Sydney Photo Friday: Swinging in Cronulla

Sydney Photo Friday: Swinging in Cronulla
Most often I use my weekly photo entry to showcase one of the city’s sites, an attraction or landscape that reminds us just how beautiful Sydney is. This week’s photo reminds us of beauty too, but in a different way. Because really, there’s nothing more beautiful than a happy child. Perhaps I’m getting clucky in my old age, but this shot of a child swinging in a park near Cronulla Beach completely melts my heart. Just try not to smile as you look at her carefree face, grinning...
January 22nd, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: children, photo, playground

Fun for Families at Sydney’s Chinese New Year Celebrations

Fun for Families at Sydney’s Chinese New Year Celebrations
... Park from February 12 to 14. There’ll be local and international performers, film screenings, more than 50 market stalls, and a special program of children’s activities. See it from 4 pm to 10 pm on Friday and 11 am to 10 pm on weekends for free. Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney will host a special afternoon of interactive activities on February 14. There’ll be children’s stories read in both Mandarin and English, and kids can create their own tiger to take home. Join in the free...
January 12th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: children, chinese-new-year, Family Friendly, Year of the Tiger

Surry Hills’ Ward Park Becomes an Adventure Playground

Surry Hills’ Ward Park Becomes an Adventure Playground
... for kids looking for a place to cycle or ride their skate boards. The park also puts sun safety first, with plenty of naturally shaded areas for children to play and parents to sit. To celebrate the launch, Ward Park will host Surry Hills’ annual Out Village Christmas Party from 6:30 pm on Sunday. The family entertainment includes the National Junk Band, the Latin dance music of Tijuana Cartel, and Christmas carols led by Sorelle and Santa. How wonderful that in this urban jungle, young Sydneysiders...
December 2nd, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: children, christmas, concert, music, park, playground

San Diego Botanic Garden – Encinitas

San Diego Botanic Garden – Encinitas
... habitat types: desert collections, Mediterranean collections and subtropical/tropical collections. Demonstration gardens including the Hamilton children’s Garden, which opened in the Summer of 2009, encourage conservation education, focusing on horticultural themes and traditional uses of plants. San Diego Botanic Garden is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Admission prices are as follows: Adults, $12; seniors, active military, students $8; children ages 3-12, $6; and children age 2 and under are...
October 21st, 2009 | Pam Nagata | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Botanic garden, botanical garden, botanical gardens, children, Children's Garden, Encinitas, fall, gardens, green, how to, information, nature, North County Coastal, plants, San Diego, san diego county

SEA LIFE Aquarium Hosts SpongeBob Squarepants Celebration

SEA LIFE Aquarium Hosts SpongeBob Squarepants Celebration
... onsite will include an Aquarium-wide scavenger hunt, fun facts and “Best of SpongeBob” episode screenings in the Theater. While supplies last, children who participate in the scavenger hunt will receive a free keepsake poster. On Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month, special craft activities will take place in the Southern California Tide Pool from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. “We are excited to be hosting a SpongeBob Square Pants Celebration at the Aquarium– it will be so fun to show kids...
October 15th, 2009 | Pam Nagata | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: California, children, planeteye, San Diego

Today is Children and Youth Day!

Today is Children and Youth Day!
It’s time to unplug and tune into real life at the 16th annual children & Youth Day!  Today, the grounds of the State Capitol, Department of Health, Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, Hawaii State Library, Iolani Palace, Kalanimoku Building, Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center, Washington Place and Punchbowl Street will be shut down and turned into the biggest playground you’ve ever seen. Believe it or not, a law was established in 1994 to celebrate and honor keiki through the festivities surrounding...
October 4th, 2009 | byun | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: children, children and youth day, Events, Hawaii, honolulu, youth

Little Big Shots Film Festival for Kids

... Big Shots is Australia’s only film festival created just for kids. Although I’m sure mums and dads would enjoy it too! The exhibition showcases children’s shorts, animated features, documentaries, and films made by kids themselves. The screenings are designed to inspire kids to think about world cultures, human values, diversity, and emotional intelligence. If all that sounds a little heavy, don’t worry. There are some very funny and fantastical flicks on offer! Sessions are designs with...
September 5th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: children, Family Friendly, film festival, films, Little Big Shots, Sydney-Opera-House

Sydney Tops for Travelling with Children

Local attractions including beaches, aquariums, and wildlife parks have seen Sydney earn a place on Lonely Planet’s “Travel with children” guide. The guide says “If beaches, swimming pools and numerous ferries aren’t enough, there’s Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo and the Koala Park Sanctuary, which are all huge hits with the young ones.” Sydney placed ninth out of the top 10 locations in the world to travel with youngsters. We lost out to top placed cities like Oaxaca in Mexico,...
August 5th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: children, lonely planet, News, Sydney

Poetry in the Park: The Summer Dreams Festival

... August 22.  This free all day family friendly event showcases the talent of numerous local and guest musicians, spoken word artists, storytellers, children’s entertainers and dancers.  Pandora’s Poetry Collective are the organizers of this grand event, with Bonnie Nish and Sita Carboni at the helm.  These very talented women are the founders of Pandora’s Collective and work tirelessly all year round organizing writing workshops, poetry readings and other events.  The Summer...
August 3rd, 2009 | thevancouverguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Announcements, children, Events, Family Friendly, festival, music, park, poetry, The Arts

School Holiday Fun in Auckland!

With so much on offer this school holidays in Auckland, there is absolutely no reason to hear those often heard words at this time of year…..’I'm bored..’ normally accompanied with a nice little whine! Below you will find a range of activities for a variety of ages and budgets, so go forth, enjoy and keep your sanity! Wetter is Better! Saturday, 4 July 2009 – Sunday, 9 July 2009 Image source: Auckland Zoo Grab your best pair of wellies, gummies, galoshes (whatever you like...
July 6th, 2009 | theaucklandguide | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, children, Family Friendly, kids activities, school holidays, zoo

Mathilda’s Market for Mums and Dads

... Market on Sunday. The Lane Cove markets are a new niche shopping experience offering handmade and small production line goodies for babies and children. You’ll find gorgeous clothes and pyjamas, colourful linens, unique gifts and birthday cards, personalised jewellery and purses, wooden toys, artworks, and much more. Most of the retailers don’t have their own stores, so you’re guaranteed to find a few special things you won’t see anywhere else. Date: Sunday 5 July Time: 9 am to 1 pm Location:...
June 29th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: baby, children, Mathilda's Markets, Shopping

Top Ten Free Children’s Activities in San Diego

San Diego is filled with a wealth of free activities that you can do with your children! You don’t always have to head to the San Diego Zoo or Legoland – just visit one of our top ten spots below. Here are the top ten free children’s activities in San Diego: Head to the Beach! You’re right near the ocean, so why not head over to the beach! It doesn’t matter if you are taking a morning stroll to search for shells, or splashing in the water all afternoon, your kids...
June 13th, 2009 | The San Diego Guide | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: balboa park, children, concers in the park, Family Friendly, free, Free Activities, gaslamp quarter, hiking, la jolla

Celebrate Barbie’s 50th Birthday All Summer Long

... Jazz event and guest will hear live entertainment from 6 – 10:00 pm. Be prepared to see some special guests. Cost: $2 per person (free for children under 3) Friday, July 17th: It’s time for the Barbie/Ken Look-Alike Party at Crane’s Beach House. If you have that look, be sure to make your way down to compete, enjoy live music by DYMiN and help raise money for Old School Square’s children’s programs. A percentage of the bar and a raffle will be held to raise money. Time:...
June 5th, 2009 | klynch | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: barbie, children, cornell museum, crane's beach house, Delray Beach, Site News

Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest

... Country, Family, Contra, Family, Step, and Clogging. Those who don’t want to join in are welcome to watch. The Eucalyptus Grove is where children can do arts and crafts, families can sing together, and workshops teach the fun and art of playing the Scottish fiddle, ukulele, music saw, and Xaphoon (sorry, don’t know what that is, but please let me know!). Other activities include cowboy music and poetry, organized jams, and campfire singalongs. Vendors will be selling food and folk arts. Paramount...
May 16th, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: arts, children, Events, Family Friendly, festival, music, Performing Arts - Theater & Dance

REVIEW: Santini – Best Ice-Cream in Lisbon

Ask anyone in Lisbon about the best local ice cream, chances are they will tell you to catch the train to Cascais and direct you to Santini. Opened for three generations, almost 60 years ago, Santini sells traditional Italian ice-cream that has been served to the national and international royalty. It is said that one of its secrets is the quality and the freshness of the ingredients, 100% natural. As well as the art to combine them. The fact is that it’s an excellent ice-cream that makes people...
April 28th, 2009 | Alexandre Kühl Oliveira | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Attractions, Cascais, children, Family Friendly, ice cream, kids, Restaurants & Bars, Shopping

Vacation with Kids

Travelling with children is not always a pleasure but exploring Amsterdam with the kids is delightful. Amsterdam is the perfect city for a family holiday. It’s compact and crammed with attractions for children. Parents don’t have to dip deep into their pockets because many sights and attractions are free. children up to four years old never pay tram fares or entrance fees. children up to eleven pay half price, and sometimes nothing at all. Hop on a tram, any tram for a long or short ride...
April 14th, 2009 | Marianne | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: children, Family Friendly, kids, museums, Shopping

The Hunt for Easter Eggs

... time to join one of the open-to-the-public hunts. Bring a basket or a bag, just in case. In Irvine, Mariners Church is presenting free egg hunts for children up to 10 years of age at 3 PM and 7 PM. And between 2 PM and 8 PM there will be crafts, face painting, and other activities. Mariners Church 5001 Newport Coast Dr., Irvine 92603 Phone: (949) 854-7600 Big Bunny’s Spring Fling at the L.A. Zoo doesn’t feature an egg hunt but live bunnies will be available for petting in a large egg...
April 11th, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: children, Church, Easter, Events, Family Friendly, zoo

With the Family in Tow

Already Spring has sprung and in a blink it will be Summer – prime time for family outings, family reunions, family vacations, family everything. Here comes the short list of favorite family experiences to be had in, around, and out of the city: Catalina Island. Just an hour or so from L.A. by ferry, this island feels like another world. No worries about traffic plowing down the youngsters, sandy beaches, lots of comfort food and casual accommodations (even condos with kitchen facilities for...
March 21st, 2009 | M. L. Johnson | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: amusements, Attractions, beaches, children, cycling, Family Friendly, gardens, hiking, kids, observatory, Outdoors & Recreation, surfing, teens, travel, vacation

Educate yourself with a trip to a local children’s museum

... an educational experience to your vacation. While you are busy planning your Spring Break for your family, you might want to consider taking your children to one of the local children’s museums. children’s Science Explorium: This hands-on science center is perfect for children ages 5-12 or the young at heart. Interactive programs, exhibits and camps are plentiful. Exhibits include a sand plotter, a hand cranked generator, a fog chamber, molecules in motion and more. In April, they will...
March 16th, 2009 | klynch | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Attractions, children, children's science explorium, education, Events, family friend travel, Family Friendly, family vacations, florida, kids, Miami Children's Museum

Magic and Laughs for Kids with The Great Zucchini

... and magic show put on by The Great Zucchini is considered Washington DC’s most magically entertaining shows for preschool and kindergarten children.  A big hit at birthday parties, The Great Zucchini has entertained children at the White House Easter Egg Roll and the National Zoo.  He bring his interactive  show, especially for the toddler-set, to both of the Washington, DC’s area Cinema & Drafthouses in Arlington and Montgomery. The Great Zucchini’s magic tricks may not be...
December 28th, 2008 | Jon Rochetti | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arlington, children, Family Friendly, magic, Silver Spring