The MSO performs Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Concert

Get ready Melbourne families as this September we get to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disney’s classic 1989 animation, The Little Mermaid live in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Yes, that does say 30th anniversary! If you weren’t feeling old a minute ago you sure are now!

Showcasing the Academy Award winning original score by Alan Menken and featuring the beloved characters of Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian, King Triton and Ursula up on the big screen,  this uplifting score will be brought to life by the MSO in three magical performances, conducted by Nicholas Buc.

‘The Little Mermaid was responsible for reviving the animated musical genre, with Alan Menken’s Academy Award-winning score and songs playing such a huge part. Every kid who grew up with the film knows Under The Sea by heart, and they’ll get the chance to relive their childhood through this wonderful live experience,’ – Mr Buc.

 

The story… if you need reminding

Mermaid princess Ariel (Jodi Benson) has a dream of being human.  Much to her father’s dismay, Ariel frequently makes the journey to the surface. It doesn’t matter that Atlantica King Triton forbids her from doing so, Ariel is determined to visit the humans because some dreams can’t be overcome.

When Ariel finds herself drawn to a human – Prince Eric – during one of her forbidden trips she makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula (Pat Carroll) to become human for three days… But when plans go awry for Ariel she must use her charm, wits and resilient heart to set things right.

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Book your tickets now, take your children, and all of you can enjoy the beloved songs from the iconic film! The performance will include, amongst others,  Under the Sea, Part of Your World and Kiss the Girl so, you can absolutely re-live this classic tale of Ariel and her magical world under the sea.


Tickets go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 19 June.

The Little Mermaid – in Concert
Friday 6th September at 7.30pm and Saturday 7th September at 1pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
mso.com.au | 03 9929 9600

 

BRICKMAN CITIES POWERED BY LEGO® CITY IS COMING TO MELBOURNE!

Are you Ryan McNaught super fans? I’m pretty sure he is Australia’s new favourite human since the awesome Channel 9 LEGO® Masters aired on our screens!! Well, you’ll be glad to know he’s back and this time it’s LEGO® building that we can all enjoy, close up!

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IMMERSE YOURSELF IN HISTORY DURING THIS BRAND-NEW INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE CREATED BY THE LEGO® MASTERS JUDGE, RYAN ‘THE BRICKMAN’ MCNAUGHT

With this brand new exhibition at ScienceWorks Melbourne about to land, we can all discover the history of the world’s greatest cities and create our own cities of the future!! Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY takes over ScienceWorks Melbourne from Saturday 15th June to Sunday 4th August 2019 and we are so excited!! 

 

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This new interactive LEGO® CITY experience from Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught and his expert team, Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY, sounds incredible. If, like me, you thought there was no way he could beat his Wonders of the World exhibition, or his ‘Brickman Awesome’  think again!!!! Showcasing the life and architecture of five of the world’s most iconic cities – Dubai, London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo – from castles and forts to massive skyscrapers, we can all trace each city’s evolution all the way from 1000AD to today in a fun, educational and immersive way. Talk about THE BEST HISTORY LESSON EVER!!!!

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Tickets to Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY are on sale NOW!

Brickman’s fourth LEGO® brick experience, Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY has been exclusively curated and built by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught and his expert team. Did you know that McNaught is the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of just 14 in the world???  (We also know him as the official judge of Channel Nine’s new blockbuster reality series, LEGO® Masters… So he’s practically been in our homes…. which totally makes him family doesn’t it??)

 “Brickman Cities brings to life the rich histories of the world’s greatest cities like never before and I hope visitors will find it both informative and fun. I can’t wait to see young LEGO® enthusiasts take what they have learnt and use their imagination to create their own LEGO® CITY of tomorrow,” Ryan McNaught.

I am most looking forward to seeing the 3m x 4m scale model of Lower Manhattan, built entirely in white LEGO® pieces with 3D stories of New York projected directly onto them. Using cutting-edge technology of UHD 4K projectors, visitors are taken on a journey from the First People’s villages right through to present day. Amaaaaazing!!! You’ll find me there, all day!

“Using 3D technology adds a whole new dimension to the LEGO® experience which I never thought would be possible! It’s very cool to see how it enriches the stories we are trying to tell through this experience,” Ryan McNaught.

Don’t panic, all your budding builders (including your husband) will be able to build their vision of a LEGO® CITY of tomorrow in the interactive master build zone, home to half a million LEGO® bricks!! Hurrah for some hands on time!  

Facts

  • It took the team more than 1,900 hours to create this exhibition.
  •  1 million LEGO® bricks were needed to build Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY.
  • Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught and the creative team spent a further 250 hours developing sophisticated 3D projections to bring the hero city of New York to life.

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Don’t miss out on travelling through time in this immersive, educational and imaginative world of Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY.


Tickets on sale now at  www.ticketek.com.au

Brickman Cities powered by LEGO® CITY

Scienceworks Melbourne

Saturday 15th June to Sunday 4th August

P.S. Ryan I love you xxx (Shhhhhh)

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Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Terracotta Warriors | Cai Guo-Qiang

The NVG Winter Masterpieces this year is a sight to behold and one for the whole family to see. Not only does this incredibly well curated exhibition house 8 Terracotta Warriors, it is also home to approximately 170 pieces of stunning work, old and new.

The Terracotta Warriors are often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world, and The National Gallery of Victoria has brought them to Melbourne, so that we can see them, close up. This is honestly, not to be missed!

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Cai Guo-Qiang: The Transient Landscape, presented in parallel with Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality has just opened in Melbourne, and is running until 13 October, 2019. 

Arguably the world’s most exciting contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang’s features his brand new masterpieces, created using gunpowder! The videos of how this was achieved are fascinating, and the children are guaranteed to love the theatre of it all.

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‘Using gunpowder brings me closer to nature and even the universe. Of course at the moment of ignition the explosion is instantaneous… but gunpowder has its origins in minerals that took hundreds, thousands or millions of years to form.’Cai Guo-Qiang 

As if the gunpowder creations and the Terracotta Warriors aren’t enough to thrill,  Cai Guo-Qiang has created 10,000 porcelain birds, each one suspended from the ceiling as if mid flight. These birds have been created solely for this exhibition.  This monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds, create a three-dimensional impression of a calligraphic drawing of the sacred Mount Li, the site of the ancient tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, and his warriors. It is a sight to behold!

As with many of the NGV’s exhibitions this is absolutely a child friendly one!  Alongside the exhibits you will see detailed explanations specifically targeted at a younger audience. Perfect for all budding art lovers!

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I strongly urge you to take your whole family to see Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Terracotta Warriors | Cai Guo-Qiang. As well as delivering an entire new perspective on Chinese culture, past and present this exhibition is sure to create a love of art that you will all enjoy for a lifetime.


 

Location: 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC
Date: 24 May to 13 October 2019.
Tickets: ngv.vic.gov.au
Cost:  Adults $30, Children $10 Family $65.

 

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There’s work to be done at Sovereign Hill these school holidays

Hey Melbourne parents! School holidays are fast approaching and there’s so much going on, it’ll be hard for any of us to be bored! Have you visited Sovereign Hill before?

You can read about our last visit right here!!

Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or a Ballarat Gold Fields virgin, you’ll want to get all over their Easter Holiday fun!

We’ve been informed that the blacksmith needs a new apprentice, there are animals to be fed and Brown’s Confectionery Manufactory have lollies that can’t make themselves! You and the children better rush up there and get to work! 

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This Easter holidays, between Sat 6th April  and Mon 22nd April, Sovereign Hill are exploring the working life of the goldfields. Relive history and discover the lost trades with a range of exclusive workshops and free events that will transport you and the kids back to the busy goldfields of Ballarat. Genuinely a fascinating day out for all ages

Here is a list of the fun you and the gang can get involved in:

  • Pour your own Candle: Become a candlemaker at Hewett’s Candle Works and learn how to make your very own candle. Hear about the secrets of good candle making, and let Sovereign Hill’s experienced candlemakers guide you through the process. You get to take a candle home too!! 
  • Make your own rope: Using traditional methods, try making a rope, and then see if you can turn your rope into quoits. Will you beat Sovereign Hill’s champions at a game? We hope so!! 

 

  • Become a Blacksmith: Join Sovereign Hill’s talented Blacksmiths and try your hand at forging. You’ll all be taken through the basics of blacksmithing and learn about the history of this trade on the Ballarat goldfields. A great story to take back to school after the holidays!

 

  • Where did photography come from? Come and see a ‘camera obscura’ and learn how the romance with the captured image began. Sovereign Hill’s photographers will give you an enlightening insight into how images were created and how cameras evolved over time. This is a mind blowing for the modern day child!

 

  • Sweet Experience: Brown’s Confectionery Factory is hiring! You’ll have to get your uniforms on and help Sovereign Hill make some butterscotch lollies. Smell, touch, and roll your own lollies while learning about the sweet treats of the goldfields.

 

  • Spokes and Wheels: Watch the talented wheelwrights machine and assemble the components of a wooden wheel using the latest in 1800s wheel making technology. Then try finishing your own spoke with hand held tools.

 

  • Belt making: Back in the 1800s, everything was made by hand and even the simplest piece of clothing had a story to tell. Go back in time and join Sovereign Hill to craft your own belt using traditional methods at Sovereign Hill’s leather harness workshop.

See, we told you… there’s no way you’re going to find yourselves at a loose end this Easter! More fun to come in the next few days!! Keep it here!

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The Lost Trades program will run from Saturday 6th April until Monday 22nd April, 2019.  

**Many of the Lost Trade workshops need to be pre-booked, so to find out more, or to make a booking, visit www.thestoryliveson.com.au

THE ULTIMATE CHASE IS ON AT LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTRE

Well done Mama’s you’ve got through Christmas and there are only a few weeks left of the school holidays down under! The post Christmas slump makes it hard to find any motivation to get up and take the kids out. Plus… they really should still be playing with their Christmas gifts right??? Are there any children out there still enjoying their gifts?

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Well, be thankful because Legoland Discovery Centre  has the most exciting school holiday programme full of awesome fun for the kids and you!

This summer it’s all about Cops vs Robbers and hey, who doesn’t love a game of that!

The kids can embark on the ultimate Cops vs Robbers chase through a world of creativity, colour and adventure. Whether they’re an officer or a bandit, kids can let their imaginations run wild through LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s 13 fun-filled zones. Heaven right there, for LEGO© fans!

All mini cops and robbers will receive a mask and be tasked to:

  • Spot the stolen jewels in Miniland
  • Build a police car or getaway vehicle in the Creative Workshop
  • Race to see  which car is fastest at the Build & Test site
  • Explore the jail in the new LEGO City build area
  • Watch the new Officer in Pursuit! 4D movie (showing from 15 January)

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After an exhilarating chase through the indoor LEGO playground, you can grab a (much earned) coffee and the kids can tuck into delicious Cops vs Robbers Cookies and Crown Jewel Cupcakes from the café.

Hurrah, happy faces all round!! Have a great time!!

Liv xx


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We are heading to Legoland Discovery Centre on Wednesday so make sure you’re hooked up to our socials for all the fun!! Instagram Facebook 

The kids also have their own Instagram now, so you can catch a child’s eye view over there too!


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Running from Thursday 29th December to Friday 28th January, LEGOLAND Discovery Centre’s school holiday activities are sure to keep kids entertained this summer.

Tickets are here

Opening times are here

How to get to Legoland Discovery Centre is here

Head to www.LEGOLANDDiscoveryCentre.com.au for more info!

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Even big kids need to be sun safe!

Since touch down in Australia, I have been incredibly aware of how desperately important it is for our whole family to protect our skin from the sun. We’re all very English in the skin department, me more than most! Keeping the kids protected is a mission (think Ethan Hunt) and it doesn’t get any easier the older they get! In fact, I think it becomes harder.

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Click for the details…

With 2 in 3 Australians being diagnosed with skin cancer by the age of 70, Australia needs a generational sun-safety shift.

Even big kids need to be sun safe!

Once your kids hit a certain age, they need to be able to take responsibility of being sun safe, however it’s not always a walk in the park!  We’ve taught our two about applying sunscreen properly, why it’s important, and how often it needs re applying. We have gallons of sunscreen at the ready, enough hats to kit out a footie team, and ‘rashies’ of all sizes fill our swim cupboard. No matter how many hats we have, the kids always end up without one on their head! It’s a constant circus act of taking them off, throwing them back in the bag, hiding them, or “accidentally on purpose” forgetting them. I’ve tried everything. Like all children down under, they are used to the school’s ‘no hat, no play’ policy, but no matter how hard I try, as soon as they’re at home and the sun makes an appearance I’m wrestling with heads and hats. Too hot, too uncomfortable, uncool, itchy, scratchy… I’ve heard it all believe me!

 

 

Introducing BedHead Hats

My prayers might have been answered. We have just discovered the most beautifully made sun hats which are so soft and easy to wear, the kids actually kept them on…for hours! Yay!

“Like many parents, I know first-hand that teaching children to wear hats can be a trying time. I really wanted to make this life skill easier to learn. My research found that familiarising a baby early on with the sensation of wearing a hat is the first step in teaching responsible sun safety skills they keep for the rest of their life. I want to educate parents about this and provide them with the most comfortable and protective hats for children of all ages” Rachel Ellis founder of BedHead Hats.

 

Comfortable hats make a whole world of difference when it comes to keeping our kids sun-smart. Comfort and funky designs. Our kids are a little older now, and like the average 10 and 6 year old, they are all about the baseball cap, and give no thought to the lack of protection it gives. **I took photos of the sun hitting their necks whilst they had caps on, just to prove my point. #mumwin. This summer we’re ditching the caps!

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Not everyone realises that sun exposure in the first 10 years of life plays a large part in determining your lifetime potential for cancer.

Why Bedhead?

  • UPF50+ Excellent Protection rating
  • Made with a resilient stretch cotton that grows with the child
  •  Anti-flop brim
  •  Made to suit the hot Australian climate
  • Pram and baby carrier friendly
  • Soft around the neck
  • Providing both sun and glare protection
  • Great designs even for the biggest kids
  • Pony tail holes (Godsend)
  • Easy and comfortable to wear

Thanks to BedHead Hats, summer is looking like it’s going to be the least stressful for all Aussie (and expat) mums and most sun protected for all kids!!

Have a beautiful summer everyone!

Olivia xxx


 

Bedhead Hats is an Australian, family run business who are taking the sun hat market by storm, and leading the way in sun safety for kids.  We just need a couple of adult prints now! *hint!! 


#protectthepotential 

Bedhead Hats established the ‘Protect the Potential’ initiative in 2017 to ensure that Aussie babies get the best start they can to live a sun-safe life. This year, with the help of charities, maternity wards and post-natal services nationwide, Bedhead Hats will provide $200,000 of sun-hats to babies who need them most.

Throughout Spring and Summer 2018, a selection of charities, maternity wards and post-natal services nationwide will be provided with UPF50+ newborn Bedhead Hats to distribute to new mums and bubs to start the sun-safety journey of Aussie babies. Additionally, as part of the ‘Protect the Potential’ initiative, Bedhead Hats will be giving away five baby hats a day until the end of Summer through social media.

All Bedhead Hats have a UPF50+ Excellent Protection rating, are made with a resilient stretch cotton that grows with the child and an anti-flop brim, all made to suit the hot Australian climate. Bedhead Hats are pram and baby carrier friendly; soft around the neck, while providing sun and glare protection.

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Available via www.bedheadhats.com.au

The Cotton Originals Bundle includes a plain hat and a printed hat and has an RRP of $50.00

Give the gift of reading this Christmas!

No matter how hard to try to ignore it, there’s no denying that Christmas is well and truly on it’s way. It’s time to stop pretending you have ages to get sorted. The kids are almost down from their much hated Halloween high, and I for one am totally ready to get the tree up and start singing “Do they know it’s Christmas” at anyone who walks past.

Let’s take a moment to think about what Christmas entails. The frantic search for this years most popular toy, the dash round the shops to get the precious ingredient that Jamie Oliver absolutely insists you have with your turkey this year, not forgetting the outdoor Christmas show in 42 degrees of heat…(down under anyway).

Buy the tree, sort the gifts, hunt wildly for the sticky tape, wrap the gifts, try and find out which bloody bulb is broken and stopping the Christmas tree lights from working.. Oh, and did you really forget to send Aunty Marg a card??????

However Christmas rolls in your house, I’m here to take a bit of the pressure off!

I have done a really clever thing, and put together a list of totally awesome books that you absolutely must buy for your kiddos this year.

Buying your child a book, not only makes you feel like an awesome parent who positively encourages reading, but it also gives your child an experience which can be shared with others, time and time again. Reading not only creates a strong bond between parent and child, it also has many benefits including building confidence, and enhancing a child’s imagination. You see why buying a book this Christmas is a great idea. It’s the gift that really does keep on giving!

Nearly nine in 10 children say they love being read aloud to a lot, with the main reason being that it is a special time with their parents. – Scholastic


The Wilson’s Top Christmas Books

 

Judy Moody and the right Royal Tea Party by Megan McDonald

RRP $19.99

Judy Moody

Another day. Another mood. Meet Judy Moody at her moodiest-best, in this laugh-a-minute fourteenth adventure in the international bestselling series. If you have fans of Jacqueline Wilson then this is a great book to add to the bookshelf. It’s funny, a little bit silly, and a great easy reader (7+) for bedtime giggles.

Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Giant Moth Mummy (Book 2) by Andrew Hansen & Jessica Roberts

RRP $14.99

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Can Bab and his smelly friends defeat this ancient evil? You what?? My thought’s entirely… This doesn’t sound like the most delightful book, but let me tell you, it’s worth a read! If your little readers love comics, gross stuff, and insanely wacky characters then add this to Santa’s list. *super Santa award heading your way!

Where’s Wally? The Spectacular Spotlight Search by Martin Handford

RRP $24.99

We love ‘Where’s Wally’ in our house, I have been known to flick through these on my own! This is Wally like you’ve never seen him before! Use the paper spotlight searcher as a magic torch to illuminate the six spectacular scenes in this book, and there are bonus games on every page! That means hours of entertainment! Kids get to turn the pages and search six spectacular darkened scenes! By using the paper spotlight searcher inside as a magic torch they will reveal Wally and his friends. Each scene contains all five classic characters plus bonus hidden content. This is a great book for old and new Wally fans!

**All light-up magic is designed from paper, and extra spotlight searchers are available to print from online, no batteries necessary.

Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett

RRP $24.99

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Who wouldn’t want their child to read a fiery story about friendship and asking for help? And as if that’s not enough, this is being hailed at ‘The Jolly Postman’ for a new generation! Hurrah! The JP was one of my all time favourites which I have handed down to my little ones.  I’m hoping Dragon Post will join the bookshelf that my kids hand down to theirs. Love the little letters!!

One day Alex finds a dragon living under his stairs. He isn’t sure what to do – but luckily he knows just who to ask for help. Open the envelopes and read the hilarious letters Alex receives from the fire brigade, the butcher and more as he tries to take care of his new friend. Who would have thought having a dragon for a pet would be so tricky? – Walker Books

Among kids aged 6–8 whose parents have stopped reading aloud to them, half wish their parents had continued – Scholastic

Discovery Globe- Build Your Own Globe Kit – Leon Gray

RRP $34.99

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For all of you parents out there with kids who love to build things, here’s a kit to make your own spinning globe! How awesome does that sound! This is the ultimate gift for families who love to travel, and who’s children have all sorts of questions about the world! This kit comes with everything you need to build your own spinning globe plus plus an illustrated explorer’s guide packed with information, providing a unique introduction to our world.

Make your own globe and discover more about the people and places on it with this stylish kit, containing all the pieces for an easy-to-make spinning model plus a highly-illustrated explorer’s guide. The sturdy card globe features icons labelling everything from natural wonders to famous faces, topics which can then be explored in more detail in the explorer’s guide. As well as referring closely to the model globe, the explorer’s guide covers a variety of themes including the Earth’s biomes, animals and World Heritage sites, providing a fascinating introduction to the world, its people and places – Walker Books

•Publisher’s note: adult assistance recommended when building globe.

My kids loved ‘A World of Discovery’ by Richard Platt

  Reading is so great for your kids because amongst other great benefits it:

Enhances their imagination

Improves their grammar

Improves their writing skills

Leads to academic success

Helps them build their self confidence

Expands their vocabulary

Discipline and increased concentration


Go on, buy a book this Christmas and give the gift of reading to a child you love!

Monster Jam is headed Down Under!

Larger than life entertainment for the whole gang!

Hell Yeah!! Monster Jam® is heading right back to Australia, and we’ve got all the info for you! The Monster trucks are making their way to Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne in October and trust us, you don’t want to be leaving your kids out of this jam packed, epic adventure. Monster Jam® will be wowing fans with their incredible stunts, and Melbs, we’re on the list! *punches the air a little too excitedly.

You can read about last years awesome show right here. We had a blast!

Monster Jam® has to be the most intense family motorsports entertainment experience on the planet! It’s loud, it’s fun, in fact, it’s monstrous! It’s definitely not for the faint hearted, and ear defenders are a MUST..even for the grown ups.

Monster Jam®, is BACK and this time it’s promising to be bigger, better, faster, and stronger! *wow, is that even possible?

11 time Monster Jam World Finals® Champion Tom Meents is set to lead the pack of superstar drivers, bringing fans to the edge of their seats with adrenaline-charged, high-flying, four-wheel excitement that is fun for the entire family! Starring the biggest performers on four wheels, Monster Jam trucks take on a life of their own.


Tickets

To buy tickets for Monster Jam® click the link for your chosen city: Adelaide, Sydney , Melbourne or head to Ticketek for more info!

Running Times

Adelaide Oval
TAP early Party in the Pits entry from 12:30pm
Party in the Pits: 1pm – 4pm
(Driver departure & final Pit Party entry is at 3:30pm)
Show: 5pm
ANZ Stadium, Sydney
TAP early Party in the Pits entry from 12:30pm
Party in the Pits: 1pm – 5pm
(Driver departure & final Pit Party entry is at 4:30pm)
Show: 6pm
AAMI Park, Melbourne
TAP early Party in the Pits entry from 9:30am
Party in the Pits: 10am – 1pm
(Driver departure & final Pit Party entry is at 12:30pm)
Shows: 2pm & 7pm

 

**With a Pit Pass, fans have full access to the world-renowned Party in the Pits and can get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. From taking selfies with the Monster Jam stars, to getting your favourite merchandise signed, it all happens at this exclusive pre-event Party in the Pits.

For more information about the Australian Tour or for clips of the show, visit www.MonsterJam.com

 

If you want to be in with a chance of winning a family ticket, head to our Facebook & Instagram to enter our competition. *competition closes Sunday 26th August so hurry!!