By: Natasha Archary
We never know when Eskom will implement loadshedding, so it may just make life easier if South African’s braced themselves for future outages with indoor fun ideas.
Having no power during these icy cold fronts is more than an inconvenience and it can take a toll on family life?
This Friday on Kaya Drive with Sizwe Dhlomo, the team took things old school and played “Where in the world is Sizwe?”
A fun way to pass an hour on-air with listeners guessing where Siz was based on the descriptions he shared with everyone.
The game is one of the ways families can pass the time when loadshedding hits and the team thought it would be a good idea to share other indoor fun activities to bide your time until the power returns.
Take a listen to the fun that was had with “Where in the world in Sizwe?”:
Kaya Drive’s ideas for fun indoor activities during loadshedding
Kids need to let their imagination run wild, it’s part of the magic of youth and there’s this “don’t let your inner child go”, quip that comes to mind for moms and dads too. Whip out the blankets and sheets, grab every cushion, pillow and solar light you can find and get to work.
- Build a fort
Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to help your kids construct the most indestructible fort that’s ever existed. Defend your territory from the threat of invasion from the Eskom aliens that have catapulted your country into the dark. You catch my drift?
- Bonfire it up
If you have a patio area, garden or cool outdoor space you use to entertain or set up a braai, go ahead and start that fire. Toast marshmallows, get your dinner on the grill, grab the kids for a snuggle and spend this time sharing stories about the good ol’ days.
- Board games
I don’t know a family that doesn’t get competitive during a game of monopoly, 30 secs or scrabble. It’s old school but it can be loads of fun. Set the stakes high by giving everyone something worthy to play for. It doesn’t have to be monetary at all because we’re not about teaching kids about gambling. It can be as simple yet effective as, whoever wins gets off all chore duties for a week. Not watch things turn interesting.
- Family concert
Ah man, your childhood was LIT if you put together an entire stage performance for the entire family. Comedy, talent shows, magic shows, circus acrobatics, singing contests or full-on drama productions and plays, guys the sky is the limit with this one. It’s so much fun and if you let go of your inner control freak and allow the kids a silk blouse to use as a cape, you can watch them bring to life their innocent little dreams.
If load shedding hits at night then this is the perfect time to spread a blanket out on the lawn and point out the patterns in the starry sky. Granted we don’t have the best views of the stars in the city but stargazing is such a relaxing time. That and it can actually be educational. Provided you know a thing or two about constellations and nebula zones. See two birds.
South African’s are known to be resilient and find the humour in any and every dire situation. Many challenges have come at us and we’ve dodged them all like we’re extras in the Matrix. Loadshedding is no match for us.