Hey all - it is only a few days before the winter 2017 school holidays start and I have put together a list of fun activities for you and your family to explore. If you are not spending your time in Cape Town don't dispair, we have a
20 Things to do with Kids this Winter in Cape Town
Kids activities at the V&A Waterfront
Add in: We just got a fantastic line-up from Kids Ahoy at the V&A Waterfront- take a look at what's on for kids this school holiday. From aquarium cvisits to bike pump tracks, indoor craft ideas and family friendly resturants- they have you covered. They actually have a line-up of free things to do for kids PLUS- what is even better news, is that they have a photo competition running this school holiday only. If you visit them and share a picture of the experience on social media- you stand a chance to win R2000.00. - read more here and good luck to all.
Things to Do With Kids this Winter at Grand West, Cape Town
The Wonderful World of Disney
Enjoy and make great memories as you enter a world of Disney magic on ice. You will get to see, Mickie, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Dory, Aladdin and so much more.
Where: Grand Arena, Grand West
When: Starts 19th July 2017
Contact: Disney on Ice in Cape Town
Other kids activities at Grand West
There is more to explore at Grand West: a family-friendly destination with a huge selection of entertainment and fun activities for the kids. Things to do include: Ice skating, Magic Bowling, Kids corner crèche, Nu Metro Cinemas and Laser Tag. They now offer funky packs and cool packs to give you discounted rates if you plan on spending the day at Grand West.
Contact: Grand West using their membership page here.
Cableway Kidz Season
Image credit: Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
Explore the beauty of Table Mountain with your kids during the Cableway’s Kidz Season. Two kids ride for free with an adult that has bought a return ticket online or from the Lower Cable Station.
The offer runs from 1 May to 30 September.
Please note: The Cableway will be closed from the 24 July to 6 August for annual maintenance. The kidz Season offer will therefore not be available during this time.
Into the Jungle, CapeGate Shopping Centre
Image credit: Cape Gate Centre
This school holiday, bring the little ones to enjoy the jungle at CapeGate Shopping centre. The kids will have a ball in the 60 square metre inflatable play area. There will also be virtual reality movies, online jungle games and lots more. The kids will learn all about jungle animals and they even have the opportunity to earn their Jungle Ranger Badge.
Where: CapeGate Shopping Centre, Brackenfell
Cost: R60 per child. Suitable for children between the ages of 3 and 10 years old.
When: 30 June – 22 July 2017, 10 am – 6 pm
Contact: Into The Jungle, Cape Gate
Peter Pan the musical, Canal Walk
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Beautiful costumes, puppets, a great star-studded cast and a set that will transport you into the magical world of Peter Pan. Be transported to Neverland where you will meet the evil Hook, the lost boys, mysterious mermaids and many other wonderful characters. Enjoy original musical by award-winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer. The annual event at the Canal Walk Theatre has become one of the best family entertainment shows in the country. Make sure you book your spot.
When: 1 July-23 July 2017
Where: Canal Walk Shopping Centre Theatre
Contact: Book at Computicket, Ticket Price: R80
Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland Festival
Gordon’s Bay is hosting the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights. The 2017 Winter Wonderland Festival offers a brand new experience with all activities happening at “Carnival Park” which is located in Hendon Park on Gordon’s Bay’s beautiful beach. Bring the whole family to enjoy great entertainment. Every day at the Festival will be a new adventure, with lots of food from all over the word, craft stalls, music, a beer tent, fun park and lots more...
Where: Gordan’s Bay
When: Carnival Weekends from 30 June – 2 July | 7 – 9 July 2017
Contact: Winter Wonderland Festival
Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival, Cape Town
Franschhoek, South Africa’s Gourmet Capital will once again celebrate French Huguenot heritage with great food, wine and lots of entertainment. There will be lots to see and do for the entire family.
When: 15 & 16 July 2017
Contact: Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival
Tulbagh Winter Festival, Western Cape
Tulbagh is bright with lights and Christmas trees; Father Christmas rides through the streets giving out wonderful treats for the children. The restaurants offer traditional Christmas food and stalls can be found along Church Street. Enjoy a scenic drive through the Valley where the various wine estates enter into the Christmas spirit. There will be entertainment on offer, a time to be enjoyed by the whole family.
When: 24th & 25th June 2017
Contact: Tulbagh Christmas Winter Festival
Slow food & wine festival, Robertson
Sample honest, old-fashioned and rural hospitality, while enjoying time-honoured activities. Engage with winemakers in interactive wine tastings. Experience the intricate winemaking process and discover the story behind the bottle.
Date: 4 – 6 August 2017
Location: Robertson Wine Valley
Contact: Slow Food and Wine Festival
Wine on the River
Celebrate spring on the banks of the Breede River and enjoy country hospitality at its best with this fabulous family event. Soak up the sun while sipping on much loved local wines under shaded trees, listen to sultry sounds of jazz and blues, explore art & craft stalls, savour country cuisine using local ingredients and enjoy a leisurely river cruise.
Date: 20 – 22 October 2017
Location: Robertson Wine Valley
Incredible Illusions, 3D Art Exhibition, Cape Town
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The original 3D World of Kurt Wenner. A 3D fun art experience; where you can create unique poses to put on Instagram. Take as many photos as you like and you can even create your own masterpiece in the art jamming sessions available.
Where: Watershed, Jubilee Hall
When: 4 April-23 July 2017
Contact: www.incredibleillusions.co.za| 071 547 5558
Museum night, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Explore the museums of the V&A Waterfront at night. This is an event that will be a unique experience for family and friends.
Where: V&A Waterfront
When: 28 June 2017 | 5pm-10pm| free admission to the public
Adventures with Noddy, Artscape, Cape Town
Noddy, Big Ears, Tessie Bear and all their friends are back. Come and help Noddy and all the Toytown folk and join in the FUNKY MONKEY DANCE.
Where: Artscape Theatre Foyer
When: Starts 1 July 2017
Calitzdorp Winter Festival, Western Cape
The Calitzdorp Winter Festival offers the whole family something to enjoy and experience. Visit the beautiful town in the heart of the Klein Karoo and warm up your winter. Experience the unique wine and food, culture, warm hospitality, breath-taking views. There will be lots of adventure for the whole family at this year’s Calitzdorp Winter Festival.
When: 16-18 June 2017
Winter Tots camp at Zip Zap, Cape Town
Where: Founders Garden, Jan Smuts Street, Cape Town
When: Monday 17 – Friday 21 July 2017; 09h00 - 11h00
The Cape Town Book Sale
There will be loads of different books on sale from all categories including children’s books.
Where: The Avenue, 40 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
When: 16-18 June 2017
Contact: www.capetownbooksale.co.za | 021 671 7670
Cape Town Science Centre, Cape Town
The Cape Town Science Centre offers a winter holiday programme for the kids.
When: 30 June-24 July 2017
Contact: Cape Town Science Centre
Excursions and activities
We will be expanding our list as we near the holidays- so take a look at our directory of Kids activities in Cape Town for more idea
If you are looking for weekend trips within two hours from Cape Town read The Ultimate guide to family friendly activities in the Robertson Wine Valley
Markets in Cape Town, Winelands and the Northern Suburbs
Where: Willowbridge South, Carl Cronje Drive, Bellville
When: Every Saturday from 09:00-14:00
Contact: www.willowbridge.co.za/slow-market.htm|021 886 8514 or 072 416 4890
Where: 1 Scher Rd, Durbanville
When: Every first Saturday of the month from 08:30 to 14:00
Route 44 market:
Where: Audacia Wines, Corner of R44 and Annandale Road, Stellenbosch
When: Every Saturday and Sunday 10:00-16:00
Contact: www.root44.co.za/ |021 881 3052
Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market:
Where: Stone Cottages, Corner of Kirstenbosch and Rhodes Drive Newlands Cape Town
When: Every last Sunday of the month
Contact: 074 333 2170
The Saturday Market at Vergenoegd:
Where: Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Faure, Baden Powel Drive, Stellenbosch
When: Every Saturday from 09:00-15:00
Contact: www.vergenoegd.co.za/market/|021 843 3248 or 076 259 0017
Have fun and feel free to add your holiday events under 10 days in duration to our diary of events here.
For more information please visit: Things to do in Cape Town