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When It Rains Stay Indoors … But Not At Home

You can be an astronaut, take the family to the arcade and kids to a playpark 

Last update: 29 July 2021

Sure, stay indoors when it’s cold and wet, but who says you have to stay home? You could pretend you’re Sherlock and solve a murder, or get to know the stars (in the sky), take the kids for a skating lesson or even learn to make your very own brand of gin. Here are 



food and wine (when not under lockdown restrictions) and other delicacies and crafts. As reader Adriana Esterhuizen Joubert said, “It’s lovely during winter” at Elgin market.
Cost: Free entry
Open: Mondays - Fridays, 8am - 4pm (coffee shop only); Wednesday + Fridays, 4pm - 8.30pm (limited food vendors); Saturday + Sunday, 9am – 4pm.

Elgin Railway Market | Oak Avenue | Elgin | 021 204 1158 |


CapeTownMag reader Monica de Beer says Jump4Fun Entertainment Centre in Strand has the best entertainment and pizza. There’s an indoor trampoline park and glow-in-the-dark golf course, among other offerings, plus the on-site restaurant, which offers a lot more besides pizza.
Cost: Trampolining from R60 per hour for 3-5; from R80 for 6+. Golfing from R60 for 3-5; from R80 for 6+
Open: Monday - Thursday, 10am - 6pm; Friday, 10am - 9pm; Saturday, 9am - 9pm; Sunday, 9am - 5pm (note: closing times may alter under lockdown regulations)  

Jump4Fun | 30 Mynhardt Street | Gants Plaza | Strand | 021 300 5071 |


Everyone is welcome at the skating rink Rollercade. There’s the occasional themed night, featuring music from classics such as Dirty Dancing or The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It’s set in a parking garage and there’s plenty of space (2 000m2, to be exact), and with a live DJ booth and pool table. There’s always a great vibe at Rollercade.
Cost: R150 for 2 hours (incl. Gear hire); R80 if you have your own gear; R40 entry to arcade
Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm; Thursday - Friday, 7pm - 9pm (please note: sessions need to be booked to comply with Covid regulations – please call to check)

Rollercade Cape Town | P3 Battery Park |V&A Waterfront | 072 064 3963 |


This is the sole indoor shooting range in Cape Town city centre. The owners believe that guns don’t need to be a violent macho experience and have made the range welcoming and unthreatening. There are six packages to choose from; one package is adapted for children 12 and over. Safety is paramount and you may not drink alcohol before an excursion to Gun Fun.
Cost: From R695, but most are from R1 295
Open: Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm; Saturday, 9am - 12pm

Gun Fun | 57 Hout Street | Cape Town | 021 423 0465 |



We’re not sure why, but this seems to be a broad truth. A good place to try out is Makers Landing, a food community that has been set up for young local talent. It’s a market at the V&A Waterfront, and there you can buy and sample the freshest local flavours in the country, from delicious samosas and shisanyama to exquisite cakes. Plus there’s a good harbour view at Makers Landing.
Cost: Free entry
Open: Friday - Sunday, 8am - 9pm (note: closing times may alter under lockdown regulations) 

Makers Landing | Cruise Terminal | V&A Waterfront ||Image courtesy of Indikaap by Ashleigh 



Bring your kids to a place where they’re allowed to paint on tables. There are two Clay Cafés, one in the city and the other in Hout Bay. Parents can also enjoy ceramic painting, creating art to take home. There are three time slots daily, so book ahead at the Clay Café.
Cost: R40 studio fee plus cost of item (R20-R300)
Open: Daily, 9am - 6.60pm (note: times may alter under lockdown regulations) 

4080 Main Road | Hout Bay | 076 810 5120 |


So you think jump parks are just for kids? Well here the jumps are big and include performance trampolines for experienced jumpers, big bags to launch yourself into and a casual dodgeball game. There are also other facilities. Be sure to book ahead. There is also a café at Be.Up Park.
Cost: Prices range from R65 - R130 per hour
Open: Monday - Friday + Sunday, 9am - 5pm; Saturday, 9am - 6pm (note: some restrictions may be in place under lockdown regulations) 

Be.UP Park | Gardener Place | Rose Innes Street | Pinelands | 087 057 1400 |



Forget about the grey clouds and focus on the stars instead. Take in the beauty of the night sky recreated to educate you about the universe with kids’ productions incorporating playful characters, and adult presentations covering many topics. Each show is a multimedia experience, and the line-up updates regularly at the Iziko Planetarium.
Cost: Adults: R60; children, students and SA pensioners: R30
Open: Times vary depending on the day of the week and show content. For updated info, visit the Iziko Museum site.

25 Queen Victoria Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 481 3900

interactive displays, challenging puzzles and exciting activities. Science is made fun when you visit the Cape Town Science Centre. But fun reaches a whole new level when you try the Human Gyroscope, which simulates the feeling of weightlessness astronauts experience in space. Besides that, there are other opportunities for experimentation, exploration, construction and learning, and even adults will enjoy the innovative Science Centre.
Cost: Adults and kids: R65; students and pensioners: R30; families of four: R230.
Open: Monday – Saturday: 9am – 4:30pm; Sunday and public holidays: 10am – 4:30pm

370B Main Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 300 320

You may have a home console, but when most of your games are age restricted to 18 and your other half doesn’t want to race cars, you need a better option. Get your gaming fix and get the family in on the action at Cape Town’s biggest arcade. Play anything from classics like Pacman, Street Fighter, Gunsmoke and Donkey Kong among a host of other arcade titles. There are also fun, prize ticket games plus pool tables, foosball units, pinball machines, air hockey tables and a 3D motion theatre called X Rider Simulator at Wonderland N1 City.
Cost: Tokens go for R1 each, and it costs between one and four tokens to use most rides and machines.
Open: Monday – Sunday: 6am – midnight

N1 City Mall | Louwtjie Rothman Street | Goodwood | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 595 1725

Nothing makes you forget dreary weather like a barrel of laughs. Cape Town’s only dedicated comedy club hosts shows every Wednesday to Sunday featuring up-and-coming talent and some of the best in the biz (think Nik Rabinowitz, KG, Martin Evans). Each show night features a hilarious host, a headline act, a supporting comic and an open-mic act, and there’s an on-site restaurant and bar. There are also various specials like all night R18 tequila, R50 pints and half-priced Sundays at the Cape Town Comedy Club.
Cost: The show costs R95pp on Wednesdays and Thursdays, R120pp on Fridays and Saturdays and R60 on Sundays as part of the half-price special
Open: Wednesday – Sunday: 8:30pm – 10:30pm (doors open at 6pm)

The Pumphouse | Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 8880

Muizenberg’s Casa Labia is a national monument and home to a contemporary art gallery. Solo and group art exhibitions happen regularly but the Natale Labia Collection is permanent. This body of work features a number of 18th- to 20th-century European oil paintings, including priceless Boucher pieces, the kind of which are only seen in institutions like the Louvre Museum in Paris. There’s also an on-site café serving traditional Italian meals, hot chocolate, freshly baked muffin.
Cost: Free – there is no entrance fee to view the artworks.
Open: Tuesday – Thursday 10am to 4pm, Friday 10am to 10pm, Saturday 9am to 10pm and Sunday 9am - 4pm

192 Main Road (a short walk from the train station) | Muizenberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 788 6068


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