By the end of the week, it will officially be school holiday!
Every year, parents are flabbergasted as to what to do with their kids during the winter holidays. It’s too cold to play outside and you can’t let them play video games for 3 straight weeks.
So, what do you do without breaking the bank? Read our top 5 ideas of fun things to do this winter:
Visit a National Park for the wildlife
Every child should see wild animals doing what wild animals do best in their natural habitat at least once in their lives. Seeing animals like this will teach them a love for nature and enforce a protective ideal.
There are many options for parents to choose from, like the Kruger National Park or Pilanesberg Game Reserve. While the Kruger is world renowned, Pilanesberg is closer to Gauteng and the kids will most probably spot animals faster because the park is smaller.
Entry at both will be less than R100 per person for day visitors. Pack snacks and have awesome family fun for a whole day!
Travel to the top of Table Mountain
Going to Cape Town means nothing if you don’t travel up the mountain by cable car. Families even get a special discount during winter months, 2 kids get to go for free for every paying adult.
People have been visiting Table Mountain by means of cableway since 1929, accident-free! More than 24-million people have been transported up the mountain since then. The area is a National Park and a World Heritage Site.
Visit the big hole in Kimberley
If you are planning on travelling to Cape Town, take the alternative route through Kimberley. It is well worth the detour.
Take the kids to the Big Hole and show them the biggest hole dug by human hands. There are also awesome interactive displays around the site to offer interesting information and telling the story of diamonds and how they helped shape South Africa’s future.
Learn more about dinosaurs
Most kids are in love with dinosaurs! Fuel that passion by taking them on a visit to the South African Museum in Cape Town, Iziko Museums.
This visit will be awesome for when the weather turns a little chilly and you don’t have a clue how to get them away from the television screen.
They will be able to see African dinosaurs from the Karoo, and this winter they will also be able to see exhibitions of whales, sharks and dolphins.
Drink some pineapple juice at the giant pineapple
Fresh pineapple juice tastes delicious and what better way to drink it than going to a giant pineapple to do so?
This Big Pineapple is 16.7 meters high and boasts a shop, information display and viewing deck! Make sure to stop here when in the Eastern Cape.
If none of the above are viable options, why not bake some cookies or make arts and crafts? For all you know, your kid might be the next Martha Stewart or Jamie Oliver!
You can also buy tickets to almost any event on Junk Mail!