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Hot summer – some cool activities in Cape Town
for families with kids

Visit these top five family attractions in Cape Town

Whether we like it or not, raising kids is expensive. When your budget is limited, and you can’t really afford to buy everything your kids want, it’s only natural to want to prioritize. But this doesn’t mean you should stay at home 365 days/year and do nothing. Every now and then it’s highly recommended that you plan a vacation with your family. The kids want to be entertained, and they should be rewarded with a nice trip every once in a while. In the summer season, Cape Town is sublime. It packs all kinds of attractions and activities that your kids will definitely love. There are ways to keep toddlers entertained without breaking the bank. Let’s check out some of the best ones.

The Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum
If your children enjoy pre-electronic toys, take them to the Stellenbosch Toy & Miniature Museum for some remarkable miniature replicas.

Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum

Located in an 18th century parsonage, the captivating winelands museum has something for kids of all ages. The Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum is a conveniently-priced, family-friendly venue with all kinds of interesting vintage playthings, as well as a wonderland of small farm house replicas, rooms with curtains, mini tables, clocks, and historical buildings. All kids will love the varied displays, detailed Blue Train with its fascinating route, as well as the numerous old toys that will remind them of their own childhood.

Treetop Canopy Walkway at Kirstenbosch

Even though the fascinating Botanical Gardens of Cape Town are always an exceptional place to explore with the gang, why not try something a bit different this time around? The Treetop Canopy Walkway and its astounding Arboretum features lots of amazing playgrounds for families with kids. There’s a 130 m long aerial boardwalk, also known as the “boomslang”, due to its serpentine structure.

Children are absolutely fascinated by the up-top scenery, and we perfectly understand why. The feeling that you’re floating above the treetops, the frolicking woodlands and twittering birds complements the experience. What’s great about the walkway is that it’s free. All you have to do to get access is pay a small fee when entering Kirstenbosch.

The Treetop Canopy Walkway
The curved steel and timber bridge at The Tree Canopy Walkway helps you enjoy a bush walk over the trees of the Arboretum, instead of making your way on the ground.

Bonheur Crocodile Farm

The crocodile farm is located near Paarl, and it is a family “business” where kids can admire hundreds of fascinating crocodiles. Le Bonheur has guided tours for its guests; the routes include a fenced-in walkaways through more than 1500 toothy reptiles. Watching crocodiles in their natural habitat will definitely appeal to curious tots eager to know more about the natural environment surrounding them. As the crocodile paths come to an end, visitors can spend quality time relaxing on the farm’s abundant lawn. There’s an outdoor jungle gym in the area, and a cafĂ© that sells delicious salads, burgers, and pies.

Intaka Island

Intaka Island is located at a very short drive from the heart of Cape Town. This 16-ha nature reserve and wetland is an excellent day trip option you can take with the kids. There are both self-guided and guided tours available, most of them strolling along a 2km walkway circling the island. Along the way you’ll stumble upon all kinds of stations with information about marine creatures, plants, and extensive bird varieties. Families will also love the ferry ride that snakes around the waters of Intaka.

A wild bird at Intaka Island
Located about 7km from Cape Town, Intaka Island is a wetland and bird sanctuary,
with 125 species of birds and 170 different species of plant life.

Waterworld Fun

We live in the age of technology where most kids want to play video games or be online on social media, without actually doing any socializing. But when you’re in Cape Town, you just can’t stay inside; especially in the summer. Waterworld is a top attraction in the city. The water park is located in a very nice and picturesque town called Strand; which is just 35 minutes away from Cape Town. There are over 5 incredible slides of different sizes and thrill levels, a very large and spacious dry play area, and an attached putt-putt course. Both adults and kids are more than invited to join; they’ll definitely have the time of their life here.

Cape Town boasts an incredible variety of very cool activities. From sightseeing and trekking, all the way to admiring some of the world’s rarest and most fascinating species of animals. A holiday lets Cape Town will exceed all your expectations, and all you need to have the time of your life here is time.

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