10 Family-friendly ways to find your Mother City school-holiday chill

2018-03-10 12:30 - Saara Mowlana
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The school holidays are nearing and if you're fearing being cooped up all day with the kids at home, these events are here to make sure your holiday is well spent!

Whether you wish to walk through fun and pretty markets or merely explore the natural wonders and hidden gems of the Cape, this school holiday promises to be one jam packed with activities!

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If you do find yourself and your family wandering the Cape between 29 March and 9 April, keep your eyes peeled for one of the following events:


Galileo Open Air Cinema

Make the holiday movie nights memorably by stringing along the family to an outdoor cinematic experience. Under the open evening sky and stars, kick back on grass lounging cushions as you and your family are taken on a movie night experience. 

For movie listings, venues and times, check out the Galileo Open Air Cinema website.

West Side Story

Following a series of sold out seasons in both Cape Town and Joburg, the popular musical, West Side Story, is back at the Artscape Opera House

The show is based on a conception of Jerome Robbins with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and will feature a full, live Orchestra. Book your tickets here.

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Cape Kids Collab exhibit

The Mother City is calling all of the moms and expectant moms to the forefront with this event. This event promises proudly South African and local mom, baby & kid's brands who will showcase their goods and services aimed specifically at Mom, Babies, Infants, Toddlers and Kids. The collab will boast about 100+ unique collaborators for the ultimate shopping experience for Mommies and Mommies-to-Be.

Bring along the kids for tons of fun at the Cape Town Aquarium next door and a live performance by soon to be announced local performers. Food and beverages will be available. Snag your tickets here.


Thrift Fest After Dark

Mosey on down to the Kenilworth Racecourse on 31 March and get your thrift fest on after dark. There will be a bar, Thrift GALORE, antiques, festival wear, fitness wear, decor, piercings, bands, a kiddies section and more!

Bring your family, friends, co-workers, dogs and kids. Tickets will be available on Quicket soon at R20 for adults, R10 for kids . Tickets will be for sale at the door for R30. Line-up to be announced soon.

Blue Bird Garage Sunday markets

Market you way over to the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods market in Muizenburg on 1 April. This event takes place on the first Sunday of every month and promises a fun experience for the whole family. It features tasty food, refreshing drinks, awesome shopping options and insures good vibes. The kids area and jungle gym will be open to keep the little ones entertained, while you relax and enjoy your Sunday. The event is also dog friendly and they ask guests to keep your pooches on a leash. Treat your family to an outing and hopefully a few snacks.

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Clay Cafe

Let your creativity flow alongside your tea or coffee at the Clay Cafe. Paint some ceramic art on mugs, plates, kettles or saucers while you sip on delicious tea and indulge in an interactive cafe experience sure to keep the entire family enthralled. Make your booking here.

Table Mountain Cable Car

Take your holiday to another level by hitching a cable car ride up to the top of Table Mountain to enjoy the breathtaking views and snap pics of the dassies with your kids. To view prices, buy tickets and keep track on the mountain weather conditions, click here.

Up Cycle along the coast

Get your family up and cycling along the coast in Sea Point to keep them both active and entertained this holiday. This fun activity costs only R70 per person for a whole hour and is sure to have you wanting more as you soak in the fresh salt air and the vistas. For more pricing information click here.

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Putt away the holiday stress

R20 a head will get you and your family hitting it off over Putt Putt at Mouille Point in Sea Point. The location has two courses for you to choose from and 18 holes of varying difficulties and is sure to fuel some healthy competition and exhilaration under the Cape sun.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Take an aquatic trip over at the Two Oceans Aquarium and immerse yourself and family in the wonders of the sea world. Online booking allows for a 10% discount. Adults are charged about R150 per person and children under four years of age enter free while the rest range between R70 and R110. Buy your tickets here.

Ratanga Junction 

This family fun park has brought joy and adrenaline fuelled entertainment under the sun for the past two decades. This theme park is officially closing its doors for the final time come 30 April. Grab the family and experience the nostalgia of blood pumping rides like the Cobra rollercoaster or cool down vibes like the Monkey Falls. Relive the hype one last time with the family before Ratanga Junctions is merely a memory and a nostalgic tale.

Prices range between R70 and R180 with certain additional costs for certain rides - for more on this, click here.