The school holidays can be a head-scratching and frustrating time for kids and parents who are often faced with the reality of being ‘bored’ or ‘what to do’. Take a look at our array of activities and things to do this to cure that ‘boredom’ and don’t linger too long as spaces are filling up fast.
What better way to spend your afternoon than playing Putt Putt along the promenade in Sea Point?
The course consists of two 18-hole courses to the backdrop of the picturesque ocean views of the Sea Point beach. Each course will take you about 30-45 minutes, depending on how good or bad your swing is.
It’s an activity for all members of the family – whether your kids are looking to swing around a golf stick, or you’re an amateur looking to practice their putting skills. The course can get hot, so it’s advised to bring sunscreen and a hat along. Also bring with some extra cash just in case you’d like to eat and drink.
The best thing is that it is open 7 days a week, 9am – 9pm, so you’re not pressed for time.
Where: Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005
Stodels has a charming Animal Farm for kids to spend their afternoon playing with a variety of animals like fish, ponies, ducks, sheep, llama, birds, chickens, rabbits, hamsters and so much more!
Children can buy animal feed and hand serve some of the animals. Besides the animals, Stodels has a playground with trampolines, swings, monkey bars and a sand patch for an endless supply of active fun.
Not only is there an animal farm, but also a play park for kids to burn off some energy. There is a cafe which serves food, treats and an array of beverages to enjoy while watching the kids.
In the meantime, you’re able to view Stodels variety of outdoor accessories and plants to pretty up your home and garden.
The Two Oceans Aquarium brings ‘Music of the Sea’ to its visitors during the upcoming school holidays. Pedro the Music Man’s interactive performances showcase the music created by our early ancestors who used instruments made from the materials they found on the beach. The instruments also include Pedro’s signature flute, the Ixilongo, a simple kelp pipe which produces an astounding range of notes.
Parents of today might remember Pedro the Music Man from Kideo, the 1990s children’s television show! – Four workshops, entitled ‘The Music of the Sea’ and facilitated by Pedro the Music Man, will provide interactive and hands-on activities during which participants of all ages will have the opportunity to make their own musical instruments and to play them. These instruments include horns and pipes made from dry kelp, as well as kelp-and-shell percussion instruments.
The kelp horns and kelp pipes produce just one note each but when played together in an ensemble, they produce very rewarding and creative music. The show is a mix of storytelling and practical music workshop. It is suitable for the whole family and provides an opportunity all generations to make music together. Children will be able to take home one of the kelp instruments that they have made. The workshops are free of charge for visitors to the Aquarium on these days.
Besides these unique workshops the Aquarium provides fun and adventure for the whole family.
Cost: Standard ticket price apply | R90 Ages 4 – 13 | R140 Ages 14 – 17 | R185 Adults | Free access to Aquarium members
Dates: 21, 22, 28 and 29 March at 10h00 (please arrive at least 10 minutes before)
Venue: Auditorium at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Ages: All ages, but great for families
Availability: 50 – 80 spaces per date. Advance booking is essential
Wonderdal is one of the leading family-friendly destinations in the scenic Western Cape Winelands; a place brimming with fun and engaging activities for kids. A first of its kind in South Africa, Wonderdal is a unique edutainment centre for kids age 5-13, which is located on Hazendal, the leading family friendly destination in the Cape Winelands.
This colourful creative space combines edutech, with beautiful design and award-winning learning resources to teach children about Natural Sciences and Life Skills. The interactive experiences stimulate children’s imagination, creativity and curiosity, and encourage them to explore, learn and experiment in a playful way.
As children journey through Wonderdal, they are accompanied by the Amuki, the virtual reality inhabitants of Wonderdal. With the magical Amuki to guide them – and the real-life WonderPals to keep them safely supervised – kids will love their time in the colourful world of Wonderdal.
If the kids are peckish after their Wonderdal journey, they can grab a light bite from the Wonderdal food truck or choose from one of the kids friendly menus available at Hazendal.
A ticket to Wonderdal costs ZAR 160 on weekends and school holidays and ZAR 95 during the week for a fully supervised two hour experience. Wonderdal tickets can be booked online: www.wonderdal.co.za
Where: Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
Mini-golf is timeless and hugely popular with children and families and is a must do this March holidays. Set inside artificial caves, Cave Golf’s 18-hole mini-golf courses are great to play. The unique layouts provide a challenge for those more experienced and a fun setting for those new to the game.
Cave Golf has two courses: one at the V&A Waterfront, which is very popular, and short and compact; and one in Simon’s Town, which meanders downwards from the back of Scratch Patch and through a series of underground areas with imaginative caves, mine obstacles, an underground waterfall and mineral displays.
Both venues also have an ever-popular Scratch Patch and a Mineral World shop.
Please note that Golfers must start no later than 30 minutes before closing time.
Cost: R35 – Simon’s Town | R30 – V&A Waterfront | Deposit of R20 required for either venues
When: Simon’s Town – Mon to Fri 8.30am to 4.45pm, Sat, Sun & Holidays 9am to 5.30pm | V&A Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm, Sat, Sun & Holidays 9am to 5.30pm
Where: Dido Valley Road, Simon’s Town | 1 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Teens have a lot of stressors, plus a bunch of adults telling them what they should be doing. Very few have what the research says they need: an adult who can help them figure out what they most want, then create and execute a strategy to reach those goals.
Join for an intro workshop for parents who are struggling with their teenagers. Parents who are seeking support and guidance with the issues their teenagers are facing.Daily challenges and anxiety causing issues will be discussed. Working together to help your teen figure out what they want, whilst helping them conquer stress and build self-confidence, self-reliance and awareness of their own strengths.
Here’s how it can help:
- Coaching can help with stress, motivation, self-confidence, schoolwork, substance use, body issues, relationships, and many other adolescent issues.
- The struggle is real for teens – there’s school, social media and sports. Then there’s friends, family and The Future. The pressure is unrelenting!
- The coaching approach is 0% judgment and 100% personalized.
The outcome of the course is to help teens conquer stress and build self-confidence, self-reliance and awareness of their own strengths and values.
Cost: From R85pp
When: 28 March | 8:30am – 10:30am
Where: 25 Bergrivier Blvd S, Hoog-En-Droog, Paarl
Atlantic Surf once again hosts their quarterly a Holiday Surf Club at Blouberg Beach during the March school holiday break. The camps are aimed at 5 to 15 year-olds, and the idea is to entertain children while they learn about the ocean and how to share it with others. There are options for absolute beginners, as well as more advanced surfers.
Through interactive practical games in the ocean and on the beach, as well as ventures to the rock pools, beach clean-ups and team building activities, beginners are not only taught how to surf or bodyboard, but how to enjoy the ocean in a fun and safe way.
The Grom Academy is for intermediate to competent surfers who already know how to catch clean waves. This group will be part of the same camp but they will be surfing at the backline, with more advanced coaching to help take their surfing to the next level. Wetsuits and board can be rented for the sessions, and advance booking is essential.
Cost: From R290 per child, per day excluding wetsuit and board rental. Discounted rates apply for extended bookings
When: 23 – 27 March | 9:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Big Bay beach
As one of Cape Town’s top family destinations, Norval Foundation is going cutting edge by adding an interesting twist to their signature dedication to art. The RoboArt Robotics Workshops is the ideal way to entertain and engage inquisitive little minds over the break.
This session introduces basic concepts of coding and challenges where participants are shown how to think like a robot and watch them create pieces of art. This learning environment also encourage the importance of teamwork while fostering creativity and creative thinking while incorporating interaction with robotics So take your best friend along or make new friends at the session.
Roboart Robotics Workshop is suitable for kids and teens aged 7 to 13. Booking is essential.
Cost: Kids, ages 7 -9 – R120pp | Teens, ages 10 – 13 – R180pp
When: 27 March | Kids 12pm – 1:30pm | Teens 10am – 11am
Where: Norval Foundation, 4 Steenberg Rd, Steenberg Estate
The experts at Cricket School of Excellence are kicking off the holiday season with their ever popular March Holiday Clinic, featuring three days of a range of cricket topics, including general knowledge and playing etiquette for young enthusiasts.
On registration, each participant is given a CSE shirt and a water bottle as mementos and on the final day of the holiday workshop, parents can visit for free coaching and enjoy the Prize Giving where each child receives a certificate.
Hosted by CSE, their clinics cover all aspects of the game suitable for ages 4 – 13. Coaches work to a specific programme and cover batting, bowling, fielding, general knowledge and etiquette of the game.
Students are to bring personal equipment (with names clearly marked), box (abdominal guard; for boys age 9 and up), packed lunch, white shorts/longs and sunscreen.
Cost: R600 per child for 3-day clinic | R750 per chid for 4-day clinic
When: 25 – 27 March | 9:00am – 1pm
Where: Gary Kirsten Oval, Rondebosch