As a young girl, growing up in the 80’s, I was in awe of astronauts and the mere thought that someone had once stepped on the moon.
Cape Nature have launched the best kids Cubs club for children under 12.
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There’s nothing I like more than a good picnic but as a mom I often find that the delicate quiche and fruit snacks I pack in don’t often sustain my husband and the boys, who often want something a bit more substantial.
So, when Eskort foods sent over their new Beech Wood Smoked Pulled pork I knew it would be perfect for our pulled pork picnic rolls. ( These also make a delicious lunch)
To make your own you will need:
- 500g Eskort Beech Wood pulled pork
- 12 rolls-margarine-sauces
Don’t be deceived by the quantity of this pulled pork. The 500g went a long way and I was incredibly generous with my servings. Start by cutting each roll and buttering both sides. If your family like salads you could add some lettuce and tomatoes but my guys preferred the pulled beef on its own. Stuff the rolls with the pulled pork and pour over a slice of choice if you like.
Peter Pan flies again! A special treat is in store for Capetonians, as the much-loved story of Peter Pan will be recreated on stage at the Canal Walk Winter Theatre taking place between 25 June and 17 July 2022. This marks a welcome return of the centre’s annual children’s theatre run, interrupted for the past two years due to a succession of pandemic-related lockdowns and stringent social distancing measures.
In this 2022 magical musical adaption of JM Barrie’s adored classic tale, Peter, Tinkerbell, and Wendy Darling, along with the incorrigible Captain Hook and his faithful side kick, Smee, will ferry audiences to Never Land to be amazed by all its wonders, allowing imaginations to soar unfettered into the realms of storytelling and enchantment, as the battle between Peter and Captain Hook unfolds all around them.
Audiences are also encouraged to dress up as part of the festivities. This is a great opportunity for budding pirates, fairies etc to get in on the act.
Produced by Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer, expect appearances from a series of Never Land characters that include, mysterious mermaids from Mermaid Lagoon; the beautiful Princess Tiger Lilly and her brave, Panther; the high-spirited Lost Boys and Hook’s band of pirates aboard the Jolly Roger and of course, the crocodile, whose taste for time pieces (clocks and watches) is now legendary. Also joining the cast will be a gathering of life-sized puppets who add yet another fun dimension to this spectacular performance.
Amanda McCarthy, Canal Walk Shopping Centre’s Event Manager says the centre is very excited to be staging theatre again: “We’ve always known that this was a popular and well-attended attraction, proven by the many comments and regrets we received over the past two years when we were unable to entertain the young and the young at heart. So, we are triply delighted to be able to bring this production back and help audiences visit Never Land and engage with their inner child.
“Children’s theatre plays an important part in developing young minds and in our lives here at Canal Walk, so we’d also like to give a big shout out to the performers, as the entertainment industry was severely hit by these past economic lockdowns, and we know they too, missed the opportunity to bring smiles to audiences big and small.”
A talented, star-studded cast, together with breath-taking sets, magnificent costumes, and several dashing musical numbers, will bring Peter Pan to life – cast will be announced shortly.
In keeping with the tradition of both the author of the novel, who regularly donated profits to worthy causes, and Canal Walk’s own track record for contributing to charitable endeavours, the retail giant will be supporting CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa), during this 2022 production of the stage show with R5 of every ticket sold being donated to this amazing institution.
Make a date to escape to Never Land by booking tickets through Webtickets or at the ticket box office at the venue.
Dates: Saturday 25 June – Sunday 17 July
Show times: Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm
Venue: Canal Walk Theatre – Central Court
Ticket price: Early Bird tickets 13 – 31 May R90 per person
31 May – 17 July R100 per person
Family package (4+ tickets) R95 per person
Book at Webtickets
Based on the classic play by: J. M Barrie
Music and lyrics by: Marcel Meyer
Directed by: Fred Abrahamse
About our visit
How you can help SANCCOB
- Financial donation
- Adopt an egg, chicken or penguin
- Shop from their online or on premises store
- Volunteer your time
- Donate goods like towels, wet suits, teddy bears for the baby chick’s to snuggle with
Two weeks ago we had a playdate planned, the weather however, was not in our favour and we decided to look for a space to go where the moms could chat over coffee whilst the kids played.
As moms know when it rains and you have two busy boys to entertain Spur steak ranches does not disappoint.
We decided to visit Spur at Seaside villiage in West Beach, Tableview.
This Spur is my first choice in the Tableview/ Blouberg/Parklands area mostly because it always looks clean, has the best service with great presentation food and as all Spur franchises should be, it is incredibly child friendly.
Our waitress pointed out the new menus. Which are a fantastic upgrade from the old ones that looked a little bit like those I chose from as a kid in the 80s. The new menu is cleaner, easier to read and still contains the old favourites that we love.
I naturally ordered the brownie to go with my coffee because it’s Friday ….and who doesn’t love warm brownies with ice cream?
The presentation was great and the food was delicious.
I ordered Hamish’s milkshake in the takeaway cup already knowing that he would only eat his pizza at home. ( Honestly, It should just be standard practice to serve kids food in a takeaway box )
My only complaint would be that I was offered a rectangle food box to take home a full round kids pizza making me have to stack the pieces on top of each other and my poor OCD mind really struggled with that but also a child with sensory issues would hate to open a square box of food stacked on top of each other.
I never complain of the service here. In the years that we have visited this has to be the friendliest Spur franchise.
The waiters, management, front of house staff and child minder are always pleasant.
I would give this branch a 20 out of 10 for being child friendly. As a young girl I loved Spur, as an adult I still look for the same features that I loved as an 8 year old.
Things like your parents not having to ask for a colouring sheet and crayons, a special child’s menu, the waitress treating you like a ” big person” and patiently letting you order, fun food options that are presented well and a great play space.
This Spur ticks all those boxes.
A huge, clean play area with only one entering and tons of natural light from the windows awaits your child.
The friendly child minders engage and play with the kids and are hands on to watch that no one gets hurt .
Just a reminder that if you do use the facility, whilst it’s never required, leave a gratuity tip for your child minder.
The first thing you notice as you walk through the don’t is that they have a tag system to ensure the kids can’t leave the shop without someone being alerted.
A tag, similar to those found on clothing, is attached to your child’s outer clothing and you can rest assured that they are safe whilst playing.
Should they try leave the store, an alarm at the door will be activated. This offers parents peace of mind whilst dining.
Overall, many of us use a Spur as our go to meet up place or kids restaurant. Sometimes that means Spur know that parents will support them regardless of the type of service or level of food quality, so its great to find a Spur franchise that pride themselves on delivering the best parent and child experience from the moment you enter the door.
As of 2023 the transition of ECD ( early childhood development) which was moved from the department of social development to the department of education, will be in effect in South Africa.
Grade 00 is now compulsory
Parents need to do their homework
- -Qualified teachers who are trained to teach in an ECD environment.
- A school that is accredited and registered with the education department.
- Look for a school that values play based learning and child-led philosophy. Montessori, Reggio Emillia and Waldorf based schools hold these traits.
- Does the school value the students well being as being the most important factorover and above academic results?
- Look to see if the teachers are kind, gentle in approach and caring with positive dispositions. Your child’s teacher will spend the most time moulding them in their still formative years, that experience needs to be a positive, loving one.
- Does the school have and instill a strong sense of community?
- Is the teaching within the classroom fun, engaging, relevant , interactive and based on play?
- What discipline policy is in place. Is the child guided and supported as they grow and develop their social and self- regularly skills?
Brent’s been on leave for most of April and the beginning of May. We’ve loved having him at home and it’s been a fun mix of chaos and busy !
- Ysterplaat Airforce Base museum– This museum is free and divided into 2 parts. The first is the museum, which has a ton of memorabilia of the SAAF. The second is at hangar 4 where you get to get up close to the aircrafts and climb into some.
- Ten pin bowling at Grand west – This was a really fun outing for all of us and Hamish has asked to go again. At R60 an adult it was also super affordable as far as activities go.
- Canal walk kids world imagination station – Here Hamish got to create his own masterpiece for only R50
- Games arcades – There were a few visits to the arcades at both Canal walk and Grand west. I’m not a fan of arcades but Hamish loves them.
- Ratanga park– Also several visits here to ride bikes. I really love this park .
- The museum of Childhood- Another free museum. The museum of childhood is a wonderful space for children to learn, play and express themselves.
- The beach – Is it even a holiday without beach visits? We have found a local spot with rockpools that has become our favourite
- Spur and other fast food restaurants– Because who cooks when on holiday right?
- SANCCOB– This was a great visit to learn more about the workings behind the scene at SANCCOB penguin Rehabilitation center. If you are going please book in advance.
- Cool runnings – A fun family taboggan track with 1.2km of track to wind down . The guys loved this. You can see how much the guys enjoyed this here
- Majik forest – Another space we love. An open forest to picnic at or wander around. You can also feed the ducks on the water.
- Melkbossie animal farm – This farm yards Sanctuary is free to enter and animal food is R10 a bag . We love going here, grabbing some coffee and playing putt putt. Hamish enjoys feeding the animals and riding the horses.
- The Labia– I had a few invites to some screenings while Brent was on leave and we took Ronan on his birthday with Shaun to watch the lost city. The Labia has some great date night specials if you are looking.
- Intaka Island– We spent Easter Sunday doing a fun Easter egg hunt at Intaka Island. This little wetland is under R30 for an adult to enter and aside from watching birds, taking a hike you can also book a boat ride on the canals.
- Tablebay mall Easter veggie garden – Hamish got to join the fun at Tablevay mall over Easter and plant his own strawberries.
- Ostrich farm – We headed to the ostrich farm and Hamish loved the museum, learning about ostriches. He also stood on ostrich eggs, fed ostriches, sat on an ostrich and went to the scratch patch on site.
- McClaren circus – I don’t support animals in a circus so this was a difficult choice for me because I wanted Hamish to experience the joy, just once of going to the circus.