OK so we all know kids can be expensive, but we do not have to spend a lot for them to have fun. Sometimes we have the best times with our kids when we spend the least amount of money. Here are some ideas:
1. V&A Waterfront
There is plenty to do at the V&A Waterfront this December with a Holiday Programme providing plenty of entertainment, PLUS there are two plays areas, one outside the V&A Wharf and one in the Clock Tower Area.
Zip Zap Circus at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
The Zip Zap Circus presents a high-paced, energetic show entitled Upside Down Town, whose twists and turns that are sure to keep young ones spellbound! Daily acts include jugglers, trapeze artists, contortionists and many more. 12 December – 20 December 2016 | 4pm – 5pm | FREE
Petting Zoo at the V&A Waterfront
The ever-popular Petting Zoo will return to the V&A Waterfront this December, giving younger visitors the chance to cuddle up to their favourite furry friends.
10 – 29 December 2016; 3 – 10 January 2017 | 10am – 5pm | Cost: R25
Pump Track at the V&A Waterfront Clock Tower Square
A Pump Track is a continuous track where the rider uses an up and down ‘pumping’ motion to propel the bicycle/scooter forward instead of pedalling, providing the perfect tool to improve balance, learn skills and improve confidence on a bike. The Pump Track is safe and great fun to ride for all rider skill levels.
8 – 29 December 2016; 2 – 10 January 2017 | Clock Tower Square | 10:30am – 5pm | R30 per person
2. City Sightseeing Boat at the V&A Waterfront
Take the kids on a harbour cruise on the City Sightseeing Boat, cruises departs from the jetty outside the Two Oceans Aquarium every 20 minutes. R40 per adult and R20 per child over 5, children under 5 are FREE.
3. The Book Lounge
The Book Lounge in the City has a FREE Story Time every Saturday at 11am, suitable for 3 – 8 year olds.
71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town
4. Company’s Garden
Stroll through the Company’s Garden and laugh at the adorable squirrels. Indulge in a milkshake at the Company’s Garden Restaurant and let the kids play in the human sized, weaved bird nests or on carved animals.
9 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town | Entry is FREE
5. Iziko South African National Museum
Visit the Iziko South African National Museum in the Company’s Garden.
25 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town | Kids under 5 FREE | R15 per child age 6 – 18; R30 per adult
6. Green Point Urban Park
Green Point Urban Park s is the perfect place for the little ones to play and release their energy and it is suitable for all ages. There are two different play areas to choose from divided into the Tot-Lot Play Area suitable for ages 1 – 6, which is fenced and the Adventure Play Park is for older kids, they say from 7 – 16. There are trees for shade if you would like to take a picnic and there is an area with tables. Entry is FREE.
7. Sea Point Promenade
Walk, ride, skip or hop along the picturesque Sea Point Promenade and stop for the kids to play at the various play parks scattered along the promenade. This is one of our favourite things to do. Remember to pack in the bikes and take a picnic with if you so desire or stop by The Creamery off Beach Road and indulge in some delicious, natural ice cream.
8. Putt Putt in Mouille Point
Play a game of Putt Putt (mini-golf) on the Promenade in Mouille Point. There are two 18 hole courses to choose from.
Beach Road | Open daily 9am – 10pm | Cost: R22 per person.
9. Blue Train Play Park
Ride on the iconic Blue Train and let the kids run wild in the huge play park,
Beach Road, Mouille Point | Cost: R20 for 1 ride, R30 for 2 rides; includes entry to the huge play park. CLOSED on Mondays.
10. Cafe Paradiso
Cafe Paradiso is an awesome family friendly café located in trendy Kloof Street in the CBD offering children a unique cooking experience to make their own pizza, cookies or ice a cupcake.
Monday to Saturday 9am – 10pm; Sunday 10am – 3pm | 110 Kloof Street, CBD | Kids Projects R50
11. Beach Day 🙂
Not much beats a day at the beach in Cape Town with the kids and we are spoilt for choice! Some of my favourite child friendly beaches are Boulders Beach, St James, Clifton 4th and Camps Bay.
12. Silvermine Nature Reserve
Get the kids out into nature for a scenic walk in the beautiul Silvermine Nature Reserve, have a swim in the Silvermine Dam and pack in a picnic to enjoy in the cool shade on the bank of the dam under trees.
Conservation entry fee R50 per adult & R25 per child.
13. Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard at Imhoff Farm
Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard at Imhoff Farm is great fun for kids with lots of animals to feed.
R20 per person including food to feed the animals.
14. The Bike Park
The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig offers laps and laps of fun featuring a variety of cross-country track stretching 3.5 kms through indigenous vegetation and scenic Constantia, there are beginner jump lines all the way to expert drop-offs, rock gardens, a wooden berm, rollers and a suspension sky bridge (that tracks the canopy of the trees) ending in a corkscrew exit.
Spaanschemat River Road | 8am – 6pm daily | R50/person.
15. Cape Town Science Centre
The Cape Town Science Centre is a fantastic outing for kids! It is a brilliant way for kids to experience Science in an entertaining and educational environment.
370B Main Road, Observatory | Monday to Saturday 9am – 4:30pm | Sunday 10am – 4:30pm | R50/person.
16. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are the perfect place for kids to learn and experience the best of nature, explore, walk on the Tree Canopy Walkway and see the amazing life-size dinosaur scuplures. Pack in a picnic to enjoy in the gardens, and let the kids run wild.
Rhodes Drive, Newlands | Kids under 6 are FREE | R15 for kids age 6 – 17; R60 per adult
17. The Upper Liesbeek River Garden
The Upper Liesbeek River Garden in Bishopscourt Village is a wonderful, magical garden for kids to explore, run alongside the river and discover crabs, tadpoles and indigenous fish and use the natural rock stepping stones to criss-cross the river onto either bank. Pack in a picnic and enjoy this beautiful garden and river.
Upper Noreen Avenue, Bishopscourt
18. Spier Wine Estate
Spier is a fantastic destination in the Stellebosch Winelands for families. Take the kids Grape Juice Tasting while mom and dad enjoy a Wine Tasting too 🙂
R310 Baden Powell Rd, Stellenbosch | R35 per kids tasting; R40 per adult
Visit one of the many child friendly markets in the Winelands, there are plenty to choose from. The lively, child friendly Root 44 Market in the Stellenbosch Winelands is on every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm; the Sunday Family Market at Blaauwklippen Estate is on every Sunday 10am – 3pm with lots of entertainment for kids; the Lourensford Harvest Market is on every Sunday 10am – 3pm with fun fair rides for kids, and the Market @ Vergenoegd is on Saturday 10am – 4pm, the Duck Parade starts at 9:45am.
20. Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre
The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre is a lovely animal experience for kids and lots of fun for the whole family. It provides an educational experience on African wildlife and bird species. Education is the main focus with a wildlife educational programme where the conservation message is conveyed in an appealing way to the little ones. There are three interactive shows on weekends and school holidays at 11am, 1pm, 3pm.
Cnr R304 & R101 | Entry: R30 per child; R50 per adult | Open: Daily 9am – 5pm