TazzDiscovers Zip Zip Circus

family, outing, cape town, zip zap circus, clowns, things to do, kid friendly, travel. explore, discover, circusI remember receiving a flyer in primary school advertising The Boswell-Wilkie Circus. I don’t remember whether I knew what a circus was back then but I got caught up in the idea of an outing where I could watch animals do tricks and watch people fly through the air on the trapeze. That was, obviously, before I realized that animals performing tricks is unnatural and cruel and I made the choice to never go to a circus again.

family, outing, cape town, zip zap circus, clowns, things to do, kid friendly, travel. explore, discover, circusA few years ago I heard about Madame Zingara’s and my sister took Anton and me there for my birthday. I remember wondering what life must be like for these performing artists. I mean, when you’re a kid, you imagine yourself running away to go and live with the circus but when you’re a grown up, it’s hard to wrap your head around what it must be like for grownups who write, “Circus Performer” on their bank application forms.

family, outing, cape town, zip zap circus, clowns, things to do, kid friendly, travel. explore, discover, circusTazzDiscovers Zip Zip Circus

Zip Zap Circus school can be found next to the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town and performs every Saturday at around 3pm between April and September.

The school invites kids from all backgrounds to “Dare to Dream” and the programme teaches ethics, honesty, teamwork, discipline and self confidence.

Ticket prices vary based on which school is hosting the fundraiser but buying your ticket online through Quicket usually means you can save a few rands. Not all shows have tickets available through Quicket (not ideal) but R100 per person (kids under age 3 are free) will get you through the door.

family, outing, cape town, zip zap circus, clowns, things to do, kid friendly, travel. explore, discover, circus
Awkward audience participation. Shame! (The trick is to NEVER make eye contact)

I encourage you to make a point of going to see for yourself. Our kids couldn’t stop talking about it and trying to master a few of the tricks themselves. Even older kids will find watching regular people just like them rely on the strength of their bodies to do amazing things.

Parking is free in the CBD after 2pm over the weekend but the “Dome” is within walking distance of the MyCiti Bus Civic Center station if you would prefer to take public transport. If you want to know more about the Circus, visit the hyperlink I’ve included above or call (021) 421 8622 or email info@zip-zap.co.za

Have you visited Zip Zap Circus with your family? What did you think?

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Hi! Welcome to our family travel blog. We hope you enjoy the content we share here. We tried the nomad life in 2016 and, while we loved exploring 7 of the 9 regions in South Africa, we found it tough. We are back in Cape Town and enjoy going on mini adventures as a family. Our kids will soon be 11 and 14 years old, and they love the outdoors. Anton is a stay at home dad and helps me to home school the kids, while I hold down a job and find time to write. One day when the kids are older and have settled into their own lives, we plan to explore the rest of South Africa in a 4x4, so that we can also visit Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia. Contact us for unique, family-friendly content about Cape Town, most of South Africa and what we have learned from our travels so far. You are most welcome to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@tazzdiscovers) to see what we share on a day to day basis. We look forward to working with you. Our email address is tazzdiscovers@gmail.com

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