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June 24, 2014

7 Free Winter School Holiday things to do with the kids in Cape Town

So, the winter school holidays are upon us and you’re eager to treat your little ones but you’re just too strapped for cash to do the big ticket activities? No need to worry, Mom and Dad, because there is plenty of a free thing to do with the kids in Cape Town.

Low on cash this winter school holiday? We've got your top free things to do with the kids in Cape Town. Image courtesy of Lacoste Official

From story-telling sessions for mini bookworms to picnics outdoors, there is so much to see and do without having to spend a cent in the child-loving Mother City.

Bundle up your young ones, brave the chilly weather and join us for these free winter school holiday things to do in Cape Town:

Go indoors:

Story telling at The Book Lounge

Once upon a time in The Book Lounge on Roeland Street in the creative City Centre

This delightfully cosy bookstore hosts a free storytelling session every Saturday morning at 11h00. Adults can enjoy a cuppa at the coffee shop downstairs, while the kids take their minds on a journey through the fantasy world.

It’s always a good idea to reserve your spot in advance since they fill up quite quickly.

Date: Saturdays
Location: 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town
Website:  www.booklounge.co.za

Cape Town Central Library

Crafts, puzzle-building, games marathons, computer training sessions and story-telling await for your precious babes at the Cape Town Central Library this school holiday.

The best fun to be had indoors, the Library’s three week long activities programme is the best stimulation on offer for bright little minds.

Date: Saturdays
Location: Old Drill Hall, Cnr. Parade & Darling Streets, Cape Town
Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Blue Route Mall

Keep the kids occupied while you enjoy some retail therapy with the Drop-n-Shop Zone at Blue Route Mall.

This feast of activities will keep kids in high spirits including a make-over station, face painting, appearances by KykNET’s Tjiff en Tjaff cartoon characters and a live Jack & the Beanstalk show

Date: 28 June to 20 July
Location: 16 Tokai Road, Cnr Vans and Tokai Road, Tokai
Website: www.blueroutemall.co.za

Explore the outdoors:

Green Point Urban Park

On those rare, warmer winter’s days in Cape Town, why not take the kids to the Green Point Urban Park for a tasty picnic and exploratory adventures?

This open and inviting space, welcomes family and friends of all ages. Ponds, free-roaming ducks, age-specific parks, outdoor gym equipment, and labelled gardens make for an adventurous and educational day out. 

Pack in the tricycles, roller-skates and family dog for an exhilarating outdoor family experience.

Date: Daily
Location: Green Point
Website: www.gprra.co.za/green-point-urban-park.html

Noon Gun Blast Off

Give your mini daredevil the thrill of a lifetime, seeing the Noon Gun blast off up close on Signal Hill at midday.

With a short walk and history lesson about the Noon Gun, Cape Town’s oldest living tradition, on offer too, this is a great informative and free experience for tiny school holidaymakers.

Date: Daily
Location: Signal Hill
Website: www.twitter.com/NoonGunCapeTown

The Company’s Garden

With its endless grassy lawns, fish ponds, and squirrels, The Company’s Garden is an adventurous play place for kids of all ages.

Kids will be able to brush up on their knowledge of trees and the historical monuments that can be found around the park.

They’ll also be able to feed squirrels and maybe even catch a glimpse of the legendary albino squirrel.

Date: Daily
Location: 19 Queen Victoria Street
Website:   www.capetown.gov.za

Kalk Bay, Hout Bay and Table Bay Harbours

Treat your little wanna-be Jack Sparrows to the incredible views and day to day operations of a working harbour in Kalk Bay, Hout Bay or Table Bay and let them marvel at the sights of big ships, seals, tug boats and fishing trawlers up close.

Date: Daily
Location: Kalk Bay, Hout Bay and V&A Waterfront
Website: www.capetown.gov.za

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