Free and affordable outdoor activities for kids in Cape Town
Kidz Season at the Cableway
Table Mountain Cableway wants everyone to enjoy one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and this winter they can do just that with the Cableway's annual Kidz Season special. Two kids under 18 years ride for free when an adult return ticket is purchased over weekends, public holidays and the June and September school holidays. Tickets include a treasure hunt map that will ensure families make the most of their time on top of the mountain. The outing is full of fun and will see kids being given a 'sweet surprise' from the Shop at the Top, as well as a Dassie biscuit from the Café.
Location: Table Mountain
Contact: 021-424 8181
Cost: R 100 for kids and R 205 for adults
City Sightseeing Bus
Nearly everyone has seen the red bus, but actually going on it is so much fun (be a tourist in your own city). You can sit and watch the world go by and hop on and off at various places of interest. If you actually listen to the commentary, you will learn a lot about the city we live in and there's a kid-friendly version too (that's actually very clever, informative and amusing). Don't let rain put you off, it's dry in there! All children get a free activity pack with a colouring-in book and crayons which helps keep them occupied.
One day pass: Adults R150 (or R130 online), kids 5-15 R70, under-five's go for free (maximum two kids per adult).
Green Point Urban Park
Green Point Urban Park is an open and inviting space, welcoming family and friends of all ages. While entry into the park is free, visitors are advised to adhere to strict Conditions of Use for their own pleasure, as well as that of other visitors. Pack a picnic and spend a day with the kids. Ponds, free-roaming ducks, age-specific parks, outdoor gym equipment, and labelled gardens make for an adventures and educational day out.
Leashed dogs, bicycles and tricycles are welcomed too. The park opens at 7h00 and closes at 19h00 daily
Contact: 021 417 0111 / Patricia.Giliomee@capetown.gov.za
Oranjezicht City Farm
The Farm is a non-profit project, connecting the community through food, culture and urban farming. It is located next to the corner of Sidmouth Avenue and Upper Orange Street, Oranjezicht, adjacent to Homestead Park. The Farm is open every day (except Sundays) from 08h00 to 16h00. Visitors are welcomed to wander around, and bring their leashed furry friends too.
Contact: Sheryl 083 628 3426 Kurt 083 508 1066 firstname.lastname@example.org
Story telling at The Book Lounge
The Book Lounge on Roeland Street hosts a free storytelling session every Saturday morning at 11h00. Adults can enjoy a cuppa at the coffee shop downstairs, while the kids take their minds on a journey through the fantasy world. It’s always a good idea to reserve your spot in advance since they fill up quite quickly.
Contact: 021 4622425
Bishopscourt Village Park
Pack a picnic and take the kids for some splashing and climbing fun. Off the beaten path, this hidden gem is filled with trees, streams and rocks that’ll keep the kids entertained for hours. To enjoy a bit of paradise, make your way to the end of Upper Noreen Avenue and park alongside the road. The entrance is on the left as you drive down, marked with an info board.
The Company’s Garden
With its endless grassy lawns, fish ponds, and squirrels, The Company’s Garden is an adventurous play place for kids of all ages. Kids will be able to brush up on their knowledge of trees and the historical monuments that can be found around the park. They’ll also be able to feed squirrels and maybe even catch a glimpse of the legendary albino squirrel.
19 Queen Victoria Street
Entry is free, and open daily 7am to 6pm in winter.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens
Lush lawns, pathways, giant trees and The Boomslang will have the little ones exploring in no time. The Boomslang, the newly constructed boardwalk at a height of 11.5m, makes for a perfect bird’s eye view of the gardens, and every kid and adult will find their perfect little nook.
Price: Adults R45, kids six-17 years R10, under-sixes free. The garden is open from 08h00 to 18h00 from April to August, Monday to Sunday. The garden can be found along Rhodes Drive in Newlands.
Contact: 021 799 8783