It’s time for the winter school holidays and Cape Town is jam-packed with great events to keep the kids (and parents) busy. Here are our top things to do in Cape Town during the School Holidays: Table Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, City Walk and Groot Constantia …
Stargazing at the Waterfront
Enjoy live telescope views of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets during this exclusive free stargazing event. Find out more about astronomy in South Africa and learn about our unique southern skies, including the Big 5 of the African Sky!
Date/s: Saturdays: May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 5 & December 10 (weather permitting) | Time: 11:00 – 21:00 | Venue: V&A Waterfront Swing Bridge | Cost: Free
Theese school holidays, come and see some of South Africa’s most fascinating reptiles at the Reptile Garden. Taking place at the Watershed you’ll be able to see reptiles from rock monitors; to Monty the giant python and have your picture taken with twin boa snakes.
Date: 18 June – 18 July | Time: 09:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Jubilee Hall | Cost: R50
Browse through and purchase from our collection of over 5000 titles of books. Enjoy delicious threats at the International Café and chat with one of our crew about life onboard the Logos Hope.
Date: 24 June – 11 July | Time: Wed-Sat 10:00 – 21:30 Sun – Tues 14:00 – 21:30 | Venue: Jetty 2 | Cost: R5
The innovation Station is a play environment that fosters creative potential through open
exploration and play. Children are encouraged to learn through doing, following their natural curiosity to make, test and explore.
Date: 25 June – 10 July | Time: 10:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Centre Court | Cost: R20
Pumptrack is the result of many years of design experience in the bike structure and infrastructure field. They are safe and great fun to ride for all rider skill levels and are suitable for any size bicycle from: balance-bikes without pedals, to kid bikes and BMX, to full size mountain bikes. They are also great fun on “small wheel” sports equipment like: skateboards, inline skates and scooters.
Date: 27 June – 16 July | Time: 10:00 – 15:30 | Venue: Quays Deck | Cost: Free
For a full list of the V&A Waterfront Winter Programme, click here.
Free Access for Children at Kirstenbosch
Kirstenbsch Botanical Garden is inviting all children up until the age of 17 – FREE access to explore the garden in the winter school holidays
Date: 25 June – 17 July | Time: 08:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch | Cost: Free for children up to the age of 17
Kirstenbosch Winter Wonders Programme
Kirstenbosch will be hosting the Winter Wonders Programme. Full of adventure and family fun with; family treasure hunts and waste art workshops. Book with Sally: firstname.lastname@example.org
For details and a full list of Winter Wonder events, click here.
Date: 25 June – 17 July | Time: 08:00 – 18:00 | Venue: Kirstenbosch
Biodiversity and Waste holiday art workshop
Children aged 10 – 12 will learn about our rich biodiversity through group activities and a walk in the Garden. They will consider the value of biodiversity and the impact waste is having on it. Back at the Gold Fields Education Centre they will use items, usually discarded at home and school, to make a useful container, such as a desk stationery holder, to which they will add their creative flair. They will take these items home with them.
Date: 13 July | Time: 09:00 – 13:00 | Venue: Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre | Cost: R60
Nature’s Treasure Box holiday art workshop
Children aged 6 – 9 love this workshop. Through stories, games, art and a walk in Kirstenbosch they discover the many treasures that nature gives us. Back in the Gold Fields Centre they paint and decorate a box into which they put some of Nature’s Treasures and take this home with them. The workshop is led by our experienced education officers.
Date: 14 July | Time: 09:00 – 13:00 | Venue: Gold Fields Environmental Education Centre | Cost: R60.00 per person. Pre-payment is essential | Contact: Sally Hey, Jacqui Loni or Almuth Delius on 021 799 8670 or email email@example.com
From 1 June until 31 July – 2 x kids (aged 6-16) ride the funicular for free per paying adult. (Kids under 6 always ride free with accompanying adults).
Two Oceans Restaurant Kids Meals
One free kids meal per main adult meal ordered at the Two Oceans Restaurant (no take-aways). Kids must be present on site and the words “Kids Meal deal” must be said when ordering the food to claim the free meal.
Cape Point Logo Store Promo
Spend R400 or more at the Cape Point Logo store (adjacent to the parking area), and Lighthouse 5 (top funicular station) and get a free placemat and coaster set valued at R75.00.
Promotion dates: 1 June until 31 July | Time: 07:00 – 17:00 | Venue: Cape Point | Cost: R58 for an adult return ticket on the Flying Dutchman Funicular
Two kids go free during Cableway’s Kidz Season
The special sees two kids under 18 years ride for free (normal child rate R115) when an adult return ticket is purchased for R240 at the Lower Cable Station Ticket Office. Children will receive a treasure hunt map at the Ticket Office and vouchers to get fun freebies and sweet treats at both the Shop at the Top and at the Table Mountain Café. This 3-for-1 Kidz Season offer is valid on weekends, public holidays and during the June school holidays; excluding dates between 25 July and 7 August when the Cableway will be closed for annual maintenance.
Date: 1 May – 30 Sept | Time: Operating Hours | Venue: Lower Cable Station Ticket Office | Cost: R240 for an adult return ticket |Weather Permitting
Cape Town City via the City Walk
The Sky Tonight
An interesting live lecture on the current night sky is presented every Saturday and Sunday. You will receive a star map and be shown where to find the constellations and planets that are visible this month.
Date: From 25 June | Time: Saturday & Sunday 13:00 | Venue: Planetarium | Cost: Adults: R40 & Children 1-18 R20
Be entertained by buskers, dancers, drummers, street art, gamers and more … all along the route. #walkcapetown
Date: TBA | Time: 10:00 – 14:00 | Venue: Company’s Garden | Cost: Free
A trip to the historical Robben Island is perfect for older children, where they can learn about our history from the mouths of those who lived it. Let them explore the island and go on a guided tour.
Explore South Africa’s political past with an informative tour at the maximum security prison. But Robben Island isn’t just about the political past of our country, keep an eye out for the African penguins that are on the island…
- The ferry ride to Robben Island is an adventure in itself. If you are lucky, you may even spot some dolphins or seals frolicking in the waves
- Enjoy spectacular views of Table Mountain from the upper deck of the ferry Visit the Robben Island 19th century Lighthouse; the only lighthouse in South Africa to use a flashing light instead of a revolving light
- Go inspect World War 2 canons
- Visit to the limestone quarry where Madiba, and so many others, crushed limestone
- Buy a souvenir at the Robben Island Curio shop
- Scout to see Several shipwrecks
- Highlight of the day is visiting Nelson Mandela’s prison cell
The Robben Island Museum App was developed to offer users around the globe an opportunity to experience and explore the Island’s multi-layered history and sites. Download it from the Google Play Store here.
Ferries depart 9am, 11am and 1pm – weather permitting. You can buy tickets online or in-person at the Robben Island Museum.
Bring the whole family to the Groot Constantia Estate for a cellar tour. Learn about the fascinating wine making process, and the kids will be treated to a juice while you get to sip the award winning wines. R19 for 8 – 18 years old.
Groot Constantia offers fine dining at Jonkershuis & Simon’s Restaurant and gourmet picnics from Simon’s Deli. Pair great meals with their amazing wines while enjoying the spectacular views of the Constantia Valley. Sip on award winning wines at their tasting rooms or enjoy their Chocolate & Wine Pairing.
What are your favourite things to do in Cape Town during the school holidays?
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One Destination, 7 Unbelievable Experiences
There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 7, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 7 and still not tire of them. Find the 3 and 4 day itineraries and tips here.