There’s Bernard Fanning in there
And Delta Goodrem as well
Hamish and Andy play games
And Tim Minchin has stories to tell
It’s 50 years of Play School!
I took a trip down memory lane over the weekend while the girls and I cuddled up on the couch to watch Party with Play School: 50th Birthday Collection.
We’re hardcore Play School fans in this house. Play School was a seriously BIG DEAL for me in the 80s. I loved to sing along with my favourites Noni, John and Benitta and would sit on the edge of my seat begging the presenters to look behind the arch window (known to me as the rainbow window) each episode.
Meanwhile, our two daughters are equally obsessed. Noni and John may have been replaced with Justine and Alex or Karen and Teo, but the recipe is the same – and we love it!
And while I loved Play School as a kid, I love it even more as an adult. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve thanked God for Play School. Hot tip: If you want 30 minutes of peace and quiet from the kids, switch on ABC KIDS at 3.30pm!
The Party with Play School DVDs, definitely kept us entertained last weekend. The two-DVD pack includes the Big Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 50 Years of Play School documentary and the Famous Friends DVD.
We popped Famous Friends into the DVD player first and I excitedly pointed out to the girls who everyone was.
‘That’s Hamish and Andy,’ I said.
‘They’re funny guys from the radio.’
‘Hamish is a bit ‘cwanky’, announced Miss Four.
‘He’s just trying to help Andy fix his bucket!’ said Miss Six jumping to his defense.
‘Ooh Charlie Pickering,’ I said.
‘I love Charlie. He’s very clever and funny too. Oh bless, it’s good ol’ Molly Meldrum … ahh Katie Noonan, I went to school with her, you know. Ahh her voice!’
The three of us sat mesmerised watching the DVD, getting up for a boogie every now and then.
We ended up watching the DVD in a few sessions because there are quite a few episodes to get through.
At the end of the DVD, I asked the girls who their favourite hosts were. Drum roll please …
‘The rainbow girl you went to school with (Katie Noonan), the Diddam daddam waddam choo girl (Missy Higgins), Old Mother Hubbard (Magda Subanksi), Delta (of course) and the silly men (Umbilical Brothers).’
Funnily enough, they also loved the Play School hosts from my era – Benitta, Don and John. It looks like the still have it!!
I’m thrilled to share some Party with Play School love with you today. ABC is kindly giving away a Party with Play School: 50th Birthday Collection pack to two lucky Mummy, Wife, Me readers.
Party with Play School features the Big Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 50 Years of Play School documentary and the Famous Friends DVD.
Big Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 50 Years of Play School, presented by Kate Ritchie, is a nostalgic journey through half a century of Play School while charting 50 years of the nation’s social history. Well known Australians share their personal memories of the show, alongside anecdotes from past and present Play School presenters.
The Famous Friends DVD is a collection of mini-episodes featuring a star-studded line up of popular Australian personalities turning their hand at being a Play School presenter, entertaining viewers with a familiar Play School song or story.
Terms and Conditions
– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).
– This giveaway closes at 12am AEST on Wednesday 7 December.
– Winners will be contacted via email on Thursday 8 December.
– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.
Mummy, Wife, Me received a Party with Play School DVD pack in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.