Wed January 17, 2018

60 Tails – 60 Years of Guide Dogs exhibition

60 Tails – 60 Years of Guide Dogs exhibition
17/01/2018 - 28/01/2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the 60 year history of Guide Dogs at the 60 Tails – 60 Years of Guide Dogs exhibition this January at The Concourse Art Space in Chatswood.


The exhibition will showcase the services and achievements of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT through photographs, posters and hand-painted ceramic model dog collection boxes. There will also be opportunities to cuddle young Guide Dog puppies, pat Ambassador Dogs, and watch a working Guide Dog demonstration – perfect for the school holidays.


Since Guide Dogs NSW/ACT opened its doors in 1957, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has been delivering life-changing services to people who are blind or vision impaired. Throughout this period, the organisation has experienced significant changes from how dogs are bred and trained, to the innovative accessible technologies that give people with vision impairment freedom and mobility.



What:                   60 Tails – 60 Years of Guide Dogs Exhibition


When:                  17 – 28 January

10am – 5pm, Wednesday to Friday, and 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sundays

Extended hours on Friday 19 January until 8pm and Wednesday 24 January until 6.30pm


Where:                 The Concourse Art Space, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood


How:                     Free activity – ideal for school holidays



Pat a pooch – meet and cuddle our Guide Dog puppies in the Art Space

11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm

Wednesday 17, Thursday 18, Saturday 20, Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 January


Guide Dog demonstrations on The Concourse green

On the hour at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm

Wednesday 17, Thursday 18, Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 January

Fri January 19, 2018

Brickman Awesome - LEGO® Experience

Brickman Awesome - LEGO® Experience
19/01/2018 @ All Day


Ryan ‘Brickman’ McNaught announces new Brickman Awesome national tour!

Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught is smashing another ‘awesome’ LEGO® record with his latest Brickman exhibiton and he’s on the hunt for Australian brickies to help him along the way!

Brickman Awesome presented by Toyota is kicking off its national tour in Sydney next month and has already broken LEGO® records before it has even opened!

Marking Ryan’s third exhibition made entirely from LEGO® bricks, Brickman Awesome will showcase the tallest LEGO® model in the Southern Hemisphere – a NASA SLS rocket standing at a whopping 7.5m tall and built from more than 450,000 bricks!  Taking more than 500 hours to create, Ryan has pushed LEGO® building boundaries by installing an in-built lighting system giving the effect that the rocket is blasting off into space!

The exhibition will be made up of 38 never-seen-before LEGO® models, totalling more than 1.5 million bricks and clocking up more than 4,500 hours of build-time!  Brickman Awesome will also showcase the only life-sized LEGO® Harley Davidson ever made and the largest ever LEGO® Caterpillar 797 dump truck! Adding to the awesome-ness is a full-sized LEGO® Australian saltwater crocodile, weighing over 60kgs and built using more than 40,000 LEGO® bricks!

If that’s not awesome enough, visitors will be forgiven for thinking they have stepped inside a zoo as they find themselves surrounded by a LEGO® Kangaroo, Koala and even a giant Orca Whale!

Brickman Awesome has been exclusively curated by Ryan McNaught and his expert team – Ryan is the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only 14 in the world.

LEGO® fanatics will have lots of opportunities to show off their building skills at Brickman Awesome – visitors can help the Brickman team expand their LEGO® colony of Emperor Penguins, build their very own time machines and even put them on display next to Ryan’s LEGO® models of Doctor Who’s TARDIS and the DeLorean from Back to the Future!

There will be a 24 hour Toyota and TEG Live pre-sale starting at 9am on November 30th and tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9am on December 1st.  Tickets on sale at

Telstra Thanks is offering a 20% discount on exhibition tickets from 9am on Friday 1 December until 5pm on Monday 11 December, exclusively for Telstra customers.  Head to for more details on how to purchase.

Brickman Awesome will be in Sydney from 26th December 2017 until 4th February 2018 at the ICC Sydney, Convention and Exhibition Centre, before continuing around Australia, stopping in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane

Puffins Read and Learn

Puffins Read and Learn
19/01/2018 @ 9:30 am

Puffins Read & Learn – School Holiday Workshops!

We are excited to launch our new school holiday workshops. Our workshops encourage your child to learn and develop in a social environment.

ENROL NOW  in a 1 or 2-week workshop in the December/January School Holidays.


  • Sounds and Art (3-5 years)
  • Literacy & Art workshop (K-6)
  • Science Explorers workshop (K-6)
  • NAPLAN Prep workshop (Grades 2-5)




  • 11th Dec 2017- 16th Dec 2017  and
  • 8th Jan 2018 -13th Jan 2018


  • 3 lessons for $75
  • 4 lessons for $90



  • 11th Dec 2017- 23rd Dec 2017  and
  • 8th Jan 2018 – 20th Jan 2018


  • 6 lessons for $150
  • 8 lessons for $180

Note:  Lessons run for 40 minutes.

Enrol in more than ONE WORKSHOP to receive a 5% discount.

For more information on each workshop’s content and to view the School holiday timetable please go to or call on 0449 738 776.

Story time and craft at Livvi's Place, Yamble Reserve

Story time and craft at Livvi's Place, Yamble Reserve
19/01/2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come and join in at Livvi’s Place Ryde for free craft and story time at 10am every Friday. Great chance to meet new friends and entertain the kids at Livvi’s Place.

Rhyme Time - Eastwood, West Ryde, Gladesville and Ryde Library

Rhyme Time - Eastwood, West Ryde, Gladesville and Ryde Library
19/01/2018 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Ryde Rockers Rhyme Time

For children aged 0 to 2 years. Introduce your baby to rhymes, songs, fingerplays and other bouncing babies. Lapsit introduces babies to basic books.

Held during school terms.

  • Eastwood Library – Wednesday 2pm, Friday 10.30am
  • Gladesville Library – Wednesday and Friday 10.30am
  • North Ryde Library – Monday 2pm, Tuesday 10.30am
  • Ryde Library – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10.30am
  • West Ryde Library – Monday and Tuesday 2pm, Friday 10.30am

All the songs and rhymes for Rhyme Time are available in the Ryde Rockers Rhyme Time Booklet(PDF, 3MB).

Drop in and make: Collars, cuffs and caps

Drop in and make: Collars, cuffs and caps
19/01/2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Free art-making activity for families

Create a stylish collar, cuff or cap using paper and a range of art materials to make your own 17th century Dutch-inspired couture, taking your cue from the work on display in the exhibition Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age: masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum. All materials and instructions are provided.

Alice in Wonderland Australia - a theatrical adventure for the whole family

Alice in Wonderland Australia - a theatrical adventure for the whole family
19/01/2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Follow us down the rabbit hole for a mad cap ride! Alice in Wonderland has been reinvented with a unique Australian flavour and will have children and adults alike whooping in delight.

For over 150 years Alice in Wonderland has captured the imaginations of children all over the world, and now returns in a fresh, exciting and all new Australian adaptation for the whole family.

Lewis Carroll’s whirling, fantastical masterpiece is faithfully and beautifully recreated as a nonstop, madcap theatrical adventure for the whole family. See the classic kids’ tale in an all new Australian adaptation by multi award-winning playwright Mary Anne Butler, starring Dubs Yunupingu as Alice.

As part of Sydney Festival, this wonderful show, from the producer of the critically acclaimed and immensely popular The Very Hungry Caterpillar, will have its world premiere at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta.

For booking details, please visit