Flip Out!!!

Flip Out
Sawmill Circuit
Hume
http://flipout.net.au/hume.php

I am soooo happy that Canberra finally got its own trampoline world! After seeing lots of fun photos online, I have always wanted to go.

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We went to Flip Out on the weekend and the place was busy! There were children of all ages and sizes, their parents milling around, some drinking coffee, some watching intently on the side. I am glad that Flip Out has a “7 years and under” area, complete with its own foam pit. After signing an indemnity form (they take this seriously), we plonked Little E on the trampoline.

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He wasn’t sure at first. He had been on a trampoline before, a friend has a big one in her backyard. For some reason, he didn’t like hers though, so we were relief to see that he liked the trampoline at Flip Out. There were a few older boys bouncing around, very close to Little E, sometimes getting too close that he’d fall. After watching them very intently for a few minutes, he loosened up a bit and did some sort of jumping motion (he is still working on jumping).

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He followed a couple of them around the area, falling at almost every step but then got up again. Grinning the whole time πŸ™‚ I didn’t want to miss out, so I did small mini jumps here and there, understanding the fact that I am way over the weight limit.  It was fun!

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The queue at the big people foam pit

I tried putting him into the foam pit, but he didn’t like it. Instead preferring using one of the foam cubes as a ball and throwing it around. He also liked gathering all the escaped foams and returning them into the pit. I have to mention the person manning the foam pit, he was so gentle and patient with all the kids there. He made sure they all queued up and wait for their turns, then interact with the kid once in the pit. It’s probably not the “coolest” job for a teenager, but he was great at it πŸ™‚

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Little E’s love affair with hills still continues, so this ramp is perhaps his most favourite out of the whole place. He ran up and down this ramp, clutching one of the foams, quite a few times. I think Mr E needs to build a ramp for Christmas πŸ™‚

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The big people area

After about 40 minutes, we packed ourselves up and go home. Little E didn’t even make half way the drive when he fell asleep. As Mr E’s boss once said, Flip Out is way cheaper than paying a baby sitter πŸ˜‰ Another great activity idea on a cold, rainy Canberra day for the kids!

P.s. I had been warned about the need for pelvic floor muscle strength by a friend who went when the place was first opened. She isn’t a mum and she said she realised that she needed to work on hers. I am now passing this warning on πŸ˜‰

Child friendly food joint: Common Grounds Cafe

The Common Ground
4/1 Jeffries St
Gowrie Shops
Common Grounds on Urbanspoon
Another exciting found I did last week. It was so good, I went twice within a week! My friend said that her coffee was the best she has had in Canberra. I have to say that it is one of the best I’ve had πŸ™‚

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The first time I went, they didn’t have what I wanted, so I ordered their beef burger. It was SO GOOD. Juicy patty, caramelised onions and chutney all balanced up with gerkins and beetroot. Add to all that, a strong tasting swiss cheese and a brioche bun. The bun was slightly too sweet for my liking but it was delicious nevertheless. The chips were crunchy and fluffy, but not overly salted. One of the best burger I’ve had yet.

Little E shared a smoked salmon, capers and cream cheese toasted sandwich with his “twin”. Both kids were very well behaved, sitting next to each other in matching high seats. Adorable! They both seemed to like their meal, with Little E polishing his share in no time at all. He is such a boy, at least in comparison to his “twin” who has the most elegant way of eating πŸ™‚ I love watching them together, it really does feel like I have a set of twins, without doubling the work πŸ˜‰

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Along with my coffee and burger, Little E and I shared the tastiest banana smoothie ever. Spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, it was creamy and sweet. Little E would have thought that Christmas came early for him, when I kept pouring his share into his own glass. I didn’t get to eat the biscuit that came with the coffee because my son was stealthy and ate it before I knew what was happening.

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French toasts with cinnamon mascarpone, maple syrup and mixed berries

The second time we went (I had to take Mr E there), we were too early for lunch (it doesn’t start until 1pm on weekends, so late!). So we had to order from the breakfast menu – not a difficult thing to do as the menu sounded really nice as well. Mr E ordered the Mediterranean Omelette, while I had the chorizo, basil, chili, and goat cheese on bread (can’t remember the name, sorry). We also ordered the French Toast for us three to share.

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I looooooove the french toasts! The cinnamon mascarpone was really really good, and the flavours of all the condiments combined work really well together. (Un)fortunately, Little E didn’t like it, so Mr E and I were left to finish the dish. We both thought that the omelette and the chorizo dishes were nice, however, they weren’t spectacular. Not for the price that they charge, at least. However, the smoothie was still good and Mr E is still gushing over his (VERY) thick caramel shake.

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I like Common Grounds, I will definitely go back there! The food is good (at least the lunch menu) and the service top notch. None of the waitresses gave any bad vibe over the kids’ mess or noise. The orders didn’t take long to arrive at the table (important when dining with children) and there is something for everyone in the menu. I do recommend that you don’t bring a giant pram in though, as the inside area is rather squishy. I reckon the place would be great in summer, with loads of seating outside. It isn’t the cheapest cafe around, however, you do get good quality meals, drinks and service.

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Like our firstΒ visit, we finished off our lunch on the weekend with some play at the playground across the street. Another plus to the place! πŸ™‚

Our weekend – the highlights

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Saturday – day 38 of 100: Spending the day with his godfather and auntie, a drive to Goulburn to see the little man’s favourite author, Dame Lynley Dodd, and getting his much loved books signed; then churros and hot chocolate for dinner.

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The Lynley Dodd exhibition at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery – these are my favs! With a Schnitzel Von Krumm wall decal!!! I wish they sell these decals.

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Sunday – day 39 of 100: having a great boys-only car racing playtime; bonding with his godfather; then frolicking in the sun at the park by the lake.

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Today – day 40 of 100: donuts with DIY filling injection. Little E sucked the syringe clean of mixed berry jam!

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His support group members – thank you for visiting and spending the weekend with us. The long weekend was definitely not long enough but loads of fun was had by all β™‘

The Multicultural Festival 2014

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We spent the entire day at the Multicultural Festival today. We did nothing but eat and drink. It was such a hot day and super duper crowded. Little E was such a trooper, he didn’t fuss at all!

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Finally! Good authentic Indo satay sauce! Soooooo good! I wish I bought more. I also found out about Aus/Indo language school for children, we’re definitely looking into it for Little E.

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Another highlight of my day: having tried haggis for the first time and chips on a stick! Little E absolutely loved the haggis. I guess he does have some Scottish heritage in him πŸ™‚

As every year, I enjoyed the Tongan watermelon and coconut milk punch. So refreshing in the heat. I had such fun today, I look forward to the next year!

The Festival is still on until late tonight as well as tomorrow. If you’re in Canberra, please do go and check it out πŸ™‚

Activities: National Zoo, Canberra

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We spent the morning at the zoo with the gang from Mothers Group today. It is a (very) belated joint birthday celebrations for all the babies! It was such a great day, I’m pretty sure that all of us enjoyed the trip.

There were zookeepers wandering around for us to pat the animals they’re carrying. Little E’s favourite was the baby alligator! Except he didn’t pat it, instead, he scratched it as he would with his scratch and play baby books. Ha!

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Little E was captivated by all the animals, sights, smells, and activities the entire time we were there. It’s interesting too to watch how the different babies react to an emu that was walking around. One brave little boy walked straight towards it. Another sat right down and cried. Little E started to approach it then when it turned around to face him, he hid behind me lol

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Little E didn’t last the walk back to the car before he started snoring. Us parents are so exhausted too! It’s a pity that the cafΓ© doesn’t really serve much, as it would be great to have lunch there too.

I totally recommend the zoo if you have young ones and are looking for something to do. The entry price is very reasonable and you get a whole day of fun experience πŸ™‚

Happy Australia Day 2014

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We made our way to Stage 88 early to catch the first Dora the Explorer show. It was Little E’s first exposure to her and he loved her! Mr E told me that he was mesmerised by all the commotion on stage and the audience (most of the kids there participated). When it ended, and everybody clapped, he chuckled lol

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Prior to the show, I queued up to get our free-ish (a gold coin donation) sausage sizzle. Mr E also got us free chocolate milks, yogurt and OJ. I couldn’t resist and get a Dagwood Dog too. Mr E hates it but I’m an Aussie at heart, I gotta get me some! πŸ˜‰

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After the show, we watched the raising of the flag, gun salutes and flyovers. Little E was fine with the loud bangs, until the flyovers happened. He wasn’t happy. Ha! We also saw a snake and a lizzard, proudly presented by the Zoo. Little E got to pet both animals, while I watched from a safe distance. They give me the hibby jibbies!!!

We’re at home now, full, happy and content. The weather was amazing this morning, cool in the shades but warm in the sun. Great temperature, with awesome atmosphere, the typical Aussie day we’re most proud of.

Happy Australia Day! πŸ™‚

Kid’s City, Mitchell, ACT

I have heard a lot of great things about Kid’s City here in Canberra. For those who don’t know, it is basically a giant indoor playground. There are a couple of such places around, but this one is apparently the biggest.

There are heaps of things to do in Kid’s City, both for toddlers and bigger kids. For the under 2s, there’s some walkers, a plastic tunnel, a ball pit and some climbing tubes. For the bigger kids, there are giant slides that I really wanted to go on (but didn’t as the place was packed). As well as the more advanced climbing tubes. There are cubby houses too for kids of all ages to enjoy.

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We finally went to check out the place last weekend and Little E had the fun of his life yet! We were lucky to be allowed in for free (it is normally $9.50pp), though I would have been happy to pay πŸ™‚ We were there for around 1.5 hours and the whole entire time, Little E was zombie-walking and crawling everywhere, being the busybody that he is. He loved the big ball pit the most, with the cubby house coming second.

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While we were there, there were three separate groups having a birthday party. I noticed that the adults of the parties were able to socialise, while their kids run around by themselves having fun. I think it is such a great idea and would probably do it for future birthdays.

There’s a small cafΓ© offering drinks, ice cream and other small snacks. Comfy sofas were also available for parents to perch themselves on. We didn’t get to try out any, as we were too busy keeping an eye on Little E. However, I will certainly try something next time I go πŸ™‚

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Other than the fact that Little E loved the place, I fully appreciate how clean it is! The whole area was spotless, and the toilets (at least the female ones) are clean and not smelly at all. The ride-on car Little E played in was a little sticky, however, I found everything else clean. I will most certainly take my precious back there again πŸ™‚