Here are some of the fun activities I like to do with my kids in and around Cape Town:
Acrobranch is a fun, outdoor obstacle and activity course for kids, teenagers and adults that takes you through the Constantia Nek forest on swinging bridges, ziplines, Tarzan swings and treetop adventures. There are two courses dedicated to kids and one obstacle course for teenagers and adults. Kids from age 3 can participate. The age groups are age 3 – 6, age 7 and up, 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
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! You’ll find Artjamming studios at the Cape Quarter, Cavendish Square, The Paddocks, V&A Waterfront and Willowbridge. www.artjamming.co.za
An AMAZING 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, perfect for the little ones.
Gardener place, Rose Innes Street, Pinelands | Tel: 076 372 1330 | www.beuppark.co.za
The 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
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. Cost is only R20 for one ride, R30 for two rides which includes access to the play park. The outdoor skating costs R30 for 30 minutes and R50 for 1 hour. The park is closed on Mondays.
Beach Road, Mouille Point | Tel: 084 314 9200 | www.thebluetrainpark.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
Set in a lush tropical garden here you will find an amazing variety of exotic, tropical butterflies. There are also other interesting animals including reptiles, snakes, tarantulas, birds, marmoset monkeys and meerkats divided into different sections. There is an interactive section and an indoor aviary. The Jungle Leaf Café serves breakfast, lunch and has a kids menu.
Route 44, Stellenbosch | Open daily 9am to 5pm | www.butterflyworld.co.za
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. Click here to read more.
Monday to Saturday 9am – 10pm; Sunday 10am – 3pm.
110 Kloof Street, CBD | Tel: 021 – 423 8653 | www.cafeparadiso.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
City Sightseeing Bus and Boat
The City Sightseeing Bus is a fantastic way to see the city and some of Cape Town’s iconic attractions, and great fun for the little ones. This red open top, double-decker bus provides a hop-on, hop-off service to all the major tourist attractions.
The City Sightseeing Boat departs every 20 minutes from the jetty outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront and takes you on a 25-minute harbour cruise. Perfect for the little ones. There is even an audio commentary channel for kids! Click here to read more.
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront | Tel: 0861 733 287 | www.citysightseeing.co.za
Company’s Garden and Restaurant
Stroll through the Company’s Garden with the kids, have a meal at the Company’s Garden Restaurant and laugh at the adorable friendly squirrels. The Company’s Garden Restaurant, inspired by its natural surroundings, serves a selection of hearty breakfasts, light meals and authentic South African and Cape cuisine. There is an enchanting feel to this causal, family friendly restaurant where kids can play in weaved, human sized bird nests or on carved animals while you eat and keep an eye on them. There is also a human sized chess board. Click here to read more.
Queen Victoria Street, CBD | Tel: 021 – 423 2919 | www.thecompanysgarden.com
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. Kids from age 3 can ride. Click here to read more. Open 7 days a week. Monday to Friday 11am – 6pm. Saturday, Sundays and Public Holidays 9am – 6pm.
Carl Cronje Drive, Bellville (opposite the Bellville Velodrome) | Tel: 021 – 949 4439 | www.coolrunnings.com
Drakenstein Lion Park
Drakenstein Lion Park is home to rescued lions from abusive situations and is an incredible sanctuary providing lifetime care in a safe environment and providing the animals with compassion and the respect they deserve.This is truly an incredible experience while supporting a worthy cause. Click here to read more.
Old Paarl Road (R101), Paarl | Tel: 021 – 863 3290 | lionrescue.org.za
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. Click here to read more.
Old Paarl Road (R101) & R304, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 884 4506 | www.giraffehouse.co.za
Glowing Rooms SA
This is the first 18-hole mini golf course in the country that is glow-in-the-dark with amazing 3-D features. It is fantastic for the whole family and perfect for something different. Modern technology is used for the 3-D glasses, which adds a new dimension to mini-golf. But, this isn’t just for children; adults will have a ball. There is a themed event room for parties and other occasions, and a retail store.
1 Turf Club Dr, Milnerton | Tel: 021 – 551 2244 | www.glowingrooms.co.za
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. Click here to read more.
The Ice Station: Grand West Casino
An Olympic sized indoor skating rink in a world-class facility and a mini supervised ice rink for under 5 year olds.
Imhoff Farm: Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard and Blue Water Café
Blue Water Café is a family fun café serving tasty breakfasts and wood-fired pizzas with spectacular mountain and oceans views overlooking Noordhoek Beach. The restaurant is set in a lovely secure garden for the little ones to play in and has a magical faraway tree with tree house, a slide and jungle gym.
Higgledy Piggeldy Farmyard is located right next to the restaurant with an entrance from the garden. The farmyard is one of the best petting zoos I have seen. It is amazing and huge with lots of animals to pet and feed. The kids will absolutely love it. Mine did and we spent ages feeding the animal and having a good laugh at some of them too. Click here to read more.
Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie | Tel: 021 – 783 4545 | www.imhofffarm.co.za
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. Check their website for a list of current shows.
25 Queen Victoria Street | www.iziko.org.za/museums/planetarium
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 Eland | Tel: 021 – 510 1997 | www.jumparound.co.za
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
The magnificent Kirstenbosch Gardens is the perfect place for kids to learn and experience the best of nature, walk through the gardens and experience the Tree Canopy Walkway “Boomslang”, meaning Tree Snake, designed in the shape of a snakes skeleton. On exhibition in the Cycad Amphitheatre, and visible from Boomslang, is the amazing life sized Dinosaur sculptures made from tin, to raise awareness of the threats faced by cycads and their possible extinction. Very exciting for the littles ones. You are welcome to enjoy a picnic in the gardens. Moyo Restaurant has a play area. Click here to read more.
Rhodes Drive, Newlands | Tel: 021 – 799 8783 | www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch
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, Claremont | Tel: 021 – 683 3841 | www.rushsa.co.za
Penguins at Boulders Beach
Boulders beach is home to an endangered colony of the cutest African Penguins, one of the only colonies in the world, it’s impossible not to fall in love with these adorable waddling webbed birds. Boulders beach forms part of Table Mountain National Park and consists of three pristine beaches. It is a wonderful beach for children as the massive boulders protect the waters from wind, waves and currents and provides a calm swimming environment. The water is also warmer and you will find small rock pools and sandy coves to explore, perfect for the little ones to play in. Click here to read more.
1 Kleintuin Rd, Boulders Beach, Simons Town | Tel: 021 – 786 2329
Spier Wine Farm and Eagle Encounters
Spier is a fantastic destination in the Stellenbosch Winelands for families. Enjoy a Gourmet Picnic (which needs to be pre-booked) or create your own picnic at Eight to Go Deli. Enjoy some wine tasting in the Tasting Lounge while the little ones do a Grape Juice Tasting. Then visit Eagle Encounters. Click here to read more. Click here to read more.
R310 Baden Powell Rd, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 809 1100 | www.spier.co.za
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.
Table Mountain is the ultimate thing to do in Cape Town! Kids love the Cableway and the whole experience is the very essence of Cape Town. I love my city and I love our mountain. This is very special and makes a great day out with the family. Be sure to book tickets online! Click here to read more.
Tel: 021 – 424 8181 | www.tablemountain.net
Two Oceans Aquarium
The aquarium displays over 3000 marine species including sharks, fish, turtles and penguins with large viewing windows. The displays are well laid out and presented with educational information on all species and raised viewing platforms for children. There is an interactive Touch Pool and a Microscope Exhibit offering a hands on opportunity to touch kelp, starfish, anemones and hermit crabs. The little ones will love the puppet show which takes place daily, three times a day at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4pm downstairs in the AfriSam Children’s Play Centre, where they can also create artwork and play. Click here to read more.
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront | Tel: 021 – 418 3823 | www.aquarium.co.za
World of Birds
Set in a tropical garden there are over 3000 birds and small animals to view of 400 different species. You can watch the penguins, pelicans or birds of prey being fed or have a personal encounter with a monkey. The cheeky squirrel monkeys provide plenty of entertainment, the kids will absolutely love this experience. The Monkey Jungle is open from 11:30am to 1pm, and 2 to 3:30pm. The talking parakeet with have your children in fits of laughter. Click here to read more about exploring in Hout Bay. Open daily from 9am – 5pm.
Valley Road, Hout Bay | Tel: 021 – 790 2730 | www.worldofbirds.org.za