Rainy Days & Kids Fun
With so many sites to browse we've saved you time by putting together our own personal recommendations covering travel guides, things to do, eat/drink/dance, further-a-field and recommended accommodation.
Whatever and where-ever you end up we hope you have a great trip!
TWO OCEANS AQUARIUM
…celebrating the meeting point of two oceans with over 3000 living animals, 88 species, including fish, invertebrates, reptiles and birds. Get up close to the ragged-tooth shark and African penguin plus there is a children's play centre, and restaurant.
...located close to Kommetjie this old farm caters for the whole family. Camel, horse & pony rides, snake & reptile park, paintball, cheese dairy & shop, craft & gift shops, bakery, farm shop & tea garden, pizzeria & coffee house.
INVERDOORN GAME RESERVE
...the Western Cape is not known for "the big 5" however if you have limited time in South Africa then this reserve, 2.5 hours drive from Cape Town, is your best option. Day game drives in 10,000 hectares with 1200 wild animals dedicated to conservation.
...this one is great for kids and anyone who wants to express themselves on canvas. Relaxed atmosphere and jammers are provided with canvases, paints on tap and all the tools.
...scratch your way through thousands of tuble-polished gemstones such as Tiger's eye, Jasper and Crystals. Popular with all ages and a fun way to learn about different stones.
PIRATE BOAT CRUISES
...the Jolly Roger sets sail (under motor!) on daily cruises from the V&A Waterfront. Fun packed for kids and adults with pirate shows. The sunset cruise is very popular and a great way to see Cape Town from a different angle.
...located close to Somerset West this centre houses over 200 primates. Offering an educational experience close up this is a fascinating day spent seeing different types of monkeys as well as many bird species and small antelope.
COOL-RUNNING'S TOBOGGAN FAMILY PARK
...great fun, ride the 1.25km twisting steel half-pipe and reach up to 40km/h and suitable for all ages.
...educational and community-based programme helping to protect this endangered species. Great for kids to see and touch the fastest land animal in the world.
CAPE TOWN OSTRICH RANCH
...educational tour that takes in museum, leather factory, chick incubator and the option to sit on a live ostrich.
If you heading down the Peninsula to Cape Point then you have to visit the famous colony of formerly known Jackass Penguins, so called for their hilarious braying call. There is an entrance fee, which gains one access to the different walkways and view points, as well as the beach. You can also walk for free along the parameter wooden walkway.
Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro are the two major cinema chains in South Africa showing mainly main-stream movies. Located in most large shopping centres.
For more art house and alternative movies check out the Labia Cinemas in the CBD or Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau at the V&A Waterfront and Cavendish Square.
SAND CASTLE COMPETITION
A great way for kids and family to enjoy Hout Bay beach sometime in March. An annual charity event, organised by a local school, just pitch up with your buckets and spades and let your imagination go wild. Fun to walk through contructed whales, cars and castles and pick your favourite.Sand Castle Competition
...planned as a temporary attraction for the World Cup in 2010 now a permanent fixture in the V&A Waterfront. Great views of Table Mountain and the city.
MOULE POINT PUTT PUTT
...a cheap fun activity for families or friends right next to the sea. Busy with locals on weekends and public holidays.