There are plenty of activities you can do with your kids to keep them entertained. From trampolines, to chocolate making classes, to fun tree houses, and everything in between. Keep your little ones entertained, or join them in the fun!
Here are some fun activities you can do in Cape Town with your kids:
Location: Kloof Nek Parking Area, 209 Tafelberg Road, Table Mountain National Park
Cost: R650 (driver’s ticket); R290 (passenger ticket)
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 9am; 12pm; 3pm
Scootours is a non-motorized, eco friendly way to experience the beauty of the iconic Table Mountain. While riding, you can take in breathtaking views down the slopes and into the city. There are two options available: a one and a half hour self-guided ride or a two hours ride with a tour.
Your kids will love it because the scooters are easy to control. Additionally, there will be a professional guide helping them throughout the whole experience. Children who are younger than 10 years old can’t drive the scooter, but they can still experience the ride under adult supervision.
Ceres Steam Train to Elgin Railway Market
Location: Harbour Bridge Hotel, Dockrail Road, Foreshore
Cost: R750 (adults, return); R500 (children 3 – 13 years, return); free (children 0 – 2 years)
Opening Times: Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 5.30pm
If your child loves trains, then this will be the best family activity you can do together. The steam train departs from the Harbour Bridge Hotel in the Foreshore district. It then takes you and your family on a three and a half hour ride to Elgin. You can marvel at the beautiful mountain landscapes, and play a game of spot-the-sheep along the way. Once the train arrives at Elgin Station, you can explore the Elgin Railway Market, where you will find live music, and an amazing selection of clothing. You will also find accessories, craft stores, street food and some refreshments.
There is also a dedicated play area for kids where they can climb walls (R20 for 10 minutes). Kids of any age can try this activity. Experts from Cape Canopy Tour supervise to ensure the safety in the play area.
Location: Battery Park, V&A Waterfront
Cost: Free entrance, but you’ll need to pay for parking
Opening Times: Daily, 6am – 6pm
Contact Details: 021 408 7600, [email protected]
The Battery Park is a new addition to the Waterfront. There are a lot of outdoor activities here that your children will enjoy. These include a high quality skate park, a scooter path, and a mini court for basketball and soccer games. There’s also stand up paddle boarding and canoeing activities available at the canal. So, bring a picnic basket and enjoy the day with your kids.
Two Oceans Aquarium
Location: Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Cost: R185 (adults); R140 (pensioners, students, children 14 – 17 years); R95 (children 4 – 13 years); free (children 0 – 4 years)
Rates valid until March 2020
Opening Times: Daily, 9.30am – 6pm
Daily, 12pm (I&J Ocean Exhibit); Daily, 11.30am & 2.30pm (Penguin Exhibit); Sundays, 3pm (Predator Exhibit); Wednesdays, 1pm (Kelp Forest Exhibit)
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a great place to experience live ocean exhibitions and also includes an interactive touch pool. The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of Cape Town’s premier tourist attractions. The aquarium has more than 8,000 species available for your viewing pleasure. There’s also the predator exhibit, the underwater tunnel, and the rockhopper penguin colony.
Location: Jubilee Hall, Watershed, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Cost: R85 (children over 2 years, one hour) | R35 (children over 1 year, one hour) | Free (children 0 – 1 years)
Contact: 067 028 0738, [email protected]
Opening Times: Daily, 10am – 7pm (April – August) | 10am – 6pm (September – March)
Located in the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront, this popular indoor playground is a great experience for your kids. Indoor adventures includes a 3D maze, zip line, obstacle course and other fun activities. If your kids get tired, there’s also a café that serves food for kids and coffee for parents.
Glow in the Dark Mini Golf
Location: 1 Turf Club Road, Milnerton
Cost: R130 for 18 hole course | R230 per person (minimum of 10) for UV event room
Contact: +(0)21-551 22 44 | [email protected]
Opening Times: (Closed on Mondays) | Tuesday to Thursday: 10am–7pm for paid and confirmed event room bookings of 10 people or more | Fridays: 1pm–8pm | Saturdays: 10am–8pm | Sunday: 10am–4pm
Enjoy a unique game of mini golf with a glow in the dark twist. It’s guaranteed fun for young and old! The space has UV lights, and an awesome 3D course, with 3D murals, as well as an event room. Play a game of mini golf wearing 3D glasses and experience 3D illusions and images while aiming to get a hole in one.
Cape Town Science Centre
Location: Cape Town Science Centre, 370B Main Road, Observatory
Cost: R75 (adults + children) | R35 (pensioners) | R265 (family package: four people) | R65 (per person, group of 10 or more)
Contact: +27 21 300 3200 | [email protected]
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm | Sunday and public holidays: 10am – 4.30pm
If you are looking for a fun educational outing, then the Cape Town Science Centre will be your best choice. The educational centre focuses on technology, science, mathematics, and engineering. It will help your kids to develop an interest in these fields in an exciting way. There are interactive exhibits, brain teasing puzzles, and a lot of other activities to keep your kids engaged for hours. It’s a great place for families to visit and engage in activities together.
Location: Gardener Place, Rose Innes Street, Pinelands
Cost: R90 (be.Junior package, one hour in the kids’ maze) | R130 (be.Giant package, one hour including trampoline, AltiGame and kids’ maze) | R85 (be.Climbing package, 30 minutes on the climbing wall) | R20 (grip socks)
Contact: 087 057 1400, [email protected]
Opening Times: Monday to Thursday: 11am – 6pm | Friday to Saturday: 9am – 10pm | Sunday: 9am to 7pm | public and school holidays: 9am – 8pm
be.UP has everything for adventurous kids. The park is filled with climbing walls, trampolines, and a huge maze. The trampoline zone is available for children who are 120cm tall. The wall climbing area has 11 walls and the tallest is eight meters high. For the brave ones, there’s also an AltiGame zone that has an elevated climbing net and a suspended swing step. Your kids will love the biggest indoor kids maze in South Africa with colourful ball ponds, tubes, tunnels and slides.
Dinosaur Exhibition at Kirstenbosch
Location: Kirstenbosch Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Cost: R75 (adults) | R40 (students) | R20 (children 6 –17 years) | free (children 0 – 5 years; pensioners on Tuesdays)
Contact: 021 799 8783, [email protected]
Opening Times: Daily, 8am – 6pm
If your kids are fascinated with dinosaurs you can let them interact with life-sized sculptures of the prehistoric creatures in the beautiful botanical garden.. There’s a total of six tin dinosaur sculptures, created by the talented David Huni. These sculptures are placed among the endangered species in the garden’s Cycad Amphitheatre.
The Playstation Cafe and Adventure Park
Location: South Palms Shopping Centre, 333 Main Road, Retreat Tokai
Cost: R60 – R85 (first hour, depending on season) | R60 (additional hour) | R80 (all-day pass during off-peak) | R100 (Drop and Go, first hour) | R65 (drop and go, additional hour) | Free (children 0 – 2 years, first hour)
Contact: 087 470 0497, [email protected]
Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday: 9am – 5pm | Closed on Mondays except school and public holidays | Closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day
Hold on, this isn’t the playstation that you are thinking about. It’s very similar to Rush in Claremont, but aimed mainly at kids aged 12 and below. This indoor amusement centre is kids heaven! And adults can share in the fun. There’s a wide screen TV, coffee shop, and free wifi. Your kids will adore this place with its large slides, wall climbing, and other adrenaline-packed activities.
There’s also games and puzzles to mentally stimulate your children along with the physical workout. There is also a space for toddlers who are two years and younger. They can play in the bakery, fire engine, mini supermarket and hardware store. Your kids will never run out of things to do in this indoor play area!