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July 02, 2009

Plenty for Cape Town’s kids to do this holiday


Photo courtesy Guy Frankland

The Cape schools’ winter holidays start on June 26, 2009. Parents who are bracing themselves for their offspring’s low indoor boredom threshold should consider some of these fun options to keep little minds alive and happy in the fresh air and inside.

An organic farm in the heart of Cape Town

The Millstone Farmstall & Cafe, Oude Molen Eco-Village, Alexandra Rd, Pinelands

The Millstone Farmstall has a fantastic kiddies garden for those dry winter days, where a tree house ship allows kids to go on ‘voyages’ and be pirates. There is a charming little wendy house on stilts with a slide (perfect for toddlers) and there are swings under a tree. We also have Milly May – our own piglet who is very friendly and comes out to play with the chickens and dogs every afternoon.

Just over the fence there are 40 horses, which love the apples and carrots offered by all the visitors. Kids and grownups alike can go on horse rides too. Below the farmstall are the wetlands, which form part of the Two Rivers Urban Park. Oude Molen has five organic produce growers and visitors can buy freshly picked produce daily. They are one of the only – if not the only – wood-fired bread bakers in Cape Town, with a fabulous range of breads, including chocolate ciabatta. Their handmade butter biscuits are legendary and they even have beehives and spin their own honey.

The Millstone Farmstall & Cafe runs pizza and biscuit making workshops during school holidays.

For more information, phone +27 (0)21 447 8226 or email millstone@polka.co.za.

Going on a Marzipan Safari


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Asara Wine Estate, Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch

Known as much for its delectable culinary offering as for its gorgeous wines, Asara offers kids a delightful three hour children’s cooking programme to keep little hands busy, while their moms and dads relax.

The Marzipan Safari sees pastry chef Bernd Strauss showing the little ones how to make the animals of Africa – in marzipan!

Guaranteed fun for all ages. This also include a break of half an hour with yummy hot chocolate and homemade cookies, before heading home with their very own marzipan animals to enjoy and show to their friends (if they don’t get eaten first!).

R150.00 per person (beverages excluded).

Minimum two children and maximum six children per group.

For more information phone +27 (0)21 888 8000, email dining@asara.co.za or visit www.asara.co.za.

Make Way for Noddy

Artscape Foyer
June 29 – July 11 at 10h30

Performances are daily at 10h30 from June 29 to July 11 (except Sunday) and at 14h30 on July 4 and 10.

Tickets at R40 can be booked at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat +27 (0)21 421 7695 – book early!

Noddy, Big Ears, Tessie Bear and friends will be back at Artscape during the winter holidays.

Make Way for Noddy 2009, presented by Stagecraft Drama Studio, is adapted from various Noddy stories written by Enid Blyton. Short stories like Noddy’s Perfect Gift, Noddy Goes Shopping and Bouncing Ball Alert are included in this production.  It promises stimulating lessons, adventure and lots of fun to entertain young theatre patrons.

Noddy is played by Julia Holzberg and naughty Sly by Nathan Fredericks. Tessie Bear, Martha Monkey, Tubby Bear and friends are played by young drama students from various Peninsula schools. This production, directed by Cheryl Abromowitz, will be great fun for everyone.

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