What’s on for families in Durban this Summer 2020

What’s on for families in Durban this Summer 2020

Durban is by far one of the best places to visit in the Summer in South Africa. Not only does it have the best beaches with the warmest water for every age to enjoy but it also has a huge seafront promenade which runs all the way from uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium all the way to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium. So, whether you’re road tripping down to Durban for a seaside holiday, are looking for easter weekend activities in Durban, or simply need to get out of the house, we’ve got a long list of fun things you and the kids can do this Summer.

Read our Things to do With Kids under R100 in Durban and 52 things to do with kids in Durban for other ideas on what to do!

What’s on this Summer 2020 - 2021

December 2020 - February 2021

Evening Activities - family-friendly night time entertainment

Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights 2020 (Durban North)

Christmas Lights Durban Trail of Lights| Things to do with Kids KZN

Visitors can look forward to nightly entertainment, kids' activities, new displays, two food gardens, and a Festive Market offering an eye-watering selection of local and authentic gifting and décor. The theme for this year is "Add a Little Light", which is appropriate after such a dark and difficult year. The Trail of Lights is a community-focused event with many charity-driven activations. So, bring the family and enjoy this wonderful event while doing some last-minute gift shopping in a relaxed open-air space.

When: 11 December 2020 - 30 December 2020

Where: Durban Botanical Gardens

Who: All Ages


Go on a holiday, KZN child-friendly accommodation

Teach the kids about nature, wildlife and more at Emdoneni Lodge, Hluhluwe / iMfolozi Game Reserve

Emdoneni Kids Safari KZN | Things to do With Kids Durban

Book your weekend away or midweek stay at Emdoneni Lodge. You will love that they welcome children of all ages. Join their kids safari programme where children are allocated to a specific ranger who will tailor drives and activities to suit children’s interests and attention span. Designed to ensure that the kid’s safety is taken into account and that they experience activities they might not normally enjoy in the city, this activity is a must-do. Baby sitters and childminders are available (additional cost). Emdoneni aims not to use modern technology but rather to teach children to love nature and what it has to offer! Emdoneni is a nature lover’s paradise and offers the visitor a chance to truly experience the heart of Zululand.

When: As per your accommodation booking
Where: Kwazulu-Natal
Who: All Ages

Outdoor Activities Durban and Surrounds (KZN)

Acrobranch outdoor playpark and kids party venues (Piermaritzburg)

Acrobranch kids party venue Stellenbosh| Best things to do with kids

Acrobranch offers a great outdoor adventure for the kids and adults alike. Have fun swinging through the trees on zip lines. There are different courses available to suit everybody’s level from toddlers through to adult challenges. Whether you are looking for a family outing or an adrenaline rush, Acrobranch is the natural place for adventure.

Where: 2 Zwartkop Rd, Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
Web: 021 201 1121 Acrobranch, Pietermaritzburg KZN

Fun at Scootours Drakensberg this summer holiday

Scootours | Drakensberg | Active kids Activities | Things to do With Kids

Open every day during the December holidays, if the weather permits. There will be loads of fun and exciting things to do from zip lines to paintball and abseiling. There will even be things like white water tubing. The kids will be having loads of fun outdoors, not sitting in front of the TV. Adventure awaits those who book now.

When: December school holidays
Where: Central Drakensberg at Dragon Peaks next to the Drakensberg Boys' Choir
Who: toddlers and young children, teens and adults
For more information: Scootours Drakensberg Holiday Fun

Phone or WhatsApp 074 103 3613 to enquire or book.

Holiday Adventure Activities & Excursions

Ushaka fun for kids, Point, Durban

Durban|Activities & Excursions|Things to do with 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.

Web: Wet n Wild uShaka

Kids'World uShaka

Home Entertainment Ideas and Products

Baking most certainly is one of my favourite crafts as you can make your cake and eat it too! I love that nothing goes to waste and it is a great way of bonding with your loved ones at home. It is the ideal activity for rainy days or scorching hot days. If you are looking for more fun home entertainment ideas or perhaps some gift inspiration, take a look at our 2020 gift guide here.

Get baking with the Montagu Bake Box & WIN one

Home entertainment baking activities | Things to do With Kids Cape Town.jpg

Kids love spending time with mom and dad in the kitchen. The Montagu Bake Box is the perfect way to bond, keep kids entertained and even keep their bodies and minds active this holiday. The box is filled with dried fruit and nuts ingredients to bake up to five moreishly delicious recipes for young and old. Each box will have 8 Montagu recipes to choose from. Order one below and baking on those memories!

When: Valid now until 31 January 2021

Where: Available online. Nationwide shipping.

Who: All ages. This is an activity for the entire family to take part in and enjoy! Toddlers, tweens, teens and older adults. 


Child-friendly restaurants in Durban and surrounds

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

Visit an indoor party venue in Durban and surrounds

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

For more indoor activities click Family Friendly Indoor Activities in Durban and for more Family Friendly Outdoor Activities in Durban.

We hope this list inspires you to explore everything Durban has to offer this holiday! 



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