Spending the day out as a family is a wonderful way to wind down and remember how to enjoy each other’s company. We’ve put together this guide to fun days out for kids so that you don’t have to worry about all the planning.
Just pick somewhere you wouldn’t normally go, or something you wouldn’t normally do, get out there and have fun together! And remember – dirt is good, so don’t worry about doing something a bit messy or muddy – OMO can help treat those stains and get your laundry fresh and clean.
Getting the most out of family days out
Spontaneous trips are some of the most enjoyable – after all, what can be more exciting than having an adventure and discovering new places as a family? But if you have younger kids you’ll already doubt the wisdom of taking a plunge into the unfamiliar: where will you be able to change nappies; where your child will nap; will there be somewhere your kids can just run around? Thinking a little ahead is always a good idea and will help to take some of the unwanted stress out of family day trips. When preparing for your family day out you might want to keep these things in mind:
- Be prepared: see if you can book tickets for venues or activities in advance to avoid waiting in long queues, and reserve tables at any café or restaurants in advance. If you’re going to something like a theme park, look at a site map ahead of time so that you’ll have a general idea of where to head for food or bathroom facilities.
- Queuing, especially during the summer months when family days out are in great demand, may be inevitable. Keep little ones occupied while you wait with small toys and games – puzzles, like a Rubik's cube, cup-and-ball, or (for younger kids) a finger trap, often work well. If there’s something to lean on, word searches, quizzes, and colouring books are helpful too.
- Sometimes, great days out for kids involve a slightly longer car ride than usual, so use games to make the journey go faster. Challenges that involve spotting things outside the car, like the classic I-Spy, are also great for travel sick kids – keeping your eyes on the horizon can help alleviate the problem.
- Pack wisely. A fun family day out often hinges on small details, like having snacks and water on hand to keep energy levels high during the day, sunscreen in case of unexpected hot weather, and lightweight waterproofs in case of rain. Wet wipes are often a parent’s best friend, particularly if you are going to have a picnic. While you probably already have a basic first aid kit on hand, extra plasters and antiseptic cream in case of scrapes can also help.
- Make sure you have OMO back at home to help remove some of the inevitable stains from a fun family day out!
Fun Days Out for Kids: Where to go and what to do
Here are some ideas for fun days out for kids that parents will enjoy too. If you really want to go all out, try making crafts, or playing fancy dress or role play games based on our suggested themes (in brackets) during the run up to your big family day out to get your kids excited about the destination.
Historical Sites & Township Tours
South Africa has some great historical sites that you can take the family to visit. Click here for a guide
Game Viewing & SafarisYou can go to almost any province in South Africa to view the Big Five, but the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province is the most common attraction. You will see lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo on self-drive or guided drives through the park. Contact SANParks for more information
Theme ParkWhether you prefer the adrenaline-rush of rollercoasters at theme parks or sliding along slippery chutes at water parks, South Africa’s amusement parks will not disappoint. If you’re looking for a day of fun in the sun, try visit one of these:
- Sun City Valley of the Waves, Johannesburg
- Ratanga Junction, Cape Town
- Mini Town, Durban
- Umhlanga Gateway Wave House, Durban
- Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
- uShaka Marine World, Durban
- Plett Puzzle Park, Plettenberg Bay
We have so many amazing beaches scattered all over SA. Sometimes a classic family day out is exactly what you need. Shake up the usual beach trip by taking a boat trip, or travelling along the beach in style on a rickshaw ! We currently have 41 beaches across South Africa that have been awarded with Blue Flag status. This status is awarded for water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety & services.
Visit their website for more information.