Do you ever do that thing, where you “go to bed,” but then end up sitting up propped by your pillow, the glare of your mobile lighting up the room as you look up holidays, articles on awards ceremonies, and other odds and ends like play centres and Feng Shui practices in the home?
Guilty as charged.
I think I find it a soothing way to unwind before I actually lay my head down to sleep, though I know most experts (actually, ALL) would argue that it is a bad, bad thing, to have that amount of bright light affecting your sleeping rhythm so close to bedtime. Doesn’t seem to affect me though. 😜
And I find I do get answers to all of my daily questions!
Europe IS a cheaper travel destination in September… Tom Gleeson did make fun of the logies, and insult Karl at the same time… Feng Shui says a winding path to your front door is ideal (yes!) and… Amazing Toys, has a lot of really cool things these school holidays.
Backtrack. Amazing Toys has a lot of really cool things, all year round. And they are only located a short drive from my house. True story.
I spent a lot of time on my phone late one weeknight, as I madly clicked buttons on their website, discovering all the wonderful ways in which I could spoil baby girl… for her birthday party? For presents? For the school holiday program?
And then the clincher… themed hair cuts.
And so, we found ourselves on day 2 of the July school holidays, getting ready to get her hair cut PJ Mask style.
Let’s be clear, it wasn’t like she was getting a Gecko-style do or even an Owlette-style V-shaped fringe… but this enormous toy store/hairdresser’s/birthday party destination and place of general kids fun, was having a themed week, whereby kids could get salon treatment, in the form of hair cuts and ‘up’ dos, amongst other cute additions, all in a PJ Mask styled salon.
It was too good to pass up.
Firstly, brilliant idea. It’s a fun and safe place for kids where they can be surrounded by what they love, what is familiar to them, to ease any kind of stranger-cutting-your-hair worries, any over-sensory stimulation, or even just to make them feel special and spoilt… not like that doesn’t happen on a daily basis, let’s be honest.
But it is a fun activity, especially for the school holidays.
It was baby girl’s first professional hair cut, having had it cut for years by the MIL, so this was a different kind of ‘first.’
Her hairdresser for that day, started off by painting her nails… 3 colours alternating as baby girl’s choice. 💅
Next, as they dried, she was propped up in the barber chair, to let her nails dry further as her hair was cut. 💇🏽♀️
Finally, the ‘up’ do – half up, half down.
STUNNING! With the obligatory spray of glitter of course. ALWAYS glitter.✨
The salon experience, which lasted about half an hour, with baby girl thoroughly entertained by PJ Masks on the screen the entire time (yay for distractions when hair brushing is involved!) was topped off by a balloon, lucky dip and lolly pop as well.
All for the, wait for it… awesome price of $30.
It was totally worth it, to see the look on her face.
These themed weeks happen on a regular basis, with Emma from the Wiggles, My Little Pony, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Toy Story, among many others, all featuring, so you can be sure to catch a theme your littlie will love.
And if a more ‘basic’ package is what you’re after, you can get a few less frills, still themed, for $20.
The thing that got me about this store, is how it is a well-thought out hub for all things kids. Not only a place for kiddies to get their tresses cut… not only a toy shop, (and a HUGE one at that)…
But it is also a place that houses workshops during the school workshops: think craft, painting, dancing sessions, anything a little tike, all the way up to a primary school aged kid would like – they have something here for everyone to entertain in this most prolific of “I’m bored” weeks a year!
And to top off the kids quadfecta of entertainment, there are the BIRTHDAY PARTIES.
Many themes and styles are available – think princess, superhero, disco and high tea. You can choose the theme and character to match… so for example, you can have a Frozen disco, or Frozen pamper party. Most themes can be suited and adjusted to the birthday kid, so just check out their website or give the staff a call to see what can be done.
So much lies behind the front doors of this small shop front in Mornington!
Amazing Toys is at: 45 Mornington Tyabb Road, Mornington
They are open 9am to 5pm every day of the week.
Standard kids cuts are available throughout the year and start from $15.
Themed weeks are on at certain intervals, usually school holidays – but check their web site for availabilities.
For these themed weeks, the standard package gives you a hair cut, glitter or funky hair spray, lucky dip, balloon and lollypop for $20.
For the Delux package, which is the addition of a hair ‘up’ do, and pretty nails or tattoo, the price is $30.
Women are also catered for here (keep the kids busy while you get pampered!) with cuts ranging from $30-$60, and colours starting at $45 for short hair.
The blokes are even looked after (!), with basic cuts starting at $20!
Kids birthday parties are available – call for more info on (03) 5976 8889, or check out their website at amazingtoys.com.au
Workshops are also a mainstay – Mums, Dads, dance mums, even you yourself can learn how to become an expert in braids!
A school holiday program emerges every end of term – these range from $2.50 to $15, but some workshops can fluctuate to $30, and include things like crafts, pampering, painting, dancing, sand art… anything really to keep those hands and toes busy!
And none of this includes the TOYS!
There is so much more in store, trust me you won’t regret it!
That is just, amazing!