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Fun at Blasters (2015-01-03) Photo Gallery 10 JAN 2015

Following a fantastic evening out in Greenpoint and Camps Bay, not to mention the wondrous experience of being able to sleep in late for a change on a Saturday morning, Chantelle and I eventually needed to make the trek through to Bellville to retrieve Jessica and Emily who had spent a fun night over at Oupa and Ouma’s house.

The plan was simple: let’s treat the kids by taking them out to somewhere they can stretch their legs and have a little bit of fun at the same time.

Now I’ve mentioned Funky Frogs before, but this time around we wanted to try out something new – Blasters, situated out at Cape Gate Décor Centre and a venue previously mentioned to us by friends on numerous occasions.

From their website (which isn’t very good mind you): BLASTERS is a new concept in Entertainment, creating a safe and secure environment for children and adults of all ages to relax and have fun. The main services we offer are:

  • Families with young children can come and enjoy a tasty meal from our restaurant or relax in our cigar lounge, while the children have a blast in our jungle gym under the supervision of our attendants.
  • Catch up with friends over a coffee while all the kids play safely together.
  • Parents can drop their children off for a couple of hours, giving them the opportunity to shop, visit the gym, attend to meetings/appointments, or simply take some time out.
  • Birthday Parties and private functions of any sort can be accommodated and themed to your requirements.

We found the place more or less easily enough (remember, it is at Cape Gate Décor Centre and not Cape Gate proper, i.e. where Tafelberg Meubels is situated), and after wandering into the top floor which is the restaurant/cigar lounge, we were ushered downstairs to the kids’ play area.

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It’s a bit of an interesting one really. Honestly, I felt the place came across as a bit “common”, the incessant rave “doef doef” music that blared driving that point home all to well, but on the other hand, the kids’ play area setup is simply amazing, with an incredible, spacious, and safe array of slides (so many to choose from!), climbing walls, gas guns, and all manner of kiddie obstacles available, making it near impossible for a small child not to have fun once they spot the hulking mass of plastic and padding taking up most of the room!

It’s not particularly expensive either mind you, R40 for 120 minutes is not bad, though I was a bit annoyed that I had to pay R30 for Emily even though we were quite clear that she is too young to play and would be sitting with us the whole time (which she did). The kids are outfitted with electronic tags which makes exiting the building without sounding an alarm impossible – a nice touch by Blasters I thought.

Whilst Jessica got to the all important business of playing (in fact, Chantelle joined in, evening going down one of the slides with her!), I ordered some coffee and a pizza for us, and in the end I have to say, the food was delicious, the coffee good, and the waiters very keen and friendly with the kids. (Sadly, the childminders on the day didn’t impress me quite so much though).

Fix the music, make the kids’ area look a little less industrial and I think you’ve probably got a winner on your hands in terms of a kid friendly venue. That said, it doesn’t really matter what I say – after all, Jessica had an absolute ball, and that is what really counts at the end of the day! :)

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Manning the Stall, the Avengers and the Hillcrest Berry Orchards My Life 12 MAY 2012

Wow, for a change I got to pretty much spend the entirety of last weekend in Chantelle’s company, something which probably hasn’t happened in literally months! :)

After working from home on Friday (official office move was still in progress, meaning I was getting more done from here than what I could achieve over there), the evening was pretty much dominated by me rolling up my sleeves and getting stuck in with helping Chantelle finish off all the preparations for the Willowbridge Market the next day.

Saturday kicked off like most market Saturdays, with Chantelle bolting out in the wee early hours of the morning, leaving me to take care of Jess until early afternoon before joining up with the family in Bellville, though this one took a sharp twist as instead of taking Jessie with to visit mommy at her stall as per usual, I dropped her off in the capable hands of Rob and Monty and headed out solo to the market, where I joined up with Cheryl and Chantelle in their stall, muscling my way to the front before donning my gleaming salesman demeanour as I worked the available foot traffic and in the process, managed to net quite a number of sales as well as the incredulous stares from a rather astonished pair of Chantelle and her mom!

After closing up shop following a now rather successful market, next on the weekend stop list was a spot of shopping at Ackermans in Tygervalley in the hopes of finding some replacement pyjamas and long sleeve tops for Jessie, following the accidental permanent disposal of some of her clothes by Rob the previous week.

As it turned out Ackermans once again didn’t let us down, meaning that the next item on the agenda was to drop Jessica off back with her Ouma and Oupa and Chantelle and I prepared to head out to meet up with the posse Evan had managed to round up in order to catch the awesome Avengers movie at Cape Gate.

A quick round of McDonald’s before the start (well, he had the group of 12 assembled an hour before the screening just to be safe!), and after a lengthy queue to grab some popcorn and drinks, it was into the cinema where we proceeded to all marvel at the fantastic Joss Whedon spectacular that is the Avengers movie (in 3D!).

Jaw-droppingly satisfying comic book action film is perhaps the only way I can explain it – truly Avengers cannot be criticised on any level, bringing with it an intensely enjoyable mix of fine actors, awesome visuals, action, humour and a great story. (To be quite frank, I haven’t stopped gushing about the film and it has been a week now!)

Being parents now for the most of us meant no hanging around to chat after the group filed out of the cinema, but it did mean that Chantelle and I got a good night’s sleep in, unexpected and rather pleasing considering that two weeks ago Jessica had made it almost impossible to sleep with whatever was paining her so on the night!

Refreshed, we tackled Sunday morning by getting stuck in to the packing up adventure, before heading out in convoy (Chantelle was driving her Dad’s car, Monty and Cheryl were in the Tucson, Mom and Dad were in their Lexus SUV and I of course was in the Getz), winding our way out into the Cape Winelands region, targeting the interesting sounding Babylonstoren Farm for an afternoon out and about.

Of course, we should have picked up something fishy when GPS revealed a POI named Backsberg/Babylonstoren, as it first lead us to Backsberg wine estate, before allowing us to reach a closed due to over capacity Babylonstoren farm. Not wanting to waste time by sitting around and doing nothing, the Lotter/Montgomery convoy opted to continue the journey out to Pniel, targeting the always fabulous Hillcrest Berry Orchard, where in the end we feasted on some of the most delectable scones, cream and jam you’ll find anywhere in the Cape!

After an enjoyable kuier, it was time to part ways, meaning a trip back to Gordon’s Bay for Chantelle, Jessie and I, which really brings me to the end of this little weekend update post.

Nifty.