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
The Wizard of Oz
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This all-time childhood classic is being showcased in a new ballet production by the Patricia McIntosh School of Ballet featuring 130 of their students.
When: 15 - 17 November 2018
Where: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre, Mazisi Kunene Rd, Durban
Cost: R 130.00
Outdoor Movie Night
Enjoy a family night snuggled on a picnic blanket while watching a movie under the stars at the Durban Country Club. There will be a variety of snacks, food and drinks available for sale. Bring your own picnic blanket and cushions.
When: 24 November 2018
Where: Durban Country Club, Stamford Hill, Durban
Cost: From R 60.00
Rocking Carols by Candlelight
Join the Oysterbox for a plated 3-course for a family date-night dinner while you enjoy 'Carols by Candlelight with a twist'.
When: 19 December 2018
Where: The Oysterbox, 2 Lighthouse Rd, Umhlanga
Cost: Adults: R490.00 | Children (3 - 12 years): R250.00
Under the African Skies with Dolphins By Starlight
The entertaining and fabulous Under the African Skies with dolphins by Starlight offers wonderful family entertainment. The amazing uShaka Dolphins will be performing some amazing aquatic manoeuvres, all done to themed music. There will also be plenty of other live entertainment for the whole family. Don't miss out, make sure to be there at 18:30 when the gates open, the show will begin at 19:00.
When: 7 - 13 December 2018
Where: uShaka Marine World
More Information: Under the African Skies
Ushaka fun for kids
UShaka Marine Wolrd has loads to offer the kids this summer holidays. What is more fun than getting soaking wet and riding on exciting water slides, Wet n Wild has it all! This is sure to keep the kids entertained the whole day. Does your child have a birthday coming up, well then, Kids' World is the place to be! Here the kids can explore and have fun in various interactive areas. There are loads of activities and to top it all off, they have one of the biggest jungle gyms in the country.
More information: Wet n Wild uShaka
Healthy Eating for 1 - 5-Year-Olds
If you are unsure what to feed your child to ensure that he gets the nutrition he needs or if you are wondering how exactly to feed said food to your fussy toddler then this informative talk, hosted by Vanessa Clarke, Registered Dietitian, is for you.
When: 23 November 2018
Where: De Charmoy Guest House, 1 Robert Armstrong Road
Cost: R 200.00
The Festive Market
A market with a difference! More like a shopping mall, this market brings you over 100 stalls with unique Christmas gifts for you to peruse and browse through in your time and with no face-to-face selling. Simply grab your basket and enjoy your shopping experience.
When: 15 - 22 December 2018
Where: Hillcrest High School, Hillcrest, Durban
Cost: Entrance is Free
Holiday Adventure: Activities & Excursions
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 & Sylvester Ntuli Road, Durban
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
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)
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.
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
The special Christmas market featuring an array of gift inspiration and the mouth-watering food is on from 01 - 29 December 2018.
Cost: Entrance is Free
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.
Create your own furry friend with Build A Bear Workshops
These summer holidays you can take your family or friends on a playdate at Build A Bear Workshop. It is the perfect indoor play idea! Each participant will get the opportunity to choose their own soft toy, give it a heart, stuff and groom it as they learn how to take care of their new "cuddle buddy". They make the perfect Christmas gifts too! You can save R300 when you go on a playdate for four people or take more family and friends with and save up to R600.
To book a playdate, simply visit a Build a Bear Workshop, Toy Kingdom or a participating Edgars store near you , book online at buildabear.co.za or email them at email@example.com