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10 Best Family-Friendly Markets In and Around Cape Town

September 18, 2017

I say in and AROUND Cape Town, because there may be one or two options on here that will require you to drive a little further. Don’t be alarmed! Because I promise it will be well worth the journey. Most of the child-friendly farmers’ markets on this list, however, are fortunately just a stone throw away if you live in our beautiful city.

There are so many reasons why we should be supporting our local farmers’ markets. Markets are no doubt hard work, and lots of time and effort go into the prep. to bring us all enjoyment.  The farmers, chefs, and other creatives work tirelessly to bring the community only the best organic produce, carefully handcrafted goodies, and the most delicious foods and bakes you will not find anywhere else. It guarantees to cater to almost all your needs and provides a diverse variety of culinary preferences. It is also of the few places you may get your hands on pure honey!

A visit to your local farmers’ market also eliminates the usual mundane mall shopping and saves us as parents and our kids a lot of frustration and tears. Now the kids can play while you shop and bite on a falafel. Score! So, to show your appreciation for their incredible efforts, go out and support your local and very talented artisans.

Here I have selected the 10 most kid-friendly Farmers’ markets 🙂

 

BLAAUKLIPPEN FAMILY MARKET

 

The Blaauwklippen Family Market is child and pet-friendly. The market caters for children of all ages, with various rides and activities and offer a safe environment well away from roads or water.

Every 3rd Sunday dog lovers can enjoy the Vineyard Doggy Walk with all proceeds going towards the Helderberg Animal Welfare Society.

Every Sunday/ Blaauwklippen Vineyards/+27 (0)21 880 0133

 

BAY HARBOUR MARKET

 

 

This vibey market has recently also introduced their Young Saturdays kids program with face painting, a clown, the making of balloon animals, story-telling, magicians and many more creative activities designed to keep the young ones happy and entertained while you shop and dine.

Friday: 5pm to 9pm/ Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am to 4pm/ 31 Harbour Road, Hout Bay/ +27 (0)82 570 5997

 

LOURENSFORD 

 

 

Here, the little ones are sure to be entertained by various activities, and at the Friday night twilight market, you can take a stroll down the dreamy Fairy Light Lane – either with the little ones or just a romantic get-away from the hustle and bustle.

Every Friday from 17h00 – 21h00 and every Sunday from 10h00 – 15h00 / Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Rd, Somerset West/ +27 (0)72 284 1654

 

ROOT 44

 

 

This Market is a family favourite no matter the weather. It is housed in sturdy marquees and offers live and non-stop entertainment for all ages.

Every Saturday & Sunday 10 to 16:00/ Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 & Annandale Road, Stellenbosch/ +27 (0)21 881 3052

 

THE VINEYARD OVAL NIGHT MARKET

 

 

 

Family-friendly and pet-friendly. Kids can play for free at the demarcated kiddies play area and is invited to bring along their ball sports such as cricket, football

Selected Wednesday evenings 4 PM – 9 PM/ Kenilworth Racecourse, Wetton Rd/ +27(0) 62 084 1152

 

THE DEER LITTLE MARKET

 

 

Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day in the park. With a designated entertainment area for the kids, great coffee, delicious food stalls, arts & crafts, gifts, raffles, and pre-loved goodies.

1 October, 5 November, 3 December/ Rocklands Road Park, Location: Deerpark Dr Vredehoek/ +27 (0)82 408 5000

 

WILD OATS MARKET SEDGEFIELD

Now, this Market is about 4 hours drive outside Cape Town, along the Garden route, but definitely on our road-trip list. It’s multiple award-winning,   internationally famous, and continues to attract locals and travelers returning for more of its festive fare.

The Wild Oats vision is firmly focused on increasing responsible environmental awareness through educating customers how they can minimise their carbon-footprints… beginning by simply choosing to buy local (Garden Route Local, that is!)

Every Saturday Morning 7:30 – 12 noon/ Corner N2 & Jan Van Riebeeck Street, Sedgefield, Western Cape/ +27 (0)82 376 5020

 

LILLIPUT MARKET

 

A beautifully crafted market showcasing the best for your baby, kids & family. Enjoy Wine & great Food while shopping the best there is to buy for your little one and for mom!

There is an entrance fee of R30 (R5 of each ticket sold will be donated to a local charity that supports local children).

The market starts at 9 am and please take cash as there are no ATMS or card facilities.

6-7 October 9am/ Bellevue Wine Estate, Bottelary Rd/ +27 (0)21 865 2055

 

SLOW MARKET

 

 

Products have been grown, raised, harvested, caught, preserved or transformed by the producers themselves.

There are also jungle gyms to keep the kids busy while you relax and take in all the sights and aromas.

Open every Saturdays 09h00 – 14h00/ 39 Carl Cronje Drive, Tyger Valley/ +27 (0)21 914 7218

 

PURE PAARL FARMERS MARKET

 

 

 

There is something to do for the whole family, and your pets are welcome!

Children are well catered for, with a supervised jumping castle and giant roly-poly ball on the lower lawn adjacent to the tasting room, and an extensive wooden jungle gym.

Every Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00/ Zandrift Vineyards, Paarl (opposite Boschenmeer Golf Estate)/ +27(0) 071 131 1380

 

BIG BAY MARKET

 

 

As with all the above markets, the Big Bay Market is aimed at families. Come hungry, come expecting an amazing vibe and don’t forget the picnic blankets!

Last Wednesday of the month 4pm-9pm/ Big Bay Surf Lifesaving Club, Otto Du Plessis Drive, Blouberg/ +27 (0)81 797 2825

 

Happy Spring!

 

 

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5 Child-Friendly Spring Festivals Happening in Cape Town

September 13, 2017

Festivals are wonderful for a few reasons – they signal the arrival of Summer, they are ALWAYS fun, and more often than not they are in aid of a good cause. If ever you wanted to but didn’t quite know how, festivals, are a great way to give back.

This year’s Cape Town festivals are no different. We have just about settled into Spring and already we do not know where to turn our heads with all the festivities popping up everywhere.

I have summarized the most kid-friendly festivals in Cape Town during September and October below. If you have a major fear of missing out, you might want to get a pen and paper and write down these dates immediately (or your phone, if like me, you diarise everything into google calendar).

 

PENGUIN FESTIVAL 

 

 

Did you know, according to National Geographic, the African Penguin was declared endangered in 2010. Come and support South Africa’s penguin protection at the Simon’s Town 2017 Penguin festival.

WHAT CHILD DO NOT LIKE PENGUINS!

Entrance is FREE & R 50 Kids zone fee.

Bring the whole family for live music, activities just for the kids, an edutainment marquee, marine conservation exhibitions, environmental talks, a variety of food trucks and of course beer and wine tasting.

 

KITE FESTIVAL

 

 

Embrace your right to fly and have fun at the 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival in Muizenberg on 28 & 29 October 2017. It’s Africa’s biggest kite festival and kiters from around the world will be showing off their incredible creations. With food trucks, live entertainment and free kite-making workshops it’s a fabulous family day out in support of a very good cause, Cape Mental Health. Entry is just R40 per person (R15 for children 12 years and younger).

 

WHALE FESTIVAL

 

 

Come and witness the annual migration of these southern right giants (and other marine wildlife) in what’s considered to be the whale-watching capital of the world. There’ll also be live music performances, vintage car shows, a street parade, great food, and quality crafts on offer in the charming coastal town of Hermanus. The festival stretches over three days from 29 September to 1 October.

Free Entry.

The full program can be viewed here 

 

HERMANUS FLOWER FESTIVAL

 

 

Come along to celebrate the Overberg’s floral majesty, with environmental exhibits in a marquee, goodies for purchase, and fun activities for the kids. The Festival will be celebrating 60 years since the establishment of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

You don’t want to miss snake demo by Francois from Slithering Fynbos.

 The full program can be viewed here

 

THE ZOMBIE FEST

 

 

Okay, so this one may be a liiiiiiiitle PG rated, depending on your child’s level of gore-endurance 🙂

The Cape Town Zombie Fest is an all ages event for the entire family and your dog (literally) and helps raise funds for local charities such as the Lucky Lucy Foundation for abused and neglected animals.

Where: Walk starts at 1 Thiabult Square, Long St, Cape Town | Afterparty at Madison Avenue, 11 Mechau St, CBD, Cape Town

When: 28 October at 6pm to 4am (time includes after party)

Cost: Walk is free | Afterparty R60 – R250

Get your early bird tickets here for only R60.

The walk is followed by an after party at Madison Avenue Club  

 

See you there with your families, Fabmoms!

 

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Family Road Trip: Grabouw to Franschhoek

September 3, 2017

On Saturday we again seized the opportunity to go on another one of our family adventures. We road trip as often as possible and love to show the kids what a beautiful city we live in. So by 10 am, we had ourselves and the kids ready (not as easy as it sounds), had a basket packed, and had agreed that a picnic in the Franschhoek Wine Valley will be ideal for the lovely Spring day.

To make the most of our experience we took the detour over Sir Lowry’s Pass and through Grabouw.

As with most kids, ours do not like to be confined for too long and so we stopped off at the first farm stall we saw as we entered Grabouw. We were just going to stop long enough to enjoy a coffee and hot chocolate for the kids, and to use the rest rooms, but ended up staying for much longer.

The Orchard farm stall had a most amazing atmosphere to it. Even with the traditional dancers singing and dancing their blessed hearts out and entertaining everyone, especially the little crowd, and despite it being right up against the N2 highway, it still had a certain relaxed vibe to it.

One also simply cannot resist the impressive selection of patisserie on offer. The Orchard’s bakery is fantastic with a variety of farm breads, croissants, pies, scones, muffins, apple tart and their famous chocolate mousse & baked lemon cheese cakes. There’s something for everyone!

With tractor rides for the kids, a jumping castle, a park and lots of room to run around and kick some ball, we had to just about drag them out of there before taking on the second part of our journey.

 

 

Between Grabouw and Villiersdorp lies the Theewaterskloof Dam with horrifyingly low water levels. This doesn’t make the landscape any less breathtaking and we took full advantage of the white dune backdrop.

 

 

Almost in Franschhoek, and our final destination, we took time to take it all in from above and stopped for a few more family snaps. You can never have too many of those!

 

Photos by Photofuzion Photography

 

Because life is a great adventure together!

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Cape Town International Kite Festival

August 16, 2017

South Africa’s biggest mental health awareness event – and a  project I was very happy to recently get involved in.

Not only is it the most spectacular family festival of the year, but 100% of profits go to Cape Mental Health to help provide vital mental health services to children and adults in Cape Town and beyond. “We all have the basic right to fly – to explore our abilities, develop our skills and soar freely at home, work, school and in our community,” said Ingrid Daniels, Director of Cape Mental Health. “Children and adults with mental health needs have the same human rights as everyone else and at our 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival, we will be celebrating everyone’s ‘Right to Fly’, to be accepted, respected and included.”

Cape Mental Health provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. This non-profit organisation has been active for 104 years and continues to work towards a society where people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are included in community life and have access to education, training, work and social opportunities.

The Delai Lama said: “It is our prime purpose in life to help others.” It is up to us to decide how we want to go about helping – with our time, our money, or dirtying our hands raising awareness of a pandemic, such as mental illness, which has been swept under the rug for too long.

So come, bring the family, and have fun at the 23rd Cape Town International Kite Festival on 28 and 29 October in Muizenberg, Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health.

Kiters from China, England, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa and the USA will be there to show that almost anything can fly, with fish, dragons and even a little pig adorning the sky. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

There will be free kite-making workshops for children and adults as well as live entertainment, rides, a children’s play area and food market. Visitors are welcome to bring along a picnic.

WHERE

The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations).

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO CAPE MENTAL HEALTH 

Entry is R40 (R15 for children 12 years and under). Tickets will be available online and at the gate.

 For more information call 021 447 9040, email info@cmh.org.za, visit www.capementalhealth.co.za or follow them on Facebook @CapeMentalHealth or Twitter @CMH_NGO.

 

 

Take good care of your mental health.

Love,

 

 

 

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Family Fun at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

July 21, 2017

If ever you needed convincing that Cape Town is the most beautiful city on this planet, then all you need to do is take a walk through Kirstenbosch botanical gardens.

That’s what we decided to do with the kids this week as we near the end of the long Winter school holidays.

Of cause, our family’s been here many times before, mostly for concerts and picnics on the lush lawns, but I cannot believe it took us this long to actually take the time to explore this little piece of heaven – 528 hectares to be exact.  I swear us Cape Towwnians are taking so much for granted.

The five of us started the afternoon at Moyo where the kids enjoyed the Winter Wonders Holiday Program with drumming lessons, a puppet show, and many other fun kiddies activities. I also enjoyed the best pepper soup of my entire life!

After all the indoor fun and with our tummies full, we decided to take full advantage of our gorgeous surrounds. Kirstenbosch has a variety of walking trails and the most breathtaking views. With your usual hiking trails around town not coming without their own safety concerns, the botanical gardens is definitely a winning option when out with the kids.

 Addicts of Jurassic Park, my seven, five and three-year-old explorers could not contain their excitement when we also spotted a few dinosaurs along the way and had a blast running wild trying to spot the many different bird species. There’s SO many!! This activity alone could keep us busy the entire day, but we decided to save some of the adventures for when we visit again.

But enough of my yapping. If the proof of just how incredible this place is, is in the pudding, then these images are the best lemon meringue pie in town 🙂

 

Photo Credit: Lesley Marks from Photofuzion Photography 

 

 

 

 

 

On your visit, please remember to NOT:

Walk in the flower beds

Trample, break or remove any plants, flowers or seeds

Disturb, harm, feed, touch, catch or remove any wildlife

Bring dogs or pets

Bring garden furniture

Play ball games or fly kites

Ride a bicycle, skateboard or roller skate

Play a radio or musical instrument or make noise

Swim

Climb the trees

Climb the sculptures

Litter

Light fires or braais

Drop cigarettes

Let off fireworks

 

Most important, remember to have fun and make memories 🙂