What’s on for Families in Durban this Summer

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What’s on for Families in Durban this Summer

The holidays have arrived and what better way to celebrate the warm South African festive season than by heading to the beach! Durban is famous for its iconic beaches, rickshaws and warm, tropical weather and if long, lazy days on the beach, building sandcastles and splashing in the warm Indian Ocean is not enough, this popular family holiday destination has an abundance of fun family entertainment and activities on offer.

Festive Entertainment: Festivals and Shows

Umhlanga Summer Festival

This multi-faceted beach carnival offers fun family beach activities, water sports and entertainment during the school holidays. Games include tug of war, face painting, treasure hunts, promenade family walks and more. 

When: 14 - 23 December 2017

Where: Main Beach Umhlanga Rocks

Cost: Entrance is Free

Carols by Candlelight

Teach your kids about the gift of giving while getting immersed in Christmas spirit. Granada Square is hosting this charity event to collect Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.

The event includes some kids' entertainment an hour before the carols start.

When: 21 December 2017 | 18h00

Where: Granada Square, Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga CBD

Cost: Bring a wrapped gift to donate

A Christmas Celebration

Celebrate Christmas through song at this festive show featuring the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. Expect gospel songs, Christmas carols as well as some dancing. 

When: 21 - 24 December 2017

Where: Opera Theatre, The Playhouse Company, 29 Acutt Str, Durban

Cost: R 50.00 - R 120.00

Bryan Adams Live

For a fun date night out re-living the hits of your youth, or a family excursion with older kids, be sure not to miss this once-in-a-lifetime show.

When: 12 December 2017

Where: Durban ICC Arena, Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex, 45 Bram Fischer Rd, Durban

Cost: R 460.00 - R 915.00

Knowing Me, Knowing You Live on Stage

Take a trip down musical history, while giving your older kids an education in a different era of music, with this extravaganza featuring the power couples of pop, rock and folk. Also a great date night idea.

When: 17 November 2017 - 28 January 2018

Where: Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, 1 Sibaya Dr, Umhlanga Rocks

Cost: R 165.00

Sinbad the Sailor

Be sure to book your tickets to this unique and hilarious Bollywood inspired pantomime and be transported over the seven seas with Sinbad and his crazy crew. 

When: 01 December 2017 - 07 January 2018

Where: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Howard College Campus, University of KwaZulu Natal, Mazisi Kunene Drive, Durban

Cost: R 130.00 - R 230.00

KZN Christmas Market Festival

Expect a festive auditorium filled with arts and crafts, handcrafted & unique gifts, delicious food and various activities for the kids, complete with shopping baskets and credit card facilities.

When: 14 - 19 December 2017 | 09h00 - 19h00

Where: 105 Inanda Rd, Hillcrest

Cost: Entrance is Free

Holiday Adventure: Activities & Excursions

Durban|Activities & Excursions|Things to do with Kids

Jump 4 Joy Indoor Trampoline Park

Let the kids go wild at one of these indoor trampoline parks and book a jump for yourself as well - it's tons of fun!

Where: Unit 4 Chestnut Grove Industrial, 122 Brakenhill Road, Waterfall | 7 Travertine Crescent, Durban North

When: Monday to Thursday: 10h00 - 18h00 | Friday: 10h00 - 21h00 | Saturday & Holidays: 09h00 - 21h00 | Sunday & Public Holidays: 09h00 - 18h00

Cost: General Open Jump: R 90.00/hour

Durban Ice Arena

The Durban Ice Rink has since it opened its doors again, gained popularity as a party venue and activity centre for weekend ice skating sessions and more. 

Where: Corner Somsteu Road 81 & Sylvestor Ntuli Road (Brickhill Road), Durban 4000

When: Monday - Thursday: 10h00 - 22h00 | Friday & Saturday: 10h00 - 23h00 | Sunday: 13h00 - 17h00

Cost: R 50.00 - R 100.00

Giba Gorge MTB Park

This mountain bike and adventure park (and party venue) offers a fun-filled day of exhilaration for the whole family, including outdoor running and biking trails, a BMX and Super Cross Track, a restaurant, picnic spots and camping sites.

Where: 110 Stockville Rd, Westmead 3610

When: Daily. 07h00 - 17h00 (Members are allowed 24hour access)

Cost: R 10.00 - R 60.00 per person

Durban Funworld

This beach-side amusement park will keep the kids entertained for hours with various rides, carnival lights, music and more.

Where: Opposite Marine Parade Holiday Inn on Durban’s Beachfront

When: 11h00 - 18h00

Cost: Entrance is Free. Various charges apply per ride / activity.

Phezulu Safari Park

Situated in the Valley of 1000 Hills, this African-bush-inspired Game Reserve offers meals, game drives, live crocodile shows and a snake park, ideal for a day outing away from the crowded beaches.

Where: Old Main Road, Bothas Hill, Durban

When: Daily, 08h00 - 16h30

Cost: R 50.00 - R 240.00 per person (cost depending on activity)

Rhino River Lodge

Durban|Activities & Excursions|Things to do with Kids

If you are based in Durban and looking for a weekend getaway to escape the holiday crowds, take the family on a Safari adventure in the heart of the Zululand. Rhino River Lodge is a malaria free game lodge offering various family-friendly activities, including guided game drives and walks.

Family-Friendly Markets

Durban|Activities & Excursions|Things to do with Kids

Who doesn’t love the relaxing atmosphere of a weekly market? The good food, indulging in a relaxed stroll whilst browsing and the various kids entertainment is enough to make anyone’s day special. Herewith our favourite Durban based family markets:

The Stables Lifestyle Market

Where: 9 Jaco Jackson Dr, opposite the Rugby Stadium, Durban

When: Wednesdays & Fridays: 18h00 - 22h00 | Sundays: 10h00 - 17h00

Cost: Entrance is Free

Essenwood Craft Market

Where: Stephen Dlamini Rd, Berea, Durban, 4001

When: Saturdays, 09h00 - 16h00

Cost: Entrance is Free

Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market

Where: Mr551 Rd, Outer West Durban

When: Saturdays, 06h00 - 10h30

Cost: Entrance is Free

Child-friendly Restaurants

Read our blog post listing 30 child-friendly restaurants in Durban for your family fun festive meal. 

Indoor Family Fun

For something fun to do on a rainy, indoor day, read our blog titled, Indoor Play Venues in Durban.

For more indoor activities click here and for more outdoor activities click here.

We hope this list inspires you to explore everything Durban has to offer this holiday! 
Alexa A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveller always on the lookout for a new adventure. She is a high energy, natural influencer and inspiration to those around her. Although she has based her career on sales and marketing, she studied politics, philosophy and economics. A passion for writing has led her to blog on Things to do with Kids and on her personal blog called ‘Sleepless in Jozi”, which is focused on life as a mommy, travelling and generally being a busybody. In her free time, Alexa loves spending quality time with her family, the outdoors, reading a good book and exploring new restaurants, markets and activities. 

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