About Cape for Kids
Our journey so far
Founded in 1995, Cape for Kids specialises in providing environmental education for young children in creative and stimulating ways.
Our programmes are based on the books written by Ali Corbett. Family walks in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden created space for storytelling. We would often spot Cape grey mongoose scampering across the lawns. Our three year old daughter Sam would cry “Mum, look at him, tell us a story about him from your own mouth.” And so “Monty Mongoose” came to life, and he would travel with us wherever we went.
Many of Ali's stories are available as puppet presentations linked to environmental outings to some of Cape Town's major attractions. 25 years later, more than 50 000 children have experienced Monty puppet shows and more than 40 000 books have been sold.
The outings are very popular with schools and home school groups. Sadly, due to Covid-19 puppet shows and environmental outings have had to stop.
What we offer now
Due to COVID, we have had to rethink how we can continue to offer support for quality outings for schools, parents, grandparents and home schoolers.
For 2021 we will:
Design an Outing specially for you:
Pick a venue
Give us your age group and theme
We will design a "Do it yourself" outing with a fact sheet, hands on activities ideas, downloadable activity sheets and home activity ideas.
Upload a monthly blog with ideas, activities, and funky facts covering different places in Cape Town.
Cape For Kids books will be available to purchase via this website.
Check out our downloads and have some fun!
Help us make a difference to lots of little lives through our work with Starting Chance
Outreach Programmes with Starting Chance
Cape for Kids is for all children, irrespective of their background. However, in reality few schools in poor communities are able to offer their children opportunities like these.
Ali and Ian Corbett co-founded the Starting Chance Trust to enable access to children from poor communities such as Mfuleni, near Cape Town International Airport.
The trust currently has 29 early childhood centres and 1 special care centre registered for the training and development programmes that it offers. Children from these schools have the opportunity to come on outings to Kirstenbosch and Boulders. For many of the children it is a rare opportunity and their teachers often have not experienced these attractions either. Ali has developed training programmes for teachers to learn how to run outings and to link them to classroom activities such as story ring and creative art.
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