Safe fun for the kids this holiday | Western Cape Government

Safe fun for the kids this holiday

Keeping children occupied during the school holidays can be a challenge for most parents. If you're looking for ways to keep the kids entertained and safe during the school holiday, you'd be happy to know that a number of programmes will run across the province during the school holiday. Children will be able to enjoy their days away from the classroom in a safe space.

Visit our MOD centres Sport activities at MOD Centres during school holiday. The Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) Programme is run by our Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

The MOD centres provide sport and recreational activities to over 40 000 children in disadvantaged areas and communities within the Western Cape.

They ensure that children are provided with fun-filled educational activities that develop their skills and interests.

Holiday activities 

This holiday, the MOD centres will offer a number of activities, ranging from sports activities to life skills programmes, which are provided in a safe environment for your child to learn and be active. We encourage you to consider these holiday programmes which are offered at your nearest MOD centre.

The Youth Safety and Religion Partnership Programme (YSRP)

The Western Cape Department of Community Safety is offering  the Youth Safety and Religion Partnership
Programme (YSRP)
during the June/July holiday.  The programme provides children and youth within vulnerable areas with a safe space and constructive activities during the school holidays. It specifically targets children and youth aged 14-21 years old who live in high priority crime areas within the Western Cape, including areas that form part of the Community Safety Improvement Plan (CSIP).

You can find more information about the  June/July 2019 programme  in the latest press release from the Department of Community Safety. 


Even in this digital age, our libraries are still very important and provide essential services to help neighbourhoods thrive by offering quiet spaces to learn and explore.  

Our local libraries will also be offering some fun, educational activities for children during the June holiday. From craft activities to educational talks, there'll be something for everyone. 

You can contact your local library for more information about these holiday programmes. 


Why not plan a trip to your nearest museum this holiday? In the Western Cape we have many different types of museums. There are 28 museums in our province which develop and promote collections, exhibitions and programmes to educate citizens.  You don’t need to make a booking, but a small entrance fee is required.  Use our Living Atlas to see all of our museums and find out more about each facility.


There are many non-profit organisations (NPO) that need help during the holidays. Volunteering is perfect for your older children and provides an opportunity to gain new skills. This can be a great opportunity to help underprivileged people. Find an NPO near you.

Holiday and leisure time reading guideFather reading a book to his son.

As parents, you can play a key role in building the reading and writing skills of your children by encouraging them to read during school holidays and after school hours. The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has prepared reading lists to guide you on book selection at local libraries and when buying books for your children. 

All you have to do is to copy and paste the name of the book into the search bar of the EDULIS Library Online Catalogue, and select your local library from the drop-down list. The search result will tell you whether the library has the book, how many copies they have, and whether or not they're available. You can view the reading lists below:

Sharing a love for books at our libraries

There are many exciting activities taking place at our provincial libraries this holiday. These programmes aim to create a safe environment for children to learn and play. You can contact your local library for more information about these holiday programmes.

Our libraries stock the latest and most sought-after books, DVDs and CDs. Check in at your local library and connect with the world. For more information, please email or call 021 483 2273. 

Use the interactive map to find a library closest to you.

Job shadow at the Western Cape Government (WCG)

Job shadowing is a fun way for teenagers to learn about different careers and can help them choose a career path.

If your child is interested in shadowing at the WCG, you can contact our Human Resources department on 021 483 6799.

Safety first

Holiday activities for children.
An injured child is a parent’s worst nightmare. Follow these safety tips from the South African Police Services (SAPS) to keep them protected during the holiday:

  • Talk to your child about strangers. They should never tell strangers their name or where they live.
  • Make sure your children know your full name, address and phone number.
  • Teach your child to keep all windows and doors locked when they’re at home alone.
  • If a stranger is at the door, teach your children to tell the stranger you’re busy and that he/she should come back later.
  • Ensure your child knows how to dial emergency numbers if they feel threatened.
  • If your child gets lost in a mall or public area, tell them to go to a shop assistant for help immediately.
  • Don’t leave your children alone in your car, whether it is running or not.

Useful contacts

In case of emergency, use these numbers:

Childline South Africa: 0800 55 555
SAPS: 10 111 or 112 from a cellphone
Ambulance: 10 177 or 112 from a cellphone

The content on this page was last updated on 18 September 2019