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Kids Activities in Cape Town

Are you looking for great kids activities in Cape Town? Whether living in Cape Town with kids or visiting South Africa with children, you always need to be prepared to keep the little ones busy and happy. Here you will find out the top things to do in Cape Town, all tried and tested by many families and highly recommended. 

ExpatCapeTown Guide to the Best Things to Do for Children in Cape Town

There are plenty of attractions and activities you and your family with enjoy when exploring Cape Town. To cut it down to only ten was really a tough choice. If you are looking for the best activities for your teenagers click here.For giving you a more detailed insiders view of the many options we have narrowed down the Cape Town kids activites to five indoors activities for rainy days and five outdoors kids activities for sunny days.

Cape Town Top 10 Activities for Kids 

Swim with African penguins at Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach Simons Town
  • Location: Parking at Seaforth Rd. or Bellevue Rd., Simons Town
  • Entrance Fee to the National Park: R65, reduced entry fee for children
  • More info: South African National Parks Website, Tel: 021-786-2329

Head to Simons Town’s Boulders Beach, where your kids will enjoy seeing the African penguin colony and splashing in the shallow waters of the turquoise lagoon with penguins. The little creatures are not very shy, although you should keep your children from chasing the penguins. Exploring Cape Town's beaches is one of the best activities for kids in Cape Town and there are many other beautiful beaches with tidal pools for safe swimming in and around Cape Town. Find the best, cleanest, most popular beaches such the Blue Flag Beaches here. 

Hold an eagle or owl and watch a bird show

Eagle Encounters Stellenbosch, image by ExpatCapeTownEagle Encounters
  • Location: Lynedoch Road (R310), Stellenbosch
  • Costs: R65 (3-12 years, students, SA pensioners), R75 for adults
  • More info: Website, Tel: 021-858 1826

South Africa's largest raptor rehabilitation and education centre is top on the list with many families. Eagle Encounters  is a bird rescue center where you can join interactive bird shows and are allowed to hold an eagle are always coming tops on our happy kids activities list. At Spier there is lots of space to run around or play ball, many restaurants, little craft shops, a duckpond, a river running through the estate, a playground and huge picnic area. 

Feed an ostrich and stand on an giant ostrich egg

West Coast Ostrich Ranch
  • Locations: West Coast near Atlantis and Cape Point
  • Costs: Tours: depending on tour and activity
  • Contacts: West Coast: Website 021-972 1669, Cape Point: Website 021-780 9294

Feed ostriches and learn about the world's biggest flightless birds at the West Coast Ostrich Ranch or drive south to the Cape Point Ostrich Farm. The kids activities here are: learning about the biggest birds on earth while being on a fun guided tour. At the West Coast Ostrich Ranch you can stand on an ostrich egg and even sit on an ostrich. A children's play area with climbing frame and sandpit is there to enjoy for the kids, while parents take a break at restaurant on site.

Ride a pony - or a camel 

Imhoff Farm Kommetjie
  • Location: Kommetjie Road
  • Costs: depending on activity. Enquire at the farm.
  • More info: Website. Tel: 021-783 4545

Ever fancied a camel ride or having a snake hanging around your shoulders? Then head straight away to Imhoff’s Farm in Kommetjie. The Imhoff Farm in Kommetjie is a small village in itself with kids activities and entertainment for all ages. At the grounds there are several shops and art galleries as well as an organic coffee shop, marimba entertainment, playground, horse and camel rides or enjoy some face painting. You can drive down there along the Atlantic Seabord via Hout Bay over the fabulous Chapman’s Peak Drive you will have a day full of sightseeing and maybe you will spot a whale or a dolphin near the coast too. 

Have some toboggan fun at Cool Runnings

Cape Town Toboggan
  • Location: Mispel Road, Durbanville
  • Costs: Rides from R45, Happy Family Combo (20 rides): R400
  • More info: Website. Tel: 021-949 4439

Ride down the fantastic toboggan track in Durbanville's Tygervalley. This is an exciting outdoors activity especially for the bigger kids. Cool Runnings is operating this 1.25 km long bob-sled track in a steel half pipe which is modern and well maintained. Kids over 8 years can ride alone, while little ones have to be accompanied by an (usually equally excited) adult.

More kids activities in Cape Town: Visit the Two Oceans aquarium

Cape Town Aquarium - ExpatCapeTownCape Town Two Oceans Aquarium

At Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium you will enjoy watching the funny penguins or relax while watching the movements of thehuge kelp forest. Watch the groupers and stingrays swimming along the big sharks in the huge tank and occasionally you might even spot divers at the shark tank. Daily arts and crafts activities also keep the young children happy. There is a good family restaurant and if you want to come here more often than twice a year get a family membership which is really worth it, as your children also could join the very popular sleeping over events in the aquarium too.

Visit the whale cave and see dinosaurs at the SA museum

South African National Museum
  • Location: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens
  • Costs: R15 children/R30 adults, Under 5s free. Family Ticket (2 children, 2 adults): R75
  • More info: Website. Tel: 021-481 3929 (Planetarium)

This Natural History museum with its excellent dinosaur exhibition, the amazing whale well and underwater exhibition, also displays South African rock carvings and showcases the life of the indigenous people in South Africa. Among Cape Town's museums, the South African Museum in the Company Gardens comes up tops for kids every time. The museum provides some kids activites sheets at the reception desk. The adjoining planetarium offers great interactive shows for kids and other kids activities.

Experiment and have fun at the Science Centre

Cape Town Science Centre
  • Location Science Centre: 370B Main Road, Observatory
  • Costs: R50, Family Package (for family of 4): R180
  • Contact: Website. Tel: 021-300 3200

Ready for more science and hands-on interaction? Visit the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory. There are lots of hands-on-displays and kids are encouraged to experiment and explore physical concepts. The science centre with more than 250 interactive exhibits is a great place for kids of every age and you certainly will find many new things which inspire kids to experiment. There are structured kids activities and birthday parties organised.

Visit a ballet or dance show, play or musical

Cape Town City Ballet
  • Location Artscape Theatre:  D F Malan Street, Foreshore
  • Costs: Shows usually from R60
  • More info: Website. Tel: 021-410-9800

The Artscape Theatre in the city CBD often stages shows for children, varying from pantomimes and fairy tales to ballet and dance shows. This Artscape theatre complex is so easy to reach now with the MyCity bus service, which has the main station just outside the Artscape Centre. Or take your kids to see one of the famous childrens’ shows at the Baxter Theater in Rondebosch. They have regular shows for children, mostly in English, especially during school holidays. And not to forget a bit of magic! Great magic shows are performed in Cape Town by the College of Magic in Rondebosch.

Go on a tour in the Cape Town stadium - or watch a soccer match

  • Location: Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point
  • Costs: R17 children under 12 and R45 for adults
  • More info: Website

This is a great family activity for rainy days and very popular activity for kids in Cape Town too. So be sure to call ahead and book a on-hour tour at Cape Town's fabulous stadium in Greenpoint. If soccer is not your interest, then maybe visit the SA rugby museum or join some proper sports activities such as ten-pin bowling at 'Let's go bowling' which have bowling alleys in Claremont in the Stadium on Main shopping centre. Their bowling alleys are modern and you will have fun competing with your children in a game. Or try the MagicBowling alley at the GrandWest Casino in Goodwood or play a round of cave golf at the W&A Waterfront (near Scratch Patch)

Well, there would be so many more great kids activites for the Cape Town area, like going to the movie theatre, having fun at Ratanga Junction, playing at BugZ Family playpark, joining classes for learning decorative arts, pottery and cooking skills. If you have a question regarding kids activities in Cape Town, where to go when… just drop us a quick line about other great kids activities to include here - for commercial ads please consider listing (fee applies) in our ExpatCapeTown Directory. 

Disclaimer Kids-Activities page: Please confirm opening times, location and prices, as the ones given on this Kids Activities page are for general information purposes only. - Image credits: Scifest, Cape Town youth ballet and own images

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