What’s on for Families in Durban this Summer

What’s on for Families in Durban this Summer

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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

                             Kids'World uShaka

Healthy Eating for 1 - 5-Year-Olds

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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

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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

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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 & 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

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

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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

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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

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.

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 or email them at

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! 


A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveler 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 busy body. 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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