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Family Fun: Kids’ activities for the school holidays

Today marks the start of the winter school holidays. As happy a moment as this is for kids around the country, it can be a rather stressful time for parents. Rest assured. We’ve compiled a list of some fun programmes, events and activities to keep your children entertained

Watch this space over the next three weeks for some more ideas! 

 

 

Cape Town

1. City Sightseeing Winter Programme

(From now until October)
For an extended holiday period, the City Sightseeing fleet of red tour buses offers a wallet-friendly three-for-one kiddies’ special: for every adult ticket purchased, two kids (under the age of 18 years old) catch a ride for free. Give your kids insight into what makes the Mother City so unique and explore iconic sites, including the Castle of Good Hope, the District Six and Jewish Museum as well as Table Mountain and many more.

Tickets for the red city bus tour can be purchased online or at kiosks along the route; note that online tickets are discounted (prices vary between R30p/p and R220p/p).

0861 733 287 | info@citysightseeing.co.za

 

2. Winter School Holiday Artjamming Programme

(24 June – 5 July)
Have a mini Van Gogh or Picasso? Thanks to Artjamming, the popular arts and crafts centres around Cape Town, you can let your little ones get their hands dirty while still saving your walls from. Kids between seven and 14 years old can unleash their creative talents with a range of imaginative classes scheduled over the two-week.

Each day hosts a two-hour themed session (10am – 12pm). Classes cost R135p/p, and the price includes all art materials and canvases as well as a snack.

021 462 1573 | info@artjamming.co.za | Artjamming.co.za

 

Source for both Cape Town based activities: www.capetownmagazine.com

 

 

Johannesburg

1. D’Vine Food & Dine Kids’ Cooking Classes

These fun classes are a great way to introduce kids to the joy of cooking!
Before cooking begins there will be a short history of the meal the kids will prepare under chef Rentia’s supervision and instruction. Menus and delicacies the children will prepare are different for each day/course.

Classes start at R100 p/class and anyone from age nine to 18 is welcome. During the school holidays morning classes will be held on Monday to Saturday mornings.

082 453 8155 | 24 Kransberg Avenue, Noordheuwel Krugersdorp

 

2. Learn about the science of life

(22 June – 14 July)

The Sci-Bono Discovery centre is an interactive science centre where kids can have fun, while learning about scientific discoveries and technological innovations.

Here kids will get a chance to build a model of their lungs and find out many more mind boggling facts about our respiratory system. They’ll also have an opportunity to build a terrarium, perform a dissection of a real eyeball, use microscopes and discover a new micro-organism or build a bird’s nest.

 

The centre is open on Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm, and on weekends from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Entrance is R10 for kids and R20 for adults.

011 639 8489 | www.sci-bono.co.za

 

Source for both Johannesburg events: www.jozikids.co.za

 

 

Durban

1. The Old Mutual-MTN ScienCentre

Located at the popular Gateway Theatre of Shopping is this world-class science centre that provides an unique combination of education and entertainment, making science accessible to all in a fun and innovative way. With an interesting variety of over a hundred interactive displays your kids will be kept busy for hours – giving you some free time to shop.

The centre is open on Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm, Friday and Saturday from 9am to 9pm and on Sundays from 9am to 6pm.

031 566 8040 | http://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/kwazulunatal/old-mutual-and-mtn-sciencecentre/

 

2. Have some fun at Funworld

Durban Funworld may seem like an obvious addition to this list but there’s no doubt it will be a huge hit with the kids. Plus, at R12 – R15 per ride it’s actually quite affordable. And during the school holidays, Funworld will be open until late every day. The aerial cableway and bumper cars are amongst the most popular rides, but there;s plenty more to do, see and eat!

031 332 9776 | info@durbanfunworld.co.za | www.durbanfunworld.co.za

 

 

Pretoria

1. Robin Hood & His Merry Adventurers

(29 June, 27 July, 17 August)

On Cue Theatre presents a fun, interactive pantomime that is suitable for the whole family. This hilarious new take on an old classic will be showing at the Gauteng Barnyard Theatres. It’s a child-friendly show with loads of audience participation and interaction. Fantastic music and songs will have the audience bopping in their seats and the fun, witty script will have you giggling from the start until the final scene.

Tickets are R60 pp.

012 358 1555 | www.barnyardtheatres.co.za

 

2. Irene on Ice

(21 June – 14 July)

Back by popular demand, the Irene Village Mall offers parents an easy and affordable way to keep their kids occupied whilst they go shopping. Young (and old!) can come and enjoy the artificial ice skating rink, for only R30 per person for 30 minutes.

012 662 4446 | info@irenevillagemall.co.za 

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