How to keep the kids busy in the summer

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How to keep the kids busy in the summer

Five and a half weeks from the time the school year ends and before the new one begins. That’s not including the summer weekends between now and the start of the holidays. That’s a lot of time to spend with your kids and to try keep them busy. But, here in Cape Town, the fun never stops and there will always be something to do. And if you’re sitting in another province in South Africa, your first step to keeping the kids busy is to bring them down to Cape Town.


Boulders Beach

Take a beautiful scenic drive towards the coastal town of Simon’s Town, sporting views of False Bay, Table Mountain and a stopover on your way to Cape Point. Here you will find Boulders Beach. Known as the home of the African Penguins that walk along the beaches or beat you to swimming in the cool ocean, it’s definitely a beach day to keep your kids busy for as long as you need to.

And just around the corner, for when the sun gets a bit much, you can enjoy the town and visit the super interesting Naval Museum that takes you inside a submarine and provides a thorough history all for the price of… absolutely nothing, it’s free!


Sea Point promenade

If you enjoy cycling and want to get your kids involved and start out easy, invest in a bike for them from Chris Willemse Cycles (birdies are singing songs of a massive Black Friday sale coming up at CWC – you know what to do).

Find a beautifully sunny day, there are many of these in the Cape, and ride along the Sea Point promenade. Stop at different spots along the way to take a photo in the huge sunglasses sculpture, to spot the rhino, play in the outdoor gym, walk along the beach to find shells and see the red-and-white lighthouse. Then you can stop for a game of putt-putt and walk up the road to Crumbs & Cream for some well-deserved cookies and ice cream.


Kirstenbosch picnic

If you enjoy the serenity of nature but are a faced with the chaos of an energetic child – pack a picnic, take a drive towards Newlands and park off at Kirstenbosch Gardens. Here you can find a shady spot that’s the perfect balance of shade and enough space for sun to still tan your legs, and your kids can run their hearts out. Then you can take them up to walk along the Tree Canopy, find the artworks scattered around the gardens and take a stroll through the diverse plant life. One could easily spend the day here in the gardens.


The Clay Café

If your children are more into the arts and crafts side of things, make your way to Hout Bay and stop at the Clay Café. It’s a place that’s fun for everyone and you leave with more than just a satisfied belly.

Pick your bisque and start painting whatever colour and design you’d like. Encourage your kids to take their time and get creative while they snack on breakfast or a light lunch. And while you’re in Hout Bay, why not visit the World of Birds? If not for the birds then for the playful and cheeky squirrel monkeys!


Acrobranch Adventure Park

If your kids are more adventurous and enjoy climbing and being up in the air, then you can take them to Acrobranch Cape Town this summer and watch them brave the heights if you aren’t brave enough to join them. Perfect to do as a family or for a birthday party. Keep exercising their balance, strength and flexibility while school sports are on a break in the holidays and enjoy a view of the Constantia Valley – just don’t look down.


Staying in

It will be exhausting to be out all day every day of the summer holiday trying to keep your kids entertained, so there will be days where staying in is the itinerary for the day and that’s okay.

Get them involved in the garden, disguise chores as fun activities, or give them what they need to create a memory board. Put a blackboard outside in the garden where they can still be creative and draw “on the walls” so to speak, while you relax inside and catch up on your series. And when it comes to a memory board, make sure to take photos and keep mementoes from their summer adventures that can all be put together in a collage and hung up in the house when it’s completed.


It’s easy to keep the kids busy in the summer… when you live in Cape Town.


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