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Build your kid(s) UP with Mega Bloks

Build your kid(s) UP with Mega Bloks

If this global pandemic has taught me anything, it is to stop and enjoy the moments. To build on your relationships and create lasting memories. To focus on what is most important to you and align your priorities in the correct order.
Entertaining kids can be exhaustive but it doesn’t have to be. The lockdown period ensured that as parents we had to think out of the box and find ways to help the kids LEARN whilst playing. We were simply unlocking their creativity just by letting them play. We are building our kids UP.
Our home always has a “lived-in” look and feel. It’s not spotless and neither is it 100% tidy all the time. I mean we live there. It’s perfect as our kids zone at home pretty much always looks like a construction site. NB! The kids zone is pretty much everything that the light touches 🙂 
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It’s a Robot with energy bars 🙂

Playing with Mega bloks have real benefits

 

  • Promotes development of spatial awareness
  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • Promotes imaginative play
Mega Bloks are big and bulky making them easy for little hands to build and create a masterpiece. There are many benefits to playing with blocks but it’s also the opportune time to build your family bond whilst creating memories. Just ask Google, if you need some clarity.
Colour grouping is a thing with Noah. Just as different shapes are fascinating to him. The joy of seeing your vision come to life is priceless. My creations are nothing close to a masterpiece BUT it is for Noah. His imagination is endless and with that so too are the possibilities for his creations. He is currently very chuffed with the airplane that Joshua built. Apparently, only Joshua can build “that” airplane the way that he likes it.
So for now we’re enjoying the BlokFest with MegaBloks. Summer days are here and we are making the most of spending the days outside, in the shade of course. MegaBloks are quiet durable too. Just ask our dog, Zara, who tries to get in on the BlokFest too.
Did I mention that it comes in a handy carry bag? Simply pack the bloks into the bag and zip it up to store away. Safely…away from any barefeet 🙂
  • 80 big and vibrant building blocks, designed to be durable, including special shapes
  • Blocks are compatible with all Mega Bloks building toys for endless learning fun
  • Storage bag for easy cleanup
  • Ideal for ages 1+, and endorsed by Fisher-Price, First Builders blocks are the perfect fit for little hands, designed to develop imagination and fine motor skills
Do you encourage Blok playing in your home? It’s not just for little hands. It’s a family affair here. 
Spirited Mama
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#MegaBloksSA #BlokfestSA

**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Mattel.  

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Expanding imaginative play with Thomas the Train and Cassia the Crane Cargo Set

Imaginative play with Thomas the Train and Cassia the Crane Cargo Set

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Hint: Early Christmas shopping.. 🙂 Go look at your calendar, it’s not that long before it’s Christmas 🙂

At some point, you would have heard the phrase, “Children learn through playing”. Now, as much I like a formal structure, I prefer that a child learns through playing. In my opinion, not only do they learn faster but retain most of the information and/or skill that is being transferred to them. Thomas and Friends are teaching young minds to be good friends and modelling appropriate behaviour about being useful and helpful. Can you see how helpful and useful an older brother is below…

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Thomas the Train is ever so helpful and this time has teamed up with his good friend Cassia the Crane to the job done. Noah happily reminds Joshua that friends help each other, of course this is his way of getting his brother to build his track for him…

 

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Expanding your child’s imagination through play

Noah is extending his imagination through play and boy oh boy, the stories that this 3 year old can come up with just blows my mind. These TrackMaster sets also allow kids to relive their favourite moments from the Thomas & Friends™ TV show. The possibilities are endless. You just have to use your imagination. Imaginative play encourages kids to immerse themselves in a whole new world filled with endless fun.

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Noah added another Thomas Train so that they could race each other

• Cassia the crane helps Thomas load up and deliver his cargo with this Thomas & Friends™ playset. Cassia grabs and loads the barrel onto Thomas’ cargo car. It’s a barrel but Noah insists that it is a NUT 🙂

 

• Cassia the Crane spins 360 degrees with a real-working claw for grabbing, lifting, and loading cargo. Although there is a designated spot on the track for Cassia, Noah seems more interested in moving the crane around to various positions.
• Thomas is a motorized engine, takes two AA batteries, compatible with all TrackMaster™ and Wood tracks; additional tracks sold separately)
• This set includes Cassia, Thomas motorized engine with cargo car, dock pieces, barrel, and 7 track pieces (Compatible with all TrackMaster™ tracks; additional tracks sold separately.)
• The track set is aimed at children ages 3 years and older.
They are available in SA already at all leading retailers: https://www.toysrus.co.za/cassia-crane-thomas-cargo-motorised-train-set
The tracks and train set is quite durable as very often you will find Noah rebuilding the track or Thomas the train racing through the passage in search of his “nut”. There is no guarantee that Thomas the Train will be on his track…

Do your kid(s) know Thomas and Friends? Have you seen any changes in your kid(s) imagination?  

Spirited Mama

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**Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Mattel.  

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Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 airing on Nicktoons (DSTV Channel 308), 23 March

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards ( #KCA) 2020 airing on Nicktoons, DSTV Channel 308, Monday 23 March at 17:30 (CAT)

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Chance The Rapper

The host for the Kids’ Choice Awards 2020, the biggest and slimiest awards show where kids are in control, is none other than CHANCE The Rapper; the Grammy® Award-winning superstar from The Forum in Inglewood, California. The news, which also included this year’s nominees, was announced by Annie LeBlanc and her sister Hayley via a Kids’ Choice Awards nomination event across Nickelodeon’s YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter handles and Nickelodeon.

With surprises at every turn, Chance the Rapper will bring his charisma and upbeat energy to the Kids’ Choice Awards, an epic celebration of kids’ favourite stars across the worlds of film, television, music, sports and more. Viewers everywhere will be able to experience the show on all Nickelodeon screens and platforms, as Nickelodeon offers a front-row seat to slime, stunts and celebrities.

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Locally, the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 will broadcast on Nick Toons (DStv Channel 308) on Monday, 23 March 2020 at 17h30 CAT, 24 hours after the event in the USA. The show will also be repeated on Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) on Wednesday, 25 March at 18h00 CAT.

Monde Twala, ViacomCBS Networks Africa Senior Vice President and General Manager commented: “Nickelodeon is a booming success around the continent and kids all over the globe are super excited about this year’s KCA’s. Twala continued, “We would like to congratulate all of this year’s nominees who are representing Africa at this global event. Viewers can expect lots of fun, slime, and laughter from 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards.”

The four prominent stars that have been nominated to represent Africa in the Favourite African Star category, include: Shekhinah (a Pop/R&B vocalist and songwriter born in Durban, South Africa), Teni (a singer, songwriter, performer, actress and social media sensation born in Nigeria) and Patricia Kihoro (singer, actress, radio presenter, event host, moderator, digital content creator and improv comedian born in Kenya) and Sho Madjozi (a rapper and songwriter born in Limpopo, South Africa).

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Sho Madjozi is also nominated in the Global Music Star category, representing African music alongside fellow nominees: BTS (Asia), Dua Lipa (UK), J Balvin (Latin America), Rosalía (Europe), Taylor Swift (North America) & Tones and I (Australia).

Giving a nod to the prevalence of social media and content creators on the continent, the Favourite African Social Media Star category includes: Anne Kansiime (comedian writer, director and actress born in Uganda), DJ Cuppy (a musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist born in Nigeria), Chané Grobler (a prolific and popular social media content creator in South Africa), Prev Reddy,  (a well-known Youtuber, actor, and comedian born in South Africa).

Chance the Rapper is no stranger to Nickelodeon having made a surprise appearance at last year’s Nickelodeon SlimeFest in his hometown of Chicago and taking home a coveted Kids’ Choice Awards orange blimp for “Favourite Collaboration” (“No Brainer” by DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo) in 2019. He was also nominated for “Favourite Song” (I’m the One by DJ Khaled, featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo and Lil Wayne) in 2018.

Leading the pack with the most #KCA nominations are: 

Avengers: Endgame, with 11 nominations; Taylor Swift, with five nominations; and Frozen 2Henry Danger and Lil Nas X, with 4 nominations each.

First-time nominees include: John Cena, DaBaby, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland, Brie Larson, Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion. Will Smith becomes the most nominated celebrity in Kids’ Choice Awards history, with another nomination this year bringing him to a total of 29.

Local fans can cast their votes on the official Kids’ Choice Awards website, https://kca.nickelodeonafrica.com/.

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 nominees are:

FAVOURITE AFRICAN STAR
Sho Madjozi
Shekhinah
Teni
Patricia Kihoro

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FAVOURITE AFRICAN SOCIAL MEDIA STAR
Anne Kansiime
DJ Cuppy
Chané Grobler
Prev Reddy

TELEVISION:

FAVOURITE KIDS TV SHOW
A Series of Unfortunate Events
All That
BUNK’D
Henry Danger
Power Rangers Beast Morphers
Raven’s Home

FAVOURITE FAMILY TV SHOW
Fuller House
Modern Family
Stranger Things
The Big Bang Theory
The Flash
Young Sheldon

FAVOURITE REALITY SHOW
America’s Got Talent
American Ninja Warrior
America’s Funniest Home Videos
MasterChef Junior
The Masked Singer
The Voice

FAVOURITE TV HOST 
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
John Cena (Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader)
Nick Cannon (The Masked Singer)
Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
Terry Crews (America’s Got Talent)
Tiffany Haddish (Kids Say the Darndest Things)

FAVOURITE ANIMATED SERIES
ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks
SpongeBob SquarePants
Teen Titans Go!
The Amazing World of Gumball
The Loud House
The Simpsons

FAVOURITE FEMALE TV STAR 
Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Fuller House)
Ella Anderson (Piper Hart, Henry Danger)
Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven, Stranger Things)
Peyton List (Emma Ross, BUNK’D)
Raven-Symoné (Raven Baxter, Raven’s Home)
Riele Downs (Charlotte Page, Henry Danger)

FAVOURITE MALE TV STAR
Abraham Rodriguez (Nate Silva / Gold Ranger, Power Rangers Beast Morphers)
Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair, Stranger Things)
Jace Norman (Henry Hart / Kid Danger, Henry Danger)
Jim Parsons (Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory)
Joshua Bassett (Ricky, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series)
Karan Brar (Ravi Ross, BUNK’D)

FILM:

FAVOURITE MOVIE
Aladdin
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Jumanji: The Next Level
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTRESS
Angelina Jolie (Maleficent, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil)
Brie Larson (Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel; Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame)
Dove Cameron (Mal, Descendants 3)
Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Avengers: Endgame)
Taylor Swift (Bombalurina, Cats)
Zendaya (MJ, Spider-Man: Far From Home)

FAVOURITE MOVIE ACTOR
Chris Evans (Steve Rogers / Captain America, Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Endgame; Agent H, Men In Black: International)
Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw; Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jumanji: The Next Level)
Kevin Hart (Franklin ‘Mouse’ Finbar, Jumanji: The Next Level)
Tom Holland (Peter Parker / Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home)
Will Smith (Genie, Aladdin)

FAVOURITE SUPERHERO
Brie Larson (Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel; Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Evans (Captain America, Avengers: Endgame)
Chris Hemsworth (Thor, Avengers: Endgame)
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Avengers: Endgame)
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow, Avengers: Endgame)
Tom Holland (Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Far From Home; Spider-Man, Avengers: Endgame)

FAVOURITE ANIMATED MOVIE
Frozen 2
The Angry Birds Movie 2
The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
The Lion King
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Toy Story 4

FAVOURITE FEMALE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Beyoncé (Nala, The Lion King)
Idina Menzel (Elsa, Frozen 2)
Kristen Bell (Anna, Frozen 2)
Tiffany Haddish (Daisy, The Secret Life of Pets 2; Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part)

FAVOURITE MALE VOICE FROM AN ANIMATED MOVIE
Chris Pratt (Emmet Brickowski / Rex Dangervest, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part)
Josh Gad (Olaf, Frozen 2)
Kevin Hart (Snowball, The Secret Life of Pets 2)
Tom Hanks (Woody, Toy Story 4)

MUSIC:

FAVOURITE FEMALE ARTIST
Ariana Grande
Beyoncé
Billie Eilish
Katy Perry
Selena Gomez
Taylor Swift

FAVOURITE MALE ARTIST
Ed Sheeran
Justin Bieber
Lil Nas X
Marshmello
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

FAVOURITE MUSIC GROUP
BTS
Fall Out Boy
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco
The Chainsmokers

FAVOURITE SONG
“7 rings”- Ariana Grande
“bad guy”- Billie Eilish
“Memories”- Maroon 5
“Old Town Road”- Lil Nas X
“Sucker”- Jonas Brothers
“You Need to Calm Down”- Taylor Swift

FAVOURITE MUSIC COLLABORATION
“10,000 Hours”- Justin Bieber & Dan + Shay
“I Don’t Care”- Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
“ME!”- Taylor Swift, featuring Brendon Urie
“Old Town Road (Remix)”- Lil Nas X, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“Señorita”- Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Sunflower”- Post Malone & Swae Lee

FAVOURITE BREAKOUT NEW ARTIST
City Girls
DaBaby
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion

FAVOURITE GLOBAL MUSIC STAR
BTS (Asia)
Dua Lipa (UK)
J Balvin (Latin America)
Rosalía (Europe)
Sho Madjozi (Africa)
Taylor Swift (North America)
Tones and I (Australia)

OTHER CATEGORIES:

FAVOURITE MALE SOCIAL STAR
Brave Wilderness
David Dobrik
Dolan Twins
Dude Perfect
MrBeast
Ryan’s World

FAVOURITE FEMALE SOCIAL STAR
Annie LeBlanc
Emma Chamberlain
Lilly Singh
Liza Koshy
Miranda Sings
Merrell Twins

FAVOURITE GAMER
DanTDM
GamerGirl
Ninja
PrestonPlayz
SSSniperWolf

FAVOURITE VIDEO GAME
Fortnite
Mario Kart Tour
Minecraft
Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate

FAVOURITE SOCIAL MUSIC STAR
Asher Angel
Blanco Brown
Johnny Orlando
JoJo Siwa
Mackenzie Ziegler
Max and Harvey

FAVOURITE FEMALE SPORTS STAR
Alex Morgan
Lindsey Vonn
Megan Rapinoe
Naomi Osaka
Serena Williams
Simone Biles

FAVOURITE MALE SPORTS STAR
Cristiano Ronaldo
LeBron James
Patrick Mahomes
Shaun White
Stephen Curry
Tom Brady

For more information on the Nickelodeon 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards, log onto www.nickelodeonafrica.com, like Nickelodeon on Facebook or follow Nickelodeon on Twitter @NickAfrica using the hashtag #KCA.

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Who are you rooting for at the Nickelodeon 2020 Kids’ Choice Awards? I have my favourites and so to do the kids. But the music, oh boy, SO GOOD!

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 is produced by Nickelodeon Productions.

Spirited Mama

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Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids comes to life on stage at the People’s Theatre

Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids comes to life on stage

Celebrating Peoples Theatre’s 20-year anniversary being based at Joburg Theatre, Jill Girard and Keith Smith are thrilled to bring back one of the audience all-time favourites for their first production in 2020, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS.

The magic of the jungle comes alive on stage in spectacular fashion, providing children, parents and all those with a love of joy and laughter, the ideal family entertainment to kickstart the year.

Previews of Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS begin on 2rd March at Peoples Theatre with the official opening taking place on Sunday, 8th March.
The show runs until Sunday 26th April 2020.

The jungle is soon going to be jumpin’ with a jazzy beat! Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colourful characters and your favourite songs from the movie.

 

Banished by the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan, a human boy named Mowgli and his panther friend, Bagheera, are on the run in the deepest parts of the jungle. On their journey, the two meet a sinister snake named Kaa, a herd of elephants and a giant bear named Baloo, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle.

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After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys led by King Louie, Mowgli and Bagheera are forced to run for their lives. When Shere Khan returns, our heroes rally together to defeat Shere Khan in battle and  peace is restored throughout the jungle.

 

Disney The Jungle Book Kids  is directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith, with Musical Direction by Coenraad Rall, Musical Staging by Sandy (Dyer) Richardson, Set and Lighting Design by Grant Knottenbelt and costumes Linda Wilson

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Baloo will be played by one of Peoples Theatres favourite performers, Luciano Zuppa, Baloo is an easygoing and fun-loving character who shirks at responsibility.  He is a sleepy old bear who teaches Mowgli the law of the jungle and is well known for his song The Bare necessities during their adventure through the jungle Baloo eventually realises that the man village is the best place for Mowgli.

 

Bagheera is Mowgli’s mentors and protector, and is tasked with getting Mowgli to the man village but he is met with many obstacles along the way, Bagheera will be played by the wonderful Thokozani Jiyane, who was last seen playing the role of Marty the zebra in Madagascar Jr.

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Kaa will be played by Bethany-Joy Jiyane and this will be her first performance for the Peoples Theatre. Kaa is surprisingly one of Mowgli’s wise mentors and friend. who is also feared throughout the jungle for her mesmerizing “hunger dance”. She plays her part in getting Mowgli to safety.

Bethany will also be playing the roles of Mrs Hathi and King Louie’s Wife.

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Shere Khan, is a vicious man-eating Bengal Tiger who is the main villain and the archenemy of Mowgli and will be played by Clive Gilson.  Peoples Theatre were very fortunate to work with Clive in Peter Pan in 2016 and are happy to have him back on their stage to bring alive the three characters he will be portraying (Shere Khan, Colonel Hathi and King Louie).

Says Jill Girard;

Why the Jungle Book? 20 years at Joburg theatre! 30 years of Peoples Theatre!

Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS has always been a special production for both Keith and myself! It is a show filled with warmth and laughter, a show about loyalty, kindness, friendship and courage. We can all relate to Mowgli and his adventure in the jungles in India!”

 She continues; “This is a story that has delighted generations of children and continues to do so, it is a story that comes to life on the stage as the audience become more and more involved in the exploits of Mowgli.

It is the ideal show to introduce and bring young audiences into the magic of live theatre, and in so doing, encouraging a lifetime of theatre going.”

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Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS opens at the Peoples Theatre at the Joburg Theatre Complex with preview performances from Monday, 2nd March. The official show opening is on Sunday, 8th March. The season runs until Sunday, 26th April.

Performance times are Mondays to Friday at 9am and 11am, Saturdays at 10:30am and 2.30pm as well as all Sundays and Public Holidays.

Ticket prices are R145 for general public or R100 for members of the Peoples Theatre kids Club (You can become a member for R120 membership fee – contact Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/ 2340 for more information).

To book tickets call Sean on 011 403 1563 / 2340 or email the theatre at info@peoplestheatre.co.za.

For more information visit www.peoplestheatre.co.za

Special school performances are available at R85 per learner plus for every 20 learners there is one complimentary ticket per educator – extra educators R85 each and all other accompanying adults are R105 each.

For more information and to make these bookings, contact the Peoples Theatre directly on 011 403 1563 / 2340.

“Look for the Bear necessities, the simple bear necessities. Forget about your worries and your strifes! Yeah man!”

I’ve been a parent for 10+ years and still today, after watching the movie, on repeat, I still love that song!

Have your kids, or you 🙂 seen The Jungle Book Kids? It makes for a wonderful family day out. 

Spirited Mama

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 Peoples Theatre creates memories for the whole family, enriching lives by the magic of professional theatre and thereby creating our audiences of the future. A storybook comes to life in the theatre!

 

 

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Stuck on what to buy this Christmas? Here’s Hasbro’s TOP TOYS & GAMES for 2019

Stuck on what to buy this Christmas?

Christmas is only 13 days away! And I haven’t bought anything yet! Normally, I would have been patting myself on the back by now with everything being bought and hidden away from the kids. Last year, I still went to the shops on the 24th of December for last minute errands. Did I like it? Yes. The shops were not too busy and I was in and out in a flash with my purchases. Will I chance it again in 2019 to brave the shops on 24 December? I’m not entirely sure as this long weekend would be the ideal time for some Christmas shopping.

Hasbro’s Top Toy & Games Suggestions for 2019

Hasbro, one of the largest toy, game and entertainment experience companies, has released their anticipated 2019 list of suggested toy and gifting solutions including a wide range of ‘stocking fillers’.  Hasbro’s commitment to creating the world’s best play experiences ensures there is something for everyone – from fun family activities to active play, imaginative play, creative play and so much more.

Here are some of Hasbro’s 2019 best sellers:

Joshua is beside himself because according to my 10 year old son, You can never have too many NERF guns! There is an exciting range of Nerf blasting options on offer:

  • The Nerf Trilogy DS-15 toy blaster has ejecting shells to heat up your Nerf dart-blasting action. Unleash a triple-dart blast with this Nerf N-Strike Elite blaster that shoots 3 darts at once from each shell.
  • The Nerf Fortnite AR-E blaster, inspired by the blaster used in Fortnite, is the only way to play Fortnite in real life. Drop into indoor and outdoor Fortnite action with this motorised, dart-firing Nerf Elite Fortnite blaster that features two flip-up sights to help you align your shot and an acceleration button to power up the motor.
  • Go into battle with the bolt-action Nerf Rival Helios XVIII-700 Pull back the bolt to prime the blaster and unleash rounds at a velocity of 30 meters per second. The bolt placement can be customised to accommodate right or left-handed battlers.

Transformers are Noah’s thing! I mean, I have never watch so many Transformers movies, over and over and over on repeat all day! At this rate I just want to get him the Bumblebee 🙂 but I can’t find stock!

  • Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege plunges fans into the epic fight to survive on the final day of the Autobot and Decepticon battle to control Cybertron. Build the ultimate battlefield with Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege toy figures with customisable weapon configurations.

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  • On the Transformers Cyberverse animated series the Allspark can harness incredible new powers, including the power to convert Earth vehicles into Spark Armor: battle-ready gear that allows them to fight in new places and in new ways. Kids can collect assorted Spark Armor figures (each sold separately) to discover more exciting characters from the Cyberverse series.

 

  • Imagine teaming up and battling the Power Rangers’ toughest enemies with these Power Rangers Beast Morphers Action Zord figure assortment (which include: Beast-X Megazord and Beast Racer Megazord). Standing 25 cm tall, and with the included accessories, these action figure toys are ready for action against any foe.

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  • Young fans of the Disney Frozen movies will love the Frozen 2 Singing Elsa and Anna Fashion dolls (each sold separately). Each doll includes a Frozen 2 inspired outfit, press the button on the bodice to watch the dress light up and hear a snippet of an original song from the Frozen 2 movie. Sing along while imagining scenes with Arendelle’s favourite sister duo. Kids can take magical Frozen adventures on the go with the Fold and Go Arendelle Castle portable playset. Inspired by Disney’s Frozen 2, this castle set has two floors of fun that fold up and fun accessories are included to decorate the rooms.

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  • Baby Alive Happy Hungry Baby loves to eat. Mix baby’s food with water to make doll food that looks like the real thing. When you give baby her spoon, she opens wide and really eats her doll food. She also giggles, moves, and asks for more. With over 50 sounds and phrases, this sweet baby doll makes feeding and changing time feel oh-so-real and fun for little mommies and daddies. The Baby Alive Snip ‘n Style Baby is ready for you to brush, trim, and style her hair. Brush baby’s fringe with her interactive brush and watch it grow then hold the interactive scissors up to baby’s fringe and pretend to trim and watch the fringe get shorter! Includes 35+ sounds and phrases, and 12 hair accessories to style baby’s hair for any occasion.

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  • Play-Doh continues to captivate kid’s imaginations. Picture a land of colourful dreams where unicorns poop Play-Doh ice cream. Meet Tootie, the hilarious unicorn ice cream maker who loves to create silly Play-Doh sundaes. As she dispenses Play-Doh colours this unicorn toy makes laugh-out-loud sounds and even changes her facial expression.  There’s no stoppin’ the poppin’ fun with the Play-Doh popcorn maker toy, which includes everything you need to make creative Play-Doh popcorn masterpieces. Crank pretend popcorn into the 3 bucket sizes and mix it up with silly snack mixes. Add fun play food toppings like pretend pretzels, crazy candy, and more with the candy-themed stamps and moulds. Don’t forget to squeeze in some silly syrup or butter with the syrup tool.  Little chefs can go pizza crazy with the Play-Doh Stamp ‘n Top Pizza Oven.  Stamp a pizza crust in the oven, then go wild creating and customising with the variety of tools and moulds included. 

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  • Potato Head Movin Lips is an interactive talking toy, that’s fun and entertaining for kids as well as adults. Just attach his mouth and press the buttons, his lips synchronise to wacky songs and some funny phrases.

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GET YOUR FAMILY TIME GAME ON WITH A WIDE RANGE OF GAMES TO SUITS ALL AGES FROM HASBRO GAMING

 

  • Meet MONOPOLY – a self-made investment guru, who is here to celebrate women trailblazers in the first game where women make more than men. Instead of buying properties, players invest in groundbreaking inventions and innovations made possible by women throughout history. From inventions like WiFi to chocolate chip cookies to space station batteries, MS. MONOPOLY celebrates everything from scientific advancements to everyday accessories. In the MS. MONOPOLY game, women get a higher payout at the start of the game and more money when passing ‘Go’, but who you are is up to you!

 

  • Monopoly Fortnite – in this thrilling Fortnite inspired edition of the Monopoly game, players claim locations, battle opponents, and avoid the Storm to survive. The gameplay, design, and components of the board game include elements inspired by the video game including Fortnite locations and loot chest cards. Instead of Monopoly money, players earn Health Points (HP). Like in the Fortnite video game, the last player standing wins!

 

  • Make Monopoly Cheaters Edition board game a favourite go-to game for game nights and other fun get-togethers. Lean into those iconic (yet unspoken) Monopoly moments in which rules are bent, money is borrowed, and funny business is welcomed. Fake a die roll, steal some bills from the bank, and even skip out on rent. Complete a cheat to get a reward but fail a cheat and pay the consequences. The pretend handcuff unit that may leave players “chained” to the board is a fun addition to the game.

 

  • The Connect 4 Shots game combines the gameplay of the original Connect 4 game with fast-paced, competitive excitement. Two players at a time race to get four balls of their colour in a row to win. Kids can also practice solo to prepare for a future Connect 4 Shots matchup.

 

If you’re looking for stocking filler ideas:

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The Monopoly Deal Card Game is all the fun of the Monopoly game in a quick-playing card game. It comes with 110 cards including Property Cards, Rent Cards, House and Hotel Cards, and Wild Property Cards and ideal for on-the-go fun.

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Have a blast with Play-Doh Colour Burst, it’s the classic non-toxic Play-Doh compound with an innovative way to mix and play. Use the roller or your hands to squish and blend the two colours together for a cool marbling and blending effect and watch the colours swirl and change before your eyes.

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Blast into big fun with the Nerf Microshots Fortnite series of collectible, mini-sized Nerf toy blasters. Blasters in this assortment include replicas of the FORTNITE TS blaster, FORTNITE RL blaster and FORTNITE Llama blaster, inspired by the iconic purple pinata loot box used in the popular video game.

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Look out for the Lost Kitties Mice Mania milk carton singles, which comes with a mouse or kitty figure, meme stickers, two hidden accessories and a collector’s sheet. Store the compound in the resealable carton so you can keep discovering over and over again.

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Kids can image new adventures with their favourite rescue birds-in-training with the Top Wing Single Figure Assortment. Each poseable 7-cm figure is ready for action with five points of articulation and includes a snap-on ‘wings’ badge that kids can wear (figures sold separately).

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The 15-cm Power Rangers Beast Morphers figures feature multiple points of articulation and design. With the included Morph-X key, kids can imagine unlocking hero powers in the Beast-X Morpher toy (sold separately).

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The Marvel Figures assortment includes classic Marvel design. With these action figures kids can create scenes from the Marvel Universe or imagine their own incredible adventures. This assortment includes Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor.

Hasbro products are available from leading retailers including:  Takealot.com, Makro, Toys R Us, ToyZone, Toy Kingdom, Game and Checkers.

Hope this helps you find some Christmas gifts and stocking filler ideas!

Have you bought your gifts and stocking fillers yet? Or are you on my bandwagon…I haven’t bought anything yet *yikes*

Spirited Mama

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**Disclaimer: We were gifted some stocking fillers from Hasbro. Images were supplied too. 

 

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Go on a “DATE” with your kid(s) at Bounce Play Dates

BOUNCE is an indoor trampoline park that promotes fun and adventure in a healthy, safe environment. The BOUNCE team is committed to inspiring movement, creative expression and human connection where children of all ages can come and BOUNCE and have fun. Each BOUNCE trampoline venue is an adrenaline playground comprising around 3000 square meters of interconnected indoor trampolines, adventure features, padding and airbags.

What is Bounce Play Dates?

Unlimited jump time for Junior Jumpers (children under 125cm in height) anytime between 9am-12pm, Tuesdays-Thursdays, during the public-school terms. Children will have access to trampolines as well as a brand-new, fully equipped soft play area designed to engage all the senses.

Play Dates is for ‘walking age’ kids developing early stage movement skills in balance, coordination and agility. Play Date participants are preschoolers who are learning the fundamentals of physical, social and emotional skills, on the way to becoming the freestylers of tomorrow. BOUNCE is a safe and multi-sensory environment for kids to harness balance, coordination, strength and agility in a way that focuses on fun, creativity and self-expression.

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Bounce Play Dates and busy schedules

I feel like I’m BUSY all the time. I have to find creative ways to ensure that my kids get the very much needed physical exercise/outlets for their energy. Why do kids have SO much energy? Imagine all the things I could do if I had just a quarter of THAT energy. Bounce Play Dates is the perfect solution as Noah can jump freely without me having to worry about older kids around him.

Daily movement is important for all areas of development including fine motor and gross motor skill development; social and emotional development and even speech and language development.

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• An active child will also develop good muscle tone which helps them to sit upright at the table or on the carpets without slouching or moving around. “If a child tires easily because their muscles can’t keep them up against gravity this will have an impact on their concentration and fine motor skills,” says Tarryn Rutenburg, Occupational therapist and co-owner of Talk Sense Early Intervention Therapy Centre in Bryanston.

• “Eye-hand coordination such as throwing and catching objects or kicking a ball is
important for copying from the board and reading and writing. Coordination between the two sides of the body, such as when you BOUNCE on a trampoline, also improves communication between the two sides of the brain which is essential for learning to read,” she adds.

BOUNCE is a safe and multi-sensory environment for kids to harness balance, coordination, strength and agility in a way that focuses on fun, creativity and self-expression.

 

BOUNCE encourages parents and caregivers to jump too, because jumping on a trampoline has the same physical benefits for adults, and it’s one of the only muscle strengthening and cardio-based activities in one.
This means that parents can get in a good workout too! Also, bouncing together encourages bonding and good old’ fashioned quality time between parents and their kids. It’s so much fun, you can’t help but smile when you BOUNCE!

The benefits of visiting BOUNCE:

• It encourages a sense of belonging
• It helps children build confidence by challenging themselves
• They learn valuable skills and body awareness which comes in handy at school and
with other sports
• It boosts fitness levels in a fun, non-threatening way
• It helps to develop fundamental movement skills
• It offers the freedom to have fun and play!
• It helps children feel happy- exercise offers a natural endorphin high
• It helps to build neural pathways and help children think.
BOUNCE is proud to introduce Bounce Play Dates for little ones!

Bounce Play Date: the cost:
R145 per ticket with the parent/guardian able to jump too. this also allows a flexible check-in time where you don’t have to book on the hour. The ticket does exclude official BOUNCE grip socks which you can purchase at check-in for R30.00

Venue: Bounce Waterfall Lifestyle Centre only
Booking details: Book your spot online at www.bounceinc.co.za or call 011 517 2500 for more information.

Go on a Bounce Play date with your kid(s)!

Spirited Mama

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The Largest LEGO® Activation on the Continent created for KidsCon Africa

The Largest LEGO® Activation on the Continent created for KidsCon Africa

Reed Exhibitions and ReedPOP officially announce the LARGEST LEGO® event in Africa, to be held at KidsCon 2019 co-located with Comic Con Africa from the 21st to the 24th of September at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

In partnership with KidsCon, the first family friendly and completely kids focused convention in South Africa, LEGO® are expected to WOW visitors with tons of thousands of bricks, bringing every LEGO® fans dream to life.

Families will be immersed into a world of exploration, creativity and imagination by taking part in the LEGO® games, builds and activations at KidsCon over all four days. Get together with Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia, Stephanie and the diverse world of LEGO® friends and be transported into a world of your own making.

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Can you imagine all the things you’ll be able to create from the pieces found in the gigantic LEGO® pits? You don’t need 40 billion LEGO® bricks to reach the moon, you can build a world of fun and excitement at KidsCon, all you need is a bit of imagination.

Besides being able to find the hottest Marvel, DC, Star Wars and other models on display, you’ll be able to win big by simply participating and having fun with an opportunity to win 1000’s of rand worth of prizes. And if you’re up for a challenge, test your brain with LEGO® Robotics or put your fast fingers up against your friends to see who’s the fastest builder among you.

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“KidsCon is going to be a world of wonder for kids and families alike. The addition of the largest LEGO® activation on the African continent, shows that KidsCon means business, but that’s not all, there are many more announcements to come” says Carol Weaving, Managing Director at Reed Exhibitions.

With less than a month to go, make sure you buy your tickets from Computicket so you don’t miss out on any of the excitement or fantastic prizes up for grabs with LEGO® at KidsCon. Book your tickets now for KidsCon Africa 2019 by visiting the Computicket website: https://tickets.computicket.com/event/comic_con_africa_2019/7062267

or via Comic Con Africa website: http://bit.ly/CCA_KidsCon

Follow www.facebook.com/kidsconafrica for many more exciting announcements.

I know that Joshua is ready to kick my butt at LEGO challenges!

Will you be at KidsCon 2019?

Spirited Mama

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** All images were supplied.

 

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Everyone is busy. We would all like more time during the day. We are fortunate that I work half day. By the time school is done, I’m outside that door waiting to collect my kids. I just can’t see it working any other way. On a normal day, homework is done by 4pm and by 5pm dinner is halfway ready if not done. The kids are running around and just playing, unless they’re at each other’s throats or just in each other’s space. read sibling rivalry.

I don’t know how parents, who work a full 8/9 hour shift each day, manage everything. It’s extra murals/homework/projects/cook dinner/eat dinner/bath/sleep… I take my hat off to you. We tried this but sadly it didn’t work for us. We just made it work, as best we could!

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Joshua needs to be reminded and reminded and reminded that it’s time to study. Although, he is a fast learner also, he needs some solid practice sessions.

I draw up rosters/study timetables so that we have some sort of study routine. For now, I think 30 minute sessions works best. It’s just long enough to keep him focused and before he gets agitated and bored with sitting with his books, he is ready to take a break. I prefer that we have shorter study periods over long sessions trying to cram information into a 9 year old brain. But this is also tricky as with frequent breaks you need to get that 9 year old brain to focus again…

It’s quite interesting to see what they have covered in their syllabus thus far. On the one hand it’s great knowing that he is comfortable and familiar with the curriculum. On the other hand, it’s making me anxious when I see the term worksheets, Worksheet Cloud, and my child says, “we haven’t done that” OMG! is this where I email the teacher and ask for her curriculum plan?

Worksheet Cloud helps to cut the study time

As parents, Dude and I, are notorious for challenging the school and school system. We don’t follow the pack. We question. We suggest. We inform. We check on them. My kids are the future generation and I’m not going to stand by idle and waste a pretty awesome young mind. Worksheet Cloud has your back. All worksheets for grades 1 – 9 based on the South African CAPS curriculum system now in one place. A learner, your child, can choose to work online or just use the printable worksheet. The best part is that the learner can work at his/her OWN pace. And, they can toggle between subjects as they choose. Learners can go back and review their tests. They also receive an explanation in the case of an incorrect answer! It’s like having the teacher there WITH your child.

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Joshua sees it as a game. And at this stage is very eager to “play” his game to earn some coins. Be warned, the kids might go bonkers wanting to earns reward coins 🙂  It’s a perfect add on to help revise for cycle tests but more importantly help you help your child to study for the Exams.

What I like is the “Parent Login” option so that you can track your child’s progress and see where he/she might need some extra help. 

No more setting mock tests as you will find all the tests and exam prep already done for you. You can literally grab a cup of coffee and “watch” your child study with printable and interactive practice tests and exams.

Now that we are in Term 3, we are trying to gear up for the final Exam too. Why not try Worksheet Cloud to help you help your child to study better?

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Happy studying!

Spirited Mama

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STORY BOOK THEATRE – Classic fairytales all in one family fun show

A FEAST OF TALES FROM THIS YEAR’S MAGICAL STORY BOOK

 

“Story telling has a magic about it that entrances and enthrals. It has the ability to grab the attention of any audience, young and old.  This show is about books and reading.

One of the most beloved children’s theatres, Peoples Theatre, proudly presents another series of timeless tales, Rumpelstiltskin, The Emperors New Clothes and so many more, in this year’s magical production of Story Book Theatre on stage from Monday, 2nd – Sunday 29th September.

Children will fall in love with their favourite bookshelf classics all over again when they experience the enchanted world of books, which dynamic duo Jill Girard and Keith Smith creatively bring to stage.

“Our aim has always been to share the wonder of books and reading with children. To bring life back to all the most dearly loved stories and give children something memorable to carry with them after the curtain falls,” says Girard.

The Story Book Theatre series has always been extremely popular and in past years has seen sold out performances. In 2019 it’ll be no different. With great fairy tales the likes of Honest Woodcutter, Little Red Riding Hood, Brave Roaster, Tinder Box, The Princess and the Pea and Hansel and Gretel. all taking centre stage, the only thing left is a superb cast to perform them – together with the audience who become an integral and interactive part of the show.

This is exactly what the young audiences will get with the skills of actors like Nonhlanhla Mkhonto, Joelle Rochecouste , Luciano Zuppa, Katlego Nche and introducing  Raymond Skinner. All  professional performers are highly proficient in musical theatre and have appeared in numerous Peoples Theatre shows previously.

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The cast will bring this year’s Story Book Theatre classics alive through the use of engaging narration, music, movement, puppetry and, of course, exciting audience interaction.

“By involving the young audience we can trigger their imaginations and give back to them an unforgettable and magical theatre experience,” Smith says.

And what unforgettable children’s musical theatre production would be complete without contemporary child-friendly music, which is what musical director Dale Scheepers has provided in his kaleidoscope of toe-tapping renditions of popular hit songs.

Providing the colour and breathing vibrant life into the stories is the stunning set design by Grant Knottenbelt and glorious fun costumes by Merry Whillier.

 Story Book Theatre is aimed for young audiences, generally between 3 – 10 years, and is one event Johannesburg’s youngsters should not be missing this spring.

“Need a little magic? all you have to do is open a book”

Story Book Theatre runs at Peoples Theatre at the Joburg Theatre Complex from Sunday 8th September – Sunday 29th September (Previews take place from 2nd September).

Performance times are Mondays to Friday at 9am and 11amSaturdays at 10:30am and 2.30pm as well as all Sundays and Public Holidays.

Ticket prices are R140 for general public or R100 for members of the Peoples Theatre kids Club (You can become a member for R120 membership fee – contact Peoples Theatre on 011 403 1563/ 2340 for more information).

To book tickets call Sean or Beth  on 011 403 1563 / 2340 or email the theatre at info@peoplestheatre.co.za.

For more information visit www.peoplestheatre.co.za

Special school performances are available at R80 per learner plus for every 20 learners there is one complimentary ticket per educator – extra educators R80 each and all other accompanying adults are R100 each. For more information and to make these bookings, contact the Peoples Theatre directly on 011 403 1563 / 2340.

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What’s your favourite fairytale?

Spirited Mama

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KidsCon, a first at Comic Con Africa 2019

KidsCon is designed by Kids for Kids

So I know of some adults folk who look forward to Comic Con but here’s a major bonus for families. Comic Con Africa 2019 welcomes the youngest member of the family to its spectacular four day offering, KidsCon! Get Ready for the most exciting family-friendly, kids-oriented convention! It’s the first, entirely Kid focused convention in Africa. KidsCon is taking the term ‘fun and games’ to the next level by empowering kids to be expressive and embrace their individuality.

KidsCon, 21 – 24 September 2019, Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Four days of interaction geared to celebrate and inspire all kids to embrace the superhero within but not forgetting those who are older, but still kids at heart. Edutainment seamlessly bring learning, playing and creativity together under one roof.

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To make sure that the kids rule the playground, KidsCon is designed by Kids for Kids, which is why the KidsCon Board of Little Experts was established. A board of 14 diverse children (ages 5 to 10), the KidsCon experts, shared their insights on various trends and products. Their input was used to create an unforgettable, dynamic and modern experience that’ll have parents itching to join in on the fun.

What to look forward to at KidsCon

Children attending the festival will be stimulated as they engage with different interactive areas. Their creative flair will be sparked by the BIC Artist Corner then their imagination will surely run wild as they create new worlds while immersed in the Play-Doh Creations space. Visitors can also team up and face-off as they show off their blasting skills in the Hasbro Nerf Zone, and experience the Nerf Fornite blaster range, or play it safe by challenging mom to a game of Monopoly or taking a photo with dad at the Nintendo selfie wall and win wonderful prizes.

Visitors are in for a number of treats like meeting some of their favourite characters e.g. Mario Karts’ Mario and Luigi, your favourite My Little Pony and many more. Other activities include building a RC Car with Nintendo Labo, competing at the Transformers Speed Station to see who takes home the prize for transforming a Transformer in the least amount of time and a chance to take a pic with Transformer Bumblebee.

Besides the Mario Kart and Ultimate Dance competitions., there are numerous other giveaways at KidsCon. Families can shop, learn and play to their hearts content while enjoying the ultimate kids experience. Hosting the best fashion, the newest merchandise, a digital universe, and a gaming corner is only the tip of the iceberg. The awe-inspiring exhibitors will keep the whole family on their toes and occupied for hours.

A world of wonder is coming soon. Join the first Kid focused festival from the 21st of September and be a part of the excitement of the first annual KidsCon.

A ticket to Comic Con Africa gives you access to the dedicated KidsCon Hall. Get your Comic Con Africa tickets now at http://bit.ly/CCA_KidsCon or www.computicket.co.za

Will you be attending KidsCon?

Spirited Mama

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