The school holidays are upon us and your young ones will need some activities to keep them busy. The Mother City has no shortage of family-friendly activities and experiences tailored specifically for kids.

If you want to show your children a good time and make this a holiday they’ll never forget, check out these activities that are on offer in and around Cape Town.

1. Sand Boarding

Sandboarding Cape Town is sure to give your kids a rush of adrenaline like they’ve never had before. Fun in the sun and a completely unique experience is what you’ll find here.

You can choose from classic sandboarding, 4×4 sandboarding, and quad biking. Equipment is included in the price and training is provided too. Your kids will be boarding down the dunes in no time.

Age: 5 yrs and up

Prices: R450 – R700

Where: Dassenberg Dr, Atlantis, Cape Town

2. Boulders Beach

There’s nothing that says summer holidays more than a day spent at the beach. What makes this beach more interesting, however, is that you can take a dip in the ocean alongside some penguins.

Age: All

Prices:

SA citizens and residents (with ID): Adults – R40 per day; Kids – R20 per day

SADC Nationals (with passport): Adults – R80 per day; Kids – R40 per day

Standard Conservation Fee (Foreign visitors): R160 per day; Kids – R80 per day

Where: Kleintuin Rd, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

3. Muizenberg Water Slides

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Right next to Muizenberg Beach lies the Muizenberg Waterslides, making it the perfect location for a full and fun day out. The kids can have some fun on the slides then have a swim in the beach. After they’ve built up an appetite you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many stores opposite the beach.

Age: All (non-swimmers to wear floatation aids)

Prices:

Spectators – R15

1 hour pass – R55

Full day pass – R95

Late pass (from 2pm – 5.30pm) – R75

Where: 20a Beach Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town

4. Strawberry Picking 

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At Polkadraai Farm, you can treat your kids to a day of strawberry picking. There are also extra activities available including, a playground, face painting, pony rides and tractor rides.

Enjoy a fun-filled day outdoors with your kids and savour your strawberries on the way home!

Age: All

Prices: R40 – 190 (depending on the size of the container you want)

Where: Stellenbosch Arterial Rd, Kuils River

5. Art Jamming

Treat your kids to some”paintertainment” and get their creative juices flowing. There are paintertainment options for all. No painting skills are required, and there will be qualified artists at the studios for anyone needing assistance.

Age: All

Prices: R160  – R895 (depending on your chosen type and size of canvas – price includes canvas, use of all materials, and an apron)

Where: Breakwater Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

6. Acrobranch 

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Tree-top adventures, challenges and obstacles are a great adventure for your kids. They’ll feel like they’re a character in the Jungle Book!

Age: Different courses have different age restrictions and height restrictions. Varies from 3 upwards.

Prices:

Acro-twigs – R140

Monkey Moves – R180

Swinging Tarzan – R220

High Flying – R280

Where: 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town (there is also a branch in Stellenbosch)

7. Tabogganing at Cool Runnings

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If your kids speed but you’re worried about safety then Cool Runnings is the place to go. Fun for kids and adults, the tabogganing track has you racing down the Durbanville slopes.

Age: 3 and up

Prices: Rides start at R55 and get cheaper as you keep riding.

Where: Carl Cronje Dr, Tygervalley, Cape Town

8. The Alpaca Loom 

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Animals are always fun to be around, and its not every day that you get a chance to interact with alpacas.

The Alpaca Loom, in Paarl, has so much to offer. You can feed the alpacas at the petting zoo and go on a barn tour or an alpaca walk. Additionally, you can watch weavers handcraft alpaca wool into products such as blankets and scarfs.

Age: All

Prices:

Petting Zoo: R20 for a cup of Alpaca feed

Alpaca Barn Tour: Kids – R50; Pensioners and students – R60; Adults – R80

Alpaca Walk: R150 per person

Where: Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd, Southern Paarl

9. Biking on Sea Point Promenade 

Rent a bike and enjoy the beautiful views at Seapoint promenade in a new way. Up Cycles have taken the classic walk along along the promenade and turned it into something different. There’s nothing like the childhood memory of riding your bike in the summer.

Age: Minors to be accompanied by a legal guardian

Prices: For city bikes (prices are different for alternative bikes)

One hour: R80

Two hours: R120

Three Hours: R165

Half day: R240

Full day until sunset: R300

Child seat: R80

Child carriage: From R100

Where: 0 Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town

10. Putt Putt at Seapoint 

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The oceanside miniature golf course, Putt Putt, is fun for the whole family. An 18 hole course will keep your kids busy and having fun for a while! Make a day of it by taking a walk along the promenade, playing some mini golf and munching on some food after.

Age: All

Prices:

One Game – R28
Three Games per player – R56
Ten Game family ticket – R224

Where: Beach Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town

11. Cave Golf 

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This is another 18-hole mini-golf course, but this one has a twist. The decor is cave themed and gives the kids a sense of adventure. On top of that, the cave golf is at the Scratch Patch so there are extra activities incase your kids are not done with the fun!

Age: All

Prices:

Refundable deposit: R20 per player.

Round of golfR30 per player

Groups of 10: R25 per player

Where: 1 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

12. Flying Dutchman Funicular

The Flying Dutchman Funicular is one of the highlights of Cape Point. The railway takes visitors up to see the old lighthouse and also allows you to enjoy the stunning views.

The Funicular is not the only thing you can enjoy at Cape Point. There are swimming spots, historical monuments, incredible views, a shipwreck to explore, scenic and overnight trails, kayaking, and much more. After a day at Cape Point, your kids will be asleep before the drive home is over.

Age: All

Prices:

Return Ticket: Adults – R80; Kids – R35; Pensioners – R40

One way: Adults – R65; Kids – R25

**Entrance into Cape Point:

Standard entry (foreign nationals): Adults – R320; Kids – R160

SA citizens with ID: Adults – R80; Kids – R40

SADC nationals: Adults – R160; Kids – R80

Where: Cape Point, Main Road, Cape of Good Hope, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

13. Rush Indoor Trampoline Park 

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With about 1700 square meters of interconnected trampolines, including dodgeball courts, a cube foam pit, hydraulic slam dunk basketball hoops, battle beam and a 4-metre high performance wall, the kids will be bouncing the day away. Go to the Rush indoor trampoline park fora day of fun, challenges, and adventure.

Age: All (must be 13 years or older to attend a session without adult supervision)

Prices: R85 – R200

Where: 25 Stegman Rd, Claremont, Cape Town

14. Playdate Superpark

Playdate Superpark is an activity park that offers a wide variety of activities for kids. With a Maze of 350 square meters, a high line course, Little City with slides, Air Hockey, Mini Golf, Racing for kids 10 and older, Target throwing and more, PlayDate is enough to keep them busy all day.

Age: 0 – 12 years

Prices:

One Hour (Adventure Pass) – R85
Two Hour(Adventure Pass) – R150
*Additional Hour – R65
All Day Pass(Adventure Pass) – R200

Where: The WaterShed, 17 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

15. Kids chocolate making classes at Lindt

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If your kids have a bit of a sweet tooth and an interest in getting their hands dirty in the kitchen, then this is the activity for them! They’ll be dressed in chefs attire and decorate eight Lindt Lindor Lollies. At the Lindt Chocolate studio, a tasting is also on the cards, and its sure to get them excited.

Age: 12 and up

Price: R295

Where: Shop No 2, Silo 2, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town

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