What to do to keep children happy over weekends and holidays? Here’s a round-up of our favourite fun activities for children in Cape Town.
Two Oceans Aquarium – A variety of activities in addition to viewing the large variety of fish. Shark feeding (daily at 3pm), penguin encounter, touch pool, you can even hold a children’s party there. Visit the website for more information and prices.
Wheel of Excellence – board this large wheel at the V&A Waterfront and enjoy seldom-seen views of the Waterfront and surrounding area. Special rates for families.
Scratch patch – world-famous gemstone factory with thousands of tumble-polished small stones that the kids can ‘scratch around’. Buy a bag (various sizes) and you can fill it with the stones of our choice. Great fun and keeps children busy for hours. You might need to set a time limit! Located at the V&A Waterfront and Simon’s Town, check their website for more info.
Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town – home to an African penguin colony. Children of all ages will delight in watching these cute creatures swim and play on the beach. You can even swim with them. R45 for adults and R20 for children buys you a whole lot of cute!
Boat rides – from Hout Bay, Simon’s Town and the V&A Waterfront there is a large variety of boat rides. You can either go whale watching in season, or seal viewing, or you can follow the footsteps of great discoverers and ‘round the Cape’ at Cape Point with a close-up view of caves and cliffs. Or you can just enjoy a sunset cruise near Table Bay.
Steam train – every alternate Sunday a steam train runs from Cape Town Station to Simon’s Town. Spend a few hours exploring Simon’s Town and its fabulous museums, waterfront, or learn about Just Nuisance – the only dog to have ever been enlisted in the navy. Tickets and more info available here
World of Birds, Hout Bay – The largest bird sanctuary in Africa! Over 3000 birds and monkeys in a unique tropical setting allows you to get very close to them. Open daily. Check website for directions and prices.
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie – this venue, situated in a lovely setting on an historic farm, has so much to offer: camel rides, face painting, a farmyard, horse-riding, snake park, paintball, 4×4 off-road experience, free-range farm shop, coffee shop – there’s something for children of all ages!
Noordhoek farm village – As you descend Chapman’s Peak into tranquil Noordhoek turn left to the Farm Village. Let the kids play in the playground while you decide which of the gorgeous restaurants to choose for a coffee or a meal.
Ostrich farm – Just before Cape Point Nature Reserve is a breeding ostrich farm. View the ostriches or take a guided tour and you might even be lucky enough to see birds hatch in the breeding season.
Info centre at Cape Point – If you are visiting the Cape Point Nature Reserve for a day of nature we strongly advise you to stop at the Buffelsfontein info centre. Children will love the whale skeleton in the courtyard and the display of Cape marine and bird life. Help yourself to a free copy of a kids’ activity book.