The winter school holidays are here and nervous parents wondering what to do with their energetic broods should rest easy because Cape Town has endless activity and inspiration for curious minds and busy bodies.
Says Velma Botha, Executive Marketing Manager at Cape Town Tourism; “Cape Town often experiences exceptional blue sky days at this time of the year so plenty of running around in the fresh air is ahead, and for those rainy days, we definitely have a feast of entertainment for children to enjoy these July holidays.”
Top attractions’ activities
It’s a great time to explore the city and with the Table Mountain Cableway offering two free kids tickets per every adult riding, families can head straight to the top of the mountain for a bird’s eye view, hiking opportunities, eating at the top
and a dassie encounter or two.
Back on the ground, City Sightseeing, with its famous red busses is offering free passageto under -5 year olds (maximum two kids per adult) and all kids get a free activity pack with colouring-in book and crayons. For older kids there is an excellent child-friendly audio guide to the bus journey too.
The V&A Waterfront is always a hit with the kids; not only for the thrill of watching the passing boats and spotting seals, but also thanks to their outdoor play area and frequent free concerts.
Interesting indoor activities
Budding professors can be steered to the Science Centre in Observatory or sign them up for the Robotics Workshops atIziko Museums. Kids and nature just go together, so Kirstenbosch’s Winter Wonders events are ideal as are the Elemental Kids workshops; where children play and learn by elemental themes.
Free outdoor activities
Spend sunny days in the Greenpoint Urban Park or visiting the Oranjezicht City Farm; both of which are free – and World Design Capital Projects. Other great things to do for free include a picnic and some squirrel feeding in the central city’s Company’s Garden, spending hours on the beach or exploring rock pools and visits to the library (many have holiday programmes too).
The newly opened Boomslang Canopy Walkway in Kirstenbosch is a great add-on to an already magical visit to the Gardens and kids (up to the age of 17) have free entry to the Gardens between 30 June and 17 July 2014.
Domestic winter special offers
For South Africans travelling into Cape Town for the holidays Cape Town Tourism has negotiated excellent deals on flights, accommodation and car hire, with lots of well-priced activities and restaurant specials to explore. Trip planners should visit http://www.capetown.travel/deals to find value-for-money options.
Additional Cape Town Tourism resources, free to use:
For a list of fun stuff to do with kids in Cape Town this school holidays (27 June – 21 July), click here.
For a list of 7 free winter school holiday things to do with the kids in Cape Town, click here.
For a list of free and affordable indoor activities for kids in Cape Town, click here.
For a list of free and affordable outdoor activities for kids in Cape Town, click here.
For a list of family-friendly markets, click here.