Create a masterpiece (or mess) on a blank canvas, while listening to funky music. Artjammers are provided with a menu of 12 different size canvases, easels, a selection of non-toxic acrylic paints, brushes and tools to freely express themselves. Great idea for children’s parties! Art Jamming studios are located at the Cape Quarter, Cavendish Square, The Paddocks, V&A Waterfront and Willowbridge. Holiday classes available. See their website for details: www.artjamming.co.za
Blue Train Park
The iconic, Blue Train in Mouille Point is a must for all kids. It’s been around for over 55 years, I used to ride it as a kid, and the kids love it. Situated in between the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain, Lions Head and Signal Hill you could not ask for a more picturesque location. The small fee generates funds for the Rotary Club of Sea Point projects, so its not only fun but for a good cause too. There is a huge, secure garden with lots of jungle gyms, slides, bike track, rock-climbing wall, zipline, skating rink and lots more. This play park is sure to keep the little ones busy for hours. The park is closed on Mondays.
Beach Rd, Mouille Point | Tel: 084 314 9200 | www.thebluetrainpark.co.za
SuperPark is an indoor extreme activity play park located in The Watershed, Jubilee Hall V&A Waterfront Cape Town. PlayDate Super Park is an innovative space incorporating educational play, exquisite delicacies, creative innovation and activities that will keep you and the family entertained for hours. It was born with the purpose of creating quality family bonding time through bringing play, escape and explore back to its basics.
PlayDate SuperPark target age group is 0-12 years old, with a host of activities on offer.
Green Point Urban Park
The best play park in Cape Town is located next to the famous Cape Town Stadium where you will Green Point Urban Park and Biodiversity Garden. This 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. This area is great for the little adventurers and perfectly safe. The Adventure Play Park is for older kids, they say from 7 – 16 but my 4 year old plays there and loves it. On the weekends you need to be cautious with the little ones as it gets very busy and the older children tend to be more boisterous, and the younger kids are not as competent. Click here to read more.
1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point | Open daily 7am to 7pm | Tel: 021 – 417 0111
HintHunt Cape Town
HintHunt is Africa’s original and first LIVE Escape game – ‘Rated as the best family activity in South Africa’. This is a brilliant activity if you have older children who enjoy adrenalin analytical problem solving. How does it work? Basically, you and your friends get locked in a themed room and you have 1 hour to solve the mystery which leads to your Escape.
Putt-Putt in Mouille Point
Putt-putt or mini-golf in Mouille Point on the promenade is great fun for the whole family and an affordable activity. Open daily from 9am to 10pm, weather permitting.
Two Oceans Aquarium
Come and explore what the Cape Town Aquarium has to offer. Visit the stunning exhibitions, have a look on the website when the feeding time is as this promises to be a treat for the entire family. Penguin encounters and scuba diving with the Aquarium’s Rays and Tortoises can also be arranged. The I & J Playcentre inside the Aquarium also offers educational puppet shows and lots of other entertainment.
Scratch Patch was started in Simon’s Town in 1970. (It has since been “copied” in other parts of the world!) It is a place where you can have loads of fun “scratching” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor. It’s an inexpensive visit and popular with all ages – and being surrounded by so many colourful stones is a memorable and uplifting experience
You can purchase one of three sizes of plastic bag or a cup. You can fill your bag or cup with your favourite gemstones.
Small bag R22 (contains approximately 180 grams)
Medium bag R38 (contains approximately 300 grams)
Large bag R120 (contains approximately 1200 grams)
Cup R77 (contains approximately 630 grams)
Indoor Cave Putt-Putt
The Cave Golf course at the V&A (at the Scratch Patch, near the Aquarium) has become very popular with visitors to Cape Town’s world famous “waterfront”.
This 18-hole mini-golf layout is fun to play, and despite being relatively short and compact, it’s well-designed and challenging enough to be enjoyed even by regular golfers.
It’s also indoors, so can be played and enjoyed in any weather!
Located in the Toy Kingdom store, at the V & A Waterfront, this is a fun activity for rainy days or for birthday parties. Each guest makes their own stuffed animal friend and you even get to place the heart of the animal of your choice inside your beloved toy, birth certificates will also be issued for each animal “created”.
Iziko Museum and Planetarium
The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome brings the most advanced digital visualisation technology to Cape Town. Visit the newly upgraded Planetarium and watch one of their exciting shows! It is a space of innovation, exploration and discovery; where art, science and entertainment meet ̶ creating a new platform for artistic production, an e-Research centre and sheer entertainment facility. The Planetarium is located in the CBD at the Company’s Garden and is part of the South African Museum.
An outdoor adventure park swinging through trees including Tarzan swings, ziplines and treetop adventures. Located in the Constantia Nek forest there are two courses dedicated to kids and one obstacle course for teenagers and adults. The age groups are from age 3 – 6, from age 7, and the teenage and adult course has a minimum height of 1.4m. It is perfectly safe using harnesses with adult supervision. This is a great way to get the kids active outdoors and enjoying nature. Click here to read more.
1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek | Tel: 021 – 201 1121 | www.acrobranch.co.za
An indoor family fun park with a wide variety of activities to guarantee a fun time while exercising including a Trampoline Zone, an AltiGame, Climbing Walls and a huge Kids’ Maze.
Gardener place, Rose Innes Street, Pinelands | Tel: 076 372 1330 | www.beuppark.co.za
Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig
The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig offers cyclists of all ages and skill levels 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. Bikes are available to hire. Open 7 days a week from 8am to 6:30pm.
Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia Uitsig | Tel: 081 833 4488 | www.bikeparkatuitsig.co.za
Cape Town Science Centre
The Science Centre is a brilliant way for kids to experience Science in an entertaining and educational environment with over 250 hands-on exhibits and mind-boggling puzzles. There is so much to see and do your kids will be kept busy for hours having fun while being in a learning environment. Click here to read more.
370B Main Road, Observatory | Tel: 021 – 300 3200 | ctsc.org.za
City Rock located in Observatory is an indoor rock-climbing venue, in a safe environment. The climbing facilities include a large bouldering area and high walls for roped climbing. There are three climbing options for kids. No children under the age of 5 will be allowed to climb.
21 Anson St, Observatory | Tel: 021 – 447 1326 | www.cityrock.co.za
An indoor rock climbing experience. There is no age limit but they recommend from age 5.
Sunrise Park, Sunrise Circle, Prestige Dr, Pinelands | www.hangtime.co.za
An indoor trampoline park perfect for all ages. The wall-to-wall, interconnected trampolines will get your heart pumping and your face smiling. Inside the park there are over 17,000 square feet of trampolines, 2 dodgeball courts, 3 basketball lanes, a gigantic foam pit, 2 tumble lanes, a free-fall stunt jump foam pit, a battle beam and a fidget ladder.
104 Main Road, 3rd Floor Stadium on Main (Access from the parade area), Claremont | www.rushsa.co.za
Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard Imhoff Farm
The Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard is one of the best petting zoos I have seen. There is an entrance from the garden at the child friendly Blue Water Café. It is amazing with lots of animals to pet and feed. My kids absolutely loved it. We spent ages walking around, feeding the animal and having a good laugh at some of them too, especially the ducks and emus. They have pigs, goats, sheep, ducks, geese, chicken, rabbits, guinea pigs, rabbits, cows, emus, alpacas and springbok.
Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie | Tel: 021 – 783 4545 | www.imhofffarm.co.za
The Snake Park at Imhoff Farm is a reptile rehabilitation centre and sanctuary and contributes to saving species from extinction and protecting the natural environment they depend on. You will have the opportunity to learn many interesting facts about the animals. Open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie
Located at Imhoff Farm there are five camels available and two route options, a short route and a scenic route through the bush to a lookout point for Noordhoek Beach. Open Tuesday to Sunday 12pm – 4pm. Rides cost from R30/child or R50/adult for a short ride and R200/p for a long ride. Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie
Maze World is an interactive new 3D maze at Imhoff Farm – a great outing of fun for the whole family. Take a tour of Southern Africa, travelling to our neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique – each destination is represented by a flag. Look out for different animals and learn about African animal conservation along the way. Perfect for a family outing. R30/child and R50/adult.
Noordhoek Beach is extremely popular for horse riding and there are various companies in the area offering a beach ride including the Equestrian Centre at Imhoff Farm (for children 12 years and older from beginners to advanced).
Strawberry Picking in the Winelands
Strawberry picking in the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands is a great family outing and lots of fun for the kids. Strawberry picking season is October to December. Strawberries are juicy, summery and delicious and an excellent Superfood! They are nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C) and offer a wide range of health benefits! Plenty of reason to get out into the strawberry fields with the family. Remember to wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty, be prepared with sunscreen and hats. There are two options: Polkadraai Farm and Mooiberge. Click here to read more.
A huge indoor inflatable play area with lots of bouncing to be done and great fun for the littles ones. The perfect place to get all that energy out. Saturday and Sundays 9am – 5pm.
15 Montague Drive, Montague Arena, Montague Gardens | Tel: 021 – 552 3165 | www.bounceworld.co.za
Bugz Play Park
Bugz Play Park is the largest indoor and outdoor play area in the Western Cape. The huge outdoor playground includes a train ride, quad bikes, rowing boats, jungle gyms, water slides, swing horses, horse rides, peddle carts, worm train, toddler tractors and a sand area for the little ones. The indoor area is suitable for children from 2 -10 and includes jumping castles, jungle gyms, slides, playhouses and a castle. Open daily from 9am – 5pm. Rides are only open on weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
Bugz Playpark, 56 Tarentaal Street, Joostenbergvlakte | Tel: 021 – 988 8836 | www.bugzplaypark.co.za
Cool Running’s Toboggan Park
This is tons of fun for all riding downhill on a sled at an outdoor toboggan track. This is the only toboggan track in Africa! The sled races down a 1.2 km steel half pipe. Children age 8 and above can ride alone while children under 8 need to ride with an adult. A sled can carry 2 people. From age 3. Open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday 11am – 6pm. Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays 9am – 6pm. Click here to read more.
Carl Cronje Drive, Bellville (opposite the Bellville Velodrome) | Tel: 021 – 949 4439 | www.coolrunnings.com
An indoor rock climbing experience. There is no age limit but they recommend from age 5.
2 Pioneer Street, Oakdale (behind Toys R Us in Bellville) | www.hangtime.co.za
Jump Around is an indoor trampoline park in Paarden Eiland. The arena is filled with 1000 square meters of trampoline fun so you can literally come and bounce off the walls.
Unit 3 Table Bay Industrial Business Park, Milner Street, Paarden Eiland | Tel: 021 – 510 1997 | www.jumparound.co.za
An outdoor Theme Park with over 30 attractions and 23 rides ranging from roller coasters to carousels you will find rides suitable for the whole family and kids of all ages.
Cape Theme Park, Century Blvd, Century City | Tel: 021 – 550 8504 | www.ratanga.co.za
Ice Station Grand West Casino
An Olympic sized indoor skating rink is a world-class facility located at Grand West Casino.
See their website for session times.