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December 10, 2012

Summer in Cape Town for kids

The sun is shining and the weather is sweet. If you are in Cape Town, you’ll want to be out and about, soaking up the warmth while exploring the fairest Cape with your beautiful family. And what an adventure that would be – there’s plenty for kids (and families) to do in Cape Town during summer!

At the beach:

The Southern Peninsula provides a plethora of beaches and activities for kids, from the Atlantic Seaboard with its stunning views and beaches to the family-friendly False Bay coast. Kids will especially love a walk and an ice cream along the Sea Point promenade, or a rummage through the rock pools at Fish Hoek or St James beaches.

On the mountain:

There are various access points to Table Mountain National Park's (+27 (0)21 712 2337) milder contour paths with beautiful views of the Cape and stunning picnic spots – try Constantia Nek, Rhodes Memorial and Newlands Forest. For a picnic and a lazy day in the sun, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is ideal (+27 (0)21 799 8783).

Interacting with nature:

A drive along the Main Road to Cape Point takes visitors past Boulder’s Beach, where a colony of African Penguins resides. Further along the same road, travellers should keep their eyes peeled for the infamous Chacma baboon.

Some of the Cape’s favourite animal-focused, kid-friendly activities include the World of Birds in Hout Bay (+27 (0)21 790 2730), Giraffe House in Tygervalley (+27 (0)21 884 4506), Cape Point Ostrich Farm (+27 (0)21 780 9294) and Imhoff Farm Village (+27 (0)21 783 4545) on the Southern Peninsula.

For the culture lovers:

The theatre is always a good treat – the Artscape Theatre  is showing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and at the Baxter Theatre, The Little Mermaid, during December (+27 (0)21 410 9800 and +27 (0)21 685 7880 respectively). The Zip Zap Circus is situated in the city centre (+27 (0)21 421 8622) and offers fun shows and workshops for kids.

The Iziko South African Museum (+27 (0)21 481 3800) and Planetarium (+27 (0)21 481 3900) will keep the little ones entertained for hours, as will the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront (+27 (0)21 418 3823).

The V&A Waterfront (+27 (0)21 408 7600) is hosting the “Kids Ahoy Festival” throughout December. The festival offers a playground, Zumbatomic fitness classes, daily magic shows by Cape Town’s College of Magic performers, acrobatic shows and narrations of Rudyard Kipling’s famous Just So Stories.

With so much to do, make sure you also take the time to spend time together just doing nothing! Kids love spending time with you so disengage your smartphone and see things through their eyes. You will be so glad you did! 

For more activities for kids, explore this website, pop into a Cape Town Tourism Visitor Information Centre or pick up an Official Visitors Guide. You could also visit www.capetownkids.co.za for more info on things to do and places to go with the little ones. Have fun!

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