I’m sure lots of Moms are wondering what to do with the Kids during the school holidays? Well, Cape Town and surrounds actually offers more than its fair share of things to do, even during the winter season. For starters, seeing as most of us are having to watch our budgets, this is the time to take advantage of the special deals offered at some of our famous touristy “hot spots”!
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Not only are these places less busy right now than during the high season but you can also save quite a bit. Table Mountain has a “2 kids travel free with every paying adult” special and Robben Island’s ticket prices have been reduced per child under 18 for the holidays. The Two Ocean Aquarium at the Waterfront is free to kids under 4 and 4-13 year olds pay R40.00 entrance fee. They are geared for children with special exhibits that will be fun for kids.
In the northern suburbs, the Cool Runnings Toboggan Track in Bellville will offer hours of fun and Ratanga Junction is also an obvious choice. Also visit Intaka Island which is a 5 minute drive within Century City. This award winning, 16 hectare multi-purpose nature area, is home to 177 species of indigenous plants and 120 bird species. (Intaka Island has been awarded conservation status by Cape Nature).
The Island is open from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week. The family ticket (2 adults 3 children) is only R20.00. There is a self guided trail (a 45 minute, 2 km trail), on which you can do some fantastic bird watching, view their award winning breeding Heronry, 7 different habitats and a wealth of different species. There are 9 stations you will have access to on the trail, each offering an intimate look into the bird and water life as well as flora and fauna and more.
In the City Bowl take your kids and friends and try “Artjamming”. Artjammers are not given instructions or classes, and no drawing or painting skills are needed. Artjammers are provided with canvases, acrylic paints on tap, and tools to freely express themselves … sounds like a mess and lots of fun!
In the Southern Suburbs, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens offers free entry to kids throughout the school holidays and the Silvertree Restaurant has special kids entertainment on. If your older kids love horse riding, while you love nothing better than to sit sipping cappuccino and watch the younger kids swing from a huge tree-house in a lovely garden, then Millstone in Pinelands is for you! (See Millstone Café).
On the False Bay Coast, spend a day exploring Kalk Bay with the kids. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants with play areas or pop in at Planet Kids in Muizenberg with the little ones. They encourage parents or guardians to stay and either join in or watch their little ones play and refreshments can be ordered from the Flying Saucer Cafe and they have a large range of magazines to browse through when you get tired of bouncing around with the kids! Another fun thing to do is to go fly a kite – Muizenberg beach is a great place for this – or visit the Scratch Patch in Simons Town!
SA-Venues.com has a long list of family friendly things to do in the Western Cape (See Western Cape Family Entertainment).
If you think of anything that’s missing from our selection please drop us a line. These listing are NOT advertisements (i.e. they are unsolicited and non-commercial – all have been either suggested to us or researched ourselves) and we welcome suggestions and contributions from the public to our Things to Do Section. Help us build a GREAT selection of Things to Do, to give tourists to South Africa an insight into some of the things only us locals know about!