'Ridiculously excited': Phoebe Burgess shares her adorable bear hunt adventure

Instagram/Pheobe Burgess
Instagram/Pheobe Burgess 

Phoebe Burgess has experienced firsthand the fun of going on a teddy bear hunt- for both the kids and adults!

Burgess, who is self-isolating with her two children Poppy, three and Billy, 18 months, on her family's property in the Southern Highlands, posted a photo on Instagram detailing her adventure in the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens to spot the hidden bears.

"I can't tell you how many times I have read my children 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'," Burgess began in her post.

"But to give you some idea, I no longer need the book."

 "Our little family was ridiculously, inappropriately excited to find out our (awesome) local Botanic Garden keepers decided to hide 16 little teddy bears (and some rogue bunnies) in amongst their beautiful gardens."

Burgess posted photos and videos of their adventure to her Instagram story, clearly as excited at finding the bears as her little ones.

"To say we had fun searching, is an understatement," she said excitedly.  "There is nothing like bringing a story to life for your kids (and for the kid in you - I was way too excited to spot those sneaky bears".

The mother of two said that being in week two of isolation with two kids has caused her "brain function took a serious dive", so she kept a tally on her phone so they didn't miss any of the bears.

"Yes, to count to 16" Burgess admitted.  "Because in between a number two nappy change (Billy), one meltdown over the wrong coloured dummy (Poppy) and multiple snack stops (me) I battled to count to five".

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I can’t tell you how many times I have read my children “We’re going on a Bear Hunt” but to give you some idea, I no longer need the book 😳🐻 so our little family was ridiculously, inappropriately excited to find out our (awesome) local Botanic Garden keepers decided to hide 16 little teddy bears (and some rogue bunnies) in amongst; their beautiful gardens 🌺🌿🌸🌷, up trees🌲🌳🍃 and one moo cow even managed to secure a spot on a wire sculpture 🦥 to say we had fun searching, is an understatement 🌿🍃🌱 there is nothing like bringing a story to life for your kids (and for the kid in you - I was way too excited to spot those sneaky bears 🐻 I even kept a tally on my phone - yes, to count to 16, bc in between a number 2 nappy change (billy), one meltdown over the wrong coloured dummy (poppy) and multiple snack stops (me) I battled to count to 5 - my brain function took a serious dive around week 2 of isolation (or as I like to call it Mummy Prison) - to make sure we didn’t miss one single teddy).... it’s kind of like believing in a little magic ✨💫 or maybe I have actually finally lost my mind and simply changing up our scenery felt like a tour of the Coliseum (** Colosseum 🤦🏼‍♀️ )🤷🏼‍♀️ even if you don’t have a local team of gardeners as cool as we do here in the Highlands, perhaps creating your own Bear Hunt (in your backyard, or even the living room - it can be done!) might add a little adventure into ISO life with toddlers 🙏🏼 thinking of you all ! #StaySafe #exercise #BearHunt

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She praised the workers at the Botanic Gardens for setting up the hunt, talking about how important it is for a change if scenery when you're self-isolating, and that the bear hunt was the perfect activity to take their minds off it.

"It's kind of like believing in a little magic" she said, adding in jokingly "or maybe I have actually finally lost my mind and simply changing up our scenery felt like a tour of the Colosseum".

The 30-year-old loved it so much she suggested making your own hunt if there hasn't been one set up in your neighbourhood.

"Even if you don't have a local team of gardeners as cool as we do here in the Highlands, perhaps creating your own Bear Hunt (in your backyard, or even the living room - it can be done!)" Burgess said.

"Might add a little adventure into ISO life with toddlers" she suggested, before adding "Thinking of you all"