If you’re stumped for ideas on how to entertain the kids this winter and for the school holidays, Mombabbles has created this handy roundup just for you. Keep coming back to this page as we’re bound to update it as we go!
Artscape – Noddy
From the 1 – 17 July you can get the kids to see Noddy and all his friends (Big Ears, Tessie Bear, Mr Plod and more). It’s all about how Tessie Bear wants to help Noah build his Ark and is looking to collect donations of coins to save the Ark and all the animals. Children under 1 get free entry, otherwise tickets cost R90.
For the first time in 10 years, Bugz Playpark has introduced a ‘frost flash’ winter special which sees a reduction for the VIP entrance rate from R120 to R90 from May to September 2017 only.
The playpark boasts a large indoor area for kids aged 2- 10 years old, filled with obstacles, slides and educational boards. Each activity is designed to challenge young minds and keep the attention span, while allowing the creativity to flow.
In short, Fun Nearby, links parent to all the child friendly happenings and events in their area – it’s quick, simple to use, and full of awesome information.
Good Food and Wine Show
Budding child chefs will get their chance to discover the joys of cooking at the annual gastronomic gathering, thanks to The Kids Cooking Club, the Kids Deco Lab and a line-up of free live theatre events. This year the GF&WS takes place in Cape Town from 2-4 June, lands in Johannesburg for 28-30 July, and wraps up in Durban on the weekend of 27-29 October.
You can book early bird tickets online at R144, which is valid up to one week prior to the show. Thereafter the door price of R160 is applicable. Children under 12 attend and Fridays are free for seniors over 65.
If your child loves cooking, Claremont-based organisation The Kids Cooking Club will be sponsoring the Kids’ Corner at the GF&WS in Cape Town. Owned by Mo Goduka, the club holds regular classes for children aged 2 to 14, separating these young culinary scholars into groups according to age. There are the Tiny Tots (2- and 3-year-olds), the Junior Chefs (4- to 8-year-olds) and Master Chefs (8 years and up).
Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can learn how to cook a selection of basic meals, and practice techniques such as chopping, mixing, grating and kneading. Younger children will have plastic equipment to use, as well as guides to help them through the classes, while the older kids will be allowed a bit more freedom. The young chefs will learn how to create both a health breakfast (fruit salad and yoghurt) and an English-inspired one (omelet cups). They’ll also learn how to make a smoothie, a wrap and in the ‘Winter Warmer’ session they’ll learn to make soup served with braided bread. Classes will include a lesson on how to make cheese scones and frittatas, while the second is devoted to pizza. The sixth and final course will consist of spinach cupcakes and quiche. Finally, at the Kids Deco Lab, they can learn a about the art of cake decoration, particularly with cupcakes.
Peter Pan musical, Canal Walk
From Saturday, 1 July to Sunday, 23 July 2017 be enthralled and entertained by the Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and magical Neverland. Other characters will also be included in the mix, such as the mysterious mermaids from Mermaid Lagoon; the beautiful Indian Princess Tiger Lilly and her brave Panther. Of course the oh-so-evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates will grace the stage aboard the Jolly Roger and lower the anchor for a sojourn at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre (CWSC) Theatre. Show times are Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Tickets cost R80 through Computicket.
Kids cooking classes – Table Bay Hotel
On the first Saturday of every month Table Bay offers kiddies the chance to become mini chefs in their own right. Each interactive class gives children between 5 and 12 years of age kitchen confidence and teaches them to cook something. Classes take two hours and start at 12;30. There’s a Father’s Day class on the 3 June where the children learn to make grilled cheese burgers and giant chocolate smartie cookes. But if you miss that one there’s a fun, homemade pizza and decorate cake pops down for the 1 July. For booking information and a comprehensive list on the classes for the rest of 2017, click here.
The Ice Station, Grandwest Casino
If your children love the snow and are quite skilled when fitted with a pair of ice skates why not go to the The Ice Station at Grandwest Casino. Skate hire and coaching is also available for those who are beginners at ice skating and there’s a mini rink available for younger children.
Tulbagh Christmas in Winter
Tulbagh’s Christmas celebration in winter (24 & 25 June) is always a joyous affair. ‘Passports’ cost R100 and includes a Christmas hat, wine glass for wine tasting at various cellars, entrance to 5 Provincial Museums and entry to win prizes. Passports can be used on both the 24th and 25 June. If you’d rather not wine taste, the passport costs R80. Tickets for children aged 13-17 cost R60 and for children under the age of 12, it’s free.
Table Mountain Cableway Kids Season Special
If a parent buys a return ticket for the Cableway online or from the Lower Cable Station and two kids get to ride on the Cabelway for free. This offer is runs from the 1 May to 30 September and is valid on weekends, public holidays, and during the June and July school holidays. Kids can partake in a treasure hunt and when they hand in their voucher at both the Shop at the Top and the Café they get something sweet. For more information, click here.
V&A Kids Food Studio
This promises to be an interactive, fun learning experience that will allow kids to learn how food gets from the farm to the family home. They will also learn about the 5 food groups and the importance of eating a balanced diet. It will run from the 4 – 17 July, 2017 from 11;30 till 18;30 in the Centre Court in front of H&M. It costs R30 per child and R50 for two.