The school holidays are upon us, and many parents are wondering how to keep their children busy and engaged over the coming weeks. Many nursery schools and local businesses are offering holiday programmes.
Here’s a roundup of some of the most exciting that we’ve come across.
Alexandria Cricket Academy
Northside Primary School
Do you have a cricket lover in your household? Then this one could be great for your boys or girls. There’s an Action Cricket Holiday camp taking place at Northside Primary School from 14-18 August. Suitable for ages 5-13; running from 08:00-12:00 on each of the five days. For more information contact Taurai at +267 7278 5458.
French Holiday Program for Kids & Teens
Our favourite French centre is offering three weeks of French holiday camp for children 7-14 years of age. Each week there will be songs, films, games and more. P690 per week. To book call +267 395 1650.
Extension 9 opposite Avani Hotel
A-LIT is offering a holiday camp where children can take part in activities such as gardening, baking and storytelling. Best of all they provide lunch and snacks so you don’t have to. More info is available on Facebook.
Bala After School
Baobab School, Phase 2
Bala is offering an educational Holiday School from 08:00 – 12:30. Students will practice their phonics, build reading confidence & fluency, and work towards mastering writing. Specific fun activities include PE, cooking, board gaems, arts & crafts and open play. From ages 3+; contact +267 7565 4759 for more information. P500 per week.
- Week 1: 14-18 August
- Week 2: 21-25 August
- Week 3: 28 August – 1 September
Care After School
Sorry… we don’t know much about this one. But the flyer seems compelling. Apparently it’s for preschool to primary aged children. We’d love to see our little ones learning more life skills over the holidays. If anyone has feedback about it please let us know!
Cinderella Preschool & Daycare
Partial & Broadhurst Locations
Cinderella is known for having great outdoor play spaces. Though we don’t have details on specific activities, we would expect them to be offering their usual range of fun and educational activities for kids. Playgrounds, jumping castles, arts and crafts, and more are all on offer. P80 for a half day (07:00 – 13:00) or P100 for full day (07:00-17:00). To register contact Cinderella on 390 4975.
Northside Primary School
Dibini’s holiday programme is one of the best around! Comprised of arts & crafts, games, sports, reading stories and of course dance, every child that goes enjoys the playtime with friends. Suitable for ages 3-8. Cost: P600 per week. Times: 07:30 – 13:00. For more details contact Sanne at +267 7710 3628.
Hazellwood Arts & Crafts Store
Okay so this isn’t a holiday programme in the regular sense, but Hazellwood is offering a series of workshops for older children (8+) over the school holiday break. Booking is essential; costs vary depending on the class and they begin at 09:30.
- 16 August Children’s Teabag Folding
- 22 August Children’s Cross Stitch
- 23 August Children’s Crochet
- 24 August Children’s Knitting
- 29, 30, 31 August Children’s Decoupage
More information is available via Facebook.
Jack and Jill Nursery School
Iris, Brittney, and the team at Jack and Jill will be offering a holiday program for 3 of the 4 weeks (they’re closed the first week for school enhancements). Except arts & crafts, baking, fine motor, gross motor, and messy play activities each day. The cost is P100 per day, which will keep your preschoolers busy from 08:00 – 13:00.
The themes are:
- 21-25 August: Masterchef week
- 28 August 28 – 1 September: Safari week
- 4-8 September: Art week
Kindermusik with Zelna
SensoBaby in Maru-A-Pula
Zelna is offering a toddler holiday camp for anyone interested in playing with music. It runs on Thursdays for three weeks starting 24 August. But it’s more than just music; children will also get to play with arts & crafts. P375 for the 3 90-minute classes. To register contact Zelna on +267 7155 8995 or get in touch with her via Facebook.
Learn to Ride Bicycle Program
OT 4 Kidz, Village
This is such an awesome idea! Children will be supported by an Occupational Therapist to learn a graded program on how to ride a bike. P1200 per child; 4-8 September; for children aged 5-9. Register by contacting Rose at 391 8812.
Mai’s Aquatic Centre
The popular Mai’s Aquatic Centre is offering 5 days of swimming fun at their heated indoor pool. It won’t all be in the pool; some activities will also be outside.
- 14-18 August from 09:30 – 12:00 for children 2-5 years of age
- 21-25 August from 09:30 – 12:00 for children aged 6+
- P450 per child
Hopefully there are still spaces if you’re interested; we’d heard it was almost full. But contact Brigette at +267 7242 4205 to inquire.
OT 4 Kidz Holiday Program
It’s a bit pricier than other programs, but we’ve heard great things about the OT 4 Kidz holiday camps. Children are exposed to a wide variety of age-appropriate developmental play supervised by an Occupational Therapist. Expect lots of activities to help with gross and fine motor skills, cognitive development, and social growth. Register by contacting Rose at 391 8812.
- 14-18 August and 21-25 August for ages 4-9. 08:30-12:30. P300 per day.
- 4-8 September for ages 2-4. 08:30-12:30. P300 per day.
Peo Mela Nursery School in Phakalane will be hosting holiday school for the first 2 weeks of holiday. It’s P50 per day from 07:30am – 12:30pm and kids from all schools are welcome, no need to book.
- 14-18 August Under the Sea
- 21-25 August Disney
Kids will be having loads of fun doing lots of art work, messy play and baking on Fridays.
To register your child contact Nikki on 3959178.
REWA Education Centre in Maru-a-Pula
Though the term is over, SensoBaby will be offering pop-up playgroups at their centre for parenting & play in Maru-A-Pula. Expect lots of messy play, sensory growth activities, and even special fun for mums. Classes will be for babies and toddlers under 3 with their parent or caregiver. Get in touch with them by email at [email protected] for more information.
Setswana Games Camp
Botanical Gardens, Village
Setswana Cultural School’s Setswana Metshameko Camps are loading for the week beginning 21st August. Re fire tse bana patlelo, ba tsiseng re tshamekeng! Get ready! Ipaakanyeng!P600 per child per week.For enquiries call or whatsapp + 267 72990242.
Advent Wellness Arts Centre, Phakalane
Advent and his team are offering a well rounded Yoganastics holiday camp all the way from August 7 until September 7. P100 per day or discounted to P450 for a whole week. 09:30 – 12:30. Activities include:
- Children’s Self Defence
- Music and Dance
- Arts and Crafts
- Monkey Bars
- Soccer Games and More
In addition to these ideas, don’t forget that there are lots of exciting places you can go for outings during the day. View our listings for ideas. Above all else, have an amazing holiday!
If you’re running a holiday programme and are not included here, get listed by submitting your business on Family Gems.