During the festive season, it can be difficult to find activities for the whole family to enjoy. Your older children might want to spend more time with their friends than their family and your younger children might be aching for an outdoor adventure or two. Meeting these needs can prove tricky.
You can do some research on “shopping malls near me” to find the perfect family fun, however, especially if you are living in Cape Town. Canal Walk is a popular shopping centre in the Western Cape and is home to a plethora of exciting activities both in and around the centre. So, if you are stuck for ideas on what to do this festive season, read on below for some tips.
Pamper yourself at a day spa
If you are feeling stressed this holiday season, you are not alone. But you can remedy this by booking a day at the Life Day Spa in Century City. Life Day Spa offers sumptuous treatments for those who are in need of relaxation and respite from the busy world, and you can book a day for friends to enjoy together before the hectic business of the festive season starts.
You can choose from packages such as “Hot Stone Heaven”, a hot stone massage that will help to relax your joints and muscles, a natural medicinal mud bath to detoxify the body and a truly divine Indian head massage. Pampering yourself before the onslaught of party planning begins will allow you to face it head-on and without any stress.
Do some holiday shopping at a market
While you might have looked up where to find gifts for friends and family, looking for ingredients for festive dishes is best done at a market. And there is the perfect fresh foods market to be found near Canal Walk known as the Century City Natural Goods Market.
There is a diverse variety of stalls to shop at, from fresh ingredients to add to your festive feast to gourmet treats the family can enjoy while strolling around the grounds. Your children will find that there are fun activities to take part in and teenagers can spend time with their friends enjoying good food and music. If you are looking for a quirky gift or two, there are arts and crafts stalls offering handmade gifts and collectables.
Have some retail therapy
There is nothing quite like the feeling of walking around a shopping mall during the festive season. The decorations have been put up, there are specials on the go and there is a feeling of excitement in the air. And what better place to treat yourself to some retail therapy than Canal Walk?
While there are many big malls in Cape Town, Canal Walk boasts up to 400 stores. Some of which include Baskin Robbins for delicious ice cream treats for the family, Clicks for perfect stocking fillers and Cotton On for fun festive fashion. You can also catch a movie or two at the Nu Metro cinemas at Canal Walk, opting for a special VIP experience for a release you have been looking forward to. Bring your children along for the Kids World Fun Zone events that will be running during the holidays for a fabulous family outing.
Movie fun in the great outdoors
If you are a movie fanatic or enjoy having unique experiences, then a trip to the Galileo Open Air Cinema in Central Park in Century City is for you. While it might not be showing the latest releases, there are always fan favourites to be seen during the festive season, such as Love, Actually, Four Weddings And A Funeral and Mamma Mia!
The screenings are held on the second Friday of every month, starting from the warmer months of November to April. And the nearby market is a great way to start the evening. Treat yourself and your family to an affordable gourmet meal from local vendors, then settle down on your picnic blanket and enjoy a fabulous film. You will need to book tickets in advance for special occasions and during the holiday season to avoid disappointment.
Take time out on an island
Intaka Island is a nature reserve that can be found in the middle of Century City. It was created when the area was first being built after it was recommended that a multi-purpose nature reserve be created to maintain the local wetlands.
There are educational tours on offer for children and families alike to educate the public about the importance of wetlands. You will also learn about the flora and fauna that call Intaka Island home. Choose between taking a guided tour from one of the knowledgeable guides or walking around the island yourself to discover what can be found there. It is an exciting family outing that is a little different to the norm.