School Holidays 2016: What's on for families with kids in Cape Town this summer

  • School Holidays: What's on for families with kids in Cape Town this summer
  • School Holidays 2016: What's on for families with kids in Cape Town this summer

Hip-hip-Hooray! It is almost school holidays and Charlene has put together a comprehensive list on things to do with kids in Cape Town, South Africa, this summer! You will never be at a loss for ideas and no one will be bored with these boredom busters. Enjoy fun time together with your families at these events, catering for kids under 12 too!

If you are a night-owl, have your daytime activities planned but need things to do that are child-friendly during the evenings- view this post on night time activities for families with kids.

Outdoor activity ideas:

Outdoor movie nights at Spier

Spier movie and picnic nights

Venue: Eight Lawns, Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch

Various movie options like Forest Gump and Notting Hill, but for the kids on 17 December, the movie Tangled.  Gates open at 18:00 and movie start at 19:30.

Price: R100 for adults and R70 per child


Noddy Party 2016

The Noddy Party is one of the oldest ongoing fundraising projects in South Africa. Parents can bring a picnic to enjoy while Noddy and friends entertain the little ones.

Venue: Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West

Date: 1 December- 10 December

Contact:  Big Ears on 083 703 6043 or

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

From the end of November to the beginning of April, various musical concerts will be held on the lawns of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. The whole family can enjoy a wonderful picnic and some of the best live music.


Carols at Kirstenbosch

Festive carols at Kirstenbosch

Date: 15 December 2016


Sterrekykpiekniek – Paarl

Come learn all about the stars at the Taal Monument on Paarl Mountain at the Stargazing picnic in collaboration with the Orion Observation Group (OOG). Bring your own picnic.

Contact: 021 863 2800 or email

Website: or you can book online at Computicket

Ratanga Junction Theme Park

Ratanga has more than 30 attractions, including 23 rides ranging from Kids to family rides and thrill rides for the more intrepid adventurers.

Venue: Ratanga Junction, Century City

Website on

Harbor Cruise – Cape Town

Hop on a Harbor Cruise to see the city in a new light and learn more about Cape Town`s proud nautical history.

Contact:  086 173 3287


Mykonos Festival Langebaan

The festival grounds at Mykonos Langebaan will play host to the highly-anticipated annual Mykonos Festival. This is yet another initiative by Mykonos Casino and Resort to bring only the best in family entertainment to the West Coast area, with exciting competitions and entertainment for all ages.

Date: 16 and 17 December 2016

Contact: 022 707 7000 or


While you are exploring the Cape West Coast, visit Groote Post Country Market's, Christmas Market

Arts, crafts, food, decor and plenty of kids’ activities, definitely a country market to visit these holidays.

Venue:  Groote Post Estate

Date: 18 December 2016

Contact Eldré Strydom: 082 877 6677 or


Take a road trip to Overberg and celebrate The Weekender Arniston Festival

A family-orientated festival with music, comedy and a farmers’ market. There is something for everybody to enjoy.

Venue: Waenhuiskrans camping site, Arniston

Date: 2 – 4 December 2016


Stargazing at the Waterfront

Enjoy live telescope views of the sun, moon, stars, and planets during this exclusive, free stargazing event.

Venue: V&A Waterfront Swing Bridge (weather permitting)

Date and time: 14 May -10 December 2016; 13:00 - 21:00

Contact: 074 100 7237 /

Oxford vs Cambridge Dragon Boat Regatta

Location: North Wharf, V&A Waterfront

Date: 3 December 2016; 08:00 - 13:00


Tygerberg Children’s Choir Christmas Concert

A multi-award-winning choir performing their annual Christmas Concert

Venue: Endler Hall, cnr Victoria and Neethling Streets, Stellenbosch

Date: 26 November – 4 December 2016; 16:00 – 18:00

Contact: 021 808 9111 /

Indoor activity ideas for this summer:

Come rain or shine- there will be fun for all visiting Cape Town and surrounds this school holiday. Whether it be rain or the sun that is sending you back indoors, you can be sure to have fun at these events.

Visit DinosAlive at Cape Gate Shopping Centre, Cape Town, Brackenfell

Dinos Alive The Exhibition is a dinosaur wonderland filled with lots of fun stuff and activities for kids.

Venue: Cape Gate Shopping Centre, Parking area, Cape Town

Date: Friday 8 November 2016 – Sunday 8 January 2017



School Holidays: What's on for families with kids in Cape Town this summer

Get a touch of culture by visiting the Artscape to watch Annie on Stage musical, City Bowl

The world’s favorite family musical

Venue: Artscape Opera House

Date: 2 December 2016 - 8 January 2017


See Snow White and the Seven Dwarves indoor show at Artscape Cape Town

An onstage performance of the classic story Snow White

Venue:  Artscape Theater Foyer Well

Date:  8 - 23 December 2016


Ripley’s believe it or not

Discover the wonderful, weird and amazing at the Ripley’s Believe it or not exhibit.

Venue:  Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Dock Rd, Cape Town

Date: 1 October – 31 December 2016

Contact: 081 888 1423


Christmas Carols at Middelvlei

This December, Father Christmas will once again be making his appearance on his tractor at Middelvlei Wine Estate’s annual Sunset Carols.

Venue: Middelvlei Wine Estate, Flamingo Street, Stellenbosch

Date: 11 December 2016

Contact: 021 883 2565 /

For more information please visit: Fun things to do with kids in Cape Town


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