Topic “entertainment”

holiday heaven in france

One brave mother takes her toddler across the seas for lazy summer days in the French countryside
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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.
By: 
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.
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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.
By: 
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.
By: 
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.
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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.

six reasons to shop online this silly season

Planning is the key to a successful holiday and online grocery shopping is the gift that keeps on giving- in more ways than one
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Child magazine
Planning is the key to a successful holiday and online grocery shopping is the gift that keeps on giving- in more ways than one.
 
  1. It saves you time and money: Let’s face it, wherever you go, the queues aren’t going to be shorter.

strictly exercising

If you can't beat them, join them
By: 
Anél Lewis
Conor came home a few months ago, bemoaning the fact that he does not have a six-pack. Now in our home, unless we are talking about what multi-pack refreshment we need to go with the Sunday braai, “six-pack” is not a term that is often bandied about. A few weeks later, I heard one of his classmates also talking about this all-important six-pack while they were playing outside before school.

festive holiday fare

Mouthwatering recipes perfect for the festive season and the new year
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Chantal Botha, Hayley Murison and Julie Brown
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Your guide to the perfect child friendly beach holiday

What better way to end off the year with some well-deserved family time. Just make sure that this Includes some me-time too.
By: 
Child magazine
With the stresses and strains of day-to-day activities, a much deserved holiday is important for parents and children alike. And while a quick weekend away here and there might just do the trick, a proper break from the hustle and bustle does wonders.
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