Kapi-Mana News : March 20th 2012
14 KAPI-MANA NEWS, MARCH 20, 2012 PARENTING 37 0633 6A L Weve got the GOODS. . . Treadmills Exercycles Ellipticals Rowing machines + Heaps More All Fitness Gear from Te M āra @ Cornwalls Annual Hāngi Day Working Bee For more information please contact Charles Barrie on 027 430 1906 / 04 3838 293 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org John Poppleton on 027 430 1906 / 04 238 1641 Sat 24th March 10-4pm Te Māra @ Cornwall (down the drive at 28 Cornwall Cres. Cannons Creek) Te Māra @ Cornwall is a garden for all people, a garden for learning, playing, resting and celebrating, but the garden needs your help! Come along, meet Te Māra's community planning group and help us turn the dream into a reality. We can handle drizzle, but in the event of terrible weather the event will be postponed to Saturday 14th April 2012 4457797AA Service and Parts Department WoF Inspections Servicing & Repairs on all Makes & Models. Competitive Tyre price Valet Service available Courtesy Car Available (Booking required) s s s s s s s s s s s e OPEN Mon- Fri 7.30am-5pm The Megacentre, 2 Tutu Place, Porirua Phone: (04) 238 4670 I www.ebbett.co.nz Service Ph: Ian 238 4660 I Parts Ph: James 238 4662 4374937AA Ebbett Porirua 3 minutes walk to Kenepuru Station • Spraypainting •panelbeating WE ARE APPROVED REPAIRERS FOR THE MAJORITY OF INSURANCE COMPANIES PHONE 237 5898 www.autocrash.co.nz 45 KENEPURU DRIVE,PORIRUA 3559923AA Guest Room great for littlies TOP TIPS Eating out with littlies. Make sure you have plenty of wet wipes and take some snacky things with you in case said child/ren are fusspots -- Catriona. Note pad and pencils/crayons were always handy with my girls -- Beth Get takeaways! -- Amy I always explain beforehand what behaviour will be expected of them to masters 5 & 2.5, and what the consequences/ rewards will be if they behave. And I try and keep my expectations realistic and not take them to places where they won't be appreciated -- Lynsey Myboystakeacarortwoeach and drive them all over the table while we wait for the food to be served. You can lay out a track with cutlery and napkins -- Rebecca. TODDLER IN TOW KELLY ETEVENEAUX Agroup of friends and I recently decided to brave the traffic of the big city and attend one of the Southern Cross Bar s mornings for parents with our little ones, and boy were we glad we did. The Guest Room, which is separate from the main garden bar, is set aside for parents with babies and pre-schoolers to relax and enjoy a coffee and each other s company. The room is decorated in an eclectic mix of colours, fabrics and assorted comfortable seat- ing, with a bucket of toys in the centre just begging to be played with. I quickly nabbed a cosy armchair when I arrived -- 20 minutes early due to an irrational fear of finding a park in the city -- and was welcomed by Amy, a very friendly and easy going staff member. She soon explained to me that arriving first isn t a bad thing as it guarantees you will receive one of the coveted free neck and shoulder massages. I m sure any mum would understand my -- barely con- tained -- excitement at the thought of such a treat. Soon enough the massage therapist Suz of the magic hands arrived and the room started to fill with mums, babies in buggies and ener- getic pre-schoolers. Amy distributed cards to the first 10 or so mums which dictated the order each would receive their massage. Being first, I was quickly waved over to sit on the massage chair while Amy offered to watch Ollie. It was lovely knowing my baby was being looked after within the room while Suz worked her magic on my neck, shoulders and back. I was quite proud that I managed not to fall asleep. My friends and I all agreed it was a fun experience visiting The Southern Cross for the morning. It was just like a large coffee group, but we didn t have to worry about baking, making coffee or whether someone s little darling would spit up on our lounge suite. Also, none of my friends have ever offered me a neck massage when I ve visited their place. Families are welcome any time at The Southern Cross and they have toys and colour- ing activities available to entertain, as well as a kids menu. There are changing facilities in both the women s and men s toilets so you can still have the it s your turn to change them argument when there as a family. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays is when the guest room is available for parents with babies to relax, with Amy on hand to help out. And Suz is in to give neck and shoulder massages between 10am and 12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I m also told that it s a great place to go with the kids for brunch at the weekend as they have craft tables, colouring competitions, face painting and toys to keep the kids busy. So next time it s your turn to host the coffee group meet up just give them the address for the Southern Cross. 39 Abel Smith St, Wel- lington. thecross.co.nz For more information on child friendly cafes, activities and events in our region see todd- lerintow.co.nz Create an autumn artwork It is autumn already (yes, I too wonder how we managed to skip summer), and soon the leaves will start changing colour and falling to the ground in gorgeous piles of rusts and reds. I was inspired to create this autumn artwork at a friend s wedding recently where a tree had been drawn on art for guests to sign with their fingerprints as a novel take on a guest book. I thought that it would be a great art activity to do with kids, particularly as a unique (what s more unique than your fingerprint?) gift for Mother s Day when framed. Yes mum, if you re reading this, you will be receiving one. I found all the materials at Pete s Emporium for less than $10. The little stamps came in sets of four co-ordinating colours. Bailey loved this art activity -- it was easy and effective. I think we will do trees for each season and frame them together.
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