Cape Town Family Guide -2June

Cableway Kidz Season – 3 for the price of 1

Explore the natural beauty of Table Mountain with your children during the Cableway’s Kidz Season, when two kids ride for free with an adult who has purchased a return ticket. Your children can enjoy a day of fun atop Table Mountain, as well as a kiddies’ treasure hunt. As a part of the experience, all children will receive a treasure hunt map and something sweet when they hand in their voucher at both the Shop at the Top and the Café.

1 May to 30 September, 8:30AM to 5PM

Table Mountain, Tafelberg Road, off Kloof Nek Road

021 424 8181

The Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium offers more than 3000 animals in 9 galleries, including a room full of eerily-lit jellyfish, an underwater tunnel and the I & J Ocean Exhibit which offers opportunities for qualified divers. There is also an interactive exhibit where visitors can touch plants and animals or view them under a microscope, a children’s activity centre, and a venue for birthday parties.

9.30AM to 6PM

R65 – R150

Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

021 418 3823

Table Bay Eco-Safari

Ocean Adventurer in partnership with Ocean Adventurer marine tours, the Two Oceans Aquarium hosts a 90 minute boat trip around Table Bay where visitors can look out for dolphins, seals, sunfish and whales. A trained guide talks about the biodiversity of Cape Town’s waters, as well as the unique upwelling systems off the South African coastline. The ticket also includes entry into the Aquarium once the boat trip is complete.

11AM, 1PM, 3PM & 5PM

R195 – R400

Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

021 418 3823 | 021 418 3952

Feeding Times at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Feeding Times at the Two Oceans Aquarium on set days every week, animals at the Two Oceans Aquarium are fed by staff who provide a live running commentary for visitors. Animals in the Ocean Exhibit are fed daily at 12AM (diver) and 2PM (drop feed). Animals in the Ocean Basket Kelp Forest Exhibit are fed on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 12AM. The African penguins in the Penguin Exhibit are fed daily at 11.30AM and 2.30PM.

R65 – R150 entry

Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

021 418 3823 | 021 418 3952

World of Birds

The largest bird park in Africa with over 3000 birds including numerous birds of prey, as well as reptiles and monkeys. Walk-through aviaries offer the chance for close-up encounters with a variety of birds and animals.

9AM – 5PM daily

R40 – R85

Wildlife Sanctuary, Valley Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town

021 790 2730

Feeding Times:

Penguins, 11.30AM & 3.30PM

Pelicans 12.30PM

Cormorants 1.30PM

Birds of Prey 4.15PM

Lindt Chocolate Studio – Silo

Retailer known for fine Swiss chocolate, truffles & confectionery since 1899.

Monday 9AM to 6PM; Tuesday to Sunday 9AM to 8PM

Shop 2, Silo 2, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town.

021 831 0360

Garden Walks at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden for the week

A walk with various guides through Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  The walks are free but garden entrance fee applies. Walks are approximately 50 or 90 minutes in duration, and highlight seasonal interest in the Garden.

Mon to Fri:                            

Gate 1 (Visitors Centre): 90 minute walks at 10:00, 11:00 and 14:00

Gate 2 (Garden Centre): 90 minute walks at 11:00


Gate 1 (Visitors Centre): 90 minute walks at 10:00

Gate 2 (Garden Centre): 90 minute walks at 10:00

R15 – R60

Rhodes Drive, Newlands

021 799 8783/73

The Warrior Toy Museum

A permanent display of 4 000 model cars, 500 dolls and teddy bears, miniature dolls houses and rooms, two fully operating railroads, lead soldier displays, Meccano, ships and many other miscellaneous toys and models.

10AM to 4PM

Address: St George’s Street, Simons Town

021 786 1395

South African Astronomical Observatory

The national centre for optical and infrared astronomy in South Africa.

Second and Fourth Saturday of every month at 8PM

1 Observatory Road, Observatory, Cape Town.

021 4470025

Coffee Master Class

This is a 3hr course covering both the theory behind the perfect cup as well as some practical coffee making. With everything a home barista needs, including pouring an espresso, milk dynamics and how to not burn the milk when making a latte, you’ll be guided by one of the best barista trainers in South Africa.

Fortnight on a Saturday 9AM to 12AM

R650 p/person

235 Bree Street, Cape Town

021 422 1574

The White House Stables

The White House Stables Riding School was established in 2006. We are a professional, friendly and family owned yard. Our staff are SANEF/EQASA/ FEI trained and qualified, and have First Aid Certification. We cater for all ages and all levels of riders. 

7AM to 7PM

Cnr Old Mamre and Zonnekus Road, Morning Star, Cape Town


Blo Karting

Blo karting on the beach when it is too windy to sunbathe.

R100 for 30min

Sunrise Beach car park, Sunrise Beach, Muizenberg, Cape Town

083 658 8583

Que Pasa Swing Time

Weekly lindy hop and swing dance classes by Cape Town Swing, an organization run by local dancers, with a view to growing swing dancing and lindy hop in Cape Town. The classes are about dancing socially and having a good time. Lindy hop is a dance style that developed alongside the big band jazz music of the Swing Era.

7PM (Beginner 6-count Swing) and 8.15PM (Beginner Lindy Hop)

R80 (one class) and R140 (two classes)

Artscape Jazz Art Studio 552, D.F. Malan St, Cape Town

074 199 0918

Rush Trampoline Park

Rush is an indoor extreme Trampoline Park with 1500-2500 square meters of adventure, excitement, fun and challenges. Rush features around 1700 square meters of wall to wall interconnected trampolines, including dodge-ball courts, a cube foam pit, hydraulic slam dunk basketball hoops, battle Beam and a 4 meter high Performance Wall.

Mon to Thurs 10AM to 9PM; Fri to Sat 9AM to 10PM; Sun 9AM to 8PM

R95 – R125

5th Floor, 109 Main Rd, Claremont

021 683 3841/073 690 4766

Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre

The centre provides easy access to Africa’s wildlife and bird species. Giraffe House aims to provide a place for people to enjoy the outdoors, whilst experiencing and learning about animals and why they are special. An important member of their team is Gerry, a hand reared giraffe. He is joined by some other animal friends that have been selected to form part of the wildlife educational programs.

9AM – 5PM daily

R 25 – R45

The Giraffe House, cnr R304 & R101, Stellenbosch

021 884 4506

Strand Waterworld

A family orientated, beach-side Waterslide Park with event and function related facilities. Attractions include super tube, speed slide, and adventure playground, and others. The water is solar heated and undercover tables for parties and functions, benches with umbrellas for picnics, all screened from the wind.

Tues to Fri during school terms 1.30PM to 6PM | Sat to Sun during school terms 9AM to 6PM | Public holidays & school holidays 9AM to 6PM

R60 – R90

Beach Rd, Strand, Western Cape

021 854 4702

Cool Runnings Toboggan Park

A tobogganing track on steel half-pipe, the summer version of the winter sport.  Open all year, the 1.25 kilometre track has twists and curves and travels up to a maximum speed of 40km/h.  Children from age three upwards can take part.

Mon to Sun 9AM to 6PM

R35 – R150

Cool Runnings Toboggan Park, Off Carl Cronje Dr, Cape Town

021 949 4439

Monkey Town

Monkey 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.

9AM to 5PM, daily

R20 – R85

Mondeor Rd, Somerset West (Turn off from N2)

021 858 1060


Acrobranch allows young or old to tackle obstacles built in the trees and offers three courses – Yellow, Green and Blue – with varying levels of heights and difficulty. All aerial adventurists are strapped securely to two carabiners – offering both security from injury or harm and the advantage of being able to test your strengths without the fear of falling.

Tue to Sun & public holidays 9AM to 5PM

R80 – R140

Constantia Nek Restaurant Grounds, 1 Hout Bay Rd, Constantia, Cape Town

081 851 1765

be.UP Park

Be.UP Park is an indoor family fun centre with a wide variety of activities from climbing walls up to 8 metres high, interconnected horizontal and inclined trampolines allowing participants to jump, turn, twist and flip to an aerial play area, 5 meters from the ground.

Tues to Thurs 9AM to 8PM; Fri & Sat 9AM to 10PM; Sun 9AM to 6PM

R60 – R115

Gardener Place, Rose Innes St, Pinelands, Cape Town

021 532 1169

Franschhoek Motor Museum

The Franschhoek Motor Museum offers visitors a special opportunity to look back at more than 100 years of motoring history through its unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the setting of L’Ormarins Wine Estate.  Guided tours are available upon request.

Mon to Fri 10AM to 4PM; Sat & Sun 10AM to 3PM

R30 – R60

Franschhoek Motor Museum, R45, Franschhoek, Cape Town

021 874 9002

Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum

The museum houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, miniature houses, and more.  A highlight of the museum is the lifelike miniature of South Africa‘s famous Blue train – the only one of its kind in Africa on show. The train travels from a miniature Stellenbosch, through the Cape Winelands and the mountains to the Karoo.

Mon to Fri 9AM to 4.30PM; Sat 9AM to 2PM

R5 – R15

Market St, Stellenbosch

021 882 8861

Cape Town Diamond Museum

The Cape Town Diamond Museum provides information on the diamond industry, the history of diamonds and diamonds in South Africa. Highlights of the museum include exhibits of mining gear, famous diamond replicas, historical artefacts, and more.

Mon to Sun 9AM to 9PM


The Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

021 421 2488

South African Air Force Museum

The South African Air Force Museum houses, exhibits and restores material related to the history of the South African Air Force. The Museum is divided into three locations around South Africa; AFB Swartkop outside Pretoria, AFB Ysterplaat in Cape Town and at the Port Elizabeth Airport. 

Wed to Fri 7AM to 3PM; Sat 8.30AM to 12AM

South African Air Force Museum, Piet Grobler St, Ysterplaat, Cape Town

021 508 6576

The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

The Springbok Experience is a world-class, modern interactive museum telling South Africa’s story through the eyes of its most powerful sport.

10AM to 6PM

R40 – R180

Portswood House, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

021 418 4741

Snorkelling with Seals in Hout Bay
Those sick and tired of ogling animals from behind a fence or from atop a four-wheeler can find some happiness in Animal Ocean’s Seal Snorkelling tour. The incredible and completely immersive marine life experience gives anyone from the age of six the chance to swim with the adorably curious Cape fur seals in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
10am at the National Sea and Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Hout Bay Harbour.

072 296 9132

Cape Town Ostrich Ranch
If you want to have a hands-on animal experience, then make the 20-minute drive with your kids or partner to Cape Town Ostrich Ranch, where you’ll find an abundance of things related to this giant non-flying bird. You can take a guided tour of the ostrich farm through the breeding enclosures, where you’ll stand the chance of seeing newly hatched chicks and a male ostrich doing a majestic mating dance. 

Monday to Sunday 9AM to 5PM
R31 – R80
Van Schoorsdrif Road, Philadelphia, Western Cape

021 972 1955

Cheetah Outreach
The Cheetah Outreach is a programme on a farm in Somerset West that uses hand-reared cheetahs as ambassadors to increase awareness, educate people and raise funds for this endangered species. Seeing a cheetah, the planet’s fastest land-based mammal, up close is special at any age, and Cheetah Outreach allows visitors to tailor their experience to their bravery.

Monday to Sunday 10AM to 5PM

R5 – R220
Paardevlei, Somerset West, Western Cape 

021 851 6850

Imhoff Farm
This large and dynamic Kommetjie-based animal farm has something for all ages. You can spend hours having a fun petting zoo experience at Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard, where your little ones can pet goats, pigs, sheep, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs and ponies and snakes.

Tuesday to Sunday 8AM to 5PM

R40 – R200
Kommetjie Road, Kommetjie

021 783 4545

Action Sports

The indoor facility offers you action cricket, action netball and action soccer. The great feature of these indoor sports is that they are played in downsized arenas, with fewer players, which create an environment for fast paced and exciting sporting action. 

15 Montague Drive, Montague Gardens.

021 5523165

Top-G Game Systems

TOP-G game systems operate a mobile laser shooting range, catering for everyone, from 6year old birthdays to corporate teambuilding or entertainment. Laser combat challenge is played using the pulse rifle programmed with an amount of lives.

2 Dennehoek Street, Heldervue – near Somerset West.

021855 4736 / 083 666 6113

Tigger 2 Shooting

A cruise with all the equipment to shoot on board under the supervision of a qualified, safety certified instructor. Divide your crowd into groups to give it a competitive edge. Usual location between Cape Town Harbour and Robbin Island. Great fun for the slightly more adventurous.

Office-P. Level 3. Unit 008, Portswood Square

021 418 0241/ 082 852 4383

Action Paintball @ Area 51

Action Paintball Games, adventure entertainment at its best. Ideal for student entertainment and team building. Party goers why not consider having your bachelors/hen party or a special birthday you may be celebrating. It may just be the best way to get even with your friends. A minimum of 14 players is required for a game to take place when no other bookings have been placed.

9:30AM – 5PM

R150 per player

21 Kommetjie Road. Cape Town

021 790 7603

Nature Discovery Tours

The motorcycle, quad bike tours are designed together with Cape Nature Conservation to give an unusual and spectacular day outing in areas rarely visited. This makes trail riding enjoyable and fun for all nature lovers. A qualified field guide leads the tour and provides interesting educational talks and cares for the needs of the group.

9AM and 2PM daily. Evening cool tours from 5PM

Book on the website

Elgin Grabouw Country club, Nature House, Worcester Street, Grabouw, 7061

0218591989/ 0794953987/0834614567

Eagle Encounters at Spier

For avian enthusiasts, there are few better places to visit than the Eagles Encounter raptor rehabilitation centre, which is based at the historic Spier wine farm in Stellenbosch. The wildlife conservation venue offers a home to injured, poisoned and hand-reared birds of prey, with the aim of rehabilitating and releasing as many of them as possible.

Monday to Sunday 9:30AM to 5PM

R60 – R75

Spier Wine Farm, R310, Stellenbosch

021 858 1826

Scootours Cape Town

This family-friendly off-road adventure will see you (and the whole clan) freewheeling on a Monster Mountain Scooter. Every Saturday besides during school holidays, children ride free with every paying adult.

9AM, 11:30AM, 2PM, 4PM


13 Lambrechts Rd, Franschhoek.

082 776 0557

Le Bonheur Crocodile farm 

With more than 1000 crocodiles on its sunny-weather-geared farm, the Paarl-based Bonheur treats youngsters to a close encounter of the reptile kind. The family-run venture conducts guided tours of its teeming ponds every 45 minutes and even gives visitors a chance to hold or pet a baby crocodile!

9AM to 5PM daily


Babylonstoren Road, R45, Simondium, Franschhoek

021 863 1142


Enjoy our decadent cakes and a cup of freshly brewed coffee at the coffee shop, while taking in the stunning views of the alpaca herd, the dromedaries and Table Mountain in the background. Watch our weavers at work, interact with the alpacas and all the other animals in the petting zoo and have your kids use up all that pent-up energy on the jungle gym or go on an Alpaca Barn Tour.

Mon to Sun 10AM to 6PM

Alpaca Barn Tours: R40 – R60

Suid-Agter-Paarl Road, Western Cape

084 793 3666

Monkey Town

Monkey Town Primate Centre is a wildlife Centre for monkeys and apes with more than 230 animals and 28 different exotic species including Tammy, Ruby, and Sunny, our famous chimp sisters. There are also koi ponds, many bird species and small antelope on the premises.

Mon to Sun 8AM to 5PM


Mondeor Rd, Somerset West, Cape Town, 7130

021 858 1060

Sun Scene Youth Group Sandboarding

We offer your students the opportunity to experience the thrill of sandboarding with SunScene Outdoor Adventure’s 3 hour sandboarding lessons. Fly down the awesome Dunes of Atlantis on our purpose made sandboards or tobbogans, while enjoying epic views of the spectacular mountain surrounding the City of Cape Town.

Weather permitting

R80-R150 depending on size of the group

Table Mountain National Park, Cape Point, Cape Town

021 783 0203

Venture Forth International

Venture Forth International specialises in guided mountaineering and other active adventures. We are also an accredited mountaineering training centre offering skills development and qualifications for both recreational and professional mountaineers.

Mon to Fri 8AM to 4PM

Contact for prices

Calcutta St, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town.

Tel: 021 510 3731

The Glowing Room SA

Glowing Rooms SA offers 3D glow-in-the-dark entertainment for young and old in a thrilling game of mini-golf! The mini-golf course is an unconventional space-themed heaven for adventure seekers. With 3D glow-in-the-dark murals leading from the entrance right into the 18-hole course, the adventure begins upon entering the venue.

17 Feb 2017 to 22 Sep 2017, 10AM to 8PM

R50 – R230

The Gallery, Koeberg Road, Milnerton

021 551 2244


Milnerton Flea Market

Cape Town’s most diverse outdoor market and famous landmark for bargain hunters! Enjoy endless variety of used items ranging from household goods and bric-a-brac, to collectables and antiques at bargain prices.

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays, 8AM – weather permitting

Marine Drive (R27), Metro Industrial

Chilled Market at the Range

Good wholesome home-made food in a country setting – magical – on your doorstep…A Strong sense of community where we place a high importance on gathering of family and friends for the best eating experience while children have a space to play on our jungle gym and jumping castles.

Friday, 4:30PM to 9:30PM

The Range, Orpen Road, Cape Town

021 713 2340

Saturday Market Oranjezicht City Farm

Weekly farmers market offering produce, breads, eggs & dairy products, plus artisanal foods.

Saturday 9AM to 2PM.

Granger Bay Blvd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8051

083 628 3426

The Saturday Market @ Vergenoegd

Alongside the market we have other exciting events! Saturday mornings will kick off at 08h00 with the Vergenoegd Family Breakfast Run (or walk). A light bite will be available to order after the run whilst relaxing and enjoying the Duck Parade at 10h00.

Saturday 9AM to 3PM

Vergenoegd Wine Estate, Baden Powell Drive, Faure


Bay Harbour Market, Hout Bay

Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at this market in Hout Bay. Experience diversity, taste the amazing local food and listen to the musicians.

Friday 5PM to 9PM; Saturday and Sunday 9:30AM to 4PM

31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7872

083 275 5586

Neighbour Goods Market in Woodstock

Located in the Old Biscuit Mill, a visit to this market is a must for gourmets and foodies. This gourmet market is huge with more than 100 traders and so there are lots of tasty organic home baked and home cooked treats and farm fresh produce on offer.

Saturdays 9AM to 2PM

Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Road in Woodstock.

Slow Food Market in Willowbridge/Durbanville

This stylish outdoors market in Willowbridge Shopping Centre in Durbanville is a great attraction for foodies of the Northern Suburbs. There are many stalls with delectable international delicatessen, fresh organic bread and organic olives.

Saturdays 9AM to 2:30PM

Willowbridge Shopping Centre, Durbanville

021 8868514

City Bowl Market in Cape Town CBD

New fab indoors market in the hall of the old Gardens Synagogue which lots of delicious food and a great place to chill on a Saturday. For the kids there is a jungle gym. 

Thursdays 4:30PM to 8:30PM

14 Hope Street, Gardens.

Earth Fair Market in Tokai

Another indoor market, this new market in the Southern suburbs offer many special treats for lovers of fresh organic food. And as a great bonus for families with little ones: there are plenty of activities for kids.

Wednesdays 3PM to 8:30PM

Saturdays 9AM to 2PM

South Palms Centre, Tokai. (Next to Builders Warehouse, behind Bathrooms Bizarre)

Slow Food Market in Stellenbosch

This Stellenbosch market offers a wide variety of goods and culinary treats

Saturdays 9AM to 2PM

Oude Libertas Wine Estate, Stellenbosch. (Off Adam Tas R310 Road)

Woodmill Lifestyle Market in Stellenbosch

The Indoor Market offers a wide variety of homemade goods and culinary treats, lifestyle products and live music.

Last Friday of the month, 5:30PM to 10PM

Vredenburg Road, Stellenbosch. Off Adam Tas R310 in Devon Valley.


Bo Kaap Food and Craft Market

Tasty traditional foods including samosas, curries, rotis, bredies, koesisters, milk tart, biscuits, cakes, spices and more will be on sale. View old photo collections and chat to the locals about their history. A hands on samoosa folding demonstration will take place at 12:00. Entrance free. With fun activities for children.

First Saturday of each month, 10AM to 2PM

The Boorhaanol Centre, Pentz Street. (Opposite the Bo-Kaap Civic Centre)


Durbanville Craft Market

Here you will find this true craft market with lots of handmade arts and crafts. But you will find great food stalls with the basics like honey, olive oil or bread, there too. 

First Saturday of the month, 8:30AM to 2PM

On the grounds of Rust and Vrede Estate in Durbanville.