Cape Town’s Top Family Friendly Activities

When you have children, you know that the most important factor in choosing a holiday destination is picking a place that is not only family friendly but also packed with activities to keep the little ones occupied and happy. There are endless family friendly beaches, wine farms, restaurants, resorts and outdoor activities. The city of Cape Town boasts a wealth of fun activities that will etch your holiday in their memory for many years to come. Here are a few of our favourites.1) Cave golf & scratch patchEvery kid enjoys a good game of putt putt. Cave Golf is based at the W&A Waterfront and is an interesting indoor 18 hole course. It is set inside an enchanting man-made cave with an assortment obstacles that will keep your kids as well as the adults entertained. Right next door a Scratch Patch where you kids can emerge themselves in picking out their own beautiful gemstones.2) Bugz family playparkBugz Family Playpark is the largest play park in the Western Cape. There is an indoor and outdoor play area with a wide variety of activities including pedal cars, jumping castles, rowing boats, horse rides, mini tractor rides, a choo-choo train, a tree house, a castle and waterslides. The play park will challenge minds, exercise and burn through that extra energy in no time.

3) Cape Town Science CentreWith over 250 interactive displays and a wide range of events and activities, the Science Centre will provide some education fun and a world of wonder that will inspire your kids as well as stimulate curiosity and develop an enquiring mind.4) World of BirdsWorld of Birds is situated in the picturesque town of Hout Bay and is the largest bird park in Africa. There are over 3000 birds and you can have an intimate encounter with them with the landscaped walks through the aviaries. A must for the kids is the Monkey Jungle where they can interact with the cute squirrel monkeys.5) Ratanga JunctionThere is something for everyone at Ratanga Junction. Based in Century City, there are more than 30 attractions suitable for children of all ages. Rides on the park include a zipline, canal boats, slingshots, a world-class roller coaster, climbing walls and much more.6) Boulders BeachWhat is there not to love about cute, waddling penguins? Boulders Beach, located in a sheltered little bay in Simon’s Town is home to over 2000 endangered African Penguins. The beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected area and there is breeding program to help ensure the survival of these magnificent penguins. A stunning walkway has been established to explore the area and their nesting and breeding sites. An intimate experience with these endangered birds will be a memorable one for both young and old.7) Table Mountain CablewayA visit to Cape Town is incomplete without catching a cable car up the iconic, world famous Table Mountain. Enjoy a day of food, fun and natural beauty and during Kids Season in Winter, your children can ride for free and engage in an exciting treasure hunt.8) Two Oceans AquariumTake your kids on a magical aquatic journey at Two Oceans Aquarium based at the V&A Waterfront. The aquarium offers unique experiences like diving with predators, meeting rockhopper penguins face to face, visit the worlds only living kelp forest exhibit, touch and feel an assortment of creatures and see creatures that cannot be seen in any other aquarium in the world. The aquarium boasts over 3000 creatures and 88 species.

9) Jolly Roger Pirate BoatEvery child at some stage pretends they are a pirate, make them feel like a real fearsome pirate onboard the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat. The Jolly Roger offers the young an authentic, adventure-filled experience and is the only pirate boat in South Africa. The boat departs daily and you will be able to enjoy fantastic views of Table Mountain, Granger Bay, Robben Island and Clifton. There are often sightings of whales, dolphins and other marine life10) The Ice StationWhether you are young or old, a novice or professional, a day gliding on ice at The Ice Station is something the whole family can enjoy. Based at Grand West Casino, the many restaurants, movies, shows and other activities makes it an exciting day out. There is also a mini-arena for the younger kids to enjoy themselves without getting hurt by the older kids.