8 things for kids to do in Cape Town before going back to school

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 4 January 2022

It’s almost back to school time, and since the holidays are nearly over, your kids probably have nothing to do. Now is the ideal time to squeeze in one last fun activity before school resumes, which is why we have compiled a list of child-friendly activities to do in Cape Town.

1. Cape Town Science Centre

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The Cape Town Science Centre, where discovery awaits. They have over 250 interactive exhibits, science shows, workshops, hands-on experiments and even tournaments for chess and robotics; this barely scratches the surface. The centre acts as a platform to educate children in a fun, interactive way. Above all, it encourages initiative, creativity and critical thinking skills, making it an excellent trip to make before school.

Rates: For more information on their rates, tournaments and workshops, click here.

Contact details: 021 300 3200

Address: 370B Main Road, Observatory

2. Laser Tagging

Laser tag is a popular choice for kids. Unlike paintball, it is completely safe and hugely entertaining. You don’t need any protective gear, it can be played indoors and outdoors. Aside from being exhilarating and safe, laser tagging also promotes numerous interpersonal skills, such as teamwork skills, socialisation and communication skills, all of which are pivotal to children growing up.

Luckily, you can find laser tag readily available at Cape Town’s famous GrandWest.

Rates: For more information on their rates and specials, click here.

Contact details: 021 505 7777

Address: 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood.

3. Mini golf

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Much like laser tagging, mini golf also has numerous benefits for kids, such as acute hand-eye coordination, balance, focus, decision-making skills and problem-solving skills. What better way to spend time with your friends than some healthy competition?

Cape Town has a plethora of mini-golf courses. The Putt-Putt mini-golf course at Sea Point is a popular choice for many. Aside from being surrounded by numerous restaurants and ice cream joints, it also overlooks the beach. So, after a nice game, children can take a quick dip in the pristine waters to end off the day. Putt-Putt provides a club and a golf ball per player, as well as a scorecard and pencils as a keepsake.

Rates: For more information on their rates and specials, click here.

Contact details: 021 434 6805

Address: Beach Rd, Sea Point

4. Scratch Patch

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A scratch patch is essentially a floor covered in thousands of polished stones. Though not an age-limited activity, children, in particular, enjoy being let loose into the scratch patch and picking out their favourite, colourful stones. It originated in Simon’s Town and has since been copied at the V&A Waterfront. Both feature many popular Southern African stones such as rose quartz and amethyst. They even have really exotic stones such as blue lace agate.

These stones are said to have metaphysical calming properties, making it a nice, relaxing activity. You can either fill a bag that comes in three sizes or a cup to the brim with these stones.

Rates: For more information on different bag/cup sizes, click here.

Contact details: Simon’s Town – 021 786 2020/Cape Town – 021 786 2020 ext 117.

Address: Simon’s Town – Dido Valley Rd/Cape Town – Dock Rd (near the Aquarium)

5. Strawberry Picking

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Strawberry picking is not only cheaper than buying in-store, but it is also a fun family activity. Cape Town has many strawberry picking farms, in which there are just rows and rows of strawberries ready to be picked. Buckets come in three sizes, and you can fill these up to the brim.

Polkadraai Farm does not only offer strawberry picking, it has numerous other activities for children, namely: tractor rides, pony rides, a playground, pedal karts, arts and crafts, face painting and mini-golf. There is also a restaurant nearby for adults to unwind while the children play.

Rates: For more information on bucket sizes and specials, click here.

Contact details: 021 881 3303

Address: Polkadraai Farm, M12 Stellenbosch Arterial Road

6. Ice Skating

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Ice skating is not only fun, but it is an excellent workout. It works nearly every muscle in the body and requires great focus and synchronised movements. Cape Town’s GrandWest casino not only has an ice skating rink for adults, it also has a mini rink for kids, where there is constant supervision. Outside of commercial hours, the rink also offers private ice skating lessons. A session typically lasts one to two hours, at which you can leave at any time.

If you do not have your own skates, they have skates available to rent, as well as lockers. Just remember extra thick woolly socks!

Rates: For more information on their rates and specials, click here.

Contact details: 021 535 2260

Address: 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood

7. Bowling

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Also located in GrandWest, is Ten Pin Bowling. Teams can set up their names on the machines assigned to each bowling lane. You also get shoes that are safe for the lanes and which protect your feet, though these are not compulsory. Ball too heavy? Not a problem, they offer a range of bowling balls, from small and light to big and heavy, just try your hand to figure out what works.

Rates: For more information on their rates and specials, click here.

Contact details: 021 505 7777

Address: 1 Jakes Gerwel Dr, Goodwood

8. Two Oceans Aquarium

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The Two Oceans Aquarium name is derived from the fact that the southern tip of the African continent is the meeting place between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Cape Town is in the ideal geographic position to showcase the marine life found in both oceans.

They offer numerous informative exhibitions and tours, such as a touch pool, a kelp forest exhibit and a penguin exhibit.

Rates: For more information on their rates and specials, click here.

Contact details: 021 418 3823

Address: Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront

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