Top 10 indoor outings for kids in Cape Town during wet weather (and winter school holidays!)

So the winter school holidays are looming large in the lives of the parents of Cape Town – three weeks of no school and plenty of bad weather – what’s not to love?

 

So here is a round up of indoor outings for kids Cape Town during wet weather:

1. Considering it is quite cold anyway, why not make it worth your while and visit the Ice Rink at Grand West Casino. The Ice Station has four sessions open to the public everyday. The best time slots for kids are 10 – 12:30 and 2 – 4:30 Mon – Fri (For weekend times visit the website) There are also sessions at night. There is a mini rink (R15.00) and skates are available to hire. Entry and skate hire starts at R28.00 and it is R10.00 for spectators. Remember to dress warmly and wear thick socks! Also at Grand West is The Magic Company with lots of activities for kids such as a mini fun fair, carousel rides, bumper cars and ten-pin bowling.

2. Kirstenbosch has a great holiday program planned for the school holidays. From Monday 27 June to Friday 15 July (on weekdays only) the Winter Wonders programme of creative workshops and walks aims to engage young people from six years to 17 years old as well as their families.
Various Eco-Art workshops are offered where waste is used to create works of art while learning about biodiversity at the same time! Scrapbooking workshops suitable for ages eight years and up will be offered. (Booking for workshops is essential) There will also be story telling on Tuesday 28 June and Thursday 7 July at 10:30 and Tuesday 12 July at 10:00.
Adventure Hikes for pre-schoolers and parents will take place at 10:00 on 27 & 29 June and 4, 6, 11 & 13 July. A forest walk will take place at 10:00 on Friday 1 and 8 July. Grandparents can share in the fun on Tuesday 12 July at 11:00 (Free entry for pensioners every Tuesday!) Walks focusing on Aloes will happen on 9, 13 and 16 July at 11:00 and on succulents at the same time on 2, 5 and 15 July.
Entry to Kirstenbosch is R37 for adults and free for young participants (6 to 17 years). An annual membership is recommended as this is a great outing all year round. For more information visit their website.

3. Take a trip to the movies – some of the children’s releases coming out in June/ July are Kung Fu Panda 2, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2, Cars 2 (much anticipated in my house!) and a wonderful South African story – Jock of the Bushveld!

4. Brace yourself and visit an indoor play place – yes it will cost a bit for the entry or per hour fee and you will definitely need a coffee (and maybe some ear plugs) to get through the chaos of hundreds of noisy kids but a few hours of play in a different venue might be just what you need to stay sane on a rainy afternoon.
Try one of these options: Scallywags in Claremont, Plinka Plonka Play in Gardens, Bizzy Bodies in Westlake, The Playshed in Pinelands, Planet Kids in Muizenberg, Jimmy Jungles in Claremont and Tygervalley, Kidz Playzone in Durbanville, Bugz in Kraaifontein. Check out their websites for details on their special school holiday programmes, opening hours and prices. (If you know of any others let me know and I can update my list)

5. Visit a museumThe South African National Museum* offers plenty to discover on rainy days. Favourites include the mammals section, the dinosaurs and obviously the whale sound booth. Entry to the museum is R20 for adults and kids under 18 are free.

Other educational museums to visit with slightly older kids are:
The SA Maritime Museum* in the V&A Waterfront. (Entrances is R10 for adults and under 18’s are free)
Castle of Good Hope opposite the Parade in the City Centre. (R28 for adults, R12 for students)
The Slave Lodge* at the top of Adderley Street. (Adults R20, Students R10)

(*Please note the Iziko group of museums offer free entry on certain museums on various commemorative days of which one is this Thursday – 16 June)

Gold of Africa located in Strand Street, City Bowl (Entrance is R35 for adults and R25 for kids)
The Heart of Cape Town Museum at Groote Schuur Hospital which tells the story of the first heart transplant that took place here. (R88 for SA citizens, R44 for students, booking online essential)
The Jewish Museum located in Gardens which tells of the original Jewish community in Cape Town as well as remembers the Holocaust.
Josephine Mill in Newlands is a fully operational mill with a massive waterwheel. (Entry is R10 self-guided, R20 for tour)
The District 6 Museum is worth a visit to learn more about South Africa’s recent history as is Robben Island, although this option might best be kept for fair weather days. This is a definite must visit for Capetonians and tourists alike. (Tickets are R220 for adults and R110 for under 18’s)

6. The Iziko Planetarium is located within The South African Museum so if you have time take in a show or go on another day. During the school holidays they will be screening Davy Dragon goes to the Moon from 25 June – 17 July. For show times visit their website. Tickets cost R25 for adults and R10 for kids.

7. Slightly older kids might like to play a game of Laserquest or take part in some Ten Pin Bowling (R25 per game) at Stadium on Main in Claremont. Alternatively try the Indoor Karting in Kenilworth.

8. A school holiday tradition in our house is to go to a theatre show at either The Baxter or Artscape theatre. This school holiday Artscape is putting on Make Way for Noddy. The show is on from 24 June – 9 July and tickets are R50ea. The Three Little Pigs is showing at The Baxter. Shows are at 10:30 from the 25th of June until 13 July and tickets are R38ea. All tickets can be booked at Computicket. Another option is the Rainbow Puppet Theatre which performs a puppet show at the Constantia Waldorf School at 10.00 and 11.15 every Saturday. (Tickets are R20 for adults and children at the door, recommended age is 4 plus)

9. The Scratch Patch at the V&A Waterfront is under cover. Kids seem to love collecting things and what’s better than a treasure of semi-precious stones? (Bags start from R15) For the older kids Cave Golf (a version of Putt Putt) located next door. (Games are R8 per person)

10. And finally the fail safe of parents throughout Cape Town – The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront. They currently have a special price for an annual family membership. It is always a fun outing especially down in the kids area where there are puppet shows, a sandpit and various crafts to entertain little ones. There are usually special activities on during the holidays. Another great (free) alternative to the aquarium is the Shark Centre located in Kalk Bay. It is run by the Save our Seas organization and is a great place to learn more about sharks.

Hope you found these ideas helpful – let me know if you come across any other good ones. Here are some more ideas from Cape Town Kids. And if you’re not quite up to a day out why not try an art or craft activity at home – I listed some great links in this recent post.

Have a happy (stress-free) holiday!

 

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

6 Comments
  1. Thanks for sharing the great ideas. I am not so creative, so I love getting ideas from others. It is nice to have things lumped together for easy review.

    Note: I am visiting your site from TheSITS girls.

  2. This is a great list thanks Katherine. I knew of most of these, but it’s nice to see the details of each place summarised!

  3. Thank you for this article. That’s all I can say. You most definitely have made this blog into something special. You clearly know what you are doing, you’ve covered so many bases.Thanks!

  4. O wow thank you for listing the Playshed as one of your indoor venues. When you start something you just don’t always realize that it generates a life of its own.
    Let me know if you would like to bring your kids around and I will send you some comps so you can have a couple of hours of free play.
    Thank you
    Madré and Jeanne

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