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Things to do with kids in Cape Town

While Cape Town is a popular family holiday destination throughout the year, the Easter holidays are particularly well-loved by those who want to plan some time away during the school holidays. Whether it’s for mom or dad to compete in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, or simply to spend some time enjoying the sites of the city – we’ve put together a list of our top five activities that the whole family can enjoy in the Mother City.

Visit the Planetarium

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The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent, and a treat for young and old alike. Offering daily shows and an interactive exhibit, you’ll be wowed by the expanse of the universe and leave with renewed appreciation for our little planet Earth. The Planetarium has a revolving show schedule, which has also included 360 degree cinema experiences on the human body, and more – so be sure to view their schedule to plan your visit.

A trip up Table Mountain

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The Table Mountain Arial Cableway is one of the most-visited attractions in the country, if not the continent, for good reason. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the floor of the cablecar itself slowly rotates, giving you panoramic views before you’ve even reached the top of the mountain. When you arrive, the whole family will be able to explore this famous attraction via dedicated pathways, with a café giving you the chance to enjoy an ice cream, or something more substantial, before your trip back down. While this is a family-friendly activity, it is still a mountain and, as always, children should be well-supervised and not left to wander alone.

Spend time at the 2 Oceans Aquarium

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Situated just outside the V & A Waterfront, the Two Oceans Aquarium, is possibly the perfect family activity in the city. A world-class facility, there’s sure to be something on almost any time you visit – from predator feeding, to penguin experiences and a touch pool for little ones to get a first-hand feel of the ocean, it’s worth putting a few hours aside to do this Cape Town attraction justice.

A picnic in Kirstenbosch Gardens

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Cape Town’s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is the perfect spot to spend a few hours feasting on a blanket, under the shade of a tree, while the kids run freely on the grass. With seemingly endless pathways, ponds and streams, it’s the perfect place for children to get rid of a little energy, while also taking in some fresh air in one of the most beautiful spots in the city.

A boat ride to Seal Island

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Take to the ocean and visit Hout Bay’s famous Seal Island with a trip on a glass-bottomed boat. Watch seals frolicking and see kelp forests gently swaying beneath you from Circe’s famous cruise. Afterwards, explore the fishing village with a visit to the Bay Harbour Market, and of course – fish and chips on the rocks.

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Boulders Beach – Penguin’s Paradise

Boulders Beach is all about the Penguins! With it’s pristine beach, clear water and plenty of penguins, it’s not surprising that more than 60 000 visitors flock to Boulders Beach every year

Boulders Beach, with its wind sheltered bays and safe sandy shores, is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins. Only 50 minutes from Cape Town, a trip to Boulders Beach is well worth a visit.

Book a tour, enjoy the scenic journey and enjoy a few hours amongst these little guys. It’s great fun to watch the tuxedo clad penguins go about their daily routines of sunning themselves, guarding their nests or waddling across the beach.

 

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At Boulders Beach, the penguins have adapted quite well to camera-wielding humans.

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They walk and nest undisturbed just a few feet away from the thousands of visitors that visit every year. But, as cute as they look they can be quite feisty, so don’t try to feed them!

If you’re travelling with kids, be prepared to stay a while: the water is safe for swimming, there are rock pools to explore and granite boulders to climb on – it really is the perfect spot for a family beach picnic.

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We love this video clip! (Credit David Jacobs)  What a cute little guy – sometimes you just need to trust your ability!

Looking for a child friendly wine estate?

Last weekend saw the end of the Cape Epic. 8 days on their bikes, 739km and 16000m of climbing! An incredible week watching super fit athletes cycling in mountainous, dusty and very hot conditions.

Monday was time to relax! A day to reflect on the week, and celebrate with friends and family! So the question was posed,  “Where are we going to enjoy a day out in a relaxed environment?”  The only stipulation was to find a beautiful, child-friendly, wine estate.

The unanimous decision was Warwick Wine Estate. On Sunday we called to order the gourmet picnic for our party of 12 and on Monday we headed for the winelands.  I can’t think of a better way to start the week and as we parked the cars we knew we had made the right choice!

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When we booked we mentioned we had toddlers in our party so a table had been reserved right next to the water feature. An immediate hit!  T-shirts off and nappies on, the water amused the toddlers for hours.

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With the rolling lawns and beautiful views of the Kanonkop and Simonberg mountains, Warick certainly lends itself to the perfect picnic venue. Our party immediately chose a comfortable spot. Some sat around the table, other chose to relax on the grassy areas with blankets and cushions.

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The gourmet picnic was outstanding. Pretzel rolls (delicious!), cheese, trout, biltong pate, baby potato salad tossed in olives, sundried tomatoes & fresh basil vinaigrette; and for those with a sweet tooth, a cheesecake pot for dessert.

Plenty of delicious fresh food, chilled Warick wine and happy children certainly allowed everyone to relax after a tough and challenging week.

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Warwick is open 7 days a week.  Enquire online, 24 hours in advance or call  directly to make a booking.+27 21 884 4410

 

 

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