Parenting, SchoolBreak, Toddlers

Things to do with your toddler (Winter School Break)

Things to do with your toddler

It’s been a week into the school winter break and our son is already looking bored.

Have you found anything interesting to do around Joburg?

I asked our friendly search engine for some help and these are some of the options.

  Continue reading “Things to do with your toddler (Winter School Break)”

Experiences, Family, Review, SchoolBreak

Review: Puss in Boots The Pantomime

Puss in Boots
Caitlin Kilburn as Selina Swiftclaw (L) and Earl Gregory as Puss in Boots (R)

This past Sunday, 2 July 2017,  my son and I were invited to the opening of “PUSS IN BOOTS”, the play, at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. Now I’ve been to Gold Reef City’s theme park before, but never had the pleasure of visiting the Lyric Theatre.  A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for both my son and I, and yet another wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with my son. Puss In Boots is KicksArts’ first Johannesburg performance, having previously already produced 12 sold-out, multi-award winning pantomimes in Durban over the past 14 years, is a must see for the family this winter school holiday season.  Continue reading “Review: Puss in Boots The Pantomime”

Experiences, Family, Review, SchoolBreak

Review: Disney’s Cinderella Kids

Cinderella+Prince Charming+ Peolple's Theater
Alida Senekal as the Fairy Godmother, Kaylan Sabbadin as Cinderella and Thokozani Jiyane as Prince Charming performing in “Cinderella” a classic fairy tale. Photo: Candius Photography

On Friday evening I managed to be an awesome dad to our son as we attended the opening night of “Cinderella Kids”, the play, at the People’s Theatre in Braamfontein. It’s been a minute since I’d been to that part of Joburg, and the first time I’d taken our son to the theatre. It was time that we added a bit of culture to his educational programme.

If you’re not familiar with Disney’s “Cinderella Kids”, it’s an Continue reading “Review: Disney’s Cinderella Kids”

hylery, Parenting, SchoolBreak, Two Oceans Marathon

Our Two Oceans Break…

Two OceansOver the last two years, since becoming more active on the road either cycling, running or swimming, hubby and I have tried to turn our trips to “out-of-town” races into the family breakaway. This year we’ve managed a break per quarter of 2017, taking our current life position, I’m thrilled we’ve managed Continue reading “Our Two Oceans Break…”

Parenting, SchoolBreak

School is out … what now?

School Break
School Break

I’m not sure if I’m thrilled or terrified that school break is once more upon us!

Three weeks of doing our best to keep our young man from being “bored”.  Hubby working from home is God sent, something I don’t acknowledge often enough to him. He has more flexibility with Continue reading “School is out … what now?”

Beginnings, Education, Experiences, Family, Parenting, School, SchoolBreak

BAcK to schooL

Back to School
Back to School

Term 2 started yesterday and I say that with a sigh of relief … not just for me but I think too for our young man! Last week he was already asking Continue reading “BAcK to schooL”

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!”

Beginnings, Growth Phase, Parenting, Potty Training, School, SchoolBreak

Term 3 already?!

It's almost the end of a phase
It’s almost the end of a phase

Seriously, where has this year gone?! I’m sure it’s not only me that feels this year is flying by so fast. It feels like it was just the other day I posted about us starting to potty train our young man, remember this entry? Continue reading “Term 3 already?!”

Family, Father and Son, Firsts, Life, School, SchoolBreak

End of Term …

End of term - Sourced online
End of term – Sourced online

I can’t believe we’re almost at the end of yet another term. No more shipping the child to school so that they’re entertained by their teacher for half the day, the next few weeks will be my responsibility to keep our young man from bored!

We had our first Parent meet the Teacher meeting this week. I recall my parents going to them when I was in Primary school, and always waiting to hear the feedback from these sessions. Yes, I was always excelling, so expect the same from our son .. #thepressure .. I know!

Overall, our young man is making me extremely proud at school. Respectful, Obliging, Social, Interactive are just some of the words his teacher used when she spoke of him. Can you see how big our heads are now 🙂

Of course, there has to be a balance, so there are areas for development. Nothing serious, but we want to make sure that we address these now. You know, the “why leave it for later when you can do it now thingie” ….So I’m busy plotting a plan for the holidays and after school activities for our super Home Engineer , that I hope will assist our young man embrace his challenges and excel in term 3.

Now to find ways to keep him entertained … hmmm.. without the iPad that is ….

HKL

Education, Exhibition, Family, hylery, Parenting, SchoolBreak, Weekend

He’s an adrenaline junkie … he is!

#iceageSA
#iceageSA

What a weekend full of activity we had! I really didn’t think we would do all that .. furthermore that our young man would be enthralled by it all.

School is on mid-term break so the question was .. is what do we do with him so he doesn’t get bored? So last week I shared some of the activities taking place in our city that could keep your toddler entertained over the next week.

Saturday morning, we let our young man know what we were going to the #IceAgeExhibition. I’ve not seem him so happy in like …well ..ever! He kept asking all the way to the Sandton Convention if we were really going.

We arrived and he was loving the experience. Taking in his surroundings like only a child can.

He was taking in all the “creatures” around him and calling them out by similar names to what he knows in his world.He was initially taken by surprise when the one of the speakers blasted out the sounds the animal would make. He held onto my hand so tight .. it was too special a moment.

He wasn’t keen on the blizzard though, and screamed and kicked that we get him out of that tunnel. Maybe next time he will be fine… but I still don’t understand why though ….his reaction to water.

Done experiencing our past and the educational phase of our outing it was time for some some. Hubby went and purchased some tickets for a few activities we thought he would appreciate. While we waited we decided to spend some time in the sand pit.

Just look at that grin .. he was having a ball of a time! We waited in the queue to have his face painted as a tiger, but once we got to the front he wasn’t keen on the idea anymore. 😦 Fortunately, the kind lady doing all the magnificent work of face painting all the kids informed me that I could either come back later when he was ready or just go back to the paying booth and request a refund… What you say gurl? Was my first reaction. You for real? Yep she was. My hat off to the #IceAgeSA organisers! You totally understand this age group and that they will change their minds! I know it’s about making some profit, but just think about it .. I won’t spend R20 bucks on face painting .. but I may .. and did .. spend a whole R250 bucks on a sweater I may just not have done otherwise … you get my drift? Really hope of these events targeting children follow suit.

When we got to the slides, our young man could not contain the excitement. He didn’t want to wait for his turn .. he wanted to get on that rubber dingy and slide down. It was eventually our turn. We got in, I made sure he was snug and safe and we were off. I’m not really afraid of heights .. but these adrenaline slides aren’t activities I enthusiastically seek out either. Needlesstosay, if you were at the bottom of the ride watching my face .. I may have had the fear of hell look vs. one of “YAY .. I’m having fun” !

We got off and first thing little Mr. says to me is .. “AGAIN” … WHAT! Are you insane child!? was my first thought. I very promptly past the buck over to hubby .. and guess what .. he too had a very similar look on his face to me sliding down, while our young man had the biggest grin his face could muster out! Watching a few parent’s faces while I waited .. they all had the same look … while those smiling were on there for the second time and knew how much fun it was! Surprisingly, although many dads around .. it was mainly the mothers sliding down with the tods …hmmmm #justsaying

SA Guide Dog Association for the blind
SA Guide Dog Association for the blind

Sunday after a bit of a lay in .. we decided to go on over to The South African Guide Dogs Association for the Blind, as they were hosting their annual Winter Festival this past weekend.

Our young man was having all his senses tested this weekend! I think he enjoys that he is able to roam around and explore all these different elements making up his world.

The event itself was surprisingly well attended. Many of the guests, I would bet were locals – read that as living in the area. They had a beer garden – no outdoor event is complete without one – and a quaint tea garden as well, for those who felt they would rather have something warm.

Guests at the SA Guide Dogs Winter Market
Guests at the SA Guide Dogs Winter Market

There were stalls scattered around the winter yard, all selling beautiful handmade wares. Stalls with goodies for your four legged mates, a stall with fresh biltong(aka jerky), fresh brewed coffee and our son’s favourite, a stand selling freshly popped popcorn! For those young ones not bothered by food, the #SAGuideDogsAssociation had setup a littler area with a jumping castle and merry-go-round /carousel for them.

Dog Friendly Entertainment
Dog Friendly Entertainment

Besides all the stalls selling their wonderful goodies, the SA Guide Dogs Association for the blind had another surprise for us too. They had a few performing dogs come out onto the arena and show us wonderful tricks with their mistresses .. I don’t know if we still call lady masters .. masters?

Then it was the turn of the Guide Dog trainers to come out and educate the public a little bit more about their wonderful work with their four legged friends – labradors mostly.

It was incredible to learn that for the first 12 months they form a relationship with their surrogate family, before they are sent to the association for training. It’s six months of bonding with the trainer before the serious work starts. They eventually leave the association knowing how to for example, but not limited to these, cross a road with their blind human, open cupboard doors for their humans and to disobey their human for their own and the human’s safety.

The market was one of those days that you can enjoy as a family outdoors. Roam around the stalls and purchase stuff you don’t need but buy because it’s all for a great cause. The  best part for me is that the event takes place literally outside our doorstep, so that petrol saving can be invested further in this association and the amazing work they for those with sight challenges.

If you missed out this time round, don’t sweat it .. I believe there should be a summer one in a few months. Entrance was a meer R20 and the delicious food being sold was all so reasonably priced too.

It was an active weekend but oh so much fun!

HKL