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Marbella Family Fun Weekly Newsletter -- April 27, 2012
April 27, 2012

Marbella Family Fun update - Friday April 27, 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 April 27th until Thursday May 3rd.

Cines Gran Marbella Puerto Banus
The Lorax
The Avengers
My Week with Marilyn

Fuengirola Cinesur Miramar:
The Avengers
The Hunger Games
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Plaza Mayor Malaga:
The Avengers
The Hunger Games
The Avengers 3D
Titanic 3D

Click here to find movie times and locations...

TIP: Because of the Labor Day weekend, some cinemas are playing matinees on Tuesday.

* Route 66 new American diner

If you’re looking for an all American meal in Marbella that the kids will love, head down to the newly opened Route 66 diner in Puerto Banus. From waffles to steak and egg breakfast, buffalo wings and rib eye steak for lunch (leave room for dessert!), Route 66 has all of our American favorites. This family friendly restaurant has a children’s menu, high chairs and a lovely patio outdoors on Antonio Banderas square where kids can run free and not feel strapped to stay in their seats.

TIP: They have a full bar indoors with live sports for dads (or moms, perhaps?) Click here to read more...

* The Estepona Youth Theatre

The Estepona Youth Theatre is now accepting students for their summer courses in drama and musical performance for children 7 - 16 yrs. The numbers are kept small so that all youngsters can thrive in a non threatening, confidence building environment run by well qualified teaching staff. Course runs Monday to Friday 10am - 2pm. Click here to read more...

* Swans International School

Swans International School is one of the more popular schools along the Costa del Sol and is offering a Summer School with an exciting and varied programme for 4 - 10 year olds starting Monday July 2 to Friday July 27 from 10:00am to 2:30pm. Click here to read more...

* La Latina Baby School

La Latina Baby School is the perfect environment for children as young as three months old to four years old. This bilingual preschool offers a safe and fun program with caring teachers that allows children to smoothly make that transition from home to the outside world.

Join La Latina Baby School for their summer program 15 July to 15 September from 7:30am to 5:00pm (choice of hours). For children 1 to 5 yrs. This is one of very few summer programs in Marbella that offers extended childcare hours AND are open in August over the holidays. Click here to read more...

* Family friendly restaurants

Looking for somewhere good to eat that is both child-friendly and tasty? Then take a look at our pick of restaurants in our Marbella Restaurant page. If you have a favorite restaurant that both you and the kids enjoy, tell us about it! Click here to read more…

* Restaurante Medioevo

One of our readers has been inspired with his latest dining experiene. Morris writes, “It must be some 12 years since I last felt the urge to put pen to paper about a new restaurant, but El Medioevo in the heart of San Pedro de Alcantara has stirred me to do just that...” Click here to read more…

* Dinopetrea Malaga dinosaur exhibit

There’s a new exhibit coming to town and it may just be worth the drive to Malaga. Dinopetrea displays fossils and skeletons (some as old as 125 million years old!) as well as offers parallel activities for learning how these predators roamed the earth. This is something that kids will surely love. Click here to read more….

TIP: Weather isn’t going to be so great this weekend, so why not combine a visit to this exhibit in Malaga with a movie? Check out the cinema schedule to see what’s on.

* Charity Family Fun Day

A Charity Family Fun Day is being held at the Lauro Golf Academy in Alhaurin de la Torre on Sunday June 3rd, 2012 from 12pm until 5pm. Individual charities are welcome to have a free stall to sell goods or run an activity and make money purely for their own charity. Click here to read more…

* Win a Meal!

It’s Friday! And that means we draw our last winner for a FREE meal for two at one of our favorite restaurants Café de Ronda.

Congratulations to Robert Taylor (La Parisienne), Simon Wye (Osaka) and Yvonne Moran (Bellaria) for winning the first 3 weeks of our Win a Free Meal for Two deal. To see today’s winner go to the comments section of our Win a Meal for Two page over the weekend.

Although you may be already signed up to our newsletter, you still have a chance to win. We choose our winner from our total database, not just the new sign ups. Click here to read more…

* Secondhand kids clothing

One of our readers asks, “Hi, anyone knows a place to buy good quality second hand kids clothes between Estepona and Fuengirola for boys and girls aged 9-15 apart from the local car boot sales? Thanks a lot! ”

It’s crisis time, so every little bit of savings helps. If you are looking for a secondhand shop to either donate or pick up a few items, take a look at some of our answers. If you know of any other shops that are not on our list, please make a comment and let others know. Click here to read more…

* Buying property in Old Town Marbella

This is a nice article about buying property in Old Town Marbella featuring Barbara Wood, a fantastic agent who helped us find our own home and director of The Property Finders Andalucia. Click here to read more…

* Marbella’s first Grafiteria

Gratiferia. What's that? A street market where everything is FREE. Arboretum People's Park (Bosque para la gente) is organizing Marbella's first GRATIFERIA on May 6th. Bring things that you don't want and give it away (or nothing at all) and pick up other things that you may need. Interesting new concept. Click here to read more…

* Cycling Tour Experience Marbella

In case you are on Avenida del Mar in Marbella on May 1st and see 120 spinners outdoors wondering "what the heck is going on?" Click here to read more…

* Labor Day

Don’t forget that Tuesday May 1st is Labor Day in Spain. This means that most businesses and schools are closed. This year it falls on a Tuesday. Some businesses and schools may in fact make a “puente” a bridge on the Monday (it’s definitely one in Madrid) to have a longer weekend, so check schedules for Monday April 30 before heading out. Click here to read more…

TIP: El Corte Inglés and La Cañada shopping centers are open on Monday April 30, but closed on Tuesday May 1.

* Children with Cancer fundraising gala dinner

A bit advanced notice, but mark your calendars for the 24th anniversary summer party - Children with Cancer fundraising gala dinner on May 27th. Evening includes a three-course dinner, dancing with special guests and an auction with some amazing prizes! Click here to read more…

* Marbella summer camps

Looking for a summer camp for the kids in June and July? Then take a look at our building list of summer camps available along the Costa del Sol. Click here to read more…

TIP: IF you have a summer camp to recommend tell us about it! Keep this page bookmarked for all the latest updates.

* Top 10 Marbella beaches

Take a look at the list of top 10 Marbella beaches voted by our very own readers. It’s a great way to plan your holiday and where to stay if clean beaches with particular features (handicapped access, showers, etc) are a must. Click here to read more…

TIP: Your favorite beach isn't in this top 10? Then tell us about it or post a comment right here.

* Open day at British School of Marbella

British School of Marbella Campus is delighted to invite you on Saturday 5th of May 2012 at 11.00 for the Extra Curricular Open day. After which they host a Family Fun Day. There will be a BBQ, bouncy castle, entertainers, stalls and more.

TIP: This a nice opportunity to visit, meet other parents from the school and get a feel for this campus if you are considering a change. Click here to read more…

* iPhoto and iMovie workshop

iPhoto and iMovie 4 hour workshop with Marbella Mac Solutions on May 11th. Highly recommended for those looking to improve their editing skills. Great tools to have for your holiday shots. Only 50 euro. Click here to read more…

* New live Marbella webcam

A new webcam has recently been installed at the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella. Looks like it turns 360 degrees every 15 seconds, but is updated every second. Get an idea of what the weather is like here…live! Click here to read more…

* Marbella Todo Danza Dance Festival

Marbella Todo Danza is a dance festival that has been running all week with artists from all over Spain and runs until May 5th, so there is still some time to catch the last few performances this weekend and next week. Tonight’s performance is with the Conservatorio Profesional de música y danza "Reina Sofia" from Granada (Granada Professional conservatory of music and dance) at 8:30pm at the Teatro Ciudad de Marbella.

On Saturday you can see the Gelabert-Azzopardi Compañia de Danza at 9:00pm at the Teatro Ciudad de Marbella.

And on Sunday at the Templete del Paseo de la Alameda (Alameda Park):

11:00: Children's Jazz and Hip Hop workshop taught by Caterina Chisei (Marbella Dance School)

18:00: Flashmob with belly dancing, break dancing and salsa

19:00: DaNzAnDon show by Sylvia Shazadi from local dance schools. Click here to read more…

* International Fair in Fuengirola

The 17th “Feria internacional de los pueblos” – “Fuengirola International Fair” is taking place Saturday April 28th to May 1st. This event attracted over 990,000 people to the huge Fuengirola fairground in 2011, with representation from 36 countries. The 2012 FIP is expected to attract in excess of one million visitors!

TIP: Bring your umbrellas if you are going this weekend….it’s expected to rain on Saturday and Sunday. Or cross your fingers for sunshine! Click here to read more…

* XV International Festival Marbella Rugby

The 'Fuerte Hoteles' XV International Festival Marbella Rugby veterans will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 10.30 am in Bahía Marbella rugby field. Click here to read more…

* Queen of Holland Day

On Monday April 30, 2012 at 6:30pm Marbella Town Hall invites you to celebrate Queen of Holland Day 'Koninginnedag' on the Paseo de la Alameda in Alameda Park near Old Town Marbella.

TIP: Wear orange! Click here to read more…

* Cudeca Quiz Night

The CUDECA Quiz Night will be taking place on Tuesday 1st May at 7:00 pm at La Fishita Restaurant. The cost is € 15.00. This will be for fish and chips and two glasses of wine. The teams will, hopefully, be formed of 6 players. Quiz Master: Geoff Bromige to reserve a place please contact Tony Lee at la fishita 952 813589 Of the € 15.00, € 5.00 will go to CUDECA

La Fishita is located on Calle de las Violetas 29660 Nueva Andalucia near the Casino.

* Name a Spanish bar

I nearly sent this out before I noticed a posting on our Facebook wall. One of our followers asks, "Can anybody come up with a name for a tapas bar that is opening soon here in Dublin, the young owner is running a Coffee shop in the day and is opening the shop/restaurant as a tapas bar at night, any ideas please."

C´mon, get those creative juices flowing and help out a Marbella Family Friend. Send us a message, reply to this email/newsletter and we'll forward it on, or go straight to our Facebook wall and post it there.

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

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