Cape Town has so much to offer any family looking for a holiday outing. From Kirstenbosch to the science centre, get your kids out and about this school holiday and make the most of quality family time. Here are some awesome options:
Summer concerts, Kirstenbosch
This one is truly for the whole family! The Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts are one of the best ways to spend your Sunday afternoons. Summer isn’t summer in Cape Town without live music, a picnic and performances at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
Cape Town Science Centre, Observatory
Let’s be honest Cape Town is known to have many seasons in one day and you may find yourself needing something to do for some indoor family fun. The Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory is a great place to indulge your kid’s inner scientist. The Centre’s exhibits are cool, educational and informative. During the holidays they have hands-on workshops, science shows and family bingo evenings. The SciCafe has a basic menu of healthy options.
All aboard the Atlantic Rail Steam Train
This vintage steam locomotive offers day trips from Cape Town to Simon’s Town on most Sundays, with trips to Spier and Vredenheim in the Stellenbosch Winelands also available depending on demand. Get the kids and hop on this old iron horse at 10:30 at Cape Town, take the slow scenic route along the Peninsula and then spend the day in Simon’s Town. The train departs Simon’s Town for Cape Town at 15:15. Passengers are also allowed to get off at Kalk Bay. Booking is essential, and unfortunately, the trips are so popular it’s often booked for months in advance.
Create a masterpiece or should we say a mess on a blank canvas, while listening to funky music. Artjammers are provided with a menu of 12 different size canvases, easels, a selection of non-toxic acrylic paints, brushes and tools to freely express themselves. You’ll find Artjamming studios at the Cape Quarter, Cavendish Square, The Paddocks, V&A Waterfront and the Willowbridge Centre.
Noordhoek Farm Village
Noordhoek Farm Village is the ideal children’s destination with its free, fun activities, age-specific playgrounds and child-friendly restaurants. The playground has been designed to accommodate various age groups with suitable activities and safety features. Parents can enjoy laid-back breakfasts and lunches from Café Roux, while keeping an eye on the little ones – it borders the kids’ play area – Café Roux also offers a kiddies’ menu.
This is another fantastic holiday activity for the entire family. The Acrobranch Park in Constantia consists of three courses, each one equipped with zip lines, sing bridges and Tarzan swings. The courses are family-friendly and safe for children as young as three years of age. The “Yellow Course” is for children ages three and up while the “Green Course” is for children seven years and older. The “Blue Course” includes the other two courses and is for older acrobranchers.
Courtesy of SA Tourism.