Cape Town is full of great family-friendly activities. Whether your kids are outdoor fans, or prefer indoor fun – you will be able to keep them occupied for hours. Also read our post Top 10 Things to Do with your Family in Cape Town for more ideas.
#1 Putt-Putt with a Unique Spin
Putt-putt has been around for decades, and maybe your kids think that it’s not cool enough anymore. Well, surprise them with an outing to glow in the dark putt-putt! The luminous 3D course features 3D murals, plus UV and disco lights. The unique experience includes playing with special imported 3D glasses. You can also book out the event room for private functions. The beauty of putt-putt is that everyone can enjoy it. The owners boast with their wide range of players – the youngest was one-and-a-half, and the oldest 84!
Mondays closed | Tuesdays to Thursdays only open for bookings
Fridays – 13:00 to 20:00 | Saturdays – 10:00 to 20:00 | Sundays – 10:00 to 16:00
#2 Connect with the Outdoors
It’s always a nice adventure to go on a small road trip with your family. Situated on a Stellenbosch wine estate, the Vredenheim Animal Farm is a great outdoor experience. Activities include a petting zoo with farm animals, tractor rides, and thrilling interactions with lions in the Big Cats Park. There are also expansive play areas with jungle gyms and sandpits.
Location: Vredenheim Farm, Baden Powell Drive | Stellenbosch
Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 to 16:00
(check Facebook page for school holiday opening times)
Lion Park: Monday to Sunday – 09:00 to 17:00 | Game drives: 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00
#3 Swim with the Fishes
An outing to the Two Ocean Aquarium is a firm favourite of many holiday plans. But you can now schedule an even more up close and personal experience with the Ocean Experience in the I&J Ocean Exhibit of the Aquarium. No diving experience needed, you can snorkel with your kids to explore the wonderful underwater world. Just bring your bathing suit (and an underwater camera if you have one) the aquarium will provide you with a towel, wetsuit and a snorkelling kit.
Location: Two Oceans Aquarium | V&A Waterfront
Opening Hours: Wednesdays to Fridays – arrive at 12:00, experience starts at 12:30
Click here for more information
#4 Watch African Penguins
Boulder’s Beach is officially Africa’s only penguin colony. The area has been transformed into a space to safely view the penguins in their natural habitat, without disturbing them, with walkways overlooking the beach. Throughout the day penguins come and go from this sanctuary spot, but the best times to see a lot of them are early mornings or late afternoons. There is an entrance fee of R75 (Adults) and R40 (Children)
Location: Kleintuin Road | Simon’s Town
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday – 08:00 to 18:30 (Summer) | 08:00 to 17:00 (Winter)
Click here for more information
The Art Jamming studios coined the term and it makes perfect sense! Playing with paint is definitely entertaining. Let your kids tap into their creative nature. Plus, you don’t have to worry about cleaning up the mess. Great experience for developing creative skills, as well as a safe space for care-free expression. They cater to kids from 8 months and older.
Location: V&A Waterfront and Durbanville
Opening hours: Monday to Sundays 09:00 – 19:00
#6 A Pirate for a Day
Did you know that there’s a real life pirate ship that sets sail every day from the V&A Waterfront? The Jolly Roger caters to both adults and kids. The ship is commandeered by a team of “pirates”, so for a moment your kids can immerge themselves in a great fantasy world. There’s also a special pirate show. Remember to keep an eye out for dolphins or whales!
Location: V&A Waterfront
September to end April 10:00 – 12:00 | 12:30 – 14:30 | 15:00 – 17:00
May to end August 10:00 – 12:00 | 13:00 – 15:00
Find out more about their kiddies parties
#7 A Ride like No Other
Have you seen the movie Cool Runnings? Well, if you head over to its local namesake, you can recreate your own movie moment with your kids. It’s the first tobogganing track in South Africa. The 1.2km track winds its way down the mountain, offering you the opportunity to set the speed pace. This unique thrill can be experienced by kids aged 8 and older, as well as adults. The sleds can take two people at a time, so you can accompany your child for a unique shared experience.
Location: Opposite the Bellville Velodrome| Carl Cronje Drive | Bellville
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 12:00 – 18:00 | Weekends 09:00 – 18:00
Closed on Mondays, except school holidays
#8 A Day on a Farm
The Oude Molen Eco Village is tucked away on the edge of the city, offering city dwellers a moment of rural delight. There are various companies housed in the enclosed area, with a few offering kid-friendly activities. The Eco Theatre introduces the kids to the wonder of honeybees, earthworms, and many other natural delights. It’s a great hands-on experience. Food Garden Village is a community orientated vegetable garden project to participate in. The Oude Molen Stables offers pony and wagon rides, as well as riding lessons. Pop in at the Play Shed for a refreshing cuppa while the kids enjoy the indoor and outdoor play areas. Or go to Oom Daan se Plaas for a picnic/braai and a swim. And Yes We Can offers both sport and cultural activities.
Location: Alexandra Road | Oude Molen Eco Village
Opening hours: dependant on tenant
#9 Birds Galore
The World of Birds is the largest African bird park with more than 3 000 birds and small animals. View 400 bird species with 100 walk-through aviaries. There is also a picnic area with a playground, next to the flamingos. A fun must-do activity: playing with the monkeys.
Location: Valley Road | Hout Bay
Opening hours: All Year Round – 09:00 to 17:00
#10 Adventure Junkies in The Making
Downhill Adventures offers a unique outing, sandboarding. The Atlantis Sand Dunes, situated on the West Coast just over an hour away, is the ideal playground for kids who enjoy the outdoors. The team will familiarize you with the basic tricks of sandboarding, and then you can challenge the kids in a downhill marathon!
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