Plenty to keep the kids busy

Zandile Mbabela

ARTS and craft classes, fairytale wonders and never- ending arcade fun are just some of the things pupils, and their parents, can look forward to during the winter school holidays, starting today.

With three weeks to kill, a host of fun activities has been organised at various venues around Nelson Mandela Bay.

The city’s libraries will be a hive of educational entertainment this holiday, with sessions including storytelling, art and movie screenings.

Kids favourite Homeleigh Farm will offer its usual activities, including horse and tractor rides.

“Children can always come over to enjoy a full farm experience, from riding horses and tractors to feeding and even milking some of the animals,” owner Bernie Kitching said.

Entrance to the farm is R20, tractor rides go for R10 while horse rides and feeding the animals cost R5 and R2.50 respectively.

Environmentally savvy kids who love getting their hands dirty can take part in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s arts and crafts workshops.

The workshops – giving kids the chance to explore the “magic” world of recycled art – are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday for the six- to nine-year-old group and July 3 and 4 for the 10 to 12 year olds at a cost of R30 a child.

Atmosphere Arts and Craft will also be resuming their holiday programme.

Owner Sue Human said they would be giving a themed programme consisting of eight 2½- hour classes called “A Garden Picnic for Two”.

“In the first seven classes we make all the items that you would need for a fabulous garden picnic and in the last class we set it all up, invite a friend, mom, granny, dad, etc, to bake some yummy cupcakes and have our scrumptious picnic,” she said.

St John’s Anglican Church in Walmer will provide the city’s princes and princesses, from four to 12 years old, a fairytale experience through the Happily Ever After holiday club, at R15 a day.

“We will be looking at a host of fairytales and discovering that God’s love is not a fairytale but the real deal,” the church’s Michelle Deas said.

The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World has loads of arcade and movie fun lined up for young and older pupils.

Boardwalk spokesman Caley Phillips said: “There is a special Kids’ Fun Pack, which includes a 2-D NuMetro movie ticket and a kiddie’s meal as well as a teen option for a 3-D movie and meal.

“‘Minion Mayhem’ is promised for [Wednesday and Thursday] when fans will be able to meet ‘minions’ Jorge and Stuart as part of their national tour before the opening of the much-anticipated movie Despicable Me 2, which opens on July 5,” Phillips said.

“The mayhem includes face painting, a colouring-in competition and an opportunity to meet and be photographed with the minions at [our] cinema. Another movie highlight was the opening of Spud 2 [on Friday].”

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