Boredom, Be Gone! 10 Best Things To Do In Cape Town With Kids

things to do in cape town with kids
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Cape Town is saturated with a haven of activities to be enjoyed by the old and young. It is easy to identify what you as an adult can do to entertain yourself but it is usually a little tricky to figure out what to do with the tots to keep them entertained, enlightened and educated while on holiday. Woe to you if you are traveling and you did not plan ahead with your dear kids on exciting and adventurous activities for them when you get to Cape Town. Fear not, below is a quick look at some of the best things to do in Cape Town with kids.

1. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

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Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jim.henderson used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Watch your kids look in awe at the amazing world below the water at the Two Oceans Aquarium. They get to see fishes and other sea creatures in their habitat, slowly going about their business. The aquarium has made it interactive by having a Touch Pool allowing the kids to come into close contact with the select sea animals.

Oh, for an extra charge, the tots get to meet penguins as they relive Happy Feet. The Two Oceans Aquarium is a fun activity for all ages, to be honest. Pack up and get the whole family there, you will not regret it.

Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

Address: Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, 8002 Cape Town, South Africa

Website: Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium

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2. Storytime at The Book Lounge

What better way to get the kids interested in books and the literary world than with a dramatized storytelling session at The Book Lounge? Kids from ages 3 to 8 are welcome but that is not to say that those that are kids at heart cannot join in on this fun activity. There is always a hub of activity at The Book Lounge geared towards kids so pop in for some fun times. As they get amazed by words upstairs, you can have a nice cup of coffee at their coffee shop or find yourself a nice keepsake book. Bookings are advised, so visit their website for more information.

The Book Lounge

Address: 71 Roeland Street, Cnr Buitenkant & Roeland Street, 8001 Cape Town, South Africa

Website: The Book Lounge

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3. Noordhoek Farm Village

This epic playground puts all ages into consideration designing playing space for different age groups, a great decision in my opinion. The age defined playground has specific activities geared to the age groups so there is a minimum to no wailing, crying, and injury. The grownups can safely watch their kids at Café Roux as they enjoy a hearty breakfast. Not to worry, Café Roux has a well thought out menu that is appealing to the kids.

Noordhoek Farm Village

Address: Village Ln & Noordhoek Mani rd, Goedehoop Estate, 7979 Cape Town, South Africa

Website: Noordhoek Farm Village

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4. Go tobogganing in Durbanville

So this depends on what time of the year you are visiting Cape Town, but trust me, it really does not matter. Cool Runnings Toboggan Park is every thrill-seeking kid’s dream. And even if your kids are not, they soon will be when they get to this park. Zipping down a hillside with a speed of 1.2 kilometers (0.75 miles) while sitting on a bobsled will have them squealing with delight. Kids who are younger than 8 years old should be accompanied by parents.

Cool Runnings Toboggan Park

Address: Carl Cronje Dr, Tygervalley, 7530 Cape Town, South Africa

Website: Cool Runnings Toboggan Park

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Santie Gouws

Santie Gouws

Santie Gouws is a full-time registered and accredited Adventure Guide for Hiking, based in Cape Town, South Africa. A born and bred South African, she is passionate about mountains and the region's magnificent and highly bio-diverse fynbos vegetation, and offers exquisite, tailor-made, professionally guided hiking experiences to private groups, as well as 'open' scheduled group hikes, on Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, as well as the nearby Boland Mountains, Groot Winterhoek and the Cederberg. If you love hiking in nature and would like to really get to know these mountains in a safe, fun, mindful and compassionate environment, then a guided hike with Santie, aka the ‘fynbos fluisteraar’/'fynbos whisperer', is for you. Well-experienced, having hiked nationally and internationally for the last thirty years, she knows these mountains like the back of her hand and apart from taking you on curated routes that takes in the most magnificent spots, she also shares her knowledge about their UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE fynbos vegetation, history and geology in a relaxed manner that young and old will enjoy.

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5. Planet Kids

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Planet Kids on Friday, August 23, 2019

So basically, this is paradise for kids, we are talking indoor activities and outdoor activities. It includes jumping castles, all types of swings, slides, workshops and so much more. Kids of all ages will have a ball of a time at Planet Kids and better yet, it is wheelchair friendly. Of course, there is a place for moms and dads to sit and watch their kids while enjoying good food. The menu is also designed to be appealing to kids.

Planet Kids

Address: 3 Wherry Rd, Muizenberg, 7945 Cape Town, South Africa

Website: Planet Kids

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6. Rush Indoor Trampoline Park

Rush Indoor Trampoline Park Rush Indoor Trampoline Park offers a day of extreme adventure for both parents and kids....

Posted by NG Kerk Riebeek-Kasteel on Sunday, 3 December 2017

For a fun-filled day for the whole family get yourself to the Rush Indoor Trampoline Park. The park prides itself in its 1,500 square meters (17,000 square feet) of interconnected wall to wall trampolines, three basketball slam dunk lanes, two dodge ball courts, two long stretches of trampoline lanes perfect for flips, and battle beams. There is a cake bar, coffee, healthy snacks and free WiFi. What more can one ask for?

Rush Indoor Trampoline Park

Address: Stadium on Main, 109 Main Rd, Claremont, 7735 Cape Town, South Africa

Website: Rush Indoor Trampoline Park

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7. Drakenstein Lion Park

Drakenstein Lion Park is a cat rehabilitation center which also houses a chimp sanctuary. Let the kids become one with these animals as they get to learn a lot about them. They will get to see the lions being fed and can interact with the white lions, the perfect time for the parents to get a great shot of their tot with the lions or chimps.

Drakenstein Lion Park

Address: Old Paarl Rd, 7625 Paarl, South Africa

Website: Drakenstein Lion Park

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8. Shark Cage Diving

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

I know some of you might think that this is just a no-go zone for the kids, but this will be quite the adventure for your kids (as long as they are 12 and above). They will be talking about this for years to come. Book a session with White Shark Diving Co. for a thrilling and unforgettable experience with your kids.

Shark Cage Diving

Address: 9 Kus Drive, Kleinbaai, Gansbaai, South Africa

Website: Shark Cage Diving

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9. HintHunt Game

This is something for parents to take part in with their tweens and teens. This is an opportunity to work together as a family and bring in brainpower and sometimes the brawns. A fun 60 minutes of solving puzzles and finding answers to riddles to get out of the room. This is one way to bond and bring the family together.

HintHunt Game

Address: A304, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, 7925 Cape Town, South Africa

Website: HintHunt Game

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10. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Open air spaces, numerous hiding spots for playing hide and go seek, fragrant flowers all round, trees and learning opportunities, there is no better place to take your kids for a fun day out in the sun (bring sunscreen).

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Address: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, 7735 Cape Town, South Africa

Website: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of the setting of Kirstenbosch against the eastern slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain. In the garden, you will find the Silver Tree. It is an endangered plant species in the family Proteaceae that is endemic to a small area of the Cape Peninsula, South Africa. Many grow in and around the city of Cape Town.
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Fun for all

Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, South Africa
Source: Photo by user flowcomm used under CC BY 2.0

It is kind of apparent to me that whatever activity the kids get involved in when they visit Cape Town, it is made to be something that parents can get involved in, helping them interact and bond with the kids.

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