spend quality time together without breaking the piggy bank
Easter Weekend signals the end of the first quarter of the year and the whole family is due for a weekend of R&R. If you are a sporty or outdoorsy family, this weekend is just the time to enjoy the natural beauty and many outdoor delights that Cape Town and its spectacular surrounds holds. From running an Ultra Marathon across the Cape Peninsula to hunting for Easter eggs atop one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World – this special long weekend getaway offers something for the young and young-at-heart; the fitness enthusiasts and the fans. With a host of affordable family activities, this weekend is also easy on the wallet allowing you to spend quality time together without breaking the piggy bank.
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Family Weekend HIGHLIGHTS
Whether you’re in Cape Town for an ordinary weekday or an extraordinary weekend, here’s a selection of our top experiences to suit all tastes and budgets. You can book directly, or get in touch with us to make it even easier.
Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
SAT 26 MAR
Easter weekend and the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon are synonymous. On the Saturday of Easter weekend, more than 16 000 runners will line up for the start of their 56km journey around the Cape Peninsula. There is also plenty of running to enjoy with the rest with your family – try the Toddlers’ Trot and Nappy Dash on Good Friday. Online entries for the Fun Runs close on 23 February 2016. If you missed the online entry cut-off, you can also enter at UCT on the day, but note that entries are limited and entries for your chosen event might be sold out.
V&A Waterfront Activities
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The V&A Waterfront is like a giant seaside fun park with activities for the young and young at heart. Once you are done shopping, had ice cream on the quay and watched the seals dip ’n dive near the Clock Tower, it is time to get your sea legs. Join the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat for an hour long swashbuckling adventure as it sails out to the far horizon from Quay 5. Once back on dry land catch a glimpse of what goes on below the glimmering ocean surface at the Two Oceans Aquarium where you get to see, and even touch, some of the wondrous creatures that inhabit the depths of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
Table Mountain Easter Egg Hunt
SUN 27 MAR
It just doesn’t feel like Easter without the fun and sweet reward of a traditional Easter Egg Hunt. Table Mountain brings its own unique twist to this tradition with the highest Easter Egg Hunt in the Mother City – right at the top of the mountain. Bring along the little ones and let them scour the mountain top for treats. There is a hunt every hour on the hour. If you don’t fancy hunting for parking simply hop on the MyCiTi Bus to the Tafelberg Road stop where you can catch the shuttle service to the Lower Cable Station.
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Step into a tropical paradise right here in the Cape Winelands at Butterfly World. Find this luxuriant paradise along Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl) just an hour’s drive from Cape Town. The tropical garden housed in a 1000 square meter green house is home to a plethora of free flying exotic butterflies along with many other interesting critters and creatures. Butterfly World is open on all public holidays, except 25 December.
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Take the family on a rural, farm excursion just 40km from the bustling city Centre of Cape Town. At the historical Cape farmstead of Imhoff you’ll get to meet Doraitaru and Daigobert the local Alpacas, take a camel ride and take a horse ride. After all that outdoor excitement stop in at the homestead, which now houses the Blue Water Café while the stables, silo, smithy, slave quarters and milking sheds are occupied by local artists and interesting craft, furniture and food shops.
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Situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains, just off the R44 on the Klein Helderbergpad/Rd, this beautiful family farm promises to be a great day out for the whole family. For toddlers there is a real farm experience with fluffy chickens, bunnies, ducks and goats to pet and feed. Parents can take a seat under the shady trees of the Tea Garden, overlooking the fountain and the grassy children’s playground. Here you can enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a slice of their well-known Chocolate cake. If you feel like making a day of it book a picnic or braai spot.