The April school holidays have arrived and now parents all over Cape Town are thinking: how on earth am I going to keep my children happy and entertained? The holidays may have crept up too quickly for comfort, but you’re in luck! There are plenty of fun and exciting child-friendly activities (that don’t have to break the bank!) in and around the Cape Town area.
We did our research and put together a comprehensive list of activities for the entire family, so that you don’t have to!
Simply sit back and enjoy.
1. Clay Café, Hout Bay
The Clay Café makes for a fun-filled day of creativity and imagination for the whole family! Once you arrive, each person has the opportunity to choose from a vast array of clay items to decorate however your heart desires. With all the paint colours under the sun and a group of friendly staff available for assistance, you’re sure to create a beautiful masterpiece for your home. Once you’re finished, a menu is available for some delicious after-painting snacks while your children play in the neighbouring playground.
Price: R35 studio fee + price of clay item you choose to paint
2.CityROCK, Paarden Eiland
For something a little more challenging, why not head over to CityROCK for a day of indoor rock climbing? Whether you are new to the sport or a seasoned professional, CityROCK has a little something for all ages and skill levels. CityROCK moved from Observatory to Paarden Eiland in 2017 and their new interior is to die for! What’s more? They even offer special programs for children and yoga classes for moms!
Pricing: R150 for adults, R120 for students & pensionsers & R110 for children.
3. be.UP Park, Pinelands
Once you bring your children to be.UP, they may never want to leave! From a large trampoline zone, to a unique climbing experience in their Clip ‘n Climb area to an amazing net cage suspended 5 meters above the ground, there is plenty of fun to be had by children of all ages. The best part is, you’ll be able to enjoy a warm cup of coffee or a bite to eat while the kids burn off all their pent-up energy.
For pricing, check out their website: www.beuppark.co.za
4. Cool Runnings, Durbanville
If you’re the parent of a thrill-seeker, then a day of tobogganing down a 1.2-kilometer steel-pipe track in a bob-sled at Cool Runnings is an absolute must. Don’t worry, the bob sleds are break controlled and are very safe for children of all ages. That being said, children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult, so be prepared for a little excitement yourself!
Pricing: R35 per ride for children up to 14 years of age & R40 per ride for adults.
Contact: Tel 021 949 4439 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Up Cycles, Seapoint Promenade
If the sun is out and shining bright, why not get the family outside for the day? Located right in the heart of Seapoint, you’ll find Up Cycles with a fleet of Dutch-style orange bicycles ready to take you on a leisurely adventure around the promenade.
Pricing: R70 for one hour, R200 for a half day, R250 for a full day until sunset
6. The World of Birds, Hout Bay
Not only is The World of Birds the largest bird park on the continent, but you’ll also have the experience of a lifetime while excitable little monkeys sit on your head and play with your hair. Also available are refreshments and light meals from The Robin’s Nest, but bring-your-own picnics are welcome, too.
Pricing: R45 for children, R95 for adults and R65 for pensions & students (with card).
7. Two Oceans Aquarium, V & A Waterfront
Explore the underwater world at the conveniently located Two Oceans Aquarium. From little ‘Finding Nemo’ fish to whales and sharks, you’ll see it all. Additionally, if your child is celebrating a birthday over the school holidays, Two Oceans Aquarium would be happy to host you.
For pricing & a list of activities, check out their website: www.aquarium.co.za
8. City Sightseeing Bus, Cape Town
We’ve all seen the large red buses driving around that immediately remind us of the double decker buses we see in movies set in London. Well, City Sightseeing has brought this wonderful experience to the Cape! Sit back & relax while you explore the many available routes in the area with the luxury of the hop on/hop off feature. The best part? They offer a fun, humorous kid-friendly version including free activity packs to keep the children entertained throughout the day. We recommend purchasing your tickets online for the best rates!
Pricing: Prices range from R50 to R530 online & R45 to R550 at a tour office or on the bus.
9. Lions Head, Cape Town
A hike up Lions Head may not be for the faint hearted or the incredibly young, but for parents of pre-teen children, this is definitely a must! Pack a few snacks and plenty of water to enjoy with the stunning view once you reach the top.
10. Intaka Island, Century City
Did you know there are over 16 hectares of wetlands & 2 kilometers of foot paths for you to enjoy right in the middle of Century City? A perfect full-day of adventures fun enough for the whole family includes ferry rides and special programs for children.
Pricing: R15 for adults & R9 for pensioners & children under the age of 12.
Contact: Tel 021 552 6889, www.intaka.co.za