Cheaper winter activities

Winter is a time when many people want to hibernate, and only leave their homes when they have to. But fun activities are not only reserved for the summer months. Moneybags journalist Jessica Anne Wood looks at some cheap winter activities that you can take advantage of.

Cape Town

Capetonians are renowned for staying indoors when it’s cold and rainy. Yet the Western Cape offers a host of things to do, and you shouldn’t let a little rain dampen your spirits.

  • A taste of culture:

On the last Wednesday of every month enjoy Cape Town’s museums with a night out at the V&A Waterfront. Entry is free.

  • Enjoy nature:

For those interested in fitness and enjoy the great outdoors, a park run could be the thing for you. There are a number of park runs around Cape Town, as well as other cities around the country including Johannesburg, and they are a great way to meet new people. Best of all they are free. For more information and to find one near you, click here.

  • Go to a theme park:

Who doesn’t love a theme park? Get the kids out the house and enjoying the fresh air. Tickets for Ratanga Junction start at R70 per person for a fun pass (perfect for parents who are not going on any of the rides), R95 per person for a mini adventurer ticket (below 1.3m tall) and R179 per person for a full adventurer ticket (over 1.3m tall).

  • Enjoy a meal out:

Durbanville Hills currently boasts a winter warmer special where you can enjoy a two course meal for R175 per person. This includes a glass of wine on arrival, and your choice of a main and dessert. A perfect date-night outing when you leave the kids at home.


There are a host of activities for families to enjoy in Joburg during the winter months.

  • Climb the walls:

With locations in both Johannesburg and Cape Town, CityROCK is an indoor wall climbing centre. A day pass, with gear rental costs R260 per person for adults, and R210 per person for children under 18 years. While a little pricey, it could be a fun day out for the family that doesn’t involved staring at a computer, TV or cell phone screen and gets your kids active.

  • Get your hands dirty:

Feed your children’s imagination and get their hands dirty at the Pottery Junxion for painting and mosaic workshops. This is available for every child aged seven years and older. Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday mornings 09:30 to 12:30. Saturday classes run from 9:30 to 12:30, and 13:00 to 16:00. Workshops cost R95 per person for a three hour lesson, excluding all product. Booking is essential.

  • Go for gold:

Spend a family day at the Gold Reef City Theme Park. A little pricier than some of the other options, Gold Reef City offers a host of rides and games for people of all ages to enjoy. The theme park is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, exceptt during Gauteng public school holidays, with operating hours between 09:30 and 17:00 Wednesday to Sunday. The ticket prices start at R110 for a non rider (above 1.3m), R120 per person for people under 1.3m, and R190 per person for a thrill rider ticket for people over 1.3m.

  • Fly with the birds:

Visit the Monte Casino Bird Gardens and get a glimpse of some beautiful and exotic birds, before sitting down to enjoy the Flight of Fantasy Show. The gardens are open 08:30 to 17:00 Monday to Sunday, including public holidays. The Flight of Fantasy shows are at 11:00 and 15:00 on weekdays, and 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00 on weekends and public holidays.

Children under two years get in free, while children between two and ten get charged R45 , adults and children over 11 years are R70.

  • A walk with history:

If you are looking for a more cultural experience, why not immerse yourself in the country’s history with a visit to the Apartheid Museum? The museum is open Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00. Tickets cost R85 per person for adults, and pensioners, university students, and tickets for children cost R70.