Winter school holiday activities

June 9, 2015

The mid-year school holidays are just around the corner. That means you’ll soon have to start planning fun activities which can keep your little ones occupied.


Dinosaurs at Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is putting on an exhibition of a different kind from this month. They’re showing how cycads and dinosaurs co-existed millions of years ago.

Says the South African National Biodiversity Institute: “The dinosaurs disappeared about 65 million years ago, after the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction event, thought to be caused by a massive asteroid striking the earth, that saw nearly three quarters of life on earth being extinguished. But the cycads survived.

“Today cycads are the most threatened group of living organisms, and they could soon share the same fate as the dinosaurs, but what threatens their survival is not an asteroid strike but mankind and our behaviour.”

A trip to Kirstenbosch on a sunny winter’s day may just prove to be educational for both you and your child. Children under six enter for free and under 18s get in for R10.


Hop On Hop Off

On a clear winter day not much could top a tour to see your own city. The City Sightseeing fleet of buses has a budget-friendly deal on from May to October. For every adult ticket bought, two children under the age of 18 ride free. There is a range of tour options to try, so you’ll be able to see the parts of the city you’d like to explore. You can tour the city itself, view the coastline and take a trip through the winelands. You can choose a number of activities near where you’ll be stopping. Fancy a tour of the Castle or some of the city’s museums? Simply hop off and hop on again. If you’re doing a number of activities you might want to book a night’s stay at a hotel in Greenpoint to make the most of the experience. Bus tickets can be bought online at a discounted price at CitySightseeing.co.za.


Get artistic

Artjamming is a fun and unique experience where children, young and old, get a little dirty, splashing paint around. Described as “the art of paintertainment”, Artjamming is holding holiday workshops. They take place Monday to Friday, 10am to 11.30am and cost R150 per child. The classes are available at both the Willowbridge and Waterfront branches.


See a show

Your children will love the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs taking place at Canal Walk from June 27 to July 19. The story intended to mesmerise the most energetic little children as they’re transported to a world of magic and intrigue through exquisite sets, costumes and songs. Tickets are R75 each and can be bought through Computicket.

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