We have had a great year filled with wonderful experiences. To celebrate International Day for People with Disability we wanted to launch our Christmas Giveaway. The giveaway focuses on accessible experiences for everyone and products that will benefit families with a child with special needs.
Have a look at the products and experiences listed below, choose what you’d like to enter to win, fill in the form and then cross everything while you wait to see if you are a winner. Please note that this is only open to Australian residents (sorry to our overseas friends). No travel is included in the prizes so please check you can travel to the attraction before entering. Good luck everyone and please share this with friends and family. You’ve gotta be in it to win it!
JUST JACK CLOTHING
My very clever friend and her family are behind this boy’s range of clothing. I have always been fussy about BJ wearing smart clothes and wish this range was around when he was younger. I’m not a fan of skull and crossbones that you find on so many shirts in mainstream stores. The Just Jack range includes easy-care, classic-styled and intelligently designed casual wear that matches the active lifestyles of young boys, as well as a selection of smart and stylish “good clothes” that are ideal for special occasions. Just Jack – designed by parents, built for boys.
We are thrilled that Just Jack is giving 3 of our readers the chance to win a $100 voucher to purchase clothing of your choice.
You can check out the Just Jack range here
I love the story of Wonsie because the bodysuits were developed to help a friend in need. Julie from Wonsie had a friend who had a son with Autism who needed a bodysuit in a larger size than that stocked by stores. In helping that one friend a business was born that now helps families all around the world.
Some families have found the Wonsie assists with deterring inappropriate undressing; keeping curious fingers out of feeding buttons/PEG tubes, prevents eczema sufferers from scratching their tummy and maintains a warm layer in winter from top to bottom. The Tummy Access Wonsie offers children the dignity of a discreet opening which can be left opened or closed. The range caters for children size 2 to size 14.
Julie, the founder of Wonsie, shared her story with us here
We have one prize pack of three Wonsies of the winners choice to giveaway.
BUCKLE ME UP – WIRELESS SEAT BELT SAFETY SYSTEM
Have you got a little Houdini in your life who doesn’t realise exactly how dangerous it is to unbuckle a seat belt? Well if you do this could be the solution. We have one buckle me up seat belt safety system to give away.
buckle me up™ is a child seatbelt reminder for cars and it’s as easy to install as an e-tag. buckle me up™ will alert you, when your child unbuckles in the back seat. Once alerted you can take action to ensure your child is safe again.
You can read more about how the system works here.
We have one prize of a buckle me up wireless Seatbelt Safety System to giveaway.
TOYS AND TALES
I spend a lot of time at Toys and Tales. It is a quality toy and game store and is especially good for buying gifts for children with special needs. The staff are very patient with me walking around, asking questions and taking photos for my Christmas Gift Guide. If you haven’t read it yet, then you best check it out here
Toys and Tales have generously donated a $50 gift voucher for one lucky reader to spend on anything in store (Please check their locations before entering as they do not have an online store.)
Thanks to Booktopia we have a book pack to giveaway to one lucky reader. A copy of the bestselling book by Rosie Batty and the latest children’s book by popular author David Williams, Grandpa’s Great Escape.
Our friends at R82 have donated a prize pack for us to giveaway which includes a movie voucher (please note the Crocodile walker is not part of the prize)
R82 distribute the Crocodile Walker. It’s something I have my eye on trialling with BJ when he next needs a new walker. The “Crocodile” aims for harmony, balance and rhythm. Placed behind the child, the frame allows freedom of movement and facilitates walking in the upright position. The adjustable handles can be individually adapted to a position conveniently close to the child’s body providing maximum support and stability.
The Crocodile is light, easy to dismantle and safe and easy to use. Crocodile can be used just as effectively by a child who needs little support or by a child needing more support. Or as a fully supported upright gait trainer with all the accessories added.
The Crocodile is available in three sizes and suitable for a large group of children and youngsters.
R82 have an extensive range of products which you can read about here
We have one R82 prize pack to giveaway.
SKYRAIL – CAIRNS
Thanks to Skyrail we have a double pass for one lucky winner. This entitles the winner to a return trip on the Skyrail (one way in a regular gondola and one way Diamond Viewing)
Earlier this year we were thrilled to have the opportunity to take the kids on the Skyrail while visiting the Cairns area. In my opinion the Skyrail is a must-see attraction. The Skyrail takes you on a ride of 7.5 kilometres (4.7 miles) over world heritage rainforest. From the Skyrail we had a fabulous view of gorges and the stunning scenery in the area.
You can read more about our visit to Skyrail here and you can also check out Skyrail’s official website for more information.
Before entering this competition please check the dimensions for wheelchair access if you need to remain in your wheelchair to ride the gondolas. You can read more about our day riding the Skyrail here.
SCENIC WORLD – BLUE MOUNTAINS
Scenic World is a fun attraction for anyone visiting this beautiful area of Australia but especially for those with mobility restrictions. The rides and some of the walks allow visitors the opportunity to have a unique experience during their visit to the Blue Mountains.
We have done the three rides many times and love not only the individual experiences each one offers but the access it gives us to wheelchair accessible walks.
We have a family pass to giveaway to one lucky person. This pass allows unlimited rides at Scenic World for one day.
Please note Scenic World is in the Blue Mountains in NSW. You can read more about our day at Scenic World here.
IMAX DARLING HARBOUR
The world’s biggest Imax experience is definitely a unique way to see either the latest blockbuster or a nature documentary. When we visited we watched Great White Shark 3D and it will probably be the only way I will come ‘close’ to a Great White Shark. We all really enjoyed the experience and although local cinemas now have 3D movies there is nothing like seeing it on the world’s biggest IMAX screen at Darling Harbour.
You can check out what is on at IMAX these school holidays here. We have 4 double passes to Imax Darling Harbour in Sydney to giveaway.
HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS CHRISTMAS LIGHT SPECTACULAR
We have now visited the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Light Spectacular a few times and each time we have had the most wonderful evening. There is always plenty of Christmas spirit in the air. The children’s faces illuminated nearly as brightly as the lights as they turned each corner and were dazzled by yet another display, brighter and prettier than the last.
This event runs until 26 January so there is plenty of time to enjoy the fun but I love visiting in the lead up to Christmas.
We have one family pass to the Christmas Light Spectacular to giveaway to one family.
You can read more about our experience here
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM
Our family have been regular visitors to the Australian Maritime Museum for many years. The exhibitions are always changing so we are guaranteed to find something interesting each time we visit. The brand new Action Stations immersive experience has opened and is full of interactive and hands-on experiences for all the family.
You can read more about our visit here.
We have one family pass to the Australian National Maritime Museum to giveaway.
TARONGA ZOO FAMILY PASS
Taronga Zoo is a favourite attraction for our family. We were Zoo Friends for many years and could go as often as we liked. BJ is particularly fond of the Skyrail ride, the seal show and bird show. The views of Sydney Harbour are some of the best around.
Taronga recently welcomed a new addition – bright orange Francois’ Langur baby. The male infant has been named by his keepers, ‘Nangua’ after the Mandarin word for pumpkin.
Langurs are one of the world’s rarest monkeys and are born with bright orange hair while their parents are black in colour. It is thought this colour distinction makes it easier for adults to identify and look after infants.
We have one family pass to giveaway to a lucky reader.
We are big fans of mini-golf but we have had trouble finding a wheelchair accessible course until we stumbled across Putt Planet. Putt Planet is an indoor centre which means it is perfect on a hot day or in wet weather.
The theme of the mini golf course is a trip to Mombasa. A plane at the entrance is symbolic of transporting you on a journey. The Putt Planet website says, “Discover another time and place when you board your Putt Planet flight from Miranda to Mombasa. Putt through the bustling market places, homes and even the sewers of Old Mombasa whilst exploring this ancient doorway to Eastern Africa. We’ve put a roof over the charming streets and laneways so any time is a good time to visit; the weather is always fine!”
You can read more about our visit here
We have one family pass to giveaway.
FEATHERDALE WILDLIFE PARK
Featherdale is home to 2,200 Australian native animals and is wheelchair accessible making it a great day out for everyone. You can have a photo taken with a koala and have a pat. Presentations and feedings are scheduled throughout the day. You can feed kangaroos and farm animals making it an interactive experience for the kids and big kids at heart.
You can read more about our awesome day here
We have one family pass to giveaway to a lucky reader.
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY SPORT AND AQUATIC CENTRE
This is a modern sport and aquatic centre in the grounds of Macquarie University at North Ryde. While visiting earlier this year I noticed that the venue is wheelchair accessible, there are good facilities for anyone with mobility restrictions including a pool chair for access into the indoor pool.
The Centre has generously offered 4 people the opportunity to win a 7 day pass to the pool and sport centre. This prize might be good even for a parent or carer who wants to start to work off those Christmas kilos after the holidays or a wheelchair user wanting to start a new exercise plan. You can read more about the facilities available here.
SYMBIO WILDLIFE PARK
We find that small zoos and animal parks have a lot of heart which is what we loved about Symbio. AJ also had some pretty awesome animal encounters with the Meerkats and monkeys (these are at an additional cost).
The tigers were definitely a highlight of our visit. I recommend listening to the keeper presentation.
You can read more about our visit here.
We have one family pass to giveaway to one lucky reader.
EUREKA SKYDECK & THE EDGE EXPERIENCE
One of my favourite activities to do when visiting a city is to see it from an elevated position. It gives me a feel for the layout of the city and the kids always like to use the binoculars to have a good look around.
Eureka Tower is a 295 metre gold plated skyscaper by the Yarra River in the heart of the Southbank precinct.
It is also home to the world’s first and only Edge Experience – a glass cube that projects out from the 88th floor and suspends visitors almost 300 meters high above the city.
Eureka Tower and the Edge is wheelchair accessible but there are weight limitations on the Edge experience. You can read more here
We have one pass to giveaway.
SEA LIFE MELBOURNE
We had a wonderful visit to Sea Life in Melbourne last year. The aquarium has great wheelchair access with lift access between the levels. The kids loved getting up close and personal with the sea life and we thought the glass floor over the croc was awesome. I can only imagine what he was thinking while looking up at BJ’s legs. Mind you they are pretty skinny, not much meat for a croc.
The aquarium is a great day out for all ages and certainly a good spot to go on a hot day.
You can read more about Sea Life Melbourne and the school holiday activities here.
We are thrilled to have 2 x Family passes to giveaway.
Don’t forget you can enter once each day to increase your chances.
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