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Marbella Family Fun Weekly Newsletter -- July 13, 2012
July 13, 2012

Marbella Family Fun update - Friday July 13, 2012

* English movie listings

This is the listing for movies that are playing in Marbella and on the Costa del Sol in English from Friday July 13th until Thursday July 19th.

Cines Gran Marbella Puerto Banus
Ice Age 4
The Amazing Spiderman 3D

Fuengirola Cinesur Miramar:
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Ice Age 4
The Amazing Spiderman 3D
The Amazing Spiderman 2D

Plaza Mayor Malaga:
The Amazing Spiderman 3D
The Amazing Spiderman 2D
Ice Age 4
Men in Black 3 – 2D
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Avengers 2D
Coming Soon… The Dark Knight Rises

Click here to find movie times and locations...

* Calpe Summer School

Calpe Summer School is accepting boys and girls aged 3 to 11 every Monday to Friday, 10am – 2pm, until 27th of July. Kids love the themed weeks, which provide a unique and dynamic learning experience through creative, refreshing activities. Calpe summer school also is happy to accommodate kids by the day, so if you don't want to commit to a whole week, you will want to take advantage of this flexibility. Click here to read more...

TIP: Check out their summer school blog to see what they’ve been up to so far!

* The Dolphin Safari in Gibraltar

The weather is fantastic for a trip to Gibraltar and a visit to the dolphins with the Original Dolphin Safari. Our family and friends have been on this tour and we all loved it. This is a fantastic opportunity to see dolphins in their natural habitat (literally hundreds of them!), ride a boat through the Strait of Gibraltar and get some fab photos of the Rock.

Visiting the dolphins is truly an amazing experience and something you don't want to miss during your trip to the Costa del Sol. Click here to read more…

TIP: Combine this trip with a tour of Gibraltar to see the Barbary Apes, stroll through caves and get loads of shopping done.

* Duck n Dive Swim School

One thing that is an absolute MUST when raising children is teaching them how to swim. Spending your holidays near a pool is far too dangerous and learning how to float, swim or simply get yourself to the edge of the pool in case you fall is a basic survival skill we should all have.

Duck n Dive swim school offers both private and group swimming classes for kids and adults. All of their teachers are STA (Swimming Teacher's Association) trained and all qualifications are up to date. Private lessons may be arranged in your own pool or in one of theirs. Click here to read more...

* George Benson in concert

Soul legend George Benson returns to Marbella for one night only with a concert at Parque de la Constitucion in Marbella on Saturday July 14th. This soul legend is playing some of his most popular songs live including "On Broadway", "Give Me The Night" "Never Give Up On A Good Thing" and many more.

The concert takes place at the Auditorio de Marbella. La Cantera. Prices: General seating: (includes access to the Starlite Lounge): €60 - €110, plus booking fees. At the Auditorium ticket booth: €70 - €120. Click here to read more…

TIP: If you miss this concert, try making it to some of the other concerts offered at the Starlite Festival.

* The Multisports Club

The Multisports Club is now offering a fun football club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings so that kids can take advantage of the cooler hours of the day. Drop the kids off from 6.30 - 8pm (10- 13yrs) on Thursdays and 6.30-8pm ( 7-9 yrs) on Tuesdays. Click here to read more…

* Kitchen cabinet makers

One of our readers is looking for some recommendations and asks, ”Could anyone tell me they know any suppliers of kitchen cabinets. I am reforming a home and need a complete set of cabinets. I prefer solid wood and would be grateful for any help.”

We have a couple of nice recommendations, so take a look if you are also reforming your kitchen. Or, feel free to post your suggestions on this page too. Click here to read more...

* Virgen del Carmen festival

Towns along the coast will be holding celebrations in honor of the Patron Saint of fishermen and the sea, the Virgen del Carmen. The official day is July 16, but celebrations are often held before and after the day. The main event is a procession, which in many coastal towns takes the image of the Virgin out to sea on a boat. Locals bring carnations and throw them on the Virgin del Carmen before the boat is taken into the sea. Click here to read more…

* Roger Hodgson in concert

Roger Hodgson, the voice behind Supertramp, is playing next week for one night only at Parque de la Constitucion as part of the Starlite Festival Marbella. Tickets are on sale now at El Corte Ingles and ticketmaster. Click here to read more…

* Marbella Magic Festival

The 2012 Marbemagia Festival will be held between July 17 and August 26 in different parts of the city. This is the second edition of a festival that began a couple of years ago to show the citizens of Marbella different magic tricks. The program is completely free to the public both young and old. A total of 10 magicians from all over Spain will participate in the festival, which has expanded its framework for action and will be shown in five different points of the city, starting at 21.30.

The first event takes place on 17 July: Plaza de Istán de San Pedro Alcántara. Click here to read more…

* Bryan Ferry in concert

Bryan Ferry, one of the most iconic and innovative singers and lyricists to emerge in popular music, will be performing at the Puente Romano on 20 July. This live show will be packed with classics from his Roxy Music days in the early 70s and his enduring solo career which has spanned five decades. Tickets are on sale now at El Corte Ingles, or call: +34 952 820 900 or +34 665 076 949. Click here to read more…

TIP: Concerts held at the Puento Romano Hotel tennis club are very intimate and popular, so order your tickets in advance if you are interested in going.

* Marbella grafitti workshop

Workshops in the art of graffiti for children aged 8 – 18 are being held on the July 14 - 15th July, 21st - 22nd July as well as on the following weekend 28th - 29th July. If your kids want to learn a fun way to express themselves through art then don't hesitate. Click here to read more…

* Virgen del Carmen festivities in Las Chapas

Las Chapas is celebrating the Virgin del Carmen holiday with a mass on Friday July 13 at 7pm - Mass at Puerto de Cabopino with a procession, immerse the Virgen del Carmen and water blessing to follow.

Saturday July 14 at 8:00am - Rosario de la Aurora celebration. Churros with chocolate.

July 14 at 8:00pm - Mass and Virgen del Carmen procession. Click here to read more…

TIP: What is the Festival del Virgen del Carmen?

* Marbella restaurants

Looking for a good place to eat in Marbella and not sure where to go? We’ve got a list of our favorite family friendly restaurants that you should take a look at before you hit the town. We have tried all of them and given detailed reviews for you to read to see if it is right for your family.

If you have a favorite family restaurant, tell us about it. We love to hear about new places and are always willing to give them a go. Click here to read more…

* Marbella half marathon

The Marbella half marathon is held this year on September 30. Registration is now open, so sign up if you're interested. 1,500 spots available. Click here to read more…

* Kids yoga summer class

My kids have been attending fantastic yoga classes all week with Carola Polo in Aloha (near Puerto Banus). Carola is a professional yoga instructor with loads of experience. Boys and girls aged 9+ are welcome to join us on Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. If you are interested, contact us at or call Carola directly on 670 729 222. Click here to read more (Scroll down to July 9)…

* Train travel pass in Spain

Renfe, the national railway system, is offering a Spain Pass that allows non-residents in Spain to travel around the country. This pass is active for 6 months as from the date of issue and is valid for 1 month as from the date on which it is first validated for a journey. Click here to read more…

* Sunday shopping hours

Keep in mind that La Cañada, Marina Banus and El Corte Ingles shopping centers are now open everyday until September 9th. Stores are usually closed on Sundays in Spain, which makes things difficult, particularly if you arrive for your holiday on a Saturday evening or Sunday morning. Click here to read more…

TIP: PLEASE, keep a tight hold of your handbags (like, don’t let them hang on your strollers). Summer season is pick-pocketing season and these people are very quick.

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Thank you... and see you next Friday.
Zoriana - Marbella Family Fun

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