Fun activities for kids in Cape Town this winter
The sun shines, the air is crisp and there is no reason whatsoever to stay indoors this winter. Cape Town is abuzz with things to do – so grab the family and enjoy some great outdoor and indoor activities.
Get some Rush
Whether you have a toddler who needs to burn off energy or a couple of bored teenagers looking for some excitement, this indoor trampoline park in Claremont is the best way to keep your youngsters happy! Wall-to-wall interconnected trampolines are the ideal venue for open jump sessions and if you – yes, dads and moms too – want to try out some aerial tricks, head for the suspended foam pit for a soft landing. Visitors can also enjoy action-packed dodgeball and slam dunk basketball and for those who want to share the fun on social media, grab a coffee and enjoy the free Wi-Fi. Booking is advised on weekends and in the holidays – it’s perfect for any day of the week, including those rainy days in Cape Town.
This unique experience, ideal for the whole family, will leave a lasting impression. Enter the 3D world of Kurt Wenner and be blown away by this interactive and highly entertaining experience. In this exhibition, you will not find any “do not touch” signs – you are encouraged to immerse yourself in the artworks and to take pics of the scenes you set up with family and friends to enjoy and share. Use the Free Wi-Fi to get your images out there. The exhibition is right next to the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront. Booking is advised as the show closes 23 July and Cape Town is flocking to catch this amazing exhibition.
Visit the Planetarium
Recently upgraded and renovated, the Planetarium and Digital Dome is a must-see for the family as this Cape Town institution now offers an immersive 360 ° for an all-new experience with the stars. With shows like “Tycho to the Moon” and “Asteroid – Mission Extreme”, you are in for a journey that combines science, physics and fun in a unique way that is both entertaining and educational. This is a fun and affordable experience for all ages. Check the website for show times.
Three for one Table Mountain special
It’s Kidz Season on the mountain and locals and visitors to Cape Town, should take advantage of this amazing deal that runs until the end of September. Buy and adult return ticket for R255 and two kids under 18 get their return trip free. Once on top of the mountain, the kiddies get a treasure hunt map and a “treat” voucher for the shop or café. There is also a lunch special for the kids, which makes the deal even more appealing. With the cable-way closing for maintenance from 24 July to 6 August, its best to book now for this great offer and an opportunity to enjoy an affordable family outing to Cape Town’s beloved mountain.
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A Day out in Gordon’s Bay
Pile the family into the car and do a short, do-able road trip to the lovely seaside resort of Gordon’s Bay in Cape Town’s Helderberg area. Although the winter temperatures are cool, sunny days can be enjoyed on the beach, where children can wade and a picnic under the Milk Wood trees is a treat. Families who like to hike can do the Danie Miller Hiking trail that goes up to the iconic GB in the anchor that is spelled out on the mountainside – it stands for General Botha and not Gordon’s Bay – now you know! It’s a lovely, leisurely day out and if time permits, a drive along one of the most scenic coastal roads, Clarens Drive, is a jaw-dropping experience.
Find Nemo at the Two Oceans Aquarium
There can never be too many visits to the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town – there is always something new to enjoy. The “Nemo” exhibit, the penguins and the touch pool are just a few of the favourites with children and the jellyfish gallery is a marvel of technicolour that one never tires of. For an exciting and unique experience, check out the combo offering – a 90-minute boat trip with Ocean Adventurer to learn about the wonders of the ocean followed by a same-day visit to the Aquarium.
Disney on Ice a GrandWest
Dress warmly and get ready to join Elsa and her friends for this ice spectacular. What would an ice show be without “Frozen” and there is plenty of it to keep the little ones entertained. Some old favourites will also skate back into view – The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Toy Story. A choice of morning, afternoon and early evening shows ensure that young and old are catered for and tickets are individually priced or in family packages. Book through Computicket.
Go on a Scootour
You are up for an adventure and for a new activity to enjoy in Cape Town. Gravity-driven, non-motorised and working with momentum, Scootours’ scooters are a must these holidays and will get you and the family from point a to point b in a unique way. This two-hour tour on the trails of Table Mountain and Signal Hill is a rush – you can ride as individuals or double up if the little ones are just a bit nervous. Once you get the hang of it, travelling down the mountain on your “monster” tyres is an unforgettable experience.
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Animal antics at Imhoff
Imhoff Farm has it all, from a camel ride, to a beach outride on horseback, to handling and learning about snakes at the Snake Park (reptile sanctuary and rehabilitation centre), or feeding goats at the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard. Brunch at the Blue Water Café with its magnificent views of the valley should be part of your day – the eco-friendly play area is perfect for the little ones to expend their energy and work up an appetite. Don’t leave without popping some wine or free-range goodies in your shopping bag.
Kids Activities at the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront has 15 areas geared towards keeping kids entertained this winter and a world of activities awaits. Wannabe pirates can enjoy a trip on the Jolly Roger, budding rugby players will be inspired by interactive rugby experience at the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum and treasure hunters will find gems and sparklies at the Scratch Patch where children can spend hours collecting packets of gems. location. For future foodies, there will be a daily Kids Food Activation from 4 July until 17 July from 11h30 till 18h30 and Hamleys Toy store runs their own mini train, while the store itself is interactive, engaging and might just empty your wallet. So much fun to be had!
Accommodation in Cape Town
If you are planning a trip to Cape town we invite you to stay with us at either of our family friendly hotels, Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Foreshore or Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands. Let the fun begin!
This blog was written in collaboration with Cape Town Tourism
Top image © Craig Howe / Cape Town Tourism