Did you think after my last post that you had lost me?! Nope, I just needed a little break, which we just had in McGregor (what a special place). I’m back home now, but tomorrow we go on a proper ten-day holiday, so there may not be much going on here, just so you know. Or, I may get struck with fresh inspiration and just write and write. We’ll see.
So what have I been up to in the past few weeks? It’s been cold and rainy and windy here in Cape Town – a ‘proper’ Cape winter, with rain we desperately need. But this does mean that the kids go a little cross-eyed crazy cooped up in the house. With this in mind, Toy Kingdom asked us to come instore and experience all the fun interactive activities they have available during the school holidays, far away from any screens of any sort. They also wanted us to celebrate Dads as we did it, seeing that June is the month that we celebrate Fathers. This sounded like a great plan to me.
We got to the store at the V&A Waterfront and started off with face painting each other. You heard right, Gareth had to paint Ben and I had to paint Rachel’s face! After both of us swearing blind that we were absolutely the most unartistic people on the planet, I don’t think we did THAT badly. The fun part is that we couldn’t tell the kids what animals we were painting and they had to guess. Can you guess guys, can you?* (answers at the bottom of this post;).
Then it was time to play the biscuit game, where you balance a biscuit on your forehead and then have to get it down over your face and into your mouth – without using your hands. The trick is to wiggle your eyebrows and cheeks! Gareth was surprisingly talented at this game, and I’m trying to figure out if it’s the size of his nose or what. Anyway, here is the video (husband wants me to tell you that he had no idea he was sticking out his tongue while doing this!).
Bear in mind that we had to do all of this in front of some very amused parents, who were looking very entertained and even cheering us on at one point. The store was pretty full of parents actually, all just looking for a bit of timeout, because the kids’ area is enough to keep the little ones busy for a bit, if you need a break from shopping.
After that we had competitions to see who could build the highest Lego tower, followed by an egg & spoon race around the store! Rachel was hugely competitive and Ben got distracted looking at all the toys (obvs). Gareth had to slide down the big instore slide at the end and nearly pulled something in his back. Much hilarity ensued.
Finally it was time to build a bear together, which was a complete highlight. Ben chose the bear and Rachel chose the Superman outfit. They both helped stuff him and then each rubbed a heart and gave it wishes and kisses, and put it inside the bear, which they named SuperDad.
Then it was time to type up his name and birth date on his certificate and SuperDad was officially ours! They have been obsessed with this bear, sharing it (and fighting over it) and generally it has gone everywhere with us. It even comes in the car and gets its own seatbelt (safety first).
So thank you Toy Kingdom for giving us something a bit different to do, and enabling us to celebrate the great role their Dad plays in their lives and all the fun that he adds, plus helping us create wonderful memories. As Ben said to me: “It’s not a toy store Mommy, it’s a toy KINGDOM” – a place thats filled with magic and fun.
I hope you all have wonderful school holidays, whether you’re going away or not. Hopefully it means fewer rushed mornings and a bit more quality time together.
See you on the other side!
*Answers to face painting puzzle: Rachel is a puppy and Ben is a panda (not a vampire)*