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The City of Cape Town’s various departments have developed a holiday programme for the summer break to help keep children entertained. Read more below:


School holidays can be a stressful period for many parents whose main concern is how to keep children occupied.

The City of Cape Town’s various departments have pulled out all the stops to create an entertaining holiday programme young people.

‘The programme caters for a broad range of tastes: those who prefer being indoors or outdoors, both physical and non-physical activities, and something for everyone, whether you are a lover of nature, music, art, theatre or sport,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services, Councillor Anda Ntsodo.

The Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department has a diverse range of both indoor and outdoor activities on offer at its hubs – from board games and concerts, to dancing and face-painting, to five-a-side soccer and cricket. Details of the programmes at each of the districts are available at the following links:

In addition to the usual selection of books and audio-visual materials on offer at the City’s libraries, children can enjoy puppet shows, arts and crafts and talent shows. More information is available here:

The City’s parks are also offering events to keep the young ones busy while they are getting fresh air. Full details are available here:

At the City’s nature reserves children can enjoy the scenery and outdoor activities, including picnics, bird-watching, fishing, surfing and sandboarding. Residents can find out more here:

The City’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate will partner with a number of organisations to host holiday programmes focusing on personal development of young people. The aim is to provide opportunities and support for young people to help them become resilient, healthy, independent, responsible, economically active change agents. Programmes include anti-bullying and substance abuse awareness, changing mind sets through play, sports and cultural activities and building a self-reliant child. More details are available here:

‘A lot of thought has gone into putting this extensive list of programmes together, to ensure that they cater for all ages and for whole families to have fun together. I can quite confidently say that this programme will beat boredom, which is what causes many children to turn to social ills.

‘I urge both young and old to head down to the City’s facilities to see what is on offer and to have some good old-fashioned fun in a safe and inclusive space. I would also like to encourage visitors to our beaches, pools and other facilities to please take note of safety regulations and tips. In this way, we can ensure that this summer is a fun and safe season for everyone,’ said Councillor Ntsodo.

Residents can find more safety information and a list of City beaches that have lifeguards on duty here:

In addition, the Fish Hoek shark exclusion net is in operation until April 2017 to enhance the safety of ocean-goers. The Shark Spotters will keep beach users informed via Twitter and Facebook as to whether the net is deployed.

For more information on the latest shark sightings and research, residents should please visit or follow the Shark Spotters on Twitter (@SharkSpotters) and Facebook (

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