South Africa’s Cape Town is definitely not short on family-friendly activities. From adventure parks for adrenaline junkies and family play parks with pedal cars and jumping castles to golf courses and science centers for the little ones, Cape Town has it all. Not sure how to spend the summer in South Africa’s Mother City? Check out our list of the best theme parks in Cape Town and other family-friendly attractions.
1 Cool Runnings
Kick-off your summer adventures in Cape Town with a visit to Cool Runnings, a theme park that offers activities for the entire family. Whether you wish to enjoy the park’s innovative drives together with your kids or just chill at the on-site café with a refreshing drink, a visit to Cool Runnings is a memorable experience. The good news is that the park is quite large and never gets overcrowded with visitors.
2 Bugz Family Playpark
If you are looking for things to do with the kids in Cape Town, a visit to Bugz Family Playpark should be included on your bucket list of places to visit. Suited for kids 2 to 10 years old, this play park is home to a variety of family attractions ranging from the indoor play area to the outdoor playground where you will find slides, merry go round, jumping castles, swing horses, pedal cars, mini-tractor rides and much more. There is also a lovely treehouse where the little ones can play.
3 Water World Strand
Water World Strand houses various water slides for both kids and adults. What is great about this place is they maintain the pools at different depths, which means that toddlers can also join the fun. Besides the water rides, Water World Strand features many other attractions such as the bouncing castle where kids can have fun after spending time in the water. In case you get hungry, there are many restaurants on-site that serve delicious local and international foods.
4 Planet Kids
No list of theme parks in Cape Town would be complete without mentioning the large indoor and outdoor play center called Planet Kids. Located close to the False Bay railway station, this activity center offers exciting custom-made play equipment and hosts all kinds of family celebrations including children’s birthdays and workshop programs.
5 Putt-Putt Course
Green Point’s Putt-Putt Course is a great place to practice your mini-golf skills. With two 18-hole courses, this family-friendly golf course is an ideal destination for the whole family. There is a small entry fee and larger groups of visitors can ask for a discount. Want to have some snacks while enjoying a game of mini-golf? Not a problem, as there is a tuck shop where you can score some cool snacks and other refreshments.
6 Blue Rock Adventure Park
One of the best theme parks in Cape Town, Blue Rock Adventure Park offers everything from the popular water bikes to zip-lining and fascinating water rides. It’s an ideal place to spend the day with your kids and you can even bring your own picnic to enjoy. Apart from enjoying water rides, visit the park’s outlets where they serve delicious foods including pizza, burgers, and much more.
7 The Cape Wheel
Located in the center of the city, the Cape Wheel is one of the most popular family-friendly attractions in South Africa’s Mother City. Step inside one of the 40 air-conditioned cabins and enjoy a thrilling ride and panoramic views of the city’s finest landmarks. It is a very popular attraction among tourists who come here to snap some cool photos and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city.
8 Two Oceans Aquarium
Apart from being home to many outdoor theme parks, Cape Town is also well-known for its incredible Two Oceans Aquarium. Take your kids to the fun touch tank or visit the aquarium’s play area which features nice puppet shows. Feeding of the penguins is also a big thing here, as well as jellyfish displays. Want to hear more good news? If it’s your birthday, you can enter the Two Oceans Aquarium for free.
9 Cape Town Science Centre
Science buffs visiting Cape Town will definitely want to pay a visit to the Science Center. From the large Lego pit and rubber bricks to dozens of interactive experiences suited for all ages, this extraordinary center has plenty of seriously awesome attractions to keep the visitors entertained throughout the day. Workshops, science shows, and chess tournaments can also be found at this amazing cultural venue.
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