Autumn has arrived, bringing with it cooler weather to most parts of our mesmerising country, South Africa. Except for Durban that is - this vibrant coastal city always has a warm tropical climate and it, therefore, comes as no surprise that it is such a popular holiday destination during the Easter holidays. For those of you planning on spending your family getaway in and around Durban, here is our bucket list of 15 top things to do with kids:
Kid Friendly Events this Easter
Arts & Culture
The Great Moscow Circus
This world famous circus is gracing the shores of Durban with their exhilarating, hilarious and captivating acts. Expect clowns, daredevil acts, jugglers, balancers and much more.
When: 15 - 26.03.17
Where: Suncoast Casino, 1 Battery Beach Rd, Durban
Goldfish Live at the Durban Botanic Gardens
If you are in the mood for a fun evening out with friends, book tickets to this once-off outdoor event featuring Goldfish and Veranda Panda. Don’t forget to put on your dancing shoes!
Where: Durban Botanic Gardens, 70 St Thomas Rd, Durban
This is a must for all adrenaline junkies and lovers of sports and active activities. Expect an adrenaline fuelled experience as you watch a variety of extreme sports while being surrounded by the biking elite, live music concerts, great food and a market. Entrance is free if you register online for the #freefunseeker pass.
When: 27 - 30.04.17
Excursions & Activities
The name says it all: ‘jump for joy’! Jumping on trampolines is a great stress reliever and this activity puts a smile on everybody’s face. It helps that the kids love it too!
Where: Unit 4 Chestnut Grove Industrial, 122 Brakenhill Road, Waterfall | 7 Travertine Crescent, Durban North
When: Open Daily: 10h00 - 18h00
Giba Gorge MTB Park
Running & biking fans: this mountain bike, adventure park and kids party venue is for you! They have outdoor running and biking trails, a BMX and Super Cross Track, a restaurant, picnic spots and camping sites (yes, you can even make your family adventure a weekend affair).
Where: 110 Stockville Rd, Westmead 3610
When: Daily. 07h00 - 17h00 (Members are allowed 24hour access)
Groovy Balls Adventure Park
This family-fun amusement park and party venue offers zorbing, paintball and off-road go-karting.
Where: Lot 152, Off Capital Hill Drive, Cliffdale
When: Tuesday - Sunday 08h30 - 18h00 (Booking is essential)
If you thought that there was nothing better than spending a family day at the beach, think again. Durban has a beach side amusement park! Now you can have the beach views and keep the kids entertained for hours, with theme park rides, carnival lights, music and more, all while being transported back to your own childhood.
Where: Opposite Marine Parade Holiday Inn on Durban’s Beachfront
When: 11h00 - 18h00
Phezulu Safari Park
For a family excursion with a difference, take a drive to the Valley of 1000 Hills and enjoy a day in the wild at this African-bush-inspired Game Reserve. The kids will love the live crocodile show.
Where: Old Main Road, Bothas Hill, Durban
When: Daily, 08h00 - 16h30
We love this family orientated, Big 5 safari lodge found in the heart of the Zululand. It is the perfect bush holiday destination for a mid-getaway break away from the busy beach-crowds.
Where: Hluhluwe Game Reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal
There are so many child-friendly outdoor activities available in this holiday paradise, that we have created a separate blog post for it! Read more here.
The laid back atmosphere and variety of activities and produce on offer, make markets a fantastic family excursion destination and, luckily, Durban has a variety on offer!
Golden Hours Family Market
Where: C/O Uitsig Rd & Radar Dr, Durban
When: Sundays: 10h00 - 15h30
The Stables Lifestyle Market
Where: 9 Jaco Jackson Dr, opposite the Rugby Stadium, Durban
When: Wednesday & Friday: 18h00 - 22h00 | Sunday: 10h00 - 17h00
Essenwood Craft Market
Where: Stephen Dlamini Rd, Berea, Durban, 4001
When: Saturdays, 09h00 - 16h00
Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market
Where: Mr551 Rd, Outer West Durban
When: Saturdays, 06h00 - 10h30
Family Friendly Indoor Activities
Mangwanani has recently opened a kids’ spa at uShaka Marine World, offering kids’ pamper parties, as well as everyday pamper packages, ideal for some parent-child bonding.
For those rainy, indoor days, here is a list of fun indoor holiday activities (including a variety of inexpensive options).
Happy Easter everyone! We hope you have a wonderfully exciting family holiday. Let us know what you get up to?