It’s that time of year when we all start scratching our heads and wondering what to put in the Christmas stockings … never fear, we have some great ideas to keep kids big and small amused!
Fun for the whole family
A great Christmas gift for anyone, a Merlin Annual Pass gives a year of unlimited experiences across eleven attractions in Australia and New Zealand! With attractions like SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Madame Tussauds Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, there is always something new to experience and enjoy.
We’ve highlighted below just a few of the amazing experiences that Merlin offers families … this is really just the tip of the iceberg!
Bring your family to the Illawarra Fly and treat them to the spectacular rainforest treetop walk. Enjoy the panoramic views high above the Illawarra escarpment, north to the Royal National Park and across Lake Illawarra out to the Pacific Ocean. The Illawarra Fly is the only steel treetop walk of its kind in NSW and one of only a handful in Australia. Accessible for all ages and fitness levels, it’s a great family day out.
Do you have a daredevil in your family? Then give them the ultimate adrenalin rush this Christmas with a Shark Dive Xtreme Gift Certificate! With $25 off all Shark Dive Xtreme Gift Certificates, now is the perfect time to invite that someone special to take the plunge into Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary’s four million litre Oceanarium, coming face-to-face with huge 3+ metre Grey Nurse Sharks – without the safety of a cage!
Why not buy someone you love the exhilarating experience of a private SKYWALK?
Soak up the stunning views of Sydney from 268m above street level. Enjoy SKYWALK to yourself and take in the 360 degree panoramic view while the SKYWALK guide points out iconic Sydney views.
A Private SKYWALK package for two includes:
- 4D Cinema Experience
- Access to the Observation Deck before and after your SKYWALK
- SKYWALK tour for 2 with an experienced guide
- SKYWALK photo pack
With the long school holidays on the horizon, now’s the time to stock up on some new releases DVDs to keep the kids happy when travelling or on days that are too hot or too wet for play outside.
Play Along with Sam stars former Wiggle Sam Moran and is available from 4 December. It features a variety of fun and stimulating segments including songs celebrating everyday things, fun and energetic one-minute dance parties that teach kids new dance steps, and special sound adventures where Sam captures and releases mystery sounds that the kids help him identify.
Ribbit is a great family comedy and is available now. All his life Ribbit has felt different from all the other frogs, he hates water and he is terrified of hopping. His life changes when he is accidently hypnotised by conman or rather ‘conbat’, Deepak and tricked into believing that he is actually a human prince trapped in a frog’s body.
A Magic Christmas is also available from 4 December and is the story of a family that has drifted apart, so the Dad takes the family – and the dog – on the Christmas holiday of a lifetime! Things don’t always go to plan … as the mad hunt for a legendary Christmas tree demonstrates!
Beethoven is back in his eighth adventure, on sale 4 December. In Beethoven’s Treasure Tail, Beethoven and his trainer get stranded in a small coastal village on their way home. Beethoven befriends a local boy from the village and together they embark on an exciting dog-venture involving pirate maps and hidden treasure.
Yo Gabba Gabba! is back in Season 4, Volume 2, available to own from 4 December. Yo Gabba Gabba! is one of the most popular children’s entertainment programs today and engages everyone from preschoolers to parents and indie music lovers alike. Fun for the whole family
LEGO Friends: Volume 6 – Friends of the Jungle is out now and the friends are back for more fun and adventure as they plan a wedding and are presented with an unexpected twist! Join the girls on their voyage into the jungle.
While we’re talking LEGO, Volume 7 of the LEGO Legends of CHIMA now available on DVD. New dangerous tribes of animals have blocked the waterfalls of Mount Cavora, stolen the CHI and trapped the Legend Beasts. The animal tribes of CHIMA have no choice but to stand united and travel into the dangerous Outlands. Join the animals as they unite once again in an epic battle of Fire versus Ice in the latest instalment of the popular series.
Toys for the big kids!
Give somebody you love a travel-friendly portable speaker. It packs a powerful sound, with five hour battery life and the ability to take hands-free calls … all in one lightweight package.
When you’re out-and-about, don’t worry about your smartphone running out of battery? Invest in the security of a portable USB charger. Available in a range of six metallic colours, you can have a fully charged smartphone, everywhere, every time.
Experience the freedom and peace of Bluetooth noise-cancelling headphones … no wires, no noise, no worries! With no wires to get tangled in, this handy gift cancels out 90 per cent of ambient sound and makes the music the focus.
Things the littlies will love!
The DOHVINCI Anywhere Design Studio kit is an all-in-one portable studio that opens to reveal a ready-to-use easel, storage, and all the DOHVINCI tools to start designing in 3D. Includes blank boards for truly open-ended creativity, as well as small art pieces that can be given as gifts! When you’re on the move, fold it up and take it wherever you go!
The STAR WARS REBELS INQUISITOR LIGHTSABER lets kids choose which way they duel their opponents with three ways to play! Start the battle with a single blade, then attach the second blade to the special hilt for three feet of double-bladed power. And, for the first time ever, launch the FORCE DISC for a long distance strike!
The MY LITTLE PONY POP assortment delivers playful, poppable pony fun! Kids can pop-out and build any of four characters, including Pinkie Pie, Applejack, Princess Twilight Sparkle and Rarity, personalising each pony’s look with colourful pop-on manes and themed stickers.
The NERF REBELLE AGENT Bow is perfect for high-profile missions that require accuracy and skill. Release the string and watch as the foam-dart arrows soar up to 85 feet across the sky making a whistling sound! For added precision, the AGENT BOW features an electronic glowing red dot that provides better aiming accuracy with every shot. The NERF REBELLE AGENT BOW comes with three secret message foam-dart arrows a separate decoder, and a detachable quiver.
All these toys are available at most major toy retailers nationwide.