Indoor activities for kids

Go roller skating, play cave golf, visit an indoor play park and more


Last Update 6 September 2021 

Sometimes the outdoors fails us – it’s too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy – but the kids still need something to do. These ideas are just the thing to save the day. From learning about sea life, playing live escape-room games and visiting the Planetarium, to art classes, here are 15 indoor activities they will love.

ENJOY A FULL DAY OF ENTERTAINMENT

This playpark is for young and old, with a range of activities to keep you busy all day. Activities include a digital art room, toddler town, mini-slide, climbing wall, gladiator pit, bulls-eye climb, river run, giant spiral tunnel, jump zone, blaster tower, extreme high-rope course and more. The newest addition to Ipic Play is the Building Club where kids, or adults, can select a Lego set from the collection to build there. The kids play for 60 minutes per session, with each session starting on the hour.
Price: From R60 (0-2 years old); from R75 (3-5 years old); from R90 (6 years and older)
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 9am-5pm
Good to know: For parents there’s a boutique gym, Knead Bakery (with a kids menu) and sports bar (no under 18’s)

Cnr Aurora & Burton Street | Durbanville | 021 205 3844 | info@ipicplay.co.za

LET THE KIDS LEARN THROUGH PLAY

Wonderdal Edutainment Centre uses creative designs, world-class technology and educational resources aligned with the CAPS school system for children 5-13 years old. There are 7 interactive edu-zones to explore, where kids can interact with Amuki characters. Visit the Tinker Workshop and run through a wind tunnel to explore different forms of energy. They can also generate an impressive light and sound display in the tree of light or enjoy a gardening experience in the virtual Wonder Garden. There’s also a kitchen, story cave, brain-teaser islands, and an innovative outside play area at Wonderdal.
Price: R125 (Tuesday-Thursday); R190 (Friday-Sunday)
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am-5pm
Good to know: There’s educational supervisors so parents can explore Hazendal Wine Estate while the kids play 

Hazendal Wine Estate | Stellenbosch | 021 205 5624 | schools@wonderdal.co.za  

LET THE CREATIVITY FLOW

Does kids getting messy and creative, without needing to clean up after them, sound like a dream come true? Well it can be, kids get the chance to get creative in the studio with a buffet of paints, various canvas sizes and the freedom to mess as they go along at Art Jamming.
Price: R160 and up (includes price of canvas, studio time, access to tools and paint supplies)
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am-6pm (Waterfront); Monday to Sunday, 9am-5pm (Somerset West)
Good to know:  Be sure to check out Art Jamming’s various party/event packages as well as kids’ art classes, messy play classes, kids arts & crafts workshops and pop in & paint sessions 

1 Bright Street, Somerset West | Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | www.artjamming.co.za

EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THE OCEAN 

Kids will be blown away by the thousands of weird and wonderful creatures at the aquarium. There are a range of exhibits, from kelp forests and giant sea turtles to sharks and stingrays. The jellyfish gallery is fantastic, with glow-in-the-dark displays, and the waddling penguins are adorable to watch. The kids also will love the I&J Ocean Exhibit, which features a 10-metre tunnel where  sea life swims right overhead. These are just some of the attractions at the Two Oceans Aquarium.
Price: R100 (children 4-13); R160 (children 14-17, students, pensioners); R210 (adults)
Hours: 9.30am-6pm
Good to know: South African citizens get free entry on their birthday or six days thereafter

Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | 021 418 3823 | aquarium@aquarium.co.za

DISCOVER THE ADVENTURES AT PLAYALOT 

Playalot describes itself as “The Makro of indoor play parks'', and it does seem to have it all. Its play zones are named after the continents of the world: Europe is a soft-play zone for kids aged between 6 months to 3 years; Africa is for kids aged between 4-9 years old and features trampolines, a spiral slide and many other fun activities; while Asia is an area for budding adventurers, with climbing walls, trampolines and a ninja obstacle course.
Price: R30-R100 per hour 
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 9am-5pm; Friday to Saturday: 9am-7pm
Good to know: Playalot also features a (vegan-inclusive) café, catering for events, a VIP lounge, a beauty salon and a fitness studio, so there is adventure for kids and adults alike

Shop 33, Haasendal Gables Shopping Center | Kuils River | 087 138 7529 | info@playalot.co.za

SOLVE PUZZLES AND CLUES 

This one is for the older kids: HintHunt Africa has a range of games that pits players against the clock as they race to solve all the puzzles and clues to solve a mystery. Choose from games, played in themed rooms, like Shipwrecked, where you’ll search for lost pearls – if you fail, the ship sinks. In The Old Hotel room you must uncover the truth about the suspicious disappearance of a prominent author, or in The Cursed Treasure, you must break the ancient curse. Experience the thrill of a live escape-room game at HintHunt Africa.
Price: From R295 p/p
Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 9.30am-7pm; Sunday, 9.30am-5.30pm
Good to know: CapeTownMagazine readers get a special where you book for for 3 people and a 4th person can join for free; book for 4 people and a 5th and 6th person can join for free

The Watershed | V&A Waterfront | 021 001 4215 | capetown@hinthunt.co.za

GO HUNTING FOR GEMSTONES 

Take the kids on a family fun day of gemstone hunting, where a rainbow coloured floor of gems and crystals are up for grabs. From Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz or even the exotic Lapis Lazuli, all you’ll need are a bag and a keen eye for spotting those beautiful gems at the Scratch Patch.
Price: R25 (small bag) to R85 (cup)
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9am - 4.30pm (Waterfront); Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.45pm; Saturdays & Sundays, 9am-4.30pm (Simon’s Town)
Good to know: Be sure to pop into Mineral World at the Scratch Patch where you can buy beautiful gemstones, crystals and mineral stones (and come to see fossilized Megalodon shark teeth on display too!)

 
 
 
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Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | Simon's Town | 021 786 2020 | www.scratchpatch.co.za

INDOOR PLAYPARK FUN AT PLAYDATE SUPERPARK 

The PlayDate SuperPark is a world of adventure bringing fun-filled play time for kids ages 0-12 years. SuperPark is perfect for group activities, like birthday parties and school tours. Activities include Zip Lane, great for core strength and development, and the Mini Maze, which is good for building coordination skills and bravery, perfect for 0-6 year olds.
Price: First hour free (Under 1’s); R35 for first hour (Under 2’s + one adult), after 2 hours normal rates apply
Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
Good to know: You can enquire about party packages. There is also an in-house cafe with tasty bakes and freshly brewed coffee

The Watershed | V&A Waterfront | 060 718 2862 | events@superpark.co.za

TAKE THEM BACK TO THE 80’S 

The first indoor roller-skating amusement park in Cape Town has loads to keep kids busy. Get your groove going on 8 wheels and skate around the empty parking garage filled with disco lights and live music from the DJ booth. If you’re not in the mood for skating, play pool, challenge the arcade machines, or relax in the lounge area and enjoy the music at Rollercade.
Price: R150 (2-hour session + rental of skates and safety gear); R80 (bring your own skates); R40 (arcade)
Hours: Wednesday, 1pm-6pm; Thursday and Friday, 1pm-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-6pm
Good to know: Bookings are essential and remember to bring your own socks

Parking Floor 3 | Battery Park | 072 064 3963 | info@rollercade.co.za

PLAY MINI-GOLF IN A CAVE

Go on an 18-hole adventure and play  Cave Golf at one of two locations. The layout at the Waterfront is relatively short and compact, while the one in Simon’s Town is more spread out. The Simon’s Town course features underground areas with rock walls, cave and mine obstacles, ancient relics, an underground waterfall, a section lit only by UV light, and mineral displays as they were originally discovered, embedded in the surrounding rock.
Price: R35 p/p; refundable deposit of R20 p/p
Hours: (Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4.45pm; Saturday to Sunday, 9am-4.30pm (Simon’s Town); Monday to Sunday, 9am-4.30pm (Waterfront) 
Good to know: The course is well-designed and challenging enough to be enjoyed by all ages

 
 
 
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Dido Valley Rd, Simon’s Town | Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront | 021 786 2020

READY TO CLIMB TO NEW HEIGHTS? 

Kids' indoor playtime is now easier than ever. We’re talking trampolines, a climbing wall and a kids’ maze. For the perfect way to keep the kiddies active and entertained, look no further than be.UP Park.
Price: R90 - R130 per hour (height & age dependent); no Limit special: R170 for 3 hours (only valid on Saturday nights from 6pm-9pm; for all ages, height 120cm+)
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-5pm
Good to know: Pre-bookings recommended as sessions sell out fast; minimum age to play is 3 years old (P.S be sure to check out their kids and teens birthday party packages)

Rose Innes Street | Pinelands | 087 057 1400 | www.beuppark.co.za

VISIT THE PLANETARIUM AND DIGITAL DOME

Being the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent, visiting Iziko Planetarium is a must. It’s an unparalleled experience, with animations and 360°-surround cinema. et The kids will learn about the universe or let them enjoy kids’ productions incorporating playful characters. The line-up of shows updates regularly at the Iziko Planetarium.
Price: R30 (children, students, and pensioners); R60 (adults)
Hours: Times vary according to show content and day of the week 
Good to know: Visit the Iziko Museum website for line-ups and show times

25 Queen Victoria Street | Cape Town | 021 481 3800 | www.iziko.org.za

IT’S ADVENTURE TIME! 

Need something fun to keep the kids busy while getting your work done? Freedom Adventure Park is an interactive (Covid regulated) kids’ indoor play area that is sure to keep the little ones entertained for hours, with a foam pit, play pods and a 50m-long Hi-Line Indoor Rope’s Course. Keep the kids happy while you get the chance to catch up on work in the WiFi-connected Hustle Work Pods (coffee in hand, of course) at Freedom Adventure Park.
Price: Free (children under 1 years old); R45 per hour (children 1-2 years old); R100 for 1st hour and R85 for 2nd hour (children 3+ years old)
Hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 11am-7pm; Fridays, 11am-8pm; Saturdays, 9am-7pm; Sunday, 9am-6pm 
Good to know: Freedom Adventure Park also has a family friendly menu as well as free playtime on your child’s birthday

Unit 3A, 333 Main Road | Tokai | 083 279 4453 | www.freedomadventurepark.co.za

CREATE CLAY MASTERPIECES IN THE CITY

With a branch in Cape Town City Centre and Hout Bay, Clay Cafe focuses on promoting creativity and developing experimentation while creating ceramic art. In addition to helping you build your ceramics, you can host children’s parties with a selection of ceramic paints, party boxes and meals at Clay Cafe.
Price: Studio fee - R40pp (including cost of paints, tools, firing and glazing process); Larger groups - R150 (medium item + studio fee) and R170 (large item)
Hours: Monday & Tuesday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday to Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-6pm
Good to know: Note that kids under the age of 12 are not permitted after 6pm. Bookings are essential and walk-ins are limited

199 Bree Street | Gardens | 061 917 4191 | jade@claycafe.co.za 

FUN GALORE FOR ALL AGES 

With multiple activities including an indoor trampoline, climb wall, arcade and a cool glow-in-the-dark indoor golf course, J4F entertainment provides endless entertainment for everyone, even the young at heart. Don’t worry if you build up an appetite, as the Pizamo Eatery & Cafe serves pizza, burgers and more.
Price: R60-R100/hr (Jump session);  R60-R80 per 9-hole course (Golf session); Party Packages (from R200-R275 per jumper)
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 10am-6pm; Friday, 10am-9pm; Saturday, 9am-9pm; Sunday, 9am-5pm
Good to know: Free Wi-Fi for customers and free entry for parents and spectators

30 Mynhardt Street | Gants Plaza | Strand | 081 230-2039 | info@j4f.co.za

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