Another year has flown by too fast, and parents across the Cape are desperately trying to to peel their kids off the couch and away from the TV. Look no further – we’ve compiled a list of places, activities and workshops that will keep your kids busy and breathing fresh air these holidays! So prepare your sunscreen and get ready for some fun. Note that advance booking is absolutely essential.
OFF THE MARK
With the holidays looming and a variety of running events on the roster, Off the Mark is once again hosting its annual Athletics Holiday Clinic this summer. The workshop is perfectly suited for young sprinters and middle-distance athletes alike (and even better for those who aren’t sure which of these categories they fall into.)
This final fitness clinic for 2018 is aimed at coaching kids’ track running and works with a triple-station structure, where small groups of athletes move between three stations to experience every aspect of the action and learning experience. The 2018 Athletic Holiday Clinic edition has increased its competitive aspects, having found in the past that athletes bring the best out of themselves when they are motivated by competing.
Off the Mark is a local pioneering initiative with years of experience in shaping and improving kids’ skill set on the track – it’s a great way to get your kids active this summer.
Where: Rustenburg Girls High School, 44 Campground Rd, Rosebank, Cape Town
When: 10 to 14 Dec | 9am to 10.30am – (Bookings close on 6 Dec)
Cost: 1 day R200 | 2 days R320 | 3 days R420 | 4 days R500 | 5 days R560
ATLANTIC SURF HOLIDAY CLUB
Atlantic Surf Co. is hosting a Holiday Club for kids between the ages of 5 to 15 years old, aimed at introducing beginners as well as advanced kids into the ocean with entertaining, interactive activities.
Atlantic Surf Co. teach kids the basics of surfing/body boarding with an emphasis on fun, because “kids learn more when they are having fun”. They also cater for kids who are already catching clean waves, by having a crew member accompany them to the back line. And surfing is not all they have to offer. There are also rock pool swims, beach and water games, short hikes, beach clean ups and lots more.
The Atlantic Surf Club is not a course, so kids and teens can participate for as many days as they choose.
Where: Atlantic Surf Co operates from Big Bay in Bloubergstrand
When: Weekdays from 10 Dec to 16 Jan | 9am to 12.30 pm
Cost: R290 for 1 day | Package deals from R480 to R1500
Breakaway Rides offers kid-specific mountain bike workshops, equipping young ones and teens with the necessary techniques and practical application needed to improve their riding.
The workshops teach the core skills of mountain biking – including correct body posture, cornering with control, manoeuvering the bike on rough terrain, dealing with drops and tackling obstacles – and harness these skills by gradually (and safely!) introducing trickier trails. The final day fine-tunes the kids’ acquired abilities, so that they may get the most out of every inch of the trails and ride with great flow. Games and other activities are incorporated to keep the training fun and interactive – such as the 20-minute race included at the end of the last day. Ride locations per workshop are made up of a selection of Hoogekraal, Contermanskloof, Bloemendal, and/or Constantia Bike Park.
A catered-for snack break is included in this workshop, as well as a goody bag for all participants. The kids’ workshops are aimed at the age groups of 5 to 7 years old and 8 to 10 years old; the teens’ workshops are for ages 11 to 15 years old.
Where: Various bike parks around Cape Town including Constantia Bike Park, Contermanskloof, Bloemendal, and Hoogekraal
When: Workshop 1: 10 Dec (9am) to 12 Dec (11am) | Workshop 2: 13 Dec (9am) to 15 Dec (11am) | Workshop 3: 7 Jan (9am) to 9 Jan (11am)
Cost: R1090pp for full workshop | R410pp for one day
Get the little ones active and away from the iPad with Bugz Playpark this summer. The park offers loads of fun indoor and outdoor activities, rides and play areas to entertain kids.
Included in this bundle of fun are colourful jungle gyms, slides, swings, play houses, choo choo trains, rowing boats, pedal bikes, water slides, swing horses, a splash pool, a castle and obstacles to crawl all over. And because Bugz Playpark knows how important it is for little ones to interact with animals, there is also a petting farm and horse rides.
A ‘Yum on the Run’ snack store and Bugz Bite restaurant is also available to keep tired children (and parents) fuelled.
Where: 56 Tarentaal Rd, Joostenberg Vlakte, Cape Town
When: Every day | 9am to 5pm
Cost: Adults R60 | Pensioners R45 | Kids R70 (excludes rides) | VIP Day Pass R140 (includes rides)
When school is out, arts and crafts are in! Canvas Club offers a playful and encouraging environment where kids of all ages can immerse themselves in arts and crafts.
Exposing kids to these creative activities increases their problem solving abilities, helps bilateral coordination, improves fine motor skills and visual processing abilities, encourages their creativity and innovation, empowers them and teaches them to express themselves.
This summer holiday, Canvas Club is running a holiday club that offers the atmosphere and array of media needed for kids to explore and embrace their inner artist. The holiday club is held in Durbanville, Somerset West and Tamboerskloof – so it is easily accessible. The club is for ages 2 to 13 years old.
Where: Canvas Club, Rust & Vrede Gallery, 10 Wellington Rd, Durbanville | Canvas Club, NG Hottentots-Holland, 85 Gordan Rd, Somerset West | Canvas Club, St Barnabas, 36 Camp Str, Tamboerskloof
When: 13 to 21 Dec | Times vary (see their website for further details)
Cost: R100 per class
Contact: Durbanville branch: firstname.lastname@example.org | Somerset West branch: email@example.com | Tamboerskloof branch: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Facebook: Canvas Club
FUNTASTIC PLAY AND PARTY VENUE
At Funtastic Play Venue this summer holiday, Maddy Magoo Table Bay is hosting Magical Christmas Workshops.
Maddy Magoo Table Bay teaches kids to build their very own festive house in the the Magical Elf Village. Each workshop includes up to half hour of play time in the Funtastic Play Area, which is filled with jumping castles and play frames to jump and climb, as well as a ball pond. If your child gets tired, they can retire to the reading corner that provides books for all reading levels.
If you’re not participating in the workshop with your child, the Funtastic coffee shop is available with Funtastic eats, treats and drinks.
Booking is essential to avoid disappointment, as there are only 2 workshops and 4 time slots available and space is limited. Every workshop includes a free Christmas hat.
Where: Funtastic Indoor Play and Party Venue, 4 Columbus Park, Columbus Crescent, Rivergate (close to Parklands)
When: 14 & 15 Dec 2018 | 10.30 to 12.30 & 2pm to 4pm