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OOutdoor or indoor, Cape Town has so much to offer any family looking for a holiday outing Sho’t Left style! From Kirstenbosch to the science centre get your kids out and about this holiday and make the most of warm days and 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. The line-up has been set and the tickets are currently on sale!
Contact: 021 7998670
Tickets and the schedule
CCape 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.
Entry to the Science Centre costs from R50 per person
Contact: 021 3003200
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.
R100 to R180 depending on the course.
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.
Stellenbosch Option: (Includes only your return steam train journey to Stellenbosch) – R300 for adults and R200 for kids
Spier Wine Farm Option: (Includes your return steam train journey to Spier Wine Farm, as well as wine tasting (grape juice for children), animal experience at Eagle Encounters, and lunch at Eight Restaurant (3 meals to choose from, beverages not included) – R500 for Adults and R400 for kids
Vredenheim Wine Estate Option: (Includes your return steam train journey to Vredenheim Wine Estate, as well as wine tasting (grape juice for children), animal experience at The Big Cats Park, and lunch at Barrique Restaurant (3 meals to choose from, beverages not included) – R500 for Adults and R400 for kids.
Contact: Booking is essential. Book at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the island in Century City
Intaka Island covers 16 hectares of wetland, birds and flora in the middle of Century City and makes for a good day out if the sun is shining. Catch a ferry ride and take a stroll along the 2km of footpaths, (or get one of the experienced field rangers to lead you). There are special kiddie programmes during the holidays too. Adults – R35, Kids (under the age of 12) and Pensioners – R30. Combo tickets also available, which include a boat ride.
Contact: 021 5526889
Treat your kids, make memories and make sure to enjoy a Shot’Left this holiday!