Inside and Outside Entertainment for Kids… any time of year

Indoors

Planet Kids is an indoor play and activity centre located in Muizenberg. Open Wednesdays to Sundays, as well as during School Holidays and on Public Holidays.
Price: Parents enter for free, R30 for the first hour per child (aged two – thirteen) and R1 per month of age per hour per child (under two years old)
http://www.planetkids.co.za/
• The Cape Town Science Centre is hours of fun for little Einstein’s.
Price: R40 per adult, R40 per child (aged three – eighteen)
http://ctsc.org.za/
• The Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium has enough fascinating things to round off an entire day as kids view dinosaur models, explore reconstructed whales and marvel at shark jaws, and watch the museum’s “theatre of stars”.
Price: Museum – R30 per adult, R15 per child (aged six – eighteen), children under five enter for free. Planetarium – R40 per adult, R20 per child (aged 0 – eighteen)
http://www.iziko.org.za/
• Boggle your mind and inspire your little livewires at the Zip Zap Circus in the City Foreshore. There are even workshops for kids. The South African National Circus is situated in Observatory and provides fun for the whole family. Both of these circuses work actively with disadvantaged youth and neither use animals.
Price: Zip Zap – dependant on the show you choose to see. SAN Circus – R60 per adult and R40 per child (aged two – twelve), children under two attend for free
http://www.zip-zap.co.za/  and http://www.sancircus.co.za/
• The Two Oceans Aquarium caters for kids of all ages with interactive stands that are designed to teach kids about the wonders of sea life.
Price: R118 per adult, R92 per child (aged fourteen – seventeen), R58 per child (aged four – thirteen), children under four enter for free
http://www.aquarium.co.za/
• “Look ma there’s paint all over the floor!” Let your kids get messy – and creative – at Artjamming, at various locations across the city - Cape Quarter, Cavendish Square, The Paddocks, the V&A Waterfront and Willowbridge Centre.
Price: No entry fee, cost dependant on activity
http://www.artjamming.co.za/promotions/index.html
• Youngsters will also enjoy the Scratch Patch, where they can fill their treasure box. Venues in Simon’s Town and V&A Waterfront.
Price: R15 – R90, dependant on size of bag or container
http://www.scratchpatch.co.za/
• For older kids, high-speed go-karting gets the adrenalin going in Kenilworth and Century City.
Price: R90 per adult (five laps), R80 per child ages ten and up (five laps), R25 per child per five minutes (aged six – nine years)
http://www.karting.co.za/
CityROCK - the only climbing gym in Cape Town - is an outlet for your little monkeys to climb to great heights in safety.
Price: R95 per adult for a day pass, R70 per child for a day pass, extra cost to rent gear
http://cityrock.co.za/ 
Funky Monkey is a wonderland of creative entertainment at Delvera Wine Farm; offering a world of arts and crafts while moms and dads enjoy a welcome break.
Price: Free entry for Delvera patrons
http://www.delvera.co.za/2013/08/funkymonkey/

 

Outdoors

Sea Point, Mouille Point and Green Point – think ocean, open grass verges, sculptures and jungle gyms. Around the corner in Mouille Point; putt-putt and the miniature Blue Train await. There’s also a maze, the oldest lighthouse in South Africa and ice creams to end off with. Or pack a picnic and head for the Green Point Urban Park with kiddies playgrounds.
Price: Free to visit, individual cost per activity
http://www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/sea_point
• For wild rides visit Ratanga Junction theme park, open during the school holidays.
Price: R172 per person over 1.3m and R85 per person under 1.3m
http://www.ratanga.co.za/
• A seaside drive along the Main Road to Cape Point takes visitors past Boulder’s Beach, where a colony of African Penguins generously shares their tranquil child-friendly and sheltered beach.
Price: Free to view from the walkway, entry is R55 per adult and R25 per child (aged two – eleven) at SANParks enclosed area
http://www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/Boulders_penguin_colony
• The World of Birds in Hout Bay could keep you busy all day – and it’s not just about birds but monkeys and various other creatures too.
Price: R85 per adult, R40 per child (aged three – sixteen), children under three are free
http://www.worldofbirds.org.za/
• The Cape Town Ostrich Ranch and Cape Point Ostrich Farm will introduce kids to the fascinating ostrich - and you might be lucky enough to see ostrich chicks too.
Price: Cape Town Ostrich Ranch – R70 per adult, R55 per child (aged seven – sixteen), R21 per child (aged two – six). Cape Point Ostrich Farm – entry is free, R5 per bag of feeding pellets, R50 per adult and R20 per child on a 25 minute guided tour
http://www.ostrichranch.co.za/ and http://www.capepointostrichfarm.com/
Imhoff Farm Village will see to moms and dads with food and crafts, and kids with a petting zoo where they can interact with farm animals or ride a camel. For braver souls a visit to the snake park is a must.
Price: Entry is free, individual cost per activity
http://imhofffarm.co.za/
Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre in Tygervalley is a haven for giraffes (of course), but kids will also see the ostrich, eland, crocodiles, birds and buffalo, in large, environmentally friendly enclosures.
Price: R45 per adult, R25 per child (aged two – fifteen)
http://www.giraffehouse.co.za/
• Go on an hour-long swash buckling cruise on the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat.
Price: R120 per adult, R60 per child
http://www.pirateboat.co.za
• The Atlantic Rail steam train makes its way to Simon’s Town on selected Sundays, bookings are required.
Price: R250 per adult, R150 per child (aged three – twelve years)
http://www.atlanticrail.co.za/
• The red open top bus, City Sightseeing, is a great way to see Cape Town’s greatest attractions, and you can hop-on-hop-off as you like.
Price: R130 per adult for City Tours and R30 per adult for the Canal Cruise, R70 per child (aged five to fifteen) for City Tours and R10 per child for the Canal Cruise, children under five are free
http://www.citysightseeing.co.za/capeTown.php
Cool Runnings Toboggan Park boasts a really cool downhill toboggan track.
Price: Pay R35 – R40 per ride or R250 per adult for a day pass (allowing unlimited rides), R240 per child for a day pass.
http://www.cool-runnings.co.za/ or http://online.computicket.com/
• Visit Monkey Town just outside of Somerset West and spend a few hours “monkeying around”.
Price: R80 per adult, R60 per child (aged twelve to eighteen), R40 per child (aged three to twelve), R15 per child (aged one – two years)
http://monkeys.co.za/
• Spend a day at Blue Rock for water sports like cable skiing and wake boarding.
Price: Entry fees are R50 per adult, R40 per child (aged six – sixteen), R30 per child under six. Additional individual costs per activity
http://bluerock.co.za/
• Visit Bugz Family Playpark for fun family rides, magic shows and more.
Price: R30 per adult, R35 per child
http://www.bugzplaypark.co.za/
• Explore Butterfly World, just outside of Cape Town; home to free flying exotic butterflies and other interesting animals like chameleons and monkeys.
Price: R58 per adult, R33 per child
http://www.butterflyworld.co.za/
• Get in touch with Sunscene Outdoor Adventures to find out more about their active sandboarding and surfing day trips.
Price: R80 – R150 per person (dependant on group size and activity)
http://sunscene.co.za/
At the beach: Rock pools, sunny promenades and ice cream shops are part and parcel of the Southern Peninsula’s family friendly coast. Whilst the Atlantic Seaboard is close to the centre and perfect for beach games and bracing dips.
On the mountain: There are various access points to Table Mountain National Park. Milder contour paths offer beautiful views of the Cape and stunning picnic spots – try Constantia Nek, Rhodes Memorial and Newlands Forest.

 

ENDS

 

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