The Cape Town winter is beautiful. Waterfalls cascade down the mountainside and everything is lit by a green, lush glow. It’s a great time of year, but it can be a real challenge if you have restless kids in tow. Thankfully, there’s plenty to do on chilly, rainy days, which will keep the little ones occupied all winter long!

Here are our top picks of things to do with kids in winter.

The Clay Café, Hout Bay

Clay Café is fun for the whole family. Children and parents get to paint ceramics and enjoy delicious meals from the restaurant. The friendly staff are there to assist everyone with their masterpieces. Items are handed in to be fired up and then collected three to four weeks later.

There’s also an outdoor play area for kids to enjoy once they’ve finished their artwork.

Website: claycafe.co.za

Rollercade, V&A Waterfront

Rollercade is the first indoor roller-skating amusement park in Cape Town. Rollercade offers a safe and friendly environment for the whole family. Enjoy roller-skating, a game of pool, or just to sit back and enjoy the music. Find them at Parking Floor 3 Battery Park Entrance off Alfred or Dock Road at the V&A Waterfront.

Strict Covid-19 protocols are in place and booking is essential.

Website: rollercade.co.za

Rush Trampoline Park, Claremont

Rush Trampoline Park is an indoor park filled with wall-to-wall trampolines. Some of the main attractions are the two dodgeball courts, three basketball slam dunk lanes, two long trampoline lanes, a battle beam, and loads more. It’s a fantastic rainy day activity for all ages.

Website: rushsa.co.za

Wonderdal, Stellenbosch

Wonderdal is an interactive edutainment experience at Hazendal Wine Estate. Here children can learn about science, nutrition, and nature across a variety of activities. With trained WonderPals to supervise, young adventurers can look forward to a fun day of discovery while parents can opt for one of the delectable food and beverage experiences at Hazendal such as Babushka Deli and Picnics, Pivnushka Beer Garden or a Russian Tea Ceremony.

Website: wonderdal.co.za

Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie

Imhoff Farm is an adventure wonderland. Visit on a clear day because there’s loads to do outdoors. You can ride a camel, or go horse-riding on the beach. Enjoy organic meals, learn about reptiles, or let your kids make four-legged friends in the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard.

Website: imhofffarm.co.za

Spier, Stellenbosch

Planning a weekend away with young kids can be tough! But Spier Wine Farm welcomes children. The farm offers wine tasting for the whole family (young ones get grape juice), plenty of open spaces and the Eagle Outreach facility.

Website: spier.co.za

Hawk handler at Spier

Hinthunt, Woodstock

Hinthunt is an exciting live escape game that is perfect for groups of three to five people. Basically, you’re in a room for 60 minutes and you have to solve mysteries and puzzles in order to get out. If your kids are fighting as siblings do, sign them up for this and lock them in a room so they have to work together!

Website: hinthunt.co.za

Kids Factory Playpark, Brakenfell

Kids Factory Playpark in Brackenfell is perfect for kids ages 1 to 10. It’s a perfect winter day outing as it’s an indoor play park, with jungle gyms, soft contained play structures, slides, and play areas that will keep kids entertained and occupied for hours.

Website: kidsfactory.co.za

V&A Waterfront

There’s plenty to do at the V&A Waterfront, including restaurants, museums, shopping, and much more. Kids can enjoy finding gems at Scratch Patch, pirate boat cruises, the Two Oceans Aquarium, an indoor adventure park and much more.

Website: waterfront.co.za

Picture by Craig Howes

World of Birds, Hout Bay

World of Birds, the largest bird park in Africa, is home to more than 3 000 birds and small animals belonging to more than 400 species. The layout of the walk-through aviaries allows you to get close to a wonderful array of birds and Monkey Jungle is a big hit with kids. It’s not great on a rainy day, because much of the sanctuary is uncovered, but it’s still a fantastic outing for a winter’s day.

Website: worldofbirds.org.za

Table Mountain

During summer there’s quite a wait to get up the mountain. If you like to dodge crowds, summit the mountain in winter. There are barely queues, and as an added bonus the city and mountain are green and lush. You won’t believe the views at this time of year!

Find out more about Table Mountain

Cable way kids special

Bugz Family Playpark, Kraaifontein

Bugz Family Playpark is the largest park in the Western Cape. The huge outdoor play area will keep kids busy for hours. If there are rain showers, head to the indoor play area until the sun comes out again. Currently, Bugz is only open on weekends and public holidays.

Website: bugzplaypark.co.za

Club Mykonos, Langebaan

Club Mykonos is the perfect family getaway. With an epic games room for older kids and Club Onos providing entertainment for the little ones, the kids in the family will be well taken care of while mom and dad relax at the spa or get in a round of golf

Website: clubmykonos.co.za

 


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