When the kids were younger, even when it was just Ethan, I remember having these grand ideas of things I’d like to do with the kids and places I wanted to take them.  Then I’d think that they were too young or that I couldn’t justify the price of the outing or experience [read: Disney on Ice].  Many times we passed up things to do and replaced them with simpler and easier things like just going up to the shop and buying ice-creams or going to the park, instead of spending a fortune and doing things that would probably excite us more than it would excite them.  I remember doing some things where after having done them, I was left feeling exhausted and not as happy as I thought we’d be after having done them.  I recall arguments with the hubster even while doing whatever it was, and again thinking that it really wasn’t worth it.  I know, I know, they’re still young and they’re by no means GROWN…but the older they get, the easier these things get.  And the more fun they have!  Memories are created, and we can actually see them enjoying things which makes the outings totally worth it.

Being the first school holidays during the year (other than December) where the kids have actually been on holiday (in creche, the kids just continued to go to school but it was holiday club, something included in the fee, so we just let them go every day as usual), we’ve decided to plan a few items over the weekends and I’m so so excited!!

Let me share what we’re planning with you;-

  • Steam train to Magaliesburg – I’ve heard from a few people that this is really enjoyable.  The kids have been on a steam train before in Durban…about 2years ago…and they thoroughly enjoyed it then.  Imagine how much more fun it’s going to be now!
  • Sci Bono Centre – I think Riley may still be just a leetle too small to enjoy this fully, but Ethan is at the perfect age.  I cannot wait for them to experience this and I was extra chuffed to see how affordable the trip is!
  • The drive-in – also something that we did a good 2years ago and the kids loved it!  Ethan more so than Riley.  At the time, Riley was just walking, so watching a movie wasn’t at the top of his “to-do” list, but it was such an enjoyable evening out together.  I plan to pack a nice picnic basket and for us too watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together.
  • A day at the beach at Monte Casino – I can’t find concrete detail on this i.t.o. exact dates, but I believe that Monte Casino have a beach experience for the kids…sand castles, ice-cream etc. and it’s only R30 a child.
  • Art Jamming has been on my “to-do” list for the kids for a while now.  Ethan really loves crafting and I think this will be up his alley 🙂  Although this is quite pricey and we can probably do the same thing at home for a minimal price, I think the kids will love experiencing this and I won’t have to do any cleaning up afterwards #winning.

I cannot wait to spend the time with them and doing a few family firsts over the next few weekends.  I just hope that they’re going to enjoy it as much as we think they will 🙂 🙂 🙂

Do you have anything planned over Easter?

Are there any fun things for the kids?

Please share some ideas with me if you have!!!

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8 responses »

  1. halberts2014 says:

    Sometimes it is better to wait until they are a bit older. At 8 Liam is only really starting to appreciate actually going away, if only for a weekend. And like you said, they remember better when they are older.
    Your outings sound fab. Darn we don’t have a drive-in anymore. I’ve tried to explain to Liam what fun it was but it’s lost on the younger generation, LOL.
    Liam will be in holiday care this holidays as it is difficult for hubby and I to get leave (we work at the same place) as the factory can’t carry on without us. We only shutdown over the festive season. We have already been to our favourite place, the Tsitsikamma Lodge and Spa for the weekend earlier in March. Liam loves his log cabin holiday house.
    Otherwise plenty of trips to the beach and maybe a day at the Supertubes.
    Oh, and we have to go the Miniature Locomotive railway, they are only open on the 1st day of each month.
    Have fun during your holidays

    • Jodie says:

      We took the boys to a pantomime in December and thought Riley would be too young but they both LOVED it! So I’m definitely seeing them starting to appreciate it more, and they even remember the words for the songs now, both of them. So I think that it’s also seeing them appreciate it 🙂 I’m with you on the time away!! Glad you at least got a bit of a break and some family bonding time. We don’t have a drive-in either, but they do these pop up drive-ins every few months at least.

  2. MamaCat says:

    We have my parents sort of visiting over Easter. I am just planning on a break for me, because I am going to deflate without it.
    The Menlyn drive-in closed, it used to be such fun. We did take HB, but he was too little to remember.
    I like to plan things, otherwise it does not get done. In January we did a whole bunch of touristy things in Durban and we all three fully enjoyed it. Over the next break in April we plan to do a few things.
    Some things to try: Zoo, Botanical gardens, Art Museum, Science and History Museum, Military Museum, Tswaing Crater (this is a bit of a hike and I have not done it yet), We also did the little zoo near us which is pretty impressive. A big hit in our family is camping or you can just do a day trip and go fishing at one of the dams.
    I still want to do Disney on Ice, but there are many children’s theatre shows on all the time and for a lot cheaper. In PTA we have the Atterbury theatre, the Irene shows are good over the holidays. The libraries also have storytime and puppet shows.
    We did the train from JHB to DBN (twice) and it is an experience and worth doing.
    We also always do the airshow and sometimes just go to the airport and sit on the viewing deck.
    Acrobranch, Bounce, those places with little trains (we have one here in PTA), a walk through the plant nursery, Fun Company. Go actually play with them, don’t just watch.
    And the other thing they should be old enough for is flying a kite…HB loves it…you should be prepared for running. Those kites you can buy at the supermarket are about R50 and they fly in very little wind.
    OK blog over.

    • Jodie says:

      Hahahhaa. Thanks for all of this. One thing we haven’t done in Pretoria that we’d like to do is the zoo! We have a kite but haven’t really used it much – good idea though. And the viewing deck at the airport…we want to take the kids to the one in Midrand where we’ve been before but when they were younger. For lunch or something 🙂

  3. Terisha says:

    We did the art jamming with my neice and she loved it. Have you tried the kid ziplining places. My neice and nephew are always begging to go back and it is hands down their favorite outing. There are a few of those around JHB. Also highly recommended it Chevy Lane in Bedford. It has an old diner theme going and has lots of old cars which the kids love and a nice kids area as well.

    • Jodie says:

      We’ve yet to go ziplining! Ethan asked to do is for his birthday last year but we ended up doing something else. Maybe this year though 🙂 Also waiting for Riley to get a bit older. Will definitely try the art jamming though!

  4. […] for them like the drive-in and the train ride…we didn’t do anything else on the “to-do” list because well, us adults just couldn’t muster the energy and we also wanted to get some rest […]

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