The Mamba Skate Park
450m of winding, pumping and rolling track through a jungle of trees and thick coastal bush, the track provides an awesome space where kids can meet, connect and experiment in a safe and relatively controlled environment. Permits: Full day, R55; half day, R35
Eden Village, Foxhill, Salt Rock
084 555 5596/082 558 2875
The Crocodile Creek And Reptile Park
Only 10 minutes from Ballito, this is home to some 9 000 crocodiles, as well as snakes, monkeys, alligators and leguaans. Enjoy a hands-on tour of the working farm with experienced guides, with the opportunity to touch small crocs and snakes.
77 Road D 809 off Greylands Road, Maidstone
082 920 0730
Flag Animal Farm
A rescue and rehabilitation centre for lost and injured animals. Also offers a touch, stroke, feed and interact opportunity with children and the various farm animals.
Pack a picnic basket.
Sheffield Beach Road, Sheffield
032 947 2018
Until January 2016: Dinos Alive is a great way to see these creatures “in the flesh”. 25 dinosaurs will be on show, including three dinosaur rides suitable for children. Each dinosaur is animatronic, meaning it moves and roars. Tickets cost R120 for adults, R85 for children and R350 for a family of four.
Dolphins By Starlight
December 10-14, 7pm: “A Christmas Adventure” promises to thrill and delight young and old alike. The cast of singers and dancers will lead the audience in festive sing-alongs, but the most graceful stars will undoubtedly be the stunning Sea World Dolphins. Snowflakes sent from the North Pole and some rather excitable elves will get the audience bopping to their North Pole Musical Hits. Adults: R160; children: R130. Book at Computicket.
uShaka Marine World
031 328 8000
Durban Ice Arena
So much fun for the whole family, and an enjoyable laugh-a-minute experience for all. Whether you’re a pro or just starting out, or looking for some fun on ice, see you there! From R50-R100 a session. Open seven days a week.
Corner Somsteu and Sylvestor Ntuli Roads, Durban 031 332 4597
The Wave House is the coolest place for youngsters to hang out in Durban. Conveniently located at Gateway’s Theatre of Shopping in uMhlanga, it’s fantastic for a family outing, offering an awesome fusion of boardsport cultures. Try the mighty D-Rex, the first of its kind – a double-point break standing wave. The two beach-break Flow Riders are suitable for beginners, or skaters can enjoy the
4 000m² Skate Park.
031 584 9400
Puss In Boots
December 4-January 10: The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre presents a family pantomime featuring the famous feline in footwear and a host of fabulous new characters. Expect jokes a-plenty and toe-tapping tunes! Adults: R150-R220; children under 12 and pensioners: R120-R170. Book at Computicket.
Mazisi Kunene Road, Durban
Tucked away in Assagay is an awesome play experience for kids under the age of six. Indoor playbarn, outdoor play garden, sandpit, two jungle gyms, four fantasy playhouses, 60m push bike track and a small babies lounge. Great coffee and lovely fresh food. Free WiFi. Kids R20; adults free.
10 Cadmoor Road, Assagay
082 216 3892
A hit with the under 12s. Safe, clean and nicely laid out so that toddlers have their own play space away from bigger kids, while mom and dad enjoy a cappuccino.
7 Tetford Circle, uMhlanga Ridge
031 566 2000
Ride A Segway
Sun, sea and a Segway. Enjoy a Segway ride along Durban’s promenade and feel the breeze blowing through your hair. Priced from R190 to R400. No children under 10.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
031 303 4534
Time To Relax
Let the kids run wild at People’s Park Playground while you chill on the deck at People’s Park Cafe.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
031 303 5719
Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park
An awesome place for the whole family. Sporting a BMX track and 40km mountain bike trail that slithers through the wooded farmlands overlooking the Umtamvuma River Gorge, Giba Gorge also has a restaurant, a decor store and picnic areas. Day pass: Adults, R50; children (under 12), R20; non-riders, R10.
110 Stockville Road, Pinetown
031 769 1527
Ride A Steam Train
Take in the beauty of the Valley of 1000 Hills on a vintage steam train ride from Kloof Station to Inchanga Station and back. Departs Kloof Station at 8.30am and 12.30pm on the last Sunday of every month. At Inchanga Station you’ll find a craft market, picnic area and pony rides. Adults, R200; children (2-12), R140.
087 808 7715 / 082 353 6003
Two super venues catering for players of all ages, and using the latest in paintball gear – semi-automatic markers, ASTM approved full-face masks and bush jackets for that extra bit of protection. Booking is essential.
23 Wootton Ave, Bothas Hill
074 172 1309
Have fun rolling downhill inside a giant transparent ball. Great for the whole family, Groovy Balls Adventure Park offers the “Kamikaze Run” (120m downhill roll) and a 60m ride for kids. If zorbing isn’t your thing, there’s also karting, target shooting and paintball. Open from 8am to 8pm. Booking is essential. Adults, R100 for the first ride, thereafter R75 a ride; children (5-13), R50 for the first ride and R40 for each ride thereafter. Combos are available.
152 Capital Hill Drive, Cliffdale
084 330 3112
Djembe Drumming At Drumshack
The Drumshack in Morningside has interactive shows every Sunday evening – super fun
for both young and old. If you haven’t taken part in a drumming session, you have no idea what you’re missing.
083 704 4879
This child-friendly restaurant offers two indoor play areas – a toddler zone for 2-5 year olds with plenty of safe yet fun activities, or for 5-15 year olds, there’s the coolest jungle gym ever. Great food, reasonable prices, fun for the whole family.
Oxford Village, Hillcrest
031 765 2954
Sports Arena And Bike Park
Multi-Trax is an awesome pump track where enthusiasts can ride a mountain bike, BMX, roller blades, scooter or skateboard.
Or for five-a-side soccer and an American-style single hoop three-a-side basketball court with a state-of-the-art composite surface, the Sports Arena is great outdoor fun for children of all ages.
Oxford Village, Hillcrest
031 451 9680
Cheers To Summer!
For adults only! Head to the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel’s Panorama Bar to learn how your favourite cocktails are made. Every Saturday (weather permitting) from 3-6pm, unwind over select speciality cocktails at discounted prices and receive a tutorial from professional barmen to master these sizzling summer cocktails. The perfect way to enjoy summer!
63 Snell Parade, Durban
031 362 1300
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