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Family Fun Friday

A fun-filled weekend with the family doesn’t have to take a huge chunk out of your budget. Starting today, every Friday we’ll post a list of fun family-friendly activities that won’t break the bank

Anywhere: Camp at Home

Make the most of the last few sunny days and set up camp – in your own back garden! Make a braai, roast marshmallows and relive those days when you had to help your kids build makeshift tents using chairs and sheets. This adventure won’t cost you a thing (except you’ll have to buy the marshmallows!) and, best of all, you don’t even have to leave your driveway.


Cape Town: FamFest

Gather the gang and get set off to the inaugural FamFest extravaganza at the Constantia Sports Complex (also known as the Claremont Cricket Club) in Cape Town. From the tiniest toddler to the greyest granny, the whole crew is invited to spend Saturday, 27 April 2013 conquering inflatable rides, taming mechanical bulls and relaxing under the last rays of the summer sun at this first ever family-centric festival.

“It’s four school fairs, a market, an open-air cinema and a circus wrapped into one,” enthuses co-founder Frankie Hannigan.


Time: 10:00 – 21:00

Venue: Claremont Cricket Club in Constantia

Entry: Free – R120pp (Click here for ticket info.)

Visit www.4leafagency.co.za/events/famfest.html for more information.


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Johannesburg: Johannesburg Zoo

When was the last time you visited a zoo? The Johannesburg Zoo is open 364 days a year and there is lots on offer to entertain both young and old.

The zoo offers the chance to view more than 3 000 animal species. Night-time tours are also offered, giving a fascinating look at the nocturnal behaviour of many of the residents. On weekends the zoo also offers special reptile tours (no bookings required). So if touching a lizard is on your bucket list, head over to the Reptile House this weekend.


Entrance is R48 for adults and R36 for kids, which isn’t bad at all.

For more information, visit www.jhbzoo.org.za.


Durban: Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park

Replace the BlackBerry in your teen’s hands with handlebars and let them pedal around Giba Gorge MTB Park while you enjoy a light lunch at Giba Café, overlooking the beautiful Giba Gorge Valley.

Better yet, get the whole family involved! The Park has single-track trails of varying lengths and difficulty, as well as a BMX course.


Cost: R40 for adult riders, R15 for child riders and R10 for non-riders.

Visit www.gibagorge.co.za for more information.


Pretoria: Wonderboom Nature Reserve

Situated in the northern part of the city and straddling the Magaliesberg mountains, this 200ha reserve is famous for its magnificent specimen of Ficus salicifolia, a wild fig called the ‘Wonderboom’. The reserve, which is open seven days a week, offers visitors braai facilities and ablution blocks, a children’s park, walking trails, a man-made waterfall and abundant birdlife.

Pack a picnic basket and head to the reserve this weekend for some good old fresh air. Go and see this amazing tree, and take the interpretation trail from the boardwalk in and around the tree. Climb Wonderboom Hill and visit the ruins of the Wonderboom Fort.


Entry is R28 for adults, R17 for children aged seven to 12, and R10 for children aged six and younger.

Click here for more information.

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