Travel Thursdays – 7 Things We Love about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival

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Tesselaar Tulip Festival
357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan (40km east of Melbourne)

Now in its 62nd year, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival opened today with over 100,000 tulips planted across 25 acres brightening up the Dandenong Ranges. We went for a drive with the family last year taking our aunties, cousins and grandparents and great grandparents with us – there was something to do for the whole family!

With a different theme each week, you can make a weekend of it and even organize a relaxing stay in the Dandenongs.

Sept 11th-13th – Turkish Weekend
Sept 14th-17th – Yarra Ranges Week
Sept 18th-20th – Dutch Weekend
Sept 21st-24th & Sept 28th-Oct 1st – Childrens Weeks
Sept 25th-27th – Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend
Oct 2nd-4th – Irish Weekend

Things we love about the Tulip Festival:

1 – Food and Entertainment We ate some gozleme, Dutch pancakes, ice cream and German sausages while listening to live music by some talented musicians. There is also entertainment with dancers and

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2 – Open spaces and opportunity to be out in the open among beautiful flora spending quality time with family

The Urban Ma picnic Tulip Festival Melbourne

3 – Big clogs and novelty things that you can find around the 25 acres that interest the little ones and the young at heartbig clog Melbourne Tulip Festival Melbourne

4 – Loads of photo opps – smile!

Tulip Festival 2014 selfie

5 – The Sculptor exhibit and plenty of market stalls to purchase goodies from

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6 – The new Tulip Train which you can ride on to view the colorful fields

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7 – The beautiful and bright tulips. You can even grab a bunch to take home.

What’s your favorite thing about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival?

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Travel Thursdays – 7 things to do at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2015

The Urban Ma blog Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2015Kids Day out Tulip Festival

Tesselaar Tulip Festival
357-359 Monbulk Road, Silvan (40km east of Melbourne)

Now in its 62nd year, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival opened today with over 100,000 tulips planted across 25 acres brightening up the Dandenong Ranges. We went for a drive with the family last year taking our aunties, cousins and grandparents and great grandparents with us – there was something to do for the whole family!

With a different theme each week, you can make a weekend of it and even organize a relaxing stay in the Dandenongs.

Sept 11th-13th – Turkish Weekend
Sept 14th-17th – Yarra Ranges Week
Sept 18th-20th – Dutch Weekend
Sept 21st-24th & Sept 28th-Oct 1st – Childrens Weeks
Sept 25th-27th – Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend
Oct 2nd-4th – Irish Weekend

Things we love about the Tulip Festival:

1 – Food and Entertainment We ate some gozleme, Dutch pancakes, ice cream and German sausages while listening to live music by some talented musicians. There is also entertainment with dancers and

dutch pancakes Tulip Festival Melbourne The Urban Ma review gozleme Tulip Festival The Urban Ma blog Melbourne The Urban Ma eats Tulip Festival Melbourne

2 – Open spaces and opportunity to be out in the open among beautiful flora spending quality time with family

The Urban Ma picnic Tulip Festival Melbourne

3 – Big clogs and novelty things that you can find around the 25 acres that interest the little ones and the young at heartbig clog Melbourne Tulip Festival Melbourne

4 – Loads of photo opps – smile!

Tulip Festival 2014 selfie

5 – The Sculptor exhibit and plenty of market stalls to purchase goodies from

Windmill Tulip Festival Tulip Festival Melbourne 2015

6 – The new Tulip Train which you can ride on to view the colorful fields

school holidays activities Tulip Festival

7 – The beautiful and bright tulips. You can even grab a bunch to take home.

What’s your favorite thing about the Tesselaar Tulip Festival?

tulips at the Tulip Festival Melbourne  

This time last year! – Problogger 2014


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A collection of photos from last year’s Problogger conference at the QT Hotel, Gold Coast.

It was our first time attending. The hubby and I bought tickets to it as soon as we found out Pat Flynn and Chris Ducker were presenting – we love listening to their podcasts! It was great to see that not only were their keynote speeches amazing, there were so many other talented and inspiring presenters that graced the stage over the 2 days.

We met some lovely people and learnt so many things that I was exhausted by the end of it. I can’t wait to see what new learnings and new connections we will take away from this year’s event! See you there 🙂

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Chugga-chugga choo choo! – Altona Miniature Trains

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Planes, trains and automobiles. Mr Two absolutely loves everything and anything that is fast, or has wheels or simply goes! So on a lazy Sunday, a third Sunday of the month to be exact, we took him to see some miniature trains for the first time!

He absolutely loved it.

We took him to the Altona Miniature Railway to enjoy the sunshine last month before winter set in. We arrived there after 3pm (it closes at 4pm) and as soon as we had parked, Mr Two was raring to go! He met up with his friends, and us parents loved seeing the kids enjoy the trains. We enjoyed it too!

A lovely breeze, excited passengers and happy, friendly operators filled our afternoon with rides along the railway and toots and whistles as we passed the other mini trains and their passengers. I’d have never had been to this place if it wasn’t for Mr Two – I’m so grateful that he gets us experiencing loads of different things and watching his face light up in the meantime is just pure bliss.

Making memories 🙂

Altona Miniature RailwayThe above two pics are from the Altona Miniature Railway’s Facebook page which you can find here.

As soon as I told one of my workmates the following week where we had been he got excited and told us there were a few more hobby miniature train places to visit like the Altona one! His next recommendation was to check out Diamond Valley so that’s on our to do list since Mr Two has constantly been wondering, “When are we going to the mini trains again?”.

I can’t wait to take him and this time bring his cousins and the grand and great grandparents along for some family fun outdoors.

Where have you been making memories lately!?

Next up…planes!

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All smiles and a tick of approval from our little ones!

What: Altona Miniature Railway – hobby club

Where: 1 Blenheim Road, Altona North

When: Every 3rd Sunday of the month from 11am – 4pm

Cost: $2.50 per ride, 11 rides for $25, All day ride pass per person $17.50.

The Details: There are toilets and two bbqs onsite so you can have a picnic while watching the trains go by. You can also book for private parties on their website!

All information is correct at time of publishing.

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Mummy Monday’s – Date night

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After listening to Baz Luhrmann speak to us about his latest production, Strictly Ballroom, at the media call the other week, I had a feeling that the hubby and I would enjoy this theatrical experience. We were lucky to be gifted some tickets which we used for a wonderful mid week date night.

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With Baz’s creative flair and his wife Catherine’s brilliant artistry in costume design, this dynamic duo has taken on Her Majesty’s Theatre for the Melbourne instalment of their movie-turned-musical labour of love.

It is the talented performers and performances, as Baz explains to us, that bring this musical to life. Performing with such passion and gusto, the cast expose their characters and themselves, so that we forget ourselves, and are drawn in to their story.

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And drawn in we were. By the last musical number we had all forgotten where we were and the entire audience (yes including the hubby!) were up on their feet dancing in their seats, the aisles and on stage!

That’s one way to get a standing ovation. Loved it!

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Strictly Ballroom is currently playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne. For tickets see here.

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Mummy Mondays – This playcentre has an awesome pirate ship ride!

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270 Canterbury rd, Forest Hill

Trekking across town to attend my nephew’s 1st birthday, it was our first time at Lollipop’s and we loved it! Not being familiar, we found it a bit hard to find but once we found out it was on Level 3 next to all the cinemas and games, we were set!

The play centre is well laid out with a separate area for toddlers so they don’t get knocked over by the older kids and there is an awesome foam ball room with canons and vacuums that suck up the balls to different sections ready to launch.
There’s even an interactive pirate ship ride for both kids and their parents inside the venue! We weren’t able to take any photos as I had to console Master D who started crying as soon as the ride began! He made it through the whole thing and proudly exclaimed “Daniel riding on the pirate ship” as we walked off the ride down the steps. Scared but brave at the same time! Haha classic! #toddlerantics

The centre is clean and well maintained and the staff were very attentive, especially amongst all the birthday excitement. The staff were loud and clear when giving instructions and made sure all the kids had their drinks topped up and a piece of the spectacular birthday cake made by Zelicious.

Both the kids and adults were fed with sandwiches, fruits and hot food and you if you’re after something a little more special you can also order some desserts from the window display.

I think we’ve found another new place to catch up with our mummy friends! 🙂

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Sunday Sessions – This place along the Yarra has pop up restaurants, live music, sports and beanbags!

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Sunday chill sessions with Master D

Last week while waiting for his daddy to finish his DJ photoshoot, Master D and I came across some acoustic live music, a nice patch of green grass with pop up restaurants bordering this lounge area by the Yarra.

It was Crown’s alfresco kitchen and sportshub with a little something for everyone to enjoy while taking in gorgeous views of Melbourne city, the latest sports news, music performances or just spending time with friends or family.

Master D promptly asked for ice cream as soon as he saw some people with theirs so we bought a cup and relaxed on the lounge chairs and beanbags. A great way to watch the world go by and be courtside with the Aus Open!

Pop ups include:

The Merrywell
Gradi
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– Ice cream from Movenpick and crepes from Crown’s banquet.

Drinks-wise you’ll have it covered with these bars:
Heineken, Canadian Club, Pimms and the Moet & Chandon Bar

Open during the summer see here for times and details.
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