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Engaging Activities for Kids During School Holidays



School Holidays

As global studies advise, make the most of the school holidays by keeping your children engaged in activities that foster their development rather than letting them rely on TV entertainment as reported by IOL.

To assist parents and caregivers, Dineplan, the restaurant reservation platform, has curated nine restaurants offering delicious food and opportunities for young minds and bodies to thrive.

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JoyJozi in Dunkeld goes beyond being a regular restaurant. This exceptional family playground boasts an outdoor haven with a treehouse, mazes, slides, a bicycle track, and a splash park. Indoors, a play centre features a games room, reading area, and more.

For a unique experience near Pretoria and Johannesburg, visit a Clay Café branch in Irene, Lonehill, Montana, Silver Lakes, or Wolwespruit. Children of all ages can tap into their inner artists while painting diverse ceramics. You’ll find Clay Cafés in the Western Cape in Bree Street, Hout Bay, and Paarl.


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Budding chefs will delight in Nederburg, Stellenbosch, where they can try to decorate cupcakes and indulge in milk-and-cookie pairings.

Keep your children active and outdoors by seeking out restaurants with jungle gym setups where they can run free in a safe environment:

Cape Point Vineyards recently introduced a new jungle gym with a separate play area for toddlers, ensuring a fun time for all. Aegir Project Brewery in Noordhoek is a short distance away, allowing parents to savour artisanal beer, piping hot pizzas, and fried chicken burgers. At the same time, the kids expend their energy on the jungle gym.

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Ranked among South Africa’s top 100 most-loved restaurants of 2022 according to Dineplan guest reviews, Spier is another fantastic option. Kids can explore the elemental play garden, participate in grape juice tastings, or visit the eagle encounter centre.

Located in Muldersdrift, near Johannesburg, Flavours at La Vue provides ample outdoor space with expansive play structures and a large grass area where little ones can freely play.

In Parkwood, not far away, Gioia Trattoria offers play areas for different age groups and a team of childminders to entertain children with various fun activities.

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While school holidays are a time for relaxation, plenty of learning opportunities are still available. Visit Hazendal in the Western Cape Winelands, where Wonderdal offers an immersive and interactive edutainment experience, combining play and education. Children aged five to 13 can explore science and nature in various indoor and outdoor activity zones.


These recommendations are just a taste of the many options available to get your kids out of the house and engaged during the holidays, ensuring enjoyable experiences for everyone involved.

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