Capetonian mom, Tanya Badenhorst shares some of her family’s favourite hangout spots for the December holidays.
Cape Town is a brilliant place to be during the summer months. There is no better time than the festive season to enjoy the beauty and magnitude of fun events and places on offer to visitors from near and afar. As a local family we love to explore the various fun kid’s activities in Cape Town.
Here are some of my family’s favourite spots in and around Cape Town this summer:
Cool-off at the Cape Gate Summer Splash
Capegate always goes out of their way to ensure shoppers with young kids have a fantastic holiday season. This year, your entire family can enjoy some refreshing summer fun at their tropical-themed water park. Your family will be entertained by a number of different water activities varying from paddle boats and a mini beach to a dunk pool, a foam slip and slide and various other beach activities. Loads of shade, seating and a refreshment station help to complete the beach vibe.
Where: Cape Gate Shopping Centre, the open parking area at Gate 4
Who: Kids 5 years and older primarily
Relax in the shade at Delheim in the Cape Winelands
The large grass areas at Delheim wine estate are perfect for a picnic where your children can run around freely, and you can relax. The restaurant offers a kiddies’ menu and offers highchairs for comfort, but no dedicated play area so I would definitely rather opt in for a picnic. Book your picnic basket in advance to ensure a fantastic family fun day outdoors.
Where: Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch
Who: All ages
Enjoy a picnic under the stars in the Paarl
We love this highly affordable evening outing. Experience a romantic night under the night skies on the beautiful Paarl Mountain. Stargazing picnics is the final product of a collaboration between the Afrikaanse Taalmonument and the Orion Observation Group. Picnic baskets can be brought, or for added ease, you can simply order your basket from the Volksmond Café. Here children can not only play on the jungle gyms, but also learn about the stars with a new appeal in the midst of astronomy experts and their telescopes.
Where: The Taalmonument, Suider-Paarl, Western Cape
Who: Teens and adults
Festive fun at the V&A Waterfront
This remains one of Cape Town’s most loved destinations. Here your family can partake in a wide range of festivities and fun events while visiting many great destinations nearby. The Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the many highlights of this destination. The nearby Silo District is an interesting space to be explored by the more mature family while the younger ones love the Summer Palace at the Centre Court in the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre.
Where: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Who: All ages
Be active at Acrobranch
At Acrobranch parks your family can enjoy great active fun and a little bit of adventure. Kids can release their energy swinging from trees or sliding down zip lines. There’s something to do for everyone in the family, no matter what the age and level of competence.
Where: Stellenbosch, Constantia and Wilderness
Who: Kids 3 years and older
More about Tanya Badenhorst
Tanya Badenhorst blogs for Things to do With Kids. She is an extroverted logical thinker who enjoys writing about products and services that solve problems and makes life more enjoyable. Being a scientist at heart with a love for life, travel, family, friends and universal principles she loves sharing brilliant suggestions that do just that so that you and your family have fun and share great times together this festive season.
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