School Holiday Activities

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.
School holiday fun

Visit our MOD centres

The Mass participation; Opportunity and access; Development and growth (MOD) programme which is run by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), provides sport and recreational activities to over 40 000 youths in disadvantaged areas and communities. They make sure that children are provided with fun educational activities that develop their skills and interests.

This holiday, the MOD centres will offer a number of activities, (see attached programmes for each district) ranging from sport activities to life skills programmes. 

We encourage the youth to attend the holiday programmes at their nearest MOD centre to learn and be active in a safe environment. For more information, please email Anthony Lottering at or call on 021 483 8884. 

Holiday and leisure-time reading guide

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 are available.

Please click on the links below to access the reading lists in your language of choice:

Youth Safety and Religion Partnership Project (YSRP)

YSRP is a flagship initiative of the Department of Community Safety (DoCS) aimed specifically at increasing safety through implementing programmes targeted at anti-social behaviour and youth initiatives in partnership with the religious fraternity of the province.

Some of the YSRP programmes on offer focus on awareness and prevention of:

  • gangsterism,
  • gender-based violence,
  • child trafficking,
  • HIV/Aids, and Library activities for school holidays
  • provide our youth with life skills development and practical safety tips.

These are done through activities which vary from sporting activities, hiking, song, dance, drama and cultural activities, to movie screenings and youth dialogues. Workshops, first aid classes, basic counselling training and exhibitions are also on offer. The YSRP activities will run from Friday, 11 December 2015 until Saturday, 9 January 2016.

For more information, please see the full YSRP programme.

Alternatively, you can contact Amelia Pieterse at or on 021 483 3971 for more information.

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.

As part of the Reconciliation Month commemorations, DCAS will be hosting an Oral History Programme on 4 December at the Hawston Thusong Centre. 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 details you can email Ethney Waters at or call on 021 483 2234. 

City of Cape Town libraries

City libraries will once again be hosting Summer School Holidays programme full of a wide variety of activities, which will run from Wednesday 9 December to Wednesday 13 January. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to visit and take part in these free activities.

The activities will focus on Christmas themed arts and crafts, storytelling, puppet and DVD shows and life skills programmes. Libraries will be presenting some of these activities in partnership with the Iziko Mobile Museum, Safe line and Blue Ribbon. 

Museums collections make connections

The museums in our province develop and promote collections, exhibitions and programmes to educate visitors. Why not plan a trip to your nearest museum?  

Our educational programmes help learners to benefit from the many museum resources at our disposal.  We mount exhibitions linked to significant events.  You don’t need to make a booking, but may need to pay a small fee to enter. Some of the highlights include the:

  • Oesdag Op Moorreesburg at the Wheat Industry Museum on 5 December. For more information, please email Tania Le Roux at or call on 022 433 1093, and
  • Festive Season Treat for Orphanages on 16 December at the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum. For more information, please email Masa Soko at or call 021 845 6119.Safe fun during the holiday

Our museums give us a better understanding of our past so that we can embrace and respect others, regardless of their backgrounds and traditions.


There are many non-profit organisations (NPO) that need help during the holidays. Volunteering is perfect for older youths, and provides an opportunity to gain new skills. Find an NPO near you, and grab the opportunity to encourage your children to help underprivileged people in your community.

The aim of all of these programmes and activities are to positively engage, entertain and safeguard our youth during school holidays when they are at greater risk for exposure to peer pressure, substance abuse, drugs, and violence.

We encourage all children to attend some of the holiday programmes, to learn and be active in a safe environment.

The content on this page was last updated on 14 December 2015