26 November 2021
For anyone with kids, you will know that planning a family activity is a balancing act. You want to make sure the young ones are well looked, occupied, and happy, while the adults are kept entertained too. Good news for all the parents out there—here are a wide variety of things to do in Cape Town with kids, come rain or shine.
For those families travelling to Cape Town on your next holiday adventure, download our 'My Little Big Adventure Book!' Be sure to print it and to take it with you on your holiday. While on your flight, complete some of the many holiday fun activities, name our penguin and fill in all his or hers personal details. While you are on holiday check off the fun things that you do. Take lots of photos and videos and ask your mom or dad to post on social media and to use the #TCExperience and #LoveCapeTown.
There is so much on offer for families at Noordhoek Farm Village. It is made up of the Foodbarn (one of the only fine-dining restaurants in town that welcomes kids), Café Roux, the Toad in the Village restaurant, two pubs and a fantastic children’s playground. There are large open spaces for the children to run around while the adults relax and enjoy a great meal or do some shopping at the funky shops.
This is great for both the young and the young-at-heart. Everyone gets to choose a blank canvas and they select their seat and get given their painting tools. How you paint and the colours you choose to use are all up to you. You can dab, swish, flick, or brush on the paint – it doesn’t matter. It’s all about being creative in the most fun way possible. The kids will love it!
Children love the Company’s Gardens and it’s easy to see why. There are so many open spaces for them to run around in and they get to feed the squirrels! Even most adults get a kick out of the adorable creatures. Buy a bag of peanuts for the squirrels from the vendors at the entrance, take a leisurely stroll through the gardens and end it off with something to eat and drink at the great Company’s Garden restaurant.
Kenilworth Karting has been around for quite some time and is the perfect spot for those who want some friendly petrolhead competition. The older kids in the family will enjoy this and can challenge their folks to see who can set the fastest lap time or who can complete the most amount of laps in a set amount of time. There is also a track at Century City.
Get the whole family together for this one! At the Clay Café in Hout Bay children and parents get to spend the day painting some crockery that you can take home with you. The staff at the Clay Café will be on hand to help everyone with various techniques so that everyone creates their very own masterpiece. The restaurant serves up delicious meals throughout the day.
Hidden away in the corner of the third level parking lot in Stadium on Main in Claremont is the Rush Trampoline Park, which is quite literally an indoor park filled with trampolines for you to jump on to your heart’s content. Some of the main attractions are the wall-to-wall trampolines, two dodgeball courts, three basketball slam dunk lanes, two long trampoline lanes perfect for doing flips, a battle beam, and loads more.
This huge play park has both indoor and outdoor play areas suitable for children between the ages of 2 and 10 years. There is a wide variety of play areas and rides such as a choo-choo train, swing horses, water slide, horse rides, quad bikes, free play areas, a tree house, and even castle. There is also a regular magic show and Bugz characters who often pay the park a visit. No shortage of fun here!
The Atlantis Dunes, which are about a 40-minute drive from the Cape Town city centre, offer fine white sands for adventurers to test their balance and skills with sandboarding. The whole family will enjoy it.
Everyone enjoys a game of putt-putt. At the V&A Waterfront, you can enjoy this activity in a cave-like setting! It’s fun for the whole family and it’s right next door to the Scratch Patch, where kids can hunt for gemstones.
Did you know that almost half of the world’s gemstones can be found in South Africa? Did you know that you could scratch for these gems yourself right here in Cape Town? The Scratch Patch and Mineral World at both the V&A Waterfront and in Simonstown is a cool way to dig for your own beautiful gems. You get to emerge yourself in all the stones that quite literally cover the floor, then visit the gem exhibitions and shops afterwards.
The farm is a non-profit project, connecting the community through food, culture and urban farming. The farm is open to the public every Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Families can shop for fresh produce together and enjoy some of the cooked foods at the communal tables.
A miniature train with a sea view! The Blue Train Park is operated by the Sea Point Rotary Club and has been around for 50 years and has been enjoyed by many over the years. Children and adults alike can enjoy this fun train trip.
Whether you’re a novice or professional figure skater, gliding on ice at The Ice Station is an activity that the entire family can enjoy. There is also a mini-arena that allows for younger kids to skate peacefully without the fear of the older kids bumping into them. Remember to take along gloves and an extra pair of socks.
Located about 35km outside of Cape Town, the Giraffe House is open daily and offers animal encounters at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Take along your own picnic and settle in. Apart from giraffes, the wildlife awareness centre is also home to buck, birds, and reptiles.
Imhoff Farm is not just a playground for kids, but adults as well. Open seven days a week, the picturesque farm in Kommetjie has loads to keep you busy—a free-range farm and coffee shop, the Blue Water Café, Old Cape Wine Shop, the Higgledy Piggeldy petting zoo, and the Imhoff Equestrian Centre that offers outrides on Noordhoek Beach. It’s also the only place in and around Cape Town that gives you the opportunity to ride a camel! Kids parties can also be held at the farmyard.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is reputed to be the most beautiful in the world. The experience of rolling greens, splashes of floral colour, shaded streams and the multitude of paths can only really be done justice with a visit. Take a walk along the treetop “Boomslang” (Tree Snake) walkway, picnic under a shady tree, and definitely pay a visit to the exquisite Sculpture Garden.
There is so much to do in Simon’s Town. There is always something on for everyone, no matter what age. There’s the SA Navy Museum, the Just Nuisance statue at Jubilee Square, a visit to the Warrior Toy Museum, the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach, movie shows at the Lord Nelson Hotel and so much more!
Start the day off early with a scrumptious breakfast at this Newlands-based hotel and then wander into the award-winning gardens for a walk around. You can walk on your own with the family and check out the ginormous tortoises or you can sign up for a guided walk the hotel’s horticulturist and environmentalist.
This world-renowned toy store offers far more than just shopping. Kids can meet Hamley and Hattie bear and have photos taken. There are toy demos, where kids can watch the space come alive with toys whizzing and flying around! Don’t miss the Hamley’s Express for a train journey around the Waterfront.
With an idyllic setting just above the city bowl, Deer Park Café is perfect for a lazy lunch even if you come with rowdy little hooligans in tow. With a playground, complete with swings, slides, jungle gyms, and a rolling lawn, the youngsters have plenty to keep them busy! The play park is fenced in, meaning you can enjoy your meal without having to chase after them, but you can still keep a close eye.
The City of Cape Town is home to 72 beaches, 10 of which are Blue Flag beaches and, with the exception of Boulders Beach, all are free to use. Each of them has something different to offer and you are guaranteed to find one that suits all your needs. Muizenberg is a great option, with warmer water and activities, including surfing and stand-up paddle lessons.
If you and the kids are looking for a day of adventure, then look no further than Blue Rock in Somerset West! The paintball course is epic and you can spend the whole day out at the centre, which also offers water skiing, a zipline and more!
Cape Town may not have snow, but that didn’t stop us building Africa’s first toboggan track. Located in Durbanville, just a hop, skip and a jump from the Willowbridge and Tygervalley Shopping Centres, the Cool Runnings
Family Park is a hugely popular spot for family outings. The best part is you are in full control of the sleigh. So whether you want to cut loose or ride the brake, well, it’s all up to you! Be warned, it can get busy, so plan accordingly and with wet weather making the ride dangerous, it is more of a summer outing
The largest bird park in Africa, the World of Birds is home to more than 3,000 birds and small animals belonging to more than 400 species. The layout of the walk-through aviaries allows you to get closer than ever to a wonderful array of birds, including the always-popular birds of prey aviary. The Monkey Jungle is always a big hit with the kids and you are sure to spend hours wandering through the four-hectare sanctuary.
Boulders, located just outside of Simon’s Town, is a firm favourite with locals and visitors. It’s not often you get the chance to swim with penguins, but that’s exactly what you will get at Boulders. Just remember, they are wild animals, so no petting!
Table Mountain is iconic and one of the best-known attractions in the country. Winter is even better if you have kids, because they ride free between May and September. They’ll also get a voucher for the Table Mountain Café and Shop at the top and a treasure map at the top to provide some adventure!
The southern-most tip of Africa, Cape Point is an awesome spot to spend the day with the family. Take the Flying Dutchman Funicular to the top for insane views, grab a bite to eat at the Two Ocean’s Restaurant and then walk it off along the Olifantsbos shipwreck trail. The kids will love it.
What kid doesn’t want to be a pirate? The Jolly Roger pirate boat at the V&A Waterfront is the perfect port of call for the youngsters to play out the ultimate adventure on the high seas. Operating seven days a week, the Jolly Roger offers morning, afternoon and sunset cruises. Private charters are also available.
Every kid loves to climb and CityRock is open to all the little ones older than five. There are three climbing options available to kids—Bouldering, Automatic belay wall and High Wall Top Roping. The centre is also available for birthday parties with entertainment, climbing and revelry included. CityRock also offers a number of climbing courses to kids and adults.
A unique space in the middle of an urban environment, the Green Point Urban Park is a fantastic, family-friendly place for a picnic, walk, run, or for simply lazing around. There is an outdoor gym, a play park, adventure park, and outdoor labyrinth. The park is also a celebration of the Western Cape’s biodiversity, so it’s an educatrional trip too. Access to the park is via Bill Peters drive, Bay Road, or Helen Suzman Boulevard.
Enjoy an outride on Noordhoek Beach. Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding has been operating in the Noordhoek Valley since 1975 and offers a wide range of riding activities. Beach rides are limited to six people, but it’s perfect for family outings and riders of all experience levels.
With more than 3,000 marine creatures on view—including sharks, turtles, and penguins—the Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the world. Situated in Portswood Square at the V&A Waterfront, the aquarium showcases the unique marine life of the Atlantic and Indian oceans which lie on either side of the Cape of Good Hope. Make sure you check out the Predator Exhibit with the resident ragged tooth sharks fed daily at 3pm!
Polkadraai Strawberry Farm is open to the public; enjoy an afternoon at this Stellenbosch-based strawberry farm with your entire family. The look on your little one’s face when they pick their first strawberry from the field is worth capturing for your family photo album. The farm is open from around 9am in the morning to 4pm in the afternoon every day during the strawberry season. There is ample space for kids to play with colourful scarecrows dotted along the lush greenery.
If you’re looking for a break with the youngsters and don’t want to lose out on quality and experience, Spier Wine Farm should be one of your first stops. The farm has really geared itself towards a full family experience with everything from grape juice tasting to the Eagle Encounters facility. Exceptional service abounds across the farm and Spier doesn’t just welcome family, they embrace them.
Located just outside of Cape Town, Butterfly World is home to free-flying exotic butterflies, which will be a hit with kids and adults. There are also a number of other animal displays, including reptiles, tarantulas, birds, marmoset monkeys, meerkats, and lots more. Children under three are free, while discounts can be arranged for large groups.
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