The 25 Best Things To Do in Cape Town When It Rains

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town

Indoor fun for when the weather outside is frightful.

Bartolomeu Dias named it the Cape of Storms, and he had a point! The Mother City can be sunny and glorious, but also moody and tempestuous on any given day. While beaches and summer sundowners may be the defining images of Cape Town, the city takes on a special kind of beauty during the colder months, when a blanket of mist often hangs over the Atlantic Seaboard, waves crash in the smaller harbours around the Peninsula, and rain beats down.

Fortunately, from trying new flavours to inspirational art and indoor adventures, there’s no shortage of fun things to do under cover in Cape Town. Whether you like it cosy, creative or energetic, we’ve got something to keep you and the family entertained.

What are your favourite things to do during the winter months? Let everyone know in the comments below.

Explore the world of whisky at The Taj

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Taj Whiskey Tasting

Fine whiskies in crystal glasses, old black-and-white photos on exposed brick walls… Taj Cape Town’s Whisky Lounge is an intimate enclave off the hotel’s Lobby Lounge. The sophisticated space is dedicated to an extensive whisky collection, including rare single malts bought from private collectors or at auction, and offers a series of tastings that are the perfect way to learn more about this age-old spirit. Three food-and-whisky pairings cover Irish whiskey (with chocolate truffles), Scottish whisky (with mini desserts) and global whiskies, including SA’s own (with savoury canapés). Or you can delve deeper with customised tastings that run the gamut from a beginner’s intro or a focus on specific countries (including American and Asian whiskies) to flavour profiles.
Opening times Daily, 11am – late
Pairings daily at 3pm
Cost R395 – R695 (pairings)
Contact 021 819 2111,
Where to find it 1 Wale Street, corner of St Georges Mall, Cape Town
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Warm up in Babylonstoren’s hot spa + Turkish hammam

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Babylonstoren’s Hot Spa

It’s cold and wet outside, but Babylonstoren’s Garden Spa will wrap you in its warm, steamy, cosy embrace. Combining the rejuvenating qualities of water, heat and herbs picked from the famous gardens, you can choose from a number of therapies performed in gorgeous spaces. The blue-mosaic and heated-marble hammam offers one-hour rituals based on traditional Turkish bathing; the green-mosaic rasul chamber draws on age-old Arabian clay-based detoxing treatments. Massages incorporate heated bamboo, hot stones or warm herbal poultices. There’s also a stunning heated indoor pool, with built-in vitality pools and even a fireplace, plus a sauna and a room made of pink Himalayan salt blocks.
Opening times Daily, 8am – 5pm
Cost From R1 300 (hammam)
From R1 250 (massages)
Contact 021 300 3929
Where to find it Klapmuts-Simondium Road, off the R44, between Stellenbosch and Paarl
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Get creative at Clay Café

This spot has been a favourite among grown-ups and kids seeking a splash of creativity for more than 20 years. Once seated, your friendly server will explain the drill, after which you’ll choose your unfired ceramics (anything from mugs and bowls to figurines and teapots), paints, brushes, tools, etc. Then simply get creative while enjoying a bite to eat (from breakfast, gourmet toasties and buddha bowls to burgers and pizza). There’s a great kiddies menu, including chocolate bubble waffles and milkshakes, and wine, beer or G&Ts for the adults. (If there’s a brief gap in the rain, the café has a wonderful garden and playground.)
Good to know There’s also a branch in town (more adult-oriented with a tapas bar) and a family-friendly venue in the Winelands, Clay Cafe Paarl at Groot Parys. Bookings are essential on weekends and during the holidays.
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm
Cost R45 (studio fee per person, includes 3 paints, tools, firing and glazing)
Unfired ceramics priced from R55
Contact 076 810 5120,
Where to find it Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town
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Drink wine in a “cave” at Klein Roosboom

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Klein Roosboom Cave Wine

If rainy days make you feel like hibernating, why not crawl into one of the cosy “caves” at boutique winery Klein Roosboom and drink some superb wine instead? The eight caves are fashioned from old concrete wine tanks, and each is quirkily decorated according to a theme (from “Versailles” to “The Pantry”), with comfy seating, trinkets, vintage furniture and bits and bobs. It couldn’t get more atmospheric than this. Nibbles include farm bread with delicious toppings and veggie crisps, or hearty platters. There’s also Jéan Restaurant on site, for farm-style seasonal dishes if you want a full meal afterwards.
Good to know The caves seat groups of 4 to 8 people. If you purchase six or more bottles of wine, the tasting is free.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm (wine tasting); 9am – 4pm (restaurant)
Cost R95 (five wines: two white, two red, one rosé)
R20 per additional wine taster
R220 – R240 (cheese or charcuterie platter for two)
Contact 086 057 2572,
Where to find it Tygerberg Valley Road (M13), Durbanville, Cape Town
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Celebrate water at the Two Oceans Aquarium

To Do Rain: Two Oceans Aquarium

This world-class aquarium is home to more than 10 000 sea animals of all shapes, sizes and colours. It’s an exciting peek into life off our shores, with a mesmerising swaying kelp forest, schools of shiny fish swimming in unison, gliding turtles and even sharks, which can also be viewed from within a 10-metre glass tunnel. There are more exotic fish too, such as jellies, octopus, seahorses, pufferfish and moray eels. The popular penguin exhibit is always a hit with the kids, plus they can get up close to anemones and starfish at the Touch Pool.
Good to know Don’t miss the mass fishy feast during feeding times at 12pm and 4pm.
Opening times Daily, 9.30am – 6pm
Cost R235 (adults); R175 (adults after 3pm)
R175 (teens, students, pensioners); R130 (after 3pm)
R110 (children 4 – 13 years); R85 (after 3pm)
Contact 021 418 3823,
Where to find it Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Feast your senses at Kloof Street House

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Kloof Street House Feast

Is there a better way to brighten up a grey day than with a long, lazy brunch in gorgeous, atmospheric surroundings? This striking Victorian house, set back from bustling Kloof Street in a serene garden courtyard, is filled with Gatsby-esque furnishings and finishes that set the scene perfectly. Think lofty pressed ceilings, dazzling chandeliers, dark-wood floors and deep-buttoned leather sofas in the library lounge, with three crackling fireplaces creating a cosy ambience. Toss in a live-jazz set on Sunday afternoons from 1pm, and you have the makings of an unforgettable afternoon in the city. The brasserie-style menu features all the comfort classics.
Good to know The all-day brunch menu is served until 4pm, with bottomless mimosas from 10am – noon (R99 extra). There is also a Winter Lunch Special: R195 (two courses), R235 (three courses).
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – late
Monday, 12pm – late
Contact details 021 423 4413,
Where to find it 30 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
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Hang out at the Mojo Market

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Mojo Market

Just off the Sea Point Promenade, this buzzing indoor market boasts over 30 food outlets in a double-volume, sea-facing, 2 000-square-metre space. It’s open almost 24 hours a day, so from breakfast to late-night munchies you’re guaranteed something delicious. The food choice is multi-cultural and top-notch, from ramen, Japanese temaki, curries, ribs and smoky spitbraai to Dutch-Indonesian nasi goreng, West Coast mussels, Middle Eastern kunafa desserts and rolled ice-cream. It’s a popular socialising spot as there are five bars (each dedicated to a specific beverage), plus the added attraction of free live music and big screens for major sports events. What’s more, your dog is welcome.
Good to know Come for Salsa Sundays from 6.30pm with Latin DJs and cocktails.
Opening times Daily, 8am – midnight
Cost Free entry
Contact 021 422 4888,
Where to find it 30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

Time travel at the Irma Stern Museum

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Irma Stern Museum

Also known as The Firs, this gorgeous house was once the home of Irma Stern (1894 –1966), one of South Africa’s most flamboyant artists. An exploration of its vibrantly and elaborately decorated spaces leads you past her eclectic collections of art, artefacts and furniture, and a studio that still has her easel and painting tools ready, as if she’s just left the room for a moment… In addition to the permanent collection, the museum has temporary exhibitions too.
Good to know You can join an art class, every second Saturday of the month (10am – 12.30am; booking essential).
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm
Saturday, 10am – 2pm
Cost R65
Free (under-18s, students + pensioners)
R100 (art class, including materials)
Contact 021 650 7240,
Where to find it 21 Cecil Road, Rosebank, Cape Town
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Enjoy the perfect winter pairing at Nederburg

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Nederburg Wine And Coffee Pairing

Just outside Paarl, Nederburg is a Winelands landmark – with a history dating back to 1791 and an iconic Manor House. It’s not all old-school, though, as The Brew Tasting proves. A collaboration with Paarl’s Freedom Coffee (the only wood-fired coffee roaster in SA), it pairs the estate’s fine wines with single-origin coffees that have similar or complementary profiles, and various snacky bites. It’s intriguing and often surprising, and very satisfying on one of those misty, rainy Winelands days.
Good to know Nederburg also offers the ‘Dinner’ of Discovery Experience (which involves blindfolds, headphones and three wine-paired canapés), plus a milk-and-cookie pairing and hot chocolate experience for kids.
Opening times Wednesday – Monday, 9am – 4pm
Cost R165
Contact 021 862 3104,
Where to find it Sonstraal Road, Dal Josafat, Paarl
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Join the jet-set at the Vista Lounge

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Vista Lounge

Dress up a little and escape the drab, drizzly world outside in this stylish, light-filled space – with its floor-to-ceiling windows framing a view of Table Mountain. It’s One&Only Cape Town’s hotel’s beating heart, and a wonderful spot to while away the hours with friends in a plush setting. Little marble tables await your order from the bar (theatrical, multi-sensory cocktails inspired by local mythology and fables) or chef Karen Dudley’s all-day menu – be it richly delicious mushroom toast, Japanese seafood curry, gnocchi with artichoke crème, a steak or burger. If you prefer your treats sweet, the cap classique high tea with its patisserie, scones, cake and bubbly perfectly matches the setting.
Opening times Daily, 7am – 11pm
Contact 021 431 5888,
Where to find it One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Brush up your kitchen game at The Chef’s Studio

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Chef's Studio

Cold weather and rain tend to stimulate the appetite, so why not cook up a feast under the watchful eye of chef Matt Manning and his team from Grub & Vine Bistro. Upstairs is a dream professional kitchen for his interactive culinary workshops, featuring custom-built workstations with slick surfaces and state-of-the-art cookware. UK-born Matt, who cut his teeth under the likes of Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsay, offers a range of themed classes (whether based on a country’s cuisine or perfecting an iconic dish) and sessions suited to special celebrations such as birthdays. After some hands-on cooking, everyone settles down at the long table to enjoy their multi-course feast.
Good to know Afterwards, pop downstairs for a celebratory glass of wine at Culture Wine Bar or cocktails (and live music) at The Blue Room.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 9am – 10pm
Cost From R750 per person (four-course dinner)
Contact 076 256 8654,
Where to find it 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Get a full beer experience at Woodstock Brewery

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Woodstock Brewery

Drawing on the free-wheeling rock ’n roll spirit of the famous 1960s music festival, this craft brewery takes an experimental approach. Come for a tour and a tasting (10 brews, ranging from Born Slippy lager and Happy Pills pilsener to Dublin Soul stout, Sugarman’s Belgian quad and hazelnut-chocolatey Mr Brownstone). Then settle into a communal table in the beerhall and enjoy your favourite pint with beer-matching comfort food (burgers, schnitzels, curries, wurst, giant pretzels).
Good to know Small-batch Thursdays introduce limited-release experiments, and the brewery attracts some big names as a live-music venue.
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Cost R10 per taster
Contact 021 203 3045,
Where to find it 252 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
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Keep moving at Total Ninja

If you’ve ever watched the high-energy TV show Ninja Warrior, you’ll know what to expect at this indoor playpark and fitness centre. Not just a cool name, it also has the coolest combination of obstacles and inflatables to conquer. The black-and-red colour scheme, industrial aesthetic and funky lighting set the mood for some seriously fun action. Total Ninja will have children of all ages (even grown-up ones) climbing, swinging, jumping, balancing, sliding and negotiating everything from cargo nets, monkey bars, see-saws, wonky ladders and bridges to the wrecking ball, gladiator pit, Wipeout and Warped Wall. It’s a full-body workout, and no matter what happens, there’s always a soft landing.
Good to know There are three levels of ninja ability, including a dedicated area for “mini ninjas” (under-5s), all supervised and guided by trained professionals. The cafe serves all the family favourites, plus great coffee and even mocktails.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10am – 9pm
Saturday + Sunday, 9am – 9pm
Cost R160 (one hour); R240 (two hours)
Under-5s: R80 (one hour); R120 (two hours)
R35 (compulsory socks)
Contact 021 745 3089,
Where to find it Black River Park (South Entrance), Fir Street, Observatory, Cape Town
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Go for high tea at Cellars-Hohenort

This historic hotel in the heart of the Constantia Valley is arguably one of the loveliest spots to enjoy an indulgent high tea, no matter the reason or season. It’s a picture-perfect choice; the magnificent gardens can still be appreciated on grey days while seated in the light-filled Greenhouse, enjoying an assortment of treats. The Classic High Tea menu is a tantalising and beautifully presented four-course mini fine-dining spread – from finger sandwiches (of course) and savoury bites to warm scones and the sweet side of things, all accompanied by fragrant teas (or coffee, if you prefer) plus a welcome glass of L’Ormarins Brut Rosé.
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Good to know Special dietary requirements are catered for with 24 hours’ advance notice. Booking is essential.
Opening times Wednesday + Thursday, 2pm – 4pm
Friday – Sunday, 11am – 1pm; 2pm – 4pm
Cost R395 (adults); R195 (children 4 – 11 years)
Contact 021 794 2137,
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Spoil yourself at Honest Chocolate Café

Everything’s better, especially a gloomy day, with chocolate – you’ll need no convincing to head straight to this cosy bean-to-bar haven, where they make the sweet stuff using old-school methods and ethically sourced ingredients. Start with the hot chocolate, made from Tanzanian cacao – then be tempted by brownies, pastries, macarons, banana bread bunny chow, a bonbon truffle tasting board or nachos with chocolate guacamole! There’s something for everyone here, including vegan/dairy-free and gluten-free treats – and a few savoury dishes.
Good to know Keep an eye out for the chocolate workshops, where you can learn to make your own. You’ll also find the Secret Gin & Bubbly Bar hidden at the back (and open till late).
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 9am – 6pm
Friday + Saturday, 9am – 9pm; Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Contact 076 765 8306,
Where to find it 64A Wale Street, Cape Town
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Play hi-tech putt-putt at Glowing Rooms

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Glowing Rooms

Sure, you could play putt-putt the usual way, but if you’ve done it a few times already, why not shake things up with 3D glow-in-the-dark putt-putt? This 18-hole space-themed, indoor mini-golf course uses UV lights and 3D glasses to create fantastic illusions while playing. You’ll be transported from wet and rainy Cape Town into a whole new world…
Good to know There’s a café for beverages and snacks, a retail section where you can buy glow-in-the-dark accessories and paraphernalia, and a private-event room for parties.
Opening times Saturday, 10am – 8pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Public holidays, 10am – 6pm; school holidays Tuesday – Sunday
Times are subject to load shedding.
Cost R130 (18-hole course); R70 (pensioners)
R15 (3D glasses, optional)
R70 (non-player); R50 (pensioner non-player)
Contact 021 551 2244,
Where to find it The Gallery, corner Koeberg Road and Turf Club Drive, Milnerton, Cape Town
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See the latest art + design at Zeitz MOCAA

It’s impossible to miss the impressive circular structure that houses the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa when visiting the Waterfront. Its raw-concrete bulk and signature convex windows tower over nearby buildings and ships in Cape Town’s docklands. Although known for its cutting-edge exhibitions and for showcasing and researching art from Africa and its diaspora, the building itself is a showstopper, too – 56 old grain silos that received an eye-catching makeover courtesy of the UK’s Heatherwick Studio in 2017. The museum’s many and varied spaces over nine floors include the cathedral-like Atrium, a Centre for Art Education, a project space for emerging artists, a rooftop terrace and a museum shop stocked with collectables and exhibition-inspired pieces. There’s also the Ocular Lounge on Level 6 for a drink and a meal with fabulous views.
Good to know The surrounding Silo District has several other attractions, including The Yard’s artisanal shop and eatery, Southern Guild design gallery, Kat van Duinen boutique and the Radisson RED hotel’s restaurant and bar.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm (last entry at 5.30pm)
Cost R230 (adults)
Free (18 years and younger)
Free (African citizens, Wednesdays, 10am – 1pm, on presentation of valid ID)
From R390 (annual membership)
Contact 087 350 4777,
Where to find it Silo District, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Delight in sea views + more at the Leopard Bar

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Leopard Bar

With its salt-and-kelp fragranced ocean views (you’re that close!), comfy seating, a crackling fireplace and a quality drinks selection, this swanky cocoon of luxury at the Twelve Apostles Hotel should feature on everybody’s to-do list. Those views are best enjoyed with a fine whisky or cognac in hand (especially on stormy days) – or a cocktail prepared by one of the skilled mixologists. There is a café-style menu and snacks to accompany your drinks, and board games on hand. In addition, you can book one of three fabulous experiences to enjoy in the Leopard Bar: a tasting of canapés with craft gins, blend your own gin (4pm daily) or high tea (10am, 12.30am or 3pm).
Good to know Pre-booking 24 hours ahead is essential for the experiences, and the gin-blending experience has a minimum requirement of four people.
Opening times Daily, 11am – late
Cost R565 (gin + canapés)
R725 (gin blending)
R495 (high tea, weekdays); R525 (weekends)
Contact 021 437 9029,
Where to find it Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
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Sip on spirits at Hope Distillery’s StrangeLove Cocktail Lounge

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Hope Distillery

Cape Town’s first licenced small-batch distillery (with the green light given only in 2014) has come along in leaps and bounds – starting with gin, it now also produces vodka (from a grape base), rhum agricole (made from sugarcane juice as opposed to molasses), amaro (like Campari) and an agave spirit (similar to tequila). The distillery is a pleasing space to visit, with four gleaming copper and steel stills (called Maude, Mildred, Mouma and Mad Mary) and a pair of owners who live here and are passionate about their craft. Come for some extraordinary tastes, such as the savoury Mediterranean gin infused with olives and basil (among other botanicals) and the fynbos-infused gin. The spirits are showcased at StrangeLove, the cool upstairs lounge, which offers classic cocktails and a three-course house pairing menu.
Opening times StrangeLove Cocktail Lounge: Thursday + Friday, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Distillery sales: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5pm
Cost R250 for the 3-course house pairing menu at StrangeLove
Contact 021 447 1950,
Where to find it 7 Hopkins Street, Salt River, Cape Town
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Rock and roll at Rollercade

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Rollercade Battery Park

If your kids (or you) love whizzing around on wheels, but the rain’s got in the way of skateboarding, scootering and biking, hidden inside the parking garage at Battery Park is Rollercade – a spacious rollerskating rink. It’s vibey, with flashing lights, glitter balls and a DJ spinning the tunes, plus there’s a cafe, pool tables and games arcade. Booking is essential to reserve your skates and safety gear.
Good to know Night-time sessions (Friday and Saturday, 7pm – 9pm) are for over-16s only.
Opening times Wednesday – Friday, 1pm – 3pm, 4pm – 6pm
Saturday + Sunday, 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm, 4pm – 6pm
Cost R150 (two-hour session); R80 with own skates
R40 (spectators)
Contact 072 064 3963,
Where to find it P3 (third floor), Battery Park Parking (off Alfred Road or Dock Road), V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Admire art (+ nature & architecture) at the Norval Foundation

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Norval Foundation

Located in the serene Steenberg wetlands amid indigenous flora, this art museum’s modern glass-and-metal exterior matches the splendour and inspiration within. The labyrinth of purpose-built galleries showcases top South African and African modern and contemporary art, with a particular focus on fascinating, large-scale installations that often combine video and sound elements. A few hours here and you’ll forget all about the weather… There are two restaurants – The Skotnes (SA cuisine) and Peko Peko (Asian-inspired) – where you can grab coffee/tea and cake or something more substantial; both have views over the sculpture garden, and stay open into the evenings for dinner.
Good to know Steenberg Wine Estate is right next door, if you fancy a wine tasting.
Opening times Monday + Wednesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Cost R250 (adults); R400 (annual membership) for African nationals
R180 (age 18 – 24); free (children under 18).
R300 (international adults)
Contact 087 654 5900,
Where to find it 4 Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town
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Embrace the cold at The Ice Station

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Ice Station

The Olympic-size ice-skating rink at Grand West offers the novelty of a winter wonderland experience in “sunny SA” – especially for kids. They (or you) might be nervous about stepping onto the ice at first, but in no time you’ll all be gliding around the rink. The freedom of movement ice-skating offers is exhilarating! There is a supervised mini rink for the little ones (under 5 years old) and skating lessons on Saturday morning and Tuesday evening.
Good to know Skating sessions are an hour, 90 minutes or two hours, depending on the time of day, with a 15-minute or half-hour break between. GrandWest also has 10-pin bowling, a games arcade and Lazer Tag.
Opening times Monday + Tuesday, 10am – 4pm
Wednesday + Thursday, 10am – 7.30pm
Friday + Saturday, 10am – 11.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 8.30pm
Cost R70 – R95 (depending on length of session); R10 less with own skates
R40 (mini rink, children under 1.3m tall)
R10 (non-skater)
Contact 021 535 2260,
Where to find it Grand West Casino & Entertainment World, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood, Cape Town
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Get some perspective at the Planetarium

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Planetarium

This rainy-day favourite for generations has undergone a 21st-century makeover with a Digital Dome, making it the most advanced planetarium on the continent, providing both multi-sensory edutainment and cutting-edge scientific research facilities. With its 360-degree screen, it makes virtual voyages of the entire universe possible. The planetarium offers nine shows, three of them specifically for children. For example, this year they can join James the penguin and Vladimir the polar bear on their travels in a space submarine.
Good to know The Iziko SA Museum is right next door – filled with interesting exhibits ranging from fossils and dinosaurs to giant squids and enormous whale skeletons.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Shows: Tuesday – Friday, 3pm; Saturday + Sunday, 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm + 2pm
Note: The Planetarium cannot operate during load-shedding, so the schedule changes accordingly.
Cost R70 (SA adults)
R40 (children, students + pensioners)
Family ticket: R180 (2 adults + 2 children)
R100 (international visitors)
Contact 021 481 3800,
Where to find it  25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
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Ride the steam train to Elgin

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Elgin Steam Train

This family-friendly outing departs from the Foreshore district in Cape Town, and takes you on a three-and-a-half-hour train ride to Elgin, during which you can enjoy the scenery as you traverse the epic rail pass over the Hottentots-Holland Mountains. Once the train pulls into Elgin station, you’ll disembark to explore the steampunk-themed market for a few hours before the return trip. With live music and a diverse selection of clothing, accessories, arts and craft stalls, you’ll be able to enjoy all that’s on offer while savouring tantalising street food and refreshments.
Times Most Saturdays + some Sundays, 7.30am – 6pm
Cost R625 (daysitter booth seat); R450 child (17 and under), R500 pensioner Book Now
R860 (lounge car seat) Book Now
R975 (observation car seat – selected dates only) Book Now
R1 725 (family coupe: 2 adults + 2 kids, or 3 adults) Book Now
R3 350 (family compartment: 6 people) Book Now
Where to find it Departs from Harbour Bridge Hotel, Dockrail Road, Foreshore, Cape Town

Go old-school with 10-Pin Bowling

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Lets Go Bowling

Let’s Go Bowling, with its 10 top-notch bowling lanes and computer-controlled scoring system, is fun for the whole family. Add to that a bar selling Newlands craft beers, pool tables and televised sporting events, plus a pizza parlour, and it’s an ideal spot to hang out on rainy days. It’s part of a greater space called Let’s Entertain U, which includes Kidz Play (an indoor playground and giant jungle gym) and a video-game arcade. All bases covered, then.
Good to know Membership costs R150 and grants you one free game, followed by a reduced price on any games after that, plus two free tickets on your birthday, and no entry cover charge.
Opening times Monday – Friday, 10am – 10pm
Saturday, 9am – 10pm; Sunday, 10am – 9pm
Cost R80 (one game)
R75 (Kidz Play)
R20 entry (redeemable on food and beverages)
Contact 068 270 2641, 
Where to find it Stadium on Main, Main Road, Claremont, Cape Town
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Discover a new drink at Cape Town Meadery

Things To Do In The Rain Cape Town: Cape Town Meadery

In mythology, mead is known as ambrosia, literally the nectar of the gods; it’s also the world’s oldest fermented beverage. You can get to taste it at Cape Town Meadery, surrounded by the glorious scent of honey (its main ingredient) and the fermentation tanks. There are around a dozen variations on offer, from a sparkling MCC style to a fruity mead similar to oaked chardonnay and a dry one reminiscent of chenin, along with sweeter options, one that’s chilli-infused, a beer, gin and even a glühwein mead infused with spices (perfect for a rainy day).
Good to know Tastings are held every second Saturday for a maximum of 10 people per tasting, so booking is essential. Private tastings can be arranged.
Opening times Two Saturdays a month, 11am – 1pm; 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Cost R120
Contact 083 236 3244,
Where to find it Old Timber Yard, Seventh Avenue, Maitland, Cape Town
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Scale new heights at CityRock

You could sit on the couch watching action films on Netflix – or you can harness up and attempt to conquer a 16-metre rock-climbing wall, or tackle a few bouldering “problems” (routes). This 3 600m2 indoor climbing gym offers various walls for different types of climbing, solo or with a partner (you’ll learn all the terminology on site), plus there’s a dedicated kids zone (for children 5 years or older ). Use the wet winter to improve your skills, and by next summer you could be out there on real mountains!
Good to know There are age limits on the main walls: top rope climbing (over 12 years old), lead climbing in pairs (over 16 years). Children 12 years and under will need to pre-book.
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 11am – 9pm
Friday – Sunday + public holidays, 9am – 6pm
Cost R180 (adult), R160 (student/pensioner), R150 (child)
Bouldering: R150 (adult), R100 (student)
Gear: R100 (shoes + harness); R70 (shoes or harness)
R250 (intro to climbing)
Contact 021 447 1326,
Where to find it The Island, 9 Milner Street, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town
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Time of publication: 16 May 2023

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