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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. The question is more 'what can children not do in Cape Town?' as the opportunities are endless.

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.

Pack the frisbee and sunscreen and head to one of Cape Town's picture-perfect beaches to enjoy a spot of sunshine, but beware the water is cold! Or for a more relaxing day in the shade, pack a picnic and lie under the shade of a tree in the world-renowned Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where there is plenty of space for kids to run around. For those with less energy, pop the kids on one of Cape Town's open-top sightseeing buses, a great way to see the top attractions in the city.

On days when outdoor activities are not an option, head off 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 here 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 also a great option.

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 possible...  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, highlighting the diversity of marine life found in the waters around Cape Town. The Two Oceans Aquarium is...  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, with plenty of rides and activities to keep even the most active of children occupied. The park features gift shops...  see full details

Secretary Bird

World of Birds and Monkey Park

World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa, with more than 3,000 birds of over 400 different species and a variety of other interesting animals. The World of Birds consists of more than a hundred walk-through aviaries which allow visitors to...  see full details