Being a kid in Cape Town is a ton of fun as the city has plenty of open outdoor spaces where kids can roam enjoying the fresh air and natural surroundings! And as the years have passed more and more activities have sprung up specifically aimed at keeping kids entertained. Today’s children are really spoilt for choice! Here is a list of activities to keep your kids entertained over summer in Cape Town!
1. The Beach
Hanging out on the beach offers hours of fun and entertainment. Swimming, surfing, SUPPING, flying kites or simply building sand castles are all great activities to enjoy. My top picks for beaches are Muizenburg, Fish Hoek and The Strand as the water is warmer on the Indian Ocean side of Cape Town plus the waves are also gentle enough to easily enjoy swimming here. Other good beaches worth a visit on the colder Atlantic side are Camps Bay, Noordhoek, Clifton 2nd and Bloubergstrand.
2. A Forest Walk
Summertime is a good time to go walking in nature and find some greenery. We are lucky to have forested mountain paths in easy access to the city. There are several gentle walks which the kiddies can also enjoy exploring, such as the areas of Tokai Forest, Constantia Nek, Cecelia Forest and Newlands Forest.
Acrobranch is an adventure obstacle course set up at Constantia Nek amongst the trees. The course is made up of nets, ziplines, barrels, swings and ropes. There are 3 courses designed for varying skill levels aimed at younger kids and older kids. This is a fun filled adrenaline adventure!
4.The VNA Waterfront
The VnA Waterfront has plenty of fun activities to keep your kids entertained! First stop, the Two Oceans Aquarium, where youngsters will be mesmerized by sealife swimming in massive sized tanks. The shark exhibition is always very popular, as well as the penguin enclosure.
The Scratch Patch at the Waterfront will have your kids digging in search or their favourite gemstones. Or board the Big Wheel and enjoy the 40-meter-high views overlooking the harbour and city. If your child loves absorbing weird and wonderful facts then visit the Ripley’s Believe It or Not exhibition at the Clock Tower. Also, be sure to visit Hamleys toy store and jump on the Hamleys choo-choo train to get a tour around the Waterfront! For those who are up for a pirating adventure go cruising with the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat.
Do your kids have an abundance of energy? If so then Rush is the perfect place for them to visit! Here they can bounce around to their hearts content. Rush is an indoor trampoline park situated in Claremont at Stadium on Main. Rush offers wall to wall of interconnected trampolines! There is a main court, tumble lanes, dodgeball courts, slam dunk courts, fidget ladder, balancing beam and more!
6. Ten Pin Bowling
Also situated at Stadium on Main in Claremont is Let’s Go Bowling. Ten-pin bowling is a classic activity which will keep your kids entertained. Ten-pin bowling is challenging for both kids and adults alike and sure to bring out that competitive spirit.
Ratanga Junction is an amusement park that has thrilled many children and adults over the years! Top rides include the Cobra rollercoaster, the Slingshot and Monkey Falls. Ratanga Junction is open at limited times during the summer holidays so phone first to check its availability.
My nieces were regular visitors to Bugz Playworld and could not get enough of this magical place! Bugz is aimed at younger children and will spark their imagination and playful spirit. Bugz offers themed rooms, jungle gyms, slides, pony rides, castles, treehouses and more. Bugz is a feast for the little ones and will provide them with hours of entertainment!
9. Strawberry Picking
Spend time outside with your little ones and enjoy the beautiful strawberry farms around Stellenbosch (just outside of Cape Town). There are several strawberry farms, such as Mooiberge, Polkadraai and Helderberg which offer strawberry picking at the start of summer. Wonder amongst the rows of strawberries and fill up your baskets with your pickings. Tracker rides and face painting is also on offer at some of these farms.
10. Clay Cafe
If your child is a budding artist and enjoys crafts and creating things, then be sure to visit the Clay Café. Here they can paint, decorate and beautify their clay masterpieces.
11. Cool Runnings
Cool Runnings is a toboggan track built of steel situated in the sunny hills of Durbanville. The downhill course consists of plenty of twists and turns and each sled also has a break to control speed. Sleds can reach speeds up to 40km/hr and can accommodate 1 or 2 persons, therefore is ideal for a parent to ride with their child.
12. Imhoff Farm
Head south to Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie where you will find a variety of activities to keep your kids entertained. They can lose themselves in an educational maze or they can enjoy a camel ride. There is also a snake park where they can learn more about reptiles! Larger groups can partake in a game of paintball or laser tag. These activities would need to be pre-booked.
13. Simons Town
Simons Town is a historic naval base with a wealth of history, character and plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained. Here you can enjoy visiting the naval museum and going on a tour of a real actual submarine! Kayaks are also available for hire from the harbour if you fancy paddling out. You could also visit the penguin colony on Boulders Beach. Although beware this beach gets very busy in summer!
I remember traipsing around the pathways of Kirstenbosch gardens as a child being in awe of all the beautiful flowers and local flora, while trying to pronounce their strange Latin names! Kirstenbosch garden is a beautiful setting in which to enjoy a lazy picnic on a hot summers day. The elevated Boomslang walk is a new edition and worth checking out!
15. Mouille Point
The Promenade in Mouille Point is favourite place to enjoy a gentle stroll while breathing in the fresh sea air. On the north side of the Promenade is a putt-putt course where older kids can test their putt-putt skills. Next to the putt-putt course is a jungle gym play area and steam train which younger kids will enjoy visiting.
16. Butterfly World
Butterflies are ethereal magical creatures. Budding conservationists and animal lovers should take a trip to Butterfly World where they can enjoy exploring the tropical garden. There are hundreds of butterfly species, birds and interesting exotic species worth seeing.
17. Water-skiing at Blue Rock
The Blue Rock Resort just outside of Somerset West offers a unique method of water-skiing, using an overhead cable system instead of a boat! Come try your luck on the lake! For those who do not want to water-ski, kneeboarding is an option as well.
18. Go Karting
For those who enjoy speed and racing Go Karting at Kenilworth Karting will provide hours of adrenaline-inspired fun! The indoor track is tight and loops around several bends offering ample opportunity to lap your competitors! And if your child is too young to drive they can share a kart with you.
Wow as you can see there are plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained this summer in Cape Town! But who says you need to be a kid to enjoy these activities? Go ahead and join in the fun too!