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50 super cool things to do for kids
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
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 X-boxes 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.
1 - 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
2 – Strawberry Picking
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).
R44 | Between Stellenbosch and Somerset West | Cape Winelands | +27 (0) 21 881 3222
3 - Kenilworth Karting
For the ultimate adrenaline rush, race a 160cc kart around a high-tech, 300m indoor track. Underage drivers can tear up the tracks in 140cc junior carts. Why not Go Karting, for Extreme Fun
10 Myhof Road | Kenilworth | Cape Town| +27 (0)21 683 2670
4 – Butterfly World
Visit the 1000 square metre green-house, to encounter 500-800, exotic butterflies, from South America and South East Asia. Experience Beautiful Butterfly World
Between Klapmuts and Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 875 5628
5 – Lets Go Bowling Stadium Bowl
Ten pin bowling is an affordable and social game that can be enjoyed by all ages. Lets Go Bowling cater for children's birthday parties.
Outlets in Bellville, Tygervalley, Claremont and Goodwood | +27 (0)21 914 8217
6 – Cool Runnings
Hurtle down a 1.25km, steel tobogan track at 40km an hour for an exhilarating ride. Go Downhill at Cool Runnings
Off Carl Kronje Drive, opposite Bellville Velodrome | Tygervalley | +27 (0)21 949 4439
7 – The Ice Station at Grand West Casino
The Ice Station is an Olympic-sized rink, offering kids birthday parties and educational programs. Read more about Ice Skating in Cape Town
Grand West Casino | 1 Vanguard Drive | Goodwood | +27 (0)21 535 2260
8 – Two Oceans Aquarium
The aquarium showcases over 3000 living sea animals including; sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins. Discover the Two Oceans Aquarium
V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3823
9 – The Scratch Patch
Search for colourful gemstones beneath your feet and visit the gemstone factory (Simon's Town Branch) to see how stones are tumbled, processed and polished.
Dido Valley Road | Simons Town | +27 (0)21 786 2020 / V&A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 419 9429
10 – Eagle Encounters Raptor Rehabilitation and Education Centre
Visit this non-profit, bird hospital to view; Marshal Eagles, kites, buzzards, hawks and falcons in dazzling falconry displays. Read more about Rehab for Birds
Spier Estate | Lynedoch Road | Stellenbosch
11 – Cape Town Science Centre
Visit this interactive science centre, with 280 displays, to learn about fascinating scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Read more about the Cape Town Science Centre
Main Road 370B (near Groote Schuur Hospital | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 529 8100
12 – Noordhoek Farm Village
Noordhoek farm village offers a range of free activities for kids including; craft tables, magic shows, clowns and face painting. Read more about Noordhoek Farm Village
Corner of Chapmans Peak Road and Village Lane | Noordhoek | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 789 2812
13 – Clay Cafe
Paint ceramic, clay bisques, whilst enjoying delightful views and tucking into homemade toasties and cakes. Let us Show you the Way to Clay Cafe.
Main Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0)21 790 3318
14 – Iziko Museum Planetarium
View the stars and constellations of South African skies from the comfort of this state-of –the- art, domed museum. 0-5-year-olds will be treated to educational displays by intergalactic celebrities.
25 Queen Victoria Street | Cape Town |+27 (0)21 481 3900
15 - Kids Junction
Kids Junction offers exciting, supervised activities for kids including; action ball, drumming workshops, storytelling and much more.
17 Willow Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)87 808 7958
16 – Kidz Get Wild
Adventurous kids can embark on a unique camping experience, packed with over 100 camping activities including; abseiling, rock climbing and kite making.
+27 (0)21 712 6715
17 – Atlantic Flying Club
If you and your kids enjoy soaring, or want to start flying gliders, join the experts at Atlantic Flying Club, for radio controlled slope soaring.
+27 (0)82 464 7444
18 – Company's Gardens
Take your little tykes for a picnic and a game of frisbee amongst the majestic flora and fauna of the Company's Gardens.
Company's Gardens | Cape Town
19 – Millstone Garden Cafe and Farmstall
Celebrate with a kids birthday party in a relaxing garden, with a tree house. There's even horse riding,nextdoor.
Alexandra Road | Oude Molen Eco Village | Pinelands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 8226
20 – Cape Town Lion Park
Embark on an educational day trip in the home on the white lion, to learn more about physiology, hunting methods and their life as a pride.
Vredenheim Wine Farm | Paarl | +27 (0)83 868 4119
21 – Action Pursuit Group's (APG) Home Arena
Get yourself kitted out in camouflage, arm yourself with a paintball gun and plan not to get shot down in enemy paint, in the pine trees of the Tokai Forrest. This activity is for children of 11 years and over. Read our feature: Action Paintball Means War
Spaanschemat Road | Tokai | +27 (0)21 790 7603
22 – Intaka Island Nature Reserve
Self-guided trails allow you to view the natural and educational elements of the island including; 180 species of indigenous plants and 125 bird species. Read more about Nature's Gem
Intaka Island | Corner of Summer Greens Road and Century Boulevard | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 552 6889
23 – Kindermusik with Nats
Calling all mums with tots! Kindermusik offers an early childhood brain stimulation program that integrates movement and music into a child's daily routine.
Branches in City Centre, Atlantic Seaboard, Southern Suburbs, Southern Peninsula and North Atlantic Suburbs | +27 (0)76 814 7981
24 – Deer Park Cafe
Kick back with a caffeine fix, whilst your kids play on their superb, outdoor playground. Deer Park Cafe caters for children's birthday parties.
2 Deer Park Drive | Vredehoek | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 8226
25 – Sporting Chance
Sporting Chance provide 2 hour coaching sessions, with excellent sports coaches. Choose from outdoor sports including; soccer and cricket.
1 Mariendahl Avenue | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 683 7299
26 – Little Cooks Club
The Little Cooks Club provide an educational program, to introduce mothers and toddlers to new foods and a healthy diet.
Locations in Northern Suburbs, Southern Suburbs and Table View | +27 (0)73 227 3404
27 – Bugz Family Play Park
Bugz is the largest outdoor and indoor play park in the Western Cape and offers 2-10-year-olds the activity extravaganza of a lifetime including; sandpits, jumping castles and a train.
56 Tarentaal Street | Joostenbergvlakte | Kraaifontein | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 988 8846
28 – Warrior Toy Museum
Visit a permanent exhibition of toys, dolls, model cars and soldiers that will satisfy toy collectors and children, alike.
St Georges Street | Simon's Town | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 786 1395
29 – Jolly Roger Pirate Boat
Hop aboard the only authentic pirate ship in South Africa and set sail with a qualified sailing crew and skipper. Ahoy, me hearty's!
Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront |+27 (0)21 421 0909
30 – Planet Kids
Spend quality time with the kids at this eco-friendly, indoor activity centre, which offers holiday workshop activities and birthday parties.
3 Wherry Road | Muizenberg | +27 (0)21 788 3070
31 – Supafun Factory
Bundle party kids into the car and transport them to the Supafun Factory, which boasts a scooter, track, animal bouncers, a jungle gym and much more.
Unit 3 | Freedom Square | Corner of Freedom Way and Marinus | Montague Gardens | Milnerton | +27 (0)21 552 4776
32 – Magic Village
Visit the arcade venue at the Grand West Casino, for popular games including; simulator games, kiddies rides and a shooting gallery. There are prizes to be won!
Vanguard Drive | Goodwood | +27 (0)21 534 0244
33 – Graceland Venues
Surrounded by the Boland mountains, lies a hidden paradise with numerous family activities including; water slides, farm animal encounters and pony rides.
Klein Dennegeur Farm | Lustigan Road | Southern Paarl | +27 (0)21 863 4109
34 – The Giraffe House
Enjoy a family picnic and quality time with each other, amongst wonderful wildlife and bird species. Guided conservation tours are available.
Corner of R304 and R101 | Between Stellenbosch and Paarl | +27 (0)21 884 4506
35 – World of Birds
World of Birds is paradise for little nature lovers and photographers. Spot over 3000 bird species in landscaped aviaries, or take a stroll through the tropical, monkey jungle.
Wildlife Sanctuary | Valley Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0)21 790 4839
36 – Cheetah Sancturary
Encounter over 20 cheetahs and cubs, as well as a variety of wild cats from meerkat to foxes at this sanctuary in Somerset West.
Paardevlei | De Beers Avenue | Somerset West | +27 (0)21 851 6850
37 – Downhill Adventures
Introduce your kids to the most exciting thing on three wheels – quad biking through tracks, trails and 4x4 courses, with expert guides.
+27 (0)21 422 0388
38 – Art Jamming
Get your juniors jamming with art, during art classes and holiday programs at Art Jamming. It's time to let your imagination take hold of the paint brush.
1 Willowbridge Centre | Tygervalley | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 914 9224 / Shop 014 | Cape Quarter | Somerset Road | Green Point | +27 (0)21 421 6129
39 – Aquila Private Game Reserve
Aquila offers child friendly safaris and an onsite play area which includes; a paddling pool, ponies, miniature quad bikes and crafts. Read more about Safaris with Aquila
Touwsrivier | Ceres | +27 (0)21 431 8400
40 – Imhoff's Snake Park
Get up close and personal with a slithery soul mate at Imhoff's reptile sanctuary. Meet interesting snakes, lizards and a mad, African grey parrot.
M65 | Kommetjie | +27 (0)21 783 4545
41 – Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding
Sleepy Hollow offers lessons and pony rides for your little 'uns, through Noordhoek Beach and the wetlands.
Sleepy Hollow Lane | Noordhoek | +27 (0)21 789 2341
42 – Sea Point Swimming Pool
The Sea Point complex consists of an Olympic sized swimming pool, two splash pools and a spring board, diving pool for thrill-seeker kids.
Sea Point Pavillion | Beach Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 3341
43 – Cave Golf
How about a unique, indoor putt putt experience? Cave Golf offers 18 holes with well-designed challenges and obstacles.
V&A Waterfront (next to the Scratch Patch) | +27 (0)21 419 9429
44 – Gary's Surf School
Grab a surf board, grab a wet suit, then allow bodacious waves to grab a hold of you. Gary's surf school offer equipment rental and surfing lessons.
34 Beach Road | Muizenberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 782 9356
45 – Blue Train
All aboard the iconic blue train, which travels along the promenade, from Mouille Point to Bantry Bay. Where else can you entertain your kids for R10 per person?
46 – Lil'drey;'s
A place where your child can grow artistically, through a series of art classes, workshops and miniature celebrations.
140 Waterkant Street | Green Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 4414
47 – Laserquest
Select your laser pack and prepare for an exciting laser game. Older kids will have great fun finding hiding places and shooting red lasers at the opposition.
Stadium on Main | Claremont Main Road | Claremont | +27 (0) 21 683 7296
48 – Jimmy Jungles
Jimmy Jungles offers supervised, indoor play facilities, for children of 6 months and over – ideal for birthday parties.
Stadium on Main Road | Main Road | Claremont | +27 (0)21 683 0005 / Shop 905 | Tygervalley Centre | Bill Bezuidenhout Avenue | Bellville | +27 (0)21 914 1705
49 – Cape Town Model Rocketry Club
Buy a kit, or build your own rocket, and get ready for the launch. Your rocket is recovered by parachutes, so they can be used many times, and you can install GPS systems and video cameras.
+27 (0)82 746 5892
50 – Ratanga Junction
With more than 30 different attractions, for kids, families and daring, thrill seekers, Ratanga is sure to take the whole family on an unforgettable ride.
Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 550 8500
By Lisa Nevitt
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