Discover a unique Two Oceans Aquarium in the Waterfront
Allows you to view over 3000 living animals, including cape fur seals, sharks, penguins in this spectacular aquarium in the V&A Waterfront. The Aquarium is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins can be seen in this spectacular underwater nature reserve.
Open: Daily @ 9:30am – 6pm (incl. Public Holidays) Two Ocean Aquarium Cape Town, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 418 3823
Ice Skating in Cape Town
Come rain or shine – ice skating is a must! The Ice Station rink is open to the public and ice skates can be hired. Whether you want to organise a party or just want to go skating with one or two friends, the ice rink is a whole lot of fun.
Grandwest, Tel: (021) 535 2260
Atlantic Rail Steam Train
Vintage fun for the whole family. Buxom, beautiful and still hard at work at the ripe age of 63, Jenny hasn’t let the wrinkles of time mar her life’s mission. Quite on the contrary, the old gal exuberantly continues to pull five wooden-bodied vintage coaches jam-packed with kids, families, proud pensioners, eager tourists and long-time railway enthusiasts from Cape Town to Simon’s Town and back one to three Sundays a month.
R110 – R220
Cape Town Train Lodge Hotel, Tel: (021) 556 1012
Beautiful Butterfly World
Visit this Winelands paradise and be privileged to see resting butterflies, exotic spiders and scary scorpions up close. Consisting of a tropical garden in a 1000 square metre green-house, this magnificent abode allows for all the free flying exotic butterflies to feel right at home. Butterfly World imports 500-800 butterfly pupae per week all year round, and the butterflies emerge into their tropical gardens. Tropical butterflies are raised on breeding farms in countries such as Costa Rica, Philippines, Malaysia and China.
Monday – Sunday @ 9am – 5pm Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl), Cape Winelands, Tel: (021) 875 5628
The Continent of Sulina
Swellendam’s faerie sanctuary. In a grove of green leaves a faerie with pale blue hair sits with her arms folded and her head down. Across from her a wizened pixie strokes his beard leaning on a toadstool by a bubbling brook. On the outskirts of Swellendam, the Continent of Sulina is truly an enchanting place and has become a staple attraction associated with the town.
Wednesdays – Sundays & Daily during school holidays @ 9am – 4:30pm
37 Buitenkant Street, Swellendam, Tel: (028) 514 1786
Noordhoek Farm Village
A mere 25 minutes from Cape Town’s city centre, Noordhoek Farm Village is one of Cape Town’s treasured destinations with a tranquil farm atmosphere. Renowned for long white sandy beaches, vast wetlands and ancient milkwood forest, Noordhoek epitomizes a relaxed, unhurried lifestyle that is sought after by many environmentalists and artists, so don’t be surprised to find horses, pigs, cows, hens, ducks and rabbits roaming the gardens and open public spaces. All activities are free, take place between 10h30 and 12h30 and include Valentine’s craft days, magic shows, craft tables, clowns, face painting and Enchanted Parties Theatre.
Noordhoek Farm Village, Noordhoek, Tel: (0210 789 2812
Gemstones in the Scratch Patch Simons Town
A visit to topstones is fun. Tour the Topstones factory with the kids; there is plenty for the little ones to have a flied day, and watch gemstones being tumble-polished and crafted into a wide variety of products. Monday – Friday @ 8:30am – 4:45pm, Saturdays & Sundays @ 9am – 5:30pm
Scratch Patch, Cape Town, Dido Valley Road, outside Simon’s Town, Tel: (021) 786 2020
Teamwork, stealth and strategy are all part of what makes it so exciting. Hiding behind trees, belly crawling through the grass or strategising with their team will soon make them forget about their computers. Not for the easily bruised, this is ideal for older children (they need to be older than 11 years to play). All the necessary equipment is included, such as the gun, protective gear, bush jacket and first 100 paintballs.
R95 – R120
Monday – Sunday: 9:15am-12:45pm, 1:15pm – 4:45pm
Area 51, Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 790 7603
If the paintball sounds a bit too hectic then why not take your kids for a camel ride at Imhoff Farm next door to the paintball. There are three camels available for rides, gentle enough for your kids to enjoy and the jerky two metre ascent will keep things exciting.
Tuesdays – Sundays and public holidays: 12pm – 4pm
Short rides: R50 for adults, R30 for children, scenic ride (30 minutes): R150 Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 789 1711
Zip line Your kids will love channeling their inner Tarzan on the ‘foefieslides’ while you enjoy the picturesque backdrop of the Skurweberg Mountains. The Ceres zip slide tour has eight slides which cover 1.4km in total, making this the longest zip slide tour on the continent. The highest point of the slide is 40m. The full body harnesses with state of the art equipment make the slides safe. This adrenaline filled tour can be enjoyed by children of all ages as well as adults. R400 Monday – Sunday: 8am – 4pm
1 Voortrekker Street, Ceres, Tel: 072 1411804
Craving adventure on the high seas? Set sail aboard the Jolly Roger and enjoy the live pirate show out at sea. There are three daily cruises to choose from as well as a variety of kids’ parties and school group options on offer. Children will love the authentic looking pirate ship and the sense of adventure that the crew helps to create. Start practicing your ‘arrrrghhs’ beforehand and teach your kids some pirate lingo so they can get into character for the trip.
Daily cruises: adults: R100, children: R50, sunset cruise: children: R100, adults: R200.
Opening times: Subject to weather conditions
V&A Waterfront Harbour, Cape Town, Tel: (021 421 0909
Need for speed? Let them race each other around the 310m mini replica of the Killarney racetrack, complete with twists and turns to keep the adrenaline pumping. The 160cc carts have hydraulic brakes and slick tyres to keep them safe. Please note that there is a 1.6m height restriction so this is an activity for older children. This is a great place to bring them to burn off some energy on a rainy day when the boredom is starting to set in.
Adults: R70, children: R60
Opening times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 1pm – 11pm, Friday: 11am – 11pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 11pm.
10 Myhof Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 683 2670
Cool Runnings Tobogganing Park We’ve swapped sunshine and beaches for the lure of snow here in Cape Town but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the winter sports they get to enjoy elsewhere. This tobogganing may not be down a slope of snow but it is certainly exciting.
Price: adults (over 14 years): R30 for one ride, R240 for unlimited rides, children (under 14 years): R25 for one ride, R220 for unlimited rides. Happy Hours Working Day Pass (Unlimited Rides, Monday – Friday except holidays): R100 for adults and R85 for children. Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 12pm -6pm, Saturday-Sunday: 9am-6pm
Off Carl Cronje Drive, Opposite Bellville Velodrome, Tel: (021) 949 4439
The Book Lounge
For younger children (3-8 years) there’s adventure of a different kind every Saturday at 11am at the Book Lounge. The exciting stories will take them along for a different journey each week. It’s a great way to get them excited about reading and exploring the wonderful world of books. Saturdays @ 11am
71 Roeland Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 462 2425
Cape Town Museums
The musty smell of old photographs and historic artefacts in well-lit showrooms offers a welcome retreat from the rainy weather outside. Take a look at our list of museums in Cape Town for an informative blast from the past.
The Planetarium, Inside the domed auditorium of the Iziko Museum, one can sit back and watch the beauty of a recreated night sky. Whatever the weather outside, the Planetarium sky is always clear, and the extraordinary audio-visual experience is a great astronomy teaching tool for old and young alike.
25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 481 3900
The Science Centre
A world of discovery under one roof, the Science Centre features a wide variety of interactive displays and exciting activities for your enjoyment. Build a house in the exclusive ‘kids only’ Murray & Roberts Building Site, challenge your mind with Puzzling Things, experience weightlessness similar to that of space with a spin on the Human Gyroscope, and much more.
Monday to Saturday 9am – 4:30pm; Sundays & Public Holidays 10am – 4:30pm
370B Main Road, Observatory, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 300 3200
Grandwest Children’s Entertainment
Grand West Casino certainly offers many forms of entertainment. The arcade venue is an extremely popular section of the casino with people of all ages enjoying the gaming facilities on offer. Some of the most popular games include the simulator games, kiddies’ rides, redemption games and crane games. Daily @ 11am – 10pm, Weekends @ 10am – 12am & School Holidays @ 11am – 11pm
Magic Company, Grandwest Casino & Entertainment World, Vanguard Drive, Goodwood, Tel: (021) 534 0244
The Clay Café makes for a memorable day of creativity and recreation for children and parents alike.
Monday – Friday @ 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday @ 9am – 4:30pm
Old Dairy, Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay
Green Point Park
A new addition to the Green Point area – perfect for a family outing with scooter, bikes and picnic baskets.
Open Daily @ 7am – 7pm
Green Point Park, Bay Road, Green Point
Nice Touch Kids Cooking
Baking birthday parties and kids holiday cooking school for girls and boys.
Only During School Holidays
R85 – R100
St James Church Hall, Sea Point, Tel: 082 3199215