It’s winter holidays, and many parents out there are currently coping with having the kids running rampant. What with the tough financial times, it may not be so easy to blast off to a holiday destination and let them run wild. So, it’s good to know that there’s plenty to do right here at home… at a discount.


Kids ‘R King Winter promotion

29 June – 19 July ’09.

For the duration of the school holidays, Cape Town Big 6 is running some fantastic specials for families as part of the Kids ‘R King Winter promotion.

Here’s what it means for you:

  • Cape Point: kids up to 17 years old get a free Flying Dutchman Funicular ride. (Maximum for two children when accompanied by one paying adult), yummy grub at the Two Oceans Restaurant when a kids fish ‘n chips comes free with any main meal purchased. meal (max. one child per adult),
  • Table Mountain Cableway: two kids travel free with every full paying adult,
  • Robben Island Museum: ticket prices reduced to only R50 for children under 18 years for the duration of the holidays
  • V&A Waterfront: Two children (under 13 years) can enjoy a 30 minute harbour cruise when accompanied by a full paying adult,
  • Kirstenbosch: Children (under 18yrs) will have free entrance for the duration of the school holidays and
  • Constantia Vineyards: kids can enjoy a colouring-in competition at Groot Constantia and get a free packet of sweets when finished.

Offers valid from June 27 to July 19 except where stated otherwise. For further information visit

And, still on the kid-entertaining front, the Cape Town Blog has some great ideas, like visiting the fabulous Millstone Cafe at Oude Molen, going on a ‘Marzipan Safari’ or checking out a bit of kids’ theatre.

Holistic Lifestyle Fair - ObservatoryObs Holistic Lifestyle Fair

Sunday 5 July 2009.  10am-4pm.

The Obs Holistic Lifestyle Fair is also kid- and even animal-friendly.  If Sunday is a good day, it’s a fun place to have a bit of organic lunch whilst lounging on the lawn, taking in the scene.  You might even spot a mermaid toting messages from her dolphin friends… you ne’er do know!

11th Encounters: South African International Documentary Film Festival

2-12 July 2009.

And, for the kid-free amongst us, there’s the 11th Encounters: South African International Documentary Film Festival.. It features screenings, panel discussions and workshops for aspiring film-makers. As well a screening a broad range of local and international documentary work, the festival also offers a “film laboratory” at which first-time film-makers are given the opportunity to learn from working with experienced directors.

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