Who said that learning has to stop during the holidays? Or that it can’t be fun? These spots in Cape Town are here to teach us and your kids that education can still mean a jolly good time!
The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness centre’s main focus is showing little ones, and adults alike, why our animals are so important and special. Kids will get to meet not only giraffes (who seem like the coolest animals around) but also crocodiles, ostriches, snakes as well as springbok which is South Africa’s national animal and our national bird, the blue crane.
Where Corner of R304 and R101
When Daily 9 am – 5 pm
Cost Children (2 – 15 years) R25, Adults R45, Seniors R30
Contact giraffehouse.co.za, +27 21 884 4506
CAPE TOWN SCIENCE CENTRE
These holidays Cape Town Science Centre’s winter programme will treat your kids to science shows, dissections, planetarium shows and a treasure hunt. Your mini scientist will also be able to build a microscope and design a maze as well as create a shooting lava lamp. Be sure to check out the programme’s calendar to choose the best day of activities.
Where 370B Main Road, Observatory
When Monday – Saturday 9 am – 4:30 pm, Sundays and public holidays 10 am – 4:30 pm
Cost Children (3 – 18 years) and Adults R45, Seniors R25 available at Webtickets
Contact ctsc.org.za, [email protected], +27 21 300 3200
DISCOVER THE DINOSAURS AT KIRSTENBOSCH
Kirstenbosch will be hosting a Winter Wonders programme during the school holidays. Children will get to head out on adventure trails through the botanical gardens where they’ll learn more about dinosaurs and magical hot-house plants, and meet a frog friend or two. There will also be a biodiversity and waste art workshop to teach the youth about the impact of waste on the earth.
Where Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
When 29 June – 17 July 2015 10 am – 11 am
Cost Free entry for children 17 years and under
Contact sanbi.org.za, +27 21 799 8783
Planet Kids is an outer space meets kids’ playground. So, expect the unexpected. Think jumping castles featuring aliens and climbing walls, intergalactic ball wall, space slides and space cabs.
Where 3 Wherry Road, Muizenberg
When Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
Cost Babies (under 2 years) R25, Children (2 – 13 years) R35/1 hour and R60/2 hours, Free entry for adults
Contact planetkids.co.za, [email protected], +27 21 788 3070
WEST COAST FOSSIL PARK
At the West Coast Fossil Park, you and your children can travel back in time to five million years ago. There are fossil tours, nature trails which can be walked or cycled as well as creating a mini excavation experience for your kids and their friends.
Where R45 Langebaanweg, Vredenburg, West Coast
When Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm, Weekends and public holidays vary*
Cost Children under 5 years enter for free, Children (6 – 17 years) R25, Adults R60, Seniors R35
Contact fossilpark.org, [email protected], +27 22 766 1606