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18 Events To Attend With Kids This Festive Season In Durban

Are you looking for fun events to attend this festive season in Durban?

Look no further! I have compiled a list of 18 fun events that you can attend with kids in and around Durban.

1 LEGO® Play At Gateway

The Gateway Theatre of Shopping in Conjunction with LEGO® SA, will be hosting an exclusive experience for adults and children of all ages to build, play and let their imaginations run wild at Gateway this holiday season.

This event is not to be missed, there will be loads of fun for the entire family, here is a list of LEGO fun you can experience at the event.

  • Explore LEGO®’s fascinating history from 1932 to the present day, into the future to a ‘galaxy far-far away’ where you can immerse yourself in the LEGO® Star Wars Universe that will take your breath away
  • LEGO® Free Play Pit where you can play and build to your heart’s content
  • LEGO® Cinema which will host movies throughout the day
  • LEGO® Boost and LEGO® Mindstorm zones where you can experiment with the latest technology and bring robotics to life
  • DUPLO area for the little one
  • LEGO® brick, which lets you start the journey with a walk through time

Bring your loved ones and come and experience the ultimate play-filled adventure at LEGO® Play At Gateway this December.

When: 7 December 2018 – 6 January 2019, Time: 09:00 – 19:00

Where: Gateway Theatre of Shopping VIP

1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, Durban, 4037

Ticket Costs R30 for a 45-minute session

For more information Call: 031 514 0500 Email: gatewaypr@primelife.co.za

Tickets are available here

2 Fun Park In The Sun Park

Looking for a fun place to take your kids this December with entertainment galore, The sun park is the place to be. Kids can bounce their way to the Ultimate Inflatable Wonderland while parents can enjoy a cold beverage at the beer garden. Here is a list of activities kids can enjoy at the park:

• Mechanical Bull,
• 6m high Giant slide,
• 4m high Wave slide,
• 4 seat Space Rocket,
• Jumping Castles,
• Zorb balls,
• climbing Wall,
• Elephant ball pond and soft play.

Tickets sales available at Sun Park door each day.

Entry Fee:

  • Adults: No charge for entry into Sun Park.
  • Kids: R100 per child per day.

Children get to play on any item, as many times as they want each day during trading hours.

When: 14 – 24 December 2018, Times: 10h00 to 18h00
Where: Sun Park
Hosted by Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom

Tickets available here

For more information call Debbie on +27 82 4551240 or email:  extremeinflatableskzn@gmail.com

3 Launch Party for miniature train & dessertery

The Sugar Rush Park is in our top 5 list of favourite places to visit in Durban, and we’re so hyped to learn that the Sugar Rush Express, & Dessertery will be celebrating the launch of their miniature train, Yay.  There will be a VIP train ride, I so wish I was a kid right now, lol.

Cost:  R10 rides & R10 soft serves

When: 17 December 2018, Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Where:Hosted by Sugar Rush Park | Sugar Rush Park, 4439 Ballitoville, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Tickets will be available on the day!

For more information visit Or Email: info@sugarrush.co.za

4 Doek on Fleek Kids and Family Picnic Durban

What a time to be alive… Doek on Fleek Kids Picnic is coming to Durban

Theme : Mommy and Daughter ( a Doek is a MUST) but families can be creative and wear matching bright outfits

When: 22 December 2018

Where: Whirling Wheels Umngeni Road, Durban

Hostedby Doek On Fleek Lifestyle

Whirling Wheels Umngeni Road, Durban

Tickets : Kids R100 | Adults R 50 | COOLEBOX and PICNIC BASKET @ R50 for BOTH

(all kids activities will be FREE)

For more information: Contact: Nomonde on 0843275558

5 Sugar Rats Kids Camp

An exciting Kids camp in the December holidays focusing on the great outdoors – exploring the forest, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, volleyball, laser tag, swimming, tractor rides, cooking, dancing, camp fires… and more! It’s all about having fun and getting back to nature in a safe and secure managed environment with an incredible team of chaperones to look after your precious little beings.

Hosted by EliteEventures and Sugar Rats Cycling Academy

When: 18– 20 December

Where:  Verbara Lodge, Glendale Road, Umhlali

TIMES: Arrive 9-10am on Tuesday, depart on Thursday between 10-11am.

COST: 1st child – R1,250, 2nd child – R1,150, 3rd child – R1,050 (Tents or Dorms)

Note: Please bring your own bikes (not compulsory), helmets, shoes, fishing rods, cozzies, torches, sleeping bags and pillows.

To find out more information about what the price includes, Activates and facilities on-site at the lodge. Email: gill@eliteeventures.co.za  | call Gill on 079 528 4665 or Scott on 076773 3616

Spaces are very limited so book your spot ASAP

6 Festive Warrior Workshops – Sugar Rush Park

Let your kids creative mind go wild at Sugar Rush for a fun week of creative kids workshops. DIY kits will also be on sale to take home each day 🙂

Hostedby Warrior and Sugar Rush Park

When:10-14 December 2018, Time: 9:00 –11:00

For more information visit

7 Holiday Night Market

Visit the night market to stock up on gifts for the festive season or looking for a fun night out full of seasonal spirit.

Hosted by Hillcrest Corner

When: 15 December 2018 Time: 16:00-22:00
Where: Hillcrest Corner
51 – 53 Old Main Rd, 3650 Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal

For more information visit

8 Carols by Candlelight

The Golden Hours Family market is hosting a fun family eve with snow , Carols by Candllelight, Father Christmas and elves, Gluwein, Festive fun traders, good food and lots more…

Hosted by GOLDEN HOURS FAMILY MARKET

When: 19 December 2018

Where: Golden hours family market

Cost:R10 per person (tickets available at the gate)

For more information click here

9 Festive Sugar Rush

Fun has to be this year’s theme at Westwood Mall. There’ll be loads of Festive fun, games, activities and entertainment, be sure to take your little ones!

Hosted by Westwood Mall

When: 8-24 December 2018, Time: 11:00-17:00

For more information call: 031 279 2160 | visit Facebook page:

10 Christmas Day Lunch

Looking for a good place to take your whole family out for lunch this Christmas? Well, look no further, the Coastlands Hotel is hosting a Christmas Day Lunch suitable for the whole family . Note: Booking is essential

Hostedby Coastlands Musgrave Hotel

When: 25 December 2018

Where:315 Restaurant and 6th Floor Event Venue.

Cost:  Kids under 12 years R295pp |Adults –  R495pp.

For more information/ bookings, contact 0312718200

11 PigglyWiggly Christmas Market

Visit the Market and be sure to enjoy great food, Christmas shopping and entertainment.

Hosted by Piggly Wiggly – Midlands

When: 8 December 2018, Time 09:00 – 17:00

Where: Piggly Wiggly – Midlands, 1 Dargle Rd, 3291 Howick, KwaZulu-Natal

Sneak peak of the order of the day:

09:00–17:00 Christmas promotions, specials and demos in all of our shops

10:00-11:00 Christmas carol performance by Howick Prep School Choir

10:00-17:00 Hourly lucky draw giveaways for all of our shoppers

11:00-12:00 Father Christmas visit with his bag for treats

12:00-13:00 Father Christmas train rides with Lions River Railway

For more information contact 033 234 2911 | email:christmas@pigglywiggly.co.za Visit their facebook page for more updates

12 SecretSunset Carols

Come and celebrate the CHRISTMAS season on this day with an epic SUNSET guided dance session. Don’t miss this chance to connect, move and start your day the Secret Sunrise way!

LIMITED PRE-ENTRIES only:

*No tickets will be on sale at the door*

  • Early Bird R100
  • General tickets – R120
  • Students R75
  • Kids R75

Wireless headphones will be provided to end your day!

Hosted by Secret Sunrise Durban, Secret Sunrise Global ,uMhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP)

When: 22 December 2018

Where: Venue to be announced 24hrs before the event (UMHLANGA beachfront)

For more information Contact at durban@secretsunrise.com  if you have any queries

13 Galleria’s Magical Extravaganza on Ice

Never to be missed, once-in-a-lifetime experience event at the Galleria Mall, where they will be showcasing some of South Africa’s finest ice skating talents. Experience the MAGIC, with Galleria’s Magical Extravaganza On Ice!

Hosted by I Love Durban and Galleria Mall
Where: Galleria Mall
Cnr Moss Kolnik And Arbour Rd, 4125 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
When: 7 – 9 December 2018
Cost: R80

Book your tickets now here
For every ticket bought for the Ice Show you will receive free entry into the Ice Rink at a later stage which includes skate hire!

For more information visit

14 Summerfest Christmas Carnival

Fun, fun, fun and more fun at the DCC Jesus Dome this festive season. Come and enjoy Rides that will make you scream and turn your frown upside down, shopping at the market with a variety of stalls to make your Christmas shopping easy and a live band to keep your foot tapping throughout the night.

When: 7 – 8 December 2018
Where: Durban Christian Centre Jesus Dome
39 Garth Rd, Mayville, 4001 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Cost: Entry into the fair is R10 per person and armbands for unlimited rides is R100 per person.
Armbands and entry tickets are available pre-sale and will also be available at the door.

For more information visit their Facebook: or website:

15 Durban Ice Cream Run 5k

Fun event for the whole family. The Ice Cream Fun Fest SA host the Ice cream run nationwide which features a variety of activities, from the Ice Cream Eating Contest to Wellness Activities like Boom Shock Fitness and Yoga, amazing snow run from inflatable obstacle race, ice cream race eating, live music, ice cream characters, exhibitors and the famous creamy after party. Double Dutch routines, Hula Hoop Competitions, Jump Rope Fun and Frisbee Toss. Be sure to visit.

Hostedby The Ice Cream Fun Fest SA and Sugar Rush Park

When: 23 December 2018 | Time: 09:30-16:30

Where: Sugar Rush Park, 4439 Ballitoville, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Cost: 0-4 years free but no free ice creams no T-shirt but need to register. | 5-10 years R50 three free ice creams no T-shirts but available on sale.

5K Adult Entry: R195

Groups booking email toadmin@icecreamrun.co.za  for (EFT) or purchase tickets here

For more information visit

16 DurbanKids’ Festive Event – Snake & Reptile Show

 Join Cape Union Mart and Wild Magazine for a morning with snakes, reptiles and spiders . They will provide a platform for touch, sight and sound with photo opportunities and giveaways galore.

Hosted by Cape Union Mart and Wild Card Magazine

When: 8 December 2018, Time: 10:00 – 11:00

Where: Cape Union Mart, Pavilion

Cost: Free and includes snack packs for the kids and discounted shopping at Cape Union Mart.

Book here to secure your seats

for more information: Twitter: | Facebook: | Website: /

17 Build a Snowman

Hosted by Durban Ice Arena

When: 16 & 18 December 2018, Time: 13:00-17:00

Where: Durban Ice Arena

81 Somtseu Road, North Beach, 4001 Durban, KwaZulu-Natal

Cost: R50

For more information contact: info@durbanicearena.co.za 031 3324597 Facebook:

18 Dolphins by Starlight 2018


This thrilling production sees the magnificent uShaka Sea World dolphins showcase their remarkable physical beauty and prowess to a glorious Christmas soundtrack. The 2018 production will have a vibrant homegrown feel and pay homage to the beauty of Africa, it’s people and song. Aptly themed “Under the African Skies”, it will see traditional Christmas songs reworked with vibrant African rhythms and well as rousing renditions of popular hits such as “A Million Dreams”, “A World in Union”, “Can you feel the love”, “Special Star” and Quincy Jones’ soulful version of the “Hallelujah Chorus.

Adding to the magic of the evening will be a majestic home grown chorus, led by local favorites the Durban Gospel Choir, with special guests, the angelic voiced of the Glenwood Junior Primary School Choir and the dynamic vocal stylings of isicathimiya group, Young Mbazo #Mambazo. They will share the stage with rising pop sensation Lusandra Majola and an operatic prodigy. Not to be missed event.

Hosted by uShaka Marine World and East Coast Radio 
When: 7 – 13 December 2018
Where: uShaka Dolphin Stadium (uShaka Sea World)
Tickets available here 

Details about the show
Gates Open: 6.30pm
Show Starts: 7pm

Cost: Kids under 3 Free | Kids 3 years and older – R160 | Adult – R199
Please Note:

  1. Booking is essential.
  2. uShaka Dolphin Stadium is an outdoor venue

For more information visit Ushaka here 

If you in and around Durban South Africa, be sure to check out any of these events. 

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