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Welcome back to my
September Issue!

We are proud to announce that Tasja White (our Best Buddies Principal) is now affiliated with Time2gether and Mignon Duvenhage, the group facilitator.

So, what is Time2gether?

Time2gether is an activity group for babies, toddlers, and young children, with their parents, in Cape Town – Hout Bay. Time2gether hosts weekly activity groups for parents and children aged 3 to 6months, 6 to 12 months, 1 to 2 years and 2 to 4 years. Sessions include music, movement as well as fun, creative activities suited for the whole family.

Time2gether’s age-appropriate programmes are designed to stimulate your child’s gross & fine motor skills, as well as perceptual & social-emotional development.

Programs Offered:


Activities and exercises to help strengthen the bond between mommy and baby.


Share fun activities with balls, music, exercises, and language development.

1-2 years:

Enjoy tactile and creative play, development of gross and fine motor skills, and fun-filled music time.

2-4 years:

Prepare your toddler for play school by developing independence, confidence, and social skills.

Sessions include:

● Age-appropriate focus activities
● Creative activities
● Free play
● Movement
● Music
● Story time/Puppets

The Time2gether environment is safe and secure and allows babies and toddlers to learn with their mom’s uninterrupted, unconditional attention and love! This precious shared time is vital for feelings of security, confidence, independence, and self-esteem. Moms benefit too, as they meet and interact with other moms and make new friends whilst little ones play alongside peers and learn about social skills and norms.

A child’s early years of development is challenging. Time2gether aims to help you treasure this time with your little one by giving you support and encouragement through the first years of your baby/toddler’s life.

We have branches in HOUT BAY, PINELANDS and NOORDHOEK.

We can’t wait to welcome you into the Time2gether family!

Now for another easy, quick recipe idea:

On-The-Go Granola Bars


1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup crispy rice cereal, I used organic rice crispies
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips


These On-The-Go Granola Bars are a great healthy snack for toddlers + kids that are packaged and ready to pack into a school lunch, in a backpack for an after school snack or in your purse for a playdate treat.

Line a muffin tin with 12 tulip muffin liners (see notes below)

In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, rice cereal, chopped nuts and shredded coconut.

In a microwave safe bowl or cup, add in the peanut butter, agave nectar, coconut oil, vanilla and salt.

Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments until ingredients are just heated and can easily be whisked together.

Whisk until creamy.

Pour peanut butter mixture into the oat mixture and stir until combined. Let sit until cool to touch. Add chocolate chips and stir until combined.

Scoop the granola mixture evenly into the muffin cups. Press down on each granola bar until firm.

Place the muffin tin in the fridge for 2 hours or more. This will make it easier to wrap the granola bars.

Take a granola bar with the wrapper and starting in one spot, fold over each section of the tulip muffin liner towards the center.

When the granola bar is completely wrapped you can use a sticker or a piece of washi tape to hold the liner together.

Place all of the wrapped granola bars into an air-tight container or plastic baggie into the fridge.

*Tulip Muffin Liners: you have to use the tulip shaped liners for this recipe, the standard muffin liners don’t have enough liner to be able to fold all the way to the center. You can get the tulip ones at any baking store or some grocery stores.

Thank you for joining me. I hope this was another informative, fun and healthy recipe idea as well as the introduction to our new venture called Time2gether!

Our Sponsors

Cape Town

Do you want to make a difference in your community, Do you know about our Best Buddies Educational Trust? Learn more about this fantastic initiative that will help an underprivileged child from our local community get 3 daily meals, and a great start to life. Click here to see more.

Lizl Zandberg

Lizl is our friendly Administration Assistant and helps in the Penguins Class. Without this wonderful Best Buddies team-member , daily tasks would become a challenge.

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Cubs Class

Ages: 3 months - 1 year

In the Cub Class your baby will be stimulated according to his /
her age and according to your preferred schedule. There will be
ample time for sleeping, socializing and exploring this new and
wonderful world your baby is still adapting to.

Our environment is secure, kept clean and sanitized throughout
and will provide your little one with the utmost comfort.

Activities offered

• Tummy time play
• Sensory bottles and sensory bags
• Textured hula-hoops
• Ball pit
• Educational Toys
• Story time
• Music ring


Non-Refundable registration fee of R400
Deposit equal to one month of R2000
Monthly fee of R2000

Parents to Supply

  • Nappies.
  • Formula & bottles if applicable.
  • 1x complete set of clean clothes

Bunnies Class

Ages: 2 -3 years

In the Bunnies Class we provide an emotionally supportive
environment to optimize your child’s full potential. We strongly
focus on each child’s physical, socio-emotional, cognitive and
motor development needs while strengthening their
independence and communication skills.

Activities offered

 Class lesson and art activity according to weekly theme
• Free play (Indoor & outdoor)
• Educational Toys
• Story time
• Music ring
• Extramural activities offered: Manners for Minors / Playball / Karate / Dancing


Non-Refundable registration fee of R400
Deposit equal to one month of R3500 / R2500
Monthly Fee of R3500 full day / R2500 half day.

Parents to Supply

A bottle with water/ juice/milk according to your child’s preference
Comfort toy if applicable.
1x complete set of clean clothes