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Posted on: Thursday, 15 April 2010

Things to Do with Kids in Cape Helderberg

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Build a Bear

Build a Bear

… things to Do with Kids in Cape Helderberg Region
In Somerset West, kids (and grown-up kids) can create their very own, loveable teddy bear. At “Build a Bear” (#80) little ‘bear builders’ assist in building a ‘beary’ cute friend starting from the wide selection of a basic bear character; to choosing and insertion of its signature giggle, growl / personal message sound-chip, it’s red satin heart placement, final sealing stitch and barcoding, to it’s wardrobe selection and then it’s international naming and all the way home!

Still in Somerset West, Monkey Town (#81) is literally that, a space in which over 230 primates roam freely. Visitors get a first-hand view of the monkeys and apes within their sanctuary, all 27 different species, from an enclosed walkway which winds through the park. One of the most popular attractions at Monkey Town is the ‘close encounter of a monkey kind’ – the opportunity to get a hug from a monkey, in the sanctuary’s interaction area. There is also a “touch” farmyard, koi ponds and an array of birds and small antelope on the grounds.

Strawberry Safari

Strawberry Safari

During the summer months, a “Strawberry Safari” (#82) at Mooiberge Farmstall on the R44, between and Somerset West and Stellenbosch is fun (see photograph below!). Strawberry fields and scarecrows aplenty await enthusiastic pickers. Warm weather and leisurely fruit picking makes for a fun family outdoor activity. Pile up your baskets and only pay per kilogram for the strawberries you take home.

A visit to Butterfly World (#83) is a stop that takes little effort, and is invariably richly rewarded with sightings of butterflies from as far afield as Costa Rica, Malaysia, and China. It’s a hive of activity over weekends as its designed with kids in mind. There is also an outdoor garden in which you will find a large aviary, a meerkat enclosure, and wandering ducks, chickens and goats eagerly awaiting the seed and fodder that children can buy from the gift shop in order to hand feed them. (Before heading out to Butterfly World, read our Cape Town Editor’s review – Butterflies Anyone? – written after taking her son there recently.)

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This article is from the series, “101 things to do with kids in Cape Town“, revisiting popular kid-friendly venues and including a few new finds to entertain children (and the young at heart). See the links below for “Things to Do with Kids” in the other regions of the Cape, and please leave your suggestions and feedback in the comment field below – we love hearing from you!

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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.

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1 comment about Things to Do with Kids in Cape Helderberg
  1. August 26th, 2010 at 14:42
    Michelle says:

    You have a very informative and helpful article here. I’m planning a trip for my kids and I think Cape Helderberg is the right place for them and for the whole family.