Category Archives: Excursions
We had an excursion to Bounce on Friday 28th of February and everyone had a good time. The slam dunking was a great hit.
Why BOUNCE inc Trampolining?
We believe everyone wants to fly though the air and bounce off the walls. So we’ve created BounceInc – a massive indoor trampoline universe packed with lots of high octane, extreme, fun things to do. Whether you’re practicing your parkour moves, perfecting your aerial sports techniques or with kids and the family, its all about jumping high, and landing soft and safe. Imagine over 100 interconnected trampolines and 500 square meters of padding & foam to land on
2 Weir St, Glen Iris 3146,
Arrive 11.45am for 12 noon session $10/student for 60 minute session and also $10 for Junior Jumpers 3 years+ and under 110cm ($15 for if adults would like to join in the trampoline fun) Bounce socks required. $1.50 each for children over 110cm tall (children under this height do not require bounce socks). Pay for the socks on the day. Please book and pay for your own family on the bounce website beforehand at www.bounceinc.com.au
Wallace and Gromit are moving into Scienceworks!
From May 2012, explore 62 West Wallaby Street, a life-size version of Wallace and Gromit’s home and discover how simple ideas transform into life-changing inventions.
Join the Oscar® winning duo as they guide you through their home, a world of cracking interactive contraptions, hands-on activities, games and more!
See some of their more colourful inventions, including the Telly-scope II, the Blend-o-matic, the Thinking Cap and the Karaoke Disco Shower, as well as Wallace’s half half-baked ideas – from the Chocolate Teapot to the Ice Hot Water Bottle.
Marvel at the original Wallace and Gromit film sets including Top Bun Bakery (as seen in A Matter of Loaf and Death), the Living Room, the Dining Room, Wallace’s Vegetable Plot and the Garden & Greenhouse (as seen in The Curse of the Were-rabbit), just to name a few.
Take on the role of an apprentice inventor and create everything from household tools to logos and find out how to protect your own big ideas.
Unleash your inner inventor and journey through a world of amazing inventions with Wallace and Gromit at Scienceworks!
Everyone had a good time at Scienceworks last Friday. Scienceworks has done a great job putting all this together. Of course movie night consisted of The Wrong trousers, A close shave and The Chicken Run.
“Where’s the cheese Gromit?”
We had an excursion to the HMB Endeavour last Friday 27th April which was docked at the Waterfront City Marina, Docklands. Everyone had a great time and had the opportunity to experience what life was like on this amazing ship.
About the Endeavour: A replica of Captain Cook’s famous ship of discovery, HMB Endeavour, is displayed at the Australian National Maritime Museum as one of the nation’s foremost historical exhibits. The magnificent Endeavour is a full scale, Australian-built replica and one of the world’s most accurate maritime reproductions. On board the beautifully crafted ship, you glimpse a sailor’s life during one of history’s great maritime adventures, Cook’s epic 1768-71 world voyage.The museum maintains Endeavour for the public to experience 18th-century square-rig voyaging and seamanship by voyaging to other ports, where the ship berths and opens to the public. via http://www.endeavourvoyages.com.au/
Friday March 30, 2012
It was a fantastic day to visit the Stations of the Cross near Bacchus Marsh Melways ref: Map 334 H8. Each station has a beautiful large stone depiction of Christ’s suffering. There is also a chapel at the top of the hill. On the way back down to the car park we could view the numerous shrines that have been erected from different countries around the world.
Afterwards, we visited Maddingley Park in Bacchus Marsh for a picnic — there is a fantastic wooden adventure playground at the park! Melways ref: Map 333 H9. Everyone had a great day.
Trees Adventure is a new, exhilarating eco-adventure in the Dandenongs. It comprises five tree-top obstacle and flying fox courses that weave through the sublime canopy of Glen Harrow heritage gardens.
Soar through the forest on an array of flying foxes and take on a series of thrilling challenges. Adventurers move between platforms between 2 and 12 metres in height, across a series of imaginative obstacles. There are easy courses for those scared of heights to ‘black runs’ for thrill seekers. Each participant will be fully equipped and trained. The obstacle course provides an opportunity to be daring but also requires participants to take responsibility in a controlled environment, which builds capability and ultimately self-confidence.
Glen Harrow Gardens: Once Wurundjeri nation land, the estate now spans eight hectares of mostly forest alongside the Puffing Billy station in Belgrave. It features rare trees, including a magnificent 150-year-old Algerian Oak, used as the ‘home tree’ for the adventure courses, the gigantic Sequoia that rises sixty metres above the earth and two Chinquapin – the only known Japanese oaks in Victoria.
via Trees Adventure.
All the kids (and adults) had a great time. We will definitely be going back.
On Tuesday the 29th of November we went to the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of Pharaohs exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. There were many artifacts which had been found inside his tomb ranging from golden statues to decorated chairs.
The name King Tut has instant recognition in today’s world, however, prior to the discovery of his tomb in 1922 people were unfamiliar with this pharaoh. In fact, his name had been omitted from all of the lists of rulers the ancient Egyptians compiled.
King Tut was born 1341 BC during the Amarna Age, a time when the pharaoh Akhenaten, his probable father, had introduced quasi-monotheistic beliefs into ancient Egypt, replacing the traditional religion. Akhenaten had moved both the administrative capital (Memphis) and religious capital (Thebes) to Akhetaten (modern Tel el Amarna) in Middle Egypt, a site not previously associated with any other god. It is here that this young prince, named Tutankhaten – to honor the Aten, the deity of his new religion – was born and spent his early childhood.
The prince, however, ultimately did not maintain the religious movement his father introduced. He ascended the throne (around 1333 BCE), while still a child. Guided by two officials of the court, Tutankhamun restored the traditional gods and re-established Thebes as the religious capital and Memphis as the administrative centre. He also changed his name to Tutankhamun in order to direct attention to the restoration of the pantheon and the god Amun at its head. King Tut reigned for only about nine years, as he died in his late teens, but he has become famous the world over because his tomb was uncovered in almost perfect condition. You can read about the discovery of King Tut’s tomb here.
This material is adapted from text written by Dr. Zahi Hawass in his book Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (National Geographic Books 2005)
So important was this dagger to Tutankhamun that it was placed upon his mummy among the wrappings. The blade is highly polished gold with simple and elegantly engraved details. The hilt, also of gold, has alternating bands of granulated gold and cloisonn of red and blue glass. The pommel surmounting the handle has a circlet of two falcons with outstretched wings, while its top is decorated with a floral motif, in the center of which are two cartouches with the names of the king.
On the 14th of November we went to Apollo Bay. Here are some of the things we did.
We took the Sorrento ferry to Queenscliff which we went on to get across the bay.
Then it was down to the beach. We also took a trip to the Otway Fly Treetop walk.
It is the longest and highest walk of its kind in the world. It is able to withstand 280km/h winds and is 30m above the forest floor
Take a detour and drive along the beach, have icecreams and a history lesson!
Last Friday we were driving home from a Strathmore Home-Ed sports afternoon before 4pm to find as we approached the Bolte Bridge that the traffic in the lane leading to the Burnley Tunnel had completely stopped and the sign read ‘Collision in Burnley Tunnel Expect Delays’. So should we sit in stand still traffic when the afternoon peak was about to begin or get off at Todd Road? We decided to get off Citylink and go through Beacon Cove, drive up close to the Spirit of Tasmania and the P & O Liner which were in port, continue through St. Kilda and along Beach Road and in a very short time we were way past the inner city suburbs. We turned off Beach Road at Half Moon Bay to find a beach kiosk only to discover we had ended up at the site of the scuttled HMVS/HMAS Cerberus.
We are excited to announce that from 1 July, 2011 children under 16 years of age will receive free admission to; Healesville Sanctuary,Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo; on weekends, Victorian public holidays and Victorian Government school holidays.