The city of Cape Town has become South Africa’s family travel hotspot, and for good reason. With Table mountain as a backdrop and world-class beaches surrounding this vibrant city, there is no shortage of fun activities to keep your little ones (and yourself) entertained. Based in Cape Town, our team of Family Travel Specialists know the best spots for family-friendly fun in the Mother City. From discovering Cape Town’s underwater world to taking a tour of the night sky, we share our top recommended things to do in Cape Town with Kids.
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Discover Cape Town’s underwater world at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Located in the V&A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium is home to over 8000 marine creatures including ragged-sharks, rays and a colony of African penguins. Spend the day exploring the marine exhibits, catch an informative feeding show presented by in-house experts or take your little ones to the I&J Play Centre where they can enjoy educational puppet shows, as well as games and arts and crafts activities.
Let your littles ones play to their heart’s content at the PlayDate SuperPark. Located in the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront, this indoor play park welcomes kids of all ages with a dedicated play area for toddlers. The PlayDate SuperPark boasts a range of engaging activities from a 3D maze and obstacle course, to a zip line and high-line rope course. For families traveling with teens, we recommend Hint Hunt, the original escape game.
Rummage through thousands of colourful gemstones at the Scratch Patch. Located at the V&A Waterfront, the Scratch Patch has been a firm family favourite for decades. Your little ones will love scratching through the collection of Tiger’s Eyes, Rose Quartz, Amathyst and more in search of their favourite stones. In addition to the gemstones, the Scratch Patch has an 18-hole indoor cave golf course, the perfect activity for the odd rainy day in Cape Town.
Take a tour of the night sky at the Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome. Boasting the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent, this world class facility offers multi-sensory experiences, catapulting guests into distant galaxies. This innovative, multi-functional facility has created a space where art, science and entertainment merge and where virtual voyages of the universe are made possible through an unparalleled experience of animation.
A scenic drive via Chapman’s Peak takes you to the renowned Boulders Beach, home to a famous colony of African Penguins. Located in South Africa’s quaint naval base town of Simonstown, Boulder’s Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and derives its name from the inlets of giant granite boulders sheltering the landscape. Boulder’s Beach requires a conservation fee upon entering, making it one of Cape Town’s less frequented beaches and great for a summer swim in the clear False Bay waters.
Located against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain you’ll find Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Kirstenbosch places a strong emphasis on the cultivation of indigenous plants, being the first botanical garden in the world with this ethos. The garden includes a large conservatory (The Botanical Society Conservatory) exhibiting plants from a number of different regions, including savanna, fynbos, karoo and others. Outdoors, the focus is on plants native to the Cape region, such as our national flower, the Protea. Take a stroll through the beautifully manicured lawns, enjoy a picnic lunch or trail over the Boomslang tree canopy walkway to make the best of your family outing in the gardens.
Summit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World from the comfort of the Table Mountain Cableway. Perfect for families traveling with little ones, the journey to the summit is a mere 5 minutes and promises spectacular views of the city, mountain and ocean below. Your little ones can also catch a glimpse of the resident ‘dassies’ that call the slopes of Table Mountain home. Reach the top of the mountain and explore one of the three trails on the plateau, grab a bite to eat at the Table Mountain Café or browse the ‘Shop at the Top’ for gifts or souvenirs.
Test out your sea legs and hop on board Cape Town’s only authentic pirate ship. Departing daily from the V&A Waterfront, the Jolly Roger offers families an adventure-filled cruise around the bay. Choose from an early morning sunrise cruise or an afternoon cruise – perfect for the cooler part of a hot summer’s day. In addition to the daily cruises, The Jolly Roger Boat Cruise also offers a sundowner cruise around the bay with sunset views that incorporate the bay and the beautiful mountain ranges surrounding it.
Positioned between Cape Town’s famous World Cup Stadium and the famous Sea Point promenade, lies the spacious Green Point Urban Park. The park offers a scenic wetlands area, an incredible biodiverse garden filled with flora and fauna, hundreds of endemic plants species, two play parks for kids, an art park for special events, a tea garden, nursery and and exercise circuit ideal for jogging, cycling and walking. This expansive green park mass open green space is a haven for locals and travellers alike and one of Cape Town’s best-kept community parks. If you happen to be in the city over the weekend, enter your family into the Saturday Park-run to experience Cape Town at its best!
Whizz through the Atlantic seaboard neighbourhoods and explore the promenade with ease on an electric bicycle, commonly referred to as the eco-bike. Electrically-powered and easy to ride, the electric bicycles do all the man power, leaving the exploring and sight seeing up to you. This is the perfect activity for families who appreciate the outdoors and being outdoors.
Departing from the Hout Bay Harbour, the Seal Island Cruise is a 45-min trip bound for ‘Duiker Island’ – colloquially known as Seal Island. You’ll depart the harbour with views of Chapman’s peak on one side and the Sentinel Mountain on the other before locating hundreds of seals beached out on the rocks surrounding the island.
Sea Kayaking in Cape Town is fast becoming one of the most popular activities to do in the city. With an ideal take-off location in Mouille Point, your kayaking trip will take you along the Table Bay coastline, past the Green Point lighthouse, the wrecks of the Seafarer and onto one of the favourite hangouts for our endemic Heaviside’s dolphins – the trip’s most common companion. Your trip starts with a comprehensive introduction to kayaking and safety guidelines from your kayaking guides, all expertly trained and certified to lead you into the water. After suiting up in your life jackets you head out for your exciting outing on the Atlantic Ocean.
Good to know: Children need to be of 8 years and older to join in on the Sea Kayaking experience.
Nu Metro V&A offers patrons a movie experience with a difference. Choose between the standard cinema, the VIP luxury cinema experience or the VIP extreme experience. The VIP luxury cinema is fitted with only 22 reclining leather seats and gourmet meals and drinks can can be ordered for the duration of the film. The VIP extreme experience boasts the largest screens in the country with state of the art 3D audio, 4K-ultra HD projection and leather seats. If a sensory overload is what you are after, check out the 4DX experience offering the only 4DX theatre in the city that adds an extra dimension to your movie. Expect movements, scents, sprays, wind, smoke and lightning effects to accompany your movie experience.
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