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CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT AT SPLASHY (article first published : 2001-04-12)

Splashy Fen is renowned as being the "gentler music festival" and in keeping with the ethos of the festival as a family event, new improved children's facilities have been arranged to cater for young families during the festival which takes place from April 26 to 29 this year in Underberg.

An Arts and Craft Centre for Children will be run by the Durban North Oceanview Montessori School between 10h00 and 16h00. For a nominal fee children can be left there to make new friends and take part in some fun activities. Staffed by trained personnel, the centre will provide children with a range of activities from creative art with recycled goods and simple craft making, to drawing, colouring-in, and fun drama exercises.

The Centre will be close to the Marquee Stage where there will be amongst other things, entertainment for children during the day. This is in close proximity to the first aid caravan and medics for safety purposes, as well as the jumping castle.

As an extension to the services provided at the Children's Centre night care facilities will also be offered from 19h00 to 22h00 to allow parents to head off to watch the evening rock acts in the Marquee. Children will be given quieter activities to do and a selection of children's videos will be screened.

"By providing these extensive children's facilities, families can attend the festival and leave their children under reliable supervision with peace of mind that their kids will be having loads of fun while they are enjoying the music acts," says Janine Fokkens, one of the organisers of the Festival.

Entertainment this year includes the ever-popular Madcaps team and Mim and John Erasmus. Madcaps comprises Gisele Turner, Wendy Nell and Michael Gritten. They are performing two exciting shows for young Fenners: The Rain Woman and Other Stories, an exciting adventure in which two young friends outsmart the Fire Man and wake up the sleepy Rainwoman, and The Silver Stream. The latter is for older children and follows the journey of Lahliwe, the abandoned one, into the mountains to find and appease the spirit of water and so bring the river back to her community.

Mim and John Erasmus have been working as a duo for the last 15 years entertaining from the cradle to the grave. They are pleased to return to Splashy Fen with their full cast of puppets from the ever popular Suzy and Granny plus Christopher Crocodile and many more.

Tickets R208 booked through Computicket or R220 at the gate. Children under 12 do not pay an entrance fee into Splashy Fen.

Online bookings at http://www.computicket.com




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