Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Toy’ing With an Expo in Sydney?

On the 5th and 6th July, if you’re looking to tap into your inner kid excitement, the International Toy and Game Expo at the Dome, Sydney Olympic Park is the place to be!

As Australia’s only public expo all about games and toys, the whole family can enjoy two days of playroom heaven and the chance to test everything kid friendly.  From Chess Grandmaster to checking out the new Transformers Age of Extinction Movie Collection and even colour your bike in the Pop Bike Balance booth, it’s all fun and games at the Olympic Park.
Enter a chance to win a trip to Paris with the Days of Wonder Board Game booth or grab one of 30 places left in the Settlers of Catan Championship Tournament. Yep, this is the expo that beats all other related events in the area so make sure you have your A-game ready because there will be a TON of kids elbowing you out the way to view traditional and new technological products.
There are also a bundle of stage shows, a games library, activities for adults and kids, and awards. Presented by the Boardgames Australia committee, the awards include Best Australian Game, Best Children’s Game and Best International Game.
When it comes to the Spotlight Stage Shows, make sure you see AlakaSam, the performing magician who was the kid winner of the Australian Street Entertainment Championships 2014. Geared for kids and adults, his comedy brings magic to life so make a point to take a peek on the 5th at 12pm and 2pm or on the 6th at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Tickets are $15AUD per day for adults, $10 for kids and rugrats (under 4’s) get to toddle along for free. The 2 day pass is $20, kids are $15 and again, under 4 year olds dribble in at no cost. The site also features family day passes at $40 (single day) and $60 (both days).
If you’re in the mood for volunteering and obviously have a free run of the venue at off times, you can check out their submission details for signing up.
Only a 30 minute car drive from an affordable Sydney hotel or 90 minutes by public transport, what a great way to spend a day if you’re on a budget: $15 per ticket and one of the lowest accommodations in the Sydney area. Need more inspiration? Cremorne Point Manor’s website home page shows the incredible Harbour views from the hotel and as a final nudger towards booking a room, they’ve been awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, for the 4th year in a row!

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