Entertainment, Lifestyle

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!

Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle

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 🙂

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WHO’S YOUR DADDY? Stand up comedy with Chris Forrest

July 4, 2017
A clueless dad’s journey to fatherhood

Calling all parents, all parents-to-be, all people who know parents, all people who want to be parents or just fans of comedy!  Chris Forrest brings his side-splitting one-man show, Who’s Your Daddy, to Cape Town for the first time from the 25th July to 6th August 2017 at the Kalk Bay Theatre.

He may be one of South Africa’s most sought-after comedians but Chris Forrest’s greatest achievements are his family and his journey to fatherhood is brought to life in this hilariously honest show.

Chris sheds some light on his experiences of becoming a father. His number one golden rule is “Don’t argue with a pregnant woman!” – and that’s coming from experience! From pregnancy to birth, sleepless nights, dirty diapers and everything in between, Chris shares valuable tips about what really happens and how to deal with it.

Written by Chris Forrest and directed by Bevan Cullinan, this laugh-a-minute show is a must see!  Chris’ unique dry sense of humour, his quick wit, and intelligent comedy has made him one of the country’s most popular comedians. Having started out in the 90’s, Chris has performed on every worthwhile comedy club, showcase, and festival – locally and abroad.

Proudly brought to you by Huggies in association with Comedy Central.

Tickets cost R150 per person (Tuesday show special: Buy 1 Get 1 Free) and are available online at www.kalkbaytheatre.co.za.  For more booking information, contact the theatre at 021 788 7257 or email kalkbaytheatre@gmail.com.

The Kalk Bay Theatre is located at 52 Main Road, Kalk Bay.

Social Media Links:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ChrisForrestStandUp

Twitter: @ChrisForrestSA

 

“An enlightening and highly entertaining show…” – Peter Feldman, Next 48 Hours
“What I loved about the show is that Chris was completely honest” – El Broide
“There are plenty of slap-your-knee funny moments in this show” – Helen Herimbi, The Star Tonight
“Witty, funny, masterpiece” – Cue Magazine
“60 hilarious minutes” – Artsmart

 

See you there for a good laugh, fabmoms and dads 🙂