Humpty Dumpty and Friends
The Cape Town City Ballet presents a dance adaptation of popular nursery rhymes including Humpty Dumpty, Hey Diddle Diddle, the Cat and the Fiddle, Old MacDonald had a Farm and others.
5 to 8 January
R 100,Concessions R 50
Artscape Theatre, D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Tel: 021 410 9838
Circus Family Christmas Show
The Circus Family Christmas show is a family circus show with a Christmas theme, including trapeze and other aerial artists, clowns, contortionists, acrobats and more.
18 & 19 December
Adults-R 110 and Under 12s-R 70
South African National Circus, Willow Road, Observatory, Cape Town, Tel:083 496 3972
Winnie the Pooh
Glyn Robbins’ adaptation of AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh takes the audience on the journey of Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and friends as they look for a woozle, celebrate Eeyore’s birthday, find food for Tigger, and attempt to find the North Pole. Children are to dress up as their favourite Winnie the Pooh character on 16 December.
Until 23 December
Artscape Theatre, D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Tel 021 410 9838
Create a masterpiece (or mess) on a blank canvas, while listening to funky music. Artjammers are provided with a menu of 12 different size canvases, easels, a selection of non-toxic acrylic paints, brushes and tools to freely express themselves. Great idea for children’s parties!
Cape Quarter, Cavendish Square, The Paddocks, V&A Waterfront &Willowbridge Centre, www.artjamming.co.za
Planet Kids play centre in Muizenberg has jumping castles, an intergalactic ball wall, fun ramps with a space slide, an outside area with a Fluffy Slide and Dream Swing, as well as various workshops and other activities. During the school holidays they run special programmes to keep the little ones occupied. Refreshments can be ordered from the Flying Saucer Cafe where grown-ups can sit and enjoy a coffee while browsing through a magazine. You can also drop the kids off and fetch them later.
R35 – R60
Muizenberg, Tel: (021) 788 3070
Acrobranching gives you and the kids the chance to unleash your inner-ape and go swinging through the tree tops. This is another fantastic holiday activity for the entire family if the weather decides to play along. The Acrobranch park in Constantia consists of three courses, each Sone equipped with zip lines, sing bridges and Tarzan swings.
R80 – R140
Constantia, Tel: 081 8511765
Bugz Family Playpark
An activity-filled park in Kraaifontein with a huge outdoor playground and an impressive indoor play area suited for children from 2 to 10 years old. There are pedal cars, jumping castles, rowing boats, swing horses, mini tractor rides, a choochoo train as well as free play areas, horse rides and magic shows.
Kraaifontein, Tel: (021) 988 8836
The Giraffe House
The Giraffe House provides easy access to certain species of wildlife and birds, including giraffe, eland, impala, zebra, springbok, monkeys, owls, storks, parrots, ducks, geese and more. They host animal-themed parties, educational programmes, snake encounters, a play area and bicycle track.
R35 – R80
R304 & R101, Tel: (021) 884 4506
Discover a unique Two Oceans Aquarium in the Waterfront
One of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town and over 3000 living sea animals, including sharks, fishes, turtles and penguins can be5 seen this spectacular underwater nature reserve.
Adults – R125, Pensioners & Students (14-17) – R97, Kids (4-13) – R60
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! 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.
Monday – Friday @ 10am – 12:30pm & 2pm – 4:30pm, Saturdays @ 9am – 11:30am, 12pm – 2:30pm & 3pm – 5:30pm
R40pp including skates
Beautiful Butterfly World
Visit this Winelands paradise and be privileged to see resting butterflies, exotic spiders and scary scorpions up close.
Monday – Friday @ 9am – 3pm Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl), Cape Winelands, Tel: (021) 875 5628
Noordhoek Farm Village
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.
Noordhoek Farm Village, Noordhoek, Tel: (021) 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.
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.
Tuesdays – Sundays and public holidays: 12pm – 4pm
Short rides: R60 for adults, R40 for children, outride: R200
Please be aware that rides are not offered when it is raining or in stormy weather.
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, Cape Town, Tel: 082 3443163
Craving adventure on the high seas? Set sail aboard the Jolly Roger and enjoy the live pirate show out at sea. Children will love the authentic looking pirate ship and the sense of adventure that the crew helps to create.
Daily cruises: adults: R130, children: R60, 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.
Adults: R100, children: R90 Opening times: Mondays – Sunday @ 9:30am – 10pm
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.
Opening Times: Tuesday – 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.
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.
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
The arcade venue is an extremely popular section of the casino with people of all ages enjoying the gaming facilities on offer.
Daily @ 11am – 10pm, Weekends @ 10am – 12am & School Holidays @ 11am – 11pm
Magic Company, GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World, Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood, Tel: (021) 534 0244
The Clay Café makes for a memorable day of creativity and recreation for children and parents alike.
Monday – Sunday @ 9am – 5pm
Old Dairy, Oakhurst Farm, Main Road, Hout Bay, Tel: (021) 790 3318
Green Point Park
Perfect for a family outing with scooter, bikes and picnic baskets.
Open Daily @ 7am – 7pm
Green Point Park, Bay Road, Green Point, Tel: (021) 417 0111