Winter school holiday fun

2014-07-01 09:48
Wondering what to do with your kids during the school holidays?

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If you want to treat the kids to some stimulating fun during the winter holidays, there is much to see and do in Jozi. Take a look at these suggestions.  

Days of the Dinosaurs  

Imagine really walking amongst dinosaurs – moving, roaring, life-size dinosaurs. For the first time since real dinosaurs roamed the planet, South Africans will be able to experience their true splendour at Days of the Dinosaur: The Exhibition, presented by Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM, at the Sandton International Convention Centre from 20 June to 20 July, and the CTICC from 2 to 21 August 2014.  

Johannesburg:   20 June – 20 July 2014  
Venue: Sandton International Convention Centre  

Adults                             R140 a person
Kids (0–18 years)         R95 a child
Family of four                 R395 a family
School groups (>20)     R85 a person (weekdays and pre-bookings only)      

The Red Bus City Tour


Enjoy this hop on hop off bus with their budget friendly 3 for 1 special – for every adult bus ticket purchased, two little ones get a free ride. This tour takes you to some of the city's interesting spots for kids like Gold Reef City and the James Hall Transport Museum.    

Price: R150 for adults, R70 for children aged 5 – 15. Kids under 5 are free
Venue: all over the city 

Melrose Acro-branching

Get into the swinging mood of the holidays with a visit to The Acrobranch park in Melrose. It consists of four courses and is equipped with zip lines and swing bridges. Safe for children as young as three years of age, try Sprinting Cheetah for speedsters or Stalking Leopard for testing balance.    

Price: From R80 for the “Playing Cubs” course (for kids between three and six) to R1960 for a “Hunting Lion” course.
Venue: Melrose

Visit the Cradle of Humankind


Get out of the city and head to the Cradle of Humanity in Maropeng for a family trip that promises to be as fun as it will be educational. The Learner Centre is interactive and informative  but the main attraction is definitely the underwater boat ride that guides you through the history of earth’s creation. Also, take a tour through the Sterkfontein caves – the home of the historic “Mrs Ples.”  

Price: R82 for children (ages 4 to 14) and R145 for adults. Admission to the Sterkfontein Caves is R88 for children, R150 for adults. Combo tickets for both places cost R143 for children and R215 for adults.
Venue: Maropeng

Sky show at the Joburg Planetarium  

If constellations and comets are your kid’s thing, be sure to take them to the “Sky Tonight” show, which runs every Friday at 8pm, and gives you a tour of the heavens. The “Space Travel” show is for 5 – 8 year olds, on Saturdays, at 10.30am.  

Price: R25 for children, R38 for adults and R140 for families
Venue: University of the Witwatersrand, Milner Park


Cape Town has a lot to offer like a day of play in the Green Point Urban Park, harbour exploring in Kalk Bay or Hout Bay as well as experiencing the thrill of  the Noon Gun blast off on Signal Hill at midday.   

Try some of these during the holidays.  

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic  

Your kids will love this live, 3D display of their favourite characters brought to life. Share the wonder of Micky Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy with your little ones at the Disney: 100 Years of Magic spectacular at the Grand Arena. Not forgetting the 21st century cartoon heroes Nemo, The Incredibles, the Toy Story Gang and all of the lovely Disney princesses.    

Date:  23 to 27 July Cost: R 150 – R 350 (family packages available)
Location:  Grand Arena, Grand West, Goodwood, Cape Town w

The Traditional Children’s Magic Festival  

For the days when you need a little indoor fun take an enchanting tour of the College of Magic's mysterious Victorian mansion in the Southern Suburbs. Let the thrilling magic and their mystical bunny entertain you and your aspiring Harry Potters.  

Date: 2 – 5 July
Cost: R 60 (includes a goodie bag)

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Kidz Season

Treat your mini-explorer to Table Mountain Aerial Cableway's Kidz Season. For the holiday season two kids ride for free with every paying adult. They will also get to do a mysterious treasure hunt map and sweet treats.  

Date:  20 June to 31 October
Cost: R215 for adults
Location: Table Mountain

City Sightseeing Bus


Enjoy this hop on hop off bus with their budget friendly 3 for 1 special – for every adult bus or boat ticket purchased, two little ones get a free ride. Some of the things your little ones can experience include the World of Birds, the Iziko Museums and the V&A Waterfront.  

Date: 20 June – 31 October Cost: R 130 for adults (when booked online)
Location: Stop 1, Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront

Kirstenbosch Garden's new boomslang walkway

This new addition to the spectacular botanical gardens lets you enjoy a phenomenal 360 degree view of the city. During the holidays there will also be puppet shows, adventure walks and creative craft workshops for kids aged 6 to 17 years too.

Date: 28 June to 20 July
Cost: R 60
Location: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Newlands

Noddy at Artscape  

The beloved Noddy character once again makes a welcome return with his merry band of friends to the Artscape Theatre. The kids will be treated to face painting, colouring in, puzzles, play tents and black bikes to ride before the show. Get there early to make the most of it.  

Date: 28 June to 12 July
Cost: R 70 Location: Artscape Theatre, Foreshore


Winter Holiday activities on offer in Durban range from outdoor fun to the educational. Entertain your little ones with some of these suggestions.  

Sea World, uShaka Marine World

The indoor aquarium is ideal for winter and keeping your energetic young children entertained. Sea World is the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere, where kids can enjoy dolphin shows, seal shows as well as penguin presentations.  

Date: Daily from 9am – 5pm.  
Venue: Ushaka Marine World

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve  

Take a family day trip to the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve and experience a guided tour along the coastal dune forest and across the Ohlange River. The guided walk is described as moderate and not too strenuous for little hikers.  

Price:  R30 an adult for the guided walk and R15 for children under 12.
Venue: Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Durban Ice Rink  

Take your kids to the Durban Ice Rink for some active fun. Skates are available for hire and sale.  

Date: Monday – Sunday 10:00 – 22:30
Venue: Stamford Hill

The Old Mutual-MTN ScienCentre, Umhlanga  

For a fun and educational day out, take your kids to the ScienCentre at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. With over a hundred interactive displays, a kids-only construction site, and a range of challenging puzzles, they're sure to enjoy themselves.  

Date: Monday – Thursday,09:00 – 19:00, Friday and Saturday from 09:00 – 21:00, and Sunday from 09:00 – 18:00.  
Venue: Gateway Shopping Mall
Contact: 031 566-8040.  

People’s Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium


Take the kids to People’s Park at Moses Mabhida Stadium. There is a kid’s play area for under 12s and a huge space on marble-like paving for the older ones to do skate-boarding and riding bikes down the ramps of the stadium.  

Price: Free
Venue: Moses mabhida Stadium

Durban Funworld  

Try this obvious but budget friendly option. Kids will get a view of the city with  a ride on the cableway as well as the tilt-a-whirl and the swing boat.    

Price: R12 per person while the kiddies’ rides cost R10 per kid. R15 for the aerial cableway and R15 per car for the dodgem ride  – which takes two people.
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