Smartphones and iPads are indeed taking over the world, and more and more children are turning to these devices for some fun and games in the digital realm. Sure, there are some benefits to children using these gadgets, but getting them out and about in the real world for some fresh air and physical activity is incredibly important as well as it stimulates their imagination and helps them expend that boundless energy.

We’ve scouted the Mother City for some of the coolest things to do with kids- from excellent outdoor activities to educational outings; there’s something for every kid!


Cool Things to do with Kids in Cape Town


1. Scootours Adventures

If you are looking for adventurous, adrenaline-pumping fun for the whole family, then check out Scootours.  This eco-friendly activity lets you use non-motorised scooters to ride down the iconic Table Mountain and Signal Hill.  Essentially, you get to freewheel down these beautiful slopes and spend quality time with your children. Not to mention, this activity is perfect for little ones as young as four years old. All trips are led by professional, qualified guides. Scootours also facilitates birthday parties.  For more info: Tel: 082 776 0557  or email:

2. The Two Oceans Aquarium

If you want your kids to be endlessly fascinated, then a trip to the Mother City’s famed aquarium is a must.  A perfect balance of fun and educational, a visit to the aquarium offers insight into the diverse and colourful marine life that populates the Southern African coastline.  Kiddies can get up close and personal with some of the animals and marvel at the aquarium’s stunning I&J Ocean Exhibit. Tickets and rates are available online.

3. Iziko Museum Planetarium

For an out-of-this-world experience, a stop at the planetarium is a must! With various educational shows and talks on stargazing and astronomy, this City Centre gem will entertain children of all ages. As its website points out,The new Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent. This multi-functional, world-class facility brings digital technology to Cape Town – creating a space of innovation and discovery; where art, science and entertainment meet.”

4. Clay Café

If your little busybody of a youngster likes getting their hands dirty, then hop on over to the Clay Café in charming Hout Bay. The family-run business, which has been around since 1999, lets people of all ages paint and decorate unfired bisques (already made pottery pieces) and take home a customised piece of original crockery. What’s more, there is a beautiful garden and playground in which the little ones can frolic. The Clay Café is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm.

5. Damhuis Restaurant

With a designated play area and kiddies’ menu, Damhuis is the perfect family-friendly restaurant.  Parents can indulge in delicious South African cuisine and fresh seafood and take in the sea views while their children run around the sand pit or play on the various child-friendly apparatus. Not to mention, on weekends, a  qualified childminder is present, so parents can kick back and have a good time knowing their little one is being looked after.


cool things to do with kids in cape town


So, there you have it- come rain or shine, there’s always something to do with kids in Cape Town.

Be sure to check out the delicious seafood and traditional South African cuisine we serve at Damhuis Restaurant on our Menu.