Five affordable kid-friendly activities to do in Cape Town
Afika Peters

As the mercury rises and the summer holidays approach, we have compiled a list of kid-friendly, outdoor activities to do in Cape Town.

These are sure to keep the whole family entertained while enjoying the summer heat.

Five cheap kid-friendly things to do in Cape Town

Pair food and fun Cape Town activities at Blue Rock

Prices start at R45 per child and R65 per adult

We all know Cape Town offers some of the best and most beautiful beaches in the world, but those are not the only places you can enjoy a swim.

Set in Somerset West, just 45 minutes from Cape Town CBD, lies a water sports enthusiast’s dream. But, make no mistake, there is something for the whole family at Blue Rock.

Offering various swimming areas, including shallow areas for the kids, you can hire floating mats, umbrellas, bean bags and even tables with benches.

There are also shaded areas and a beach bar. Additionally, the resort has diving areas, a jumping rock of several metres high, cable skiing (waterskiing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding), paddling, paintballing and even a children’s playground.

All of this would certainly work up an appetite. Blue Rock has you covered. You can dig into delicious pizzas, schnitzels, burgers and many more crowd-pleasers from their onsite restaurant.

Needless to say, a day at Blue Rock is definitely a summer must-do.

Take in beautiful scenery while enjoying a movie at the Galileo Open Air Cinema

Prices start from R109 per person

As we know, parenting is a fulltime job and despite its infinite joys, it can sometimes be difficult to get a bit of respite. Galileo Open Air Cinema allows parents and kids to do just that.

Hosted in various scenic spots, such as the Kirstenbosch Gardens, multiple wine estates, Century City and even the V&A, the open-air cinema is quite an experience.

Besides the standard entry, you have the option of getting a blanket, backrest or even a mattress with pillows.

Of course, the best accompaniment to a good movie is food. From coffees and alcoholic beverages to pizzas, cheesy nachos, wraps, popcorn, there is something for any craving. Vegetarian and halaal options are also available so no one needs to miss out.

Take a trip to Vredenheim Wildlife and Winery

Where else will you be able to go for wine tasting, a picnic with the Helderberg mountains as a backdrop, watch Big Cats being fed, enjoy a game drive and watch the kid play with animals at the animal farm all in the same afternoon?

Vredenheim is home to a variety of animals, from the usual ones you expect to see on a farm, to lions, leopards and Bengal tigers. You can also go on a game drive and spot sables, blue wildebeest, golden wildebeest, zebra, springbok, fallow deer and eland.

The kids will love the animal play park. Here, they will get the chance to feed and interact with the farm animals, play in the sandpit, loop around the bike track or spa on the jungle gym.

For adults, there is the obvious additional option of wine tasting. If you get hungry, there are two restaurants on-site and the option to pick up a picnic basket, from one of the restaurants, and enjoy it on the sprawling lawns.

Enjoy the sunset at Cape Point Vineyards Community Market

Entry to the market is free

From spring, every Thursdays, from 16.30 to 20.30, locals can enjoy a vibrant market overlooking an idyllic lake in the vineyards with rolling mountains.

As the kids play on the lawns, you can tuck into foods of the country’s most iconic food vendors such as Lamb Man and Peter Geoffe Wood’s Kitchen Cowboys. Sunshine Food’s Vegan burgers and Something Simple’s Vegan Sushi are highlights for vegans or anyone looking to delve into plant-based cuisine.

Children will enjoy the open lawns, where they will have ample space to run around and play.

Indulge the young ones at Bugz Playpark

This venue offers indoor and outdoor fun with multiple play areas, sandpits, water slides, kiddie rides, horse rides, rowboats and many other fun activities. Informative signs next to each activity will, not only, let you know which ages it is appropriate for but also which skills it develops.

Despite being predominantly tailored for kids, adults can join in on the fun too and not feel left out.

If you feel peckish, there is a snack stand and a sit-down restaurant, depending on your level of hunger.

So, if you are looking for something fun, that the whole family can participate in, try one of the activities on our list.