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January 12, 2014

Five fun things to do in Cape Town with your family

Cape Town is filled with a plethora of things to do in and around the city. From free activities such as lunch at Deer Park to paid activities such as gliding on ice at The Ice Station, the Mother City has it all. We did, after-all win the title of The Telegraph Travel Awards’ Favourite City. So, for those of you who are lucky enough to still be on summer vacation, why don’t you enjoy the rest of the summer holidays with your family at these fun family-friendly venues in Cape Town.

Spend the day at Deer Park

Location: 2 Deer Park Avenue, Vredehoek
Deer Park is a nature reserve located just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the central business district (CBD). Here you can enjoy a picnic on the grass between the leafy trees, go for walks along one of the various hiking trails and stop for a break at the refreshing waterfall. From fynbos to carpeting succulents, Deer Park hosts an interesting array of plant life within its borders that will keep kids fascinated for hours. If you just want to enjoy the tranquillity of nature without the hassle of packing a picnic basket, you can take your family to the famous Deer Park Café for French-inspired lunch’s. With a setting that overlooks the city, you’ll be amazed at just how close our urban jungle is to this nature reserve.  For the kids, there’s a playground with swings, slides and jungle gyms just outside the café.

Pick your own strawberries

Location: M12 Stellenbosch Arterial Road
Polkadraai Strawberry Farm is open to the public; enjoy an afternoon at this Stellenbosch-based strawberry farm with your entire family. The look on your little one’s face when they pick their first strawberry from the field is worth capturing for your family photo album. The farm is open from around 9am in the morning to 4pm in the afternoon every day during the strawberry season. There is ample space for kids to play with colourful scarecrows dotted along the lush greenery. Go and pick your own fresh, juicy strawberries before the season is over.

Enjoy a round of Squirrel Golf at Devonvale

Location: Bottelary Road | Stellenbosch
Trade your regular golfing partner for a round of Squirrel Golf with your five-year-old! Here you will be forced to not overthink the game and just enjoy some simple, casual golf with your most precious. The team on board this kiddie golfing experience award children between the ages of 3 and 12 with a certificate of completion at the end of the game. So give them a head start at golf at Devonvale Estate’s Squirrel Golf – open every Sunday. For bookings and availability, contact the main office at 021 888 4735 or info@devonvale.co.za

Go ice-skating at The Ice Station

Location: 1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood
Cool down this summer at The Ice Station at Grand West Casino. Whether you’re a novice or professional figure skater, gliding on ice at The Ice Station is an activity that the entire family can enjoy.  Just R35 (and R40 during peak times and weekends) gets you entry to the ice rink and a pair of rental skates to enjoy hours of gliding on a bed of ice. There is also a mini-arena that allows for younger kids to skate peacefully without the fear of the older kids bumping into them. Remember to take along gloves and an extra pair of socks.

Get to know the undersea creatures at the Two Oceans Aquarium

Location: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
The Two Oceans Aquarium is a definite must-do activity for children of all ages. Watch as your little one becomes mesmerised by the jellyfish, octopi, sharks, penguins and turtles that make up more than 3 000 different sea creatures hosted at the aquarium.  Tickets are R118 per adult and R58 for children between the ages of four and thirteen. Kids under four enter for free, and there is also an exclusive membership area where you can sign your kid up to enjoy all sorts of fun activities at the aquarium, such as sleepovers!

That rounds up our top five family-friendly activities that promises hours of fun in Cape Town this summer. Do you have a family-friendly activity that you'd like to share with us? Tell us in the comments. For upcoming specials and competitions be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @CapeTownTourism.

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