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Mice Net : August 2009
corporate family days doctor ordered for hard-working employees and their families. In Australia we’re blessed with a plethora of options in which to stage corporate family days, with venues not only providing a range of experiences but price points and capacities to suit a variety of budgets and company sizes. Sydney’s west has a number of options available which is great news for those who live and work in the greater Sydney region. Everybody has almost certainly heard of the Powerhouse Museum in Darling Harbour, but may be less familiar with the Powerhouse Discovery Centre located at Castle Hill in the north west of Sydney. As well as being a storage and collection care facility of the Powerhouse Museum in Darling Harbour, it offers behind-thescenes access to the museum’s extensive and diverse collection, including many objects rarely on display. Visitors can see large-scale transport objects such as a doubledecker bus, a Corby Starlet stunt plane suspended upside down from the ceiling, and one of the original 1940s Harry’s Café de Wheels pie vans – a true Sydney icon. Visitors can also discover drawers and shelves full of treasures including exquisite furniture, rare musical instruments, precious decorative arts and much more. The Discovery Centre offers unique spaces for hire in its industrial feel centrepiece, the Display Store. Venues include the Integral Foyer and adjoining exhibition areas suitable for cocktails, dinners and product launches and the resource room for private meetings, presentations or training workshops. There is also a landscaped lawn area and children’s climbing frame roll up, A roll up While it’s a little scary to think that christmas is now less than five months away now is the perfect time to plan your end-of-year bash. fter a tough year for many the end of the year probably can’t come quick enough for a lot of corporations. And, with the scaling down of many end-of-year events in 2008, the looming finale to 2009 may be just what the located adjacent to the Display Store providing the perfect venue for a corporate family day event. For large-scale events a marquee can be erected on the lawn for an outdoor barbecue or special event. To learn more contact Powerhouse Museum Events on (02) 9217 0341, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.powerhousemuseum. com. Party central For an unforgettable corporate family day experience it’s hard to go past the home of family fun in Sydney, Sydney Showgrounds. Sydney Showgrounds offers a vast range of “carnival” packages that offer everything from barbecues to picnics, fetes, sideshow games and traditional carnival rides starting from the very basic kiddy ones right up to heart-stopping adnrenalin-pumping experiences that are more suited to the big kids in the office. Among its offerings Sydney Showgrounds has the 200-person ride package that includes: dodgem cars, giant slide, Jurassic Park, Pirates Adventure, the giant ferris wheel, carousel, and the apple ride. Sideshow Alley games include: laughing clowns and Tin Can Alley. Packages for between 500 and 700 participants include extra rides such as the Haunted House and the Power Surge, and additional Sideshow Alley games including the Balloon Darts and Dunk Tank. Sydney Showgrounds also offers a selection of food offerings ranging from a children’s fete stall menu with things like hot dogs, hot chips, chicken nuggets, and crumbed whiting fillets, to more adult friendly traditional carnival menus with selections including hamburgers, hotdogs, dagwood dogs, corn on the cob, fruit skewers and chocolate mud cake. To learn more about how Sydney Showgrounds can make your ABOVE: Sydney Showgrounds. mice.net 49