Thursday, May 12, 2016

EXPLORE | JURASSIC WORLD - the exhibition

One of our favourite hang out places for the whole family must be the Melbourne Museum. We have taken the kids there since they were babies, and there are so much amazing things to explore that you normally can't squeeze it into just one visit. There are always interesting exhibitions on show that mixes education as well as a big dose of fun - and this exhibition is no different. Jurassic World - the exhibition is one action packed adventure. Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film. Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life… right before your eyes.

Travel to Isla Nublar as a VIP guest and explore Jurassic World. Come face-to-face with a Pachyrhinosaurus; visit The Hammond Creation Lab; stare in wonder at a towering Brachiosaurus; get a rare up-close look at the most vicious dinosaur of them all, Tyrannosaurus rex; and learn all about top-secret projects currently in development.

Inspired by the Hollywood blockbuster Jurassic Park franchise, the exhibition at Melbourne Museum will show a glimpse of what life was like on Earth millions of years ago.

Imagine Exhibitions chief executive Tom Zaller said the exhibition was like a "fairy ride" to the Jurassic period. "You know that moment in the first [Jurassic Park] film when the jeep drove over the hill and the dinosaur is there," he said. "Everybody's seen the dinosaur bones at the museum, the cheap animated dinosaur things, but if you're going to Jurassic World, I'm going to blow your mind." 



Mr Zaller has created a number of major exhibitions from the ground up, including Angry Birds Universe, Titanic The Exhibition, The Human Bodies Exhibition, and Dinosaurs in Motion.
He said it was a challenge to keep the educational value in the exhibition, as well as keeping people interested. "Here the theatre that we've brought together is a fine line between theme park and museum ... I really think we've hit the balance," he said.

"We've struck the chord that is going to satisfy the young mind and the imagination.
"Also, having watched the eight-year-old children and just looking at the microscopes and seeing the bone slices of real dinosaurs — we have a bone you can touch, a 65 million-year-old sauropod femur that's 150 centimetres, you couldn't pick it up."


Created in close collaboration with renowned paleontologist Jack Horner, the Exhibition is infused with interactive educational elements—drawn from the real-world science of dinosaur DNA that allowed Jurassic World to come to life. Visitors of all ages can now learn all about these incredible prehistoric creatures.

This is a great opportunity to take your dinosaur loving kids for a close up experience but bare in mind that younger children might get a bit scared by the moving dinosaurs (but nothing a reassuring hand or a hug can't fix). For us it was a wonderful chance to do something the entire family enjoyed. We are all Jurrasic Park fans in this family and it was cool to get a chance to relive some of the most memorable scenes from the new movie Jurassic World in this exhibition.

To book tickets visit Melbourne Museum's ticket stand here.
For those that can't get enough of the dinosaur experience they are also running a 3D show in their IMAX theatre: Walking with Dinosaurs - Prehistoric Planet

If you are interested in finding out more about how all these dinosaurs for the exhibition was made, make a visit to Creature Technology and take a peek behind the scenes and read up on how these amazing creatures were made.

BEHIND THE SCENES - making Jurassic World, the exhibition.



Friday, April 1, 2016

TRAVEL | DAYLESFORD @ ST.ETIENNE










As school holidays crept closer we found out in the last minute that our trip to Tasmania wasn't going to be working out as we had hoped, so we quickly re-arranged our plans to an escape to the charming town of Daylesford, Victoria. We had visited this little gem once before when the kids were really young, but we had done the trip as a simple day venture. This time we made sure we had at least 3 days and nights to explore this wonderful region.

Daylesford is famed for its naturally occurring mineral springs and exquisite local produce invites you to soak up the goodness and enjoy its day spas. There are plenty of restaurants, galleries, wineries, boutique shops and markets. The best thing is you have nature at your doorstep and yet you are never far away from a great cup of coffee or a delicious meal.

We thought we would have some difficulties in finding an accommodation with a family focus (as the main tourism to this regions are couples), but after some searching we finally found a place that had everything we were looking for!  

St. Etienne is a Federation home from 1912, located right in the heart of Daylesford. This three-bedroom home maintains its period features whilst adopting a minimalist and contemporary style in the native surrounds of a woodland garden. Just a five minute walk from Lake Daylesford and 450 metres from the township (Vincent Street), St. Etienne also includes a few creature comforts should you decide to stay indoors including a welcome hamper with locally made treats, Netflix and free Wi-Fi. 

St. Etienne has been redesigned by a husband and wife team with two tots in tow and a mutual passion for all things design. Every room has a history of its own and the careful design choices for each room were so wonderful. The kids loved every second we had here. They quickly found the toy shelf in the kitchen and the playful design choices such as a denim Smeg fridge, colourful artworks by Michel Quarez and the amazing Byron Bay hanging chair in one of the bedrooms were all met by squeals of delight! It was a visual feast and it was so easy to feel the holiday calmness spread over us as there was everything you could have wished for. The delicious hamper that was provided had a great selection of Daylesford goodies and the navy inspired kitchen comes armed with everything you need to cook delicious homemade meals. We especially enjoyed the custom made cabinets and all the state of the art appliances by Miele and Smeg which made it so easy to cook up a storm on the nights we decided to eat at home. The cool communal table created by New Zealand designer Alastair Keating was also a big hit with the whole family. 

It was always so nice to step back into this home after a day out exploring both Wombat and Lerderberg State Forrest and all the great sights around this region. We sipped cider at the Daylesford Cider Company, walked around the beautiful town lake, grabbed coffees at the Larder, shopped vintage finds at Brick Lane Bazaar, took in the beautiful treasures at Bromley & Co and ate several good meals at the many wonderful cafes and restaurants in the area. 

It was an absolute joy to stay at this place (and I assure you this is by no means a sponsored post) it was so nice to find a home that shared our passion for design, yet done in such a great way that you didn't feel uncomfortable sharing it with curious children. it was a marvelous escape and one that made us glad that the original Tasmanian trip didn't go to plan. Instead we left Daylesford, relaxed and eager to come back for more adventures soon!

Friday, March 25, 2016

LET'S PLAY | GLOBE by MONSTRUM



A subject close to my heart, is architecture and I especially love all the new great playgrounds with a focus on architecture that is being created all around the world at the moment. In my new catagory LET'S PLAY you will find some of them that I have found and covered on the blog.

Today I want to show you The Globe designed by Danish design studio Monstrum.

“The Globe” is a great playground with the library as the center. The playground is divided into five main play areas, each representing a specific compass direction. Each play area is a story about the specific area. There areas offers different play opportunities, so that users get different play experiences depending on where you choose to play.

The playground contains small fragments and stories about nature, animals, landscapes, geology, culture and much more. The aim is to inspire, arouse children’s and adults’ knowledge desire while creating space and opportunity for play and exercise.

In the design of play areas, the emphasis is on the integration of play opportunities for children with different disabilities. At the same time we have focused on the availability on the playground with level access and a sitting area in the playground equipment.

The five areas are connected with a world tour around the house, which is marked in the floor and with stories and fun fact

Globe is designed by MONSTRUM - a studio that design and produce unique playgrounds with a focus on artistic and architectural quality. They create thematic playgrounds that fascinates and inspires both adults and children. To check out more of their great creative playground please visit their website.

The globe is located at Århus new main library and citizen service center in Denmark. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

MOMENTS | Land of Giants


Some snapshots from the weekend that passed. Over here in Victoria it was Labour Day so we had an extra day of no school to enjoy. We had some great weather so we decided to drive up into the Yarra National State Forest up in Healesville. An area that is known for great food and of course the wonderful Healesville Sanctuary. This time around we didn't visit it, instead we wanted to check out some of the magical drives they have up there in the forest and show the kids the giant trees that grows there. 

The lush ferns and trees created some amazing shadow play on the roads and as the paved roads slowly disappeared it was absolutely magic as we drove deeper and deeper into the wild. We spotted a few wild kangaroos and got a lucky snapshot of a few feeding in the high grass.  It was so nice driving with the windows down, taking in the spectacular views and the air is simply so fresh up here. The kids loved the trip and it was fun to see their faces when they spotted the giant trees. We guessed how old they might be and even tried to count the rings on one (but there were far too many to count). If you are ever in this area, visit the information center and grab a map and go exploring. There is so much to see up here, and a lot of families come up here to camp too. 

Visit Healesville's website for more information on this trip. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

SHOOT | Scotch R'belle for Girls



M wears: Allover printed Denim dress by Scotch R'belle / Beanie by Scotch R'belle / Boots by Seed.

We are beginning on a new season as the summer is drawing slowly towards its end. We are having a couple of indian summer days of late and the golden light is starting to get that magical touch. Here are a few shots from our afternoon in Flinders, and I simply love the denim dress that Dutch label Scotch R'belle has come out with for the girls this winter season. The cool allover monster hand print is great and the wonderful details such as the whale tail on neck and cuff buttons and the little copper heart that is attached to the hem of the skirt are yet another wonderful little touch that adds so much to this dress. The dress is made out of thick denim so its warm enough to take into autumn and winter yet soft enough to wear on an everyday occasion. Its easy to see how it's quickly become a new favourite in my girls wardrobe and with the generous sizing it will be something she can wear and get a lot of usage of for a few years to come!

Check out the entire AW16 range from Scotch R'belle right here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

MOMENTS | A Visit to Montalto Vinyard and Olive Grove

M wears: Cardigan by Cotton on Kids / Dress by Bobo Choses / Sandals by Walnut Melbourne.
D wears: Tee by Mini and Maximus / Jeans by I Dig Denim / Shoes by Adidas. Tote bag by Bobo Choses.

If you are ever driving around in the Red Hill area, a visit to Montalto is always a good idea. Not only do they have lovely food and wine, they also have a sculptural park which the kids will love no matter what age they are in. Pick up a glass of your liking in the piazza and take it with you as you wander the vineyard and check out some of their amazing range of sculptures. Each year there will be more on display and the ones that are popular and get's most votes get to stay in the permanent exhibition. It is such a wonderful idea and the setting of the rolling hills as you are sipping on a wine from the area is nothing but breathtaking.

Their newly renovated piazza was wonderful and a great option if you don't want to take the kids into the more formal restaurant. If you are visiting on a weekend, make sure you sign up your name on the table list and do the sculptural tour while you wait. It can be quite busy on the weekend so it's always good to be prepared and avoid any lengthy waiting periods with the kids. The stone oven baked pizza is worth the wait though, and it was the best end to a great walk among some truly creative sculptures. Some where even interactive like the big cleaning bottles and a massive wind-up music sculpture which the kids loved of course.

Hope your weekend was full of adventures & fun as well!
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