17 fun holiday events for the whole family!

Make this holiday a memorable one
Make this holiday a memorable one

With schools officially closing soon, kiddies are going to have a lot of free time on their hands, so why not fill it with memories the whole family can treasure? You're definitely not going to wanna miss out on the fun. Get out of the house this holiday and get ready for some good times!

Here's a list of family-friendly events for this holiday season: 

In and around Cape Town 

Canal Walk's Ice Slide 

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A world of frozen fun is back at Canal Walk Shopping Centre this festive season. Make sure to cool the kids down with the Ice Slide World. Open from 6 December through to 13 January 2019, the Centre Court will be transformed into a chill-out-zone with fun for the whole family.

Conscious of the fact that Cape Town is still a water-scarce area, Canal Walk will use harvested and filtered rainwater to supply the ice for the slide. 

When: 10:00–21:00 (Sessions last 45 minutes and start every hour on the hour).

Cost: R35–R100 per person

Tickets are available at www.computicket.com or from the Computicket Booth located at the event.

Meet Santa

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Holiday time means many memories will be made, and meeting Santa sure will be one of the great ones. Santa will be hard at work, listening to all the children’s wishes and checking who has been naughty or nice this Christmas! 

Where: Canal Walk Shopping Centre (Centre Court)

When: 13-24 December 2018

Time: 10am- 9pm

Cost: From R50 

Matilda - The Musical

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Who wouldn't love this childhood classic on stage? This multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company hits Cape Town's shores this December. 

The whimsical and extraordinary little Matilda, the girl with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, goes against the odds and changes her fate against her deadbeat family and evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. 

Where: Artscape (Opera House) 

When: 11 December 2018 – 13 January 2019

Cost: R120–R520 (book tickets on Computicket).

For more information, visit The Artscape Website or https://uk.matildathemusical.com/

The Galileo Open Air Cinema 

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Fresh open air and your fave family films under the stars, what could be a more magical way to spend your evening? The Galileo is sure to provide this beautiful experience for you and your little ones in the most picturesque Cape Town settings. 

When: 5 December 2018 – 21 April 2019


Wednesdays: Kirstenbosch Gardens 

Thursdays: 4 Rotating venues in Cape Town 

Fridays: 3 Rotating venues in Cape Town

Saturdays: Cape Winelands 

Sundays: Kelvin Grove 

Time: Varies according to movie (doors either open at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm) 

Cost: R89- R175 (Book tickets on Webtickets). 

For more information and the movie schedule, visit the Galileo Open Air Cinema Website

Iziko Planetarium and Museum 

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The Planetarium is always a winner, with some mind-blowing shows that will entice kids and adults alike. 

Where: Victoria Street, Cape Town 

When: Opens Tuesdays to Sundays

Time: 09:00- 17:00

For more information and bookings, visit the Iziko Museums of South Africa website

Summer Glice Rink 

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Grab the kids and get ready for some neon skating fun! This artificial mini skating rink gives you a real skating experience. Suitable for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. 

Where: Cape Gate Shopping Centre

When: Every day from 24 November to 13 January, except Christmas day.

Cost: R50 for a 40 minute session; own skates: R40

For more information, visit the Cape Gate site.

 Dino's Alive

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Get ready to be roaring with adventure at this Augmented Reality playpark with some Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops. Dinosaur lovers sure are in for a treat. 

Where: Somerset Mall Food Court

When: 1 December 2018 to 9 January 2019

Cost: R40 per child (Parents enter for free). Dino rides range from R10 to R20 each (excluded from ticket price). 

In and around Durban

Arrival of the Barn Swallows 

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2018/2019 season is now open! Come and witness these majestic birds as they venture from Europe. Perfect for your little nature lovers! 

Where: Mount Moreland, Lake Victoria

Cost: R20 pp

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

Inanda Dam World Music Festival

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This family-friendly event is perfect for all music lovers and is guaranteed to be a day of serenity and some sweet tunes!

When: 9 December 2018

Where: Inanda Dam

Cost: R200 pp; children under 5 enter for free.

Tickets available at Computicket

Marine Career course for kiddies

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Calling all little ocean enthusiasts: this one-day course is your chance to learn all about the fascinating marine world. Kids will also get the amazing opportunity to do some snorkelling. For kids aged 6-11.

When: 13 December 2018 or 14 December 2018

Where: uShaka Marine World

Price: R138 per child 

For bookings or enquiries, email education@seaworld.org.za or call 031 328 8128 during office hours.

Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights

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Join in on the fun and witness the beauty of Africa's oldest botanic garden being illuminated with a trail of beautiful Christmas lights. It wouldn't be festive season without giving back, and with the proceeds of this event going towards various charities under the Durban Botanic Gardens Trust, you'll definitely be doing so! From The Enchanted Castle to Stories from the Claus and even an Elf Village Market (to name a few), the whole family is in for a treat!

When: 14–30 December (excluding Christmas Day)

Time: 18:30

Price: R50 per ticket, if booked online or at your local Pick n Pay Store; children under 2 are free. You can buy tickets at www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay.

Limited tickets will be available each night at the door at R70 per ticket. 

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

In and around Johannesburg

Garden of Lights at Emperors Palace

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Join in on the festive magic at Gauteng's biggest Christmas celebration; an extravaganza of lights that will leave everyone in awe of the holiday spirit. 

When: 30 November 2018 to 2 January 2019 

Where: D’oreale Grande Hotel

Time: 19:00-22:00

Price: R25 per person; Festive Family Package: R100 for a family of 5 

For more information, visit the Emperor's Palace website

Family Outdoor Movie Night 

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Get cosy while you enjoy a movie with your little ones. Bring your blankies and picnic baskets along for an outdoor screening of the popular animation, Zootopia

When: 8 December 2018

Where: Hotel Grass Area, Emerald Resort and Casino, Vanderbijlpark

Time: 19:00

Cost: R80 pp

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

Play Lab Workshop

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Let's get messy!

This workshop focuses on early childhood development and is suitable for kids aged 8 months to 5 years old. Kids are able to express themselves creatively and learn language and social skills as gross as fine and gross motor skills; crucial for their development.

Where: Various venues

When: Wednesdays

Time: 10am to 10.45am and  15pm to 15:45pm

Cost: R180-R600 

The Boy Who Cried Ninja

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This play is based on the popular tale of The Boy Who Cried Wolf and an adaptation of South Africa's own Alex Latimer's children's book. The play involves a young boy who is telling the truth but nobody believes his story. 

When: 4-12 December 2018

Where: Pieter Toerien Theatre, Montecasino, Fourways

Time: TBC

Cost: R150

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


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Get splashing away at this summertime dream. No summer holiday can be complete without a good swimming day... or ten.

When: 25-26 December 2018

Where: Weekend Market, cnr Nasrec Rd and Rifle Range Rd, Johannesburg

Time: 9:00

Cost: R100-R150

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

SPAR Carols by Candlelight with Jacaranda FM 

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Kick off the festive season by celebrating the spirit of Christmas with some amazing performances including the likes of Connell Cruise, Craig Lucas, Paxton, Swing City, Claire Johnston, Rubber Duc, Roan Ash and the Ndlovu Youth Choir, who will bring in the festive cheer to Johannesburg.

The Christmas spirit will also be hitting Pretoria with performances by Jo Black, Karen Zoid, Kurt Darren, Charlize Berg, Nadine and Nianell (joined by Swing City) and the Ndlovu Youth Choir.
Come though with toys to donate to children in need.

For the kiddies, there will be jumping castles, face-painters, games, crafts, buskers, movies and more!

Jacaranda FM will also broadcasting live from both events.

Where: St. Stithians College (Jhb), Loftus Versfeld (Pta)

When: 8 December (Jhb), 11 December (Pta)

Time: Events open at 16h00 and the programme will officially kick-off at 19h00 – 21h00.

Cost: Free entry, toy donations will be appreciated

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