I’m super excited this week to add another blogger to our post! Not only do we have Cassie, representing Gauteng, but we now have Kathleen, writing What’s On posts for Durban. Thanks also to Cassey Toi and Sarah Huddy who forward me things for Cape Town!! And Shaney who gave a nice list for Gauteng this holidays!
I’m starting off this week sharing about a toy store that has events both in Joburg and Cape Town. Kids love toys, don’t they, so these events are sure to be a hit:
Hamley’s Events in Both Joburg and Cape Town:
Cape Town = Hamleys V&A Waterfront, Joburg = Hamleys Greenstone and Hamleys Nelson Mandela Square
- Post a letter to Santa:You can now post your letter in the Hamleys post box and the Hamleys Elves will deliver it straight to Santa in the North Pole. The Hamleys Elves will be collecting the letters daily so don’t miss out! Remember, they love getting their pictures taken so make sure you get an “Elfie” with them and #HamleysSA on Facebook or Tweet us @HamleysSA!Time: 12pm & 3pm & 5pmDate: 4 – 24 December
Venue: All three Hanley’s Stores.
2. Star Wars Green Screen:
To celebrate the release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Hamleys are bringing you a day of Star Wars fun! Come along and have your photograph taken in front of the Star Wars green screen!
Pose with your favourite characters and take home a FREE photograph to show all your friends! Make sure you come along in fancy dress so you look the part for your starring role!
Times: 11am – 3pm
Dates: 13 December: V& A Waterfront, 16 December Nelson Mandela Square & 17 December Greenstone Mall.
The all new Transformers are here and now it’s faster than ever to flip into action. Hamleys are bringing the Transformers time challenge to life! The challenge is on and you need to convert your favourite transformer hero from autobot to vehicle mode as fast as you can! Time scores are kept and the quickest time of the day wins a Transformer prize! PLUS, meet Transformer Bumblebee himself! Remember to post your pic and use the #HamleysSA
Times: 11am – 3pm
Dates: 16 December Nelson Mandela Square, 17 December: Greenstone Mall, 20 December: V & A Waterfont.
4. JOBURG ONLY: Christmas Photo
Lights, Camera, Action! Get ready for some serious holiday fun! Hamleys wants you to strike a pose and have your Christmas photo taken with the Hamleys elves or Hamley and Hattie bear. You will get a FREE photo to take home and remember the 2015 holidays when you visited Hamleys!
Times: 1pm – 4pm
Dates: 13 December Greenstone Mall, 20 December Nelson Mandela Square
5. JOBURG GREENSTONE ONLY: Frozen Singing Booth
The greatest animated movie of all time is back! Experience Frozen, the hit musical from Walt Disney animation studios, like never before in an all new, sing along edition. It’s pure enchantment, full of fun for the whole family…and it’s free. Visit Hamleys this December to have a go at “Let it Go” in the Frozen singing booth!
Times: All day
Date: 4 December – 31 December 2015
Venue: Hamleys Greenstone Shopping Centre
6. CAPE TOWN ONLY: Hello Kitty (this is for you, Tanya, just hop on a plane then!)
Hello Kitty is calling on fans – young and old – to do “one kind thing” for someone, no matter how big or small, and make a difference to someone’s day, and possibly even their life. Hello Kitty herself will be visiting Hamleys V&A and fans can meet her and have the opportunity to take photos with her and get a FREE button badge (while stocks last).
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Date: 11 December 2015
Venue: Only at Hamleys in V&A Waterfront
And while we’re on Cape Town and Joburg, don’t forget about Adventure Clubs which have activities all year round where you can do things with your kids. Just sign up and you can pick and choose from the adventures they send you.
And now off to our regular locations:
Cassie has a a comprehensive post to keep little ones busy these holidays. including holiday clubs.
Shaney has some great ideas: 10 Events to attend with kids in Gauteng many of which are happening in the next few days.
- Join Barni on a journey of discovery at Barni’s Great Big Learning Adventure
If you go down to The Zone at Rosebank in December, you are in for a big surprise… because Barni’s Learning Adventure activation is set to arrive!
Barni the Bear’s Great Big Learning Adventure will be held at The Zone in Rosebank from Saturday 12th until Friday 18th December 2015 and will be open daily from 10am – 4pm. Entrance is free, all you need to do is arrive with your family and enjoy the journey of fun and adventure.
Step into a “giant pop-up book” themed play area, and explore a world of adventure and learning with Barni the Bear. Let your children, aged 3 – 7 years, explore Barni’s art, music and play areas, assisted by a team of friendly helpers.
Catch the Barni show on the hour every hour – a fun musical adventure with a life-sized Barni Bear. Finally, treat yourself and your little ones to a delicious Barni bear shaped sponge cake with a yummy hidden chocolate centre. The spongy bear cake is a mouth-watering treat that invites kids’ imaginations to explore, while it feeds their body with the familiar ingredients moms use in their kitchens – flour, eggs, milk and chocolate. Barni contains no colourants, preservatives or trans fats, making it the perfect treat for little explorers.
If you can’t attend Barni’s Learning Adventure activation, be sure to visit select retail outlets to try Barni out for yourself. Barni is available as single units or in a box of five, with a recommended retail price (RRP) of R5.99 and R27.99, respectively.
Join in the conversation and share your #BarniBear journey of discovery on social media.
2. Paw Patrol Heroes at Sandton City
Puppy power hits Sandton City this week as Nick Jr.’s doggy-themed festive extravaganza gets under way (4-24 December, Sandton City).
Bring your little ones to the Fountain Court, Sandton City from the 4-24 December to learn about staying safe with the Paw Patrol team, and join in some fun sing-a-longs with Marshall (an excitable 6-year old Dalmatian pup who’s the team’s fire dog) and Chase (an athletic 7-year old German Shepherd police dog who’s definitely leader of the pack). Plus there’s meet and greets with the characters and other fun activities such as building block pits and craft stations.
Paw Patrol interactive singalong shows are at 10:00 am, 13:00 pm, 16:00 pm and 18:00 pm daily, with meet and greets at 11:00 am, 14:00 pm and 17:00 pm.
3. McDonalds Happy Camp
This weekend is at Southgate mall, but this adventure will be happening across different malls in future.
The Happy Camp consists of different zones of entertainment:
Zone 1 is a technology play that will stimulate and entertain
Zone 2 holds activities that include movement and coordination that develops motor skills
Zone 3 will have activities such as skipping, ball pit dives, wall-climbing and dance choreography. The kids will be taught Happy’s Boom Shakalaka and even get a moment in the spotlight to perform the dance on stage for their parents.
While the kids run around with joy and excitement, parents can also learn something and enjoy a special area called the Nutrition Zone for informative tips towards creating a healthier environment through key speakers, videos and samples.
Thursday 10th December 09h00 – 19h00
Friday 11th December 09h00 – 19h00
Saturday 12th December 09h00 – 19h00
Sunday 13th December 09h00 – 19h00
These 3 speakers will have live appearances over the weekend:
Occupational Therapist: Nicole Kayton
Friday 13h00 – 14h00
Fitness Expert: Dominique Mann
Saturday 10h00 – 14h00
Parenting Expert: Nikki Bush
Saturday 11h30 – 12h30
- Boeresport Gesins Pret Dag
At Tiny Tots Animal Farm in Bloemfontein there’ll be lots happening. Bring money for the stalls and enjoy handling the animals while learning more about them. There will also be cooldrink and hotdogs for sale. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kids Holiday Golf Clinics
Bring your kids for a fun filled 2 hours a day of golf, games, fun and play. They will learn the easiest and quickest way to play golf, games, improve their movement, skills, co-ordination and golf play. Ages 5-12 years. R750 per week. Prizes and medals to be won.
2. Pinelands Craft and Gift Fair
Get your Christmas shopping done with loads of handmade goods. Your crochet goodies from Yarn Over Heels will also be available here
3. Twilight Christmas Market at Blaauwklippen
Date: from the 15th – 19th
Time: 17:00 – 22:00.
The Blaauwklippen Family Market is child and pet friendly. They cater for children of all ages, with various rides and activities. They offer a safe environment well away from roads or water. So bring your well behaved pooch… and child for a Sunday off the beaten track.
4.Lourensford Harvest Market
Every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 – 15:00.
5. Family Fun at the Third Annual Grand Parade Cape Guineas
There’s something for everyone at the third annual Grand Parade Cape Guineas. Hosted at Kenilworth Racecourse on Saturday, 19 December 2015, this year’s theme, Grand Paradiso, lends itself to mystery, magic and surprises you won’t want to miss.
Little ones can play at their hearts content at the BURGER KING® SA Family Day. For only R20 per person, children can jump, slide and play in the giant Play Kingdom inflatable park. They can get their photo taken with Santa, and be entertained by face painters, balloon shapers, puppets shows and magicians.
Give the gift of time and volunteer at the Stop Hunger Now tent as they aim to pack 25 920 meals to feed hungry children.
Kenilworth Racecourse is located on Rosemead Avenue, Kenilworth, Cape Town. Public Parking will be available at the Wetton Road entrance.
Cape Guineas spectators can enjoy nine spectacular races, including a R1 million Grand Parade Cape Guineas GR1 Race from 12pm and entry is free. For a front row view in a comfortable lounge area, R50 gets you access to the Grand West Paradiso Lounge, mystical décor, performances by SA’s top performances and more.
Family Day tickets are available at the venue on the day. For more information call 021 418 2404.
Everything you want to know about what’s happening in Durban and Balito you can read about in Kathleen’s post on East Coast Life. This week she has markets, exhibitions and shows.