Night before Christmas Gift Guide

'Twas the night before Christmas,
when all thro' the house
not a creature was stirring,
 EXCEPT for mum -  who was frantically buying last minute gifts!

With 24 hour trade coming to an end and petrol stations running low on 'giftable merch' (we've all been there) there's still hope of making their Christmas 'moment' one to remember thanks to online GIFT CARDS!
I'm a big fan of gifting experiences which the entire family can enjoy.
Here are some of my favourite 'night before Christmas' selections to add to their Christmas stockings
.....or to have on hand in case "SURPRISE!" guests drop in!  


The Langham Melbourne are widely known for their incredible Children's High Tea held every school holidays in the Melba Restaurant. This summer's your little foodie can dine on a selection of sweets inspired by the Mario’s CAP-tivating, globetrotting adventures in Super Mario Odyssey.  From Gold Coin cupcakes and Toad mushroom macarons, to Mystery Block lamingtons and Power Moon cookies, the menu is full of treats straight from the Mushroom Kingdom….and other exotic locales! 
There are two sessions each weekday, 10am until 11:30am and 12:30pm until 2pm. The children’s high tea is $39.00 per child or $49.00 with a take-home Mario cap. BUY NOW!  



Kids Tennis Day, brought to you by ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, is an action day out like no other! Kick off the morning with plenty of outdoor activities including ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, face painting, rock climbing, zip-lining and stage shows featuring your favourite Disney and Marvel characters including Frozen, PJ MASKS, Spiderman and more! 
Then join the world’s top tennis players for the Rod Laver Arena Spectacular, including a live performance by one of Australia’s top music acts. Guaranteed laughs, celebrity spotting and memories to last a lifetime! Held on Saturday 13 January, gates open 8am  - Adults from $17.00, kids under 15 admitted FREE! GRAB YOUR TIX HERE


Legoland Discovery Centre located in Chadstone The Fashion Capital is the ULTIMATE indoor lego playground! Guaranteed family fun with 2 rides, 10 lego build & play zones, a 4D cinema, earthquake tables and much much more! Kids of all ages will get a real buzz out of this space. Gift Ticket for a single Admission $35.00 BUY HERE


Disclosure: You may never want to leave this venue. Holey Moley is the latest Mini Golf and Karaoke bar to take Melbourne and Adelaide by storm! The Melbourne Golf club is set over two stories, with 27 holes of quirky goodness to putt your way through. From Space Invaders to Simpsons, Pinball machines to Foosball tables, its a gamers heaven! The Caddyshack bar and pizza menu will keep tummies content too. Gift Vouchers are only available on location (sorry!) - however you can BOOK NOW online and print out your confirmation as their gift. I'm sure they won't mind! 


One of my favourite childhood memories is visiting the Old Melbourne Gaol - morbid, I know! I was (and still am) fascinated by stories of the dangerous criminals that once occupied the cells alongside petty offenders, the homeless and the mentally ill.
Before its closure in 1929 the Gaol was the scene of 133 hangings including Australia’s most infamous citizen, the bushranger Ned Kelly.
As well as a 'general admission' visit, these school holidays - between Boxing Day and Jan 26 - you're invited to experience 'Escape the Gaol' 
It's an immersive and educational activity aimed at ages 6 and up. Participants will become inmates and must explore the Gaol to discover all the necessary clues to create the perfect escape plan, without being discovered by the prison guards. Each ‘prisoner’ will be given a notebook containing a number of riddles, which must be deciphered in order to receive directions to hidden clues. Once the clues are discovered, prisoners must secretly hunt through the Gaol to uncover the answers to pull off a fool-proof escape plan.
The Old Melbourne Gaol is open daily from 9.30am to 5.00pm, $15 a child or $65.00 for a family of four (includes Escape the Gaol experience) 

LifestyleCarla RodanComment