Winter is here but do not fear our beautiful city Cape Town has plenty of indoor activities and entertainment for our little people to keep them busy during the winter holidays and on rainy days. Here are some ideas:
Artjamming run a Winter Holiday Workshop from 3 July – 21 July, Monday to Friday, for kids age 2 – 8 years. Book online www.artjamming.co.za
Noddy, Big Ears, Tessie Bear and all their friends are back. Tessie Bear is very concerned about Noah`s Ark. Repairs are needed to stop the animals from escaping. The animals also need to be fed and stores are running low. Tickets on sale at Computicket.
Artscape Foyer | 1 – 15 July | 10:30am | Tickets at Computicket | R90
The Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company’s most popular show, Pinocchio, is at the Baxter Theatre. Based on the original Carlo Collodi classic of the little wooden puppet who has to prove himself to be honest and trustworthy before he can become a real live boy, with help and guidance from Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy. This is a traditional fairy tale with a modern twist.
Baxter Theatre | 3 – 8 July | 10:30am | Tickets at Computicket | R75
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
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.
1 – 23 July 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday | Saturday and Sundays 9am – 5pm
15 Montague Drive, Montague Arena, Montague Gardens | Tel: 021 – 552 3165 | www.bounceworld.co.za
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.
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 in the kitchen while mom and dad enjoy a meal.
110 Kloof Street, CBD | Tel: 021 – 423 8653 | www.cafeparadiso.co.za
Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and the Darling children will transport theatregoers to the magical Neverland to be amazed by all its wonders during the winter holidays this year. The young, and the young at heart, will be entranced by the mysterious mermaids from Mermaid Lagoon; the beautiful Indian Princess Tiger Lilly and her brave Panther; the fun loving Lost Boys and the oh-so-evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates aboard the Jolly Roger.
Canal Walk | 1 – 23 July (closed on Mondays) | 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm | Tickets at Computicket | R80
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. They have a Holiday Programme, click here to read it.
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.
A welcoming café to families, great food, an outside kids play area and a wide variety of bisque (already made pottery pieces) to paint from. Choose from over 200 items and decorate your pottery piece.
Main Road, Hout Bay | Tel: 021 – 790 3318 | www.claycafe.co.za
Grand West Casino
The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice: 19 July – 23 July 2017 | Tickets at Computicket
The Ice Station: An Olympic sized indoor skating rink in a world-class facility and a mini supervised ice rink for under 5 year olds.
Ten-pin Bowling: This state-of-the-art ten-pin bowling alley provides outstanding entertainment for family outings and 12 lanes of cosmic bowling.
Experience the thrill of climbing with indoor and outdoor walls, dedicated bouldering areas, and top-end training facilities, there’s something for everyone. HangTime Gym are located in three Cape Town climbing gyms in Cape Town CBD, Pinelands and Belville.
Iziko South African Museum
The Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance including fossils almost 700 million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.
25 Queen Victoria St, Cape Town CBD | www.iziko.org.za/museums/south-african-museum
The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome brings the most advanced digital visualisation technology to Cape Town. Visit the newly upgraded Planetarium and watch on 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.
- Tycho To The Moon: Join our pet pal Tycho and his friends, Ruby and Michael as they blast off on a space travel adventure exploring the sun, moon, planets and so much more! Suitable for Grade R – Grade 6. 1 – 23 July | Monday to Sunday 11am & 2pm
- Asteroid: Mission Extreme: Go on an extreme mission of discovery. Explore how asteroids are both a danger and an opportunity for humankind. 1 – 23 July | Monday to Sunday 1pm & 4pm; Wednesday 8pm
- To Space & Back: Need to break away from everyday life? Sit back, relax and take off on a journey of unimaginable scale and beauty through our universe! Suitable from ages 5 and up. 1 – 23 July | Monday to Sunday 12pm & 3pm; Wednesday 7pm
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 bounce off the walls 🙂
Unit 3 Table Bay Industrial Business Park, Milner Street, Paarden Eiland | Tel: 021 – 510 1997 www.jumparound.co.za
Kirstenboch Gardens: Moyo Restaurant
Bring your kids to experience the magical Winter Wonders at Kirstenbosch from 1 – 23 July. Entrance into the Garden is free for kids 17 years old and younger but some activities do have a price.
At Moyo, children can experience the beat of a drum through interactive live drumming, a popular puppet show or a mesmerizing magic show. Daily activities from 10am to 4pm kids can enjoy movies and popcorn, an indoor kids’ gym, sand art (R20), chalk art, an activity pack and colouring (free with any kids combo ordered).
Additional kid’s activities 12am to 3pm:
- Interactive live drumming: 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22 July
- Puppet show – Animal theatre and Story-telling: 9, 13, 20 July
- Magic Show – Roving Magician: 6, 16, 23 July
The Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre will be hosting two events:
- Biodiversity Waste Art Workshop: children aged 10-12 years on Wednesday 19th July from 9am – 1pm. It will be a morning filled with fun activities, arts and craft, and an exploratory walk in our Garden. Children will create and decorate their own unique stationary holder from household waste.
- The Nature’s Treasure Box Art Workshop: children aged 6-9 years on Thursday 20th July 2017 from 9am – 1pm. The morning will be filled with fun activities, storytelling, and an exploratory walk in our Garden. Children will create and decorate their special “Treasure Box,” just perfect for the treasures that they will find in the Garden.
Cost: R60 per child (pre-booking and pre-payment are essential). Contact Nazeerah Van Niekerk or Jackie Loni on 021 799 8670 or email [email protected] or visit our website www.sanbi.org.za
A fantastic, child friendly market with an indoor play area, food stalls and craft market all located undercover.
R44 Audacia Wine Farm, Stellenbosch. Click here to read more.
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
The Book Lounge
Free Story Time every Saturday at 11am; ideal for 3 – 8 year olds.
71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, Cape Town
Two Oceans Aquarium
Experience the incredible diversity of the marine life of the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic Ocean. 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. Click here to read more.
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront | Tel: 021 – 418 3823 | www.aquarium.co.za
V&A Waterfront Wintery Wonders
Kids Studio: From Farm to Family
From Farm to Family is an interactive learning experience for young children, designed by Cape Town–based Studio-H to teach children more about healthy, balanced eating and where the food we consume comes from. Three 1.5-hour sessions will be held each day, to facilitate a full experience for each child. Please note that while the programme is free, entry will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
4 – 17 July | Daily sessions 11:30am – 1:30pm; 2:30pm – 4pm; 4:30pm – 6pm | Centre Court, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre | R30 per child; R50 for two children
PLAY-DOH Kitchen Creations Junior Chef Competition
Calling all budding master chefs – the PLAY-DOH Kitchen Creations Junior Chef Competition is coming to the V&A Waterfront these winter school holidays to put young ones’ creativity to the test! Children will compete to make the best kitchen creations using PLAY-DOH, all for the coveted prize of a Kitchen Creations set.
18 – 24 July | 10am to 6pm | Centre Court, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre | FREE
Incredible Illusions: Jaw-dropping 3D illusions
Incredible Illusions, the largest collection of 3D illusions created by master artist Kurt Wenner, is open at the V&A Waterfront to enthral both young and old alike. Comprising a jaw-dropping Grand Gallery of 360° 3D illustrations supported by a collection of humorous and adventurous images, this will be the exhibition’s first stopover on the African continent. Fun from beginning to end, the Incredible Illusions exhibition includes an Art Jamming zone where children and adults alike can learn the basics of 3D artwork to express themselves creatively. An educational zone tells the brief story of ‘Pavement Art’ and how the mathematical field of geometry plays a pivotal role in compiling a 3D design.
4 April to 23 July | 10am – 7pm | The Watershed, V&A Waterfront
Scratch Patch V&A Waterfront
Experience the beauty and variety of gemstones in Southern Africa. Thousands of gemstones literally cover the floor where you can scratch for your favourite. Purchase a pot and scratch away for a South African gem. Kids love this but it is great fun for everyone. Cost ranges from R17 for a small bag to R95 for a large container.
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront | Open daily from 9am – 6pm
Cave Golf V&A Waterfront
Cave golf is a well-designed indoor 18-hole mini golf, or putt-putt, course set inside a man-made cave. It is sure to challenge your golfing skills with its tricky course and obstacles.
Dock Road, V&A Waterfront (next to the Scratch Patch)