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Indoor activities for kids
Visit an indoor play park, join a little gym, go roller blading + more
Last updated: Tuesday, 7 June 2022
Sometimes the outdoors fails us – it’s too hot, too cold, too windy, too rainy – but the kids still need something to do. Spark some creativity and adventure in your kids' life with these epic ideas. From toddler to teen, here are 15 indoor activities your kids will love.
PLAY A PRETEND COWBOY AT THIS INDOOR PARK
There's never a dull moment at Wild Wild West kids play park. Children can have endless indoor fun, from a course for ninja warriors and slides to a climbing grid maze. There's a Toddler Town for the little ones, plus kids up to 13 can take on the obstacle course.
Price: R50 for kids between 1 and 3, R70 for kids over 3 years, free entry for adults + kids under 1.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday, 9am - 3pm
Good to know: Birthday kids get one hour free on their special day. Please bring IDs or birth certificates.
7 Garvin Cicle | Gants Centre | Somerset West | 061 447 9488 | Instagram: @wildwest341 | Image: Wild Wild West
JOIN A LITTLE GYM
Take your kids to an active play programme at The Little Gym in Sea Point. Here kids can direct their energy into playing, building confidence and developing key skills. Classes are available for kids between 4 months and 12 years, with a Parent/Child class, a preschool and grade school gymnastics programme, as well as a dance studio.
Price: Prices differ according to type of class
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm; Sunday, 9am - 12pm, find schedule here
Good to know: The Parent/Child classes promote early development and provide a strong foundation for your child’s critical first three years
19-33 Regent Road | Sea Point | 021 569 0150 | Instagram: @tlgseapointcapetown | Image: The Little Gym
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 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 and a Knead Bakery (with a kids menu)
Corner of Burton and Aurora Street | Durbanville | 021 205 3844 | Instagram: @ipic_play | Image: Ipic Play
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 per person (includes all materials, plus the studio’s artists on hand. Prices vary depending on the size of canvas).
Hours: Open Monday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm
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
Breakwater Blvd | V&A Waterfront | 021 425 5050 | Instagram: @artjammingsa | Image: Artjamming
LET THE KIDS BOUNCE
Kids can jump, hop and bounce about at this play park. Bounce World in Milnerton has the largest inflatable play area in South Africa. Not only is it a great place for kids and adults of all ages to visit, but it also has an action sports arena with four sports to select from (cricket, soccer, netball and hockey).
Price: R105 for Bounce World
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 9am - 6pm; public holidays, 9am – 3pm
Good to know: Bounce World offers birthday-party packages, including action-sports options
15 Montague Drive | Montague Gardens | 021 551 5220 | Image: Bounce World
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)
Good to know: South African citizens get free entry on their birthday or six days thereafter
Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | 021 418 3823 | Instagram: @2oceansaquarium | Image: Two Oceans Aquarium
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
Watershed | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | 076 187 2764 | Instagram: @hinthuntafrica | Image: Simone Strydom
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 | Instagram: @playalotza
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
V&A Waterfront | Alfred Street | 072 064 3963 | Instagram: @rollercadeza | Image: Rollercade
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 | Instagram: @playdatesuperpark_sa
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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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
Planetarium | 25 Queen Victoria St | Cape Town City Centre | 021 481 3800 | Instagram: @izikomuseumssa | Image: Iziko Museums
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)
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IT’S ADVENTURE TIME!
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 | Instagram: @freedomadventureparkza
CREATE CLAY MASTERPIECES
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 Café.
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
4080 Main Road | Hout Bay | 076 810 5120 | Instagram: @theclaycafe_houtbay | Image: Clay Café
FOR FURTHER READING
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