HEADING into the second week of school holidays, parents may be running out of ways to keep their kids busy and entertained. For alternatives to day-care or just something to keep the children busy, Mum’s Aide is accommodating youngsters in a holiday club at Northwood Crusaders Sports Club in Durban North. Tina Lepan, the founder of Mum’s Aide, says the holiday programme will allow kids to socialise whilst enjoying the fun activities planned. “The holiday club is open to children between the ages of three and 12. Activities for the children will include arts and crafts, puzzles, Lego, dress-up, play-dough, balls, games, hula hoops and others to keep them busy and entertained.” They will also run a drop and shop holiday club in La Lucia Mall during the holiday — a venue for parents to drop off their children while they run errands. • Another alternative to keep “hildren busy this holiday is a kids’ week held by Books & Books in Durban North. The holiday activities began on Tuesday with children making Christmas cards. “We had a good turn-out of children on Tuesday and yesterday and we are expecting more than 30 children for the next couple of days. There will be face painting, story-telling, and costume competitions, all free of charge,” said Kashna Dass, the store manager. “The holiday activities will end on Saturday with a Christmas party with Father Christmas joining the kids. There will be free coffee for the moms and dads as well.” • The KZN Science Centre will also be hosting the Fantastic Food Science Holiday Programme where children can learn the science of food. Nazley Kast, manager of education services at the centre, said it is a fun way to teach children about science. “Until January 14, the centre will be allowing kids to enjoy fun activities that combine food and science”, she said. Children can play food detective and can also try their hand at Instant Sorbet or have a blast at making play dough — and then eat it.