What to do with the kids this Summer in Cape Town (2014)

Schools are out for residents of the Western Cape and visitors travel as families to Cape Town.  The Cape Point Route is an ideal holiday destination for families and people with children with heaps to do in this playground for young and old.  Long summer days do however require a little planning to keep the little people entertained and active.

Cape Point with Kids. Photo_Cape Holidays.Info

Cape Point with Kids. Photo_Cape Holidays.Info

CAPE POINT ROUTE KIDS:
Travelling with kids allows one to see a destination not as a place but with new eyes and new vision. The Cape Point Route is no exception to that philosophy. With land, sea and fresh air; natural beauty, child friendly accommodation establishments and restaurants – the Cape Point Route is a natural choice of holiday destination for the whole family.

If you aren’t a kid, be one again and come out to play on the Cape Point Route – it’s worth more than a night’s stay, it’s worth at least three. Call 021 789 0093 for more details, view the website www.capepointroute.co.za and take a look at the family packages and family holiday specials.

SUP with kids. Photo_HighFive

SUP with kids. Photo_HighFive

What to do this summer with Toddlers:  0-3 years

Scratch Patch and Mineral World: Simon’s Town
The Scratch Patch is world famous as a place where you can “scratch” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from hundreds of thousands that literally cover the floor! It’s been an inexpensive and fun outing for all ages for some thirty years, and children love it! Open daily.  Read More… Tel 021 786-2020.

Scratch Patch. Photo from the blog 'Being 5.com'

Scratch Patch. Photo from the blog ‘Being 5.com’

Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard at Imhoff Farm: Kommetjie
This destination has a farmyard aptly named the Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard.  The animals roam (almost) freely and are happy to be petted! Kids can have their faces painted too.  Tel: 021 783 4545

Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard. Photo- Overlandingafrica.com

Higgeldy Piggeldy Farmyard. Photo- Overlandingafrica.com

Kid Friendly Beaches:
Toddlers love the beach and can play in the sand and at the water’s edge for hours.  Safe Swimming areas are great for the parents and don’t forget the sunscreen! Our pick of best Child Friendly beaches include:

  • Muizenberg Beach (with waterslides & mini golf putt-putt)
  • St James Beach
  • Fish Hoek Beach
  • Glencairn Beach
  • Boulders Beach
  • Kommetjie Beach
  • Hout Bay Beach
Kids at Boulders Beach. Photo _ Jeremy Jowell

Kids at Boulders Beach. Photo _ Jeremy Jowell

Read more for the full Cape Point Route Beach Guide.

Restaurants with Play Areas:  An Essential part of happy kids!

06 Noordhoek Farm Village Kids Playground. Photo. McGrath Collection

06 Noordhoek Farm Village Kids Playground. Photo. McGrath Collection

What to do this summer with Kids:  4-10 years  

Ride a Camel: Kommetjie
This is an experience that won’t be forgotten- there are short rides on the camels around Imhoff Farm or longer 2 hour bush rides.  Read More…

Kids Camel Rides. Photo. Cape Camel Rides

Kids Camel Rides. Photo. Cape Camel Rides

Imhoff Snake Park, Kommetjie
This is a reptile rehabilitation centre with more than just snakes – all sorts of interesting reptiles from around the world. Read More…

Imhoff Reptile Park. Photo. Capetownmagazine.com

Imhoff Reptile Park. Photo. Capetownmagazine.com

Train Ride: False Bay Coastline 
Take the Train along the coastline. Kids just love the journey and when you break the journey the kids will be delighted to play on the beach or the jungle gym at Kalk Bay or Muizenberg and there is no doubt you will be persuaded to buy ice-creams too!

False Bay Train Ride with Kids. Photo_ JacquesMarais

False Bay Train Ride with Kids. Photo_ JacquesMarais

Boat Trip to Seal Island: Hout Bay
Daily cruises to view thousands of Cape Fur Seals on Duiker Island- the kids will learn about the seals and marine life and love the boat ride and fresh sea air.  Read More…  

Seal Island Boat Trip with Kids. Photo. Cape Point Route

Seal Island Boat Trip with Kids. Photo. Cape Point Route

Go under the sea in a real life Submarine:  Simon’s Town
Everyone loves an adventure and getting inside a real submarine to discover the workings of a sub and how they lived on board. Part of the Naval Museum. Read More…

Simon's Town Submarine Photo. Barbara Elshove

Simon’s Town Submarine Photo. Barbara Elshove

Meet Africa’s largest Bird! Cape Point  
Take the kids to meet the world’s largest bird – the ostrich and learn about the breeding cycle of the ostrich on a guided tour. Read More..   

Cape Point Ostrich Farm. Photo_Grant Notten

Cape Point Ostrich Farm. Photo_Grant Notten

What to do this summer with Tweens & Teenagers:  10-18 years
You don’t want your tween hanging out at the mall all summer, playing on their electronic devices… so get active and get out there with your kids and enjoy some of the best the Cape Point Route has to offer for Teenagers.

Kayak with Penguins:  Simon’s Town
Sea Kayak the warm waters of False Bay & view penguins from your sea kayak – go in a tandam double that is safe and stable. Read More… 

Sea Kayaking. Photo. Kayak Cape Town

Sea Kayaking. Photo. Kayak Cape Town

Cape Point Bike & Hike Tour:  Cape Point
A tour to the SW tip of Africa with some road biking in the reserve for restless teens and a 30 min cliff top hike to the Cape of Good Hope. A great solution for your day tour without having bored kids!  Read More.. 

Cape Point with Kids. Photo - Lindsey Kaufman

Cape Point with Kids. Photo – Lindsey Kaufman

Paintball Games, Imhoff Farm: Kommetjie
This fun recreational sport is short and contained in an outdoor area. Great for kids aged 11 and up to get the adrenalin pumping.  Lasertag is also available and is a little less dangerous, a little less painful, fewer tears and all the fun. Suitable for kids 6 and up. Tel: 021 783 4545

Paintball. Photo. Google Images

Paintball. Photo. Google Images

Sandboarding and Surfing:
Sandboard, Surf or SUP with Sunscene Adventures. You can even do combo trips to sandboard and surf or sandboard and SUP!  Enquire about Holiday Adventure Camps over 3 days too. Read more…

Kids Sandboarding. Photo. Sunscene Adventures

Kids Sandboarding. Photo. Sunscene Adventures

Learn to Surf:  Muizenberg 
Muizenberg is one of the best spots to learn to balance on a board. It’s fun and exhilirating for your teen.  And there is a Summer Holiday Special for kids 6-16 years of age.  3 lessons for only R600pp (you must surf 3 days in a row!) Read More..  

Kids Surf Lessons. Photo. Learn to Surf

Kids Surf Lessons. Photo. Learn to Surf

Landsailing: Muizenberg 
Where land meets sea on the track, whizz around in a 3 wheel cart with a sail. You’ll feel like you are flying!  Especially fun for Dads and Lads!  Read More…   

Landsailing with Kids Photo. Blokart

Landsailing with Kids Photo. Blokart

Kitesurfing: Muizenberg
If you’ve mastered the surfing and the sailing – put your tweens talent to the test with kitesurfing lessons. Enjoy the wind, the earth and the water like never before! Tuition is safe, in exclusive spots & away from the summer crowds!  Read More…

Snorkel with Seals: Hout Bay
This is super fun for the whole family, not just the teens as you head out with snorkel gear to join the playful Cape Fur Seals. Late starts as the seals only go into the water when the day warms up!  Read More..  

Snorkel with Seals. Photo_Steve Benjamin

Snorkel with Seals. Photo_Steve Benjamin

Beach Horse Ride:  Noordhoek
Riding experience is not essential but your teenager needs to be 14 before saddling up and riding a horse onto the gorgeous Noordhoek Beach with an experienced trail guide.  Read More…   

Horse-riding in Noordhoek Photo_ Facebook

Horse-riding in Noordhoek Photo_ Facebook

In-shore Fishing: Hout Bay
Take the kids on a half day charter to catch snoek – its fast, furious and a lot of fun… and the fishing tales will begin! Read More…  

In-shore Fishing with Kids. Photo_HookedonAfrica

In-shore Fishing with Kids. Photo_HookedonAfrica

Some of our other favourite kids activities in Greater Cape Town…

  1. Ziplining In Elgin with Cape Canopy Tours. Suitable for Children Age 5+ (tandem)
  2. Quad Biking in Elgin. Ages 2 – 12 can ride as a passenger, 12 years + may take own quad.
  3. Hit the Toboggan Track in Tyger Valley. Kids under 8 must ride with an adult.
  4. Go Karting, Kenilworth is great fun….but kids need to be at least 1.6m tall !
  5. Indoor rock climbing in Observatory. From age 5 with a Child Waiver
  6. Ten-pin Bowling at Stadium on Main, Claremont. Test concentration, stamina and skill. Age: Approximately 3 – 18!
  7. Two Oceans Aquarium, V&A Waterfront: Great for kids of all ages. Free for those under 4.
  8. Cape Town Science Centre, Observatory: More than 250 exhibits and puzzles under one roof.  Look out for the summer holiday programme. 
  9. Butterfly World, Klapmuts: A tropical garden of butterflies from all over the world
  10. Giraffe House, R101 towards Paarl: Wildlife awareness centre with daily interactive encounters.
  11. Sea Point Swimming Pool, Sea Point: Perfect for summer days with two splash pools for kids.
  12. Drakenstein Lion Park and “new” chimp haven, Klapmuts: A rescue centre for lions that cannot be rehabilitated to the wild. Chimp haven is a lifetime home to chimpanzees & other small animals from Tygerberg Zoo.
Two Oceans Aquarium. Photo. google Images

Two Oceans Aquarium. Photo. google Images

Cape Point Route offers day tourspackagesaccommodationactivities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. Call  021 789 0093 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za 

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