Schools out, Santa’s sleigh bells are ringing and 2016 is knocking at our door. There’s about 5 weeks where we need to keep the kids entertained before schools open in the new year and if you are lucky enough to be able to get out of town for a vacation, that’s half your problem solved.
However for those of us who are having a stay-cation we will need to get creative to keep the kids entertained and free from cabin fever. Day trips will be the answer to this and we are so blessed to be living in Cape Town as there is just so much beauty and adventures awaiting! You don’t have to be a hundred miles away to have fun 🙂
Here are a few ideas on my list to keep Alyssa and Aidan entertained this holidays
1. Picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens
Last month I accompanied Alyssa on a school outing to Kirstenbosch gardens. I hadn’t been there in many years so I really looked forward to it. The gardens are just magnificent and there’s even a dinosaur exhibition currently on display (I believe it will be there for another year or so) which the kids really loved. After a tour through the exhibition we sat down and enjoyed a lovely picnic under a gorgeous tree and the kids ran around chasing the Egyptian geese lol. There’s also a Moyo restaurant in the garden with a kiddies play area which we will most probably check out the next time we are there. Entrance to the garden is R55 per adult, R15 for children between 6 and 17 years and its free for children under the age of 6.
2. Root 44, World of Adventure in Stellenbosch
Remember I told you about the numerous parties Alyssa attended in October and November? One of the parties was hosted at the kiddies play area at the Root 44 Market in Stellenbosch. Open on Saturdays and Sunday’s, the market boasts a wonderful selection of food and drink as well as a number of arts and crafts, clothing and jewelry stalls. Why not find some Christmas gifts there, while you’re at it!
Entrance is free to the market, there is however a charge to enter the kiddies play area.
3. Ice Galaxy at Canal Walk Shopping Centre
On the 3rd of December, my whole little family was lucky enough to attend the launch of the Ice Galaxy in Canal Walk. Kurt and I had a fab time test driving the biggest 90m slide, Alyssa cruised down the baby slide while Aidan watched us with amusement. There’s also another “in-between” sized slide for children who are not yet ready to take on the big mama of slides.
Tickets are available through Computicket at a cost of R80 per person for a full rider ticket, R60 for a mini-rider (ages 2-5), R30 for non-rider snow play only and R20 for non-rider
4. Giraffe House in Stellenbosch
A firm family favorite – as we celebrated Alyssa’s 2nd Birthday here. The kids just love meeting Jerry the Giraffe and all the other animals too. There’s crocodiles, ostriches, zebra and even a Warthog! There’s also an interactive reptile show which takes place at certain times as well as a kiddies play area. You are also welcome to bring your picnic blanket and basket. Entrance to the park is R50 for adults, R35 for seniors and R30 for children between the ages of 2 and 15. Remember to bring cash with you as there are no card facilities!
5. Kiddis Carnival, Lekke Neh Restaurant at Weltevreden Restaurant in Stellenbosch
We hosted Alyssa’s first birthday party here just a few months after the restaurant was opened. The restaurant boasts the most amazing outdoor kiddies play area! Kids are also able to make their own pizza’s while Mom and Dad can sit back and enjoy a nice meal. Alyssa and I also had a shoot here for a blog post as the gardens are just magnificent with the gorgeous peacocks strutting around.