“What should we do today?” is the most haunting refrain of the winter holidays. Chances are you might feel like you’ve done it all before – but there are some options you still haven’t explored. Here’s our list:
Lindfield Victorian House Museum
A perfect replica of life during the Victorian era, this is an outing that’s best suited to older kids, but it will certainly capture their imaginations as they get to have a real-life Downton Abbey experience. From the butler’s pantry (complete with a pull-out bed where the butler could keep an eye on the family silver overnight) to the almost life-size doll’s house in the nursery, they’ll be fascinated by the way Jo’burgers used to live.
Tours offered daily from R70.
The Strawberry Farm
Keep this one in mind for summer, as berry picking season runs from September to December. You can still visit, though, to pick your own veggies, enjoy a picnic or eat at the in-house restaurant. Don’t forget that you can also fill your fridge with raspberries picked fresh from the Field Berry Farm during summer.
Strawberry picking from R70.
Visit www.thestrawberryfarm.co.za or call 011 012 207 1116.
The Rastafarian Caves
If you were the first in your circle to embrace the hygge trend (the Danish habit of cuddling up indoors with books, board games and loads of snacks) then this outing might not be for you, but it’s well worth exploring if you and your family love venturing outdoors. Located at the Mzinyathi Falls, the Rastafarian Caves are home to a community of Rastas who live and worship there – think of it as Durban’s answer to Jordan’s stone city of Petra. You can organise a tour with Durban Green Corridor – pack your takkies to cram in a hike around the magnificent falls.
A castle? In Durban? Yes. Located in the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, a beautiful venue, especially if you’re on the lookout for birds and other small species, the castle is a century-old family home that will make your little ones feel as though they’ve been whisked into Rapunzel’s tower.
Visit Coedmorecastle.co.za or phone 083 419 6428.
One of the perks of living in the Cape is being able to explore all that natural beauty, right? Scootours takes this to the next level, with a scooter tour whizzing down the slopes of Table Mountain. Kids as young as four can enjoy a ride that’s fun and educational, too.
Rides from R270.
Cool Runnings Toboggan Park
Just because there isn’t any snow, it doesn’t mean you can’t toboggan! Daredevil kids will go mad for slipping and sliding at 40km per hour – hold tight!
In her 16 years as journalist, Lisa Witepski’s work has appeared in most of South Africa’s leading publications, including the Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Entrepreneur and Financial Mail. She has written for a number of women’s magazines, including Living & Loving, Essentials and many others, across topics from lifestyle to travel, wellness, business and finance. She is a former acting Johannesburg Bureau Chief for Cosmopolitan, and former Features Editor at Travel News Weekly, but, above all, a besotted mom to Leya and Jessica. Lisa blogs at whydoialwayscravecake.blogspot.com and lisa.witepski.blogspot.com, and tweets at @LisaWitepski.