What’s on for Families This Long Heritage Day Weekend in Gauteng (23-25 September)

This weekend is a long one with the public holiday on Monday so let’s see what we can get up to! There are trains, hikes, fine food, festivals and markets!

  1. Reefsteamers Heritage Day Train: Saturday 23 September

There’s a special train this weekend from Johannesburg to Magaliesburg and back.  Dress up to show your heritage and there will be a prize for the best dressed.  There will also be a face painter on board. 

Enjoy the day with a braai at the Mogales Sleep River with stalls that sell crafts, food and beer.  There will be entertainment for the family. 

Venue: The train departs from the Johannesburg Park Station at 9 normally from Platform 14 and arrives back at about 17:30. 

Cost: Adults R295 and children 4-12 R245. 

Website: Reefsteamers.com. 

2. Heritage Day Hike: Sunday 24 September

Get out and get some exercise at the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve with a Heritage Day hike.

Time: 3:30am

Cost: Kids must be over 6 and pay R30, adults pay R50. 

Website: Mk.org.za

 

3. Heritage Day bottomless bubbles and harvest table lunch with The Forum : Monday 25 September

I can vouch for The Forum food it is amazing. I once won a prize and we went when Nicky was two years old. You can read all about that here.

He had a lot of fun running around and I was running around after him!

TIME:12:00

VENUE:  The Kitchen | L’antico Giardino
ADDRESS: Portion 17, Farm 543, Nooitgedacht, Pine Valley Road, Lanseria
gps coordinates: 25.974012   27.916056
Anthonij Rupert Wyne invites you to an afternoon of celebration,
inspired by the blush tones of their Rosé wines at
The Kitchen L’antico Giardino

A bountiful, bubble inspired “Harvest Table” lunch with bottomless Cap Classique from the L’Ormarins range of wines to sip the day away, awaits.

Dress code: Spring inspired with a touch of pink.

 
Pre-booking essential, limited space available!
Cost: R595 per person
 
 
4. Kiddies Rainbow Festival: 23 September Saturday
Games, water slides, colour bursting balloons and more at this event. Bring your own food, camping chairs and swimming costumes for the kids.  
 
Venue: Vosloorus Stadium
Time 10am till late
Cost: Presold: Adults R60, Kids R40, At the gate: Adults R80, Kids R60. 
 
 
5. Heritage Day Festival: 24 September Sunday
 
This event, organised by JHB Food and Craft markets, which I see is actually a Banting market,  will feature food, drink, kids activities and live music. A variety of stalls will be there with everything from jewelry to dram catchers. 
 
 
Venue: Eye of Africa Golf Estate
Time: 10am – 7pm
Cost: R105
More details here. 
 
6. Beneath African Skies 23 Setpember Saturday
The People’s Theatre brings together a great melting pot of African stories that appeal to children. 
One of our bloggers went and you can read Karen’s rave review here. 
Venue: Corner Loveday and Hoofd Streets, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein. Telephone (011) 403-1563 / 2340. info@peoplestheatre.co.za
Time: 10:30 and 14:30
Cost R142
Website
 
 
 
7. Don’t Burn Your Sausage NOT FOR THE KIDS 
Ok I can’t resist throwing this one in. I am a fan of Chris Forrest the comedian. His kid did swimming lessons with mine for a while and he lives nearby. He also won MasterChef.  He did a show all about the funny side of parenting too.
Now he teams up with MasterChef SA judge Pete Goffe-Wood for the ulitmate whisk-qué comedy-cooking show  which connects food and sex. 

22 – 24 September 2017, 20h00
Red Roman Shed

Tickets from R150 per person

Duration: 80 minutes
No under 16s

Book online. 

 

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What’s on this weekend in Gauteng (5-6 August)

It’s all happening this weekend in Gauteng: from music (the Rasta Rebels to Acoustic festivals), to animals (fish and horses),   to productions (ballet and shows) to food (making bread) and festivals.

  1. Introductory Fly Fishing Clinic – 5 August

On Wednesday or Saturday mornings both adults and children may join a two and a half hour opportunity to learn the art of fly fishing. 

Time: 8:30-11am

Venue: Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa, Muldersdrift.

Cost: Adults R600, Children under 12 R500.

Website: sundowner.co.za. 

 

2. Basic Bread Workshop: 5 August

Have you ever wanted to bake bread yourself? Learn how to mix, shape and bake artisan bread using organic stone-milled flour and natural yeast.

Time: 8:45 am – 3:30 pm

Cost: R90

Website: oldtraditions.co.za

Venue: On the farm in the Magaliesburg Mountains.

3. Lipizzaners: Sunday Shows: 6 August

Enjoy your Sunday morning in the country at a performance of the magnificent white Lipizzaner stallions! Show lasts an hour. Browse through the Lipizzaner retail shop for branded Lipizzaner clothing, DVD`s, post cards and lots more! After the show, visit the stable courtyard, meet the riders, feed carrots to the horses.

Time: 10:30am (doors open 20 minutes prior to the show)

Cost: R150(book through Computicket)

Venue: 1 Dahlia Road, Kyalami

Website: Lipizzaners.co.za

4. Stars of the Russian Ballet: 6 August

This performance is a tribute to dance legent Rudolf Nureyev

Times: 12pm and 3pm

Venue: Emperor’s Palace

Cost: R200-300

Website: Book at Computicket

5. Winter Acoustic Music Festival: 6 August

Support the SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind. Enjoy the sounds of local artists Majozi, The Motherland, Jerry and the Bandits and Georgetown.

There will be a variety of of food on sale as well as craft beer plus a dedicated children’s area.

Time: 12pm

Venue: 126 Wroxham Rd, Paulshof

Cost: Adults R150, Children under 12: R30.

Website: Book though webtickets. 

6. Annie – Thurs 3 – Sat 5 August

The much loved story about the orphan who searches for her parents but finds love in unexpected places is on at the Roodepoort Theatre. 

Times:  3 August – 09:00 & 11:00 4 August – 10:00 & 19:00 5 August – 10:00, 14:00 & 19:00

Venue: Roodepoort Theatre

Cost: R85

Bookings: Webtickets

7. Mini ECD Expo, Mini Kids Expo & Mini Edu Expo with Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels
This event looks like a really good one for the kids with a kid’s play area and expo. For the adults there is a beer garden and various stalls. 

Time: The doors open at 3pm and Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels will perform at 7pm. 

Cost: Adults R80, Kids under 12 R50, Kids Under 2 Free 

Venue: Lenasia Stadium

For more info: Karishma t  011 852 5422 e  karishma@letsdoit2gether.co.za 

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

There’s a couple of productions still going strong plus some new events this weekend, so if you are looking for something to do with the family this weekend, have a look:

  1. The Smurfs Live on Stage

We went to see this last Thursday and Nicky really enjoyed the outing. You can read more detail about it in the post here. 

THE SMURFS LIVE ON STAGE – SMURFS SAVE SPRING is a 90-minute show (there is a 15 min interval in the middle) at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg for a limited season from the 13th to the 30th July, 2017. 

Tickets available from R150 per person. Bookings available through Computicket or the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297/1213 or visit www.emperorspalace.com.  The show times are 10h00, 14h00 and 18h00.  Emperors Palace is located at 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park.

2. Cresta’s Despicable Me 3 Holiday Activities (18-23 July)

Cresta will be hosting fun Despicable Me 3 themed activities for kids these holidays, until 23 July.  The themed dancing, games and activities will take place in the Barnyard Court on the lower level of the shopping centre, close to the Food and Entertainment Court. Great prizes will also be up for grabs.

3. Christmas in July at Four Seasons, the Westcliff: 

Enjoy a morning or afternoon Christmas inspired brunch, cookie decorating for the kids and live Christmas Jazz entertainment.  There will also be Christmas dinner. 

Times are: Morning brunch: 10 -11am, Lunch 12-2pm, Dinner 5-9pm. The cost is brunch = R595 per person and Cheese fondue dinner = R395 (according to their website)

Check out their website. 

4. Disney’s Cinderella Kids

We mentioned this one before so check out that post for more details on the actors playing in this production.  You can also read Karen’s review here .

Cinderella Kids will run at the People’s Theatre from 5 June – 30 July. There are two shows daily at 09:00 and 11:00 during school times, and 10:30 and 14:30 on Saturdays and public holidays, certain government school holidays and certain Sundays. Tickets are R130 per person and bookings can be made through WebTickets, or by calling Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 or emailing them at info@peoplestheatre.co.za

www.peoplestheatre.co.za

5. Puss in Boots

From the producer of Shrek The Musical and twelve sold-out award winning pantomimes, KickstArt Theatre brings you Puss in Boots, a swashbuckling spectacular for the whole family. Live on The Lyric stage at Gold Reef City from Friday, 30 June until Sunday, 23 July 2017, this rendition of Puss in Boots is a variation of the original tale.

 

Set on a mystical, magical Caribbean island, Puss in Boots is a laugh-a-minute and features great audience participation, breath-taking sets, gorgeous costumes and toe-tapping tunes sure to enthral both young and old. Starring everybody’s favourite famous feline in footwear, along with a host of fabulous new characters, Puss in Boots offers the best in family entertainment available in Joburg this winter holiday.

Written and directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King, the story of Puss in Boots is brought to life by a stellar cast – Earl Gregory as the booted hero; Ilse Klink as the good fairy Calypso Honeybunch; Michael Richard playing the evil shape-shifting goblin wizard, Grimbsy Withergood; Sean John Louw as the hapless miller’s son, Tom Marzipan; Darren King as Mother Merry Marzipan; and Zak Hendrikz, Londiwe Dhlomo-Dhlamini, Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri and Caitlin Kilburn as some of Puss’ friends. This extravagant stage production is choreographed by Janine Bennewith, with lighting by theatre veteran Denis Hutchinson and under the musical direction of Rowan Bakker.

 

“Following the resounding success of Shrek The Musical, we are excited to bring this legendary pantomime to Gold Reef City,” says Noeleen Bruton, Director of Marketing for Tsogo Sun. “It’s an enchanting winter pantomime to be enjoyed these holidays by the entire family, not just the kids.”

Bruton continues, “We are also delighted upon hearing the recent news of KickstArt Theatre’s ten well deserved Naledi nominations for Shrek The Musical.  Staging another all-star cast of highly experienced panto performers lead by Steven Stead and his production team was an easy decision for us.”

 

Puss in Boots performances will run at The Lyric during the following times: Wed at 14h30; Thu & Fri at 19h30; Sat at 14h30 & 19h30; Sun at 11h00 & 16h00.

 

Ticket prices range between R150-R260, and are available through goldreefcity.co.za, Gold Reef City Box Office and Computicket.

 

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What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (1-2 July)

With school holidays on the go you might want to go for a few of these shows and events this weekend.

  1. Disney on Ice

Disney on Ice will be at the following three venues in SA:

-The TicketPro Dome, Johannesburg from 30 June till 9 July. 

-Durban ICC 13-16 July

-Grande Arena, Grand West, Cape Town from 19-23 July.

Disney’s favourite characters shine in this show – everyone from Donald Duck, Micky Mouse and Goofy, to the Lion King and all the Disney Princesses and the Frozen characters too. The ice skating is brilliant and entertaining and it is a lovely show to take the kids and any visitors to. 

Weekdays – R100, R200, R275, R375 per person inclusive

Saturdays and Sundays – R175, R275, R375, R475 per person inclusive.

 IMPORTANT: Babes in arms and children under two years sitting on parents lap MUST have a purchased ticket. Babes in arms ticket @ R50.00. Children two years and older must have a purchased SEATED ticket.

  BOOKINGS

Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest Computicket Service centre.

For more info and times see their website.

 

2. Disney’s Cinderella Kids

We mentioned this one two weeks ago so check out that post for more details on the actors playing in this production.  You can also read Karen’s review here .

Cinderella Kids will run at the People’s Theatre from 5 June – 30 July. There are two shows daily at 09:00 and 11:00 during school times, and 10:30 and 14:30 on Saturdays and public holidays, certain government school holidays and certain Sundays. Tickets are R130 per person and bookings can be made through WebTickets, or by calling Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 or emailing them at info@peoplestheatre.co.za

www.peoplestheatre.co.za

3. Puss in Boots

From the producer of Shrek The Musical and twelve sold-out award winning pantomimes, KickstArt Theatre brings you Puss in Boots, a swashbuckling spectacular for the whole family. Live on The Lyric stage at Gold Reef City from Friday, 30 June until Sunday, 23 July 2017, this rendition of Puss in Boots is a variation of the original tale.

 

Set on a mystical, magical Caribbean island, Puss in Boots is a laugh-a-minute and features great audience participation, breath-taking sets, gorgeous costumes and toe-tapping tunes sure to enthral both young and old. Starring everybody’s favourite famous feline in footwear, along with a host of fabulous new characters, Puss in Boots offers the best in family entertainment available in Joburg this winter holiday.

Written and directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King, the story of Puss in Boots is brought to life by a stellar cast – Earl Gregory as the booted hero; Ilse Klink as the good fairy Calypso Honeybunch; Michael Richard playing the evil shape-shifting goblin wizard, Grimbsy Withergood; Sean John Louw as the hapless miller’s son, Tom Marzipan; Darren King as Mother Merry Marzipan; and Zak Hendrikz, Londiwe Dhlomo-Dhlamini, Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri and Caitlin Kilburn as some of Puss’ friends. This extravagant stage production is choreographed by Janine Bennewith, with lighting by theatre veteran Denis Hutchinson and under the musical direction of Rowan Bakker.

 

“Following the resounding success of Shrek The Musical, we are excited to bring this legendary pantomime to Gold Reef City,” says Noeleen Bruton, Director of Marketing for Tsogo Sun. “It’s an enchanting winter pantomime to be enjoyed these holidays by the entire family, not just the kids.”

Bruton continues, “We are also delighted upon hearing the recent news of KickstArt Theatre’s ten well deserved Naledi nominations for Shrek The Musical.  Staging another all-star cast of highly experienced panto performers lead by Steven Stead and his production team was an easy decision for us.”

 

Puss in Boots performances will run at The Lyric during the following times: Wed at 14h30; Thu & Fri at 19h30; Sat at 14h30 & 19h30; Sun at 11h00 & 16h00.

 

Ticket prices range between R150-R260, and are available through goldreefcity.co.za, Gold Reef City Box Office and Computicket.

 

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What’s on this long Father’s Day weekend in Gauteng (16-18 June)

This weekend in Gauteng we have some markets, wine tasting, a book fair, a Cinderella production and the Cars movie. 

  1. Youth Day Family Night Market

Food, crafts, bonfires and entertainment!

The Fourways Market is on the corner of William Nicol Drive and Montecasino Boulevard in Fourways.  The markets opens at 2:30pm and closes at 22:30 on 16 June.  There is a live music lineup from 3:30pm. Check out their Facebook page here.  

2. Disney’s Cinderella Kids

We mentioned this one last week so check out that post for more details on the actors playing in this production.  You can also read Karen’s review here and win tickets on her blog for the show here. 

Cinderella Kids will run at the People’s Theatre from 5 June – 30 July. There are two shows daily at 09:00 and 11:00 during school times, and 10:30 and 14:30 on Saturdays and public holidays, certain government school holidays and certain Sundays. Tickets are R130 per person and bookings can be made through WebTickets, or by calling Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 or emailing them at info@peoplestheatre.co.za

www.peoplestheatre.co.za

3. Fijnwyn Wine & Food festival

This event will be held at Shokran Events venue in Pretoria East on 16 & 17 June 2017.

Shokran is a unique events venue situated in a tranquil farm setting amid pecan nut and almond plantations only 12km from Woodlands Boulevard. It is the ideal setting for families to enjoy a day where they will feast their senses on wine, food and music.

Buy tickets from Itickets here. The ticket includes wine tasting and a glass. Adults R150 – tastings are at 10- 17:00. Kids 12-18 R50. 

Visit their website here. 

4. South African Children’s Book Fair – Birchwood Hotel Boksburg

Look forward to interactive workshops, captivating storytelling, book launch and more. Treat yourself and your little ones to this inspirational event, filled with loads of entertaining books to immerse yourself in.

I always find these things useful as even with the SA book fair I went to last time they had very interactive workshops for the kids so I know this one will be a lot of fun. Unfortunately I can’t find a program on the site though. But if you are close to Boksburg then swing by!

Entrance fee is R50 for parents and young adults over 18 and R30 for pensioners, children get in for free. 

For more information about South Africa’s Children Book Fair, visit their website at www.sachildrenbookfair.co.za. Also contact Bulelwa Payi via email at bulelwap@sachildrenbookfair.co.za or calling 079 907 9158.

5. Cars 3

Guess who is back? Lightning and Mater! Calling all moms with boys and anyone else who is obsessed with this franchise of movies and playing with the cars.  This time he is shouldered out of the race that he loves with fancy new cars. He turns to Cruz Ramirez, a new technician who has her own plans to get him back in the game.  Now showing at a cinema near you. 

 

 
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What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (10-11 June)

What’s on this weekend in Gauteng: a lovely theatre production of Cinderella, a market, Transformers and a Parklife music festival. 

 

  1. Cinderella

This stage production is based on the Disney movie. This timeless classic about the downtrodden girl mistreated by her stepmother and sisters, but allowed by the magical fairy godmother to attend a ball and meet a prince, is the stuff little girls’ dreams are made of.

Kaylan Sabbadin  plays the title role. She is a graduate of the Trinity College and Tshwane University of Technology National Diploma in Musical Theatre)  Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, Sabbadin has trained in singing, dance and drama, and hopes to finish her masters in drama. 

She will be “terrorised” by her two stepsisters – Genevieve Olivier (whose theatre credits include George’s Marvellous Medicine and Pippi Longstocking – The Musical) and Tanja Franszen (who studied at the School of Creative Arts in Sydney, Australia, and has been involved in various theatre productions such as Perdekoop and Hoedemoles).

 

The stepmother and Fairy Godmother are played by Alida Senekal, who portrays the character of Petro Bam in Afrikaans soapie Binnelanders. She has featured in The Legend of King Arthur, The Enchanted Forest, Othello, The Crucible, Animal Farm, Romeo & Juliet, The 3 Musketeers pantomime, Into the Woods and Pippie Langkous at National Children’s Theatre. Her voice can also currently be heard on the programme In Die Bed Met Bibi on VIA TV.

 

The Prince is played by Thokozani Jiyane, a versatile performing artist who received his training at the Tshwane University of Technology in Musical Theatre where he featured in Legally Blonde and 9 to 5 The Musical. He was most recently featured in Mr Popper’s Penguins as Admiral Drake, Delivery Man and Doc Hopper.

Cinderella Kids will run at the People’s Theatre from 5 June – 30 July. There are two shows daily at 09:00 and 11:00 during school times, and 10:30 and 14:30 on Saturdays and public holidays, certain government school holidays and certain Sundays. Tickets are R130 per person and bookings can be made through WebTickets, or by calling Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/2340 or emailing them at info@peoplestheatre.co.za

www.peoplestheatre.co.za

 

2. Field Market

Once a month this market comes to life at the Field and Study Park in Parkmore. Not only are hand crafted items on offer, but also gourmet food. Lots of fun for the kids in terms of play areas and face painting, as well as the River Cafe being right there for food and play as well. 

This event will run on 10 June at the park (45 Louise Ave, Parkmore).  Check out their website here. 

3. Transformers Animatronics: Pretoria

We’ve written quite extensively about the transformers and now it’s Pretoria’s turn to enjoy this exhibit. 

The venue is Centurion Mall, Heuwel Ave, Centurion.

The cost is: Adults R155, Children 5-17 R100, family package (adulats 2 children) = R440.  

4. Parklife Gourmet Food and Music Festival

For those who like their music, there is is lots on offer, plus the aforementioned gourmet food.  Check out their website here. 

This event takes place on Saturday 10 June, 10am till 8pm.  The venue is the Marks Park Sports fields, Randburg

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What’s on for families this weekend in Cape Town and Gauteng (3-4 June)

This week we visit the fairest Cape and see what’s going on! It’s the Good Food and Wine Show, and there’s lots for the kids to do. There are also two magical events: exhibition and show.

In Joburg we have fun days, fly fishing and picnics. 

In both CT and Jhb is Little Maestros. Their theme this June is Piano Madness! The date is June 3, 10am. 

In Joburg the venue is Skoobs theatre at Montecasino.  The venue in Cape Town it is the Youngblood Gallery. The cost is R120-200. The contact person is Magdalene Minnaar.  Bookings: on quicket (Joburg) and quicket (Cape Town).

 

 

Cape Town:

  1. Good Food and Wine Show

This year the hotly anticipated GF&WS takes place in Cape Town from 2-4 June, lands in Johannesburg for 28-30 July, and wraps up in Durban on the weekend of 27-29 October.

Find out why this show caters for children so well:

This year, Claremont-based organisation The Kids Cooking Club will be sponsoring the Kids’ Corner at the GF&WS in Cape Town . Owned by Mo Goduka, the club holds regular classes for children aged 2 to 14, separating these young culinary scholars into groups according to age. There are the Tiny Tots (2- and 3-year-olds), the Junior Chefs (4- to 8-year-olds) and Master Chefs (8 years and up).
At the show, youngsters aged between 4 and 12 can learn how to cook a selection of basic meals, and practise techniques such as chopping, mixing, grating and kneading. Younger children will have plastic equipment to use, as well as guides to help them through the classes, while the older kids will be allowed a bit more freedom.

So what’s on the menu? Six themed cooking courses will be offered. First up, quite appropriately, is ‘Breakfast for Champs’. Kids who take part will create both a health breakfast (fruit salad and yoghurt) and an English-inspired one (omelette cups). Next up is a particularly yummy sounding course entitled ‘Wrap it Up’, which consists of a smoothie and, you guessed it, a wrap.

Kids will then learn how to make a dish best befitting the cold season. The ‘Winter Warmer’ is a soup served with braided bread. After upping their skills at the show, maybe your youngsters can make you a treat warm treat one chilly evening?

We’re guessing the next two courses will be particularly popular with kids. The first involves the creation of two yummy snacks, cheese scones and frittatas, while the second is devoted to pizza. After all the pizza pops and pizza wheels are made, spinach cupcakes and quiche will be introduced for the sixth and final course.

By the end of the session, your kids should have learnt the basics of everything from fruit salad to pizza, while having lots of fun. If they’re still screaming for dessert, however, you can take them to the Kids Deco Lab, where they can learn a bit about cake decoration. This year, the Kids Deco Lab will focus on how to decorate cupcakes.

 

Ticket prices for 2017

Entrance to the show is free for kids under 12 years of age. Once inside the show, the kids programme is also free, but places are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

 

The early bird online prices are valid up to one week prior to each show. Thereafter the door prices are applicable. Children under 12 can attend for free and Fridays are free for pensioners. Tickets are available online at www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za and Computicket for Cape Town and Durban; and Ticketpro for Johannesburg.

  Door price Online

Price

Terms and conditions
Adults R160 R144 Ticket for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Senior citizens over 65 R110 R100 Friday free. Valid with proof of ID.
Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Students R110 R100 Valid with proof of student card.
Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Age 13-18 R60 R50 Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Age 0-12 Free Free Valid only with proof of ID
Two day pass R260 R210 Valid for two entries either Friday and Saturday, Saturday and Sunday or Friday
and Sunday
Three day pass R380 R350 Valid for three entries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Wine combo R200 R180 General one day entry admission with winetasting

glass and six tasting coupons

Wine glass and tasting R60 Wine tasting glass with six tasting coupons

 

CHEFS TABLE

Marco Pierre White (CPT SOLD OUT) 2,500.00
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen 2,500.00
Jenny Morris & Reza Mahammad (CPT ONLY) 1,500.00

 

VIP EXPERIENCE AT CHEFS OPEN THEATRE

Marco Pierre White 1,500.00
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen 1,500.00
J’Something 800.00
Jenny Morris 800.00
Lentswe Bhengu 800.00
Sarah Graham 800.00
Neill Anthony 800.00

 

Opening hours:

 

10h00-22h00 Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June

10h00-18h00 Sunday 4 June

 

2. Incredible Illusions Exhibition

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

3. Imagine Family Magic Spectacular

South Africa’s biggest magic show returns, presented by the College of Magic. There will be more than 50 entertainers, mimes, jugglers, clowns and more.  Fantastic fun for the whole family. 

The venue is the Artscape theatre. The cost is from R160. Family discounts are available. Book through Computicket. It starts at 12. 

 

 

Gauteng:

  1. Kairos Winter Kaleidoscope Fun Day

This family fun day will have lots of entertainment, food and more. The venue is 10 Sabie Rd, Emmarentia. Tickets are R50 and the hours are 9am till 3pm. 

Their website is here. 

2. Introduction to Fly Fishing

Have you ever wanted to fish? Make it a family affair every Saturday in June from 8:30am for two and a half hours (although you can stay longer if you want) at the Kloofzicht Lodge and Spa in Muldersdrift. Children six and older can join in with the idea being that they “catch and release” their fish. 

Costs are : Adults R400 and children R300 and rod hire and fly packs are available at additional cost. Check out their website and Facebook page.  (I see on their Facebook page that Saturday is all booked out but Sunday is available). 

3. Melville Koppies walks

For children over 6. The guided tours take place on 4 and 18 June and 2 and 16 July. There are also 8km hikes on 11, 25 June and 9 and 30 July.

Adults pay R50 and children R30.  See their website here. 

4. Family Picnic Fun in the Forest

Have some fun in the forest and check out the fairy trail at this picnic.

Archery, tomahawk toss, zip line, pony rides, tree climb, kite flying, target shooting.   Bicycles welcome and good pets on leads welcome.   Log fires.   Bring your picnic basket or grab a waffle, coldrink, beer or coffee from the Waffle Shop. (no braaing)

Adults are R35 and children R25 which includes the fairy trail.

The address is:  2 Aloe Ridge Drive, cnr R82 Old Vereeniging Rd, Walkerville, 1961, Johannesburg. You can also check out their website

 

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What’s on for Families This Weekend – Swaziland edition (26-28 May) Plus Tekkie Tax Reminder

So every now and then here on SA Mom blogs we like to keep you guys awake by doing something completely different. And this weekend, perhaps you feel like getting away to Swaziland  (about a four hour drive from Jozi) to check out this family event. 

Before we delve into this, however, please support Tekkie Tax! I’ve seen the package of shoelaces and stickers at the till at Clicks. What’s nice is that they support  five different sectors (education, animals, disability,  children and a category called “bring hope” which lumps together the elderly, ill and poor). 

This year the beneficiaries are:

  1. CHOC 
  2. Child Welfare SA                 
  3. CANSA 
  4. Epilepsy SA 
  5. Endurocad 
  6. Imisebeyelanga Services                 
  7. Meals on Wheels
  8. NG Welfare
  9. SAVF
  10. SOS Children’s Villages
  11. Special Olympics SA
  12. VVA

How much does it cost?
R10 if you only want a sticker

R35 for your shoelaces, tags and a sticker. 

T-shirts are also available R95 for adults and R75 for children 

 All VAT included

 

Where can I get it?

Stickers and Tekkie Tag shoelaces are for sale at any Clicks, Toys R Us or participating non-profit organisation in SA. T-shirts can be obtained from Tekkie Tax Head Office
What else?
You can even dress up in your T-shirts to show some green spirit.

 

 

Right now! On to Swaziland!

 

Lauded by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, and named as BBC’s Top African Festival, MTN Bushfire is Swaziland’s internationally acclaimed music & arts festival that celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.

 

Over the last decade, MTN Bushfire welcomed families and children of all ages, and this year is no exception with an expanded and exciting KIDzone and family friendly festival programme. MTN Bushfire 2017 will continue to be one of the few major festivals in Africa to welcome families with its safe and warm environment that includes an array of child friendly activities, arts and crafts, performances and safe spaces.   

 

This year, MTN Bushfire KIDzone invites you to Bring Your Fire and get lost in the magic of a wild garden of succulents and outlandish trees that has been transformed into a charmed CIRCUS WONDERLAND.  An adventurous space for young fire starters to ignite their budding flame, the family friendly MTN Bushfire KIDZONE takes a colorful turn this year, inspired by the classical “Alice in Wonderland.” Children will be immersed in wonderfully mad fun activations that also embrace the overall festival theme of environmental sustainability.

 

Clowns Without Borders

Keep your eyes peeled for clowns, a magician and face painter doing rounds on the grounds creating giant bubbles, music, juggling, magic, glitter, acrobatics and lots more.

 

Tea Patti

Create your own popping jacks, juggling balls & cones from fun recycled waste as well as giant teacups to bring to tea with the queen of hearts using play dough and mud clay and other natural materials.

 

KIDzone Lawn

Stage performances, stilt dancing, jump rope acrobatics, and the Big Game watering hole will be part of the activities happening on the open air energy platforms.

 

Looking Glass Photo Booth

Adults and children are invited to jump down the rabbit hole, into a magic wonderland where you can transform into the maddest hatter or craziest clown. You have only three minutes to grab a hat, a new nose and an outrageous outfit! Then step through the keyhole to have your face painted and photo taken. Make it mad and it will be shown on the screen at main stage!

 

Treats

An array of fun, tasty food & beverages will be on offer, catering to all creatures big and small.

 

Tot Tent

This area will accommodate children between 0 to 5 years of age. Here parents can come away from the high tempo grounds of the festival to use the baby changing boudoir, comfortably feed and breastfeed little tots as well as lay them down for a nap. There will be comfortable seating from which parents can keep a watchful eye and relax with the assistance of trained child minders offering an array of calm and stimulating friendly games that will include:

 -Color books

-Story books

-Arts & Crafts

-Puppets

-Storytelling

-Face Painting

 

FAMILY CAMPSITE

For families bringing their own camping equipment, this area is fenced off from the rest of the campsite and access is only allowed to those with family campsite wristbands. This campsite will be more relaxed, secure and safe for families. Parking is FREE in the official campsite parking area on the opposite side of the main road, 2 minutes’ walk from the campsite check in gate. If you want to camp with your vehicle in this area you need to pay an extra add-on fee when purchasing your tickets online (look for the “Car Pass – Family Camping” add-on option). 

 

Bookings can be at http://bush-fire.com/article/view/buy_tickets

 

http://www.bush-fire.com/article/view/accommodation

 

For more information: www.bush-fire.com , www.facebook.com/MTNBushfire @BushfireFest

What’s on for Families This Weekend in Gauteng (20-21 May)

This weekend in Gauteng you can get very fit. There are two cycling events and two walks happening. On the other hand you can tuck into some delicious pastries and fresh produce or go visit the Transformers. 

  1. Like2Bike Cycling Event

The Centrum Kids Like2Bike fun cycling series inspires kids 2-14 to be active outdoors on their bikes. 

There are different options for the race: 2km, 5km and 10km cycle as well as a long and short duathlon. 

The event is at 9am at Huddle Park in Linksfield. If you enter online it is R130 ad on the day is R140.  21 May. 

Go to their website like2bike.co.za to enter. 

2. Two Walks: Randburg area:

20 May: Adventure walk: Kloofendal Nature Reserve

Join Karin Spottiswoode from 8:30 am till 10:30am. R70 for adults, R60 for pensioners and R50 fro children. Phone Karin 0796935608 for more details.

21 May: Koppie Adventure: Melville Koppies

Park at Marks Park, Judith rd, Emmarentia, walk across Judith Rd to the Koppies’ entrance opposite.  Time: 8:30am. Adults R50 and R30 for children who must be over 6.  No dogs allowed.  For more info see their website. 

3. Hazel Food Market: Pretoria

The aim of the Hazel Food Market is to bring residents of Pretoria fresh products straight from the producer at a convenient authentic food market. Shop for fresh produce and mouth watering delights while your children play.  Among others there will be artisan breads, muffins, pastries, coffee, fresh smoothies and fruit juices. 

4. Cyclethonian Pretoria

This event is in aid of the Smile Foundation and Hospice Wits.  So join them on the bikes for a good cause.  The sessions are 50 minutes long with a break inbetween. 

The venue is Central Park, Menlyn Park shopping centre. R160 per person.  You can book on Quicket and as you’ll see, you can choose which session to attend, 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am or 12pm. 

5. Transformers Animatronics

The second last week to catch the Transformers! I wrote a post about it 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. 

 

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What’s on for Families in the Western Cape this weekend (6-7 May)

 This weekend in and around Cape Town celebrate an apple or an olive harvest with their respective markets and festivals. You can also attend some classical music for kids as well.

  1. The Applewood Harvest Market and Tru-Cape Trail Running Challenge

Celebrate the apple harvest in the heart of the beautiful countryside they come from. Elgin’s annual Applewood Harvest Market and Tru-Cape Trail Running Challenge returns with a day of feasting and fun for the family. Kicking off with two trail runs through private farmland, the market follows with a generous offering of farm produce, baked goods, gourmet food from local restaurants and delis. Taste Elgin wines and cider, stock up on home-grown veggies, honey and more. Children will be entertained all day with old-fashioned fairground games.

If you would like to make a weekend of it and stay in the area, contact www.elginvalley.co.za for accommodation options.

WHEN: Saturday 6 May

TIME: Trail Runs – 08h30 (11km) and 09h00 (5km)

           Market open from 09h00 -15h00

PLACE: Applewood Preparatory School, Appletizer Road, Elgin

COST: Donation on entry of R20 per car – with parking, 5km trail run R80, 11km trail run R180

WEBSITE: http://www.applewood.co.za/our-harvest-festival/

 

2. Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

The ever-popular annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival takes place on 6 and 7 May in celebration of a successful olive harvest. This is when the towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West open their doors and hearts to visitors by showcasing their finest produce: olives, wine, craft beer, food, organic soaps and gifts are but a few of the treasures they have to offer. Taste buds can be tantalized with some of the Swartland’s finest food and wine.
A choice of live music, kids’ entertainment, tractor rides, colourful local culture and family fun will enhance the belief that this is no ordinary festival, this is pure Riebeek magic at its best.
R80 gets you a welcoming glass of wine and access to the superb olive venues, farms, wineries and wherever there’s a buzz.

Ticket available at
www.riebeekvalleyolivefestival.co.za

General Enquiries:   Yvette Puchert   083 441 2083 •   admin@riebeekvalleyolivefestival.co.za

3. 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.

Join them in May for “HANSEL & GRETEL” and meet a real live Opera Singer

Please book your tickets on Quicket: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/24894-little-maestros-cape-town-cbd/

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

 
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