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A selection of the best things to do for kids in Cape Town and surrounds
A selection of the best things to do for kids in Cape Town and surrounds
Last Update: September 13, 2016
Think back to your childhood. I mean, way back when your biggest concern was Barbie's love life, or which Scalextric car whizzed around the track the fastest. Kids of today may live in a technological world of Xbox's and scooters, but they still have the same imagination, and an insatiable appetite for fun and adventure.
CapeTownMagazine.com selected some of the best things to do for kids, in Cape Town and surrounds. Forget about the mortgage and have some family fun.
Let the fun and experienced team behind this children’s party and event planning company organise your little one’s next big birthday bash. Offering four unique party packages ideal for kids of all ages (from two to 15 years) – Under the Sea, Tommy Tugboat Combo, Ocean Adventurer Combo and World of Birds – Vista Parties seeks to minimise all organising-stress and party-hassles for parents by doing it all for you! Taking care of everything, from the bookings and details to the setting up and cleaning up, all mom and dad need to do is pick a party package and book a time slot, once all that is confirmed and deposit paid, they don’t have to worry about a thing until a week before the bash to finalise numbers. Striving to make your child’s party one for the books, the birthday girl or boy can look forward to a fun-filled day jam-packed with action, activities and adventure. From discovering the big blue and all its inhabitants at the Two Oceans Aquarium and taking a road trip to Hout Bay to see some of the country’s most majestic feathered friends to sailing the Atlantic Seaboard and enjoying a round-about harbour cruise, every Vista Parties party package ensures to maximise your kid’s birthday experience. Each package includes all entrances and tickets, party packs as well as a light meal.
Go-karting at this Kenilworth course is the perfect indoor activity for little ones likely to need to release pent-up energy every hour on the hour. The venue spoils speed racers with the chance to do 10 whizzing laps around the 310-m racetrack, and it even has lightweight 140cc vehicles for the little ones (there’s a minimum height restriction of 1.6m excluding junior racing). It costs R70p/p for kids under 16 to ride 10 laps, up to R100p/p for 20 laps and little ones can ride for five minutes for R25p/p. Kenilworth Karting is open every day from 10:30am to 11pm, and the junior track is open until 5pm.
10 Myhoff Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 683 2670 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Scootours® Cape Town
Perfect for the whole clan, this downhill adventure scooter tour offers riders the unique opportunity to experience the Mother City and her magnificent views while freewheeling down the slopes of Signal Hill and Table Mountain on a Monster Mountain® Scooter. Each scooter tour is led by a friendly guide who not only ensures the whole family is having tons of downhill fun but will also keep you and your little ones amused throughout the trip with fun and interesting titbits about Cape Town. Scootours® Cape Town offers three daily tour slots; at 9am, 12pm and 3pm and the duration of the 5km track ranges from an hour-and-a-half to two hours. What’s more, every Sunday all junior passengers (4 to 9-year-olds) ride along for FREE with their designated driver (all drivers must be able to ride a bicycle).
Table Mountain Lower Information Centre | +27 (0) 82 776 0557 | email@example.com
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium offers visitors the opportunity to discover the diverse marine life found off the southern African coast. Meet the animals that call the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean their home – and the brightly coloured ones that live in the warm Indian Ocean. Discover fascinating microscopic life at the microscope area, have a tactile experience at the touch pool or come face to face with wondrous marine life in the Aquarium’s new large – scale exhibit. The Aquarium is open daily from 09:30 -18:00. Prices range between R70 to R150p/p (valid until 31 March 2017) Tickets available online.
V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3823
Shopping and little ones is usually a major no-no. But when the shopping involves browsing through South Africa’s largest range of onesies – which includes one-piece suits inspired by your child’s favourite animals and cartoon characters – little can go wrong! Treat the kids and take them to aFREAKa Clothing’s outlet store in Gardens and let them pick their own unique onesie. Founded in 2011 in the Mother City, all of aFREAKA’s products are locally handmade using only the highest quality materials (polar fleece and 100% cotton) in the biz. Offering over 100 designs ranging from various animals – think panda bears, giraffes and dolphins to a wide range of cartoon inspired suits, like the ‘Yellow Face’ inspired by Nickelodeon’s Spongebob and the ‘Monster with One Eye’ inspired by Universal’s Minions – there is a onesie for everyone! If your little ones aren’t too keen on the playful animal onesies, then let them find their favourite amongst aFREAKa’s colourful INYE range. What’s more, moms and dads can also get involved and find their ultimate adult onesies too! Custom-made as well as personalised and embroidered onesies can also be arranged (ideal for gifts!) Don’t forget to mention CapeTownMagazine.com when visiting to receive your FREE aFREAKa gift! NOTE: aFREAKa Clothing also has an online store that offers FREE shipping across South Africa.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm | Saturday: 10am – 1pm
Unit 1 Canterbury Studios | Corner Canterbury Street and Wesley Street | Gardens | Cape Town
For a wholesome day of good, clean, safe fun with the whole family head to Waterworld Strand waterpark, a wet and dry play zone just 35 minutes from Cape Town. The summer hotspot is tucked away in a leafy area just alongside one of False Bay’s most beautiful beaches and has five waterslides, an adjacent putt-putt course, a jungle gym, an obstacle course and a shaded café that sells toasted sandwiches, boerie rolls, great Italian cappuccinos and more. Not to mention, it’s the only water park in the Western Cape that doesn’t allow alcohol or braais – so you don’t have to worry about the debauchery that normally comes with these sorts of elements.
Beach Road | Strand | +27 (0) 21 584 4702 | firstname.lastname@example.org
This theme park offers more than 30 different rides and attractions suitable for children of all ages as well as several entertainment attractions that will have everyone screaming for more. It costs R181p/p for individuals over 1.3m and R95p/p for anyone shorter than 1.3m.
Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 550 8504 | email@example.com
Cape Town Science Centre
Who says learning has to be a drag? When you’ve got the Cape Town Science Centre within reach, it’s easy to keep young minds engaged with ion loads of cool experiments and exhibitions; plus, the interactive discovery land offers daily workshops during the school holidays and winter science camps. The Cape Town Science Centre is open from 9am to 4:30pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and from 10am to 4:30pm on Sundays and public holidays. It costs just R38p/p for a day of awesomeness, and groups of 10 or more that book in advance pay R33p/p.
370B Main Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 300 3200 |firstname.lastname@example.org
The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
Based at Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront, this modern rugby museum promises hours and hours of fun for little ones, while also being an entertaining option for the older members of the family. Aside from a whole floor of audio-visual exhibits that chart the development of the sport over time in a fascinating way, there’s also a Springbok Trials zone where kiddies can while away their time with Wii-like kicking, passing, fitness and reaction challenges that are led by a virtual coach on large screens. Not to mention, the upstairs digital display is peppered with fun activities for children, like a rugby-themed Top Trumps game and an interactive installation that requires little tykes to complete sentences. So, while grown-ups immerse themselves in our proudly South African story, kids can find ample distraction. Tickets are affordable: only R30p/p for scholars and free for pre-schoolers; families of four pay R140 in total.
Portswood House | Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 418 4741
Iziko Museum Planetarium
View the stars and constellations of South African skies from the comfort of this state-of-the-art celestial theatre, or let the little ones be entertained at the various educational shows at the planetarium while older kids learn about stargazing and local astronomy. The planetary dome shows take place at 2pm on Mondays to Fridays, and on weekends the shows are at 12pm for children and at 1pm and 2:30pm for adults. Tickets cost R40p/p for adults and R20p/p for children under the age of 18 years. The planetarium is not open on Workers’ Day, Christmas Day and the first Monday of every month (excluding school holidays).
25 Queen Victoria Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 481 3900
School of Rock Cape Town
This international music school has finally landed in Mzansi – Cape Town to be precise- and is set to (as its motto puts it) “inspire the world to rock on stage and in life.” The institution distinguishes itself from the rest by its core belief that the stage is the best teacher. Most of School of Rock’s offering is performance based, and features over five-age specific courses that scholars can choose from. Its core offering, which is designed for ages 11-17 introducers aspiring rock stars to the team element in music instruction, includes lessons on harmonies, musicianship, stage performance and more. Not to mention, students get access to a weekly private music lesson on guitar, bass, keys, vocals, brass or drums. Other programmes include: Rookies (6-7 year olds), Rock 101 (8-10 year olds), and the Adults Performance Course. Ultimately, this is a great addition to any child’s extra-curricular activities
Suite 202 | 2nd Floor Standard Bank Galleria | 120 Main Road | Claremont | +27 (0)21 671 9580
Experience flutters of paradise in the Western Cape Winelands at Butterfly World’s tropical garden, which houses butterflies from as far as Costa Rica and the Philippines, as well as free-roaming ducks, chickens and goats and enclosures with scorpions and spiders. Butterfly World is open all year round from 9am to 5pm, and entry costs R48p/p for adults and R28p/p for children.
R44 | Klapmuts | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 875 5628
The Ice Station at Grand West Casino
Whether it’s summer or winter, novices and experts can get some ice time at the skating rink at GrandWest Casino for very reasonable prices. It costs just R35p/p (including skates), R30p/p during half rink skating (the club uses the other half) and R40p/p at peak times during weekends. Not to mention, tiny skaters get the whole mini-arena to themselves without the bother of the big kids for just R15p/p including skate rental.
GrandWest Casino | 1 Vanguard Drive | Goodwood | +27 (0) 21 535 2260
The Scratch Patch
Prepare to lose your offspring amongst the piles of shimmery, shiny gemstones at the Scratch Patch in Simon’s Town, where kids can sit amongst the Tiger’s Eyes, amethysts, agates and crystals and pick some of these treasures to take home. Lucky for parents, the treasure hunt is surprisingly affordable: it’s R15 for kids to fill up a small bag and R90 for tykes to overload a big bag. The scratch patch is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:45pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9am to 5:30pm.
Dido Valley Road | Simon’s Town | +27 (0)21 786 2020
Let your little one’s imagination go wild with a rainbow array of colours and canvases at Art Jamming studios, which offer a painting experience with a difference known as “paintertainment”. A session, which includes paints and tools, plus the studio’s artists on hand, costs from R95p/p for a 10 x 10 canvas up to R600p/p for a 35 x 48 canvas. There are branches in Tygervalley, Green Point, Cavendish Square and the Paddocks Shopping Centre (Milnerton), all of which are open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 2pm until 6pm.
Willowbridge Centre | Tygervalley | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 914 9224 | email@example.com
Spier Farm Experience for Families
The scenic Spier wine farm in Stellenbosch may have its roots in yesteryear, but it’s bang on trend when it comes to offering a day out that the whole clan can enjoy. Thanks to the property’s ‘Spier Farm Experience Voucher’, families can pay one price for a jam-packed afternoon of kid- and adult-friendly activities. The voucher, which costs R295p/p for adults and R200p/p for little ones, includes a wine or grape juice tasting, two bottles of either wine or grape juice, lunch to the value of R125p/voucher at the cutting-edge Eight Restaurant or Eight To Go Deli and a visit to the on-site Eagle Encounters bird sanctuary and rehabilitation centre. Plus, as Spier’s a natural playground of sort, kid’s can look forward to running around on the sprawling greens, lazing alongside the meandering river or expending all that energy on the jungle gyms. And if the troops are too tired to pile into the car after a day at the farm, why not just stay the night – check out the Spier Hotel’s family accommodation special). To purchase the voucher or make a booking, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spier Farm | R310 Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 21 809 1100 | email@example.com
Jolly Roger Pirate Boat
Adventures on the high seas await the mateys on the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat, which sets sail every day in the late morning, at lunchtime and at sunset and includes a live pirate show that will have everyone thrilled and aarrhg-ing. The boat shoves off from Quay 5 in the V&A Waterfront; a morning or afternoon ride costs R60p/p for kids and R120p/p for adults, and a sunset cruise costs R100p/p for kids and R200p/p for adults. The scallywags do children’s parties as well.
Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 0909 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Boot Camp Cape Town Outdoor Adventures
Looking for an exciting way to keep your kids entertained during the school holidays? Then Boot Camp SA, a national outdoor adventures company, is the answer as it curates fun, army-themed camps for kids in primary and high school! The expedition takes participants to some of the most beautiful locations in the Western Cape and has been created to encourage and inspire learners to be the best that they can be. Headed by facilitators who are passionate about children, the trips see ‘cadets in training’ partake in physically and mentally challenging activities, like paintball, archery target shooting, night fishing, shelter and raft building, stealth games (such as Stalk the Lantern) and more. During their leisure time, campers can relax in the swimming pool and play volleyball, soccer and foosball. While the central theme of the experience is fun, it is worth noting that kids will walk away with much more than just holiday memories as Boot Camp focuses on leadership and seeks to highlight attendees’ strengths and boost morale.
email@example.com| +27 (0) 82 455 6723
Maze World at Imhoff Farm
This new addition to the historic and charming Imhoff Farm invites kids (and parents!) to break a sweat, have fun, and learn about the world of wildlife conservation at the same time. Built by former game ranger and conservation enthusiast Ian Pletzer, the double-storey installation features riddles that participants need to solve to complete the maze. Along the way mazers also get to learn about conservation efforts in Southern African countries like Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The maze is concluded with a fun and educational quiz. Since this unique feature sits at Imhoff Farm, which boasts an extensive list of exciting things to do, it makes it an ideal option for a lovely day out with the whole family.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road | Kommetjie | firstname.lastname@example.org
Squirrel Golf at Devonvale
Give your little ones a head start at golfing every Sunday at the Devonvale estate’s Squirrel Golf. The weekly to-do treats kids between 3 and 12 years old to the experience of being on a green and rewards them with a certificate at the end of the game. It costs just R30p/p for a six-hole game, and the pint-sized tournaments operate from 4pm to 6pm during the summer months.
Bottelary Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 888 4735 | email@example.com
Let’s Go Bowling
Ten-pin bowling is good for a fun outing and a bit of friendly competition for children aged five and up; plus, the folks at Let’s Go Bowling offer a safety rail for those colourful heavy balls and great packages for kids’ parties too. At R40p/p from Monday to Thursday and R50p/p on weekends, it’s a great, affordable activity no matter the turn the weather takes.
Stadium on Main | Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town |+27 (0)21 671 1893 | firstname.lastname@example.org
You might get stuck at Cool Runnings, South Africa’s first tobogganing track on the hillside opposite the Bellville Velodrome, because once your little speed-demon gets a taste of the 1.2-km track at 40km per hour, they’re just going to want to careen around the twists and turns in their bobsled again and again. Those under eight years must ride with mom or dad (the sleds are made for two), and a single ride for kids under 14 costs just R30p/p. The track is open from Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 6pm and on weekends from 9am to 6pm. Cool Runnings is closed on Mondays, except during school holidays, and on rainy days.
Opposite Bellville Velodrome| Carl Cronje Drive | Bellville | +27 (0)21 949 4439 | email@example.com
Noordhoek Farm Village
Noordhoek Farm Village, with its free, fun activities, age-specific playgrounds, child-friendly restaurants and shops that hold everything a young’un would desire, is the ideal children’s Saturday destination. Parents can enjoy laidback breakfasts and lunches from Café Roux – it borders the kids’ play area – while keeping a careful eye on little ones frolicking on the lawns and jungle gyms. Anthony from Happy Slabs hosts creative tile making every Sunday, and the village shops are open from 8:30am to 5:30pm in summer and from 9am to 5pm in winter.
Cnr Main Road & Village Lane | Noordhoek | +27 (0)21 789 2812 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative kids will have an absolute blast at the Clay Café in Hout Bay, which lets the young and old paint masterpieces on unfired bisques and take home personal and unique crockery. After design time, those a half pint and a penny high can run around in the garden and playground or snack on delicious cakes, cookies and sandwiches from the arts and craft centre’s restaurant. It costs R30p/p for three colours of paint, firing and glazing, and the individual bisques to be painted range in price from R15 to R220 per item. The Clay Café is open every day from 9am to 5pm.
Old Oakhurst Dairy Farm | Main Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0)21 790 3318
Kidz Get Wild
Young girls and boys from 7 to 14 will have the adventure of their lives at the Kidz Get Wild camps at Waterval in Tulbagh. The tented overnight experience is full of action and includes fun activities like abseiling, pizza making and paintballing. Camps take place over the school holiday period in April, June and September with options of two, three, four or seven sleep away nights, and cost between R830p/p and R2 905p/p (there are discounted rates for groups).
+27 (0)21 712 6715 | email@example.com
Future Springboks and Proteas can get some additional coaching with the folks at Sporting Chance, who offer school term and holiday workshops for rugby, cricket, soccer and hockey players; plus, they also host birthday parties for active tykes keen on a different kind of celebration. Sporting Chance is suitable for children aged 4 to 13, and prices for holiday clinics start from R150p/p and go up to R580p/p, depending on number of days and age. Weekly afternoon coaching clinics during school term time costs R450p/p, and the sporting chance staff teach cricket and soccer in summer and rugby, soccer and hockey during winter.
1 Mariendahl Avenue | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 683 7299
The Company’s Garden
The Company’s Garden is the perfect place for summer picnics and grassy games. The city centre oasis boasts beautiful, limitless space for kids to explore as well as countless trees, water features and historical monuments. Not to mention, the park has a reputation for being a top-notch spot to feed the squirrels (keep a lookout for the legendary albino squirrel). Entry into the gardens is free, and the grounds are open daily from 7:30am to 8:30pm in summer (December to February) and from 7am to 6pm in winter.
19 Queen Victoria Street | Cape Town
Millstone Garden Café and Farm Stall
This eco-friendly farm stall and café is situated on the site of South Africa’s first windmill, and not only does it have an idyllic garden complete with giant tree house, but also offers five-minute horse rides at R10 a pop and the occasional wagon amble for younger kids. Millstone is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Alexandra Road | Oude Molen Eco Village | Pinelands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 8226
Intaka Island, smack in the middle of the bustling Century City development, boasts 16ha of wetlands, rare and abundant birds and majestic flora. You and your little one can take a ferry ride, a leisurely self-guided stroll along the 2km of foot paths, or you can choose to allow one of the experienced field rangers to lead you along the route. Plus, the island has special programmes during the holidays. Entry into Intaka Island costs just R12,50p/p for adults and R7,50 for children under the age of 12. The reserve is open from 7:30am to 5:30pm during winter (May to September) and from 7:30am to 7pm during summer.
Park Lane | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 552 6889 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Drakenstein Lion Park
Your little cubs will love the site of the king of the jungle at this 50-acre cat rehabilitation centre, which features rare white lions and has grown to include a chimp haven for rescued primates. Drakenstein Lion Park features lion feedings as well and is open daily from 9:30 to 5pm; entry costs R25p/p for kids and R50p/p for adults for just the lion sanctuary, or you can get combo admission for the lion sanctuary and chimp haven for R40p/p for children and R80p/p for adults.
Old Paarl Road | Paarl | email@example.com | +27 (0)21 863 3290
Action Pursuit Group’s Home Arena
Action paintball gives those older than 11 the opportunity to combine war-like stealth with super sneaky agility. Kids keen for this faux battle will have loads of fun dodging and diving to avoid being hit by the colourful ammo. Action Pursuit Group’s paintball takes place at the Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie; daily sessions are scheduled from 9:30am to 1pm and 1:30am to 5pm. It costs R130p/p per session, which includes a gun, face mask, throat protector, jacket and 100 paintballs. Additional paintballs cost R35 per 100. Kids younger than 11 years can take part in laser tag for R95p/p.
Area 51 | Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road | Kommetjie | +27 (0)21 790 7603
Have a Picnic
Thanks to the Picnic Company, Cape Town’s picnic basket professionals, it’s never been easier to unpack and unwind with the little ones in one of the city’s gorgeous outdoor locations. Simply place your order in advance (they have baskets especially for kiddies), and the company will deliver to your picnic spot.
Unit C18, Prime Park| Mocke Road | Diep River |Cape Town |+27 (0)21 706 8470
Deer Park Café
This sweet spot is ideal for parents who want to relax with a nice coffee and cake while the kiddies frolic around the playground equipped with mini jungle gyms, slides and swings, or sip on their own special children’s beverage. Deer Park Café is open from 8am to 8:30pm every day except Sunday, when it closes at 6pm.
2 Deer Park Avenue | Vredehoek | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 462 6311
Little Cooks Club
Give your kids a head start at healthy living at the Little Cooks Club, which offers cooking classes for children aged between 2 and 15. The culinary courses give the younger ones basic introductory lessons, while older kids can learn at school or in teams during a four-week programme – so they can help out in the kitchen. Classes for 2- to 7-year-olds cost R95p/p per lesson, and kids can attend six lessons per term; the tutorials are held on Saturdays between 10am and 11:00am and between 11:30am and 12:30pm. Children 8 to 15 years old take part in the four-week certificate programme also held on Saturdays from 1:30pm to 4:00pm, and it costs a total of R880 or R220 per lesson. Lessons are available in the Northern Suburbs and in Plattekloof.
firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0) 82 332 7546 | email@example.com | +27 (0)82 771 9379
Bugz Family Play Park
Bugz Family Play Park is every child’s ultimate dream: wee ones can ride on rowing boats, quad bikes and a choo choo train; plus, the indoor area’s jungle gyms, slides and two large sandpits will absolutely wear out even the most hyperactive kiddie. It costs just R35p/p for children and R25p/p for adults to enter this world of fun. Bugz Family Play Park is open every day of the week from 9am to 5pm, and is a great summer or winter activity.
56 Tarentaal Street | Kraaifontein | +27(0)21 988 8836 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Warrior Toy Museum
Both young and old enthusiasts can marvel at the wonderful array of vintage toys, like model cars, teddy bears, miniature doll houses and two fully functioning railroads, on display at the Warrior Toy Museum in Simon’s Town. The museum is open every day except Friday from 10am to 3:45pm, and admission costs R5p/p.
St George’s Street | Simon’s Town | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 786 1395
This hidden Boland gem is an all-in-one fun house for super active children – there’s waterslides, jungle gyms, swimming pools and indoor activities, like the ball pond and wiggly worm; plus, they have farm animals roaming around for up-close encounters. The farm is open from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Entry costs R75p/p for children and either R90p/p or R50p/p for adults, depending on whether you want to participate or not.
Klein Dennegeur Farm | Lustigan Road | Southern Paarl | +27 (0)21 863 4109
Whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor play time, let the little tykes expend their energy on Planet Kids’s fufi slide, jumping castles, ramps with a space slide, intergalactic ball walls and more. It’s suitable for children of all ages and abilities (it’s also wheelchair friendly), and the extraterrestrial fun centre is open from Wednesday to Sunday and during school and public holidays from 10am to 6pm. Entry for children aged between 2 and 13 costs R30p/p for the first hour or R50p/p for two hours, and it costs R1 per month of age for little ones under the age of two.
3 Wherry Road | Muizenberg | +21 (0)788 3070 | email@example.com
The Magic Arcade & Magic Castle at GrandWest Casino
The Magic Arcade is great for indoor entertainment; kids can keep busy playing all kinds of video games, and there are lots of great prizes to be won. Alternatively, the Magic Castle has all the festivities of a fun fair, featuring rides, go-karts, bumper cars and more. The arcade is open seven days a week during the school term, but the Magic Castle is only open on Friday and Saturday.
Vanguard Drive | Goodwood | +27 (0)21 534 0244
The Giraffe House
This wildlife awareness centre is just 39km from the centre of Cape Town, and is not only home to the tallest animal in the world (the giraffe), but also the smallest and biggest antelope and many other buck, birds and reptiles as well. Bring a picnic any day of the week (except Christmas Day), and arrive for one of the exciting animal encounters (they’re at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily). The Giraffe House is open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week, and it costs just R45p/p for adults and R25p/p for children aged between 2 and 15.
Cnr R304 and R101 |+27 (0)21 884 4506 | firstname.lastname@example.org
World of Birds
Burgeoning bird enthusiasts/nature photographers will go wild for World of Birds. As the largest bird park in Africa, it has over 3 000 birds and small animals, 400 different bird species and 100 walk-through aviaries; plus, there’s a playground and picnic area right next to the flamingos! The World of Birds is open all year from 9am to 5pm (keep an eye out for feeding times), and it costs R75p/p for adults and R40p/p for children.
Valley Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0) 21 790 2730 | email@example.com
Give you little cubs the chance to encounter one of South Africa’s most majestic wild cats at this conservation and outreach centre that is also home to small predators, like servals and foxes, and Antolian Shepherd dogs. Entry costs just R10p/p during weekdays and R5 on weekends; though, the rehabilitation centre does have separate prices for personal encounters with adult cheetahs and cubs and for public runs. Cheetah Outreach is open all week from 9:30am to 5pm.
R44 | Somerset West | +27 (0)21 851 6850 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Older kids with a bit of a thrill-seeking streak will be tamed by all the amazing activities that Downhill Adventures has to offer. The extreme sports hub’s highly trained staff champion sandboarding, surfing, mountain biking excursions and much more. Book half, full or multi-day adventures and two activity combos; prices start at R595p/p.
Shop 10 | Overbeek Building | Cnr Kloof, Long & Orange Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 0388 | email@example.com
Imhoff Snake Park
This reptile sanctuary and rehabilitation centre makes for a great day trip, and is home to fascinating snakes, like a 3.5-metre yellow anaconda, Mozambique spitting cobra and the African Rock Python, as well as a few other reptiles and birds. Entry to the snake park costs R60p/p for adults and R40 p/p for learners, and the animal hotspot is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road (M65)| Kommetjie | +27 (0)83 643 3103 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding
Even if you’re just visiting for a day you can still get a horse riding lesson at Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding for R250p/p for half an hour; otherwise, you can get weekly lessons for the young cowboy/gal for R1 767 per school term. There are also beach and bush rides for those over 14 at R400p/p and R284p/p respectively that can be booked in advance.
Sleepy Hollow Lane | Noordhoek | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 789 2341 | email@example.com
Gary’s Surf School
Surfing is a great year-round activity, and the excellent coaches at Gary’s Surf School, which is the oldest surf school in the country, will have your little tykes standing from their first lesson and loving every second of it. The minimum age for lessons is 5 years old, and it costs R280p/p for a two-hour children’s lesson and R400p/p for a lesson and full-day equipment rental.
34 Balmoral Building | Beach Road | Muizenburg | +27 (0)21 788 9839 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Shark Cage Diving
What young tyke wouldn’t relish a thrilling underwater adventure with the masters of the sea? White Shark Diving Co. offers cage dives for children aged 12 years and older all year round and breaching tours from May to September, when the younger ones are allowed on the boat and get to see the great white sharks in hunting mode. A shark cage dive costs R1050 p/p for children aged 12 and under.
9 Kusweg | Kleinbaai Harbour | Gansbaai | +27 (0)82 559 6858
Sea Point Swimming Pool
Perfect for summertime water frolicking, the Sea Point public swimming pool is considered by many to be the most beautiful public swimming pool in the world. With two splash pools for children, a diving pool, plus the main Olympic-sized swimming hole, the Atlantic Seaboard oasis provides both affordable respite from the African heat and a great training venue for determined athletes. It costs R8p/p for children and R17p/p for adults to enter, and the pool is open from 7am to 7pm in summer and 9am to 5pm in winter.
Lower Beach Road | Sea Point | +27 (0)21 434 3341
This is not your average putt-putt course. Cave golf, with its quick, yet deceptively difficult holes that may have vertical ramps, sharp corners or obstacles to challenge older children and future golfers, offers a trying indoor option for little tykes attached to a nine iron. It costs just R15p/p for one round, and the course is open all week from 9am to 5pm.
V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 9429 |
Blue Train at Mouille Point
This sweet miniature train costs just R10p/p for a ride with views of the sea, passing ships and Robben Island; plus, it runs on a track in a park complete with a climbing rock, jungle gyms and a tricycle track (it costs an additional R10p/p for access to the park facilities). The train runs every day – weather permitting – from 9am to 6pm.
Mouille Point Beach Front | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 4297
Battlefield Live SA Cape Town
Great for children aged between 8 and 18 years, this outdoor interactive laser tag battle is as fun as paintball and is considerably safer. Battlefield Live Cape Town laser tag battles are held at various venues, including Stellenbosch, Constantia and Paarl.
+27 (0)84 364 9979 | Renar@battlefieldlive.co.za
Cape Town Model Rocketry Club
High flyers and space lovers will love model rocket flying -- you can buy your own kit to assemble the rockets and then watch them launch into the sky before they descend with the help of a parachute; plus, you can install a GPS system and cameras to ensure your well-built machine doesn’t get lost.
+27 (0)82 746 5892 | email@example.com
The Pinelands-based Playshed is a one-stop shop for parents keen to give their kids some quality playing time. It not only has the most awesome jungle gym, ball pond and slides, but also features different play stations for the little ones and tasty treats for light lunches and early breakfasts too. The rates for The Playshed are: free for babies 0-6 months; R25p/p per first hour for babies 7 – 12 months; R30p/p per first hour for toddlers 1-3 years and R35p/p per first hour for kids 3-12 years. The centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm, and during the school holidays it’s open every day of the week.
Oude Molen Eco Village | Alexandra Road | Pinelands | +27 (0)21 801 0141 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Spend a day picking plump, juicy fruits with the kids at one of the several Winelands-based farms that open up their berry fields to the public during season, from October to December each year. Most notable is the much-loved Mooiberge Farm which rests between Stellenbosch and Somerset West and is open for strawberry picking daily during the December school holidays (price is per kilogram picked). Strawberry picking at Mooiberge Farm takes places from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
R44 | Between Stellenbosch and Somerset West | Cape Winelands | +27 (0) 21 881 3222
Panthera Africa Big Cat and Lion SanctuaryLocated two hours outside of Cape Town is an incredible experience for the old and young alike, Panthara Africa! If you’ve ever wanted to get up-close and personal with tigers, leopards, jackals and more, then this will be the perfect experience for you and your family. Children will simply love seeing these majestic beasts in this safe enclosure. Costs are R190p/p for adults and R120p/p for children under the age of 13. Opening days and hours are Wednesday to Monday 10am-12pm; 12pm-2pm; 2pm-4pm.
Stanford | Western Cape | +27 (0)76 974 3088/ +27 (0)84 866 2665 (visit Panthera Africa’s website for directions)
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