Family Friendly Attractions and Entertainment South Africa

What's on this school holiday in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban

Festive decorations are gracing our surroundings everywhere, Christmas carols are being practiced in schools, the sound of joyful laughter can be heard reverberating through homes and the shops, malls and entertainment venues are bustling with happy anticipation as everyone prepares for the festive season. In South Africa, this time of year is synonymous with long, summer holidays filled with quality family time, soaking up the sun. It's a happy, relaxed time of year when we focus on our loved ones, reflect on the past year (hopefully in gratitude) and prepare ourselves for the year ahead.

Summer promises tonnes of family fun at various activities, excursions and events. Here is what you should look out for: 

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Everybody in Cape Town can (and should!) explore as many of the 50+ Child-Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town, the Northern Suburbs and Cape Winelands as they can; go have some good-old family fun and adventure at one of these awesome events: Things to do with Kids this Summer, go strolling through markets in Cape Town and surrounds that are family-friendly or visit one of these Indoor Play Venues in Cape Town on a rainy or super-hot day. For those of you wanting to go on weekly family-fun excursions, read 52 Family Fun Things to do in Cape Town, or plan a family adventure at one of these Amazing Outdoor Adventure Activities for Kids to do in Cape Town. Looking for a new hobby to start with the kids? Go fishing at one of this 7 Child-friendly Catch and Release Fishing Spots in Cape Town.

If you are spending time in Johannesburg or Pretoria, be sure to find inspiration in our What's on for Families in Johannesburg this Summer post and have a loud and excited family brunch, which becomes lunch, which becomes dinner, at one of the 50+ Child-Friendly Restaurants in Johannesburg & Surrounds or at one of these 14 Child-Friendly Restaurants in Pretoria. Another super-fun and budget-friendly activity is to have a braai or picnic at one of Johannesburg's Favourite Picnic Spots and for those of you who want to put together a fun family-friendly bucket list for the new year, read 52 Awesome Things to do with Kids in Johannesburg. If adventure is what your family does best, be sure to indulge in one of these 13 Unbeatable Adventure Activities in Johannesburg. We have also put together a list of Child-friendly Catch and Release Fishing Spots in Johannesburg and if you are in Pretoria and on a budget, be sure to read 10 Kid-friendly Activities in Pretoria under R 200.00, as well as Things to do in Pretoria - Gauteng's new 'Sandton'.

For those of you heading to the beautiful tropical Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline, find guaranteed family fun on our What's on for Families in Durban this Summer blog post, or have an adventure at one of these 10 Exhilarating Outdoor Adventure Activities in Durban.

The Garden Route also has a variety of family-friendly excitement on offer: What's On this Summer on the Garden Route this Summer.

For families spending time indoors, we have a blog on free things to do with kids at home, a list of 15 Free & Easy Indoor Activities for Toddlers and Pre-schoolers as well as Magical Science activities on offer.

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