For kids, an absolute joy away from homework, early mornings and uniforms. For parents, a stressful break from the well-oiled machine of the school run. The thought of school holidays inspire excitement and strike fear all before it’s even lunchtime on the very first day off. But we’re going to let you in on a secret… Cape Town’s favourite 24/7 all-in-fun destination GrandWest is also the home of kids activities, child-friendly restaurants, and family entertainment and it has an awesome line-up of events that are perfect for the upcoming school holidays. Great Family fun and things to do with kids.
From the icy adventures of Disney On Ice to the only ice-skating rink in the whole of the Western Cape… GrandWest really is the coolest place to be these school holidays. When the kids are done racing around the rink, get their hearts racing with a thrilling game of laser tag or let the good times roll with ten-pin bowling. Ice cream afterward is mandatory, of course!
When only blockbuster action and comedy will do, enjoy the latest movies at GrandWest’s Nu Metro cinema. There’s nothing better than munching your way through a box of popcorn while enjoying the magic of the big screen. Make a day of it and treat the family to a meal at Spur afterward.
Did you know? GrandWest also has an arcade and crèche facilities.
From the magic of Disney to the colourful world of Cartoon Network… Let adventure replace boredom and let laser tag, movies, ice-skating and ten-pin bowling keep your kids busy. Treat the family to a delicious meal and let sweet moments be the order of the day. Fill the upcoming school holidays with fun and get to GrandWest. With a host of great kids activities and family entertainment, there’s only one place to be.
Make your way to GrandWest this December and January to experience world-class entertainment for the whole family under one, very large, roof. GrandWest is offering a host of activities for kids throughout the holidays, excellent shows for adults and lots of entertainment the whole family can enjoy together.
“There is so much for everyone to enjoy,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “This is going to be the best ever summer holiday at GrandWest. Bring your friends and family and join in the fun.”
Afrikaans music fans will love Die Feesviering taking place on 9 December 2018. This traditional cultural show features an incredible choir made up of top song groups and musicians in the Western Cape, backed up by a fantastic electronic orchestra. It’s bound to be a historic occasion. (R150 from Computicket, Grand Arena, GrandWest)
The Black Ties Experience: Sounds like Summer, is happening on 14 December 2018. The Black Ties, one of SA`s premier cover bands, will be singing all the greatest summer hits, with their four-piece band adding to this festive experience. This fun band is known for their vocal ability, harmony and humour on stage. (R150 from Computicket, Sun Exhibits, GrandWest)
The international show Queen: It's a Kinda Magic is on 12 January 2018.
Come to hear the iconic voice of Freddy Mercury with the incredible guitar solos of Bryan May and all of Queen’s famous rock harmonies, brought back to life with authentic costumes, state-of-the-art sound and lighting and theatrical effects. This not-to-be-missed show offers the full live rock concert experience. (R120 Computicket, Grand Arena, GrandWest)
“If you’re looking for gift ideas for the festive season, tickets for some of the fantastic shows GrandWest has coming up early next year will make wonderful presents,” says Matthys. “I’ve found that gifting experiences are so rewarding.”
Shows coming up include the international star Sam Smith who sings huge hits like I’m Not The Only One and Leave your Lover. Bryan Ferry, who is performing on Valentine’s Day next year and the popular It’s a Love Thing show.
Start off your weekend on the right note this summer at Jackson Hall and get your dose of DJ and live entertainment. Our live bands cover some of the best jazz as well as new popular music. This December you can catch Sammy Webber Band, Signature SA and Faze 4 every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday respectively. In January the B Charles Experience will be on Wednesday evenings, Major 7 on Fridays and Chasing Time on Saturdays.
Throughout the summer, every Friday and Saturday night there will be shows on at GrandWest’s vibey Hanover Street Club, as well as the hilarious Sunday comedy evenings. Please call the GrandWest switchboard on 012 505 77 77 to find out what is on.
GrandWest is also a great venue to celebrate New Year’s Eve, with Jeodhouse playing at the Jackson Hall and Bass Mint entertaining the crowds on the gaming floor.
As usual, children have the most fun at GrandWest. This summer holiday GrandWest will turn into a world of pure imagination and ‘Lekka Fun’ for kids. There will be face painting, puppet shows, dancers, ballerinas, jugglers, live DJs, magicians and balloon twisters to keep children of all ages entertained for hours.
The Fun Park at GrandWest, open from 16 December 2018 to 6 January 2019 will cater for kids of different ages. The Pop-Up Playground will have jumping castles, obstacle courses, cool characters and photo frames will keep the younger children happy for hours.
Children slightly older may prefer to try out the Carnival Rides. All their favourite rides will be there, including a Ferris wheel, Dizzy Barrels, Horse & Aeroplane Swings, Barrel Swings, Bumper Rides and Pedal Go-Karts.
For the more adventurous kids, there will be Fast Swings, Bungee Trampolines and Parachute Simulator. The Wipe-Out Games, consisting of Wipe-out Sweeper, Wrecking Ball, Wipe-out Ball Runner and a Zorb Knockout Runner, will also keep the braver children entertained.
“We are super excited to really cater for the kids this summer holiday,” says Matthys. “Parents can bring their children of all ages here to have fun in a safe, happy space.”
The Magic Company remains a great place to have fun playing exciting arcade games with your children. Come along, spoil the kids and go home with a prize. Young and old can enjoy all the fun of the fair by collecting tickets from the arcade games to exchange for fantastic prizes. A 12-lane tenpin bowling alley has also just moved into the Magic Company.
Another highlight for kids is Laser Tag, the most advanced, versatile game design and play platform in the world. The much-loved Olympic-sized ice-skating rink at the Ice Station will also be open for the holidays. This is energetic entertainment for kids and adults is lots of fun, with bright lights and contemporary music adding to the cheerful vibe.
If you’re looking for the perfect night out with your family, try one of the excellent restaurants at GrandWest. There is the Hussar Grill for steak, Casa Bella for Italian food, The Cape Town Fish Market for seafood, Bukhara for Indian, Beijing Orchard for Asian cuisine, the Quarterdeck Restaurant and of course the Spur, an old South African family favourite.
There will also be food and drink specials running throughout summer at the Jackson Hall bar and Bravo Bar, the Quarterdeck Restaurant and Sun lounges.
“We look forward to welcoming you and your family and friends to celebrate the summer with us at GrandWest,” says Matthys.
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