Category: Events/Festivals

Johnson’s Baby Sense Seminars & Giveaway

With such a wealth of information available to expectant moms and new parents, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of facts or to be confused by different points of view and opinions. The Johnson’s Baby Sense seminars are now in its 12th year and are designed to convey concise and expert information to moms-to-be and new parents with babies up to 12 months of age. The parenting experts this year include Sr Ann Richardson (co-author of Baby Sense and Sleep Sense), Tina Otte (midwife and special editor of Your Pregnancy), Lizanne du Plessis (OT and author of Raising Happy Children), Kate Bailey (OT and early childhood development and stimulation expert) and Dr Welma Lubbe (registered nurse and advanced midwife with qualifications in neonatal nursing science).

Baby Sense SeminarsBirth & newborn seminar
08h30 to 12h00

Focusing on the pregnant mom and parent of the newborn. The experts will equip moms-to-be with everything they need to know about baby’s transition from womb to world, the golden hour straight after birth as well as newborn basics.

Baby Sense SeminarsYour baby seminar
13h30 to 17h00

The afternoon session is aimed at parents with babies up to 12 months of age and will include information on stimulating your baby, gentle sleep solutions and what it takes to be a brave mom.


Baby Sense SeminarsJohnson’s baby massage
12h15 to 13h15

A Johnson’s Baby Massage Workshop takes place between the two sessions and will teach moms the benefits of sensory stimulation and provide tips for baby massage and how parents can communicate with their baby through touch and massage.

Dates and venues:

1 August 2015 – Port Elizabeth – Radisson Blu Hotel
15 August 2015 – Durban – Three Cities Riverside Hotel
22 August 2015 – Cape Town – The Vineyard Hotel
5 September 2015 – Johannesburg – The Protea Balalaika Hotel

Cost per seminar is R240 and R60 for the massage workshop.  Each person attending will receive a wonderful goodie bag, refreshments and the chance of winning amazing prizes. The seminar sponsors are Johnson’s, Baby City, Tolo, Huggies, My Smart Kid, Medela, Stokke and Tiger Brands. Please note that moms with babies under six months are welcome to bring them with. For bookings, visit

WIN Baby Sense HamperWIN a Baby Sense hamper including 2 tickets to a seminar of your choice (in Port Elizabeth, Durban, Cape Town or Johannesburg). Hamper is valued at R1000 and includes the Baby Sense Book, 2 seminar tickets, nurture nest, burp and bib, and taglet. Enter via Rafflecopter and comment below with your choice of venue. Entries close 15 July 2015. Usual terms and conditions apply. Good luck!
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Factory Shop Expo & Giveaway

Factory Shop Expo GiveawayThe popular Factory Shop Expo is back for a 3rd year, and this year they are raising funds for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust, which is a very worthy cause. The Expo will host close to 100 factory shops, importers & manufacturers all under one roof at the CTiCC, taking the public straight to the factory door with specials, once off end-of-line ranges, clearance deals and bulk buying. Hundreds of items on sale at the best factory prices directly to the public. There will be a food court area and small stage for mini fashion walks, celebrity appearances and demonstrations. Follow the Factory Shop Expo Facebook page for updates on exhibitors and start saving now for all the shopping you will want to do.

Event details:

Location: CTiCC, Cape Town International Convention Centre (Map)
Dates: 25 – 26 July 2015
Times: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Ticket prices: R40 p/p. Kids under 10 Free.
Ticket sales: At the door, or Computicket online

WIN: Skip the queue and walk straight in by winning double tickets to the Expo. Two sets of double tickets are up for grabs – enter via Rafflecopter and comment below with the name of the charity the Factory Shop Expo are raising funds for?

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Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors 2015

Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors 2015PRESS RELEASE

Parents of budding little cyclists should diarise the 2015 Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors on Saturday, 7 March 2015. A treat is in store for them as the event promises tons of fun, prizes and great activities guaranteed to keep all ages entertained for a fun-filled morning outdoors.

Youngsters between the ages of 0 and 6 years can enjoy a 1.7km fun ride which will introduce them to the basics of cycling in a safe and controlled environment.  The older kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years can tackle the 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km or 10km routes which will help them develop their cycling skills. Parents must accompany the 1.7km route entrants on foot, while the participants tackling one of the longer routes can be accompanied by a parent on a bike.

To ensure that all riders have a pleasurable and fun experience, entries will once again be limited to a “first-come, first-serve” basis, so parents are encouraged to enter their children early to avoid disappointment. Online entries for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Juniors will close on Monday, 23 February. Registration will take place between 28 February and 6 March 2015 at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre, where entries can still be purchased.  No entries will be accepted on event day. Please visit for updates and more information.


Date: Saturday, 7 March 2015
Time: 08h00
Distance: 1.7km, 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km & 10km
Venue: Youngsfield Military Base, Wynberg

Entry Fees:

0 – 6 Years: R70 for 1.7km route
Co-pilot fee: 1 included in fee, R20 for every extra pilot

6 – 12 Years: R90 for 2.5km, 5km, 7.5km & 10km routes
Co-pilot fee: R20

Cape Town International Kite Festival on 1 & 2 November

Cape Town International Kite Festival 2014The 20th Cape Town International Kite Festival, proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health, will take place in Muizenberg on 1 & 2 November 2014. This is Africa’s biggest kite festival and a wonderful day out with the family to inspire children to design and fly their own kites. They will be able to see some amazing kite creations from across the world, including Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ making his first African flight.

Local kite-makers have a chance to win prizes in the Heritage Kite Competition. The Heritage Kite Award will go to the best ‘Swaeltjie’, a traditional swallow-shaped kite that came to Africa from South-East Asia hundreds of years ago. People can also learn how to make a Swaeltjie at free workshops during the festival, run by master kite-maker Ebrahim Sambo from Athlone. There will also be on-stage entertainment, food stalls and market, for family fun in support of a good cause. Follow the festival details on their Facebook and Twitter pages, and for plenty of tutorials, follow my Kids – Kitemaking board on Pinterest.

Event Info

Location: Lawns of Zandvlei Nature Reserve, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row) Map
Dates: 1 & 2 November 2014
Time: 10:00 to 18:00 daily.
Entry: R30 or R10 for children 12 years and under.
Contact: 021 447 9040 or

Cape Mental Health provides innovative and effective mental health services to people in poorly resourced communities in the Western Cape. This non-profit organisation has been active for 101 years and continues to work towards a society where people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are included in community life and have access to education, training, work and social opportunities.

Cape Mental Health Kite Fest '13Images of the CT International Kite Festival 2013 courtesy of Cape Mental Health

Tyger Valley Baby & Toddler Expo 2-5 October

Tyger Valley Baby and toddler expoTyger Valley Centre’s Baby & Toddler Expo kicks off today and runs from 2 – 5 October. Join parents and expecting moms, as various famous baby and toddler brands will be on display throughout the Centre, showcasing the very best in products and services; and helping you to prepare as you enter this new and exciting stage of your life. Party planners can expect kids’ party and entertainment offerings to blow you away with fabulous ideas at this Expo.

While you learn from the experts, don’t forget to visit the Arena for some funtastic entertainment! While Nadine Blom takes to the stage, your little one can also look forward to a puppet show, fashion shows by Sticky Fudge, kiddies sing and dance productions, a jumping castle, train rides, candy floss and much more! The entertainment kicks off at 11:00 and entry is free of charge – all proceeds raised will be in aid of MES (Mould Empower Service). As the work that MES does is very close to the Centre’s heart, each exhibitor will have a donation tin on their table, in order to assist in raising funds for this NGO.

Information and images courtesy of Tyger Valley Centre website. 

Baba Indaba Cape Town 1-3 Aug 2014

This year at Baba Indaba in Cape Town between 1-3 August, there is a fantastic list of exhibitors and brands for one-stop shopping. The benefit of going to an expo is that you get to discuss the products with the producers/distributors, the variety of brands to choose from and the special offers. It’s a pity I won’t be able to attend this year as I know a number of the exhibitors and here’s a round up of some of my featured exhibitors with links to my reviews. Be sure to pop in and say hello. Enjoy the expo!

BabyGroupBaby Group: Online website offering parents a 3-in-1 resource: advice; shop and community. Expert advice on pregnancy, the developmental stages of your child, buying guides and articles relevant to parenthood. Wide range of maternity and baby items from the online shop. Community network where parents provide mutual support, tips and tricks to make parenting easier.

Double TroubleDouble Trouble: Family run business by proud parents of twins. The Twin Pram is light weight and compact and has an ergonomic folding system for easy storage at home and in your car boot. The twin prams modular system together with the Maxi-Cosi car seats can be used from birth. They have expanded their range to include the Maxi-Cosi single travel system.                                                                                                                 


Eatplaysleeplove: Mom of four, Angie, believes in the benefits of sleeping bags for babies to reduce the incidences of SIDS and a better night’s sleep. Available in sizes newborn to 36 months in a variety of fun designs. Full range of baby and toddler bedding available online including matching taglets, blankets, duvets for toddler beds.

Fairy Carav

Fairy Caravan: Decorating your nursery and child’s room is an exciting time for parents and Illustrator Liesl van der Hoven has a beautiful selection of original artworks which she sells as wall stickers, framed prints and on canvas. She launches her new linen and animal pillow range at this year’s Baba Indaba. 

JuJuice powder


Jujuice: jungle juice in sachet form which aids in milk production for breastfeeding. All the benefits of the traditional jungle juice recipe but in a convenient and cost effective sachet form. jujuice is 100% natural, preservative free, free from artificial sweeteners and colourants, high in energy and a source of Vitamin C.

Mels BuzzMels Buzz: a range of unique and practical baby products for everyday moms, designed by a mom. The pop-on pop-off ribbon clip and bib mat are recommended buys for use everywhere and are always in my baby bag. Other products include bandana bibs, dummy clips, sandpit covers, wet and dry bags.

Muddie Buddies


Muddie Buddies: newly launched children’s waterproof outfits including jumpsuits, dungarees, smocks, crawler pants, jackets and pants get the kids outdoors and having fun no matter the weather. The outfits are made from lightweight, breathable Nylon and waterproof to 6000mm+


mysmartkid: a subscription box of age-appropriate toys, tools and activities which is delivered every second month. In the box you will find what you need to play with your child and help them to reach their developmental miles, chosen under the guidance of early childhood development (ECD) experts.



shooshoos: locally made children’s soft sole and rubber sole leather shoes in a variety of fun designs. jeankelly range includes leather baby bags and ladies pumps and sandals. They usually have great discounts available at the expo.


Yookidoo: good quality, brightly coloured and interactive toys for baby and toddlers which encourage crawling, sitting, hand and eye co-ordination as well a fun bath time toys. 


Greenpop Platbos Reforest Fest in May

Greenpop Platbos Family FestThe Platbos Reforest Fest in May is a festival with a difference and is held in the ancient Platbos forest just outside Gansbaai. A very nice guy, Will, who is helping with the festival sent me all the details. The Platbos Reforest Fest will take place over two weekends in May – the Family Fest (family oriented) from 9-11 May, and the Friends Fest (a bit more of a party on the Saturday night) from 16-18 May. At the Family Fest, 3000-4000 trees will be planted, as well as fun and educational forest activities for all ages. Tree planting, forest dancing, and a night under the stars!

Tickets include 6 meals (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch), live music, tree planting, yoga, forest walks, camping & more. You can bring your own tent or book alternative accommodation nearby. For further details please check out their Facebook event, YouTube video, Website or email them at Tickets cost between R320 and R590 and can be purchased on Webtickets.

This is not a sponsored post. The content and images were provided to me.