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Things to see and do with kids in Cape Town

With dramatic mountains, Blue Flag beaches, and the great outdoors on its doorstep, there is no shortage of things for children to see and do in Cape Town.

Active families will enjoy the numerous hikes on Table Mountain, as well as riding the cable car. The surrounding areas, such as Tokai, False Bay, and Silvermine and Cape Point provide some excellent walking paths too. Cape Town strives to be a bicycle-friendly city, meaning there are plenty of bike trails both on and off the mountains.

Visitors can also head to one of Cape Town's picture-perfect beaches to enjoy a spot of sunshine, or picnic under the shade of a tree in the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, where there is plenty of space for kids to run around. Kids will enjoy Cape Town's open-top sightseeing buses too, as they're a great way to see the city's top attractions.

On days when outdoor activities are not an option, travellers can head to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, where craft markets, boat rides, and restaurants will keep the little ones entertained. The Two Oceans Aquarium is also located there and provides a fascinating and educational experience for children of all ages. A trip to Ratanga Junction theme park will not fail to delight kids of all ages, and attractions like World of Birds are worth visiting too.

When the sun sets on the Mother City, there are plenty of great restaurants where kids are welcome, such as the family-friendly Spur, which offers indoor playgrounds, colouring books and balloons.

Ostrich Portrait

Cape Town Ostrich Ranch

For fun encounters with one of South Africa's oddest and most unique animals, the Cape Town Ostrich Ranch is a great bet. The ranch is a good family attraction, but having kids along is not necessary to enjoy the experience. Although it is...  see full details

Two Oceans Aquarium, Cape Town

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Cape sits at the meeting place of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and over 3,000 sea animals from both oceans are showcased in the aquarium. They highlight the diversity of marine life found in the waters around Cape Town. The Two Oceans...  see full details

Ratanga Junction

Ratanga Junction

Cape Town's most famous theme park, Ratanga Junction, is a must for all those up for a thrilling day out in the sun. Its rides and activities will keep even the most active of children occupied. The park features gift shops and a...  see full details

Secretary Bird

World of Birds and Monkey Park

With a population of more than 3,000 birds and over 400 different species, the World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa. Its one-hundred-plus walk-through aviaries allow visitors to encounter the birds in their natural environment. The park has other animals as...  see full details