Chugga-chugga choo choo! – Altona Miniature Trains

The Urban Ma blog Altona Miniature Railway

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!

xx

The Urban Ma blog Melbourne

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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Santa’s Magical Kingdom 2014

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We were so excited to take Mr D to Santa’s Magical Kingdom last night – to see him smile after not feeling well all week was the best! Mr D decorated his own little gingerbread man, he watched the circus acts while eating nuggets and chips, he flew down the giant slide and had fun exploring all the activities under the huge tent while merry Christmas carols played.

This year Santa’s Magical Kingdom has set up camp at the Caulfield Racecourse and sessions run from Thursday to Sunday up until December 23 (you can book your tickets here).

Enjoy an interactive, walk through adventure that incorporates everything that you and your family love about Christmas. 

As you will probably be able to tell from the pics below, we all had an enchanting time!

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Santa's Magical Kingdom kid-friendlyConquered the giant slide, decorated his dessert before eating it, Lego building and fun on the merry-go-roundChristmas gingerbread man Santa's Magical Kingdom Melbourne eventsBeautifully decorated areas under the magical tent
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Scared and excited at the same time, Mr D conquered the giant slide!
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Gingerbread man ChristmasWe all enjoyed the gingerbread man decorating. Finished up by eating it with coffee from the foodstall!
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Before going home we enjoyed the night time view up high on the ferris wheel
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Fun for all the family! Congrats to the winner of the Urban Ma blog Santa’s Magical Kingdom ticket giveaway! Check the “Giveaways” tab for more prizes.

What’s your favorite staycation destination? This is one of ours…

Kyneton The Urban MaKyneton Bushland Resort For over three decades our family has been enjoying staycations at the Kyneton Bushland Resort. Now with our little bubbas, a new generation has started enjoying the family tradition of staying at these self contained cabins surrounded by gum trees, kangaroos and all inclusive activities keeping us outdoors and active.

Canoeing
Tennis
Mini golf
Swimming
Squash
Bike rides
Playgrounds
BBQ areas and more

As a child I always remember papa playing tennis and us kids with family friends and relatives riding our hired bikes from one activity to the other. For a treat we’d go into Kyneton’s town centre for some sweets at the local bakeries. Now we love checking out all the cafes and cute little boutiques on Piper street. Definitely a family friendly place to visit and can’t wait for many more decades of outdoor fun!

Where are your favourite family staycations? You know, those places that are a home away from home and not too far away!
I’d love some suggestions on other great places to visit.

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Love never fails

 

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 Friendship and coffee in Hoppers

20 years ago was when it started. A friendship between high school friends going through everything from the deb ball, VCE exams, uni, finding ourselves and our first jobs, through to 21sts, engagements, weddings, and now babies. It only seems fitting then that along a row of shops across the station back in the suburb we met in high school stands Corinthians.

You’re probably well acquainted with the verses from Corinthians as it is the most popular reading recited at weddings. And as much as it can get repetitve hearing it over and over again, I guess it’s so popular because people can relate. “Love never fails“. And I am so grateful for the love that I have experienced between a group of girls I met several kms down the road from this cute little cafe.

A friend and I caught up for lunch on a cruisey weekday afternoon enjoying good coffee with a mushroom burger and risotto. We even got a take away coffee for another friend who couldn’t join us so we took it to her work – how’s that for a personalized delivery service 🙂 And thank goodness for midweek catchups, this  – yayyy for parental leave and flexible workplace arrangements!

Even though everyone has moved and we don’t live as close to each other, I love every catch up that we have as I always learn something new, always feel at ease and relaxed, and always leave having so much gratitude for everything we are blessed with.

#itsthesimplethings. Really!

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Kid -friendly with some toys for Daniel to play with while we eat!

Birthday feast at Rustique

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Rustique Co. – 75a Mt Derrimut Road, Deer Park 03 9017 6655
Modern Australian

These days even though we would love to have a meal in the city on a weeknight, it sometimes feels like a great feat having a walking, talking one year old toddler with us. While other patrons sometimes look a little irked at our little one as he messily enjoys his food, I try to quickly eat my meal in case Baby D decides he wants to walk around and explore. Therefore when my little sister’s 21st came up, she thoughtfully booked us all into a family-friendly restaurant for dinner to accommodate for our one year old and the newest addition to our family, my beautiful 7 week old niece.

Rustique has only been open for around 8 weeks and we were welcomed with a spacious layout and a fun playground situated right near our table. What a great find! Generous meal sizes and a good variety on the menu and reasonably priced, I enjoyed the entrees the best! Baby D loved the playground and the capsicums on the antipasto platter and the mash that came with my veal scallopine.

What we ordered:

– Antipasto platter with cured meats, cheese, salmon, olives, fruit and bread
– Salt and pepper calamari with crispy shallots, chilli, lime and sesame
– Scallops baked with breadcrumbs, parmesan and aioli
– Eye fillet steak with mushroom and pepper sauces
– Veal scaloppine with mash, bacon, mushrooms, asparagus and cream
– Open lamb souvlaki with pita and sauces
– a fish dish – can’t remember the details but it was really tasty!

What I want to try next time:

– the scallops with parmesan again!
–  the pasta tossed with mussels, prawns, scallops, calamari, salmon, garlic and olive oil
– and the cakes in the window display looked delish!

Rustique serves hearty meals in a kid-friendly environment with sleek decor and enough room for high chairs and prams. Comfortable for both families and those wanting a more intimate dinner, we sat in the “family” area right next to the playground. Rustique also take bookings for functions and on the weekends it can get busy so it’s always a good idea to call ahead. Looks like we’ll be coming back here and trying more of the menu soon 🙂 Happy birthday again baby sis! xx

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Target shopping haul

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Late night shopping at Target

With the hubby and bubby in bed so early, I quickly snuck off to take advantage of the 20% off baby sale at Target and use my Target gift card from the other day’s goodie bag! Being around 8.50pm it was shopping bliss! I was there with a shopping list in hand as I can get distracted very easily.

I always do a little happy dance when I scan the price of something and it comes in lower than the sale sticker. In this case it was a couple of plain boys’ tops that scanned in at $1! Score! I bought a heap of Bonds pieces for Baby D as I love using Bonds pieces to style his comfy outfits. I also thought I’d spring clean up our room with some new bedsheets. Oh and I also bought mascara for $4.50 but I forgot to include it in the pics below.

What are some of the things you love to shop for at Target?


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aby D wears a Bonds Bomber Jacket, Stussy beanie, Fresh Baked tee, ABCD shorts, Adidas kicks

target haulSeed beanie, Sprout top, Next cardigan, Bonds leggings, Next baby booties

Hoy! Let’s go to the night market.

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Luna1878 Night Market – Queen Victoria Market, cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets
Every Wednesday in August 2013 (last one tonight!)

Last Wednesday night we rugged up and headed out to the Luna1878 night market. It seemed a lot more spacious than the night market held in the summer months when we arrived early at 5pm but the area soon filled up with excited visitors wanting to taste the array of cuisines and street food on offer. Lines began to form and there was an energetic buzz buzz as everyone was deciding what delicious dishes they should try out.

From Nepalese, Sicilian, Hungarian cuisines to Filipino bbq and mulled wine there was such an impressive variety of food it was a great sight! Every food stall at Luna1878 offered something different and I just wanted to try the lot!

 There were bar tables, picnic tables and some live music being performed that further lifted the vibrant atmosphere in this undercover foodie haven! If you haven’t been yet, then head on down there tonight as it is the last night for the August series this year! Come early with an empty stomach and lots of mula! It’s going to be an awesome night tonight 🙂

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