There are endless things to do with our kids in beautiful Cape Town but I know as parents we often feel stuck with the eternal question of What To DO!! Here are some of my favourite activities and outings to do with the kids in and around Cape Town.
1. Table Mountain: Take the kids on the Cableway for the Kids Season 3–1 Special and enjoy spectacular views of the BEST city in the world 🙂 For lunch visit Cafe Paradiso in Kloof Street Cafe, a family friendly café offering children a unique cooking experience to make their own pizza, cookies or ice a cupcake in the kitchen while mom and dad enjoy a meal.
2. City Sightseeing Bus: Take the kids on a scenic tour of Cape Town on the open top, double-decker red bus. Kids love this PLUS they ride for FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket during the Kids Season Special! Click here for more details.
3. Company’s Garden: Stroll through the Company’s Garden, laugh at the adorable squirrels, enjoy a meal at the child-friendly Company’s Garden Restaurant, visit the newly renovated Iziko Planetarium which runs holiday shows for kids, and the Iziko South African Museum.
4. Grand West Casino: Go ice skating at the Ice Station; play Ten-Pin Bowling or watch a movie – ideal for rainy days!
5. Watch a Show: Noddy is on at Artscape, Peter Pan is showing at Canal Walk, Wonderful World of Disney on Ice is at Grand West Casino, and Pinocchio at the Baxter Theatre.
6. V&A Waterfront: Enjoy the kids Holiday Entertainment Programme at the V&A – click here for the full program; the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat is hugely popular with kids, ride on the Cape Wheel, scratch for a gem at Scratch Patch, play a game of putt-putt at Cave Golf if it is raining, or if it is sunny the kids can play in one of the play areas located outside the V&A Shopping Wharf and Clock Tower precinct. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium and watch a puppet show on three times a day at 10:30am, 1:30pm or 4pm; then enjoy a harbour cruise on the City Sightseeing Boat which departs from the jetty outside the Aquarium every 20 minutes. Kids are FREE with the Kidz Season Special.
7. Muizenberg Beach and Coastal Walkway: Enjoy the Sunshine at Muizenberg Beach and then take a scenic walk along the coastal walkway to St. James Beach.
8. Green Point Urban Park: visit this wonderful urban play park with two separate play areas for different age groups; play a game of Putt-Putt on the Promenade; visit the Blue Train Playpark and ride on the iconic Blue Train in Mouille Point and let the kids run wild in their huge play park. Pack in the bikes and let the kid’s ride along the Sea Point Promenade which has various play areas for kids.
9. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens: walk on the Tree Canopy Walkway and see the life-sized Dinosaur sculptures made from tin; dine at child-friendly Moyo which has a lovely play area for the little ones and a holiday entertainment schedule for kids. The Gardens have two holiday workshops on 19 & 20 July. See the events section on their website for full details. Children have FREE access to the gardens during the winter school holidays.
10. Cape Town Science Centre: a great outing for kids and ideal for rainy day entertainment. They run a holiday entertainment program, click here for more details.
11. Drakenstein Lion Park and Chimp Haven: visit this incredible sanctuary for rescued lions; for lunch head to La Grapperia at the Spice Route.
12. Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre: a lovely animal experience for kids providing an educational experience on African wildlife and bird species in an appealing way to the little ones. Open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm. For lunch head to Weltevreden Wine Estate and let the kids play at Carnival.
13. Spier Wine Estate: grape juice tasting for kids while mom and dad wine taste; visit Eagle Encounters, a rehabilitation centre for birds of prey that have been injured, poisoned, abused or hand-reared. For lunch visit child-friendly Mulderbosch Vinyeards for gourmet pizza and a relaxed afternoon and play a game of Boules while the kids play on the jungle gym.
14. Butterfly World: perfect for rainy days, set in a tropical garden, there are also reptiles, monkeys and more; for lunch head to child-friendly Floreal Brasserie on the Marianne Wine Estate.
15. Bugz Playpark: for the first time ever, the playpark has reduced their VIP entrance rate from R120 to R90 from May to September 2017. Bugz Playpark is the perfect venue to keep the little ones busy with indoor and outdoor play areas.
16. Ratanga Junction: July Jol from 14 – 23 July
17. Rainy Days: on those days it just rains and rains and you need to get the kids out to release their energy go to be.Up Park in Pinelands, Jump Around in Paarden Eiland or Rush in Claremont for some trampoline fun; for rock climbing adventures head to City Rock in Observatory or HangTime Gym in Cape Town, Pinelands or Belville. Bounce World in Montague Gardens is a huge indoor inflatable play area with lots of bouncing to be done.
18. Imhoff Farm: visit the petting zoo Higgledy Piggeldy Farmyard and enjoy a meal at the lovely child friendly Blue Water Café where kids can play in a secure garden and treehouse. Get lost at Maze World and visit the Snake Park.
19. Deer Park Café in Vredehoek: enjoy a meal at this lovely child-friendly cafe and let the kids play in the Rocklands Road Park.
20. Acrobranch Constantia: take the kids on a tree-top adventure at Acrobranch; for lunch choose from Jonkershuis on the Groot Constantia Wine Estate or Clay Café in Hout Bay.
21. Cool Runnings Toboggan Park: go for an outdoor Toboggan ride, the only one in Africa!
22. Cape Peninsula: visit the adorable African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach and take the kids sightseeing to Cape Point Nature Reserve or visit Silvermine Nature Reserve.
23. Hout Bay: visit World of Birds and enjoy a meal at Dunes Restaurant, a lovely seaside restaurant which has a play area in sand or take the kids on a Seal Island Tour departing from the Hout Bay Harbour.
24. Art Jamming: Artjamming run a Winter Holiday Workshop from 3 July – 21 July, Monday to Friday, for kids age 2 – 8 years.
25. Wine Estates: There are SO many exceptional wine Estates and restaurants to visit with kids:
- Constantia & Noordhoek: Groot Constantia, Cape Point Vineyards
- Stellenbosch: Spier, Middlevlei, Mulderbosch, Marianne, Mont Marie, Tokara, Vergenoegd
- Somerset West: Vergelegen, Lourensford
- Paarl: Spice Route, Under Oaks, Laborie
- Franschhoek: Leopard’s Leap (closed till 14 July)
Visit my website for more details on Child Friendly Wine Estates.