When one is a young sightseer, travelling is a free and uninhibited exercise that doesn’t require much planning.
However, as time passes, explorers come with more than just luggage, adding travelling tots to their journeys. This is where the forethought comes into play. Where do you go and what do you do? Luckily, Jambo have compiled a list of child-friendly places and activities for you to embark on in Cape Town so you don’t always have to resort to Spur.
Visit the animals
In Cape Town and the surrounding areas, there is a menagerie of wildlife at your disposal. Many love the Two Oceans Aquarium for their vast array of marine life including sharks, penguins, seahorses and tropical fish. The aquarium also has an Alpha Activity Centre for children to face-paint, draw and get involved in other fun activities. For a farmyard experience, visit the Oude Molen Eco-Village in Pinelands. Here you and your family will find Old MacDonald’s farm right in the middle of the city. Horses, chickens and pot-bellied pigs compete for your attention as you sit for a cup of tea at the Millstone Café. Your children are free to round around in the enclosed garden and can even ride one of the horses if they wish to. A short drive to Stellenbosch will take you face-to-face with a cheetah at the Spier Wine Estate’s cheetah research centre. This is a fantastic experience for adults and children to sit and pet a cheetah and to educate themselves on this endangered species.
There are many awesome sports and games to get kids up and about on holiday. Ice-skating at the Grand West Casino is always fun. Perks include a mini-arena for little skaters for just R15 p/p and only R40 p/p on the weekends for skates for bigger people. Go-karting is a hugely popular pastime among children. Get go-karting at the Kenilworth Race Course or at Canal Walk Centre.
All the activity of the day will be certain to get small stomachs growling. Head to La Cabane in Hout Bay; they are well-known for having the most amazing jungle gym for children. Not just your average climbing frame, this is a proper fort type structure with another play gym, sand pit and swing-set. What makes La Cabane the full package is the separate lounge area for adults to relax and enjoy themselves while the children play happily. On the menu, one can expect to find the freshest seafood, straight from the sea nearby. For those who don’t enjoy fish, try their Moroccan roast chicken with leek and red onion. La Cabane is located at 4, The Promenade.