Kids Entertainment, SchoolBreak

Keeping my toddler busy is hard work!

source: www.littlekickers.co.za
source: http://www.littlekickers.co.za

Two weeks now our young man has been on school break, and this morning he wakes up and asks if he can go to school today. Either he really is enjoying Continue reading “Keeping my toddler busy is hard work!”

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Cycling, Eating, Education, hylery, Kids Entertainment, Life, Love, Parenting, Toddlers, Weekend

Special Family Moments created..

Supporting local community police run
Supporting local community police run

Friday evening, my sister was in town for a Ladies Church Conference. So, we met for a quick meal at home, before I had to take her back to her hotel. Her visit was so short, Continue reading “Special Family Moments created..”

Education, Family, Firsts, hylery, Kids Entertainment, School

Throwback Thursday

Instason warming up
Instason warming up
Kids having fun
Kids having fun

What can I say, our weekends are just so, so full at the moment. Continue reading “Throwback Thursday”

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Weekend .. what weekend?

Triathlon Training
Triathlon Training

 “STRENGTH doesn’t come from what you CAN do. It come from OVERCOMING the things you ONCE thought you COULDN’T ” – unknown

What an amazing weekend it was! This was weekend 2 of training, since my June off month. Saturday morning we went off to Bishop’s Ridge for a group cycling session. It was really fantastic! My legs started off slow getting all warmed up, but they eventually got there.

Cycle Training in the Cradle - Photo Credit DadD
Cycle Training in the Cradle – Photo Credit DadD

We were an amazing group, the experienced and the not so experienced riders. What made it fun, was that there was never any pressure on any of us to keep up, but yes to keep pedalling and do your best! I am extremely happy that legs didn’t cramp once during the ride. Normally during the hills they start to complain, this time round, they just kept on giving and asking for more.

In total it was a 40km ride, so am hoping that we increase the distance next weekend just a tad more.

Later on Saturday afternoon, I hit the pool. Not quite brick swimming, but I hit the pool for a 2km technique training session. Pool was nice and quite, see picture above. I am enjoying the now bi-weekly pool sessions and my times are improving, so hope that means I’m getting pool fit 🙂

Sunday morning I chased hubby out of bed, to keep his promise to meet some of the members from the cycling group for some off-roading. They ended up cycling for 20km and by the sounds of it, loads of fun! It has been a few long months since he was last on his MTB, so am very happy he did it.

Hubby informed me over the weekend that the Minion Characters would be at the local Toys R Us , all part of the Minions movies release last week Friday 10th July here in South Africa.

 

 

Sadly, we got there a few hours too late. I wasn’t impressed and felt really bad for our young man and friend that would have enjoyed the experience I am sure. Next best thing was Cafe Smile , our young man knows exactly where it is. He has the best time ever when he is there. I’ve mentioned them before, but I will mention it again. This place is super cool because of their outdoor play area. Yes, there are many more coffee places with Kiddies Play area these days. This one has the parents sitting out in the play area with the kids, feels rather secure and a host of activities for all age groups .. if you are still a children that is. Smile is always busy and making a booking before you go is a pretty cool idea.

It's all about that base - Photo Credit Ms T
It’s all about that base – Photo Credit Ms T

They also have a real Pizza oven, where your kids can go and make their own pizza. I’m still not sure if this is entirely just for their benefit or for the parents. It is however loads of fun, I know our son just loves it. Watching our young man and his mate top up the pizza base ..mostly on their own, was terrific fun. They are growing up so fast.

Parents socializing
Parents socializing

While all this is happening, the parents can play catch up. The restaurant serves a decent menu for both the little ones and the big people, best is that they have friendly staff attending to your needs.

Give them a try when next seeking a child friendly venue. As a last on them, they also cater for birthday parties for the kids .. themed too if you want.

Just us catching up - Photo Credit Ms T.
Just us catching up – Photo Credit Ms T.

When we eventually got home our young man was exhausted! He had just enough energy to help me wash our bikes, played a little bit more with his own trucks and asked to be bathed. HUH! Yep .. he had, had enough. He wanted his bath and bed… but first his milo…

Needless to say, I didn’t get to go for my run. Tonight I’m going to have to get active and not relax with Madam Secretary as I’d planned. I did however, get to watch someone that inspires me in my Triathlon journey, cross the finish line with his wife. Took them just over 14 hours, but they finished and that…. is what this journey is about!

This is Ironman - Sourced Online
This is Ironman – Sourced Online

More training this week, need to get my muscles used to all the attention they are suddenly getting! The cramps need to end…

I leave you with this final quote I sourced online …

HKL

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I need another day to recover from this weekend ….

Georgie and Derick
Georgie and Derick

Yep I seriously do! This weekend was jam packed with activity. If it wasn’t training it was us off to something or other that had been committed to our young man. I’m thrilled it all worked out well though and can’t wait for next weekend.

Group Training
Group Training

Saturday morning I was up at the break of dawn and hit the gym for their 90 minute Spinning class. I’ve not been for a Saturday morning session in a while, so was looking forward to a serious workout. Morgan our young instructor did not disappoint. She woke up on a mission and was determined to deliver or perhaps it was more a case of ” I will show them” because she was told quite late on Friday evening that she had been allocated the first call. Whatever the reason, she had us climbing hills, some endurance pacing and speeding periods.

I’m all about the music, so was very pleased that her music complimented her training really well and although 60% of the class left after 60 minutes, we all had fun.

This training session done, I had about an hour to basically get ready for my next session. My favourite discipline in the Triathlon, swimming. The #DareToTri coach Derick had organised a swim workshop for all us novices and the seasoned triathletes who wanted to participate as well. Off to the Eastrand I went, super glad that for a change the highway was sans accidents on either side of the road. Derick arranged for Georgie Thomas from Total Immersion to spend a few hours with us, sharing her experience in open water swimming and Triathlons. Following about just over an hour of valuable theory, sharing tips on how to tackle waves when swimming in the sea, we then hit the water for another hour fine tuning our swimming technique. Looking around during the theory session, it was a great sight looking at my fellow teammates as they were all so engaged by Georgies English accent and the informative information she was sharing. For me this session was just another reassurance for me that we are in great hands with Derick, for much of the information shared by Georgie is what he has shared with us to date.

Swimming done, I was pumped up to tackle the Pirates 10km Run/Walk today. I had been warned that their route was mainly hills for the bulk of the race .. 7/10km to be honest. Coach Derick is always pushing for us to face those hills when training, so I was following his orders.

Pirates 10km Run
Pirates 10km Run

It was super cold this morning when we got to the Pirates Club, and it was such a pleasant surprise to not have to wait to find parking. Leaving your car behind and praying that it would be intact when we finished our run. I had not pre-entered the race so had to still purchase my entry. This was organized coax, in a nice way. Coax in that it wasn’t immediately clear where I had to go in order to buy my entry, but organized because once I’d figured it out, the whole process was fast. Actually it’s thanks to hubby who standing on the greens away from the masses had seen a gap and let me know .. 🙂

When I started the run I had told myself it was a training run, not going for time or beating my personal best but more to get some much needed milage on my legs. Last time I had done some road running was back at the Colgate 15km race a few months back. I tried not to focus on the hills and running my own race, so after about 2kms with Lucy and her husband Daniel, they left me and I ran the rest of the race on my own. Looking at my pace with them, I was running way faster than I normally do. I found my groove and kept to it. Managed to run most of the hills and run/walk the others. The route was leafy and super scenic. Only downside was that hubby and our young man were not permitted to participate as prams were not permitted… or so we thought. Next year we know better as there were a few prams on the route. 62 minutes later I was finished. Super chuffed with my time, especially as already mentioned I didn’t feel fit enough for it. The added bonus is that I’d completed leg milage in all three Triathlon disciplines .. yes I am well aware that Spinning and indoor swimming don’t equate to the open waters and road cycling that I will be facing in the Triathlon.

Needless that was part of the active weekend …..

DSTV Kids
DSTV Kids

You may recall in my previous post that DSTV was hosting a Kids Xtravaganza out at VodaWorld. Most of it was a fantastic experience for our young man. The DSTV team had arranged for us to be picked up from the car park and transported to the main building where the show was taking place. First words out of our young man’s mouth were … “we going in a taxi dad” … yep this was one of those minibuses also known as taxis out here.

There was plenty of direction to where we had to go, and within the theatre we were ever so efficiently shown to our seats by the most polite usher. Just before the show started, the hostess asked us to all move towards the middle. We found an unoccupied bean bag and plonked our young man on it. He was in his element!

The show begun with Katy from the I Can Cook show, a show targeted and the little older children with a much longer attention span. The Teletubbies followed once her show was done, and by this time the toddlers were all a little fidgety and frankly bored. Surely the shows should have been the other way round? The songs used as background for the Teletubbies were not typical of the show, and once it was all over, all of 5 minutes .. the Teletubbies were off the stage never to be seen again. #disappointing

We moved onto a vibe Fun Zone, with much activity for the kids to enjoy of all age groups. Here we found a photo booth for those interested in to take pictures with mini Teletubbies. Really! You have the life size ones around and you make us take photos with these mini ones! We didn’t bother. Moved over to the carosel that was popular and the ball pits. Overall 7/10 experience.

Dads and our young man
Dads and our young man

At 10h30 this morning we made our way to Montecasino as they were showing Ed Jordan’s Beautiful Creatures. The air had a slight chill to it, and the sun was showing its face. We found our spot and that’s where we stayed through the show.

If you get the chance, do take you little ones to it. It’s currently FREE when at Monte. The performance deal with real life topics such as abuse and appreciating that we’re all different and that doesn’t make one set better than the other.

The performers had all of the children wanting to go on stage to come on and dance with them for a minute. It was such a warm sight as all the kids had a ball of a time on stage.

Once it was all over, it was home and to bed. Our young man was exhausted! Five minutes after hitting the pillow he was out.

Active weekend! But I loved it!

Hope you had a great one too…..It was amazing to see how our young man is evolving and growing.

HKL

Dare2Tri, Family, Fitness, Kids Entertainment, Races, Toddlers, Tri

6 Months and counting …

It's the weekend ...again!
It’s the weekend …again! : Sourced Online
How fast has the first half of this year been around!

We were discussing the other day at the office, that it feels like just yesterday we were all wishing each other the best for 2015. It won’t be long now, before our office manager comes around asking us again when we plan to take our December leave!

Yoh! Where’s this time racing to?!

First half of the year is over, and I think I can proudly say that I achieved much of what I’d hoped to in terms of my physical activity at least. I managed to run the Dischem21km back in January, did the OmDieDam21km later in March, and my ultimate, the Two Oceans Half Marathon in April. For someone that was initially content with just running a 5km, I’m super impressed with myself.

For this second half of the year, I have the 5150 Ekurhuleni African Championship at the Germiston Lakea triathlon taking place later this year. There are a few before but I’m focused on this one for now. I’m hoping it will be the one that will hook me and drive me towards Ironman in 2016.

Dare To Tri Academy
Dare To Tri Academy

This weekend is time for another weekend of training with the Dare To Tri Academy out in the Eastrand. For me the main focus is the Total Immersion swimming workshop. Targeting both the novice and more experienced Triathlete, who are keen to improve their swimming techniques …efficiency and speed come to mind. Georgie Thomas is an experienced triathlete herself, having completed a number of Full Ironman and Half Ironman Championship events. I enjoy swimming so am super excited to attend this workshop this weekend.

DSTV Kids Xtravaganza
DSTV Kids Xtravaganza : Sourced Online

Then there’s the DSTV KIDS Xtravaganza starts tomorrow and promises to be another opportunity for parents looking for ways to keep their toddlers entertained over the school break.

Children’s favourites Teletubbies and I Can Cook are the star attractions at the DStv Kids Xtravaganza, happening at Vodacom World in Midrand from 4th  July to 9th July. Show start at 09:00; 12:30 and 16:00 followed by 90 minutes in the Fun Zone. Tickets are available at Computicket at R135 a person and includes entrance to the live shows as well as the play time in the Fun Zone.
Expect to be wowed by Dipsy, Laa-Laa, Po and Tinky-Winky characters from the popular Teletubbies can be watched daily on CBeebies (DStv Channel 306). Katy Ashworth presenter of the I can Cook show also be around for a fun session in the kitchen too!
Beautiful Creatures: Sourced Online
Beautiful Creatures: Sourced Online

Then this coming Sunday 5th July,  Monte Casino, Showtime Management and Beautiful Creatures will be at the Piazzo at Monte Casino presenting Beautiful Creatures for FREE!!! Now doesn’t that sound simply amazing! Who doesn’t love a freebie now and then?

The Beautiful Creatures trio will bring interactive sing along shows to audiences on the Montecasino Outdoor Piazza Stage on the following weekends on July 4th and5th at 11h00, 13h00, 15h00 and on the 22nd and 23rd of August 2015 at 11h00, 13h00, 15h00.

The 20 minute shows will feature some of Beautiful Creatures best loved songs, including Imvubu the Happiest Hippo, Lucas the Lazy Lion, Harry the hungry Hadeda and Mafutha the Elephant. So why not take the family over to Monte Casino for a bit of exciting fun for all.

In an effort to regain my running fitness, I’m waking up real early on Sunday to go an run through the streets of Greenside. My legs can feel I’ve not been hitting the road for a while. I need to get my fitness levels up again both for running and cycling.

Pirates 10km Run/Walk : Sourced Online
Pirates 10km Run/Walk : Sourced Online
If you’re not doing much, why not join me and many others on the road to fitness and support the Pirates Running Club at the event this weekend?!

HKL

Experiences, Family, hylery, Kids Entertainment, Parenting, SchoolBreak, Toddlers

The kids are on break .. What are we gonna do now?!

 

 

 

 

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?

Source : online
Source : online

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.

The Snow Queen
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?

Oliver Twist - Source - NCT
Oliver Twist – Source – NCT

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 bookings@nctt.org.za . 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?

Meeting Chris Froome
Meeting Chris Froome

#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 kirsty@like2bike.co.za 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!

 

Lion Park - Source : Tripadvisor
Lion Park – Source : Tripadvisor

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.

HKL

Exhibition, Experiences, Kids Entertainment

We are hitting the Ice Age …

Ice Age Hits Our City
Ice Age Hits Our City

It has been rather cold the last few days, but we’re not anywhere near the Ice Age! This coming weekend there are schools that will be closing for half term, and that means you will have kids at home complaining about how bored they are … right? Don’t dispair fellow man.

This exhibition is presented by #HUISgenoot, #YOU and #DRUM magazines – not a sponsored blog entry. It is designed to be respectful of scientific research, yet entertaining. It has 45 life-size animals across a variety of scenes and 11 animals in the interactive play area. The exhibition promises to be more exciting than visiting your local museum, that alone should be motivation enough to get yourself and your family over to it! 

The Ice Age Exhibition started on the 20th June and will be on until the 8th August, from 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. You’re able to purchase tickets via Computicket , please do confirm first that there are tickets available for the day you want to attend. Kids under 18 months enter for FREE! We all love bargains and there are a few of you out there with children that age. If like us you don’t qualify for the freebie .. kids under 18 years pay R99 and adults R145 to enter. 

If you’re think .. “WOW that’s pricey…”, well included in your ticket are these activities:

  • Drawing tables for kids
  • Sandbox so your kids can discover fossil remains
  • Interactive Animals resembling the ones they saw around the exhibition
  • Interactive Games Zone with puzzles, colouring drawings 

It’s all fun stuff kids enjoy and will have fun participating in I reckon .. 

Now if your little one isn’t keen on the above or just wants more, at a small fee you have the follow activities for them to participate in as well :

  • Sabertooth Tiger photo (R60) and Ice Age Exhibition frame with a photo of you and the Sabertooth Tiger model
  • Face painting (R40) – why not look like your favourite Ice Age animal 
  • If these don’t tickle your fancy, you could shop around for something that will alway remind you of the experience at the Ice Age exhibition 
  • Kids 4-10 years old there’s a 10 meter diameter carousel for a 3 minute ride at (R20)
  • not forgetting those under 4 years, there’s the Glyptodon ride also at just (R20)
  • I can see some adults wanting to go onto the Ice Slide (R55) as well, promises some chilly excitement
  • For an out of this world experience why not try their Snow Blizzard Tunnel, an opportunity to experience a real snowstorm with actual snow and wind! Something that many may not experience too easily out here in Africa

So if like us you’re looking for ideas to keep your children entertained during the next week they home on break .. here’s something exciting to do for the whole family. I am sure you will appreciate the experience as much as they will! 

Stay warm!

HKL