The Cruise Clan Makes a Splash Down Under
07/06/2009 AT 07:10 PM EDT
Taking Australia by storm, Cruise celebrated his 47th birthday Friday night watching an Australian football match from a private box with wife Katie Holmes and actor Guy Pearce, the leading man in her upcoming film, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which will start shooting in Melbourne soon.
Cruise and Holmes also caught a performance of Jersey Boys in Melbourne on Sunday, meeting the cast afterwards.
Much of the trip Down Under has seen Cruise spending quality daddy-daughter time with Suri, taking her to the Melbourne Zoo on Thursday. "Suri visited a tree kangaroo, a koala, a Tawny Frogmouth, which is a bird, and the Kangaroo Island kangaroos," says a zoo rep. "They both got to touch the animals."
Next stop: the toy section of Melbourne's Myer Department store, where Cruise bought Suri a toy kangaroo and a hobbyhorse. At the cosmetics counters, dad nestled a shy Suri in his arms as he carried her to the cosmetics counter.
Says a sales assistant, "I said to him, 'How old is she?,' and he said, 'She's three.' And I said, 'Does she talk now?' and he said, 'All the time,' and laughs and then goes, 'She's just shy.'"
With Cruise's encouragement, Suri picked out three Becca lip glosses – in Angel's Kiss, Fushia Crush and Rosita.
On Wednesday, the whole family took a trip to the Melbourne Aquarium. In the Antarctica exhibit Suri marveled at the King and Gentoo penguins, while at the Rockpool Cruise, Holmes and Suri all held a starfish. Suri was a bit quieter when they went downstairs into the main Oceanarium, which is home to a number of 10-foot sharks and massive stingrays.
Reporting by SIMONE CASEY, ALICIA NEIL and LOUISE TALBOT