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Things to do with kids that parents will enjoy too
From indoor baby-friendly places to outdoor adventures for kids and teens
Last updated: Monday, 20 December 2021
There’s just so much on offer. Baby-friendly spaces in Cape Town for toddlers like The Playshed. Animal farms all over the province: see everything from penguins and alpacas to lions and crocodiles and exotic birds. Plus fun parks, water parks and even a fairy land in Swellendam.
PUT THIS FAMILY FEST ON YOUR BUCKET LIST
The Wolfie Familie Festival in Citrusdal on the calm and cool Olifants River is the kind of fun any family will love. There’ll be magic shows, an animal garden (so you can’t bring your own pets), craft activities, stargazing, dancing – the list goes on. The festival is on from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 February, 2022, and you can read more about it here.
Age group: All ages allowed
What to expect: A lot of activities, a lot of entertainment, no babysitters, lights out at 11pm
Where: Wolfkop Camping Villages, Citrusdal
Opening times: Friday, 8am – Sunday, 3pm
Cost: From R750 for adults, from R250 for children
LEARN TO SCUBA DIVE TOGETHER
The Two Oceans Aquarium is now a registered PADI dive resort, which means you’ll be certified to dive around the world. Children from the age of 10 can begin their certification. You also get to dive in some of the tanks and can have a taste of what being in the open water is like, which is the advantage of doing it at the aquarium.
Age group: From 10 years old
What to expect: The courses range from two days and include theory and practical experience
Where: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Opening times: Daily, 9am-6pm
Cost: From R1 850 per person
YOU CAN MEET TINKERBELL HERE
The Riding Centre in Hout Bay is an outing the whole family can enjoy. Stop by to meet Henry the sheep, Tinkerbell the miniature horse and other animals. You can also learn to ride or let the kids stop by for some pony playtime. You could also hold a birthday party your child will always remember at The Riding Centre.
Ages: all ages
What to expect: A horse riding or pony lesson on a picturesque farm in Hout Bay
Where: Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 1:30pm - 5:30pm, Saturdays, 9:30am - 11am and 2:30pm -4pm. Closed on Sundays.
Price: Pony rides cost R70 per child, per ride
TAKE THE KIDS TO THE TOP OF TABLE MOUNTAIN
The swift ride in the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway takes you 1 089m above Cape Town. The view is majestic, and you can easily spend hours up there.
What to expect: A 5-minute ride each way. An awe-inspiring 360 view of the city. The mountain is also home to an incredible diversity of endemic species. You can also shop and dine while up on Table Mountain.
Where: Upper Tafelberg Road, just off Kloof Nek Road
Opening hours: Operates every day of the year (weather permitting). During summer peak season from 8am (when the first car up goes), until 9.30pm (when last car goes down).
Price: From R100 to R190 for kids. R200 to R380 for adults. Rates applicable from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2021
TAKE THEM TO A BIKE PARK
Open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels, and with a variety of tracks totalling 2.8km, kids and adults can get their adrenaline fix at The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig.
What to expect: Beginner jump lines, expert drop-offs, a suspension sky bridge (that tracks the canopy of the trees) and many more laps of fun.
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 5pm.
Price: R50 per hour (no charge for spectators). Annual memberships available.
Spaanschemat River road | Porter Reform Estate | +27 (0)81 833 4488 | email@example.com
SEE AFRICAN PENGUINS ON THE BEACH
Home to Africa’s only penguin colony, take a scenic drive to Simon’s Town and visit the sheltered Boulder’s Beach.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: Seeing African penguins in their natural habitat.
Where: Simon’s Town
Opening hours: December to January, daily 7am to 7:30pm. February to March, daily 8am to 6:30pm. Opening hours change according to the season.
Price: R40 per adult; R20 per child with an SA ID. R85 per adult; R42 per child for SADC Nationals; Conservation fee for foreigners R170 per adult; R85 per child.
Kleintuin Road | Simon’s Town | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 786 2329
CRADLE SOME CROCS
Let the kids hold little crocodiles, visit the snake park or go fishing at Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm in Paarl.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: A scenic adventure to a crocodile farm with a fishing dam and a snake park too.
Opening times: Seven days a week except 25 December
Price: R68 for adults for croc pond tour; R42 for children; family rate R198 (2 adults + 2 kids under 18)
Home to the “largest foam pit in the world”, according to the owner, families can enjoy a day of trampolining, with snacks, coffee and free Wi-Fi on offer too at Rush Indoor Trampoline Park.
Age group: All.
What to expect: 1700 square metres of interconnected wall-to-wall trampolines, two dodgeball courts, three basketball slam dunk lanes and a battle beam (a ledge on which two participants battle it out using beams over the foam pit).
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 9pm. Friday to Saturday 9am to 10pm. Sunday 9am to 8pm.
Price: Hourly prices ranging from R130 depending on age. Tickets and rates available online.
Stadium on Main | 104 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | 021 683 3841
GO STAR GAZING
View the stars and constellations at the state-of-the-art Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: Lots of educational shows. Older kids learn about stargazing and local astronomy.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. The planetary dome shows take place at twice a day Tuesday to Friday, with three shows on the weekend.
Price: Tickets cost R60 p/p for adults and R30 p/p for kids under 18, SA students and pensioners.
25 Queen Victoria Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 481 3800
PRACTICE YOUR MUSICAL SKILLS
Let your kids unleash their inner rock star at one of the workshops and courses at the School of Rock.
Ages: 11 to 17.
What to expect: Music instruction, including lessons on harmonies, musicianship, stage performance and more.
Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Saturday 9am to 3pm. Closed on Sundays.
Price: Programme rates differ depending on the course. More information online.
24 Protea Road | Newlands | +27 (0)21 671 9580
SPEND THE DAY WITH EXOTIC ANIMALS
A magical space in the winelands that is home to over 700 creatures from butterflies and birds to meerkats, there is so much to discover at the Butterfly World Animal Sanctuary.
What to expect: Butterflies from as far as Costa Rica and the Philippines, as well as spiders, scorpions, snakes and more.
Hours: open all year round from 9am to 4:30pm
Price: R88p/p for adults and R49p/p for children. Kids under three for free.
R44 | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 875 5628
FIND HIDDEN TREASURE
Kids can take part in a treasure hunt in the quest to find the shiniest crystals and prettiest gems at The Scratch Patch.
What to expect: An array of gems and crystals to pick from.
Where: Simon’s Town
Hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:45pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9am to 4:30pm.
Price: R25 for kids to fill up a small bag and R130 for a big bag.
Dido Valley Road | Simon’s Town | +27 (0)21 786 2020
PLAY WITH PAINT
Let the kids’ imaginations run wild by giving them canvases and a rainbow of colours to create their own artwork at Artjamming studios.
Ages: From 8 months and upwards
What to expect: A painting experience where kids can learn creative skills and express themselves in a care-free environment.
Where: Willowbridge (as well as branches in the V&A Waterfront and Somerset West)
Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm
Price: A walk-in session costs from R160 p/p and includes all materials, plus the studio’s artists on hand. Prices vary depending on the size of canvas.
Willowbridge Centre | Tygervalley | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 914 9224 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SAIL WITH PIRATES
Set sail every day on a pirate ship manned by a team of ‘pirates’ on board The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat.
What to expect: Apart from the sightseeing (dolphins, whales in season), there’s an entertaining pirate show too.
Where: V&A Waterfront
Hours: Morning, lunchtime, afternoon and sunset cruises
Price: A morning or afternoon ride costs R100p/p for kids and R200p/p for adults, and a sunset cruise costs R180p/p for kids and R360p/p for adults.
Quay 5 | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 421 0909 | email@example.com
CRAFT YOUR OWN CERAMICS
Paint masterpieces on unfired bisques (ready-made pottery pieces). Kids can run around in the garden and playground before filling up on snacks at the Clay Café.
What to expect: A great selection of colours and tools to work with.
Where: Hout Bay
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 5pm.
Price: R30p/p for three colours of paint, firing and glazing. Bisques range from R15 to R220 per item.
4080 Main Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0)76 810 5120
THE AMAZING MAZE
Explore a 3-D maze at the Milkwood Maze at the historic and charming Imhoff Farm.
Ages: Imhoff doesn’t specify an age, but as it is a maze, kids older than 5-years-old would best enjoy this activity.
What to expect: In the maze you get to learn about different countries and animals. Not your kid’s vibe? There’s lots more to do at Imhoff Farm.
Hours: Saturday, Sunday and school and public holidays 9am to 5pm.
Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road | Kommetjie | milkwoodmaze.gmail.com
GO FOR A SLED RIDE
Take the sled ride of your life down a 1.2-km track at South Africa’s first tobogganing track at Cool Runnings.
Ages: 8 years and up can ride their own sled. Younger must ride with a guardian.
What to expect: A thrilling and adventurous experience for the speed demons at heart, with a curvy track and fast ride down.
Hours: Monday to Friday 11am to 6pm and on weekends from 9am to 6pm. Closed on rainy days.
Price: Rates start at R55 and depend on age and number of rides. Find out more online.
Carl Cronje Drive | Tygervalley | +27 (0)21 949 4439 | firstname.lastname@example.org
EXPERIENCE THE SIMPLE LIFE
Free, fun activities, age-specific playgrounds and child-friendly restaurants are all on offer at The Noordhoek Farm Village.
What to expect: Parents enjoying laid-back breakfasts and lunches as the kids frolic on the nearby lawns and jungle gyms.
Opening hours: The village shops are open from 8:30am to 5:30pm in summer and from 9am to 5pm in winter.
Price: Free activities for kids
Cnr Main Road & Village Lane | Noordhoek | +27 (0)21 789 2812 | email@example.com
GO ON A HOLIDAY CAMP
Young girls and boys will have the adventure of their lives at the Kidz Get Wild camps at Waterval in Tulbagh, on large grounds surrounding a nature reserve.
Ages: 7 to 14-years-old
What to expect: Luxury en-suite tents that accommodate 3 to 5 kids and a guardian. Lots of awesome activities like abseiling, pizza making and paintballing while making friends and memories.
Hours: Camps take place over the school holiday period in April, June and September with options of two, three, or seven day bookings. There won’t be a summer camp this year due to Covid.
Price: From R755p/p for one day and discounted rates for groups.
+27 (0)21 712 6715 | firstname.lastname@example.org
BE A SPORT
Aspiring Springboks, Bafana Bafana and Proteas players can spend the holidays taking part in rugby, cricket, soccer and hockey workshops run by Sporting Chance.
Ages: 4 to 13
What to expect: An involved and active extramural programme for kids interested in sport as a hobby or possible career path.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.
Price: From R150p/p to R580p/p, depending on the number of days and age. Weekly afternoon coaching clinics during school term cost R450p/p.
West Lake | Cape Town | +27 (0)66 250 4437
BE PART OF FARM LIFE
The site of South Africa’s first windmill is home to an idyllic garden complete with a huge tree perfect for climbing. You can also go on a horse ride at Millstone Garden Café and Farm Stall.
What to expect: A scenic spot for kids to play with horse rides that accommodate disabled kids.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Price: R10 for a horse ride
Alexandra Road | Oude Molen Eco Village | Pinelands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 447 8226
SEE A WETLAND IN THE CITY
In the middle of the Century City development is 16 hectares of wetland that’s home to abundant birds and majestic flora. Kids can also participate in holiday programmes at Intaka Island.
What to expect: Take a ferry ride or a self-guided or guided stroll along the 2km of footpaths.
Where: Century City
Opening hours: 7:30am to 5:30pm in winter (May to September) and from 7:30am to 7pm in summer.
Price: R12,50p/p for adults and R7,50 for children under the age of 12.
Park Lane | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 552 6889 | email@example.com
SLEEP WITH LIONS
Visit a lion sanctuary in the winelands for the day or sleep over in one of the tented camps at Drakenstein Lion Park
What to expect: See lions, including a rare white lion, and chimps on a day visit or stay the night. Tents sleep two or book the family tent sleeping four.
Opening hours: Daily from 9:30 to 5pm
Price: R25p/p for kids and R50p/p for adults for just the lion sanctuary. Combo admission to the lion sanctuary and chimp haven is R40p/p for children and R80p/p for adults.
Old Paarl Road | Paarl | firstname.lastname@example.org | +27 (0)21 863 3290
Looking for a way to keep active kids busy? Let them participate in a faux battle complete with colourful ammo at Action Paintball and LaserTag.
Ages: Kids older than 11
What to expect: Action-packed fun and adventure for kids and teens.
Opening hours: Daily sessions are scheduled from 9:30am to 1pm and 1:30am to 5pm.
Price: R170p/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 R160p/p with minimum of 12 players.
Area 51 | Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road | Kommetjie | +27 (0)82 388 7148
With 4000 model cars, 500 dolls and teddy bears, plus two fully functioning railroads, kids will love exploring the Warrior Toy Museum.
Ages: All ages
What to expect: A world of miniature and life-like vintage toys, model cars, dollhouses and more.
Where: Simon’s Town
Opening hours: Daily from 10am to 4pm.
St George’s Street | Simon’s Town | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 786 1395
PICNIC AT A WATERPARK
From swimming pools and a ball pond to a fantasy play area for toddlers, there’s plenty to keep active kids busy at the Water and Kids playground at Graceland Venues.
What to expect: Waterslides, jumping castle and a picnic area.
Where: Southern Paarl
Hours: Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.
Price: Entry costs R50p/p for children and either R60p/p for adults, plus an extra R100 for water activities.
Klein Dennegeur Farm | Lustigan Road | Southern Paarl | +27 (0)072 264 4009
EXPERIENCE GAMER HEAVEN
Looking for indoor entertainment? Keep kids busy with arcade games, ten-pin bowling and ice hockey at GrandWest’s Magic Arcade area.
Ages: All ages
What to expect: All the festivities of a fun fair, featuring rides, go-karts, bumper cars and more.
Where: Grandwest Casino, Goodwoood
Hours: Mon-Thurs 12pm - 8pm; Friday 2pm-11pm; Saturdays 10am-11pm; Sundays 10am - 8pm.
Price: Various costs depending on games and tokens.
Vanguard Drive | Goodwood | +27 (0)21 534 0244
HANG WITH GIRAFFES
Home to the tallest animal in the world and many more – think antelope, buck, birds and reptiles – there is a lot to see and learn at The Giraffe House.
Ages: 2 years old and up
What to expect: Bring a picnic any day of the week (except Christmas Day), and arrive for one of the exciting animal encounters.
Hours: Daily 9am to 5pm.
Price: R65p/p for adults and R50p/p for children aged 2 to 15-years-old.
Cnr R304 and R101 |+27 (0)21 884 4506 | email@example.com
WATCH BIRDS AT PLAY
There are over 3 000 birds and small animals to visit, plus, a playground and picnic area next to the flamingos at the World of Birds
What to expect: See some of the world’s most beautiful birds, and enjoy a picnic and play time.
Where: Hout Bay
Hours: Daily, all year 9am to 5pm (keep an eye out for feeding times)
Price: R130p/p for adults and R50p/p for children.
Valley Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0) 21 790 2730 | firstname.lastname@example.org
ENCOUNTERS WITH CHEETAHS
Give your cubs the chance to encounter cheetah cubs (and adult cheetahs) at the Cheetah Conservation and Outreach Centre.
Ages: All ages
What to expect: See cheetahs and other small predators as part of this education and community based programme.
Where: Somerset West
Opening hours: All week from 9:30am to 5pm
Price: R20p/p for adults and R10 for children. Additional R130 for adults and R90 for children for cheetah encounters.
R44 | Somerset West | +27 (0)082 872 4007 | email@example.com
ADVENTURE ON LAND, SEA AND SKY
From sandboarding and bungee jumping to surf lessons, thrill-seekers will get their adrenaline fix at Downhill Adventures.
Ages: 6 years old and up
What to expect: The extreme sports hub’s highly trained staff lead sandboarding, surfing, mountain biking excursions and much more.
Where: City centre
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm.
Price: Book half, full or multi-day adventures and two activity combos; prices start at R450p/p.
Shop 10 | Overbeek Building | Cnr Kloof, Long & Orange Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)27 82 4592422 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SURF LESSONS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Learn how to surf at the oldest surf school in the country, which also offers holiday camps for children, at Gary’s Surf School.
Ages: 5 years old and up
What to expect: A fun day out in the ocean learning how to surf.
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 5pm, lessons based on the tide.
Price: R350p/p for a one-hour group lesson and R500p/p for a family lesson all inclusive of wetsuit, surfboard and instructor.
34 Balmoral Building | Beach Road | Muizenburg | +27 (0)21 788 9839 | email@example.com
GO SHARK SPOTTING
Thrill-seekers over the age of 12 can go cage diving while younger children can join breaching tours from May to September with White Shark Diving Co.
Ages: All ages.
What to expect: View the sharks in the water or from the deck.
Opening hours: Diving trips are a duration of 1 day. Book online.
Price: R2350 p/p for kids under 12. R2950 for adult divers. Transport to Gansbaai available on request.
9 Kus Drive | Kleinbaai Harbour | Gansbaai | +27 (0)82 559 6858
TRY PUTT PUTT WITH A DIFFERENCE
Its quick, yet deceptively difficult course will challenge older children and future golfers, plus there’s an option for little kids too at Cave Golf.
Ages: All ages
What to expect: 18-hole mini golf of vertical ramps, sharp corners, obstacles and a unique golfing experience inside a man-made cave.
Where: V&A Waterfront
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 4:30pm.
Price: R30 per player or R25 per player for groups of 10. A refundable deposit of R20 p/p will be required.
V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 9429
SEE OVER 8 000 WEIRD AND WONDERFUL CREATURES
One of Cape Town’s top attractions, it’s an unforgettable and enchanting escape for adults and kids alike.
What to expect: See giant sea turtles, adorable clownfish, sleek and streamlined predators, waddling penguins, crabs as big as toddlers –you’ll lose yourself in the aquarium’s stunning displays.
Where: V&A Waterfront
Hours: 9:30am–6pm weekdays; 9am-7pm festive season (26 December, 2020-10 January, 2021); 9am-6pm weekends, public holidays and school holidays.
Price: Rates vary (note that it’s free entry on birthdays) so check them out on its website.
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, firstname.lastname@example.org, +27 (0)21 418 3823, website
RIDE A TINY TRAIN
Go for an outing to Mouille Point and take in the views of passing ships and Robben Island at The Blue Train Park.
Ages: 1 to 12 years of age.
What to expect: The train runs on a track in a park complete with a climbing rock, jungle gyms and a tricycle track.
Where: Mouille Point
Hours: Tues-Sun 9:30-6:30pm in summer; winter Tues-Thurs 12pm-6pm; Fri-Sun 9:30am-6:30pm and open every day during school holidays.
Price: General park access R35p/p, includes 1 free train ride. Kids under 1 enter free.
Beach Road | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)84 314 9200
JOIN THE MILITARY FOR A DAY
Take a group of friends for an exhilarating, no-pain-all-gain military laser tag battle held at various venues, including Stellenbosch, Wynberg and Paarl at Battlefield Live SA.
Ages: 8 to 18 years
What to expect: High-tech pain-free action for a thrilling adventure in the battle field.
Where: Various venues
Hours: Book for any day of the week. Book online.
Price: Rates depend on packages and are available online.
Various venues | +27 (0)84 369 9979 | email@example.com
BRING TODDLERS TO PLAY ALL DAY
The Oude Molen Eco Village has indoor and outdoor play areas, plus snacks and toys for sale at The Playshed.
Ages: 12 and under.
What to expect: A jungle gym, ball pond and slides, as well as different play stations for little ones, light lunches and breakfast
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm during the school term, and open every day of the week during school holidays.
Price: Free for babies 0 to 6 months old. R40p/p for first hour for babies 7 – 12 months; R45p/p for first hour for toddlers 1-2 years and R50p/p for first hour for kids 3-12 years.
Oude Molen Eco Village | Alexandra Road | Pinelands | +27 (0)21 801 0141 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SPOT LEOPARDS AND OTHER BIG CATS
Just two hours outside Cape Town you can see lions, cheetah, leopards and Bengal tigers at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary.
What to expect: See one of Africa’s most beautiful wildcats. They have tigers, leopards, lions and jackals, too. They also run educational programmes.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 1pm to 4pm
Price: R340p/p for adults and R170p/p for children under the age of 13. Families of 4 qualify for a 10% discount!
Stanford | Western Cape | +27 (0)76 974 3088/ +27 (0)84 866 2665 (visit Panthera Africa’s website for directions)
EVER SEEN AN ALPACA BABY?
Feed and play with an Alpaca and go on a barn tour at Alpaca Loom in Paarl.
Ages: All ages
What to expect: Go on a barn tour or a guided walk accompanied by Alpacas, and stop off to feed the fluffy animals before enjoying cake at the coffee shop.
Price: Tour from R50, Feed R20
Hours: Monday–Sunday: 10am–6pm except on 25 December
The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Paarl, email@example.com, +27(0)84 793 3666, website
MEET THE FAIRIES
A truly magical place full of fairies, gnomes, dwarves and dragons, kids can also play in the dedicated play area at Suilna’s Fairy Sanctuary in Swellendam.
Ages: All ages
What to expect: Be guided down a magical path with fairies, gnomes and dwarves to a play area with a jungle gym and see-saw. Before you leave, venture to the hidden fairy forest where you can help yourself to coffee and tea.
Price: R10 for children under 13; R20 for adults
Hours: Wed-Saturday 9am to 4:30pm; Sunday 10am-4pm
37 Buitenkant Street | Swellendam | 028 514 1786
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