The end of the year has arrived and as we all get ready for the festive season and a well-deserved break from work and school, it’s time to focus on some quality family time. This time of year is all about creating those special memories after all.
Here is a list of family-friendly venues and events to visit during the summer school holidays:
Excursions, Activities & Events
Jolly Roger Pirate Ship, V&A Waterfront
Explore the sights and sounds of the harbour on top of a pirate ship. How exciting! The kids will love it.
Where: V&A Waterfront
When: Open daily (incl. public holidays) | 09:30- 18:00
Take the family on an active adventure with thrilling zip lines, age-appropriate obstacle courses built among trees and an exhilarating acro-bungy experience. Round off this fun family day with a picnic, taking in the natural surroundings of the Acrobranch venues.
Where: Branches in Cape Town and the Garden Route
When: Wednesday – Sunday (incl. public holiday) | 09:00 – 17:00
Every day during the festive season is an excuse to have a party and a unique and fun party idea is a Build-a-Bear workshop. So, get a group of friends together, book a party and make your own stuffed animal.
Where: Branches at the V&A Waterfront, Tygervalley and Canal Walk
When: Open daily (incl. public holidays) | 09:00 – 17:00
This thrilling theme park is opening its doors for the festive season on the 24th November 2017. Be sure to make the most of your visit as this iconic family-friendly destination will be closing its doors soon.
Where: Ratanga Junction, Century Boulevard, Century City, Milnerton
When: 24.11.17 – 16.01.2018 | 10h00 – 17h00
Moyo at Kirstenbosch
This African-inspired restaurant is situated in the mesmering Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Enjoy a day out in nature, while having a relaxing family meal.
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
When: Open daily (incl. public holidays) | 09h00 – 18h00
Excursions, Activities & Events
In the mood for an adrenaline-fueled experience guaranteed to result in a day of family bonding? Magaliesberg Canopy offers a unique eco-adventure, ziplining through the second oldest mountain range in the world on 10 cable slides measuring up to 140m in length.
When: Open daily | 06h30 – 16h30
The Johannesburg Zoo
Every kid loves a trip to the zoo: a day in the outdoors, interesting and magical animals and creatures unknown and, best of all, the one-on-one family time.
Where: Jan Smuts Ave, Parkview, Johannesburg
When: Open Daily (incl. public holidays): 08h30 – 17h30
Roll Egoli Roller Rink
Recreate those happy roller-skate inspired childhood memories with your children at this fun venue in Bryanston. Expect a 1000m² covered skate rink, a garden with some friendly chickens, an outdoor play area as well as a child-friendly restaurant.
Where: 296 Main Rd, Bryanston
When: Tuesdays to Sundays | 09h00 – 1800 | Open until 21h00 on Fridays and Saturdays
This venue is perfect for an indoor day and offers hours of activity and laughter on a synthetic ski slope. Do something different and try your hand at skiing, bumboarding, snowboarding and tubing this summer.
Where: Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Fourways
When: Open daily | 08h30 – 17h00
Take the family on an exhilarating tree-top adventure with age-appropriate obstacle courses (yes, even for the adults), ziplining and much more.
Where: Branches in Centurion, Rosemary Hill, Pretoria North, Melrose and Linksfield
When: Wednesdays – Sundays (incl. public holidays) | 09:00 – 17:00