Cape Town’s fun things for your family vacation

Your family vacation rental has been booked. So how will you be spending your time in Cape Town?

A family holiday is all about creating lasting memories for your children. While your family vacation rental is sure to have gardens and space for your kids to play, Cape Town offers a myriad of activities and sights, within easy reach, that kids love to explore.

Within 10 minutes (approximately 6km) from Camps Bay: city centre

Iziko Museum Planetarium

Various education shows are on offer at the Iziko Museum Planetarium to teach kids about stargazing and the constellations of South African skies. Planetary dome shows take place daily. The planetarium is not open on Workers’ Day, Christmas Day and the first Monday of every month (excluding school holidays).

Within 15 minutes (approximately 8km) from Camps Bay: V&A Waterfront

Two Oceans Aquarium

The Two Oceans Aquarium has more than 3 000 sea animals including fish, sharks, turtles, octopi and birds, to keep children and adults fascinated. It is open every day of the year from 9:30am to 6pm.

Jolly Roger Pirate Boat

Don’t miss the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat, which sets sail every day in the late morning, at lunchtime and at sunset and includes a live pirate show from Quay 5 in the V&A Waterfront.

Cave Golf

Cave Golf offers a great way to spend a rainy day and offers an interesting course with vertical ramps, sharp corners and obstacles to challenge older children and future golfers. It is open all week from 9am to 5pm.

Art Jamming

Colours and canvasses abound at Art Jamming studios, where children can experience “paintertainment”. There is a branch in Green Point (near the V&A Waterfront), which is open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 2pm until 6pm.

Within 15 minutes (approximately 12km) from Camps Bay: Hout Bay

Clay Café

Unlock your kids’ creativity – here they can paint unfired bisques to take home personal and unique crockery. The Clay Café is open every day from 9am to 5pm.

World of Birds

The largest bird park in Africa has more than 3 000 birds and small animals with 400 different bird species and 100 walk-through aviaries. There is also a playground and picnic area right next to the flamingos. The World of Birds is open all year from 9am to 5pm.

Within 30 minutes (approximately 18km) from Camps Bay: Central Northern Cape Town

Intaka Island

Intaka Island is set in the middle of the bustling Century City development. It has 16ha of wetlands, rare and abundant birds and majestic flora. Take a ferry ride; a leisurely stroll along the 2km of footpaths; or join one of the experienced field rangers to lead you along the route. The reserve is open from 7:30am to 5:30 pm during winter (May to September) and from 7:30am to 7pm during summer.

Ratanga Junction

This theme park has more than 30 different rides and attractions suitable for children of all ages. Mostly open during school holidays from 10:00am to 5:00pm, so it is advisable to check on their opening times by calling +27 (0)21 550 8504 or visiting the website www.ratanga.co.za.

The Ice Station at Grand West Casino

Take the kids to Cape Town’s own indoor ice rink. The Ice Station at Grand West Casino is open daily.

Within less than an hour (approximately 45 km) from Camps Bay: Simon’s Town

The Scratch Patch

Children love selecting their personal pick of shiny gemstones at the Scratch Patch. It is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:45pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 9am to 5:30pm.

Warrior Toy Museum

This museum is worth a visit for lovers of vintage toys such as model cars, teddy bears, miniature doll houses and two fully functioning railroads. The museum is open every day except Friday from 10am to 3:45pm.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach forms part of Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. Visitors can get close to members of a breeding colony of more than 2 000 endangered African Penguins in their natural habitat. The reserve is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm during winter (April to September) and from 8:00am to 6:30pm during summer.

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