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Posted on: Thursday, 15 April 2010

Things to Do with Kids in False Bay

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Penguins at Boulders

Penguins at Boulders

… things to Do with Kids in False Bay
On the other side of the Cape Peninsula, the False Bay coast offers some favourite activities of Cape Town’s kids. All the moms we asked recommended spending time at Boulers Beach in Simons Town. We’ve published lots of articles about the Boulders Beach Penguins (#36) so check out “To Boldly Go … why swimming with Penguins at Boulders is so great” for a first hand report if you haven’t tried this yet!

Take a dip in the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean and find yourself swimming with the Penguins – its great for kids of all ages, you will enjoy it too! At the Simons Town Scratch Patch (#37), started in 1970, you and the kids can have lots of fun “scratching” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that cover the floor.

Fly a kite

Fly a kite

Try a Boat Cruise off Simon’s Bay (#38) aboard the Spirit of Just Nuisance. Take a slow cruise around Simon’s Bay to enjoy all the historic sites – along the way you will encounter birdlife, seals and on occasions even whales! This is a real treat for kids of most ages. Pop in at The Warrior Toy Museum (#39) in St George’s Steeet. About 4,000 model cars, 500 dolls and teddy bears, plus miniature dolls’ houses, toy soldiers and two fully operating railroads should make it fascinating for kids. Finish the day with a walk around the town exploring Simons Town (#40). It’s educational and there is lots to see.

How about flying a kite (#41) on one of our fabulous beaches? Resourceful moms can spend a day building a kite with the kids and then head off to fly your new creation on a beach nearby – Muizenberg Beach is great for flying kites. To build a kite you will need garden twine; sticky tape or glue, strong paper, straight wooden paint or crayons to decorate your kite (see this link on how to build a kite (#42) – it looks simple enough).

Learn to surf

Learn to surf

Muizenberg Beach (#43) is well worth a visit, even if you’ve elected to bypass kite-building. There is plenty to do – build sandcastles on the beach, swim in the warmer waters this side of the mountain and the beach is kid friendly. This very long beach can get pretty busy during peak season but the waves are not too powerful – and there are other kid-friendly facilities here such as the Putt Putt Course (#44) and the Muizenberg Water Slide (#45).

For those who are ready and old enough, let them learn to Surf at Gary’s Surf School (#46). Gary’s Surf School is a well know and very popular – your kids will be in good hands! (Booking is essential). Very little ones will enjoy a visit to Planet Kids (#47), also in Muizenberg. A large indoor play and activity centre for all children, including children with disabilities, Planet Kids has custom made jumping castles with climbing walls and aliens and lots more.

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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.