Welcome to Cape Town with Kids

Discover the magic of Cape Town and surroundings with your entire family

Hello and welcome to our Cape Town Family Guide

Join us as we document some of Cape Town’s most beautiful and family friendly destinations. We hope our images and recommendations inspire you to explore and discover new places with your kids.


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Read all our latest posts here for inspiration and best things to do with your kids in Cape Town.

Nederburg Manor House

Best Child-Friendly Wine Farms in Paarl

Explore the best child-friendly wine farms and restaurants in the Paarl region. Plan your perfect family get-away and discover amazing places
Mulderbosch Vineyards Playground

Best Child-Friendly Wine Farms in Stellenbosch

Explore and discover the best child-friendly restaurants and wine farms in Stellenbosch! Kiddies entertainment and family-fun are guaranteed.
Pink Valley Wines Playground

Pink Valley Wines / Stellenbosch

If you love sharing tapas-style food with family & friends, you’ll enjoy the Harvest Table at Pink Valley. Great play area for kids included.
Palm House Pool and Hotel Building

Palm House – Boutique Hotel / Wynberg

This 5 Star gem in Wynberg combines an extraordinary fine dining experience with excellent kids’ entertainment on their Sunday Funday events!
Atlantic Express Entrance

Atlantic Express Train Restaurant / Sea Point

The Atlantic Express in Sea Point offers a very unique dining experience in the heart of the city. The old train wagon was carefully restored …
West Coast Fossil Park Wooden Structures

West Coast Fossil Park

See the fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and many more exotic animals from over 5 million years ago.
Clos Malverne View from the restaurant

Clos Malverne Restaurant / Stellenbosch

Visit one of the most child-friendly places in Stellenbosch with a kiddies pairing option, pizza making and cupcake decorating for the kids!

Best “Big 5 Safaris” With Kids Near Cape Town

Discover the best family-friendly safari options near Cape Town! See the Big 5 and enjoy a first hand wildlife experience!
Warrior Toy Museum Hero Characters

Warrior Toy Museum / Simon’s Town

Take a trip down memory lane at the Warrior Toy Museum. It boasts a huge collection of model cars, dinky toys, dolls, teddy bears and more!

Our Top Recommendations for you in 2024

Here are some of our children’s favourite places & activities in Cape Town:

Best Child-Friendly Tastings in Cape Town

Spoil the children with a fun and exciting kiddies tasting. Find the best places that offer child-friendly tastings & pairings.
Melkbossie kids playing putt putt

Melkbossie Farm Animal Sanctuary / Cape Farms

This is a beautiful animal farm with lots of extra activities for young and old! Enjoy putt putt and pony rides and feed the animals!
Cape Town Science Center

Cape Town Science Center / Observatory

The Cape Town Science Centre is a world of discovery under one roof! Equip your child with valuable hands-on learning experiences.

Best 17 Indoor Play Parks in Cape Town

Keep a list of great indoor playparks at hand for those rainy days or very long weekends! Here is our Top List.

The Planetarium / Cape Town

Go star gazing and explore the universe at the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent.

Cool Runnings: Toboggan Family Park / Tygervalley

Go hurtling down a half-pipe in a bobsled, flying through the twists and curves as you race along the 1.25 km track.

Bugz Playpark / Kraaifontein

Visit Bugs PlayPark during the weekend and enjoy endless indoor and outdoor fun for all ages! The kids will love it!

Winelands Light Railway / Stellenbosch

Unlimited train rides for young and old with an amazing scenery in the winelands. The railway park is one of a kind in Cape Town.

Clay Cafe / Hout Bay

Create your own art and become creative while painting your favourite piece of unfired pottery. Kids absolutely love it and adults can relax.

Top Posts

In this category you can find our curated lists of best things to do in Cape Town with kids.

Nederburg Manor House

Best Child-Friendly Wine Farms in Paarl

Explore the best child-friendly wine farms and restaurants in the Paarl region. Plan your perfect family get-away and discover amazing places
Mulderbosch Vineyards Playground

Best Child-Friendly Wine Farms in Stellenbosch

Explore and discover the best child-friendly restaurants and wine farms in Stellenbosch! Kiddies entertainment and family-fun are guaranteed.

Best “Big 5 Safaris” With Kids Near Cape Town

Discover the best family-friendly safari options near Cape Town! See the Big 5 and enjoy a first hand wildlife experience!
Hazendal Wonderdal Inside

Holiday Hangout at Hazendal Wine Estate

Spend a fun day at the entertaining Wonderdal Edutainment Center with scavenger hunts, putt-putt fun and much more to explore!

Best Child-Friendly Tastings in Cape Town

Spoil the children with a fun and exciting kiddies tasting. Find the best places that offer child-friendly tastings & pairings.

Best Places To Visit With A Water Play Area

Let the little ones cool off during a hot summer day in Cape Town and visit a place that features a lovely water play area for the children!

Restaurants with Play Areas

… Here are some of our all time favourites when it comes to kid-friendly restaurants. Luckily, there is an abundance of good family-friendly restaurants in Cape Town. Click on the following links for the best places to go with kids such as restaurants, markets or wine farms.

Foresters Arms / Newlands

Visit one of the oldest pubs in Cape Town and enjoy the shaded beer garden and a cold draught beer. Enclosed playground for the kiddies!

Dunes Beach Restaurant / Hout Bay

Enjoy a sundowner at the beach bar and restaurant in Hout Bay. Find good food, great vibes and a large playground for the kids.

Deer Park Cafe / Vredehoek

Enjoy your coffee and some playtime at this well maintained fenced public park in Vredehoek with lots of open space to play!

Aegir Project Brewery / Noordhoek

Have some great beer and pizza at this hidden brewery in Noordhoek. Your kids will love their amazing playground. It’s a promise.
Folk Cafe Sign

Folk Cafe / St. James

Enjoy the great vibes at Folk Cafe in St.James! They probably have the best pizza in town and an amazing playground for the kids!

The Lawns at the Roundhouse / Camps Bay

This is a perfect spot for sundowner drinks with a lovely mountain view while your kids stay entertained at the playground and jumping castle

Wine Farms with Play Areas

We love South African wine and are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful settings where ocean meets mountains meets the wine lands. There are plenty of wine farms that cater for families and are kid-friendly. Some of them offer kiddies tastings, others have generous play areas. Read on for a selection of our favourites or click here for the full list of child-friendly wine farms.

Nederburg Manor House

Nederburg Wines / Paarl

Discover Family Fun at Nederburg Wines! Explore kid-friendly activities, picnics, kiddies tastings, and more in the beautiful Paarl Valley!
Vergelegen Restaurant 2

Vergelegen Wine Estate / Somerset West

This wine estate has the most beautiful gardens and a fabulous playground for the children. Great food, amazing wines and beautiful views!
Knorhoek Restaurant Building

Knorhoek Wine Farm / Stellenbosch

This was our wedding venue and to us one of the most beautiful wine farms in Stellenbosch. A tranquil place for the entire family.
Cape Point Vineyard on the bridge

Cape Point Vineyards / Noordhoek

Check out the Thursday Market on this beautiful Wine Estate or do something completely different: Wine & Climb every last Sunday of the month
Bloemendal Playground

Bloemendal Wine Estate / Durbanville

Visit one of the largest wine farms in Durbanville with the popular family restaurant, Bon Amis, and enjoy a spectacular playground.

Klein Roosboom Wine Estate / Durbanville

Enjoy a one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience in one of eight individually themed caves at this hidden gem in Durbanville.

Nature Spots: Beaches & Parks

We enjoy being in nature with our kids. Here are some of the best beaches and parks that we regularly visit to cool off in the sea, have fun on the playgrounds or enjoy a picnic.

Beta Beach with Lion's Head in the back

Beta Beach / Bakoven

This is the perfect beach for safe swimming, sunbathing and having a fun time with the family. You’ll find beautiful seashells there, too!
Glen Beach at Low Tide

Glen Beach / Camps Bay

Glen Beach is a favourite spot for surfers, sunbathers & families alike! It’s secluded but still in close proximity to bars & restaurants.

Green Point Park / Green Point

A true paradise for kids and adults alike in the middle of the city. Relax, unwind and re-charge at Green Point Park.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden Mountain Range

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden / Newlands

Visit this beautiful Botanical Garden at the slope of Table Mountain and discover a sheer variety of flora and fauna!

Paradise Park / Newlands

This is a hidden gem with lots of space to play and enjoy nature. The park features a tree house, a big tree swing and various playgrounds.
Ratanga Park Green Pond

Ratanga Park: Play and go an a Tram Ride in Century City

A beautiful park in the heart of Century City with wide open space, green lawns and lots of things to discover for the kids.

Animal Encounters

We live in such a beautiful city, surrounded by the most beautiful scenery, the atlantic ocean and breathtaking mountain views. Have a look at our nature & wildlife category (animal parks, beaches, tidal pools, etc.) to get inspired for outdoor adventures with your little one.

Best 11 Animal Parks in Cape Town

Cape Town and its surroundings features a lot of interesting animal parks with wild animals, creepy and crawly creatures and lots more!

Exotic Animal World / Stellenbosch

Enjoy hands on experience with exotic animals and walk among them in the enclosed tropical garden. The park keeps over 700 amazing creatures.
Giraffe House Entrance with giraffes

Giraffe House / Muldersvlei

Get to experience some wildlife animals only 39km away from Cape Town. Meet the tallest land mammal – Gerry Giraffe!
Melkbossie kids playing putt putt

Melkbossie Farm Animal Sanctuary / Cape Farms

This is a beautiful animal farm with lots of extra activities for young and old! Enjoy putt putt and pony rides and feed the animals!
Monkey Town Chimp sisters

Monkey Town / Somerset West

Meet primates, snakes and many other animals in this beautiful park where animals roam around freely and interact with the visiting humans!
Two Ocean's Aquarium Cape Town

Two Ocean’s Aquarium / Waterfront

Enter a magical underwater world with over 3,000 species to discover and find an astonishing rare living kelp forest.

Play Parks

Read more about play parks (mostly indoor) or playgrounds (in parks etc.)

Freedom Canal Walk Soft Ball Pit

Freedom Adventure Park Canal Walk / Cape Town

Experience unlimited fun for all ages in South Africa’s Biggest Indoor Play Park! You’ll find high slides, trampolines, zip lines & much more
Huckleberry Fish Farm Boy on paddle bike

Huckleberry Fish Farm / Stellenbosch

Enjoy a unique fishing experience for kids and adults! A place where children can roam free and play while parents can relax.
Varsity Club Toddler Room

Varsity Club / Plumstead

This is a fantastic indoor play park for children aged 0-8 years. It offers lots of toys for imaginary play as well as an outdoor area.

Action & Adventure

Kids love all things action & adventure. Have a look at all the fun, sporty and adventurous things in Cape Town you can do with your children on land, on the water or in the air. Or check out our indoor activities for those rainy winter days.

West Coast Fossil Park Wooden Structures

West Coast Fossil Park

See the fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and many more exotic animals from over 5 million years ago.
Warrior Toy Museum Hero Characters

Warrior Toy Museum / Simon’s Town

Take a trip down memory lane at the Warrior Toy Museum. It boasts a huge collection of model cars, dinky toys, dolls, teddy bears and more!
Atlantis Dunes White sand and Table Mountain

Atlantis Dunes / Witsands Aquifer Nature Reserve

Experience the surreal world of the Atlantis Dunes or book an adrenaline-filled sandboarding/quadbiking activity in spectacular surroundings
Family Picture in Italy

Who we are

We’re Judith & Klaus together with our children Anni & Joscha.


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CapeTalk Interview: Holiday Activities

I talked with CapeTalk’s Sara-Jayne about some of the best kid-friendly spots and activities to keep your youngsters busy over the holidays.


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