NEWSLETTER - December 2018
Contents derived from www.getaway.co.za (activities 1-9) and www.livingandloving.co.za (activities 10-12)
Don’t sweat it, there is plenty to keep little ones busy and entertained.
1. Go tobogganing in Durbanville at Cool Runnings. It involves planting your bum on a bob-sled and speeding down the hillside on a 1.2-kilometre steel-pipe track. The speed of all the toboggans is brake-controlled and the rides are very safe for children. Little ones under the age of eight have to be accompanied by an adult. One ride for children costs R40 (up to age 14) and one ride for adults costs R50, with an unlimited day pass costing R280.
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2. The Book Lounge, City Centre in Roeland Street has a free story telling session, perfect for 3-8-year-olds every Saturday at 11:00. While your little one is enthralled by magical tales, you can sit downstairs and enjoy a cuppa at their coffee shop
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3. Planet Kids, Muizenberg has jumping castles, an intergalactic ball wall, fun ramps with a space slide, an outside area with a foefie slide and dream swing, as well as various workshops and other activities. Refreshments can be ordered from the Flying Saucer Cafe, where grown-ups can sit and enjoy a coffee while browsing through a magazine. You can also drop the kids off and fetch them later. Kids aged 2 to 13 pay R35 for the first hour or R60 for two hours. Children under 2 years (10 to 23 months) pay R25 for an hour. Adults are free. Cash or EFT only, no credit cards. More pricing options available. Please check the Planet Kids websitefor more details.
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4. Acrobranch, Constantia consists of three courses, each one equipped with zip lines, sing bridges and Tarzan swings. The courses are family-friendly and safe for children as young as three years of age. The “Yellow Course” is for children ages three and up while the “Green Course” is for children seven years and older. The “Blue Course” includes the other two courses and is for older acrobranchers. If this seems like your kind of fun be sure to check it out. R100 to R180 depending on the course.
5. The Clay Cafe in Hout Bay makes for a day of creativity and recreation for children and parents alike. Choose from a vast array of unfired bisque and a wide selection of colourful paints to create crockery that is both personal and unique. There is a garden and playground outside so once children are finished painting there is still plenty to explore. R35 studio fee, plus the price of whichever item you decide to paint, ranging from R20 to R250.
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6. Visit the immaculate lawns of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens – the giant trees over the Skeleton Stream, which provide lots of exciting climbing for young adventurers. A raised walkway, named The Boomslang, built through the Arboretum, between the Protea Garden, Cycad Amphitheatre, the Dell, Mathews Rockery and the Concert Lawn. The boardwalk raises visitors to over 12m above ground, and winds like a snake, dipping through the trees. Adults – R60, kids (aged 6-17) – R15, kids under 6 years of age – free. Students (with card) – R30.
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7. City Sightseeing Bus, Cape Town. You can sit and watch the world go by and hop on and off at various places of interest. If you actually listen to the commentary, you will learn a lot about the city we live in and there’s a kid-friendly version too (that’s actually very clever, informative and amusing). Don’t let rain put you off, it’s dry in there! All children get a free activity pack with a colouring-in book and crayons which helps keep them occupied. One day pass: Adults – R170, Kids (aged 5-15) – R90 (when you buy online). Kids under 5 – free.
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8. The Company’s Garden is a great free spot for families. You can picnic on the grass, play ball games and feed the squirrels and (inevitably) the pigeons. Be aware though that squirrels have sharp little claws! I have seen a few children burst into tears when one of the cute little critters decides to scramble up their bare leg in search of peanuts. The Company’s Garden Restaurant in the park also serves good food, and the outside section is full of interesting things to keep kids busy. You’ll find The Company’s Garden in Queen Victoria Street, at the top end of Adderley Street.
9. Want your kids to cook but don’t want to clean up afterwards? Take them to Tots ’n Pots where they can fling flour and bash butter to their hearts’ content. These cooking classes are run by incredibly patient teachers and chefs around the peninsula – try the Constantia branch run by Deirdre Cargill who loves the hands-on element in cooking. There are many lessons your kids will learn without realising it, but the main aim is to have fun. And they do – whether it’s the actual mixing and stirring, eating their concoctions or decorating their takeaway box – all with mom or dad guiding along the way. Particularly good for smaller kids, you can sign up for a single lesson or a whole course. Some clubs run during the school holidays. They also do birthday parties. There are also branches in Tableview, the Northern Suburbs and the Southern Peninsula. Bookings are essential.
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10. Plant a small garden together or simply let them dig!
A wonderful educational experience, this simple activity engages almost all the senses. Plus, kids will love the chance to get their hands dirty and spend time in the garden – feeling different textures and simply getting muddy. Take the time to explain how the plants will grow once you’ve planted them, and let them water their new shrubs afterwards.
11. Bake biscuits and decorate them
Although this idea isn’t new, it’s a firm favourite amongst kids and adults. Who doesn’t enjoy baking and decorating delicious treats that you get to enjoy together afterwards? We love this idea for cold, rainy days where families get to huddle together and munch on the treats in front of a roaring fire or favourite television programme. If you have older kids, you can also turn the washing up into a fun learning experience. Sorting and matching are activities which are central to mathematics, explains Liz. Placing cups on saucers or stacking them together, sorting cutlery or packing away washed bowls and plates in the correct places is a wonderful opportunity to learn.
12. Create a family photo album
Most of our pictures are digital and simply sit on our cellphones or cameras without us ever displaying them at home. Why not make a point of having some family snaps printed and let your child create her very own family album? Let her decorate the pages, while you share stories about each family member. This seemingly simple activity will enhance your child’s memory, as well as encourage her creativity as she decorates each page.