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Exciting day trips for the whole family near Johannesburg
Exciting day trips for the whole family near Johannesburg

Our nursery school in Craighall, Johannesburg, has listed some of the exciting day trips in and around Johannesburg that are ideal for the whole family:

  • Yeesh! For kids

Yeesh Activities in Woodmead, Johannesburg, offers a variety of activities from kids aged 4 – 12 years old as well as a mini version of their play activities for under four-year olds. There are two giant structures with everything from jumping castles and slides to trampolines and soft play activities. All the areas are supervised so that parents can chill out and enjoy the coffee bar and free Wi-Fi. Find out more about Yeesh!

  • Johannesburg Planetarium

You can take the kids to see a space travel show and learn more about the sun, moon, planets, comets, meteors and stars at the Planetarium in Johannesburg.

  • The Lion Safari Park

The Lion Safari Park just outside of Randburg is a 600-hectare wilderness reserve that will let you and the kids get up close with amazing animals. Some of the animals that you can look forward to seeing include wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, zebras, gemsbok, giraffe, springbuck and more. You can also book a guided tour at the park.

  • Papachinos

Papachinos restaurants are scattered all around Gauteng and they are renowned for offering both kids and adults a great time. The restaurants have fantastic play areas and kiddies’ menus (as well as great food and a terrific ambiance for adults).

  • Sci-Bono science centre

The world-class science centre in Johannesburg’s city centre supports maths, science and technology education through a wide range of interesting and engaging activities for children.

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, educational day care and crèche environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care and holistic educational curriculum ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world in a safe and caring environment. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our playschool, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Travelling tips: Going on holiday with your new baby
Travelling tips: Going on holiday with your new baby

Planning on going away with your new baby? Our crèche in Hurlingham, Johannesburg, gives a few helpful hints and pointers:

  • Don’t jam-pack your schedule

Travelling with a baby happens at a much slower pace than travelling with your partner or another group of adults. To minimise stress, make sure you don’t have too many activities and a long check-list of to-dos and sightseeing events for each day. Space out activities so that you have time to enjoy each day without feeling too frazzled.

  • Delegate duties

As a new parent, you may want to take on all the chores yourself, but this can easily sap all your energy. Split packing, unpacking, cooking and cleaning duties among yourself and other travelling partners or older children to lighten your load.

  • Research your accommodation options

Some hotels offer discounted rates for children on meals and snacks, which can save you quite a bit of money over the course of your holiday. Also, call ahead of time to find out about supervised childcare and babysitting options, child-friendly facilities, televisions in the rooms and organised events for children.

  • Organise vaccinations ahead of time

Some neighbouring African countries and many foreign countries require certain vaccinations on children. Call your local travel agent and your doctor well in advance to plan for any vaccinations that may be needed.

  • Plan for visas and other documentation

Many new parents are surprised to learn that babies also require visas in certain countries and that the price thereof is the same as adults’. Besides visa, also make sure that you have other types of documentation such as a birth certificate, your marital status and related documents and adoption papers (if applicable) on hand for border control.

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, educational day care and crèche environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care and holistic educational curriculum ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world in a safe and caring environment. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our playschool, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Five fun family-friendly getaways for the Christmas holidays!
Five fun family-friendly getaways for the Christmas holidays!

The festive season is almost here and it’s time to plan your getaway! Travelling with kids needn’t be a challenge and when you visit a family-friendly resort, parents get a chance to sit back and relax while children are having fun. Here are some of the top family resorts in South Africa from our nursery school in Sandton:

  1. Umngazi River Bungalows and Spa: This Port St Johns resort is the top-rated family getaway according to TripAdvisor and it’s not difficult to see why. With a great beach, river and pool all in one spot, there’s plenty to keep you and the kids cool and relaxed. The beautiful scenery, spa and luxury accommodation is the ideal treat to enjoy while kids are kept entertained with a fun holiday programme.
  2. Dolphin Holiday Resort: Located in Ballito, this camping resort is family-run and relaxed. With a games room, plenty of outdoor activities and close enough to Ballito to enjoy all the festivities, this is a great break for kids and adults alike.
  3. Drakensberg Gardens Golf and Spa Resort: Emerge yourself in the peace and quiet of nature at this beautiful resort! Hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking and swimming are all on offer and there’s even babysitting facilities for parents with younger children.
  4. Riverside Sun Resort: If you don’t want to travel long distances with your children, the Vaal river is the perfect holiday spot for this time of year. This resort has lots of kid’s entertainment activities as well as a pool and great restaurants – and it’s just 40 minutes away from Johannesburg.
  5. Warmbaths: Also just a short drive from Johannesburg, this Bela Bela Forever Resort is a longstanding favourite for families around South Africa. With pools, tube rides and waterslides, your kids will be entertained for hours – while you relax and enjoy top spa treatments and the beautiful bushveld setting. With a hotel, self-catering accommodation and camping, you’ll be sure to have a great time without going out of budget.

Give your child the best start in life with our nursery school in Sandton, Johannesburg

At Doodlebugs Play School and Day Care Centre, we offer a safe, loving day care and nursery school environment in Sandton for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. To find out more about our daily routine or to visit our nursery school, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Healthy Halloween treats your kids will love
Healthy Halloween treats your kids will love

If you want your children to enjoy the fun of Halloween while avoiding the sugar rush, then these healthy but tasty treats researched by our nursery school near Hurlingham are the perfect choice!

  • Honey popcorn balls: Easy to make at home, these baked treats can be portioned out correctly to provide just enough natural sweetness to make them a real favourite. To give them a spooky twist, you can pretend they’re monster brains!
  • Popcorn bags: There are few snacks as delicious – and healthy as a bag of freshly popped popcorn. Rich in fibre and affordable to make, the neighbourhood kids will love them! Portion your popcorn out into individual brown paper bags decorated with a spooky ghost or monster for a Halloween touch.
  • Stickers: There’s nothing kids love more than collecting treasures, so giving out spooky, fun and pretty stickers is a great non-food treat to have on hand.
  • Baked pretzels: Some kids love savoury treats as much as sweet ones, so baked pretzels offer a healthy, salty treat alternative to sweets and chocolate.
  • Spooky pizza: Simply make or buy plain pizza bases and spread on your tomato base. Using strips of cheese, outline a spider’s web being careful to leave big enough gaps that the melted cheese doesn’t run too much. Bake and enjoy!
  • Dark chocolate: If you simply must have something sweet, choose dark chocolate rather than milk or white chocolate, as these are healthier and contain far less sugar.

Professional, loving day care for your child at our nursery school near Hurlingham

At Doodlebugs Play School and, we offer a safe, educational day care and nursery school environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Some essential playground safety tips for parents and kids
Some essential playground safety tips for parents and kids

Playgrounds are great spaces for children where they can burn off energy, invent games, play with friends and get some fresh air – but they do pose certain hazards too. Here is some advice from our play school in Sandton on keeping safe and sound in the playground.

  • Supervise, supervise, supervise: A parent or trusted adult should always be on hand to watch kids as they play. This will ensure that children use playground equipment properly, don’t get too rough, watch out for smaller children and keep kids away from potentially dangerous situations.
  • Playground surfaces: Concrete and tar playground surfaces should always be avoided as they are a significant injury risk. Preferred surfaces include rubber mats, wood chips, sand, grass and artificial lawn. The playground should be free of standing water, tripping hazards and dangerous materials like glass and wire.
  • Age-appropriate: Playground equipment should be grouped in separate areas for toddlers, pre-schoolers and school-aged children. Younger children playing on equipment meant for older children are at risk of injury, as the proportions and materials are designed with taller, stronger children in mind. Similarly, older children shouldn’t play on equipment meant for infants or toddlers, as they can get stuck easily or damage the equipment due to their bigger size.
  • Good behaviour: Children of all ages should be taught how to behave properly in a playground. Rules like watching out for younger children, not pushing or shoving on jungle gym equipment and leaving bikes, school bags and other potential tripping hazards away from equipment are some basic rules to learn.
  • Dress right: Remove any necklaces, drawstrings, scarves and other items that can easily get hooked on equipment. Choose clothes that allow your child to move freely and are allowed to get a bit dirty. Also, remember sunscreen even on cloudy days and a warm top if it looks like it might get cold.

Learning through fun at our safe, fully supervised play school in Sandton

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, educational play school, nursery school and day care environment in Sandton for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care centre ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

3 fun craft activities for you and your child
3 fun craft activities for you and your child

Whether it’s the weekend, school holidays or just a quiet afternoon, craft activities can be a great boredom-busting and bonding session for you and your kids! Here are some ideas from our nursery school near Hurlingham.

  1. Baking: Making gingerbread people, decorating cookies and cupcakes or making coconut ice is a crafting activity that’s fun and delicious as well as teaching your child a few useful life skills in the kitchen. It’s best to set up a table filled with icing and decorations to keep your kids busy while you manage the hot oven, but try get them involved in as many stages as you can – from fetching ingredients and helping to stir the bowl to licking off the spoon, of course!
  2. A work of art: This combines two of every toddler’s favourite things – bright colours and making a mess! Get a big roll of butcher’s paper and put it on the ground. Mix up edible paints using plain yogurt and food colouring, and let them run wild. Encourage them to try different colours and shapes to bring in some creativity. You can also put the paint in a squeeze bottle for easier use.
  3. Potato stamps: If you’re feeling creative, potato stamps are a cheap and fun way to help your kids express their creative side. They’re easy to make and you can make all sorts of fun shapes like hearts, stars, fish, leaves and smiley faces. Separate paints into different colours in separate trays (a good use for polystyrene trays) and lay out sheets of paper – then let the stamping begin!

Playtime meets learning at our safe, fully supervised nursery school near Hurlingham 

At Doodlebugs Play School, we offer a safe, educational play school, nursery school and day care environment near Hurlingham for your baby or children from 18 months to 4 years old. Fully supervised by our qualified, loving staff, our professional child care centre ensures that your little one will have fun, learn and explore the world while giving you complete peace of mind. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.