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Posted on: Thursday, 15 April 2010

101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town

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As much as your kids will tell you they can’t wait for the school holidays, the words “I’m bored,” will inevitably cross their lips when the holidays are longer than a week or 10 days. So we’ve compiled a list of “101 things to do with kids in Cape Town“, revisiting popular kid-friendly venues and including a few new finds to help you keep them busy. We hope our list will inspire a few outings or perhaps give you some fresh ideas for school holidays …

Have fun exploring new places and revisiting old favourites with your kids and we hope the ‘kid’ inside you will enjoy these outings too …

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(Click on the region links to view the descriptions and details of each “thing to do”).

  • Things to Do with Kids in the Cape Town City Bowl
    Kids Cape Town001 – catch the double-decker open top bus
    002 – go to the top of Table Mountain in the cable car
    003 – ‘A is for Apple’
    004 – visit or enrol at the Zip Zap circus
    005 – take a horse-drawn carriage tour
    006 – explore the Cape Town Castle
    007 – watch the firing of the Noon-day Gun
    008 – feed the squirrels in Government Avenue
    009 – explore the Iziko Planetarium
    010 – try Art Jamming
    011 – visit the Deer Park Café
  • Things to Do with Kids in the Atlantic Seaboard
    Things to Do in Cape Town012 – ride the Blue Train
    013 – play Putt-Putt
    014 – walk along the beachfront promenade
    015 – scratch for gemstones at the Scratch Patch
    016 – visit the Two Ocean Aquarium
    017 – visit the play canyon at Santa Ana Spur
    018 – see model ships at the SA Maritime Museum
    019 – take a harbour cruise to see the seals
    020 – go to the World of Birds
    021 – stroll around the Hout Bay Harbour and Mariners Wharf
    022 – hang out at Hout Bay beach
    023 – enjoy fish ‘n chips on the rocks at Fish on The Rocks
    Sandboarding024 – get creative at Clay Café
    025 – sandboarding on the dunes at Hout Bay
    026 – play at Scarecrows
    027 – lunch and play in the children’s playground at Dunes
    028 – spend a day at Scarborough beach
    029 – collect mussels off the rocks
    030 – play with animals at Higgeldy Piggledy Farmyard
    031 – ride a camel
    032 – go snorkelling with the seals
    033 – pony rides for little ones, horse riding for bigger kids
    034 – visit Noordhoek Farm Village
    035 – a day of fun at Long Beach
  • Things to Do with Kids in False Bay
    Learn to surf in Cape Town036 – swim with the Boulders Beach Penguins
    037 – more gemstones at the Scratch Patch in Simons Town
    038 – boat cruise off Simon’s Bay
    039 – visit the Warrior Toy Museum
    040 – explore Simons Town and learn about “Just Nuisance”
    041 – build a kite
    042 – fly your kite
    043 – spend a day at Muizenberg Beach
    044 – play Putt-Putt at Muizenberg
    045 – slide down the Muizenberg water-slide
    046 – learn to surf at Gary’s Surf School
    047 – play at Planet Kids
  • Things to Do with Kids in the Southern Suburbs
    Cape Town Things to Do048 – explore the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
    049 – go rock climbing at CityRock
    050 – picnic at Liesbeek River Park
    051 – action sports at Stadium on Main
    052 – ten-pin bowling
    053 – play laserquest
    054 – play at Jimmy Jungles
    055 – climb trees at Arderne Gardens
    056 – visit the South African Rugby Museum
    057 – fly a kite or play on the Rondebosch Common
    058 – visit Rhodes Memorial
    059 – see a show at The Baxter Theatre
    060 – a multi-media sound experience at The Sound House
    061 – Cape Town for Kidswater related activities with splash swimming
    062 – play at Maynardville Park
    063 – pony rides and other fun activities at Millstone Café
    064 – playtime at Bizzy Bodies
    065 – feed farm animals at The Barnyard
    066 – see a real puppet show
  • Things to Do with Kids in Blaauwberg
    067 – visit SANCCOB for the tour
    068 – build sandcastles at Bloubergstrand beach
    069 – visit the MTN ScienCentre
    070 – indoor and outdoor playpark – Play Of Play
    071 – skate or watch the skaters at Bugaloo Skate Park
    SANCCOB, Cape Town072 – go toRatanga Junction Theme Park
  • Things to Do with Kids in the Northern Suburbs
    073 – visit the play park at Stodels
    074 – adventure playground at Jimmy Jungles
    075 – go toboganning at Cool Runnings
    076 – ice skating at Grand West
    077 – go ten-pin bowling
    078 – see weird animals at Tygerberg Zoo
    079 – stand on an egg at the Ostrich Ranch
  • Things to Do with Kids in the Cape Helderberg
    080 – build your own Teddy Bear
    081 – visit Monkey Town
    Strawberry Safari082 – go on a ‘Strawberry Safari’
    083 – visit Butterfly World
  • Things to Do with Kids in the Cape Winelands
    084 – play at Bugz Play Park
    085 – visit the Franschhoek Motor Museum
    086 – see old cars at Wijnland Auto Museum
    087 – walk around the Stellenbosch Botanical Garden
    088 – visit the Toy and Miniature Museum
    089 – see wildlife at The Giraffe House
    090 – see the cheetah at Cheetah Outreach
    091 – visit Eagle Encounters
    092 – see crocodiles at Le Bonheur Croc Farm
    Cycling for Kids in Cape Town093 – visit the Drakenstein Lion Park
  • Things to Do with Kids in the Cape Overberg
    094 – hire bikes in Greyton and explore the countryside
    095 – tea and cake at Abbey Rose
    096 – horse riding in Greyton (lessons and outrides)
    097 – watch whales from the Hermanus cliff path
    098 – meet the Hermanus whale crier
    099 – see the whale show at the Whale Museum
    100 – play at Funzone
    101 – pet the farm animals at Klein River Cheese Farm

Your Feedback and suggestions
Once you’ve browsed our list of 101 things to do with kids in Cape Town, ask your kids’ opinions and send us their (and your) suggestions of their favourite things to do. Leave us as message in the comments below if you’ve discovered some new gem our readers with families may not know about or if you think we’ve left something out and tell us about your experiences at these places. We love hearing from you and we’re sure other parents will appreciate your input!

2010 South African School Holidays:
School Holiday 1 (Autumn) From 27 March to 11 April
School Holiday 2 (Winter) From 10 June to 12 July
School Holiday 3 (Spring) From 2 October to 10 October
School Holiday 4 (Summer) From 11 December to 11 January

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Christine Searle


One of the original founders of SA-Venues.com, Christine enjoys spending time with her family and her fur-kids, Dexter, Sherrie and Hercules. Her love and interest in flora and fauna is evident in her stunning garden which has been carefully designed and well maintained. Christine loves her work and is keen to show others what South Africa has to offer. When she is not working she likes to relax at home in the garden or enjoy her favourite hobby, photography.

What Others are Saying

4 comments about 101 Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town
  1. June 2nd, 2011 at 15:53
    Danny Kenya says:

    Thanks a bunch for the tips, to be honest I wish I found this before i last went over to Cape Town as I struggled to keep the kids entertained most of the time.

    Thanks again

  2. March 29th, 2012 at 22:19
    Danny Kenya says:

    Cape town is the best

  3. October 9th, 2012 at 18:15
    Riaan says:

    Het my so baie gehelp is oppad met vakansie vanaf Grootbrak rivier en het 2 woelige seuntjies.n paar van julle goed op my lys asook Canal Walk se Game Room.Dankie!

  4. August 4th, 2013 at 13:35
    Nomadi Nepali says:

    Awesome things to do with kids. :)