Holiday ideas for the kids
Lifestyle Jul 22, 2019
Holiday ideas for the kids
By now many of the four-term schools have gone back to school. Their holidays are over! But not for you and your family. You’re a three-termer! Well, you have three-termer kids.
Now, you could leave them to their own devices. Literally. Buy a tablet or Xbox at Incredible Connection and get them to stare blankly at that beautiful 4K TV all day. Or maybe you should instead consider something more family-vacation-like. For instance:
Well, it’s only an hour’s drive away from Johannesburg, so why not go there for a few days? They have lots of gorgeous little chalets and lodges surrounded by Magaliesberg’s natural beauty. The mountain range itself is great for exercise. A family-adventure is waiting to happen! Especially with the gorgeous mountain trails you can trek through as a unit.
Put on your boots and get a move on! There are plenty of guides for hire, and they’ll take you through trails from beginner to intermediate to more on the expert side if you happen to be a sporty family.
There’s also the Cradle of Humankind where you’ll find a natural history museum full of finds from our distant past: ancient ancestors who barely bear a resemblance with us. It would be especially fascinating for your science-boffin kid – you know, the one who will be cleaning up the province’s distinctions when they pass their Matric.
There are also caves to explore, which include paintings from the earliest true homo sapiens (us) from a time of thousands and thousands of years ago.
Plus, no doubt you’ll enjoy the balloon rides you get to go on to explore the surrounding areas.
Kruger National Park
What’s better than a good old-fashioned safari? You may not be able to get lodgings within Kruger on such short notice, but there are surrounding lodges and hotels outside the reserve – you can still get to have the Big Five experience! There may even be special deals available.
There’s nothing quite like family bonding as being in a car together for hours on end, looking for creatures big and small. Be sure to bring a long-telescopic lens if you have one. Or, at least, binoculars.
And remember, regular bathroom breaks when you get the chance. “Going” in the bush isn’t a good idea as Kruger has plenty of predators. Your bathroom break may end up becoming a lunch break… for a lion! Also, as Kruger is a malaria-area, be sure to speak to your doctor about any medication they could recommend.
Monate Conservation Lodge
For a more luxurious experience, there’s always the Monate Conservation Lodge, which is a mere 2 hours 20 minutes from Johannesburg. Experience gorgeous facilities, very hands-on service with a smile, and gourmet meals that will leave you and the family licking your lips.
It’s a Serengeti-like plains land, and you’ll see your fair share of zebras and giraffes, who make good subjects for photography. You won’t even need fancy cameras to get good shots, because these animals are less shy than you’d often find. You’ll get in close and a cellphone camera will suffice.
And while not for the kids (they’ll get cooldrinks), you can enjoy sundowners under the massive marula tree close by the edge of these plains.
The accommodation is spectacular, and in addition to game drives, you’ll also get two daily bush walks, perfect for the family to spend time together.
Here are two non-vacation ideas:
Birds of a feather
Did you know that birds evolved from dinosaurs? They’re considered the only still-living form of dinosaurs today. Of course, there was an entire branch, called the non-avian dinosaurs, that disappeared from history around 65 million years ago.
But when you see movies like Jurassic Park, and watch as the ‘raptors hunt, you can’t help but feel a sense that they’re like falcons or eagles. We bet your child knows about this though. It’s just one of the many reasons we find birds so interesting.
Which brings us to our next holiday idea, though this one is more of a half-day-thing. You won’t even be going that far. Montecasino is known for its casino, but that’s not why you’re taking the kids there. It’s for the amazing bird park.
You’ll see a whole range of birds from different species, many of which are colourful, not just in feathers but in character. They really have such cheeky personalities! Perhaps our favourite is the lake with swans (Swan Lake?).
But birds aren’t the only creatures in the park. You’ll also see chameleons (if you can spot them!), sloths (who are very easy going), and brown lemurs (which are sooo cute), amongst other things.
It’s both fun for the young kids, who will enjoy the sense of discovery, and the older ones, because of the social media photo opportunities. There are plenty of Instagrammable-worthy shots here.
Gold Reef City
This one’s a definite winner! A dedication of sorts to the mining (with some literal old mines that can be explored down a shaft) that built up Johannesburg as the City of Gold, there are a lot of activities for the kids, young and old, here. Plenty of rides especially for the little ones. You can even go on a few of them yourself. There’s a gnarly rollercoaster to get your guts wrapped up in knots as it ascends then plunges at great speeds.
It’s an exciting adventure outing for the whole family. Check out the Ferris Wheel while you’re there for a view of it all. Best of all, it’s in the South of Joburg, so that’s not too far for Northern Suburbs folk to go.
Last but not least, bring the kids to our mall!
Do some shopping, get them toys, books, and something yummy to eat! The first two will definitely help occupy them during the holidays.