Top Budget Friendly Things To Do With Kids

Kids are expensive, right? So keeping them busy – especially during the holidays – can be quite challenging if you don’t want to spend a fortune every time you go out. But the good news is that there are plenty of budget-friendly places and activities in and around Cape Town that your children will absolutely enjoy!

This is a list of our recommendations for the best budget-friendly places to visit with your kids. All places mentioned below are either FREE or have an entrance fee under R100 per person.

  1. Melkbossie Farm Animal Sanctuary (FREE ENTRY): Kids can feed animals, play putt, ride a pony and go wild on the beautiful playground.
  2. Cape Town Science Center (R80 per person): Spend an exciting day at the Science Center with shows and lots of experiments to explore.
  3. Green Point Park (FREE ENTRY): Ride your bike, play ball games and explore the different playgrounds at this amazing city park.
  4. Giraffe House (from R55 per person): Meet the tallest animals in Africa and lots of other wildlife. Daily shows and hands-on experience with the animals.
  5. Exotic Animal World (from R49 per person, children under 3 FREE): Meet free roaming animals and exotic wildlife at this beautiful sanctuary.
  6. Ratanga Park (FREE ENTRY): Take the kids to this beautiful park and play at the playground or let them ride their bikes.
  7. South African Airforce Museum (FREE ENTRY): Explore real planes in the hangar and have some fun with the flight simulator.
  8. Iziko South African Museum (from R15 per person, children under 5 FREE): Learn about the history of mankind and discover skeletons, stuffed animals and much more!
  9. Winelands Light Railway (from R70 per person): Ride miniature trains as often as you like and pack a picnic to spend the day at this huge railway park.
  10. Blue Train Park (from R45 per person): A fun train ride and great playground with a zipline, jumping castle and lots of jungle gyms.
  11. The Purple Windmill Kids Play Park (from R75 per child): They have an amazing and affordable indoor play area for kids of all ages.
  12. Take them to a beach in Cape Town: Cape Town has amazing beaches! Have a lovely picnic at the beach and go swimming.
  13. Alpaca Loom in Paarl (from R70 for children, children under 3 FREE): Feed the cutest Alpacas and learn about the Alpaca Farm during their barn tour.
  14. Atlantis Dunes (FREE ENTRY): Experience the surreal world of the Atlantis Dunes. You can walk around the Nature Reserve free of charge or do a fun activity such as Sandboarding or Quadbiking with a tour operator.

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