There is nothing more fun for a kid, and I say kid liberally as some of us adults are still kids at heart as well, than to go and climb the Maitland sand dune on a Sunday morning. Even better, take an old boogie board or carton box along and go and slide down the dune.
And if you don’t have one of those, just run full tilt and jump.
The days of saying there is nothing to do in Port Elizabeth is long gone. Loooonnnngggg gone. Yes, a lot of the activities on offer is going to set you back a few bucks, but it’s exactly the same wherever you are in the world. We’ve had to choose very carefully this summer holiday is everything does add up to quite a lot if you do something that costs money every day. Supertube, laster games, ice skating, go-carting, wall climbing, putt-putt, and, and and. Another one of the once that we did take the KidZ to was the Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park. We went on a “two hours for the price of one” day and if the KidZ could go longer they would have. The trampoline park offers so many different options of trampolines from the trampoline field to eurotramp pro trampolines, dodge ball, foam pit, slam dunk, and lots more.
Remember Laser Games? Wow, we used to play so often back in the days when there was still an arena at the old tenpin bowling and game centre next to Greenacres. It’s probably been a good 20 years since they closed down there so I was very excited to see that there are laser Games back in town. Last week we took the KidZ for a game and the moment I headed into the room with the gun in hand all those memories came flooding back. Best of all, now I can play it with my KidZ.
If you want to give it a go, you’ll find LASER HEADQUARTERS at 44 Second Avenue, Newton Park. They are open daily from 9am to 9pm and the cost is R60 for 2 x 15 minute games. All their contact details, if you need more information, can be found on their Facebook Page – laserheadquarters.
On Saturday Miggie had her birthday party at MacArthur Pool and the kids spent most of the day on MacArthur’s slides. Even though they really are kiddie slides, even I decided to go down once or twice… or five times. Who’s counting?
I wonder how many shopping centres have a kiddies train that do rounds though the centre like the one at Moffet-on-Main. Moffet-on-Main is quite a popular spot for families with small children what with the Funky Frogs kiddies play area and a coffee shop for the moms (and dads) right next door. Whoever added the train had a stroke of genius when they did that as it means that there are always kiddies around wanting to ride on it. So if you are in the centre over weekends and hear loud music and laughter coming from behind then you need to step aside. The train is coming.
Over the last couple of days I have done a few posts about the PE Geocaching community’s visit to Animals in Wonderland. The main reason for our visit was an event celebrating World Snake Day and that was also the reason Animals in Wonderland was selected as the venue for the event. Juan and Jeru has an extensive collection of snakes and other reptiles which they use as part of their educational visits (both at their premises or yours) and parties. We were a fairly biggish group but with enough snakes to go around, we all – or most of us as some hid in the back – got the opportunity to handle at least one of their slithering pets.
We have a couple of Daxies at home who think they are people and I have a friend who has a African Grey who barks like a dog and then says “I’m not a dog”. But have you ever seen a warthog who thinks he’s a dog? Spending an afternoon at Animals in Wonderland I met Wallace the warthog… I mean Wallace the dog… No wait, Wallace the pig dog… Wallace.
Wallace is an orphan warthog who came to Animals in Wonderland as a tiny little piglet and was hand-raised to give him a shot in life. Now Wallace runs around with the resident dogs, sleeps on a mat in front of the bed and sits when he’s told so. He also like to have his belly rubbed like his doggy siblings. But who doesn’t?
Part of the experience at Animals in Wonderland is a room full of interesting tit bits where both kids and adults can discover new and fascinating things. Among them there is a tank with a platanna frog and one with mudskippers. Yes, mudskippers. Those fish that walk (or more like hop or skip – hence the name) out onto land. I could not believe my eyes when two of them hopped out the water and onto the adjacent mud inside their tank. In the photo the Damselfly and Mrs Blaster are discussing how much the platanna frog grosses them out.