Cape Town Family Guide -7July

Cape Point Winter Promo

2 x kids (aged 6-16) ride the funicular for free per paying adult.

1 June to 31 July, 07:00 – 17:00

Cape Point

Free Access for Children

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is inviting all children up until the age of 17 – FREE access to explore the garden in the winter school holidays

25 June to 17 July, 08:00 – 18:00

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Whale Watching

Whale season begins in June and continues until November, so take your winter woollies and get down to Hermanus to watch these majestic creatures frolic in the coves of Walker Bay – it makes for an easy day trip or an ideal weekend getaway. Wedged between the mountains and sea, Hermanus is a bustling little fishing village and a prime land-based whale watching destination.

June to November

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

Groot Constantia Chocolate and Wine Pairing

Enjoy a romantic date with the Groot Constantia Chocolate & Wine Pairing includes 4 delectable chocolates paired with 4 of their award winning wines.

Every day, 09:00 – 18:00

Tasting Hall, Groot Constantia Wine state, Groot Constantia Road.

021 7945128

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

Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

021 418 3823 aquarium@aquarium.co.za

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). The African penguins in the Penguin Exhibit are fed daily at 11.30AM and 2.30PM.

Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

021 418 3823 | 021 418 3952 aquarium@aquarium.co.za

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

Wildlife Sanctuary, Valley Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town

021 790 2730 www.worldofbirds.org.za

Feeding Times:

Penguins, 11.30AM & 3.30PM

Pelicans 12.30PM

Cormorants 1.30PM

Birds of Prey 4.15PM

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

Saturday:                              

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

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

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

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

0845531556

Blo Karting

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

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

083 658 8583 markt@blokart.co.za

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)

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

074 199 0918 info@swingtime.co.za

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

5th Floor, 109 Main Rd, Claremont

021 683 3841/073 690 4766 www.rushsa.co.za

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

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

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

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

021 949 4439 www.toboggan.co.za

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

Mondeor Rd, Somerset West (Turn off from N2)

021 858 1060

Acrobranch

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

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

081 851 1765 www.acrobranch.co.za

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

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

Franschhoek Motor Museum, R45, Franschhoek, Cape Town

021 874 9002 www.fmm.co.za

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

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 www.saafmuseum.org.za

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

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

021 418 4741 springbokexperience@sarugby.co.za

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 info@selasnorkeling.com

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
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
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
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

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 http://www.naturediscovery.co.za/

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

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

Alpaca-Loom

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

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

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

The Gallery, Koeberg Road, Milnerton

021 551 2244