Cape Town Family Guide -24Mar

Gonow Electric Bicycles Adventure
Gonow electric bicycles is a fun way to explore Cape Town. Enjoy the sites more while cruising and chatting and when those hills come up, don’t sweat it, Gonow has you covered.

Until 31 Mar @ 9am

R200 – R400

Gonow. 253 Main Road, Sea Point.

(Tel) 064-393-8231

Scoot the route

Explore the West Coast National Park onboard a 125cc automatic scooter. Park off and ride or just enjoy enjoy the sites from the Geelbek Manor restaurant.

Until 26 Oct @ 9am

R180 –R280

Langebaan.

(Tel) 084-088-7657

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

3D glow in the dark mini golf

Step into the glowing room galaxy this weekend. This is a fun 18 hole mini golf 3D space adventure complete with neon lighting, theme spaces and fun all round. A great family event.

Tue & Sat @ 10am

R130

The Gallery Shopping Centre. 13 Turf Club Street, Montague Gardens.

(Tel) 021-551-2244

Bit by Bit Mosaic 
Experience a day you will always remember.  Half day Saturday workshop that is perfect for beginners – ‘you will be amazed at what you can achieve after just 1/2 a day,’ says owner Kerry Atherstone.  Take the first step and we will guide you through the mosaic process.  All the workshops are very practical. 

R400 per person & Special rates when booking for 2 people.  

Observatory, Cape Town

Tel: 079 042 3908

Big Tree Mosaics 
Join Michelle McConnell, who started her journey into the art of mosaics after an inspirational trip to Turkey, at her home studio in Durbanville.

9:30am – 12:30pm & 6pm – 8pm

R60 – R90

42 Primula Crescent, WellwayPark East, Durbanville

Tel: 073 653 2688

Fiddlewood Pottery Studios
Classes are small and intimate giving student’s ample individual attention as they learn the tricks of the trade. Beginners are more than welcome to come and learn about pottery basics such as; glazing, firing, hand as well as wheelwork.

10am – 12:30pm, 7:30pm – 10pm & 5pm – 9:30pm

R410
Fiddlewood Pottery Studio 88, 1st Avenue, Harfield Village, Claremont

Tel: (021) 671 2515

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

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

Adults R72 & Kids R41

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

Tel: (021) 875 5628

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

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

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

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