Things to do with Kids this Winter

Things to do with Kids this Winter

Hooray for spring with its unmistakable fresh, sweet scented and warm air, it’s happy sound of birds tweeting, and the endlessly colourful and delightful flower buds everywhere you look. It’s such a happy time of year characterised by open windows, doors and hearts, welcoming a new change and as such it’s the perfect time to shake off the winter cold and to go on a family adventure.

Here is a list of what’s on during the Spring school holidays:

Cape Town and the Cape Winelands

Excursions, Activities & Events

Kids Ahoy at the V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront must be one of our favourite family destinations as it has so much to offer and the kids simply love it. The Kids Ahoy activities include cruises on the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat, a trip on the Hamleys Express, a penguin encounter as well as a touch pool at the Two Oceans Aquarium, and much more.

Where: V&A Waterfront

When: Monday – Sunday (incl. public holidays: 09:00- 21:00

Acrobranch 

I clearly remember climbing the biggest trees in my grandparents’ garden when we were kids and it was an immense amount of fun. Wanting my son to experience the same sense of adventure and joy, Acrobranch has become a family-must-visit during the holidays as it offers a similar outdoor adventure (including some über-exciting extras such as ziplining) in a safe environment.

Where: Branches in Cape Town and the Garden Route

When:  Wednesday – Sunday (incl. public holidays: 09:00 – 17:00)

Cableway Kidz Season

This exciting special allows kids to ride the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway for free, more specifically, two kids travel free with every adult return ticket purchased (and they get some exciting freebies once at the top).

The sad news is that the special is only valid until the 30.09.17, so make the most of your first day of school holidays and pencil this excursion into your diary.

Where: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

When: 01.05.17 – 30.09.17 | 08:30 – 17:00

The Wizard of Oz Musical

Watch this charming adaptation of the classic story of Dorothy Gale at the Artscape Opera House. Adults and children alike are bound to love this musical production.

Where: Artscape Opera House, DF Malan str, Foreshore, Cape Town

When: 16.09.17 – 08.10.17

After Ever After – Children’s Play

Ever wondered what happens after the ‘happily ever after’ ending in every fairy-tale? This production will tell you – in a vibrant sing-along play suited for all ages.

Where: Masque Theatre, 37 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town

When: 28.09.17 – 07.10.17

Johannesburg

Excursions, Activities & Events

Bounce Indoor Trampoline Park

This must be one of my favourite family-friendly excursions as the entire family has a blast, literally jumping for happiness. It’s a great family hobby and keeps those fitness levels up without anyone even realising.

Where: Fourways, Midrand, Menlyn

When: Weekdays: 11h00 – 20h00

Saturdays: 08h00 – 21h00

Sundays: 09h00 – 19h00

The Johannesburg Zoo

Take advantage of the warmer weather and go for a relaxed afternoon stroll, book a guided tour or indulge in a magical family picnic surrounded by wildlife. The Zoo features the ever-popular Big 5 as well as various other interesting species – my son loves the hippo.

The Zoo also hosts various family-friendly events, such as the Zoo Trot Fun Run on the 08.10.2017.

Where: Jan Smuts Ave, Parkview, Johannesburg

When: Open Daily (incl. public holidays): 08h30 – 17h30

Papachinos Family Restaurant

This child-friendly party venue and restaurant has a large play area, child minders, a great selection of delicious food, as well as specials. Eat a family meal at one of their branches on a Tuesday and get your kids’ meals for free.

Where: Fourways, Broadacres, Clearwater, Boksburg and Silverlakes

Happy Acres Holiday Camps

The South African equivalent of the ubiquitous American Summer Camps, Happy Acres offers all kids an exciting, entertaining and stimulating home away from home. It’s an amazing opportunity for kids to interact with a big group of kids their own age who come from a variety of backgrounds.

Where: Magaliesburg

When: Spring Camp: 30.09.17 – 07.10.17

Acrobranch 

This venue promises an outdoor adventure like no other – whether you like the challenge of an obstacle course (they have various age-appropriate courses to choose from, even for toddlers), or you love the feeling of flying through the air, Acrobranch has something for everyone. Round off your day with a relaxing family picnic amongst the trees.

Where: Branches in Centurion, Rosemary Hill, Pretoria North, Melrose and Linksfield

When: Wednesday – Sunday (incl. public holidays: 09:00 – 17:00)

Barnyard Theatre – Kidz Rock

The ever-popular Barnyard has recently launched a variety of shows under their Kidz Rock banner which are aimed specifically at kids. This family-friendly theatre offers live music, and a great show in a relaxed, vibrant and fun environment.

Where: Cresta, Gold Reef City, Emperors Palace, Rivonia, Silverstar and Cape Town

When:  Specific show times depend on the branch

Have fun with your family this spring by investing in laughter and quality time together.

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