Who doesn't love a murder mystery game? The suspense, the suspicion, the cogs turning in your mind to figure out the clues. It's all in the name of fun! The classic, Cluedo is a must-have for your board game collection. The aim is to figure out who committed the murder, with which weapon, and where in the mansion they did it. Solve the case by carefully asking your fellow players questions to help you deduce what information is concealed in the crime envelope. Tip: be clever with your questioning! And best of all, there are various different editions of this game, including The Big Bang Theory Cluedo, Harry Potter Cluedo, Game of Thrones Cluedo and a Rick & Morty version.
You don't need to be Picasso to play Pictionary. This Charades-inspired word-guessing game is hilarious and is sure to keep families entertained for hours. Simply split yourselves into two teams, then start guessing! The drawer takes a card out of the Pictionary deck then tries to draw pictures to explain the word printed on the card. The teammates need to guess the word that the drawing is presenting. For each word guessed correctly, the team moves up a block on the board. The objective is to get to the end of the board first.
30 Seconds is a great game for the whole family! This fast-paced, general knowledge game covers a number of different categories. One player must guess a word/place/person/thing from their teammate's explanations and descriptions, just like Charades. The aim of the game is to guess as many answers on the 30 Seconds card... in 30 seconds. You can also purchase booster packs to add more fun to the game. You can get the game at Toy Kingdom or Takealot.
For a fun-filled family game night in, get your hands on the Family Edition of the classic Trivial Pursuit game. It'll certainly entertain all ages. You'll have a blast racking your brain for the answers to questions in the category you land on. With question-and-answer cards for kids and adults, everyone can join in on the fun and test their memory.
Monopoly is a board game that has been around for as long as we can remember. Not only is it fun, but it's also educational. It teaches you about money, trading properties, building homes and hotels, and ultimately, that if you're not careful, you could go bankrupt! This classic also comes in the Cape Town, Mzanzi and Durban editions, localising the fun! There's also themed versions that include Fortnite, Springboks, Friends, Roahl Dahl, Fast 'n Furious and many others.
No game leaves you on the edge of your seat quite like Jenga! Every time a wooden block is removed from the tower, everyone will sit in suspense and anticipation to see if the tower will fall or remain standing. As you begin, it's easy. But the further along you get in the game, the more challenging and nail-biting it gets! This one is another favourite that needs to be added to your game nights with the family.
An oldie but a goodie! Compete against your loved ones for the best word and the highest points with the classic, Scrabble. Not only is it fun, but it's also a great way to exercise your mind and perhaps even learn a new word or two. Great for two to four players, Scrabble starts with each person drawing seven letter-tiles to form words on the board. Each word earns points based on the commonality of the letters used, along with certain bonuses on the board. The higher your score, the better!
The global phenomenon, 5 Second Rule now has questions for all South Africans! Can you name three South African foods starting with the letter B in under five seconds? It seems easy, right? But with the pressure of the clock counting down, with other players staring at you, waiting for you to get flustered? Not as simple as you'd think! It's also hilarious with the risk of ridiculous answers slipping out as you scramble for answers. This is a fast-paced game that'll have you in stitches.
You can download this game from your app store and onto your phone (Google Play here and Apple Apps here). Ellen DeGeneres' fun and hilarious mobile game, Heads Up!, is a hit at parties and get-togethers, so why not enjoy an evening playing this game with your family during lockdown? The gist of it is, select a category that ranges from naming celebrities and singing to speaking in silly accents. Hold the phone against your forehead, screen facing towards your loved ones, and guess the word on the card on your phone from your family or friends’ clues before the timer runs out. This is a fun one to have!
This game is more applicable to families that had children growing up during the 90s. The 90s Music Box Game gives loved ones the chance to show off their 90s general knowledge and win bragging rights if you win! The game comes with 20 picture cards and 189 question cards. You can grab this game at Toy Kingdom, or simply order it off of Takealot to avoid going out into busy areas.
Okay, this one is not a board game, but it's still a great option to have in your ever-growing collection of physical games to play with family and friends whether you're experiencing loadshedding or are on lockdown at home, doing your part with social distancing. UNO is ideal for play between two to ten players. There's also the DOS card game, offering even more fun.
One of the most beloved children’s theatres in the city, Peoples Theatre, presents another series of timeless tales - Rumpelstiltskin, The Emperors New Clothes and so many more - in this year’s magical production of Story Book Theatre.
Children will fall in love with their favourite bookshelf classics all over again when they experience the enchanting world of books on stage.
The Story Book Theatre series has always been extremely popular and in past years has seen sold out performances, bringing the magic of reading and books to life.
In 2019, it’ll be no different. Expect great fairy tales with the likes of Honest Woodcutter, Little Red Riding Hood, Brave Roaster, Tinder Box, The Princess and the Pea and Hansel and Gretel, all taking centre stage with a superb cast to perform them.
Actors like Nonhlanhla Mkhonto, Joelle Rochecouste, Luciano Zuppa, Katlego Nche and introducing Raymond Skinner will breathe life into these stories. They are all professional performers that are highly proficient in musical theatre and have appeared in numerous Peoples Theatre shows.
The cast will bring Story Book Theatre classics alive through engaging narration, music, movement, puppetry and, of course, exciting audience interaction.
And no unforgettable children’s musical theatre production would be complete without contemporary child-friendly music, which is what musical director Dale Scheepers has provided in his kaleidoscope of toe-tapping renditions of popular hit songs.
Providing the colour and breathing vibrant life into the stories is the stunning set design by Grant Knottenbelt and glorious fun costumes by Merry Whillier.
Story Book Theatre is aimed for young audiences, generally between 3 – 10 years, and is a show youngsters shouldn't miss.
Story Book Theatre runs at Peoples Theatre from Sunday, 08 September 2019 – Sunday, 29 September 2019. Previews take place from 02 September 2019.
Performance times are:
Peoples Theatre, The Joburg Theatre Complex, corner Loveday and Hoofd Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
Ticket prices are R140 per person for general public. R100 per person for members of the Peoples Theatre Kids Club.
Become a Peoples Theatre Kids Club member for a R120 membership fee, contact Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/ 2340 for more information.
To book tickets, call Sean or Beth on 011 403 1563 / 2340 or email [email protected].
Special school performances are available at R80 per learner. Plus for every 20 learners, there is one complimentary ticket per educator - extra educators R80 each and all other accompanying adults are R100 each.
For more information and to make these bookings, contact the Peoples Theatre directly on 011 403 1563 / 2340.
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
Where to find them? Head over to these bookstores for kids.
There’s one thing that comes to mind the moment we hear the name Social on Main, and that’s COCKTAILS! This trendy, hip and happening hangout in the heart of Bryanston offers one of the broadest selection of cocktails we’ve seen in a long time! Think frozen margaritas, refreshing jam jar concoctions, flavourful mojitos, ice-cold G&Ts, and of course, the wide array of craft beers, ciders, red and white wines and some bubbles. There’s something for all tastes – sweet, tart, bitter, crisp, light or strong.
This Cape Town favourite branched out to our beautiful city a few years ago and has become one of the most popular and coolest places to hangout in the city. Tiger's Milk offers a happy place for those looking to meet up with their mates or beat the peak-hour traffic with a draught or two. And if you’re looking for a cocktail, their selection is sure to tickle your taste buds. Take your pick from the selection of classics and virgin cocktails they have available or try something a little out of the ordinary.
Cedar Square: 010 286 1030 | [email protected] | Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Willow Avenue, Fourways, Johannesburg.
For cocktails inspired by classic literature, visit A Streetbar Named Desire in Parkwood. This tapas hot spot has three bars on-site, as well as a two-page long cocktail menu. Taking inspiration from Tennessee Williams' wicked personality and those of his delicate characters, their mixologists have crafted a variety of tantalising drinks. Try the Kindness of Strangers, with gin, lime juice, spiced rhubarb shrub, bitters and rhubarb stalk, for a back of the tongue tingling experience. Or, stick to the classics and order a Negroni - a delightful blend of Campari, gin and vermouth. Then, sit back and soak up the sensual charisma of the place.
Details: A Streetbar Named Desire | 011 268 6485 | 144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Unit 2 Parkwood Mansions, Parkwood, Johannesburg.
We all know and love the Greenside Strip, and if it’s cocktails you’re after, then you need to make a stop at The Artisan – Cocktail & Tapas Bar. Their cocktail menu includes everything from the classics (Long Island Ice Tea, Cosmopolitan, Gin Martini and the Classic Vodka Martini, just to name a few) and artisan specialties (the Tequila Rosemary Slammer is a must-try) to jugs perfect for sharing (Rum & Raspberry for the win).
For sundowners re-imagined, be sure to visit Mix Cocktail Bar in the heart of in the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank. This is a great spot to grab a couple cocktail with your mates after a long day or week at the office, accompanied by amazing sunsets and a trendy vibe. They have a wide selection of interesting cocktail blends and combinations for your to choose from, all you have to do is decide which one you'd like to sip on or how daring you are to try something new.
Sin+Tax in Rosebank is the perfect spot for a nightcap. They offer visitors some of the best cocktails you could find in the city and take the mixology to a whole new level! It’s cool, classy, trendy and exudes a speakeasy vibe. With such an awesome setting comes the incredible and ever-changing menu of artisanal cocktails – TOTALLY worth the experience.
This stylish and upbeat little bar is a great spot if you’re looking to sip on interesting cocktails during happy hour. It offers a young and fun vibe, complete with awesome tunes, a choice of over 60 different cocktails and, of course, delicious meals in case you get a little hungry. Round off the weekend with a spot of dancing with their Salsa Sundays and if your usual Happy Hour is a little too short for your liking, then you’ll be pleased to hear that Happy Hour at Six Cocktail Bar is from 12:00 – 19:00 every day! And during Happy Hour, don’t miss their two-for-one cocktail special. Cheers to that!
Looking to get together with your friends for a gossip session over a few delectable cocktails? If you're in the Bedfordview area, then you need to grab a table at The Ivy Champagne Garden. Take your pick from their impressive selection of creative and delicious cocktails and grab a tasty bite to eat from their Afro-Asian menu filled with sushi, tapas, salads, poké bowls and so much more. As for cocktails, we absolutely love the Rooftop Hawaiian – Havana Club Rum, blue curacao, fresh pineapple and pina colada syrup – divine!
Cigars, sports on the big screen, wine and cocktails – what more do you need to help you unwind after a long and busy week at the office? If this sounds like just what you need to relax, then head to Indaba Hotel’s Siphuza Bar for a night on the town. They offer an array of wine and cocktails for your sipping pleasure, sporting action live on their screens, as well as a selection of cigars if you would like a little bit of a puff.
Billy’s is a bar and cocktail lounge which caters for a more mature scene. It has recently undergone a big revamp and has now come back better and more stylish than ever before! With a variety of over 60 different cocktails (they have it all!), American-style 200g beef burgers (with over 15 different toppings to choose from) and good tunes, this is the ideal spot to wind down at the end of yet another crazy week. Sit and chill in the seated areas and socialise with friends or, if you feel like busting a move, there is a DJ playing the latest music – and you can make requests so you can dance to your favourite tunes.
This one is an oldie but still a goodie if you're in Parkhurst. Head through to Jolly Cool to play a few rounds of pool, grab a meal (they make a mean pizza), or grab a few drinks with your mates after work. This popular hangout is the place to be after 17:00. With reasonably priced food and drinks, what's not to like? Wash your pizza down with a chilled drink and enjoy!
Unwind, relax and indulge a little at the Blind Tiger in Parkview. This café offers delicious California-inspired cuisine as well as a delightful cocktail menu for you to sip and enjoy in their bar area or out in their outdoor terrace. Sip on your choice of classic cocktails and an interesting wine offering. As of September 2020, they're now open Monday to Thursday from 15:00 and Friday to Sunday from 12:00.
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