21 Things to get up to with the kids in Durban

2016-04-01 17:16 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - If you're pulling out your hair because entertaining the family means coughing up cash - we've got just the remedy for you. 

Instead of leaving the kids over to their own devices (read: boredom), amp up the family and do some stimulating activities together. 

Whether you're a laid-back, leisure-loving family that enjoy market days, or an action-driven power pack hunting for the next adventure, we've got you covered. 

Here are 21 of our favourite family activities in Durban. 

Magical Markets

There are plenty of really, really good markets in and around Durban. Most of them provide great entertainment for kids.  

Greyville Durban - Moms, tots & pops Expo, exhibitors, fun play areas, kids entertainment, food court

The Stables Lifestyle Market - Lifestyle, entertainment and moonlight market with international stalls that is family and pet friendly

Essenwood Craft Market -  A weekly Saturday craft market for the whole family with kids play area and food court

I Heart Market – A monthly market show casing hand crafted, homemade and locally designed goods at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Karkloof Farmer’s Market - The Karkloof Farmers’ Market is a fresh produce market offering high quality, choice, fresh produce from local farmers and producers in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands

Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market - Farmers market, organic foods, fresh produce and crafts

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Out & About

A great (and affordable) idea for a family day trip is to head to the hills! Durban sits on the awe-inspiringly beautiful East Coast and this is surely something to embrace. 

Here are a few of our favourite hiking and outdoor adventuring spots: 

Virginia Nature Reserve – a 38ha reserve in the heart of Durban North where you can see blue duikers, mongoose and some rare bird species.

Durban Botanical Gardens – the perfect, scenic spot for an easy morning or afternoon stroll. The Gardens also hosts concerts, which make for perfect family outings.

Valley of 1000 Hills – take the kids on a vintage steam train, the Umgeni railway, one of the country’s oldest railway lines. The train journey is from Kloof Station to Inchanga Station and back and happens on the last Sunday of every month. 

Beset Durban – Take the family on a culture expedition and join one of their brilliant public walks through the city for free. 

The Beachwood Mangroves Reserve - This reserve is open to the public on the third Saturday of every month from 08:00 to 13:00. 

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Durban Skate Parks – There are a few - Bay of Plenty offers free entrance, and Wave House in Umhlanga charges members R20 for the day while non-members pay R40.  

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve – Opt for a guided stroll through the coastal dune forest and across the Ohlange River towards the Umhlanga Lagoon. 

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Pack the Action

Need to rid yourself and the kids of some extra energy? Durban and surrounds is just the place for you...

Durban Funworld - Did you know that during the school holidays, Funworld is open until late every day?!

Wave House - The Flow rider is R50 an hour for members and R75 an hour for non-members. The supertube costs R60 for the whole day.

Hillcrest Paintball
– No better way to rid yourself and the kids of some passive aggressive that through shooting at one another… right!? 

uShaka Marine World
– This is always a must in Durban. Go to the Sea World aquarium and marvel at the incredible sea creatures or take the plunge at the Wet ‘n Wild slides. 

Giba Gorge MTB Park
– This is just the place for the kids to rid themselves of extra energy built up during the school term. There’s a BMX track and a 40km mountain bike trail that meanders through the wooded farmlands overlooking the Umtamvuma River Gorge.

Groovy Balls Adventure Park
- The Park offers different courses such as the “Kamikaze Run” – a 120-metre downhill roll in an inflated, see-through plastic ball.

PheZulu Safari Park
- If the kids like facing up to all sorts of creepy creatures, a visit to the PheZulu Crocodile and Snake park will be a treat.  They also offer game drives for relatively cheap. 

Moses Mabhida Stadium
– The best views of Durbs, from the top of the Stadium. There’s also the Big Swing ride for R695 per person and the Beach Glide for R190 for 45 minutes. 

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