Top 10 outings for kids in Cape Town

In our family we love to do day trips or outings about once a month or maybe more during a “staycation”. We all pile in the car for our “Family Fun Day” and have a great time together. We are so fortunate to live in Cape Town (World’s No 1 tourist destination!) where there are so many great options for entertaining family members of all ages. (Here are some of my previous suggestions for things to do for free and things to do for a small fee.)

Here are a outings for kids in Cape Town for a special treat (R50 or more per person):

1. A really great family fun day out is Ratanga Junction with a variety of rides for kids and adults to enjoy. Slightly older school going kids will get the most out of this venue and it’s always more fun to go with a group of other kids so round up some cousins or friends! Usually only open during school holidays so check the website for opening times.

2. Our favourite indoor option has to be The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront. We have signed up for the yearly membership and within 2 visits have paid it off. It is always a fun outing especially down in the kids area with puppet shows, a sandpit and various crafts to entertain little ones. There are usually special activities on during the holidays and on our last trip we caught a reptile show where my very brave son held a python!

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3. Table Mountain is a Cape Town must – if you’re fit enough you can climb to the top but with kids I would recommend the revolving cable car to avoid the whining half way up.

4. The Zip Zap Circus, located behind the Artscape Theatre, is a circus school that puts on shows every now and again. Check out their website to find out when your next opportunity to watch acrobats, jugglers and clowns is.

5. Butterfly World near Klapmuts off the N1 is an amazing experience for kids and adults. Walk among the hundreds of butterflies within the enclosed hothouse. There are also reptiles such as Komodo dragons and snakes on display and a few other small animals. It is a gorgeous setting for some amazing close-up photo’s.

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6. Giraffe House is the perfect spot to reconnect with our African animals, mostly giraffes, but a few others such as zebra and springbok as well as plenty of birds. There is a space to have a picnic – bring you own or purchase refreshments at the small shop. Also remember to pack your kids bikes and helmets so they can try out the bike track.

7. The World of Birds is situated in Hout Bay and is a haven for birds of many feathers to flock together! There is also a Monkey Jungle and a few friendly Meerkats too.

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8. A ferry trip to Robben Island from the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront will be memorable for kids and adults, although small kids might not enjoy the whole Robben Island Prison tour it would be worthwhile for older kids and teenagers to have a short history lesson about South Africa. If you are just up for a boat trip then try one of the charter options from Hout Bay Harbour to Seal Island – it is a bit cheaper too.

9. Monkey World located near Somerset West is a bit further out but worth a visit especially at feeding times. There is a restaurant and kids play area.

10. A day at Grand West – so the Casino is not the best family friendly venue but there are some great activities for kids especially worth remembering for rainy days! The Ice Station ice rink has a mini rink for littlies and a large rink open to the public and the prices are quite reasonable (they also hire skates). Check their website for session times.
There is also an area called The Magic Company with lots of activities for kids such as carousel rides, bumper cars and ten-pin bowling.

Hope you have fun on your next outing! Let me know if you have any other ideas by leaving a comment.

Here are few more articles I have written about “Things to do with kids”.
Free things to do in Cape Town with kids
More free things to do in Cape Town with kids
Things to do in Cape Town that won’t break the bank
Things to do with kids on the Garden Route

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Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 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!

1 Comment
  1. Hi Ma’am
    We are a Primary school in Upington- Northern Cape. We plan to tour around Cape Town during September holidays. We aim to take our Grade 7 learners on educational tour. Please send me more info. Like accommodation., meals, entry fees etc.
    Hope you find it in order.
    Thank you in advance
    HV Gqoboka
    Principal

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