The end-of-year holidays are a great opportunity to spend time showing your children some of the wonderful things Cape Town has to offer. There are theatre productions and exhibitions, and activities ranging from learning to surf to tobogganing on dry land. Here are ten things to do in Cape Town with kids this summer.

Garden fun at Kirstenbosch

Pack the kids, the picnic, and the blanket and head off to Kirstenbosch, acclaimed as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. In summer, there are plenty of shady spots to spread that blanket. The whole family—from grans and granddads right down to the smallest family member—can enjoy the rolling green lawns and beautiful surroundings.  A “walk in the trees” along the tree canopy walkway known as the Boomslang is a thrilling activity that children will enjoy. Picnics can also be pre-ordered from Moyo or the Kirstenbosch Tea Room.

When: 8am-5pm daily
Where: Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Website: sanbi.org

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V&A Waterfront

A visit to the V&A Waterfront is a no-brainer for people with kids. In fact, you could probably fill a whole holiday with all activities available here! There are countless specials to keep your little ones happy: you can grab a free voucher booklet at the info kiosk. Future Park is great fun for kids and their parents. The Two Oceans Aquarium never fails to impress, and there’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not, with displays that are as fun as they are educational. There are also a number of kid-friendly restaurants and playgrounds, and the amphitheatre offers performances on most days to entertain people of all ages. Check out their other kids’ activities on their website.

When: 9am-9pm daily
Where: The Clocktower at the V & A Waterfront
Website: waterfront.co.za

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Learn to surf at Surfers Corner

Surfers Corner in Muizenberg is recognised as one of the best beaches to learn to surf. There are several surf schools here offering lessons to aspiring surfers from the age of 4 to 94. The beach is lovely for swimming and sandcastles, and parents will enjoy the great beachfront restaurants and coffee shops. It is weather-dependent, so always phone ahead to see if conditions are good.

When: Most schools are open 8am-5pm
Where: Surfers Corner, Muizenberg
Website: There are a few options, like garysurf.co.za;  learn2surf.co.za; and stokedsurfschool.com

things to do in Cape Town with kids

Transformers Animatronics

This exhibition brings the planet of Cybertron to Cape Town where visitors can meet up with their favourite transformers, from the iconic toys of the ’80s to towering sculptures of the transformers we see in films today. The incredible sculptures are up to 11 meters (36ft) high and are animated with amazing animatronic technology. There is a dedicated kids’ zone where children can build their own transformers.

When: 10 November to 21 January;  10am-7pm
Where: Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Goodwood
Website: transformersafrica.com

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Cool Runnings Toboggan Family Park

Visitors from the Northern Hemisphere will be familiar with tobogganing, but at Cool Runnings, the activity has a Southern Hemisphere spin. There is not a snowflake in sight—instead, you’ll hurtle down a stainless steel track under the summer sun. You can choose to ride in a two-person toboggan and you control the speed, so it’s a great activity for all ages.

When: Weekdays 11am-6pm; weekends 9am-6pm
Where: Tygervalley, Cape Town
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Movie night at the Galileo Open Air Cinema

There are few things more exciting for kids than being out at night under the stars watching one of their favourite movies. Various venues around the city are transformed into an open-air cinema with stalls selling food, drinks, and popcorn. There are all sorts of films on offer and their Family Sundays, screened at Kelvin Grove in Newlands, feature such classics as UpMoana, and Home Alone.

When: Every Tuesday to Sunday evening between October and April
Where: Various venues, but Kelvin Grove in Newlands is their family venue
Website: galileo.co.za

The Galileo Open Air Cinema

See the penguin colony on a sea kayak trip

Children over the age of 10 can join a parent in the 2-person kayak for this unique marine adventure with Kayak Cape Town. The route goes along the stunning coast from Simon’s Town jetty, towards Boulders Beach where you enjoy a unique view of the African penguin colony. You might even see the birds up close, darting through the water or sunning themselves on the coastal boulders. The activity is weather-dependant so it’s a good idea to call ahead.

When: Daily trips leave at 8.30am
Where: Simon’s Town
Website: kayakcapetown.co.za

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Cinderella on Ice

The ice stage at Artscape is a perfect way to escape the city’s heat and introduce some enchantment to your children’s holiday activities. Imperial Ice Stars bring this well-loved classic to Cape Town and their theatrical choreography, amazing speed and lifts, and stunning costumes add to the magic of the Cinderella story.

When: 10-28 January, 7.30pm on weekdays with matinees on Saturday and Sunday
Where: Artscape, Foreshore, Cape Town
Website: artscape.co.za

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Imhoff Farm

For a fun-filled day outdoors pay a visit to the Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie. Here, kids can play a round or two of laser tag or paintball. Laser tag welcomes kids six and up. Camel rides are a popular activity as well. The snake park is filled with weird and wonderful reptiles, and the Higgeldy Piggeldy farmyard is where the kids can feed the ducks and goats. The Blue Water Café has a wonderful outdoor wooden jungle gym where parents can grab breakfast, lunch, or drinks while the little ones have a great time.

When: All year round – check website for opening times of various activities
Where: Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie
Website: imhofffarm.co.za

Imhoff Farm

Acrobranch Adventure Park

This tree-top obstacle adventure park provides an action-packed day of tree-top adventures for visitors of all ages. The Acro-twigs course is perfect for kids, with onsite safety guides keeping a close eye. Kids between three and six can tackle nine obstacles that will test their abilities and provide a heap of fun. The setting in the Constantia Nek forest is idyllic and it’s close enough to the Constantia Winelands to combine the day with some wine estate visits for the adults as well.

When: Wednesday to Sunday, school holidays and public holidays; 9am-5pm
Where: 1 Hout Bay Main Rd, Constantia Nek
Website: acrobranch.co.za

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Source: CapeTownTravel.com

26 Julie 2017

Cape Town was recently voted the second cheapest city to live in the world, although locals may beg to differ. Luckily we’ve put together a guide to how you can navigate the Mother City in a truly wallet-friendly way.

Our advice: print this guide out and keep it in your ever-so-empty back pocket.

CONQUER CAPE TOWN’S GREAT OUTDOORS

Take a full moon hike up Lion’s Head

A fan of hiking and outdoor activity? We’ve got the scoop on of Cape Town’s finest outdoor experiences. Between Table Mountain and Signal Hill you’ll find a mountain steeped in romance and tradition. Climb the mountain just before sunset and enjoy a picnic with a few good folks and the breathtaking view of Camps Bay and Cape Town, basking under the lighting of a majestic Cape Town full moon.

Swing on the Sea Point Promenade

A visit to Sea Point is not complete without taking in the crisp ocean air along the stunning seaside promenade. The promenade is frequented by walkers, cyclists and skaters – a sunset jog is a fantastic idea. Can’t afford an outing to a theme park? Get in touch with your inner-child and swing high in the air at one of the grassy parks or flex those muscles at the innovative outdoor gym. Cape Town is characterised by its amazing sea views and Sea Point exhibits this by providing a perfect vantage point.

Drink in nature in Cecilia Forest

Cape Town’s vast natural beauty is something unmissable and all the serious hikers should head over to the Cecilia Forest to catch a glimpse of the legendary fairies and take a sip of fresh mountain water to revitalise their bodies, whilst opening their minds. Start your hike where Hohenort Drive meets Rhodes Drive in Newlands. The glades, streams, waterfall and mossy paths will soothe your soul and leave you in a state of equanimity.

Experience Cape biodiversity at Green Point Urban Park

Green Point Urban Park is an amazing sphere of natural beauty. It’s spacious and perfect for you to get to know the plant species around you. The setting is an immaculately landscaped greenway that is equally informative for children and adults. The cleverly designed biodiversity garden contains over 300 clearly labelled Cape plant species, making it a free alternative to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Afterwards, unwind on the sprawling lawn and enjoy a packed picnic with your family or friends.

Feed the squirrels in Company’s Garden

Just as the Company’s Garden used to enchant ocean-weary travellers who’d arrived to a strange land years ago, today this green patch continues to charm tourists and locals alike. Hemmed in by the busy streets of the CBD, the winding avenues of oaks, the inviting carpet-like lawns and the mosaic of indigenous herbs and succulents are ideal for a few hours spent lazing away a spending-free day. Not to mention, who can resist the cute and fluffy squirrels climbing the trees and hopping right up to you? These bushy-tailed animals don’t want your money, just a few peanuts will do. Bring a picnic blanket and goods from home and come enjoy the idyllic setting with someone special or your loved ones.

Hang up your hammock in De Waal Park

De Waal Park is a community park situated in the heart of the City Bowl. Renowned for its wide variety of trees and its social doggiesphere, both adults and children can kick back, hang up a hammock and take a nap. This is also the perfect spot for some quality time with your family or a relaxing, romantic retreat for couples. Pack a picnic basket and a blanket and have a tranquil day surrounded by the beauty of nature under Cape Town’s sweet sun.For more outdoor options check out our overview of parks in Cape Town. Enjoy some of SA’s hottest local music acts at De Waal Park Summer Concerts

Music concerts are another big part of summers in Cape Town. You usually have to pay to see some of these local music acts, but during magnific summer days De Waal Park plays host to musicians, who get spectators dancing and singing along to some of their favourite local songs. The wonderful thing is that this musical journey is free of charge and the venue it is hosted at, is organic and conducive for a really chilled vibe, suitable for the entire family. For more on De Waal Park Summer concerts check out: Concerts In The Park.

 

Surf at Muizenberg beach

The surfing culture out at surfer’s corner in Muizenberg has been alive and well for generations now. This little coastal community is filled with friendly faces and awesome vibes. Come rain or shine, cold or hot – the waves are actually best in winter – one of the most legendary ways to reconnect with Cape Town’s majestic oceans is by riding the swells that ebb and flow at Muizenberg beach (or any of the Cape’s iconic surf spots). Get there early to miss the traffic jam! You won’t need a cent to make a day of it.

Take the family on a Muizenberg meander

This walk on the beach occurs every Saturday after that month’s full moon. The family-friendly event focuses on making the Muizenberg beach a safer space for all, but is a fun night out for all ages. The walk commences from Knead Bakery at 6:15pm and attendees are welcome to bring a group of people with – the more the merrier after all!

PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAP

Fall in love with books at the Centre for the Book

A unit of the National Library of South Africa, the Centre for the Book aims to promote a culture of reading, writing and publishing in all local languages. Look out for their reading–related activities and events such as poetry readings, writing groups and workshops. A visit to their soaring wood-panelled interior will inspire even the most reluctant bibliophobes.

Borrow a book at the Kloof Street Library

Sunny day? The friendly staff at Kloof Street Library will help you choose the perfect novel, African heritage or children’s book, to enjoy in their delightful garden. This quaint library is situated in an old gabled house at the top of the CBD’s buzzy Kloof Street.

Network at Creative Mornings

One Friday of every month a group of creatives get together at different locations to network and share ideas and insights. Started by Capetonian Catherine Henderson in May 2010, the regular 20- to 30-minute morning talks feature one creative speaker and free coffee and snacks. So, start the morning inspired and filled with new ideas.

 

Join in a Pub Quiz

If you have a thirst for knowledge and beer on tap then throw your hat into the ring for quiz night at your local pub. Most of them have a small fee, but luckily Aandklas in Stellenbosch is for FREE! Take a bunch of mates to their Thursday quiz, have a ball and enjoy seeing how good your general knowledge is!

GET TO KNOW YOUR HERITAGE

Amble along Signal Hill

Signal Hill is located next to Lion’s Head, with stunning views of the Atlantic. It’s home to a number of historic features such as the Signal Hill cannon, which originally notified the public when a ship was in trouble. This old Capetonian tradition still takes place every day on Signal Hill, just below the mountaintop. At 12h00 exactly, the Noon Gun is fired – an opportunity for people to set their watches (and block their ears).

Check out the Just Nuisance Monument

This monument in Simon’s Town commemorates Just Nuisance, a Great Dane who befriended the Royal Navy and made such an impression that he was enlisted, wore a sailor’s hat, turned up at functions and did much to boost the morale of sailors at sea. You can also visit the Simon’s Town Museum, which displays his papers, collar and photographs.

Visit all the Iziko Museums

The Iziko Museums regularly have free entry days (usually on public holidays), which make for prime opportunities to explore the extensive art, social and natural history collections housed in these Cape Town institutions. Particularly interesting is the Bo-Kaap Museum, which showcases Islamic heritage  and culture in South Africa, and is set in the historic neighbourhood that is home to many Muslims and descendants of freed slaves. Additionally, The Planetarium, a celestial dome in the South African Museum Building in the Company’s Garden is an incredibly entertaining day out.

FILL UP WITH FREE FOOD AND WINE

Visit the Century City Natural Goods Market

For a free family-friendly outing in the Northern Suburbs, gather the kids and head over to the Century City Natural Goods Market on the last Sunday of each summer month (October to April). Set on the grassy expanse next to the large wetland and bird sanctuary of Intaka Island, this outdoor market is ideally located for a lazy weekend day spent soaking up the sun. No-charge entertainment, like jumping castles, train rides and magic tricks, is on offer; though the expansive green usually provides the little ones with room to engage in more than enough activity. For adults, a variety of artisan stalls are available for your browsing pleasure and live local music acts provide the backbeat to a leisurely day.

Taste some tipple at Wine Concepts on Kloof

This CBD-based wine store has free wine tastings, every single day! Yes, you read that right, you can sip ’n swirl some of the best wines around all for mahala. Tastings take place from 4pm until 7pm on Mondays to Fridays and on weekends from noon until 3pm. And what’s more, you get a cool 10% off any of the wines put up for tasting that day.

Show & Tell at The Drawing Room

This Observatory-based café and art gallery has a variety of exhibition openings and show & tell’s for the public. Known for the delish food and a good cuppa joe, art lovers can catch the work of up-and-coming artists or mingle with like-minded individuals. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details about upcoming events.

Sample the fare at Neighbourgoods Market

Get a little gourmet Saturday treatment from 9am to 2pm. The bustling Neighbourgoods Market is every foodie’s dream, stocking items from over 100 speciality traders offering fine food, wine and local produce. There are plenty of chutneys, cheeses cakes and wines for you to sample here. A little forward planning for that pay-day picnic never hurt anyone.

More wine tastings (hiccup) at Tjing Tjing

There’s no reservation needed at Tjing Tjing for their free wine tastings on Wednesdays. Just stop by from 5pm onwards to sample some top-drawer blends and meet the winemakers.

Hang out at the City Bowl Market

Housed in a historic hall on Hope Street in the middle of the CBD, the City Bowl Market is a wonderful collection of stalls featuring vintage clothing, great coffee, Nutella-filled crépes, wooden arts and crafts and so much more. Walking around and chatting to the warm and friendly locals will cost you absolutely nothing. The market is open every Saturday between 9am and 2pm and every Thursday evening between 4:30pm and 8:30pm.

Keep it real at the Bay Harbour Market

Described as “a real place for real people”, the Bay Harbour Market (also informally called the Hout Bay Market) is the epitome of Cape Town’s relaxed atmosphere. Trading times are Friday 5pm to 9pm; and Saturday and Sunday 9:30am to 4pm. Keep it real, keep it free and head down to this original and interesting gathering to see what beautiful things people are creating. You might catch a clown entertaining the kids or a musician singing his heart out.

GET INTO THE ARTS & CULTURE SCENE

Take a diamond tour at Shimansky

Embark on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at experts delicately shaping platinum, learn about the factors that affect the value of a diamond and witness the result of human expertise in Shimansky sparkling showroom. Although the tour is free, you or your girlfriend/wife/partner may emerge doe-eyed for diamonds. Read about the Shimansky diamond tour.

Attend a poetry reading at A Touch of Madness

Situated in an old Victorian house, this Observatory-based restaurant and bar is well-known for its crazy delicious food and madcap atmosphere –the name says it all. If you’re strapped for cash, you can attend their weekly poetry evenings every Monday from 8pm until 10pm. The line-up changes from week to week so come with an open mind and hear from some of Cape Town’s budding poets.

Catch contemporary South African art at Whatiftheworld Gallery

WhatiftheWorld Gallery provides a platform for established contemporary artists and gives collectors the opportunity to discover new artists. Plus you can peruse these works of art for free.  It’s run by one of the co-founders of the NeighbourGoods Market and was one of the first galleries to open in Woodstock. They also represent some of SA’s finest designers (not just artists) – check out their website for more info that you can include. Find more galleries here.

See edgy urban art at Worldart Gallery

Openings at this CBD-based gallery tend to spill out onto Church Street, a pedestrianised mall brimming with African art and craft. Worldart specialises in accessible urban art by young local talent, many of whom are illustrators and street artists.

LIFT THE BANK BALANCE BY LIFTING THE SPIRIT

Walk a dog and make a best friend

If you can’t lift the bank balance why not lift the spirits? TEARS, which is located just off Kommetjie Road on the M5, is a non-profit organisation that rescues abandoned dogs and cats. Donate your time and take part in their dog-walking programme. We guarantee that after a few hours with a furry friend, you’ll feel like a million bucks. Email tears@tears.org.co.za for more information.

Plant a tree and help Greenpop grow

Greenpop plants trees, runs educational programmes and hosts restoration festivals all in the name of a greener future. The NGO spearheads fun events aimed at raising environmental awareness: plant days at schools and football fields, jam sessions in Long Street’s car parks, bicycle rides in Cape Town and tree planting projects in Zambia. You can get involved for free by signing up on their volunteer database.

The Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour

The Woodstock Street Art Walking Tour Is a 60 to 90 minute walk that starts and ends at The Woodstock Exchange in Woodstock. The tour forms part of the Township Art Tours program run by Juma Tours and includes a tour of murals, installations, graffiti and a gallery visit in the greater Woodstock area. There are daily tours that run at 10am; 12pm; 14pm; and 16pm. Get in on this cultural experience. Bookings can be made on routestreetart@gmail.com. The tour is free but gratuities are welcome.

Something different for mother’s day

12 Mei 2017

Mother’s Day is the one day that you can go above and beyond to spoil the most dearest lady in your life, just to show how much you appreciate everything she so unselfishly does for you.

We are sharing some awesome and a bit different ideas to spoil your mom this Mother’s Day.

 

Zip through the Skies on a NAC Cape Point Helicopter Ride

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Be the reason for your Mom’s brightest smile this Mother’s Day by treating her to a flight with NAC Helicopters. Watch the smile on her face broaden as you fly over the picturesque Mother City on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. NAC Helicopters is located at the V&A Waterfront and operates all year round. Make sure you book in advance and that you arrive 20 minutes before your flight. Rides are priced from R1080p/p to R2150p/p and the flights are 45 minutes to 60 minutes long. The journey takes you over the Cape Town Stadium and Robben Island continuing all the way to Atlantic coast, the suburbs of Sea Point, Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno, flying over the harbour town of Hout Bay and along the side of Chapman’s Peak Drive then passes over the long, white stretch of Noordhoek beach all the way to Cape Point before returning and giving you a glimpse of Table Mountain and the city bowl on the way back.

Bask in Stellar Views on a Para Taxi Paragliding Excursion

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Share a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your Mom on a Para Taxi paragliding flight  and treasure the moment forever. Take a flight from Lion’s Head and enjoy the scenery of the Atlantic coast and Robben Island from the sky. A qualified tandem master will be with you every step of the way to make sure you enjoy the experience and are safe. Prices range from R1300 for a 30-minute flight, and having mom with you will only make it all the more special.

Take a Stroll along the Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden welcomes visitors with its natural floral scent and unique views of Table Mountain and the surrounding flora. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to stroll along the Kirstenbosch Treetop Canopy Walkway before making your way to Moyo restaurant. Celebrate and spoil your special Mom with an unforgettable buffet lunch accompanied by live entertainment. The delectable meal is priced at R315 per adult and R185 for kids between four and 12 years and free of charge for kids under the age of four. Bookings can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 762 9585 or emailing kbfunctions@moyo.com. Booking in advance is highly recommended as tickets sell fast. Bookings can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 762 9585 or emailing kbfunctions@moyo.com. Booking in advance is highly recommended as tickets sell fast.

Rediscover Cape Town with a Historical Walking Tour through the CBD

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Connect with Mom as you walk through the beautiful city of Cape Town. For those on a tight budget, these free walking tours through either the city centre, Bo-Kaap or District Six is the perfect option. The guided tours start at Green Market Square and takes you passed iconic landmarks, such as St George’s Cathedral, The Parliament and the President’s House, The Castle of Good Hope and The Slave Lodge, The Company’s Gardens.You will  have a beautiful and clear view of Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devils Peak as you stroll through our lovely city. Complete your tour with a lovely lunch at the Company’s Garden Restaurant, where good food is offered at an affordable cost.

Go Wine Tasting and Lunching in the Winelands

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Located in the beautiful Tygerberg Hills is De Grendel wine estate where guests are encouraged to sample different wines as they take in the breathtaking view of Table Mountain. Start your Mother’s Day with a  glass  of JC Le Roux, Brut Pinot Noir, Pinot Noir Rosé, La Vallée and La Vallée Rosé and seal the day with a mixed tasting of MCC and sparkling wines. Lunch will be offered at the Le Venue restaurant and mom will have to choose between Moroccan chicken salad or refreshing salmon and leek tartlet, followed by pan-fried line fish or chargrilled sirloin steak for mains. There will be dessert selections of white chocolate and almond cheesecake, served with La Vallée Rosé pears and mixed berry compote, or the vanilla pod crème brûlée with marinated pineapple and pistachio and biscotti crumble. It’s advisable to book beforehand which means mom will receive a complimentary sweet treat.

Your options are endless, you just need to be a bit creative.
Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Credit: Cape Town Magizine