Family Fun Friday

No plans for the weekend yet? Here are some fun outings that won’t take a huge chunk out of your family-budget

Cape Town: Olive Festival

The 13th annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival, which celebrates the award-winning olive oils and wines from the Swartland region, will take place from Friday 3 May to Sunday 5 May 2013 in the picturesque Riebeek Valley. (Friday: 6pm to 10pm, Olive Emporium only; Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 4pm.)

Besides olive and wine tasting, most of the participating venues also offer live entertainment as well as child-friendly activities and entertainment.

Don’t forget to visit the Funky Fresh Market in town, where you’re sure to find something that will appeal to all your senses. The younger ones will be able to enjoy a jumping castle and face painting.


Adults: R100 per person for an Olive Passport. (The passport is valid for the entire weekend and includes a complimentary tasting glass and free tastings of olives or wine at the participating venues.)

Children under 18: Free

Passports are available at participating venues or at www.webtickets.co.za.

For more information, e-mail tourism@riebeekvalley.info or visit www.riebeekvalley.info/olive-festival-2013.htm

Johannesburg: Body Worlds Expo

The first anatomical exhibition of its kind to display real human bodies, the Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life runs at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre until the end of June 2013.

Body Worlds brings a new dimension to the term edutainment – the act of learning through a medium that both educates and entertains. Coupled with the aim of bringing textbooks to life, this spectacular anatomical exhibition makes life sciences more accessible.

Created by scientist Dr Von Hagens, the exhibition shows the complexity, resilience and vulnerability of the human body through anatomical studies of real human bodies in distress, with disease and in optimal health.


Opening times: Monday to Sunday: 9am to 6.30pm (last admission). Doors close 1,5 hours after last admission.

Cost: R90 to R400 per person

Buy tickets online. 



Pretoria: Irene Dairy Farm

The Irene Dairy Farm is a picturesque gem that nestles between the sprawling cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. A visit to this old-style, storybook dairy farm is a must.

Enjoy a lovely picnic on the lawns while the kids play on the jungle gym. You can either order one of the custom-made picnic baskets or walk around the farm shop and create your own picnic basket from the deli.

Alternatively, stop by the Deck or Barn Restaurants, both of which serve a wide variety of freshly made breakfasts and lunches.


Visit www.irenefarm.co.za for more information or phone 012 667 2326



Durban: Durban Ice Rink

If you’re looking for something exciting, fun and new to try, look no further than the newly renovated and revamped Durban Ice Rink. It’s the ideal space for all age groups to enjoy a day out, offering a fun-filled range of recreational skating activities for you and your family and friends.

Whether you’re heading there for a weekend skating session, the Saturday-night discos or a birthday party with a twist, you’re sure to have loads of fun.

The Ice Rink is open seven days a week.


Click here to see the various time sessions.

Tickets: R50 per skater; R20 per spectator.

For more information, visit www.durbanicerink.co.za

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