Melbourne National Gallery of Victoria for Kids?

You can find more information on the Tromarama exhibition at the NGV website 

 

Photo Challenge: Vivid

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

Pink Flowers at a cottage
Pink Flowers at a cottage
Lavandula Daylesord Victoria Australia
Lavandula Daylesord Victoria Australia
Lavandula Daylesord Victoria Australia
Lavandula Daylesord Victoria Australia
Lake Daylesford Victoria Australia
Lake Daylesford Victoria Australia

These photos captured in Daylesford, (Australia) stands up to the meaning of vivid for me.  My mind can vividly remember the exact moment I captured them and how I felt.  

Photo Challenge: On The Way to Hamilton Island (paradise)!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

Here is a collection of our epic day of travel from Melbourne to Hamilton Island (AKA paradise), Australia.  I treasure these “On the Way” collection, as it shows me how happy my kids were through 5 different modes of transportation over 12 hours of getting to our destination.  You can read my take on our Hamilton Island trip on my blog.

Kids and Stage Shows In Melbourne

We are big fans of taking our kids out and about. Letting them see the world.  One of the fun things we do as a family is to go to shows or events that comes into town.  It keeps our life exciting!

Melbourne in Australia is a great city rich with art culture, it is named world’s most livable city for the fourth time in a row and it really is.  It is wonderful to live here with kids as there are many events taking place at any time of the year.  My kids, 3 (boy) and 5 (girl) seem to enjoy these events very much.  There are a lot of stage shows that come into town since there are a few theaters that can accompany a whole range of shows at the same time.  We take our kids to see stage shows whenever we can.

So far our kids have been to

  1.  Angelina ballerina by Melbourne Ballet
  2. Thomas the tank engine
  3. Charlie and Lola
  4. Graffallo’s child
  5. Totem by Cirque du Soliel (one of my highlights of the year)
  6. Disney on ice
  7. Sri Lankan cultural dance shows
  8. Today Disney Lion King the musical

My daughter 5 years old is very excited to go see these shows. The Lion King was purely her choice, and it is meant to be part of her Birthday gift this year. Even if she goes to the 8 pm shows she manages to stay mesmerized till the show ends. It is a rewarding feeling to see how she appreciates these shows.

Funny enough, my little boy(3) gets into it too. But the late shows like today’s Lion King, he struggles to stay awake after intermission.  Nevertheless he is at least exposed to it at a young age.

They both are well behaved at these shows and has a good understanding of the importance of letting the rest of the audience watch it even if they are not interested or feeling tired (I am referring to my 3 year old here).

So I think the more we expose our kids to things the more they learn, a simple thing like appreciation of the arts, respecting others at public events, being polite and patient etc are what I think my kids have learnt from these stage shows.  Plus it’s fun to see them re in act afterwards at home.

If you are in Melbourne, Australia Disney Lion King the musical is still running till November 2015. It really is a great show for the whole family. You can book your tickets at Ticketmaster.com.au

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Ready for Lion King Musical

Here they are waiting for Lion King to begin 🙂

It’s a shame we are not allowed to take photos of these shows, as a memory for the kids when they grow older, so we end up getting some before show shots only. Hope they can remember some of them at least, if not I am happy with the thought that they have formed an appreciation towards these different form of art and be well rounded adults one day!

Broken Rocks

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Broken.”

Here are my photos of Broken rocks and a gum tree still hanging at Hanging Rock Reserve in Macedon, Victoria, Australia!

Happy Mother’s Day!

In Australia we celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May.  So today 10th of May 2015 is Mother’s Day here.

So here is a real heart felt wish for all the mothers, past, present and future; Happy Mother’s Day today and every day!!

For the first time I have received my fully hand drawn card from my 3 year old son.   It is a real treat to receive true love from your kids isn’t it?  His day care teacher told me how careful he was when he was making this card taking such meticulous care to make it perfect for mummy and she said to treasure that memory of him.   It almost brought me to tears the way he tried keeping it a secret but really badly wanting to tel me that he had something special for me and how he really meant his “I Love you Mummy” with a squishy cuddle for me.

I only understood what unconditional love really meant the day I held my first born in my hands for the first time which is a moment I will never forget.  My true happiness is my children ( If you don’t know I have two, one girl, 5 and one boy, 3) and they have the ability to make me happy just by looking at them.  So today I am planning to just spend my time with them,  which is what I am going to do just as soon as I finish this quick post 🙂

Being a mother is a wonderful gift that no one can take away from you…… ever.   So celebrate it and enjoy all the things only  a mother could feel….

Here is the card from Callum my 3year old, wishing me a happy mother’s day… according to his words  he is  “shaking his bottom” on the card 🙂

Happy Mother's Day
Happy Mother’s Day!

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