Most of the school children remain in the village during the school holidays. However, too many of them are tempted by alcohol or drugs or try to generate money by selling shell hearts on the streets. To combat this, the Paternoster Project NPC offers a child-oriented, one-week holiday program at the beginning of January, and also during the school holidays in April and October. A two-week program (from 10am to 1pm) is offered during the winter school holidays of June and July. Activities include crafts such as cutting shells, sport, movies and day excursions. During the 2018 winter school holidays, excursions included a visit to Cape Columbine lighthouse and the ZEITZ Mocca in Cape Town. For 2019, the day excursion will be to the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, and is again sponsored by Prof Arnold van Zyl, President of the Cooperative Estate University in Germany.