Frozen.

They absolutely loved it. It is the longest time Xanthe(3) has stayed quiet for. She was totally enthralled. Millar(5.5) also loved it.

I thought it was ok. What I DID like is that the two female roles were self sufficient, independent women. They were still pretty white princesses though which made it awfully similar to almost every other Disney movie ever.

One, Anna, wants to find love and upon finding the perfect man there was plenty of swoon, but she did not need him to save her, nor did she ask him to save her. Excellent.

The other, Elsa has some freaky freezy powers that she has kept hidden from everyone by keeping the castle locked up since the sisters’ childhoods until the day of her coming of age and her coronation to become Queen.

During the coronation Elsa’s powers become evident and she runs away into the mountains.

Anna leaves her new love, dreamboat prince to keep an eye on the castle while she sets off on an icy quest to stop her sister from freezing everyone’s butts off. Along the way she finds a man – with an almost unhealthy relationship with his reindeer – and a talking snowman.

The talking snowman, Olaf, is hilarious and his naive song about how much fun summer would be is brilliant. He is the comic relief providing many comical lines and farcical humour. Kids love that shit.

True loves first kiss is first thought to be what is needed to save the world, but in a delightful twist, the kiss is not the saviour, but the true love between the sisters and an act of this love is what turns it all around in the end. Hurrah!

The animation is beautiful and the story is nice. I didn’t find the songs as memorable as other Disney movies such as Tangled – but that may be because I have watched Tangled seven million times and have only seen Frozen once.

Definitely worth taking the kids to see these holidays.

 * This is not a sponsored post. My husband and I took the kids to see Frozen of our own accord with our own money. I am writing this only in the interests of sharing.