I thought it was about time I updated this list of fun things to do in Cape Town with Kids. With so many fun events and places popping up weekly, I thought it would be a great idea to include the best of the best of what our beautiful city has to offer over the holiday season. Of course, there are many from the original list, things that have simply earned their right to stay and they are still here to serve as a reminder of the magical awesomeness that is our city!
So here is the updated and extensive list : 99 fun things to do with kids in Cape Town.
1.Boulders Beach for early morning swimming with penguins. Make sure to get there as close to 8am as possible. We usually pack the night before and throw the kids in the car with their toast the minute they open their eyes
2. Table Mountain. We did this at the beginning of the year for the first time with our boys and they LOVED it. It was such an incredible experience and although you certainly go with babies, I’m glad we waited till the boys were old enough to enjoy the adventure together.
3. Cafe Paradiso for a long lunch where the kids will be entertained making pizza and cupcakes. Score right? For R45 the kids are treated to making their own foodie creations in their gorgeous French style kitchen.
4. The Clay Cafe in Hout Bay for Pizza and painting pottery!
5. Dunes in Hout Bay for sundowners. Best spot for kids to play on a beachy playground!
6. Cafe Roux in Noordhoek. Also one of the best play areas for the kids.
7. Cape Point Vineyards for a picnic and chill on the gorgeous rolling hills. They also offer a market on Thursday evenings. Don’t forget to pre-order your picnic basket!
8. Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts. They have Carols for two/three weeks over the festive season but after that they have some great muso’s lined up.
9. Bay Harbour Market – This is one of my favourites to with the kids!
10.The Neighbourgoods Market at Old The Biscuit Mill in Woodstock – Their poached eggs, rosti, bacon and hollandaise sauce. That is all.
11. A Kirstenbosch picnic. Make sure to take some buckets and other toys for the river for the really hot days. It’s the perfect place to cool off.
12. A boat ride at the V&A Waterfront.
13. The Seapoint Promenade for bike rides and ice-cream.
14. The Liesbeek River Garden in Bishops Court for a picnic and some crab and tadpole catching!! This place is one of the Southern Suburb’s best kept secrets! It’s pure magic!
15. Forrester’s Arms (better known as Forries to some) for pizza or Sunday Carvery. Be sure to book!
16. Deer Park Cafe for a beautiful view, some park fun and delicious food.
17. The Aquarium – This is without a doubt my kids favourite thing to do hand down. Our membership was the best money spent.
18. Scratch Patch – So many shiny stones in one place, it’s kids heaven!!
19. Cave Golf – so much fun for the whole family. If you have a little baby, mom can walk around the beautiful waterfront with the pram while dad takes the older kids.
20. Putt Putt in Mouille Point – I love doing this in the early evening, around 6 when the son is starting to make its decent. It’s the perfect way to end off a day in the summer.
21. The Blue Train and play park in Seapoint.
22. Catch the ACTUAL train to the beach, have lunch and come home on the train! We LOVE doing this. We go early with our back packs loaded with essentials. There are so many beaches along the southern peninsular to choose from. Another option is to book a table outside on the sand at The Brass Bell where the kids can play and you can chill on the loungers. There is also a lovely little splash pool for the kids to cool down in. Tickets from central southern suburbs are only R22 return. Click on the link for timetables.
23. Tokai Forrest Market – Yes another market, but this one is up there with the best. A Play area for kids that is covered and in the shade as well as horse rides, make for a perfect brunch out. Look here for the other markets in our city! I rate them on a child friendly bases.
24. Buzz Play park – Two pieces of advice, Go early and take sunscreen. Oh and keep a sense of humour.
25. Ratanga Junction – With shows, small rides, games and fun food stalls, it could very much be worth our while even though the smaller ones won’t make use of any of the major rides.
26. Starke Ayres Nursery for breakfast and scooter rides – This little gem is right down the road from us and we love going there for breakfast. Our kids take their scooters and ride them around while the husband and I act like adults and look at plants.
27. A visit to the pet shop Perky Pets. There is a very cool one on Diep River!
28. A visit to a child-friendly wine farm. Go look at all your wonderful options!!
29. Rhodes Memorial for tea an afternoon play.
30. A morning at Muizenberg beach.
31. A sunset walk through Newlands Forest.
32. A day out to Kommetjie to see the camels and go to the petting zoo at Imhoff farm!
33. The Muizenberg water slides. I think now that Noah can swim, this will end up being one of the highlights this holiday.
34. The World of Birds In Hout Bay. I have a fear of birds in a rather neurotic way but we took the kids when Brody was a newborn and I survived. And we have enjoyed it every time after that.
35. Watch the kite surfing at Blouberg.
36. Strawberry picking in Stellenbosch
37. The Silvermine Reservoir for a braai and day on the water. This is such a beautiful setting and there is ample shade for the kids. Take tubes, boards and anything else that floats!
And now for the latest……. UPDATED part of the list!
38. The Bike Track at Constantia Uitsig. – Guys this is simply the best place for kids to ride freely and safely and just be kids!
40. Taste at Simons – This market, which is new compared to the other markets out there is simply amazing. The food, the vibe, the wine and the outside area for kids to play and see the ducks, makes it number one on my list at the moment.
41. Be Up Park in Pinelands – So much fun for kids 3 and up! Very well worth the money!
42. A show at The Baxter Theatre – My son has gone to plenty of shows with his school and they are simply magical. Plus there is something great about a live performance that encourages a little bit of culture right? Cinderella is currently showing and let me tell yo adults, you will laugh your you know what’s off.
43. The Company Gardens – This place is just such gem. You can walk through he beautiful gardens and then enjoy a scrumptious lunch at their garden restaurant,
44. Water World in Strand – Kids and water. Need I say more?
55. Scootours Cape Town – We have not tried this yet but we have ever intention of checking it out!
56. Butterfly World in Paarl.
57. Ice-skating at Grand West. There’s also the Games Arcade which never gets old. We usually plans movie/bowling and then some games afterwards!
58. Intaka Island in Century City!
59. Art Jamming at The V&A or Gardens
60. Seapoint pool for a refreshing afternoon of water play.
61. Green point park – bike tracks and great picnic spots!
62. Battlefield Live for the older kids!
63. Gary’s surf School In Muizenburg.
64. Dear Santa at The point. Kids write their own letters to Santa which is really where all the real fun really begins!
65. V&A activities for kids – So many fun things for the kids to do over the next few weeks!
66. The Play Shed – Very unassuming from the outside, this little pay place is great for younger kids and perfect for parents who want to escape the heat and enjoy some tea and cake in peace.
67. The Giraffe house in Paarl.
68. Paradise Park in Newlands – There are even tree houses for the kids to play in!!
69. Horse riding at Oude Moulen.
70. Jonkershuis restaurant – I love this place where you can sit outside and watch the kids run around and play. It’s amazing in the summer months as there are trees and plenty of outside space. And of course, there are ducks!!
71. Action Pursuit for the older more daring kids!
72. The Running Ducks at Vergenoegde.
73. Enchanted Forrest in Hout Bay
74. The Secret tidal pool at Glen Cairn Beach – we discovered this little pice of paradise last season and can’t wait for many more mornings there. Just over the hill to the right of the beach you will find rock pools with starfish and the most gorgeous tidal pool that’s warm enough actually swim!! For more options follow this link for jaw dropping tidal pools along the coast.
75. Go-karting in kenilworth.
76. The Sightseeing bus tour – this is such a great idea for those with older kids as you really get to see the whole city and peninsular without the worry added worry of driving and parking! There are so many routes to choose from and so many amazing stops along the way with buses arriving at 15 minute intervals so you are never kept waiting. Please note that I would only recommend this for children who no longer need to be in a car seat/booster, so probably only safe for kids over 7/8 who are tall enough to use a seatbelt.
77. Boat ride to Seal Island – it can be a bit stinky but well worth the adventure when you see the look on the kid’s faces.
78. River rascals Club – Perfect for the dads who golf. The cafe offers a relaxed lunch menu too.
79. False Bay Rugby Club – Very child friendly!
80. Rondebosch Common for bike Rides and Park Run. Get this, they even have a coffee truck there now for those with bad sleepers!
81. Keurboom Park – Southeren Suburbs most amazing park with a bike track and loads of spots to choose from.
82. Breakfast or lunch at Bertha’s in Simons Town. Situated right ton the beach, this place has the most amazing holiday vibe! And it offers a gated play area where they can pay inside too!
83. Spur in Newlands, V&A, Houtbay, Claremont, Hout Bay or Bergvliet. With their new improved healthy menu, there’s really no reason to deny the kids their favourite eatery. Or for those who want experience some quality seafood instead, including the yummiest sushi, in a very child friendly environment, visit John Dory’s at Canal Walk.
84. The warrior Toy Museum and other Museums worth visiting in Simons Town.
85. Ten Pin Bowling in Claremont.
86. Rush trampoline park.
87. The Science Centre in jobs. So much too see and do and learn!
88. Rock climbing at City Rock in Obs.
89. Busy Bodies in Steenberg.
90. Cape Town Castle
91. Arden gardens for a walk.
92. Zip lining and other adventure tours.
93. The Eatery in Belvedere centre.
94. Maynardville park and theatre. Perfect for summer nights under the stars.
95. The Kids Shack in Wynberg.
96. Rugby museum for the little sports fanatics.
97. Feed the ducks at Ferndale Nursery.
98. Rococo Chocolate Factory for some decadent fun!
99. Enjoy the best ice-cream in the world. My top three votes. Crumbs and Cream, Ice- Dream in Houtbay and The Creamery (Do yourself a massive favour and try their Pumpkin Pie flavour!) You can find your stores by clicking on the links.
I wish I could have added pictures to show off just how incredible all these places really are, but at 99 activities, I feared my site would crash! Guys please let me know what you think and if there are any I’ve missed! While I call myself a proud Capetonian and avid explorer, I realise there are always places popping up that may I may have missed.
And happy Holidays to all of you, I really hope this list gives you lots of inspiration for the weeks that lay ahead. Please share it with those who would find it helpful too. ♥