We rounded up 16 fun outings for the Easter holidays that the kids will love.
For little scientists
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Take your little scientist to a world-class interactive science museum. The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is the largest science centre in Southern Africa offering over 300 exhibits. There is a collection of interactive exhibits housed in the old electric workshop, which provides hours of fun for kids and adults to discover, explore and play with science and technology. From LEGO pits and mini-construction sites to understanding the principles of electromagnetism, the exhibit caters for curious minds of all ages. For more information, visit sci-bono.co.za.
KZN Science Centre
Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal
The KZN Science Centre offers a unique combination of education and entertainment, making science accessible to all in a fun and innovative way. The centre exposes both young and old to different aspects of science, with an interesting variety of over 100 interactive displays. The KZN Science Centre also offers a wide range of challenging and fun puzzles, which are sure to put the young one’s minds to test. Plus there’s a brand new Planetarium which promises to take you on an adventure like never before. For more information visit kznsc.org.
Cape Town Science Centre
With more than 280 interactive science exhibits and brain-teasing puzzles, the Cape Town Science Centre is guaranteed to keep young minds engaged and entertained. It is a place where you can have fun, while learning about scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Visit ctsc.org.za for more info.
Animal Farmyard and Tea Garden
This place is a perfect animal touch farm that kids will love. Children can milk the Jersey cow, touch and feed the animals, have pony or tractor ride and play on their jungle gyms, swings and slides. Parents can relax and enjoy farm style breakfasts, light lunches, jam and cream scones while watching the kids have the time of their lives. For more information, visit animalfarmyard.co.za or phone 031 765 2240.
Flag Animal Farm
Sheffield Beach Road, Durban
Flag Animal Farm is home to over 1 000 rescued animals and birds and most of them are out to be cuddled. There are milking shows daily where kids get to milk a cow and bottle-feed a calf. The farm also has 15 outdoor playgrounds, two indoor play centres, jumping castle for kids and picnic or braai spots for the whole family. Call 032 9472018 or visit flaganimalfarm.co.za for more info.
Bester Birds and Animals Park
This private zoo in the east of Pretoria has over 55 bird species and 40 varieties of animals. There is a touch farm area with a variety of harmless animals which children are allowed to handle, cuddle and feed. Children are given two bowls of food and are supervised and coached on how to feed the animals while they sit amongst bunnies, guinea pigs, chicks and ducks. Go to besterbirdsanimals.co.za or call 012 807 4192 for more info.
Cape Town, Western Cape
Imhoff Farm provides a wonderful, rural style venue for children, whilst adults have a series of shops and restaurants to choose from. There is a farmyard with lots of animals including goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and a pony. There are also play areas for children and parent-friendly spots; so everyone is bound to have a good time. Call 021 783 4545 for more info.
Lory Park in Midrand is ideal for children who love cats and birds. The park is home to a variety of cats, reptiles and exotic birds that are either in the process of being rehabilitated or are permanently housed at the centre. The park offers a truly intimate experience where you can get close with the animals and play with some of the cubs. The little ones will definitely enjoy feeding the rabbits. Visit lorypark.co.za or call 011 315 7307 for more info.
For artistic and creative minds
At this shop you will find an extensive range of ceramics to paint, mosaic or decoupage. They also sell all the products and tools required to finish your project, including underglaze and acrylic paints, brushes, mosaic tiles, inserts and tools. They host daily painting classes for little kids and mosaic workshops where they will paint and learn how to make their own mosaic. For more information, visit potteryjunxion.co.za.
Little artists will have an absolute blast at the Clay Café in Hout Bay, which lets the young and old paint masterpieces on unfired bisques and take home personal and unique crockery. After design time, the little ones can run around in the garden and playground while the parents snack on delicious cakes, cookies and sandwiches from the arts and craft centre’s restaurant. Visit claycafe.co.za for more information.
For the active and adventurous
Jolly Roger Pirate Boat
Cape Town Waterfront
Set sail for a pirate adventure on the high seas with the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat. The ship sails daily on scheduled tours from Quay 5 at the V&AWaterfront in the late morning, lunchtime and sunset. It includes a live pirate show that will entertain little pirate fantasies. To find out more or how to book a tour, visit yacoobyachts.co.za.
Little Kickers SA
Little Kickers is a national network of informal yet professionally run training classes where little soccer enthusiastic (both boys and girls) are given a helping hand to stand on their own two feet and kick the ball. Little Kickers use soccer as a fun forum to instil our growing squad with a little extra confidence, co-ordination, control and sense of companionship. They also cater for different age groups: from 18 month to seven years old. Go to littlekickers.co.za to find a class near you.
Outdoor Ice Rink in Rotary Blue Train Park
Mouille Point, Cape Town
Take the kids to the Rotary Blue Train Park and enjoy gliding around an outdoor ice rink on a glorious summer day. This trip will provide hours of guaranteed fun with spectacular views of the mountain and sea. The park is open to the public and can be hired out as a children’s party venue. For more information about the Rotary Blue Train Park, visit thebluetrainpark.co.za or contact 084 314 9200.
For little chefs
Olive Branch Cookery School
Interact with your little ones and make delicious treats at the Olive Branch Cookery School. Girls and boys will participate in hands on cooking class that teaches them basic skills, safety in the kitchen, and allows them to use their imaginations to create delicious dishes. For more information, visit olivebranchcooking.co.za.
Tots n Pots
Let your kids experiment and learn to cook from an early age at Tots n Pots. They offer classes that are focused on fine motor skills development and tactile defensiveness. Children are encouraged to enjoy messy playtime in a fun and relaxed environment. They also offer holiday clubs for children to attend with their moms, dads or grandparents and drop off options are also available. Children work individually with the help of their parents if needed. Visit totsnpots.com to find a class near you.
Little Cooks Club
Little Cooks Club is an educational programme for mothers and toddlers introducing children to cooking as well as healthy nutrition. They offer a hands-on approach of introducing little ones to new foods. Little Cooks Club allows parents the opportunity to get back-to-basics with their child, spending an hour a week having fun without the responsibility of tidying up. To find a class near you, visit littlecooksclub.co.za.
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