V&A Waterfront Kids Activities July Holidays 2017

Looking for ideas on what to do with the kids during July holidays 2017? The V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has a wide variety of things for little ones to do, along with lots for mom and dad to enjoy as well. From Jolly Roger Pirate Boat cruises to the fantastic Two Oceans Aquarium, museums, restaurants and the Hamleys train that runs through the Waterfront, this July is sure to be lots of fun for all.

 V&A Waterfront Kids Activities July Holidays 2017

We love the Waterfront. Whether visiting during the hot summer months, to enjoy boat cruises, outdoor dining, ice cream on a bench overlooking the harbour or staying cool inside the mall, or the cooler winter months, where the mall offers a warm, dry retreat, there is always lots to see and do here. July holidays 2017 are a great time to head on down to the V&A to keep the kids (and adults) entertained for the whole day.

July Holidays 2017 at the V&A Waterfront

Wondering what’s happening over July holidays 2017? Here are some of the highlights that families can enjoy at the V&A Waterfront…

Hamleys Express

Hamleys is the first store to have their very own train. Hamleys Express runs every day, starting from the train station next to the Cape Wheel and running all the way to the Watershed. During the week, the train runs from 10h30 until 19h00, while it starts at 09h00 on Saturday and 09h30 on Sunday. Tickets are available at Hamleys (ground floor of Victoria Wharf) or the train station near the Cape Wheel. It costs R20 per person for a 15 minute ride. Visit www.hamleys.co.za for more info.

Chavonnes Battery Museum

Guided tours of the Chavonnes Battery are on offer daily. All guides are dressed in historical costumes, further adding to the sense of magic. Tours offer insight into the people and events leading up to the origins of Cape Town. The V&A Historical Walking Tour includes points of interest along with a number of interesting historical items, including the rocket lifesaving apparatus, the first power station, the last boom defence vessel and the rat catcher’s cottage. The Torture Treadmill can also be seen. Tours from from 09h00 until 16h00 daily and cost R35 for adults and R25 for kids and seniors. Bookings are essential. Email [email protected] to make a booking.

Jolly Roger Pirate Boat Cruises

Morning, afternoon and sunset cruises are all offered on board the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat. This boat cruise is sure to be a hit with kids of various ages. With plenty of action, adventure and things to see along the way, fun is pretty much guaranteed! Bookings are recommended. The boat has a capacity for up to 70 passengers. Tickets cost various prices depending on the cruise. For details, www.pirateboat.co.za.

Two Oceans Aquarium

Whether you visit for the daily shark feed in the afternoon, a penguin encounter or a chance to discover underwater wonders in the touch pool, the Two Oceans Aquarium is always fun for a day out. Highlights here include their predator exhibit, penguin area, turtles, and marine creatures from both the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans. For ticket prices and further info, visit www.aquarium.co.za.

Cape Wheel

Also known as the Wheel of Excellence, this larger than life observation wheel gives you an incredible view of the Waterfront and harbour. Rides last for 15 minutes, during which time you will be able to venture up high into the sky. The Cape Wheel runs daily from Tuesday to Sunday between 10h00 and 22h30, starting at 16h00 on Mondays. Tickets range in price – visit www.capewheel.co.za for more info.


Planning a longer stay? Browse our wide selection of places to stay in the Waterfront to see what we have on offer. Alternatively, you can also contact our super helpful bookings team who will help you find the perfect place to stay during your July holidays 2017.

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