School Holiday Fun: Mother City spoils

2018-06-12 13:08 - Saara Mowlana
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Get your school holiday fun on in the Mother City. (Photo: iStock)

Check out these cool events and things to do around the Cape.

Nature lovers can get their fix on a scenic wine walk with the family or explore the Cape fynbos along the many routes of the Table Mountain National Park. Urban explorers can check out the Company Gardens, and little ones can take a trip to wonderland, courtesy of Alice at Canal Walk.

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


Alice in Wonderland

When: Saturday, June 23 - Sunday, July 15. Shows run Tuesdays through to Sundays at 11h00, 12h30 and 14h00 and is closed on Mondays.

Where: Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City Blvd, Century City

Cost: R100 - tickets can be booked here.

Take a trip to wonderland with your family at this performance in Canal Walk. Jump into the rabbit hole and introduce your kids to the world of smoking caterpillars, Mad Hatter tea parties, the wonders of Alice's mind and, of course, the embittered Queen of Hearts. 

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Be sure to bring your funky hats along to this quirky show. (Photo: iStock)

Disney On Ice

Tinker Bell takes audiences on an enchanting pixie-dust filled journey with Disney On Ice presents Dream Big. The empowering tales of eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White embark on adventures.

When: 11 - 15 July.

Where: Grand Arena, GrandWest.

Cost: From R51 per person. Click here to book.

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Glow-in-the-dark putt-putt

Forget normal putt-putt – now you can add some glow to mini-golf with glow-in-the-dark putt-putt.

Glowing Rooms in Cape Town uses 3D glasses that create striking images and illusions from normal 2D images for a one-of-a-kind putt-putt experience. This winter holiday, on Tuesdays to Thursdays until 12 July, pay for 3 players and the 4th player can enter free.


Table Mountain Cable Car 

When: Ideally any day. The cable car is weather dependent, however, so keep an eye on updates here. The first ride for the day goes up at 08h30 with the last that goes up at 17h00 and (the last) comes down at 18h00.

Where: Table Mountain National Park, Tafelberg Road, Gardens

Cost: Prices range between R53 - R151 for a one-way ticket up and between R100 - R293 for a return ticket. The cable car is also free for SA citizens on birthdays - provided you bring along your ID along with you. For more information on rates, click here.

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, the incredible views and, of course, your kids too. 

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When: Whenever

Where: Around Cape Town. Their stations include: Sea Point, V&A Waterfront - Silo 5, Camps Bay and Breakaway Café 

Cost: The price ranges from R70 (for a 1 hour rental) to R250 (for a full day - until sunset). There are also child seats and carriages available as well as mountain bikes - these costs vary. You also get an hour free on your birthday (granted you bring proof of ID along). For more pricing information, click here.

Get your family up and cycling along the coast in Sea Point to keep them both active and entertained this holiday. 

Hop on board Tommy the Tugboat

Little ones will delight in hopping on board Tommy the Tugboat – a cartoon-themed harbour cruiser that includes trips to see seals on wheels and the fishing fleets.

Where: V&A Waterfront harbour.

Cost: Adults pay R50 each and children pay R25 each.

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Kids can let out their inner Picaso at Artjamming – a place where they can paint, spray, sponge and indulge in messy play to their heart’s content.

Called “paintertainment sessions” the activity allows kids and adults to unleash their creativity.

When: Click here for the full holiday programme.

Where: V&A Waterfront, above Toy Kingdom.

Cost: From R150 each.


Hamley’s Express Train

Kids - and their parents - can take a train ride around the V&A Waterfront with the Hamley Express. Hamley's Toy Shop train offers the train ride if the weather allows, and little ones will get free badges and stand to win some prizes.

When: Daily, from 11:00 – 18:00.

Where: V&A Waterfront.

Parks & Recreation

Cape Town has an array of free entry parks that are perfect for picnicking or straight up chillin'. Some freebies that will have your family feeling laxed and rejuvenated are: 

Grab a book, your kids and friends, some picnic goods and snacks and kick back at one of these free and chill parks.

ALSO CHECK OUT: School Holiday Fun: SA's unique kids' activities and parks to visit

Putt-putt away the holiday stress

When: It is open Mondays through to Sunday from 09h00 to 21h00

Where: Beach Road, Mouille Point, Atlantic Seaboard

Cost: R20 per person

This affordable experience will have 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 - which is sure to fuel some healthy competition and exhilaration this Cape winter holidays.


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Clay Cafe

When: They are open daily between 09h00 - 17h00

Where: Clay Cafe, Erf 4080, 177 Main Road - Opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate, Hout Bay

Cost: The cost is dependent on the item you choose to paint, the cost can range between R45 - R250 (excluding your food and drink orders from the cafe menu). For more pricing information and to book, click here.

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 or lattes and indulge in an interactive cafe experience sure to keep the entire family enthralled - especially with the on site play area for the kids with a giant trampoline and more.


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