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June 20, 2014

10 Fantastic Winter School Holiday Things to do with the kids in Cape Town

Don't miss the legendary Minnie and Mickey Mouse in Disney:100 Years of Magic in Cape Town this winter school holiday. Image courtesy of www.feldentertainment.feldcdn.com

“Mom, I’m bored!” … the declaration feared by many a parent during the long winter school break but easy to dispel with the variety of fantastic school holiday entertainment on offer in Cape Town!

This June to July, brave the chilly weather and experience everything from fairytale spectaculars to thrilling scenic rides and captivating musicals in our child-loving Mother City.

Here are 10 fantastic winter school holiday things to do with the kids in Cape Town:

For your imaginative little darlings:

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic

They are the enchanting best friends of your youth and now you’ll be able to share the wonder of Micky Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy with your little ones at the Disney: 100 Years of Magic spectacular at the Grand Arena.

These icons of fun will share the ice with 21st century cartoon heroes Nemo, The Incredibles, the Toy Story Gang and all of the lovely Disney princesses. Have those vocal chords ready to sing along to some of the greatest fairytale hits, including “Under the Sea”, “A Whole New World” and more.

Your kids will love this live, 3D display of their favourite characters brought to life.

Date:  23 to 27 July
Cost: R 150 – R 350 (family packages available)
Location:  Grand Arena, Grand West, Goodwood, Cape Town
Website: www.disneyonice.com

The Traditional Children’s Magic Festival

Get ready for the most magical indoor fun you and your aspiring Harry Potters will ever have!

An enchanting tour of the College of Magic’s mysterious Victorian mansion in the Southern Suburbs, thrilling magic shows by amazing performers and photo opportunities with Star, the mystical bunny await at Cape Town’s very own Hogwarts.

Do you believe in magic? You will when you’ve experienced the Traditional Children’s Magic Festival!

Date: 2 – 5 July
Cost: R 60 (includes a goodie bag)
Location: College of Magic, Claremont
Website: www.collegeofmagic.com

For the scenic-loving youngsters:

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Kidz Season

So, you have a mini-explorer at home, just itching to see a whole new world from the top of a wonder of nature? Treat them to the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Kidz Season Special, where two kids ride for free with every paying adult.

This thrilling activity includes a mysterious treasure hunt map and sweet treats for young ones with a taste for adventure.

Date:  20 June to 31 October
Cost: R215 for adults
Location: Table Mountain
Website: www.tablemountain.net

City Sightseeing Bus 3 for 1 Special Offer

Our favourite hop on hop off bus company, the City Sightseeing Bus, have taken a leave out of Disney’s book and kept their prices “ Frozen” with their fantastic 3 for 1 special – for every adult bus or boat ticket purchased, two little ones get a free ride.

With so much to see and do along the various sightseeing routes, including the World of Birds, the Iziko Museums and the V&A Waterfront, this is one action packed experience, perfect for busy little adventurers.

Date: 20 June – 31 October
Cost: R 130 for adults (when booked online)
Location: Stop 1, Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront
Website: www.citysightseeing-blog.co.za

For young inquisitive minds:

Kids Ahoy at the V&A Waterfront

Seaside playtime is guaranteed this chilly holiday with art jamming sessions at the V&A Waterfront‘s Centre Court.

Every little Picasso will have one hour to paint their canvas as well as play in the free-play area while Mom and Dad can enjoy the more than 80 restaurants and stores at the V&A.

Date: 27 June to 13 July
Cost: R 60
Location: V&A Waterfront
Website: www.waterfront.co.za

Winter Wonders at Kirstenbosch

As if their new Boomslang walkway wasn’t cool enough for phenomenal 360 degree views, the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden will host puppet shows, adventure walks and creative craft workshops for kids aged 6 to 17 years too.

Date: 28 June to 20 July
Cost: R 60
Location: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Newlands
Website: www.sanbi.org.za

For the tiny thespians:


Everyone’s favourite magic carpet riding thief who steals the heart of an Arabian princess is coming to the Nassau Theatre in Newlands.
Date: 30 June – 12 July
Cost: R 50
Location: Nassau Theatre, Newlands
Website: www.computicket.com

Alice in Wonderland

Take a trip through the looking glass with the inquisitive Alice, Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland at the bustling Canal Walk Shopping Centre this school holiday.

Date: 28 June to 20 July
Cost: R 70
Location: Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century City
Website: www.computicket.com


The beloved Noddy character once again makes a welcome return with his merry band of friends and teeny tiny car to the Artscape Theatre stage.

Get there early and enjoy exciting activities like face painting, colouring in, puzzles, play tents and black bikes to ride before the show

Date: 28 June to 12 July
Cost: R 70
Location: Artscape Theatre, Foreshore
Website: www.computicket.com

Kidz Skouspeel

Venture out to the Northern Suburbs this winter for the cool show productions at the Tyger Valley Shopping Centre featuring kiddie favourites like Lollos and Lettie, Tjiff & Tjaff and Liewe Heksie.

Date: 11 to 13 July
Cost:  R 75
Location: Tyger Valley Centre
Website: www.tygervalley.co.za/event/kidz-skouspeel

Low on funds but still keen to treat the kids? Keep an eye out for our Free Things to do this School Holiday with the kids’ article coming soon.

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