Paving the way to children’s hearts with yellow bricks

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The Wizard of Oz Funland is a unique, first-of-itskind venue in Australia that is an exciting children’s entertainment, event and education centre.

It opened its doors in Leumeah in July 2008 – the culmination of Brian & Christerine Laul’s award-winning work with children globally over 35 years… and a “childhood obsession with all things Oz”.

Their vision was to create magical experiences for children filled with hope and happiness in a venue where minds can develop, imaginations run riot and a family could have fun together.

Today, The Wizard of Oz Funland is a landmark in Macarthur, a popular community hub and winner of several prestigious business awards.

While children are walking through a magical land playing Putt Putt Golf, having fun in the playmaze, jumping castle, Oz Balladrome, doing craft or watching a show, parents can unwind at the Rainbow Café or browse lots of quirky Oz memorabilia on display. Parties for kids with themed characters and Educational Excursions for schools have become sought after specialities.

It all started in 1999 when Brian Laul wrote & directed The Wizard of Oz Show, a unique re-telling of Frank Baum’s classic story, at Sydney’s Independent Theatre. Today this highly interactive children’s show has been performed over 4,000 times around the world, represented Australia at global showcases and been acclaimed as one of the country’s leading children’s shows.

“The Wizard of Oz has all the ingredients to stimulate your imagination plus such a positive message of hope, mateship, self-esteem and self-empowerment so necessary for young people of today”, Brian Laul says.

Oz Funland is passionate about encouraging local community initiatives and won the prestigious Champions of the West Tourism Award (2014) for its creative multicultural initiative Celebrate Campbelltown. It initiated and proudly sponsors Good Morning Macarthur, a popular Facebook-based video show that tells local stories.

Exploring the power of interactive shows to enrich local communities around the world together with India Vision Institute’s visionary CEO Vinod Daniel, Brian created Ollie the Optometrist, a mascot to spearhead IVI’s eye care awareness program for children (2014). Oz Funland is setting up a partnership with India Vision Institute “to screen and provide specs to children”.

Moving forward under the Oz Funland brand, the Lauls are looking to take their special kind of children’s entertainment venue across Australia & then overseas. They have launched a franchise company and are looking to associate with people who share their passion to become an integral part of the community as benefactors, service providers and local business leaders.

“Most important, they must have a love for working with children and nurturing their creative growth”.

The Wizard of Oz Funland & Show 2/11 Hollylea Road, Leumeah For more details contact (02) 4626 7777 or visit thewizardofozfunland.com/franchise.

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Brian Laul
Journalist, theatre person, musician, entrepreneur, social worker. Brian Laul has meant different things to different people through a colourful career that has been the subject of documentaries, book chapters & prestigious awards. He is a successful local small business owner, having run Oz Funland in Leumeah for the past 10 years along with his wife Christerine & son Christopher. Brian is also producer of The Wizard of Oz Interactive Show that has done over 4,600 performances internationally to date and represented Australia at many International Festivals. Brian is passionate about the business benefits of community arts patronage, fostering multicultural understanding at the grassroots level and helping young people achieve their true potential. He is Chair of the Macarthur Multicultural Children’s Festival and founder of Good Morning Macarthur which records and tells community stories online every fortnight.