February 2020

MANIA is cheeky, cool and in the know - just like our readers! Kids love reading MANIA to keep up to date with what’s hot in gaming, movies, music, celebrities and the latest toy releases.

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charmed by the farm

FRESH AIR, ROLLING GREEN HILLS AND PLENTY OF CUTE CRITTERS TO PET AND FEED.IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOUR IDEA OF A FUN GETAWAY WITH YOUR FAM, THEN A FARMSTAY EXPERIENCE IS FOR YOU. MANIA’S EDITOR DOM, ALONG WITH HIS PARTNER-IN-CRIME BONNIE AND DAUGHTER JASMINE (2 YEARS OLD) DECIDED TO SKIP TOWN AND HEADED TO EDEN FARM ESCAPE FOR THE WEEKEND. FAST FACTS Where is it? Eden Farm Escape is located in Bilpin, NSW, about a 1.5hr drive from Sydney. Type of farm: 90 acre hobby farm What makes it unique: Horse-assisted learning and therapy Who lives here: Deborah, Michael and their kids Meshi, Lily and Noa live between here and Sydney. Find out more: At…

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meet the animals

SIR RUSSELL PIGSLEY THE III (RUSSELL FOR SHORT) This rescue pig is like a dog – he’s super smart, he’ll follow you around and he likes playing with his soccer ball. His favourite foods are watermelon and pineapple. MONTE & COCO THE COWS These miniature Dexters are smaller than normal cattle. They have four stomachs, so they can tolerate more types of pasture than horses. These two have been known to escape their fenced area and munch the flower gardens! WATSON, CINNAMON AND CAPPUCCINO THE ALPACAS Watson the black alpaca’s job is to guard the miniature goats from predators such as foxes. He’ll chase away any creatures that try to harm ‘his’ pet goats! Cinnamon and Cappuccino are on sheep-protecting duty. FIONA, SHREK AND DONKEY THE DONKEYS These miniature donkeys are very gentle – feeding them is…

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other fun things to do in the area

TRY SOME APPLE PIE: Bilpin is famous for its delicious apple pies. Our pick of the pies is at Tutti Frutti café on the Bells Line of Road. GO FRUIT PICKING: There’s plenty of orchards in Bilpin where you can pick everything from peaches and nectarines to apples, plums, pears and persimmon (depending on what’s in season). HAVE A TREE TOP ADVENTURE: You can explore the forest at canopy level at Trees Adventure, a series of flying foxes, cargo nets, rope bridges and wooden obstacles, built up high in the gum trees at a property in Yarramundi, 40 minutes drive from Bilpin. Call (02) 4776 1226 for info. GO ON A GLOW WORM TOUR: Discover a colony of these bio-luminescent creatures in a canyon in Berambing, about 10 minutes drive from Bilpin. You…

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WHO’S DOLITTLE? If you could talk to your pet dog, cat or goldfish what would you say? And, more importantly what would they say to you? In this epic adventure tale, Dr John Dolittle a veterinarian (played by Robert Downey Jr.) talks to ALL creatures great and small. A VET LIKE NO OTHER… Dolittle is as eccentric as they come. His Victorian manor house includes gadgets like a little steam-powered train set that can deliver his tea and it is filled with every kind of animal you can imagine – monkeys, birds and even an octopus. Being friends with so many animals has its benefits – he’s even been known to hitch a ride on the back of an ostrich! ADVENTURE AWAITS There are dangers lurking around every corner. Get ready for fierce sea battles,…

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oh boy! it’s the buoys!

SAM & THE BUOYS MANIA writer Sam discovered The Buoys when they played some gigs with his bro’s band The Crocs! Small world! THE BUOY’S STATS Band Members: Courtney on Bass, Hilary on Lead Guitar, Tess on Drums & Zoe on Vocals + Guitar From: Sydney, NSW Genre: Rock No. of Records: 1 EP & 4 Singles Fave song atm: Future Me Hates Me - The Beths MANIA: HOW’D YOU GUYS GET STARTED IN MUSIC? Buoys: “We all played from a really young age, mostly in primary school. Tess started drums in a primary school band, Courtney and Hilary also started guitar around a similar time. Zoe did mostly concert band, clarinet and saxophone until high school where she picked up guitar.” MANIA: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE BUOYS SOUND? Buoys: “Fun and sunny rock with a bit of punk here…

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a yak’s guide to better yakkin’

THE GAME-I-YAK This YAK can often be found with a game controller in one hand and a copy of MANIA open to the cheats pages in the other. Loves to talk about what they’re playing, what they’re going to play and the latest funny vids from their favourite gamers. This YAK species will always be happy to share the latest tips and tricks for whatever game you’re into! THE YAKITTY SPLAT Pranks and laughs are life for this type of YAK. If it goes splat, smells gross or cracks them up you can bet they’ll be all over it so if you’re all about that LOL life – this YAK will make an awesome mate. Occasionally this YAK might lead you into mischief but they’ve got a heart of gold and will always…