Cape Town for Kids
Cape Town offers plenty to keep kids entertained. While the selection of ideas here is by no means exhaustive, there is sure to be something that will appeal to the young ones. NB! - links to external websites will open in a new window.
Two Oceans Aquarium
The Two Oceans Aquarium opened in 1995. Although the sharks are always a hit, there is a huge variety of marine life on display including seals, a colourful display of tropical fish, a touch pool and the kelp forest. Educational, overnight stays are held regularly where the kids can sleep over at the aquarium.
Phone: 021 418 3823
Tygerberg Zoo is located in a rural area, 39 km from the city alongside the N1 highway near Paarl. The zoo is on 24 hectares and a large variety of wildlife, some of it rare and seldom seen can be viewed. The zoo is more of a wildlife park than a traditional zoo with the animals being free to roam about spacious enclosures rather than being confined to cages. On view are a large variety of animals including the big cats (lion, leopard and cheetah), numerous antelope, crocodiles, birds, monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees among others.
Phone: 021 884 4494
Located at Klapmuts, a few kilometres further along the N1 highway from the zoo is the butterfly park at Butterfly World. The park is located on over 1000 m2 of covered garden and boasts one of the largest live butterfly displays in the world with specimens from over 3 continents.
Phone: 021 875 5628
A full scale theme park, located next to the Canal Walk shopping mall at Century City, Ratanga Junction offers hours of fun for the whole family. Of the over 30 rides, perhaps the most challenging is the Cobra, a suspended lopping roller coaster that hurls riders along the 910 metre track at speeds of up to 100 km an hour. The park is well served with restaurants and live entertainment. There are also rides for younger children.
Phone: 0861 200 300
World of Birds
The World of Birds, in Hout Bay, was founded over 25 years ago, initially as a commercial breeding venture but it soon became a haven for for sick and injured birds. Over 3000 bird species can be viewed in landscaped, walk through aviaries. A gift shop and restaurant are available.
Phone: 021 790 2730
Children of all ages will have hours of fun searching for their favourite gemstones at the Scratch Patch in Simon's Town or the V&A Waterfront. South Africa is one of the leading producers of gemstones in the world and apart from being able to scratch through the thousands of polished stones that cover the floor, visitors can also take a guided tour through one of the largest gemstone factories in the world.
Phone: 021 786 2020 [Simon's Town]
Phone: 021 419 9429 [V&A Waterfront]
Sound and light are combined to reproduce the southern heavens on the domed ceiling of the Planetarium, alongside the SA Museum in the Gardens, Cape Town. The instruments used can reproduce the night sky at any point 13 000 years before modern times or the same period in the future. A state of the art audio system ensures a never to be forgotten educational experience.
Phone: 021 424 3330