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2009-12-12 00:00


A training camp especially for beginner and intermediate athletes wanting to do the aQuelle Mudman Series and other off-road adventure sports, has been arranged for senior primary children and adults who want to learn the basics or develop their intermediate skills to a higher level.

The camp takes place from 9 am to 1 pm from December 14 to 18 at Athlone Primary School in Pietermaritzburg.

Participants must be interested in doing an off-road event, have a bike and helmet and be prepared to learn some skills. Both novices and intermediate athletes welcome. Inquiries: George Forder at 082 774 7530.


Another adventurous option is to join the waterski school being run by multiple Springbok and Protea waterskier and coach Eric Cornhill, at a private lake in the Tala valley in Camperdown.

The school is open to both beginners and advanced skiers — and the site, which staged the world senior tournament in 2006, is fully equipped with internationally approved slalom, trick and ramp courses, and will be run behind a tournament approved boat.

A wide range of activities, including wake boarding, trick skiing and ramp jumping, are catered for. Booking is essential. Telephone Eric at 084 785 1874.


Dovehouse Organic Farm on the Karkloof Road, outside Howick, is hosting activities to encourage children of all ages to enjoy and connect with nature. Music, games, stories, drama, nature trails, art and language are all on the programme.

In December the sessions run from 8 am to 1 pm, December 14-18. The Monday, Tuesday and Friday activities are suitable for children aged from eight to 12 years old, Wednesday is for people of all ages and Thursday’s session is aimed at 13- to 17-year-olds.

Dove House will also be hosting holiday activities from January 4 to 8. The Monday, Tuesday and Thursday sessions are aimed at eight to 12-year-olds, events on the Wednesday are for those between 13 and 17 and the Friday activities are open to eight to 80-year-olds.

Admission is R60 per day and booking is essential. Telephone Jeanette at 033 330 5980 or 079 184 5011.



The Natal Museum at 237 Jabu Nlovu (Loop) Street, Pietermaritzburg, will be hosting a children’s holiday programme on December 14, 15, 17 and 18 from 9 am to noon.

The programme is suitable for children between six and 13 years old. Activities include rock art painting, treasure hunts, behind the scenes tours of the archeology department, making your own fossils, collage and frame making and making Christmas hats and cards.

Admission is R20 per child, per day. Light snacks will be served. Booking is essential. Telephone Zama Dlomo at 033 341 0536.

The museum is also hosting another of its Night at the Museum event on January 8, 2010. A full and fun programme is planned for children aged from six to 13 years old.

Admission is R85 per child which includes material for activities, supper and breakfast. Space is limited. Telephone Zama Dlomo at 033 341 0536 to secure your place.




Rising Star Academy is hosting performing arts pick ‘n mix workshops at the Westville Round Table Hall (next to Westville Athletics Club) from 9 am to 4 pm on December 14, 15 17 and 18.

Participants will do acting, singing, improvisation, and lots more. Admission is R300 per day. Inquiries: 082 994 0984 or Gill at 083 326 3257.


The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg will be hosting children’s holiday workshops from Tuesday, January 5 to Friday, January 8 2010.

Beauty Sekete and Kobie Venter will spend the first two days (Tuesday and Wednesday) doing a fabric collage workshop with the children from 9.30 am to noon. Participants will be shown examples of applique from two current exhibitions in the gallery and will then draw shapes on paper, select the best and use them as patterns on fabric to make a glued picture, similar to Sekete’s well-known fabric pictures.

In the second workshop, which also runs from 9.30 am to 12 noon, the children will look at examples of beadwork in the Main and Schreiner Galleries, before being taught some basic design and beadmaking skills by Zama Cele, who was taught by her mother, the well-known beader Eunice Cele. Zama and Thulani Makhaye will host the workshops on the Thursday and Friday. Admission to the workshops, which are aimed at children aged between six and 12 years old, is R50 per child per day. Refreshments are included

Booking is essential. Telephone Kobie Venter at 033 392 2815 or Thulani Makhaye at 033 392 2819.


Val Maggs will be hosting holiday art classes for children from 3 pm to 5 pm on Dcember 15, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on December 17 and 3 pm to 5 pm on December 18. The classes, which are aimed at children from eight to 12 years old, will cover painting, drawing and making decorative cards. Admission is R50 per class, including materials. To book telephone 033 342 1638.


Catch popular Cartoon Network characters like Bubbles from The PowerPuff Girls, FourArms from Ben 10, Johnny Bravo, Scooby-Doo and Bloo from Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends at uShaka Marine World on December 15 between 10 am and 6 pm. There will be host of interactive activities to enjoy, from The Nestlé Ben 10 Ice Cream Show, the Pick ’n Pay pick a box competition, photo opportunities with the Cartoon Network characters, dancing and tug of war events, sandcastle-building competitions and much more. Inquiries: uShaka Marine World at 031 328 8000.


Fantasia, which runs until December 20 at Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg, features displays of Disney characters in the Amphitheatre, a kiddies’ hour offering various shows and a fun fair and quad bike rides. Open from noon to 10 pm weekdays and 3 pm to 10 pm on weekends. Admission is R10 for adults and free for children under 12. Inquiries: 033 392 3500.

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