Join The Boma guides Mark, Jesse and James on an interactive tour of Reptile World where visitors learn about snakes, lizards and geckos. You might even like to hold the Burmese pythons or the more friendly rock monitor.
After the 45-minute interactive demonstration, parents can relax in the safari style restaurant while their children play in a child-friendly environment. The kids menu ranges in price from R15 to R45 and parents can enjoy the potjie of the day or delicious homemade pizza.
Address:424 Sardinia Bay Road, Lovemore Park
Cost for Reptile World:R45 (adults), R25 (children), children under three for free
Operating hours: Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 10am-4pm; demonstrations at 11am and 2pm
THE AIRFORCE MUSEUM
View the museum’s display of fighter jets, helicopters, World War 2 aircraft, and much more.
A tuck shops sells sweets and drinks, plus airforce memorabilia.
Address:Forest Hill Drive (Morris Road), Southdene – located on the southern side of the Port Elizabeth Airport
Cost: No entry fee; donations accepted
Operating hours:Monday to Friday, 8am-3pm. Saturday, 9am-4pm. Sunday, 10am-4pm; open public holidays
MODEL TRAIN RIDES
For all lovers of steam and diesel trains, enjoy a ride on model trains on the first Sunday of every month. Closed shoes are a must.
Address:Londt Park Miniature Railway on the corner of Stella Londt Drive and May Way, Sunridge Park
Cost:R6 per ride
Operating hours: 10am-1pm
OASIS TENPIN BOWLING
Address:599 Cape Road, Kabega Park
Cost:R23 (one game); R40 (two games)
Age: Seven years and up
Operating hours:Monday to Saturday, 9am-10pm; Sunday, 11am-8pm; open on public holidays
The Zwartkops Conservancy will hold a snare hunt on October 4 where visitors will search for wire snares which entrap animals. The group will meet at the Bluewater Bay Tennis Club at the top of Tipper’s Creek Road at 9am.
Wear old clothes, a hat, tackies and bring wire cutters if possible. Cold drinks and sweets are provided to all who help and there will be prizes for the top collectors.
Address: The Aloe and Zwartkops Nature Reserves
Age:Suitable for children from eight years
Operating hours: Thursday October 4 from 9am until noon
Inquiries:Jenny (environmental officer), 082-853-0700
REDHOUSE YACHT CLUB
The yacht club will be holding an open day on Sunday October 7 at 10am for the public to experience what sailing is all about.
This coincides with the re-opening of the Sailing School for the 2012/2013 season.
Ages:All ages welcome
TREASURE LAND INDOOR PLAY PARK AND PARTY VENUE
Address:5th Avenue Centre on the corner of 5th Avenue and Heugh Road, Walmer
Age: Suitable for children from three to 10 years
Cost:R15 per child entrance fee to play for two hours; for hire as a party venue at R500 (exclusive venue)
Operating hours: General operating hours 8.30am-5pm
Daily tours in Port Elizabeth’s city and townships and Addo Elephant Park are provided.
Book a tour one day in advance.
Age: Suitable for adults and children from about five years of age
Cost: Half price for children under 12; Real City Tour (a combination of a city and township tour) R370 per person; Addo tours (morning and afternoon) R750 per person, snacks and refreshments offered on the bus
Inquiries:(041)585-6162 or 084-552-4414
Both girls and boys in Grade 3 to 6 can partake in an entertaining week of activities such as mini golf, touch rugby, code cracking and general knowledge. Daily specialist activities such as cake decorating or T-shirt painting will be offered.
Address:Newton Park Technical High School Sports Fields, in Newton Park (Westview Road entrance)
Cost:R100 a day or R460 a week, specialist activities at an additional R30 a day.Closing date for bookings: September 26.
Operating hours:October 1-5 from 7.45am to 1.15pmDRIVING PARK
Anything on wheels welcomed. Children can learn the importance of the rules of the road in the interactive traffic park situated outside the Walmer Library.
Children on scooters and bicycles race on a track with fully functioning traffic lights, stop signs and traffic circles. Children should wear protective gear as a few fender benders can be expected. Shady trees and benches for parents to sit under.
Address:Main Road, Walmer
Operating hours:All day, every day
Primary to high school children can experience the Kragga Kamma Game Park – home to white rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe and zebra – on a morning game drive with their guide Lisa; weather permitting. The park has re-opened following recent flooding. Children need to pack a lunch.
Address: Kragga Kamma Road
Cost: R85 per child
Operating hours: 8am-5pm, but the game drives with Lisa will take place on October 3 and 4 from 8.30am-1pm
Children will love the interactive and educational tours at the marine bird rehabilitation centre situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. Tours of the bird hospital and premises can take place at any time or attend the 2.30pm feeding session.
Visitors can enjoy a light meal at the coffee shop situated at the rehabilitation centre.
On Monday September 24, families can partake in the annual 5km Penguin Plod at R25 per person. The fun run registration is from 8.30am and starts at 9.30am.
Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve
Operating hours: Daily, 9.30am-5pm
Cost: R15 (children and pensioner), R25 (adults)
An action-packed day for the more adventurous kids in one of five playing fields under the guidance of a facilitator.
A tuck shop and braai facilities are available. Just remember to take your own utensils, wood, fire- lighters and meat. Closed shoes are a requirement. Overalls, pants and jackets are supplied.
Address:48 Victoria Drive, Walmer, or 2km down Kruisrivier Road in UitenhageCost:From R65, which includes all the gear and 100 paintballs
Operating times:The PE field is open daily from 9am-5pm. The Uitenhage field is open weekends from 9am-5pm.
KINGS BEACH PLAY PARK
Pack a picnic basket, children in the car and head to Kings Beach. The newly revamped play area will keep the tots busy for hours, while older children can make use of the skate park.
KIDS AND BABY EXPO
Whether you have a newborn baby or a 12-year-old, there is action, fun, and food in store for the price of admission at the Herald Clover Kids and Baby Expo. There is a full entertainment schedule – enough to keep you busy all day – which is free once you are inside.
Address: Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre, William Moffett
Cost:R20 (children), R25 (adults)
Operating hours: Friday September 28 to Sunday September 30, at 9am-5pm
HORSE CARE UNIT
The Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit was established in June 2006 because there was a dire need for education of horse and donkey owners in Port Elizabeth. Visitors can groom, feed and spend an hour or two with the donkeys and horses. The horses and donkeys love apples, carrots, bread and watermelon.
Address: The stables opposite the Animal Welfare Society in Victoria Drive in Walmer
Operating hours: Daily 8am-3.30pm
Inquiries:Megan, (041)366- 1594
Motor lovers can take a trip through motor vehicle history when visiting the “place of cars and legends”. Watch as a laser slices a VW in half or become a race car driver with the Golf 4 rally car simulator.
Address: VWSA Main entrance, Algoa Road, Uitenhage
Cost:R10 (adults), R5 (children and pensioners)
Operating hours:Weekdays 8.30am-4pm and the first Saturday of every month from 10am-1pm
Stimulate the young ones’ minds this holiday with the Science and Technology Centre’s holiday activities. Kids get to make rockets and telescopes, electrifying electricity or kitchen chemistry.
Address: Upper Drostdy Road
Cost: Full day programme from 9am-3.30pm at R80 per day or a half day programme from 9am-12pm at R35 per person
CUYLER MANOR MUSEUM
The museum depicts the early lifestyle of Eastern Cape families. As a living museum, demonstrations of traditional activities such as soap and candle making, baking and weaving can be arranged.
Address:Old PE Uitenhage Road
Operating hours:Monday to Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-3.30pm
JEFFREYS BAYSHELL FESTIVAL
A variety of stalls, the shell surf competition, beach run, beach volleyball and live entertainment.
Address: Dolphin BeachContact: Mari, 082-633-3693
Age: Suitable for all ages
Operating hours:Friday, September 28 until Sunday, September 30
The whole family can enjoy a day at one of the largest bird and wildlife sanctuaries in the Eastern Cape. With over 250 bird species, servals and endangered blue duikers housed at the centre there is something for everyone. You can choose to picnic or braai on the grounds or if you prefer you can lunch at the restaurant with a range of home-styled lunches to choose from.
Address: Take exit 702 off the N2 (Hankey/ Gamtoos) onto the R102 and follow the signs.
Operating hours:Open daily from 9am-5pm
Cost:R55 (adults), R25 (pupils), R10 (preschoolers), Children under three enter for free.
Wacky Wipeouts in Jeffreys Bay offers fun, fast and easy lessons in sandboarding. All ages are welcome and equipment is provided.
Address: Marina Martinique
Price: R200 per person
Time:Daily at 11am or 2pm
Inquiries:(042)293-1890 or 083-661-5393
The 21st Loerie Nartjie Festival offers a variety of stalls and entertainment by Theuns Jordaan, Jennifer Zamudio, Andriëtte and Manie Jackson.
Address: Dutch Reformed Church, Church Street, Loerie
Age:Suitable for the entire family
Cost: R50 per adult and R25 per child, seven years and older
Operating hours:Saturday, September 29
ADDOADDO RAPTOR & REPTILE CENTRE
An animal sanctuary and recovery centre for sick and injured birds of prey and reptiles, both wild and captive, strives to educate visitors. Admission times include a personalised tour with a specialist snake handler and guide.
Address: Main Road, Addo
Cost:R40 (15+) and R20 (children under 15 years of age); special rates for groups of 25
Operating hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-6pm
Hire a double canoe for some pleasant paddling with the kids on Sundays River, starting from the launch site at Cannonville. It is suitable for primary school ages and older as long as the kids can swim. However, for safety’s sake it is best to avoid the river mouth.
Address: Cannonville off the N2, about half an hour outside PE Cost:R125 per double canoe
Inquiries: Dee, 082-897-2859 or (041)468-0238