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Cape Town is a fantastic destination for families with young children. Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, indoor creative activities or something educational or entertaining suitable for all ages, chances are the city will have you covered.
Cape Town Science Centre is an inspiring place to visit for all members of the family. Though it’s specifically targeted towards children, adults will find plenty to keep themselves busy while children marvel at the 250 interactive exhibits and challenging puzzles. There are also special events during school holidays, including 3D printing and app-building workshops.
370B Main Rd, Observatory, South Africa, +27 213003200
If your child is a fan of books, you can’t miss the 11am Saturday Storytime at the popular Book Lounge. This bookstore in the Cape Town CBD hosts weekly free readings aimed at 3- to 8-year-olds. All ages are welcome, and there are snacks and coffee on sale as well. They also have a superbly curated collection of children’s books for purchase.
Also in Hout Bay is the popular World of Birds, which claims to be the largest of its kind on the African continent. They have more than 3,000 birds and small animals from all around the world in the four-hectare (10-acre) park, and the tropical garden is a lush reprieve on a hot summer’s day.
4914 Valley Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, +27 217902730
If you want to get out of town for the day, head down the N1 towards Klapmuts, where you’ll find Butterfly World. The focus at this entertaining attraction is obviously on the fluttering butterflies, but there are also dozens of other animals too, many of which are exotic pets rescued from unsuitable homes.
Route 44, Paarl, South Africa, +27 218755628
The Sea Point Promenade is a great place for the whole family to explore on their own schedule, but if you’re looking for specific activities, make your way towards Mouille Point. There you’ll find the simple but pleasing miniature golf course, and just next door the miniature Blue Train. Both are popular with young kids, but adults can join in too.