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Dreamworld’s revamped kid’s area

Giggle and Hoot rule the roost

W e’ve been regular visitors to Dreamworld over the years, especially when our youngest was a mad fan of the theme park’s Wiggles World. Recently the Gold Coast attraction has revamped the kid’s area and rebranded it ABC Kids World. Now Giggle and Hoot rule the roost and Bananas in Pyjamas mix it up with characters from The Wiggles and Play School. It’s bright, fresh and the kids just adore seeing all their favourite characters come to life.

My 4-year-old, a massive Hoot fan, was lucky enough to visit the park on his birthday and did all the rides including the new Hop and Hoot ride and The Big Red Boat. Since our last visit the children’s area has been given a makeover and features lots of mini attractions to keep kids amused and parents snap happy. There’s a Play School Art Room where children can get lost in their imagination and creativity using iPads. The queues don’t seem to be as long as they used to be because there’s much more to keep the kiddies amused while they wait and there are more attractions.

Kids being kids and not wanting to stay in one place for long, we soon ditched ABC Kids World and hot-footed it to Dreamworld Corroboree, an interactive walk-through experience celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, wildlife and stories. We watched a fire and music making demonstration and then got close to kangaroos, koalas, birds and crocs! Next it was a quick train ride to the other side of the park in order to catch the show at Tiger Island.

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At the moment Dreamworld has a baby tiger cub and as we were making our way to the afternoon show we were fortunate enough to pat Kai, who was in the arms of his trainer. What a little beauty he was and if your kids are mad about tigers then now is their chance to see this magnificent animal before he’s all grown. There are also packages that allow you to feed, walk and have your photo taken with some of the other Bengal tigers.

Watching the tiger show was on the birthday boy’s wish list and instead of the 12pm show we arrived at 3pm for the 3.30pm one and got the best seat in the house. It also meant weary feet could be rested and hungry bellies refuelled. Never a disappointment, the tiger show left my kids wide-mouthed as they watched tigers scale 20-foot trees, jump between massive logs and drink cream from a carton held by a trainer!

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The day ended at the DreamWorks Experience, where there are 15 rides and attractions with characters from Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda. My 4-year-old wasn’t quite big enough for all of the rides but he was a passenger in the bumper cars with his dad and enjoyed the merry-go-round. If you’re looking for a fun day out for kids of all ages, Dreamworld will deliver.

When she’s not wrangling her three children, aged 3, 5 and 7, Gold Coaster and professional writer Emily Toxward (Have A Laugh On Me) juggles work, cooking for fussy children and parent helping at school. Escaping to the beach is her idea of paradise and writing about the trials and tribulations of life in an honest and often humorous way is her way of staying sane!

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