Today marks the arrival of the The Winter School Holidays in Cape Town. Over the past few years I’ve published a list of ideas for places to go and things to do with kids during the wet, wintery weather and because I didn’t want to disappoint I figured I’d give the list a bit of an update!
Whether you are lucky enough to live here for 365 days a year or just visiting as part of your annual vacation to the Cape I hope you will find this list helpful, whatever the weather!
So, without further ado here is my list of…
Things to do with Kids in Cape Town
(during the Winter School Holidays)
1. See a Show
We love a good show and these school holidays there are quite a few on around Cape Town:
Our family favourite is Disney on Ice and I’m so pleased to report that this year they’ve headed our cry and they are bringing their Let’s Celebrate show to Grand Arena at Grand West during the school holidays (7 – 12 July 2015). Tickets start from R100 and can be booked through Computicket (Click this link for more details in my previous post about Disney on Ice)
The Artscape theatre usually puts on a show for kids aged 2 and up with the kids from Stagecraft Drama Studio. This season expect to see More Adventures of Noddy or alternatively Fantastic Mr Fox for the slightly older kids. Between July 6 and 10 these two productions can be enjoyed at 10:30 and 12:30.
More Adventures of Noddy by Enid Blyton, adapted by acclaimed children’s dramatist, David Wood, presented by arrangement with DALRO, is scheduled for June 26, 27, 29, 30, July 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 at 10:30. July 6 & 8 are at 12:30. Performances of Fantastic Mr Fox are on July 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 at 10:30. Tickets cost R70 for each show and can be booked via at Artscape Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695 at Computicket.
Canal Walk is staging Fred Abrahamse & Marcel Meyer’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Canal Walk Theatre. The shows will run from 27th June – 19th July at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. This fairytale has all the ingredients that make for a visual spectacular, with the combination of a beautiful princess, a charming prince, an evil queen, a magical mirror and seven adorable dwarfs all brought to life with breathtaking sets, magnificent costumes and sweet songs. This tale is sure to mesmerize even the most hyperactive of little bodies. What better opportunity to relive your childhood than to experience it with your children at this musical spectacular?
Tickets can be booked through Computicket at R75 each. Children must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian and kids under the age of one get in for free, provided they are seated on an adult’s lap. Seats are unreserved, so arrive early for prime spots. Canal Walk will donate a percentage of each ticket sold, as well as the proceeds of programme sales to Stop Hunger Now. The centre will also play host to the Western Cape leg of the “Million Meal Challenge” packing event, where the goal is to pack One Million Meals nationally for Mandela Day.
The Lilliput Players Children’s Theatre Company will be performing their brand new production, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, at the Nassau Theatre (Groote Schuur High School) in Newlands, from Wednesday 1st July until Saturday 11th July at 10:00am. (10 performances only). They will also be showing their production of The Three Little Pigs, in the Concert Hall at the Baxter Theatre (Main Road, Rondebosch), from Tuesday 14th July until Saturday 18th July at 10:00am. (5 performances only)
Bookings for both shows will be sold via Computicket for R60 each. Phone Elton on 083 364 8284 or email [email protected] for more information Or call the Baxter Theatre on 021 685 7880 for more information about The Three Little Pigs.
The Rainbow Puppet Theatre at the Constantia Waldorf School presents a new Fairy Tale each month which takes place on Saturdays at 10:00 and 11:15. Tickets are R20 for adults and children and can be purchased at the door. Recommended age is 4 plus. Please phone Alison on 021 783 2063 or email [email protected] for more information.
We STILL haven’t been to see the Zip Zap Circus but I’ve heard only good things so really do need to make a plan. They only have special charity performances so it’s worth keeping an eye on their website or your local media for details of their performances.
2. Create some Crafts
Artjamming has a great holiday programme running at all of their stores and is the perfect place to get your kid’s (and your own) creative juices flowing! There are various holiday workshops taking place daily from 10:00 – 11:30am in both the V&A Waterfront and Willowbridge stores at a cost of R150pp. Subjects include Groovy Graffiti, Picasso Portraits and Crazy Cartoons. Choose a canvas size and let your imagination go wild with the amazing array of brightly coloured paints. Phone 021 462 1573 or email [email protected] for more information or visit their website.
Kirstenbosch is running a Winter Wonders programme for kids aged 6 – 17 from 10:00 – 11:00am every weekday morning of the school holidays. The bonus is that all under 18’s receive free entry into the Garden. The focus for this programme will be dinosaurs and kids will be able to learn about plant species associated with the era of the dinosaurs. On 15 July there will be a Biodiversity & Waste Art Workshop that is suitable for grade 4–6 (approximately 10 – 12 years) at a cost of R60.00. Another Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre Art Workshop 2: Suitable for Grade R–3 (approximately 6–9 years) will take place on 16 July at a cost of R60.00. Pre-booking & pre-payment essential via 021 799 8676; [email protected] or [email protected] (Click this link for more details of the daily Discover the Dinosaurs programme on the Kirstenbosch website.)
Clay Cafe in Hout Bay, is a great spot for getting crafty! Choose a ceramic item to paint in a variety of colours and let your creative side run wild! Fun for all ages. Refreshments are available and there is a jungle gym and kids play area with jumping castles on weekends so the kids can burn off their physical energy in between painting. Their is usually a holiday special for kids wishing to paint 2 items and the price includes a juice and a muffin or biscuit. Please phone 021 790 3318 for more information.
The Book Lounge in Roeland Street has ‘holiday crafternoons’ for children. Similar to their regular Saturday morning sessions where there is reading around a theme and then an activity these will take place every Wednesday afternoon at 14:30 during the school holidays. The first crafty afternoon in the holidays (Wed 1 July) will be around a tree theme. After reading stories kids aged 5+ will be able to make their own notebooks. The next theme will be bugs where the craft will be making bug masks (Wed 8 July) RSVP’s are essential.
Merry Pak in Maitland is hosting a few CRAFT CRAZY mornings that are suitable for kids 3 to 10 years old.
1 and 6 July: make your own bookmark & fridge magnet plus decorate a paper carrier bag.
2 and 7 July: decorate your own popcorn box and make your own cracker.
3 and 8 July: make a sign for your bedroom door and decorate a party box.
The cost is R50 a session which includes a snack and a craft pack to take home. Book by email [email protected]
3. Get Active
No need to trek out to Ceres to see the snow… all you need do is head out to Cape Gate these holidays to experience the magic of real snow. Enjoy a thrilling 40m long toboggan slide, mini ice slide and build snowman. Sessions take place every 45 minutes starting from 10:00 every morning from 27 June until 18 July (with the last session at 19:00 Monday to Saturday and Sunday at 16:45). Non rider and mini rider tickets are R25 and rider tickets cost R50. Ticket can be booked via Computicket
The Ice Station at Grand West Casino has four sessions open to the public everyday. The best time slots for kids are 10:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:30, Mon – Fri (For weekend times visit the website) There are also sessions at night. There is a mini rink for R20. Entry and skate hire starts at R35 and it costs R10 for spectators. Remember to dress warmly and wear thick socks! Snowman building competitions take place every Wednesday during school holidays and cost R5 per person to enter if you have not already paid to skate the session!
City Rock in Observatory is a great indoor activity for enthusiastic climbers and Spiderman-wannabes!
Fit Kids in Fish Hoek is hosting a variety of fun filled outdoor activities in the South Peninsula. Send your kids off for 3 hours of outdoor fun where they will learn a new skill, a little bit about the environment, and make new friends!
Tuesday 30th June: Kalk Bay Fishing Adventures (max 12 children)
Wednesday 1st July: Fish Hoek Beach Fishing Adventures
Thursday 2nd July: Hiking Adventure to Peers Cave
Friday 3rd July: Rocky Shore Adventure at the Dalebrook pool (Kalk Bay)
Last week of holidays
Monday 13th July: Kalk Bay Fishing Adventure (max 12 children)
Tuesday 14th July: Hiking Adventure to Elsies Peak
Wednesday 15th July: Fish Hoek Beach Fishing Adventure
Thursday 16th July: Hiking Adventure to Peers Cave
Friday 17th July: Rocky Shore Adventure at the Dalebrook pool (Kalk Bay)
Only R60 per adventure (excl. Kalk Bay fishing which is R85) A maximum of 20 children per session (12 for Kalk Bay fishing) so booking in advance is essential. Obviously these adventures are weather dependent, but a indoor venue is available as back-up plans for an alternative activity if it’s too cold and wet.
4. Pop in for a Play
An indoor play place might be just the ticket for those very wet days when kids seem to draw on their energy supplies more than usual and need to run wild for a few hours… some time to play in a different venue might be just what you need to stay sane on these occasions… Prices start from R40 per hour up.
For more details on the opening times and prices of these play venues please check out their websites where you may also find more details on their special school holiday programmes. (If you know of any others let me know and I can update my list)
If you have a gym membership at Virgin Active their play areas are usually great and often they run a holiday programme that might be worth signing up for!
Another really fun option (although you can’t sit down and enjoy your coffee here) is The Magic Company located at Grand West. There are lots of activities and carnival rides for kids including carousel rides, mini rollercoasters and bumper cars. Next door there is also an arcade for the older kids filled with plenty of games to keep them happy. Be prepared for lots of noise, flashing lights and an endless request for more cash (unless you set a limit upfront!!)
5. Movie Magic!
A trip to the “big” movies is always a treat and if you’re on Discovery and have completed the Kids Health Assessment this is a very affordable option as kids watch movies before 7pm for FREE! Look out for the following family-friendly titles out at the big screen now:
Inside Out PG (read my Inside Out Review)
Jurassic World PGV 10 0 12
6. Museum Meanderings
The Iziko group of museums includes some great options including the following:
The South African National Museum* offers plenty to discover on rainy days. Our favourites include the mammals section, the dinosaurs and the whale sound booth. Entry to the museum is R30 for adults and R15 for kids aged 5 – 18 & pensioners. Under 5 are free. A Family Ticket for 2 adults & 2 children is R75.
The Planetarium is also an Iziko museum and is located within The South African Museum. Tickets cost R40 for Adults and R20 for children (up to 18), students and SA Pensioners.
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
Other options include:
Gold of Africa located in Strand Street, City Bowl
The Heart of Cape Town Museum at Groote Schuur Hospital which tells the story of the first heart transplant that took place here.
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.
The District 6 Museum is worth a visit to learn more about South Africa’s recent history
Robben Island Museum is another historical site but might be better on fair weather days.
7. Cook up a Storm
Cooking classes for kids seem to be super popular these days and there are classes located around the peninsula that you can sign your mini chefs up for! Here are a few options:
Nice Touch Cooking Club – Camps Bay (082 319 9215)
Chocolate Soccer Holiday Workshop – Woodstock (021 461 2301)
Julie’s Cake Studio holiday classes – Newlands (021 686 2372)
JellyBean Winter Workshop – Rondebosch (083 392 9593)
Cooking Holiday Programme – Constantia (082 569 8666)
Tots n Pots – Plumstead (076 816 3892)
The Kids Cooking Club @ Stodels – Constantia (083 309 8024)
Tots n Pots – Durbanville (082 666 6362)
Gingerbread workshops @ Bugz Play Park – Kraaifontein (021 988 8836)
Kiddycooks holiday programme – Durbanville (083 384 6449)
For more information on prices, times and location please contact the various classes via their details listed above. (And feel free to update me if you know of any other options in your area)
8. Waterfront Wandering
Jubilee Hall at the Watershed will be transformed into a kid’s wintery dream these school holidays, with a full programme of entertaining, stimulating and creative activities for children from ages 0 through 14 years.
From Saturday, 27 June to Friday 17 July parents can take their children to The Watershed between 10:00 and 17:00 to run around and play off some of their energy during the holidays. The Watershed Play Pad will include a tractor and push-bike park, mega slides, a jumping castle, and a toddlers’ mini roller coaster. A soft-play area and ball pond aimed at children aged 0 to 3 years, plus crafts and sand art activities, made possible by various craft kits available to purchase. Children will be treated to daily shows ranging from magic and juggling to kids’ drumming. Face painters, balloon sculptors, and carnival games will also sprinkle Jubilee Hall, making for a colourful, creative kids winter.
Teens will not be left out in the cold with a special Teen Pad set up for socialising around a hoop ball machine, table tennis, pool and foosball tables, and a giant Connect 4 and Twister game. Candy and cold drink stands will be available in the space. A once-off fee of R40 per child (no charge for parents) will cover children’s access to most of these activities for the day.
The ever-popular Zoo to U Petting Zoo also returns to the Watershed as part of the winter programme. For an additional R20 per person, children and adults alike will delight in seeing some of their favourite furry friends and farm animals, including guinea pigs, puppies, piglets, goats, and much more.
A perennial favourite, The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront is always a hit. With puppet shows, the sandpit, arts and crafts, feeding of the penguins, the touch tank, frog show and all the interesting displays it’s a full day outing! Feeding of the predators and sharks is at 15:00, and the African penguins at 11:45 and 14:30 daily. Puppet Shows happen at 10:00 and 13:00. The play area adjacent to the cafe is supervised which is a real win after a busy morning of chasing kids! The Aquarium is open 365 days a year from 09:30 until 18:00. Buy your tickets in advance online via their website for slightly reduced prices – R112 for Adults, R87 for kids aged 13 – 17 and R55 for kids aged 4 – 13. Kids under 4 are free. For year round savings I recommend signing up for the annual membership as within just 2 visits you would have paid off your card!
9. Educate your Einstein (or Mozart)
My kids love the Cape Town Science Center so this is a spot we will be visiting these holidays. The daily science show at 13:00 is always a hit and there is an amazing holiday programme lined up and many of the extra activities are in fact included in the cost of your ticket! Located at 370B Main Road, Observatory and open Monday – Sunday from 9:00 – 16:30 it is a great educational outing and always lots of fun. Please phone 021 300 3200 for directions and more information. Tickets are R45 for Adults and Kids excl Students and Pensioners who pay R25. Families of 4 people can pay a total fee of R160. Purchase your tickets at the door or jump the queue and buy them in advance via Webtickets.
Monday: Crash Course Drums
Tuesday: Guitar Zero to Hero
Wednesday: Rock Star Vocals
Thursday: Sax 101 and Blazing Keys
The cost is R400 per student per day, or R200 per 2.5 hour session on the Thursday. For more info or to enrol visit the School of Rock website.
10. Hang out at a Holiday Club
For this list I asked a few of my readers and fans to give me their suggestion on my Becoming you Facebook page.
Here are a few of their recommendations…
Common Ground Church in Rondebosch is hosting a FREE Holiday Club from 08:30 – 12:30 for the first week of the holidays. 23 Milner Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town. Tel: 021 686 2970 (Thanks Gabi Iwanski Milne)
JoshGen Church in Sunningdale is hosting an Amazing Race Holiday Club for kids Grade 1 – 6 on 1 – 3 July from 07:30 – 12:30 at 12 Wingate Crescent, Sunningdale for R30 per child per day. (Thanks Carrie-Anne Chapman)
Medway Church, Plumstead is hosting a FREE Holiday Club on 29 June – 3 July 2015 from 08:30 – 12:30 (87 Milford Rd, Plumstead, Cape Town. Tel: 084 428 4128 (Thanks Chantal Joy Dawson)
Connect Church (formerly Meadowridge Baptist Church) in Meadowridge is running a programme for kids aged Grade 1 – 7 from 09:00 – 12:30 from 29 June – 3 July. 136 Ladies Mile Rd, Meadowridge, Cape Town. Tel: 021 712 1218.
Pony camps at Canterberry Stables with Justine Flack Olivier in Joostenbergvlakte. (Thanks Melissa Hunn)
St Martins Church in Bergvliet is hosting a FREE Holiday Club from 6 – 11 July, 08:30 – 12:30. (Thanks Sheri-lee Bawden)
St James Church, Kenilworth is hosting a holiday club for R30 per morning at 114 Third Avenue, Kenilworth. Tel: 021 671 7070 (Thanks Andrea Croy)
If you know of any others that should be on this list please drop me an email with the details. Thanks!
1. Take in the View
Table Mountain is once again running their Kidz Season Special which is that two kids under 18 years can ride the cable car for free when purchasing one adult return ticket for R225 over weekends, public holidays until 31 October 2015. (price valid til 30 Sep 2015)
Kids will receive a treasure hunt map too and other special treats (including a free sweet treats when they hand in their Shop voucher at the Shop at the Top and at the Table Mountain Café). Valid on return fares only. Please phone 021 424 8181 to check the weather forecast!
Another amazing view you need to take in is the one from the tip of Africa… at Cape Point! This winter season kids Cape Point is running a Winter special that offers children a free ride on the Flying Dutchman Funicular when accompanied by a paying adult, and a free kids meal for every adult main course ordered in the Two Oceans Restaurant. Opening hours for the national park are 06:00 – 18:00 and for the Flying Dutchman Funicular and Two Oceans Restaurant 09:00 – 17:30. Entrance fees are R50 for kids (2 – 11) and R105 for adults. The return trip on the funicular is R22 for kids (6 – 16) and R52 for adults. Please phone 021 780 9010/11 or visit www.capepoint.co.za for more information.
Did you know about the Cape Town Green Card?
Visitors to Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) either pay a conservation fee to enter the Park at pay points or they may enter for free with their valid SANParks; All Parks; International All Parks Cluster Wild Cards; or the TMNP My Green Card. My Green Card is available exclusively to residents of Cape Town and provides the holder with 12 free entries into any of the TMNP’s pay points: Cape of Good Hope (Cape Point), Boulders Penguin Colony, Oudekraal and Silvermine, as well as to the braai and picnic areas at Tokai, Newlands and Perdekloof. It is great value as just one adult entry to Cape Point is R110 – the cost of the card!
To apply you will need: R110 for the card; a South African ID document; 2 ID photographs and proof of residence. It can be purchased at Tokai Plantation Office, Tokai Road, Tokai on Mondays to Fridays from 08:00 – 16:00. Phone 021 712 7471 or visit www.sanparks.org for more information.
2. Do the Double Decker
See the city from a different perspective via a trip atop the City Sightseeing Bus. Places of interest that the bus passes include the Castle of Good Hope, the District Six and Jewish Museum as well as Table Mountain and many more. A 1 Day pass tickets cost R150 for adults and R80 for kids aged 5 – 15 (under 5’s are free) and can be purchased online (price is discounted) or at kiosks along the route. There is currently a 3 for 1 special whereby you can buy 1 full price Adult Ticket online and collect 2 free kids tickets when you arrive at the departure point either Stop 1 at the V&A Waterfront or stop 5 at 81 Long Street. The promotion runs from 1 May to 15 October 2015. and is valid on weekends, public and school holidays. Please phone 0861 733 287 or email [email protected] for more information.
3. Set Sail
Another angle from which to view the city is from the water! The Jolly Roger Pirate Ship (1 hour = R130 for adults & R60 for kids) is hugely popular as is the cute Tommy the Tugboat (R50 for adults, R25 for kids). A ferry to Robben Island (R250 for adults and R130 for kids) is another option. All leave from the Waterfront.
4. Walk in the Wild
Getting out into nature is always one of the best ways to get kids active and there are so many amazing spots to do this around Cape Town. Places in Cape town where we enjoy taking a walk in the wild include Kirstenbosch (One spot I’m very keen to explore these holidays is the amazing new “Boomslang” or Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway), Constantia Nek, Rhodes Memorial, Silvermine, the boardwalk at Kommetjie, Rondebosch Common, The Alphen Greenbelt in Constantia, along most beaches such as Blouberg, Sunrise or Long Beach, the promenade in Sea Point and the catwalks at Fish Hoek and from Muizenberg to St James.
5. Fun in the Forest
An extension of a walk in the wild: there are some amazing forests in and around Cape Town that are worth exploring. The lower forest at Tokai has an amazing ring walk that winds between the trees and among the fynbos with plenty of natural fun to be had including a river and jungle gym – the perfect place for bike rides and dog walks. The Tokai Arboreteum is another amazing space to discover some of the oldest trees in the city. Find more fab forests at Newlands, Constantia Nek and Cecilia on Rhodes Drive.
6. Picnic in the Park
There are some great parks in Cape Town. You just need to know where they are! Here is a list of a few we like…
Deer Park in Vredehoek (a restaurant overlooks the park and it is fully enclosed),
Parish Road Park, Constantia (on the corner of Southern Cross Drive and Parish Road)
Liesbeeck River Park, Newlands,
Keurboom Park in Rondebosch/ Claremont,
Palmboom Park in Newlands,
Arderne Gardens in Claremont,
Maynardville Park in Wynberg,
Brocker Way Park in Tokai,
Seabreeze Park and greenbelt in Kirstenhof,
Kalk Bay Park,
Green Point Park is always a win…. this public space is fantastic!
Die Oog Bird Sanctuary in Bergvliet is a small well kept area situated in the suburbs there isn’t any children’s play equipment but rather a pond with plenty of water birds – remember to not only pack some sandwiches for yourself but bread for the ducks too.
Which is YOUR favourite park? Please leave a comment or send me an email so I can update this list!
If you prefer to be served coffee you might prefer to head to a child-friendly coffee shop or restaurant that has a playground and possibly even child-minders if you’re lucky! Some of my faves are:
Cafe Roux, Noordhoek
Blue Water Cafe, Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie
Little Streams, Constantia
Deer Park Cafe, Vredehoek
Earthworkx Nursery in Hout Bay
Thorfyn’s at MonkeyValley in Noordhoek
Oude Molen Eco Village in Pinelands
Green Beans/ Col’cacchio/ Ocean Basket in Westlake
Ferndale Nursery in Constantia
Stodels Nursery in Constantia & Belville
Which spots do you love going to with the kids while you have a bite to eat? Please leave a comment and I’ll be sure to add it to this list!
7. Adrenalin-inducing Adventure
So many amazing activities to get the adrenalin pumping… Try one of these options!
My son’s new favourite place is the cycle track at The Chris Nixon Cycle Academy at Constantia Uitsig. It’s a series of ramps suitable for various levels of ability and at R30 per entry it won’t break the bank either. Located behind the old River Cafe off Spaanschemat River Road in Constantia (Find out more on my previous post here)
Acrobranch is an obstacle course through the trees that involves zip lines, tarzan swings, nets and bridges. There are several courses to meet different levels of ability and age groups and is suitable for kids and adults. On the easiest courses kids from as young as 3 years old can take par. From there the courses get steadily higher and harder. Each course has its own set of age and courses restrictions to make sure no-one goes in for more than they can handle! The Cape Town “branch” is located at Constantia Nek in the same parking area as the restaurant. Please phone 021 794 5132 for more information.
Cool Runnings Tobogganing Park – This tobogganing may not be down a snowy slope, but that doesn’t mean it lacks any of the thrill. The 1.2-km steel tracks allow for speeds of up to 40km per hour! Adults (over 14 years) pay R40p/p for one ride and R250p/p for unlimited rides; Children (under 14 years) pay R35p/p for one ride and R240p/p for unlimited rides. Open: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 – 18:00, Saturday—Sunday: 09:00 – 18:00. Located off Carl Cronje Drive opposite the Belville Velodrome. Tel: 021 949 4439.
Ratanga Junction has over 30 attractions for all ages. Ratanga will be open for 10 days during the Winter School Holidays from 10 – 19 July. Little ones will enjoy the fun kiddie rides which include carousels and a mini ferris wheel while older children and teens might like to brave the legendary Cobra and other bigger rides such as Monkey Falls. Pricing is worked out according to height. Adults and children over 1.3m pay R172p/p while children under 1.3m pay R90. A non-rider ticket costs R65p/p. Please phone 021 550 8504 or email @ratanga.co.za for more information.
Bugz Play Park – is a great alternative to Ratanga for younger kids. Offering both indoor and outdoor entertainment it is the perfect place for kids aged 2 to 10. Entertainment includes indoor slides, sandpits, roundabouts, tree swings, outdoor trains, swing horses, rowing boats and jumping castles. Kids prices are R45p/p on weekends and R35p/p on weekdays; Adult prices are R35p/p and R30p/p on weekdays; Tokens cost R5 each, and rides cost between one and four tokens. Located at the Cape Garden Centre Nursery on Tarentaal Road between Kraaifontein and Paarl, Bugz is open 09:00 to 17:00 everyday. Please phone 021 988 8836 for more information.
The Little Blue Train – Located near the Mouille Point Lighthouse this miniature locomotive is another great option for kiddies younger than 5 and has been a firm family favourite in Cape Town for decades! The cost is minimal (around R10p/p) and it is open from 09:00 until sunset everyday. Please phone 021 434 4297 for more information.
Paintball & Lasertag both at Imhoff Farm near Kommetjie are always hugely popular with boys, but you’ll need to arrange for a group of friends or a party. Please phone 021 790 7603 for more infomation.
Signing your kids up for a sports programme might be another way to expend some of their energy. Sporting Chance offers many sports clinics or look out for private options at various schools and sports clubs across the city.
8. Admire the Animals
If your kids are anything like mine they adore animals so why not make their hearts happy with a trip to one of these animal sanctuaries…
Reptiles & Insects
Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is the place to head if your kids are looking to spend some time with animals. Besides the Snake Park mentioned above they also have a lovely petting zoo area called the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farm where a variety of small farm animals roam free.
Kids can get up close and personal with rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, peacocks, geese, emus, sheep and alpacas. Entry is R20 per person or you can sign up for the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard locals card, exclusive to families in the South Peninsula. With this card, you’ll pay just R15 entry, including a cup of feed. Normal entry is R20 plus R5 for a cup of feed, so you save R10 at each visit. You can collect your card from Peek-a-Boo in the courtyard at Imhoff Farm.
Camel rides at Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie are another “huge” animal attraction in this part of the world and this is the only place around Cape Town where you have the opportunity to ride a camel. This is quite a unique experience…. getting off the ground is interesting and then you’re two meters high making it very different to riding a horse! Rides can be booked at the hut by the entrance to the courtyard. Or put your name down when you arrive to take this trip on your way out.
Imhoff Farm also has an awesome child-friendly restaurant, Blue Water Café, located in a historical Cape farmstead manor house that offers stunning views, a great kids play area and first-rate food making this a really fun family day out. Don’t forget to spend some time browsing the many little shops that stock organic produce and quirky gifts before you leave! The Farm is open seven days a week with plenty of safe parking available.
9. Practice your Putting
One of our favourite family outings during the school holidays is Cave Golf in the Waterfront.
It’s located indoors just next door to the Scratch Patch. Games are R15 per person and it is open from 09:00 – 17:00 daily. Putt Putt courses are also situated at Muizenberg and Mouille Point and this fun activity can be enjoyed by the whole family although it’s probably best to prepare all members of the family (aka dads) that it’s not always about winning but how much you enjoyed the game… Approx price is R15 per game.
Speaking of the The Scratch Patch – this is another affordable family outing. OK so no one will be uncovering any diamonds but it is still hugely exciting for kids! Kids LOVE collecting things and what’s better than a treasure of semi-precious stones? Opening hours are 09:00 – 18:00 daily and bags start from R17. Please phone 021 419 9429 (Waterfront) or 021 786 2020 (Simonstown) for more information.
10. Bask on the Beach!
Yes Cape Town winter’s can be brutal but we also do often experience a glorious winter’s day when the sun shines and the wind is just a whisper so a trip to the beach in the winter school holidays might not be such a bad idea – you might want to give swimming a skip but you can still roam the rock-pools, eat an ice cream and build a sand-castle. Favourites include: Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek, St James, Muizenberg, Blouberg, Bakoven, Beta Beach, Noordhoek and Kommetjie. Which is your family’s fave?
And if you kids aren’t afraid of the cold water (or sharks) they might like to sign up to learn to surf at Muizenberg Beach… Surf board and wetsuit hire are usually included in the cost of lessons. Find out more at Surf Emporium. (and moms if you’re brave enough you could join them too!)
A wide variety of other holiday programmes are offered around Cape Town by various libraries, churches, schools, swim schools and sports academies but there are too many to mention here! Have a look in your local newspapers, school noticeboards as well as Cape Town’s Child magazine for more information on the locations of these.
Here is a useful link to the libraries programme for each library in Cape Town for the July holidays.
I hope I’ve given you a few new ideas of what to do with kids in Cape Town – it really is a wonderful place to raise kids!
Here’s wishing you a happy (stress-free) holiday!!
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Images: Kathryn Rossiter