Family fun at Western Cape’s largest play-park + 5 other family events to check out

2017-12-04 18:00
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Cape Town - The Western Cape's largest play-park is celebrating a milestone birthday on 09 December. 

Founded by Lise Liebenberg, Bugz Playpark is marking its 10th birthday with an exclusive bash to celebrate a decade of parties, play dates, and fun. According to Liebenberg, the park was created after paying a visit to over 30 play-parks around the world.

“I wanted to create a place where we would preserve the magic of being a child for all children including those with disabilities," she says. 

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From a small hotdog stand and horse rides in 2007, Bugz has prospered and worked hard towards becoming a destination that sparks imagination, and develops core skills in growing children. 

The park has seen customers increase from a small handful of people to hosting almost 1 000 specialised kid’s parties every year.

The play-park offers a diverse play experiences for kids between the ages of 2 to 10. The shaded outdoor play-park, as well as the indoor area filled with obstacles, slides, educational boards and challenges, are intended to keep attention spans going while allowing creativity to flow.

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Liebenberg says her five-year goal is to improve the park’s offering by developing a more extensive toddler section. Her vision is to implement a series of unstructured play pods where kids are able to create dens and structures from loose parts, to further enhance their learning experience. 

An adventure farm park is also on the cards just outside of Stellenbosch. The emphasis for this new venture will be natural play, inclusive play and family play.

What to expect 

From 09:00 to 17:00 party-goers can enjoy the park's rides in addition to being treated to the most popular activities from the past 10 years. 

A mime artist, a magic show by Regardt Laubscher, a performance by Limited Edition Drum Corps SA, character parade and so much more will add to the celebration.

Event info

Where: Bugz Playpark, Joostenberg Vlakte

When: 09 December 2017

Cost: Ticket prices and event experiences may vary depending on the child’s age, and exclude token activities:

R120 – VIP experience, which includes age-restricted rides, excludes adult entrance (only available for Bugz aged 3-12).
R60 per Bug – Non-rider entrance, which excludes all rides and adult entrance (Bugz aged between 2-3 and kids aged 13-18).
R50 per person – Adult entrance, excludes all rides.
Bugz below age 2 enter for free.

Contact: +27 21 988 8836 / +27 21 988 9613 or email

NOTE: Tickets for the birthday bash can be purchased on Bugz Playpark’s website. No tickets will be sold on the day.

Family holiday events to check out 

Canal Walk’s Space Station

This year, earthlings and explorers will come together at Canal Walk’s Space Station, a transformed intergalactic arena complete with a gigantic inflatable space maze where space traveller-wannabes are welcomed to explore a series of zones.

There will also be a 4m inflatable slide for younger explorers.

Where: Canal Walk

When: 07 December – 14 January 

Cost: R40

Future Park

For the first time ever in South Africa, the Future Park will see children’s drawings come to life before their eyes as this cool and exciting exhibition space uses scanners and sensors in new and innovative ways. 

Children can draw and colour fish and water creatures from their extraordinary imaginations, scan them and watch as they swim around them in a floor-to-ceiling digital screen.

Where: The Watershed, V&A Waterfront

When: 23 September – 31 January

Cost: R130 for single tickets, R460 for a family package of four, R115 for pensioners, R115 for students and under 18 months are free.

The Nutcracker

The famous ballet is returning to the Artscape Opera House this festive season to share a story once more of Clara, Fritz and their eccentric uncle, Drosselmeyer in the always lovely classic, the Nutcracker.

Where: Artscape Opera House

When: 15 December – 24 December

Cost: There is a floorplan so ticket prices vary accordingly. 

Transformers Animatronics

Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and the Rescue Bots will invade the African continent for the first time in Transformers Animatronics at SunExhibits, GrandWest Casino.

Following a massively successful Latin American tour, visitors can look forward to breath-taking sculptures, made from wrecked cars, on display against the scenery of the legendary planet, Cybertron, that will be brought to life through eye-popping performance technology.

Where: GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World

When: 10 November 2017 - 21 January 2018

Cost: R66.50 - 108.50

The Dinos are back 

This December, Capegate Shopping Centre hosts the first ever dinosaur augmented reality exhibition in South Africa - DinosAlive Augmented Reality. The expo combines cutting-edge technology with educational elements to deliver a truly immersive dinosaur experience. 

Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about the T-Rex, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and the Parasaurolophus by interacting with these creatures on a big screen and their phone or tablet and by gathering information from computer-generated Dinos.

Where: CapeGate Shopping Centre

When: 6 December -  14 January

Cost: R65 per person

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