Thursday, October 24, 2013

Kids day at Fed Square

Sister arrived Saturday afternoon with Little Jo while I was at work. Once I was home, we walked to the Palmerston Hotel for some nosh. It was a fairly early night for all, consequently I was awake by 5.30 in the morning but stayed in bed with the notebook until I heard stirrings. I turned on ABC for kids and sat Little Jo down to watch and went back to bed with coffee while Sister busied herself in preparation for her 100 km bicycle ride.

R heard Sister leave and found Little Jo at the computer at the ABC for Kids website, as well as watching ABC for Kids on tv. She has become rather fond of screens and quite adept in the use of computers. In fact we have to carefully watch her in case she stumbles across something unsuitable. An example was she wanted to see photos of mermaids. I thought that was fraught with risk, but it was pretty well ok. R later wisely said, put in mermaids for kids. She managed to keep an eye on Peppa the Pig on tv.

Sister had stripped the bed and left a book on the new mattress. Yep, next to the book was wet patch. Little Jo has not wet the bed since she started school. R was furious that Sister did not put a nappy on Little Jo, even though it is a long time since she has wet the bed. I already had plenty of washing to do today and with having to wash all the bedding as well, it was pretty well all day, apart from when we were out. The overhead fan is on in the spare bedroom and it should be dry in a couple of days.

Museli Little Jo? No.
Corn flakes? No.
Toast? No.
Across the road? Yes.
So we had a McDonalds breakfast.

Back home to organise more washing and then off to town, Federation Square to more specific where there were some children's things happening. We checked out some tents decorated by blind people. I had an odd experience as I was standing watching Little Jo and someone came next to me and half slumped against me. He had eyepatches on and I suppose it was performance art. It was a strange experience.

We went inside out of the heat to an animation activity area for kids. It was related to Shaun Tan's book The Lost Thing and the movie which we watched. It was quite good. It took nearly an hour for Little Jo to colour in and cut out some items from the book and then under a camera using a computer a woman consulted with Little Jo about how the shapes should move and it was recorded, shown a big screen as it was being done and then the end result of something like 25 moved pictures made into a movie of a few seconds. It was great. What a pity we could not get a copy, although I did film it with not much success. I would have happily paid $10 for the animation on a memory stick.

As the animation was in production.

One the drawings for use in the either book or for the video.

I caught a couple of seconds of Little Jo's five second video.



On the big screen at Fed Square ABC for Kids was playing more Peppa Pig! We went down to Riverland at Federation Wharf on the bank of the Yarra River for lemonade and iced coffee and then up to Big W on the tram as Little Jo had complained that the toothbrush we have for her to use here was too small. We bought her a cheap electric toothbrush and a couple of things for craft.

Back home to wait for Sister and Bone Doctor, who both did different rides, Bone Doctor's a little longer. They met up at Mordialloc and arrived back here about 2pm looking the worse for wear. It had been hot and they rode most of the way into a north wind. While they recovered and showered, we put the tv on for Little Jo, and there was that damned Peppa Pig again. By the time I finally installed Flash on the tablet, it was time for Little Jo to leave and thank god, or it would have been more Peppa Pig on the tablet.

12 comments:

  1. You had a busy time of it, I enjoy small children in small doses now, they have endless energy and I'm always tired when they go home.
    Merle...............

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    1. Ha Merle! me too, exactly :)

      Luckily there are such terrific galleries-museums-beaches-football grounds etc to take children to.. and they always remember those excursions with grandma or uncle later on.

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    2. Merle, don't you really feel for grandparents who for whatever reason have to take on the parent role full time. I couldn't do it, I don't think.

      Yes Hels, there is plenty out there to amuse kids and they don't have to cost money either.

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  2. Much more of that and you would have been having Peppa Pig dreams.

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    1. River, I am surprised I didn't.

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  3. Even with locks on the computer....it is so easy for kids to find " unsavory material" on line......
    .....a nightmare!
    Thank goodness I have none to worry about

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    1. John, and not because links to unsavoury material would not pop up on your computer. Just as well you don't have kiddies around.

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  4. Hey! I didn't know you could put flash on your tablet!

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    1. It was a quick and steep learning curve Fen, but yes, you can.

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    2. I might have to jump onto that curve, I keep wanting to watch iView and can't (in bed ha ha!)

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  5. Methinks yourself and R rather enjoy looking after Little Jo, she sounds really bright, she's got you two wrapped round her little finger :). Can't wait to be a 'GLAM mother' next year!!

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    1. Grace, I never realised how looking after and amusing a child could be so mind altering.

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