School’s Out: Family Friendly Experiences in the Northern Suburbs

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The Northern Suburbs in Cape Town boast many fun activities to entertain the whole family. From adventure to art, you’re bound to find something for all age groups.

Here is our list of family-friendly things to do in the Northern Suburbs:

Cool Runnings

Experience Africa’s first toboggan track at Cool Runnings in Durbanville. Go hurtling down a half-pipe in a bobsled, flying through the twists and curves as you race along the 1.25 km track. It’s fun for kids and adults. The combination of speed and skill makes it a thrilling challenge for even the most die-hard speed freaks.


CityRock Indoor Climbing

Fun awaits at CityRock. The Cape Town branch boasts high wall climbing, 180 top rope anchors, 16 automatic belay walls, bouldering, a yoga studio, a cardio and strength training area, and a dedicated beginners’ climbing area.


Majik Forest

Majik Forest is one of those places you visit to take in the breathtaking scenery. The forest features a variety of plant species and is ideal for cycling, walks, jogs, picnics and dog-friendly trails. There is also a play area for the kids. Please note parking is available at Protea by Marriott Hotel Cape Town Durbanville.


Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Explore over 300 hectares and look out for various mammal species, reptiles, frogs and a variety of butterflies at Tygerberg Nature Reserve. The Tygerberg Nature Reserve has picnic areas, with tables and chairs, in the shade of pine trees. Visitors can learn more about the rich biodiversity of the area at the Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre.


Battlefield Live SA

Experience a new breed of military simulation with the infra-red laser tag war games of Battlefield Live SA. It’s like paintball without the pain! Venues include Altydgedacht Wine Estate in Durbanville and Wynberg Park.


Reptile Garden

Showcasing over 35 species of reptiles, the Reptile Garden in Bellville is a fantastic way for both adults and children to not only learn but view both indigenous and exotic reptiles in a safe and aesthetically appealing environment.



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The Ice Station

Home to the only indoor ice-skating rink in the Western Cape, The Ice Station at GrandWest allows both amateur and professional ice skaters to hone their skating skills on an Olympic-sized rink. Open all year round, The Ice Station also offers skating classes, ice hockey tournaments, figure skating programmes, shows and events. There is also a mini-supervised ice rink for children under 5 years old.


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Bugz Family Playpark

Dubbed as the largest playpark in the Western Cape, Bugz Playpark offers your little ones a variety of amusement park activities like mini trains, swing horses, row boats, pedal bikes, and toddler tractors. There are also free play activities ranging from jungle gyms, a splash zone, monkey bars, slides, doll houses, and a sandpit. If it’s a little chilly outside, consider letting your kids roam free in the indoor play areas where they can slide and explore the many fun activities to their heart’s content. There is also a petting farm where the kids can interact with the animals.


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