Cape Town With Kids: Summer 2020-2021 picnics, movies, science shows and craft

Cape Town With Kids: Summer 2020-2021 picnics, movies, science shows and craft

Summer holidays are almost here. Whether you are a family who loves active activities, obstacle courses, educational experiences, animal encounters, shows or outdoor adventures, there will be no shortage of fun experiences for kids in Cape Town, the Northern suburbs and Cape Winelands.

Have you done any awesome things for fun with your children in Cape Town? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Activities with Kids: Cape Town

Updated Dec 2020

After a very interesting year of uncertainty and change, we all hope for a little familiarity. We have contacted our clients to ask them what's on for families these summer holidays and we were happy to see that the below businesses have all endeavoured to provide a safe space for you to explore with your children. With school going children aged six and eight, we love to explore wide-open spaces, time in nature and thus picnics. So here is some inspiration for families with young kids in Cape Town.

Child Friendly Restaurant Cape Town 2021 |Things to do With Kids

Use the menu below for a quick jump to find kids activities in your area, or use search to find fun things to do near you. Always remember to phone in advance to ensure the business is still open and operating during Covid-19 lockdown regulations as these change regularly and you are welcome to check with them individually if you need more info on what protocols they have in place.

City Bowl + Atlantic Seaboard
Southern suburbs
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(See what's on in Johannesburg, Things to do in Durban for kids this summer  )

December 2020 - Feb 2021

Cape Town City Bowl + Atlantic Seaboard Kids Activities

The Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s ‘Riviera’, stretches from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront north of Table Mountain all the way down the west side of the cape peninsula to Hout Bay. Taking a stroll down the promenade is one of my families' favourite free leisure time activities.

Hit the road on a Vintage Fire Engine

Go on an Aventure Road Trip Cape Town kids activities

If you’re looking for an idea for your next kiddies party or family gathering, why not hop aboard their vintage Mrs Doubtfire fire engine for an outing to remember? With seating for up to 12 passengers, it’s a fun idea for all kinds of celebrations and parties. Itineraries and catering arrangements for all budgets can be made when you book your trip. Rates are based on the duration of hire and start with a minimum charge of R3500 for up to 3 hours. More details on their website.

When: Available any day of the week
Where: Cape Town City Bowl & environs
Who: Our Mrs Doubtfire fire truck appeals to everyone from toddlers to seniors.

Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium during “low tide”

Visit the Aquarium Best Things to do With Kids in Cape Town 2020-2021 Summer

Cape Town’s firm favourite is open daily, come rain or shine. With strict capacity management in place, you can beat the queues by visiting the Aquarium during “low tide” – before 26 December – when most people are still busy with their Christmas shopping. From 15-24 December, the Aquarium will be giving away an annual membership to one visitor every day! Then, from 26 December-10 January, they will close an hour later so you can take advantage of a late-afternoon visit with the fish.

When: Open daily
Where: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Who: This activity is suited for babies, adults and kids of all ages

Enjoy a Circus Picnic in the Mother City

See a circus in Cape Town Best things to do with kids in Cape Town Summer 2020-2021

A Circus Picnic showcases a proudly South-African, family-friendly blend of traditional and contemporary circus, infused with humour, dance and exhilarating circus aerials and acrobatics, all while conveying a meaningful, 'feel-good’ storyline.
When: Friday, 11 December – Sunday, 20 December 2020
Where: Cape Town, Foreshore, Western Cape
Who: All ages from toddlers to teens and older

Vintage Sidecar Lockdown Special

Go on an Aventure Side Car Cape Town kids activities.

Enjoy a 3-hour chauffeured sidecar trip from the V&A Waterfront to the charming Noordhoek Village via the scenic Atlantic Seaboard & the stunning Chapmans Peak Drive. Enjoy a stroll around the village before returning to the V&A via either the Atlantic Seaboard or the Constantia Winelands. Discounted lockdown cost is R1600/sidecar for either 1, 2 or 3 passengers. Why not book our famous sidecar pooch, Brody, to join you! Checkout our website for more details.

When: Offer available until 31 st December 2020.
Where: Cape Town and environs. Western Cape
Who: There is no age limit on their sidecars. I.e fun for the whole family from the toddlers up to the grandparents.

Things to do with kids in the Northern Suburbs (Durbanville, Tyger Valley, Brackenfell)

Durbanville is a family friendly paradise for kids, and it is not just because we stay on this side of Cape Town:) Durbanville boasts with free open space for picnics, like the Vygeboom dam and Sonstraal dam. You can also visit the Rose Garden in Durban Road. This garden provides a play park and easy Sunday stroll areas. We are also close to lovely shopping centres like WillowBridge and CapeGate.

Visit Willowbridge Shopping Centre, Tyger Valley, for educational entertainment these holidays

Science Workshops Willowbridge | Things to do with Kids Cape Town

Join Willowbridge for an “Out of this World Kids Galaxy” in collaboration with Split Second Science and Art Jamming. Children are invited to create their own galaxy bath bombs, CO2, hand sanitiser, explore space gases helium and hydrogen and see the power of liquid nitrogen – the big bang! Drop and go tickets include an awesome Art Jamming paint session. Sign up for two hours of pure educational fun activities! Book online and save!

When: 16 - 23 December, 2 - 9 Jan 2020
Where: Willowbridge Shopping Centre, 39 Carl Cronje Dr, Tyger Valley
Who: Ages 3- 12, thus toddlers to pre-teenagers
Read the full release here.

Get active, wine, dine and play at Bloemendal Estate, Durbanville

Bloemendal MTB park | Best things to do With Kids Durbanville Cape Town

Get active or just relax at Bloemendal Estate, an inclusive family-friendly venue. Your little ones will love the kids play area, fitted with a large outdoor jungle gym, slide, crafts tables and on-site childminders. Active families will enjoy the children’s cycling track, facilitating bike coaching and camping groups from local experts. Enjoy a specially prepared Kids Pairing at Bloemendal Wine Tasting Room or a family meal at Bon Amis. Bloemendal Market Days are hosted monthly during the season and are fun-filled with family activities!  

When: Bloemendal Trail Park is open daily. The Wine Tasting and Restaurant are closed on Mondays. More info here.
Where: Durbanville Valley, just 30 minutes from Cape  Town. M13 Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town.

Who: Babies, toddlers, preschoolers to teens and grandparents, everyone is welcome

Cape Gate Shopping Centre, Brackenfell

Capegate Festive Season Activities | Capegate | Things to do With Kids

This year Capegate will once again share the festive cheer by hosting an array of activities for the entire family. Visit the centre court on the lower level (opposite House&Home) to check it out. Take instant holiday photos and create your own Christmas card. Schedule a call with Santa or build your own furry friend at Build A Bear. 

When: 16 -23 December 2020

Where: Centre court, Capegate Shopping Centre

Who: Babies, toddlers, preschoolers to teens and grandparents, everyone is welcome

More Information: See the full line-up here

All Stars Gymnastics Kids Holiday Club, Durbanville

All Stars Gymnastics Kids Holiday Club | Things to do With Kids Cape Town

Keep the kids entertained these school holidays in a healthy, active environment. This holiday club is for all gymnasts as well as family and friends who would like to join in for a couple of hours of tumbling, trampoline, rope skipping and much more!  It’s the perfect time for moms & dads to get their Christmas shopping done while their kids have lots of fun. Bring along your water bottle and a snack. Waer fitted sports clothing or gymnastics leotards, no denim jeans, hoodies or clothing with zips please! Costs are R100 per child per session.

When: Thursday, 17th of Dec &  Friday, 18th of Dec

Where: All Stars Gymnastics Club, Durbanville

Who: 9am -11 am:  Beginner & Novice groups (All Ages) | 11am  - 1pm: Level 1-3 Girls & Boys groups | 2pm – 4pm:  Level 4 – 8 Girls & Boys groups


Cape Winelands (Stellenbosch, Paarl) child-friendly activities

The Cape Winelands district is a landlocked area in-between the West Coast and the Overberg coasts, including Drakenstein, Stellenbosch, Witzenberg, Breede River Valley, and Langeberg Winelands. Some of the larger towns in this region further include Somerset West, Paarl, Worcester and Wellington. Here you will see nature showing off mountains, sea, vinyards and more.

Acrobranch outdoor playpark and kids party venues (Stellenbosch, Constantia)

Acrobranch kids party venue Stellenbosh| Best things to do with kids

Acrobranch offers a great outdoor adventure for the kids and adults alike. Have fun swinging through the trees on zip lines. There are different courses available to suite everybody’s level from toddlers through to adult challenges.

Where: Stellenbosch (Winelands) and Constantia

Web: 021 201 1121 Acrobranch, Cape Town

Home Entertainment Ideas and Products

Baking most certainly is one of my favourite crafts as you can make your cake and eat it too! I love that nothing goes to waste and it is a great way of bonding with your loved ones at home. It is the ideal activity for rainy days or scorching hot days. If you are looking for more fun home entertainment ideas or perhaps some gift inspiration, take a look at our 2020 gift guide here.

Get baking with the Montagu Bake Box

Home entertainment baking activities | Things to do With Kids Cape Town.jpg

Kids love spending time with mom and dad in the kitchen. The Montagu Bake Box is the perfect way to bond, keep kids entertained and even keep their bodies and minds active this holiday. The box is filled with dried fruit and nuts ingredients to bake up to five moreishly delicious recipes for young and old. Each box will have 8 Montagu recipes to choose from. Order one below and baking on those memories!

When: Valid now until 31 January 2021

Where: Available online. Nationwide shipping.

Who: All ages. This is an activity for the entire family to take part in and enjoy! Toddlers, tweens, teens and older adults. 


Ps. Did we mention you can WIN one of these boxes? Read more here:

Build your own Obstacle Course

Prefer to stay at home. How about building your own little obstacle course as Tracey did during lockdown level 3.

Visit a family-friendly resort or go camping

Everybody loves camping! Well, most of us do, especially since glamping became an option for spending time in nature. Read our blog dedicated to Child-friendly camping spots and Western Cape resorts for more ideas. Here are some of our favourites, as they are +-2 hours drive from Cape Town so you'll reach your destination just before the "are we there yets" start.

Visit Somerset Gift Getaway Farm, Swellendam

Somerset Gift Getaway Farm | Swellendam | Child-friendly accommodation

My family and are were blessed with a getaway to this absolute gem. We love the privacy the farm offers and we recommend staying in the lodge or manor house for bigger families. Click on the link to read our full Somerset Gift Farm review here.

Go Camping at Kam'Bati , Swellendam

kambati child friendly camping spot near cape town | Things to do With Kids.jpg

Kids love camping and to add to the fun of getting out and experiencing nature with your family, Kam’Bati River Resort also offers exciting child-friendly adventures. Older children can hire a canoe and explore the river with mom and dad, or engage in a game of putt-putt. The landscaped outdoor pool area has slides of different heights and speed- with the largest of the three, offering a 6-meter drop. An exhilarating experience for young and old. Read more about camping at Kam'Bati here.

Read our Things to do With Kids under R100 in CT and Family friendly beaches in Cape Town for other ideas of what to do!

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Tanya is our practical, "go-getter" adventurer, mom. With an honours degree in Biokinetics, diploma in Business Marketing and Administration, and as a master analyser, she loves blogging about educational topics, and how to simplify life. She is an extroverted logical thinker and enjoys writing about products and services that solve problems and makes life more enjoyable. She is a scientist at heart with a love for life, travel, family, friends and universal principles. In her free time, Tanya reads books on spiritual and business growth. Things to do WIth Kids created a career that involves her heart for family life, problem-solving and travelling. Tanya surrounds herself with geniuses who share her values, love for wisdom and life.

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