Friendly Cape Town Tours

Cool Things for Kids to Do

Friendly Cape Town Tours

Cool Things for Kids to Do!

Whether you are booking tours with me and would like to fit some of these activities in with your young ones, or are just browsing to pick up some tips, I hope you and your kids have fun!
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Things change, so if you make any fantastic discoveries, you can let me know!

Cape Town & Cape Peninsula

Jolly Roger Pirate Boat
Complete with live pirate performances on board!
Quay 5 at the V&A Waterfront, below Victoria Wharf shopping mall & restaurants.
021 421 0909

There are various other boats available from the V&A Waterfront – stroll along Quay 5 & see what’s on offer!

Two Oceans Aquarium
Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront: Feeding times of the various exhibits are fun & informative. Your ticket allows you to leave and return any number of times on the same day.

Feeding times: African Penguins daily @ 11:30 & 14:30
I&J Ocean Exhibit daily @ 12:00 & 14:00

Some other feeds take place but not at fixed times.
V&A Waterfront
021 418 3823

The Scratch Patch
Semi-precious stones at the Waterfront & outside Simon’s Town.
V&A Waterfront
021 419 9429

Simons Town

021 786 2020

Miniature Blue Train
Mouille Point Promenade
(Check opening times)
084 314 9200

Green Point Urban Park
Putt Putt & the Miniature Blue Train are both near the Green Point Urban Park with one of the best kiddies play areas anywhere, and the Green Point Lighthouse, also with a kiddies playground next to it.

Sea Point Promenade
Miles of grass lawn with various kiddies playgrounds along the way, and the Sea Point Swimming Pool at the end.
Mostly a rocky shoreline but a few patches of sandy beach along the way, en route to Clifton and Camps Bay beaches.
You can also HIRE simple BICYCLES (no gears, back pedal brakes) at the Sea Point Pavilion next to the Sea Point Swimming Pool.

Tidal Pools
Saunders Rock Beach at the end of Sea Point, Camp’s Bay.

Further south: St. James, Dalebrook at Kalk Bay and many more!

Concrete walls enclose natural seawater in the ocean, safe for kids to play and swim, and are a friendly gathering place for locals.

South African Museum
Mainly a natural history museum.
Kids love the exhibitions of whale skeletons, sharks and dinosaurs!

Queen Victoria Street, at the top of the Company’s Garden
021 481 3800

South African Planetarium
Fantastic new digital projection system following a recent renovation.
Among its shows, some are specifically produced for a young audience.
In the SA Museum, Queen Victoria Street, at the top of the Company’s Garden
021 481 3900

Noon Gun
Watch the Noon Gun (cannon) being fired on Signal Hill!
Arrive by 11:40 to see the naval officer load & prepare it and explain the historical significance of this local tradition.

Turn from Buitengracht Street up into Bloem St, immediately left into Buitengracht Service Rd, right into Carisbrook, into Military Rd.

Café Paradiso
This charming and GOOD Italian restaurant in vibey Kloof Street, has kids’ “projects” on the menu: making pizza, gingerbread men, cupcakes & cookies!

This can keep the little ones busy while Mom & Dad order and wait for the meal to arrive.

110 Kloof Street, Gardens
021 422 0403

Zip-Zap Circus Academy
Zip Zap helps local kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams come true.
Founders Gardens near the Artscape Theatre Centre
021 421 8622 / 086 517 4362

Castle of Good Hope
Key Ceremony & Signal Cannon
Mon to Fri @ 10:00 & 12:00
Sat: Signal Cannon only @ 11:00 & 12:00

021 787 1260

Castle of Good Hope
Key Ceremony & Signal Cannon
Mon to Fri @ 10:00 & 12:00
Sat: Signal Cannon only @ 11:00 & 12:00

021 787 1260

Hint Hunt
A strategic live escape game, designed for small groups of 2 to 6 people.
You get 60 minutes to climb a mountain of puzzles and mysteries in a room. The goal is simple yet challenging: Get out in Time!

Minimum age: 9 years if coming with parents or 15 if no adults.

Watershed Craft Market, Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
087 470 0114

Cape Town Science Centre
With more than 250 interactive exhibits and puzzles, the Cape Town Science Centre is a world of discovery under one roof.

370 B Main Road, Observatory
021 300 3200

World of Birds
Walk-through aviaries. Also a variety of mammals & reptiles.

Valley Road, Hout Bay
021 790 2730

Seal Island Cruises
3 different companies run excursions several times each morning, from the Hout Bay fishing harbour, to view the Cape fur seals on Duiker Island.

021 791 4441 / 082 658 7055

021 790 1040

021 790 7278

Let energetic little ones blow off some steam on Tarzan swings, nets, bridges and other fun obstacles. Several courses for different age groups, from as young as 3 years old on the easiest courses.

In the Constantia Nek Forest
086 999 0369

Muizenberg Beach
On the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula, warmer water than on the west.

Favourite swimming & surfing spot, safe from strong currents. Awesome eateries & coffee shops with a friendly local neighbourhood vibe.

Walkway along the water’s edge from here to Kalk Bay.

Planet Kids
Indoor & outdoor play areas & facilities.

3 Wherry Road, Muizenberg
021 788 3070

African Penguin Colony
The really fun part here is visiting the swimming beaches: Boulders Beach & Middle Beach (south of Foxy Beach) where penguins often come to join the human visitors!

This can never be guaranteed, but the more time you have to explore, the better the chances. It’s usually less crowded than the main breeding colony at Foxy Beach where all the tourist groups go, and tends to be visited by locals more than tourists.

A great spot for a picnic if the weather is good, and for a swim too, in the safe, sheltered little bay. Each beach has its own entrance gate and pay point (as it’s part of a national park), tickets bought at either one are valid at both, so keep your receipt!

Easiest to move between Boulders & Middle Beach at low tide.

021 – 786 2329

Cape Point Ostrich Farm
Just outside the entrance gate of Table Mountain National Park and Cape Point.

021 780 9294

Cool Runnings Toboggan Park
Carl Cronje Dr, Tygervalley
021 949 4439


Cheetah Outreach
A serious conservation project with a long track record, no gimmicky tourist trap!
“Cheetah encounters” (personal interactions) from 10:00 to 17:00

Outside Somerset West
021 851 6850 / 083 364 6278

Eagle Encounters
The birds of prey demonstrations, training injured birds to fly and hunt, are a highlight.
Daily at 11am, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
021 858 1826 / 084 037 5523

Exotic Animal World
These days the tropical garden features a lot more than just butterflies: small mammals, reptiles, birds and more!

On R44 next to N1 off-ramp at Klapmuts
062 879 4044

Drakenstein Lion Park
R101 (Old Paarl Road)
021 863 3290

Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
Babylonstoren Road, off Klapmuts – Simondium Road
021 863 1142

Other Info
Some things which are favourites for kids, are among our most famous and popular attractions anyway, like the Table Mountain Cable Car.

Depending on age and ability, there are also many outdoor activities to enjoy like horse riding, quad biking, kayaking, surf lessons, cycling, and good old hiking.

Also see:
50 super cool things for kids to do in Cape Town: