10 holiday activities to keep your tweens and teens busy

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson has compiled a family-friendly festive season guide, particularly aimed at keeping pre-teens and adolescents entertained over the school holidays.

The suggestions are both indoor and outdoor activities, at a variety of price ranges as well as free activities.

1. 'Annie' theatre production

The Annie musical is showing at the Artscape Opera House from 6 December 2016 until 8 January 2017 and is suitable for the whole family.

  • Cost: From R100 to R450.
  • Duration: 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Book at Computicket online.

2. Drone racing

Enroll your child in a drone racing workshop. The two day workshops are aimed at kids aged 8 to 16 years old.

  • No previous experience required.
  • 3 and a half hours a day at the DRA Barn in Constantia.
  • Dates: Cape Town 5-15 Dec (then on to Plett 17-24 Dec at Plettenberg Bay Primary School).
  • Cost: R1250 for the two days.
  • Visit the Drone Racing Africa website for more details and to book.

3. Robotics classes

A 2-day Robotics class workshop run by Edro, who are dedicated to teaching kids how to code in a fun, practical environment. Let your kids learn to write their own code and watch it come to life as their very own robot follows their instructions.

  • This 2 day, 8-hour course is open to two age groups: children aged 9-12 and 12-16.
  • Date: Thurs and Fri (8-9 Dec) or next week Wed and Thurs (14-15 Dec) [9-12].
  • Date: Teens workshop on Mon and Tues (12-13 Dec) [12-16].
  • Time: 9AM- 1PM.
  • Venue: The Woodstock Exchange in Woodstock.
  • Cost: R650 per child or R590 if you book for more than one child.
  • More info on Edro website or call 021 409 7905.

4. Virtual Reality at the V&A

The V&A Waterfront has a relatively new Virtual Reality Arcade which is open throughout the holidays, suitable for ages 7 and upwards.

  • Range of nearly 25 games to choose from – all activities overseen by attendants.
  • Players can choose to go solo or play against each other.
  • Venue: Upstairs at the Watershed – open daily.

  • Cost: R250 per hour, reduced rates for groups of 4 or more.
  • Visit the VRCADE website for more.

5. Pump Track

There are several new bicycle pump tracks opening up in the city – including the Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig and the new one at Deer Park in Vredehoek.

But there is a new one at Somerset Mall opened for the holidays, 50 metres in length.

  • Opened to all skill levels, bikes, skateboards inline skates and scooters.
  • For under 18, a parent or guardian must sign an accident waiver form.
  • Scooters, BMX and protective gear available for rental.
  • Cost: R30 a head.
  • Dates: Open 9-23 Dec from 9am to 7pm.
  • Venue: Somerset Mall's overflow parking area adjacent to underground parking.
  • Visit the Somerset Mall Pump Track Facebook page for more.

6. Learn to Surf

Head to Muizenberg Beach this holiday because several different providers will be running surf lessons or even multi-day surfing camps, aimed at both absolute beginners and those who want to improve their skills.

  • All gear is provided and you can book as many or as few lessons as you like, on the dates that suit you.
  • Costs: Prices range from around R450 per 2-hour lesson upwards – several different suppliers including learn2surf and the Surf Shack.

Alternatively, visit the legendary Gary’s Surf School which is open 7 days a week and offers lesson times based on the low tide.

  • Minimum age 4 – oldest student to date has been over 70.
  • Costs: Discounts available for group bookings.
  • Visit the Gary’s Surf School to learn more.

7. Kids Cooking Club

If you’d like to get your kids into the kitchen this holiday, we recommend signing them up for lessons at the Kids Cooking Club.

  • ages 9-15 can sign up for the Kids Club Master Chef programme, more advanced level with skills including chopping, peeling, grating.
  • Venue: Belvedere Rd in Claremont, Stodels in Constantia.
  • Cost: R140-R160 per lesson.
  • For more info, head to the Kids Cooking Club website.

8. Ripley’s Believe it or Not

How about taking the kids to an exhibition? We recommended the Ripley’s believe it or Not exhibition at the V&A Waterfront.

Measure yourself next to world’s tallest man, see shrunken heads, rare animal skeletons, dinosaur eggs and microscopic art.

9. Terracotta Army

Check out Expo RSA’s Terracotta Army exhibit which is all about the First Emperor of China and his amazing terracotta warriors – one of history’s biggest discoveries has been faithfully recreated, bringing China to SA.

  • over 300 replica warriors, chariots and the emperor’s tomb itself.
  • Venue: on at the Waterfront.
  • Date: opens 10 Dec.
  • Costs: Tickets R85-R140 via Webtickets.

10. Star Wars Rogue One movie

The new Star Wars story opens in cinemas this month. Rogue One – a Star Wars Story comes from LucasFlim and is the first standalone Star Wars story.

  • Plot: It fills in a key event in the original Star Wars timeline as it tells the story of the heroes who plot to steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.
  • Date: Opens on Thurs 15 December.
  • Time: runs for 135 minutes
  • Costs: Between R50 - R80 depending on 3D/HD preference.
  • Book: Advance ticket sales open via Ster Kinekor.

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