The first term of the South African school year is nearly over. It feels like just the other day they went back after a seven week holiday. Fortunately this holiday is only two and a half weeks long so we should just about get through it with my sanity still intact.

School holidays are great, the break in the routine is good for the kids and for me, but lets face it, after the first few days it can get a bit boring. I’ve been trying to come up with a few ideas and a rough plan of attack, things we can do to look forward to and to keep busy.

  1. Swimming Lessons:- fortunately they will still have swimming lessons on during the holidays. The gym we go to has a supervised play area so my plan is to go to the gym at least 1/2 an hour before the lessons so let them play a bit. The change of scenery will be good for them and the swimming will help them burn some pent up energy. Bonus Points: It won’t cost anything.
  2. Play Dates:- I am already lining up playdates with their friends, whether I have to host the play date here, or we go to a mutual child-friendly venue, it will be good for the kids to see their friends.
  3. DayTrip:- After our successful trip to the Day Out: Bloemfontein Botanical Gardens  I feel inspired to take the girls to more low budget easily accessible activities so I’m planning a trip to either the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Joburg, or the Pretoria Botanical Garden. That will involve a full day out as it’s 3 hours drive each way.
  4. Grandparents!!!:- My parents are coming to visit for the Easter weekend and the week that follows. I can’t wait. Just having them here will be like a holiday for all of us.
  5. Movies:- The new Smurfs: The Lost Village is being released on the last day of term so I will definitely take them to that one day. Unfortunately movies can be quite expensive but at this stage I’m just excited it’s not Trolls! Check out the trailler, it looks like it will be quite fun:

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Other than these things, I hope to get the kids involved in the following projects to keep them busy at home but away from the TV and iPad:

  • baking: biscuits, cupcakes, banana bread/muffins.
  • clearing out their toy boxes and getting rid of the stuff that’s broken and donating to charity the toys that they have outgrown.
  • gardening: I really need to repot a lot of my herbs etc so I plan to make them do it get them involved in that.
  • swimming (at home), in addition to the lessons.
  • riding their bikes around our estate
  • I MIGHT even buy them some water paints and get them to do some painting. It occupies them for hours and I can put them outside in the shade.

I have a feeling I might be a bit over-ambitious here. Most of the things on my list will take no more than 2 hours each and that will still leave the rest of the day to keep them busy.

Wish me luck.


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