The animated show tells the tale of the studious Twilight Sparkle, and her pet dragon Spike, that gets sent off to Ponyville to do some research. There she quickly becomes friends with the ponies Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, and together they embark on all manner of adventures, with quite often their friendship being the thing that pulls them through!
It’s colourful, the characters cute, the stories a pleasure for both young and old, and quite frankly, I found myself rather enjoying watching the series first time around with Jess. (Less so the 300th time she watched it!)
Anyway, the good news is that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is finally back on our screens, landing in August courtesy of Nicktoons, which can be found at channel 308 on DSTV.
Related Link: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Oops. Found this folder of photos I completely forgot to post to the blog last year November, taken on one of our outings post Jess’ birthday party to Mondeor Garden Restaurant.
How do I know it was post-birthday? Well mainly because Jessica was totally rocking out in her brand new (and thoroughly awesome) Rainbow Dash swimming costume! :)
Oh, and we spotted our first Father Christmas statue in November as well (at Willowbridge Mall).
Can’t say I quite remember as to why we were both at Willowbridge in Durbanville and then Mondeor in Somerset West on the same day though!
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A pretty cool blogger drop arrived at my door yesterday, an early Christmas present in the form of three awesome toys for the girls from Hasbro. My Little Pony, Play-Doh, and Nerf – and you already know just how much Jess loves her My Little Pony ponies…
With the upcoming holidays and the festive season around the corner, parents face the challenge of finding the ideal gift to keep kids entertained while still imparting some essential skills and values in a fun environment.
With a range of suitable solutions, Hasbro has you covered – come holiday time, your kids will be smiling from ear to ear!
Enter the magical world of My Little Pony, where a whole world of pony friends wait, ready for fun and adventures. Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity and Pinkie Pie are all excited to discover the magic of friendship together. This festive season, the ponies continue to engage and inspire girls around the world. With entertainment, toys, publishing, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing to choose from; your little girl will have the chance to make these characters uniquely her own and create memorable experiences that will become a cherished part of her childhood. My Little Pony encourages girls to play together, teaching them important values based on sociability and sharing friendships. (My Little Pony on Facebook)
Being on holiday in summer means it’s time to head outdoors and get nerfed! Nerf works like a water blaster – but has the advantage that nothing gets soaked. The colourful toy blaster, which shoots soft foam darts, entices kids away from the TV or the PC and encourages them to play with each other by providing action-packed and safe fun, indoors and outdoors. An interactive Nerf experience promotes movement, healthy competition, skill and coordination in a social environment. (Nerf on Facebook)
Get creative with Play-Doh the perfect solution to keep kids occupied and better yet, they will learn something while playing. Engaging toddlers and young kids with sensory, open-ended activities, helps them prepare for the real world. These activities not only encourage development of basics such as fine motor skills, but can also provide ideal ways to practice and nurture critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Craft hundreds of different exciting creations with a range of fun Play-Doh playset tools and characters with activities that include colour-mixing, learning ABC’s, and bringing imagination to life.
This Festive season, Play-Doh launches their much anticipated playsets. Marvel Smashdown Hulk gives boys the opportunity to build enemies or shapes and then squish them with Hulk Smashdown before starting over. Girls on the other hand can look forward to going on a Frozen sled adventure with Disney Frozen’s Ana, changing her dress colours or creating a snowy sparkly Olaf with a special mould or making beautiful Play-Doh rainbow hair for Rainbow Dash with the My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Salon playset. (Play-Doh on Facebook)
For the board game lovers there are also a range of family fun options to consider.
Get ready for classic Monopoly play in a portable way with Monopoly Grab and Go. Monopoly Junior, the first Monopoly game for kids, where they earn money the fun way. Kids will learn how to pass Go, buy fun properties like an ice cream parlour, and collect rent while single banknotes keep the transactions fast and easy. Not forgetting the exciting new Monopoly Frozen edition as well as the Monopoly Here and Now World Edition that features Cape Town, the 80th anniversary edition and the soon to be launched Monopoly Cape Town edition (manufactured by Winning Moves under license from Hasbro). (Monopoly on Facebook)
Guess Who? Grab and Go challenges who is the champion guesser? Maybe it’s you in this portable version of the classic Guess Who? game! Every time you ask your opponent a yes or no question, the answer gets you closer to who’s on their Mystery Card. But you better watch out, because they’ll be asking you questions too.
Do you have what it takes to win The Game of Life game? You do it by choosing the life you want! Go to college, take the family path, have kids, or see what happens when unexpected twists change the game. Will you receive a fortune and lose it as quickly as you got it? Will you need a bank loan to pay a debt? Once everyone reaches the end of the game at retirement, everyone pays their debts and adds up their wealth. The player with the most money wins the game, so make sure it’s you!
There’s fun for all ages in the Family Edition of the popular TRIVIAL PURSUIT game! Roll the dice and rack your brain for the answers to questions in the category you land on. Match wits with your whole family with TRIVIAL PURSUIT Family Edition!
Reclusive millionaire Samuel Black’s been murdered in his mansion! With Clue Cluedo Classic Mystery Game (and the portable on the go version) it’s up to you to crack the case! Question everything to unravel the mystery. Who did it? Where? And with what weapon? Ransack the mansion for clues, ask cunning detective questions and leave no card unturned. Solve the murder first to win!
The fun block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA questions how you will stack up against the law of gravity? Add a twist of fun into any party or family night with Twister, the game that ties you up in knots. Taboo is the game of unspeakable fun. Use creative, carefully-worded clues to get your team to guess words fast. But don’t mention unmentionables, or you’ll get the squeaker and lose the point.
Hasbro is committed to creating the world’s best play experiences by putting kids first in everything they do. From toys and games to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. Making your holiday shopping a lot easier this year.
Related Link: Hasbro
So somehow we’re already in July now. Which of course means that we are hurtling towards the end of the year, which in turn then means that we’re hurtling towards Jessica’s fifth birthday party this coming November!
Which completely reminds me – other than the post detailing my bad knee injury (but with a spectacular fall) on the day, I never actually got around to posting the few photos I hastily snapped on what was the perfect day for my perfect little girl.
So let’s rectify that then shall we?
The party was held at the fantastic Mondeor Restaurant in Somerset West (next to the new Cape Garden Centre) who kind of specialise in hosting kiddies parties.
Lots of our family and friends, and friends’ kids, joined us on a very My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic themed day, and thanks to the gorgeous sunny weather, everyone had an absolute ball.
(Jess was particularly proud of the fact that as far as she was concerned, she was dressed exactly as Rainbow Dash would be!)
The snacks and food were great, Chantelle’s two tier My Little Pony cake was a hit, and of course, the kid’s treats were spot on.
Naturally, loads of fun was had (and time spent) in the splash pool, and so as it is pretty plain to see by now – Jessica’s fourth birthday party was definitely a big hit on the day! :)
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Needless to say, Jessica was also pretty chuffed that her My Little Pony collection grew a little in the process…