Show & Tell with LMNOP on Sydney & Melbourne

February 15, 2011 5 comments
Jenny Lacey is a pioneer in the kids online magazine world,  and a self-made tech-savvy mom. She launched LMNOP back in 2008 and it delivers exactly what it promises: LAUGH MAKE NURTURE ORGANISE PLAY, and I would add, with STYLE. Who doesn’t need a bit of all of this?! Every quarterly issue is exciting, fresh with new ideas and beautiful designs. I have been a subscriber since the beginning (click here to subscribe too).
Jenny lives in Sydney with husband Ian and their beautiful son Riley, 6 years old. She is originally from the U.S but has spent most of her adult life in Sydney. This is her Best Of, and it’s really The Best of Sydney with a family! I’ve tested and tried it all this past week, after Jenny and I had a delicious brunch facing the waves of Bronte beach. Merci Jenny x

Portrait – Photo credit: Ian MacPherson
Tell us about the philosophy of LMNOP and how Sydney inspires you:

The philosophy of the LMNOP brand is quite simply, Laugh, Make, Nurture, Organise, and Play. We showcase many unique and imaginative brands and products for children and their families across all of our formats – but most importantly, we share ideas with our readers on how to have fun with their kids.
Sydney inspires me in lots of ways. The city’s beauty for one, is hard to beat and most of the time we get to lead a pretty amazing lifestyle! Sydneysiders work incredibly hard, but they take time out to enjoy themselves too.

Your recommended plan for a family vacation:

If your family loves the beach, make sure you organise accommodation nearby any one of Sydney’s beautiful beaches.
If you’re visiting during the month of November don’t miss the annual exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea. The Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk is transformed into a giant sculpture playground. It’s truly spectacular. Take your kids for an art lesson they’ll never forget. The walk is ‘a must’ anyway. The best time to go is early morning.
Photo credit: Ian MacPherson

Our city’s most celebrated jewel, the Sydney Opera House hosts a terrific program for families called Kids At the House: a year long season of international and nationally acclaimed performances for children aged 2-15. I’d put this outing to the top of your itinerary list.
Photo credit: Prudence Upton
Photo credit: Courtesy of Sydney Opera House Trust
And last but not least, if you have plans to visit the Hunter Valley wine region during your stay, be sure to take the children to see the Storybook feature garden at Hunter Valley Gardens. Keep a look out for the topiary giraffes.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Hunter Valley Gardens

PLAY in SYDNEY

My son loves skate parks so we frequent those a lot! Sydney doesn’t offer up amazing playgrounds for children like some of the European cities do, but there certainly are plenty of them.
Photo credit: Ian MacPherson
Another family favourite outing is a visit to Taronga Zoo.
Photo credit: Ian MacPherson

And we are often at The Museum of Contemporary Art. Sunday is ‘Family Funday’ and they also regularly run a great one-hour guided exhibition tour called Art Baby, for new moms and their babies.
Photo credit: Ian MacPherson

EAT in SYDNEY
Chinta Ria – We go to this buzzing Malaysian restaurant at least once a month. The interior is reminiscent of a colourful, asian noodle market and my son loves to see the giant Buddha who sits right in the centre of the restaurant.
Pizza Birra – The food is delicious and fresh, and they’re open early for families.
Bathers Pavilion – Start a day of sightseeing on the northside with breakfast at the Bathers Pavilion Cafe. The view is stunning and the food is pretty good. It’s hugely popular these days so be prepared to wait for a table – unless of course you have early risers in tow!
Bourke Street Bakery – a Sydney institution! Join the queue for amazing coffee, breads, pizzas and pastries. It’s worth the wait.
For dinner for 2: If you only get to go to one restaurant ‘alone’, make it Longrain or Icebergs Dinning Room and Bar
SLEEP in SYDNEY

You know, I don’t really have a special family-friendly place to share, however, The Country Trader serviced apartments would have to be one of Sydney’s best kept, accommodation secrets. The apartments (one bedroom) are seriously stylish, but not over the top – perfect for a short stay. An ideal alternative to hotel accommodation and conveniently located right on the edge of the city centre.
SHOP in SYDNEY

Make sure you take home a few Australian childrenswear labels: Munster; Paper Wings; Big by Fiona Scanlan; and Olive’s Friend Pop. And here’s a few of my favourite places to shop:
Photo credit: Ian MacPherson
Kido recently opened a second store in one of my best-loved areas to shop, Surry Hills.
Photo credit: Ian MacPherson
Mrs Red & Sons on Crown Street, also in Surry Hills.
Monkey Puzzle & My Messy Room, both in Summer Hill.
SMART TIPS
Sydney’s an expensive city to visit, so don’t waste your family holiday funds on restaurants that haven’t come recommended, or places that aren’t truly of interest. And make sure you soak up the Sydney lifestyle whilst your here. It really is addictive – especially if the weather is nice.

And here are a few favorites in….
MELBOURNE

Photo credit: Ian MacPherson

EAT in MELBOURNE

VISIT in MELBOURNE

Photo credit: Ian MacPherson

SHOP in MELBOURNE

Photo credit: Ian MacPherson
Thank you Jenny…heading to Melbourne as we speak!

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