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Mega Weekend

22 Aug

We have just had the biggest weekend.  It wasn’t planned that way but it just evolved and kept growing.

You see, Ethan turned 11 last week.

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As a very special treat for the whole family we purchased annual passes to Movieworld, Seaworld and Wet n Wild (it’s a combined ticket) and told the boys that we would visit Movieworld on Saturday.  The boys had never been before so they were rather excited.
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Then on Friday, after my parents and little brother had relentlessly begged us to go to the Ekka with them, we gave in and let them treat us to a special day out.  Because of the annual passes, we hadn’t planned to go to the Ekka, but my family really wanted to enjoy the day with my little men and my boys were on their side.  Hehehe.
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Of course the show bags were the first stop.
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Followed very closely by the rides.
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This was Uncle Scott’s favourite part I think.
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And the boys went on their first roller coaster.  It was mild but their faces say otherwise.  Hehehe.
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We spent a little time wandering around the exhibition halls but they were very disappointing this year.  Ordinarily there are lots of hands on displays and giveaways but it was rather dull this year.  This Lego display was a highlight.
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We also visited the animals…

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The living variety too and the boys delighted in feeding the hungry herds.
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Grandma tortured educated the boys in the quilting and cake decorating halls.
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But all was fair as she tagged along to examine rocks with us.
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In the evening, once our feet had had enough, we sat in the grandstands and enjoyed the evening entertainment.
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My favourite event is always the precision driving cars.  Brrrrum brrrum!!
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The fireworks were good too of course.  🙂
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On Saturday, although my feet thought I was nuts, we headed off to Movieworld.
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We just popped down there in the afternoon to have a bit of a wander around and try out a few rides.
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We took the boys on the Scooby-Doo roller coaster ride.  Hubby said it was a nice mild choice.
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Brayden disagreed.  After the ride, he declared that he WON’T be going on it again!!!  Aside from the usual roller coaster issues, he thought it was too ‘creepy’.  A fair comment.
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Hoping to cure the boys of their ‘issues’ with roller coasters, we took them on another.  Hey, it was in the kiddie area and was even milder than the last.

They didn’t like it either.  Looks like we’re stuck on Merry-go-Rounds for life.  😦

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To be truthful, I don’t think Movieworld is our cup of tea.  There are lots of adult rides and plenty of baby rides but not a whole lot for the in-between crowd.  There’s a few good shows (we saw the 4D Ice Age  show on Saturday).  But we’re just not character people.  In fact the boys didn’t even know who half of the characters were.  I’m almost a little proud of that.  🙂

(Rest assured the purchase of the tickets will be worth it for the other parks alone.)
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On Sunday, our mega weekend continued, after Church, we visited both sets of Grandparents, where the partying continued…
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…with cake too of course!
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On Monday, since we were already exhausted, we agreed to go with dear friends to visit the Art Gallery and Science Centre.
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We spent quite a lot of time in the “Fly Away Home” exhibition creating birds and nests.
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It’s always nice to sit with wonderful company and create.
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This is Brayden’s birdie on its nest.
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And this is Ethan’s bird.
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While my dear friend and I agreed that Modern Art isn’t really ‘art’ according to our definition of the word, we still enjoyed pondering what on Earth was going on inside the heads of the artists.
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We all still found Modern ‘Art’ intriguing.

(Oh and the Art Gallery Guard couldn’t help asking us if we were homeschoolers.  We were apparently putting out the ‘vibe’.   I hope it was a good vibe.  Hehehe)
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The Science Centre has a new exhibition so we were super keen to check it out.  Sadly it was nearly spoiled by a lot of school kids.
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Ordinarily we’d have the place to ourselves after lunch but there were several groups visiting on school camps, that didn’t need to be back at school by three, so we had to share ‘our’ Science Centre with them.

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We wouldn’t mind sharing the venue with them so much if they understood about taking turns and general courtesy.  I’ll admit that I had to put on my old teacher’s voice to ensure our children weren’t pushed aside…which they were being.
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Thankfully they left eventually and we were delighted to have the place to ourselves.  Yes, us homeschoolers really are spoiled.  What can I say.  Heheheh.
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Plus you have the time to really explore the exhibits and actually learn something.
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We love our annual passes for this reason.  We can revisit our favourite exhibits over and over again.
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Every time we visit the Science Centre with our dear friends the children build this arch together and delight in knocking it down.  Not sure what the learning is that is happening there but they love it, so it doesn’t matter.
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So that’s what’s been happening in our world over our four day mega weekend.   As a result we’re completely exhausted and looking forward to some nice quiet days at home.  🙂

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4 Comments

Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Family Life, Field Trips

 

4 responses to “Mega Weekend

  1. Elsa

    August 25, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Wow…that was a mega weekend! Loved the birdnests. They look very creative and like look they were a lot of fun to make! 😀

     
  2. Elsa

    August 25, 2012 at 9:22 am

    oh geesh…talk about spelling errors haha. They look like they were a lot of fun to make. Guess my brain is a bit muddled. 😉

     
  3. JoAnn

    August 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Looks and sounds like a lot of fun.

     
  4. Jen in NSW

    August 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    We missed Movieworld while we were up there, for much the same reasons you didn’t like it. I definitely like Dreamworld and Seaworld although out of school holidays would have been much better.

    Need to ask you a question about Minecraft. Will see if I can email you about it.

    Best wishes
    Jen in NSW

     

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