July school break is upon as of tomorrow, and what have you got planned for your toddlers?
Toddlers “know” what they want to do .. but don’t! Everything excites them .. but not everything is exciting. Let’s get real here. If you are going to take your toddler to an event or activity over the holidays, there must be an element of pleasure for you too, right?
Here are a some of the activities I found interesting and fun for you to partake with your young one or as a family ..
The Joburg Zoo
This is one of those places that never really get boring…ever! We’ve been to the Zoo a few times already this year, yet our young man never stops asking to go. You mention the word loo and he for the oddest reason hears ZOO! The #JoburgZoo has a holiday programme running from the 6th to the 20th July 2015, and it is targeting toddlers to pre-teens. According to their website they are open between 9am and 5pm, and entrance is normally R65 for adults, R40 for kids up to age 12. I suggest you call them on 011 646 2000 to confirm if the entrance fee is the same and for any other questions you may have. The #JoburgZoo has an array of wildlife for everyone to enjoy and learn more about.
Why not watch a play?
If your kids are old enough to sit still through a play and enjoy it, then venture on over to the Computicket for a browse round what’s in the local children’s theater?
The #IreneVillageTheater is currently performing The Snow Queen.
Tickets range between R80 and R100, booking is essential so don’t just pop around expecting a seat.. you have been warned!
The show is about mischievous trolls breaking the Spring Queens magic mirror, Spring turns into winter and the land becomes cold and miserable. A piece of the magic mirror lands in Kay’s eye transforming him from a kind boy to a spiteful mean boy. He is taken by the Snow Queen to live with her, but is later rescued by his loyal and faithful friends. Filled with singing, dancing this performance promises to turn the cold winter into a warm experience. It has been on stage since the 22nd of June and runs all the way through to the 4th of July, with a mid-morning and mid-afternoon performances running for about 1h30 with a 15 minute break. I think the show timings are so thoughtful, as they take into account your little one’s routine meal times .. don’t you agree?
You’re probably thinking .. hey but I have a boy child .. he isn’t going to be keen on the Snow Queen! Well then take him to watch Oliver Twist. The Adventures of Oliver Twist is being performed at the #NationalChildrensTheater out in Parktown. This show has been on since the 8th of June and runs through to the 19th of July. You can book by either calling them on 011 484 1584 or email them on firstname.lastname@example.org . I’m sure it will bring back wonderful memories of your own childhood.
So you’ve been to the Zoo and to the theater .. but there are a few more days to keep the young chap entertained .. if they had it their way they would be ogling at the iPad all day, but we don’t want that right?
#Like2Bike will next be hosting a Kids FUNdamentals skills clinic out at Northern Farms on the 12th of July. They have a few of these clinics throughout the year, so if you miss it this time round make sure to book with email@example.com or visti their website for more information on costs and the activities they run for children as young as 2 years old! Who knows that young child you’re rearing may just be the next Chris Froome!
Our young man is currently fascinated with lions. #TheLionPark has a wealth of exciting activities for the whole family, so that you have a memorable wildlife experience. They offer a variety of tours, and for the kids they have the opportunity of visiting the Cub World or play around in their newly built amusement park.
What I found super awesome is that children under 4 years enter the park for FREE! Yep, I’m always looking for a saving in these tight times. For adults if you’re self-driving and want to experience some interaction with a lion cub you’re looking at R200… you’re not going all the way there and not taking this opportunity right? OK! the only snag here is make sure that they have cubs available before you take that option. There’s a price saving and you’re in for R160 as an adult. If playing with the cubs isn’t your thing, why not visit them over a weekend and watch the lion trainers feeding the lions at 12h00.
So, besides spending some quality time with your children at home or at the local park or letting them play with your iPad just so you can catchup with some emails while they sit next to you, I hope that some of the above information will help you find something entertaining to do with your loved little ones.