Cape Town for tots - what to do in the Mother City by The Mommy CitySo you have packed your baby bag, got the snacks, sunscreen and tons of patience, and now want to know where to take your tot for the day. I’ve put together my choice of family fun activities in and around Cape Town which are suitable for younger children and make the most of the natural beauty around us.

Free activities

Green Point Park

Green Point Park, Cape Town, South AfricaThe park is located behind the Stadium and there is ample parking behind the Virgin Active and along the Mouille Point entrances. The park offers activities for all ages with a toddler play area for 1 to 6 year olds, the adventure play area for 6 to 16 year olds, designated ball game area, and a fitness area with outdoor gym equipment. There is plenty of space to relax in the grounds or at the shaded picnic spot by the pond. The toilet facilities are clean with two baby changing rooms. Read more here …

Location: Park Road (behind the stadium), Green Point (Directions)
Tel: (021) 417 0111
Opening times: Mon-Sun 07:00 – 19:00

Sea Point Promenade and Pavilion Rotary Park

Pavilion Rotary ParkTake a stroll along the promenade with the kids and enjoy the open play areas and smaller beaches with rock pools. Situated around the corner from the public pools on Beach Road you will find the Pavilion Rotary Park. The Park is fenced, manned and entry is strictly for children under 8 years with adult supervisors. Read more here …

Location: Beach Road, Sea Point (Directions)
Opening times: Mon-Sun 08:00 – 18:00

The Company’s Gardens

Company Gardens, Cape Town, South AfricaGreen, lush and relaxing, you could easily spend a couple of hours walking around the well-maintained gardens and chilling on a picnic blanket. The children will enjoy feeding the squirrels, spotting birds in the aviary and a light lunch at the restaurant. You can also explore the South African Museum, Planetarium, National Gallery, Jewish Museum and Parliament, which form part of the gardens. Please keep your possessions safe as there are beggars about. Read more here …

Location: 19 Queen Victoria Street (Directions)
Tel: (021) 426 1357
Opening times: Mon-Sun 07:00 – 19:00 (winter), 07:30 – 20:30 (summer)

Paid Activities

Treasure hunting at Scratch Patch

Scratch Patch, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, South AfricaJump into the pile of gemstones and your kids can scratch for their favourites. Fill packets which are available in different sizes and prices, and the shop stocks beautiful jewellery items for mom. Read more here …

V&A Waterfront Outlet
Location: Dock Rd (near the Aquarium). Tip: Park on the 2nd floor of Portswood Parking Bay (Directions)
Tel: (021) 419 9429
Opening times: Mon – Sun 9:00 – 17:30

Simon’s Town Outlet
Location: Dido Valley Road, Simon’s Town (Directions)
Tel: (021) 786 2020
Opening times: Mon – Fri 8:30 – 16:45; Sat, Sun, Holidays: 9:00 – 17:30
Website: http://www.scratchpatch.co.za/

Blue Train Park

The miniature blue train and adventure park is situated along the water in Mouille Point, and has a number of activities for kids 1-12 years. Park activities include climbing rock, jungle gyms, bike track, mini zip line and outdoor creative arts studio. All proceeds go towards the Rotary Club of Sea Point. Nearby activities include the Sea Point Promenade, Green Point Park and V&A Waterfront.

Location: Beach Road, Green Point (next to Mouille Point lighthouse) (Directions)
Tel: 084 314 9200
Opening times: Tues-Sun 09:30 – 18:00
Website: http://www.thebluetrainpark.com/

Intaka Island at Century City

Intaka Island, Cape Town, South AfricaThe conservation park at Century City is home to 212 different indigenous plants and 120 bird species. Enjoy a 30 minute boat trip around the canals, walk around the 2km nature trail with rest stops along the way. The path on the nature trail is a little bumpy but still pram friendly, though probably a little narrow for twin strollers. Be sure to pack some water, sunscreen and a picnic to make the most of this day out. Read more here …

Location: 2 Park Lane, Grand Central precinct, Century City (Directions)
Tel: (021) 552 6889
Opening times: summer (Oct – April) Mon-Sun 07:30 – 19:00; winter (May – Sept) Mon-Sun 07:30 – 17:30
Website: http://intaka.co.za/

Kirstenbosch Gardens

Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, South AfricaTake a stroll through the beautiful gardens and watch the kiddies chase the guinea fowls as you enjoy a picnic in the many shady spots. Learn about the different types of plants, crawl around for bugs and walk up high in the trees on the tree canopy walkway. Entrance fees for adults and older children, whilst children under 6 years enter for free.

Location: Rhodes Drive, Newlands (Directions)
Tel: (021) 799 8783
Opening times: summer (Sept – March) Mon-Sun 08:00 – 19:00; winter (Apr – Aug) 08:00 – 18:00
Website: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch

Activities for over R150

Bugz Family Playpark

Bugz Playpark, Cape Town, South AfricaRides, jungle gyms, party venue, indoor and outdoor play areas, food court and petting zoo, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained. Children around 4 years and older will get the most out of all the activities. Pack a costume and towel so the kids can enjoy the water slides. Read more here …

Location: 56 Tarentaal Street, Joostenbergvlakte, Kraaifontein (Directions)
Tel: (021) 988 8836
Opening times: Mon-Sun 09:00 – 17:00
Website: http://www.bugzplaypark.co.za/

West Coast National Park

West Coast National Park, South AfricaSA National Park a one hour drive from Cape Town, with game viewing, seaside picnic spots and swimming. Best time of year to visit is during flower season in August-September. Wildlife to see include Wildebeest, Zebra, Ostrich, Bontebok, Springbok, seals and birds of prey. Pack a picnic, your camera, walking shoes and some sunglasses and enjoy what the Park has to offer. Read more here …

Location: R27, West Coast (Directions)
Opening times: winter (April – Aug) Mon-Sun 07:00 – 18:00; summer (Sept – March) 07:00 – 19:00
Website: http://www.sanparks.co.za/parks/west_coast/

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South AfricaBoulders Beach is world famous and home to a colony of African Penguins, making it a popular tourist destination. There are 3 beaches, 1 penguin viewing area and 3 boardwalks, and we have enjoyed a few good meals at the restaurant. The beach is sheltered and children can swim with the penguins, but don’t touch – they will bite!

Location: Kleintuin Road, Sea Forth, Simon’s Town (Directions)
Tel: (021) 786 2329
Opening times: Mon-Sun (Dec – Jan) 07:00 – 19:30, (Feb – Mar / Oct – Nov) 08:00 – 18:30, (Apr – Sept) 08:00 – 17:00
Website: http://www.sanparks.co.za

Two Oceans Aquarium

Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town, South AfricaThe Aquarium is situated at the V&A Waterfront and is open all year round and a perfect family outing, especially on rainy days. Besides all the wonderful creatures to see, children can also enjoy playing in the play centre and watching a puppet show. The baby facilities are great and they even have a separate baby change room for the dads. Baby carriers are available free of charge at the visitors desk for when your little one gets too heavy to hold. Purchase tickets online as it is slightly cheaper and an annual pass could make a great pressie. Read more here …

Location: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront (Directions)
Tel: (021) 418 3823
Opening times: Mon-Sun 09:30 – 18:00
Website: http://www.aquarium.co.za/

Please share your recommended outings for tots in and around Cape Town in the comments below, always looking for fun things to do.

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