Our schedules seem to be jam-packed as we head into the final months of the year, but it’s important to set aside some quality time to spend with the family.
Doing memorable activities together helps strengthen family ties, and if you’re smart about the type of activities you choose, it can also be a great opportunity to get in some exercise without having to go to the gym.
The following are just a few examples of fun activities which can be used to help keep you and your kids active and in good spirits this month.
Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, ‘Bounce’ is the perfect place to get your bounce on! This massive indoor trampoline park features over 100 inter-connected trampolines, giant air bags and springs housed within a huge, colourful space at the Waterfall Lifestyle Centre in Johannesburg. Your kids will walk away with a spring in their step.
If you’re looking for a chance to breathe in the fresh outdoors while having fun and staying active, then this is the place to be. The Acrobranch Park in Melrose has multiple courses which allow you and the little ones to go swinging through the treetops. Its loads of fun, adrenalin filled and will give you a full body workout – even your cheeks will be stiff from smiling all day long!
Northgate Ice Rink
Northgate’s ice rink is an old favourite for a good reason. It’s invigorating and fun and gives kids the opportunity to try something different with friends and family. Ice skating is also a great physical activity as it is easy on the joints and improves balance and coordination. What’s more is that Northgate’s rink is centrally located and won’t break the bank.
Green Point Park
The area around the Cape Town Stadium has been transformed into a beautiful, safe public park and educational biodiversity garden characterised by child friendly pathways and amenities. Fancy a picnic? There are plenty of shady pockets dotted throughout the park where you can enjoy a packed lunch with the kids. Take a soccer ball with and play with the kids after lunch.
What could be better than an old-fashioned steam train ride with the kids? Atlantic Rail operates a beautiful, old fashioned steam train which travels from Cape Town to Muizenberg and False Bay and the quaint village of Kalk Bay, then on through Fish Hoek and Glencairn. The ride ends in Simons Town at which point passengers can go to the beach, grab a bite to eat or just walk through the town. Don’t forget the beach bats!
Lion’s Head walk:
For those who feel like working up a bit of a sweat with the kids, Cape Town’s Lion’s Head walk is the way to go. The walk is easily accessible and quite do-able with children. There’s even an easier route to follow for those with very small children. The views are spectacular and best of all, it’s for free. Remember to take short stops on the way and stay hydrated.
Whichever activity your family decides to get up to, make sure that they have some great snacking options. The right foods will help give you sustained energy to enjoy your day of adventurous activities. A home-made trail mix in a container is a great option and is easy to eat on the go. Simply throw in a few raisins, dry cereal, boiled nuts/peanuts and dried cranberries for a delicious snack that everyone can enjoy.