School Holiday Fun: Family glee in PE

2018-06-12 12:33 - Saara Mowlana
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Get your school holiday fun on in PE with these cool activities and events lined up. (Photo: iStock)

If you find yourself dwindling around Port Elizabeth this winter - fret not, there's plenty to keep you and the family entertained.

There are a lot of fun activities to keep you and your young ones busy, and for families with older kids there are fun, adrenaline-fuelled activities sure to keep your need for thrill satisfied - like paintballing and ziplining in JBay. 

These are just a few of the cool and family-friendly things taking place in PE - check out our full list below:


ART holiday activities

When: Until Saturday, July 14 - open between 08:30 - 17:00.

Where: Frank Suites, 18 Frank Street, Newton Park.

Cost: R50 p/p, per hour - art-making tools and materials included.

Get artsy and learn a few new tricks at this fun family event. Wrangle the kids along to keep them enthralled as they get their hands dirty creating what could potentially be your next Mother's or Father's day gift. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

SEE: School Holiday Fun: Things to do in Port Elizabeth for families on a budget 

READ: Last-Minute Port Elizabeth

JBay Winterfest

When: Monday, July 2 - Monday, July 16.

Where: Pepper Street, Jeffrey's Bay.

Cost: Prices vary depending on which event you decide to enter, but spectating is free. There is also a charge to go to the music shows. For more information, click here.

This jam packed two week long event sees a plethora of games, challenges and activities that are fun for the whole family to partake in or support. Aside from the challenge events, there are also music shows, participating restaurants and other fun, less competitive and family friendly activities to enjoy. (More on that here).


Route 67 Art and Heritage Walk

When: Daylight hours

Where: Campanile in Strand Street - but consider starting at the Donkin Reserve. 

Cost: Free. However, guided tour costs range between R70 p/p - R1 200 for a group of 30. Book guided tours here

Grab your family for a fun and fit walking tour experience. Explore some of the most historic and famed places in Port Elizabeth. Start at the Donkin Reserve and Tourism Information Office and grab a guide. To walk the Route 67 is to walk through the history of South Africa and one of it's most iconic sons, Nelson Mandela. You'll browse 67 pieces of art from 67 local artists in 67 steps alone!   For more information, click here.

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Volkswagen factory and AutoPavilion

When: Open weekdays between 08h30 and 16h00 and every first Saturday of the month from 10h00 to 13h00

Where: 103 Algoa Rd, Uitenhage

Cost: R10 for adults, R5 for children under 16-years-old and R5 for pensioners

Trace the history and development of beloved automotive brand Volkswagen. See vehicles from the past and concepts for the future. Enjoy a mobile tour of the factory taking you into the heart of the operation as you see where the cars are assembled. Find directions and more information here.

VW will always be close to my heart hey???

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Hike the Island Nature Reserve

When: They operate on the basis of bookings. Contact to book via: Telephone: +27 83 645 5091, mobile: +27 78 004 3319 or email:

Where: Welbedagt Estate Road, just off Glendore Road, Walmer / Pari Park

Cost: Prices range between R100 - R210 p/p depending on how many paintballs you want. For more detailed pricing information, click here.

Thrill seeking families will love this adventure driven, fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled place. Head out kitted out in gear and and play a round or two of paintball! The game is suitable for children and better suited to larger groups - they have specials and games catered to younger kids as well. The Planet Paintball staff will ensure you have a fun, and safe, day filled with laughter and smiles. For more information, click here.

Fun in the sun #ppaintball @hunter.leonard

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When: Monday - Sunday & Public Holidays between 09h00 - 16h30

Where: Corner of Beach Road and Brookes Hill Drive, Humewood

Cost: Prices range depending on your age. The prices are:

  • Adults - R45
  • Pensioners - R40
  • Children (3 - 17-years-old) - R35
  • Children under 3-years-old enter free

Check out some incredible whales and sea critters over at Bayworld. Absorb some educational facts about marine life at this Oceanarium, snake park and museum. Bayworld is home to endless educational discoveries, including a 15-metre skeleton of the last Southern Right whale that was harpooned in Algoa Bay. The Oceanarium also features live seal shows and an underwater observation area - perfect for kids curious about life under the sea and its dogs (seals). For more information, click here.