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Helping Kids with their Mental Health & Physical Fitness

Wow, 2020. Hasn’t it been quite the year!

We’ve seen utter devastation and loss due to this Pandemic. Loss of lives and peoples’ livelihoods.

This year we’ve also seen how resilient our little people are. Our children (and parents and teachers… and basically everyone else on earth) have had their lives turned up-side-down.

Our children have experienced home learning, not being able to play in play grounds, not being able to attend weekend sport or their favourite dance class or music lesson. 

And so much more!

We’ve missed out on family reunions, weddings, funerals, birthday parties, graduations, assemblies, performances and more.

We’ve been restricted to limited time outdoors, permitted for limited exercise only.

During lock down, and now as we emerge out of it all, one thing has become very clear; mental health and physical health are important!

And, it’s crucial that we do everything we can to ensure our kids keep active, happy and healthy.

Thankfully, many sporting activities and extra-curricular activities are returning.

If you’re in Sydney, the team of instructors and World Champions at VT1 Martial Arts have been doing their bit to ensure their students’ physical and mental health is in tip top shape.

The team have spent many years mastering their craft and have a passion for passing it on to their students. 

They offer trial passes for kids to check out what it’s all about and to see the friendly, welcoming environment for themselves.

Their programs are easy to follow, progressive and teach effective self-defence skills. No experience or fitness is necessary to get started.

Some of the many advantages of Martial Arts include:

  • Improved health
  • Fitness
  • Self Defence 
  • Confidence 
  • Coordination
  • Increased development e.g. social skills & emotional stability
  • Fast reaction times
  • Desire to succeed
  • Satisfaction
  • Empowerment
  • Respect & discipline
  • Problem solving

Whether you want to get in great shape, learn self-defence or train to become an athlete, the team at VT1 can help your children build the confidence needed to help them achieve their goals.

VT1 Martial arts offer children's leadership and competition programs, holiday camps for kids and more.

Get in touch today with VT1 Martial Arts to find out more about their kids’ Muay Thai kickboxing, kids’ Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and kids’ karate.

Have you tried Martial Arts? What do you/your kids love about it?

This post is in partnership with VT1 Martial Arts. As always, all opinions are my own.

GC Cooee Challenge

Are you looking to join the Gold Coast Cooee Challenge? Well you've come to the right place!

Whether you're young or young at heart, we invite you, fellow Gold Coast citizen, to join in the GC Cooee Challenge.

During this time of isolation and social distancing, let's join in to participate in something fun. A bit of a novelty and something to break up the day!

It's simple, all you have to do is stand in your driveway, backyard or balcony. You can even join in from your bedroom/loungeroom window if you're not able to get outside.

Bring your biggest yelling voice and yell out - COOOOOOOEEEEEEEE at 5pm.

Sit back and wait and listen out to hear if anyone else replies, or continues the cooee chain throughout your street or neighbourhood!

Cooee - Wikipedia

Cooee! (/ˈkuːiː/) is a shout used in Australia, usually in the bush, to attract attention, find missing people, or indicate one's own location.
When done correctly—loudly and shrilly—a call of "cooee" can carry over a considerable distance

Don't forget to maintain your social distancing, in line with the laws and regulations in your area!

We hope to HEAR you soon!

Don't forget to share your pics or videos on Facebook or Instagram using #gccooee 

Tag www.instagram.com/goldcoastmumblog or https://www.facebook.com/goldcoastmum/ for a chance to have your pic shared!

If you're located outside of the Gold Coast, you are of course welcome to join in/ start this up in your area too!
If you need help customising the above graphic, to share within your community, feel free to get in touch and we'll do our best to assist.

Children's Birthday Parties at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq - Brisbane

We recently celebrated our boy's 8th Birthday!
We gathered a few friends and popped up to Toombul, just outside of Brisbane, to check out the renowned Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, and boy were we impressed!

From the moment we arrived, the kids were super excited! The décor, the games, the lollies, the suspense! And that was just at the front area, before we'd even entered the arcade area (and cocktail bar for the adults).
Located at Toombul Shopping Centre, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is your one-stop entertainment destination.

With bowling lanes, arcade and ticket games, virtual reality rides and dodgems, you could enjoy hours upon hours of entertainment at this one venue.

An amazing selection of fancy -Instagram-worthy cocktails are available at the full service cocktail bar and lots of tasty treats from the gourmet kitchen.
With plenty of function spaces and areas suited for everything from children's birthday parties to corporate functions and quirky engagement parties, there's something for everyone at Archie Bros.

You'll even find a picture-perfect Kissing Booth!

Visit: https://www.archiebrothers.com.au/locations/toombul for further details

The Thrill Rider simulation at Archie Bros Toombul was seriously fun! Even the adults were shrieking!


The Star Gold Coast is again expecting an influx of white gloves and red leather jackets through its doors when world-class stage show The Michael Jackson HIStory Show returns to the theatre this month.

With two performances scheduled during prime holiday period, Saturday 28th December and a special New Year’s Eve show, and an open dancefloor available to all ticketholders, producers are expecting sell-out crowds and a fun, celebratory atmosphere.

The show last visited in December 2017 and my sister and I were thrilled to attend! As huge Michael Jackson fans, we absolutely LOVED the show! Had us dancing and singing along!

Star of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, South African singer Dantanio, is a superb performer!

Star of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, South African singer Dantanio, is a superb performer!
Star of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, South African singer Dantanio, is a superb performer!

As mentioned in a previous blog post, my sisters and I love Michael Jackson’s music and I was even lucky enough to meet a member of the Jackson family a couple of years ago. Pics and blog post here.

Star of The Michael Jackson HIStory Show, South African singer Dantanio, is a superb performer!

He will be accompanied by a handpicked international six-piece band, back-up dancers and a phenomenal lighting and FX team that will make for a night of awesome entertainment.

The long-running production, which has been touring the world since 2011, boasts a set list laden with MJ’s biggest hits from his solo career and his days with the Jackson 5, including Billie Jean, Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Black or White, Man in the Mirror, Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, ABC and more.

“It’s hard to come to this show and not have a good time! Especially during the holidays when everyone is already in a festive mood. The dancefloor will be full all night, that’s a given,” says Gold-Coast based Producer and Director John Van Grinsven.

Tickets are available now from Ticketek, or visit thestargoldcoast.com or mjhistoryshow.com for more information.

I did not receive payment for this post. I’ll be receiving a pass to attend the show & we’re also thrilled to offer a double pass to give away to a Gold Coast Mum reader!

To be in the running for a double pass to The Michael Jackson HIStory Show at The Star Gold Coast on 28 December 2019, simply leave a comment below letting me know which MJ song/s you love most and why?
Winners must be able to attend the event on the Gold Coast on December 28 in order to redeem prize.  
You can also enter on my Facebook page and Instagram account for additional chances to win. Feel free to tag people and share too!

Competition commences upon publication and ends at 8pm (Brisbane time) December 24, 2019. One {1} winner will receive a double pass to The Michael Jackson HIStory Show at The Star Gold Coast December 28.
Winner must be able to attend the event on the Gold Coast on December 28 in order to redeem prize.
Gold Coast Mum, promoter & The Star will not be held liable should the prize be lost in transit or not used.
Competition is open to Queensland residents only. This competition is a game of skill and will be judged as such. All mandatory entry steps must be completed to constitute a valid entry. Incomplete entries will be deemed invalid and excluded from judging. Entries can be made via 
www.goldcoastmum.com, Facebook and Instagram, and 1 winner will be selected from the total entry pool.
The winner will have 24hrs to respond or prize will be redrawn. This competition is in no way endorsed, promoted or administered by Facebook or Instagram.

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