Family Fun this Festive Season in Cape Town

Family Fun this Festive Season in Cape Town

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 10:45

Saturday:                              

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

Gate 2 (Garden Centre): 90 minute walks at 10:45

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

 

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

Cash only

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 Fri 11AM to 6PM

Sat and Sun and public holidays -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.

8AM 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 6PM

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

081 851 1765 www.acrobranch.co.za

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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