From the trails of Table Mountain to the penguins of Boulder’s Beach, if you are looking for family fun in Cape Town, look no further.
This guide to 60 activities to do with your kids will have you exploring the fantastic city in no time.
Things to do in Cape Town with kids today:
1. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
With a vast array of plants, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is an absolute must on our list of things to do in Cape Town with kids, grandparents, friends, or even your dogs (if you follow the permitted dog walking paths).
Kirstenbosch hosts special events throughout the year, including art exhibitions, concerts and festivals, with the Summer Sunset Concerts being a firm favourite. For families, a day in the garden gives your kids some space to play in nature. Other attractions include an art exhibition featuring life-sized dinosaur sculptures and the ever-popular Tree Canopy Walkway, which leads visitors along a path raised above a canopy of trees with a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains and garden. The garden makes the perfect setting for a family picnic. If preparing a family-sized spread is too daunting, order a pre-packed picnic online and pick it up at the Tea Room on arrival.
Location: Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Times: Summer (Sep-Mar): 8am to 7pm | Winter (Apr-Aug): 8am to 6pm
Contact: 021 799 8783
Cost: Standard adults: R220 | SA residents (with ID/proof of residency): R100 | Children 6 to 17 years: R30 | Children under 6 years: Free
Why we like it: The gardens have a variety of plants and activities for kids of all ages. Make a day out of it!
2. Two Oceans Aquarium
Enter an aquatic wonderland at the V&A Waterfront’s Two Oceans Aquarium, where children can learn all about the deep blue sea and the creatures that live in it. The aquarium offers an array of exhibitions, ocean life and interactive experiences for kids, making any visit a stimulating experience for young minds. Two Oceans is also a tremendous educational opportunity, offering children a chance to get up close and personal with some terrifying and misunderstood creatures, including sharks, stingrays and jellyfish, all while learning about conserving our seas.
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Location: Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Times: Monday to Sunday | 9:30am to 6pm
Contact: 021 418 3823
Cost: Adults: R220 | Children 14 – 17 years: R165 | Children 4 – 13 years: R105 | Children 3 years and under: Free
Why we like it: The kids can get up close and personal with the animals and can watch live feedings at certain times during the day.
3. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway
A journey to the top of the majestic Table Mountain is a must-do when in Cape Town, and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers exactly that thrilling experience. The whole family can be whisked up to the mountain’s peak, where an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the beautiful Cape Town cityscape awaits.
Location: Tafelberg Rd, Cape Town
Contact: 021 424 8181
Opening times: Winter (May-Aug): 8am to 7:30pm | Summer (Sep-Dec): 8:30am to 7pm | Summer (Feb-April): 8am to 7:30pm | Peak season (16 Dec-31 Jan): 8am to 9pm
Cost: Adults: R220 to R395 | Children 4 – 17 years: R120 to R195 | Children under 4: Free
Why we like it: The views from the top are amazing. Several walking trails wind through the park, giving your kids plenty of chances to explore Table Mountain National Park.
4. Cape Point Nature Reserve
Located at the southernmost tip of Africa, where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet, the Cape Point Nature Reserve is another favourite among visitors to the city, offering a spectacular range of fauna and flora to admire. Apart from the exquisite ocean views and the variety of wildlife inhabiting the area, there is also no shortage of activities for children to enjoy.
The nature reserve hosts terrific hiking trails and tidal pools ideal for family swimming, making it a perfect option for a family day outdoors. Taking the Flying Dutchman funicular instead of walking uphill from the parking lot to see the historic lighthouse and breathtaking vistas is a bonus for the kids.
Location: Cape Peninsula, Simon’s Town
Contact: 021 780 9010
Opening times: Weekly | 8am – 5pm
Cost: SA nationals: R94 | SA national kids: R47 | International adults: R376 | International kids: R188
Why we like it: Create beautiful family memories at one of the world’s famous landmarks.
5. Boulders Beach
A visit to see the penguins at Boulders Beach is sure to delight children of all ages, offering a fun and exciting alternative for those wanting to dip their toes in the water but having reservations about swimming in rough seas. The Boulders Bay beach is well-known for its giant boulders, which protect the cove from currents, wind and big waves to create shallow, calm waters that are perfect for swimming.
Location: Kleintuin Rd, Simon’s Town
Contact: 021 786 2329
Opening times: Weekly, 8am – 5pm
Cost: SA nationals: R44 | SA national kids: R212 | International adults: R176 | International kids: R88
Why we like it: Your kids might get a chance to spot a penguin or two!
6. Grand West Ice Skating Rink
Opportunities to ice skate are rare in South Africa but not at Grand West. The casino’s ice skating rink is one of only a handful in the country and offers an exciting treat for those who rarely, if ever, get a chance to put on a pair of skates. Children can take to the ice, but there’s also multiple other forms of entertainment to choose from, including ten-pin bowling, amusement rides, movie theatres and video arcades.
Location: Grand West Casino, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive
Contact: 021 535 2260
Opening times: Weekdays | 10am – 7:30pm | Weekends 10am – 11:30pm
Cost: R65 per person | R55 if you have your own skates
Why we like it: Ice skating is one of Grand West Casino and Entertainment World’s many family-friendly activities. There’s also Magic Bowling, Laser Tag, a Magic Arcade, movies and other activities.
7. Iziko Museum
The world-renowned Iziko Museum offers a vast selection of artworks, artefacts and all kinds of animal exhibits. Children will love exploring this massive facility with its big displays, animal skeletons and relics from the past. In addition, several interactive quizzes and games are scattered throughout the museum that is sure to entertain and educate.
Location: 25 Queen Victoria St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
Contact: 021 481 3800
Opening times: Weekly, 9am – 5pm
Cost: Adults: R30 | Children 6 to 18 years old: R15 | Children 5 years and under: Free | SA pensioners and students (with valid cards): R15.00 | Free entry on Friday
Why we like it: Kids get to learn about South Africa’s rich history and you get free entry on Fridays.
8. Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome
Next to the museum is the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome, where children and budding space explorers can learn all about the stars and planets above. Well-trained and knowledgeable staff are available to give insight into the constellations as you lie under a virtual canopy of stars at this world-class facility.
Location: 25 Queen Victoria St
Contact: 021 481 3800
Opening times: Weekly, 9am – 5pm (Except for Mondays)
Cost: Adults: R60.00 | Children: R30.00 |SA pensioners and students (with valid cards): R30.00
Why we like it: Kids get to explore space and learn more about the universe around us.
9. Cape Town Science Centre
Offering a world of discovery, the Cape Town Science Centre is a science enthusiast’s dream. With over 250 interactive exhibits, kids get to dive headfirst into the wonders of science. Plus, the venue also doubles up as a unique birthday party spot, providing a day full of fun and learning.
Location: 370B Main Rd, Observatory
Contact: 021 300 3200
Opening times: Monday – Saturday | 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: Adults: R80.00 | Children: R80.00 | Pensioner R40.00 | Family Package (4 people) R280
Why we like it: Kids can learn about the human body, animals, the environment and a lot more.
10. Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay Beach has been rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and for a good reason. Children can swim in the sea or the adjoining tidal pool, play on the rocks or build sand castles all day. There are also plenty of restaurants and cafés dotted along the beach on Victoria Road, offering plenty of refreshments and good food should you all need a break from the sun.
Location: 63 Victoria Road
Why we like it: Camps Bay beach is an ideal location for your kids to have a fun-filled day out.
11. Clifton Beaches
Clifton’s four beaches offer something for everyone. Each has unique features and characteristics: fantastic views and restaurants on the first beach and excellent sands for building castles or sunbathing on the second. The third beach is great for games like volleyball, soccer, touch rugby or frisbee, while the waves at Clifton fourth are excellent for surfing, swimming or bodyboarding. Ice cream vendors always sell the iconic granadilla lollies – an easy favourite for any kid, no matter their age.
Location: Clifton 4th Beach, Clifton
Why we like it: There are four beaches to choose from and whichever you choose you’re sure to have a fun day out.
12. Noordhoek Beach
It is the wide-open spaces that give Noordhoek its charm. With cold water and precious little human activity, the beach is one of the less frequented in Cape Town, but its pristine condition makes it a jewel on the Atlantic coast. It also offers a unique horse riding experience for adults and older kids, allowing visitors to take full advantage of the stunning scenery and sense of solitude.
Location: Noordhoek, Cape Town
Contact: www.horseridingcapetown.co.za | Noordhoek Beach Horse Rides
Why we like it: Noordhoek Beach also has beach riding options that allow you to view a variety of wildlife and shipwrecks.
13. Bakoven Beach
The sheltered cove is perfect for swimming, and the nearby tide pools are worth exploring, so make sure the kids bring their fishing nets and buckets. There are also plenty of playgrounds and picnic areas to enjoy, while Bakoven also has good waves for the more adventurous. If you look carefully, you may even be fortunate enough to spot a dolphin or two offshore.
Location: Bakoven, Cape Town, 8005
Why we like it: Bakoven Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a day out with the family.
14. Cape Town Ziplines (Hout Bay)
Cape Town Ziplines is an exciting adventure for the whole family and a great way to enjoy some exquisite scenery. It is also included in the Hop-On, Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus route. Starting with a safety briefing at the Silvermist Estate, you will be transported by 4X4, through the mountains above Constantia, before walking and ziplining between 12 stunning platforms.
Location: Silvermist Estate, Hout Bay
Cost: Range from R680
Contact: 021 795 0225
Why we like it: The kids get to view the beautiful surrounds from the zipline and enjoy an exhilirating experience.
15. Intaka Island
Located at Century City, Intaka Island is a great place for children of all ages. A guided tour of the wetlands, bird watching and canoeing, are some of the activities on offer, while some fun at Intaka’s play area or delicious ice cream or slice of pizza at the café is always well received by the kids.
Location: Grand Central Precinct, 2 Park Ln, Century City, Cape Town, 7441
Cost: Adults: R26 | Children under 12: R16 | Pensioners: R16
Contact:021 552 6889
Why we like it: Intaka Island is a great opportunity to get your kids outdoors.
16. Acrobranch Constantia
Kids can get release all their energy at this park. They can go zip-lining, climb trees and do obstacle courses. There is also a mini-golf course and a kid-friendly restaurant. You can see Table Mountain and the surrounding vineyards while you are there.
Location: 1 Hout Bay Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7806
Cost: Range from R150 – R280
Contact: 086 999 0369
Why we like it: Choose between different activities like acrotwigs, monkey moves, swinging tarzan and high flying.
17. Sea Point Promenade
Sea Point Promenade is a hot spot for outdoor lovers. It caters for everyone – cyclists, dog-walkers, joggers, skaters, and even families looking for a fun-filled day out. With an outdoor gym, playgrounds, a putt-putt course, and an Olympic-sized pool, it’s a venue that guarantees something for everyone.
Location: Sea Point Promenade, Cape Town, 8005
Why we like it: Go for a walk or run along the promenade, ride bikes along the dedicated cycling lane, have a picnic in one of the open spaces and take a dip in the ocean at one of the nearby beaches.
18. Wonderdal Edutainment Centre
Wonderdal is an educational entertainment centre for children aged 5 to 13. It has many activities that offer children an exciting exploration into the worlds of science, nutrition and nature through various indoor and outdoor activity zones. They can learn while they play at Wonderdal. Please arrive about 30 minutes before your session to get the kids ready.
Location: 60 Bottelary Road c/o Kruis and, Ronelle St
Cost: Prices range from R85 to R190 depending on the day and length of the visit
Contact: 021 205 5624
Please note that the rates above are per child, for a one-hour or two-hour fully supervised experience. Adults pay the full ticket price.
Why we like it: It is situated on the lovely Hazendal Wine Estate in the Cape Winelands, which offers a variety of culinary and cultural experiences for the entire family.
19. Waterworld Strand
Waterworld Strand offers a beautiful outing for a hot summer’s day with various slides, pools and other rides to enjoy. These include massive supertube and splash pads, ensuring fun for kids of all ages. Waterworld also has an on-site café with great options for children and parents.
Location: Opposite #195, Beach Rd, Strand
Cost: Kids 1 – 2 years: R60 | 1hr pass: R110 water-slider / R30 spectator | 2hr pass: R145 water-slider / R35 spectator |
All-day pass: R200 water-slider / R105 spectator
Contact: [email protected]
Why we like it: There are so many slide options available. You can get access to the supertube, speed slide, mini slide, kiddies’ double speed slide and various pools.
20. Cool Runnings Toboggan Family Park
Race a bobsled down a 1.25-kilometre half-pipe. The rides are quick, exciting and risk-free, making the park a perfect thing to do in Cape Town with kids. There’s also a café on-site, so you can grab a bite while the kids play.
Location: Off Carl Cronje Dr, Tygervalley, Cape Town, 7530
Cost: Children aged 3 – 14 | x1 ride – R75 | x3 rides – R195 | x6 rides – R330 | x12 rides – R540
Contact: 021 949 4439
Why we like it: This is a great activity for kids of all ages, as it is both safe and thrilling.
21. Clay Cafe Hout Bay
The Clay Cafe in Hout Bay is an excellent place for families with children of all ages. You can choose from a wide selection of pottery pieces to paint and decorate. Don’t worry about the mess; the paint is washable. In addition, kids can explore the garden, have their faces painted, play in the sand pit, or just run around and enjoy the playground.
Location: Clay Cafe, 4080 Main Road. Opposite Bokkemanskloof Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Cost: Available at claycafe.co.za/food
Contact: 076 810 5120
Why we like it: The finished products are definitely Instagram-worthy.
22. Scootours Cape Town
Scootours Cape Town is a great way to see it all. They provide scooter tours of the city, including all the significant landmarks. Children will enjoy riding their own scooters through the streets while learning about Cape Town’s history and culture. The tours are a lot of fun and a great way to see the city from a different angle.
Location: 209 Tafelberg Rd, Table Mountain (Nature Reserve), Cape Town
Cost: Drivers: R 730 pp | Passengers: R 290 pp (passengers 4 – 9 years double up with parents)
Why we like it: These tours are a great way to see the city sights and get some exercise, and they’re suitable for all ages.
23. Helderberg Nature Reserve
At Helderberg Nature Reserve, families can explore the beautiful natural surroundings and have plenty of activities to keep them entertained. These include several hiking trails, a kids eco-centre, forests and mountains. There are also playgrounds to give parents some downtime after hiking.
Location: Verster Ave, Helderberg Nature Reserve, Cape Town, 7135
Cost: Children (age 3 – 17): R20 | Toddlers: free | Adults: R30 | Student: R20 | Pensioner: R20
Contact: 021 851 4060
Why we like it: There are several playgrounds and a kids’ eco-centre making sure that your kids are entertained.
24. Cape Town Ostrich Ranch
The Cape Town Ostrich Ranch is fun and informative, allowing children to get up close and personal with the largest living species of bird, also known as the giant living dinosaur. Visitors to the ranch will be amazed by the many facts about these flightless birds, while a rare opportunity to feed and ride the ostriches will undoubtedly be a highlight of the day. So if you’re looking for fun things to do in Cape Town with your kids, add the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch to your list.
Location: Van Schoorsdrif Rd, Philadelphia, Cape Town, 7439
Cost: Children (7 – 16): R98 | Children (2 – 6): pay R55 | Adults: R109 | Pensioners: R65 | Students: R65
Contact: 021 972 1955
Why we like it: Your kids can learn about these fascinating creatures, feed them and even ride them.
25. Scratch Patch and Cave Golf (located in the same area)
Check out the Scratch Patch and Cave Golf, where children can dig around for semiprecious stones, and they get to keep whatever they find. Cave Golf is perfect for older kids (and adults). It’s a mini golf course set in a cave with 18 holes to test your skills.
Location: 1 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Scratch Patch – Small bag: R30 | Medium bag: R45 | Cup: R90 | Large bag: R140
Cave Golf – Round of golf: R35 per player | Groups of 10: R30 per player
Contact: 021 786 2020
Why we like it: Both activities are located at the V&A Waterfront, so you can make a day of it.
26. Tygerberg Nature Reserve
Tygerberg Nature Reserve offers trails that wind the forest and the grasslands. Children can explore the nature around them while the panoramic view from the top of the reserve hill is worth the climb.
Location: 1 Totius St, Welgemoed, Cape Town, 7530
Cost: Children (3 – 17): R10 | Children under 3: Free | Adult (18 – older): R20
Contact: 021 444 8971
Why we like it: Get out the hiking shoes and take in the beautiful surrounds, you get great views at the top.
27. Newlands Forest
At Newlands Forest, families can explore the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, a woodland haven abundant with indigenous plant life and marked with various trails. Children will love going to the waterfalls and streams, and there are several picnic spots available.
Location: Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, 0001
Cost: Free | R25 for parking on site
Why we like it: Newlands Forest has beautiful waterfalls and streams that are quite scenic and Instagram worthy.
28. Imhoff Farm
Experience the charm of farm life at Imhoff Farm. Nestled along the Cape Point route, this farmstead features an array of exciting offerings including animal encounters, horseback beach rides, and camel rides. The highlight for kids will undoubtedly be the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard, where they get to interact with and feed friendly farmyard animals.
Location: Kommetjie Rd, Kommetjie, Cape Town, 7975
Action Paintball – R170 per person
Laser Tag – R160 per person
4×4 Riding – R250 per vehicle
Imhoff Horse Riding – R660 per person
Higgeldy Piggeldy Farm Yard – R20 entry fee
Milkwood Maze – R50 Children (5 and up)
Why we like it: The farm provides a wide range of activities for adults and children, making it an ideal place to spend the day.
29. Century Karting
Embrace the thrill of speed at Century Karting, a premier go-kart racing facility that activates every child’s excitement button upon arrival. This dynamic location features a variety of race courses suitable for beginners to experts, adding a splash of vibrant competitiveness to your family’s outing. To replenish your energy, a pit-stop cafe is available for some quick bites before your kids zoom off for another round of exhilarating races. The racing simulator offers a safe yet equally thrilling experience for younger children.
Location: 0A Century Ave, Century City, Cape Town, 7441
Cost: Prices range from R50 to R400 pp
Time attack (5/10 mins) – R180 per person and R250 per person
Why we like it: Century Karting offers a diverse array of adrenaline-filled activities for both adults and children, making it a perfect destination for a thrilling family day out.
30. Bounce World
A veritable kingdom of soft-play structures, Bounce World will engage every child’s hype switch the moment they enter. Filled with brightly coloured obstacle courses and jumping castles, the vast space is constantly buzzing with activity and squeals of excitement. There is a tuck shop to refuel the children before you send them bouncing off again into the happy chaos. In addition, there is a dedicated play area called Toddler Bounce World for children between the ages of one and four.
Location: 15 Montague Drive, Montague Gardens, Cape Town, 7441
Cost: R105 per child
Contact: 021 552 3165
Why we like it: You can let your kids roam free at bounce world and let them blow off some necessary steam.
31. Glowing Rooms – 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Minigolf
Glowing Rooms – 3D Glow-in-the-Dark Minigolf is guaranteed fun for the whole family. It is a novel experience that children of all ages can enjoy. The course is designed like a traditional 18-hole minigolf course but with a twist: the obstacles and barriers are three-dimensional, and the whole course glows in the dark.
Location: 1 Turf Club Dr, Milnerton, Cape Town, 7441
Cost: R130 per person
Contact: 021 551 2244
Why we like it: Your kids can experience a futuristic atmosphere and of course the whole course glows in the dark.
32. Mojo Market
With arts and crafts, live music and performances, the Mojo Market offers plenty to experience. There is a wide variety of food stalls, so everyone in the family can pick their preference – mini doughnuts, gelato ice cream, and other sweet treats are sure to win over the kids. With a large central dining area, you won’t have trouble finding a spot to enjoy your spread. This market is also a great place to learn about local cultures, with many stalls selling handmade goods produced by South African artists.
Location: 30 Regent Rd, Sea Point
Why we like it: Live music, events and its close proximity to the Sea Point Promenade.
33. Kids Village Mini Golf
The Kids Village Mini Golf course has 27 holes, each with a different African theme. The first nine holes are suitable for children, while the last nine are for the more experienced players.
Location: Carl Cronje Dr, Bellville
Cost: Kids pay R40
Why we like it: It’s the ideal spot for a fun family day at the driving range.
If you’re looking for something that doesn’t require too much parental involvement, Wonderland Arcade is the ideal place to distract the kids. There are pool tables, foosball units and video games for the older kids or gamers, while smaller children will enjoy the rides and games meant just for them. The arcade also keeps slot machines, should parents feel like trying their luck.
Location: Louwtjie Rothman St, Goodwood
Contact: 021 595 1725
Why we like it: Kids will enjoy the abundance of kid-friendly options such as rides and an interactive game.
35. Zip Zap Dome Circus
Children will love watching the daring stunts of the acrobats and the silly antics of the clowns and jugglers at the Zip Zap Dome Circus. After the action-packed show, they can learn about the history of the circus at the museum and see some of its fantastic costumes and props. There are also lots of photo opportunities here. A day at the circus is a childhood experience that every kid should enjoy at least once in their lifetime.
Location: 10 Jan Smuts St, Cape Town City Centre
Cost: To see prices of upcoming shows visit: zipzap.co.za
Why we like it: Zip Zap is an exciting show for the kids to see, they will surely be entertained.
36. Waterfront Charters
Chartering a boat or hoping on a cruise is the perfect way to explore Cape Town’s coastline. Waterfront Charters offers a variety of tours and cruise options, so you can find one that’s perfect for your family. You might even see some dolphins or seals during the trip.
Location: Shop 5, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Cost: Check out prices on their website waterfrontcharters.co.za
Why we like it: Your kids will get beautiful ocean views and there are also scenic options for sunset cruises.
37. The Riding Centre
The Riding Centre in Hout Bay is a haven for young animal lovers. Here, children can enjoy pony rides, meet a variety of farm animals, and enjoy a range of fun playground activities. The Centre places a strong emphasis on safety, and all rides are closely supervised by experienced staff members. Whether your child is an experienced rider or just starting, The Riding Centre is an excellent way for them to connect with animals and nature.
Location: Main Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7872
Why we like it: The Riding Centre offers engaging pony rides and allows kids to meet a variety of farm animals in a safe, supervised environment.
38. Zipzoom Adventures
Zipzoom Adventures transports you into a world of exhilarating excitement amidst a forest of towering Oak trees in the idyllic setting of Altydgedacht Farm, a gem dating back to 1697, located in the heart of Cape Town’s Northern Suburbs. Offering an adrenaline rush like no other, Zipzoom presents you with a chance to conquer a challenging mountain biking track that weaves its way through the forest or navigate through heart-thumping obstacles and ziplines while being safely suspended above the ground. Zipzoom has something for everyone. Its two aerial adventure courses cater to all age groups. Safety is paramount, with participants securely harnessed and hooked onto a safety line overhead, ensuring a thrilling yet safe escapade.
Location: Tygerberg Valley Rd, Cape Farms, Cape Town, 7530
Phone: 084 876 7582
Why we like it: Zipzoom Adventures provides thrilling and safe zip-lining and obstacle navigating experiences in an enchanting Oak forest setting.
39. The Little Optimist Sailing
The Little Optimist Sailing Academy isn’t just a sailing school; it’s a confidence-boosting hub where children can learn essential life skills while navigating the waves. The Academy believes that children can gain confidence, courage, and determination through sailing, creating a can-do mindset. They offer a variety of courses suitable for different age groups and skill levels, making sailing an accessible and enjoyable experience for all children.
Location: Shop 8, Battery Park, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8000
Phone: 060 750 5370
Why we like it: At The Little Optimist Sailing Academy, children can learn sailing while also gaining life skills through an enjoyable and accessible experience.
40. Sea Point Kayaking
Looking for a water adventure? Sea Point Kayaking should be on your list. Offering guided tours, your little ones can witness the astounding beauty of Cape Town’s skyline, mountain ranges, and rich marine life from a unique viewpoint.
Location: Cape Kayak Adventures, 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point
Phone: 083 346 1146
Why we like it: Sea Point Kayaking offers kids an exciting, guided tour of Cape Town’s beautiful marine life and landscapes.
Parks and playgrounds
41. The Blue Train Park
Finding something that will keep your kids entertained for hours can take time and effort. Luckily, the Blue Train Park, conveniently situated along the Sea Point Promenade, has a lot to offer. For a small entrance fee of R35, the kids can enjoy train rides, a zipline, obstacle courses, bike tracks, a soccer pitch and more.
Location: Next to The Light House, Beach Rd, Mouille Point
Cost: R35 per person
Why we like it: Your kids will have a chance to ride the Blue Train and the park is perfect for private parties.
42. Bugz Playpark
There is plenty to do at Bugz Playpark. Children can go wild in the playground that has it all: two large sandpit areas, colourful jungle gyms, slides, swings, playhouses, treehouses, a castle and so many obstacles to crawl under and over. Tip: You can get Bugz Playpark tickets on special at Daddy’s Deals.
Location: 56 Tarentaal Rd, Joostenberg Vlakte
Cost: Kids under 3: Free | Adults and teens (13 years and over): R55 | VIP day pass (3 – 12 years): R160
Why we like it: Your kids will enjoy the unlimited rides at Bugz Playpark.
43. Battery Park
Battery Park is an urban park situated alongside the V&A Waterfont canal. Designed for the public’s recreational use, the park offers a skate park, a scooter path, a playground, picnic areas, and there’s also kayaking or standup paddling in the adjacent canal. The Piazza is home to many food and beverage stalls, and there are boutique shops, should mom need a bit of retail therapy.
Location: 19 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Why we like it: This fun outdoor space gives your kids the option to skate, picnic or kayak.
44. Green Point Park
Green Point Park is a go-to weekend destination for many local parents. Secure, clean and carefully looked after, the park has a host of attractions to keep families occupied. Playgrounds, for big and little kids, biodiversity gardens, a stream that kids love splashing in, and endless green space for picnics or even, parties. Inside the park is sweet little restaurant, which also sells soft-serve ice-cream – always a big hit with the small kids.
Location: 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point
Why we like it: Make a day out of it and spend a beautiful day in the sun.
45. Rush Indoor Trampoline Park
Rush Indoor Trampoline Park is an excellent place for children to burn off excess energy. There are 1,700 square metres of trampolines, a foam pit and various obstacle courses to keep them jumping, diving, climbing and rolling around for a full hour of fun.
Location: 25 Stegman Rd, Claremont
Cost: 1 Hour: R150 | Additional hour: R100
Why we like it: Rush Indoor Trampoline Park is a great place to take the kids for a day of fun.
46. Arderne Gardens
Little less know than Kirstenbosch, Arderne Gardens is the hidden gem of the Southern Suburbs with towering trees, ample aquatic features and plenty of birdlife occupying its grounds. Its lush lawns are perfect for picnics and games, while the ancient trees ensure that there is always a spot in the shade to relax. Families can also explore the stunning series of bridges that cross the central water feature, teeming with various birds.
Location: 222 Main Rd, Claremont
Why we like it: Enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Arderne Gardens and its close proximity to Cavendish Centre, where you can grab a bite with your kids after.
47. Green Leaf Café
The Green Leaf Café has a fantastic playground and if you purchase a bag of animal feed for R15, the kids can feed the variety of tame animals that live there. Children can also pet alpacas, sheep, goats and guinea pigs before enjoying a snack, lunch or a milkshake at the café.
Location: 80 Eversdal Rd, Eversdal
Why we like it: Children are able to pet and feed the animals at the farm.
48. The Kids Shack
The Kids Shack offers indoor and outdoor play facilities with amazing climbing, fantasy play, soft play and craft areas. Children can also enjoy the zip lines, splash pads, bike and scooter tracks, and jungle gyms, followed by a Frutina Slush and a snack.
Location: 16 Norton Way, Rondebosch
Cost: Group of ten or more children: R70 per child (includes 2.5 hours of playtime) | R100 per child (includes a Frutina Slush, hotdog, and NikNaks)
Why we like it: A perfect indoor park for the kids to enjoy, especially on rainy days.
49. Ipic Play
Ipic Play, the largest indoor adventure park of its kind in the Northern Suburbs, promises an unparalleled playtime experience for your kids. As a premier indoor play park, Ipic Play delivers an unforgettable experience complete with an onsite Knead Bakery and Café to cater to all your gastronomic needs. Enjoy an air-conditioned retreat from the outside world as you let your little ones explore the play area to their heart’s content, accompanied by a sound system that could put even Mickey Mouse’s cheerful tunes to shame. All these adventures are set against a stunning vista, best enjoyed from the aptly named Vista Deck. So whether you’re seeking a unique playtime experience or a comfortable spot to relax and unwind, Ipic Play has it all.
Location: Corner of Burton and, Aurora St, Durbanville, Cape Town, 7550
Phone: 021 205 3844
Why we like it: Ipic Play invites kids to a world of thrilling indoor adventures, with delightful treats from an on-site bakery and stunning views to enjoy from the Vista Deck.
50. Fun and Adventure at Be.Up Park
Be.Up Park is a giant indoor adventure park that offers fun activities for kids of all ages. Featuring a large trampoline zone, an exciting climbing wall, and South Africa’s largest indoor kids’ maze, this park is sure to keep the little ones entertained for hours. The maze, filled with tunnels, ball ponds, slides, and many more surprises, is particularly popular, offering an exciting challenge for young explorers.
Location: Gardener place, Rose Innes St, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7430
Why we like it: Be.Up Park provides an array of exhilarating activities like trampolining, climbing, and navigating the largest indoor maze in South Africa.
51. Get Active at Playstation by Rush
Playstation by Rush is a place where digital games meet physical activities. This indoor park features a range of engaging games and activities that challenge kids’ mental and physical skills. They can enjoy the thrill of the multi-level laser tag, climb on the indoor rock wall, navigate through the challenging obstacle course, and much more. It’s a place where kids can disconnect from screens and engage in real-life fun.
Location: 10 Honeywell Rd, Kirstenhof, Cape Town, 7945
Phone: 021 683 3841
Why we like it: Playstation by Rush blends the digital and physical world, offering thrilling activities like laser tag and indoor rock climbing that would engage and excite any child.
52. Freedom Adventure Park (Tokai)
Freedom Adventure Park offers a multitude of fun-filled indoor activities. Kids can bounce to their heart’s content in the expansive trampoline arena, scale the exciting climbing walls, dodge balls in the dodgeball zone, or take a fun-filled leap into the foam pit. This activity-packed adventure park ensures kids can stay active, have fun, and develop their coordination and agility, all in a safe and supervised environment.
Location: 333 Main Rd, Tokai, Cape Town, 7965
Phone: 083 279 4453
Why we like it: At Freedom Adventure Park, kids will love the fun and excitement of bouncing on huge trampolines, climbing walls, and playing dodgeball.
53. Constantia Uitsig Bike Park
Constantia Uitsig Bike Park is a paradise for young biking enthusiasts. Designed by the Downhill World Champion Chris Nixon, the park offers a range of tracks catering to various skill levels. Kids can test their cycling skills on the challenging pump tracks, daring drop-offs, and other exciting obstacles, ensuring hours of adrenaline-pumping fun. Safety is paramount, and all kids are required to wear helmets and protective gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
Location: ERF3347 Spaanschemat River Rd, Porter Reform Estate, Cape Town, 7806
Phone: 081 833 4488
Why we like it: At Constantia Uitsig Bike Park, kids can experience thrilling bike rides on tracks designed by a world champion.
Zoos and Wildlife Parks
54. World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park
The sanctuary is home to roughly 3,000 birds with 400 different species and promises hours of entertainment. Apart from the feathered spectacle, there are also plenty of smaller animals like mice, snakes, guinea pigs and rabbits to see. At the same time, the regular visits inside the monkey enclosures are an unforgettable experience.
Location: Valley Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town
Why we like it: The park is the perfect place for families and nature lovers alike to come and learn about the amazing creatures.
55. Giraffe House
Children will love Giraffe House because it has easy access to some of Africa’s unique wildlife and bird species. Giraffe House, which focuses on African wildlife, offers an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about conservation and see some of the fantastic animals that live in Africa.
Location: c/o R304 & R101, Muldersvlei, Cape Town
Why we like it: Giraffe House has a spacious outdoor area where kids can run around and explore.
56. Exotic Animal World
The wildlife sanctuary at Exotic Animal World hosts plenty of creatures and a variety of birds. Lemurs are always a favourite for children as they roam freely in the beautiful gardens.
Location: R44, Stellenbosch, 7600
Cost: Adults: R88 | Children: R49 | Children under 3: free | Families with 2 adults and 2 kids: R225
Why we like it: At Exotic Animal World, children can interact with a wide array of creatures and birds, including the friendly lemurs that freely wander the beautiful gardens.
57. Oude Molen Eco Village
Oude Molen Eco Village has a lot of farms and shops, but the Oude Molen Stables and The Playshed are always a highlight for children. Kids can go on horseback and wagon rides, while the stables make it an ideal venue for children’s birthday parties. The Playshed is another favourite at Oude Molen Eco Village, where kids can explore and enjoy outdoor play.
Location: Alexandra Rd, Pinelands, Cape Town
Why we like it: Oude Molen Eco Village is the perfect place to explore the other side of Cape Town.
58. Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary
Panthera Africa is a big cat sanctuary that offers visitors the chance to see lions, tigers, leopards and cheetahs. The sanctuary is located just outside Cape Town.
Location: GGVJ+WQ, Stanford
Contact: 071 182 8368
Cost: Child under 8: R120 (Pre-booking is essential)
Why we like it: Children will spend time learning about lions, tigers and leopards.
59. The Alpaca Loom
Children can feed the animals and learn to take care of them at the Alpaca Loom. They can also play with the friendly alpacas. A picnic area and playground are also available, making it a great place to spend a day outside. So if you’re looking for things to do in Cape Town with your kids, the Alpaca Loom is worth visiting.
Location: Suid-Agter-Paarl Rd, Southern Paarl
Cost: Adults: R100 | Children: R70 | Alpaca walk: R150 per person (minimum of 2 people)
Why we like it: Alpaca Loom has guided Alpaca walks and tours and you can even adopt an Alpaca for a year.
60. Cheetah Outreach
Children can learn about animals and their habitats at Cheetah Outreach while also helping at feeding time. They will also be able to meet cheetah cubs. In addition, Cheetah Outreach provides a variety of other animal experiences, such as interactions with bat-eared foxes.
Location: De Beers Ave, Firgrove, Cape Town
Cost: Adults: R160 | Children: R100 (under 14) | Price exclusive of entry fee
Why we like it: Cheetah outreach offers special guided tours as well as VIP private encounters to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.