Mums of the Shire is a thriving and supportive online community, and our events aim to recreate that same vibrancy and passion in real life. We think it’s really important for our mums to meet regularly and in person, so every few months we try to create opportunities for them to connect with each other and share in the highs and lows of motherhood!
We aim to ensure our mums catch up in a relaxed, casual environment, with some fun entertainment to keep the kids occupied so they can relax. We also create ways for mums to sample interesting and relevant services or products offered by local businesses for free without any hard-sell or pressure. And, most importantly we do our best to make sure we chose a venue with good coffee close to hand!
In the past we’ve held both intimate and large-scale events, at private and public venues, but the key is always to make sure everyone has fun!
Tuesday 10th March 2020
South Village Shopping Centre, Kirrawee
Our Autumn Affair was an absolute activities bonanza! We’d lined up a whole host of wonderful local businesses to entertain our families, so when the rain hit right before our event was due to start, we were relive to know we could easily move all activities from the beautiful outdoor grassed area into the amazing undercover space within South Village Shopping Centre.
We set up a cosy area where mums could meet other mums, with some styling help from Events by Rachel and had nutritionist Linley Peters from Cook Like a Nutritionist stationed there to offer feeding tips and dietary advice. South Village ran their Little People, Big Ideas workshop and organised a face painter and balloon twister. En Pointe Dance Academy showed all the budding little dancers how to whirl and twirl.
Ready Steady Go Kids got kids to burn off plenty of energy as they learned how to kick, bounce and throw balls in fabulous fashion. Bodymindlife led the kids in easy stretches and yoga poses. Sutherland Shire Council Children’s Services got the kids busy making dream catchers and Emma from Let’s Get Loud captivated the audience dressed as Emma Wiggle and had everyone waving scarves and doing the propellor.
You can take a look at all the action here, which was beautifully captured by the fabulous Sasha Faint of Sasha Faint Photography, who also took some gorgeous children’s portraits on the morning. After an eventful couple of hours, packing up was a breeze with the help of Gavin from Use My Ute.
More than 200 mums and their kids joined us for an action-packed morning, which despite the rain, went off without a hitch. If you attended and would like to offer us some feedback that will help us make our next event even bigger and better, please complete our quick post-event survey.
SPLASH INTO SPRING CATCH UP
Wednesday 27th November 2019
Sutherland Shire Leisure Centre, Sutherland
This event was just SO MUCH FUN!! The sun was shining, the water was flowing, and the food was plentiful! We we’re lucky enough to have Sutherland Shire Leisure Centres co-host the event providing us with this amazing location with something for everyone to enjoy.
Our wonderful local partners gave up their time to make this event seriously awesome!! In addition to the water play, there was lots of great activities for kids and useful stuff for mums; Little Pip’s Parties offered kid’s pampering, while the team from Endota Day Spa- Gymea gave hand and shoulder massages, Sutherland Shire Council Childcare Services put on craft activities for the kids while Veena Parry from Sleep Sweet Sleep Deep and Caroline Flynn Lactation Consultant IBCLC were on hand for a chat. Check out the work from our super talented photographer, Sasha, from Shasha Faint Photography who captured the day so perfectly.
BUSHLAND VALLEY WINTER PICNIC
Monday 9th September 2019
Audley Dance Hall & Café, Royal National Park.
What a glorious morning we had meeting so many local mums and their little ones at our recent catch up at the stunning Audley Dance Hall & Café in the heart of the Royal National Park.
Mums layed picnic rugs and enjoyed the glorious setting, just 10 minutes down the road from Sutherland. The sun shone, the lush green valley protected us from the wind, and even a family of tiny ducklings came to visit. There was ample space for prams and kids we’re able to run free in the expansive grassed area outside the café which was serving delicious food and drinks.
Thank you to everyone who joined us, and, of course, huge props all the wonderful local businesses who generously gave their time and energy to making the event possible:
· Audley Dance Hall & Cafe were the best hosts, keeping us fuelled with excellent coffee
and yummy muffins
· The Creativity Club – nature-themed arts and crafts for kids
· Little Pip’s Parties – pampering for kids and mums
· Ready to Read Community Literacy Program – pop-up library, storytime and colouring
· Star Yoga For Kids – sun salutes for mums and bubs
· Let’s Get Loud – music and movement for kids
· Whispers Cottage – nursing, sleeping and settling advice
· Smallprint Sutherland Shire – hand and foot prints for little ones
· Ready Steady Go Kids – sports-themed activities for little ones
· iMove Physiotherapy – health advice for women
· Events by Rachel – boho picnic set-up
Check out gorgeous memories from the event captured by the super-talented Sasha Faint Photography.
BEACHSIDE VIBES AUTUM CATCH UP
Wednesday 15th May 2019
Cook at Kurnell, Kurnell
What a glorious day! So great to see so many of you make the trip out to Cook At Kurnell for our Beachside Vibes Autumn Catch-up. The super-talented Sasha Faint captured some beautiful memories from the morning. As ever we are grateful to all the wonderful local businesses who gave their time and energy to bring this event to life: Baby Sensory Sutherland Shire – light, colours, sounds and movement for bubs under 13 months Bec Bakes Cronulla – delicious sweet treats for us to sample Bluebell Beach Creative – flower crowns iMove Physiotherapy – hosting small group women’s health discussions, advice and assessments Lets Get Loud – offering music and movement for kids Little Kickers Sutherland Shire – running soccer-based activities Smallprint Sutherland Shire – fun hand and footprints for kids Star Yoga For Kids – leading sun salutes for mums and bubs Caroline Flynn Lactation Consultant IBCLC
Friday 9th November 2018
Camellia Gardens, Caringbah
Motherhood was celebrated in style, among the lush green surrounds of Camellia Gardens at our last Mums of the Shire catch-up of 2018. The stunning location made for a fun and relaxed event, where kids could roam and enjoy all the wonderful activities, while mums got to connect and socialise.
We are very lucky to have so many local businesses who came together and gave their time to ensure there was plenty of fun and engaging activities for kids to enjoy, as well as something special for mums.
The ‘mums meeting mums’ area was a hit thanks to Inspire Love Wedding & Event Hire for providing all the lovely decor, Emma Wiseman Naturopathy for spoiling us with healthy and delicious treats and Glitter Girls Pamper Parties for providing some much-needed pampering.
Mums had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Alex from iMove Physiotherapy about women’s health and getting back into exercise while having their tummy separation checked and assessed. Veena Parry from Sleep Sweet Sleep Deep offered advice on all things sleep while Caroline Flynn Lactation Consultant IBCLC was helping mums with their concerns around infant feeding. The lovely ladies from St George Montessori Early Learning did not get a moments rest with so many little people eager for their turn in the face-painting chair. Little Kickers Sutherland Shire wore the kids out with their energetic soccer-based games. Kids got very creative, making some beautiful nature inspired art thanks to The Creativity Club. They also enjoyed some peaceful story time and yoga put on by Star Yoga For Kids.
Smallprint Sutherland Shire offered mums cute little paper and ink handprint keepsakes and were very generous donating a $150 voucher to the lucky door prize pool. Impressionable Kids Sutherland Shire were also very generous donating $150 voucher to a lucky winner on the day. A big thanks to Camellia Gardens and Sutherland Shire Council for allowing us to enjoy such a wonderful space and allowing the little people to play their ball games in the gardens on this special occasion. And, here for your enjoyment are some wonderful memories from the day captured by the very talented Sasha Faint.
Wednesday 1st August 2018
Rydges Cronulla Beachside
Fashion and fun were on the menu for our recent winter catch-up at the fabulous Rydges Cronulla Beachside, and we were so pleased to see so many of you there connecting with other mums as well as supporting local businesses. And, how good were those scones with jam and cream? OMG yum!
We were completely blown away by the response to this event, with all tickets snapped up in less than two hours, and the venue at maximum capacity on the day. We were incredibly lucky to have the support from so many Sutherland Shire businesses who made this event possible; our friends from Little Styles and The Kid + Co, showcased their super adorable kids’ clothing, while affordable and stylish womenswear was on offer from Maiden Avenue and Kindred Souls.
Thanks to our awesome contributors who came together and gave their time to ensure proceedings ran smoothly and that there was plenty for the kids to do:
- Baby Sensory Sutherland Shire
- Bewitched Faces Face Painting
- Creative Little Ones – art therapy
- Free Range Living – arts and crafts
- Hello Balloons – confetti balloon bouquets
- Mummymetime – expert nanny support
- That’s My Style by Bernadette Payne – MC duties and fashion hints and tips.
- Emily Blanche Hair and Alexandra Bannon – hair and make-up for our models
- Backdropp’d – Photowall
- Bluebell Beach Creative – Florals and event planning
- Cathy Murphy Photography – captured these wonderful memories of the day
And, thank you for the lucky door prizes which made the day a little sweeter for some of our guests:
- Until we Meet Maternity Boutique
- That’s My Style, Bernadette Payne
- Grandmas Grubs comfort bears
Wednesday 9th May 2018
The Bavarian, Miranda
In partnership with Westfield Miranda, this sold-out event, provided the perfect pre-Mother’s Day celebration; a chance to see friends or meet other local mums over morning tea.
Kids were entertained with face painting, story time, balloons and craft, while mums got to enjoy a morning of canapés and a glass of champagne. Stylist-to-the-stars Donny Galella walked our guests through the season’s trends modelled by three lucky local mums who won our ultimate makeover competition.
Wednesday 28 February 2018
Centenary Park, Miranda
Our biggest event to date, with more than 200 mums and their little ones coming together on a glorious Summer’s day in The Shire.
Enormous thanks to all the wonderful local businesses who gave up their time and resources to provide fun activities and delicious treats for everyone.
Cathy Murphy Photography – professional photography
Inspire Love Wedding & Event Hire – pretty picnic styling
Natalie’s Magic Brush – Face painting
Kimberley Wright Nutrition – healthy treats for mums and bubs
Ready Steady Go Kids– obstacle courses and active games
Begin Bright Gymea – Kids activities
Creative Little Ones – kids arts and crafts
Baby Sensory Sutherland Shire – kids activities and story time
Chiquitos Family Day care – kids activities and story time
Glitter Girls Pamper Parties – pampering
Bec Bakes Cronulla – delicious sweet treats
K&V Dance Corp – dance demonstration and participation
Cafe2U – Sutherland, NSW
Friday 27 October 2017
The Prince Hotel, Kirrawee
Wet, windy weather and a last-minute change of venue did nothing to dampen our spirits, with mums and kids turning out in force for our Spring Picnic. Huge thanks to The Prince for allowing us to take-over their awesome kid-friendly venue and escape the rain.
We thank the following local business for their generosity in helping with set-up, entertainment and sweet treats for the event.
K&V Dance Corp – Kids Dance Class
Natalie’s Magic Brush – Face Painting
Creative Little Ones – Kids Arts and Crafts
Baby Sensory Sutherland Shire – Activities for Mums and Bubs
Glitter Girls Pamper Parties – Pampering Mums
The Real Nutritionist – Heathy Treats for Mums & Bubs
Cathy Murphy Photography – Professional Photography
Chiquitos Family Day care – Kids Activities & Story Time
LAUNCH PARTY PICNIC
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Shelly Park, Cronulla
Our first IRL (In Real Life) event, encouraging our awesome community of mums to come together and celebrate all things motherhood!
It was a glorious crisp Winter’s day at one of The Shire’s best family-friendly public parks. The following lovely local businesses helped us out on the day.
The Event Styler – setting up with boho style rugs, and decorations, plus tepees for the kids
Begin Bright Cronulla – setting up colouring and play doh tables
Bec Bakes Cronulla – providing yummy baked treats for the kids
Party Animal Face Paint – face painting and balloon twisting
Baby Sensory Sutherland Shire – activities for Mums and Bubs
Cathy Murphy Photography – capturing all the love and fun
Chiquitos Family Day care – kids Activities & Story Time