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Stanford Valley Time out in the Company of Mountains
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Stanford Valley Time out in the Company of Mountains

Stanford as far as the crow flies is not far from Cape Town. But there can be the odd occasion when, by the time you reach there, after having battled the numerous sets of lights through Somerset West, you feel slightly as though you've been through a mangler. Which is even more reason why, in the shadow of the Akkedisberg Mountains in a valley through which the Klein River flows, a stay in Stanford Valley can feel a little like coming home.The Overberg is quite the most beautiful part of the Western Cape. With its rolling wheat fields, sheep and beef farms, gorgeous mountains, seaside...
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Family Getaways – Great ideas for a family holiday in South Africa
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Family Getaways – Great ideas for a family holiday in South Africa

Waiting for holidays to simply 'happen' when you have children is tantamount to expecting your fairy godmother to make an appearance, wings and wand intact. The chances are that the holiday, unless other children and a ream of activities are 'on tap', could go horribly pear-shaped and find you in the starring role of circus ringmaster responsible for a list of children's entertainment.  If you want 'down time' then a little planning doesn't go amiss.There are several child-friendly venues in South Africa that cater for exactly this. Whilst not everyone's idea of a holiday is getting cozy w...
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Blue Water Cafe at Imhoff Farm – Children’s Parties to Remember
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Blue Water Cafe at Imhoff Farm – Children’s Parties to Remember

The social calendar of the average pre-schooler without doubt challenges the 'coming out' - a custom for girls in those days to enter into society by attending a variety of balls and dances in search of a husband - of the average Jane Austin heroine. At least the outcome for the Emmas of this world is a wedding; ours is an over-sugared five year old. This is our umpteenth birthday party this year. And as each outdoes the other in terms of child entertainment, the search for available and easy to use venues increases.On this particular Saturday, we find ourselves at Imhoff Farm's Blue Water...
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Cool Runnings – Africa’s first toboggan track
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Cool Runnings – Africa’s first toboggan track

The concept of a Jamaican bob sled team is as about as far removed from Cape Town, South Africa as I thought it could get...or is it? On a wonderfully warm spring day, we headed out at 08h30 on a Saturday morning, accompanied by three eager seven-year-olds, to “Cool Runnings” in Bellville, one of Cape Town’s northern suburbs.Now an early riser I am not (particularly on the weekends), neither am I an extreme sports person, but one will do anything (almost) for your first born’s birthday party!Cool Runnings is a little like the super tube, ‘sans’ water, only here you are seated in a tobo...
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Adventure holidays for families with kids around South Africa
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Adventure holidays for families with kids around South Africa

Adventure holidays for families with kids around South Africa: South Africa, land of perpetual sunshine, incredible vistas, diverse landscapes and a people who go to the nth degree to make one feel at home, is perfect for families with children, who realise that having kids does not mean the end to adventure. All nine provinces have something to offer ...... in the WESTERN CAPE The Western Cape province's beauty includes the wild Cape Agulhas coast, the Cape Winelands, windswept spaces of the Klein Karoo, Cape Town, and the constant reassuring presence of mountains. The Mother City alon...
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Creative ways to have fun in the snow
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Creative ways to have fun in the snow

Heavy snowfalls over parts of South Africa overnight have given many families the chance to enjoy fun in the white stuff. Here are some simple but creative ways to have fun in the snow that you may not have thought of before: First things first! Wrap everyone up warmly - I know it sounds obvious, but children are not penguins and aren’t automatically enthusiastic about venturing out into freezing conditions! To persuade them to have fun in the cold outside they will need to feel very warm and toasty on the inside! Snowmen with a difference Start your snowman by rolling 3 large balls of sno...
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10 mostly Indoor Activities to do with Kids in Winter in Cape Town
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10 mostly Indoor Activities to do with Kids in Winter in Cape Town

10 mostly Indoor Activities to do with Kids in Winter in Cape Town. What were they thinking when they designated five whole weeks to the June / July holidays this year? This is the time of year when it rains and children end up on the couch in front of television or before the computer screen, rather than out of doors where they would rather be. And parents end up tearing their hair, and each others', out.My sister always has a back-up plan. A list the length of her arm of options she can do with her kids at the drop of a hat. I confess, I tend to leave a lot of this up to inspiration. And...
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Things to Do with Kids in the Cape Town City Bowl
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Things to Do with Kids in the Cape Town City Bowl

... things to Do with Kids in the Cape Town City Bowl We start our fun outings in the Cape Town City Bowl where there are a number of activities to delight children of all ages. A fun activity is to catch the double decker open-top bus (#1) for a 2 hour guided trip around the Mother City. The tour includes the Waterfront and city centre, stops at Table Mountain and concludes with a coastal drive back through Camps Bay.It's a hop-on hop-off type tour so you can jump off anytime (plan ahead and park your car somewhere close by) or make like tourists and take the full two hour tour! It’s a g...
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Things to Do with Kids on the Atlantic Seaboard
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Things to Do with Kids on the Atlantic Seaboard

... things to Do with Kids on the Atlantic Seaboard - Moving on to the Atlantic Seaboard, head to Mouille Point for a day of fun for the little ones and the 'big kids' too. Riding the Blue Train (#12) is a fun activity for children from one year old and up. Have a little trip on Cape Town's only miniature train with a view of the sea, passing ships and Robben Island.You can also spend quality time in the safe park, playing on a jungle gym and other play items. The train operates every day from 9am until sunset, weather permitting. Afterwards head over to the Putt Putt Course (#13) for ...
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Things to Do with Kids in False Bay
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Things to Do with Kids in False Bay

... things to Do with Kids in False Bay - On the other side of the Cape Peninsula, the False Bay coast offers some favourite activities of Cape Town's kids. All the moms we asked recommended spending time at Boulers Beach in Simons Town. We've published lots of articles about the Boulders Beach Penguins (#36) so check out "To Boldly Go ... why swimming with Penguins at Boulders is so great" for a first hand report if you haven't tried this yet!Take a dip in the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean and find yourself swimming with the Penguins - its great for kids of all ages, you will enjo...
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Things to Do with Kids in Southern Suburbs
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Things to Do with Kids in Southern Suburbs

... things to Do with Kids in Southern Suburbs Heading indland to the Southern Suburbs, an ever popular favourite with Capetonian moms regarding things to Do with Kids in Southern Suburbs is Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (#48), in the Newlands / Claremont area. All the moms we asked for help with this "list" had Kirstenbosch in their top 10 and agreed that it's a wonderful place for kids. There are plenty of spots ideal for family picnics and lots of exploring for little ones to do.CityRock (#49) is Cape Town's centre for all things related to Rock Climbing. Their facility feature a ...
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Things to Do with Kids in Blaauwberg
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Things to Do with Kids in Blaauwberg

... things to Do with Kids in Blaauwberg Continue the school holidays with a day in Blaauwberg and enjoy a very special experience - get a group of 8 (kids and parents) and take them for a "behind the scenes" tour at SANCCOB (#67). It's highly educational, interesting and very moving to see the work that is done here. It costs R45.00 per person (kids under 1 year go free) and lasts about 45 minutes to an hour.After the tour at SANCCOB, take your beach buckets and spades to Bloubergstrand Beach (#68) for a day of fun and sun, and all of the usual beach activities so popular with kids. ...
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Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town North
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Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town North

... things to Do with Kids in Cape Town North - Heading to the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, the Play Park at Stodels (#73) in Bellville offers a delightful entertainment area, complete with trampolines, sandpits and an animal farm. Parents can keep a watchful eye from the outside decks of the restaurant while kids get to pet and feed the goats, bunnies, ducklings and piglets.Another kiddie's delight in Bellville, Jimmy Jungles (#74), is a premier Indoor Adventure Playground that offers supervised, secure facilities for toddlers and children from 6 months up to a maximum height of 1....
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Things to Do with Kids in Cape Helderberg
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Things to Do with Kids in Cape Helderberg

... things to Do with Kids in Cape Helderberg Region - In Somerset West, kids (and grown-up kids) can create their very own, loveable teddy bear.At "Build a Bear" (#80) little 'bear builders' assist in building a 'beary' cute friend starting from the wide selection of a basic bear character; to choosing and insertion of its signature giggle, growl / personal message sound-chip, it's red satin heart placement, final sealing stitch and barcoding, to it's wardrobe selection and then it's international naming and all the way home!Still in Somerset West, Monkey Town (#81) is literally t...
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