School holidays have begun and here’s how you can keep the young ones busy

Schools have officially shut their doors for the next three weeks as teachers and kids get a break from writing essays and solving equations to enjoy some (much-needed) off time.

While most older kids will keep themselves occupied for most of the holidays, the younger ones will often need an extra set of eyes on them because boredom usually equals naughtiness – most of the time. For that reason, parents usually apply for leave at work to spend a bit of time with the young ones.

Most kids won’t want to be cooped up in the house all the time and will want to go somewhere – whether that means the shopping mall, games arcade, or playing in the park. One of the plus sides of the June holidays is that traffic won’t be as congested as it usually is on any other day due to the school’s closing. Maybe they even did so well on their report that they truly deserve the spoils.

Parents will also use the time to get a bit of rest themselves once the kids are all sorted out.

Gumtree lists a couple of places where parents will most likely take their kids during the school holidays across the country:

Two Oceans Aquarium

While it won’t be possible to see aquatic creatures in the sea, the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town offers people an up-close view while joining in on a host of activities as well. It is very easy to lose track of time, moving from one section to the next and see all the different types of fish in a safe and controlled environment.

Catch a movie (they like)

Even though you’re yearning to watch the latest action movie on the circuit, it will have to wait because the day is about them. They will most likely choose to watch an animation or cartoon-based flick which, as the parent, will have to sit through – maybe it won’t be that bad and actually quite enjoyable.

City Sightseeing (the Red Bus)

Even though it’s in the middle of winter, there are bouts of warmer days, and it represents a great time to board the red bus either in Cape Town or Johannesburg. People can either make use of the bus or take a boat cruise following various routes that will pass a number of iconic places along the way, depending on the mode of transportation you choose.

Rush Trampoline park

Kids have all the energy in the world, and what better way to get rid of it than by letting them jump and bounce around. The Rush Trampoline park (in either Cape Town or Johannesburg) gives kids the freedom to play to their heart’s content, and when all is said and done, they’ll be too tired to do anything else.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local automotive vehicle information close to home.

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