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Shop 5, Cowes Shopping Centre (Woolworths Complex)
117-133 Thompson Avenue, Cowes
Your local toy shop with
toys for all ages,
fun for all and a focus on quality
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PARENTS be warned: shopping in Cowes
may take a little longer from now on.
Last week mother and daughter team Kel-
ly Kirkpatrick and Garane Stephens, from
Cowes, opened Kids Play Toys in the Wool-
worths complex, which is guaranteed to dis-
tract and delight children from pre -teens
“There has not been a toy shop here for
about six years and we saw a real gap in the
local market for quality toys,” Kelly, a mother
of two, says.
“Before we opened we did our research, ask-
ing local parents what they were looking for. ”
Kelly has worked in the toy industry for al-
most a decade – even running her own online
toy shop since 2012, which she recently sold -
and brings a solid understanding of the needs
“I started my first business when my first
child was six months old. I couldn’t find what
I wanted and didn’t like what was out there.”
As such, many of the toys she sells are
wooden, rather than cheap, plastic, battery-
“Research shows that developmentally and
psychologically toys that only have lights and
make noises are not good for the brain. All
they teach a child to do is to push a button to
get a reaction.
“We have toys based on each age’s develop-
mental milestones, so customers can come in
and talk to us about their child and we can
match them with a toy.”
Kelly says the benefit of wooden toys are
also environmental, even stocking a brand
EverEarth, which has its own plantation forest.
However Kids Play Toys is keen to find a bal-
ance between high quality wooden toys and the
latest fads and will be visiting the annual Toy
Fair in March to see the latest global trends.
“We stock a range of items, including the lat-
est crazes, just not Hatchimals because they’re
sold out around the world,” she laughs.
There are sections selling everything from
kites, to dolls, animals, dinosaurs, pirates and
cars, as well as jigsaw puzzles including the
renowned Ravensburger brand, with outdoor
toys such as trampolines and seesaws coming
Kids Play Toys sells items regardless of gen-
der, so “kids enjoy what they enjoy”.
Even though the shop has opened just weeks
before Christmas, Kelly says they are not a
pop-up and are located at shop 5, Cowes
Shopping Centre, for the long-term.
Next year they will also begin a loyalty pro -
gram for locals and assure customers they are
competitive with Melbourne prices.
Kelly moved to the island a year ago to be
closer to family and has gone into partnership
with her mother, Garane, who is a grandmoth-
er of four and has worked in retail.
“I t’s nice working together. We really bring
a happy vibe to the store. We feel our love for
what we do shows. ”
It’s all child’s play
Kelly Kirkpatrick and Garane Stephens
have opened Cowes’ new Kids Play Toys shop
THE Phillip Island RSL Community
Men’s Shed is very proud to announce a
very special birthday milestone for one of
its regular shedders. Congratulations to
Ric Fuentes who recently turned 95!
Ric attends regular Men’s Shed sessions
with his specialty being wooden restora-
tions. So in keeping with the Men’s Shed
tradition, Ric brought in his own birthday
cake to share with fellow shedders.
Congratulations Ric and we wish you
many more to come.
keeps Ric young!
2016 Phillip Island Landcare award winners
THE Phillip Island Landcare
Group recently announced their
2016 Landcare award winners.
As is the case with past winners
the 2016 awardees have contin-
ued to demonstrate excellence
and commitment to the Landcare
After a lengthy nomination and
judging process the group an-
nounced four worthy award win-
ners at their recent AGM in early
The awards presented were the
Urban Landcare Garden Awards,
Urban Landcare Garden Awards
Encouragement Award and the
Rural Landcare Award This year
the inaugural Environmental Edu-
cation Award was also presented.
The 2016 Urban Landcare Gar-
den Award winners were Lisa
Wangman and Shane Jessop from
Landcare judges, Charles and
Bev Watson were fascinated with
their food forest garden, extensive
vegetable garden and indigenous
flowering front garden. Chickens
are also planned for the future.
“We are both very proud of our
garden that is mixed with native
bush foods and indigenous flower-
ing plants,” said Lisa.
“We also use recycled wood and
metal that provide habitat and act
as garden features.”
The back garden includes a pro -
ductive vegetable garden and fruit
“We also plan to have chickens
into the future” Lisa said.
The 2016 Urban Landcare Gar-
den Encouragement Award went
to Sarah Crinell and Paul Row-
bottom of Surf Beach who along
with their two young daughters,
Edie and Vivi, are slowly creat-
ing their own small piece of sus-
Charles and Bev Watson were
impressed with their patient ap-
proach to their garden and local
Sarah and Paul are delighted
with the recognition their vision
and hard work has received.
“It was very nice to share our
garden with you and celebrate
the animals and plants we live
with. Our garden is our delight
and we share it with shrike
thrushes, yellow tailed black
cockatoos and towering she-
oaks that bring smiles to our
faces each day” the couple said.
This year’s rural Landcare
award was notable for its atten-
tion to detail and high standard.
Award winners Pauline Ur-
bino and Robert Bishop own a
property on the Rhyll Newhaven
The property is a haven for
both wallabies and rabbits mak-
ing any revegetation project
“Both hard work and innova-
tion have ensured Pauline and
Robert have successfully imple -
mented quality revegetation
projects in extremely challenging
circumstances, ” Landcare Proj-
ect officer, Geoff Trease, said.
“As a result they are worthy
winners of this award.”
The inaugural Environmental
Education Award was awarded
to Newhaven College for their
amazing work in integrating
building design and landscaping
with school curriculum activi-
Charles and Bev Watson
were amazed at how the school
worked with students to create
sculptures to compliment the
indigenous garden design, and
overall partnership with parents
who donate time and support
the outside learning areas the
school has produced.
“Congratulations must go to
teacher, Sian Adnams, for her
commitment to the wonderful
outside spaces at the school,”
“This year’s award winners
clearly demonstrate the wonder-
ful commitment to sustainability
Phillip Islanders have.
“The example they set will
clearly influence others to follow
The Phillip Island Landcare
Group would like to acknowl-
edge the ongoing support of
the Phillip Island Nature Parks,
Westernport Water and the Bass
Coast Landcare Network.
Phillip Island Landowner, Pauline Urbino accepts her 2016 rural Landcare
award from Bass Coast Landcare Network project officer, Geoff Trease.
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