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Out & About: The Brickman Experience @ Melbourne Museum

Out & About: The Brickman Experience @ Melbourne Museum

Lego is one of those toys that transcends generations. Whether you are 75, 35 or 5, chances are you’ve played with lego at some stage in your life, and it’s even more probable that you loved it. You loved it so much that you would jump at the chance to put together a few of those famous little bricks, to create your very own masterpiece. Whilst the infamous lego piece may be the arch nemesis of a parent’s foot late a night, during the day, we are all still in awe of the simple pleasure that comes from lego. I remember going to Lego exhibitions when we were young, heading into the city to see magnificent creations of sky scrapers, movie characters and the like, come to life. The feeling of going home with your very own box, filled with hundreds of pieces, waiting to be put together.

Today we had the pleasure of taking our children. Ella and Hudson to the incredible Melbourne Museum, to witness the lego phenomenon for themselves. The Brickman Experience is an exhibition of more than 50 awe-inspiring models on display at the ‘Wonders of the World’ exhibition.  Be taken on a hands-on educational journey through history, learning more about each attraction. From the Leaning Tower of Pisa, to the Titanic, Golden Gate Bridge and Pyramids of Giza. Kids of all ages can witness the amazing talents of professional Lego masters who spend thousands of hours, piecing together tiny lego pieces to create magnificent works of art. The Mona Lisa itself is even on show…in lego form that is!

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The kids meet Lego Man!
 The Brickman Experience Lego
King Kong
The Brickman Experience Lego
The Kremlin
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Kids alike: old and young
The Arch De Triomphe
The Brickman Experience Lego
Big Ben
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The learning tower of Pisa

The Brickman Experience Lego

The Brickman Experience Lego
The Golden Gate Bridge

What is even better is the fact that each lego sculpture is surrounded by a moat of lego pieces, ready to be used to recreate the featured wonder. Adults and kids, together find pieces and make their own sculptures of wonder. A wall of wonder, with individual panels adorns the space, where each visitor can leave their mark. It’s simply, super cool.

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The moat of lego around each sculpture allows everyone to create their own masterpieces

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The gallery wall : Ella’s name in lego bricks!

Providing hours of fun for the whole family, visitors can even put their own building skills to the test in the master builder zones and help with some of the model making.

The exhibition opens daily in the Touring Hall from 10.00am. Closing times vary, please check preferred date on the Ticketek website for last entry.

Duration is approximately 1.5 hours, all customers are advised to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their session. We went on to visit the Melbourne Museum itself, with the kids loving the Bugs Alive, Childrens’ Gallery and of course, they met Phar Lap!. It is such a fantastic day out. You can even go home with your own projects to master and treasure.

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Ants, Ants, Ants! Bugs Alive in the Melbourne Museum
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The children’s’ gallery is amazing!

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The kids are happy! Their own lego creations to master at home!
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Meeting Phar Lap!

Lego never gets old. It is, as the movie says ‘awesome’.

 

Fast & Healthy Mid Week Meals

Fast & Healthy Mid Week Meals

 This post is sponsored by Weight Watchers but all thoughts and opinions including meal suggestions are my own.

I’ve always been someone who has been super busy. When school heads back each year I’m swamped not only with work demands, but extra-curricular activities for the kids, appointments, washing, cleaning…the list goes on. In recent times my husband and I have really tried to focus on cooking quick and healthy meals for our family. Like everyone I guess, we do our best to keep a balance, but sometimes it’s just so hard to cook after we get home from work. So when I was asked to try out the newly re-launched frozen meal range from Weight Watchers (www.wowfrozenmeals.com.au), I jumped at the chance!

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I have to admit that I’ve never really needed to diet, but since turning 30, the need to ‘watch’ what I’m eating has really changed the way my body reacts to food. Since becoming a Mum, I have also really struggled to eat well during the day, as I’m so busy.

Dinner is usually my one main meal and so I want it to be quick, easy but also healthy if possible! So I was intrigued and interested to see what the Weight Watchers frozen meal range was really like.

Would the meals taste like they look? I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised.

Their new three tier range of meals (Light, Classic and Gourmet) are designed to include the perfect combination of wholesome and nutritious ingredients, flavour and balance as well as provide the option modern and traditional meals that are convenient and easy to eat.

Dan and I have talked about the need to ensure that our portions are right. No more piling food up on the plate! These meals are perfectly portioned to ensure that you are eating not just the right thing, but the right amount.

The three meals I chose to try are:

Honey Soy Noodles from the Light Menu range. Asian style food is my favourite and this meal is great for lunch or a light meal. A great alternative for working days!

Pumpkin and Ricotta Cannelloni from the Classic Menu. I adore pumpkin, but my hubby doesn’t, so this meal is perfect for days when I am cooking just for myself if he is out.

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Moroccan Chicken and Pearl Couscous from the Gourmet Range. We have loved cooking couscous lately as an alternative to other carbohydrates. I love couscous, especially the pearl variety!

I have to say that the best thing about these meals was the flavour. At approximately $6.50 each, the price is fantastic too.

Weight Watchers

If you are after quick meals for yourself, but want to ensure that you watch your portion sizes then I can highly recommend the new Weight Watchers Frozen Meal range (www.wowfrozenmeals.com.au)

Available at supermarkets across Australia!

Performance Review: Air Play

Performance Review: Air Play

Sometimes you see something that totally takes you by surprise. Sometimes you see something that makes you stop, and just enjoy the magic of the world for a short little while. Last night I was lucky enough to attend the opening performance of Air Play at the Arts Centre. The brain child of New York performance duo: Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, this hour long performance is just delightful. Magical. Simple. Mesmerizing.

Sewn from the sky: umbrellas, kites, balloons and snow are the constant companions of brother and sister whose rivalry is only matched by their affection, and as their unbound imaginations launch them on wordless adventures far beyond the everyday you might wonder if they’ll ever touch the ground again. Think beautiful fabric flying through the air catching the wind from over twenty fans. Streaming into the audience, they invite and captivate everyone’s attention. Everyone. Whilst it is targeted at families, both children and adults were smiling from ear to ear. As they play with balloons, umbrellas, fabric and even glitter, for an hour you are transported to your childhood. You sit in awe mesmerized by the simpleness of flight. I was completely taken by surprised by the way it spoke to my heart, and even found myself welling up at one point.

They combine their performance with the perfect amount of humour, and the sound track engages you like nothing else I have seen. It simply lifts your soul and invites you to escape for a short little while.

It is beautiful. Whether you take your children, or a friend, you will love it.

Air Play is playing until Sunday 22nd January: so get in quick before this magical show floats away to another place.

For tickets and more information, head to: https://www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/whats-on/2017/families/air-play

 

Air Play