Brrrr… Mama, it’s cold outside! Question is: What do we do to keep the kids busy?
We all love the sunny skies and sandy beaches that Cape Town has to offer during summer, but when winter comes we all tend to head indoors, snuggle up on the couch (or in bed) and enjoy some quality time in front of the tv (or other technological entertainment). This may be your natural hibernation instinct, but what we tend to forget is that little ones want to be active, run around and explore. They’re not made to sit still for hours on end. Staying indoors and keeping ourselves busy with technology also causes us to be less active.
Whilst we sing the ol’ song of ‘it’s raining, it’s pouring. The old man is snoring…’, perhaps some insights as to what’s available for us to do during winter with the kids?
We’ve done the research and here’s our top three things-to-do with kids in Cape Town during winter that’s sure to keep them actively entertained in the cold months:
- Indoor Playparks
Let your little one get rid of some energy in a fun indoor play area. Not only can you sit and enjoy the view of them climbing, sliding and exploring with a big smile on their face, but they’ll be sure to make some friends and work up a good appetite along the way. Our favourite play park has got to be Bugz Playpark in Joostenberg Vlakte. It’s any kids play paradise! Not only a fund place for summer, but their indoor play areas are ideal for the winter months.Better yet, if you’re stuck on birthday party ideas for your winter born child. Bugz Playpark’s got you sorted! A few themed party packages available – the most difficult part for you mom, will be selecting the guests!What’s more, they’re open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.
Adventure doesn’t always require running around. Sometimes, the biggest adventure can start with a mere blank canvas and a whole lot of imagination! Being a creative mom, more than the adventurist type, I simply love the concept of ArtJamming! With our closest branch being at Willowbridge Shopping Mall, ArtJamming offers entertainment through getting creative with paint, music and movement… they even offer Messy Play classes (and that means no cleanup for mom!).A special kids zone offers set 1-hour classes and they also cater for birthday parties. Read up more on these activities here.Creative, messy and great fun – indoor exploring has never been this fun!
- Indoor Adventures
Get exploring and show your child a world outside of their own. Make use of the opportunity to add some education to your adventures and outing by visiting establishments such as the Two Oceans Aquarium or the Iziko Museums’ Planetarium. Learning about new and exciting places, things and creatures will sure bring up some memorable conversations and experiences with your little one.
Do you have any additional places of recommendation that we can add to our list? Share with us in the comment box below.