Trampolines, trains, tidal pools and treehouses… There's plenty to keep you and your children entertained in the Mother City and surrounds.
From action-packed obstacle courses to educational exhibitions, animal antics and other outdoor adventures, there’s no shortage of fun activities to keep your little ones (and yourselves) entertained in the Mother City. Here are the best things to do with kids in Cape Town.
Have you done any amazing things with your children in Cape Town? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
Things to do with kids in your area
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The Blue Train Park
Situated in picturesque Mouille Point, with views of Lion’s Head, Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the Blue Train has been choo-chooing its way along this route for more than 60 years. Kids can enjoy three laps around the park, through a tunnel and past the glistening Atlantic Ocean as their imaginations come alive.
Why they’ll love it In addition to the train, the park features a dirt bike track, a cement push-bike track, a 30m zip-line, two eight-metre-long slides, seesaws, rock-climbing, two jungle gyms, an obstacle course, an AstroTurf soccer pitch, and a bunch of other wonderful play features. You’ll have to drag your little ones away…
Good cause Proceeds from the park are donated to the Rotary Charity, which in turn uses these funds to drive community upliftment projects. So it’s nice to know that your kids are having fun at the park, and contributing to a good cause at the same time.
Times Tuesday – Sunday, 9.30am – 6.30pm (September – March)
Tuesday – Thursday,12pm – 6pm; Friday – Sunday, 9.30am – 6.30pm (April – August)
Cost R28 (includes entrance to the park and one free train ride)
Contact 084 314 9200, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Next to The Lighthouse, Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town
The Company’s Gardens
This historic garden, first made public in 1848, is home to some important South African landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, St George’s Cathedral and the National Library of South Africa, to name a few.
In recent years it’s become a haven in the middle of our busy city, where tourists and locals can stroll, throw down a blanket, and feed the squirrels.
Why they’ll love it Lush lawns, giant Porky Hefer-designed birds’ nests they can climb into, and feeding the ever-ravenous squirrels.
Times Daily, 7am – 6pm (April – August); 7am – 7pm (September – March)
Contact 021 444 1901, Lindiwe.Mkhwanazi@capetown.gov.za
Where to find it 19 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Scootours Table Mountain
You may have travelled these mountain paths many times before, but have you ever done it on a freewheeler? Scootours’ eco-friendly, nonmotorised scooters are a unique way of experiencing Table Mountain. Take in the views and loads of fresh air, as you traverse the slopes during a one-and-a-half to two-hour tour.
Why they’ll love it The scooters are easy to control, and your children will be handling them under the watch of professional guides. Children younger than 10 can’t drive a scooter, but can still have a fun time doubling up with their parents.
Times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am; 12pm; 3pm
Cost R650 (driver’s ticket); R290 (passenger ticket)
Where to find it Kloof Nek Parking Area, 209 Tafelberg Road, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
Two Oceans Aquarium
With live ocean exhibits housing seahorses, octopus, rays, turtles and fish of all shapes and sizes, this one-stop destination of all things aquatic is, unsurprisingly, one of Cape Town’s premier tourist destinations and is ready to welcome visitors again. The world-class aquarium has over 350 species on display, and standout exhibits include the Shark Exhibit, the African penguin colony, and the underwater tunnel at the I&J Ocean Exhibit.
Why they’ll love it Tropical fish, an underwater tunnel and a rockhopper penguin colony? Are you kidding? Don’t miss the puppet shows in the Auditorium.
Times Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Good to know Book your tickets online and skip the queue! They are valid for one day only, but can be redeemed up to 90 days after the date of purchase. Plus, entry is free if you’re visiting on your birthday (for South Africans only).
Cost R200 (adults)
R150 (SA pensioners, SA students, children 14 – 17 years)
R95 (children 4 – 13 years)
Free (children 0 – 4 years)
Free (South Africans on their birthday)
Contact 021 418 3823, email@example.com
Where to find it Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road, V&A Waterfrontront
This urban park at the V&A Waterfront is a gateway to and from Cape Town’s CBD. With loads of activities to keep the kids entertained – a scooter path, a high-quality skatepark and a multi-court for netball, basketball and soccer games, stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing in the canal – they won’t want to leave! So, bring a picnic basket and let them do their thing.
Why they’ll love it Built to world-class standards, using lightweight construction, the park features include a bowl with a spine and pump hump, quarter pipes, layback banks, ledges and rails.
Times Monday – Sunday, 6am – 6pm
Cost Free (but you’ll need to pay for parking, which is free on weekends)
Contact 021 408 7600, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Battery Park, Between Cape Town CBD and The V&A Waterfront
Table Mountain Cableway
A ride up our famous cable car is possibly one of the very best ways to behold Cape Town in all her majesty.
Why they’ll love it Whether they’ve done it before or not, kids will be awestruck by the experience – you’re on top of the world, after all!
The cable car will carry 26 passengers (including the Cabin Master) at a time, and for adequate ventilation inside the cable car, the windows will remain open. The cable cars will be deep-cleaned daily, and the handrails will be sanitised between each trip. Wear your mask, practice social-distancing and sanitise your hands regularly.
Good to know Online tickets are valid for seven days from the chosen date (except early-access tickets) and can be refunded during this period.
Please note We recommend that you visit the real-time weather update section on the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway website on the day you’d like to ride to make sure the weather is playing along.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Cost Birthday special: Free (SA residents only)
Normal rates (valid until 30 September 2021):
From R200 (adults)
From R100 (kids 4 – 17 years)
From R50 (SA senior citizen)
Free (kids 0 – 4 years)
Contact 021 424 8181
Where to find it Tafelberg Road off Kloof Nek Road, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town
Iziko South African Museum
Founded in 1825, the grand old museum is rich in history and atmosphere. It’s a fond childhood memory for many Capetonians, and one their own children are sure to enjoy.
Why they’ll love it Dinosaurs! Which kid doesn’t love them? Not to mention the whale hall, where a blue-whale skeleton hangs from the ceiling and a booth plays the haunting sounds of recorded whale song.
Times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 2pm
Cost R30 (adults)
R15 (children 6 – 17 years, SA students and pensioners)
R75 (family ticket: two adults + two children)
Free (children 0 – 6 years, excludes Planetarium)
Free (SA senior citizens and students, Fridays only)
Contact 021 481 3800, email@example.com
Where to find it Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens
Green Point Park
A little Eden in the Mother City, Green Point Park (managed by the City’s Strategic Assets Department) lies below the Cape Town Stadium. Enjoy a spontaneous afternoon picnicking on the open lawn while the kids run free, or take a walk, run or cycle in the fresh air surrounded by the sounds of the ocean.
Why they’ll love it There’s plenty of space to run around; a gated Tot Lot playground with swings, a jungle gym, slides and tunnels; and a bricked path along the water where they can cycle safely. Add to that, one of Cape Town’s favourite ice-cream parlours, The Creamery, is just a short walk away.
Good to know The coffee shop is currently closed. The park is able to accommodate disabled visitors.
Please note Times Monday – Sunday, 6am – 6pm
Contact 021 444 4258, Nwabisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Bike Park at Uitsig
Your little daredevils will adore biking over bridges and ramps, through tunnels and along dirt paths at this expansive bike park (designed by Downhill World Champion Chris Nixon). The park has a variety of pump tracks, some geared towards children (as young as two) and beginners, and others offering exhilarating drop-offs for more experienced bikers.
Why they’ll love it It’s like playing a video game… in real-life! A chance for children to explore the great outdoors (and their limits), while honing their biking skills.
Good to know To ensure fewer people are using the bike park at a time, you’ll need to book online.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R50 (one hour)
From R950 (annual fee)
Contact 081 833 4488, email@example.com
Where to find it Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia, Cape Town
A 36-hectare World Heritage, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is a fun outing for the whole family. Pack a picnic, take a tree-top walk along the Boomslang Canopy, stop by the tea room for a cup of tea and a scone, or swing by the nursery and stock up on some indigenous plants for your garden.
Why they’ll love it Let the kids roam free, exploring streams, climbing rocks and enjoying the wide-open space.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6pm
Cost R75 (adults)
R40 (students with a valid card)
R20 (children 6 – 17 years)
Free (children under 6, BotSoc members)
Free (senior citizens on Tuesdays, except public holidays)
Contact 021 799 8782, Kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za
Where to find it Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
Hidden deep within the Constantia Nek forest, in the shadow of the misty mountains, lies this treetop playground. The four obstacle courses – two of which are suitable for young children, while the other two are geared towards teenagers and adults – have all the ziplines, cargo nets, and elevated platforms a budding Indiana Jones could wish for. Assistants are available in case any of the kids need a helping hand, and there’s a restaurant onsite where parents can relax.
Why they’ll love it Kids no longer have to listen to their parents yapping on about how “in our day, we used to climb trees,” because at this park they get to take tree-climbing to a whole new level, while getting a good workout and improving their coordination and planning in the process.
Times Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R150 (Acro-Twigs)
R190 (Monkey Moves)
R230 (Swinging Tarzan)
R280 (High Flying)
Where to find it 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town
Freedom Adventure Park
This new kid on the block has been designed with fun and safety in mind. Catering for children between three and 12 years, activities include a 50 metre-long Hi-Line Indoor Rope’s Course, multiple climbing walls, a customised trampoline dodgeball arena, Hi-Dive Leap of Faith, foam pit and Nerf Wars (on selected days). There are also custom-built play pods with architectural design elements that are fun, cool and contemporary.
While the kids let off steam, adults can enjoy breakfast, lunch or even dinner (from the wood-burning pizza oven).
Why they’ll love it It’s essentially an indoor playground with a slew of energy-busting activities, as well as puzzles and games that will provide your kids with mental stimulation to go with the physical workout.
Good to know There are also private work pods for caregivers needing to work while kids play.
Please note Arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of your pre-booked time slot.
Times Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 8pm
Saturday, 9am – 8pm
Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Cost R100 (one hour, children 3 – 13 years)
R45 (one hour, children 1 – 2 years)
R185 (two hours, children 1 – 13 years)
Contact 083 279 4453, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Unit 3A, 333 Main Road, Retreat, Tokai, Cape Town
Explore Newlands Forest
Situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Newlands Forest is a favourite among (dog) walkers, trail runners, leisurely strollers, serious hikers, nature lovers and locals wanting to escape into nature.
Why they’ll love it Trees, fresh air, trails and streams to explore – what’s not to enjoy? Let the kids release their boundless energy in this picturesque oasis, straight out of a fairytale.
Good to know Leisurely strollers entering the forest from the parking area will come across a sign with information detailing the various routes. The easier routes are made up of interlinking paths, with a few streams in between, and stunning views of the surrounding suburbs. Avid hikers can access four unique trails that wind up the mountain from the forest.
Please note The braai and picnic areas are closed each year from 1 June to 30 September.
Entry to the picnic and braai area: R32 (South African adults with ID)
SADC Nationals (with passport): R64 (adults)
Standard conservation fee (foreign Visitors): R128 (adults)
Contact 021 712 0527
Where to find it Newlands Forest Road, Newlands, Cape Town
Rush Indoor Trampoline Park
Is your child the type who won’t stay still for a second? The type you can’t risk taking your eyes off lest they go running off into the sunset? They may have met their match in this spacious indoor playground, which offers a variety of fun activities for children to unleash their boundless energy.
Trained staff are on-hand to provide instruction and watch over children. Also available is a coffee shop with free wifi and charging stations, so parents have somewhere to hang out.
Why they’ll love it They’re free to explore this land of action and adventure, where they can emulate their favourite action heroes and video-game characters as they fly over a foam pit, bounce off wall-to-wall trampolines and engage in jousts upon the Battle Beam. Other activities include dodgeball, basketball and trampoline fitness classes.
Good to know Cosmic Rush – a black-light experience with music and disco lights – takes place every Friday between 6pm and 7pm.
Times Monday – Thursday, 10am – 7pm
Friday & Saturday, 9am – 9pm
Sunday, 9am – 7pm
Cost R130 (kids, one hour)
R150 (adults, one hour)
R40 (non-slip socks, compulsory)
Contact 087 094 0178 / 021 683 3841 / 021 671 1489, email@example.com
Where to find it 5th Floor, Stadium on Main, 109 Claremont Main Road, Claremont
Oude Molen Eco Village
This vibrant eco-village in Pinelands was founded as a space for small businesses, nonprofit organisations and social projects to flourish in a scenic setting, and has since expanded into a destination all on its own, offering a host of activities for kids and adults alike. On the first Saturday of each month, there’s a food and craft market, which add a vibrant buzz. And on the last Sunday of a month, there’s live jazz in the garden.
Why they’ll love it Kids will be in their element exploring the beautiful food gardens and nurseries, stocking up on art supplies in the craft stores, playing in the lovely swimming pool and play area, riding horses and enjoying a tasty bite to eat at some of the small eateries dotted around the village.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8.30am – 6pm
Contact 082 511 2010, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Oude Molen Eco Village, Alexandra Road, Pinelands
For adrenaline-loving, risking-taking little ones, Be.Up has everything – from trampolines, climbing walls and even a huge kids’ maze. The trampoline zone offers bouncing fun to all those over 120cm tall (so measure up and jump high), while those who enjoy climbing can attempt South Africa’s very first Clip ’n Climb walls – there are 11 and the tallest is eight-metres-high! Or challenge yourself – and others – in the AltiGame zone, with its elevated climbing net and suspended swing steps.
Why they’ll love it Little people will love the biggest indoor kids maze in South Africa for its brightly coloured tubes, tunnels, ball ponds, trampolines and slides.
Times Monday – Thursday, 11am – 5pm
Friday, 11am – 6pm
Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R90 (be.Junior package, one hour in the kids’ maze)
R130 (be.Giant package, one hour including trampoline, AltiGame and kids’ maze)
R85 (be.Climbing package, 30 minutes on the climbing wall)
R25 (grip socks)
Good to know Groups of 10 or more children receive a discount on each ticket for the be.Junior or be.Giant packages.
Contact 087 057 1400, email@example.com
Where to find it Gardener Place, Rose Innes Street, Pinelands, Cape Town
Ceramic Painting at Clay Café
Founded in 1999 in the Hout Bay Valley, this popular ceramic-painting venue, restaurant and kids’ playground is a favourite among “grown-ups” and kids seeking a splash of creativity. Once seated, your friendly server will explain the drill, after which you’ll be invited into one of two bisque rooms to choose your unfired ceramics, paints, brushes, tools etc. Then, it’s back to your table to get creative, while enjoying a bite to eat.
Why they’ll love it Painting and decorating flexes creative muscles, and is also loads of fun. And, once done with the painting, they can explore the garden and playground, while you relax with a cup of tea or glass of wine. Feeling peckish? Your food order will be brought straight to your table.
Please note After painting and decorating, leave your ceramics to be fired and glazed – you’ll receive an email notification once they are ready for collection. And, you’ll be happy to know that all items are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.
Good to know You can also enjoy the fun of Clay Café from home by collecting one of their ceramic-painting kits in-store (choose from online catalogue).
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R40 (studio fee per person, includes facilities, 3 paints, tools, firing and glazing) plus the price of your chosen item.
Contact 076 810 5120, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note Booking through DinePlan is recommended on weekends, school holidays and public holidays.
Where to find it 177 Main Road, Hout Bay
Book through DinePlan
Tucked between St James and Kalk Bay, this easily missed – and often overlooked – tidal pool is one of the most beautiful along the coast. To get to it, walk along the subway under the railway line. It’s best to arrive early in the morning, as the sun disappears behind the mountains in the afternoon. Large boulders in the pool invite bathers to languish and contemplate the horizon… And the low wall means the water is kept clean with a constant flow of freshwater breaking over the wall’s edge. It’s also a fabulous whale-watching spot in season.
Why they’ll love it This safe space offers marine exploration without rushing waves, and there are loads of small rockpools with starfish, anemones, periwinkles, and more.
Contact 021 788 1929, 021 788 3654, 021 788 3655, 021 788 7881
Where to find it Main Road, Dalebrook, Kalk Bay (via M4)
The Scratch Patch and Cave Golf
Located in naturally formed caves in Simon’s Town, The Scratch Patch is an exciting and evocative experience. Some popular (and beautiful) semi-precious stones that can be found include the gorgeously brown-layered tiger’s eye; the love stone, rose quartz; healing gem amethyst, the striped water stone, agate; the patterned, sacred and mystical stone, jasper; and the all-powerful clear quartz crystal. In addition to finding wonderful gems, there is also an 18-hole mini-golf course that meanders underground to rock-wall features, caves, mine obstacles and ancient relics, two underground waterfalls, and fabulous mineral displays.
Why they’ll love it Kids love hunting for treasure! It’s also a great place to stimulate little imaginations, and for children to learn more about the variety of minerals found in our country.
Good to know There is a Scratch Patch and Cave Golf Course at the V&A Waterfront, too.
Times Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.45pm
Saturday & Sunday, public and school holidays, 9am – 4.30pm
Cost R25 (small bag)
R42 (medium bag)
R130 (large bag)
R35 (Cave Golf Simon’s Town); R30 (Cave Golf Simon’s Town, groups of 10 or more)
Please Note Cave Golf requires a refundable deposit of R20.
Contact 021 786 2020, email@example.com
Where to find it Dido Valley Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town
Kalk Bay Harbour
With its famous red-and-white-striped lighthouse at the tip of a bustling pier, The Kalk Bay harbour is not just a heritage-rich landmark, it’s a fun outing for the family, where kids can check out the seals and boats. A popular spot for an evening amble during summer months, the harbour sheds its laidback armour during winter, and gives new meaning to “The Cape of Storms”, as large waves come hurtling into the bay, crashing against the jetty and lighthouse with substantial impact – a truly riveting sight to behold.
Why they’ll love it The kids – and, well, everyone – will relish a classic lunch of fish and chips from Kalky’s, while walking around the area.
Contact 021 487 6800, firstname.lastname@example.org (Cape Town Tourism)
Where to find it Main Road, Kalk Bay
Learn to surf at Muizenberg
These fun surfing lessons will have your kids learning the basics in no time. All ages are most welcome; under-10s will take Freezer Lessons. All they need to bring is a swimming costume, towel, sunscreen and enthusiasm. The fun sessions are tailored according to their skill level: intermediate-level surfers will be able to fine-tune their board skills in group or private lessons.
Why they’ll love it Riding the waves is a rush, no matter how old you are.
Good to know All surf lessons offered include 1.5 hours of coaching, surfboard and wetsuit rental, plus the use of club facilities. The 1.5-hour private surf lessons (as well as private group sessions with family and friends) can be scheduled at a time convenient to you.
Times Monday – Sunday, 7am – 6pm
Cost From R260 – R390 (1.5-hour private lessons)
R330 (one-hour Freezer Lesson for children under 10 years)
R540 per month (Diva and Learn-to-Surf lessons)
Where to find it Surf Emporium Surf School, 66 Beach Road, Surfer’s Corner, Muizenberg Beachfront, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Valley Farm Hout Bay
This family-run business in the heart of Hout Bay is home to a bevvy of rescue animals, including goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, ducks, exotic birds, pot-belly pigs, rabbits, guinea pig and even friendly resident cats – and also doubles as a nursery, farmstall and tea garden.
Why they’ll love it In addition to the characterful farm animals, there is also a large play area with a bike track, jungle gym, trampoline and splash pool, ensuring the little ones are kept busy while parents enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee..
Times Nursery and Valley Feeds: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Farmstall and coffee shop: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 790 3803 or 021 790 5030, email@example.com
Where to find it Valley Farm, Valley Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town
A 40-minute drive from Cape Town lies Boulders Beach, home to a serene penguin colony and one of the few places in the world where you can swim with these wonderful water birds. The colony falls under the protection of SANParks and requires a conservation fee to gain access. And, once there, you can watch the penguins frolic in the waves, and even approach them as they waddle about on land, though it’s best not to get closer than a metre or so.
Why they’ll love it Bring along the bucket and spade for some sandcastle building! And in the heat of summer, this is a great swimming area for kids, as the boulders shelter it from winds and strong currents. No matter the season, you can picnic on the beach, and there are restaurants in nearby Simon’s Town.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm (April – September)
Monday – Sunday, 7am – 7.30pm (December – January)
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6.30pm (February – March)
Monday – Sunday, 8am – 6.30pm (October – November)
Cost Conservation Fee (rates valid until 31 October 2020):
R40 (adults, SA citizens & residents)
R20 (children, SA citizens & residents)
R80 (adults, SADC nationals)
R40 (children, SADC, nationals)
R160 (adults, international visitors)
R80 (children, international visitors)
Contact 021 712 0527, TableM@sanparks.org
Where to find it Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town
The Olympic-sized skating rink at Grand West is a winter wonderland experience for kids, some of whom might be nervous about stepping onto the ice at first, but within no time, they’ll be slip-sliding around the rink.
Why they’ll love it They’ll love the freedom of movement ice-skating offers.
Times Monday – Thursday, 2.30pm – 4pm
Friday, 11am – 12.30pm; 3pm – 4.30pm; 5pm – 6.30pm; 7pm – 8.30pm
Saturday – Sunday, 11am – 12.30pm; 1pm – 2.30pm; 3pm – 4.30pm; 5pm – 6.30pm; 7pm – 8.30pm
Cost R50 (includes skates)
R40 (with own skates)
Contact 021 535 2260, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it The Ice Station, Grand West Casino & Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood
Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Hidden among the hills in Cape Town’s northern suburbs, the 388-hectare reserve offers an easy escape from Bellville’s urban sprawl, and is blessed with a rich diversity of plant and birdlife. Well-marked hiking trails wind their way throughout the reserve, in some cases climbing up hills that offer unrivalled panoramic views of the cityscape.
Why they’ll love it The reserve has a rich variety of wildlife, including an estimated 137 bird species, 24 mammal species, 22 reptiles, seven types of frogs, and various types of butterflies. Kids should keep their eyes out for interesting inhabitants like the Cape fox, mongoose and porcupine.
Insider tip Grab a coffee and a bite to eat from a restaurant in the nearby Welgemoed Forum Centre before setting off.
Good to know Tygerberg Nature Reserve’s network of walking routes includes a wheelchair-friendly trail, close to the picnic area.
Times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 6pm
Saturday – Sunday, 7.30am – 7pm
Cost R20 (adults)
R10 (children 3 – 18 years, senior citizens, students)
Free (children 0 – 3 years, Friends of the Reserve with proof of membership)
Contact Tygerberg Nature Reserve: 021 444 8971, email@example.com
Where to find it Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Totius Road, Welgemoed
Sure you could putt-putt in Mouille Point, with the ocean on your doorstep, but let’s be honest, you’ve probably done it a few times already – with your kid, your friend’s kids, your younger siblings, or whomever? So why not shake things up with 3D glow-in-the-dark putt-putt?
The 18-holes Space-themed mini-course uses UV lights and 3D glasses to create fantastic illusions where time stands still and everyone has fun.
There’s also a private-event room for special occasions and functions (number of people is limited), a café offering beverages and snacks and a retail section filled with glow-in-the-dark accessories and paraphernalia.
Why they’ll love it The 3D glasses transport them into a whole new world…
Times Saturday, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Please note Opening times are subject to loadshedding. Follow their social media page for current information.
Cost R100 (18-hole course including 3D glasses)
R50 (pensioner non-player)
R230 (UV event room for 2.5 hours with a minimum of 10 people; 18-hole course with 3D glasses)
Contact 021 551 2244, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Where to find it The Gallery, Corner Koeberg Road and 1 Turf Club Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town
Bugz Play Park
Bugz Play Park is a fun iindoor and outdoor kids’ universe, with a wide variety of activities geared towards improving social skills, imagination and creativity, cognitive skills, fine- and gross-motor skills, and full-body exercise. Activities include a choo-choo train ride, ziplining, toddler tractors, sandpits, slides, modern monkey bars, a large wooden treehouse, mud kitchen, rainbow jungle gym and a very large splash pool (selected hours). And if the weather is not cooperating, Bugz has a huge indoor play area, complete with obstacle courses, seesaws, huge rainbow balls, and more.
VIP entry at Bugz ensure endless hours of entertainment, and includes swing horses, a water slide, pedal bikes, rowing boats and worm train.
Why they’ll love it There’s all of that, and an amazing petting zoo, too, where kids can feed and spend time with tortoises, bunnies, geese, ducks, guinea pigs and parrots.
Times Saturday & Sunday; school & public holidays, 10am – 4pm
Cost R100 (children 3 – 12 years)
Free (children 0 – 2 years)
R20 per person (petting zoo)
Contact 021 988 8836, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 56 Tarentaal Street, Joostenbergvlakte, Kraaifontein
If you’ve not visited Intaka Island, you might think it’s a random patch of greenery surrounded by pseudo water next door to Canal Walk Shopping Centre. And, if so, you’re missing out. Because, actually, Intaka Island offers bird-watchers, couples, families and friends a wonderful educational outing. There are two bird hides (with over 120 bird species on the island and an elusive water mongoose) where you can stop to watch nature unfold. When the birding is done, take a gentle stroll along the two footpaths on the island, one being a natural one (2km) and the other, a man-made path (1.5km).
Why they’ll love it Not only does Intaka Island offer an opportunity to spend time outdoors, it also has an educational lapa. Plus, the lawns outside are perfect for picnicking.
Good to know Boat rides are currently not available, but should be up and running before the end of 2020.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5.30pm
Cost R24 (adults, day pass)
R14 (children 4 – 12 years; pensioners)
Free (children 0 – 3 years)
Contact 021 552 6889, email@example.com
Where to find it 2 Park Lane, Century City, Cape Town
Ipic Play Park
You’ll find this colourful playground and obstacle course at the Aurora Centre in Durbanville, conveniently situated close to a coffeeshop and fitness centre. Ipic Play Park caters to children of all ages, with a digital art room and miniature climbing wall for toddlers (ages 3 and under), and more acrobatic adventures for older kids. Adult supervisors are on-hand to watch the kids.
Why they’ll love it Exhilarating challenges include Lego Clip & Climb; Giant River Run (four slides running parallel to each other over a length of 18 meters); and Jump Zone (around 14 medium square-shaped trampolines).
Please note Booking a time slot is essential as only a limited number of children are allowed in the park at a time.
Times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 6pm
Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost Epic Play (6 years and older): R90 per hour (Monday – Thursday)
R125 per hour (Friday – Sunday & public holidays)
Junior Play (3 – 5 years): R75 per hour (Monday – Thursday)
R90 per hour (Friday – Sunday & public holidays)
Toddler Play (0 – 2 years): R60 per hour (Monday – Thursday); R75 for two hours play, 9am – 11am
R75 per hour (Friday – Sunday & public holidays)
R30 (compulsory grip socks)
Contact 021 205 3844, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Where to find it Aurora Shopping Centre, Corner of Burton and Aurora Street, Durbanville, Cape Town
Animal farm and playground at Stodels
The Bellville branch of the award-winning nursery is also the location of the Green Leaf Café, which has a playground and animal farm to keep children entertained while parents enjoy a coffee. The café also has a great kiddies’ menu.
Why they’ll love it Children can pet (and feed) the sheep, goats, guinea pigs and alpacas. The café sells bags of raw vegetables for feeding them.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Cost Free entry
R10 (bag of raw vegetables)
Contact 021 919 1106, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Stodels Garden Centre, Eversdal Road, Bellvillestodels
Cape Town Ostrich Ranch
If you’ve ever sat on an ostrich, you’ll know it feels like nothing you’ve done before. And now your children (and you) can get up-close with these bizarre birds at the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch. During a guided tour, children will get to sit on and feed the ostriches, and maybe even see some babies. For those not so enamored with the big birds, there are playgrounds, craft areas and a restaurant.
Why they’ll love it Getting to touch an ostrich is exciting enough, but your kids will also get to take a seat on the tallest bird in the world.
Good to know By booking a time slot at the restaurant, you’ll have free access to the new animal encounter experience, where kids and adults can feed goats, tortoises, lambs, turkeys and peacocks. The newly renovated boutique includes a scratch patch.
Times Saturday & Sunday & public holidays, 9am – 5pm
Cost Guided tours: R109 (adults)
R98 (children 7 – 17 years)
R55 (children 2– 6years)
R65 (pensioners, students, disabled persons)
Free (children 0– 2 years)
Contact 021 972 1955, email@example.com
Where to find it Van Schoorsdrif Road, Philadelphia, N7, Cape Town
Situated in an oak forest on Altydgedacht Wine Estate, Zipzoom Adventures offers ziplining obstacle courses for adventurers of all ages. Parents, don’t be afraid: Zipzoom’s number one priority is safety: participants are harnessed and hooked into the overhead safety line at all times. And if heights aren’t your thing, Zipzoom also has a mountain-biking trail.
Why they’ll love it As they zoom through the trees, your kids will feel like bona fide superheroes.
Times Wednesday – Friday, 1pm – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 082 562 3615, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Altydgedacht Wine Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Cape Town
Winelands Light Railway
This miniature train park in Stellenbosch is a wonderful destination for the whole family, offering train rides, lots of space for the little ones to play and a selection of lovely food stalls.
Why they’ll love it For some reason, kids love trains! You can also pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawns.
Times Friday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm (weather-dependent)
Cost R50 (one train ride and access to the park facilities)
R100 (unlimited train rides and access to the park facilities)
Contact 060 586 5490, email@example.com
Where to find it R304, Stellenbosch
Nederburg hot-chocolate tasting
Just outside Paarl, Nederburg Wine Estate is home to a slew of wonderful experiences – the latest of which is The Manor, the estate’s brand-new restaurant. While adults enjoy a wine-paired lunch, kids can partake in a hot-chocolate tasting, designed by head chef Jerry Kennedy. “This is certainly not just for kids, says Jerry. “Think along the lines of sophisticated flavours, all expertly blended with top-quality dark chocolate.”
Why they’ll love it The little ones will feel very grown-up, sipping and sampling.
Times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 3pm (hot-chocolate tasting)
Cost R95 per person
Contact 021 862 3104, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Nederburg Wine Estate, Sonstraal Road, Dal Josafat, Paarl
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For the perfect escape from the city that neither you or your children will want to leave, Babylonstoren ticks all the boxes. A gigantic garden, a working farmyard with roaming livestock, an ultra-chic hotel, restaurant, shop and spa – all rolled into one stylishly packaged adventure.
Highlights include river walks, a hidden clivia garden, oversized nest-like swings, a greenhouse that serves tasty scones, and an ice-lolly van.
Why they’ll love it Hide and seek in a massive garden? Unforgettable! Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to feed donkeys, and observe tortoises, chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. In summer, the water features provide endless fun.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R20 (adults, weekends & public holidays)
R10 (children 0 – 12 years, weekends & public holidays)
R100 (family card: free entry for one year)
Contact 021 863 3852, email@example.com
Where to find it Babylonstoren, Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium
A pig who paints
Farm Sanctuary SA rescues animals from factory farms, and places them in a safe sanctuary.
Why they’ll love it Animal lovers – young and old – will delight in meeting happy inhabitants, including Pigcasso, the world’s only painting pig; and Baloo, a male cow rescued from an informal settlement on Route 62.
Times Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Meet Pigcasso: Sunday, 12pm
Contact 061 4995006, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Dirkie Uys Street, Franschhoek
Wiesenhof Adventure Park
Situated on the R44 Road in Stellenbosch, Wiesenhof Adventure Park offers children the ultimate adventure-filled outing, complete with 49 trampolines, foam pits, an air mountain, pump track, kids’ play area, eight giant water slides (in summer), and more! Pack a picnic, enjoy a braai, or order something from their takeaway menu.
Why they’ll love it With so much on offer, your children will not be left sitting still for one second!
Please note Wild Waters is only open on weekends, school holidays and public holidays, and is closed from May to August. Jumpin Jax and Peddle Zone are open year-round.
Times Friday, 1pm – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 6pm
Cost R195 (summer entrance)
R140 (children under 1.2m)
R95 (seniors over 65 years)
R60 (add-on for pump track and trampolines)
R35 (trampoline socks)
Contact 065 820 2737, email@example.com
Where to find it Wiesenhof Adventure Park, off the R44, North of Stellenbosch
The Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre in Stellenbosch is more of a farm than a house, home to ostriches, antelope, crocodiles and, of course, giraffes. The animals are kept in different camps, and visitors can follow the pathways between the various enclosures and view the animals at their own pace.
Why they’ll love it Whether you’re young or old, giraffes are fascinating to behold. If they’re in a friendly mood, they may even stretch their neck over the fence to “say hi” to your little ones.
Good to know Payment at the gate in cash or Zapper. The on-site shop, Bananafontein, is open for refreshments.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R60 (adults)
R40 (children 2 – 15 years)
Contact 021 884 4506, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it R101 (towards Paarl), via N1, R304
Le Bonheur Reptile Adventures
This scenic reptile farm and Winelands destination between Paarl and Franschhoek is a great place to enjoy a day out with friends or family. For catch-and-release fishing, bring your own gear, or borrow from the farm, and spend the day fishing for tilapia and black bass. No permit is required! The informative reptile tours – featuring Nile crocodiles and exotic snakes – run every 45 minutes.
Why they’ll love it Children love to watch reptiles wriggle and crawl. Plus the catch-and-release dam will have them flexing their fishing muscles.
Times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R30 (one hour, fishing)
R55 (three hours, fishing)
R70 (full day, fishing)
R96 (adults, crocodile and snake tour)
R68 (students & pensioners, crocodile and snake tour)
R62 (children, crocodile and snake tour)
Contact 021 863 1142, email@example.com
Where to find it Lebonheur Adventures, Babylonstoren Road, Paarl
The Alpaca Loom
While they may – at first glance – look like a mix between a giraffe and a goat, alpacas are actually relatives of the bactrian and dromedary camels from Asia and Africa, although they originate in South America (mainly Peru). And on this farm in southern Paarl, you’ll have a front-row seat to a whole herd, as you enjoy a takeaway coffee or tea from the farm coffeeshop. There’s also a loom, where you can purchase alpaca-wool shawls and blankets.
Why they’ll love it Look at that face! In addition to alpacas, the farm also has Angora goats, donkeys, sheep and even a llama.
Good to know Support the Alpaca Loom and adopt a cria (newborn alpaca) for a R500 to R1 500 donation.
Times Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Contact 084 793 3666, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Suid Agter Paarl Road, Southern Paarl
This one-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art edutainment centre blends creative design, award-winning educational resources and world-class technology in an immersive and interactive space. Children between 5 and 13 years get the chance to learn through play as they journey through the world of science, nature and life skills. The 1 000-metre-squared space is divided into indoor and outdoor areas with specific zones, each focused on specific learning themes and modes of play. It’s also access-controlled and supervised at all times, so parents are free to go and enjoy the other pursuits for which Hazendal is known.
Why they’ll love it Not just a playground, but an exercise in immersive fantasy, Wonderdal is designed to make children feel part of a story. As they explore, they will be accompanied by the Amuki, the virtual inhabitants of Wonderdal. These friendly, quirky creatures will guide them through the experience, giving them tips on how to complete the various activities and tasks.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R125 (two-hour session, Monday – Friday)
R190 (two-hour session, Saturday & Sunday; school & public holidays)
R30 (compulsory special socks)
Wonderdal is currently running a Pay for 1; Play for 2 special.
Contact 021 205 5624, email@example.com
Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch
Art Classes at the Barn Artist’s Studio
At this studio at Fairview, trained artist Fern Mocke provides creative art sessions for kids, allowing them to express their imagination through the canvas.
Why they’ll love it It’s fun and creative, plus they get to leave with their very own masterpiece.
Good to know Suitable for children seven years and older. Booking is essential and should be done 24 hours in advance.
Times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Cost R140 (90-minute session with canvas or ceramics)
R40 (create a spin art card)
Contact 021 863 2450 or 082 313 0712, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Fairview Wine Estate, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl
Drakenstein Lion Park
This sanctuary for lions in distress was established to help them recover and provide them a peaceful home for life. It is the largest genuine sanctuary in the Western Cape and also home to the rare white lion.
Why they’ll love it Other than meeting the King of the Jungle, kids also have the opportunity to “adopt” a lion for R84 per month (R1 000 per year), which is used for veterinary, housing and food costs. The lions’ feeding time – 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – is a visual experience.
Good to know Also worth checking out is the Chimp Haven – a facility that takes in chimps and other small animals affected by the closure of Tygerberg Zoo.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9.30am – 5pm
Cost R80 (adults)
Contact 021 8633290, email@example.com
Where to find it Drakenstein Lion Park, Old Paarl Road, R101, Suider-Paarl, Western Cape
Polkadraai Strawberry Farm
This family-friendly farm is the perfect day out for little ones (and big ones, too). Grab a basket, and let them roam around the fields picking delicious strawberries. Afterwards, they can enjoy face-painting, tractor and pony rides, and other entertainment.
Why they’ll love it They get to roam free in the great outdoors, then enjoy the “fruits of their labour”.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 4pm
Cost R40 (junior picker, 900g)
R60 (junior picker with an activity)
R25 (mini golf)
Contact 021 881 3303, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it M12, Stellenbosch Arterial Road, Stellenbosch
Carnival Area at Weltevreden Estate
The huge, brightly coloured gyms, bouncy trampolines and a sandpit make this a kiddies’ haven. There’s also a restaurant, so parents can relax and enjoy a bite to eat while the little ones play.
Why they’ll love it Three words: build-a-pizza!
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Cost R20 (table coverage)
Contact 021 889 6588, email@example.com
Where to find it Weltevreden Estate, Welgevonden Boulevard, Cloetesville, Stellenbosch
Spier Wine Farm
Ducks paddle along a peaceful stream surrounded by lush lawns on this family-friendly farm. Enjoy a picnic in the shade on the Werf lawn (opening on 1 October 2020) or a hearty country lunch at Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery.
Why they’ll love it There are so many child-friendly activities, such as Eagle Encounters and segway tours (minimum age is 10 years).
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm (Spier Segway Tour)
Tuesday – Sunday, 9.30am – 5pm (Eagle Encounters)
Cost R375 (1 Hour Segway Tour)
R65 – R80 (Eagle Encounters)
Contact 021 809 1100, firstname.lastname@example.org (Spier Wine Farm)
021 809 1157 (Spier Segway Tour); 021 858 1826 (Eagle Encounters)
Where to find it Baden Powell Drive (R310), Lynedoch, Stellenbosch
Bike Park at Bloemendal
Situated on the beautiful Bloemendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, the expansive Tygerberg MTB Club trails caters to all ages, with a network of mountain-biking trails suitable for professionals, and tracks specially designed for young children. There’s even a YBike trail for children on push bikes
Why they’ll love it They’ll love tearing around the ramps and bends of this scenic pump track.
Good to know Bon Amis Restaurant has a kiddies’ menu with puzzles and fun games to keep the little ones busy, as well as an outdoor playground.
Times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 5pm
Cost R40 (children under 18)
Free (Tygerberg Mountain Bike members)
Contact 060 657 6344, email@example.com
021 976 2682, Info@bonamis.co.za
Where to find it Bloemendal Wine Estate, M13 Tygervalley Road, Durbanville
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This self-guided adventure is suitable for the whole family. The electric bicycles (e-bikes) handle like normal bicycles but are fitted with a motor and a battery – to assist you while you pedal. This makes cycling less strenuous, and allows you to focus more on your surroundings than your heart rate!
As the tours do not require a guide, all you need is the app on your cell phone, which will direct you on your planned trail. You will be sent the link once you’ve booked. The easy-to-ride Jeep tracks and dedicated bicycle lanes make for a relaxed experience with family or friends.
Why they’ll love it It’s an immerse, fresh-air experience for the whole family.
We recommend the easy 11km e-bike tour to a viewing point set deep in the mountains of the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve.
Times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am –12pm; 2pm – 5pm (viewpoint tour)
Cost R450 (viewpoint tour, excludes R50 entrance fee to Jonkershoek Reserve)
Please note Jonkershoek Nature Reserve’s entrance gate doesn’t accept cash, so please have your card or Snapscan ready.
Where to find it Lanzerac Hotel and Spa, 1 Lanzerac Road, Karindal, Stellenbosch
The Animal Sanctuary
Butterfly World Animal Sanctuary is a haven for exotic creatures, such as spiders, snakes, monkeys, meerkats, scorpions, many species of birds, and much more, all of which have either been donated by owners, or have been confiscated by local authorities and handed over to the sanctuary’s care. Relax at The Green Lemur (the on-site restaurant) after viewing the animals.
Why they’ll love it There are over 700 amazing creatures, who are now all ambassadors for their species!
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Cost R95 (adults)
R85 (students & pensioners)
R245 (two adults and two children)
Free (children 0 – 3 years)
Contact 021 875 5628, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Route 44, Stellenbosch (two minutes off the Klapmuts turnoff)
Spice Route Destination
A mere 45-minute drive from the city, Spice Route’s delightful village setup is the perfect daytrip destination for the whole family. Enjoy an Italian-inspired lunch at La Grapperia, browse artisanal items from The Trading Company, or a delectable array of jams and preserves at Brenda’s deli.
Why they’ll love it Whether getting some take-home chocolates from De Villiers Chocolate, or riding around the Hero Adventure Trail, there’s plenty to keep children entertained at this charming village in Paarl.
Good to know Purchase your MTB day pass at Brenda’s Deli.
Times Monday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 021 863 5200, email@example.com
Where to find it Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl
Outdoor Yoga at Lourensford Wine Estate
The Life Retreat Studio AT Lourensford Wine Estate is where these Sunday yoga classes take place amid the serene beauty of the vineyards. The whole family – including the beginner yogis – is welcome at these weekly sessions.
Why they’ll love it Exercising with mom and dad, and other kids, is such fun. Plus, the Lourensford Market, a few steps away, is a wonderful post-workout excursion.
Good to know Sign in and collect your token and yoga mat, which can be handed back to the teacher after the class.
Times Sunday, 9am – 10am
Cost R100 (adults, including a yoga mat)
R50 (children, including a yoga mat)
Contact 087 135 5542, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Lourensford Wine Estate, Lourensford Avenue, Somerset West
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