Keeping the kids entertained

2010-06-11 00:00

SCHOOL holidays have begun and while football fever will have taken hold of a lot of children, watching the games will not keep them entertained for the entire vacation.

Various institutions will be holding holiday clubs, while other programmes on offer guarantee to keep children entertained.

The Institute of Music (IOM) is holding holiday programmes which will keep children of all ages active. “Children will have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. Lots of children are interested in music but don’t have the time, so these holidays are a perfect opportunity,” said Grace Vall of IOM.

“We will also be hosting drama productions that the children can take part in,” she said.

There will also be board games, sport and computer games.

The children who do not want to miss the football will be able to catch every game on a big-screen TV said Vall. Contact Grace Vall at 033 391 2484 or 071 515 6060

Cookalooks, run by Catherine da Costa in Clarendon, is a holiday cooking course for children.

She said that to alleviate holiday boredom and hunger she has come up with different cooking classes for each week of the holiday. There will also be an “adventure explorer” day out at the Baynesfield Estate.

Contact Da Costa at 033 345 2434 or 082 636 9084 or e-mail

The Basani African Art and Craft Centre will host craft workshops after the World Cup. Children can learn about and create traditional Zulu arts and crafts. No details are available as yet, but interested parties can contact 033 342 3697.

The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) will be holding June holiday courses at the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. Programmes on offer include food and accommodation. The different courses are Junior Rangers, where children from 10 to 13 will learn about bush survival, tracks and signs, star gazing, stalking and camouflage, fishing and lots more over four days.

The Wildlife Adventure Trail for children aged 10 to 12, will include treasure hunts, raft building and canoeing, an obstacle course and storytelling over five days.

The Afrikaans Camp will help those battling with the language as they enjoy water studies, boere sports, obstacle courses, walks through the reserve and movies. Other activities are also on offer and booking is essential. Call 033 330 3941 for more information.

The Pietermaritzburg YMCA is holding a holiday club from June 14 to July 2 that will keep children and teenagers entertained . Activities include krump dance sessions, games, football matches, movie days, art days, dance shows and workshops, open-mike sessions, braais and more. Contact the YMCA at 033 342 2469 for more information.

Children between 10 and 18 can attend one of the many four-day holiday camps at the Mtuli Sports Club and the Mtuli Game Reserve. Activities will include lifestyle, survival and motivational speaking, while fun activities will be aimed at improving life skills and responsibility. Booking is essential. Contact Sonja Newlands at 083 303 8373.

The Scottsville Baptist Church is hosting a holiday club from June 21 to June 25. Children of all ages will be divided into age groups and enjoy arts, crafts and games with children of the same age. Call 033 386 1046 for further details.

The North Baptist Church is holding the Junior Heroes holiday Bible club from June 14 to June 18. Children from age five to 12 will participate in songs, Bible study and games. Snacks will also be provided. Contact 033 342 2348.

The Metropolitan Methodist Church is hosting the Jesus Saves Holiday Club from the June 14 to June 17. Children will learn about Jesus while keeping active through song, lessons and football games. Tea and cake will also be served daily. Contact Rebecca Schultz at 033 345 3245.

The B-Rock dance studio at 281 Prince Alfred Street is holding dance boot camps from June 28 to July 9. Boys and girls of all ages are invited to learn hip-hop dancing, b-boy moves and contemporary dance. Experienced dance teachers will be holding classes from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm every day. Contact Ayesha at 071 765 4050 or Mary at 072 257 8422.

All these holiday programmes vary in price, so there should be one for all potentially bored children who are on holiday.

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