Kids are always excited at the prospect of spending a fun day out. While they love spending time with their friends, they look forward to days when their parents take breaks from their busy schedules.
It can be daunting at times trying to come up with activities that provide entertainment for kids. But in Cape Town, the Mother City, you’re spoilt for choice.
From indoor sports to amusement parks to educational observatories, there are plenty of activities that your little ones will thank you for.
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Situated at the top of Wynberg Park, Chart Farm is a hidden escape in Cape Town. It’s best known to locals, and not too crowded by the tourists.
It’s one of the very few places in the city where you and your kids can hand-pick your own roses. You can also pick cherries during the winter.
While picking the roses, you’ll enjoy a spectacular view over the Constantia vineyards and get lost in the serenity. After the indulgence with nature, stay for some tea or coffee at their famous cafe. You can also order their assortment of cakes, a hot favourite among the children.
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday, 9 Am to 4:30 PM
Cost per person: R 6.5 per stem – All days except Sunday
R 5 per stem – Sunday
R 7.5 – Ready picked per stem
If your kids love adventure, Scootours is the perfect place for them. And you are bound to have just as much fun as they are.
The company hires out non-motorised scooters with fat wheels for off-roading. They also explain how the brakes work and how you can balance yourselves for maximum safety.
If your little ones are over 10, they get their own scooter. But if they’re younger, they can join you as passengers. Each person can take two turns for their downhill adventure, one from the top of Signal Hill and one from Table Mountain.
Opening Hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday Closed
Cost per person: Driver ticket – R 650
Passenger ticket – R 290
Cape Town Science Centre aims to engage the kids in a fun and interactive way. While triggering their interests in areas of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics. You can spend an entire day at this educational facility visiting the various exhibits and solving mind-engaging puzzles.
This is the perfect place to keep your young ones entertained and occupied while developing their interest in learning.
Tip: Opt for the family package at the entrance as it is cheaper than buying individual tickets.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Sunday – 10 Am to 4:30 PM
Cost per person: Individual – R 75
Pensioner – R 35
Family Package – R 265
Group (more than 10 people) – R 65 per person
If you don’t mind a little bit of physical activity coupled with enjoyment, Jump Around is one of the best places to go with kids. It’s an indoor trampoline park, spanning over an area of 1000 square metres.
Whether you want to play dodgeball, or bounce across walls, or flip into the foam pit, you can jump your way into anything here.
The most fun part of the entire experience is landing into a pit of 7000 cubes, all made of foam. This gravity-defying adventure is sure to leave your kids exhausted but satisfied at the end of the day.
Opening hours: 9 AM to 6 PM
Cost per person: R 75
If you’re looking for a unique and interactive experience, The Rainbow Puppet Theatre is one of the best things to do with kids, especially little ones. It’s located inside the Kindergarten building of Constantia Waldorf School.
A new fairy tale is selected and presented on every Saturday, at 10:00 and 11:15 AM. These magical shows about fairies and princesses will leave your kids enchanted and convinced about the power of goodness and truth.
After the show, you can enjoy a family picnic in the area outside, and spend some quality time together.
Opening hours: Saturday- Shows at 10 AM and 11:15 AM
Cost per person: R 25
Get in touch with your creative side as you spend a day of recreation at the Clay Cafe. It is as much a chance for you to let those creative juices flow, as it is for your kids. You can create your own piece of pottery and artistically decorate it.
The outside area of the cafe has a garden and a playground. If you’re not done exploring your creativity, your kids can play with the other children in the meantime.
After the painting session, everyone gets a complimentary gingerbread man. Or their free signature chocolate cake, which is every bit as tasty as it looks.
Opening hours: 9 AM to 5 PM
Cost per person: Depends on the selection of items and brushes
Cape Town kids love a bit of an adrenaline rush. An exhilarating activity that is suitable for all age groups, ziplining here is extremely safe. Overcoming the fear of heights and experiencing the thrill of high speeds, it’s the perfect way to be in the midst of nature.
Some of the ziplines with Cape Town Ziplines company are about 155 meters above the ground, and almost 500 metres long. This makes them scary and exciting all the same. Ziplining is probably the best thing for kids to do in Cape Town, especially if they’re teenagers.
Opening hours: 9 AM to 4 PM
Cost per person: 2 pax – R 1200
3-4 pax – R 900
5-7 pax – R 700
The World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa. Kids love visiting this place to see the various beautifully colourful bird species. Apart from the birds, you can also spot other creatures like mongooses, meerkats, and porcupines.
Kids often enjoy the naughtiness of the squirrel monkeys that hop and sit on their heads, trying to find things in their pockets. If you get tired of all the bird and monkey watching, you can enjoy a picnic next to the flamingos at the Flamingo Terrace.
Opening hours: 9 AM to 5 PM
Cost per person: R 85
Cape Town may be a bustling city, but there are plenty of places to take the kids. Whether you need some outdoor fun, energized exercise, or a quiet day indoors, the Mother City has you covered.
For that, it is important to find a destination that caters to the interests of various different age groups. With plenty of fun things to do, Cape Town is one of the best destinations for a holiday with your kids.