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Posted on: Thursday, 15 April 2010

Things to Do with Kids in Cape Town North

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… things to Do with Kids in Cape Town North
Heading to the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, the Play Park at Stodels (#73) in Bellville offers a delightful entertainment area, complete with trampolines, sandpits and an animal farm. Parents can keep a watchful eye from the outside decks of the restaurant while kids get to pet and feed the goats, bunnies, ducklings and piglets. Another kiddie’s delight in Bellville, Jimmy Jungles (#74), is a premier Indoor Adventure Playground that offers supervised, secure facilities for toddlers and children from 6 months up to a maximum height of 1.4m. Jimmy Jungles provide a safe and clean environment where children can learn and have fun at the same time.

Ten-pin Bowling

Ten-pin Bowling

At Cool Running Toboggan Track (#75), also in Bellville, kids of all ages are welcome (adults too) but under-eight-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are very reasonably priced – you can buy single, double, triple or twelve ride tickets which can be shared or buy a day pass for unlimited rides. This summer version of snow tobogganing delivers the ultimate in safe, thrilling speed, in a bobsled on wheels down a 1,25 km winding track.

Another option in the Northern Suburbs is Ice Skating at Grand West (#76)! The Grand West Family Entertainment Centre features an Olympic-size skating rink. With bright lights and contemporary music adding to a festive vibe, The Ice Station offers entertainment for kids, teenagers and adults alike. Or try Ten-pin bowling (#77) at the state-of-the-art ten-pin bowling alley – fantastic fun for the whole family. The Tygerberg Zoo (#78) is Cape Town’s only “proper” zoo. It’s very much on the rustic side, so don’t expect a fancy game reserve experience, but what makes it worth visiting is that they have some of the lesser seen animals including llamas, potbellied pigs and armadillos.

Ice skating

Ice skating

Our next thing to do is a short drive from Durbanville, in Vanschoorsdrift Road, Philadelphia (off the N7). Fancy sitting on a bird that is on average 2m (6.5ft) tall and weighs up to 165kg (344lb) or have you ever wondered if you could stand on an egg and it wouldn’t break? Take the entire family to the West Coast Ostrich Show Ranch (#79) and find out. You can also fill your hands with mealie pips and hold them out for these birds nibble on.

There are guided tours every half an hour where you can find out anything and everything you wanted to know about the ostrich. After lunch your children can carry on playing in the children’s playground and you can grab a bite to eat at the Cape Dutch-style farm house, browse through the shop for an ostrich feather duster or leather purse or relax in the shade of the tearoom.

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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!

Cape Town North Links:
Northern Suburbs Attractions
Things to Do in Northern Suburbs
Northern Suburbs Accommodation
Cape Town Accommodation
Western Cape Accommodation


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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.