Stuck for things to do with the kids during the School Holidays?
The start of the winter school holidays is here. As happy a moment as this is for kids around the country, it can be a rather stressful time for parents.
We have all heard it before – “I’m bored”: the feared words that every parent dreads to hear.
Rest assured. We’ve compiled a list of some fun programmes, events and activities to keep your children entertained.
For those land-lubbers wishing to experience the fresh Cape Town air in the morning, the Jolly Roger sails daily at 11h00
The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat seeks fearless crew to sail the seven seas. Come find your sea legs and cruise with us daily at the V&A Waterfront Quay 5. Birthday parties and private functions available on request.
Contact: Shamiela 021 421 0909
Opening Hour: Mon-Sun 9 am – 5h30 pm
Cruise Duration: 1 Hour
Cost: Adult: R120 Child: R60
With over 30 attractions, ranked from “super thrill” to “family”, Ratanga Junction is a great place to take the family for amusement park fun. Little ones will enjoy the more sedate carousels and boat rides while older children and teens brave the legendary Cobra, among other thrilling roller coasters. There are also family-friendly attractions, like Crocodile Gorge, a wild river ride that propels the whole gang along a rushing gauntlet of water. Alternatively, mini-golf and a variety of fun fair-style games give contestants a chance to win fantastic prizes, while the theme park-style food (including pizzas, burgers, and coffees) refreshes a worked up appetite. In short, the park caters to any age group; pricing is worked out according to height (over or under 1.3 metres)
Contacts: 0861 200300
Winter school holidays are fast approaching, and with them come those glorious winter days that are perfect for bundling up the kids in their winter woollies and heading off to the Cableway to take advantage of the Kidz Season special. Two kids, under 18 years of age, ride for free when an adult return ticket is purchased on weekends, public holidays and during the June and September school holidays. The special kicked off in May and will end on 31 October 2013.
Presented by ShowWorks: Meet Bebot and Zoig, two human-like and super friendly alien scientists, who have landed on Earth to take some samples. Join in as we learn about the Earth’s Climate, what the ‘Greenhouse Effect’ is, Global Warming and more. With some fun and interactive puzzles, quizzes and more we find out how WE can all make a difference.
Date: Daily, 2 – 6 July 2013
Cost: R80 (includes entry to the CTSC for the whole day and your ticket to the show).
Kids come have fun cooking up a storm in the kitchen for the morning. We will be baking, making chocolate molds, crafting and more! Come meet new friends or bring a group of friends along and enjoy a morning of food and fun.
Dates: July 3-5
Venue: Little Cooks Club Fourways – Johannesburg
Contact: Deborah Gray – 082 874 2851
Bring the kids to the Menlyn Play Park for the Takalani Sesame character visit on Saturday, 29 June – Sunday, 30 June as well as the following Saturday and Sunday, 6 – 7 July, from 10am – 4pm. You can expect to meet and greet 5 of the Takalani Sesame characters and enjoy an exclusive show from 12:30pm – 1:15pm in the Play Park. You can expect a day of face painting, balloon sculpting and other fun activities for your little ones. Kindly note normal Play Park fee of R10 applies for a full day of fun in the sun with the Takalani Sesame characters.
Venue: Menlyn Shopping Center, Pretoria
Building fun school holiday program with Building Buddies workshops, play dough, interactive games and D.V.D time.
Dates: June 23 July 14
Venue: Wonderpark Shopping Centre, Cnr Brits Road & Heinrich Avenue, Karenpark Pretoria North
Time: Mon-Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 9am-3pm
Contact: Elzette Schuster – 012 549 1690
A visit to uShaka Marine World is one of Durban’s highlights and should be a must on any self-respecting Durbanite’s (or tourist’s) to-do list. It’s quite simply one of those places that will leave the entire family entertained. Swing by the Sea World aquarium and marvel at the incredible sea creatures or take things a step further and work a dolphin, penguin or seal show into your visit. The Animal Encounters, which allow you to get closer to the sea creatures, is also a great option for a family day-out. If you feel like getting the kiddies out of your hair, uShaka Kids World has an awesome play area and offers several fun activities and adventures for children.
Cost: R15 per adult and R55 per child. A visit to Sea World costs R139 per adult and R105 per child.
Contact: Tel 031-328-8000 / 031-328-8090
Zorbing? Well, that’s when you get inside a giant, transparent ball and roll downhill. Simple, and great fun. And KwaZulu Natal, as it happens, has one of the best zorbing parks in the country. GroovyBalls Adventure Park in Cliffdale is the place for you and the kids to try your hand at this crazy sport. The Park offers different courses such as the “Kamikaze Run” – a 120-metre downhill roll – and the 60-metre ride for kids. If you want to combine you zorbing with some other activities, the Park also offers go-karting, target-shooting, and paintball.
Contact: Tel 084-330-3112 / 031-783-7162
Durban Funworld may seem like an obvious addition to this list but, hey, there’s no doubt it will be a huge hit with the kids. Plus, it’s actually quite affordable. And during the school holidays, Funworld will be open until late every day. Be sure to take a family ride on the aerial cableway overlooking the city, the tilt-a-whirl or the swing boat. Or why not have a family bumper-car-battle at the Dodgems Arcade?
Cost: Adults’ and teens’ rides cost R12 per person while the kiddies’ rides cost R10 per kid. A ride of the aerial cableway costs R15 per person and the dodgem ride – which takes two people – costs R15 per car.
Contact: Tel 031-332-9776
1. Meet with friends at a park and play with the kids on the playground. Push them on the swings or catch them on the slides.
2. Go to a local cycle way/bike track and go rollerblading. A great way to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine and exercise.
3. Go ice-skating – Dress up in your warm clothes and head to your the closest ice-rink.
4. Have a movie afternoon great for a rainy day. Rent a couple of good kids movies, make some popcorn and snuggle up with blankets and enjoy the movies.
5. Cook some special treats or family favourites like Gingerbread men.
6. Go to an indoor play centre (if the weather’s not great outside). Let the kids try out the playground and you can have a coffee with a friend.
7. Try Tenpin Bowling make sure the bumper bars are up for the kids.
8. Explore your local wildlife park or the zoo to see all the animals, birds and reptiles.
9. Grab your bike helmets and take the neighbourhood kids for a bike ride.
10. Organise a KidSwap with friends who work. Your kids get to have their friends over for the day to play, and their are lots more participants for games.
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