Topic “entertainment”

a game experience – no screens required

Looking for a getaway that offers luxury, relaxation and a rare opportunity to see the Big Five in the wild? We’ve found just the place, and it’s only a three-hour drive from Cape Town.
Anél Lewis
Located in the heart of the Little Karoo, and spanning 58 000 hectares, the vast spaces of the Sanbona Wildlife Nature Reserve provide the ideal environment for families to connect not only with each other, but also with nature.

Spring is in the air

This action plan will help you get rid of the clutter quickly and efficiently.
Lucille Kemp
You’ve woken up on a Saturday morning, knowing you’ve blocked off the day to organise your kitchen, bathroom, living areas, bedrooms and garage, so now what? Rather than getting bogged down by the thought of an unending day of admin, win the mind game by giving yourself 40 to 60 minutes in each room, depending on how desperately your home needs decluttering.

warming winter bowls of goodness

Easy-to-prepare tummy-pleasing soup recipes for busy parents. Extracts taken from Meals by Christine Capendale.
Child magazine
Roasted cauliflower and chickpea soup
Serves 4
These two nutritional superstars marry well.

making and evoking memories

A gem of a holiday resort, harking back to the glory days of this writer’s childhood
Catherine Pate
As a child, I grew up in KwaZulu-Natal and we spent many of our family holidays at the myriad of resorts dotted around the Drakensberg Mountains, the South Coast and, a bit further afield, the Wild Coast, or Transkei as it was known in those days.

holiday heaven in france

One brave mother takes her toddler across the seas for lazy summer days in the French countryside
Donna Cobban
A whole month in the South of France where my mother lives and, somewhere in the middle, I would fly to the North of France to visit my son’s father’s family. The fact that all the grandparents live in France is pure luck, but somewhat handy given the cost of international travel.

finding fun

Most moms keep a scrapbook to record their children’s “first”, but this mom got to have her own “first”. Sometimes the best things in life really are free.
Anél Lewis
We recently spent some time at the coast and I was struck once again by how reliant our children have become on external – often digital – stimulation to keep them entertained. For the initial day or so, I found myself constantly explaining to Conor that yes, there was no Wi-Fi, and no, there would be no screen time. The first trip to the beach drew mixed reviews from my city slicker children. “There’s so much sand,” wailed Erin.

special occasion treat

A cake to grace any party table ... classic baker Martjie Malan’s cookbook, Baking Secrets: Recipes for Every Occasion, is filled with an essential selection of quality recipes. Martjie shares not only her passion for baking, but also some of her secrets giving you the confidence to try and master even the most technical of cakes.
Child magazine
Raspberry-and-lemon sponge cake
Basic sponge cake
This is my go-to recipe: A soft sponge with a fine crumb and beautiful texture that can be transformed by adding any number of excit

everything’s eiré about ireland’s family adventures

Ireland is an excellent option for families. There is a great deal to keep all ages entertained and it’s exceptionally easy to see a lot in a short time.
Child magazine
Keep a keen ear out for the sound of tapping when you head to the home of the last remaining leprechauns in Northern Ireland. Legend has it these little mischief-makers were in fact the shoemakers for fairies and, if you listen hard enough, you can still hear them tapping away at shoes with their tiny hammers.

age-appropriate birthday party themes

Planning your child’s bash? Here is a list of easy-to-organise, fabulously fun activities for children of all ages.
Elaine Eksteen
Age 2–3 years
Bike, trike and scooter rally
Ready Children will need to bring along their pushbikes, trikes or scooters, so remember to send out a request with the invitations.

where penguins play

A Cape Town family took a trip “down the line” in search of warmer sea, less wind and exquisite lodgings.
Lisa McNamara
Cape Town is a beautiful place to live, but escaping the city for a weekend brings with it a sense of freedom and relaxation. We recently took a trip “down the line”, our destination: Simon’s Town and specifically Boulders Beach. It’s a part of the world where time seems to stand still and the worries of the city are washed away by the warmer waters of False Bay.
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