Chasing Fireflies

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Chasing Fireflies is one of those stores that has so many cool things it’s hard to know where to begin. Actually, that’s not entirely true. Chasing Fireflies is organised into ‘theme’ shops so you can narrow down things that will interest your child. They go beyond the standard ‘fairies’ and ‘farms’ themes and have a ‘Rock’n’Roll’ section as well as a ‘Forest’ shop and a festive ‘Reindeer’ aisle! You’ll want to explore all that is on offer for yourself; however I’ve picked out a few personal standouts.

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My kids love ice cream (no surprises there) and occasionally I thrill the socks off them, get out the churn that is a relic from my pre-kids-dinner-party-hosting-days and I make homemade ice cream to their exact flavour specifications. Perhaps this summer they can churn their own Milo Nutella Caramel Swirl creation with the Have-A-Ball Ice Cream Maker. This nifty ball turns making ice cream into a game. Mix the ingredients, pour them into the ball, add ice and head out to the back garden for a game of catch and hey presto, you’ve got ice cream!

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There’s also a fantastic rocket ship that makes a good alternative to a dollhouse, complete with a working elevator, glow-in-the-dark moon craters and over fifty space accessories. Fairy fans will be in raptures over the fairy garden features – if you have a mossy, fern covered corner in your garden, try to resist the toadstool seats and table (top), just right for fairy tea parties.

Finally, be sure to check out the costumes at Chasing Fireflies – adorable, amazing and unlike costumes I’ve ever seen before!

The Have-A-Ball Ice cream Maker is US$30, the Rocket Ship is US$138 and the Toadstool Set is US$450. At present, Chasing Fireflies only ships within the US so you would need a freight forwarder. However if you’re like me and already thinking ice cream, an ice cream ball is available through Amazon, so you’ll have it in time for your summer camping trip.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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