The 20 Best Things To Do with Kids in Stellenbosch + The Winelands

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Wine Farm Scootours

Head to the farms and countryside for a great day out.

Whether you’re looking for a day trip from the city or a family-friendly holiday destination, the countryside around Cape Town ticks all the boxes. Offering a change of scenery, fresh air and warm hospitality, Stellenbosch and the Winelands are also an exciting playground for children.

While the adults relish the food and wine delights, the kids will be amused by fun activities, cool (and educational) experiences, amazing animal encounters and plenty of space to play in. Here is our list of winning attractions.

For more fun activities for children, see our 40 Best Things To Do with Kids in Cape Town.

Be enchanted at Wonderdal

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Wonderdal

This one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art edutainment centre blends creative design, award-winning educational resources and world-class technology in a 1 000-square-metre interactive space. Children aged 5 to 13 years learn through play as they journey through the worlds of science, nutrition and nature in seven zones. It’s an exercise in immersive fantasy, designed to make children feel part of a story – as they explore, they will be accompanied by the Amuki, the virtual inhabitants of Wonderdal. They can only be seen and interacted with if you’re wearing a special magical bracelet – and they love to pop up unexpectedly from their secret corners.
Good to know Each session lasts one or two hours, so parents are free to go and enjoy Hazendal Wine Estate’s other attractions while the kids play.
Times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost One hour: R85 (weekdays); R140 (Friday – Sunday + holidays)
Two hours: R125 (weekdays); R190 (Friday – Sunday + holidays)
R40 (compulsory safety socks, reusable for future visits)
Contact 021 205 5624, bookings@wonderdal.co.za
Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, 60 Bottelary Road (M23), Stellenbosch
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Free-wheelin’ at Polkadraai

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Polkadraai

Polkadraai Farm is famous for its strawberries, but it also has another new attraction: a family-friendly bike park with a picnic area and food court run by Burger Brothers (where you’ll also find waffles, milkshakes and good coffee). There are trails for all levels of rider, including a pump track for younger bikers, a kiddies track (under 8 years) and beginner’s skills trail. There is also access to the 130km of Bottelary Hills trails. Come here to ride through pristine fynbos, vineyards and countryside, then relax with a meal and explore the rest of the farm’s attractions.
Good to know Catch the Polkadraai Express tractor-train for a ride around the strawberry fields, have a game of mini-golf, jump on the pedal-karts or enjoy a pony ride. Strawberry picking is September – January.
Times Daily, 8am–5pm
Cost R70 (day pass)
R100 (bike park + Bottelary Hills)
Contact 021 881 3303, bikepark@polkadraaifarm.co.za
Where to find it Polkadraai Road (M12), Stellenbosch

Enjoy the Outdoor Experience + Tree House at Boschendal

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Boschendal Tree House

It’s unadulterated free-range fun for children (4 to 12 years), with activities such as foraging, scavenger hunts, spoor-tracking, fire-making, survival skills obstacle course and more. Not only do kids learn a lot from these nature- and eco-based activities, they’ll get their hands dirty and have good old-fashioned fun. An added (free) attraction in Boschendal’s Werf area is the big Tree House play area – probably the best and biggest “jungle gym” in the Cape. It includes acorn hideouts, slides, walkways, platforms, mushroom pods and pyramids as well as a pump track (bikes to rent at the MTB Trail Centre).
Good to know Each session caters for 10 kids (booking essential) and lasts two hours (morning, midday or afternoon). There are also full-day programmes.
Times Outdoor Experience: Daily, 10am – 4.30pm
Note The Outdoor Experience reopens on 11 June 2024.
Tree House: Daily, 9am – 8pm
Cost R195 per session (2 hours)
Contact 021 870 4273, reservations@boschendal.co.za
Where to find it Boschendal Wine Estate, R310/Pniel Road, Franschhoek
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Whiz through a wine farm with Scootours

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Wine Farm Scootours

The dirt paths, vineyards and slopes of the Winelands are calling… Hop on a stable, nonmotorised Monster Mountain scooter and experience Stellenbosch or Franschhoek differently – downhill, with the wind in your hair. Head to Chamonix Wine Farm in Franschhoek, or Middelvlei in Stellenbosch, for a family-friendly guided adventure – the latter features SA’s only flow trail for scooters, with berms, rollers and a bush tunnel. There is also a new Scootour option at the Banhoek Chilli Oil Company on the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch.
Good to know Children 10 years and older can drive their own scooter; younger children (from 4 years old) can ride as a passenger with an adult.
Times Chamonix: Monday – Saturday, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Middelvlei: Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 4pm
Banhoek: Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 3.30pm
Cost Middelvlei + Banhoek: R590 (adult); R230 (child)
Chamonix: R770 (adult); R385 (child)
Contact 021 100 390, bookings@scootours.co.za
Where to find it Chamonix: 40 Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek
Middelvlei: Flamingo Street (off Distillery Road or Oude Libertas Road), Stellenbosch
Banhoek Chilli Oil Company: Swart Street, off R310, Kylemore, Stellenbosch
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Enter a magical garden at Babylonstoren

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren’s magnificent food garden is world-famous and the sophisticated farm offerings are a drawcard, but it offers endless fun for children too. A gigantic garden to explore and a working farmyard with roaming turkeys, ducks, geese, chickens and tortoises, and donkeys they can feed, plus riverside walks, giant bird’s nests to crawl in to, a greenhouse that serves tasty scones, an ice-lolly van, a sweets and treats shop (plus gelato) and Old Bullfrog, a water feature with a splash spiral and water spouts.
Good to know The new Soetmelksvlei section of the farm (visited on a prebooked tour) offers a fascinating peek at life in the late 19th century, with craftspeople going about their chores (milling, milking, carpentry, metal forging etc). There’s also an indoor playhouse in the old cellar, lots of farm animals, ox-wagon rides and a restaurant.
Times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Soetmelksvlei: Thursday – Sunday, 8.30am – 4pm (shuttles leave every half hour)
Cost R100 (adult); children under 18 free.
Soetmelksvlei: R300 (adult); R100 (child 4 – 17 years)
Contact 021 863 3852, enquiries@babylonstoren.com
Where to find it Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Simondium, near Paarl
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Energetic play at Bosjes

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Bosjes

While adults will be impressed by the floating chapel and designer gardens, children will appreciate them on a different level. Three play areas offer a series of spaces, specially designed for different age groups. Sand and waterplay will interest the little ones, while the Boombrug with its elevated canopy walk with ziplines, climbing nets and slides is suitable for the more energetic. Beyond the gardens there’s a working farm to explore, and wilder spaces on hiking trails where your family might encounter a giraffe or springbok. There are two restaurants, too – with kids in tow, the Spens (“pantry”) has casual café-style country food, farm picnic platters, milkshakes, lawns and a playground right beside it.
Times Wednesday – Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Cost Free entry
Contact 023 004 0496, hello@bosjes.co.za
Where to find it Off the R43, between Worcester and Breerivier

Explore underground at Earthbox

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Earthbox

Earthbox is a one-of-a-kind experience, a journey into the mysterious heart of the Earth. A gigantic underground chamber, six metres below the surface, fashioned from ancient earth itself, presents a geological record going way back in time before humanity existed. It is breathtakingly quiet, and the walls are gently illuminated by beams of light that are timed to change and shift like visual poetry. To make sense of it all, there are audio tours: one deals with the geology; one is a 25-minute guided meditation; and “Discover the Earth” is for children. The first hour every weekday is family hour, when little ones (under 5 years) are welcome to explore the splash pool, grassy berms, meandering paths and the chamber, which is more brightly lit at this time. Booking is essential as a shuttle takes visitors to the site.
Note Earthbox is offering a special programme of creative and wellness events for adults and children in winter 2024.
Good to know Lourensford also offers Artjamming for budding Picassos.
Times Thursday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (last entry 4.20pm)
Cost Winter 2024 rates (including an audio tour): R180 (adults); R120 (children 5–12 years)
Contact 087 654  9207, info@earthbox.co.za
Where Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town
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Chill out at the Blaauwklippen Family Market

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Blaauwklippen Market

This historic Stellenbosch wine farm’s weekend market is a must-visit. Kids (and adults) can be introduced to a world of interesting flavours – from Dutch kroketten and Asian dumplings to Greek gyros and bratwurst – plus there are ice creams and pastries. Pedal-karts, a jumping castle, pony rides, farm animals (goats, alpacas etc) and a jungle-gym playground will keep kids entertained while you browse the clothing, accessory and artisanal produce stalls.
Good to know The Specialized Experience Centre for mountain-biking is based at Blaauwklippen; it has a fantastic children’s play area with a pump track, bikes to rent and a massive jungle gym. Skateboarders are also welcome.
Times Market: Saturday + Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Bike Park + Play Park: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost Free entry
Bike Park: R85 (weekends + holidays); free weekdays
Contact 021 880 0133, info@blaauwklippen.com
Where to find it Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch
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Catch the steam train to Elgin

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Steam Train

Few things are more evocative than a steam-train ride… Ceres Rail’s grand old locomotives make a full-day round trip to Elgin in the Overberg on weekends, departing from the city and travelling up and over Sir Lowry’s Pass (one of the steepest rail lines in South Africa). Enjoy breathtaking mountain and ocean scenery, and views of fynbos-covered hills, farmlands and orchards. Drinks and snacks are available to purchase on board. The destination is the steampunk-style Elgin Railway Market, where live music and street-food stalls create a fun day out, and kids can let off a little steam of their own in the play area.
Good to know There are two bar areas serving cocktails, beer, bubbly and wine; the Bar Lounge car is for adults only.
Times Most Saturdays, selected Sundays + public holidays, 7.30am – 6.30pm
Cost R675 (adult); R540 (pensioner); R500 (child); kids under 3 free Book Now
R899 (lounge car seat) Book Now
R975 (observation car seat – selected dates only) Book Now
Family Coupé: R1 775 (two adults + 2 children) Book Now
Family Compartment: R3 350 (seats six adults maximum) Book Now
Where to find it  AC Marriott Hotel platform, Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town

Family fun at Spice Route Destination

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Spice Route

Spice Route’s delightful village setup is a wonderful daytrip for the whole family. Start with the “Spies Route” scavenger hunt clue-solving game that explores the whole property. Then the youngsters can try out the pump track; or go for painting or clayplay at Môigoeters, and play in two big playgrounds. Wilderer’s Kids Adventure includes paint-your-own cookies, colouring in, a juice tasting and pizza, while the grownups can enjoy various drinks pairings and tastings, and browse the artisanal shops. Come together again for an Italian-inspired lunch at La Grapperia or Pizza & Bistro – and don’t forget to pop in at The Chocolate Room for treats and ice cream.
Good to know The Spies Route game takes 45 minutes, and is most suited to older kids (age 12 up) or with adult supervision for younger ones.
Times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost R80 (Spies Route game)
R200 (Wilderer Kids Adventure)
R80 – R100 (biking trails day permit)
Adult passport: R315 (five tastings)
Contact 021 863 5200, info@spiceroute.co.za
Where to find it Suid Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
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A hive of activity at Spier Wine Estate

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Spier

With a peaceful river where ducks paddle, lush lawns and a wonderful Elemental Play Garden, this family-friendly wine farm has a host of activities that children will love (including their own grape-juice tasting). From a Mosaic Kraal, outdoor sculptures and craft market (with hour-long kids’ workshops) to a vineyard Segway tour (age 10 or older), it’s nonstop fun. Stop by the Picknickery for alfresco fare (winter picnic baskets available) or enjoy a hearty country lunch at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery.
Times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Segway tours: Tuesday – Sunday + public holidays, 9am – 3.30pm
Cost Segway: R470 (one hour); R399 (early bird at 9am)
Kids grape-juice tasting: R50
Picnic baskets: R395 per person; R180 per child (under 12 years)
Contact 021 809 1100, info@spier.co.za
021 809 1157, spier@segwaytours.co.za
Where to find it Baden Powell Drive (R310), Stellenbosch
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Farm-style fun at Helderberg Plaas

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Helderberg Plaas

This rustic farm, famous for its deliciously sweet strawberries in summer, offers lots of open space for young and old to burn off energy. It’s a popular spot for mountain-biking and hiking, and youngsters can bring their scooters, push bikes and balls to take advantage of the lawns. For the less sporty – and specifically for families – there are 4×4 and viewpoint routes, a play park for toddlers, an animal farmyard for feeding goats, rabbits, ducks and more, and Laser Tag and “splatball” for older kids (booking essential). Make a day of it, pack some braai stuff and head into Granny’s Forest, a magical spot for chilling and grilling (booking essential, maximum 10 people per site).
Good to know There’s a tea garden and a kiosk for barista-crafted coffee, and in winter Die Stal offers indoor seating with a cosy fireplace. Dogs are welcome (on a leash); register for a permit when you arrive.
Times Daily, 8am – 5pm
Cost Braai spots: R100; picnic spots R50 + R50 (adults), R25 (children, teens + seniors)
Hiking permit: R40 (adults), R25 (children, teens + seniors); R150 per dogMTB permit: R100 (adults), R50 (children, teens + and seniors)
Viewpoint permit: R100 per vehicle (paved route); R200 (gravel/4×4)
Contact 021 855 4308, helderbergplaas@mweb.co.za
Where to find it Klein Helderberg Road, off the R44, Somerset West
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Meet wildlife at Giraffe House

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Giraffe House

No, they (thankfully) don’t live in a house. This wildlife awareness centre in Stellenbosch is a farm that’s home to magnificent giraffes as well as zebras, warthogs, jackals, bat-eared foxes, meerkats, ostriches and other birds, antelope and crocodiles (plus the usual gaggle of farmyard friends). The animals are kept in different camps, and visitors can follow the pathways between them to view the animals at their own pace. The on-site shop, Bananafontein, sells refreshments (and funky T-shirts). You are welcome to bring a picnic basket.
Good to know One-on-one giraffe interaction experiences must be pre-booked. Farmyard feeding sessions are available on weekends and in school holidays.
Times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost R55 (children 2 – 15 years);
R85 (adults); R60 (pensioners);
Giraffe experience: R600 (5 – 17 years); R750 (adults)
Contact 073 609 2670, giraffehouse@gmail.com
Where to find it Corner of R101 and R304, Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch
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Walk on the wild side at Le Bonheur Reptiles & Adventures

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Le Bonheur Reptiles

This scenic farm offers the double attraction of reptiles and fishing. Informative tours of the Nile crocodile ponds run every 45 minutes (including an underwater viewing cabin). The snake exhibition is just as thrilling (plus you’ll also encounter chameleons, tortoises and more). Then spend the day angling for tilapia and bass (catch-and-release) – bring your own gear or rent it on site. There are also rowing boats and SUP boards to use on the dam (thankfully far removed from the croc ponds!), a “slinky snaky” cycle track for little ones (bikes for rent), croquet lawns, braai and picnic areas and a pizza restaurant.
Good to know The Snake Show, where a handler supervises close-up encounters, is on Saturdays and Sundays at 12.10pm.
Times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost R105 (adults); R68 (child under 18 years); R72 (students + pensioners)
R330 (family rate: 2 adults, 2 children)
Reptile Combo + Snake Show: R145 (adults); R108 (children)
Fishing: R30 (one hour); R55 (three hours); R100 gear rental
Row boat: R35 per person (maximum 5 people); SUP board: R60 per hour
Contact 021 863 1142, info@lebonheuradventures.co.za
Where to find it Babylonstoren Road, off the R45, Simondium, near Paarl
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Quirky encounters at The Alpaca Loom

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Alpaca Loom

While they may look like a mix between a giraffe, goat and poodle, alpacas are actually South American relatives of camels. On this farm near Paarl, you can walk with alpacas on a halter, feed them, visit the barn where they sleep and tour the weaving studio that produces alpaca-wool products on hand-looms. In addition, there are also angora goats, donkeys, sheep, camels and even a llama. At the coffee shop, you’ll have a front-row seat of the whole herd and views of Table Mountain as you enjoy coffee or tea, cakes, pies or quiche.
Good to know The alpaca walks are at 10am and 4pm, and alpaca barn tours every hour.
Cost Petting zoo: R20; serving of feed: R30
Alpaca barn tour: R100 (adults), R70 (children, under 3 free)
Alpaca walk: R150 per person
Times Daily, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Contact 084 793 3666, info@alpacas.co.za
Where to find it Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Paarl
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All aboard the Winelands Light Railway

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Light Railway

Hop on board at Park Station, wait for the puffs of steam and whistles, then enjoy the seven-minute ride on a 760-metre stretch of track through a park that includes a bridge and a tunnel. The mini replica steam locomotives at Winelands Light Railway have all been lovingly hand-built by local enthusiasts, and truly are marvels to see up close. There’s also a playground, jungle gym, obstacle course and shady lawns (with balls and games supplied) in the seven-hectare park. Plus dogs are allowed, even on the train ride.
Good to know You can pack your own picnic (no alcohol or braais), or buy snacks and treats from the Tractor Shed. Train rides are weather dependent.
Times Saturday, Sunday + holidays: 9am – 5pm (last ride 4.30pm)
Note In the school holidays, electric trains run daily, with steam engines on weekends.
Cost R70 (one ride)
R120 (unlimited rides for the day)
Contact 060 586 5490, info@winelandsrail.co.za
Where to find it Winelands Light Railway Park, R304, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch

Happiness rules at The Carnival at Weltevreden

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Weltevreden Carnival

Dress the kids in their favourite fairytale/superhero outfit  – they’ll fit right in at this colourful, themed, fantasy playground (for kids younger than 13 years old) at Weltevreden Wine Estate. There are plenty of attractions: two larger-than-life jungle gyms, trampolines, a jumping castle, sandpits, motorbike scooters, arcade games, a sweet treat station, slushies and milkshakes on tap, plus a pizza workshop where they can make their own.
Good to know It’s right alongside the Jonkershuis restaurant, where adults can enjoy a meal, cocktails, wine tasting or wine pairing with macarons or small plates – Weltevreden 1692 is home to Bertha Wines. Alternatively, the family can have a pizza picnic on the scenic lawns.
Times Daily, 9am – 6pm
Cost R10 (carnival area entry)
R60 kids make-your-own-pizza
R80 for wine tasting; R150 for macaron pairing; R250 small plates pairing
Contact 021 889 6588, carnival@weltevredenestate.com
Where to find it Welgevonden Boulevard, Cloetesville, Stellenbosch

Crazy creatures at Exotic Animal World

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Animal World

Exotic Animal World (previously Butterfly World) is a haven for beasties great and small, from lemurs, meerkats, ferrets, chinchillas and pygmy hedgehogs to spiders, snakes, iguanas and a porcupine, as well as colourful birds, a creepy crawly house and a freshwater aquarium that holds piranhas and more. All of the animals are former pets, donated or confiscated and handed over to the sanctuary’s care. The sanctuary is mostly an enclosed tropical garden, so it’s good for rainy days too.
Good to know There’s an on-site restaurant, Café Lemur, for refreshments and treats. Live animal demos are held on weekends and holidays at 11am and 2pm.
Times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost R88 (adults)
R49 (children; free for under 3 years)
R79 (students + pensioners)
R225 (two adults + two children)
Contact 060 646 1048, info@exoticanimalworld.co.za
Where to find it R44, Klapmuts, Stellenbosch

A country day out at Rhebokskloof

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Rhebokskloof

To explore the stunning scenery of the Winelands, head to Rheboksloof, on the northern slopes of Paarl Mountain. It has 5km or 10km walking/hiking trails suited to families (dogs on a leash are welcome) that lead to the best viewpoints on the farm. Arrive early and enjoy breakfast afterwards; stay for lunch at the relaxed restaurant-pizzeria or pick up a picnic basket – there’s lots of space for kids to play on the lawns, as well as a jungle gym and jumping castle.
Good to know There are also excellent mountain-biking trails, including a 3km route suitable for children (with bike rental available).
Times Daily, 8am – 5pm
Trails open from 7am
Cost Trail permit: R80 (child); R100 (adult)
Contact 021 869 8386, info@rhebokskloof.co.za
Trails: 076 022 5141
Where to find it Off Noord-Agter-Paarl Road, Windmeul, Paarl

Go on a game drive at Villiera

To Do Kids Stellenbosch Villiera

This Stellenbosch wine farm known for its bubbly is also home to a 230-hectare wildlife sanctuary (a project undertaken with two neighbouring farms). With more than 100 000 indigenous trees planted, 12 dams (so plenty of waterbirds) and animals such as wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, waterbuck and springbok, it’s a wonderful first taste of safari life for young nature-lovers. The game drives allow children (which is not always the case) and last about two hours.
Good to know For adults, the experience includes a complimentary tasting on the oak-shaded terrace at The Wine Sanctuary. Booking is essential.
Times Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Saturday + public holidays, 9am – 3pm
Cost R350 (adult)
R175 (child under 15 years)
Contact 021 865 2002, wine@villiera.com
Where to find it Kraaifontein Road (R101), off the R304, Koelenhof, Stellenbosch
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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 02 July 2024

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