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Marbella Family Fun Weekly Newsletter -- April 20, 2012
April 20, 2012

Marbella Family Fun update - Friday April 20, 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 20th until Thursday April 26th.

Cines Gran Marbella Puerto Banus
The Hunger Games

Fuengirola Cinesur Miramar:
Titanic 3D
The Hunger Games
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Plaza Mayor Malaga:
Wrath of the Titans
The Hunger Games
Titanic 3D
Mirror, Mirror

Click here to find movie times and locations...

* The Estepona Youth Theatre

The Estepona Youth Theatre is starting a new season this week with fun courses in drama, musical performance and LAMDA exam preparation for children 3 - 18 yrs. Qualified instructor, small classes for individual attention and loads of fun.

Our daughter has been attending since September and absolutely loves it. Fantastic results too! Click the link for more details and watch the short video of highlights from their last production of the Wizard of Oz. Click here to read more...

* Maison Afrique du Sud

Maison Afrique du Sud offers an exceptional range of handmade sofas featuring charming, colonial styles with a touch of Provence. You will find a wide variety of sofas with loose covers, steel upholstery springs and quality designs for the discerning who love comfort, understand traditional quality and dislike mass production. Click here to read more...

* Costa All Stars Cheerleaders

Girls and boys aged 3 - 16 love cheerleading with the Costa All Stars. They even have a special "Boys Only" class. Classes offered in Benalmadena and Marbella with a location at Monte Paraiso Golf Club near Swans School. Fantastic brand new facilities!

The kids are currently preparing for their next performance at the Marbella Palacio de Congresos. Check it out! Click here to read more...

* Tarifa holiday rental

It feels like summer already, so for some of us, it's time for a Tarifa getaway! Check out this Tarifa holiday rental Casa La Luz starting at only 50 euro a night. 2 bedroom + 1 small child's bedroom, 1 bath, kitchen, living/dining and a lovely terrace. Located in the heart of town where all the action is.

TIP: If you are planning on visiting Tarifa in July or August, book your hotel, bungalow, campsite or apartment now, because accommodation fills up quickly for these months. Click here to read more...

* Marbella with a 19 month old

One of our readers asks “Myself and my partner will be visiting Marbella in July with our 19th Month old daughter. We have been to Marbella on several holidays but this is the first time in Marbella with our daughter so we would love to hear of any suggested places you could recommend to bring her? I have heard of the Camelot activity park but nothing else? any suggestions ? ”

Yes, we have lots of suggestions, so check out what we have gathered as well as lots of comments from our readers who also have babies in Marbella. If you have a favorite venue that is not on this list, feel free to add to it! Click here to read more…

* Holle organic baby food

One of our readers (from Hong Kong!) asks “My baby will only drink Holle organic baby formula. Has anyone seen this brand in the supermarkets in Marbella? We will be arriving there in a couple of months, just would like to know if I need to order from abroad. Will be great if we can find it locally.”

Check out some of the responses we have and let us know if you have found Holle baby food here or know of a good substitute. Click here to read more…

* ITV late checkup

One of our readers asks, “My car needs to have an ITV checkup in May, but I won't be back in Marbella until June. Do you know if I will be penalized or do I have to find someone to take my car in for me?”

Thanks to our helpful and active readers/followers we have lots of good responses. Read what has been posted and if you disagree or agree, jump in the forum and let us know. Click here to read more…

TIP: Not sure what ITV is? Do you have a car in Spain? Then you will want to read about my experience at the ITV.

* Queen of Holland Day

On Monday April 30 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.

Koninginnedag is a day to honor the more than 1,000 Dutch residents who live in Marbella as well as celebrate this national holiday of the Netherlands.

TIP: Wear orange to the event! Click here to read more…

* Win a Meal!

It’s Friday! And that means we draw another winner for a FREE meal for two at one of our favorite restaurants and bakery Bellaria Café. To see our winner go to the comments section of our Win a Meal for Two page.

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.

We have our last draw next Friday, so stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed! Tell your friends about the draw and they may win too. Click here to read more…

* Ecological market and cooking show

If you enjoy cooking and learning new recipes, don't miss the ecological cooking show La Huerta Guadalhorce led by michellin star chef Diego del Río of Restaurante El Lago in Marbella on April 21, 2012 in Coín.

This is a fun event that coincides with the ecological market in Coín taking place on Plaza de la Villa. Click here to read more…

* Fuengirola International Fair

The 18th “Feria internacional de los pueblos” – “Fuengirola International Fair” is expected to attract in excess of one million visitors this year from April 28 to May 1! Music, shows, food and drink will keep all ages entertained at this family friendly event in Fuengirola. Click here to read more…

* International Folk Festival of Marbella

Enjoy fun and cultural festivities at the II International Folkloric Festival of Marbella "Europealia 2011" (Festival Internacional de Folclore Europealia 2012) held on April 20 - 22, 2012. Twenty-two different groups from autonomous regions and other countries will be performing on the day. Click here to read more…

* Yoga classes for 50+

One of our readers asks, “Would love to do a yoga class in the Marbella area. A group of over fifties would be nice, but anything good would work. Thank-you.”

We have some nice recommendations, so please take a look if you are also interested. Or add to our growing list of yoga classes in Marbella. Click here to read more…

* Swans summer school

Swans International School is offering a Summer School with an exciting and varied programme for *4 - 10 year olds. The fun starts Monday July 2 to Friday July 27, 2012 from 10:00am to 2:30pm. Click here to read more…

* New ITV station in San Pedro

One of our readers asks, “where is the new itv vechile testing station in Marbella, coming from la cala.”

We have given directions to the new ITV station in San Pedro de Alcantara. I just drove by there this morning and it looks brand spanking new…nice! It will hopefully save a lot of us from the drive down to Estepona or Malaga. Click here to read more…

But is it better? Have you been there? Share your experience with us! We would love to hear more about it. Or post your comment on our Facebook wall if it's any easier.

* Marbella summer camps

Now that Easter is behind us, we can now look forward to the summer holidays ahead. We are currently updating our Summer camps page, so if you have a camp that you would like to promote or recommend (or warn us about), then tell us about it! Keep this page bookmarked for all the latest updates. Click here to read more…

* More events on the Costa del Sol

As Marbella Family Fun grows bigger and bigger, we receive lots of events and keep them all organized in our Calendar of Events page. We cannot possibly fit all of them in our newsletter, otherwise it will go on to China. So, take a look at our Calendar of Events page to see all the events that we have loaded on the site to find out what is happening near you.

TIP: We also recommend you download the app Calendapp on your iPhone. It lists many more events (not only the child friendly ones) from the small gig at the local bar to big concerts taking place not only in Marbella, but worldwide.

* Saturday morning dog walk

Come and join a group of dog loving people for a beautiful walk through the mountains of Marbella this Saturday. Triple A rescue center organizes the walk starting from the road near La Cañada shopping center to Coín. Great way to meet new like-minded dog loving friends.

TIP: Weather is forecast for 22 degrees (72 F) and partly cloudy. No rain, so the weather should be perfect. Go on, discover a new side of Marbella! Click here to read more…

* TaeKwonDo classes for kids and adults

TaeKwonDo classes for kids and adults are held at Dynamic Training Center in Marbella. Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00 - 7:00. Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. If they throw in some kimchi after class, count me in! Click here to read more…

* Dog park opens in Fuengirola

Earlier on we had a discussion on where to take your dog for a walk without a lead on the Costa del Sol and although there was much debate about this, no one could recommend a designated dog park around. Well, we now have heard that Fuengirola has opened one up, so if you have a dog and are nearby, check it out and tell us what you think. Click here to read more…

* Labor Day

It’s a bit early, but thought I should remind you all that 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 to have a longer weekend, so check schedules for Monday April 30 before heading out. Click here to read more…

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

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