World first app teaches kids how to grow their own food

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free dirtgirlworld app teaches kids to grow food in gardenOn World Planting Day (22 October), hundreds of schools around the country will be encouraging primary and secondary school kids to plant their own seeds. However these new ‘smart seeds’ are different – they allow dirtgirl, an international kids TV character, to appear in your garden, through augmented reality, and teach kids how to plant, grow and prepare their own food.


In a world where kids think cotton comes from an animal and yoghurt grows on trees, kids are losing touch with where real food comes from. The creators of dirtgirlworld, the hit international kids’ TV program with a green thumb, have developed a new iPhone app designed to use the latest technology for good – to get kids outside and growing their own food.


The dirtgirlworld app is free to download and allows kids and parents to interact with the star of the show, a virtual dirtgirl, who appears in your garden through your iPhone camera screen. By pointing the iPhone or iPad camera at special markers found within the packets of lettuce, tomato and sunflower seeds, dirtgirl will pop up and become your garden companion.


Gardens take time to grow and dirtgirl will be there every step of the way, reminding you when to water your growing plant and encouraging you with goodies, badges and recipes to make once your plants are ready.


Cate McQuillen, creator of dirtgirlworld said, “The dirtgirlworld growing app is a great way to get kids and their big people outside, learning and playing together. Most young kids already know how to use an iPhone and iPad better than us, but it doesn’t get them off the couch. The dirtgirlworld app gives them an excuse to get outside,get grubby and have fun growing their own food.” The app can be downloaded for free at: or go to iTunes and search for ‘dirtgirlworld‘


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Nintendo announces that critically acclaimed RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles, will be available on Wii from 1 September 2011. In Australia and New Zealand, the first production of the game will be packaged with a limited edition 'Special Soundtrack' CD.


XENOBLADE CHRONICLES (Nintendo Wii video game) AUSTRALIA released in September
The soundtrack CD features 12 original tracks written specifically for Xenoblade Chronicles. This limited edition can be pre-ordered now from selected retailers.


Xenoblade Chronicles takes you to the stunning lands of Bionis and Mechonis. The landscapes are vast, offering more than 100 hours of immersive gameplay. Whatever you see in the distance can be reached giving you real freedom to explore and plot your way around quests. Combat is in real time, and you are free to roam the seamless universe without having to endure random encounters, making Xenoblade Chronicles a real departure from traditional RPGs. 


Xenoblade Chronicles brings to life a universe where two titans - Bionis and Mechonis collide in a war that knows no end. As the aeons pass, the lifeless bodies of the titans remain and life soon evolves on each world. The two main races, the Mechon (a race of robots) and the Homs (humans) are locked in battle for control of the world. You join the battle for Bionis to repel the invasion of the terrifying mechanical army and uncover the secrets of a mystical sword called the Monado.



Xenoblade Chronicles SRP AU $99.95 (includes soundtrack CD) and SRP NZ $133.22*

*Based on currency conversion rates as at 1 August 2011

Your favourite movies back on the big screen with Hoyts Jnr Classics!

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Featuring all your favourite characters and fun storylines, Hoyts Jnr Classics is the perfect school holiday activity for the whole family.

From 17 January for a strictly limited - Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery

All aboard! This January, Hoyts Jnr invites you to rediscover the magic of one of our past movies - Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery.


When Thomas discovers the long lost town of Great Waterton, The Fat Controller declares that the town will be restored to mark Sodor Day.

New engine Stanley arrives to help with the restoration. Thomas feels his position as Sodor’s Number 1 Engine is under threat, so he plays a trick on Stanley. When the plan backfires, Thomas finds himself lost and alone with the whole island looking for him.

Will Thomas be found and make it back in time for Sodor Day?

Tickets are on sale now: Don't miss this great opportunity!


favourite children movies on big screen with Hoyts Jnr Classics!

ZOOKEEPER coming to cinemas in September

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Sony Pictures is releasing its new family movie Zookeeper this September in Australia


Family movie Zookeeper by Sony Pictures: free games, colouring pages


Kevin James (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups) stars in the hilarious new family comedy, Zookeeper, as the kind-hearted caretaker of the Franklin Park Zoo, Griffin Keyes. Finding himself more comfortable with a lion than a lady, Griffin decides the only way to get a girl in his life is to leave the zoo and find a more glamorous job.


The animals, in a panic, decide to break their time-honoured code of silence and reveal their biggest secret: they can talk! Desperate to keep Griffin from leaving, they decide to teach him the rules of the animal kingdom, even if it means getting up to lots of mischief along the way. The film also stars Rosario Dawson and Leslie Bibb and features the voices of Cher, Nick Nolte, Adam Sandler, and Sylvester Stallone.




> Zookeeper's special screening on Sept. 4

Sony Pictures Releasing and Sony Foundation Australia have partnered to help raise much needed funds for young people struggling with issues such as homelessness, serious illness and disability. The special screenings will take place on Sunday September 4 from 10.00 am at Event Cinemas, Greater Union, Birch Carroll & Coyle, Hoyts, Village, Reading, Wallis, Grand Cinemas and Ace Cinemas.


Ticket price is $9.00. Purchase tickets online or at box office at participating cinemas. Proceeds raised from these screenings will go directly to Sony Foundation. *check cinema directories for session details.



> To download free animal colouring pages from Zookeeper, click HERE.


> To play Zookeeper's educational games, click HERE.


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