Weekends are a fun way to connect with new people and to strengthen relationships with your friends and family. The problem is that many people end up not doing much during their weekend. So here are just a few ideas for you to do on the weekend.

Markets

Cape Town has some amazing markets and it is always great fun browsing around and looking at all the creative things people have come up with. Some of these markets include Greenmarket Square, City Bowl Market in Hope Street, Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay and the old biscuit mill market, the Mojo Market in Seapoint and the Earth fair market.

Wine tasting

South Africa is known for their excellent wine. The Wine Concept shop in Lifestyles shopping center on Kloof Street offers free wine tasting daily. Here are Cape Town Magazines best wine tasting venues.

V&A Waterfront.

The V&A waterfront provides many different activities. The Two Oceans Aquarium and Mineral worlds scratch patch and cave golf are great for the kids. You can also stroll around the harbour and spot the seals, the Blue and Red Shed Craft Market offer food and crafts, the Amphitheater often have acts like the Zip Zap Circus and many musicians you can even grab a V&A map and do your own historical tour.

De Waal Park

De Waal Park is on Camp Street, which you can access from Kloof Nek as well as Kloof Street. The Park is perfect for a lazy afternoon either picnicking, playing games like frisbee or hula hooping and dog walks. They also offer free concerts from some amazing Local bands, check them out.

Green Point Park

It is free and is a great place to take a picnic, go for walks and just relax. There are also different activities for kids to do like going to the kids’ park or having some fun on the exercise machines.

Sea Point Promenade

The promenade is a loved area and is an amazing place for walks, jogging and photo opportunities. Public art exhibits are often on display, free yoga, soccer games, frisbee and an outdoor gym are also some ideas you can take part in. You can even hire a bike at the end of the promenade or end of with some food from the food huts.

Muizenberg

Muizenberg is a great place to surf, grab some food and go swimming. On the Sunday closest to the full moons, they have a moonlight walk at 6pm and you can also do a tour around the streets through Voicemap which is a mobile app.

Rondevlei

You can go spot hippos, eland and watch birds at this amazing nature reserve. There is even a museum.

City Walks

You can off start in Company’s Gardens and make your way to St Andrew’s Square. There is a variety of activities like art, walking tours, photo exhibitions, an Instawalk and outdoor library with book readings for kids.

Blue Rock

Blue Rock is in Somerset West. You can have picnics, go swim in the lagoon and jump of rocks into the lagoon. They are numerous sporting activities like cable skiing or paintballing but this costs extra.

 

Moses Mabhida Stadium

The stadium offers a variety of activities to do. Some of these include the SkyCar, Segway Tours, and the Big Rush Big Swing. This is for the adrenaline seekers and is great fun.

Wave Park

Go spend a day at Wave Park. You can go to the skate park, enjoy the supertubes and you can attempt their FlowRider facility. They also have many events like Student night and also offer a toddlers zone for children under 6.

Mini Town

This is not just a normal town. It is a mini version of some of Durban’s landmarks. So if you have ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a giant or just want to take some cool pictures this is the place to go.

Bike & Bean

Have a quick coffee, take a bike ride along the coast and spend the day on the beach. Bike and beans offer bike hire as well as hires for rollerblades, skateboards, umbrellas, boogie boards, kids bikes, tandem bikes, push bikes and swingball.

KZN SA Gallery

The Gallery is a modern, airy building which not only exhibits new upcoming and experimental artists some established South African artists such as Penny Siopis and Isaac Sithole. You can also enjoy some food at their cafe to end things off.

Warwick Junction- Guided Tour Through 9 Markets

You can take a guided tour through 9 of Durban’s markets that are situated in the heart of the city. This is a good way to catch the essence and life the city has to offer us and lets you enjoy a variety of food and crafts that you would not usually see.

Umgeni River Bird Park

This is a Kids paradise. Umgeni River Bird Park has over 900 birds from 180 species in the park. They offer a free-flight bird show, a restaurant, and a playground.

Durban Natural Science Museum

This museum is the ideal place for learning for both kids and adults. They exhibit troves of dinosaurs, fossils, and taxidermied predators. On top of all this entrance is free.

Beachwood Mangroves

The mangrove reserve is a national monument. It consists of  3 species of rare mangroves; black, red and white. You can enjoy a walk along the sturdy wooden platform. You can see mudskippers, fiddler crabs and rare kingfishers among the muddy water and white sand.

uShaka Marine World

This is the best place for both kids and adults. Kids can enjoy the various waterslides, sea life, and some holiday workshops. Adults can enjoy relaxing on the beach, doing various activities like shark diving and snorkeling, they even offer a Marine Ecology Course for Adults. You can end this eventful day by having supper alongside sharks onboard the Phantom Ship.

 

Montecasino Bird Garden.

This impressive Bird Garden contains over 60 species of birds. It not only has birds but also reptiles, mammals and impressive plants like cycads. You can stroll down along the walkways and watch a bird show, you can even feed lorikeets. You can even get a loyalty card and save money on the entrance fee if you go often.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

This nature reserve is the perfect place for a picnic. You can walk beneath the waterfall, watch Verreaux’s Eagles, enjoy a  succulent rocket and fern garden or go on a self-guided JCI Geological Trail or just a normal guided tour of the gardens.

Standard Bank Art Gallery

The Standard Bank Gallery is a sight to see.The Gallery has hosted exhibitions by many famous international artists like Chagall, Miro, Picasso and Matisse and also contain works by South African artists like Stern, Sekoto and Siopis.

Bambanani

Bambanani is a kid-friendly restaurant in Melville. It has free activities for kids like pottery, paper craft, fun magic shows and baking. This way you will be able to enjoy food with friends without having to worry about your kids.

Sandton Action Sports Centre

Sandton Action Sports arena offers action cricket, action soccer, and action netball. They also offer bubble soccer. This is a great way to get kids active and allow them to have a fun at the same time.

Hop On Hop Off bus tour

This City Sightseeing bus tour allows you to see the best of Joburg. You can get off at different stops for food or some fun activity.

Steam train adventure

The steam train starts from Park Station and goes all the way to Magaliesburg. You can get off here and enjoy a lovely afternoon picnic with family and friends.

Honeydew Mazes

 Enjoy the mazes, by solving puzzles, quizzes, and tasks to make your way out. It is enjoyable for not only kids but adults as well. Are you up for the challenge.

Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City theme park is for kids of all ages. There is a range of relaxing and fairly mild rides to rides that even the bravest people find terrifying.

Ideas for the home

Make a Homemade Pizza and/ or Bread.

Have a food baking contest amongst friends. Keep costs minimum

Why don’t you start a Blog? It doesn’t have to be anything interesting, it could just be a personal journal about your life.

Have Games Day by inviting friends and family over. Mix it up with some outdoor games and some board games or even some Pen and Pencil Games:

Make your own Kite and is it is a windy day you can even go fly it after.

Try to learn some origami techniques. You can always look online for inspiration.

Write a Letter a letter to a friend or family. It is more personal and it is always exciting receiving. You can even try finding a penpal to write to.

Have a DIY or Cleaning day. This is always a great way to get jobs done that have been sitting on your to-do list for ages, it also makes you feel great after once you have seen what you have accomplished.

Try to learn a Foreign Language. Go to websites like Duolingo that allows you to learn a new language or find a school near you which would teach you.

Have a Campfire in your backyard. You can make smores, sing, tell stories and play campfire games.

Have a classic movie marathon. You can even invite friends and family and get them to dress up like their favourite movie character.

From your friendly Neighbours at OurHood