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December 08, 2009

Holiday fun for kids in Cape Town

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Fun at the Final Draw

Cape Town’s counting the days to World Cup kickoff, after a fantastic Final Draw on December 4 which had 55 000 people partying in Long Street while stars and dignitaries packed the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Visit Cape Town Tourism’s special 2010 mini-website to spot yourself or your friends in our image gallery or to catch the match schedule and latest news at www.capetown.travel/2010.

But Cape Town kids are also counting the days, as schools break up this week for a five-week summer holiday. Here are some suggestions for activities and experiences to keep them happy:

  • Artjamming at Wembley Square offers you a canvas, paint on tap and tools to create your very own masterpiece. A lot of enthusiasm but very little experience is required!
  • The Iziko South African Museum & Planetarium has special exhibitions for children, like the Whale Well, African Dinosaurs, Shark World, Rock Art and Fossil Stories.
  • Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium for oceans of fun, and nurture a future Einstein at the MTN Sciencentre at Canal Walk Shopping Centre.
  • Visit The Millstone Farmstall & Café at Oude Molen Eco Village in Pinelands for horse rides, meeting Milly May the piglet, and fresh, organic produce.
  • From Milly May the piglet to Gerry the giraffe at Giraffe House in Stellenbosch. There are many other African animals to see there as a lesson about our rich African wildlife heritage. Daily animal encounters take place at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00.
  • The Barnyard Restaurant in Tokai is a wonderful family venue with a wide range of outdoor play activities and a petting zoo – and it’s not far from the Constantia winelands, for mom and dad.
  • For the adventurer in your child, Ratanga Junction in Century City and the Cool Runnings Toboggan Family Park in Tygervalley are ideal.
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    Kids had a blast at the Final Draw

  • And if your wish is for your children just to be children, use their imagination, enjoy themselves and use up some energy in Cape Town’s many outdoor spots:

    Family-friendly beaches include Boulders Beach, Glen Beach (a very toddler-friendly beach close to Camps Bay and Clifton), Small Bay in Blouberg (a refuge from the south-easter), St James tidal pool, Fish Hoek Beach, Long Beach Noordhoek and Strand or Gordon’s Bay for warm water, fewer waves and play equipment.

    Parks and playgrounds like Rocklands or Deer Park in Vredehoek, Keurboom Park in Rondebosch, the Lighthouse Playground in Mouille Point, Sonstraal Park in Durbanville or Squirrel Lane in the Company’s Gardens.

    Take a mild family hike at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, the Pipe Track, Newlands Forest or the Silvermine Dams.

And in the words from Baz Luhrmann’s song, “if we could offer you one piece of advice – sunscreen would be it!”

For this and more school holidays information, pick up the informative Cape Town Kids Map 2010 and Visitors Guide 2010 at any Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centre. Find all 18 VICs and some holiday hints at www.capetown.travel.

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