School holiday family fun in Durban

2016-05-20 11:30 - Nadia Krige
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The school holidays are around the corner - 24 June to 18 July to be exact. And there can be nothing more depressing for children of any age to either to be stuck at home, facing the entire break without anything to do.

We're sure many of a parent has thought about the costs of a family holiday and how expensive things are at the moment.  

But we'd like you to know that with a little bit of planning, keep an eye out for great special deals and packages or even just thinking of ingenious ways to spend the holidays in your own city means they will be able to have some really special family memories. 

We've rounded up some fun, fresh ideas to help you out this school holidays. So now you have no excuse not to find you family holiday #FindYourEscape

If you’re in Durban for these winter school holidays, schedule some time for these great events and fun activities.

Durban school holidays events guide

Boredom will be a foreign concept these coming school holidays, as Durban is set to see an amazing line-up of events and activities.

Festivals and expos

Ripley’s Believe It or Not travelling show

When: 3 Jun 2016 – 26 Jun 2016

Where: The Galleria Mall, Amanzimtoti

Catch the very last leg of this 12-month tour around South Africa and get to see Robert Ripley’s jaw-dropping compendium of oddities, anomalies and amazing feats. Some show highlights include a dodo skeleton, a shrunken human head and even an ancient vampire killing kit!

Durban International Boat & Lifestyle Show

When: 24 Jun 2016 – 26 Jun 2016

Where: Durban Marina

Celebrate the start of the holidays by heading to the Durban Marina to marvel at the incredible array of boats in all shapes and sizes – from one-man dinghies to luxury catamarans and everything in between. There will be a kids play area and loads of delicious snacks and drinks.

East Coast Radio House and Garden Show

When: 1 Jul 2016 – 10 Jul 2016

Where: Durban Exhibition Centre

Explore the latest trends in home décor and gardening, while enjoying some of Durban’s best food offerings. The show is all about family, so expect loads of activities and designated entertainment areas for the kids.

KZN Travel & Adventure Show

When: 8 Jul 2016 – 10 Jul 2016

Where: Durban Exhibition Centre

Forming an adventurous leg of the House and Garden Show, the Travel & Adventure Show will make your feet itch for exploration. More than 80 exhibitors will be there to help inspire future journeys and vacations.

Scottburgh Classic Car Show

When: 17 July 2016

Where: Scottburgh High School

If you find yourself saying “they just don’t make them like they used to” on a regular basis, this show is for you! Peer into the bonnets of pre-1975 motor vehicles of all shapes, sizes and makes and inhale that classic leather interior. There will also be a tea garden, beer tent and a play area for kids.

Outdoor Adventures

World Surfing League Ballito Pro

When: 22 Jun 2016 – 3 Jul 2016

Where: Ballito Beach

Catch the best surfers from all over the world in action right here in our very own patch of Indian Ocean. While the surfers pull their best moves, those less steady in the water can enjoy a wide array of activities that form part of the accompanying beach festival. There will be something for everyone with extreme sports events, a retail area, live stage entertainment and beach soccer.

The Vodacom Durban July

When: 2 Jul 2016 - 2 Jul 2016
 Greyville Racecourse, 150 Avondale Rd, Greyville, Durban,South Africa

Mom and dad, this one’s for you! So remember to arrange a babysitter early! The Vodacom Durban July is not only Durban’s most prestigious event of the year but one of the biggest horse racing events in Africa. The next instalment of the much-anticipated event runs on the 2nd of July 2016 at its usual home - the Greyville Racecourse.

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Night markets, day markets, big markets, small markets – KZN really does have it all. With loads of food, drinks, crafts and space for kids to play, markets are always a perfect family outing. A few notable options include I Heart Market, Golden Hours Family Market, Kloof Country Market and the Rooftop Night Market.

Kids under 99 at uShaka

When: Year-round

Where: uShaka Marine World

This is one clever way to make people aware of just how much there is to do at Durban’s famous aquarium and waterpark. Why don’t you see how many of these you can tick of the list this holiday?

Arts and entertainment

Convergent Under 18s Party

When: 24 Jun 2016

Where: Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga

Party In The Park and Grom have joined forces to bring you CONVERGENT, the biggest under 18 outdoor festival Durban has ever seen! Expect loads of live music, delicious food and alcohol-free drinks. It’s set to be super safe, so you can drop your early teens off with a happy heart.

Hirsch’s Junior Super Chef

When: 24 Jun 2016 – 5 Jul 2016

Where: Various Hirsch stores across KZN

Hirsch’s Homestore is on the hunt for a brand new Junior Super Chef this holiday. Cook offs will be happening at stores across KZN, starting at the Hillcrest Branch on Friday, 24 June. Think your little one has what it takes? Visit the Hirsch’s website to enter!

Addams Family

When: 28 Jun 2016 – 3 Jul 2016

Where: The Natal Playhouse

Catch the well-known Addams family on stage as they are faced with a shock within their ranks when Wednesday Addams falls in love with a normal boy, an outsider. The prospective in-laws are invited to an Addams family dinner with hilarious result.

Winnie the Pooh

When: 30 Jun 2016 – 17 Jul 2016

Where: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

A colourful and faithful adaptation of AA Milne`s classic children`s book that will delight young and old alike.

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Dora the Explorer LIVE!

When: 1 Jul 2016 – 3 Jul 2016

Where: Durban ICC

Join Dora and her friends in Dora`s Pirate Adventure as they embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island in search of the ultimate pirate party. This interactive show will encourage kids to get involved with the on-stage journey by helping her navigate, warning her about dangers and helping her make sums.