There’s so much to do around South Africa and with the help of the creators of the I’m Bored app we’ve curated the perfect kids’ educational outings. Head on out and enjoy any of these affordable kiddies’ educational outings – no matter the weather. You’ll regret you didn’t take the little ones out sooner!
1) SCI-BONO DISCOVERY CENTRE
Whisk the kids off on a Saturday afternoon to learn about the world they live in. The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre has wonderful, hands-on experiential spaces with daily science shows. At R20 for kids and R35 for adults, it’s an affordable day out of the house.
2) IZIKO NATIONAL MUSEUM
Dinosaurs come to life in Cape Town’s Iziko National Museum. They’ve upgraded their dinosaur display to feature the story of the dinosaurs from an African perspective, and we love the giant whale section. With rotating collections and a vast exhibition of natural history, the kids will love it, and you could learn something, too!
3) THE TITANIC EXPO
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (now in Joburg until 8 November) has a kiddies’ activation zone that will keep your little ones happily occupied for hours with an artifact hunt, Titanic Lego, sandpits and even a real live iceberg. Buy tickets online:http://titanicexpo.co.za/ or at the door
Getting your kids to sit still has never been easier than propping them in a seat in the planetarium, as the skies come to life above. With kids’ shows and interesting programmes – in Cape Town there are shows hosted by adorable animals, the astronomy of the Great Pyramids, and more – it’s a step up from lying in the grass and wondering at the constellations above.
5) SPRINGBOK EXPERIENCE RUGBY MUSEUM
Have you been to the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum at the V&A Waterfront? It has over 60 interactive exhibits for young and old, plus some great rugby history on display. You can see famous rugby memorabilia, and discover more about the history of black rugby in South Africa. A warning though – dad might get hooked on the TV screens showing rugby matches on the way out.
6) DITSONG MUSEUM OF MILITARY HISTORY
Little boys and adventurous girls will be fascinated by the tanks and fighter planes on display at the Museum of Military History. Entrance is R25 for adults and R15 for kids and there’s memorabilia from the Anglo-Boer War, the Armed Struggle during apartheid and World War I.
7) ICY FUN
Cape Town, Pretoria, Joburg, Durban
For active families, ice skating is a fun outing whatever the weather. Head to the Ice Station at Grand West in Cape Town, the Northgate Shopping Centre in Joburg, the Festival Mall on the East Rand or The Grove Mall in Pretoria. Durban has the revamped Durban Ice Arena for a slick time, too!
Let the kids burn off some of their boundless energy with a fun (yes mom, totally safe) rock-climbing adventure. City Rock offers a safe, but challenging, indoor climbing centre in Cape Town, and Wonderwall in Kya Sands has 500 square metres of climbing walls. You can also head to the Climbing Barn in Pretoria for an energetic day out.
How about some culture? The National Children’s Theatre and Kinder Theatre in Joburg focus on theatre and puppet shows for children of all ages. Constantia Waldorf does fab Saturday puppet shows, and The Galloway Theatre, College of Magic, and the Zip Zap Circus all feature children’s shows in Cape Town. Check with I’m Bored for show times; you’ll definitely find something to keep the kids away from the TV!
10) CANOPY TOURS
Cape Town, Drakensberg, Tsitsikamma, Magaliesberg, Karkloof, Swaziland
It’s a safe adrenaline rush, and one surrounded by nature and scenery in a way never seen before. In a canopy tour you slide on a steel cable between gorgeous views, while the guide points out the ecology and nature around you. Maybe not best for the little ones, but tweens and teens will enjoy this adventurous family trip.
11) APARTHEID MUSEUM
The museum is enormous and the history packed in it immense, and although not a totally fun-filled trip, it’s an important and emotional one that honours the departed Madiba. The museum illustrates with evocative exhibitions that really help children understand what apartheid was like. The South African history documented by the museum is probably best for kids over the age of 12.