Wednesday, 4 December 2019

How to Survive Your Child’s First Sleepover Camp

You will find many online tips to help children manage homesickness, but parents often experience separation anxiety as much as their kids.

You may have already imagined your child’s first sleepover camp, and everything you could get done. A week or two without your child may sound like a dream come true. However, when you finally get the solitude you have been craving, the house seems dreadfully empty and too quiet.

You may find that the only thing refreshing in their absence is the camp’s website, as you frantically search for the latest photo of your child. That looks like my baby’s knee in the background. Does her knee look happy? Is that a new graze or an old scab? Does her knee miss me? You may continuously read a ten-word letter from your child, over-analysing every word. The good news is that it gets easier every time they go to camp.

Here are 4 ways to overcome the void when your child is away from home:

1. Use this time productively.

See it as an opportunity to give more attention to the people or tasks you have been neglecting. Go on a date with your significant other. Spend quality time with your younger children. Finish that DIY project you’ve been postponing.

2. Trust the camp you chose.

Research the best holiday camp for your child. Read reviews and articles, like this one. Once you have made an informed decision, rest assured that they will do their best to ensure your child’s safety and happiness.

3. Focus on the benefits.

Remind yourself of how valuable this experience will be for your child. They will make new friends and learn how to become their own person. If you choose a tech-free camp, your child will have a break from social media, which will do wonders for their communication skills and creativity.

4. Keep in touch.

Fight off the urge to ask to speak to your child. Most children will feel homesick if they hear their parent’s voice. Write emails to your child. Ask them questions about the camp, the food they’ve eaten, the activities they’ve enjoyed and about the new friends they’ve made. For their sake, don’t say anything negative. This includes telling them how much you miss them, or asking if they miss you. Remember that your child is likely to be very busy having fun. Don’t feel disheartened if you receive no response, or if their response is very brief. If you are still worried, you can call the camp and ask them how your child is doing.

You pay a lot of money for your child to go to a sleepover camp - try to enjoy the time alone while it lasts. Before you know it, your child will be back at home with a bag full of dirty laundry, complaining about missing the camp food and pestering you with every detail about the camp for days on end. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Upcoming December Camps

Our last three holiday camps of 2019 are almost fully booked. The nostalgic themes guarantee tons of good old-fashioned fun for our campers. If you want your child to have an incredible experience that they will never forget, call us now to reserve a spot.

We’re going back to the early 2000s, when MTV (Music Television) lived up to its name and played music videos. Campers will have a chance to get in tune with their musical creativity by directing their own music videos, which will be filmed and edited by Sugar Bay’s Videographer.

  • Laser Tag Excursion
  • Gala Dinner
  • Music Video Premier Night

We’ll be going even further back in time by commemorating classic comic book characters like Asterix and Obelix. We will also be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the launch date of Popeye the Sailor Man, which falls on the Thursday of this camp. Campers will be able to create their own comic books; we may even discover the next Stan Lee!

  • Comic Book Design
  • Camp Olympics
  • Camp Out

In the new year, the 20s will officially start again. What better way to bring in this New Year than with all the glitz and the glamour of the 1920s? Don’t forget to pack bowties and pinstripe suites.

  • Excursion to 22 Jump Street
  • The enchantment of the 1920s
  • New Years Party!

For prices, click here. If you have any questions about our holiday camps, please call us on 032 485 3778 or send an email to

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Special Effects Classes at Sugar Bay: How to create a severed finger

Want to have a more realistic trick or treat this Halloween? Or do you dream of working on a blockbuster film creating believable cuts and burns? At Sugar Bay we run weekly prosthetics classes where we see vampire bites, severed fingers and slit throats come to life

Here's a step by step to create the perfect scare with a severed finger!

What you will need: 

  • Skin tone make-up 
  • Piece of soft bubblegum 
  • Blue, red and black make-up 
  • Butter knife 

Step 1: 

Roll bubblegum and apply right in the middle on the second joint of your finger. Spread out and smooth out to make a clean edge. 

Step 2: 

Put some make-up (according to your skin tone) on the bubblegum and all over the finger to make it realistic. 

Step 3: 

Now make a cut in the bubblegum with a butter knife. Apply the blue, red, and black make-up to add a more dramatic effect and 

Who's ready to scare mom and dad when they come from work this afternoon? 

What other special effects can you do on your body? Tell us by leaving a comment below! Follow us on our Sugar Bay Pinterest channel and have a look at our Camp Crafts Board for more arts and crafts we create at camp! 

Upcoming August Camps

As we say goodbye to frostbites and Mr sniffles, we'll be putting the spring back in your step these upcoming holidays! With the first half of the year done and dusted, we're diving right into summertime fun. We have four magnificent themed holiday camps and with a discount of R2000 on each camp, Sugar Bay is the place to be these August holidays. Are you ready for an epic adventure?

Grease Week: 11 - 18 August 2019 

Get your dancing shoes on as we're heading into the 70's for a week of singalong and boogie! Come join Sandy and Danny as they turn Sugar Bay into a musical paradise!


  • Lipsync battle. 
  • Grease dancing classes. 
  • Slumber party (girls).
  • Mechanics-themed camp out (boys). 
  • Prom-themed party night.



X Games week: 18 - 25 August 2019 

Where are all our adrenaline junkies? From skating to BMX, it's about to get extreme at Sugar Bay on our X-Games week!


  • Advanced level classes (skating, BMX, rollerblading, sandboarding).
  • Personal achievement awards for everyone who meets their goals.
  • Free week at sugar bay for the camper with the most PAA's (personal achievement awards). 
  • X-games finale showdown.



Coachella week: 25 August - 1 September 2019 

Music, fashion, the arts - what more can we say, Sugar Bay will be transformed into the biggest music fest! Join us for a week of music and culture on our Coachella week.


  • Boho music festival. 
  • Open mic performances. 
  • Different music stages every night.
  • Colour fest. 


Carnival Birthday week: 1 - 7 September 2019 

It's our birthday and you know we always go big or go home! Come join us as we celebrate our 18th birthday carnival style. 


  • Different themes for each carnival night.
  • uShaka Marine excursion. 
  • Celebratory cupcakes every day. 
  • American carnival-themed skits and stunts. 



Check out our Facebook Events to stay updated on what we have planned for all our upcoming holiday camps.

If you have any questions about our sleepover camps, please contact us via our website, call (032) 485 3778 or email

3 basic fire-spinning moves for beginners.

Fire spirals, spitting dragons, and rhythmic dancing - no wonder the art of fire-spinning has spread like wildfire at the Bay.

The Sugar Bay fire-show tradition first saw light when Bear, aka Elan Stark, and Hoova, aka Baden Dowie, two of our very first counselors, started showing the kids a few cool poi tricks when Sugar Bay opened in 2001.

Poi is the physical objects used by the dancers and the choreography itself of fire-spinning. Poi originates from the Maori people and is still being practiced today.

In our previous post, we teach you how to make poi in 5 easy steps, the history of poi and the different Maori traditions poi is used for.

Before you start spinning with fire, you use poi to practice your routine. We have 3 basic moves to get you started on your fire-spinning journey.


  • Hold your arms at a 90° angle with your palms facing up 
  • Spin poi in mini circles while seperating your arms and come back in. 


  • Start with the butterfly 
  • Bring in your right arm towards your chest and rotate with the left. 
  • Repeat. 


  • Hold your arms in a 90° angle with your palms facing each other
  • Use your wrists to make small circular motions. 

And there you have it! You'll be on your way to becoming the next great fire spinner.

Do you know any other moves we can add to the list for beginners? Tell us by leaving a comment below! We're always creating innovating and exciting specialized classes at the Bay. Follow our Pinterest channel for more art and camp crafts inspiration.