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

Every year it’s the same old story: how do you keep the children busy during the school holidays? For parents, this doesn’t have to be especially daunting this lovely summer in Cape Town. Don’t sweat it, there is plenty to keep little ones busy and entertained. Here are some ideas for cool activities in Cape Town for the whole family during the school holidays (and beyond).

1. Nature’s Treasure Box Holiday Art Workshop, Kirstenbosch

6 April 2017
The kids are certain to enjoy the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are one of the best ways to spend your Sunday afternoons. Summer isn’t summer in Cape Town without live music performances at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Sunday afternoons. The line-up has been set and the tickets are currently on sale!
Contact: 0217998670
Visit: For tickets and the schedule Sanbi.org/events

2. Go tobogganing in Durbanville

Kids, school holidays, Cape Town, Cool Runnings
Image by John Macgregor

If the weather clears up, why not make good use of the winter sun and take the kids tobogganing at Cool Runnings Toboggan Park in Durbanville? Tobogganing Cool-Runnings-style involves planting your bum on a bob-sled and speeding down the hillside on a 1.2-kilometre steel-pipe track. The speed of all the toboggans is brake-controlled and the rides are very safe for children. Little ones under the age of eight have to be accompanied by an adult. One ride for children costs R40 (up to age 14) and one ride for adults costs R50, with an unlimited day pass costing R280.
Contact: 0219494439 / ops@cool-runnings.co.za
Visit: coolrunnings.capetown

 

3. Cape Town Science Centre, Observatory

For indoor family fun, the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory is a great place to indulge your kid’s inner nerd. The Centre’s exhibits are both mind-bogglingly cool and informative. Who says the holidays can’t be educational? During the holidays they have hands-on workshops, science shows, family bingo evenings and even cool stuff just for mums. The SciCafe has a basic menu of filling and healthy options. There’s also free Wi-Fi. Entry to the Science Centre costs from R50 per person.
Contact: 0213003200, info@ctsc.org.za,
Visit: ctsc.org.za

 

4. The Book Lounge, City Centre

Every Saturday at 11:00, The Book Lounge in Roeland Street has a free story telling session, perfect for 3-8-year-olds. They often have additional activities during the school holidays as well. While your little one is enthralled by magical tales, you can sit downstairs and enjoy a cuppa at their coffee shop or take some time to browse through the myriad of interesting and sometimes unusual books. It’s best to book, so give them a call or visit their website for more information.
Contact: 0214622425,

 

5. Bishopscourt Village Park

This was recommended by a mom and it sounds like an idyllic spot with a stream to splash in, rocks to clamber over and trees to climb. Not many folks seem to know about this hidden spot – it seems to be one of those “in-the-know” places! To find this secret garden paradise, drive all the way to the end of Upper Noreen Avenue and park along the road (don’t block driveways). There are two entrances: one you’ll see on your left as you drive down the road, marked by a green information board. The other is located near the end of the road, across the lawn, under the trees. Take a picnic as there are tables and benches too.
Contact: info@bvra.org.za

 

6. Artjamming, Cape Town

Create a masterpiece (or mess) on a blank canvas, while listening to funky music. Artjammers are provided with a menu of 12 different size canvases, easels, a selection of non-toxic acrylic paints, brushes and tools to freely express themselves. Great idea for children’s parties! You’ll find Artjamming studios at the Cape Quarter, Cavendish Square, The Paddocks, V&A Waterfront and the Willowbridge Centre. From R135 a canvas, although combo deals are also available.
Contact: manager@artjamming.co.za
Visit:artjamming.co.za

 

7.Noordhoek Farm Village

Noordhoek Farm Village, is the ideal children’s destination to entertain the kids, with its free, fun activities, age-specific playgrounds and child-friendly restaurants. The playground has been designed to accommodate various age groups with suitable activities and safety features. Parents can enjoy laid-back breakfasts and lunches from Café Roux, while keeping an eye on the little ones – it borders the kids’ play area – Café Roux also offers a kiddies’ menu and hosts birthday parties.
Contact:info@noordhoekvillage.co.za
Visit:noordhoekvillage.co.za

 

8. Planet Kids, Muizenberg

Planet Kids play centre in Muizenberg has jumping castles, an intergalactic ball wall, fun ramps with a space slide, an outside area with a foefie slide and dream swing, as well as various workshops and other activities. They run special programmes during the school holidays to keep the little ones occupied. Refreshments can be ordered from the Flying Saucer Cafe, where grown-ups can sit and enjoy a coffee while browsing through a magazine. You can also drop the kids off and fetch them later. Kids aged 2 to 13 pay R35 for the first hour or R60 for two hours. Children under 2 years (10 to 23 months) pay R25 for an hour. Adults are free. Cash or EFT only, no credit cards. More pricing options available. Please check the Planet Kids website for more details.
Contact: 0217883070, info@planetkids.co.za
Visit:planetkids.co.za

 

9. Acrobranch, Constantia

Kids, school holidays, Cape Town, acrobranchingAcrobranching gives you and the kids the chance to unleash your inner-ape and go swinging through the tree tops. This is another fantastic holiday activity for the entire family if the weather decides to play along. The Acrobranch park in Constantia consists of three courses, each one equipped with zip lines, sing bridges and Tarzan swings. The courses are family-friendly and safe for children as young as three years of age. The “Yellow Course” is for children ages three and up while the “Green Course” is for children seven years and older. The “Blue Course” includes the other two courses and is for older acrobranchers. If this seems like your kind of fun be sure to check it out. R100 to R180 depending on the course.
Contact: 0212011121
Visit: acrobranch.co.za

 

10. Bugz Family Playpark, Kraaifontein

Bugz Family Playpark Worm Train
Bugz Family Playpark is an activity-filled park with a huge outdoor playground and an impressive indoor play area suited for children from 2 to 10 years old. There are pedal cars, jumping castles, rowing boats, swing horses, mini tractor rides, a choo choo train as well as free play areas, horse rides and magic shows. When tummies need filling, there’s The Bugz Tent Kitchen and Bugz Too Restaurant. Open from 09:00 to 17:00 every day (except Christmas Day). They also host birthday parties. Adults R50 on weekdays and on weekends, kids R45 on weekdays and R60 on weekends (excluding rides).
Contact: 0219888836, party@bugz.co.za
Visit:bugzplaypark.co.za

 

11. The Giraffe House, Stellenbosch

The Giraffe House in Stellenbosch provides easy access to certain species of wildlife and birds, including giraffe, eland, impala, zebra, springbok, monkeys, owls, storks, parrots, ducks, geese and more. They host animal-themed parties, educational programmes, snake encounters, a play area and bicycle track. There is no restaurant on the premises, but a refreshment kiosk supplies snacks and something to drink. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic basket (please adhere to their no-alcohol policy). Open daily from 09:00 to 17:00. Read about my experience at The Giraffe House. From R30 a child, and from R50 an adult. Please bring cash as there are no card facilities.
Contact: 0218844506, giraffehouse@gmail.com
Visit:giraffehouse.co.za.

 

12. Clay Café, Hout Bay

Clay Cafe in Hout BayThe Clay Cafe in Hout Bay makes for a day of creativity and recreation for children and parents alike. Choose from a vast array of unfired bisque and a wide selection of colourful paints to create crockery that is both personal and unique. Spend a leisurely day painting in a relaxed environment with friendly staff at hand to assist you with any painting techniques that you might wish to make use of. There is a garden and playground outside so once children are finished painting there is still plenty to explore. Also a great idea for children’s parties! R35 studio fee, plus the price of whichever item you decide to paint, ranging from R20 to R250.
Contact: 0217903318, info@claytcafe.co.za
Visit:claycafe.co.za

 

13. Ratanga Junction, Century City

Ratanga Junction - The CobraAllocate an entire day to the thrills and spills of Ratanga Junction, with rides to suit all ages and levels of bravery. It’s usually open only during school holidays, so check before you head there. Full Adventurer Ticket (over 1,3 m) – R179 a person; Mini Adventurer Ticket (under 1,3 m) – R95 a person; non-rider Fun Pass – R70 a person. There’s a separate charge of R65 for the Slingshot attraction.
Contact: 0215508504, info@ratanga.co.za
Visit:ratanga.co.za

 

14. World of Birds, Hout Bay

World Of Birds, Hout BayThe World of Birds in Hout Bay is billed as the largest bird park in Africa, but most kids prefer the naughty squirrel monkeys who sit on your head and rifle through your pockets, while the meerkats, mongooses, porcupines and guinea pigs also have their devoted fans. The Robin’s Nest offers drinks and snacks as well as light meals. You are also welcome to take your own picnic basket and enjoy a picnic at the Flamingo Terrace (right next to the flamingoes). Adults R95, Kids R45. Pensioners and students (with card) pay R65.
Contact: 0217902730, info@worldofbirds.org.za
Visit:worldofbirds.org.za

 

15. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

A sunny day will find many Capetonians lazing on the immaculate lawns of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the finest gardens in South Africa. Everyone has their favourite nook – I love the giant trees over the Skeleton Stream, which provide lots of exciting climbing for young adventurers. A raised walkway, named The Boomslang, has been recently built through the Arboretum, between the Protea Garden, Cycad Amphitheatre, the Dell, Mathews Rockery and the Concert Lawn. The boardwalk raises visitors to over 12m above ground, and winds like a snake, dipping through the trees. Adults – R60, kids (aged 6-17) – R15, kids under 6 years of age – free. Students (with card) – R30.
Contact: 0217998899, info@sanbi.org.za
Visit:www.sanbi.org

 

16. City Sightseeing Bus, Cape Town

City Sightseeing BusNearly everyone has seen the big red City Sightseeing Bus, but actually going on it is so much fun (be a tourist in your own city). You can sit and watch the world go by and hop on and off at various places of interest. If you actually listen to the commentary, you will learn a lot about the city we live in and there’s a kid-friendly version too (that’s actually very clever, informative and amusing). Don’t let rain put you off, it’s dry in there! All children get a free activity pack with a colouring-in book and crayons which helps keep them occupied. One day pass: Adults – R170, Kids (aged 5-15) – R90 (when you buy online). Kids under 5 – free.
Contact: 0215116000, info@citysightseeing.co.za
Visit:citysightseeing.co.za

 

17. Company’s Garden, City Centre

The Company's GardenThe Company’s Garden is a great free spot for families. You can picnic on the grass, play ball games and feed the squirrels and (inevitably) the pigeons. Be aware though that squirrels have sharp little claws! I have seen a few children burst into tears when one of the cute little critters decides to scramble up their bare leg in search of peanuts. The Company’s Garden Restaurant in the park also serves good food, and the outside section is full of interesting things to keep kids busy. You’ll find The Company’s Garden in Queen Victoria Street, at the top end of Adderley Street.
Contact: 0214002521
Visit:thecompanysgarden.com

 

18. Green Point Park

I love this park (read about how I discovered Green Point Park) and kids love it too. Entrance is free, so pack a picnic and take the kids out for the day. There are play areas for littlies and for bigger kids, so everyone has a good time. Adults can give the outdoor gym equipment a go, or just sit on the lawn or at a table and relax. Leashed dogs and bicycles (or tricycles) are welcome too.
Contact: 0214170120, info.capetownstadium@capetown.gov.za

 

19. Take a trip on the Atlantic Rail Steam Train

 

Kids, school holidays, Cape Town, Atlantic Rail Steam Train 2

Image by Adel Groenewald.

If you want to add that extra element of awesomeness to your next family day out, you can do a lot worse than the Atlantic Rail Steam Train. This vintage steam locomotive offers day trips from Cape Town to Simon’s Town on most Sundays, with trips to Spier and Vredenheim in the Stellenbosch Winelandsalso available depending on demand. Get the kids and hop on this old iron horse at 10:30 at Cape Town, take the slow scenic route along the Peninsula and then spend the day in Simon’s Town. The train departs Simon’s Town for Cape Town at 15:15. Passengers are also allowed to get off at Kalk Bay. Booking is essential, and unfortunately, the trips are so popular it’s often booked for months in advance.

Stellenbosch Option: (Includes only your return steam train journey to Stellenbosch) – R300 for adults and R200 for kids
Spier wine Farm Option: (Includes your return steam train journey to Spier Wine Farm, as well as wine tasting (grape juice for children), animal experience at Eagle Encounters, and lunch at Eight Restaurant (3 meals to choose from, beverages not included) – R500 for Adults and R400 for kids
Vredenheim Wine Estate Option: (Includes your return steam train journey to Vredenheim Wine Estate, as well as wine tasting (grape juice for children), animal experience at The Big Cats Park, and lunch at Barrique Restaurant (3 meals to choose from, beverages not included) – R500 for Adults and R400 for kids.
Contact: Booking is essential. Book at info@atlanticrail.co.za
Visit:www.atlanticrail.co.za

Read more:Atlantic Rail: A 1930s steam train to Simon’s Town
Read more:Take a steam train to Vredenheim in the Stellenbosch Winelands

 

20. Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie

Kids, school holidays, Cape Town, camel ridesHere’s another fun activity for the odd sunny day this winter holiday. Head to Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie and take a ride along Noordhoek Beach on one of the farm’s five camels. This is one of those activities that’s bound to be a hit with both you and the children. Once you’re done with your camel ride you can also pay a visit to the Higgeldy Piggeldy Animal Farm – where the little ones can play with the farm animals – or have a bite to eat at one of the farmstead’s three restaurants. Imhoff Farm is open Tuesdays to Sundays.
Contact: 0217834545, Info@imhofffarm.co.za,
Visit:imhofffarm.co.za

 

21. The Playshed at the Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands

I met one of my mommy friends here recently and was quite impressed with The Playshed. The kids (make that screaming kid) were having a ball on the jungle gym and zipping down slides, while we enjoyed a cup of coffee and a toasted sandwich. There are magazines on the tables so moms can take some time out and the food is very reasonably priced. Afterwards, we took the kids for a pony ride which was a highlight (and at R10 a ride, well worth it!) Children will love this place – apart from pony or horse rides and The Playshed, there are chickens and dogs too. It’s like a little farm in the middle of the city. If you don’t fancy eating in the Playshed, there’s also a separate restaurant.
Contact: 0741962778, madre@iafrica.com
Visit:oudemolenecovillage.co.za/the-play-shed

 

22. CityROCK, Observatory

 

Kids, school holidays, Cape Town, CityRock

Image by UltraRob.

If you and the kids feel up to something more challenging, why not try some indoor rock climbing at CityROCK in Observatory. All the climbing gear you need can be rented or bought on site. First-timer to rock climbing? No sweat. You can get a day pass for R105 per adult and R85 per kid (excluding gear). There are also special programmes for children of different ages and skill levels, including a three-day holiday programme. The best option for kids who are new to rock climbing is the test-drive package which includes entrance and gear rental. CityROCK also offers yoga classes. Adults – R175, kids – R155 (includes bouldering and climbing on the automatic belay wall and gear rental). Add R200 per hour for an instructor.
Contact: 0214471326, tarryn@cityrock.co.za
Visit:cityrock.co.za

 

23. Mini train, Mouille Point

I know some adults who enjoy this train too! Catch a ride on this cute little miniature train and enjoy views of passing ships and Robben Island. Then hop off and let the kids enjoy the park with a tricycle track, jungle gyms and rock climbing. R50 per person per ride.
Contact: 0843149200, info@thebluetrainpark.com
Visit:thebluetrainpark.co.za

 

24. Kenilworth Karting, Kenilworth

Kids, school holidays, Cape Town, Go-KartFeel like upping the ante and getting the adrenaline pumping? Kenilworth Karting is a great way to add a bit of oomph to your family day out (they also have a track in Canal Walk). This indoor go-kart racing course features a challenging 310m race track and a number of 160cc karts with hydraulic brakes and slick tyres and 140cc GP Junior karts for the little ones. All racers are provided with helmets. Take your pick from the different racing options like the Grand Prix and Endurance options. A five-minute Junior Race (Height Requirement of 1.5m and up) will cost R160 pp for kids and adults.  It’s best to book ahead of time, as there are height restrictions on the ‘Arrive and Drive’ options.
Contact: 0216832670 and 0216836950, info@karting.co.za
Visit:karting.co.za

 

25. Butterfly World, Klapmuts

Take a drive out of Cape Town on the N1 to Butterfly World, where you will find a fluttery paradise with butterflies from all over the world. When the kids get bored of the beautiful flying insects, there are meerkats, ducks, goats and chickens to look at. Along with iguanas, scorpions and spiders. Adults – R80, kids – R45.
Contact: 0218755628, bfwtropicalgarden@gmail.com
Visit:butterflyworld.co.za

 

26. Paintball, Atlantis

Kids, school holidays, Cape Town, paintballU-TAC – or urban tactical – Paintball outside Atlantis is one of the best paintball joints in South Africa and is the perfect place for you and the kids if you’re feeling trigger-happy. What makes U-TAC so special is that it allows you to enact a wide range of military scenarios such as battling it out in a village, in trenches or in the bush. You can also arrange for 48-hour wars or helicopter insertion. The premises also have a tuck shop and braai facilities if you feel like relaxing after an epic family feud.
Contact: 0837789111, info@u-tac.co.za.

 

27. Iziko Museums, Cape Town

 

Kids, school holidays, Cape Town, Iziko

Image by Mike Coghlan.

One of the major perks of living in Cape Town is that both the South African Museum and the South African National Gallery are conveniently situated in the City Bowl, around the Company’s Gardens. The Museum and the Gallery – both falling under South Africa’s national heritage institution Iziko – are ideal for a more peaceful, contemplative family day-out. The Museum boasts everything from dinosaur fossils to rock art. The National Gallery houses an impressive range of contemporary artworks, traditional beadwork and textiles and is ideal for the culture vultures in your family. Entry to the South African Museum costs R20 for Kids (aged 6 to 18 years) and R40 for adults. Kids under 5 get in for free.  The same prices apply for the South African National Gallery.
Contact: 0214813800, info@iziko.org.za
Visit:www.iziko.org.za.

 

28. V&A Waterfront

 

Photo by Rachel Robinson.

The V&A Waterfront often has special programmes for children during the school holidays. There’s also a play area with all sorts of interesting things, like pirate ships and jungle gyms near the food court.

The Scratch Patch is an inexpensive and fun place for all ages. Kids (and adults) can sort through mountains of gemstones and pick out tiger’s eyes, amethysts, jaspers and more. Cave Golf is another option if you are on a tight budget. It sounds easy, but this version of putt-putt has some tricky ramps, sharp corners and deceptively difficult holes. Operating hours: The Scratch Patch – 9:00 to 18:00, Cave Golf – 9:00 to 17:00.
Price: You can purchase a small plastic bag or container ranging in price from R17 for a small bag to R95 for a large container.
Contact: 0214199429

29. The Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium is hands-down one of the best places in Cape Town for indoor fun (great for rainy days). Apart from the dazzling glimpses it offers into the underwater world, the aquarium also has several activities that will delight young and old alike. Be sure to schedule your trip to the time of day when the penguins, sharks and other fish are being fed. Don’t miss the Touch Pool which allows you and the kids to interact with anemones, starfish and seaweed. For a little bit extra, you can buy tickets for the Penguin Encounter that allows you and your children to come face-to-beak with the super-cute rockhopper penguins. Adults – R160, Kids (aged 4-13 years) R115 and online purchases are R105 for Kids (aged 14-17 years) and R145 adults. Kids under 4 years old are free.
Contact: 0214183823, aquarium@aquarium.co.za
Visit:aquarium.co.za

 

30. Ten-pin bowling, Grand West

Ten-pin bowling is what I call “good old-fashioned fun” and kids from five and up will love the competition! Magic Bowling at Grand West Casino offers 12 lanes of fun bowling pleasure for all ages, accompanied by music and a cosmic bowling experience. So get a group together and go bowling, even if it’s raining.
Contact: 0215354582.

 

31. Intaka Island, Century City

Intaka Island covers 16 hectares of wetland, birds and flora in the middle of Century City and makes for a good day out if the sun is shining. Catch a ferry ride and take a stroll along the 2km of footpaths, (or get one of the experienced field rangers to lead you). There are special kiddie programmes during the holidays too. Adults – R35, Kids (under the age of 12) and Pensioners – R30. Combo tickets also available, which include a boat ride.
Contact: 0215526889
Visit:www.intaka.co.za

 

32. Tots ’n Pots, Cape Town

Tots n PotsWant your kids to cook but don’t want to clean up afterwards? Take them to Tots ’n Pots where they can fling flour and bash butter to their hearts’ content. These cooking classes are run by incredibly patient teachers and chefs around the peninsula – try the Constantia branch run by Deirdre Cargill who loves the hands-on element in cooking. There are many lessons your kids will learn without realising it, but the main aim is to have fun. And they do – whether it’s the actual mixing and stirring, eating their concoctions or decorating their takeaway box – all with mom or dad guiding along the way. Particularly good for smaller kids, you can sign up for a single lesson or a whole course. Some clubs run during the school holidays. They also do birthday parties. There are also branches in Tableview, the Northern Suburbs and the Southern Peninsula. Bookings are essential.
Contact: 0768163892, constantia@totsnpots.com
Visit:www.totsnpots.co.za

Credit: getaway.co.za