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									                                                                                                                                                                      THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011       3

                                                               SPECIAL REPORT                   Sydney Family Show
                                                                                                                                                                            Let’s start
   Easter thrills                                                                                                                                                           the show
   and skills                                                                                                                                                               WELCOME
                                                                                                                                                                            to the 2011
                                                                                                                                                                            Show, the
   From duck fashion parades to circus workshops,                                                                                                                           free family
                                                                                                                                                                            show that’s
   there’s no end to entertainment at this year’s event.                                                                                                                    packed with
                                                                                                                                                                            showbags, interactive
                                                                                                                                                                            entertainment and more than
                                                                                                                                                                            400 cuddly creatures at our
                                                                                                                                                                            Mix 106.5 Animal Nursery.
                                                                                                                                                                               As the fourth generation of a
                                                                                                                                                                            family of showmen, we have
                                                                                                                                                                            organised shows and events for
                                                                                                                                                                            more than 20 years and
                                                                                                                                                                            participated in them since the
                                                                                                                                                                            1930s. We are passionate about
                                                                                                                                                                            bringing the tradition of shows
                                                                                                                                                                            to the city, with an urban edge
                                                                                                                                                                            and strong community spirit, so
                                                                                                                                                                            families get to be part of the
                                                                                                                                                                            action through the many
                                                                                                                                                                            interactive amusements.
                                                                                                                                                                               This year, the Mix 106.5 Animal
                                                                                                                                                                            Nursery has doubled in size and
                                                                                                                                                                            allows children to get among the
                                                                                                                                                                            animals, which include puppies,
                                                                                                                                                                            cuddly lambs and newly hatched
                                                                                                                                                                            chicks, and learn compassion
                                                                                                                                                                            through gentle play. Kids can also
                                                                                                                                                                            have pony and camel rides and
Good, clean fun ... Water World, a 30-metre-wide inflatable water park, will be one of the star attractions this year.                                                      be amazed by the unique insects
                                                                                                                                                                            on display.
THE hugely popular Sydney Family            and best rides that the whole family     many different things they can see       to a huge range of show bags and lots            We are excited to welcome
Show is back – bigger than ever.            can share.’’                             and touch.’’                             of carnival games at which children           new attractions to the show this
   The free event, which runs from             This year’s highlights include the       More than 200 exhibitors will also    can try their luck. And with the show         year, including Channel Ten’s
April 9 to 26 at the Entertainment          50-metre-long Dino Slide, which          show off a variety of women’s            being held at Moore Park’s                    Merlin Medieval Land, which
Quarter in Moore Park, has a host of        has a 12-metre drop, and Water           fashions, children’s clothes, toys,      Entertainment Quarter, it is                  blends sword-fighting action
rides, shows, workshops and other           World, a 30-metre-wide inflatable        chocolates and even pools and spas.      conveniently located in the city for          with sorcery, and Brian
entertainment to wow and thrill             water park.                              Fashion companies on display will        families to travel to and from.               Harrington’s Family Show,
visitors this Easter.                          There are plenty of workshops at      include Ella Maiden, Pashom, Page                                                      featuring duck fashionistas and
   ‘‘It’s a celebration of the culture of   which children can learn skills such     Shoes and Arthur Avenue, the             For details of all the attractions and        pigs playing musical chairs.
shows to have all those different           as circus feats and dancing, or even     designer of the Miss Australia outfit.   events at the Sydney Family Show,             We’ve also got more than 60
aspects,’’ says co-ordinator Daniel         pick up tips from some of their          Other exhibitors include Amazing         see The              showbags, including the famous
Osborne. ‘‘Shows are part of the            favourite sports stars.                  Soaps, Voodoo Rocky Road,                show is open 10am-6pm Sun-Thu;                Bertie Beetle showbag (rated top
fabric of Australian society.                  Animals will play a huge part, with   Cupcake Creations, Blue Haven            10am-8pm Fri, Sat and public                  five under $5).
Bringing it all together is a great         numerous displays and an                 Pools and Fardoulis Chocolates.          holidays. Entry is free. Special                 This year, American Muscle
Australian tradition and a lot of fun       emphasis on hands-on experiences.           Elsewhere, there are areas such as    early-bird tickets are available for          Cars will join the show and we
for all the family.’’                       The Mix 106.5 Animal Nursery will        Merlin’s Mediaeval Land tent, where      rides, through, for            will celebrate the inaugural Ute
   Attendance last year far exceeded        feature 440 animals.                     children up to the age of 12 can learn   $40 for Unlimited Rider tickets for           Muster. Come down to The Sun-
expectations, with about 150,000               Osborne says the hands-on             sword and archery skills. Characters     any of the five-hour sessions                 Herald Sydney Family Show,
people turning up – many more               interaction is a key part of the show    from the new animated comedy Hop         April 9-26 from 10am-3pm or                   where you can enjoy a fun day
than the expected 50,000. This year,        in making people feel involved and       will also be roaming. And there is       1-6pm. For the early-bird special,            out for the whole family with no
it’s expected that 250,000 people will      giving them an amazing experience.       Ribena Court, with a dedicated area      tickets must be bought before 8pm             entry fee. Participate, interact
attend, with the show extended by              ‘‘At the Animal Nursery, you get to   in which tired parents can recharge      on April 8; $1 from every ticket goes         and become part of the show!
four days to 18. The space of the           pat and groom the animals,’’ he          their batteries.                         to the Bravehearts charity. Ride
show itself has almost doubled.             says. ‘‘Children learn about                There are also the standard things    coupons at the show cost $1 each, or                           Daniel Osborne
   ‘‘It’s a great family show,’’ Osborne    compassion and how their actions         visitors would expect from a big show,   24 for $20, with rides varying                                 chief executive
says. ‘‘We have the biggest, scariest       can impact on animals, with so           from Ferris wheels and dodgem cars       between two and 12 coupons each.

                              A Sun-Herald Special Report ■ Editor Matthew Collins, ■ Stories Sarah Thomas ■ Photo Editor Mags King
                                                ■ Advertising Despina Leondis, 9282 2373, ■ Readerlink 9282 1569

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Sydney Family Show                                                                                                     SPECIAL REPORT

                                                                                                                                                                       Easy ride ... public transport is
                                                                                                                                                                       the best bet to get to the show.

                                                                                                                                                                       How to
                                                                                                                                                                       find fun
                                                                                                                                                                       GETTING THERE
                                                                                                                                                                       The Entertainment Quarter is at
                                                                                                                                                                       122 Lang Road, Moore Park
                                                                                                                                                                       (next to the Sydney Cricket

                                                                                                                                                                       Get off the bus stop at Anzac
                                                                                                                                                                       Parade, near Lang Road.
                                                                                                                                                                       From Circular Quay:
                                                                                                                                                                       Routes 373, 374, 376, 377, 392,
Rolling right along ... giant Zorb Balls and (below) the YoYo ride will be big hits but the fun doesn’t stop there.                                                    394, 396, 397, 399
                                                                                                                                                                       From Martin Place, St James
                                                                                                                                                                       and Museum:

Whiz, dip, spin, slide . . .                                                                                                                                           Routes 339, 373, 374, 376, 377,
                                                                                                                                                                       391, 392, 394, 396, 397, 399
                                                                                                                                                                       From Railway Square:
                                                                                                                                                                       Routes 372, 393, 395
                                                                                                                                                                       From Central (Eddy Avenue):
                                                                                                                                                                       Routes 339, 372, 374, 376, 391,
Step right up to a busy                                                                                                                                                393, 395

day of action – there
                                                                                                                                Ticket info                            From Bondi Junction, Newtown
                                                                                                                                                                       and Marrickville:
                                                                                                                                Special earlybird tickets are          Route 355
are rides on offer for                                                                                                          available for rides through            Bondi Explorer customers
every age group.                                                                                                       Unlimited Rider        should get off at Stop 16.
                                                                                                                                tickets cost $40 and can be used       Metrobus services run every
                                                                                                                                at any one of the five-hour            10 minutes to 15 minutes from
PLUMMETING down a 50-metre                                                                                                      sessions from April 9 to 26;           the inner west to eastern
slide is just one of the many thrill-                                                                                           between 10am-3pm and 1-6pm.            suburbs, via the city centre.
ing rides and experiences at this                                                                                               To get the earlybird special,          They stop at Moore Park.
year’s show.                                                                                                                    tickets must be bought before          For more information, phone the
   The inflatable Dino Slide features                                                                                           8pm on April 8. The                    Transport Information Hotline on
a daring 12-metre drop that children                                                                                            Bravehearts charity will receive       13 15 00 or see
tear down in a hair-raising moment.                                                                                             $1 from every ticket. Ride
Elsewhere, thrills abound with Zorb                                                                                             coupons at the show cost               PARKING
Balls – giant plastic balls in which                                                                                            $1 each, or 24 for $20, with rides     The Entertainment Quarter car
children can roll around and liter-                                                                                             varying between two and                park has 2000 car spaces and
ally walk on water. And there is                                                                                                12 coupons each.                       two hours’ free parking before
Water World, Australia’s largest                                                                                                                                       6pm. Additional rates start from
portable water park.                                                                                                                                                   $4, with special rates for events-
   There will also be an inflatable          Plenty of traditional carnival           to 10-year-olds and the Windjam-         fun, wet version of dodgem cars.        day parking. See
obstacle course called Adrenaline          favourites will be on offer, too, where    mer, where parents and children are         There will be many games for
Rush, which children aged up to            both mum and dad can enjoy rides           flung around together.                   families, too. The barrel toss, where   there for dates. There’s also
10 can climb through. A bucking            along with the children, including a          Jurassic Adventure is an inflatable   visitors have to throw a ball into a    extra parking at Sydney Boys
bull ride provides the chance to           carousel, ferris wheel and cup-and-        activity centre suitable for children    barrel to win a prize, will test even   High School (entry on Cleveland
practise rodeo skills.                     saucer ride. Dodgem cars are always        up to 10. There’s also a bouncy          the steadiest hand. There is a bas-     Street) for $15 a day.
   A dragon pool features twin             great fun and for a slower pace, chil-     castle and an inflatable ski slope. A    ketball competition, shooting gal-      For more information, see
inflatable water slides, with shorter      dren can try camel or pony rides.          giant yo-yo sends children up into       lery and duck pond, where each
slides for the not-so-brave to enjoy.      There’s a flying chair ride for toddlers   the air, while bumper boats are the      duck hooked wins a prize.

Have fun                                                                                                                       Schmooze with flick chicks
helping                                                                                                                        AMONG the 250,000 visitors
                                                                                                                               expected at this year’s show, a few
                                                                                                                               will stand out more than others.
                                                                                                                                  Characters from the new

others                                                                                                                         animated comedy Hop will roam the
                                                                                                                               show. The timely Easter visitors are
                                                                                                                               sure to be a hit with children.
                                                                                                                                  In the movie, EB, voiced by
FUN and games abound at The Sun-                                                                                               Russell Brand, is the teenage
Herald Sydney Family Show but it                                                                                               son of the Easter Bunny, who
helps good causes, too.                                                                                                        leaves for Hollywood to
   The Ronald McDonald House is a                                                                                              become a drummer.
‘‘home away from home’’ for                the house with $5 for each entrant.        a charity that offers counselling and       EB will be at the show, along
families of children being treated at      Activities include the Hop easter egg      education to children on the issue of    with Phil, the chick who loves
Westmead Hospital. It offers a             hunt, Easter hat decorating and            sexual assault.                          to dance, and Carlos (right),
comfortable environment where              parade, Hop colouring competition             Last year, the charity visited 166    the grumpy chick who
parents can receive support from           and egg painting. There will be            schools, talking to children aged        dreams of taking control of
staff. Last year, 823 families were        prizes and gifts awarded to each           three to eight about personal safety.    Easter Island from EB and
helped in this way, with up to             child who participates. All these          One dollar from early-bird unlimited     his father.
23 families staying in the house           events will take place in the special      rides tickets (from         Hop begins screening
each week.                                 Ronald McDonald House area.                will go to Bravehearts. The charity      in cinemas from
   At the Sydney Family Show,                 Another charity that will benefit       will also hold its Ditto’s Keep Safe     Thursday. See
children taking part in Easter-            from the generosity of Sydney              Adventure program, an educational        hopthemovie.
themed events will be able to help         Family Show visitors is Bravehearts,       stage show, and run a stand.   
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                 YOUR COMPLETE Sydney Family Show PLANNER
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                                             Opening times        10am-8pm       10am-6pm      10am-6pm       10am-6pm       10am-6pm          10am-6pm      10am-8pm          10am-8pm      10am-6pm      10am-6pm       10am-6pm       10am-6pm            10am-6pm        10am-8pm       10am-8pm       10am-8pm          11am-8pm            10am-8pm
                 Brian Harrington's Family Show
                 Mix 106.5 Animal Nursery
                 Reptile Pit

                 Sports Arena
                 Crocodile Encounters
                 Wildlife Kingdom
                 Griego - Roving Magician
                 Richmond Vale Trains

                 Aust Walkabout Wildlife Park
                 Merlin Land
                 Sheep Dog Demonstrations
                 Main Stage - Lazy Town
                 Main Stage - Scallywags
                 Main Stage - Jitter Jacks
                 Main Stage - Go Seek
                 Roving Performances - Circus
                 UNIPROSHOW - Jamey

                 Bike Boy - Sean
                 Nintendo 3D DS Lite Launch
                 Sculture Comp
                 Pro Clown
                 RMHC Activity Centre
                 Easter Bunny + Easter Egg Hunt

                 Produce Market
                 Village Market
                 Psychic Fair
                 American Muscle Cars
                 Ute Muster

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                                                                  8 Wonka Bertie Beetles       $4.80
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Wonka Chewy Gobstopper           $1.35
                                                                  1 Wonka Redskin Stick        $0.20                                                                                                              1 Wonka Gobstoppers                $1.35
                                                                  1 Allen’s Milko Sticks       $0.20                                                                                                              1 Wonka Grape & Strawberry Nerds   $1.35
                                                                  Total RRP                    $5.20                                                                                                              2 Allen’s Milko Sticks             $0.40
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Wonka Redskin Bars               $1.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Total RRP                          $5.45
                                                                  12 Wonka Bertie Beetles      $7.20
                                            SUPER                 4 Wonka Redskin Stick        $0.60

                                         BERTIE BEETLE            2 Mini Kit Kat               $0.88

                                        $                                                                                                                                                                                          $
                                                                  2 Wonka Redskin Stick        $0.40
                                                                  2 Mini Smarties              $1.20
                                                                  2 Allen’s Milko Sticks       $0.40
                                                                  1 Novelty Sports Balls       $7.95
                                                                  Total RRP                    $18.63

          1 Allen’s Strawberries & Cream Bag        $2.90                                                                                                                                                                                                  2 Allen’s Minties Bag         $5.80
          1 Allen’s Snakes Alive Bag                $2.90                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Allen’s Fantales Bag        $2.90
          1 Allen’s Party Mix Bag                   $2.90                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Nestle White Knight         $1.00
          1 Allen’s Chicos Bag                      $2.90                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Golden Rough                $1.00
          4 Wonka Redskin Stick                     $0.60                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Mini Kit Kat                $0.44
          1 Paddle bat                              $3.95                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 Mint Pattie                 $1.00
          Total RRP                                 $16.15                                                                                                                                                                                                 1 Mini Kit Kat                $0.44
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           1 Paddle bat                  $3.95

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Total RRP                     $16.53

                               $                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ONLY
                                            1 Wonka Grape &                                                                                                                                                                              Rifle          $9.95

                                            Strawberry Nerds          $1.35                                                                                                                                                              Cowboy Set    $12.95
                                            1 Wonka Neon Nerds        $1.35                                                                                                                                                              Pistal Pack   $8.95
                                            2 Wonka Bertie Beetles    $1.20                                                                                                                                                              Total RRP     $31.85
                                            1 Wand                    $9.95
                                            Total RRP                 $13.85



                                                       5                                                                            8 Milky Bar Fun               $4.80                  SUPER
                                                                                                                                    2 Wonka Bertie Beetles        $1.20                 MILKY BAR

                                                                                                                                    2 Wonka Redskin Stick         $0.30
                                                                                                                                    2 Allen’s Milko Sticks        $0.40
                                                                                                                                    Total RRP                     $6.70
                Ninja Set      $12.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Doll and Desk   $5.95
                Sword Set      $10.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Box Doll        $19.95
                Ninja Sword    $7.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Doll            $8.95
                Total RRP      $31.85

                                                                                                                                                                                4 Milky Bar Fun               $2.40                                                      Flashing Wand   $11.95

                                                                                                                                                                                2 Wonka Bertie Beetles        $1.20                                                      RRP Total       $46.80
                                                                                                                                                                                2 Wonka Redskin Stick         $0.30
                            ONLY                                                                                                                                                2 Mini Kit Kat                $0.88

                                                                                                                                                                                2 Mini Smarties               $1.20

                                                                                                                                                                                2 Allen’s Milko Sticks        $0.40
                                                                                                                                                                                1 Jewellery Set
                                                                                                                                                                                Total RRP
                                                                                                                                                                                                              $14.33                                                     $

                                                                                                                                         10 Mini Smarties              $6.00

                                                                                                                                         2 Wonka Bertie Beetles        $1.20
                                               Pirate Set        $12.95                                                                  2 Allen’s Milko Sticks        $0.40                                                            1 x Beauty Girl         $12.95
                                               Bow and Arrow     $9.95                                                                   2 Wonka Redskin Stick         $0.30                                                            1 x Beautiful           $11.95
                                               Pirate Sword      $5.95                                                                   Total RRP                     $7.90                                                            1 x Mobile Phone        $4.95
                                               Total RRP         $28.85                                                                                                                                                                 1 x Purse               $9.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RRP Total               $39.80

                                                                                       1 Smarties Carton                   $1.99

                                                  15                                                                                                          5
                                                                                       2 Smarties Bar With Mini Smarties   $3.98

                                               $                                                                                                        $                                                                                              ONLY
                                                                                       2 Wonka Redskin Stick               $0.30

                                                                                       2 Wonka Bertie Beetles              $1.22
                                                                                       2 Mini Kit Kat                      $0.94
                                                                                       4 Mini Smarties                     $2.44
                                                                                       1 Wonka Neon Nerds                  $1.35
                                                                                       1 Basketball hoop with ball         $4.95
                                                                                       Total RRP                           $17.17

               Machine Gun         $9.95
               SWAT Pack           $12.95
                                                                                                                               3 Allen’s Single Wrap Killer Python   $3.90               SUPER

               Counter Pack        $12.95
                                                                                                                               2 Wonka Bertie Beetles                $1.20          KILLER PYTHONS                                                                   60cm Friction Rifle           $5.00

               Police Pack         $11.95                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Assorted Soldiers
                                                                                                                               3 Wonka Redskin Stick                 $0.45
               Small Police Pack   $9.95                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Army Playset                 $1.95
                                                                                                                               2 Allen’s Milko Sticks                $0.40
               Total RRP           $57.75                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Short Nost Cap Gun           $3.00
                                                                                                                               Total RRP                             $5.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2 x Cards of 8 ring caps     $2.00
                            ONLY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Army Binoculars              $2.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Army Helmet                  $3.95
                                                                                                                                       ONLY                                                                                               $                          Total RRP                    $17.90

                                                                                                                                                                                1 Allen’s Snakes Alive Bag             $2.90

                                                                                                                                                                                3 Allen’s Single Wrap Killer Python    $3.90
                                                                                                                                                                                3 Wonka Redskin Stick                  $0.45
                                                                                                                                                                                3 Wonka Bertie Beetles                 $1.80
                                                                                                                                                                                1 Allen’s Snakes Alive Tropical Bag    $2.90
                                                                                                                                                                                1 Wonka Neon Nerds                     $1.35
                                                                                                                                                                                1 Paddle bat                           $3.95
                                                 1 x Tool Box   $14.95                                                                                                          Total RRP                             $17.25
                                                 1 x Tools      $7.95                                                                                                                                                                 2 x 16 Ball Tubes of
                                                 1 x Grinder    $9.95                                   SUPER                                                                                                                         Bubble Gum                   $2.50

                                                 Total RRP      $32.85                                  KIT KAT                          1 4 Finger Kit Kat          $1.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      6 x Cosmic Bubble/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tattoo Gum                   $0.90
                                                                                                                                         5 Mini Kit Kat              $2.20                                                            3 x Bloo Gum Balls           $0.45
                                                                                                                                         2 Wonka Bertie Beetles      $1.20
                                                   ONLY                                                                                                                                                                               3 x Bloodsucker Gum Balls    $0.45

                                                                                                                                         2 Wonka Redskin Stick       $0.40

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 x Migic Crackles
                                                                                                                                         1 Allen’s Milko Sticks      $0.20                                                                                                          ONLY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pop Candy                    $1.20

                                                                                                                                         1 Wonka Redskin Stick       $0.15                                                            1 x Trick Hot Tea Bag        $1.00
                                                                                                                                         Total RRP                   $6.10                                                            1 x Comic                    $5.50
                                                                                            2 4 Finger Kit Kat       $3.90
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Total RRP                    $12.00
                                                                                            4 Mini Kit Kat           $1.76

                                                                                            1 Mint Pattie            $1.00

                                                                                            1 Golden Rough           $1.00

                                                                                            1 Peppermint Aero        $1.95
                                                                                            2 Mini Kit Kat           $0.88
               1 x Dress Play      $6.95                                                    4 Wonka Bertie Beetles   $2.40                                                                                                                                        Little Sweetie Doll 30cm        $4.50
               1 x Adorment Set    $5.95                                                    1 Novelty Sports Balls   $7.95                                                                                                                                        Teenage Girl Static Stick Ons   $2.95
               1 x Beautiful Set   $12.95                                                   Total RRP                $20.84                                                                                                                                       Beauty Set in Case              $1.95
               Total RRP           $25.85                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Make Up Set                     $3.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tiara & Earrings Set            $2.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Princess Stationery Set         $1.00
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rainbow Slinky Spring           $1.75
                           ONLY                                                                                                      1 Wonka Chewy Gobstoppers       $1.28
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Total RRP                       $19.05

                                                                                                                                     1 Wonka Grape &

                                                                                                                                     Strawberry Nerds                $1.28
                                                                                                                                     1 Wonka Redskin Bars            $0.50                                                                                                  ONLY
                                                                                                                                     2 Wonka Bertie Beetles          $1.22
                                                                                                                                     1 Allen’s Milko Sticks          $0.11
                                                                                                                                     1 Novelty Sports Balls          $7.95
                                                                                                                                     Total RRP                       $12.34

                                                                                                                                                                               1 Wonka Chewy Gobstoppers                $1.28
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Magic Slideing Coin Case      $1.50
                                     2 x Strawberry Wham Fizz Bar           $0.40                                                                                              1 Wonka Neon Nerds                       $1.35

                                                                                                                                                                               1 Wonka Fabulicious Raspberry Twister    $1.28       Magic Playset Cards           $1.95
                                     2 x Grape Wham Fizz Bar                $0.40

                                                                                                                                                                               1 Wonka Sourlicious                      $1.28       Magic Hand Snapper            $1.95
                                     2 x Blue Rasberry Fizz Bar             $0.40
                                                                                                                                                                               1 Wonka Nerds Rope                       $1.28       Poo Poo Cushion               $1.95
                                     4 x Bloodsucker Pops                   $0.40
                                                                                                                                                                               1 Wonka Grape & Strawberry Nerds         $1.28       Trick Ink Spill               $1.00
                                     4 x Kick & Lick Pops                   $0.40
                                                                                                                                                                               1 Allen’s Single Wrap Killer Python      $1.17       Trick Invisible Ink           $1.00
                                     4 x Lollipops                          $0.40
                                                                                                                                                                               4 Wonka Bertie Beetles                   $2.44       Trick Hot Tea Bag             $1.00
                                     2 x Spooky Bites Candies               $0.60
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trick Broken Window           $1.00
               ONLY                  2 x Big Foot Sherbet Dipping Candies   $0.80                                                                                              1 Wand                                   $9.95

                                                                                                                                                                               Total RRP                                $21.31      Trick Car Scratch Sticker     $1.00

                                     1 x Candy Watch                        $0.50
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trick Bullet Holes            $1.95
                                     2 x Swirl Lollipops                    $0.60                                                                                                                                                                                                   ONLY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Trick Dirty Soap              $1.00

                                     1 x Paddle Ball Game                   $1.95
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Crazy Goggle Spring Eyes      $1.50
                                     1 x Comic
                                     Total RRP
                                                                            $9.85                                                                                                              Novelty Hockey Mask
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Total RRP
                                                                                            Showbag contents and prices may differ to those advertised due to supply and availability and may change without notice.

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                                                             SPECIAL REPORT                   Sydney Family Show
                                                                                                                             Bags of fun for everyone
                                                                                                                             WHAT is a show without a showbag        Sparkle bag features make-up, a
                                                                                                                             to take home as a reminder of a         bracelet, a beauty set and purse.
                                                                                                                             fantastic day out?                      The $15 Lotza Dolls bag includes
                                                                                                                                This year the Sydney Family          three dolls and a flashing wand,
                                                                                                                             Show has three times as many            while the $15 Pretty Girls bag has
                                                                                                                             showbags on offer as last year, with    make-up and accessories.
                                                                                                                             60 types of bags ranging from $4           There is a Police bag, with a toy
                                                                                                                             to $25. From sweets to toys and         gun and police accessories, while
                                                                                                                             other goodies, there’s something        the Tool Man bag has a tool box
                                                                                                                             for everyone — but get in early to      and the Pirate bag features a bow
                                                                                                                             avoid disappointment.                   and arrow and pirate sword. These

   Flip out                                                                                                                     Show organisers say they expect
                                                                                                                             to sell 100,000 bags and there are
                                                                                                                             plenty to choose from that will
                                                                                                                             please both children and the
                                                                                                                             wallets of parents.
                                                                                                                                                                     bags are all $15.
                                                                                                                                                                        Kids will be sure to find
                                                                                                                                                                     something they’ll love and keep as
                                                                                                                                                                     a reminder of the family show.

   with a                                                                                                                       The cheapest bag is the $4
                                                                                                                             Bertie Beetle bag, which features
                                                                                                                             Wonka Bertie
                                                                                                                             Beetles, a Wonka
                                                                                                                             Redskin and an

   class act                                                                                                                 Allens Milko Stick.
                                                                                                                                At the top end is
                                                                                                                             the $25 Absolute
                                                                                                                             Cool bag, which
                                                                                                                             has a skateboard
                                                                                                                             or scooter, knee
Tower of strength ... Circus Avalon will present both performances and workshops at the show.                                and elbow pads,
                                                                                                                             a helmet, lollies
CIRCUS AVALON will display some           Seeing the effect of something you      been based in Newcastle for the past       and a Phantom
dazzling feats of skill at the Sun-       have achieved and understanding         eight. About 20 of its 30 performers       comic.
Herald Sydney Family Show, which          that what you do makes a difference     will be in Sydney for the show,               The $15
children can learn themselves at          is one of the pillars of self-esteem    bringing a range of skills, such as the    Princess
workshops run by the troupe.              and an important part of life.’’        trapeze, the hula hoop, jumping
  Director and ringmaster John               Skills that children can pick up     stilts and juggling.
Campbell says circus skills are           include unicycling, balancing, using       ‘‘It’s quite a young troupe of 18- to
surprisingly easy to learn when           hula hoops and juggling.                22-year-olds and they just bring that
taught by the right people – and they        Workshops will run from April 11     enormous young energy to the
are richly rewarding.                     to 13 and April 15. Bookings can be     stage. It’s innocent and light-
  ‘‘The feedback I get is that people     made with the circus on the day.        hearted and a celebration of young
say ‘I didn’t know I could do that,’ ’’   Sessions run for an hour, cost $5 and   movement,’’ Campbell says.                 Plastic fantastic ... some of the
he says.                                  take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.           The troupe will also perform six        showbags available this year.
  ‘‘It gives them a sense of                 Circus Avalon was started            20-minute shows a day on the hour,         Photo: Domino Postiglione
satisfaction and achievement.             25 years ago in Tasmania and has        every hour from 11am, at a cost of $5.

                                                                     Absolute Showbags
   Combat                           Wild West

                                                                    Absolute Cool                                        Events specialists
                                                                                                                    Girls Club
                         $ 16                            $ 16

   Ninja                             Fire Fighters
                                                                                                                                                                                                 $ 16
                                                                                                                                                      $ 18

                                                                                                                                                                    Gummy Candies

                        $ 12                            $ 16
                                                                    inc. helmet,                  $ 25                                                                                            $6
   Magic                              Cars                          protectors &
                                                                    candies with a choice of
                                                                                                                                                       $ 16
                                                                    Skateboard or Scooter.                                                                          Ghost Drops
                                                                      JJ s Snacks                                  Fashion & Jewellery

                           $ 16                          $ 15                                          $5                                              $ 18

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10        SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD

Sydney Family Show                                                                                                                                                                                      SPECIAL REPORT

Mix it with
the best
Budding sports stars will be able to get their kicks from
some of Sydney’s leading AFL and football players.

OPPORTUNITIES abound at the                                            Stefan Kamasz, says being at the
Sun-Herald Sydney Family Show to                                       show is an important part of its
pick up new                                                            community work. ‘‘Sydney FC is
sports skills,                                                             dedicated to fostering the
brush up on old                                                             already-strong bond between
ones and even meet                                                           our club and the community
some top sporting                                                            and being actively involved in
stars.                                                                            the Sydney Family Show is
  Sydney FC and                                                                     a great way of doing
Sydney Swans players                                                                      that.
will mix with the crowds and                                                                         ‘‘We will
there will be free daily sports                                                                     continue
coaching clinics run by                                                                             to be out
Kickstart.                                                                                          and about                                 Heads up ... Sydney FC’s Kofi Danning (above left) and Sydney Swans defender Nick Smith (far left) will be on hand to
  Of the soccer players                                                                     in Sydney and                                     meet fans and share their skills. Photos: Dallas Kilponen, Getty Images
appearing, Kofi Danning and                                                                 engaging with
Nick Carle will be at the show on                                                                families                                        ‘‘As AFL players, we understand                                      able to thank them for their                                            Hallam says he greatly enjoys seeing
April 9 and Terry McFlynn and                                                                      and                                        that we are role models for some                                        support.’’                                                              youngsters develop their skills.
Juho Makela on April 10. The                                                                       informing                                  kids and if we can use that position                                      For budding sporting stars, Josh                                         ‘‘They gain self-esteem and self-
players will take part in a Q&A                                                                   them                                        to help teach them about keeping                                        Hallam, general manager of                                              worth. It certainly improves their
session on the stage at 2pm and                                                                  about our                                    active and healthy eating, that’s a                                     Kickstart, will run free workshops                                      confidence, which they can adapt
will be available for autographs                                                                great game.’’                                 really positive thing,’’ he says.                                       for under-12s, including tennis,                                        into everyday life outside sport and
and photo opportunities in the                                                                     Sydney                                        ‘‘To get an opportunity to attend                                    netball, rugby, volleyball, hockey                                      increases their overall enjoyment of
Sun-Herald tent at 2.30pm.                                                                     Swans                                          the Family Show is fantastic. All the                                   and basketball. Sessions will run for                                   day-to-day life.’’
They will then coach with                                                                    players will                                     players really enjoy the chance to go                                   20 minutes and can be booked on                                            The Kickstart coaching will take
Kickstart at 3pm and be                                                  also meet fans and mingle with the                                   out and meet our fans, have a chat                                      the day or online at sydneyfamily                                       place in a dedicated area, complete
available for more autographs                                            crowds on April 12.                                                  and sign some autographs.                                                                                                 with sporting equipment. ‘‘It will be
and photos back in the Sun-                                                 Swans defender Nick Smith                                            ‘‘Our fans give us so much by                                          Kickstart has been running for                                        a great atmosphere to promote an
Herald tent at 3.30pm.                                                     says the players relish the                                        attending our matches in Sydney                                         10 years and teaches about                                              active lifestyle and get children
  Sydney FC’s head of football,                                             opportunity to meet fans.                                         and it is really important for us to be                                 3500 children every school term.                                        excited about sport,’’ Hallam says.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Sun-Herald is giving away 40 prize packs to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     enjoy The Sun-Herald Sydney Family Show these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Easter school holidays.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     On at The Entertainment Quarter from April 9
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to 26, major attractions include carnival rides for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     all ages, show bags, an animal nursery, musical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     stage shows plus the Kickstart Arena with special
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     guests including the Sydney Swans and Sydney FC.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Prize includes:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Four unlimited ride passes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Four food and beverage vouchers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     • Four showbag vouchers

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     To enter, email your name
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and contact details to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     midnight on Tuesday, April 5.

 Terms and Conditions: Entrants must be 18 years of age or over. Entries open on April 3, 2011, at 00:01 and close on April 5, 2011, at 23:59. The winners will be randomly selected at The Sun-Herald, 1 Darling Island Road, Pyrmont on April 6, 2011 at noon and will be notified by email no later than seven days from the draw. The winners will receive a
 prize pack, valued at $70. Total competition prize is $2800. No individual prize will be valued over $1000. Employees of Fairfax Media, Sydney Family Show and their associated agencies, and their families, are ineligible to enter. Personal information is collected by the promoter, Fairfax Media (ABN 33 003 357 720), of GPO Box 506, Sydney, NSW
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                                                              SPECIAL REPORT                    Sydney Family Show

A wild experience
From venomous snakes to camels and ducks, the kids will go quackers for this wide array of animals.

                                                                                                                                                                            Clues ... medium, clairvoyant and
                                                                                                                                                                            healer Rayleen Kable.

                                                                                                                                                                            ADDING an altogether different
                                                                                                                                                                            element to the Sydney Family
                                                                                                                                                                            Show is the Psychic and Alternative
                                                                                                                                                                            Fair, which aims to boost
                                                                                                                                                                            visitors’ physical, mental and
                                                                                                                                                                            spiritual well-being.
                                                                                                                                                                               Organiser Lambeth Bennett says
                                                                                                                                                                            psychics are always popular,
THE wide variety of animals that will largest parrots in the world and,                                                                                                     especially when people are going
be on display at the Sun-Herald           hopefully, take away a message                                                                                                    through difficult times.
Sydney Family Show are not just fun       about the importance of                                                                                                              ‘‘People are looking for answers
to look at but their handlers hope        conservation, not just in Australia                                                                                               and, with the way the economy is,
they will be educational, too.            but all over the world.’’                                                                                                         they want to know how they can
   Snakes, macaws, a crocodile and            Safety and prevention are the                                                                                                 better their lifestyles and what the
lizards are just some of the creatures messages from Rick Bugeia from                                                                                                       future holds for them,’’ he says. ‘‘We
that will be featured at the show.        Australian Reptile Displays, who                                                                                                  give them guidance.’’
   Rob Joyes of Wildlife Kingdom          will bring four venomous snakes, an                                                                                                  The fair, which takes place on
will bring two South American             olive python and a goanna to the                                                                                                  April 14 and 15 from 10am to 8pm,
macaws to Sydney, where visitors          show. He says                                                                                                                     will feature a host of mediums, reiki
can get up close to them, learn           providing                                                                                                                         masters,
about the birds and, at certain           information                                                                                                                       palm
times of day, have a photo taken          about snakes                                                                                                                      readers and
with them.                                is important,                                                                                                                     feng shui
   ‘‘We hope that people get a            including                                          myths that noise will scare        Bugeia says. ‘‘It’s amazing when            experts.
greater appreciation for wildlife,        dispelling                                           off snakes. He will bring a      people touch it, they go, ‘Oh, wow,            One of
and the best way to do that is to have                                                            red-bellied black             it’s not slimy at all.’ That enjoyment      the
the opportunity to get up close to                                                                   snake, a tiger snake       is why I like doing this.’’                 mediums
live animals, particularly ones that                                                                  and an eastern               Crocodile Encounters will show           is the
they wouldn’t normally come                                                                            brown snake – all        off one-metre croc Dr Crunch, as            popular
across,’’ he says.                                                                                      of which are            well as snakes and lizards in a             Monika
   The macaws at the show will                                                                           native to NSW –        45-minute stage show. Here trainers         Stange.
be Diego, 2, a green-winged                                                                               and the               will teach the audience about the              ‘‘She has
macaw, and Jose, an                                                                                       world’s most          animals and share fun stories.              a natural
18-month-old blue-and-                                                                                      venomous               But perhaps the strangest sight of       ability and      Going beyond ...
gold macaw. Joyes says he                                                                                    snake, a fierce    the day will be the Brian Harrington        is so warm       Florence King.
hopes the experience                                                                                        snake, which        Family Show, which will feature a           and makes
will highlight issues such                                                                             comes from               display of pigs playing musical             people feel comfortable,’’ Bennett
as threats to                                                                                          central Australia.       chairs with two dogs.                       says. ‘‘And she picks things up that
endangered species                 Close encounters...                                                     Visitors will be        Not only that but he will also have      people would not know about.’’
and the importance                 (clockwise from above)                                              able to touch and        a fashion parade featuring ducks in            Bennett, a reiki master, says he
of conservation.                   macaws, ducks and                                                   get a photo with         no less than five different categories      likes to help people – especially
   ‘‘Children will get a           camels are just some of                                             the olive python.        of dress. ‘‘It’s something they’ve          getting people with ailments natural
unique opportunity                 the animals featured                                                ‘‘It’s about             never seen in their life,’’ he says. ‘‘My   treatment without using drugs. His
to see one of the                  this year.                                                          breaking down            show is very unique and I put a lot         favoured method is the palm-
most beautiful and                                                                                     that fear factor,’’      into it.’’                                  healing techniques of reiki.
                                                                                                                                                                               The fair will feature 28 stalls and
                                                                                                                                                                            on-stage guests, and Bennett says
                                                                                                                                                                            he has brought together a great
  Crocs, clowns and colourful characters out to entertain                                                                                                                   team of people who he has worked
                                                                                                                                                                            with for decades.
                                                                                                                                                                               Mediums at the fair include
  DANCE stars, football heroes,            entertainment for all the family.           Visitors can join the stars by going    meet-and-greets with characters              Rayleen Kable and Florence King.
  crocodiles and clowns are just some      Sydney FC stars will appear on           to the nearby Sun-Herald VIP tent,         from LazyTown, Go Seek, the Little           June Turner will talk about how to
  of the characters who will take to the   April 9 and 10, while other acts, such   where they can have Nikon ‘‘I am a         Scallywagz and Jitter Jacks. There           increase energy and prosperity in
  stage during the show.                   as the Croc Encounters experience,       VIP’’ photos taken from 11am to 4pm        will also be the chance to meet and          your home through feng shui.
     Free half-hourly shows will take      will also wow crowds with a wide         each day.                                  get photos taken with some of the               Nathan Fepulea’i will perform
  place from April 9-26, providing         range of acts.                              As well as Sydney FC, there will be     animals featured in the show.                easy-listening Andean flute music.
                                                                                                                                                                            The stage performances are all free.
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                                                                                                                     *Attractions may vary day to day please check

             MAP                                                                                                     guide and website for specific days and times

                                                                                                                     attractions are at the show.

                                                    AREA COLOUR CODES
    EXHIBITORS                  SHOWBAGS                 SIDESHOW ALLEY              FOOD & DRINK                         ENTERTAINMENT                                  RIDES

             Mix 106.5 Animal Nursery                               The Sun-Herald Stage
                                                                                                                                 Bubbles of FUN & Bumper Boats

             Camel Rides                                            HOP Roving Characters                                        Ronald McDonald’s Childrens
                                                                                                                                 House Kids Competition Arena
             Wildlife Kingdom Macaws                                Unicycle World Champion                                      Bluehaven Waterworld Dragon Pool
             Crocodile encounters
                                                                    Channel 10 Merlin Medieval Land                              Trapeze
             Reptile pit                                            Fox & Lion Gourmet
                                                                    BBQ & Beer Tasing                                            First aid
             Pony rides
                                                                    Special Entertainment                                        Toilet
             Sheep dog demonstration                                Plaster Painting Studios
                                                                                                                                 Parents Room
                                                                    Fairies and Scaries
             Pig racing
                                                                    Kids Playgrounds                                             Information and lost person
             Duck fashion parade                                    Lovesac
                                                                                                                                 Taxi Rank
                                                                    Cermic Art Competition
             Kickstart Sports Arena
                                                                    Nintendo 3DS
                                                                    Dino Slide
             BAM Balloons                                                                                                        Police

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