What’s on for Families This Long Weekend in Gauteng (27 April – 1 May)

Looking for something to do this long weekend in Gauteng? We have quite a few shows on the go to watch (frogs, Gruffalos, Winnie the Pooh and more) plus our Transformers Animatronics still doing their thing as well. (Want to win tickets to Transformers? go here.)

  1. The Frog Prince

One fateful day, when Prince Pierre refuses to kiss Wendalina the Wicked Witch, she curses him and turns him into a frog. The only way out? To kiss a real princess. 

This show runs on 28 April and 2 May at 10am at the National Children’s Theatre. Tickets are R70.

The address is Wynnstay Theatre at National Children’s Theatre Grounds, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown Johannesburg. 

You can book bookings@nctt.org.za or 0114841584. Their website is here. 

2. The Gruffalo Live

We’ve been mentioning this production for the past two weeks, but it really is an entertaining adaptation of the famous book. My four year old laughed and loved the mouse looking for the nut. Laura’s five year old thought it was hilarious too. Lots of physical theatre as three actors work the play.

I’ve just checked the times on their site

27 April: 11am

28 April: 11am and 3pm

29 April: 11am and 3pm

30 April: 3pm

They’re not open on the 1st and then on the 2nd it’s 11 and 3 and then you’ll have to check for the rest of the days  until the 7 May. 

The venue is Auto and General Theatre on the Square at Sandton Square. Tickets are R85 for adults and R75 for children under 16.

 

3. Transformers Animatronics

This is another one that’s been going strong for weeks and will keep going until the 28 May. 

We have a competition running at the moment where you can win tickets here. Read all about how much we enjoyed it. 

The exhibition features 12 animated Transformers (that’s Autobots, Decepticons, Rescue Bots and Dino Bots inclusive) There’s also this cool play area afterwards where the kids can build with various lego sizes and create their own transformer.

Adults pay R155,  children 5-17 are R100 and children under four are free. The family package is R440 for two adults and two children. It runs until 28 May from 10am till 7pm at the Red Shed at Emperor’s Palace. Drive all the way in right to the end past the casino and go park in the parking garage next to the Red Shed.  For more info see their website. 

4. Winnie the Pooh

You’ll appreciate Pooh’s sunny nature and his love of honey. Pooh and his friends go on expeditions, muse about honey and birthdays, tell jokes and sing songs. There are two shows daily: 9am and 11am during the school term and 10:30am and 11:30am on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings essential.

 
Peoples Theatre, cnr Loveday and Hoofd St, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
R130
 
5. Kinderspiel Theatre:

Friday, Freedom day 27th of April at 10am ‘Khanyisa tells Gogo’s stories’, physical performance and shadow theatre, acting and interaction with the children, 3-99

Saturday, 28th of April at 10am ‘Granny Susan incredible Part II’ written and performed by Avril Cummins. physical Theatre, come and meet the Granny with super hero powers! And bring grandchildren and your own granny along! Ages 3-99

39a Greenhill Rd, Emmarentia, Tel: 011 646 0870
Kinderspiel@telkomsa.net
Tickets R60 per person

 
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Win tickets to Transformers Animatronics!

The other day I saw a pair of Transformers socks at Pick n Pay and I bought them for Nicky. Now a few weeks ago he wouldn’t have even known who they were. But now Bumble Bee is his favourite and he is a definite fan. He put those stinky socks back in his cupboard and would have worn them again had I not whisked them away! We had such a good time at the Transformers Animatronics exhibition and now we want to share the experience with you. 

Internet TV service Showmax is giving away 5 sets of 4 tickets to the Transformer Animatronics exhibition at Emperor’s Palace, which runs until 28 May 2017.

This is quite an incredible exhibition as all the Transformers on display are made from car parts and other scrap.  They are real metal characters. No cuddly ones here! But still super cool to pose with Bumblebee and Optimus Prime. 

The first section is a display of all the Transformers which includes the Autobots and Decepticons plus the latest Dino Bots and famous Rescue Bots, the famed pre-school series that has expanded the Transformers fan base.

Nicky liked Bumble Bee but he was also fascinated with Megatron especially when I read on the text in front of his bike formation that he can also turn into a boat.

After the display there is a cinema where you can watch a 20 min movie and then there is a kid’s play area with Duplo blocks and large lego blocks. with food as well. There is also a rubbing activity where you can make impressions of your favourite transformers. 

You can read more about our visit at my post on my blog One Step at a Time.

While we were there at the exhibition, there were a few Showmax people walking around with clipboards telling us about Showmax. They will help you sign up and explain how to claim your 30 day voucher. Showmax makes sure that the Transformers fun doesn’t end. The kids can watch the Transformers Collection on Showmax as many times as they like once you get home!

 

 

And if Transformers is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of other things to watch on Showmax. There are also 1000s of top-quality, educational and fun kids shows for the kids to enjoy from Barbie to Paw Patrol for just R99. Take a look at all the fabulous family features available from at www.showmax.com/family

 

WIN 5 sets of 4 tickets to the Transformers Animatronics Exhibition! 

All you have to do is leave a comment below on why your family should go. 

Terms and conditions:

You must be a resident of SA to enter and able to get to the exhibition at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg.

Once winners are selected, they will receive a special ticket and will be able to book the day that suits them best up until 28 May. 

The competition will run for a week and then the winners will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page. 

 

 

Reasons why you need to vaccinate your child

It was Africa vaccination week on the 24 April. Vaccinations are one of those topics that often divide moms but in a continent like Africa especially, they are not an option.

Immunization currently averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. It averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves. In 2015, an estimated 7.8 million children under the age of one in the African Region were un/under vaccinated in the AFR. sourceVaccination Week|SA Mom Blogs

We have put together a few reasons why you should vaccinate your child. All four of my children have had chicken pox. The younger two got it through school which resulted in basically everyone getting it. It was not a fun time for us as parents, the children or the teachers. 

Vaccinating your child can save  their life.

Vaccines are quick, safe and effective. Yes there are sometimes a few side effects but they seldom last longer than 24 hours.

Getting your child vaccinated can save you time and money.  When my kids had chicken pox, I had to take time off work with the older two. There were Dr’s visits, meds etc. These far outweighed the cost of the actual vaccine. Vaccination Week|SA Mom Blogs

It is pretty easy to get your child vaccinated today and while some medicals don’t cover them, you can get the government vaccines done at Dischem or Clicks for a small admin fee. Remember the more people who vaccinate their children the less likely the risk of an outbreak of something like measles is.

This is a great post on what to expect when you take your newborn for their first vaccinations. 

This post was sponsored by Pampers.  You can follow them on Facebook and YouTube.

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What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (22-23 April)

This weekend you can dress up like a mad hatter, go on a color run, or a run/walk with your dog. Visit the Rand Show or Transformers Animatronics and watch the Gruffalo. 

 

  1. Break a Guinness World Record in Aid of the SPCA at the Madhatter’s Picnic on 22 April.

All is not quite what it seems as a White Rabbit, a Mad Hatter and a little girl called Alice host a most unusual tea party. Young and old are invited to put on their maddest hat and join the Mad Hatters’ Tea Party and set a Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland, in one place. The Mad Hatters’ Tea Party offers a trip down the Rabbit Hole, for the whole family. “Off with their Heads!” can be heard across Riversands Farm Village with Human Chess, a Pritt Hat Parade, Best Dressed competition, Chocolate Hunt and a host of surprises!

This attempt has officially been approved by the Guinness World Records and all attendees dressed up as a character from this much loved tale will be part of setting a new record. Picnics In The Park will be donating R5 for each person in costume to the Randburg, SPCA! 

 South Africa holds GWR’s records for the Most Vuvuzela’s Played Simultaneously which was over 12 000, Most Surfers Riding The Same Wave which was 110, Most Runners in an Ultra Marathon which was 14,343 and now we are attempting to add another record to the books.  This record has never been attempted anywhere in the world and for this attempt the organisers are hoping that at least 3000 crazy attendees will dress-up to make history and support this worthwhile local cause. To be a part of the Guinness World Record attempt you have to register and agree to the terms and conditions.

Alice In Wonderland Characters:

Alice, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Caterpillar, Tweedledee & Tweedledum, The Knave of Hearts, The King of Hearts, The White Rabbit, The March Hair and finally The Card Soldiers.

TIMES:
10:00 – Park Open, arrival for GWR attempt, Registration, Costume Approval.
12:30 – Guinness World Record Attempt: “Largest gathering of people dressed as Alice in Wonderland characters.”

13:00 – Access to main venue
14:00 – Movie (Alice in Wonderland 1951)
16:30 – Movie (Alice in Wonderland 2010)
18:30 – Through the Looking Glass (2016)
23:00 – Park Closes

VENUE:

Riversands Farm Village, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand.

BUY TICKETS HERE : http://bit.ly/2nmhFDf

FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK HERE https://www.facebook.com/events/1812783572340041/

*Pets are welcome but must be social, safe and on a leash. This is an all ages event.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND INCLUDE :
Parking | Games | Access to all films | All Games at the main venue.

 

2. Dogs Unite

Take a 5km walk to celebrate your furry friend in aid of the SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind. Registration is from 7:30am and the walk starts at 9am at Delta Park, Blairgowrie. Pay R180 per person with a dog, R80 without a dog and R30 for a child under 12. Visit guidedog.org.za for more information.  23 April. 

3. The Superhero Tour

The Color Run’s Superhero Tour will commence in Soweto, 23 April and visit the rest of the country in the next year. The run starts at 10am at the UJ campus and costs R270 per person, or R245 per person for teams of four or more. Visit thecolorrun.co.za for more. 

4. The Muses

On the 23 April The Muses will entertain for one night only. They are SA’s top performing string quartet.

Meet four drop-dead gorgeous, classically-trained virtuosos, all keen to get as many people on their feet and dancing the night away each time they unpack the contents of their two carefully considered albums.

The show is at 8pm at The Barnyard Theatre, Cresta Shopping Centre and tickets cost R150. Visit barnyardtheater.co.za. 

5. Whoops, I forgot to mention the Rand Easter Show last week! How could I do that?! This show is running until Sunday 23 April from 9am till 7pm at the Nasrec Centre.  Cost is R20-150. 

Anyway, please pop over to Charlene’s post here and read all about it!

 

STILL GOING STRONG , AS WE HAVE MENTIONED IN PREVIOUS WEEKS:

5. The Gruffalo

My four year old loved this production and had a good giggle in various places. The production runs until 7 May at various times at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square at Sandton Square. Tickets are R85 for adults and R75 for children under 16. Visit their website for more information.

6. Transformers Animatronics 

The exhibition features 12 animated Transformers (that’s Autobots, Decepticons, Rescue Bots and Dino Bots inclusive) There’s also this cool play area afterwards where the kids can build with various lego sizes and create their own transformer.

Adults pay R155,  children 5-17 are R100 and children under four are free. The family package is R440 for two adults and two children. It runs until 28 May from 10am till 7pm at the Red Shed at Emperor’s Palace. Drive all the way in right to the end past the casino and go park in the parking garage next to the Red Shed.  For more info see their website. 

Read my post on our visit here and stay tuned, we will be giving away tickets for this event next week on the blog!

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{Product Review} Furby: He’s furry, he’s irritating, but the kids love him…

We first met Furby towards the end of October last year when we were invited to see him at Toy Kingdom at Sandton on a Friday morning. I was on a mid term break and it seemed a good idea at the time to have a little outing before we did our grocery shopping. Little did I know that blue furry toy would worm its way into Nicky’s heart and stay there quite firmly.

Nicky had a lot of fun playing with the toy and was quite sad to leave him behind. I think he thought the promotional box we received contained the toy and was a bit upset that there was no blue furry creature inside.

From then on we never heard the end of it.

When we asked him what he wanted for Christmas we were very firmly told “Furby”. Now Furbs does not come cheap, and swinging R2000 seemed a bit  much, so we left it for a while before we decided. Towards the end of November there were lots of specials online but even a drum set could not tempt our kid. He was locked on Furby. 

My husband found him online and we received the desired toy in a box. He went all the way to the Eastern Cape with us for Christmas. 

On Christmas day Nicky was so happy to get his gift. He was walking around with Furby the whole time. The reason Nicky is not in the  Christmas dinner photo is because he passed out after having a tantrum about it. I refused to have the chattering toy at the Christmas dinner table. This was too much to bear and after an early morning his engine konked out as he was sulking over Furby on the couch.

For the next car trip on our journey we told Nicky that Furby needed to sleep. (That is what the sleep mask is for. Do not lose it!}

Furby has a few cute sayings that make me smile:

“Rock abye Furby on the tree top….”

“What the Furb?”

“Light as a feather, soft as a Furb.”

“To Furb or not to Furb, that is Question.” Very profound, Furby. 

Furby

Insert batteries underneath Furby

Actually Furb comes to an end pretty quickly if you have him going all day long. After 15-28 hours of being awake he needs new batteries. For us this lasted a few days and then we got rechargeables. You’ll see Furby went along with us on holiday and even took the top bunk bed when we stayed over in Bloemfontein. 

Furby on a bunk bedWhen we started school again my boss was curious about Furby since she’d also had the toy around when her kids were younger.  Nicky brought him in for a “Show and Tell” and three other kids pestered their parents until they got the toy too. 

The thing is, once a kid sees Furby, they are hooked. It’s cute. It talks (own language, but anyway…). It’s like a little friend, and it makes them laugh.

There are a lot of cool things that Furby can do, I’ll just mention a few:

There’s an app you can download and interact with on the IPad. There are also more things you can feed it on the app. 

Furby has a few rude noises. He can burp and fart when you pull his tail. There’s even a part on the app where you can hold him over the toilet. Gross, yes, but little kids love it.

 

When it wakes up he is normally hungry. He will ask to be fed and you put your finger in his beak. You will actually see the food flash past on his eyes (e.g. watermelon, pizza).

 

He has very expressive eyes and you’ll see all sorts of movement on the eye screen. 

 

When you’ve had enough of Furby you can put him to sleep with his sleep mask. He is very cute when he goes to sleep, most commonly saying “Power nap!”

 

Furby is available at leading toy stores and Vodacom too. He’s available in blue, pink and purple.

For more info see this website. 

What’s On This Easter Weekend Gauteng, Cape Town, PE and Durban linkup (14-17 April)

A long weekend stretches ahead… what are your plans? If you’re looking for ideas, you’ve come to the right place. There’s lots to do in Gauteng, from Transformers, to the Gruffalo, to lots of Easter fun events. In Cape Town we have lego and 3 D illusions. In PE there are a number events centred around the Splash festival. I have also linked up to a number of Easter events in Durban on the Family Outings blog. 

Gauteng: 

  1. Transformer Weekend alert!

If you are a Transformer fan, you have a treat in store this weekend. There are two events going on. One is the Transformers Animatronics at Emperor’s Palace and an activation at Eastgate. So if you want to have a Transformers day, go to Emperor’s Palace in the morning for two hours and then swing by Eastgate on the way back to check out more Transformers. 

a) Transformers Animatronics

I’ve had this on our what’s on list for weeks now, but I finally got to visit this past Sunday. It was a really nice morning out for Nicky and I wrote about it all in this post here. 

The exhibition features 12 animated Transformers (that’s Autobots, Decepticons, Rescue Bots and Dino Bots inclusive) There’s also this cool play area afterwards where the kids can build with various lego sizes and create their own transformer.

Adults pay R155,  children 5-17 are R100 and children under four are free. The family package is R440 for two adults and two children. It runs until 28 May from 10am till 7pm at the Red Shed at Emperor’s Palace. Drive all the way in right to the end past the casino and go park in the parking garage next to the Red Shed.  For more info see their website. 

b) Transformers Roadblock

This event is brought to you by Hasbro toys. You can meet your fave Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee.

The activation will also be featuring Optimus Prime in vehicle mode, a Transformers play area, an area to watch the latest Transformers Robots in Disguise animated TV series and stand a chance to win Transformers prizes at the Transformers Spin to Win wheel! I’ll also be checking it out so watch our Twitter for pics and news! And this one is free. 

13 – 17 April, at the Main Mall Court next to Edgars, Eastgate Shopping Centre from 10:00 am.

2. The Graffalo Live on Stage

We went to watch this on Tuesday and Nicky had a ball. He was giggling a lot. His favourite part was when the narrator kept hiding the nut away from the mouse who was trying to find it with a “nut map!” Very funny. There is a lot of physical theatre here, very expressive, lots of movement and dance, which is ideal for children. There is audience participation too!

I have to commend the actors on their sterling performance and their ability to change into the different characters. Three actors work the entire play, with one being the animals, one being the mouse, and one being the narrator and the Gruffalo. 

As you’ll know, this book is a classic written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It follows a wily mouse who invents a character called the Gruffalo to chase away the enemies of a fox, snake and owl. These creatures are very creatively reproduced on stage with comedic flair. The only part Nicky didn’t like was the singing. Oh well.  The book takes on a whole new meaning now and he has been wanting to read it every night since we saw this production. 

The production runs until 7 May at various times at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square at Sandton Square. Tickets are R85 for adults and R75 for children under 16. Visit their website for more information.

3. Easter Fun

a) Easter Workshop

From 15-16 April at the Rosebank mall, 10am-5pm there will be free children’s workshops with a photo with the Easter Bunny between 1pm and 3pm

b) SOS Easter Family Event

At this family you can join the hunt for the Easter Bunny and his Easter goodies. The theme is Alice in Wonderland so dress up in fun hats and outfits. There will be lots of entertainment, food and beverages.  It begins at 3pm on 15 April at The Dam at De Vos farm in Midrand. Bookings at quicket.co.za. 

c) Easter night hunt

Also on 15 April, children between 2 and 12 can take part in a night time Easter egg hunt. Gates open at 6pm and entrance is R45 per adult, R15 for scholars and R10 for the hunt.  Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. Contact Samantha 0861001278. 

d) Kiddies Easter events

Pot and face painting as well as a tractor ride and an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny will be happening at Garden World in Muldersddrift at 10am, 16-17 April. Entrance is R50 which includes the pot, paint, seedlings, face painting and the hunt.  For more information & to book, contact them on 011 956 3003 or 011 957 2545 and also see their website

e) Silverstar Casino

Silverstar Casino are running the Easter Playground everyday from 10am to 5pm from the 1st April to the 17th April. What’s more, it’s totally free!

So pack a change of clothes for the kids and head out for a day of fun, while you relax at any one of the many restaurants in the Outdoor Arena. They have childminders to help the kids on all the rides.

I’ve taken this directly from Sharon’s post and you can read about all the fun her kids had there. 

 

Cape Town:

Musical Showcase Easter Weekend at the V&A Waterfront:

Easter Weekend: 14 to 17 April
Friday, 14 April 12h00 to 14h00 Food Truck Fridays Silo District
18h00 to 1900 Musical showcase: Manouche V&A Amphitheatre
Saturday, 15 April 18h00 to 1900 Musical showcase: Southern Wild V&A Amphitheatre
Sunday, 16 April 18h00 to 1900 Musical showcase: Hot Water Duo V&A Amphitheatre
17h30 to 20h00 Sunset Tango Pierhead Deck
Monday, 17 April 18h00 to 1900 Musical showcase: The Nomadic Orchestra V&A Amphitheatre

 

Easter festivities abound at the V&A Waterfront this year, with a line-up of impressive musical performances at the V&A Amphitheatre, to keep visitors’ feet tapping and spirits soaring during the long weekend.

 Held every day from 6 to 7pm during the long weekend, V&A Waterfront visitors can look forward to free performances by some of South Africa’s most revered local talent, including Manouche, Southern Wild, The Nomadic Orchestra, and Hot Water.

 A group of four talented Capetonian musicians, Manouche is known for their modern take on traditional Gypsy jazz, blending this sound together with a little tango, waltz, folk, R&B, hip hop and electro swing, which they have performed at well-known local music festivals such as Rocking the Daisies and Up the Creek. They will perform on Friday, 14 April.

 Following Manouche the next day, Saturday 15 April, is local rock band Southern Wild, who are taking time out from recording their debut EP to share a little Easter cheer.

 Hot Water takes the stage at the V&A Amphitheatre on Easter Sunday, 16 April, will bring their ‘South African folk rock’ to the V&A Amphitheatre. Known for their lively stage presence, Hot Water’s utterly danceable rhythms will help you shake off the feast from earlier in the day.

 The Easter weekend performances close with a show from The Nomadic Orchestra on Monday, 17 April, who will end the weekend on an energetic note with their unique take on South Eastern European music. Citing Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian, gypsy and circus music as an influence, Nomadic Orchestra is known for its fantastical sound, and only performs original songs, written by the band itself.

 

As mentioned last week, the kid’s fun continues at this location.

Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July 10h00 to 19h00 Incredible Illusions Exhibition

(last admission at 18h00)

The Watershed
       
Tuesday, 11 April to Sunday, 16 April 09h00 to 19h00 The LEGO Play Experience Centre Court, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

Incredible Illusions: Jaw-dropping 3D illusions

Incredible Illusions, the largest collection of 3D illusions created by master artist Kurt Wenner, comes to the V&A Waterfront this autumn from Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July, to enthral both young and old alike. Comprising a jaw-dropping Grand Gallery of 360° 3D illustrations supported by a collection of humorous and adventurous images, this will be the exhibition’s first stopover on the African continent.

Incredible Illusions is the antithesis of the traditional exhibition experience: with no hallowed halls, soft chamber music, and certainly no photography bans, the travelling exhibition instead encourages interactivity and even the use of cellphones and personal interaction, to make each visit a customised experience. Visitors can share their visit with the world on social media and let their illusionary experience live a little longer.

Fun from beginning to end, the Incredible Illusions exhibition includes an “art jamming” zone where children and adults alike can learn the basics of 3D artwork to express themselves creatively. An educational zone tells the brief story of ‘Pavement Art’ and how the mathematical field of geometry plays a pivotal role in compiling a 3D design.

Tickets are available for pre-purchasing at www.webtickets.co.za or www.incredibleillusions.co.za

The LEGO Play Experience

Little ones will have the chance to become a LEGO Master Builder at the V&A Waterfront these holidays, with the LEGO Play Experience in the Centre Court of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre from Tuesday, 11 to Sunday, 16 April.

 

With exciting prizes up for grabs to the most creative, determined and innovative LEGO Builders, children can let their imaginations run wild with one of the largest LEGO collections they’ve likely ever seen! Free to attend, the LEGO Play Experience will be open at the Centre Court from 9am to 7pm daily.

Here is their online events calendar. 

Any more CT events? Leave them in the comments. Also if you are a Cape Town blogger who gets a lot of press releases on these kinds of events / goes to them and would like to write about them, I’d be keen to link up! 

 

Port Elizabeth:

My home town of PE will be having the Splash Festival this weekend. On the agenda is:

  • Steph the Hypnotist: 15 April 15:00 – 15:45 on the main stage, and 16 April 14:00 till 14:45
  • Kid’s Entertainment on the Coca Cola Stage: 15 April: 11:00 – 11:45 and 14:00 – 14:45
  • Fireworks display: 15 April 8pm, Hobie Beach.
  • Easter Egg hunt, 16 April at 11:00 till 11:45
  • Belino the Clown, 16 April at 13:00 till 13:45

I’ve only highlighted the children’s entertainment, there is a lot more on the go like the sporting events, music and stalls. So go ahead and check out the website for more details. 

Durban:

The Family Outings Blog has a few highlights. Go and check them out!
Mega Easter Hunt @ Ushaka
Easter Eggsplorer Egg Hunt @ Botanic Gardens
Hop Hop Hooray @ Watercress Mall
The Hillcrest Corner Easter Egg Hunt

 

Happy Easter everyone! May you have a very blessed weekend. 

 

If you have any events you want to share email heather@samomblogs.co.za. If you would like your event in the top slot you can reserve it for R250.   
 
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Win a Barbie Video Game Hero Memory Game Doll plus DVD worth R800!

Barbie Video Game Hero ​Memory Game Doll In case you thought that Barbie was all blonde and dumb, this new version will put that myth to shame with a game that tests your memory using the lights on her belt and skirt.  Barbie also enters a new dimension in a video game format, using her roller skates to propel herself onto new adventures.  We are giving away this doll and a DVD worth R800 on the blog today.

Test your memory with this ultra-cool doll inspired by the anime world just like in the movie. Her colourful racing look hides a fun, interactive game within its anime fashion elements.

How does it work?

Barbie Video Game Hero ​Memory Game Doll faceTo get started, push the button on her belt and the doll’s purple skirt lights up with a pattern using three coloured lights. Your goal is to repeat the pattern using the corresponding colorful buttons on her belt. As more patterns are successfully matched, they become more challenging and five different levels can test different memories to the max.

This Barbie comes with real working roller skates and helmet, all ready to take off! And as you can see, there’s not much blonde hair around. We are multicoloured here!

The DVD we are giving away is all about  how Barbie is pulled into her favourite video game who must rely on her amazing gaming skills and out of the box thinking to save her team and beat the game.

Here’s a trailer of the DVD:

 

There are also other products in this new range, including Barbie Video Game Hero Barbie doll, Barbie Video Game Hero Ken doll , Barbie Video Game Hero Friend Doll , Barbie hero vehicle play set . Barbie will be all set to have friends and super cool wheels as she rolls around her game in her roller skates.  

All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter prompts below! The more things you do, the greater your chance of winning!

Terms and conditions:

You must be resident in South Africa.

The winner will be emailed and announced on our Facebook page in a week’s time.

 

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban (8-9 April)

Lots happening this weekend. Some schools are on holiday and Easter is nearly here. This week we bring you three cities. In Gauteng you can go to a market/ show, ride a bike, make a chocolate bunny or see the Transformers. In Cape Town we have activities happening at the V&A Waterfront and a Transformers activation also happening there. In Durban the Slime Fest is in full swing. 

GAUTENG:

  1. Belly Blesssings Maternity and Baby Market

This is happening in Pretoria. 8 April 2017 from 8:30am-15:00pm. This market is being held to offer moms beautiful, handmade goods. Come support small businesses who are passionate about pregnancy and the blessing thereof. Also featuring Myang, who we have posted about on this blog before (this giveaway and this post about sensory processing disorder and shoes). 

2. Off The Beant ‘N Track Mountain Bike Family Fun Day.

Off the Beat ‘n Track is a spectacular new event which combines music, family and sport to create a great day for families to enjoy the amazing outdoors of the South African landscape, while being entertained by celebrated musicians.

Rides will occur in a safe and secure environment from; 2km (for toddlers), 5km, 15km and 50km (for experienced mountain bikers) through the heart of one of Gauteng’s best kept secrets in Irene – situated almost halfway between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

 

Date: Saturday 8 April, 7:00 am

Venue: The Big Red Barn, Irene

Race Entry Fee:

  • 50km (12yrs+ ONLY) – R227
  • 15km (9yrs+ ONLY) – R170
  • 5km – Adult – R114, 
  • 5km – Kids (6-9yrs ONLY) – R91
  • 2km (4-5yrs ONLY) – R91
those who want to join but Not cycle:
  • Adult – R68
  • Kids (2–12 years) R40

For more info and bookings go to Jacarandafm.com. 

3. Easter with Lindt

Children six years and older will be able to mould their own Lindt Gold Bunny and create and decorate their own Lindt chocolate garden at the chocolate studio, Shop 38, Design Quarter Shopping Centre.

Classes are at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm on 8 April, 12-15 April and cost R195.  For more info visit their website. 

4. The Walkerville Agricultural Show

This lifestyle expo is fun for the whole family. There will be entertainment, crafts, over 100 stalls, equestrian events, a food court and beer garden plus a play area and entertainment for kids. Entrance is R40 per car and the show is open from 9am till late on 8 and 9 April.  

See their website for further details.

5. Transformers Animatronics

Still running, and I really want to try and see them this weekend. 

It is a travelling exhibition which features 12 animated Transformers, sculptures made from car parts and other statues. Children are able to build their own Transformers using waste materials in the activation zone.

Adults are R155, children 5-17 are R100 and children under four go free. The family package of R440 is for two adults an two children. It runs until 28 May from 10am -7pm at Emperor’s Palace. Visit transformersafrica.com for details.

Also: next weekend the activation currently visiting Cape Town (see below) will be at Eastgate so stay tuned for those details. 

 

CAPE TOWN:

  1. V & A Waterfront activities and entertainment.
V&A WATERFRONT: EASTER ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
Date Time Activity / Entertainment Venue
Monday, 3 April                to Sunday, 9  April 12h00 to 12h30

13h00 to 13h30

14h00 to 14h30

Kids Theatre: The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure V&A Amphitheatre
Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July 10h00 to 19h00 Incredible Illusions Exhibition

(last admission at 18h00)

The Watershed
Tuesday, 11 to Wednesday,12 April

Saturday, 22 April

11h00 to 12h00 Cradle of Creativity: Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams

Marimba Jam

Richard Antrobus – Being Norm

V&A Amphitheatre
Tuesday, 11 April to Sunday, 16 April 09h00 to 19h00 The LEGO Play Experience Centre Court, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

 

Kids Theatre: The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure

The V&A Waterfront’s school holidays begin with the new Kids Theatre programme at the Amphitheatre, which will show performances of the V&A Waterfront’s first ever children’s play, The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure, three times a day from Monday, 3 April to Monday , 10 April.

Set entirely in the picturesque V&A Waterfront, The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure will follow Amy, a brave, adventure-seeking girl, who sets out to find an unknown treasure hidden somewhere in the Waterfront. Along the way she encountering many strange characters along the way, including an odd tour guide, talking seagulls, a gambling cave troll, prankster clownfish, and a loveable shark, making for a very interesting treasure hunt.

Incredible Illusions: Jaw-dropping 3D illusions

Incredible Illusions, the largest collection of 3D illusions created by master artist Kurt Wenner, comes to the V&A Waterfront this autumn from Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July, to enthral both young and old alike. Comprising a jaw-dropping Grand Gallery of 360° 3D illustrations supported by a collection of humorous and adventurous images, this will be the exhibition’s first stopover on the African continent.

Incredible Illusions is the antithesis of the traditional exhibition experience: with no hallowed halls, soft chamber music, and certainly no photography bans, the travelling exhibition instead encourages interactivity and even the use of cellphones and personal interaction, to make each visit a customised experience. Visitors can share their visit with the world on social media and let their illusionary experience live a little longer.

Fun from beginning to end, the Incredible Illusions exhibition includes an “art jamming” zone where children and adults alike can learn the basics of 3D artwork to express themselves creatively. An educational zone tells the brief story of ‘Pavement Art’ and how the mathematical field of geometry plays a pivotal role in compiling a 3D design.

Tickets are available for pre-purchasing at www.webtickets.co.za or www.incredibleillusions.co.za

Cradle of Creativity: Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams

Hot on the heels of The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure is the Cradle of Creativity’s Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams, a series of preview performances at the V&A Amphitheatre these Easter holidays, from Tuesday, 11 to Wednesday 12 March, returning to the stage again on Saturday, 22 April.

Being held ahead of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People, set to be held at the V&A Waterfront later this year, Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams will give young spectators a taste of the some of the most exciting international and local theatre for young audiences that will be on show at the ASSITEJ World Congress. Performances will be held between 11am and 5pm and are free to attend.

The LEGO Play Experience

Little ones will have the chance to become a LEGO Master Builder at the V&A Waterfront these holidays, with the LEGO Play Experience in the Centre Court of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre from Tuesday, 11 to Sunday, 16 April.

With exciting prizes up for grabs to the most creative, determined and innovative LEGO Builders, children can let their imaginations run wild with one of the largest LEGO collections they’ve likely ever seen! Free to attend, the LEGO Play Experience will be open at the Centre Court from 9am to 7pm daily.

 

2. Transformers Roadblock

Transformers roadblock takes place on: 

  • 7th, 8th and 9th April  at the V&A Waterfront, H&M court from 10:00
  • 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th April at the Main Mall Court next to Edgars, Eastgate Shopping Centre from 10:00 am

And will also be featuring Optimus Prime in vehicle mode, a Transformers play area, an area to watch the latest Transformers Robots in Disguise animated TV series and stand a chance to win Transformers prizes at the Transformers Spin to Win wheel!

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee can’t wait to meet you!

 

DURBAN:

Slime Fest

Now it is Durban’s turn to enjoy all that Nickelodeon has to offer in the form of lots of slime and entertainment! You can read my latest post on NickFest 2017 in Joburg here, but I think the Durban version is going to have a different spin on events. 

The Kiffness, Twins on Decks, Emtee, Timo ODV and K.O join previously announced artists Cassper Nyovest and Mafikizolo for a spectacular family-friendly jamboree of music, Nickelodeon TV characters, and lots and lots of slime – as uShaka Marine World is transformed into a icky, sticky, squelchy green and orange paradise for all the family to enjoy.

Older kids will delight in a host of games and day-long activities: head for the interactive Slime Zone for an epic Slime Blaster Battle: take a relaxing Slime Shower, slither around on the Zorb Ball Slime Pool; or get to grips with your arch-enemy during a bout of Slime Sumo.  For the younger kids, there’ll be singalongs from their favourite Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora & Friends, Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol, and those green amphibious heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A dedicated Pre School Zone for very young children will be hosted in the Kids’ Corner.

For more info visit their website here. 

For other Durban events, particularly markets,  go to Family Outings. 

 

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{Momentrepreneur} Meet Helene: Brilliant Mommy Bag Boutique owner: “Be present in the moment and roll with the punches”

Today we meet a “Brilliant Mommy”, Helene, who uses this name for  the handbags she makes. She encourages us to keep going in all circumstances, to be flexible and adaptable about your business plan and to have some style!

  1. Tell us about yourself, a bit of background.

I am 37 years old and married for 14 years with two kiddies aged 6 and 4.  While being born and raised in PE, we relocated to Pretoria right after we got married because my husband accepted a job offer here.  I am an entrepreneur at heart.  I am an avid handbag admirer. I was born that way.  I was also born with an exceptional talent for crafting – sewing and crochet.  Apart from the techniques my mom taught me, I’m self-taught in the rest.  However, if it wasn’t for the sewing environment that my mom created, or all the times she let me use her machine and took me to the fabric store patiently listening to all my ideas and buying the fabric, today would not have been one of the best days of my life.

 

  1. What were you doing before you started this business?

I completed my three years Professional Accountant Articles after my studies and started ‘my first real job’ in 2005.  Eleven years later I resigned at that company, having started out as the Assistant Accountant and ended as the Chief Financial Officer, to start my own business.

 

  1. Is your business full time or part time and why?

It was a difficult decision my husband and I had to make, but in the end, it was better for me personally to have an end and a beginning between my corporate job and my own business.  There simply was not enough hours in the day to run both and give each the quality attention it deserved.  So, the 31st of December 2016 was my last day ‘at work’ and the 1st of January 2017 was my first day at Brilliantmommy Bag Boutique.  It started off as a Kiddies Bag Boutique but I have now added a range for unordinary moms as well.  A Crafting Bag Boutique is on the horizon.

 

  1. How do you juggle the responsibilities of being a mom with your work?

Fortunately, when I started Brilliantmommy Bag Boutique, I was already in the habit of sticking to routine because of having a corporate job for so long.  Getting the kids to school at a specific time, setting up a meal plan over the weekend, doing the shopping and doing washing every other night.  I just kept to the same routine once I started Brilliantmommy.  Sure, running a business at home gives me time to do some things during the day, but I have found that I still prefer doing ‘home stuff’ in the evening and devoting my day time to the business when everybody is away.  I’m also blessed with a hands-on husband.  Even though I am home during the day he still respects my working hours and continues with his share of the responsibilities of raising kids.

 

  1. Do you have a business plan? If so, can you share a bit about your strategy to make it successful?

I have a business plan.  It is etched in my brain.  I think about it daily.  Yes, I have a marketing strategy all written out and yes, I have a sales target all graphed out.  But I’m sure like all of you entrepreneurs out there know, if you don’t have flexibility in your arsenal and you don’t know how to compromise on your targets like a grown-up you will get discouraged very fast.  As a start-up, my strategy to make my business plan successful is to just keep it in mind for now – envisioning it as the where-you-want-to-be-in-five-year’s-time – but to be present in the moment and roll with the punches.  At this stage, if I’m just successful at keep on keeping on, I will consider it a win.

 

  1. How do you get clients/ market yourself?

I already had a Facebook and Instagram following because I used my accounts to showcase my crochet creations.  I considered this a very valuable position to be in. But once it was converted to show content of Brilliantmommy’s Bag Boutique the interaction from the followers dwindled.  This became one of the biggest eye-openers for me and proof of the subject I read about most:  target market.  Yes, I have about 1000 followers over social media, but that 1000 was not even remotely interested in what I had to offer now.  This brought about my first flexibility test to change my marketing strategy to hit that perfect button with the existing followers.  I’m still at it, and unfortunately, I cannot say that I have succeeded yet.  In addition to my existing social media accounts, I have now signed up with a community online craft market in search of more exposure.  I have joined a collaboration for a pop-up shop.  And, of course, I’m writing this piece as well!

 

  1. What’s your biggest challenge right now?

Honestly, to encourage myself every day.  It gets lonely – especially if you post on social media and there is not even one comment.  You cannot gauge what people are thinking or feeling if they don’t respond.  That feeling that someone out there is appreciating your product is missing.  Secondly, to get just the right seating in the market – that perfect place or person that wants to hear what you are saying and putting out there.  Thirdly, to start making money.  Money does bring happiness – not the physical stuff happiness (not now anyway) but the feeling of success happiness (you have attempted something and it worked!).

 

  1. Did you need a lot of money to start off? And how long was it before you made a profit?

No, you don’t need a lot of money to start off. You do need a lot of money to keep going in the months after you have cut off a big stream of income.  My biggest expense was the creation of my website.  Thereafter it was buying the fabric to start making bags. Things such as business cards and a deposit with the courier company sort of happened by its own and was in hindsight not a pre-requisite to start off.  Monthly expenses such as website hosting, ecommerce facility, accounting- and payroll software makes it difficult to generate a profit when sales are low.

  1. What makes your business unique from other brands?

Brilliantmommy’s bags are not mass produced.  They are mostly unique.  They are fashioned after the latest handbag- and colour trends.  It’s important that they are practical and will suit the lifestyle of a mom – especially a mom that is fed-up with being ordinary.  Fabric such as cotton canvas are used in the production that makes the bags machine washable – the kiddies bags especially.  Although the bags are structured, they are surprisingly lightweight. So, no more walking around with a bag that has spots on it or feeling the need to replace the bag because it has become grimy – just pop it in the machine.  Also, no more sore shoulders due to lugging about that insanely heavy bag!  The weight of your Brilliantmommy bag will mostly depend on what you carry around in it! 

 

  1. Share with us your social media links and website.

You can find me here:

www.brilliantmommy.co.za

https://hdme.co/pages/seller-profile?brilliantmommy

You can follow me here:

https://www.facebook.com/Brilliantmommy-your-Bag-Boutique-1345502925528908/

https://www.facebook.com/brilliantmommysouthafrica/

https://www.instagram.com/brilliantmommy_southafrica/

 

Joburg Bloggers! Helene will be giving away a prize at our #JoziMeetup. Have you booked your spot yet? 

 

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What’s on this weekend (1-2 April)

This weekend in Gauteng you can sit back and watch a movie, or go out and have a jol at the Fantasy Fayre or Huawei Joburg Day. Listen to some classical music with your kid @Little Maestros. We also have two theatre productions and the Transformers which are still showing.

  1. Smurfs:The Lost Village

Smurfette and her best friends Briany, Clumsy and Hefty embark on a thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest to find a lost village before the evil wizard does, only to stumble upon the biggest secret in Smurf history. Check out the movie at your local cinema. 

 

2. Fantasy Fayre

This medieval inspired market has a number of fantasy themed stalls and various games for the whole family to enjoy, from Game of Kings (Viking Chess) to archery. Open from 10am till 5pm at The Moors Castle, Muldersdrift. Tickets are R25 online or R40 at the gate. 

Visit their website. 

3. Huawei Joburg Day in the Park

The picnic style concert boasts a stellar line up of South African bands and performers, including Goldfish, Mafikizolo, Gangs of Ballet,  Freshlygound and Locnville. 

The venue is Emmarentia and the time is 9am till 6pm. Tickets are R350 from ticketpros.co.za

4. Little Maestros

Classical music is a brilliant developmental tool for children from birth to age 6, boosting brain development and concentration. With this concert series, aimed specifically at the younger listeners, Little Maestros offer a relaxed environment where little ears learn through Mozart Bach and well-known nursery rhymes.

This Saturday the theme is  “BRASS BONANZA”

Please book your tickets on Quicket: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/24897-little-maestros-johannesburg-montecasino/

Adults R 100.00 pp
Children R 20.00 pp
Family Package: R 200.00 (2 Adults and 2 Children)

 

 

 

Regarding the rest of our events, these have been on the blog before and you can read last week’s one for  Transformers, Freckleface Strawberry and Winnie the Pooh kids.