School holidays

It’s that time of term. A time deemed differently by everyone in the household.

Children expectedly counting down the days until the final bell, and parents psyching themselves up to the challenge of entertaining their little nuggets for what seems to be an interminable holiday period.

The good news is, there are lots of ways to make the most of the school holidays that are fun, stress free and dare I mention the controversial, don’t involve screens.

So, take a deep breathe…we’ve got this. And this time we’ve categorised it for you into Action and Adventure, Creative, Outdoor and Shows.

Action and Adventure

Bugz Playpark 

The buzz at Bugz is both indoors and outdoors with a choo-choo train, jungle gyms, swinghorses, peddle carts, sand pits, horse rides, play houses, a soft play zone and much more.

Cost: from R45 per child.


Bugz Playpark
Image: Bugz Playpark website

CandyLand CapeGate (24 June – 16 July)

Cruise CandyLand at CapeGate Shopping Centre. This compelling candy house will keep the little ones entertained for hours while they jump and play in this kiddie’s paradise. Apart from the bouncy castle, there will also be arcade games, bumper cars and rides.

Cost: R50 per child, with the ticket being valid for the entire day.


Snow World at GrandWest Casino (1 May – 31 July)

The perfect winter event with plenty of snow activities…see the Animals of the Ice Age Exhibition, slitter down the ice slides, snowboard the synthetic slopes, build a snow man and then tuck in to some treats to restore lost energy.

Cost: Non-Rider Pass R50p/p. Mini Pass (includes ice slide, Ice Age exhibit and snow play area) R60p/p. Snow & Ice Rider (includes snow tubing, two ice slides, Ice Age exhibit and snow play area) R120p/p. Snow Boarding Pass (includes snowboarding and snow tubing, all ice slides, Ice Age exhibit, snow play area) R140p/p.


Snow World
Image: Snow World website

Battlefield Live SA (May – July)

Head out for an action packed day of outdoor laser tag with Battlefield Live SA. High-tech military simulation game features all the action of a paintball adventure in a controlled environment. Depending on the package kids can enjoy two hours of gaming, vests, camo paint, up to five different scenarios, state-of-the-art equipment and so much more.

Cost: You can either book a session or simply join in with others. Depending on the day of the week, session costs range from R2450 per team of 14, R3100 for a team of 20 and single player costs range from R175p/p.


Ratanga Junction

Cape Town’s ever-popular theme park caters for all ages with over 30 attractions, from exciting kiddies’ rides to rollercoaster’s and snake shows, no matter how you spend your time it promises to be full of fun.

Cost: Rider tickets (those over 1.3 metres) cost R181p/p, mini adventurer tickets (under 1.3 metres) cost R95p/p and non-rider tickets are only R70p/p (all prices exclude access to the slingshot, which carries a separate fee of R60p/p).


Rock Climbing Holiday Programme (12 – 14 July)

Keep your kiddies fit this holiday with CityRock’s rock climbing holiday programme – a two-hour workshop that runs for three consecutive days. The minimum age for participants is six years of age, and no previous experience is required.

Cost:  R630 per child for the three sessions.


City Rock
Image: CityRock on Facebook


Mini-Chef at the Table Bay Hotel (April – September)

Enrol your little MasterChef’s in a cooking class at the Table Bay Hotel. Aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, with eight classes running from April to September this new experience promises to be full of foody fun!

Cost:  R325 per child.


Art4Kids at the Spice Route (27 June – 14 July)
Paarl’s premiere wine destination is offering parents the chance to enjoy the venue (i.e. have a glass of wine) while their kiddies keep busy with art. Aimed at children seven years or older, the workshop runs from Monday to Thursday from 2:30pm – 4pm.

Cost:  R120 per child, and lasts an hour and a half. Booking is essential as classes have limited numbers.


V&A Fun (June – August)

This year, the V&A Waterfront has a lot in store for kids, from reptile gardens to rugby tots and a floating library to an innovation station; these activities are aimed at children of all ages so Mom or Dad can squeeze in some shopping time.

Cost: Prices vary, but range from R50p/p to R550p/p.



Toptots Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Choose between a Teddy Bears Picnic with your furry friends, baking, art and sensory play; or a Cosy Corner Sensory Class with hot chocolate, biscuits, themed sensory trays, soft play and garden fun, at Toptots Claremont with Kerith (she’s great with kids)!

Cost: R150 per child/session.



Kidz Season at the Cableway, Table Mountain (June – October)

Venture up Cape Town’s world wonder with their kidz season special. Two children travel free when an adult return ticket is purchased over weekends, public and school holidays. It also includes free treats and a treasure hunt.

Cost: The Kidz Season ticket special sees two kids under 18 years of age ride for free when a return adult ticket is purchased for R240p/p.


City Sightseeing Bus Tours

Board Cape Town’s Big Bus tours and soak up some of CT’s city sights. The Red City Tour, the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, the Yellow Downtown Tour, and the Purple Wine Tour – take your pick!

Cost: 1 day ticket for children R90 online – specials and other combinations can be found on their website.



Disney on Ice

The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice swirls into Cape Town and transforms the GrandWest Grand Arena from Wednesday, 19, to Sunday, 23 July 2017.

Cost: R150p/p – R400p/p, family tickets available too.


Disney on Ice
© Disney

Peter Pan, Canal Walk

Meet Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, Wendy and her brothers in a magical musical telling of the classic at Canal Walk this July, in an opportunity to suspend reality and escape to Neverland.

Cost: R80 p/p.


Pinocchio, Baxter Theatre

Follow Pinocchio and Geppetto on their adventures to Stromboli’s Puppet Theatre and inside a whale. Watch Pinocchio’s nose grow as he lies and see Jiminy Cricket magically turn into a life-size cricket. A true traditional fairy-tale with a modern twist at the Baxter Theatre.

Cost: R75 p/p.


Image: Baxter Theatre website