Cape Town For Kids

The city seen through the eyes of a child becomes one huge playground. There are mountains to scramble; wildlife to observe; forests to discover; botanical gardens in which to run freely and gorgeous beaches where sand and sea offer hours of amusement that no money can buy!

For kids with sea legs, there are boat trips from a number of seaside suburbs, including Gordon’s Bay, Simon’s Town and Hout Bay (which heads out to Duiker Island Seal Colony) and boat charters at the V&A Waterfront.

For older children, horse-riding in Constantia or Noordhoek, along a stunning windswept beach, is an equestrian dream.

For kids with adventure on their minds, there’s camel riding in Kommetjie, mountain biking in Tokai and surfing at Surfers’ Corner in Muizenberg.

For families with smaller children, paddling at St. James Tidal Pool or a walk along the Sea Point promenade will lift the spirits without punishing the pocket.

Lesser known is the abundance of rainy-day indoor activities and historical and educational sites that make Cape Town a perpetual favourite for families. These include: theme parks and safe places to play, art studios, indoor rock climbing, the aquarium, the planetarium, mineral Scratch Patches and Zip Zap circus, which trains talented children from underprivileged backgrounds and put on a rasping display of acrobatics.

With all there is to do and see in Cape Town and with the list provided below – your kids will certainly not be asking about any TV!

1. Ratanga Junction

Located in the Century City, a 15-minute drive along the N1 highway from Cape Town, this enthralling theme park offers more than 30 different rides and attractions suitable for children of all ages as well as several entertainment attractions that will have everyone screaming for more!

Location: Century Boulevard, Century City / Open daily from 10h00 - 17h00

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2. World of Birds

Kids feast your eyes with captivating different species of birds found at the World of Birds- the largest bird sanctuary in Africa! , it has over 3 000 birds and small animals, 400 different bird species and 100 walk-through aviaries; plus, there’s a playground and picnic area right next to the flamingos!

Address: Valley Rd, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa / Open daily 09h00 - 17h00

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3. Iziko Museums

Consists of 12 National Museums in Cape Town. Each of the museums has their own history and character which reflects the cultural diversity of the oldest city in South Africa.

The Iziko South African Museum

  • African Dinosaurs is a permanent exhibition based inside the Iziko South African Museum and contains interesting historical facts about the lives of these long-extinct and mighty reptiles.

Discovery Room

  • Here children can touch and explore objects that elsewhere in the Museum are protected by class cases.

Mind Space

  • Is an online learning centre and caters for children from 8 years and up, accompanied by their teacher or adult guardians.

The Iziko Planetarium

  • Inside this outer-space theatre, the night sky is recreated, no matter what the weather is outside. The Planetarium sky is always clear, an astonishing audio visual experience for old and young.

Address: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town

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4. Butterfly World

Situated on Route 44 near Klapmuts, just off the N1, at the junction of the main Wine Routes of Stellenbosch and Paarl, the Butterfly World is a paradise of more than 24 species of exotic butterflies in Cape Town.

Visitors are welcome to take photographs or videos of these beauties. Refreshments and light meals are available from the nearby restaurant, and the craft shop stocks butterfly related goods.

Address: Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl), Cape Winelands

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5. Camel Ride

Enjoy this fun Camel Ride at the Imhoff Farm, the only destination around Cape Town where you have the opportunity to ride a camel, either for a short roundabout experience, or a longer ride through a tranquil natural area with stunning views.

Location: Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie Road, Peninsula, South Africa

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6. Tree Top Adventure

Get ready to launch yourself for an exciting day out in the Southern Suburbs. Try the Tree Top Adventure, specifically designed to offer all visitors an exhilarating, yet challenging outdoor experience in the beautiful Constantia Nek forest.

Be prepared to overcome your fears as you swing through the trees on any of the courses - the Yellow, Green or Blue.

Address: 1 Hout Bay Main Road, Constantia Nek

7. Toboggan Ride

Ready to whoosh down the hill! The Toboggan Ride is the summer version of snow tobogganing which offers an ultimate safe, thrilling speed, in a bobsled on wheels down a 1. 25 km winding track.

Cape Town tobogganing is suitable for the whole family, where Mom, Dad and the kids can enjoy the same activity, each getting as much enjoyment out of it.

Location: Western Cape

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8. Sandboarding in Cape Town

Try this epic and fun adventure while in Cape Town at the remarkable Atlantis Dunes. The Atlantis Dune field, about 44 km drive from Cape Town city centre is one of the biggest sand dunes in Western Cape, offering fine white sands to experience the thrill of surfing and to test your balance skills.

Location: Blauuwberg

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9. Visit Giraffe House - Cape Town

A visit to Giraffe House is an amazing opportunity to meet the tallest land mammals on earth-Giraffes and especially Gerry, the hand reared giraffe! Do not miss the daily interactive encounters, offering you the wonderful chance to meet and hold some interesting creatures.

Location: Western Cape

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10. Giant Tegu Encounter

Enter the Giant Tegu enclosure at the Cango Wildlife Ranch for a thrilling moment with the reptiles! The Giant Tegu Encounter offers you the unique chance to touch these wonderful animals, observe them closely and have a chat with their handlers.

Location: Western Cape

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11. Visit the Monkey Town

Enjoy this leisurely guided tour at the large wildlife centre where you will meet the intriguing primates at the Monkey Town. As part of this visit, you will discover the world of more than 230 animals and 28 different exotic species including Tammy, Ruby, and Sunny, the famous chimp sisters housed there.

Location: Somerset West (Western Cape)

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12. Zip Lining Adventure

Go on an unforgettable adventure, full of stamina and excitement as you slide on a steel rod! The stunning natural surroundings of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve in Cape Town make the adventure even more pleasurable.

Location: City Centre

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13. Beach Horse Riding

Take a leisurely horse ride whilst enjoying the soothing sound of gentle waves swashing splendid beaches of Cape Town.

Enjoy awe inspiring views of Chapman’s Peak and Hout Bay, ride along 8km of clear white beach and discover the famous Noordhoek Beach.

Location: Peninsula

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14. Two Oceans Aquarium

This amazing Aquarium showcases life from the powerful Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Over 3000 living animals can be seen in this marine plethora.

Address: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront / Open Monday to Sunday 09h30 - 18h00

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15. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

The finest views of Cape Town are seen from the top of Table Mountain. The Cableway takes visitors to the summit in less than 10 minutes, and the cable car’s rotating floor ensures that all visitors get a 360 degree aerial view of the city.

Address: Lower Station, Tafelberg Road, Cape Town

16. Rotary Mini Blue Train & Play

Take a trip on Cape Town’s only miniature train. You can also spend quality time in the safe play park, playing on a climbing rock, riding their tricycle track and other fun items.

Address: Beach Road, Mouille Point (next to the Lighthouse) / Open 7 days a week 09h00 - 18h00 (weather permitting)

17. Porter Estate Market

The fragrance of fresh bread, artisan cheese and charcuterie laces the morning air of the Tokai Forest every Saturday. An outdoor family-friendly market with kids’ activities, fresh produce, breakfast and crafts.

Address: Chrysalis Academy, Tokai Forest, Tokai

18. Planet Kids

This is a hefty and thrilling indoor play and activity centre which caters for all children including those with disabilities.

Address: 3 Wherry Road, Muizenberg / Monday to Sunday 10h00 - 18h00

19. Millstone Farmstall & Café

Exclusive rural setting five minutes from the city, wonderful tree house and play area, scrumptious coffees, meals and treats, freshly extracted juices and homegrown organic produce with daily wood-fired breads.

Address: Oude Molen Eco Village, Alexandra Road, Pinelands / Tuesday to Sunday 08h00 - 17h00

20. The Playshed

Has an affectionate, friendly atmosphere, where kids can play while adults have a warm drink and a piece of freshly baked cake.

Address: Oude Molen Eco Village, Alexandra Road, Pinelands /Tuesday to Sunday 09h00 - 17h00

21. Gymboree Play & Music

Parent-child interactive classes in play, music, art & sports for children aged 1 month to 5 years. Centrally located, spotless environment for little learners. Creativity – confidence – friendship. It all starts at Gymboree.

Address: Piazza Level, Letterstedt House, Newlands on Main, Cnr Main & Campground Road, Newlands/ Monday to Friday 09h00 – 18h00 / Saturdays 09h00 – 13h00.

22. Kidz Playzone

Kids Payzone is an indoor playcentre and party venue for ages 1 to 12 years.

Address: 10 Pastorale Street, Durbanville Business Park (Off Klipheuwel Road), Durbanville

23. Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

Fully operating Ostrich Ranch close to Cape Town. Enjoy professionally guided tours, browse the curio shops and relax in the restaurant against the backdrop of Table Mountain.

Address: VanSchoordrif Road (N7), Durbanville / Monday to Sundays 09h00 - 17h00

24. Graceland Venues

Many fun activities available eg: waterslide, jungle gym, pony rides, animal touch farm and plenty space for the kids to play.

Address: Klein Dennegeur Farm, Lustigaan Road, Paarl / Tuesday to Saturday 09h00 - 16h00

25. Noordhoek Farm Village

Don’t miss the Noordhoek Farm Village, ideal for children to spend some fun time at the kid’s zone. You will likely find free, fun activities, age-specific playgrounds and child-friendly restaurants.

Parents can enjoy laid-back breakfasts and lunches from Café Roux, while keeping an eye on the little ones as it borders the kids’ play area. Café Roux also offers a kiddies’ menu and hosts birthday parties.

Address: Village Ln & Noordhoek Mani road, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa / Wednesday’s 4pm – 8pm.

26. Scratch Patch

Scramble and search for the gemstone at the Scratch Patch and Mineral World! Go for a friendly magic of scratch patch search with rooms filled with beautiful polished gemstones of different colours!

At the Mineral World gemstone shop, you can find an incredible variety of gemstone products to take home, from inexpensive but great gift items to genuine collector's pieces.

Address: 1 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town/ Mon - Fri 08h30 - 16h45 & Sat - Sun 09h00 - 17h00 (incl. Holidays).

27. Zip Zap Circus

Zip Zap is a social circus that was founded in Cape Town to inspire young people. Working with a diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.

Zip Zap’s programmes are all free to participants. You can always join in the Zip Zap’s fantastic shows, and have loads of fun!

Address: Founders Garden, Jan Smuts Street, Cape Town, 8001

‘Kid-Friendly’ Beaches in Cape Town

1. Boulder's Beach - Simon's Town

Safe swimming with African penguins. Fabulous for sunbathing.

2. Camps Bay Beach - Main Road Camps Bay

This beach is ideal for Boogie boarding because of the great waves. For little ones, try the tidal pool below the Police Station.

3. Clifton 1-4

Excellent for sundowners and with older kids. Stairs not baby friendly.

4. Glen Beach

A quaint, and less busy beach which is more toddler friendly than Camps Bay and Clifton.

5. Small Bay (Blouberg)

Protected from the South – Easter.

6. Milnerton Beach

Windy but with the most perfect views of Table Mountain. Long stretches for walks and playtime for the kids.

7. Muizenberg Beach

Surfer’s Utopia. Learn to Surf, watch the pro’s or just relax with a coffee at the boardwalk café.

8. Sea Point Beaches

Many small beaches dotted along the attractive promenade from Mouille Point to Sea Point, ending at the well liked Sea Point pool.

9. St.James Tidal Pool

Rock pool perfect for an early morning swim. Protected from waves and close to restaurants and coffee shops.

10. Fish Hoek Beach

A striking beach with a wistful walkaway filled with benches dedicated to people who love this place. Well-equipped jungle gym and a nice restaurant for refreshments and light lunches.

11. Hout Bay Beach

Start with breakfast at Dunes restaurant and enjoy a lazy stroll along the beach to the harbour for an ice cream.

12. Long Beach Noorhoek

On this stunning long, stretch of beach, you can find your own quiet spot, or go for a horse ride with your older kids.

13. Llandudno / Sandy Bay

The waves are quite strong here, but there are great boulders for little ones to explore in a perfectly chilled Capetonian atmosphere. Sandy Beach is Cape Town’s only official nudist beach.

14. Strand / Gordon's Bay

Warmer waters than the Cape Town beaches. Child friendly with less waves and play equipment along the beach.