As winter sets in and we get snug in our furry blankets, heat up our hot water bottles and enjoy home-cooked meals, Let’s not forget that South Africa will experience the shortest day and longest night of the year on June 21, otherwise known as the Winter Solstice. This amazing astronomical occurrence happens twice every year – once in summer and once in winter.
“Considering that it’s a couple of days before payday, most families will want to stay home and find interesting ways to entertain themselves and their children, particularly while utilising their mobile device,” says Hazel Chimhandamba, Cell C’s Executive Head of Marketing.
“We, therefore, came up with a few ideas on what families could do without having to spend a lot while having great bonding time.”
1) Download the Star Walk 2 app (Free and available at the App store)
If your children love looking at the stars, then this might be the best stargazing family app you could ever have. Download it and point it toward the sky at night, and it will tell you interesting facts about each star in real-time. This app follows your movement and lets you explore over 200,000 celestial bodies and constellations. Amazing right?
2) Catch-up on new movies and your favourite series
If you have been working hard and have not had time to get to the cinema or to catch up on your favourite series on black TV, now is the time. Who knows how many episodes you could get through on the longest night of the year? Just make sure you have enough popcorn and hot chocolate.
3) Downloading a recipe app for hearty Winter meals
If you want new ideas on easy and delicious meals for winter, why not download a recipe app such as Yummly, Big Oven and Quick and Easy Recipes which provide step by step instructions. Most of us want recipes that can be done in under an hour, and this is the perfect way to manage your time in the kitchen. The apps are available on both Android and iOS.
4) Stay abreast of trending videos online
The online world is full of insane and unbelievable videos as anyone who saw the footage of Arnold Schwarzenegger being kicked when he was in South Africa knows. It’s time you get in on the latest action by checking it out on Facebook and Youtube. You will be amazed at what’s going on in the world.
5) Check out the Winter clothing specials
If you work every day, it can be hard to find time to check out the specials on boots, jackets, gloves, and hats for winter, but now is your chance, particularly as you approach payday. It’s time to hit the online shopping store and see what great deals you can get, before it gets too icy to type.
For those of you staying indoors on this long, cold night, have you decided what you will be doing and how best to utilise your Cell C SmartData Daily Nite bundles? SmartData Daily Nite bundles allow you to top up with data between 1am and 7am and benefit from low in-bundle rates. Smartdata bundles can be added to any top-up, prepaid or contract plan and can be purchased from as little as R6 for 250MB.