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June 09, 2010

Lots to do for kids in Cape Town this holiday

Blog Featured ImageCape Town street dancing kids. Photo courtesy stillingen

Cape Town school kids have been “counting the sleeps” until the holidays, when they will bid adieu to tests, teachers, books and blackboards for the five weeks of the June/July holidays. Finally, it is here (along with the 2010 FIFA World Cup™)!

Kids are looking forward to school-free days parked in front of the television, but make no mistake: the novelty will soon wear off. It won’t be long before parents are confronted with restless squirms and cries of boredom. Fortunately – for both parents and children – Cape Town is a child-friendly city, with plenty to do for kids of all ages.

Cape Town Kids is a one-stop, user-friendly website specializing in places to eat, play, shop and stay with kids in & around Cape Town for locals and tourists alike. For this winter holiday and the FIFA 2010 World Cup, they have a comprehensive Winter Holiday Guide as well as their daily updated Events Calendar full of great activities, events and entertainment for kids and parents, day by day.

Below you can find some examples of what Cape Town has to offer.

Cape Town’s winter is rainy, windy and dreaded by many children, but this time they’ll hardly notice the chill in the air. There are dozens of indoor activities that will keep them entertained all season long.

Kids always jump at the chance to get their hands dirty and Cape Town’s art workshops and studios are the ideal place for this.

Lil’Dreys celebrates individuality and offers workshops and classes for kids. This popular spot offers a wide range of artistic activities and empahsises the importance of art and creativity in a child’s life.

At Art Jamming, kids are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and let the brush do the talking. Branded as “paintertainment”, this studio is one of a kind. They will be offering a holiday programme for children this winter.

Other art workshops in the city include Amelia’s Artwork Winter Holiday Programme, Bits ‘n Pieces Craft Workshops, Millstone Creative Art Workshops, Clay Cafe workshops and the Artee Parteez Holiday Art Club.

Cape Town kids will jump at the chance to demonstrate their skills at Short Chefs and won’t say no to a visit to the Build-a-Bear Workshop, where they can create a FIFA World Cup™ bear!

Cape Town’s museums are increasingly child-friendly. The South African Museum and Planetarium are both home to fascinating displays, as is the famous Muizenberg Toy Museum.

Blog Featured ImageWatching the fish at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Photo courtesy flowcomm

The city’s libraries will also be the centre of much activity this winter, hosting dozens of events for children throughout the school holidays. Activities range from puzzles, games and crafts to indoor soccer and treasure hunts. The full programme can be viewed here .

When the weather prohibits outdoor sports and activity, kids should a still have no reason to stay seated. Children can show off their fancy footwork at Dance Accent Holiday Workshops, or can get moving at Jimmy Jungles indoor playground and Gymboree.

And one mustn’t forget the Two Oceans Aquarium, MTN Sciencentre and Planet Kids, ideal locations to spend a couple of hours.

Although the Mother City is famous for inclement winter weather, the sun occasionally pops out from behind the clouds . There are lots of outdoor activities on offer during the winter season for precisely this occasion.

Swashbuckling young Capetonians can take to the high seas on The Jolly Roger, an authentic pirate ship at the V&A Waterfront. The ship makes several 45-minute trips around the Cape during the course of the day. Junior pirates are welcome aboard and are encouraged to go on a treasure hunt or walk the plank!

Other adventurous kids may want to head to Ratanga Junction, home to more than 30 exciting attractions. Specially designated “Kids Rides” are ideal for small children but older kids might enjoy “Thrill Rides”.

Children may also want to indulge their inner daredevil by visiting the Cool Runnings Toboggan Park.

Blog Featured ImageInteracting with the animals at The World of Birds in Cape Town. Photo courtesy malawimullac

Animal-loving children can engage with their furry friends in a number of ways this winter. The popular Tygerberg Zoo is home to more than 1 400 animals and is loved by children of all ages. Children will also enjoy visiting the World of Birds the largest bird park in Africa. It is home to more than 400 species of winged creatures, as well as the ever-entertaining squirrel monkeys. Imhoff Farm offers camel rides and is the location of the Higgledy Piggeldy Farm. Also not to be missed are Noordhoek Farm Village, The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre and Spier – home to the Cheetah Outreach and Eagle Encounters programmes.

Holiday camps like Sunscene Mid-Year Holiday Camp and Cape Youth Adventures are popular with working parents as they keep kids busy from morning to evening. Days are filled with fun activities and kids are given the opportunity to perfect their arts-and-crafts or sporting skills.

The winter season promises to be an entertaining time for the kids of Cape Town. Dozens of exciting activities are available throughout the city and are guaranteed to keep children busy and stimulated throughout the school holidays.

An extensive list of activities can be found here. Parents are encouraged to pop in to any one of Cape Town Tourism’s Visitor Information Centres, to call +27 (0)21 487 6800 or email info@capetown.travel between 08h00 and 21h00 with any queries.

Find your way around using the Cape Town kids map.

 

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