What to do this weekend with the kids, PLUS win tickets to Crocworld!

Kids love animals – so take them to one of these fun places this weekend.

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It’s going to be a sunny weekend! Get out of the house and take the kids to one of these venues where they can meet and interact with animals while learning about them.

Crocworld Conservation Centre

This popular tourist attraction on the South Coast has undergone a massive transformation during lockdown and has now re-opened under Level 2 for a safe COVID-19 compliant outdoor, wildlife experience.

Crocodiles at Crocworld

 

Why the kids will love it

The big drawcard of course will be getting to see REAL crocodiles up close, including a 100-year old crocodile named Henry who is 5 metres long and weighs around 1 000kg! If your kids are hungry for some action (aren’t they always), don’t miss the crocodile feeding demo on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 3pm.

If they love reptiles, they’ll also enjoy meeting the new arrivals: three angulate tortoises endemic to Southern Africa, a rock monitor (or leguaan), the second-largest lizard to be found on the African continent, and two Western Diamondback rattle snakes from the USA, which is housed in the snake tunnel.

If your kids prefer something tamer, they’ll enjoy exploring the bird aviaries and visiting the adorable animal farm with its pigs, goats, rabbits and other animals.

What about the parents?

The Crocworld Conservation Centre will appeal to you as much as the kids from a learning experience, but we know that by the end of your walk, you’ll enjoy having the chance to sit down and enjoy a meal or a drink at the Fish Eagle Restaurant while the bigger kids play on the playground with its swings, climbing structures, slides and see-saws .

Other facilities

If you have a baby or toddler, you’ll be happy to know that the centre now has a baby changing room and during the school holidays, child minders are on hand at the playground to keep an eye on the kids.

How much does it cost?

Entrance to the Crocworld Conversation Centre is R90 for adults and R60 for children aged 4-12 years. (Annual memberships are also available, a family membership for 2 adults and 2 kids costing R700.)

Where is it?

You’ll find Crocworld on Old Main Road, Scottburgh.

Opening times

Crocworld is open seven days a week. Out-of-season from 8am-4.30pm and during holidays 8am-5pm.

For more information visit www.crocworld.co.za.

WIN!

We’re giving away free entrance tickets to Crocworld to 2 lucky families (2 adults and 2 kids). To win, simply fill in the form below. Entries close 17 September at midnight. T’s & C’s apply.

This competition is now closed.

The Bunny Hop Haven

A sanctuary for small animals and an educational play centre, The Bunny Hop Haven is a lovely place to take your little ones for an outing to expose them to farm animals and to learn and appreciate nature and the outdoors. All the animals have been rescued, so it’s a wonderful place to take your kids to shower the animals with lots of love. You can also take your own picnic basket to enjoy.

Bunny Hop Haven

Why your kids will love it?

Your kids will love cuddling all the cute and cuddly little bunnies and they can even help feed them from the bucket of organic vegetables. But they’ll be equally entertained by the playful chickens, guinea pigs, tortoises and sheep which roam about, looking for a treat.

What about the parents?

We bet that you won’t be able to resist giving a bunny a cuddle, too, so grab a bucket and get involved by setting a good example on how kids should care for animals.

Other facilities

There’s a big playground for the kids to play after they’ve seen the animals, while you take a seat for some time-out under a shady tree or prepare a little picnic for the kids when they get hungry and thirsty.

Where is it located?

Observatory Sports Club, 59 Frederick Street, Observatory, Johannesburg

How much does it cost?

R40 per person (which includes a bucket of vegetables for feeding the animals.)

Opening times

  • Tuesdays to Fridays 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays, and public holidays 10am-4pm

For more info visit www.bunnyhop.org.za.

Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary

Situated in Midrand, Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary is what you’d call a “boutique zoo”, a beautiful place where you can take your kids to appreciate animals and where they can have personal learning encounters with them in a peaceful and personal environment. It was started by curator Eddy Van Eck as an education centre to educate locals and tourists on local conservation endeavours many years ago, but has now expanded to accommodate a fascinating assortment of exotic and indigenous reptiles, mammals, and birds.

Lory Park and Owl Sanctuary

Why the kids will love it?

The experience of having an owl sit on their head or to watch as the big cats, including the tigers, are fed will be something your kids will never forget.

What about the parents?

You’ll enjoy the personal approach and unique experiences as much as the kids and we dare you to have your pic taken with the Siberian tiger!

Other facilities

There’s a tuck shop, and there are braai and picnic facilities at the venue, too, so come prepared for a great day out. There’s also a tea garden and lapa area which can be booked and customised for a kiddies party or special family occasion.

How much does it cost?

  • R110 for adults
  • R80 for kids between 2 and 12 years
  • Kids under age 2 – free
  • There’s a small additional cost if you want to have a guided tour and\or you want the opportunity to pet some of the animals.

We recommend buying tickets online from their website so that you can choose the best time to visit the facility and enjoy their personal services.

Where is it located?

181 Kruger Road, Midrand

For more info visit www.lorypark.co.za.

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