School holiday outings in Durb’s

In the past month and a half, I’ve been visiting places that are perhaps not as popular as they once were, but are still quite entertaining for little ones.  Here is a recap of where we have visited:

The Umgeni River Bird Park

The first outing was to The Umgeni River Bird Park, see previous post details here.  The bird park was a lovely experience, including activities like feeding the Swans and the Lorikeets, a bird show where we got up close to a very large Vulture and then had a light lunch at the Cockatoo Cafe which includes a play area for kids.

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Entrance:  R50 for adults, R30 for children (4 – 12 yrs)
Location:  Riverside Road, Durban North
Visit their website here.

Butterflies for Africa

In September, we visited Butterflies for Africa.  I actually found a Groupon deal for this trip, so decided to book it and check it out. They are located in not the best looking part of PMB, near the silo’s of Tiger Brands, and because of the lack of rain at the time everything was very dry and dusty in the area.  But once we got in, the temperature dropped in the butterfly house enclosure, and the butterflies, other insects and creatures kept my little one intrigued.  There is also a cafe, a shop and small gallery there.

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Entrance:  R38 for adults, R24 for children (3-16 yrs)
Location:  Willowton Road, Petermaritzburg
Visit their website here.


While in the area visiting Butterflies for Africa, not far up the road is a lovely place called House of HEART Emporium, please pop in to view their lovely collection of local and hand made treasures, visit their garden nursery and feast on the delicious treats at the Flavour Cafe with kids play area. Visit their website for details here.

Mitchell Park and The Blue Zoo

This is a firm favourite for many a parent who needs to get out of the house on a weekend.  Funny enough, we bumped into one of my little one’s friends when we were on the way out from our visit.  The 100 year old Tortoises are still there, and we got to see a Crocodile, Marmoset’s, Guinea Pigs, Peacocks, Ducks, Duiker and Rabbits.

After visiting with the animals, we had a coffee and the most delish fresh baked cream scone at the Blue Zoo Restaurant in Mitchell Park.

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Entrance:  R10 for adults, R7 for children (Mitchell Park Zoo)
Location: Morningside, Durban
Visit this website here for details on Mitchell Park Zoo, and visit Blue Zoo Restaurant website here.

The Natural Science Museum

I’m not even sure how I got to reading up about the Natural Science Museum, I think it may have been on a mailer from KZN Kids that I found the link.  It was a good place to visit on Heritage Day.  I was quite surprised as how well the museum has been maintained considering it’s been around for years.  The smell of the old building, the huge carved wooden doors and the plush red carpets up the marble staircase had a certain grandeur.

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Entrance:  FREE
Parking is available for R15 at the parking garage next to The Playhouse Theatre.

Location:  Durban CBD
Visit the website here for further details on The Natural Science Museum. 

I hope this guide of what I’ve been up to with my little one in our City will help for the school holidays next week.

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