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
Barry Hilton Live at Sibaya
This is something for families with older kids. Get ready for a fun night out filled with loud belly laughter and the odd (happy) tear.
When: The Rockwood | Sibaya Casino | Sibaya Dr | Umhlanga Rocks
Take the family for an exciting and adventurous trail run in the dark. Don't forget your torches!
When: 04.04.18 | 17h30
Where: Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park | 110 Stockville Rd | Westmead
The Easter Eggsplorer
Let the kids explore the Durban Botanic Gardens during this epic Easter Egg Hunt.
When: 31.03.18 - 01.04.18 | 10h00 - 14h00
Where: Durban Botanic Gardens
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: 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)
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!
For the adventurous at heart, we have put together a fun guide to exhilarating outdoor adventure activities in Durban.
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!
Sugar Rush Kiddies Market
This monthly market features an amazing variety of kids activities allowing the kids to bask in a day focused on them.
Where: Sugar Rush Park | Esenembe Rd | Ballito
When: 07.04.18: 08h00 - 15h00
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.
If you are headed to Ballito and looking for some child-friendly and family activities in this delightful coastal town, read our blogs titled Mojitos in Ballito and Our Family Beach Holiday in Comfort and Style.
Happy Easter everyone! We hope you have a wonderfully exciting family holiday. Let us know what you get up to?