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Marbella Family Fun Weekly Newsletter -- June 29, 2012
June 29, 2012

Marbella Family Fun update - Friday June 29, 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 June 29th until Thursday July 5th.

Cines Gran Marbella Puerto Banus
Ice Age 4
21 Jump Street
Untouchable (O.V. French)

Fuengirola Cinesur Miramar:
Ice Age 4
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Raven

Plaza Mayor Malaga:
Ice Age 4
Men in Black 3 – 2D
Dark Shadows
The Hunger Games
Snow White and the Huntsman
The Avengers 2D
Project X

Click here to find movie times and locations...

* British School of Marbella summer school

The British School of Marbella summer school runs from July 9 to August 24 for children aged 18 months to 8 years old. The program runs from 9:00am until 1:00pm and is divided into two groups.

A typical day at the Marbella summer school will see your child involved in structural play, maths, games, sports and music classes plus an emphasis on English vocabulary, reading and writing. Activities for each group are differentiated so each child is supported and challenged appropriately. Click here to read more…

TIP: This is one of the few summer programs that accept children as young as 18 months.

* The Great Nutrition Company

Check out the Great Nutrition Company to discover the key to good health. Offering scientifically formulated products aimed to assist, control and manage many lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, candidiasis, metabolic syndrome X (obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, pre-diabetes), ADD/ ADHD, these "nutraceuticals" are also great tasting and filling.

We've tested out some of their products and our favorite is the vanilla shake for Diabetics...and we aren't even diabetic, but the flavor is fantastic. Click here to read more...

TIP: The Great Nutrition Company is based in Marbella, but can deliver their products all over the world.

* Team For You – Teambuilding, sport & adventure

If you're looking for some organized fun and adventure, then contact TeamForYou. This team of professionals can plan trips in Canyoning, Trekking, Mountain Biking or downhill MTB, Climbing, Adventure High Ropes, Tandem Paragliding, Kayaking, Jet Ski Rides, Quad & Buggy Rides, Helicopter Tours, 4X4 Excursions, Paintball Activities, Deep Sea Fishing...

TeamForYou can also organize Incentive Trips, Corporate Meetings & Events, Conventions, Celebrations and Theme Parties, Fireworks Displays... What do they NOT do? They've got it all! Click here to read more…


Check out if you need games, books or DVDs during your holidays here. No need to shlep them over here or buy them for a short period of time. Analot rents them out! Ingenious idea! Click here to read more…

TIP: has products in both English and Spanish

* Impact Gym

Impact Gym (formerly Kudo Academy) is holding kickboxing classes in the mornings for both kids and parents at 9:30 in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. What a great way to stay fit over the holidays and have your kids learn a thing or two at the same time.

The kids afternoon classes (at 4:30 and 5:30) also continue throughout the summer. The facilities are fantastic, so it's worth a look. First class is free, so there's nothing to lose. Click here to read more...

TIP: Impact Gym is planning an open day to welcome everyone new and old to the gym with a charity sponsored spar (50 rounds each and you get to have a go!) with British Champion Shaun James and 5x World Champion Trevor Ambrose - all proceeds going to the orphans.

* Marbella Montessori summer school

Marbella Montessori School summer club in San Pedro de Alcantara starts Monday 30 July until Friday 10 August 2012. The club is open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 2:00pm and will include a variety of activities for kids aged 2 to 7. Click here to read more...

TIP: This year they are offering a fun kids cookery class and yoga.

* Bellaria Café & Bakery

A few days ago, I picked up some amazing artisan chocolate from Bellaria. Milk chocolate with almonds, pistachios & pecans with a touch of bourbon vanilla, another milk chocolate with coconut, freeze dried banana and almonds. Dark chocolate with cinnamon, crystalized rose petals and sour cherries. And white chocolate with jasmin, almonds, and peaches. The teachers are going to love their gifts this year!

Bellaria not only has interesting chocolate, but you can also find macaroons, organic products, home made bread, pastries and cakes and a wonderful selection teas, coffees and other beverages. Pop in for breakfast or lunch one day and you'll know what we're talking about. Click here to read more…

TIP: Bellaria is centrally loocated right near the Casino and always has easy parking.

* Osaka Japanese Restaurant

This weekend we are heading to our favorite sushi bar Japanese restaurant Osaka in Cancelada. Seriously good sushi (on par with what we tried in Japan) amazing tempura with giant shrimp (a meal in itself for kids) and the tastiest seaweed salad that I just can't find anywhere else (yes, my kids love it too).

The best thing about Osaka is the tepanyaki show. Watch the video to see what I mean. Click here to watch the video…

* Team Xtreme

Team Xtreme is hosting another fun weekend out canyoning at Rio Verde this SUNDAY July 1st. This time it is for a full day CANYONING trip. If you have any doubt, just take a look at our own family reviews and the video. If you are interested, contact Team Xtreme now at

This is a fantastic event that children aged 14 and older will surely enjoy! Click here to read more…

TIP: Visit their website for more photos, videos and other trips they offer for younger children.

* Au Pair/Housekeeper/Assistant looking for work

One of our readers is looking for work in Marbella and writes, ”Housekeeper/Personal Assistant, Live in vacancy wanted as housekeeper/au pair, to assist a busy family/elderly couple. I'm 26yrs old/British & speak everyday Spanish. Full UK driving licence. Responsible individual looking for a long term arrangement preferably. Full working history/references available on request….”

If you are looking for some help around the house, contact Lara. Be sure to check references before leaving any of your family members with anyone you hire. Click here to read more…

* Looking for internet providers

One of our readers is looking for some internet help and asks, ”I am looking for a reasonable cost provider to give me some quotes for good wireless internet access in an apartment in La Quinta. As it is in the hills, I want to be sure that the internet will work in my apartment and on the terrace. Have any of your readers got internet access in La Quinta which is NOT the internet provided by the the La Quinta office (as this is quite expensive). ”

If you live in the area and have someone to recommend, let us know. If you are also looking for internet service, take a look at some of the providers we’ve come up with. Click here to read more…

* Renewing a Spanish driver’s license

We received a very useful tip on how to renew your Spanish driver’s license from one of our readers. Take a look if you need to renew yours or if you can share your own experience.

We also have received some comments concerning swapping your British driver’s license to a Spanish one. Click here to read more…

* Marbella summer camps

If you still haven’t decided what the kids are going to do this summer, then take a look at our Summer Camps page to get some ideas. If you have a camp that you would like to recommend, please tell us about it and we will include it in our list. Click here to read more…

* The Human Body Exhibition

The Human Body Exhibition Marbella has been running all week at the Palacio de Congresos de Marbella and continues until September 15, 2012. This is currently one of the most famous science exhibitions in the world and is exhibiting for the first time in Spain. If you’ve been here, please let us know what you think and if it’s worth the trip. Click here to read more…

TIP: A friend of mine went last week and said it was excellent.

* Sting concert in Marbella

Sting is playing in Marbella tomorrow! You can get tickets at the Permanence Kiosk Tennis Puente Romano now from 10:00 - 20:00. Tickets are from 102 euro to 280 euro. Click here to read more…

TIP: If you miss this concert, why not see Gloria Gaynor on July 7th?

* Festival Jazz Funk in San Pedro de Alcantara

If you are in the San Pedro area today and tomorrow you will be hearing the sound of jazz in the streets. This is the Festival Jazz Fun. Tonight at 20.30 enjoy the music of Farataos on plaza Juan Macías, Gipsy & Dixie on plaza Los Pajaritos and De Moochers Trio on the pasaje Robledano. At 21.00 Furula will be playing on Plaza de la Libertad. Click here to read more…

* Estepona Youth Theatre final performance

The students in the Estepona Youth Theatre have devised their own script and are putting on a performance of their work on Saturday 30th June at The Studio in the Estepona Equestrian School at 7.15pm. If you would like to watch their scary performance please do come along. Click here to read more…

TIP: The Estepona Youth Theatre is moving to Marbella and will now be called the Marbella Youth Theatre. Classes recommence in September.

* Euro2012 Final

Watch the Euro2012 final on the Paseo de la Alameda in Marbella center and at La Salida (statue of the runners) on San Pedro Alcántara beach. Large screens and bars will be placed in these venues for the event, so the atmosphere should be electric! The fun starts at 7:00pm.

* 4th of July BBQ at Route 66

Join the fun the American way on July 4th for US Independence Day at Route 66. Tasty All American BBQ for only 18,66 euro. Live music and fun starting at 7pm. Normal menu still available. Click here to read more…

TIP: If you have a 4th of July event or know of one, send us a message on Facebook or email

* TweetMarbella meeting

Join TweetMarbella for their monthly FREE informal, social networking event. This is a popular monthly event in Marbella, attended by a large number of local people from the Costa del Sol & Gibraltar as well as visitors to the area, from all different industries and nationalities. It is a great way to network in a relaxed atmosphere. The Cosmopolitan kindly provides complimentary canapes and there is also a Happy Hour 2x1 on cocktails. This event is FREE OF CHARGE. Simply RSVP to confirm your attendance. Click here to read more…

* San Pedro tunnel finally opens!

Well, the moment we have been waiting for has finally come. The San Pedro tunnel opened last Tuesday to much applause. It’s been a long time coming, but the comments we received on our Facebook wall have been positive. We had our own trip through the tunnel and are very impressed. What do you think? Click here to read more…

TIP: Did you know that the San Pedro tunnel has a Twitter account? It’s quite funny.

* Facebook update

Due to Facebook's new policy, only about 10% of people that 'like' a fan page will see the status updates. In order to see all posts just click/hover over the 'Liked' button (beneath the cover photo) & activate the 'show in news feed' option.

This will allow you to see all of our posts. You can apply the same action to any other pages you want to continue to keep updated on. Click here to read more…

* Triathalon in Marbella

In case you see a lot of athletes around Marbella center on Sunday July 1st, you’re probably witnessing the VII Triathalon "Promoción y Open" Marbella city. Remember that parking will be difficult and traffic will be cut off around that area in the morning, so plan ahead. Click here to read more…

* Shopping summer hours

This Sunday July 1 La Cañada and El Corte Inglés will be open and continue to be open on Sundays all summer until September 9th. So now you can get your shopping done all weekend. Fantastic if you’re flying in late Saturday or on a Sunday. Click here to read more…

* Artisan route maps

Marbella Town Hall has created a map of local artist workshops in the city for tourists and locals to visit. Maps will be distributed in hotels and tourist offices. Support local artists and the community! Click here to read more…

* Marbella-Malaga toll road

FYI, the toll road from the airport to Marbella (and vice versa) is 6.50 euro. I discovered this last week on a trip on the toll road. Keep it in mind if you’re just flying in and not sure which road to take.

* Stay vigilant!

Last week my sister-in-law had her wallet stolen from H&M in La Cañada. I posted a word of caution on our Facebook wall and we have been receiving a stream of comments (that are still continuing!) from our followers about their experiences. It seems like everyone I talk to has had something stolen from La Cañada shops, parking lots, El Corte Inglés and just about anywhere there is high traffic.

Please stay vigilant and keep your bags and money secured tightly and be wary of any suspicious looking people or behavior.

Don´t forget the power of the BUZZ! Please tell your friends and family about our newsletter or to follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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

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