Things to do with your kids this holiday

The holidays are almost over but if you’ve run out of ideas on ways to entertain your children, Angelique Ruzicka has provided a round up of things you could try in the Western Cape, Johannesburg and Durban that will keep you and your children entertained and active during the break and beyond.



The Ice Age Exhibition

The doors to this exhibition opened to Gauteng audiences Saturday, 20 June and will be open until Saturday, 8 August. It is a treat for school groups, kids and even parents.  This frosty habitat for the holidays boasts 45 life-size moving animals on display.

The exhibition also offers kids a massive entertainment zone, complete with an excavation zone where kids can search for fossils, a carousel, 25m and 37m ice slides, face painting stations, and a snow tunnel complete with actual snow.

School groups interested in booking an outing outside the June-July school holiday period can email Ilani at

For more information on the venue, dates and times of The Ice Age Exhibition go to

Bookings can be made via Computicket at

Ticket prices:  Adults: R145 a person. Children (aged 18 months-18 years): R99 a child. Children under 18 months (or shorter than our sloth – 83 cm) get in free. Families (2 adults and 2 children): R435.

LEGO art exhibit

The world renowned LEGO® art exhibit, The Art of The Brick, is currently on display at The Zone at Rosebank until 2 August. Families, kids, adults, LEGO and art-lovers are treated to over 75 original LEGO® artworks on display created from more than one million LEGO bricks by US artist, Nathan Sawaya.
Tickets: Buy them from computicket  or the Facebook page at R140 for adults and R95 for kids. There’s a family package available for four tickets for R395. Entry for children under four is free.

Jungle Rumble Indoor Playground

The Jungle Rumble Indoor Playground in the Panorama Shop & Leisure Centre in Mulbarton offers a welcome relief to both children and parents in the winter holidays. Kids will enjoy jumping castles, ball ponds, play dough areas, rides, bumper cars, soccer areas, an arcade, and more. Mugg & Bean offers refreshments for parents as they enjoy some time off.

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Kids of all ages will be kept happily busy at Wonderwall, Joburg’s premier indoor climbing and a three metre high bouldering cave. There is a restaurant and bar onsite for parents.

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Milkshake experience

Take the children for a milkshake experience at the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice. Here you will find an array of ‘out of this world’ milkshakes to choose from such as Tick Tack and Kit Kat. There’s even a naughty adult milkshake made especially for the parents.

Johannesburg Planetarium 

For some educational fun, take your kids to the Johannesburg Planetarium in Braamfontein. There are kid’s shows, family shows, and The Sky Tonight Shows to keep children of all ages entertained and happy. The planetarium offers morning, afternoon, and evening shows. Show times vary, so be sure to phone ahead to book in advance.

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Maropeng’s Visitor Centre

Prehistoric humans, fossils and a glimpse of Earth’s story over millions of years, will keep you and your children alike enthralled as they tour Maropeng’s Visitor Centre, the official visitor centre for The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Maropeng is also stone’s throw to Sterkfontein Caves, world renowned for their fossil finds.

Maropeng is open from 09h00 – 17h00 daily and the last boat ride departs at 16h00. The Sterkfontein Caves are open from 09h00 – 17h00 daily and tours run every half hour.

Tickets: Adults R160; Children (4-14) R90; Children under four get in free. Buy your tickets online and you get a 10% discount.

For more information, click here.

Western Cape

Cape Town

Winter Ice slide this July at Capegate. Costs are R50 for full rider, R25 mini rider.  Each session will start on the hour and allow for a 45 minute’s ride time. However, no children under the age of three allowed.

The slide is open from June 27 until July 18 from 10am – 8pm (last entry at 7pm), Mondays to Saturdays. So not long left before this ride closes!
For more information, click here.

Eden on the Bay Mall
(Big Bay, Bloubergstrand) is planning some fun activities for kids over the Mandela Day weekend: 17, 18, 19 July from about 10h00 – 15h00 daily.

There’ll be lots of activities and games for the kids in the Courtyard over that weekend.

Colouring in, slides, jungle gyms, face painting, balloon twisting, etc. Parents can relax at nearby coffee shops and restaurants and watch their kids play.
For more information, click here.


Food, wine and grape juice tasting
It’s not just the parents that can enjoy tasting food and wine. Spier, Middelvlei and Lourensford all offer educational grape juice pairings for kids (and wine tastings for the adults).

Spier’s Eight Restaurant has a wooden jungle gym to entertain the kids. If you want to have some more family time, then you can purchase a picnic and enjoy your lunch on the lawns in the warm winter sun.

Spier also offers eagle encounters – fun for kids and adults alike. Meanwhile at Middelvlei’s boere-braai kids get to roast their own marshmallows and run around on the lawn all day.

This is a popular spot for gourmet comfort food and it’s a place where kids can tumble around in the enclosed play area outdoors – which is within sight of the tables.
For more information, click here.

Le Pommier
This wine estate has a kid-friendly restaurant special: where children under 12 eat free from the kids menu when dining with their parents this winter.
For more information, click here.

Root 44 market
The Root 44 Market (with a recently refreshed kids offering) is at Audacia on Saturdays and Sundays. They are open every Saturday and Sunday from 10h00 till 16h00.
For more information, click here.
Toy and Miniature Museum

Parents and kids get to marvel at treasured miniature houses, antique dolls, cars and cuddly toys. Visitors can also see a detailed and lifelike miniature of South Africa’s famous Blue Train, travelling from a miniature Stellenbosch to the mountains of the Karoo.
For more information, click here.


Suncoast Casino

Suncoast casino has a variety of activities that will entertain the kids this holiday season. Let them enjoy having their faces painted this weekend or test their ball skills.
Arts & Crafts (17th to 19th July 2015)
Time: 12pm – 1pm
Details: Get their faces painted in the colourful green and gold or get them to colour in the South African flag at the colouring in tables!

Kiddies Ball Skills (17th to 19th July 2015)
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Details: Skills coach will set up 3 x 20 minute rugby orientated ball skill workshops for sport loving youngsters.

uShaka Marine World
There’s lots of things for kids to do at uShaka. Check out their Kids World page on their website for ideas.

For more information, click here.

Joburg/Durban/Cape Town

Tots n Pots

Toddlers (2-3 years) can join the Sticky Fingers Club while 7-8 year olds can join the Little Chefs programme. Master Classes are offered to children over the age of eight.

For more information, click here.

There is a lot of fun to be had this holiday. Even though you might still be at work, or even want to relax a bit, don’t forget to make some time for the whole family to have fun together.