Keep the cold at bay

Twenty ac­tiv­i­ties to see you through the last two months of win­ter

Your Baby & Toddler - - Contents -

1 Awaken the trapeze artist in your child with the Cape Town Zip Zap Cir­cus’ Win­ter Tots Camp. They get to do real cir­cus ac­tiv­i­ties like tightrope walk­ing, jug­gling, tram­polin­ing, ac­ro­bat­ics and more. Plus they ac­tu­ally work to­gether and put on a show at the end. Mail [email protected] 2 Stay ac­tive. Go cy­cling on week­ends, or walk around the block ev­ery af­ter­noon. Just make sure to dress warmly. 3 Re­mem­ber the sun­block when you’re play­ing out­side. The win­ter sun can be sur­pris­ingly nasty. 4 Go and see Dis­ney On Ice at the Dome in Jozi un­til 1 July, the ICC in Dur­ban from 4 to 8 July and at Grand West in Cape Town from 11 to 15 July. 5 Send a flask of soup to school and work as part of their lunch­boxes. 6 Tackle a puz­zle with many pieces to­gether as a fam­ily. 7 If the wild flow­ers are out, take a trip to Na­maqua­land in the Western Cape to marvel at the colours. Au­gust is usu­ally the month to see them, but keep check­ing the news to make sure. 8 Look out for those first sweet straw­ber­ries that start ap­pear­ing in the shops in Au­gust. Ex­pen­sive, yes, but a sweet treat hold­ing the prom­ise of spring. 9 Buy the kids cud­dly new cov­ers for their warm-wa­ter bot­tles, and leave a warm sur­prise in bed for them. 10 Ex­pe­ri­ence life-sized an­i­ma­tronic di­nosaurs at the Dino Expo, which is on on week­ends in July and early Au­gust at the Old Ed­war­dians’ So­ci­ety Club in Houghton in Jo­han­nes­burg. 11 Choose a fine day and take two kids up Ta­ble Moun­tain for free for ev­ery adult ticket you buy. Re­mem­ber the ca­ble­way is closed be­tween 23 July and 5 Au­gust for main­te­nance. 12 Jump around – and warm up! – at one of the in­door trampoline parks that have taken South Africa by storm. Bounce Inc (www.boun­ceinc. co.za) has a few branches in Gaut­eng and one in Kwazulu-natal, while Capeto­ni­ans and Joburg­ers can go to Rush (www.rushsa.co.za). 13 If you haven’t al­ready, now’s the time to haul out the win­ter flan­nel bed linen, elec­tric blan­kets and down du­vets. 14 Ban­ish the bore­dom with a day of board games. If it’s a re­ally mis day and you’re up for it, go for a long one like Catan or good ol’ Mo­nop­oly. 15 Get to know your neigh­bours – in­vite them round for a stew. 16 Pick a ran­dom Sun­day and stay in your py­ja­mas the whole day long. Your woolly win­ter ones, obvs. 17 Hit the ski slopes at Tiffind­ell in the East­ern Cape (www. tiffind­ell.co.za), or at least go snow hunt­ing. Keep your eye on the weather re­port for the best time to go. 18 Light up the fire­place and do all your play­ing, read­ing and home­work­ing in front of it. Toast a marsh­mal­low on a sosatie stick once in a while. 19 If it’s a blus­tery Au­gust day up in Jozi, fly your kite. (You can build your own one too.) 20 Get the chil­dren to look out for the let­ter J in July and A in Au­gust. YB

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