Our Top Winning Winter Activities for the Whole Family

Are you looking for engaging ways to entertain the kids during the winter months? Finding something to do in a hurry can be quite tricky and many kids’ workshops, shows and specials don’t carry on beyond the school holidays. So we’ve compiled a quick list of tried and tested outings that are open for business throughout the colder months.

 

Indoors

Feel The Rush

 

 

Rush indoor Trampoline Park in Claremont gives kids (and adults) the chance to let off some steam even when its raining cats and dogs outside. Rush features around 1700 square meters of the wall to wall interconnected trampolines, including dodge-ball courts, an 18000 cube foam pit, hydraulic slam dunk basketball hoops, battle beam and best of all a 4-meter high-Performance Wall. Rush also features a wavy lane and fidget ladder at selected parks. Rush accommodates non-participating guests with free WIFI, imported coffee, healthy snacks and cake bar while your family and friends enjoy the more energetic facilities that Rush has to offer.  www.rushsa.co.za

 

Other reliable go-to locations:

The Two Ocean Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront https://www.aquarium.co.za

 

Amazing new location – City Rock now in Paarden Eiland. A climbing paradise for young and old alike.  www.cityrock.co.za

 

The Planetarium (IZIKO Digital Dome), CBD

www.iziko.org.za/news/entry/welcome-to-the-planetarium

 

Outdoors

Go Up, Up and Away

 

Explore the natural beauty and grace of Table Mountain with your children during the Cableway Kidz Season, when two kids ride for free with an adult who has purchased a Kidz season adult return ticket online or from the Lower Cable Station. This offer runs from 27 April to 24 September 2018, 7 days a week (excluding the Cableway’s annual maintenance period 23 July – 5 August 2018).  www.tablemountain.net

 

More winners:

Go Tobogganing at Cool Runnings in Durbanville

http://www.coolrunnings.capetown

 

Ride a pony or a camel or hold a snake at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie

http://www.imhofffarm.co.za/activities/snake-park/

 

Weekend Fun

Eikelaan Farm is a family-friendly farm hideaway that welcomes children of all ages. Kids are encouraged to participate in (or observe) daily activities on the farm. Walk or cycle around, feed the animals or simply enjoy the freedom of country life. Eikelaan offers affordable and comfortable accommodation for families just 10 minutes from Tulbagh. To learn more check out www.eikelaan.com

 

Additional options:

Hermanus is always a great place to head out to either on a day trip or for a weekend visit. You may even spot a whale or two.

www.hermanustourism.info

 

Elgin – Old Mac Daddy’s old refurbished Airstream trailers are quirky and cool. There is a dam on the property, several wine farms nearby and two jungle gyms, a pool and a kids’ entertainment room on the property. Babysitters can be arranged.  A must-see for a weekend escape with a difference. www.oldmacdaddy.co.za

Don’t let cold weather stop you and the kids from getting out and about. You’d be amazed how much there is to see and do in and around the Mother City during winter. There are loads of new adventures to be enjoyed. So be sure to explore more.

 

Till next month,

The Point Team x

Creating Christmas with Checkers and The Point

The countdown to Christmas has begun!

 

If you’ve only just realised that you’re way behind on your meal planning, not to worry, Checkers South Africa and The Point shopping centre have you covered.

 

Whether you want a traditional Christmas lunch or dinner with all the trimmings or if you’ve decided to become vegan this year and aren’t sure what to serve up, we have a guaranteed four-step plan to help you deliver a spectacular Christmas meal, in no time!

 

Step One: Pick your protein

 

 

At Checkers The Point, you are spoilt for choice with a selection of Roast Beef, Sweet Mustard Tongue or even a Turducken. These are all ready to cook and serve in 20 minutes. If you prefer to cook from scratch, take your pick of Gammon, Duck or Corned Beef.

 

For Vegans, we highly recommend the Fry’s Country Roast. Their online cookbook shows you how to turn this simple staple into an orange glazed piece of perfection! Pair it with their Pecan Stuffing to keep even the non-vegans coming for seconds.

 

Step Two: Pick your sides

 

 

Gone are the days where your side dishes take a back seat at the family Christmas meal.

 

The Checkers “Ready in Minutes” range caters to every taste. Pair these hot sides with some great salad options and your meal is very nearly done.

 

 

With the amazing fruit and veg available during the summer season, Vegans really have the best of both worlds.

 

One could easily whip up a tray of Mediterranean roast veggies topped with olives or a stone fruit salad with fresh herb leaves, like rocket and watercress.

 

Step Three: Pick your dessert

 

 

It wouldn’t be tradition if you didn’t have a Christmas Cake!

 

Checkers was voted South Africa’s favourite Christmas Cake by the Sunday Times, so you best believe this is the one you should be buying this year. Pair it with a simple vanilla cream or a custard and you’re ready to go.

 

If you prefer mini desserts, try the Checkers mini mince pies, they are sure to go down a treat.

 

Alternatively, you could opt for a dessert table and have mouthwatering options such as their Chocolate Pots, Chocolate Raspberry Torte or Champagne and Apricot Jelly.

 

 

For a delicious vegan option, why not whip up some coconut cream and freeze it to make ice cream? Pair it with a fruit platter and drizzle it with a dark (vegan) chocolate.

 

A perfect choice for our hot South African Christmas.

 

Step Four: Decide on your drinks and décor

 

 

For the best drinks options, pop down to your closest Checkers Liquor and have a look at their wide variety of local and international wines, beers, spirits and liqueurs.

 

If you’re not the best at decorating, we suggest you keep it simple with beautiful candles or lights, some crackers and a few pretty ornaments.

 

 

Add to the festive spirit by donning some fun Christmas props in all your photos this year.

 

Get granny and grandpa, the kids and your furbabies involved, and make some fabulous family memories!

 

After all, Christmas is about family and we truly hope you enjoy it with yours.

 

 

We wish you a joyous holiday season and a New year filled with peace and happiness.

 

Warm regards,

The Point team

 

Credits:

https://www.checkers.co.za/christmas/gift-ideas/decorations.html

http://www.fryfamilyfood.com/za/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FestiveFoods_CookBook_v3WEB.pdf