Emma breaks up today. School is closed, yet again, until the middle of frikking July! Why on earth do kids need so many holidays? I work my outta shape butt off from 9am til 6pm, Monday to Friday, and I get 15 days off work...if my boss deems fit to approve it!
Thankfully Emma's school has a holiday club BUT it's only running from neeeeeeeeeeeeext week, which means a week of mayhem at home for all. I've been stressing and worrying, and worrying and wondering what I'm going to do to keep Emma busy while she's on holiday and while I'm not going to be able to necessarily get all the time off work to do it, here's an awesome list to SURVIVING THE WINTER HOLIDAYS thanks to Shelli NT and her awesome Joburg.co.za team...
I've picked a few of my favourites
Outdoor Ice Rink at Irene Village Mall: 22 June - 17 July
Head into a winter wonderland at Irene Village Mall! The piazza has been transformed into an
enchanting skate rink for kids who will be able to skate on ice while Mom and Dad enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner. R30 to skate for 30 minutes – skates included.
(012) 662 4446
Gingerbread Man 2 at the Joburg Theatre: 23 June - 5 August
The Gingerbread Man 2 will delight little ones and adults with a mesmerising combo of song, dance and a magical story that plays out on top of a kitchen dresser. Meet lovable and colourful characters like Mrs Pepper and Mr Salt, the Old Tea Bag, Herr Von Cuckoo, Sleek the Mouse and of course the
inimitable Gingerbread Man himself, in this witty story written by internationally renowned and critically acclaimed children’s playwright Sir David Wood. Tickets from R 99.
(086) 167 0670
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted: Released 15 June
The third instalment of the beloved Madagascar franchise is finally here! This time around the tight-knit group of animals join a travelling circus in order to get back home. Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Marty the Zebra (Chris Rock), Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer), and Gloria the Hippopotamus (Jada Pinkett Smith) continue their efforts to get back to New York after escaping to Africa. However,
miscalculations find them stranded in Monte Carlo, where they manage to dodge animal controller
Captain DuBois (Frances McDormand) by joining up with a travelling circus.
Nu-Metro on (086) 124 6362 or Ster Kinekor on (082) 16 789
Go Green with Recycled Crafts:
Recycling has never been this fun! Teach your kids about the importance of recycling with these fun and creative crafts made from recycled materials found around the house - we love the cereal box
On a stick or on your finger, these puppet crafts steal the show. Turn your home into a make-shift theatre with a clothesline theatre in your backyard or lounge. Get your little creative genius to help you write a script for the play and dream up the characters – they’ll love being the director of their very own theatre production.
Adventurers between the ages of 8 and 16 can become Rangers for a Day at the Lory Park Zoo! They get to learn all about animals and help out at this amazing sanctuary! Booking essential, running 26 June – 12 July, 7am - 4pm, Tuesday – Thursday.
(011) 315 7307
At only R18 for entry, the Planetarium at Wits is a fantastic place for kids to get lost in wonder and awe, instead of boredom and television.
(011) 717 1390
Spend a night camping or opt for a day trip – either way, the Frogs Trail near Cullinan is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts.
(086) 152 2262
Learn to ride horses at Aragon Stables, where riders from five upwards are taught in a fun, friendly and safe environment.
(082) 666 3728
Monaghan Farm near Lanseria is a must-visit for family picnics. Order a pizza that uses ingredients grown on the farm before taking a stroll along the river bank.
The Sci-Bono centre is a haven for exploration and wonderment. Children (big and small) will have so much fun that they won’t even notice how much they’re learning!
(011) 639 8400
Creative gardening lessons with Little Green Fingers reintroduces children to nature in a fun and
(082) 443 2538
The little ones will delight in the story-telling sessions that take place at Love Books each Saturday.
(011) 726 7408
Kids of all ages (and adults, in fact) just can’t get enough of the gourmet milkshakes at
Exquizitly Yours in Parkhurst!
(011) 447 0908
With this list (plus a whole lot more) you shouldn't hear "but I'm so bored!" these school holidays