Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Voyage to the Deep at Australian National Maritime Museum

Written by Leigh-Anne Wrighter 
 
When I was invited to attend a preview of Voyage to the Deep, an interactive children's' exhibition based on a fantasy submarine world at the National Maritime Museum I was a little bit excited......OK I was really excited.

I love activities with my two little munchkins but I love it even more when I know that they are going to be learning at the same time as having a heap of fun.  Best of all it was in a fully interactive environment where role playing was a must!

Using the classic Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea written almost 150 years ago depicting the tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus, Voyage of the Deep has created a fantastical underwater world where adventure and discovery go hand in hand.

Using the fantasy of the novel with real submarines and modern deep-sea research, kids (and adults alike) are in for a real treat as they discover what it is really like to live and work under the deep blue sea.

 On arrival we were shown into the exhibition where we entered into a deep under sea world complete with a fully interactive deep-sea replica steampunk submarine.  We were in for the ultimate underwater adventure and we didn't even have to get wet!

Whilst discovering the mysteries of the deep I had real trouble pulling my children away from the fully interactive screen at the helm of the wheel of the steampunk submarine as they laughed and giggled diving us deeper and deeper into the murky waters trying to avoid any collisions with the creatures that lurk beneath. There imaginations were working overtime and they had everything they needed to bring their role play to life.

I was given the title of designated first mate (captain 1 and captain 2 were already taken!) and had the duty of peering up the periscopes to make sure the giant squid was not chasing us and calling out "ahoy there" on demand.

As we made our way down the submarine we took an interactive quiz listening to various under water noises and discovering what animal or machine would make such a noise before moving on to the underwater organ.  Boy was this a winner with my 2 year old! I really need one of those in my house.

It was time for discovery as we searched the nearby sunken shipwreck for treasures and discussed how we could make a treasure map with "X" marks the spot when we got home.

Back onto the submarine and it appeared my fellow shipmates were a bit tired after all this hard work and it was time to take a nap in the sailors' quarters.  Too bad there was no room for mum! Obviously feeling refreshed my girls took a slide down the submarine's squid tentacle slippery dip before heading to the kelp forest where we searched for signs of sea life.

We finished our adventure with a relaxing boat row in the octopus' garden where my five year old declared "I wish I had a submarine".

You can also discover ghost nets, aquanauts and marine snow.  See the school of jellyfish made from fishing line, feel the weight of deep-sea diving boots and decide whether you could live and work under water.

Voyage to the Deep at the National Maritime Museum is located in Darling Harbour and is on NOW until 27 April 2015.< This was a great day out for the whole family where interactive play is a major contributor to a full day of fun sparking curiosity and imagination.  It opened up so many lines of conversations between my girls and they were so busy playing they didn't even realise they were learning at the same time.


Aimed at children 12 and under, Voyage to the Deep encourages learning through interaction. If you are after a hands-on experience with opportunities for your children to touch, explore and play then this is for you.  There is even a special guide for grown ups!

Whilst you are there check out the new Mini Mariners Play area, an interactive gallery space for children 0-5 years.  Let your little ones take an imaginative journey from the sandy seashore to under the sea with themed free play games, activities and displays especially designed to stimulate your child's growing min and inspire their curiosity. This is free with your museum entry.
The Australian Maritime Museum also has a real submarine, HMAS Onslow, located just outside the main entrance.  You can check it out with your Big Ticket (family pass $70). Please note the submarine closes at 4pm daily.


And with handy facilities like a takeaway kiosk, cafe, picnic benches and harbour-side wharf area, the Australian National Maritime Museum is hard to beat for summer fun with the kids.

Voyage to the Deep is on NOW until 27 April 2015 and runs from 9.30am to 5.00pm daily. (extended to 6pm in January)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Lights in the Illawarra 2014

I just love the family tradition of going for a night drive and checking out the Christmas Lights. It is a great free Christmas tradition.

Thanks to a fantastic facebook page set up by some residents who love Christmas lights, they have put together this awesome list of Christmas lights in the area that they want to share with you! Photos also taken from the page.

Christmas Light Displays 2014
Feel free to add any addresses of Christmas lights you see in the comment below or on this facebook page.


 




DAPTO/KOONAWARRA/WEST DAPTO AND BROWNSVILLE

16 Wybalena Ave Koonawarra
Greywood place horsley
Hartfield ave Horsley
Walbon Cres Koonawarra
Rushton drive Kanahooka
48 Robins Creek Drive, Horsley.
Kimbara Cres Koonawarra
135 Burke road Dapto
Regal place brownsville
Lakelands Dr Dapto
Sierra Dr Horsley
Caloola Ave Koonawarra 
Dombarton Place Horlsey
Wonga Pl Koonawarra
Penrose Dr Dapto
Truman St Dapto
Kimbarra Cr Koonawarra
Thirroul Rd Kanahooka
Kanahooka rd Kanahooka
St James Crescent Dapto
Marshall st Dapto
The Arches Kanahooka
Oakhurst Close Dapto

MT WARRIGAL/WARILLA/LAKE ILLAWARRA/WINDANG/PRIMBEE
Shellharbour Rd Warilla
Dickson Ave Mt Warrigal
Gregory st warilla
Pleasant Ave Warilla
73 Madigan boulevarde Mt Warrigal
Trumper St Warilla
Porter Ave Warilla
212 Lakeview Pde Primbee
Provan St Warilla

ALBION PARK/ALBION PARK RAIL/OAK FLATS/HAYWARDS BAY33 Station rd Albion Park Rail
Karoo St Albion Park Rail
8 Ord Pl, Albion Park
Stubbs Rd Albion Park
Esperance Dr Albion Park
Central Ave Oak Flats
8 Gumnut St Albion Park Rail

FARMBOROUGH HEIGHTS/UNANDERRA/FIGTREE

201 princes hwy unanderra
Staff Rd Unanderra
Beatus St Unanderra
Lindsay St Unanderra

BERKELEY/LAKE HEIGHTS/WARRAWONG/PORT KEMBLA

Northcliffe Dr Berkeley
Third Ave Port Kembla
Todd St Port Kembla
Robertson St Port Kembla
Blaxland avenue Warrawong

BLACKBUTT/BARRICK HEIGHTS/SHELLHARBOUR/SHELL COVE/FLINDERS

15 Tyrrel St Flinders
bass st barrack heights
11 Nargal St Flinders 
Bruny place shell cove

TOWRADGI/WOONONA/FAIRY MEADOW/TARRAWANNA/BELLAMBI/BULLI
Ocean St Towradgi
Campbell St. Woonona
6 Owen St Bulli
Peppermint Circuit in Edgewood, Woonona
Hopewood Cr Fairy Meadow
rothery st bellambi/corrimal
15 Mountbatten Street, Corrimal
Edgewood Estate Woonona
Woodland Ave, Woonona



WOLLONGONG/CONISTON

10 Phillips Crescent, Mangerton
8 London drive west wollongong
108 Gladstone ave coniston
Kembla street Wollongong - Novotel end
Parkman Pl Mt Kiera

Monday, November 10, 2014

Wollongong Kids Parties + Pretty Pamper Parties Giveaway

There are so many options in the Illawarra for awesome kids party entertainment, from venues who cater for the whole thing to entertainers who come to your house and keep the kids busy to outdoor sports parties. We have put together this blog post with some ideas for your next kids party. We are very thankful to Pretty Pamper Parties who have sponsored this blog post.

Entertainers


Pretty Pamper Parties
WIN a $250 Party Voucher!
Sarah is one of those infectiously happy people who loves kids! She is a big kid herself and just loves sharing her favourite things, dressing up, being creative and hosting parties. She will bring a sparkle to your child's party. Pretty pamper parties specialise in making your girls feels very special. Packages might include a hand spa, face masks, music, games even glitter tattoos.

Pretty Pamper Parties are also huge supporters of the community and regularly run Discos to support charities like the White Christmas Disco coming up on the 28th November 2014 supporting Barnados.


 Super Wrestling heroes Party
These guys are fun with a capital F! Get them in for a fully organised and themed party for your kids. From disco music to comedy, from fun and games to face painting, from heroes to villains, from young to old they will make your party the talk of the town.


Daniel Dwyer kids Parties  
Daniel is an incredible party entertainer, you can choose from one of nine characters from a pirate to superman. He will keep the kids busy with a funny magic show and lots of games and laughs. He will even do balloon bending and bring the music.

PlayBall Parties
Playball Parties are affordable and stress-free for parents. They keep the children active and entertained with structured age-appropriate games and activities.PlayBall is a great way to have an active and healthy party.


Dragonfly Parties
Dragonfly Parties
At Dragonfly all the staff have a background in performing arts or working with kids, they are passionate about making your child's day special. Characters, face painting and ballooning all available as well as fun games. Packages from $180.

Venues
There are some great venues in the Illawarra, from play centres to movies, bowling or even family friendly pubs. Here are some of the best.


Junior Groover Kids Disco Parties in Woonona Bulli RSL and Club Wingdang. This is a free weekly disco but they also run super cool evening disco parties!

Hoyts Warrawong 
Cost $19.95 per child
Great party package  includes, movie entry, a lolly bag, room hire and a free return movie ticket for every child. We had our daughters birthday party here this year and it was a huge hit.


Beaton Park Sports Centre
Hosting great kids parties based around an active theme, from Gymnastics party to sports alert and even a fun wet and wild pool party. $26 per child.

Jamberoo Action Park
For a huge party experience take the kids to Jamberoo. Parties include entry, lunch for the kids, a birthday cake, present for the birthday person and a souvenir photo. $56.90 per person.

Red Lemonade Events
Located in Helensburgh, this great party venue does themed parties and organises everything, you just need to bring the kids and a cake.  The frozen theme party is very popular.

Towradgi Beach Hotel
A venue that can entertain the kids and the mum's & dad's!
With packages for all ages, and tastes including Cooking Classes, Kids Disco's, Plaster Painting & more! 

Eight Fox Avenue Wollongong
From $75 per hour
Bubble soccer, for something a little unique hire out the hall and play bubble soccer. You have to watch the video to see the fun.
AMF Bowling Albion Park
19.90 per person
Includes one game, a kids meal, 2 arcade tokens and a party host.

Play Centres

Little Stompers Fairy Meadow
From $16.50 per child
Includes use of a private party room, unlimited play plus food and drinks for the kids. You can also do private hire which I highly recommend after hours!

Play Maze Albion Park
From $11.50 per child, private disco parties from $16 per head.
This includes the use of facilities, invitations, a private room and food.

Ready Set Play Albion Park
From $11.50 per child

Tiger Putt Putt and Little Tiges Play Centre
Enjoy both putt putt and a play centre in one. Parties include food and play. Phone 02 4257 9778 for
details.


To Hire
Wollongong Jumping Castles
They don't only hire jumping castles but also photo booths, fairy floss machines, equipment to make snow cones, pop corn or slushies. 

Bubbling with Energy
Hire absolutely everything party related from these guys from bouncy castles, entertainment and even money machines, their hire list is extensive.

So here is the cool bit, the gorgeous people at Pretty Pamper Parties have given us a $250 voucher to enjoy their services to giveaway. It will close on Monday 24th November so get your entries in!

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Burlesque hits Wollongong!

Next show is Friday the 3rd October 2014!


Burlesque was originally a term used to describe a type of comedic theatre which ridiculed more serious works. Later in the 1860's it developed into a term that referred to a comedy show that was often held in cabarets and clubs and involved a strip tease and scantily dressed woman. Burlesque was popular until about the 1940's when other style of dances and more dramatic sexy shows gained a following.

Bur Burlesque is back! It is seductive and tempting and paired with perfect food and wine! Yes Burlesque is at Seacliff Restaurant Wollongong as part of their fabulous themed dinner shows. Tomorrow night you too can be part of the awesome Burlesque show with a three course dinner and even a welcome cocktail!

Last month I headed out to Seacliff to check out what Burlesque was all about, to be honest I wasn't sure what it all meant. I was in for a treat! The MC for the night was Wollongong's very own Stu Macpherson who also runs the Wollongong Comedy club, he got the crowd laughing.

The first act was Charli who did a acrobatic burlesque act which was not only sexy but very skillful too! The crowd loved her, she was full of life and very flexible!  Charli also teaches at Circus Monoxide and does an amazing circus dance act to beautiful caberet music.

Aluminus website and photo credit
The Razzel Me Dazzel me girls came out second and wow the audience with their high energy and fun loving show. The girls are very warm and seductive but also great performers and such a pleasure to watch. They are a little cheeky and their costumes are incredible. Each dance has new outfits and different styles of dance. The audience really got into the show and their was even some audience dancing as people lost their inhibitions and had a really great night. The girls do three acts so there is no shortage of entertainment.

The way the dinner works is between each course there is a show, with ample to time to chat and enjoy your meal between acts. Food was fabulous as always. I had the Salt and pepper squid to start, wild barramundi for main and a chocolate tart for dessert, so good!


This is a night out that lots of people will love! It is definitely one for big groups or just couples looking for something fun to do. The crowd last month was diverse and fun! I love the themed dinner nights, so much more interesting that just dinner, give it a go and kick off your long weekend with a bang!



Next Show
Friday 3rd of October 7.30pm, doors open 7pm
$79 per person includes arrival cocktail, three course meal, tea & coffee.
Bookings essential PH: 42285410
Be Dazzled by the hypnotic grace of these beautiful creatures. Lights, camera, action!   Burlesque Themed Dance Show, Razzle Me, Dazzle Me. Love Me, Dream of Me.  Artistic Showgirl Cabaret & Hollywood Glamour meets the Las Vegas Showgirls. 
MC is the hilarious Stu McPhersonfrom Wollongong Comedy Club.  And a special guest performance by the acrobatic Charlie J presenting Dancer in the Dark.
A Story of Love, Mystery, Fantasy and Dreams.  A sexy show that will capture you from the beginning to end…  Filled with Comedy, Character and Class.
Click Here to see the girls in action

Sunday, September 21, 2014

School Holidays in the Illawarra September 2014

I can't believe that the school holidays are here again! I like to keep the kids busy and try out a new experience or two. These holidays I am going to take a day trip to Kiama to check out what everyone has been rraving about at Licked Gelateria, apparently the gelato is amazing! Make a day of it, check out the blowhole and grab fish and chips for lunch at the beach.

We kicked off the school holidays this weekend with a kids party at Hoyts Warrawong. It was such a great experience and good value too. $20 per child gives you a movie, popcorn, a drink, free use of the party room and a return movie ticket for all the kids, plus a couple of free adults tickets. We will be putting together a blog of all the great party venues and entertainers in the Illawarra, drop us an email if you know somewhere that should be included.

But let's kick off the school holiday activities.

Movies


There are some great movies showing these holidays and some great deals. Hoyts in Warrawong have $9.90 movies for everyone or 10 movies for $80 bargain! Greater Union has 5 tickets for $42.50 valid both at Wollongong and Shellharbour. Movie showing these holidays are:

Activities 


Little Leonardos Kids School Holiday Art Classes
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014 - October 03, 2014, 12:00AM
Join experienced artists who work alongside your children to help bring out their creative side these school holidays. The studio is designed to introduce the world of art to children in a fun filled and safe environment. Little LEONARDO's© Art Studio for kids School Holiday Art Program for children 5yrs and up More Info
Fun-Damentals School Holidays Sports Activities
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014 - October 03, 2014, 12:00AM
Fun-Damentals provide school holiday activities for Primary school children in Wollongong. Activities are all based on Fundamental Movement Skills and we address at least 4 sports a day and cover sports such as AFL, Touch Football, Soccer, OzTag, Basketball, Hockey, Cricket, Softball/Teeball. Classes run during school hours every day of school holidays except public holidays. Parents can sign up for 1 or multiple days. More Info
Kids Activities in Wollongong Libraries
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014 - October 03, 2014, 12:00AM
Get along to your local library these school holidays for some great entertainment! More Info
Kids Activities in the Library Shellharbour
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014 - October 03, 2014, 12:00AM
There is heaps of stuff on this school holidays at your local Shellharbour library branch. More Info
Art Classes at Towradgi Beach Hotel
What: Kids  Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel   When: September 22, 2014 - October 03, 2014, 12:00AM
TBH is again keeping the kids entertained these school holidays! More Info
Mini Master Chef at Towradgi Beach Hotel
What: Kids  Where: Towradgi Beach Hotel   When: September 22, 2014 - October 03, 2014, 12:00AM
TBH is again keeping the kids entertained these school holidays! More Info
VEGEMITE SurfGroms Kids Surfing Lessons
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014, 09:00AM - October 03, 2014, 03:00PM
VEGEMITE SurfGroms is offered under licence by Surfing Australia and aims to teach kids about surfing. It is a fun program that gets kids together promoting social awareness and co-ordination which continues into developing their surfing skills. They will also learn about the ocean through 5 different levels teaching them about beach safety, ocean awareness, basic surf rescue and a host of other topics. More Info
Indoor Rock Climbing Wall at Westfield Warrawong
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014, 09:00AM - October 06, 2014, 05:30PM
Bring the kids along to our rock climbing wall at Warrawong for the school holidays. More Info
Toddler High Tea at Lagoon
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014, 09:30AM - 11:30AM
Lagoon is hosting High Tea, without the fine bone china…. For parents, carers and their little ones. More Info
School Holiday Fun at Wollongong Botanical Gardens
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014, 10:00AM - September 26, 2014, 01:00PM
The Wollongong Botanic Garden's school holiday program runs during every term break for five days. All the programs, and their interactive and hands-on activities, are planned around an environmental theme, and are focused on teaching kids about sustainability. More Info\


Mr Peabody and Sherman Activity Centre at Westfield Warrawong
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 22, 2014, 11:00AM - September 26, 2014, 02:00PM
Bring the kids along to the Mr Peabody & Sherman Activity Centre where they will be able to create their own take home world globe. More Info
Illawarra Light Railway - Miniature Trains
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 23, 2014, 11:00AM - 02:30PM
Miniature train rides for the whole family as well as the railway museum. More Info
Symbio Zoo School Holiday Fun at Dapto Mall
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 24, 2014, 11:00AM - September 26, 2014, 02:00PM
Keep the kids entertained with our FREE school holiday fun! More Info
Pete the Sheep
What: Kids  Where: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre   When: September 25, 2014 - September 26, 2014, 12:00AM
A quirky and deliciously Australian musical for kids More Info
Illawarra Light Railway - Miniature Trains
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 25, 2014, 11:00AM - 02:30PM
Miniature train rides for the whole family as well as the railway museum. More Info
Crazy Kids Show at the Shellharbour Club
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 25, 2014, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
...and they're free!

Do you dread the school holidays? Do you find it difficult to find inexpensive ways to entertain the kiddies? Not anymore!

Throughout the school holidays Shellharbour Club host free activities for the kids and this time around we've got some great ones!

More Info
Kids Disco at Dapto Leagues
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 26, 2014, 06:00PM - 09:00PM
Free Kids Disco at Dapto Leagues More Info
Illawarra Live Steamers
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 28, 2014, 10:30AM
The Illawarra Live Steamers is a non-profit organisation that operates a miniature (5") railway across from Stuart Park at North Wollongong, N.S.W., Australia. This is a fantastic family day out with each ride only costing $2. More Info
Ballon Bending School Holiday Fun at Dapto Mall
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 29, 2014, 11:00AM - October 03, 2014, 02:00PM
Keep the kids entertained with our FREE school holiday fun! More Info
Giant Block Building at Westfield Warrawong
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 29, 2014, 11:00AM - October 03, 2014, 02:00PM
Bring the kids along to the Mr Peabody & Sherman Activity Centre where they will be able to create their own take home world globe. More Info 
Dinosaur Excavation Holiday Activity at Figtree
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 30, 2014, 10:30AM - October 04, 2014, 01:30PM
Children are greeted by our enthusiastic paleontologists who will entice participants on a journey back in time, to discover bones and fossils from a pre-historic era! More Info
Illawarra Light Railway - Miniature Trains
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: September 30, 2014, 11:00AM - 02:30PM
Miniature train rides for the whole family as well as the railway museum. More Info
Illawarra Light Railway - Miniature Trains
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: October 02, 2014, 11:00AM - 02:30PM
Miniature train rides for the whole family as well as the railway museum. More Info
Wildlife encounters at the Shellharbour Club
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: October 02, 2014, 11:30AM - 12:30PM
Imagine how excited your children would be to come face to face with an American alligator, a colourful parrot or watch as a giant Burmese python, over 3m long, is lifted from his travelling box! Joins us for our Wild Animal Encounters and let your kids get up close and personal with animals they normally only ever see through wire mesh or glass at the zoo! This is the educational and fun (and free!) way for your kids to learn about animals from all around the world.
More Info
Crocodile Encounters at Dapto Leagues
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: October 03, 2014, 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Get up close and personal with snakes, Lizards, crocodiles and a few suprises! More Info
Kids Disco at Dapto Leagues
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: October 03, 2014, 06:00PM - 09:00PM
Free Kids Disco at Dapto Leagues More Info
Super Hero Wrestling School Holiday Disco
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: October 04, 2014, 05:00PM - 05:15PM
“Get excited and ready to party, as The Super Hero Wrestling Team and The Kidzwish Foundation make their return to The Dapto Ribbonwood Centre on the 28th of September from 4pm-6.15pm, and throw a Super School Holiday spectacular event like no other! More Info
Illawarra Light Railway - Miniature Trains
What: Kids  Where: All other Venues   When: October 05, 2014, 11:00AM - 04:00PM
Miniature train rides for the whole family as well as the railway museum. More Info 

Activities all school holidays long!
 
Hangdog Climbing GymHang Dog Indoor Rock Climbing
Enjoy the thrills of climbing for fun and fitness in the Illawarra's only purpose built indoor rock and boulder climbing gym. A great place for birthday parties, social groups, corporate groups and others to do something a bit different and a great alternative to weights or aerobics for those wanting a challenging work out. More Info


C1 Speed Indoor Electric Karting
What: Kids  Where: C1 Speed Indoor Karting
A purpose building indoor Karting centre with state of the art electric karts! More Info 


  1. AMF Bowling in Oak Flats - special offers 
  2. Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk (Read our Blog
  3. Symbio Wildlife Park open all school holidays 
  4. Nan Tien Temple (Read our Blog) Free
  5. Killalea State Forest  have an open BBQ fire and toast marshmallows! (Read our blog) {Free}
  6. Visit the Wollongong City Gallery - {Free}
  7. Go bush walking at Mount Keira (read our blog) {Free}
  8. All the public pools are now open with heated pools in Corrimal and Dapto! see a full listing 
  9. Oak Flats Roller Skating Rink   
  10. Northern Bowl, Ten Pin Bowling Corrimal $6 Tuesday
  11. Shellharbour Bowling games $6 between 9am -1pm in the school holidays
  12. FutureWorld Eco Technology Centre 10am - 4pm, Mon - Thurs
  13. Wollongong Science Centre {$8-$15} (read our blog)
  14. Rhododendron Gardens - gorgeous gardens for picnics and exploring!
  15. Wollongong Botanical Gardens has a great kids playground and beautiful grass areas for a picnic or stroll around the gardens. {Free}
  16. Jewellery and Beading Classes at Beadology in Corrimal {$15}
  17. Steam Trains at Thirlmere every Sunday {$25-$30}

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Psychic Dinner at Seacliff Restaurant

I am really excited that the psychic dinner is coming back to Seacliff this month! I have always been curious but also a little scared about psychics, did I want to know my future, would people think I was a little strange or would it be too intense? Well the lovely people at Seacliff have taken away all the mystery with a relaxed dinner style evening of readings and laughs. We went to the dinner in July and I was blown away by how accurate some of the readings were, and a little chat with Christine on the side made me realise that some people in my life were just were not going to move on.

The format of the dinner is informal and relaxed, with antipasto platters and a Bellini to start with so you can get to know the other people at your table. There is an MC, on the night I went it was Bianca Dye who is hilarious and warmed up the audience before the mains. Meals are served alternatively and I got the Barramundi which was delicious, hubby got the chicken breast! Christine hit the stage after the mains and entertained the crowd as well as doing plenty of readings.

Christine Rose is a renowned psychic and is regularly on TV and radio as well as presenting at Expos and private functions. She is great with an audience too and likes to have some laughs with the readings, some are serious, some are jovial. She works by getting people to ask her questions and she is guided by the spirits in how to answer them. Her time was light and fast as she moved through the audience, helping many people with the answers they sought. I was amazed at how accurate she was with the questions and answers, a little eerie. Christine was also lovely and I was lucky enough to share a table with her and get to ask all the tricky questions like "did her kids have the gift",Yes, all 6 of them! Or "if you are a psychic how come you got divorced, would you know in advance"? Her answer was, some relationships are part of the story, you need to live through them to get to the next stage.

After Christine read, the desserts were served, I ate the most delicious rich chocolate tart and a nice glass of wine to go with it. During the meals there is plenty of time to chat with the other guests on the table (tables of 10) After the plates are cleared, Lana got up to do some more readings.

Lana Jackson is quite different to Christine, she is a quiet, gentle lady, full of  insight. She uses the spirits as her guide and speaks to people in the room where the spirits send her. She does slower, more in depth readings. She is also on psychic TV and radio as well as running seminars to help people understand the other world and gain skills in the area of psychic development. She was very accurate in her readings on the night. Lana would be a very supportive person to see if I was going through a difficult period.

The night was so much fun and enlightening. I am not scared by psychics now and I find it all very interesting. The setting, food and service was fantastic as always, and everything ran seamlessly. I will say that although the audience is a predominantly female, there were a few guys so don't be scared of dragging along your partner, my husband had a great night. If you are interested in psychics but maybe not quite at the stage where you would like a private reading, the dinner is a great way to test the waters and see what you think in an informal way.

Tickets are available online for the October 30th Show, or by calling Seacliff on 4228 5410. I highly recommend the night!

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