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Cool Family Stuff To Do With Kids Over the Winter Holidays
An all-weather theme park, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, laser tag, free and indoor activities plus restaurants that love catering for kids
Last Update: 21 June 2018
School’s out: put down your pens and get ready for three-and-a-half weeks of fun and madness. The June-July holidays run from 22 June to 17 July this year, but there’s no need to feel stuck for ways of keeping the brood entertained, mom and dad.
We’ve rounded up a sweet selection of places and activities where they can burn off all that extra energy – and you can get out and have some wholesome family fun, too. Plus: also look out for our awesome free and cheap adventure ideas and kid-friendly restaurants for keeping those little tummies full and happy.
PET A BUNNY, FEED A GOAT AND RIDE A TRACTOR
Thrilling but safe farm animal encounters are now a thing at this animal farm on a winery in Stellenbosch. Interact with animals: calves, horses, piggies, sheep, goats, bunnies and more; take a tractor ride with mom or dad; play in the colossal sandpit or race around the mini racetrack on pushbikes. There’s a kiosk that serves food, drinks, sweeties and wine (this is a wine farm, remember) and other activities for the family include a big cats experience and an exciting game drive. Head down to Vredenheim Animal Farm in Stellenbosch.
Open: Every day 10am–4pm, 25 June–13 July over the holidays | Thereafter: Sat–Sun, 10am–4pm.
Price: R45 per child | R25 per adultVredenheim Farm, Baden Powell Drive | Stellenbosch | Cape Town | +27 (0)83 391 5510 | firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL-WEATHER THEME PARK AND INDOOR PLAY
Cape Town’s coolest playpark does kids adventure-play right, no matter the weather. On sunny days they have loads of rides for 3 to 12 year olds, a speed waterslide that’s open to everyone between 8 and 60, horse rides, a choo-choo train and tree houses to play in. There’s also an animal farm and playhouses. And, when the weather’s not playing along, they have a stunning indoor play area near the tuckshop and restaurant, as well as eight indoor private party areas with activities, rides and games – perfect for hosting birthdays, too. Check out Bugz PlayPark in Kraaifontein.
Open: Mon–Sun: 9am–5pm
Price: Children R60 (Kids under two enter for free) | Adults: R50 | Grandparents: R35 | VIP wristbands: R120 (entrance + unlimited rides, except facepaint and the petting farm) | Ride tokens: R10 (2–6 tokens per ride) | Parties: R189–R230 per child
56 Tarentaal Street | Kraaifontein | +27 (0)21 988 8836 | email@example.com
PLAY OR SOLVE THE ESCAPE-ROOM AT THE V&A
Kids activity gurus PlayDate (Tokai) have teamed up with our good friends at HintHunt to launch a massive new indoor play area at The Watershed at the V&A. With loads of kids adventure-play areas, birthday parties, group escape games and even VR experiences on offer, while mom and dad sit and have a coffee and bite to eat from the downstairs kitchen, you have to go check out the V&A’s all-new SuperPark.
Open: Mon–Sun: 10am–7pm
Price: R120 for one hour, R200 for two, R80 for additional hours; drop & go available; escape games and VR priced separately, see their website for pricing
The WaterShed | 17 Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | firstname.lastname@example.org
LASER TAG, OUTDOORS IN A PARK
Get them away from the Xbox and into the outdoors with an exhilarating, no-pain-all-gain game of laser tag with friends. It’s perfect for groups and families and is held at various venues, including Wynberg Park and Altydgedacht Wine Estate in Durbanville. Anyone, 7 to 80, is welcome to pain-free, state-of-the-art Bluetooth laser tag adventures with Battlefield Live SA.
Where: Wynberg Park and Altydgedacht Wine Estate, or a venue of your choice for an extra fee.
Open: Book for any day of the week. Bookings can be made online at www.battlefieldlive.co.za or by contacting Renar Wheeler via email@example.com
Price: Rates depend on packages and are available at battlefieldlive.co.za. Birthday party packages also available.
Various venues |+27 (0)84 364 9979 | Renar@battlefieldlive.co.za
A luminous 3D course, complete with UV lights, 3D murals and illusions for a very unique and action-packed game of mini-golf. Experience it at Glowing Rooms in Milnerton.
Open: Fri–Sat: 10am–7pm; Sun: 10am–4pm
Price: Play: 18-hole course: R130/p. Birthdays: Specially-themed UV event rooms: R230/p (minimum 10 people)
Shop 16 | The Gallery | Milnerton | +(0)21 551 22 44 | firstname.lastname@example.org
TREASURE MAPS AND SWEETIES UP THE CABLEWAY
It’s Kidz Season again at the Table Mountain cableway. From now until 23 July, and again from 5 August to 24 September 2018, two kids ride for free with an adult whose purchase a Kidz Season return ticket, any day of the week. That’s three for one, and it includes a treasure hunt map for the kids and something sweet when they hand in their Kidz Season vouchers at the Shop at The Top.
Open: 7 Days a week, 8:30am–6pm
Price: Adult Kidz Season return ticket: R250Tafelberg Road | Gardens | +27 (0)21 424 0015 | email@example.com
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