The Cape Town winter is beautiful. Waterfalls cascade down the mountainside, and everything is lit by a green, lush glow. The morning mist is the stuff of storybooks, and the much-needed storms bring lashings of rain to the land. By all accounts, it’s a great time of year—but it can be a real challenge if you have restless kids in tow. Thankfully, there’s actually 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.
Cape Town Science Centre, Observatory
Pro-tip: trick your kids into getting an education while they have fun! The Science Centre Children are naturally inquisitive, so a trip to the Science Centre will prove very enlightening for them. There are interactive displays, a fun building site where kids can build houses, puzzles to solve, insights into gravity, brainwaves, and so much more!
The Clay Café, Hout Bay
Get the whole family together for this one! At the Clay Café children and parents get to spend the day painting some crockery that you can take home with you. The staff at the Clay Café will be on hand to help everyone with various techniques so that everyone creates their very own masterpiece. The restaurant serves up delicious meals throughout the day.
Rush Trampoline Park, Claremont
Rush Trampoline Park, which is quite literally 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 perfect for doing flips, a battle beam, and loads more. It’s a fantastic rainy day activity for all ages.
Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie
Imhoff Farm is a one-stop wonderland for adventure. It’s better to visit on a clear day, because there’s loads to do outdoors. You can ride a camel, or go horse-riding on the beach. You can also enjoy organic meals, learn about reptiles at the reptile sanctuary, or let your kids make four-legged friends in the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard.
Planning a weekend away with young kids can be tough! But Spier Wine Farm does not just tolerate kids, they welcome them. The farm offers wine tasting for the whole family (don’t worry, the youngsters get grape juice), superb picnic options, plenty of open spaces and the Eagle Outreach facility, among other things.
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. It’s perfect for families with older kids (nine and older). Here’s an idea—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!
The Waterfront is a destination in its own right. There’s plenty to do here, including restaurants, museums, shopping, and much more, but it’s also a godsend for parents. There’s the gemstone Scratch Patch, pirate boat cruises, the Two Oceans Aquarium, an indoor adventure park and much more. Come rain or shine, the little ones will be occupied for hours.
World of Birds, Hout Bay
World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa. It 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 closer than ever to a wonderful array of birds, including the always-popular birds of prey aviary. The Monkey Jungle is always a big hit with the kids and you are sure to spend hours wandering through the four-hectare sanctuary. It’s not great on a rainy day, because much of the sanctuary is uncovered, but it’s still a fantastic outing for a cold winter’s day.
During the summer months, there’s sometimes quite a wait to get up the mountain. If you like to dodge crowds, summit the mountain in winter. There are barely any queues, and as an added bonus the city and mountain are green and lush and the skies and clouds are stunning during winter. You won’t believe the views at this time of year! South Africans can also take advantage of the Cableway Kidz Season deal, where two kids ride for free with an adult who has purchased a Kidz season adult return ticket.
Bugz Family Playpark, Kraaifontein
Take the day, pack the kids in and head for Kraaifontein to visit Bugz Family Playpark, the largest park in the Western Cape and an easy find just off the N1 heading to Paarl. With a huge outdoor play area that has free play as well as paid rides, kids will be kept busy for hours. And if there are rain showers, head to the indoor play area until the sun comes out again.
Planet Kids, Muizenberg
This indoor play and activity centre is located in Muizenberg and is open Wednesdays to Sundays, as well as during school holidays and on public holidays. There are jumping castles, fun slides, great workrooms, and so much more! Plus it’s all under cover, so it’s perfect for keeping kids entertained n a rainy day.
Club Mykonos, Langebaan
Club Mykonos is the perfect getaway for families. With an epic games room for the older kids – with all their favourite arcade games – and Club Onos providing plenty of entertainment for the little ones, the kids in the family will be well taken care of while mom and dad can relax at the spa or get in a round of golf. There are also plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, with table tennis, mini golf, tennis and much more on offer.
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