5 Things To Do With The Kids In Cape Town This School Holiday

School’s officially out and most parents are thinking about ways to keep the kids entertained and out of mischief for the next few weeks.

If you live in Cape Town – don’t despair! There are a host of things for you and the kids to do and I’ve compiled a list of activities happening in and around the Mother City this holiday.

  1. Snow World 

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Something for the whole family:

For the little ones, a snow play area for a real snow “touch and feel “experience, a solid ice slide at 1.2 meters high or go for a ride on the back of a friendly animal from the ice age.For the older kids and young at heart, try the two larger Ice slides. The one offers a nippy downward spiral of 40 meters, the other a radical dipper slide of 35m. For the adventure junkies, head into the “snow box” for a real snow tubing experience at temperatures of a chilly -3 degrees.   The snow box, has a first for South Africa, offering the opportunity to learn how to “Snow Board”.  The snowboarding ticket offers a lesson and all the gear needed on a dedicated snowboard slope while Mom and Dad can watch through the windows on the warmer viewing /coffee deck.

It’s all happening between 01 May – 31 July At Grand West Casino and depending on whether you ride or not, tickets range between R50 – R140 each per session

Hayley’s Joys has given away tickets to Snow World over the past 2 months & there will be one last giveaway soon! Watch this space…

      2. Cableway Kidz Season

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Between May 1 to September 30, you and your family can explore the natural beauty and grace of Table Mountain with your children during the Cableway’s Kidz Season, when two kids ride for free with an adult who has purchased a return ticket online or from the Lower Cable Station. Children can enjoy a day of fun, food and natural beauty atop Table Mountain, and even a kiddies’ treasure hunt.

We had so much fun at the kick off of the season, you can read about it here.

      3. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

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From Saturday 25 June through to Saturday 16 July, Winter Wonders offers a 3-week programme of fun, learning, walking, creativity and story-telling. Most of the events are free of charge, and there are also family focused activities for all to join in.

The Winter Wonders programme offers an opportunity to explore the most beautiful garden in Africa and learn more about the environment we live in. One of the highlights is a puppet show at Moyo restaurant retelling a San/African folktale followed by a guided walk with a botanist, Ernst Van Jaarsveld. Don’t miss herpetologist Johan Marais who is bringing in some of his reptilian friends for children to see and touch if they dare!

See full programme details on www.sanbi.org.za   & www.struiknatureclub.co.za

4. Robin Hood at Canal Walk

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Family fun and entertainment is set at Canal Walk Shopping Centre with the much-anticipated annual theatre production! This year, the age-old tale of ‘giving and equality for all’ comes to life with the telling of Robin Hood, as Centre Court is transformed into Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle.

To meet Robin, Marian, The Sherriff of Nottingham and the Merry Men, including the legendary Friar Tuck, book tickets at Computicket at a cost of R75 per person There will be three performances per day (11H00; 12H30 and 14H00) from Tuesday to Sunday.

P.S – There’s a giveaway happening on the blog right  now – Enter here

5. Dora The Explora

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Dora the Explorer – the play-along, animated adventure TV series following Dora and her best friend, Boots is coming to Town in a Pirate adventure. Dora and her pals Boots and Diego on a voyage of discovery as they embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island in search of the ultimate pirate party. Help them navigate over the Dancing Mountain and through the Silly Singing Bridge in pursuit of the Pirate Piggies. Along the way, Dora the Explorer fans will use their map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully help Dora reach Treasure Island and avoid that pesky fox, Swiper!

Dora’s Pirate Adventure takes place at Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino, Cape Town between 15-17 July and tickets are priced between R185 – R385 (no charge for children under 1). Group discounts are also available for parties of 5 or more.  Wheelchair access is also available at the show.

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