The school holiday is almost upon us. This means you have to entertain your kids in interesting ways that do not involve plonking them in front of a screen and streaming their favourite show. Activities that get kids out of the house are great. Ones where they can interact with others, learn something and help an organisation is even better.

Enter Airbnb Social Impact Experiences: a range of interesting things the whole family can do that all benefit wonderful initiatives. The experiences may even spark an interest in your child which they can continue to explore on their own.  Here are Airbnb Social Impact Experiences you can do with your children this school holiday if you are based in Cape Town, Joburg, Durban or Port Edward.

Cape Town

Hidden gems of South African street art

A good activity for teens, this walking tour takes you through the streets of Salt River and showcases the street art in the area. Learn about different artists who contributed to the the famous murals, and see the hidden gems among the artwork.

This event is hosted by Baz-art, a non-profit organisation that aims to benefit local artists and communities through education, community upliftment, event organisation and more. Their vision is to showcase the power of street art and its ability to transform communities.

Cost: R650 per person
Age: 12 and up
Book here

Townships indigenous garden

Hosted by iKhaya Garden, this experience teaches you the ins and outs of organic gardening and indigenous plants. Prepare to get your hands dirty, as you will practically learn about soil, plants, permaculture ethics and the community of Khayelitsha, where this experience takes place.

iKhaya Garden is a school-based non-profit organisation in Khayelitsha that aims to create a positive image of the community, especially among youngsters. It also encourages healthy living and good eating habits among school-going kids in the area.

Cost: R250 per person
Age: 10 and up
Book here


Train with boxing grannies

Just the title of this experience should pique your interest! This is a great physical activity that pairs guests with local boxing grannies. The grannies who have been training for many years and have a lot of knowledge to impart. Learn the basics and benefits of boxing and about the remarkable women who host the activity.

All the grannies are signed up to an NGO called the A Team. This organisation seeks to promote body building and fitness in the community, including under senior citizens, who too often don’t have a fun and exciting way to keep fit and healthy.

Cost: R350 per person
Age: Three and up
Book here

Explore local shops with a stylist

Attention fashionistas: this experience is tailor-made for you. Roam around Mandela Square with host Victoria while she chats about how fashion and clothing choices plays a role in building self-esteem and confidence.

Victoria is the founder of Stayqueens, an organisation that aims to empower and inspire women to take the lead in their lives through entrepreneurship. This is done through networking and workshops.

Cost: R400 per person
Age: 10 and up
Book here


Explore a vibrant local market

One of the must-do activities in Durban is visiting a market and this experience lets you explore nine of them with a pro. Learn about each market and pick up some interesting finds along the way. There are also opportunities to learn about traditional herbs and medicines, street food and take in some of the local sights.

The proceeds go towards a NGO called Asiye eTafuleni that promotes and develops good practice and processes around inclusive urban planning and design.

Cost: R250 per person
Age: All ages
Book here

Port Edward

Village walk

One for the young adults, this experience lets you wander the sites of Port Edward and learn about the fascinating parts that make up the community. You will learn how to do screen printing, meet the community elder and his family, visit a traditional healer and learn about the local church, before finishing off with sundowners at the end of the day.

The village walk is hosted by Africa!Ignite, a rural development agency in KwaZulu-Natal that helps women and youths reach their full potential.

Cost: R602 per person
Age: 18 years and up
Book here.

This article was first published in Good Housekeeping on 22 March 2019