Living loud with Liezel: Kid-friendly summer fun

Living loud with Liezel: Kid-friendly summer fun
By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

By Liezel Van Der Westhuizen

With more great weather predicted for this weekend, you really don’t have to stumped for things to do with the young ones. If you’re concerned about those harmful UV rays, or sand in the bathing costumes, there are many other fun activities that don’t involve going to the beach.
Why not look at doing something different and expanding those horizons.

Here are some picks to get your summer kicking:

• Strawberry Picking – Strawberry season is upon us and strawberry farms are open for strawberry picking during the season. This is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained. One such location is Polkadraai Strawberry Picking Farm in Stellenbosch. (Call 021 881 3854.)
• The Playshed – This is an ideal place to escape with the youngsters, whilst the adults can enjoy a coffee or some cake while the kids can enjoy the huge climbing gym. (Find them on Facebook.)
• Sandboarding Adventure – Suitable for kids of all ages. Mamba Sandboarding runs trips on the sand dunes of Atlantis, Hout Bay or Betty’s Bay. (Visit www.mamba-sandboarding.com.)
• Intaka Island Reserve – This beautiful 16 hectares of wetlands is home to rare birds, with 2km of footpaths; or catch a ferry ride to serenely enjoy the scenery. (Visit www.intaka.co.za.)
• Graceland Venues – One of the hidden gems in the Western Cape complete with swimming pools ,waterslides, jungle gyms, and indoor activities, as well as farm animals roaming around for up-close encounters. (Visit www.gracelandvenues.co.za.)
• Cave Golf at the V&A Waterfront – This is not the usual putt-putt or miniature golf course. It’s fun and challenging and there’s a good blend of difficulties.
• Storytelling at The Book Lounge – Perfect for three to eight year olds. Every Saturday at 11am there is a free storytelling session. The theme for this Saturday is “Halloween” with a scary story time and youngsters are welcome to dress up if they want to see if they can scare The Book Lounge staff. (Visit www.booklounge.co.za.)
• Ostrich Ranch – On offer is a 40 minute informative tour including the museum, the Ostrich Leather Factory, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the surrounding countryside. An experienced tour guide will explain the origin and reasons for ostrich farming, while enlightening you on many amazing facts about the largest bird in the world. (Visit www.ostrichranch.co.za.)

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