Karen's Diner, Westfield Chermside
Where is it: Westfield Chermside in Brisbane and other locations around Australia and UK
What’s it all about: An awesome burger restaurant with not-so-awesome service!
Tell me more: Get ready for laughs with this awesome, interactive, diner-style burger restaurant where you will be greeted and waited upon by rude waiters who in return are expecting you to give it full Karen. But it's not just a fun experience, the food here is amazing with hand-crafted burgers of all types, perfectly spicy wings, and fantastic cocktails! This is one dining experience that you just have to try out, just be ready for 100% rude service and have some fun!
Where is it: At Westfield Chermside, 395 Hamilton Rd, Chermside QLD 4032
Why we love it: The thrill of a free-fall without the heights!
Tell me more: iFly is an indoor skydiving centre and it’s one of those things that you just have to do! And it’s so easy to get into - it’s situated in the city at one of Brisbane’s most popular shopping complexes and all you have to do is book your time slot, turn up an hour earlier for your briefing and to get kitted up and then start flying - no experience is needed! It’s basically a big glass tube that forces huge amounts of air through it so that you can fly. The speed of the air is controlled and adjusted so that you get just the right amount of lift and keep you airborn and you always have an expert skydiver with you guiding and assisting as you require.
We went along on a family pass (which is great value) and we all had a go - even our little 4 year old tried it and we all had a fantastic time! And as fun as the basic flying was, the High Flight was even more amazing as your instructor will carry you up (and bring you down) right to the top of the tube! Once you get a taste of it you will want more, and iFLY also offers training programs so that you can build up your skills and have even more fun. It’s also the perfect spot for parties or group functions. iFLY Chermside is open Open 7 days a week from 9am - 10pm.
Disney Pixar's Coco
Where is it: At cinemas everywhere across Australia from 26 December 2017.
What's it all about: A lovely movie about a little boy chasing his dreams!
Tell me more: Disney Pixar needs no introduction – their movies have pretty much revolutionised people’s expectations when it comes to kids movies! Coco is a very special movie that is set around the theme of Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico! Miguel is a young boy who was born into a family of shoe-makers but despite his family’s ban on music he wants nothing more than to be a musician, and in his journey chasing his dreams he discovers the importance of his family and ancestry!
This was a lovely movie that like a lot of Disney Pixar films, offers great entertainment for the kids and more than enough to engage the parents! The computer-generated graphics and colours are vibrant and the music is spectacular! We went along with our 3 kids – our oldest, at 7, really connected with the storyline and couldn’t stop asking about his ancestry after the movie! Our younger boy who is 4 loved the setting and Miguel’s trusty sidekick – a street-dog named Dante! And even though this was our first time at the cinema with our little 2-year-old – she sat to attention and watched the whole movie – something we weren’t expecting but this movie certainly did grab us as a family! We rate this movie 4.5 out of 5 for families!
Army Open Day
Where is it: Sometimes at Gallipoli Barracks in Enogerra, and sometimes at 7th Brigade Park, Chermside
What's it all about: An opportunity for our defence forces to show off their wears, and for the public to show their support for our armed service men and women as well as checking out their gear!
How can I join in: These are free events open to the public! The open days in the barracks are understandably subject to restrictions on entry, however the open days in the park you can simply turn up and admire!
Tell me more: Army open days for the public are usually held once a year, and it's a great opportunity to get up close to some of the awesome hardware that our army uses! It's also a great chance to show your support for our service men and women and their families! We've been along to a few of these open days - a couple inside the barracks at Enogerra and one in 7th Brigade Park, Chermside (named after the 7th Brigade, which makes up most of those posted at Gallipoli Barracks). There's lots of gear on display, and the guys are more than happy to explain what you're looking at and how it used! All of our interactions with the army personnel have been great - the guys are all very patient with the little kids and we hope that they can sense our appreciation of what they do! There are displays and demonstrations - including a mock battle where the soldiers fire off blank rounds with their weapons - we've had rides in armoured vehicles, seen Air Force fly-bys and always had lots of fun! They are really great days out - just be prepared for a bit of traffic chaos as they are very popular too!
7th Brigade Park, Chermside 2016
Gallipoli Barracks, Ennogera 2014
Brisbane Family Explorers