What to do with kids in Cape Town
When on holiday with family, your vacation needs to include activities that are exciting and pleasant for everyone and cater to all generations. Renowned for its Floristic region, majestic landmarks and world-class beaches, Cape town ticks all the boxes for an awesome family vacation. It includes an endless list of things to do from historical experiences to thrill-seeking adventures. Not only is there an enormous collection of interactive and fun things to do in the Cape, but the welcoming people, breath-taking landscapes and the ease of getting around will surely make Cape town your favourite family destination.
Fall in love with the black feet penguins on Boulders beach
The Boulders beach, situated between giant granite boulders is where the colony of cute and cuddly birds reside since 1982. It’s a popular tourist spot since the African penguins are only found along coastlines of Southern Africa. You can spend a total treat of a day amongst the African penguins and massive boulders that protect the waters from the wind, making it calm and perfect for children to swim in. The Beach doesn’t have an entrance fee and is really packed during the so be sure to arrive early and secure a perfect spot for parking.
Discover Table Mountain
Explore one of the 7 wonders of Nature with your entire family. All three generations will be left awestruck as the cable car takes you on a rotating ride at 10 MPs to a height that’s over a 1000 ft above sea level. The 5-minute elevation will leave you breathless as you take a 360 flight above the majestic slopes of the Table Mountain. Be sure to dress warmly because once you reach the top a breeze cold air will embrace you. Once you complete the fabulous tour around the ‘table’, you can step into the table mountain cafe that offers a splendid dining experience with a wide variety of hearty meals, snacks and drinks to indulge in. You can also sit inside their Wi-Fi lounge and sip on some very high tea before the ride back down.
The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is one of the city’s top tourist hotspots that offers everything from diverse dining places and world-class shopping experiences to live entertainment and boat tours around its busy harbour. It’s the perfect place for both adults and children. You can ride in the Hamley’s train with your children, play mini golf or go on the famous Cape wheel for 360 top views of the colourful and buzzing city. Watch silver and golden statues come to life when change is dropped into their box, Listen to vibrant Live music played on the streets or watch dancers perform for an audience in the middle of nowhere. There’s never a shortage of entertainment for the family at the waterfront. You can also feast on diverse and delicious cuisines from an endless number of restaurants and franchises in the waterfront, the children can also enjoy delicious ice-cream from renowned outlets on a hot day. They can also participate in other activities like seal spotting, giant outdoor chessboards and art jamming.
Glide across the coolest place In town
Skate on the Olympic-sized ice rink at The Grand West Casino complex. The Ice Station is a place for kids and adults to engage in a fun physical activity. If you are not a pro, there are ice marshals available on site to assist you or you can just skate around the edges by hold the railing until you get used the motion. All the pain and handwork will be worth it once you start gliding across the rink syncing with the rinks the thumping music. If you have younger kids, they can skate at the smaller arena for children positioned next to the main rink. You can bring your own skates or they can be hired at the station for a small fee. Remember to bring thick socks for the hired skates and extra warm clothing because it’s usually freezing in there.
Swim with your entire family along the sandy shores of the St James’ beach. Children of all ages can enjoy the warm man-made tidal pool that provides hours of fun for them and peace of mind for you as it is safe from the wind and waves. It’s the ultimate kid’s delight where they can scatter around with their toys or make sand castles. This beach makes a picture perfect holiday with its rich blue waters with colourful wooden beach huts lined along its shores. Another beach that will leave your kids in delight is Camps Bay due to its fine white sands, calm and wind free waters. The tidal pool is located at the south end of the beach, It has a natural rock pool where you can enjoy a calm swim and catch breath-taking views of lions head and the 12 apostles that serves as a backdrop of the beach. Behind the beach, you can enjoy a superior dining experience with its top-notch seafood restaurants and mellow cafes. You can head to the Promenade Mall and shop at boutiques or visit the theatre on the Bay where you can experience the drama, comedy and musicals. If you can go a little off the beaten track, another relaxed children’s beach is Miller’s point. There is an attractive tidal pool and it serves as the perfect place to have a beach picnic.
Climb aboard The Jolly Roger Pirate boat
Let your child experience a day as a sailor with the Jolly Roger pirate boat that leaves daily from the V&A Waterfront. A full-blown pirate ship experience with an impressive sound system, splendid lighting, onboard braai and everything to make it an authentic pirate party. Kids will have an exciting and interactive experience from the moment they hop onboard and will be speaking the language of the sea once they arrive ashore.
Explore the Ocean at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Have you ever wondered what a real-life shark looks like from up close? Well, now you can be eye to eye with them. Explore what the Atlantic and Indian oceans have hidden beneath their surfaces all at one place. Children can explore different species of colourful fish that can be as tiny as their little pinkie to as large as thrice their size as excitement runs throughout their veins. You can forget to breathe as you come face to face with humongous sharks as they swim towards and inches past you. The aquarium also offers various diving and feeding experiences and they also have penguins with whom you can capture warm memories.
The Holiday experience in cape town can be so versatile that you will never be at the risk of being bored. You can enjoy history, culture, beaches, mountains, shopping experiences, festivals and so much more, all with your kids, giving them a well-rounded and fulfilling vacation.
Situated in the heart of Garden Route, Sedgefield is a scenic and serene town where you can slow down to soothe your soul with its placid pace and breathtaking beaches. Breathe in its southern breeze and let your spirit swirl with satisfaction.
Sedgefield is South Africa’s very own “Slow Town”. It received this status in 2010 after effortlessly meeting the slow movement standards of Cittaslow. It connects with its already existing concept of conservation beyond boundaries. The town continues to improve the quality of life by living a slow stressfree life, taking up less space, conserving nature, consuming fresh local produce and engaging in environmentally friendly practices.
Sedgefield is located between the Goukamma Nature Reserve and the Wilderness National park. What makes it perfect for nature lovers is the electrifying blue Indian ocean on one side and the greenery of Groenvlei lake on the other side. It offers a diverse set of activities for nature lovers, photographers and adventurers. Visitors can have the time of their lives on various beaches, sand dunes, watching sunsets, going on hiking trails and getting an adrenalin rush from paragliding activities. Here are the top 4 must do activities;
1. Gerickes Point
Gaze in awe at Gerickes point. This vast beach is rich in history that dates the 1960s when fishermen used to arrive with their day’s catch. If you look closely, you can still find some boating remains. Walk along this golden sandy shore at low tide and see its mesmerising sea life. Fascinate yourself with some of South Africa’s highest fossil dunes that decorate the beach. You can also sit on its calm shores and gaze up as paragliders add colour to the azure sky of this picturesque location.
A perfect escape for thrill seekers in this town is paragliding. Glide through the air and experience heavenly views of the vast horizon. FlyTime Paragliding offers electrifying tandem and motorised-tandem flights for you to soar freely over and above Sedgefield.
4. Myoli Beach
One of the local Sedgefield secrets is their golden seashore with clear waters and exquisite views. It is one of the top wave riding beaches along this coast and is perfect for surfers, kite surfers and stand-up paddlers. You can also cast your eye across the sea to spot dolphins and whales from their observation platform. It’s also a great place to loosen up little, sip on some cocktails and try exotic foods at nearby restaurants, beach bars, and a good selection of holiday accommodation.
5. Sedgefield slow festival
The Sedgefield Slow festival is a celebration for people of all ages to participate in together. Easter in this town pumps vibrancy into veins of everyone from children to the elderly because of the exciting activities ranging from glow in the dark golf tournaments, slow bike competitions, Trail races, water sports to intense potjiekos competitions and so much more. The town is filled with a sense of vibrancy from the sound of joyous laughter, enthusiastic cheers, the delicious aroma of traditional foods, and a colourful crowd, that will make you appreciate life a little more.
Sedgefield is a town suitable to escape from busy city life and settle for a more peaceful and calm time. It’s ideal for a weekend getaway or to settle and call home. It has all the aspects of a great town and a wide selection of accommodation right in front of the beach from luxury apartments to retirement resorts. This laid back beauty is where quality and simplicity triumph over quantity and complication. Sedgefield is indeed one of the best places to stay in and experience the slow stay in life.
The town consistently lives in harmony with its wonderful natural environment. Furthermore, the Cittaslow criteria have inscribed values that aspire to create a quality of life for all.