Cape Town Family Guide – 9Sep

Rocklands Deer Park

Rocklands Park Kids Playground is a popular family destination in Cape Town. It is located next to a coffee shop and restaurant, the Deer Park Cafe. A dedicated committee has managed to turn this park into one of the best equipped playgrounds in town. Children have access to wooden climbing structures, creative animals sculptures, mosaic benches and a giant caterpillar for balancing and play. Rocklands Park has become a popular spot for birthday parties which are also hosted at the Café.

Daily @ 8am – 8pm

FREE

Deer Park Café, 2 Deerpark Drive, Vredehoek, Cape Town

Tel: (021) 462 6311

 

Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm in Paarl

A kid-friendly destination offering prime croc viewing close to Cape Town

Almost every little tyke has pored over picture books etched with sketches of the prehistoric-looking crocodile. But despite living in ‘wild’ Africa, very few Cape Town-born kids have actually seen one of these intriguing creatures in the flesh. Le Bonheur in the tiny hamlet of Simondium just outside Paarl delights and enchants youngsters’ imaginations by giving them this rare opportunity.

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 5pm(Open throughout all seasons)

Adults R58 & Kids R32

R45, Babylonstoren, Paarl

Tel: (021) 863 1142

 

World of Birds

Is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the World. Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature.

Daily @ 9am – 5pm

Adults R90 & Kids (3-16yrs) R45

Wildlife Sanctuary, Valley Road, Houtbay

Tel: 021 790 2730

 

Artjamming

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!

R130

Cape Quarter, Cavendish Square, The Paddocks, V&A Waterfront &Willowbridge Centre, www.artjamming.co.za

 

Acrobranching

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 some equipped with zip lines, sing bridges and Tarzan swings.

Adults R140 / 180 & Kids R100 / 140 / 180

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.

Adults R35 / 50 & Kids R60 / R120

Open Daily @ 9am-5pm

Kraaifontein

Tel: (021) 988 8836

 

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.

Open: Daily @ 9:30am – 6pm (incl. Public Holidays)

Adults R150/R135, (Students & Pensioners) / R110/R100 & Kids R110/R100 (14yrs-17yrs) & R70/R65 (4yrs-13yrs) & Children under 4 enter for FREE.

Two Ocean Aquarium Cape Town, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Tel: (021) 418 3823

 

Beautiful Butterfly World

Visit this Winelands paradise and be privileged to see resting butterflies, exotic spiders and scary scorpions up close.

Monday – Sunday @ 9am – 5pm

Adults R72 & Kids R41

Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl), CapeWinelands

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

 

Paintball

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

 

Camel Riding

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

Please be aware that rides are not offered when it is raining or in stormy weather.

Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, Cape Town

Tel: 082 3443163

 

Pirate Boat

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.

Opening times: Subject to weather conditions

V&A Waterfront Harbour, Cape Town

Tel: (021) 421 0909

 

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 BellvilleVelodrome

Tel: (021) 949 4439

 

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

 

Clay Café

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

 

Monkey Town

Monkey TownMonkey Town is a sanctuary for 28 exotic monkey species from all over the world. Guided tours, feeding-time talks, touch farm yard, play-park and restaurant. There is also interaction with tame monkeys under guided supervision.

Mondeor Rd, Somerset West (Turn off from N2)

Tel: (021) 858 1060

 

Bounce World

Bounce World is the largest indoor inflatable play area in South Africa.

Saturdays and Sundays

Montague Arena, 15 Montague Drive, Montague Gardens, Cape Town

Tel: (021) 552 3165

 

Bizzy Bodies

Cape Town’s biggest indoor play gym is also its 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

 

Cave Golf

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

 

Stadium Bowling

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 4759

 

Scratch Patch

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

 

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

 

Trafalgar Park
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

 

Arderne Gardens

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

 

Rondebosch Park
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

 

Maynardville Park
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

Tel: (021) 689 4185

 

Wynberg Park
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

 

Abseil Africa

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

 

City Rock

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

 

Skydive

Take the leap & experience Cape Town’s beauty from a bird’s eye view.

Tel: 082 8006290, www.skydivecapetown.za.net

 

Shark Zone

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