Kids in Cape Town are rarely at a loss for entertainment or distraction, and parents will find that it doesn't take a lot of effort to keep their little expats occupied. There is an abundance of open space and natural attractions, as well as all the trappings of Western mall culture for rainy days.
Expats moving to Cape Town with children will be mercifully free of the drastic adjustments required in many other destinations. Provided they speak English, expat families will be understood by the locals. There are also many international schools and excellent English-speaking local schools to help minimise disruptions to an expat child’s education.
Activities for kids in Cape Town
Families in Cape Town can hike up Table Mountain or take the cable car to the top for an incredible view of the city. Areas such as False Bay, Silvermine and Cape Point are perfect for a splendid day out in nature, offering long walks with a wealth of wildlife and beautiful landscapes to appreciate.
For hot summer days, there are the city's scenic, clean and free beaches as well as the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with its breathtaking scenery and safe, expansive lawns for children to run around on.
A trip to the V&A Waterfront is guaranteed to be a fun day out. There are craft markets, boat rides, restaurants and shops aplenty to keep the whole family entertained. The world-class Two Oceans Aquarium is also found here and provides a fascinating and educational experience for the whole family.
Recommended attractions for kids in Cape Town
Boulders Beach (Simon's Town)
The whole family is sure to enjoy the unique experience of sharing the boulder-strewn beach with a large colony of curious African penguins.
Bugz Family Playpark (Kraaifontein)
The largest playpark in the Western Cape, Bugz Family Playpark offers a huge variety of fun activities to keep the kids amused for hours on end.
Scratch Patch (Simon's Town and V&A Waterfront)
Let the kids loose to search for precious stones, minerals and gems – they get to keep what they find. Families can also enjoy an 18-hole indoor mini-golf course set inside a 'cave'. The course comes complete with waterfalls and UV light sections.
World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park (Hout Bay)
Africa's biggest collection of birds is a delight for young children. The monkeys are also sure to entertain. A well-equipped play area and good tearoom complete the experience.
Seal Island (Hout Bay)
Take a short cruise out to Duiker Island for astounding views and a close-up experience of a seal colony.
GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World (Goodwood)
With ice-skating, ten-pin bowling, an arcade, laser tag and more, the kids are sure to be entertained at GrandWest. Parents often enjoy a meal or try their luck at the casino while the children occupy themselves.
►For more activities in the city, have a look at See and Do in Cape Town
"Picnics at Kirstenbosch Gardens, a visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach or spending a rainy day indoors at Two Oceans Aquarium are just a few of the things that are popular with families here." Read more of Shantalie's advice about expat life in Cape Town
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