We want children to relax during the school holidays, but we don’t want them to watch TV the entire time.
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” – Eleanor Brownn
This holiday we want every school kid to rest out well and take time to relax. To rest and recharge is one of the key elements to your success. Well-deserved rest during the holidays is necessary for children to perform their best when school starts again. However, we don’t want children to become bored and lethargic. There are many exciting activities you can do during the holidays that will keep your mind sharp and recharge your spirit.
Here are our list of 10 inexpensive, interesting and educational things to do during the school holidays:
1. Visit a museum.
The best way to learn about the world isn’t just from reading about it in a book. Going to a museum will intrigue your senses and teach you about how we as people have developed over the years. There are many fascinating museums in South Africa you can visit. Some great South African museums include:
2. Spend time with animals.
Visit a zoo, aquarium, bird sanctuary or a nature reserve. There are many sanctuaries and bird parks across the country. Visiting one is a great way to learn about animals you might not have known about previously. If you have a camera or smart phone, take photographs of these animals and tell your friends what you have learned.
3. Make some money.
A little extra pocket money for any school kid is always a great thing! You can use it to spoil yourself on days when you need a boost. For example, learn how to bake cookies or make something with your hands. Take your product and showcase it to friends and neighbours and sell your product. Who knows, you might become a renowned business owner.
4. Explore space.
Have you ever wondered about the stars and planets? We live in a vast universe and knowledge of our world requires knowledge of our planets. The Wits Planetarium will teach you everything you need to know about the stars in a short and entertaining show. Visit their website for more information and to book your tickets.
5. Unleash your inner artist.
Recharging after a long school term by engaging in artworks and artists. Art can move you emotionally, inform you and even inspire you to be creative yourself. Our country is filled with art galleries and there are many exhibitions that take place weekly. Be on the lookout for an art exhibition near you.
6. Learn about an industry.
Are you interested in engineering, design or farming? There are many companies that have created visitors centres where you can see exactly how the company or factory operates. For example: Clover, dairy products and juice manufacturer, has opened their visitors centre in 2017. This enables people of all ages to see how the dairy industry operates. You can make a booking here.
7. Lend a helping hand.
There are never enough volunteers! When you go to your local SPCA or old age home this holiday, you will be amazed by what you can learn. At the SPCA you give dogs and cats baths and clean their sleeping areas and play with puppies and kittens. At an old age home you can read stories to the elderly and spend time getting to know them. You can simply listen to stories of their youth or to serve them food. Any help is always appreciated.
8. Play a game.
Arcade Games or a game of putt-putt is always fun. Entrance fees to most of these games aren’t too expensive and you will be able to challenge your friends to the highest score. Arcade Games and putt-putt are great ways to practise your hand-eye-coordination, relieve stress and it is also fun to try something you don’t do every day!
9. Learn about your family.
During the school term we tend to neglect the people we love most – our family. Make this holiday the time where you get to know your family again. Draw up a family tree, ask about the origins of you bloodline and who your great-great grandparents were. Ask your parents or search the internet to find out what your Family Coat of Arms is and which country your ancestors originally came from. This is great family time with your siblings, parents and grandparents.
10. Grow your own culinary garden.
A great way to optimise your holiday without becoming a couch potato is to grow your own vegetable or herb garden. It is a good way to spend time outdoors without leaving your house. There are many ways to grow a culinary garden. The best news is you don’t even need a big backyard. You can simply start with a couple of seeds in a pot. Learn about different plant species, how you should use or prepare it in your meals and how it can supplement your own kitchen. It’s a fun activity for the whole family. Next time you need to go out to get tomatoes you can simply walk into your garden and pluck them yourself.
Take care of yourself this holiday, try activities you have never previously thought of and fill up your soul with enriching and exciting adventures. Let us know if you have tried any of these 10 activities and whether you enjoyed it.