Entertain your kids on a budget this winter

The winter school holidays are here and you will no doubt have your hands full keeping your kids entertained. But what if you are on a tight budget this winter? Can you still afford to take the family out and keep them busy? Of course you can. As always,  Moneybags has done the legwork for you and has come up with some fun, budget-friendly activities to keep your kids entertained during their school holidays this winter*.

Cape Town

Peter Pan comes to life at Canal Walk

For only R70, your kids can experience the wonder of Neverland’s Peter Pan and friends in a musical show from 22 June until 14 July. The colourful scenes and costumes will keep you and your kids glued to your seats. This adventure classic shows from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30 am and 2pm. You can buy tickets at Computicket or at the ticket booth at the entrance of the show. For more information click here.

Scream-fest at Ratanga

Century City’s popular theme park is also a great way to keep your kids entertained this holiday. They will be open from 5 July until 14 July where 24 rides will be available from 10am until 5pm. For those over 1, 3 metres in height, tickets cost R162 per person while the mini rider tickets, for those under 1, 3 metres in height, cost R80 per person. There is also a R55 fun pass for non-riders. For information click here.

Make their holidays magical!

From 26 June until 29 June, kids can experience the wonder of magic at the College of Magic in Claremont. For only R50 they’ll be entertained by clowns, magicians and jugglers. There will also be a treasure hunt and exciting magic workshops for budding magicians. This family holiday experience runs daily from 10am until 2.30pm. For more information click here.

This little piggy went to Cavendish

Cavendish Square, in conjunction with the Baxter Theatre, is running a production of the Three Little Pigs until 6 July. This beloved fairytale will be shown on the mall’s lower level from 11.30am, Mondays to Saturdays, for only R45 per person until 6 July. You can book at Computicket or buy your ticket at Cavendish Square. For more information click here.

Crafty fun at the V&A Waterfront
V&A’s,  Market on the Wharf, will offer classes to kids on how to make potato prints, grow grass heads and mix your own play-dough from scratch until 6 July . Kids will learn to create their own handcrafted items like mobiles and lanterns at the Blue Shed courses, and at the aquarium kids can make their very own cardboard fish tanks. Eight spots are available per day and tickets cost R100 per person. For more information click here.


Animal party at the zoo

For R60, kids under seven can enjoy a ferry tour at Johannesburg Zoo in Parkview. Tour guides will entertain kids and their parents sharing tales about the zoo’s lions, tigers and camels. The tour takes place on the 4 July from 10am until 12pm. For R75, kids between the ages of seven and 13 years can help feed the zoo’s animals. There are also games and treasure hunts from 1 July until 5 July. Click here to find out more on the zoo’s other attractions.

Fun for the science boffins

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown offers a holiday program this winter holiday until 14 July.
Kids will see a real shark dissection, a showcase of the latest forensic techniques at the scene of the crime and witness and perform a DNA extraction. The fun will continue with a journey through the human body where they will learn about the brain, get a chance to build a model of their lungs and find out more about the respiratory system. The show takes place daily from 10:30am until 3:30pm. Adults pay R20 and kids pay R10. For more information click here.


Join in the fun at the Arts Festival

There is plenty to see and do at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, which takes place between the 27th June and 7 July. For more information about the various shows, plays, concerts and exhibits, and how much they cost, click here to view the programme.


Eat healthy

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is a popular annual event and this year it takes place between the 28 June to the 7th July and there is plenty of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Take part in township tours, fishing trips or the Waterfront Challenge. For more information, click here.


Play games

The Busyballers Holiday Clinic in Morningside can entertain your child with games ranging from Wolfie Wolfie, dodge ball, races, crafts and a jumping castle and it will only cost you R80 per child.

Fun at the stadium

There are lots of activities your children can partake in at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Segway tours cost R200 per person, or take part in an Adventure Walk at R90 per person. Alternatively you can go up the SkyCar or take part in the Stadium Tour. For more information and prices, click here.

* All prices relevant at the time of writing. However, prices are subject to change.