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Little Faces

Little Faces National Portrait Gallery Canberra Mums

Little Faces (an interactive program for the under 3’s) at the National Portrait Gallery

Little Faces (an interactive program for the under 3’s) at the National Portrait Gallery

Bring your bub or toddler along to the National Portrait Gallery for playful activities. Each month we investigate a different portrait, spending time in the galleries and then making art in the studio. In May we will look at the portrait Practising the Minuet (Miss Hilda Spong) 1893 by Tom Roberts, exploring movement and self-expression. Next month we’ll be looking closely at the portrait of Charles Teo 2012 by Adam Chang

Tuesday 3 May – 9:30am and 10:30am sessions
Wednesday 4 May – 9:30am and 10:30am sessions

For children from 6 months to 3 years. Followed by morning tea in the café.
Bookings essential
$10 (includes tea/coffee)

Made possible with funds donated by Tim Fairfax AC

For further details and to book online –

To book via email or telephone – or (02) 6102 7070

Marble & Grain Champagne Masterclass


Presented by The Champagne Dame, Kyla Kirkpatrick

You will enjoy an afternoon of Champagne and food tasting. Only $149 per person. Saturday 21 May, 2pm to 4pm – BOOK NOW!

PH: 6246 9555 or



Cali-dance – the Australian dance sport.

Have you got a daughter who loves to dance? And are you looking for a sport to keep her fit and active as she grows? Then Cali-dance could be the answer for you. Cali-dance is a uniquely Australian dance sport that children can start in from as young as three. .
Cali-dance is more than just dancing classes.

As a sport, cali-dance encourages physical development, co-ordination, self-discipline and team spirit. As an art, cali-dance develops an appreciation of music and rhythm, the beauty of line and the excitement of presenting on stage. It is a fabulous activity for children and young women.

Canberra’s seven cali-dance clubs are recruiting now for the 2016 season. There is one near you and they would love to hear from you!

If you want to know more, our website is the place to go. Read what our Super Stars say, watch our video clips, listen to the testimonials from our parents and coaches and then enjoy two free classes with your child at any of our seven clubs before you have to commit.
Ashleigh Costello, Marketing Director, 0402 718 359

GDANCE Academy Canberra


GDANCE Academy is committed to nurturing your child in their journey from Baby Ballerina and beyond and developing their confidence, creativity and musicality.

We are a dance school that cares. We care about safe dance practice so that your child is happy and healthy. We care that our staff and students treat each and every person with respect. We care that your kids can be kids – that means child appropriate class content, music, costumes and choreography.

We care that your child is nourished from the inside and out.

We care about your young ones having positive and strong female role models to look up to. We care that our students gain a little more confidence with each and every class.

We would LOVE you to join our gorgeous dance family. Please contact us today!

Director: Jo McKinley
0411 099 040

ChickFIT at Synergy Self Defence & Fitness


ChickFIT at Synergy Self Defence & Fitness, it’s fun & has FREE Child minding!

Have you been waiting for the right time to get fit? Well now is the time with our fantastic 10 Week Body Challenge. If you join with a friend you will get an even bigger discount. We have no contracts or joining fees so you are never locked into anything. Train in a supportive environment alongside women with the same goals in mind.

There is also barista made coffee available at the end of session. So what are you waiting for ….. get Synergyised!!!
Call Bronnie on 6260 2813 or 0402 221 015

Canberra Physical Culture Club

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Canberra Physical Culture Club!
Empowering girls for life

The Canberra Physical Culture Club has been operating for over 30 years in the South Canberra area and throughout much of that time; we have had many generations participate within the club.

Fun, upbeat music is the soundtrack to a sport that fuses dance styles such as jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, pilates, aerobic dance and even yoga! Physie is the perfect combination of movements designed to increase strength, fitness and flexibility. The benefits for you are increased co-ordination, brain development and confidence, and IT WON’T BREAK THE BANK!

Canberra Physical Culture Club!
Empowering girls for life

Enrol now for 2016
Contact Maree 0411 600 658

Brilliant Football

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Brilliant Football: Join Canberra’s leading junior football academy.

Brilliant Football offers an inclusive environment where kids of all technical abilities are accepted and developed, each according to his or her own individual ability. We don’t just select elite players, we work with and develop kids of all levels to help them become better footballers.

It was established with a vision to provide families in Canberra and surrounding areas with a unique and affordable football experience for their kids who are between the age of 7 and 12, by focusing on developing the required age-appropriate technical skills within this age group.

We ensure that while we focus on players’ skill development, our training sessions are varied and fun so kids enjoy the football experience and would want to come back again. They don’t just have a safe and fun environment, they also learn how to perform ‘Brilliant Football’!

Brilliant Football programs run throughout the year (with every school term). We also run 3-day short holiday programs during school breaks.

Registration for Term 1 Program is now open. It runs from 6 February to 10 April on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 to 10:15 am.

Parents will get a 30% discount when registering for 2 sessions per week.


For more information, please call 1300 221 468 or visit
Our FB page:

Free High Tea: Maternity Bra Testing Event:



Maternity Bra
• Would you like to influence the design of a new hot maternity bra?
• Do you want to be indulged with complementary delicious food?
• Are you interested in networking with other local mums?

Gazongas Collection is a Canberra owned maternity label that will offer unique, versatile, sexy and comfortable maternity lingerie. We are currently developing a very special maternity bra called the Hot Mama Bra.

This one bra is able to adapt to pregnancy, breastfeeding, getting active, formal occasions, everyday wear and more.

A free high tea will be held at Telstra Tower on Saturday, 6 February from 9:30 – 11:30 in Acton (5 mins from the City). This will offer you the opportunity to test the Hot Mama Bra and provide feedback. Your feedback will be used to perfect the bra. There will also be a fun play area to entertain your little ones so feel free to bring your children along.

To learn more about this unique versatile bra visit

Sizes are currently available in 12D to 18G.

Here’s How You Can Participate
Email your expression of interest to by Saturday, 30 January.

Ph: 0419782320

Dance Northside


Are you looking for quality, age appropriate, non competitive and FUN dance classes for you or your child?

Then Dance Northside is the studio for you!  Dance Northside offers 27 classes per week in Contemporary, Jazz, Street Funk, Ballet and Creative Movement! We have classes for children from age 18 months and up, a performance group for our more advanced dancers AND we have two classes just for adults!  Enrolments are now open for term 1 2016 and places are filling fast so get in touch today!

Contact Dance Northside’s Artistic Director Holly Diggle to book your place today!
Check out our website for our full 2016 timetable.
Like our facebook page to stay updated with all our studio happenings!

Holly Diggle 0413 049 625


Petit Early Learning Journey

Have you secured your position with Petit Early Learning Journey for 2016?

They say “It takes a whole village to raise a child”. At Petit we agree, we strive to provide that home away from home for all our families. We offer a complimentary breakfast club service for our early birds each morning, a family retreat for mums and dads to grab a coffee before heading off to work and a place for children to feel safe and secure while learning and growing under their watchful eyes. We also have a café, gym and off street parking available within the building for pick up and drop off.

At Petit Early Learning Barton, we believe in a holistic and inclusive program and this is demonstrated in our Pre-school studio. Our preschool program implements the Early Years Learning Framework (National Early Years Curriculum) “Being, Belonging and Becoming” and the ACT School Curriculum for the Early Years “Every Chance to learn”.Throughout this program, the children will have opportunities to participate in a broad variety of experiences including languages, excursions, cooking, creative, sports and more.

Here at Petit we believe the environment is the third teacher. The theory of the environment being the “Third Teacher” comes from recognising that there are many ways that the physical environment, both indoor and outdoor, can enhance a child’s learning and independence. Our facility is purpose built and provide a space for learning and development. We also provide a large indoor space for gross motor experiences. This provides the children in our centre opportunities for “outside” play everyday day of the year.

At Petit Barton, we work in partnership with families to learn and understand each and every child in our care. We believe relationships are the bases to everything we do. Rita Pierson, a teacher of 40 years, said “Children do not learn from teachers they don’t like”. We strive to develop positive relationships and lasting bonds with all our children. Through this we will discover who this little person is and how they learn. This in turn, they will discover the world in the safety and security of that bond.

Enrolments are now open for 2016 – book in for your complementary centre tour today.

  • Why Choose Petit?
  • Qualified Early Years Learning Teacher with 27 years’ Experience
  • School Readiness Program
  • State of the Art Equipment include a Smart Board.
  • Fully climate control playground
  • 4 well-appointed rooms with abundance of resources
  • State of the art equipment including Smart Board, iPads and online access to documentation.
  • Family Retreat
  • Family and community events
  • Open Door Policy

To enquire or book your complementary centre tour please contact our centre manager, Cassandra on (02) 6109 0070 or
For further information about Petit Barton:



Get rid of your old fridge – for free!

Have you got an old fridge running at home, or know someone who does? It could be costing you an extra $200 a year to run. Luckily, ActewAGL will pickup and dispose of it for free! Plus, for a limited time you’ll go into the draw to WIN 1 of 20 $100 Grocery Gift Cards by simply registering and having your old fridge picked up before the end of March 2016.

About the ActewAGL Fridge Buyback:
• Free pickup and disposal
• Eligible customers could also get a $30 rebate on their electricity bill
• Save up to $200 a year on your energy costs
• Register now for your chance to WIN 1 of 20 $100 Grocery Gift Cards

How does it work?
ACT residents can register online or call 1300 136 008


Got questions? Learn more about the program here.

Terms and conditions:
ˆEligible fridges will be degassed in an environmentally friendly way using a recovery cylinder. Gasses are transported to Melbourne for safe destruction by Refrigerant Reclaim Australia. Usable steel and copper is recycled as scrap metal. *An old fridge could be costing $200 per year to run. Estimation sourced from The savings figure of $230 is calculated by adding the $200 energy saving and the $30 rebate. † Terms and conditions apply. **To be eligible, you must make your booking and have your fridge picked up prior to 31 March 2016. 20 x $100 Woolworths Groceries Only Gift Cards available to be won. Visit for full terms and conditions. ActewAGL Retail ABN 46 221 314 841 a partnership of AGL ACT Retail Investments Pty Ltd ABN 53 093 631 586 and Icon Retail Investments Limited ABN 23 074 371 207

Asthma foundation ACT Kids Hub!


Heading to Christmas in the City? Make sure you pop in and visit the Asthma Foundation ACT Kids Hub!

Being a parent can be the most difficult and rewarding role of your life.

Located by the Carousel, near the Markets and Taste Canberra, the Kids Hub is open every day between 3pm and 8pm until the 23 December as part of Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates.

Staff and volunteers will help children complete a range of asthma related holiday-themed crafts and activities including:

  • Creating Sand Art pictures
  • Bubble blown wrapping paper
  • Christmas themed Scratch Art
  • Children’s story time sessions

All proceeds from the Kids Hub will go towards supporting the work of the Asthma Foundation ACT

For more details see the Facebook event

Parent Skills

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Parent Skills: teaching Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T.). For peaceful parenting and resilient children.

Being a parent can be the most difficult and rewarding role of your life.

Would you like help to:
• yell less and be less stressed?
• enjoy being a parent;
• build a relationship with your children to last your lifetime?
• understand your children, and your children to understand you?
• raise confident, considerate children in an atmosphere of mutual respect?
• grow your child’s emotional intelligence, empathy and resilience?
• find an alternative to using rewards and punishment – develop your child’s inner discipline?

P.E.T is: the ‘how to’ of gentle parenting; suitable for children from birth to adulthood; and evidence based

P.E.T. consists of three-hour sessions, once per week for eight weeks (6.30pm to 9.45pm), with the next course beginning in February, 2016. For further information, please contact Larissa at

Read Larissa’s tips and thoughts on peaceful parenting, including Secrets to Solving Sibling Squabbles, and the Trouble with Time-out, on her blog:

Cake Decorating Solutions

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Cake Decorating Solutions now open Sundays

Leading up to Christmas, Cake Decorating Solutions have extended their trading hours.

Why visit Cake Decorating Solutions

Serving the cake decorating industry in Sydney for years they pride themselves on providing excellent customer service with a great range of high quality products at the lowest prices.

Cake Decorating Solutions have an in-store kid’s play area making it easier for parents to browse or ask the dedicated and experienced team any questions they might have to make a better cake.

If you are new to cake decorating or wanting to improve your skills they offer a range of classes (including Planet Cake) to make your next cake stand out.

They also run school holiday kid’s cupcake classes and birthday parties.

If time is an issue why not place an order on-line for pick up or delivery.

Cake Decorating Solutions are located Unit 3, 10 Maryborough St, Fyshwick

Monday – Friday 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday 9.30am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm

Ph: 6280 0137

Mr Fong’s Maths Tuition

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It’s that time of the year again… exam week panic, poor report cards, and the concerning parent-teacher interviews. It does NOT have to be this way! If you have ever thought about getting maths tutoring for your child, NOW is the time! School may be over soon but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for the next school year. Call us to book a FREE TRIAL LESSON, and if you register your child with us for Term One 2016 before 30 November, you get a discount of 20%!*

Mathematics is one of those subjects that builds on knowledge from the previous years. Start on the wrong foot with Maths and the problem just snowballs. But you can put a stop to this. Come visit us at Mr Fong’s and we will show you how tutoring can improve understanding in just one sitting!

At Mr Fong’s, we can help your child:

– Identify and focus on weak areas
– Work on gaps in knowledge eg times tables
– Provide homework help
– Give tips on Exam and time management skills
– Teach your child how to use correct mathematical steps
– Get ahead, or catch up with the rest of the class

It’s never too late to get help, and definitely not too early. Take control of you child’s education. Register for Term One 2016 in November and help your child regain back confidence in the classroom!

*Offer ends 30 November 2015. Only available for enrolment in Term One 2016. Term fees are to be paid in full at enrolment.

You can download a Parents’ Information Pack here.

Address: 95 Anthony Rolfe Ave, GUNGAHLIN ACT 2912

For more information:

Ph: 0412 679 688

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Bunyip Toys

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Established online toy store Bunyip Toys has now opened a shopfront at its Mitchell warehouse.

Come out and browse the great range of quality toy brands. We are Australia’s largest stockist of Playmobil and have a full range of Brio, Schleich, Sylvanian Families and Gamewright toys and games, as well as many other great brands.

Come and do your Christmas shopping without the hassles and distractions of the major shopping centres!

Bunyip Toys – for quality play time.

Bunyip Toys – 5-11 Essington Street, Mitchell

Christmas Opening hours (Nov/Dec):
Mon-Thu 10-4
Friday 10-9
Sat/Sun 10-3
Other hours by appointment.

Visit our website – or call Andrew on 02 6154 7925.

Kylie’s Gardening Services


For all of your gardening needs…

Are you thinking of selling your home and want to wow the buyers with great presentation?
Do you want to update the look and feel of your outside space?
Do you want to grow your own food, provide for your family and give the kids a healthy hobby?
Are you incapacitated and want help around the garden?
Do you just need a tidy up around the home and don’t have time?

Contact Kylie
Phone: 0407 235 311

Yoga for Mums, Bubs, expecting Mums and Dads


New Studio in Kingston that welcomes everyone.

  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Mums’n’Bubs every Tuesday
  • Power Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Yoga for Beginners

Yoga is for everyone, for fitness, fun and flexibility, without competition or any feelings of intimidation, and in today’s hectic world, we need yoga to bring balance to our lives. Yoga is not just for the super flexible, it builds strength, cardio vascular fitness, and of course develops balance. But it is more than just exercise, it is the combination of movement, breath and the mind, the perfect trilogy for staying fit and healthy in today’s hectic world.

Our studio is not a gym, but a peaceful, comfortable and open space, designed to provide the perfect setting for you to strengthen your muscles, stretch, relax and escape from the outside world.

Like us on Facebook:
Phone: 0407 649 528

Pavilion on Northbourne

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2015 Christmas Day Lunch –
Early Bird Special

Celebrate Christmas Day in style with Christmas lunch
at the Pavilion on Northboure’s Atrium Restaurant.
Bring the entire family and celebrate in the magnificent
refurbished tropical garden atrium.
Book by 31 October and receive a bottle of Moet
per table.

Ph: 1800 828 000

Participate in new child language development research at The ANU!


Participate in new child language development
research at The ANU!

Hi Canberra Mums!

Does the way children learn language fascinate you?

The ANU Language Lab at the Research School of Psychology is embarking on an exciting longitudinal study – The Canberra Longitudinal Child Language Project. The CLCL Project will follow a group of ACT children as their language develops, from 9 months right through to 5 years of age! It is the largest undertaking of its kind to be conducted in Australia.

We are looking for monolingual (or low exposure to a second language) Canberra families to participate in this ground-breaking research.
Help us learn more about how typically developing children acquire and develop language, and gain an insight into your child’s developing language skills, from first words right through to school readiness!

Each of our testing sessions should not last more than an hour or two.
If your baby is under 9 months of age and you are interested in being involved, add your details to our contact list here to receive more information!:

Information will then be sent to you when your child nears 9 months of age. (Remember to add any siblings too, as they may be eligible to participate in other projects we run in future.)

Find more info and stay up to date with the Language Lab’s activities by liking our Facebook page too!
Please feel free to comment below with any questions you may have, contact us via our page, or email


Sign up to contact database –
Language Lab Facebook page –
Email project manager –

Pavilion on Northbourne

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2015 Melbourne Cup Luncheon – Early bird special

Join us at Pavilion on Northbourne for our Melbourne Cup Luncheon to celebrate everyone’s favourite race! With a 3 course buffet and a 3 hour beverage package for only $115 per guest, this is the perfect event to celebrate with your colleagues, family or friends. Don’t forget to dress to impress for your chance to win our Best Dressed and Hat prize!

Book by 30 September and receive a bottle of Moet per table.


Ph: 1800 828 000

Dark Disco – Rave CBR


Do you love to dance? Come and dance in the dark with us!.

Do you love to dance without worrying about what you look like? You’ll love DARK DISCO! We turn the lights off and turn the music up!

Dark Disco is a fun, casual and non judgemental place for people to dance in a drug and alcohol free atmosphere. We play songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today and turn the lights off so that you can truly loose yourself in the music and let go of your inhibitions!

Mondays 7pm-8pm, Level 2 The Griffin Centre,
20 Genge St, Civic. $5 entry

Like us on Facebook for more info!

Red Stars Academy of Speech and Drama

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Would you or your child enjoy a free trial speech and drama or public speaking class?


Free trial classes are now available from next week through to Christmas in three locations from only $314 when you book online using discount code TRIAL1.
Classes range from age 3 throughout adulthood and are taught by a fellow Canberra Mum who is Australian trained and Trinity College London qualified.
Come for fun or come for a Diploma, come to to join this fantastic growing local business that kids are already cherishing! You can also like us on Facebook and contact us online.
Think fun and practical elocution lessons that also feature movement, breathing, creative expression and simply letting go.
Red Stars speak well, move well and are received well ☺


For more information, contact: Antares at, 0417 657 650 or online bookings @

Gem Creations Photography

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Winter blow out sale- limited time only

$300 SAVE $98
Capture the essence of your child
Book and pay before 31st of August 2015 and have 6 months to use voucher

Nahon Pelvic Floor Education

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When toilet training is not simple

Toilet training is not simple for all children. Some continue to have accidents after they are 4 years old, others are constipated or soil themselves. These issues can have a major impact on family dynamics, schooling and of course on the child’s self-esteem.

Often parents are told “don’t worry they will grow out of it”. But when will they finally grow out of bladder and bowel issues? And at what point should you seek help?

Normal toilet training should be complete by 3 years of age. It can be started any time after a child learns to sit independently. Having a few accidents while toilet training is normal, however by preschool a child should be able to recognise the urge to go to the toilet and hold on until they get there.

Bowels should be regular, with the stool (poo) being a soft sausage shape. Hard poos looking like rocks and pebbles are not normal and can cause pain and fear of the toilet. Any child with ongoing toilet fears, with pain or with refusal to go to the toilet should be seen by a continence therapist.

Help, my child starts pre-school next February and is not toilet trained yet!

It is not uncommon to get this call late November or December. While there are children who manage to get toilet trained in 3 days, this is not often the case. Starting to think about toilet training early will make the process much easier.

Before you start toilet training, have a look at your toilet or bathroom. Is it child friendly? Ensure you have a toilet seat that will fit your child’s bottom. The fear of falling in is very real when you are under 6. Pictures on the wall may make it more child friendly in there and removing chemical smells or deodorants may also help.

When should I start?

Many parents and all grandparents would have been toilet trained before their second birthday. There is no right time to start. Some simple rules do apply:
• A child should be able to sit independently (on a potty for example).
• Toilet training when the home is in a major state of change (moving house, new baby due, major renovations) is adding to a very stressful time and often unsuccessful.
• The child should be health both physically and emotionally
• Parents should avoid starting toilet training when they are really stressed

How do I start?

Young children like to please their caregiver. Starting toilet training before they develop a strong willpower (commonly known as a ‘won’t’ power) helps to make it easier. Model the behaviour you want, let the child see you go to the toilet, tell him/her where you are going (“my bladder is telling me it is full and I have to go to the toilet now”) let boys watch their father and girls their mother.

Encourage your child to sit on the potty or toilet for a few minutes at regular intervals 4-6 times per day. No longer than 1 minute per year of age. If they do a wee or a poo congratulate them, throw high 5’s and make sure they know the right thing has happened. If they don’t produce then tell them well done for sitting well and try again later.

It may take a few days or a few weeks but being consistent will pay off. Don’t stress and don’t make it a chore for your child. If the process is too stressful, have a break and try again later.

What to do when children still have accidents at school?

5 to 20% of children still have accidents when they are at school. While some will grow out of it, many do not. Fear of being found out by parents, teachers or care givers lead many to learn how to hide evidence of accidents or pretend it never happens. For parents the fear that their child becomes the victim of bullying, teasing or exclusion will cause much stress.

What causes day time wetting or soiling?

The cause of bladder and bowel incontinence is complex and varied. Some common factors include:
• Poor fluid intake – children should drink 6-7 glasses of fluid every day
• Poor fibre intake – 2 fruit and 5 veg serves per day
• Just- in-case toileting – children (and adults) should learn to go when they feel the urge
• Being too busy – kids need to learn they their play, toys, friends will all still be there when they come back from the toilet

Some children have over active bladders. These bladders do not give any warning that emptying is about to happen. They are not ‘lazy’ or ‘naughty’ or forget to go to the toilet, they get no warning.

Getting an assessment by a doctor or a continence therapist specialising in children’s bladders and bowels is the first step in finding a solution for these children.

For more information or to make an appointment with a continence physiotherapist please visit: