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

2018-03-07 20:00 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - The Easter school holidays are approaching, which means that soon, parents will begin the scramble to find nifty ways to keep kids entertained.

If you haven't found anything new or interesting to keep them occupied with yet, here are some ideas to get your holiday plans going.


KidZania offers children a fun yet realistic take into the adult world, as they get the unique opportunity to experience a number of ‘jobs’ or leisure activities.

The interactive city covering over 7 000 square meters is for children aged 2-14. The newly built indoor city houses a Boeing 737 at the centre and when you arrive at KidZania, you will find yourself at the "Airport check-in area".

"When you check in, you and your kids will each receive a security bracelet with GPS tracking device. This will be active for your 4-hour time slot, and will deactivate when your time slot is up," says the KidZania site, adding that the experience allows kids to work, earn and play.

Where: Fourways Mall, Johannesburg.

When: To be confirmed.

Tickets: Click here for more information.

Here's a taste of what to expect:

Outdoor adventure at Sun City

Sun City in North West now boasts even more outdoor adventure. Based at the resort is Mankwe Gametrackers which offers guided tours and safaris at the nearby Pilanesberg. It has added new experiences that can be enjoyed throughout the year.

Thapelo Modise, Marketing Manager at Sun City, says diverse offerings combine "action-packed entertainment options for all ages, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy the quietness of nature".

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Chimp & Zee is a new rope adventure at treetop level above the Valley of Waves, made up of individual elevated obstacles - from high balancing beams, speedy zip lines, hanging spider nets to jungle rope bridges and much more. With each rope adventure requiring a different approach and set of skills, it is an excellent developmental tool for young and old.

There will soon be a mountain bike route in the Letsatsing Game Park, covering about 9kms. Spot wildlife such as Wildebeest, Impala, Sable, Zebra, Giraffe, Warthogs, Nyala, Kudu and more.

Mankwe Gametrackers will also host Family Bushwalks with qualified field guides who will share their knowledge of the local wildlife.  This activity will be conducted daily at 7:00 and 15:30.

For more information and to book one of these activities contact 014 552 5020 or

Iziko Planetarium

The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome offers perspective-3D edu-tainment through a completely unique experience, one that is now able to be updated with new data and information as new discoveries are made. 

The planetarium aims be a place where scientists, industry specialists and the broader public will get together to learn more about our surroundings. It is also an educational way to keep children occupied over the holidays, while generating an interest in science.

Where: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town.

When: Tuesdays - Sundays.

Tickets: R60 for adults (19 years and older), and R30 for children, students and SA pensioners. Tickets can be purchased at the door.