21 February 2015 by Lynnette Johns

Enjoy a family outing in Cape Town

See the fish, marvel at the views, go tenpin bowling, or try tobogganing – all in one of the most amazing cities in the world.

Enchant your children with a trip to the World of Birds in Hout Bay. Image courtesy of féileacán

Cape Town has much to offer visitors, be they young travellers, party animals or adventure seekers. But let’s not forget the many outings that cater for family groups in search of an enjoyable day out together.

Keeping children entertained around the clock can be one of life’s greatest challenges, and parents often run out of cool ideas to keep little ones occupied. With this in mind we rounded up some fast, fun, fresh-air and fishy options for you to choose from.

Mix learning and fun for your children by visiting the Cape Town Science Centre in Main Road, Observatory. There are more than 250 exhibits, cool puzzles and interactive games to pique their curiosity for quite some time. 

<p>Kids learn while they are having fun at the Cape Town Science centre. Image courtesy of the <a href=

Kids learn while they are having fun at the Cape Town Science centre. Image courtesy of the Cape Town Science Centre

There’s no snow, but the level of fun remains the same at Cool Runnings Tobogganing Park. The park is opposite the Bellville Velodrome in Tyger Valley. Children eight and over can have their own bobsled; kids under eight must sit in front with an adult.

<p>South African international rugby player Bryan Habana on a Cool Runnings toboggan. Image courtesy of <a href=

South African international rugby player Bryan Habana on a Cool Runnings toboggan. Image courtesy of Cool Runnings Tobogganing Park

Once safely strapped into a sled, whizz down a curving stainless steel track. You can regulate the speed with a lever. The trip includes 17 corners, S-bends and a tunnel. 

Everyone loves the Green Point Urban Park next to the Cape Town Stadium. There are creative outdoor play areas, separated into areas suitable for children aged one to six and seven to 16. The free outdoor gym is popular among young and old keen to keep healthy. However, if you just want to just relax there are picnic tables and rolling lawns that lend themselves to just chilling. 

In the mood to smash some skittles? Take your family tenpin bowling at two places in Cape Town where you can do this for hours. The first venue is at the Grand West Casino, in Goodwood, and the second, Let's Go Bowling at Stadium on Main in Claremont.

The Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront is one of the most popular attractions in Cape Town and is home to 8 000 specimens representing more than 300 marine species. The I&J Predator Exhibit is one of the most popular attractions at the aquarium, where ragged-tooth sharks, rays, loggerhead turtles and yellowtail fish swim lazily by, seemingly close enough to touch. The Aquarium keeps younger kiddies entertained at the AfriSam Children’s Play Centre. 

<p>The touch pool at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Image courtesy of <a href=

The touch pool at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Image courtesy of Two Oceans Aquarium

For a memorable outing take your family for a trip up Table Mountain via the Cableway. The Mountain is one of the New7Wonders of Nature and offers panoramic views of the city below. Families can take advantage of Kidz Season, when two children ride for free with an adult who has bought a return ticket from the Lower Cable Station. Kidz Season runs from 1 May to 31 October and is valid on weekends, public holidays and during the June and October school holidays. 

Bugz play park in Kraaifontein is one of the biggest attractions of its kind in the Western Cape. There are a number of kiddies' rides in the outdoor playground and a fantastic indoor play area suitable for children aged two to 10. It is also an ideal birthday party venue.

There are three rides at the Muizenberg Water Slides: an advanced slide, a straight slide (which makes for great speed), and a junior slide for smaller children. A tuck shop on the premises sells hotdogs, cold drinks, chips and sweets. Enjoy a picnic in the shaded area, which has seated tables. A lifeguard is on duty to ensure safety. 

The entertainment area at the Grand West Casino provides hours of fun, with an ice-rink, tenpin bowling, a mini-funfair and a cinema to choose from. 

The World of Birds in Hout Bay is home to more than 3 000 birds and small mammals. Kids love walking through the aviaries and spotting unusual and colourful birds. 

The Two Oceans Aquarium is a great family destination. Image by South African Tourism

The Two Oceans Aquarium is a great family destination. Image by South African Tourism

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