Free and affordable indoor activities for kids in Cape Town
The Magic Arcade & Magic Castle at GrandWest Casino
With hours of magic fun, kids will enjoy the array of video games, bumper cars and fun fair rides, with loads of great prizes to be won. Entry into the arcade is free, but tokens to play the games will need to be purchased. The arcade is open seven days a week during the school term, with the Magic Castle only opens on Friday and Saturday. The Magic Arcade & Magic Castle at GrandWest Casino can be found on Vanguard Drive in Goodwood.
Contact: 021 534 0244
Two Oceans Aquarium
Undoubtedly one of Cape Town’s treasures for the young and old, the Two Oceans Aquarium is home to more than 3 000 sea animals, including fish, sharks, turtles, octopi and birds. The amount of underwater species that can be seen here will keep the little ones glued as they make their way around the display areas. Tickets cost R118p/p for adults; R92p/p for children aged 14 – 17 years, R58p/p for those 4 – 13 years old and is free for those under 4. The aquarium is open every day of the year from 9:30am to 6pm.
V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: 021 418 3823
The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
Located at the V&A Waterfront, the newly opened museum has lots for the little ones to enjoy. There is a display, located on the top floor, with loads of activities for kids. The game zone includes an interactive set-up where kids and adults can test their kicking, passing, fitness and reaction skills in the interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ games zone, and also tests their ability to complete sentences in another fun game.
Price: R30p/p for scholars and free for pre-schoolers; families of four pay R140 in total.
Portswood House, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Contact: 021 418 4741
Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights 2014
Think music, markets, food, activities and entertainment in Gordon’s Bay from 27 June – 20 July, with an indoor and outdoor festival from 4 - 6 July.
While there are no specific shows planned for kids due to the weather, the V&A Waterfront does have fun-filled activities for the kids. They have a giant chess board and a great play area inside and outside. The indoor play area, which will be set up in the centre court, will be up during their Art Jamming activation, happening from the 27th June to the 13th July. Art Jamming will incur a cost of R60, but the play area is free. Kids also love watching boats and spotting seals, which is yet another free activity.
Contact: 021 408 7500
Blue Route Mall
The Drop-n-Shop Zone at Blue Route Mall will keep kids in high spirits with hands-on-fun, a make-over station, face painting, plus many more activities. This will take place from the 28th June – 20th July in the Forever New court on the 1st floor. It is for kids aged between 4 – 12. The Drop-n-Shop Zone is open from 11h00 – 15h00 daily.
On the 19th July at 11h00, kids will have the chance to meet KykNET’s Tjiff en Tjaff cartoon characters at the Guess court on the 1st floor, and enjoy a live Jack & the Beanstalk Show at 12h00.
16 Tokai Road, Cnr Vans & Tokai Road, Tokai
Contact: 021 713 2360
Cape Town Library
Old Drill Hall, Cnr. Parade & Darling Streets, Cape Town
Contact: 021 444 0209/12
Monday, 30th June – Storytelling 12h00 – 12h30
Monday, 30th June – Colouring in 12h30 - 13h30
Wednesday, 2nd July – Crafts, booking required 11h00 – 13h00
Thursday, 3rd July – Storytelling 12h30 – 13h00
Thursday, 3rd July – Crafts, no booking required 13h00 – 14h00
Monday, 7th July – Storytelling 12h00 – 12h30
Monday, 7th July – Games” Bingo and building puzzles 12h30 – 13h30
Wednesday, 9th July – Children’s Art Centre will be visiting the library and doing some activities with the kids. Booking required. 11h00 – 13h00
Friday, 11th July – Storytelling. 12h00 – 12h30
Friday, 11th July – Creating a card, tributing it to Madiba. 12h30 – 13h30
Monday, 14th July- Kids will watch a selection of Disney animated films 12h00 – 16h00
Tuesday, 15th July – A workshop with Iziko Museum. Kids will go to the museum for the session. Booking required 10h00 – 14h00
Wednesday, 16th July – Children’s Art Centre will be visiting the library to host a workshop with the kids. 12h30 – 13h30
Friday, 18th July - Computer classes for older kids who want to learn about referencing books for school projects. There are only 12 seats available. Booking required. 11h30 – 12h30.