Have your first experience of an entirely sustainable home at Green Point Park from 1 - ...
7 Things to do this week(end)
Cage dive with a shark, relax with a movie or climb to new heights up Table Mountain
Nature, outdoors and sustainability is the theme of the week. Head out to Green Point Urban Park and take a stroll through Cape Town’s first full-size net zero carbon home. For an adrenaline kick, take a drive to Gansbaai and cage dive with a great white shark, or give your nerves a break and catch a cult classic film at the Galileo Drive-in Cinema, plus 7 more things to do this weekend.
VISIT A FULLY SUSTAINABLE HOME
Monday, 1 March, the City of Cape Town's Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato, walked through Cape Town's first full-sized net zero carbon home. This future-fit home is the work of four recent graduates who won first prize in Cape Town's ultimate "clean green home" design competition. Think solar power generators, a passive cooling system, a rainwater harvesting system, and an edible food garden. You can take a virtual tour of this sustainable home, or you can pay a visit to the 'My Clean Green Home pop-up' exhibition in Green Point Urban Park.
Date: Everyday, 1 - 14 March; 10am until 4pm
WATCH CLASSICS AT THE GALILEO
The Galileo Open Air Cinema is back with two majestic experiences. Book the exclusive Galileo Royale and watch movies like Moulin Rouge at the romantic Casa Labia in Muizenberg or Notting Hill at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in (Granger Bay) every Wednesday. Top notch food will be available on site and the experience comes with a welcome drink, appetisers and popcorn. Or take the family to drive-in movie nights Fridays to Sundays at venues in Durbanville, Rondebosch, Gardens and Constantia, to watch everything from rom com favourites, to award winning dramas and children’s classics at The Galileo.
Date: Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
GET DISCOUNTS ON SHARK CAGE DIVING
Whether you are an adrenaline junkie or nature lover, sighting a shark in its natural habitat is an exciting experience. That’s why people come from all over the world to see the great white sharks in Gansbaai, known as the great white shark capital of the world. White Shark Diving Company, based in Gansbaai, is currently running spectacular specials for shark cage diving. Prices are up to R700 less than usual and don’t forget to ask for the CapeTownMagazine.com reader’s special when you book any Shark Cage Diving Tour Packages.
Date: Every day: Monday to Sunday, 8 am till 4 pm
CHOOSE YOUR SNACKS, HAVE A PICNIC ON THE LAWNS
Picnic Cafe & Deli at Montebello Design Centre in Newlands has a novel concept: when you order your food from the deli counter, it’ll come neatly packed in a picnic basket. You can choose to have it at one of the tables under the trees (some with couches, others with chairs) or you can take a blanket and find a more secluded spot around the centre. There is also a play area for kids and games for the older crowd to play at the Picnic Cafe & Deli.
Date: Mondays to Sundays, 7am till 4pm
You may also like: discovering hidden sculptures and playing in a giant bamboo fort at Little Stream Farmhouse Deli
ENJOY A WEEKEND GETAWAY AT REDBERRY FARM
At Redberry Farm in George, it isn't just about the tons of fun activities available for the kids (horse riding, boat rides, giant hedge mazes and more). It's also a great spot for a weekend getaway the whole family will enjoy. Redberry Farm offers a charming self-catering cottage near George. The cottage sleeps four people and is only a 5 minute drive away from Fancourt, the centre of George and Herolds Bay Beach. Treat your family to a relaxing weekend away with Redberry Farm's George cottage.
ADMIRE THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF SOUTH AFRICA WITH A VINEYARD STROLL
Take in the Western Cape’s spectacular scenery with a Cape Point Vineyards walk. The vineyards are open to the public every Saturday and Sunday, plus you can bring a picnic blanket and stock up on snacks from the wine shop inside. You can also buy a bottle of wine to have with your picnic or have lunch in the Cape Point Vineyards Restaurant after your vineyard walk.
Date: Every Saturday and Sunday
You may also like: to take a ride in and around Spier Wine Farm on a segway tour
SEE THE WORK OF GABRIELLE GOLIATH AT THE IZIKO MUSEUMS
Gabrielle Goliath is a multimedia artist and gender activist who won the 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts. Her powerful exhibition This song is for… is showing at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and is made up of a unique collection of dedication songs, each one chosen by a survivor of rape. They also chose a colour and wrote a reflection to accompany it. There are strict Covid-19 policies to ensure your safety when you visit the Iziko Museums.
Date: See article, as times are dependent on which of the museums you visit
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LISTEN TO OLD VINYLS WHILE YOU BROWSE ART
Take the weekend to browse legendary South African artist Sam Nhlengethwa's colourful figurative and collage works. He’s sharing an intimate look into his love for his family and jazz from his personal vinyl collection. Break up your date with Nhlengethwa's The Still from Life exhibition with a coffee and toastie at the café when you visit the Rupert Museum.
Date: Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 5pm & Saturday to Sunday, 10am - 4pm
CRAFT YOUR OWN UNIQUE GIN AT DISTILLERS & UNION
Gin lovers listen up! Try your hand at crafting the perfect gin. Distillers & Union offer a gin-making course where you can personalise everything from your favourite fragrant botanical spices to the alcohol level and even the logo. The co-founders Simon Von Witt and Warren Harries-Jones have some award-winning vodkas, rums and a spicy, fiery ginger beer range ready for you to sample at Distillers & Union.
Date: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 6pm
You may also like: finding out what other spectacular selection of gin tastings Cape Town has to offer
ENJOY TEA AND A SNACK AT THE SA JEWISH MUSEUM
The SA Jewish Museum currently has an exhibition entitled Ground Breakers: A History of Progressive Judaism in South Africa. It delves into how the Jewish community in South Africa contributed to advancing women's role, building bridges to other faiths and taking outreach projects into African townships. After the exhibition, kick back and relax at the museum’s cafe, or see the other fascinating permanent exhibits at the SA Jewish Museum.
Date: 13 December 2020 - no end date yet
LEARN ABOUT WEIRD AND WONDERFUL CREATURES AT TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
Take a trip to Two Oceans Aquarium for everyone's favourite: penguins. It's hard to resist visiting these adorable seabirds in tuxedos. This is just one of the species visitors can see, they have so many fascinating exhibitions to marvel at. Take the kids to see some of the 8 000 wonderful sea creatures at South Africa's most famous aquarium, like jellyfish and other amazing invertebrates (some of which don't have a brain or heart) at Two Oceans Aquarium.
Date: Daily, 9:30am - 6pm weekdays & 9am - 6pm weekends
You may also like: treating the little ones to a friendly alpaca, a visit to the space agency and other free and cheap things you can do with the kids
HAVE A FLAVOURFUL DAY AT MAKERS LANDING
If you haven't gone to the new district of the V&A Waterfront for young local foodie talent, you're missing out. Maker's Landing is a food community, where the brightest minds in food can hone their skills. Think shisanyama, samosas and a gatsby sandwich – classic, simple South African food with a gourmet twist. They have also started doing delivery boxes stocked with gourmet burgers, crispy samosas and more. If you're planning your summer holidays, make sure you don't miss Makers Landing.
Date: Thursday to Saturday: 10am-7pm, Sunday: 10am - 5pm
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GET TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH TABLE MOUNTAIN AERIAL CABLEWAY
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers a full year of unlimited visits with their Cable Card (limited to one ride per day). If you've had a birthday during lockdown, you can claim a free ride. You can also treat the kids to an interactive learning experience with Table Mountain Aerial Cableway's Class in the Clouds programme. Take the weekend and scale to the top of Cape Town's most treasured natural wonder and explore over 1 500 plant species on Table Mountain.
Date: Daily, weather permitting
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