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September 29, 2009

Fun stuff to do during the school holidays


Go wild at Ratanga Junction, photo courtesy Alex Muller

With summer approaching fast and the schools closed for a few weeks this September, boredom is bound to set in if your kids are cooped up inside. Why not spend some time rediscovering the fun side of Cape Town with your family.

If you have no idea where to begin, here are a few options to get you started:

Red Riding Hood
Date: September 28-October 3
Venue: Baxter Theatre
Time: 10h30
Price: R32
Contact: +27 21 558 2650
Website: www.lilliputplayers.co.za
The Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company will be performing six performances only of the popular fairytale.

The SoundHouse Project
Date: September 28-30
Venue: The SoundHouse, Baxter Theatre Centre
Time: 10h00-13h00
Price: R100 -R110 per morning (includes CD or DVD)
Contact: +27 21 686 2825
Website: www.soundhouse.co.za
Kids get to tackle fun projects, such as music composition, song writing, digital storytelling and more.

Artjamming workshops
Date: September 28-October 2
Venue: Artjamming, Wembley Square, Gardens
Time: 09h00-12h00 daily
Price: R110 per child (includes refreshments). Booking is essential
Contact: +27 21 462 1168
Website: www.artjamming.co.za
Take part in arts and crafts workshops with your kids.


Bumper car fun at Ratanga Junction, photo courtesy Danie van der Merwe

Gold of Africa Museum holiday programme
Date: September28-October 1
Venue: 96 Strand Street
Time: 09h00-12h00
Price: R50 per day (includes all materials)
Contact: +27 21 405 1540
E-mail: museum@goldofafrica.com
Website: www.goldofafrica.com
Children discover the music, stories, games and art of West Africa in four creative, fun-filled days.

Spring holiday fun @ MTN Sciencentre
Date: September 29-October 4
Venue: MTN Sciencentre, Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Price: R28 children, R22 adults
Contact: +27 21 529 8100
Website: www.mtnsciencecentre.org.za
Don’t miss out on great activities this spring at the MTN Sciencentre.

Spring fun at Ratanga Junction
Date: September 23-October 4
Venue: Ratanga Junction
Time: 10h00-17h00
Price: R35-R120
Contact: +27 861 200 300
Website: www.ratanga.co.za
Ratanga Junction theme park will be open for the Western Cape school holidays.

Sporting Academy clinics
Date: October 1-5
Venue: Bergvliet, False Bay Rugby Club, Meadowridge Football Club and Newlands
Time: 09h00-13h00 or 13h15-15h15
Price: R90 per day or R340 for four days
Contact: +27 84 777 1212
The Sporting Academy offers cricket, soccer, rugby and swimming clinics, ideal for children aged 5-13 years.


Enjoy a pony ride at Delvera Farm , photo courtesy Kirsten Jennings

Pizza making, Bake ’n play
Date: October 1
Venue: Millstone Farmstall and Café, Pinelands
Time: 09h30-12h30
Price: R65 (includes a snack)
Contact: +27 21 447 8226
Pizza-making fun for kids.

Lollos from Lala-land to visit Bugz Playpark
Date: October 2
Venue: Bugz Kiddies Playpark, Kraaifontein
Time: 15h00
Price: R40
Contact: +27 21 988 8836
Website: www.bugzplaypark.co.za
This friendly little creature teaches the little ones to sing and dance.

Thumbelina and the Elf King puppet show
Dates: October 3-10
Venue: Nutwood Forest Pre-school, 3 Braemer Road, Green Point
Time: 10h30-11h00
Price: R20
Contact: +27 21 439 8113
For children three years and older.

Pony rides at Delvera Farm
Dates: Every Sunday
Venue: Delvera Farm, Corner of the R44 and Muldersvlei Road
Time: 11h00-14h00
Price: R10
Contact: +27 21 464 1144
Take a tranquil Sunday drive to the winelands and treat your children to an enchanting pony ride.

Make a windmill
Dates: October 2
Venue: MTN Sciencentre, Canal Walk Shopping Centre
Time: 11h00
Price: R22 adults, R28 children
Contact: +27 21 529 8100
Children six years and older learn more about the weather and different weather instruments.


Celebrate World Animal Day by adopting a pet, photo courtesy Meryl

Celebrate World Animal Day
Dates: October 5
Venue: Sacks Circle, Bellville
Time: 10h00-15h00
Contact: +27 21 951 3010
The Animal Anti-Cruelty League in Bellville is holding a market and an adopt-a-thon day.

“Amazing race” for children
Dates: October 5
Venue: Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre, corner of the R304 (towards Stellenbosch) and the R101 (towards Paarl)
Time: 09h00-12h00
Price: R45 adults, R30 children
Contact: +27 21 884 4506
Website: www.giraffehouse.co.za
This event is a fundraiser for the Mdzananda Animal Clinic in Khayelitsha.

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