The school holiday is almost here and there’s plenty to do with your children – indoor and outdoor, dry or wet, with animals, adults and other kids – in the city or in the suburbs.

 

Our super cool suggestions for things to do with kids is very inclusive: Children of all ages – from one to 18 years old – will find an activity that suits. There’s everything from the adventure seekers, to the kid who loves arts and crafts or science. We’ve also found places where both parent and child can play.

WATER PARK WITH A DRY PLAY ZONE
Your kids won’t be short of entertainment here. There are five waterslides, including safe play areas for under-6s as well as other attractions such as putt-putt, a jungle gym, zip slide, obstacle course and shaded cafe. The park is the perfect spot for a birthday celebration. You will be allocated a picnic table to set-up the party, and you can bring your own party packs and cake if you want to. Note, the park is only open for the summer season and operates from a well point. For details on prices, dates and times, read more about Waterworld in Strand.
Age Group: Toddlers, young children and pre-teens.
Cost: Starts at R90 per child.


Beach Road | Strand | +27 (0) 21 584 4702 | info@waterslides.co.za

UNDER THE SEA
Discover the diverse marine life found off the southern African coast at the Two Oceans Aquarium. See animals that call the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean their home and the brightly coloured ones that live in the warm Indian Ocean. Read more about the discoveries at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

Age group: All ages
What to expect: Discover fascinating microscopic life, have a tactile experience at the touch pool or come face to face with wondrous marine life in the aquarium’s three large-scale exhibits.
Where: V&A Waterfront
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am to 6pm.
Price: Prices range depending on age. Tickets and rates available online. The Aquarium is free for children under 4 and South Africans can enjoy free access on their birthday.


V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 3823

CANOES OR YOUR OWN LAGOON FISHING CHARTER
Imagine: Your own skipper and private pontoon boat for two hours of early-morning fishing on the Sedgefield Lagoon. Or upgrade to a sailing boat, spider dingy or speedboat at Lakeside Lodge & Spa. There are even canoes, wakeboarding and introduction-to-sailing trips for the kids to windsurfing, SUP and a range of boat hire options ideal for groups or couples. And it’s quite affordable. Check out the watersports (and more for families) at Sedgefield’s Lakeside Lodge & Spa.
Cost: Various. Canoes R150 per hour, Two-hour fishing charter R650
Lakeside Lodge & Spa | 3 Lakeside Drive, Swartvlei, Sedgefield | +27 (0)44 343 1844 | info@lakesidelodge.co.za

GLOW-IN-THE-DARK MINI-GOLF
Glowing Rooms SA, with its luminous 3D course, UV lights, 3D murals, disco lights, also has an event room which is available for private functions.
Age group: Everyone, say the owners. “The youngest player we’ve had was one-and-a-half (helped by daddy). The oldest was 84.”
What to expect: 3D illusions. Imported 3D glasses create 3D images.
Where: Milnerton
Hours: Tues–Thurs: 10am–7pm; Fri–Sat: 10am–8pm; Sun: 10am–4pm (last players in an hour before closing time)
Price: An 18-hole course costs R130/p. Specially-themed UV event room costs R230 per person (minimum 10 people). Find out about the 2018/2019 School Holiday special.
Note: Glowing Rooms SA is open on Tuesdays to Thursdays for confirmed bookings of 10 or more people. Closed on Mondays.


Shop 16 | The Gallery | Milnerton | +(0)21-551 22 44  

HOLIDAY MOVIE FUN FOR KIDS
The Galileo Open Air Cinema hosts Family Sundays during the December holidays at the Kelvin Grove Club, where child-friendly movies are screened and a variety of activities are provided to keep the children entertained. If you need a snack, there are plenty of food and drink stalls. Check out The Galileo Open Air Cinema’s Family Sundays.
Gates open: around 4pm
Tickets: From R89pp

Kelvin Grove Club, Newlands | +27 (0)71 471 8728 | hello@thegalileo.co.za

FAMILY ECO FARM GETAWAY
Something for kids and parents to enjoy, 100% solar powered – with electric go-karts and racetrack for the kids – and all natural and organic food and living. If you have a weekend or a few days, there’s an ideal family getaway spot in the Karoo with farmyard animals, chlorine-free swimming pool, loads of hammocks and a fun farm-drive experience with plenty of antelope and ostrich to see. Check out family farm accommodation at Njalo-Njalo.
Ages: All
Tip: Pay 10% less by booking directly on the Njalo website.

34 Vredefort, Touws River | +27 (0)87 55 00 724 | info@njalosafari.com

ALL-WEATHER THEME PARK 30 MINS FROM TOWN
With plentiful indoor play areas, including soft play, swings, jungle gyms and playhouses for rainy days, as well as on-the-go snacks and a sit-down restaurant, and rides, slides, rowboats, pedal bikes, a free-to-ride choo-choo train and water slides when it’s sunny, there’s loads to experience at Bugz Playpark in Kraaifontein.
Age group: All: rides are age-appropriate marked, from 3 up to 60 years (yes, even grandpa is welcome).
Open: Mon–Sun: 9am–5pm


56 Tarentaal Street | Kraaifontein | +27 (0)21 988 8836 | party@bugz.co.za

MOUNTAIN OR CITY DOWNHILLS ON A SCOOTER
Take in the city on Scootours Cape Town, non-motorised, eco-friendly vehicles are fun for the whole family. Swiss designed to traverse the terrains of the Alps; they are first of their kind in South Africa. The family adventure gurus Scootours have now added Knysna and Stellenbosch to their list of routes. Not to mention that you can now book a number of cool and adventurous activities through them: from paragliding and abseiling to kayaking and swimming with the seals.
Age group: 10 and older. Passengers ages 4 to 9.
What to expect: Freewheeling down the slopes of Signal Hill and Table Mountain and unparalleled views of Cape Town.
Where: Kloof Nek | Table Mountain Lower Information Centre | +27 (0) 82 776 0557
Opening hours: Three daily tour slots; 9am, 12pm and 3pm and the duration of the tours are between 90 minutes to two hours.
Price: A Scootours outing costs R490 p/p and R270 for juniors (four to nine year olds).


La Couronne Wine Estate | Robertsvlei Road |  Franschhoek | +27 (0) 82 776 0557
Knysna | Whet Restaurant Thesens Island | +27 (0)79 148 3751
Jonkershoek Nature Reserve Parking area | Stellenbosch | +27 (0) 82 776 0557

PET A CROCODILE, GO BASS FISHING OR HANG WITH THE SNAKES
There are so many unique activities for children (and adults) to do at Le Bonheur Reptiles and Adventures that it is definitely a way to make sure that the entire family has fun. From the guided crocodile tours that show you the crocs from hatchling to adults and being able to dive with the crocodiles (for kids nine years and older) to exploring the variety of snakes that they have available at their snake centre, or even bass fishing. And, you can eat at their excellent pizzeria, buy something at the gift shop, or stay at one of their self-catering waterfront apartments – the options are endless at Le Bonheur Reptiles and Adventures
Age group: All ages
What to expect: An opportunity to appreciate various animal forms and learn about the conservation of reptiles
Where: Paarl
Price: Various prices for various activities


Babylonstoren Road | R45 | Simondium | (+27) 21 863 1142 | info@lebonheuradventures.co.za

FURRY FRIENDS, BIG CATS AND A TRACTOR-BACK GAME DRIVE
Expect thrilling (but safe) farmyard animal encounters, huge play areas, tractor rides and fun for the whole family at the big cats park and one-of-a-kind game drive experience at Vredenheim Animal Farm.
Age group: All ages
Where: Stellenbosch
Opening hours: Animal farm: Sat–Sun: 10am–4pm (see their Facebook page for open times during school- and public holidays) | Lion Park: every day: 9am–5pm | Game drives: every day: 10am, 1pm and 3pm.
Price: Animal farm: kids R45, adults R25 | Big Cats Experience: R45 kids, R70 adults | Game Drive: kids R160, adults R210
Vredenheim Farm, Baden Powell Drive | Stellenbosch | Cape Town | carli@vredenheimanimalfarm.co.za | 083 391 5510

PIRATE-THEMED ADVENTURE GOLF
This mini golf course is opened weekly, for the entire family to enjoy. Gear the entire family in their best pirate costumes, and explore the pirate-themed obstacles that are appealing to all ages.
Age group: kids, adults and pensioners too
What to expect: a mini-golf course with adventures of live pirate ships and rafts, as well as a pick of restaurants to choose from.
Opening hours: 10am to 4pm every day of the week
Price: R35/p – R75/p a family pass is R280 per family.

AN ADVENTURE AND PLAY PARK
The Root 44 Market promises a “world of adventure” every weekend. Children can climb, race and slide at the designated kids’ park while parents enjoy the market. Parents enter at a lower fee than the kids.
Age group: 3 to 12
What to expect: A pedal cart track, climbing wall, indoor and outdoor jungle gyms, undercover mini-golf, a mini zip-line, a 30m double slip-n-slide and a splash park.
Where: Stellenbosch
Opening hours: Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 5pm.
Price: R90 p/p for unlimited play (ages 3 to 12) all day. R35 p/p for unlimited mini-golf only. Parents pay a R20 entry fee.
Route 44 Market | Corner of R44 & Annandale Road | Stellenbosch | + 27 (0) 21 881 3052

A BIKE PARK FOR ALL AGES
The Bike Park at Constantia Uitsig open to cyclists of all ages and skill, and features a variety of tracks totaling 2.8km. Bike party hire facilities are available too.
Age group: All ages
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.
Where: Constantia
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 6pm.
Price: R65p/p per day (no charge for spectators). Pay R40 during off-peak hours between 8am to 9am daily!

Spaanschemat River road | Porter Reform Estate | +27 (0)81 833 4488 | bikeparkuitsig@gmail.com

SEE AFRICAN PENGUINS ON THE BEACH
Boulder’s Beach Penguin Sanctuary is a sheltered beach that’s great to take the kids because it’s windless. They will also love seeing Africa’s only penguin colony. Best times are early morning or late afternoon, particularly in January.
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.

Kleintuin Road | Simon’s Town | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 786 2329

POOL-SIDE AT A BEACH CLUB
Shimmy Beach Club is the perfect summer playground for kids. Your kids can swim and play all day long: There’s two pools (one being an infinity pool at water’s edge), a jacuzzi and sandy areas.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: A relaxing day by the pool. The designated kids area has a jungle gym, ball pit, and arts and crafts station run by childminders. There’s kids foods menu too.
Where: V&A Waterfront
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 11am – 4am. Sunday 11am – 2am. Kitchen closes at 11pm.
Price:The kids menu ranges from R25 to R75.


12 South Arm Rd | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 200 7778

WALL-TO-WALL TRAMPOLINES
Rush Indoor Trampoline Park is home to the “largest foam pit in the world”, says the owner of the Claremont branch. It’s exhilarating for kids and parents. They also get snacks, coffee and free Wi-Fi.
Age group: All.
What to expect: 1700 square metresmof interconnected wall-to-wall trampolines, two dodgeball courts, three basketball slam dunk lanes, two long trampoline lanes perfect for doing flips, a battle beam (a ledge on which two participants battle it out using beams over the foam pit).
Where: Claremont
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 9pm. Friday to Saturday 9am to 10pm. Sunday 9am to 8pm.
Price: Prices range depending on age. Tickets and rates available online.

Stadium on Main | 104 Main Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0) 82 460 5388

RACE CARS IN KENILWORTH
At Kenilworth Karting speed racers can do 10 laps around a 310m racetrack. There are lightweight 140cc vehicles for the kids.
Age group: Kenilworth Karting doesn’t specify an age group, but requires drivers to be a minimum height of 1.5.
What to expect: The mini Killarney racetrack replica offers high adrenaline and maximum fun in their indoor facility, with each car featuring hydraulic brakes for a safe race around every lap.
Where: Kenilworth
Opening hours: Daily from 10:30am to 11pm.
Price: Prices range depending on age. Bookings and prices can be found online.
10 Myhoff Road | Claremont | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 683 2670 | faizal@karting.co.za

IF YOU LOVE SCIENCE
The Cape Town Science Centre  in Observatory keeps young minds engaged with ions of cool experiments and exhibitions.

Age group: Ages 3 and up.
What to expect: Explore daily workshops during the school holidays and winter science camps, explore the life-size replica of the Soyuz space capsule Mark Shuttleworth went to space in, the Lego room, or the giant chess set as well as experiments and exhibitions.
Where: Observatory
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 4:30pm.
Price: R38p/p.

370B Main Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 300 3200 |info@ctsc.org.za

GET STARSTRUCK
At the Iziko Museum Planetarium you can view the stars and constellations from a state-of-the-art celestial theatre.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: Lots of educational shows. Older kids learn about stargazing and local astronomy.
Where: Gardens
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday 10am to 5pm. The planetary dome shows take place at 2pm on Mondays to Fridays, and on weekends the shows are at 12pm for children and at 1pm and 2:30pm for adults.
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

BE THE NEXT IDOL
School of Rock teaches kids through performance and the stage, and features over five-age specific courses that scholars can choose from.
Age group: 11 to 17.
What to expect: Music instruction, including lessons on harmonies, musicianship, stage performance and more. Students also get access to weekly private music lessons on guitar bass, keys, vocals, bass or drums.
Where: Claremont
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm. Saturday 9am to 3pm. Closed on Sundays.
Price: Programme rates differ depending on the course. More information is available online.
Suite 202 | 2nd Floor Standard Bank Galleria | 120 Main Road | Claremont | +27 (0)21 671 9580

EXOTIC CREATURES
Butterfly World in the winelands has a greenhouse that houses butterflies and a garden full of tropical animals.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: Butterflies from as far as Costa Rica and the Philippines, and spiders and scorpions. There’s also free-roaming ducks, chickens and goats.
Where: Klapmuts
Opening hours: open all year round from 9am to 5pm
Price: R88p/p for adults and R49p/p for children.


R44 | Klapmuts | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 875 5628

WATCH THE HISTORY OF RUGBY
The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum has archives of interesting rugby history. It’s also where kids can sharpen their rugby skills as they learn by participating.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: Wii-like games that teach kicking, passing, fitness and reaction challenges, led by a virtual coach on large screens. Explore this interactive rugby-themed game to add even more to the experience.
Where: V&A Waterfront
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. Last entry is at 4:30pm.
Price: Prices range depending on age. Rates available online.
Portswood House | Dock Road | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 418 4741

EVERYBODY GETS A ONESIE
At aFREAKa Clothing kids get to pick their own unique onesie. There are over 100 designs, from animals and cartoon suits.
Age group: Sizes will fit babies from 6 months to full-grown adults
What to expect: Fun, unique and cosy onesies for the whole family
Where: Gardens
Opening hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm to 4pm. Fridays and Saturdays by appointment only. Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Price: Onesie prices range from R500 to R1000.

 Unit 1 Canterbury Studios | Corner Canterbury Street and Wesley Street | Gardens | Cape Town

A TREASURE HUNT
Scratch Patch lets kids take part in a treasure hunt in the quest to find the shiniest crystals and prettiest gems.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: An array of gems and crystals to pick from.
Where: Simon’s Town
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:45pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9am to 5:30pm.
Price: R17 for kids to fill up a small bag and R95 for takes to overload a big bag.
Dido Valley Road | Simon’s Town | +27 (0)21 786 2020

PLAY WITH PAINT
Art Jamming’s studios lets kids imagination run wild by giving them canvases and a rainbow array of colours. They call it “paintertainment”.
Age group: From 8 months and upwards
What to expect: A painting experience where kids can learn creative skills, as well as express themselves in a care-free environment
Where: Tygervalley (as well as branches in Green Point, Cavendish Square and the Paddocks Shopping Centre in Milnerton)
Opening hours: All branches are open Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm and on Sundays from 2pm until 6pm.
Price: A session, which includes paints and tools, plus the studio’s artists on hand, costs from R95p/p for a 10 x 10 canvas up to R600p/p for a 35 x 48 canvas.
Willowbridge Centre | Tyger Valley | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 914 9224 | info@artjamming.co.za

ALL PIRATES ABOARD
The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat sets sail every day in the late morning, at lunchtime and at sunset for a cruise around the Atlantic Seaboard.  It’s manned by a team of “pirates”.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: Apart from the sightseeing (dolphins, whales in season), there’s an entertaining pirate show and an experience of being out at sea.Where: V&A Waterfront
Opening hours: Morning, lunchtime, afternoon and sunset cruises
Price: A morning or afternoon ride costs R85p/p for kids and R170p/p for adults, and a sunset cruise costs R140p/p for kids and R280p/p for adults.

CRAFT YOUR OWN CERAMICS
At Clay Café  you paint masterpieces on unfired bisques (ready made pottery pieces). After design time, kids can run around in the garden and playground or snack on cakes, cookies and sandwiches from the arts and craft centre restaurant.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: A great selection of colours and tools to work with.  You also get to take home your personal and unique piece.
Where: Hout Bay
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 5pm.
Price: It costs R30p/p for three colours of paint, firing and glazing. The individual bisques to be painted range in price from R15 to R220 per item.


Old Oakhurst Dairy Farm | Main Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0)21 790 3318

THE AMAZING MAZE
The double-story Maze World is at the top of the historic and charming Imhoff Farm. The maze installation is like a tour of Southern Africa.
Age group: Imhoff doesn’t specify an age, but as it is a maze, kids older than 5-years-old would best enjoy this activityWhat to expect: A fun-filled day of learning about conservation efforts in Southern African countries. In the maze you get to learn about different countries and animals.
Where: Kommetjie
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm.
Price: R40p/p


Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road | Kommetjie | info@mazeworld.co.za

THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE
Cool Runnings is South Africa’s first tobogganing track. A 1.2-km track to take the sled ride of their life. Your sled is hauled up the mountain before you hurtle down the slopes.
Age group: 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.
Where: Bellville
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 6pm and on weekends from 9am to 6pm. Cool Runnings is closed on Mondays, except during school holidays, and on rainy days.
Price: Rates depend on age and number of rides. Tickets and rates available online.

Opposite Bellville Velodrome| Carl Cronje Drive | Bellville | +27 (0)21 949 4439 | ops@cool-runnings.co.za

THE SIMPLE LIFE
The Noordhoek Farm Village, with its free, fun activities, age-specific playgrounds and child-friendly restaurants, is the ideal Saturday destination.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: Parents enjoying laid-back breakfasts and lunches as the kids frolic on the nearby lawns and jungle gyms.
Where: Noordhoek
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 | info@noordhoektourism.co.za

BE A SPORT
Sporting Chance trains our future Springboks, Bafana Bafana and Proteas players by giving them rugby, cricket, soccer and hockey workshops. They also host birthday parties.
Age group: 4 to 13
What to expect: An involved and active extramural programme for kids interested in sport as a hobby or possible career path.
Where: Newlands
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.
1 Mariendahl Avenue | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 683 7299

FARM LIFE
Millstone Garden Café and Farm Stall, on the site of South Africa’s first windmill, has an idyllic garden with a huge tree and offers horse rides for their patrons.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: A scenic and fun activity for the kids, along with horse rides that accommodate disabled kids, and a backpacker’s hostel.
Where: Pinelands
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

A WETLAND IN THE CITY
Intaka Island, in the middle of the Century City development, is 16 hectares  of wetland, with rare and abundant birds and majestic flora. They have special programmes during the holidays.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: You and your kid can take a ferry ride, a leisurely self-guided stroll along the 2km of footpaths, or be guided by the field along the route.
Where: Century City
Opening hours: 7:30am to 5:30pm during winter (May to September) and from 7:30am to 7pm during 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 | info@intaka.co.za

SLEEP WITH LIONS
The Drakenstein Lion Park in the winelands is a sanctuary for rescued lions. You can go for a day visit or choose to sleep over in their tented camps.
Age group: All.
What to expect: See lions, including a rare white lion. They also have adopted chimpanzees. The tents sleep two and each has a private bathroom. There’s one that sleeps four.
Where: Paarl
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 | info@lionrescue.org.za | +27 (0)21 863 3290

ACTION-PACKED PAINTBALL
Action paintball gives kids the opportunity to live out their war-like strength. Kids keen for this faux battle will have loads of fun dodging and diving to avoid being hit by the colourful ammo.
Age group: Kids older than 11
What to expect: Action-packed fun and adventure for kids and teens.
Where: Kommetjie
Opening hours: Daily sessions are scheduled from 9:30am to 1pm and 1:30am to 5pm.Price: R160p/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 R150p/p.
Area 51 | Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road | Kommetjie | +27 (0)21 790 7603

TOY STORY
The Warrior Toy Museum has a wonderful array of vintage toys, like model cars, teddy bears, miniature dollhouses and two fully functioning railroads.
Age group: 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: Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 3:45pm.
Price: R50p/p.

St George’s Street | Simon’s Town | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 786 1395  

SLIP AND SLIDE
Graceland Venues is an all-in-one fun house for super active children.  There is a swimming pools, a ball pond and a wiggly worm; plus, they have farm animals roaming around for up-close encounters.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: Waterslides, jungle gyms and other indoor activities.
Where: Southern Paarl
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.
Price: Entry costs R75p/p for children and either R90p/p or R50p/p for adults, depending on whether you want to participate or not.

Klein Dennegeur Farm | Lustigan Road | Southern Paarl | +27 (0)21 863 4109

TRULY KID FRIENDLY
Planet Kids’ is a children’s wonderland designed to accommodate kids with disabilities. It also has an indoor and outdoor play area.
Age group: 2 to 13-years-old
What to expect: A librabry with books educating the kids on disabilities, fufi-slide, jumping castles, ramps with a space slide, intergalactic ball walls and more.
Where: Muizenberg
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday and during school and public holidays from 10am to 6pm.
Price: Entry for children aged between 2 and 13 costs R35p/p for the first hour or R60p/p for two hours, for little ones under the age of two.

3 Wherry Road | Muizenberg | +21 (0)788 3070 | info@planetkids.co.za

A WIN FOR GAMERS
The Magic Arcade area at GrandWest Casino is great for indoor entertainment. Kids can keep busy playing all kinds of video games, and there are lots of great prizes to be won.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: All the festivities of a fun fair, featuring rides, go-karts, bumper cars and more.
Where: Grandwest Casino, GoodwooodOpening hours: The arcade is open seven days a week during the school term, but the Magic Castle is only open on Friday 4pm to 11pm and Saturday 11am to 11pm.
Price: Various costs depending on games and tokens.

Vanguard Drive | Goodwood | +27 (0)21 534 0244

HANG WITH GIRAFFE’S
The Giraffe House is not only home to the tallest animal in the world, but also the smallest and biggest antelope and many other buck, birds and reptiles as well.
Age group: 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 (they’re at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily).
Where: Muldersvlei
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 5pm.
Price: R50p/p for adults and R30p/p for children aged 2 to 15-years-old.
Cnr R304 and R101 |+27 (0)21 884 4506 | giraffehouse@gmail.com

BIRDS OF PLAY
The largest bird park in Africa, World of Birds has over 3 000 birds and small animals, 400 different bird species and 100 walk-through aviaries; plus, there’s a playground and picnic area right next to the flamingos.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: An incredible chance to see some of the world’s most beautiful birds, as well as a playground and picnic area for the kids.
Where: Hout Bay
Opening hours: Daily, all year 9am to 5pm (keep an eye out for feeding times)
Price: R120p/p for adults and R45p/p for children.


Valley Road | Hout Bay | +27 (0) 21 790 2730 | info@worldofbirds.org.za

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
Cheetah Outreach, a conservation and outreach centre, gives your cubs the chance to encounter one of our most majestic wild cats.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: See the endangered cheetah, while supporting this education and community based programme. It’s also home to small predators, like servals and foxes, and Antolian Shepherd dogs.
Where: Somerset West
Opening hours: All week from 9:30am to 5pm.
Price: R10p/p during weekdays and R5 on weekends; though, the rehabilitation centre does have separate prices for personal encounters with adult cheetahs and cubs and for public runs.
R44 | Somerset West | +27 (0)21 851 6850 | cheetah@intekom.co.za

ADVENTURE JUNKIES
Kids with a thrill-seeking streak will be tamed by all the amazing activities at Downhill Adventures.
Age group: 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 Saturday 8am to 5pm.
Price: Book half, full or multi-day adventures and two activity combos; prices start at R595p/p.

Shop 10 | Overbeek Building | Cnr Kloof, Long & Orange Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 0388 | info@downhilladventures.com

SNAKES CHARMING
Imhoff Snake Park, a reptile sanctuary and rehabilitation centre, makes for a great day trip. It’s home to fascinating snakes, like a 3.5-metre yellow anaconda, Mozambique spitting cobra and the African Rock Python.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: A chance to see the African rock python, the California King (which feeds on venomous rattlesnakes) and learn more about some of the most incredible reptile species.
Where: Kommetjie
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Price: Entry to the snake park costs R60p/p for adults and R40 p/p for learners.
Imhoff Farm | Kommetjie Road (M65)| Kommetjie | +27 (0)83 643 3103 | bodingtontracey7@gmail.com

HORSING AROUND
Even if you’re just visiting for a day you can still get a horse riding lesson at Sleepy Hollow Horse Riding for once off riding lessons for 30 minutes, or weekly lessons to improve your riding skills.
Age group: 12 and above
What to expect: R250p/p for half an hour; otherwise, you can get weekly lessons for the young cowboy/gal for R1 767 per school term.
Where: Noordhoek
Opening hours: Offices are open from Monday to Sunday, 8am to 5pm.
Price: R270p/p for half an hour. R2 540 for weekly lessons per group of ten There are also 2 hour beach trail R580/p and can be booked in advance.

Sleepy Hollow Lane | Noordhoek | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 789 2341 | sleepy@intekom.co.za

WATER BABIES
The excellent coaches at Gary’s Surf School, which is the oldest surf school in the country, will have your kids standing from their first lesson and loving every second of it.
Age group: 5 years old and up
What to expect: A fun day out in the ocean learning a new skill of surfing, during surf camps and making new friends.
Where: Muizenberg
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 5pm, lessons based on the tide.
Price: R280p/p for a two-hour children’s lesson and R400p/p for a lesson and full-day equipment rental.

34 Balmoral Building | Beach Road | Muizenburg | +27 (0)21 788 9839 | gary@garysurf.com

SWIM WITH THE FISHES
White Shark Diving Co. offers cage dives for children aged 12 years and under all year round and breaching tours from May to September.
Age group: 12-years-old and under.
What to expect: View the sharks in the water or from the deck and get a adrenalin pumping experience, seeing one of nature’s most powerful creatures up close and personal.
Where: Gansbaai
Opening hours: Diving trips are a duration of 1 day. Bookings can be made online.
Price: R1050 p/p for kids under 12. R1850 for adult divers. R400 for transport.
9 Kusweg | Kleinbaai Harbour | Gansbaai | +27 (0)82 559 6858

TRICKY PUTT PUTT
Cave golf, with its quick, yet deceptively difficult holes challenge older children and future golfers, offers a trying indoor option for little kids attached to a nine iron.
Age group: 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 5:30pm.
Price: R20/p, groups of 10 are R18/p. A deposit of R20/p will be required.

V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 419 9429 

TINY TRAIN ON A TRACK
The Blue Train Park in Mouille Point has been running for over five decades. It’s overlooking the sea, passing ships and Robben Island.
Age group: 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
Opening hours: The train runs every day – weather permitting – from 9am to 6pm.
Price: General park access costs R25p/p, includes 1 free train ride. Kids under 1 enter free, however must be accompanied by a guardian, for whom normal fees apply.

Mouille Point Beach Front | Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 434 4297

BATTLEFIELD LIVE SA
Battlefield Live SA hosts exhilarating, no-pain-all-gain laser tag battles in Cape Town. This military game is perfect for groups and is held at various venues, including Wynberg Park and Altydgedacht Wine Estate in Durbanville.
Age group: 7 to 80 years
What to expect: Pain-free action using state-of-the-art bluetooth laser tag equipment for thrilling adventure in a battlefield scenario.
Where: Wynberg Park and Altydgedacht Wine Estate, or a venue of your choice for an extra fee.
Opening hours: Book for any day of the week. Bookings can be made online at www.battlefieldlive.co.za or by contacting Renar Wheeler via renar@battlefieldlive.co.za
Price: Rates depend on packages and are available at battlefieldlive.co.za

Various venues |+27 (0)84 364 9979 | Renar@battlefieldlive.co.za

HIGH-TECH PLAY
High flyers and space lovers will love the Cape Town Model Rocketry Club. You  watch kites launch into the sky before they descend with the help of a parachute.
Age group: 12 years and up. Kids under 12 should be assisted by an adult.
What to expect: Build your own rocket and watch it take off into the sky.  Plus, you can install a GPS system and cameras to ensure your well-built machine doesn’t get lost.
Where: Kits can be purchased online, all necessary information can also be found on the Rocketry SA website.
Price: R200 to R500 for an entry level kit. R600 to R1000 for a complete starter set.

+27 (0)82 746 5892 | ctrc@webmail.co.za

ALL PLAY
The Playshed is a one-stop shop for parents keen to give their kids some quality playing time. The ideal spot for kids to play, jump and slide all day long.
Age group: 12-years-old and under.
What to expect:  A jungle gym, ball pond and slides, as well as different play stations for the little ones, light lunches and early breakfasts too. Nannies get a free cup of coffee or tea and a muffin between 9am and 12pm on Thursdays.
Where: Pinelands
Opening 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 per first hour for babies 7 – 12 months; R45p/p per first hour for toddlers 1-2 years and R50p/p per first hour for kids 3-12 years.

Oude Molen Eco Village | Alexandra Road | Pinelands | +27 (0)21 801 0141 | playshed@gmail.com

WILD THINGS
Panthera Africa is sanctuary for big cats and two hours outside of Cape Town.
Age group: All ages
What to expect: See one of Africa’s most beautiful wildcats. They have tigers, leopards, lions  and jackals, too. They also run educational programmes.
Where: Stanford
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 1pm to 4pm
Price: R240p/p for adults and R150p/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)

Source credit: www.capetownmagazine.com

Keep the little ones entertained with these fun activities in and around the Mother City.

Whether it’s action-packed obstacle courses, educational exhibitions, animal antics or outdoor adventures, there’s no shortage of fun activities to keep your little ones (and yourselves) entertained in the Mother City. Here are the best things to do with kids in Cape Town.

City Bowl

1. Ceres Steam Train to Elgin Railway Market

Ceres Rail: Best Things To Do with Kids

This family-friendly train departs from the Royal Cape Yacht Club, near the V&A Waterfront, and takes you on a three-and-a-half-hour train ride to Elgin, during which you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of mountains, endless rolling hills – and even spot a few sheep and cows along the way.
Once the train pulls into the Elgin station, you will be able disembark, and explore the steampunk-themed Elgin Railway Market. With live music and a dazzling selection of clothing, accessories, ceramics and art stalls, you’ll be able to enjoy all that’s on offer while savouring tantalising street food and refreshments.
Why they’ll love it They get to ride a bona fide steam train, just like Thomas the Tank Engine, with smoke coming out of its chimney and all that good stuff. Plus, there’s loads to marvel at and eat at the market.
Opening times Saturdays & Sundays, 8am – 5.30pm
Cost R750 (adults, return); R500 (children 3 – 13 years, return); free (children 0 – 2 years)
Location Royal Cape Yacht Club, Duncan Road, Table Bay Harbour

2. The Big Box Café

Big Box Cafe: Best Things To Do with Kids

Board games and card games line the shelves at this quaint café in Roeland Street – so many games that it almost feels like the walls are made of boards rather than bricks. And you’ll have your pick of the bunch – whether it’s intense strategy games like Catan, or light-hearted casual affairs like Dixit.
Also available: great coffee and hot chocolate, and a menu (that resembles a Monopoly board) offering breakfast options, toasted sandwiches and crêpes.
Why they’ll love it Kids will find plenty to stimulate their minds and their imaginations. Too young for Catan? The café’s massive selection ensures there’ll be something for all ages.
Opening times Monday – Wednesday, 8am – 5pm
Thursday & Friday, 8am – 10pm
Saturday, 10am – 10pm
Contact 071 314 9134, contact@thebigbox.co.za
Location 18 Roeland Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

3. Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome

 

In a world without iPads, the Planetarium’s projected night sky was one of the few things children deemed worthy of their absolute attention; and now, this old favourite has undergone a digital makeover. The revamped Iziko Planetarium boasts the most advanced digital facilities on the African continent, and is sure to keep children transfixed with mesmerising images of the night sky.
Why they’ll love it The planetarium takes youngsters on a cosmic adventure that entertains and educates – sure to open up young minds to the wonders of space and science.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R60 (adults); R30 (under 18s, students and pensioners)
Contact 021 481 3900, info@iziko.org.za
Location Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens

4. Iziko South African Museum

Iziko Museum: Best Things To Do with Kids

Founded in 1825, the grand old museum is rich in history and atmosphere. It’s a fond childhood memory for many Capetonians, and one their own children are sure to enjoy.
Why they’ll love it Dinosaurs! What kid doesn’t love them? Not to mention the whale hall, where a blue-whale skeleton hangs from the ceiling and a booth plays the haunting sounds of recorded whale song.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost R30 (adults); R15 (children 6 – 18 years); R15 (students and pensioners); R75 (family ticket: 2 adults and 2 children)
Contact 021 481 3800, info@iziko.org.za
Location Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens

5. Scootours

Scootours: Best Things To Do with Kids

You may have travelled these mountain paths many times before, but have you ever done it while freewheeling? Scootours’ eco-friendly, non-motorised scooters are a unique way of experiencing Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain. Take in the breathtaking views as you ride the slopes into the city below during a one-and-a-half to two-hour tour.
Why they’ll love it The scooters are easy to control, and your children will be handling them under the watch of professional guides. Children younger than 10 can’t drive a scooter, but can still have a fun time doubling up with their parents.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am; 12pm; 3pm
Cost R590 (driver’s ticket); R290 (passenger ticket)
Location Kloof Nek Parking Area, 209 Tafelberg Road, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town

6. Battery Park

Battery Park: Best Things To Do with Kids

A new addition to the Waterfront, this urban park is a gateway from Cape Town’s CBD to the V&A. With loads of activities to keep the kids entertained – such as a scooter path, a high-quality skatepark and a multi-court for netball, basketball and soccer games, stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing in the canal – they won’t want to leave!
Why they’ll love it Your children will love the first-ever skatepark in Cape Town, built to world-class standards using lightweight construction. Features include: a bowl with a spine and pump hump, quarter pipes, layback banks, ledges and rails.
Opening times 6am – 6pm
Cost Free entrance, but you’ll need to pay for parking
Contact 021 408 7600, canal@waterfront.co.za
Location Battery Park, Between Cape Town CBD and The V & A Waterfront

7. Playdate Superpark

Playdate Superpark: Best Things To Do with Kids

Situated at The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront, this indoor playground is a world of adventure for children, with attractions that include a 3D maze, obstacle course, submarine-themed puzzle rooms and a virtual-reality room. There’s also a café serving coffee and food, so that kids (and parents) can refuel.
Why they’ll love it With such a diverse range of games and activities on offer, there’s sure to be something to keep kids of all ages entertained. Being at the V&A Waterfront – a short walk from numerous other kid-friendly attractions, such as Two Oceans Aquarium and the Cape Wheel – is a bonus.
Opening times Daily, 10am – 7pm (April – August); 10am – 6pm (September – March)
10am – 7.30pm (16 December – 23 December)
Cost R85 per hour (children over 2 years)
Free (children 0 – 2 years)
Contact 067 028 0738
Location Jubilee Hall, Watershed, 17 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

8. Two Oceans Aquarium

 

With live ocean exhibitions and a Touch Pool (where kids can get up close with sea anemones), this one-stop destination of all things aquatic is, unsurprisingly, one of Cape Town’s premier tourist destinations. The world-class aquarium has over 3,000 species on display, and standout exhibits include the Predator Exhibit (sharks!), the rockhopper penguin colony, and the underwater tunnel.
Why they’ll love it Tropical fish, an underwater tunnel and a rockhopper penguin colony? Are you kidding? Show up at the right time and your children will get to see the penguins being fed.
Good to know We all know what the kids really want to see: sharks! Well, the aquarium’s Predator Exhibit has recently been upgraded, and currently features nine new spotted ragged-tooth sharks – an iconic South African marine species and close relative of the great white.
Opening times Daily, 9.30am – 6pm
Feeding times I&J Ocean Exhibit: Daily, 12pm & 2pm
Predator Exhibit: Sundays, 3pm
Penguin Exhibit: Daily, 11.30am & 2.30pm
Cost R175 (adults); R130 (children 14 – 17 years); R85 (children 4 – 13 years); free (children 0 – 4 years); R130 (pensioners and students)
Location Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

9. The Blue Train Park

Blue Train Park: Best Things To Do with Kids

Situated in picturesque Mouille Point, with views of Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the Blue Train has been choo-chooing its way along this route for more than 60 years. Kids can enjoy three laps around the park, through a tunnel and past the glistening Atlantic Ocean as their imaginations come alive. I had my fourth birthday at this park, 19 years ago, and still to this day I look back with fond memories and remember what a hit it was.
Why they’ll love it In addition to the train, the park features a half-pipe for skating, a dirt bike track, a cement push bike track, pedal push carts, a 30m zip-line, two eight-metre-long slides, seesaws, rock-climbing, two jungle gyms, an obstacle course, an Astro Turf soccer pitch, and a bunch of other wonderful play features. You’ll have to drag your little ones away…
Good to know The Blue Train Park hosts kids’ parties, which include a dedicated seating zone with tables, chairs and umbrellas. You may bring your own food and drink, but no alcohol or cooking is permitted on the premises.
Opening times Summer: Tuesday – Sunday, 9.30am – 6.30pm
Winter: Tuesday – Thursday,12pm – 6pm
Friday – Sunday, 9.30am – 6.30pm
Cost R28 (includes entrance to the park and one free train ride)
Contact 084 314 9200, info@thebluetrainpark.com
Location Next to The Lighthouse, Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town
Reviewer Annabel Short

10. Cape Town Science Centre

 

Science, technology, mathematics and engineering are the focus at this educational facility developed to help children learn and develop an interest in these areas – in a fun and enjoyable way.
Why they’ll love it From interactive exhibits, to mind-boggling puzzles, there’s loads to keep young minds occupied for hours.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 4.30pm
Sundays and public holidays, 10am – 4.30pm
Cost R65 (adults); R65 (children, 3 – 18 years); R30 (pensioners); R230 (family: 2 adults and 2 children)
Location Cape Town Science Centre, 370B Main Road, Observatory

Southern Suburbs

1. Be Up

Be Up: Best Things To Do with Kids

For adrenaline-loving, risking-taking little ones Be.Up has everything from trampolines, climbing walls and even a huge kids’ maze.
The trampoline zone offers bouncing fun to all those over 120cm tall (so measure up and jump high), while those who enjoy climbing can attempt South Africa’s very first Clip ’n Climb walls – there are 11 walls and the tallest is eight-metres-high! Or challenge yourself – and others – in the AltiGame zone with its elevated climbing net and suspended swing steps.
Why they’ll love it Little people will love the biggest indoor kids maze in South Africa for its brightly coloured tubes, tunnels, ball ponds, trampolines and slides.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 11am – 6pm
Friday – Saturday, 9am – 10pm
Sunday, 9am – 7pm
Public and school holidays:
Monday – Thursday, 9am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday, 9am – 10pm
Sunday, 9am – 7pm
Cost Maze and Clip ’n Climb: R80, first hour; R65 second hour (children 3 – 17 years)
Trampolines, AltiGame and Maze: R120, first hour; R100, second hour
Trampolines and AltiGame: R95, first hour; R85, second hour (students)
R20 (Be.Up grip socks)
Contact 087 057 1400, enquiry@beuppark.co.za
Location Gardener Place, Rose Innes Street, Pinelands, Cape Town

2. Dinosaur Exhibition at Kirstenbosch

 

This exhibition featuring dinosaur sculptures by David Huni can be found in the Cycad Amphitheatre, which is no coincidence, as the cycad is a plant species facing the threat of extinction. The exhibition seems all the more poignant in the wake of the sad passing of the world’s last white male rhino in March 2018.
Why they’ll love it The parents among us know that kids love dinosaurs.
While you’re there The flowery meadows of Kirstenbosch are great for picnics and leisurely strolls any time of the year. And, coupled with Lady Anne Barnard’s Bath, the resident ducks, fowls and Egyptian geese, Kirstenbosch is a wonderland for curious minds (and energetic adventurers). Here, children can unleash their abundant energy – or sit and observe the birds and insects at work if they’re in a more contemplative mood. There’s also the treetop canopy walkway, The Boomslang, which is so Jurassic, you almost expect a pack of Velociraptors to burst out of the bushes at any moment.
Opening times September to March: Daily, 8am – 7pm
April to August: Daily, 8am – 6pm
Daily, 9am – 5pm (conservatory)
Cost R70 (adults); R40 (students); R20 (children 6 –17 years); free (children 0 – 6 years; pensioners on Tuesdays)
Location Kirstenbosch Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

3. Go-Karting

Go-Karting: Best Things To Do with Kids

Are your kids looking for a mega-exciting, adrenaline-filled activity? Then take them to Go-Karting in Kenilworth where all their race-car-driving dreams will come true. The experience includes a fully race-tarred 310-metre track (replica of the Killarney race track); 160cc racing karts with hydraulic brakes and slick tyres, full safety briefings before every race, helmets and disposable hair nets for all drivers, computer printouts of time per lap after every race.
Why they’ll love it Kids love speed, and this gives them the opportunity to drive fast and compete in a safe area.
Opening times Sunday – Thursday, 9am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday, 9am–11pm
Cost R160 (15 laps); R220 (30 laps); R260 (45 laps); R450 (90 laps); R180 (two-seater, 15 laps); R240 (two seater, 30 laps)
Contact 021 683 2670, info@karting.co.za
Location 10 Myhof Road, Claremont, Cape Town

4. Rush Indoor Trampoline Park

 

Is your child the type who won’t stay still for a second? The type you can’t risk taking your eyes off lest they go running off into the sunset? They may have met their match in this spacious indoor playground, which offers a variety of fun activities for children to unleash their boundless energy.
Trained staff are on-hand to provide instruction and watch over the children. Also available is a coffee shop with free wifi and charging stations, so parents have somewhere to hang out (assuming they’re not going full Boris Johnson and shoving kids aside as they bulldoze their own way across the playground).
Why they’ll love it They’re free to explore this land of action and adventure, where they can emulate their favourite action heroes and video-game characters as they fly over a foam pit, bounce off wall-to-wall trampolines and engage in jousts upon the Battle Beam. Other activities include dodgeball, basketball and trampoline fitness classes.
Good to know Rush Indoor Trampoline Park hosta birthday parties, student activities and corporate team-building sessions. There’s also Cosmic Rush – a black-light experience with music and disco lights, which takes place every Friday.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 1pm – 9pm
Friday & Saturday, 9am – 10pm
Sunday, 9am – 7pm
Social Sundays: 5pm – 7pm
Cosmic Rush: Fridays, Saturday 8pm – 10pm
School holidays: Rush is open from 10am
Cost Jump sessions: R115 (one hour, excludes Rush Jump Socks); R110 (second hour)
Cosmic Rush: R150 (two hours, excludes Rush Jump Socks)
Non-slip Rush Socks: R30 a pair (compulsory)
Contact 021 683 3841, infoct@rushsa.co.za, deidre@rushsa.co.za (for PR)
Location 5th Floor, Stadium on Main, 109 Claremont Main Road, Claremont

5. Tots n Pots Cooking Classes


Tania Rossouw

Allow your little ones to get in touch with their inner Nigella (Lawson) or, heaven forbid, Gordon (Ramsay) at these cooking classes for different ages. The lesson for the two- and three-year-olds allows them to have fun while touching and tasting new food textures; for the three- to seven-year-olds, the class provides baking workshops where the kids can take home their creations; while the Master Class, for those over eight, is designed to teach kids how to make simple and nutritious meals all by themselves.
Why they’ll love it It’s a great sense of achievement when they manage to make their own baked goods and meals. They will learn about ingredients and develop a palate for healthy food. Best of all, next time they make you breakfast in bed, it might be rather nice.
Good to know Tots n Pots hosts birthday parties for kids, which can take the form of High Teas (for little ladies), Teddy Bear-themed picnics, miniature Master Chef competitions, or pizza-making classes.
Cost R200 for Holiday classes (takes 2 hours and includes 2 recipes)
R300 (children under 6 accompanied by an adult)
Contact Constantia: (Deirdre Cargill): 076 816 3892, constantia@totsnpots.com
Northern Suburbs (Landi Van Niekerk): 082 666 6362, landi@totsnpots.com
Location Bergvliet, contact Tots n Pots representatives for relevant information

6. Bike Park at Uitsig

Bike Park Uitsig: Best Things To Do with Kids

Your little daredevils will adore biking over bridges and ramps, through tunnels, and along dirt paths at this expansive bike park (designed by Downhill World Champion, Chris Nixon). The park has a variety of pump tracks, some geared towards children (as young as two) and beginners, and others offering exhilarating drop-offs for more experienced bikers.
Why they’ll love it It’s like playing a video game… except in real-life! A chance for children to explore the great outdoors (and their limits), while honing their biking skills.
Opening times Daily, 8am – 6pm
Cost R65 (day pass); free (spectators); R40 (early bird special before 9am); R850 (annual fee)
Contact 081 833 4488, bikeparkuitsig@gmail.com
Location Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town

7. Acrobranch Constantia

 

Hidden deep within the Constantia Nek forest (okay, fine, not that deep), in the shadow of the misty mountains (okay, fine, they’re not that misty), lies this treetop playground. The four obstacle courses – two of which are suitable for young children, while the other two are geared towards teenagers and adults – have all the ziplines, cargo nets, and elevated platforms a budding Indiana Jones could want. Assistants are available in case any of the kids need a helping hand, and there’s a restaurant onsite where parents can relax.
Why they’ll love it Kids no longer have to listen to their parents yapping on about how “in our day, we used to climb trees”, because at this park they get to take tree-climbing to a whole new level, while getting a good workout and improving their coordination and planning in the process.
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Please note Booking online is essential
Cost Acro-Twigs: R140
Monkey Moves: R180
Swinging Tarzan: R220
High Flying: R280
Contact 086 999 0369
Location 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town

Deep South

1. Muizenberg Water Slides

Muizenberg Water Slides: Best Things To Do with Kids

If you’ve ever been to Surfer’s Corner at Muizenberg, you’ve likely seen the trio of water slides to the right of the beach. Muizenberg Water Slides is the ultimate summer fun for kids, aged three and up. Its main slide – featuring lots of twists and turns – is a big hit for novice and experienced sliders; the speed slide offers a fun-filled splash into the pool; and the junior slide is perfect for the little ones.
And once you’re done with the water fun, shaded seating means families can enjoy a homemade (or tuckshop-bought) picnic.
Why they’ll love it The pools are solar-heated, so the kids need not worry about the chill, and it uses an advanced water recycling system to eliminate wastage! We also love that it’s safe, with lifeguards on duty for everyone’s safety.
Opening times Weekdays: 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Weekends, public and school holidays: 9.30am – 5.30pm
Night slides, November – February: 6pm – 9pm
Please note Slides are closed from May until end-September. Call to find out about birthday bookings, corporate functions and specials.
Cost R55 (one hour); R95 (day pass); R75 (afternoon pass: 2pm – 5pm); R65 (night slides)
R15 (spectators)
Contact 082 454 5023
Location Beach Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

2. Ceramic Painting at Clay Cafe

Clay Cafe: Best Things To Do with Kids

Creativity and recreation are what make this a favourite among children and their parents. Little ones are given unfired bisque and colourful paints to create their own masterpieces.
Why they’ll love it Painting and sculpting flexes creative muscles, and is also loads of fun. And, once done with the painting, they can explore the garden and playground, while you relax with a cup of tea from the café.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Please note Items need to be left at Clay Café after painting, so it can be fired and glazed, which normally takes around three weeks.
Cost Studio fee: R40 (includes facilities, x3 paints, firing and glazing); bisque item: R25 – R350 (depending on shape and size)
Contact 076 810 5120, info@claycafe.co.za
Location Clay Cafe Hout Bay, 177 main road, Hout Bay

3. World of Birds

With over 3 000 feathered friends (over 400 species) housed in the sanctuary, World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa. It is also home to small animals such as tortoises, meerkats, monkeys, squirrels, porcupines, baboons, and plenty more.
Why they’ll love it Kids can get up close with the birds during a landscaped walk through the aviaries. There’s also Monkey Jungle – a walk-through enclosure where children can enjoy contact with the occupants.
Opening times World of Birds: Daily, 9am – 5pm
Monkey Jungle: Daily, 11.30am – 1pm; 2pm – 3.30pm
Feeding times Penguins: 11.30am & 3.30pm; Pelicans: 12.30pm; Cormorants: 1.30pm; Birds of Prey: 4.15pm
Cost R120 (adults); R45 (children 2 – 16 years); R75 (pensioners and students)
Contact 021 790 2730, info@worldofbirds.org.za
Location World of Birds, Wildlife Sanctuary, Valley Road, Hout Bay

4. The Scratch Patch and Cave Golf

Scratch Patch: Best Things To Do with Kids

The Scratch Patch is located in naturally formed caves in Simon’s Town, making it all the more exciting and evocative. Some popular (and beautiful) semi-precious stones that can be found include the gorgeously brown-layered tiger’s eye; the love stone, rose quartz; healing gem amethyst, the striped water stone, agate; the patterned, sacred and mystical stone, jasper; and the all-powerful clear quartz crystal. In addition to finding wonderful gems, there is also an 18-hole mini golf course, which meanders underground to rock-wall features, caves, mine obstacles and ancient relics, two underground waterfalls, and fabulous mineral displays.
Why they’ll love it Kids love hunting for treasure! It’s also a great place to stimulate little imaginations, and for children to learn more about the variety of minerals found in our country.
Good to know There is a Scratch Patch and Cave Golf Course at the V&A Waterfront, too.
Opening times Weekdays: 8.30am – 4.45pm
Weekends, public and school holidays: 9am –5.30pm
Cost Scratch Patch: R22 (small bag); R38 (medium bag); R77 (cup); R120 (large bag)
Cave golf: R20 (refundable deposit)
R30 (per player)
R25 per player (groups of 10 or more)
Contact 021 786 2020, tumbled@topstones.co.za
Location Dido Valley Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

5. The Playstation Café and Adventure Park

 

We know what you’re thinking. “Playstation? No thanks, my kids get enough screentime already”. Well now, just hold on a second there, this isn’t the Playstation you’re thinking of. Very similar to Rush in Claremont, but aimed mainly at younger children (12 years and younger), this indoor amusement centre is a Fun Central for children living in the deep south. There’s also a café with free wifi, wide-screen TVs and coffee.
Why they’ll love it It’s essentially an indoor playground with giant slides, climbing walls and other energy-busting activities, as well as puzzles and games that will provide your kids with mental stimulation to go with the physical workout. There’s also a dedicated play area for toddlers (two years and younger), with a fire engine, mini supermarket, hardware store, and bakery.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost R60 – R85 (first hour); R40 – R65 (each additional hour); free (children 0 – 2 years)
Drop and Go: R100 (first hour), R65 ( each additional hour)
Free 1 hour session on your birthday (Valid ID required to qualify)
Contact 087 470 0497, info@theplaystation.co.za
Location South Palms Shopping Centre, 333 Main Road, Retreat Tokai

6. Playground at Noordhoek Farm Village

Playground: Best Things To Do with Kids

Among numerous attractions to be found at this charming village setting is the playground, where children can keep themselves occupied while parents enjoy a meal at Franck Dangereux’s The Foodbarn, or Café Roux. It’s also dog-friendly, and close to Noordhoek Beach, making it the ideal family outing on lazy Sundays.
Why they’ll love it The tranquil outdoor setting, close to excellent restaurants and cafés, is appealing for all.
Contact 021 789 1390, info@thefarmvillage.co.za
Location Corner of Village Lane & Noordhoek Main Road, Cape Town

7. Milkwood Maze at Imhoff Farm

 

Charming Imhoff Farm includes a number of kid-friendly activities, with this interactive 3D maze one of the prime attractions for young adventurers. Situated beside an 800-year-old milkwood tree, the maze is comprised of sections dedicated to various Southern African countries, including Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. Each destination is marked by a flag, and includes information about the different animals in each region.
Why they’ll love it Exploring an interactive 3D maze is fun in itself. Add an African theme, and a large model elephant, and you have a winner. Other child-friendly attractions on the farm include Paintball and Lasertag, a snake park, petting zoo with farm animals, and camel rides.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Cost R50
Contact 082 333 6323, 072 991 7237, milkwoodmaze@gmail.com
Location Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie

Northern Suburbs

1. City Rock

City Rock Cape Town: Best Things To Do with Kids

 

The new CityRock at Paarden Eiland is four times the size of the original gym, and 900 square metres larger than the Joburg gym. Its world-class facilities include a full fitness area with weight and cardio machines, and a double-lane speed wall where young athletes can train for the climbing Olympics in 2020.
Other attractions include a 16-metre-high rope-climbing wall; a 750-square-metre floor area of bouldering; a 100-square-metre yoga studio; a designated children’s climbing section; and a party area.
Why they’ll love it For kids who love climbing over every piece furniture in the house, they’ll get all the climbing they can handle here, under the supervision of CityRock’s well-trained staff.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 9am – 10pm; Friday – Sunday & Public Holidays, 9am – 6pm (closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day)
Cost Day pass without gear rental: R110 (children); R150 (adults); R120 (students and pensioners)
Day Pass with gear rental: R220 (children); R270 (adults)
Contact 021 447 1326, capetown@cityrock.co.za
Location 9 Milner Street, Unit 5 Table Bay Industrial Park, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town

2. Intaka Island

Intaka Island: Best Things To Do with Kids

If you’ve not visited Intaka Island, you might think it’s a random patch of greenery surrounded by pseudo water next door to Canal Walk Shopping Centre. And, if so, you’re missing out. Because, actually, Intaka Island offers bird-watchers, couples, families and friends a wonderful educational outing. The 35-minute-long boat trips, which include a hop-on hop-off feature at Canal Walk and Crystal Towers, take you around Intaka Island, so you can enjoy the fresh air and views. There are two bird hides (with over 120 bird species on the island and an illusive water-mongoose) where you can stop to watch nature unfold. And when the birding and boating is done, take a gentle 2km stroll along the footpaths on the island.
Why they’ll love it Not only does Intaka Island offer an opportunity for spending time outdoors, it also has an educational lapa that can be used for school groups, sleepovers and birthday parties! And the lawns outside are perfect for picnicking.
Opening times October – April: Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 7pm
May – September: Monday – Sunday, 7.30am – 5.30pm
Cost R20 (adults, day pass)
R12 (children 0 – 12 years, pensioners, day visitor)
R60 (adults, boat ride)
R50 (children 0 – 12 years, pensioners, boat ride)
R40 (adults, school group)
R35 (children 0 – 12 years, pensioners, school group)
Contact 021 552 6889, melissa@intaka.co.za
Location 1 Century City Drive, Century City, Cape Town

3. Glowing Rooms

Glowing Room: Best Things To Do with Kids

Sure you could putt-putt in Mouille Point, with the ocean on your doorstep, but let’s be honest, you’ve probably done it a few times already – with your kid, your friend’s kids, your younger siblings, or whomever? So why not shake things up with 3D glow-in-the-dark putt-putt?
The 18-hole Space-themed mini course uses UV lights and 3D glasses to create fantastic space illusions where time stands still while everyone has fun.
There’s also a private-event room for special occasions and functions, a café offering beverages and snacks and a retail section filled with glow-in-the-dark accessories and paraphernalia.
Why they’ll love it The 3D glasses bring the colour red to the foreground, and sorts the remaining colours according to their position on the rainbow to create fantastic, whimsical effects. This means that once the glasses are on, you’re transported into a whole new world.
Opening times Friday, 1pm – 8pm
Saturday, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm
School Holidays: Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm
Friday, 1pm – 8pm
Saturdays, 10am – 8pm
Sundays, 10am – 4pm
Cost R130 (18-hole course with 3D glasses)
R230 (UV event room, 18-hole course with 3D glasses; minimum of 10 people)
R70 (non-player)
R70 (pensioners)
R50 (pensioner non-player)
Contact 021 551 2244, info@glowingrooms.co.za
Location The Gallery, Corner Koeberg Road and 1 Turf Club Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town

4. Ice Skating

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The Olympic-sized skating rink is a winter wonderland experience for kids, and an ideal venue for hosting birthday parties. Children may be nervous about stepping onto the ice at first, but they’ll be slip-sliding around the rink in no time.
Why they’ll love it In a place like Cape Town, children don’t get many opportunities to experience the freedom of movement that ice-skating offers.
Opening times Monday & Tuesday, 10am – 12.30pm; 2pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday & Thursday, 10am – 12.30pm; 2pm – 4.30pm; 8pm – 10.30pm
Friday, 10am – 12.30pm; 2pm – 4.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm; 9pm – 12am
Saturday, 9am – 11.30am; 12pm – 2.30pm; 3pmice ska – 5.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm; 9pm – 12am
Sunday, 12pm – 2.30pm; 3pm – 5.30pm; 6pm – 8.30pm
Cost R60 (includes skates); R50 (with own ice skates); R15 – R35 (spectators Friday, Saturday only, 6pm and 9pm sessions)
Location The Ice Station, Grand West Casino & Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood

5. Tobogganing at Cool Runnings


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This thrilling ride down a 1.2-kilometre sloping steel half-pipe is suitable for all ages, so you can join your kids as they whiz down the slopes.
Why they’ll love it The adrenaline-filled rides – at up to 40km/h – provide hours of fun. There are various ticket options: one, three, six or twelve rides.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 11am – 6pm
Weekends, public and school holidays: 9am – 6pm
Cost R55 – R350 depending on number of rides (adults); R45 – R320 depending on number of rides (children 3 – 14 years)
Contact 021 949 4439, ops@coolrunnings.capetown
Location Cool Runnings, Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley

6. Bugz Play Park

Bugz Play Park: Best Things To Do with Kids

aquBugz Play Park is a sensational indoor and outdoor kids’ universe. Their motto is “Learn through play the Bugz way,” and, as such, a wide variety of activities are geared to improving social skills, imagination and creativity, cognitive skills, fine- and gross-motor skills, and full-body exercise. Once you’ve paid your entrance fee, there is freeplay, as well as rides that require tokens. Freeplay activities include a red train ride, zip-lining, toddler tractors, sandpits, slides, modern monkey bars, a life-size doll’s house, a large wooden treehouse, mud kitchen, rainbow jungle gym and a very large splash pool.
But wait, it gets better… if the weather is not cooperating, Bugz has a huge indoor play area, complete with obstacle courses, seesaws, huge rainbow balls, and more.
Token rides at Bugz ensure endless hours of entertainment, and include swing horses, a wave slide, horse rides, pedal bikes, rowing boats, a speed waterslide, and worm train.
Why they’ll love it There’s all of that, and an amazing petting zoo, too, where kids can feed and spend time with tortoises, bunnies, geese, ducks, guinea pigs and parrots.
Good to know In summer, pack a bathing suit for the splash pool! Bugz also hosts kids’ parties, indoors and outside, and catering costs extra (you may not bring your own food).
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost Weekdays: R60 (children); R40 (adults); R30 (pensioners); R20 (petting zoo)
Weekends, public and school holidays: R70 (children); R60 (adults); R45 (pensioners); R140; (VIP pass, children); free (children 0 – 2 years); R20 (petting zoo); R299 value card (freeplay for a year, can only be bought at Bugz Park, T&Cs apply)
Contact 021 988 8836, party@bugz.co.za
Location 56 Tarentaal Street, Joostenbergvlakte, Kraaifontein

Winelands

1. World of Adventure

World of Adventure: Best Things To Do with Kids

Situated at Root 44 Market, between Somerset West and Stellenbosch, a World of Adventure – literally – awaits. Think indoor and outdoor jungle gyms, an undercover mini golf course, a double slip-and-slide, a pedal cart track (and a mini one for younger kids), swings, mini zipline, climbing walls, mini soccer and cricket pitches, as well as a spray park to beat the summer heat, and more! Families can enjoy picnics on the grass or browse a variety of food stalls, while kids play.
Why they’ll love it Kids who love moving, grooving, running and jumping will play until their hearts are content.
Good to know Waterworld Strand and Waterworld Plettenberg Bay (World of Adventure’s sister branches) operate during summer. World of Adventure hosts kids’ parties, which include two hours of fun on all the attractions, as well as designated eating area (only cakes and party packs are allowed into the venue).
Opening times Saturday & Sunday 9am – 5pm
Cost R35 (children 1 – 2 years); R95 (children 3 – 12 years); R20 (adults); R35 (mini golf, all ages)
Contact 071 355 1502, info@worldofadventure.co.za
Location Root 44 Market, between Somerset West and Stellenbosch

2. Butterfly World Animal Sanctuary

Butterfly World: Best Things To Do with Kids

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A free-flying sanctuary for exotic creatures, and a place where butterflies can show their true colours. Despite the name, butterflies are just one of many fascinating creatures that dwell within this tropical garden, where the sound of running water and birdsong creates a soothing atmosphere. Reptiles, birds and small mammals are also cared for here, making for a stimulating and highly educational experience. All the animals and birds here are previously owned pets, and have either been donated by their families, or have been confiscated by local authorities. Butterfly World’s motto is: Appreciate, don’t keep!
Why they’ll love it It’s a chance to see a diverse array of exotic creatures up close, including brightly coloured parrots and sly-looking iguanas – in some cases the children will be able to interact with them.
Good to know There’s a charming family restaurant where visitors can relax with coffee and cake, or enjoy a family lunch after seeing some of the animals.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost R88 (adults); R49 (children); R79 (students and pensioners); R225 (2 adults and 2 children); free (children 0 – 3 years)
Contact 021 875 5628, education@butterflyworld.co.za
Location Route 44, Stellenbosch (2 minutes off the Klapmuts turnoff)

3. The Duck Parade at Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate

Vergenoegd Duck Parade: Best Things To Do with Kids

Known for its Indian Runner Ducks (who are actually nifty pest-control assistants), this picturesque wine estate is also a wonderful place to enjoy scenic walks through the vineyards, as well as bird-watching from hides.
Why they’ll love it The spectacle of hundreds of cute little ducks doing their daily parade across the historical farm werf will elicit squeals of excitement from the little ones. It’s a great chance to capture their joy on camera, as they run about on the lawns with their feathery friends.
Opening times Duck Parades: Monday – Sunday, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 3.30pm
Cost Free
Contact 021 843 3248, reservations@vergenoegd.co.za
Location Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate, Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch

4. Wiesenhof Adventure Park

Wiesenhof Adventure Park: Best Things To Do with Kids

Situated on the R44 Road in Stellenbosch, Wiesenhof Adventure Park offers children the ultimate adventure-filled outing, complete with eight giant water slides, 49 trampolines, foam pits, a bubble mountain, pump track, mountain-biking trails, and more!
Why they’ll love it With so much on offer, your children will not be left sitting still for one second!
Opening times
Weekends, public and school holidays: Daily, 10am – 6pm
Weekdays: Thursday & Friday, 1pm – 6pm (slides close at 5.30pm)
Please note Wild Waters is only open on weekends, school holidays and public holidays, and is closed from May to August. Jumpin Jax and Peddle Zone are open all-year-round
Cost Wild Waters: R150; Wild Waters after 2.30pm: R90; R100 (two-hour jump session or pump track and mountain biking); R20 (jump sox); R50 (one-hour bike and scooter hire)
Contact 065 820 2737, bookings@wapark.co.za
Location Wiesenhof Adventure Park, off the R44, North of Stellenbosch

5. Kid’s Yoga at Lourensford Wine Estate

Kids Yoga Lourensford: Best Things To Do with Kids

Picturesque Lourensford Wine Estate is where you’ll find the LELC (Live, Embrace, Love and Cherish) Studio, which offers yoga classes and health treatments amid the serene beauty of the vineyards. The Sunday morning sessions include special lessons for children, in addition to storytelling, nature walks, crafts, and other fun activities on offer at Lourensford’s Sunday Fundays.
Why they’ll love it The kids get to enjoy a host of fun activities amid the fresh air and vineyards, while adults are free to enjoy their own yoga session, the Lourensford Market, a coffee at the roastery, or breakfast at Millhouse.
Good to know Other fun children’s activities on offer at Lourensford include kid’s hooping, which takes place every Saturday at 9am.
Opening times Sundays, 9am – 10am
Cost R50
Contact 087 195 0629, studio@liferetreat.co.za
Location Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Avenue, Somerset West

6. Giraffe House

Giraffe House: Best Things To Do with Kids

The tallest land mammals on earth, giraffes are an iconic denizen of the African continent, and their long necks are a great segue for introducing children to the subject of evolution. The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre at Stellenbosch is more of a farm than a house, populated by ostriches, antelope and even crocodiles, as well as giraffes. The animals are all kept in different camps, and visitors can follow the pathways between the various enclosures and view the animals at their own pace.
Why they’ll love it What’s not to love about giraffes? If they’re in a friendly mood, they may even stretch their neck over the fence to take a peek at your little ones. The children will find the many other animals at the farm intriguing as well, especially during the interactive creepy crawly encounters that take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on weekends.
Good to know Visitors are welcome to bring their own food and picnic baskets.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
9am – 2pm (24 December & 31 December)
Closed on Christmas Day
Cost R30 (children 2 – 15 years); R50 (adults); R35 (seniors)
Important note No credit card facilities are available at the location, so you’ll have to pay with cash.
Contact 021 884 4506, giraffehouse@gmail.com
Location R101 (towards Paarl), via N1, R304

7. Le Bonheur Reptiles and Adventures

Le Bonheur Reptile Park: Best Things To Do with Kids

The mention of Franschhoek or Paarl conjures cheese platters, wine-tasting and rolling vineyards, all of which make for the perfect grown-up outing. But for the younger members of the family, winelands outings can get boring, unless it involves getting up close and personal with Nile crocodiles and exotic snakes! And should they tire of the reptiles, plenty of wholesome fun can be had at the spacious kiddies’ play area. Plus, there’s a lawn for enjoying picnics.
Why they’ll love it Children love watch reptiles wriggle and crawl. There’s also a catch-and-release fishing dam, as well as informative and interactive guided tours that occur every 45 minutes.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost View individual and group rates here.
Contact 021 863 1142, info@lebonheuradventures.co.za

8. The Alpaca Loom

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What’s an alpaca, you ask? While they may – at first glance – look like some kind of mix between a giraffe and a goat, they are actually relatives of the bactrian and dromedary camels from Asia and Africa, although they originate in South America (mainly Peru). On this farm in southern Paarl, there’s a herd of alpacas, which children can feed (a bag of food costs R30) and interact with. There’s a coffee shop on the farm selling tea and cakes, as well as a loom, where you can purchase a variety of fabrics woven from alpaca wool.
Why they’ll love it Are you kidding? Look at that face, just look at it! In addition to alpacas, the farm has some donkeys and even a llama. There’s also petting zoo and a jungle gym, should they tire of the animals.
Opening times Daily, 10am – 6pm
Alpaca Barn Tours: Daily 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Cost Tours: R60 (adults); R40 (children and pensioners)
Contact 021 863 2495
084 793 3666 (Dietmar)
084 425 5535 (Kerstin)
info@alpacas.co.za
Location The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio, Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Southern Paarl

9. Art Classes at the Barn Artist’s Studio


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When the weather’s miserable, and outside play is not an option, there’s no better way to get your little one’s creative juices flowing than with an art classes.
Why they’ll love it It’s fun and creative, plus they get to leave with their very own masterpiece.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 4.30pm
Please note Children must be seven years or older
Cost R140 per child (60 – 90 minutes canvas painting)
R40 Spin Art Card (15 – 30 minutes)
Contact 021 863 5221 or 082 313 0712, barnartists@gmail.com
Location Fairview Wine Estate, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl

10. Drakenstein Lion Park

Lion Park: Best Things To Do with Kids

Located in the winelands, this sanctuary for lions in distress was established to give them a peaceful home for life, and help them recover. It is the largest genuine sanctuary in the Western Cape and also home to the rare white lion.
Why they’ll love it Other than meeting the King of the Jungle, kids also have the opportunity to “adopt” a lion for a fee, and contribute towards his/her upkeep in the sanctuary. The lion feeding time – 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – is a visual experience. The lion adoption fee is R1 000 a year. This amount is used for veterinary, housing and food costs.
Good to know Also worth checking out is the Chimp Haven – a facility that takes in chimps and other small animals affected by the closure of Tygerberg Zoo.
Opening times Lion Sanctuary: Daily, 9.30am – 5pm
Chimp Haven: Daily, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Cost R70 per facility (adults); R100 for both facilities (adults); R40 per facility (children); R60 for both facilities (children)
Contact 021 8633290, info@lionrescue.org.za
Location Drakenstein Lion Park, Old Paarl Road, R101, Suider-Paarl, Western Cape

 

Source: The 40 Best Things To Do with Kids in Cape Town in 2019 first appeared on insideguide.co.za

20 Nov 2017 1

Keeping kids entertained during the holidays is a difficult job. Experienced parents know that when kids are kept inside too long they start to get a little crazy. If the only experience your little ones have with animals is Peppa Pig, then it’s time to broaden their horizons and let them get close and personal with Mother Nature’s majestic, weird, and hilarious critters. Here are our picks for the best animal encounters for kids in Cape Town.

Imhoff Farm

Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie makes for a great day trip with the kids. This quaint farmstead has a number of animal activities to keep your little ones entertained. There are also two restaurants where parents can unwind with a cup of coffee while kids can play on the lawns.

First, there are the camels. These no-nonsense creatures are taking none of your kids’ attitude, but little ones love them for it. Your progeny can take a camel ride while you snap a few pics or browse the nearby craft stall.

Next, check out the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard, where kids can feed rabbits, goats, and ponies. After that, there’s the Imhoff Snake Park, a reptile sanctuary that’s a hit with courageous kids.

Finally, you can take your older kids to visit Imhoff Equestrian Centre and let them take part in a beach ride.

Website: imhofffarm.co.za

Two Oceans Aquarium

Named for the fact that the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet at the Cape, The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of Cape Town’s best attractions for kids.

Featuring over 3000 marine animals, the Aquarium offers edutainment at its finest—giving kids the opportunity to learn about the rich biodiversity in our oceans while having an absolute blast.

Website: capetown.travel

Butterfly World

Step into another world at Cape Town’s unique butterfly park. This tropical greenhouse and garden is a delight for children–and gives parents a great opportunity to practice their photography skills trying to get the perfect shot.

There are also spiders and scorpions (don’t worry, they’re in glass enclosures), and Jungle Leaf Café offers coffee and a bite to eat after a morning of fun.

Website: butterflyworld.co.za

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s most famous beaches. Situated in the old naval town of Simonstown, it’s on the False Bay coast which means the water is warmer than the beaches on the Atlantic side.

But it’s the penguins that are the real stars of Boulders. The African Penguin colony at Boulders attracts thousands of visitors each year and is a real treat for kids.

Kids love these waddling, braying little guys, and you can combine this unique animal encounter experience with some swimming and sand-castle building on the beach.

Website: capetown.travel

The Duck Parade at Vergenoegd Wine Estate

Have your kids ever seen over 1000 ducks going for a morning jog? If they haven’t then get them to the Vergenoegd Wine Estate on any day of the week.

The Duck Parade happens at 10h30, 12h30 and 15h30, so go for a breakfast or lunch at the excellent restaurants and let your kids roam the rolling lawns.

Website: vergenoegd.co.za

Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

Ostriches are weird creatures, and your kids will love their cartoonish antics. Head out to the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch on the N7, and your kids will be able to ride an ostrich, watch the funky male ostrich dance to impress his lady and play in the extensive play area.

The ranch has white ostriches, dwarf ostriches, black-necked ostriches and emus–more than enough to keep your kids entertained for ages.

Website: capetown.travel

Giraffe House

Want to take a guess what the main animal attraction at Giraffe House is? It’s Gerry, the hand-reared giraffe, of course. Despite the name, Giraffe House is not just about Gerry. They also have zebra, warthogs, monkeys, crocodiles and snakes.

Giraffe House is focused on educating kids about wildlife conservation and is the perfect spot if your kids are real animal-lovers.

Website: giraffehouse.co.za

Monkey Town Primate Centre

All kids love monkeys. There’s something about their cheeky, humanlike behaviour that resonates with the kiddie mind.

Monkey Town is the best place in Cape Town to view monkeys and apes. It’s a wildlife centre with over 700 animals, including chimpanzees that have learned basic sign language. It’s well worth the short trip along the N2 and makes a fun day out for both kids and adults.

Website: monkeys.co.za

The Alpaca Loom

The Alpaca Loom has got to be one of the most interesting animal encounters you can have in Cape Town. Created as a labour of love by Dietmar Keil and Kerstin Heisterkamp, this alpaca farm has a petting zoo and play area for the kids, and a coffee shop and gift shop for the adults.

You can also watch weavers at work in Alpaca Loom studio, weaving the unique alpaca fleece into scarves, beanies and jerseys.

Website: alpacas.co.za