hylery, Parenting, Toddlers

School is OUT! Things to do with your toddler

School Break - Things to do

I’m stunned at how quickly we have come to the end of the first school term. Our son has certainly achieved so much this term, still that we’re already at the point that we need to have some idea of how our son will be kept active.

If that doesn’t happen, I am sure hubby will not be a happy camper as he works from home.

What have you got planned?

Our son will be home for a whole month! Seriously!

This first week has been great so far. He has been kept entertained at our local park and has played with the other kids there, swinging, playing on the trampoline, riding his bike, playing soccer or throwing a ball around while stopping for a break and having a picnic in between.

How else are we keeping him entertained and active over the school break?

PWC Bike Park

Our young man loves his bike and is a bit of a stuntman … when it comes to his bike he has no fear. PWC Bike Park out in Bryanston provides enough challenge for him to spend at least two hours and have the best time. If he’s the only one riding and we’re there to support you’re looking at R20 for Non-Riders and R60 for our son who’s under 15 years of age, if your child is older or if it’s you that’s cycling too then its R80. If you arrive early you may find a shaded area with a fixed table and benches to relax while you watch your child have fun and spread out the delish snacks and drinks, but if it’s all taken why not spread out your picnic blanket and relax.

School Break - Things to do

Personally, I can only see so much of wildlife a year. Our son on the other hand, if he could go every weekend he would.

From the 3-7th April and 24-28th April 2017, the Joburg Zoo will be hosting some outdoor adventure fun activities for our kids on school break. There’s also an Easter Treasure Hunt planned over this period.

Entrance R80 per adult and R50 for Children and Students with valid student cards.

To avoid disappointments I highly recommend calling the Zoo before hand if you’re keen on some of the activities they have planned.

Call them on 011 646 2000

Our young man is at a stage that he “kinda” enjoys watching movies. Although not yet at the full feature stage. To be honest for him, the “We’re going to the movies” experience is actually all about scoring a tub of popcorn for himself and a cup of slush. If you’re with Discovery Vitality and have activated the Ster-Kinekor movie benefit you’re able to watch the latest movies at discounted prices, and if you kids are between 2-18 they can watch movies for free at selected cinemas before 7 PM. Currently showing that are age appropriate for him, there’s Smurfs: Lost Village or Lego Batman Movie as he is into Superheros at the moment and more recently The Boss Baby, perfect if there’s a new baby in the family, as it discusses the impact the baby’s arrival has on the family.


Why we chose Swimming lessons over Judo..

Swimming lessons, fortunately, will continue during the school break.

Our young man is loving his lessons, although there have been a few teacher swaps during his time at the swimming school, he has not let it affect him. The days are becoming cooler, so we’re quite happy that the swimming lessons take place in heated pools. By the time he finishes his lesson he is exhausted.


We planning a trip out to Cape Town as well, this time round have told hubby we need to try to do activities that we’ve not done before. I just find that for the last few years we tend to do the same thing over and over when there is so much more to explore and see in Cape Town. Our son is also at an age that he appreciates the activities we do together.

These are some of the places I’m hoping to visit. We may not do all but I hope we get to do a few at least.  The best part of these avenues is that they are either FREE or under R200 per person 🙂

  • Intaka Island 2 Park Lane | Grand Central Precinct | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 552 6889
    A place where the kids and you the parent can go on a guided or self-guided stroll along the 2km-long walkway that snakes around the isle. There’s a ferry that cruises through the waters around the island and a brief trip down the Grand Canal (lasts around 35 minutes). Please call and confirm costs before going.
    Opening Hours: (October to April) Monday – Sunday: 7:30 AM – 7 PM; (boat rides run from 9:30 AM until 4 PM daily)
  • Treetop Canopy Walkway at Kirstenbosch Rhodes Drive | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 799 8782
    The spectacular botanical garden in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs is a prime place to spend a day with the little ones. Use of the pathway is absolutely free, but we must pay the basic entrance fee to Kirstenbosch at the gate. Please call and confirm costs before going.
    Opening Hours: (summer) Monday – Sunday: 7:30 AM – 6 PM; (winter) Monday – Sunday: 7:30 AM – 7 PM (summer)
  • Jolly Roger Pirate Boat Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 0909 | info@pirateboat.co.za
    Our son loves the idea of being a pirate but I’m not sure he has quite grasped what the pirates got up to in the high seas.  The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat sets sail every day in the late morning, at lunchtime and at sunset and includes a live pirate show. The boat departs from Quay 5 in the V&A Waterfront. They have both morning and afternoon rides. Please call and confirm costs before going.

Have fun … remember to have some wine too 🙂


Cape Town Magazine a great source of things to do when in Cape Town.