Things to do in Cape Town this Easter & Autumn
I walked into a shop this morning and saw boxes of marshmallow Easter eggs for sale. My heart skipped a beat, a beat of joy, as I excitedly loaded a box into my basket. I love any and all traditional holidays; whether it’s Christmas, Easter or merely Valentine’s Day, I am in. These holidays remind us to focus on our families, to invest in quality time, and arguably most importantly, it reminds us that we should and will be eating copious amounts of delicious chocolates!
If you are wondering how and where you should be investing your quality family time, we have found an amazing list of events which will happily carry your family through until winter.
Read our Things to do With Kids holiday and entertainment guide for some more holiday fun inspiration!
Kid-friendly Events this Easter and Autumn 2019
February – June 2019
Holiday Programme at the Cape Town Science Centre
The Cape Town Science Centre will be celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table with loads of chemistry-related activities, hands-on workshops, shows and more guaranteed to keep your kids entertained and happy (while learning something).
Where: Cape Town Science Centre
When: From 16 March 2019
More information: https://ctsc.org.za
Fun Food Lab for Kids at Willowbridge
Willowbridge Shopping Centre, together with Yuppiechef and Split Second Science have created a super-fun food lab to keep the kids entertained during the school holiday. Your budding scientists will be enthralled as they learn about the chemistry of food while they create their own edible experiments.
Where: Willowbridge Shopping Centre
When: 21 – 30 March 2019
Ages: 3 – 12
Cricket School of Excellence Holiday Clinic
For loads of cricketing fun for you and your friends, visit the Cricket School of Excellence for their March school holiday cricket clinic, where they cover all aspects of the game and include net sessions, matches and a prize giving. Students are split into age categories, where their drills will differ (Ie. More technical for the older boys).
Where: UCT Cricket Oval
When: 18-20 March 2019
Ages: 4 - 13
Space at Capegate, Cape Town North
These March holidays your little discoverer will be able to learn all about space, enjoy a thrilling rocket ride, get to climb through a 16m wormhole and laser zone and take cool space selfies to capture the experience. Younger space travellers are bound to have some educational fun in the planetarium where they will discover amazing facts about outer space and view space videos in the dome.
Ages: 3 – 11 years old although mom and dad will enjoy the Planetarium experience too!
When: 15 – 31 March 2019 ; 10am – 8pm (Mon-Sat. Last session starts at 7.30pm) | 10am – 6pm (Sun. Last session starts at 5.30pm)
Where: Lower Level Capegate Shopping Centre, under the food court bridge.
Price: R60 (per 30minute slot)
More info: tickets available at the event entrance only. Visit Capegate
School Holiday Events at Bugz PlayPark
Bring the kids for a fun-filled day at the Bugz PlayPark, where there will be loads of exciting kids' events and activities. From magic shows to games and art classes, or why not book the mom and kids' yoga in the park class. Even if you can't make the fun classes and shows, there are always the fun rides and other activities available.
More information on dates and times: Bugz PlayPark
Arts & Culture
Make It Magical Workshop
Stir your child’s creative juices with a fairy-house-building workshop! The workshop ticket includes entrance to the interesting Chavonnes Battery Museum.
Where: Chavonnes Battery Museum, V&A Waterfront
When: 21 March 2019
More information: Make it Magical
Harvest at Dusk Festival
Experience a real farm harvest at Nederburg’s annual Harvest at Dusk Festival. Expect tonnes of fun picking and stomping grapes and simply relax while feasting on delicious food and award-winning wine. This festival is a must-visit if you are a Mathew Gold fan.
Where: Nederburg Wine Estate, Paarl
When: 16 February 2019
More information: Harvest at Dusk Event
Piekniek & Musiek
The ever-popular ‘Piekniek en Musiek’ concert is returning to the fair Cape this summer! There will be a variety of food trucks, bars and picnic baskets available. Although you are encouraged to pack in your own umbrellas and backrest, note that bringing in chairs and your own food is not allowed.
Where: Zevenwacht Wine Estate, Cape Town
When: 03 March 2019
More information: webtickets .co.za
Cape Town International Animation Festival
This is the only dedicated African Animation Festival on the continent and promises something for both young and old. Expect workshops (stop motion, traditional and digital drawing and Zoetrope), films, the artist alley and more. Kids will love bringing their pictures, clay or puppets to life with an iPad or smartphone!
Where: The Riverclub, Observatory, Cape Town
When: 08 March 2019
More information: Cape Town Animation Festival
Cape Town Carnival
If you have seen the movie Rio, you probably have an urge to see a real-life carnival with all the exciting colours, floats, performers and musicians. It’s bound to have a magical atmosphere! Join South Africa’s own glamourous celebration of creativity at this year’s Cape Town Carnival.
Where: Green Point, Fan Walk, Cape Town
When: 16 March 2019
More information: Cape Town Carnival
ComicEx Cape Town
Attention all comic fans! ComicEx 2019 is set to be bigger and better with Gaming, Cosplay, Tech, Music, Comic Books and Figurines, Artist Alley, Dance, Magicians, Hypnotists, Photo Booths, Comedians, Snow Dome, Pop Up Movies, Nerf Gun Battle Zone, Merch Stalls, VR, Live Entertainment, Pin Ball Machines, Climbing Walls, Surf Simulator, Gladiator Jousting Podiums, Bumper Rides, Competitions and Give-Aways and so much more.
Where: Grand West, Cape Town
When: 24 March 2019
More information: ComicEx Show
The Greatest Little Circus Show
Zip Zap’s brand new 2019 production is bound to excite both young and old, featuring thrilling aerials and acrobatics, African dancing and more.
Where: Cape Town Zip Zap, Circus School
When: 13 April 2019
More information: https://www.zip-zap.co.za/
Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival
Get ready to enter a winter wonderland featuring the most magical moments as Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival, an all-new live production coming to South Africa, including Pretoria for the first time! Families of all ages will be delighted by adventurous moments from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen, in a brand-new ice spectacular. Book at Computicket.
Where: GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World
When: 10 – 14 July 2019
More Information: Disney on Ice Computicket
Lifestyle (Indoor & Outdoor Activities)
Sunday Family Spitbraai @ The Barn
Join us at the Barn at Old Mac Daddy in the Elgin Valley every Sunday for a family feast and fun day. Enjoy a generous buffet menu, live music and entertainment, beach vibes on our dam and funtastic activities for kids of all ages (jumping castle, waterslides, jungle gyms and more).
Spitbraai Buffet Menu @ R245pp (R125 for kids). Vegan & vegetarian options and great drink specials.
Where: Old Mac Daddy 112 Valley Road, 7160 Grabouw
When: Every Sunday
The launch of the New Kiddies Play Area at Spice Route Destination, Paarl
For those who want to take the whole family out for a relaxing day, with something for the children to enjoy as well, Spice Route Destination now has an outside play area for the little ones’ entertainment. The play area consists of a jungle gym, customized swings, a mini bike track and more. The play area is on the grass just outside Spice Route Wines tasting area. Perfect for mom and dad to relax while the children can also have some fun!
When: From 14 March 2019, 09h00 to 17h00 daily
Where: Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter Paarl Road
For more information, visit www.spiceroute.co.za
Cape Town Pizza and Pasta Festival
Raise your hand if you are a pizza and pasta fan as this festival has a pizza and pasta eating competition! And if that is not enough to lure you and your family to this fun event, we are sure you will love the gourmet pizza and pasta dishes, dessert pairings, wine pairings, craft beer pairings, kids’ entertainment, live music and remarkable views of Cape Town.
Where: Fort Wynyard, Green Point
When: 23 February 2019
More information: webtickets.co.za
Cape Town Motor Show
This is a must-visit event for all car and bike enthusiasts (even if the car enthusiast is your 3-year-old). The annual Motor Show features car manufacturers, dealer networks, bikes, trucks, a drifting show, music, family entertainment, three 4x4 tracks, live music and more.
Where: GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World
When: 2 – 3 March 2019
More information: http://capetownmotorshow.co.za
If you have kids who love anything transport themed, especially planes, then this is the perfect outing for your family. This is bound to be an amazing airshow featuring aerobatics, helicopters, formation flying and much more. Market-style food stalls will keep rumbling tummies at bay. Kids under 4 enter free.
Where: Stellenbosch Airfield, R44
When: 23 March 2019
More information: Stellenbosch Flying Club Airshow
Nuy Valley Festival
Enjoy a day out in the fresh country air as the Nuy Valley celebrates the end of harvest. The festival hosts include Nuy Winery at Nuy on the Hill, Willow Creek Olive Estate, Conradie Penhill Artisanal Wines, and Leipzig Country House and Winery and they are set to delight your senses with country food and wine tastings, as well as live music, kids’ entertainment, and a trail run and mountain bike race. The kids will delight in taking the Nuy Valley Express from venue to venue.
Where: Nuy Valley - R60 towards Robertson
When: 05 April 2019
More information: Facebook @NuyValleyFestival
Experience real South African farm life at this year’s installation of the popular Plaasfees. Sit on hay bales, eat traditional Afrikaans food, listen to and see the farm animals and shop up a storm.
Where: Diemersdal, Durbanville, Cape Town
When: 09 March 2019
More information: Durbanville Plaasfees
Monster Jam in SA for the first time!
There is no other action-packed live event or motorsports experience that compares to the thrill and excitement of Monster Jam. Unscripted and unexpected, Monster Jam delivers edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-charged excitement for the entire family. Monster Jam is the larger-than-life sport that provides spontaneous entertainment for fans of all ages! Bigger, faster, louder, Monster Jam is as BIG as it gets! Book at Computicket.
Where: Cape Town Stadium
When: 27 April 2019
More information: Monster Jam Computicket
SA Cheese Festival
Don’t miss the 18-year celebration of this award-winning festival for your annual cheese fix (we all love cheese, right?!?). It’s bound to be amazing!
Where: Sandringham Estate. Stellenbosch
When: 26 – 28 April 2019
More information: http://www.cheesefestival.co.za
Music and Market in the Valley
Join this small, intimate fun family day at Hoogekraal Farm in the Durbanville Valley with family and friends. Expect live Music from local up-and-coming music artists, yummy food, arts and crafts, handmade jewellery and a range of exclusive clothing. Bar facilities available, serving wines, beer and soft drinks. Kids activities such as face-painting and a jumping castle available so parents can relax in full eye-view of their children.
Where: Hoogekraal Farm Durbanville
When: 31st March 2019 11h00 – 16h00
Cost: R30 per adult and kids under 18 free. SnapScan and cash will be accepted.
More information: Market in the Valley
Cape Kids Collab Market
This unique market showcasing a range of curated local and South African products for babies, kids and parents, is bound to tickle your fancy. Expect niche, one-of-a-kind products which will delight any mommy and mommy-to-be, as well as live entertainment, wine, beer, delicious food and a kids’ entertainment area which will round off this amazing shopping experience! Kids under 16 enter free.
Where: Stone Shed, Adderley Rd, Durbanville
When: 25 – 26 May 2019
More information: Facebook @capekidscollab
Cape Town Sixes
This annual amateur cricket festival features several cricket leagues for all levels of competitiveness, music, comedy, a gourmet food village, wine on the wicket, beach bar, a family area, and much more.
Where: Greenpoint Cricket Club
When: 23 – 24 February 2019
More information: www.capetownsixesfestival.com
Trail Fun: Groot Constantia 2019
Experience beautiful scenery, fresh air and warm sun this Human Rights Day while out on a trail run at the oldest wine farm in South Africa. There will be a 5km and a 10km route.
Where: Groot Constantia road, 7945 Constantia, Western Cape
When: 21 March 2019
More information: https://entries.trailfun.co.za/
Fed Health Impi Challenge
The Impi Challenge is for adventure lovers who enjoy the outdoors. Put yourself to the test on one of the fun obstacle trails (5km, 10km or 18km). For the faint of heart, there is also a mini 1km challenge.
Where: Coetzenburg Sports Complex, Coetzenburg Road, Stellenbosch
When: 6 April 2019
Age: from 6
More information: www.impichallenge.co.za
ATKV Eiland Spa & ATKV Klein Kariba
If you want to travel a bit further away, be sure to have a look at the special discount currently on offer at these ATKV resorts.
Book any accommodation or camping till end February and receive 30% Discount!
Where: ATKV Eiland Spa & ATKV Klein Kariba, Limpopo
When: February 2019
More information: ATKV Resorts
Find Picnic Spots near you
Do you want to enjoy this Easter outside and in the sunshine, why not visit one of the many child-friendly picnic spots in Cape Town!
Visit a Child-Friendly Restaurant, Cape Town + Cape Winelands
Having fun and enjoying all the holiday events, why not pop into one of these restaurant or coffee shops. Sit down relax and let the kids play, because these restaurants are all child-friendly.
For more information please visit: Things to do with kids in Cape Town 2019