With holidays just around the corner and the glorious sun coming out to play, we’ve curated a list of family fun and educational trips for your family. This is for Cape parents and visitors only. Watch this space for other areas coming soon.
Learn & Play
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The CTSC is a must to do with the kids. It’s considered a hub for curriculum enhancing technology and science displays and hands-on activities for children of all ages. A great family outing for all to enjoy.
The Iziko Planetarium makes use of the complex Minolta Star Machine and multiple projectors to recreate the night sky and transport the audience through the wonders of the universe. Children and adults can learn about constellations, cosmic movements and many other wonders in outer space.
The Cape Town City Sightseeing Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tours are a wonderful learning experience for kids and parents alike. Learn about the history of icon buildings and sights in Cape Town and hop off to explore and hop back on when you’re ready to move on. We recommend the Red Tour for a family day out but if mom and dad want a day to themselves the blue tour stops at some great wine farms.
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Learn about wild and wonderful gems and mineral stones and collect your favourites to take home and enjoy. Scratch Patch and Mineral World in Simonstown and at the V&A Waterfront offer a unique experience for children to experience the joy of digging through mounds of stones to find their favourite while also learning about their environment.
The Clay Cafe offers both parents and children a awesome opportunity to create something with their hands that can be taken home and treasured. There’s nothing quite the same as getting your hands dirty and taking home a unique piece of art. A must for creative kids.
This is a must for all ages and offers a creative and colourful experience to create a masterpiece on your choice of canvas and colours while enjoying a relaxed environment. We highly recommend this activity to all parents.
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If you’re looking to do something fun that is also going to get your kids moving Rush is the place to be. With simple online bookings available on their website, skip the queue and get jumping. Kids can enjoy a game of dodgeball, an obstacle course or just jump about. This is a great place for a birthday party or an afternoon of healthy fun.
Time spent walking along the Seapoint Promenade is always time well spent but adding a game of putt-putt to that walk makes it that much more special. The Moullie Point Putt-Putt course is suitable for family fun and will give your kids a chance to challenge your golfing skills.
Another Seapoint/ Moullie Point Gem, The Blue Train Park offers kids aged between 1 and 12 a safe place to play and learn about trains. It’s also a great birthday party spot.
Nature & Conservation
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There is something magical about being in an aquarium and at the Two Oceans Aquarium it is enhanced by the many special exhibits that will teach your kids about aquatic conservation, the effects of littering and that we all have a part to play in caring for aquatic nature. A great family outing, in our opinion.
Located just outside Cape Town in the Klapmuts area, Butterfly World offers children and parents the wonderful experience of being submerged in the environment where many species of butterflies live and where rare species are protected.
The Cheetah Outreach (previously located at Spier Wine Farm) is in Somerset West is home to a number of cheetahs, meerkat, caracal, foxes and other small animals who have been rescued and are being rehabilitated.
World of Birds is home to various birds of prey and other endangered bird species. Children will have an opportunity to have a one-on-one encounter with these majestic creatures and learn about conserving their natural habitats.
This is a fun family place to visit and spend the day. There are braai and swimming facilities if you want to make a day of it while meeting some wild and wonderful monkeys from the chimpanzee to the Madagascan Lemur.
Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the indigenous plants and birdlife on the foot of Table Mountain with your family. Take a walk along Die Boomslang above the canopy of the gardens and learn about all the wonderful plants.
Check out these awesome places and activities and let us know what you thought about it. Share your pictures and videos with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Also check out Things To Do With Kids for more fun ideas for the family.