Please note: Products were available and the product information was correct at the time of publishing (November 2020). Also, products are subject to availability. 

Toy Kingdom

Spoil your little ones with delightful gifts from the awesome land of Toy Kingdom. They have everything you... oops, we mean... Santa Claus will need to excite the kids this Christmas. And to ensure that shopping for the little ones is a breeze this year, take a look at Toadie's Festive Gift Guide 2020 here. The guide has tons of toys that your children will absolutely love, including the awesome LEGO® sets, assorted Hape educational toys for the littlest ones, Build-A-Bear cuties along with a wide range of beautiful accessories, Thomas & Friends and Dragons goodies, and much more. Click here to take a look at their gift guide now. Best of all, you can shop online, 24/7!

Toys Kingdom

Toys R Us

This festive season, you can get your hands on a variety of awesome toys at Toys R Us. Be sure not to miss out on their Big Book of Wishes Gift Guide 2020, filled with a wide range of toys, games, goodies and more! There's something for all ages, ranging from garden and outdoor fun, sports and wheels, gaming and tech, preschool and infant toys to waterplay, workshop and building, dinosaurs, action figures, LEGO® sets, plushies, Barbies, and much more. The Big Book of Wishes deals will be available until 24 December 2020, so be sure to visit your closest Toys R Us branch or shop online on their website before time runs out!

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Polly Potter's Toy Store

For educational toys, furniture, dress-up stuff, puzzles, and arts and crafts, Polly Potter's Toy Store will certainly have something special and unique for your little ones. A few of our favourites include the Deluxe Toolbelt Set, perfect if your little darling loves to tinker and 'build' around the house and let's not forget the cute Mermaid Blanket, because who doesn't want to be a mermaid? There's also a wide range of educational toys that'll help develop your child's skills, pretend play goodies to let your children's imaginations run wild, as well as arts and crafts and music toys that are sure to delight. Visit their online store and take a look at what else they have to offer.

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Great Yellow Brick Company

Do your little ones have a love for LEGO®? Then why not take a look at what the Great Yellow Brick Company has to offer! From LEGO® filled advent calendars and exciting LEGO® building sets for both young and old, to LEGO® accessories and much more, you're bound to find the perfect gift here. There are also themed goodies including Star Wars™, Harry Potter™, Jurassic World™, Minions, Minecraft™, Powerful Girls™, Super Mario™, Unikitty!™, and many more! Best of all, you can order these sets and accessories online and have them delivered right to your door. Talk about easy shopping!

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Makro

You can never go wrong with a bicycle! It's one of the key experiences we all go through while growing up: learning how to petal, learning how to steer, learning how to ride it without the training wheels. It's a must for all children. Also, it's great for improving their coordination and balance. And at Makro, they have a few kids' bicycles on promotion. For boys, girls, toddlers and older children, head to Makro and take your pick from their options. Also, be sure to take a look at their Kids Gifting Catalogue 2020 for more present ideas for the little ones.

Makro kids bikes

Takealot.com

Takealot.com is known for having a wide range of products, which makes it the perfect place to do all of your festive Christmas gift shopping. They have plenty of toys for kids of all ages, ranging from active play and superhero action figurines; trading cards and LEGO® sets to board games, puzzles, Barbies and much more. Visit their app or website and get started on your Christmas gift shopping now.

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Click here for more Christmas gift ideas!

What Is It?

Let the little ones enjoy a LIVE storytelling experience with professional storytellers! Not only is this an interesting way to keep them entertained, but it's also great for developing their language fluency and their imaginations. These professional storytellers will share their stories aimed at children aged between 4 to 8 years of age.

Play Africa is a non-profit children's play museum in Johannesburg. This is a new storytelling programme that they have initiated in response to the COVID-19 crisis, in collaboration with ASSITEJ South Africa and in partnership with the Goethe-Institut South Africa.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 23 June 2020 from 14:30. Visit their Facebook event page for more dates.

Where Is It?

Online via Howler.

How Much Is It?

Access to the live stream is free, you just need to signup to Howler to get access to the link.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event page.

Please note: Online events are subject to be postponed, cancelled or changed at any given time. Please visit their social platforms to stay informed of these changes and their announcements.

You won't believe how few and far between subscription boxes for kids are! But now that the lockdown regulations have eased slightly and we're allowed to order goods online and have them delivered right to our door, here are a few subscriptions to try out with the little ones! Not only are they fun and exciting, but they're also educational and promote development of many vital skills. Just make sure you sanitise your delivery before playing!

Moxie Kids Craft Box

Getting crafty is always a fun activity to do with the kids! And if you're looking for some fresh crafty ideas, Moxie Kids Craft Box is just the subscription box you need! Not only are these craft boxes perfect to get your kids creative, but they're also great for developing their fine motor skills!

Moxie Kids Craft Boxes are ideal for children aged between three and nine, and gives them four exciting crafts every month with a unique theme. It's all about educational fun and family time. Ready for some out-of-the-box fun? Take your pick from a number of subscription options available. Simply sign up for month-to-month billing or select a pre-payment option. Want to give it a trial run first? Visit their 'One Box Shop' and purchase a once-off box to see what it's all about. Plus, you'll get FREE delivery right to your door!

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Details: www.moxiekids.co.za | 083 444 6081 | [email protected] | Facebook | Instagram

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Wacky Box

For a box full of experiences, why not give the Woelwater Wacky Box a try? This is the perfect entertainment solution that offers loads of excitement for the kids along with some quality family time as moms and dads are encouraged to join in on the fun! Subscribe and get a themed Wacky Box every month, filled with 14 to 16 educational activities, delivered to your door for free. You can also opt for the once-off Wacky Box option if you're not ready to subscribe to a monthly subscription. The boxes cater to children in four different age groups: five to 12 months; one to two years; two to four years and four to six years. It's homeschooling made easy! Also, if you sign up to their newsletter, you'll receive a FREE daily lockdown activity for kids aged five months to nine years old.

Details: woelwater.com | [email protected] | 010 141 8242 | Facebook | Instagram

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Charley's Boxes

From unique gifting to fun for the little ones, Charley's Boxes has just the thing! Catering to babies aged between zero to 18 months, Charley's Boxes has searched far and wide to bring the best products for you and your child to enjoy! Each box is handpicked with necessities and must-haves that cover their three pillars: education; development; and fashion. All you have to do is pick your desired age category (zero – three months; three – six months; six – 12 months; and 12 – 18 months) and the box will be filled with age and gender specific items to be delivered right to your door, for FREE. The cost for these beautifully packaged boxes starts from R359 per month*. As for shipping, boxes are shipped around the 25th of every month and can take up to five working days to arrive. Also, Charley's Boxes offer unique gift boxes, snack boxes, baking boxes and more!

Details: charleysboxes.com | [email protected] | 082 778 7000 | Facebook | Instagram

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Little Thinker

Looking for a subscription that offers something to keep your children's minds active? Then why not consider the Little Thinker Box? These boxes provide parents with activity sets with milestone specific entertainment for babies and toddlers aged between three months and two years old. Each box focuses on fine motor skills, tactile stimulation, spatial awareness as well as cognitive development. With their innovative activity flashcards, unique equipment, reading books and a milestone tracking chart, learning and play is simplified and fun for you and the kids.

Details: www.littlethinker.co.za | [email protected] | 082 964 5641 | Facebook | Twitter

What Is It?

Impaq will be hosting free online information sessions and you are invited!

When Is It?

7 April 2020, 14:00 – 15:30

Where Is It?

Online

How Much Is It?

Free.

For More Information

For more information, check the Facebook Event.

What Is It?

Every child has the right to play! At Play Africa, Johannesburg's children's museum, they welcome children of all abilities. Their Sensory Saturdays are special days offering sensory play activities and unique learning environments that especially aim to include children on the autism spectrum and children with other special needs. Families with children with special needs have told them that these mornings have helped foster happy, memorable play as a whole family.

When Is It?

Saturday, 18 April 2020 at 09:30 - 12:30.

Where Is It?

Play Africa at Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, 2017 Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

All you need to do is reserve your spot by visiting their Facebook page.

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information. To learn more about our Sensory Saturdays, or our other programmes to foster social inclusion of children with disabilities and special needs, contact them at [email protected] or call 011 480 4892.

Papier-Mâché Easter Baskets

Let the kids make these papier-mâché baskets for their egg hunt instead of spending a fortune buying baskets.

What you need: 

Method: 

Blow up the balloon and tie it closed. Draw a pattern around the balloon with a marker. Balance the balloon on a bowl to prevent it from moving around too much. Next, tear the newspaper into long strips. Dip the paper into the papier-mâché and attach it around the top of the balloon until the pattern you drew is complete. Continue attaching newspaper until you have a thick layer of paper around the balloon (about five layers). Allow the papier-mâché to dry, this will take a few hours. When the papier-mâché is dry, pop and remove the balloon. As an optional step, sand the basket to get smooth edges. Next, paint the basket and attach embellishments of your choice. Make some small holes in each side of the basket and attach the ribbon.

Image and idea sourced from Red Ted Art.

Easter Egg Wreath

These wreaths are not only adorable, but easy to make too. Make a few and hang them off a tree outside during the Easter holidays for a gorgeous decoration.

What you need: 

Directions:

Start this project by cutting out the inner portion of the paper plate. Cut out large egg-shaped patterns from the coloured paper. Next, glue the eggs onto the paper plate. Tie the ribbon into a bow and attach to the top of your wreath.

Image and idea sourced from The Resourceful Mama.

Eggshell Painting

Let your little ones have a blast creating their own art masterpieces. But be warned, this project can get a little messy. We recommend doing it outdoors with lots of newspaper!

What you need:

Method: 

Carefully wash the eggshells to remove any remaining egg then fill them with various colours of paint (we recommend using washable paint). Glue a bit of tissue paper (in the colour of the paint) over the opening of the egg shell. Now, hand the eggs over to the kids and watch as they make a mess throwing their paint bombs at the canvas.

Image and idea sourced from Growing A Jeweled Rose.

Bunny Boxes

This is a great way to put an Easter spin on your children's juice boxes. When they are done with their juice, they can use the box as a delightful organiser.

What you need: 

Method: 

Wrap the sides of the juice box in brown paper. Cut two feet and ears per box out of the brown paper. Next, cut out pink inner ears and foot pads and glue onto the brown pieces. Attach the feet and ears to the juice box and draw on a face.

Image and idea sourced from Scrapping With My Bug.

Peekaboo Eggs

These unique crafts are made using clothing pegs. When you pinch open the peg, you'll receive a surprise visit.

What you need: 

Method:

Start by cutting out small egg shapes from the glitter cardboard. Then, cut the egg shape in half in a zig-zag pattern. Glue each side of the egg to the clothing peg. Make sure you align the egg and peg, so that the egg closes when the peg is pinched closed. Cut out a small piece of yellow paper and draw on eyes and a beak using the coloured pens. Cut out a tiny piece of cardboard and attach it to the other side of the peg. Stick the yellow paper onto the cardboard so that it is facing the egg.

Image and idea sourced from One Little Project.

Easter Character Jars 

These cute jars can be made in any Easter character of your choosing, think bunnies, chicks, eggs or even carrots. Fill them with speckled eggs, Smarties and other sweets and hide them for the kids to find during their Easter egg hunt.

What you need:

Method: 

To begin, paint the jars and their lids in the colour of the Easter character, such as white for bunnies, yellow for chicks or orange for carrots. Next, cut out embellishments from the coloured paper, such as a beak and feet for a chick and ears and feet for a rabbit. Make whiskers for the rabbit using white pipe cleaners. Glue on these embellishments with the hot glue gun and fill with sweets.

Image and idea sourced from Creative Ramblings Blog.

Do you have any other Easter crafts for kids? Tell us about them in the comments section below!

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Paw Patrol

Paw Patrol

What Is It?

Its Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting ready for a big celebration! But first, Ryder and his team of pirate pups must rescue Capn Turbot from a mysterious cavern. When they do, they also discover a secret pirate treasure map! The PAW Patrol set out over land and sea to find the treasure for Mayor Goodways celebration before Mayor Humdinger finds it first! The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pupTracker!

When Is It?

Tuesday, 07 April 2020 - Wednesday, 08 April 2020. Showtimes: 09h30, 13h00 and 16h30.

Where Is It?

Sun Arena @Times Square, Pretoria Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R250 - R590 per person, get tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information, click Here.

PAW Patrol

One of the best things that you can do for a child is to enroll them in a discipline. Kids need extra mural activities to help them learn the basics of human interaction and other social skills.

Through the art of discipline, kids are able to discover themselves, their likes and dislikes at an early age. Here are some benefits to enrolling your children in an extra mural activity:

Let's explore some of the things kids can enroll in.

Minichess

MiniChess

MiniChess creates a place where children can develop their strategic thinking skills. It can also advance a child's capabilities in Mathematics and discipline.

When playing chess, children will be be challenged. MiniChess is a great place to enroll the kids for something fun and educational.

The Art Of Movement

The Art Of Movement is a dance group that specialises in many different lessons for kids.

Here, the kids will be able to learn various dances, including tap dancing, modern dance, salsa, hip hop and many more.

This is great to keep the kids active and entertained.

Bounce

Bounce

Bounce has become one of the most innovative forms of fitness for children.

At Bounce, children can spend hours jumping away on a trampoline. Not only will this keep them active, but they will have loads of fun too.

What extra mural activity is your child enrolled in? Let us know in the comments section below!

Recycle Rangers, Assemble At Eastgate!

Eastgate has something cool and exciting in store for their little visitors! Our planet needs their help to keep it clean and litter free. After all, it is our responsibility to take care of it now and forever. With this in mind, Eastgate wants to show children (and parents) how important recycling is, and just how much fun it can be. Are you with us, Recycle Rangers?

Did you know that next year, Eastgate won’t be using any plastic shopping bags anymore? This is because they want to keep as much plastic out of the environment as possible and do their part for the planet!

Help make a difference by heading to Eastgate’s Aloe Court from 24 – 27 October 2019 between 11:00 and 17:00, where you'll be shown how to make fashionable items out of recycled material that Eastgate has collected; like plastic bottles, bottle tops and straws. From fashion design to stylish accessories, do it all the eco-friendly and eco-fashionable way with Eastgate Shopping Centre.

Eastgate

On Friday, 25 October and Saturday, 26 October, they will be hosting Fashion Upcycle Workshops – no bookings are necessary as the workshops will work on a first-come first-serve basis. These workshops will be conducted by South African artist, Threaded Dame. Threaded Dame started as a hobby but soon became an avenue of promoting issues close to their hearts. They use embroidery to channel their creativity into transforming everyday goods into inspirational and inclusive pieces. Threaded Dame’s Recycle Ranger workshops on the Friday and Saturday will include up-cycled clothing embroidery, painting and colouring.

For the most fashionable thing to do this October, look no further than Eastgate’s Recycle Ranger Fashion Edition!

Parents, please note:

Eastgate

When Is It?

Thursday, 24 October 2019 – Sunday, 27 October 2019 between 11:00 and 17:00.

Where Is It?

Eastgate Shopping Centre's Aloe Court, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE!

Eastgate

For More Information

For more information about this exciting event, visit Eastgate Shopping Centre's Facebook page or the Recycle Ranger's event page.

You can contact them on 011 479 6000 or [email protected].

Also, don't forget to visit their website at www.eastgateshops.com.

Children are the most adventurous and imaginative people in the world and if there was one thing that could be a dreamland for any child (or adult), it's Hamleys at Sandton City.

A Magical World 

Hamleys is a dream come true, like a book that has come to life and is ready to dish out fun to all the kids. The whole family can pay this awesome store a visit and have loads of fun.

Hamleys Sandton City

The Hamleys brand has been around for well over 200 years and they continue to bring the coolest toys out there. They say, "Like chocolate for Mr Wonka, the toys Hamleys sell are the most important part of our business and we are committed to ensuring our toys work as described, are safe for use and are sourced responsibly".

All the toys are tested at a laboratory, so you don't need to be worried about the safety of the toys.

At Hamleys Sandton City, the children can play and explore the different spontaneous play areas available.

Fun Times

Hamleys is a world of comforting, cuddly plush friends like the gigantic penguins that look as if they've just stepped out of Happy Feet. There are lots more where the penguins came from. The best hug anyone can receive is from a soft teddy bear, so treat the little ones to a lovely friend.

The store is packed with fun accessories like emoji pillows that change facial expression when you swipe your hand over the sequins. This is great for the new age 'I'm creating a GIF or Boomerang' moment.

They also have a cool, ginormous piano available for everyone to play, using their feet. The piano is just like any normal piano, so you and the family can play a song for fun. This is really exciting!

Hamleys Sandton City

Both teens and adults can visit their virtual reality area. Tickets can be purchased in-store for this super cool and surreal experience.

The biggest attraction is the fun slide that every child can't help but want to give a try. You can slide down from the top floor into a store which welcomes you to a land of fun and awesomeness. Both children and adults will love this.

Just ask the friendly staff for assistance.

Meeting The Bigger Bears

Every weekend, you can meet Hamley & Hattie Bear. You can even take photos with them to capture your moment.

Hamleys Sandton City

For More Information

For more information about this store, visit their website at www.hamleys.com.

You can also contact them on 011 883 2870/1029/2267.

Also, don’t forget to check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

It can be tough being a supermom or superdad. Especially when you know the kids need to be fed (healthy, home-cooked meals, might we add) but you just don't have time to cook because work has already overcooked you due to deadlines. We have a life saving solution for you and you're going to love it.

Have You Ever...?

We know it can be difficult to let the ropes loose and allow your children to eat fast food. You want to provide them with something wholesome and yummy so they'll eat without grumbling.

Ever thought of checking out a few places that cater wholesome ready-made meals for children? Yep, those kinds of places do exist. They can be the chef, while you are being the provider.

You are probably asking where do you even find such?

We know just the places, let's take a look at these kids ready-made food hotspots that will change your life.

Ready Made Meals For Kids

Plated

Plated Convenience also known as "Plated", caters all types of ready-made food for children.

You can choose a meal or meals from their list of delicious options such as cottage pie, bobotie, fillet with sweet potatoes and more. They use what they call 'uncompromising health' and fresh ingredients to prepare beautiful, filling meals. They live on the notion that healthy food can be tasty.

Plated also has healthy snacks to nibble on.

Although they are situated in Pretoria, they do offer a delivery service and can whip up something and drop it off at your door. However, please check their delivery options.

Ready Made Meals For Kids

Baby Tastes

Baby Tastes is all about providing healthy foods for your little ones, and prides themselves in giving you food that is free of additives and stabilisers.

Their food is also convenient for storing, you can freeze it for up to two months and still have your children enjoy an amazing meal.

They have a generous offering on their menu. This is definitely a spot that aims to give you more. You won't know where to begin with all the mouthwatering eats they make. As generous as their menu is, you can also buy bulk.

Another awesome thing about Baby Tastes is that you can also find some of their foods at Jackson's Real Food Market.

Ready Made Meals For Kids

Mommies Kitchen

Mommies Kitchen is a great place to get food for the little bundles and the troublesome tots.

They have a wide variety of options that you can choose from, offering delicious and nutritious meals to fill their tiny bellies. Their food ranges from stages 1 to 3 and toddlers, this including snacks to nibble on between meals.

Their meals are healthy and real tummy huggers for the babies, and has been tested so you can have peace of mind that your baby is consuming only the best.

Kids are always up and about, and ready to play at every chance they can get. One thing that I'm sure every kid dreams of, even though they probably don't even know what it's called, is a Jungle Gym.

What better than to have a jungle gym in your own home, honestly, it will save you more money than you can ever imagine and you get to be the cool mom and dad.

Ze Jungle Gym

Why You It's A Must Have?

Well! If being the cool parent is not enough to make you go about Joburg to find the best jungle gym, then we've got more reason why this is the best idea.

Firstly, you don't have to use tons of unnecessary money when hosting parties with hiring some kids entertainment to keep them occupied. They will have all that they need so think of this as a long term investment.

It's always good to make sure that the kids learn more about themselves at an earlier stage, when they have a jungle gym; they can stay fit and learn more about the capabilities of their little bodies.

If you have a day care facility, even better. Part of the criteria of having a creche includes having facilities for active development and a play area.

Sleep overs and play dates will always be the best at your spot.

Lastly, it's fun! That's all kids really want.

Jungle Gyms Johannesburg

Monkey Trix

If you are looking for wood specific jungle gyms then the place to find it is Monkey Trix.

They also have tons of options to choose from, including the option of designing your own. Talk about putting a unique twist to make it even more special.

However, if you just want to get something cool and ready, they have also have some amazing imported quality goods to choose from.

Their service includes installation, delivery and setup, maintenance and manufacturing so you don't have to worry about the extra admin.

Jungle Gyms Johannesburg

Alers

Alers has the most amazing jungle gyms, not only for toddlers and juniors. They also have super cool ones for seniors so you can get something for the age bracket you are looking.

They have a variety of options which include fantasy gyms, single products such as slides, swings, balancing equipment and many more.

Alers is situated in Centurion, at the brink of Joburg and Pretoria. However, they do deliver to Johannesburg and pride themselves in their 100% delivery rate.

Jungle Gyms Johannesburg

Geppetto's World

Don't want to go the traditional route? Geppetto's World is the place to visit if you want to go for a modern look.

They have an amazing unique variety that ranges from their Play Soft range to educational systems that can be assembled to create something unique.

They have massive jungle gyms as well as plastic play gyms however they vouch for the safety of their products so worry not, mom and dad.

And there we are, with our playful tactics, a valley of jungle gym spots you can explore.

Younger Kids

Enid Blyton - Complete Works

Blyton is perhaps the most popular children's author to date. Her books may now be considered classics, but we as book lovers feel it's important to pay homage to the classics (as you will probably tell from this list). She covers a wide array of topics from fantasy to history. If you are unsure about which of her many books or series to start with, we suggest Famous Five and Secret Seven.

~"Writing for children is an art in itself, and a most interesting one."

Frank L. Braun - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

This book has certainly become a classic and is a prominent feature in many movies, books and songs. It tells the story of a girl and her dog who finds themselves in a strange land far away from home. The girl and her newly found friends need to use their intelligence, courage and heart to fight their enemies and return home. We love this story because it teaches us the importance of having a heart, brain and courage on order to overcome our fears and challenges.

~"Folklore, legends, myths and fairy tales have followed childhood through the ages, for every healthy youngster has a wholesome and instinctive love for stories fantastic, marvelous and manifestly unreal."

Dr Seuss - Complete Works

We have all heard of the weird and wacky Dr Seuss and his collection of books. From Green Ham and Eggs to The Cat in the Hat, we have all heard of and read at least a few of his stories. His stories are written for children with important messages like the fact that it is okay to be weird and wacky. His books encourage children to be themselves, all wrapped up in some truly unique poetry.

~"The more that you read, the more things you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

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Older Kids

J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter

We all know of this seven part book series about a boy who discovers that he is in fact a wizard. These books make this list because they truly are a great read, many people we know got drawn into reading by these books. They also teach good lessons about loyalty, friendship, courage and family. This series also has enough quirkiness to keep readers hooked.

~"I don't believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."

C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia

Who doesn't love the Narnia movies? Well, we'll let you in on a little secret - the books are even better. In fact, reading the books are much like what happens in the book - you escape reality for a little while and enter a world of magic and fantasy.

~"Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."

Jules Verne - Journey To The Center Of The Earth 

This classic author has some of the most widely translated books in the world. Journey To The Center Of The Earth follows the adventures of Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew, Axel. They travel to the centre of the earth, needless to say. In order to get there, they need to unlock many clues and puzzles. This is a thrilling adventure that's sure to keep the children occupied and thinking in more creative ways.

~ "We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read."

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Where to find them? Head over to these bookstores for kids.

If there is one thing that could bring children happiness - it's a living toy story. And what fits this criteria better than Hamleys? This toy store is a world of imagination, where stuffed cuddly dreams come.

From the outside, this toy haven looks like we just stepped on London ground and is absolutely breathtaking upon entry.

Hamleys Toy Store

The Love Of Toys...

Once upon a time, there was a man with an idea and a huge love for toys. He imagined a world where everything could be bigger and more fun than anything anyone had ever seen. On the streets of Cornwall in England something magical happened - a place where all kids and parents could be part of a reality like never before - Hamleys.

The one thing that made everything better, was the beautiful smiles of the children whose hearts where melted by all the characters and cuddly friends they met. Soon, this awesome world spread out to many other places to make a lot of children happy.

Hamleys Culture

The People

Hamleys aims to create a fun and inviting culture and ambience with jubilant and energetic staff who are able to make shopping at their stores an experience to remember. We won't forget the amazing assistants we met at this store.

Hamleys Toy Store

The Store

It's a world full of magical and innovative ideas. The minute you set foot in the store - you will not want to leave. The stores have a warm and fuzzy atmosphere for the children. The environment is fun and enjoyable, it fact, it's almost addictive.

The Infamous Train

They have an exciting ride that the kids (and maybe even the adults) can enjoy. The Hamleys Express is a favourite to many. And they have awesome special deals like Tuesday 2 for the price of 1, check their Facebook page for promo availability.

Hamleys Toy Store

Friends At The Ham...

Hamleys is filled with tons of things to choose from, not just for children but adults too, such as cool puzzles. They have a wide variety of toys and also boast a collection of kids' books and educational toys to help your children think bigger and smarter.

Just an added extra - they have lovely gifting items. As old as we are - our favourite has to be the soft stuffed toys, which are so comforting and warm. They also have great toys for the ultimate man cave.

Why Hamleys makes our heart smile?

Who wouldn't love to be in a little world full of magical experiences? This place is just awesome!

Kids are always up and about, and ready to play at every chance that they get. One thing that I'm sure every kid dreams of even though they probably don't even know what it's called is a Jungle Gym.

What better than to have a jungle gym in your own home, honestly, it will save you more money than you can ever imagine and you get to be the cool mom and dad.

Ze Jungle Gym

Why You It's A Must Have?

Well! If being the cool parent is not enough to make you go about Joburg to find the best jungle gym then we've got more reason why this is the best idea.

Firstly, you don't have to use tons of unnecessary money when hosting parties with hiring some kids entertainment to keep the kids occupied and having fun. They will have all that they need so think of this as a long term investment.

It's always good to make sure that the kids learn more about themselves at an earlier stage, when they have a jungle gym; they can stay fit and learn more about the capabilities of their little bodies.

If you have a day care facility, even better. Part of the criteria of having a creche includes having facilities for active development and a play area.

Sleep overs and play dates will always be the best at your spot.

Lastly, it's Fun! That's all kids really want.

Jungle Gyms Johannesburg

Monkey Trix

If you are looking for wood specific jungle gyms then the place to find it is Monkey Trix.

They also have tons of options to choose from including the option of designing your own, talk about putting a unique twist to making it even more special.

However, if you just want to get something cool and a ready design, they have also have some amazing imported quality goods to choose from.

Their service includes installation, delivery and setup, maintenance and manufacturing so you don't have to worry about the extra admin.

Jungle Gyms Johannesburg

Alers

Alers has the most amazing jungle gyms, not only for toddlers and juniors. They also have super cool ones for seniors so you can get something for the age bracket you are looking.

They have a variety of options which include fantasy gyms, single products such as slides, swings, balancing equipment and many more.

Alers is situated in Centurion, at the brink of Joburg and Pretoria however don't fear because they do deliver to Johannesburg and pride themselves in their 100% delivery rate.

Jungle Gyms Johannesburg

Geppetto's World

Don't want to go the traditional route? Geppetto's World is the place to visit if you want to go for that modern look.

They have an amazing unique variety that ranges from their Play Soft range to educational systems that can be assembled to create something unique.

They have massive jungle gyms as well as plastic play gyms however they vouch for the safety of their products so worry not mom and dad.

And there we are, with our playful tac tics, a valley of jungle gym spots you can explore.

If there is one thing that could make a child feel great - it's a living toy story and more. What fits this criteria better than Hamleys? A world of imagination and where stuffed cuddly dreams come true for many children.

From the outside, this toy heaven looks like we just stepped on London ground and is absolutely breathtaking on entry.

Hamleys Toy Store

The Love Of Toys...

Once upon a time, was a man with an idea - a huge love for toys and he imagined what could be bigger and fun than anything anyone has ever seen. On the streets of Cornwall in England became something magical, a place where all kids and parents could be part of a reality that no one has ever seen - Hamleys.

The one thing that made everything greater, were the beautiful smiles of the children whose hearts where melted by all the characters and cuddly friends they met and could convince their parents to buy. Soon, this awesome world spread out to many other places and a lot of children received the love.

Hamleys Culture

The People

Hamleys is about creating a culture that is in line with the kind of ambience they try to create, hiring jubilant and energetic people who are able to make shopping at their stores an experience to remember. I can bet, you won't forget the amazing assistants you will meet.

Hamleys Toy Store

The Store

It's all about a world full of magical and innovative ideas, the minute you set foot in the store - you will not want to leave. The stores really allow the children to feel warm and fuzzy. The environment is fun and enjoyable - almost addictive.

The Infamous Train

They have an amazing ride that the kids (maybe the adults too) can enjoy. The Hamleys Express is a favourite to many, with special deals like Tuesday 2 for the price of 1 (check their Facebook page for promo availability).

Hamleys Toy Store

Friends At The Ham...

Hamleys is filled with tons of things to choose from, not just for children but adults too such as cool puzzles. They have a wide variety and also boast with kids' books and educational toys that help your children think bigger and smarter.

Just an added extra - they have amazing gifting items. As old as I am - my favourite has to be the soft stuffed toys, they are so comforting and warm. They also have great toys for the ultimate man cave.

Why Hamleys makes our heart smile?

Who wouldn't love to be in a little world full of magical experiences? This place is just too awesome!

Montecasino

Date: 19 – 22 April 2019

Montecasino is celebrating all things family and fun at their Easter on the Piazza celebration! There's going to be plenty of Easter-themed fun for the whole family.  Te Montecasino Piazza will be transformed into a family-friendly Easter eggs-travaganza jam-packed with loads of eggs-citement and delights, along with plenty of entertainment to keep the kids busy. Expect everything from giant inflatables and interactive games, to a kiddie’s creative corner and dedicated Hopper Squad to thrill the little ones. On of course, Easter egg hunts galore! Click here for more information about Montecasino's Easter on the Piazza line up.

Weekend Market

Date: 20 April 2019

Easter isn’t Easter without an Easter egg hunt! So, if you’re looking to treat your kids with loads of fun and piles of chocolate Easter eggs, then don’t miss out on the Easter Egg Hunt at the Weekend Market JHB. There will also be loads of fun entertainment and rides to keep the little ones busy at Kids World. This is the biggest Easter egg hunt in Joburg South, so make sure you don't miss out!

Easter Egg Hunts

Emerald Resort & Casino

Date: Sunday, 21 April 2019

Emerald Resort & Casino is going all out this Easter with plenty of family fun for all ages! Parents, unwind and take a relaxing stroll through the Emerald Easter Sunday Market while the kids have a blast hunting for moreish chocolate eggs at the Easter egg hunt. And if you would like to experience the Animal World residents by night, don’t miss the Easter Night Walk. Emerald Resort & Casino has plenty of other entertainment available as well as accommodation offers if you're looking to make a weekend of it.

Silverstar

Date: 19 – 22 April 2019

Don’t miss out on all the Easter Fun on The Square at Silverstar! There will be plenty of family entertainment to delight all ages. Guests can expect a roller rink, a game zone filled with loads of exciting games, a face painter, a balloon sculptor, and of course, Easter egg hunts! The Easter Bunny will also be making a special visit at the Fun Zone to hand out some Easter eggs. Kids can also enjoy a state-of-the-art high definition outdoor screen which will be showcasing some fun kiddies movies on the Square. There will also be loads of prizes up for grabs throughout the weekend.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Date: 20 April 2019

To kick off the Easter celebrations, make sure you head to the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens this Easter weekend. On Saturday, there will be a fun Easter egg hunt for the kids and a day/night market for the parents. Don't forget to pack a picnic basket to enjoy the scenery and soak up nature. There are also hiking trails to explore as well as a restaurant on site if you're looking to relax a little bit. Normal entrance gate rates apply and additional costs applies for Easter egg hunt.

Easter Egg Hunts

Garden World Nursery

Date: 21 & 22 April 2019

Keep the kids entertained this Easter weekend with these Easter events at Garden World Nursery. There Will be pot painting as well as face painting, followed by a fun tractor ride, and of course, an Easter Egg Hunt where the kids will get the chance to meet the Easter Bunny, in the fur! Cost for these activities is R60 per child per session & includes the pot, paint, seedling, face painting & the Easter egg hunt. Booking is essential, so be sure to call the on 011 957 2545 to book now.

Rietvlei Zoo Farm

Date: 13 April 2019

The Rietvlei Zoo Farm will hosting plenty of fun for the whole family before the long Easter weekend. In case you haven't heard, the Easter Fest will be taking place there on Saturday, 13 April 2019! You can expect everything from exciting Easter egg hunts, a crafter's market, some delicious food and more. And best of all, FREE entry to the Easter Fest and Easter egg hunts!

Easter Egg Hunts

Fitness Fun For The Kids!

Believe it or not, but fitness can be fun! Especially for the little ones. We all know how hard it is to drag them away from the TV, their "other appendage" (AKA cell phones) and those noisy and oh-so-irritating Nintendo Switches. But thanks to this action-packed space for kids, that'll be a thing of the past - well, maybe just for a little while.

The Kids Gym, now open at the central, convenient and upmarket shopping hub, Cedar Square in Fourways, is the answer for parents wanting to take their children to a non-competitive space that nurtures a love for physical activity, regardless of their ability.

The Kids Gym

What Makes It Unique? 

Replicating the model of a typical adults-only gym, The Kids Gym provides children, aged between 18 months and 15 years, the opportunity to exercise and develop skills in a fun, activity-oriented venue supported by state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

This is South Africa’s first dedicated children’s gym and it encourages every child, no matter their physical or sporting ability, to be active and embrace exercise and fitness as a lifestyle option.

The Kids Gym

Unlike the adult version of a gym, The Kids Gym doesn't make use of weight training. Instead, it focuses on the children learning to best use and control their own body weight through fun-filled, life-enhancing physical activities, all in a completely non-judgemental environment.

At The Kids Gym, no one works out alone. They have their own bespoke curriculum which the trainers carry out in a fun and safe way. Not only do the trainers ensure that activities are done correctly for maximum health benefits and to avoid injury, but they also act as positive role models, getting the kids excited, motivated and most importantly, keeping them safe.

The Kids Gym

There's A Variety of Programmes Available

The Kids Gym offers a variety of programmes which includes general fitness, sports conditioning and weight management. It also offers training for special needs children, as well as members-only tumbling classes and the popular Ninja Zone - an exciting fusion of obstacle training, gymnastics, martial arts and freestyle movement that builds the strength, agility, stealth and mental prowess of trained ninjas!

Another exciting thing about this space is the fact that you can host fun-fuelled ninja or Olympics-themed birthday parties here, too!

Grab A Snack At The Ninja Bean Café

Do the kids need to refuel for some more Kids Gym fun? Kids and their parents can also enjoy the health-oriented Ninja Bean Café with its healthy drinks and organic low-GI snacks – which is also a firm favourite with parents waiting for their kids at the gym.

The Kids Gym

For More Information

For more information about The Kids Gym, you can contact them on 010 601 6444 or email [email protected].

Don't forget to visit their website at thekidsgym.co.za, and be sure to give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram.

Opening times are as follows:

Keep The Kids Entertained At Carnival City

The school holidays are fast approaching and if you need a way to keep the kids busy, then don't miss out on all the excitement and fun at Carnival City this December. There'll be plenty of super-charged entertainment and magical, family-style fun lined up over the festive season. Something for all ages.

Carnival City

Young peeps can go wild at the Lazer Zone, try their hand at go-karting on a simulated Grand Prix circuit, play arcade games at the Magic Company, watch the latest movies at Ster-Kinekor and play ten-pin bowling. But that's inside, there's even more outside! Outside, there are fun rides for smaller children and carnival stalls, where youngsters can take a chance at winning some cool prizes.

Carnival City

There's Also A Holiday Programme

Along with all the excitement Carnival City has to offer, they'll also have a fun-filled holiday programme planned for the kids at the Pocket Park from Thursday, 13 December 2018. Each day brings face painters and balloon modellers, as well as stilt walkers in princess and pirate costumes. And on the weekends, there'll be arts and crafts to get their hands dirty! And best of all, there's no fee to join the festivities in the Pocket Park from 12:00 to 17:00 daily.

Carnival City

The programme for this December holiday is as follows:

Carnival City

And There's More...

Another highlight during the holiday season is the opening of the highly-anticipated next instalment of the Transformers series, Bumblebee, at Ster-Kinekor at Carnival City. And as if that wasn't enough excitement, the much-loved and well-known Santa Claus will be visiting Carnival City to meet and greet his young followers.

For More Information

For more information about Carnival City and the latest entertainment, special offers and events, visit www.suninternational.com.

Also, don't forget to give them a like on Facebook and Twitter.

What Is It?

Noteworthy Events is proud to invite you to be part of Sound of Musicals, for one performance only! Bring your family and friends and come and enjoy a lip-smacking high tea and a fun-filled (also sing-along!) musical experience with.

This performance features the critically acclaimed Cantare Jubiloso Choir with soloists Burgerd Botha, Douwe Bijkersma, Loriska Bubb & Charlotte Kilian and a few young stars, all accompanied by Gideon Els, Gerry van Zyl and Wian Joubert, you are guaranteed an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling inspired and rejuvenated!

When Is It?

Saturday 8 September 2018 at 15:00

Where Is It?

NG Kerk Dalpark, 22 Boekenhout Street, Brakpan

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R130 per person and are sold on Computicket.

For More Information?

For more information visit Computicket.

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