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
Directed by Elizabeth Triegaardt, this classical ballet adaption of the Christmas fairy tale features Cape Town City Ballet dancers, joined by a cast of Cape Town’s younger dancers and guest artists from the Joburg Ballet.
The annual Cape Town City Ballet children’s Fairy Parade is on 24 December, after the 2pm performance. Children are invited to dress as their favourite fairy tale character and parade on stage to receive a surprise gift from Santa Claus.
Until 24 December
Artscape Theatre, D F Malan Street, Foreshore, Cape Town, Tel 021 410 9800
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
|Grandwest, Tel: (021) 535 2260|
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
The Boulders Penguin Colony
Welcome to paradise: penguins and beautiful beaches in a seaside village. Penguins live almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere, but yes, you will also find them in South Africa, in the seaside village Simon’s Town in False Bay between Fish Hoek and Cape Point – an easy hour‘s drive from Cape Town.
February – March: 8am – 6.30pm
April – September: 8am – 5pm
October – November: 8am – 6.30pm
December – January: 7am – 7.30pm
Conservation fee: Adults, R45 adults; children under the age of 12, R20 @ free entrance for WILD card holders.
Sanparks, Tel: (021) 786 2329
The Company’s Garden
Featuring a historical city park, a rose garden, a fish pond, an aviary & numerous trees of botanical and historical significance.
Summer: 7am – 7pm & Winter: 7am – 6pm
Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 400 2521
De Waal Park
A cool retreat in summer, dogs delight in the pond around the Victorian fountain while the children enjoy themselves in the playground.
Open daily @ 8am – 6pm
Upper Orange Road, Gardens, Cape Town, Tel: (021) 400 2521
This park is situated in Woodstock & is a safe place for children to play.
Open Daily: 8am – 6pm
Corner Victoria Road & Searle Street, Woodstock, Tel: (021) 400 3031
The Arderne Gardens, with its Japanese garden, shady glades and romantic nooks, conjures up happy memories for many Capetonians as a place to bring young children or take precious wedding photographs.
Open Daily @ 9am – 4pm
Main Street, Claremont, Tel: (021) 689 4185
This is an open park with big trees, and features a variety of flora. There are pathways for gentle walks and its lawns provide ample space for picnics.
Open Daily @ 8am – 6pm
Corner Campground Road & Sandown Roads, Rondebosch, Tel: (021) 689 4185
This district park features rolling expanses of lawn populated with trees and a vibrant eco-system of birds. The garden includes the famous Maynardville open-air theatre. There is also a water feature and children’s playground.
Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm
Corner Church & Wolfe Street | Wynberg | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 4185
Wynberg Park is where the spring of the Krakeelwater River begins. This district park features a conifer garden, children’s playground, duck pond, lawns, and ideal for walking dogs, picnics and braais.
Open Daily @ 8am – 6pm
Corner Klaassens & Trovato Link Roads, Wynberg, Tel: (021) 689 4185
Durbanville Rose Garden
This district park is a historical site, and is also home to numerous farm graves. It features 500 varieties of rose bushes. Visitors and tourists are invited to enjoy tea among the rose bushes at the park’s Tea Room on Sundays during flowering season.
Size: 1.5 hectares
Opening daily @ daily 8am – 6pm
Durban Road, Durbanville, Tel: (021) 970 3129
Enjoy a 112m controlled decent from the top of Table Mountain, not only experience a surge of adrenalin but also witness Cape Town’s beautiful beaches and breathtaking views from above.
R695pp (excluding cable car fee)
www.abseilafrica.co.za, Tel: (021) 424 4760
When the weather is keeping you inside, go to CityROCK, one of Cape Town’s indoor climbing gyms. With its bouldering cave, lead wall, and 10m high climbing area you won’t even know it’s raining outside.
21 Anson Street, Observatory, Tel: (021) 447 1326
Fynbos Horse Trails
Enjoy a full or half day guided horse tour through the beautiful vineyards beneath the Hawequa Mountains.
www.fynbostrails.com, Tel: 082 3358132
Take the leap & experience Cape Town’s beauty from a bird’s eye view.
Tel: 082 8006290, www.skydivecapetown.za.net
The Company specialises in shark cage diving and viewing tours, who pride themselves on service and the best price guarantee.
Tel: 082 8944979, www.sharkzone.co.za
Indoor Climbing @ City Rock
Get in touch with your inner Spiderman and tackle the climbing walls of City Rock. There is a range of different walls suited for various experience levels, and it is an excellent way to exercise body & mind.
R70 – R150
Monday – Thursday @ 9am – 9pm, Friday @ 9am – 6pm, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays @ 10am – 6pm
Corner Collingwood & Anson Road, Observatory, Cape Town, Tel: (021)447 1326
Cape Town’s biggest indoor play gym is also it’s busiest, offering active play experiences for children aged 9 months to 12 years.
Monday – Saturday @ 10am – 5pm
23 Bell Crescent, Westlake Business Park, Westlake, Tel: (021) 702 0505
This 18 hole indoor mini-golf course offers just the right blend of fun and frustration. A two-player game should take about half an hour, perfect for rainy days.
Open Daily @ 9am – 4:30pm
Next to Scratch Patch, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Tel: (021) 419 9429
Ten Pin Bowling is a great activity to be enjoyed with friends and colleagues.
Monday – Thursday @ 9am – 10pm, Friday – Saturday @ 9am – 12am & Sunday @ 10am – 10pm
Stadium on Main Shopping Centre, Main Road Claremont, Tel: (021) 671 1893
For a very unique experience search through the sea of colourful gemstones beneath you feet while picking out your favourites. This is a great activity for people of all ages.
Monday – Friday @ 8:30am – 4:45pm
Saturday – Sunday @ 9am – 5:15pm
Dido Valley Road Simonstown, Tel: (021) 786 2020
Monday – Sunday @ 9am – 5:30pm
V&A Waterfront, Tel: (021) 419 9429