Things to do in Durbanville and Tyger Valley

Durbanville used to be a small farmers community in the Northern suburbs but it soon expanded to become a residential hub supporting businesses in Bellville and Cape Town. There are a lot of young families moving into this scenic area with ample outdoor activities. The city center is getting revamped and citizens will soon be proud again of the new look and feel. It includes a hip cycle shop, Vida Caffe, takeaways, shops and more. 

Child-friendly wine farms in + wine tastings (for over 18's) in Durbanville Wine Valley

Durbanville wine route offers various child-friendly wine farms, now with outdoor play areas for kids while parents can dine and/or taste wine. Herewith my family favourites.

  • Durbanville Hills, with lush lawn and a huge natural jungle gym, slide and swings to enjoy for the little ones.
  • Parents may also enjoy going to Bon Ami- as they offer a proper play park and the restaurant seats overlook the play area.
  • Tables at Ntida goes the extra mile for toddlers by providing plastic tables and more so they can play nearby as well as a jungle gym. These make for the ideal sunny day trip out with the family. In South Africa alcohol will only be served to over 18's.

Coffee Shops and Child-Friendly Restaurants in Durbanville and the Northern Suburbs

Finding child-friendly restaurants is often a challenge. Durbanville and surrounds have great family friendly restaurants: Ocean Basket restaurant Glengarry, situated above Spur Glengarry, has recently added a kids' play area so parents can eat while the kids play in the "fish tank". I enjoy going to Willow Bridge, Ou meul, for the best coffee in town. Kids can play on the outdoor jungle gyms while parents enjoy the fresh air in this outdoor mall. Charlene has written a recent blog on child-friendly coffee shops near Durbanville, Northern Suburbs - so click through to discover even more fantastic places to go with your little ones.


Play Parks + Kids Party venues

Durbanville hosts numerous play and party venues like Fun House, Playzone SA , Botterblommetjies, Oppi Plaas and then towards Kraaifontein you have Blasters Cape Gate and Fun Depot. Fun Depot is a must do for younger kids where blasters may be a little noisy and dangerous but awesome fun for the older kids. If you feel like driving, you can also visit Bugs Play park or Funky Frogs in Tygervalley. I know, you're spoiled for choice. Toboggan near Tyger Valley is also a great option for the older kids and parents will totally love. 

Active Activities in Durbanville

If you are feeling active, you can join the Durbanville, Cape Gate or Tygervalley gyms. All three offer Club V kids supervision and child minding. Outdoor training includes the majestic Majik Forest ( you can enter at Jip De Jager near De Bron) ,  wine route mountain bike trails and trail tunning oppertunities. 

Picnic & Braai

If you want to picnic in Durbanville the Vygeboom pond or the larger Sonstraal dam are great options. The municipal park is situated right between the two dams. So it's the ideal free outing. I have not yet found an area that allows public braaing. 

Free things to do in Durbanville

Visit the local ponds for a picnic

We are privaledged to have quite a few public open areas. You will find the Sonstraal Dam on the corner of Bethany and Vygeboom street. Just about one kilometer up Vygeboom in a Western direction you will find the smaller Vygeboom Dam. One of my favourites is the Pond at Jip De Jager towards Bellville and Tygervalley. If you take a quick stroll around the dam you will cover just under 2kilometers- perfect for a Sunday stroll with the kids. 

Majic Forest, Between Durbanville and Bellville

Majic Forest offers free entry for all- you can take the kids for a picnic in the forest and look out for some fairies too!

Parents enter free at most of the mentioned play parks, excluding Bugs.

Visit the local nursery + touch farm, towards Bellville

Stodals nursary has a lovely kids area that can serve as a reward for the kids after you have done your garden shopping. They have farm animals and animal touch farm at the nursery as well as a playground with free and paid activities for the little ones.


No wonder everyone wants to raise their kids in Durbanville! 

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