10 Budget Beating Boredom Busters

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July school holiday loom just around the corner and parents everywhere are quaking in their boots. It’s only a matter of time before whiny voices pipe up, saying those 2 grating words…”I’m bored”.

Of course, there is always something to do in Cape Town but very rarely does that something, not have a price attached to it. It doesn’t take a genius to work how what your budget would need to be if you went to see every show and did every activity. And, I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer to save that money for a proper holiday, preferably on a tropical island.


  1. Blanket Forts FTW. Just add pyjamas, fluffy socks and piles of books, oh! And snacks.
  2. Rainy day puddle hunting. Don’t forget your gumboots and your sense of adventure.
  3. Movie marathons. Visit the library and borrow a few DVDs. It won’t cost a thing. Pick up some more books for the next blanket fort, while you’re there.
  4. Learn something new. Choose a book on origami, friendship bracelet weaving or how to make your own soap. If your local library doesn’t have anything that tickles your fancy, find something interesting on YouTube.
  5. Bake. It’s a great way to practice those maths concepts while getting something delicious out of it.
  6. Hop on a train or bus and take a trip from the one end of the line to the other.
  7. While on that bus or train, visit a museum, science centre or planetarium. Now there’s a good way to spend money.
  8. Bundle up in the warmest clothes you have and head to the beach on a clear, crisp day. See who can find the most unique shell.
  9. Spend a day playing with Lego. Yes, even the grown ups.
  10. Explore your local green belt, park, forest or botanical garden.

10 seems like a nice round number, now it’s your turn. What do you enjoy doing as a family?

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This is a family travel blog and we are based in Cape Town South Africa. Our daughter is 9 years old and our son is 12. We sold our house, switched mainstream school for home school and headed out on an 11 week road trip around South Africa in our Volkswagen Polo, to encourage others to invest in our beautiful country. We plan to explore Limpopo and the North West Province once we've managed to secure funds and a 4x4 so that we can also visit Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. Contact us for unique, family friendly content about 7 of the 9 South African provinces tazzdiscovers@gmail.com


  1. I don’t have kiddos, but I love some of these ideas! I just discovered Stellenbosch University Botanical Gardens and have been meaning to get back there… just waiting for a bit of a warmer day. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Melanie. We are so glad to hear you liked the suggestions and hope you enjoy exploring the gardens again when it is a little less freezing! 🙂

  2. Oh this is a great list too! Our go to activity is geocaching! It’s basically free, and it’s like a global treasure hunt! Summer is such a great time to get into the activity too!

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