Cape Town for Kids

Cape Town is a great gay-friendly place to travel with children and you will be welcomed here.

The main Cape Town for kids attractions are outdoors like the beaches, the botanical gardens and mountains, but there is plenty to see and do on rainy days too.

Cape Town Waterfront

For example, the V&A Waterfront is a shopping and entertainment complex situated on the Cape Town harbour that is popular with families. There is a world-class aquarium which features shark feeding, a magical kelp garden and touch exhibits especially for little ones. There are also movies, a scratch patch where you and your children can dig through mounds of precious stones, and regular events for kids.

When the weather clears up, there are seals and boats to look at in the harbour, and you can get on one (preferably a boat and not a seal) to visit Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.

Close by there is the Moulle Point lighthouse, near where you can board a miniature train, play putt-putt (mini-golf), and get lost in a labyrinthine hedge maze. The Planetarium in town has shows for kids, and is situated alongside Cape Town's historic public gardens where children can feed enthusiastic squirrels.

Beaches

Cape Town has a large number of beaches and sea and sand are enough to keep most kids fully occupied for hours.

St. James has a great tidal pool which makes it safe for kids to bathe (although a shark was washed inside the pool some time back to some parents horror), and Fish Hoek has a walkway next to the sea with access to many natural rock pools where all sorts of marine life can be observed.

You can observe African Penguins up close too if you head further along the coast to Boulders Beach in Simon's Town where penguins and humans share beach space.

Table Mountain

A trip to top of Table Mountain is de rigueur for most tourists, but the cable car trip itself can be particularly a fun Cape Town for kids activity. Active children will enjoy walks up, around and on top of the mountain, and walking up is a great alternative to the cable car.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

One of the most beautiful places in Cape Town, these gardens have large, sloped rolling lawns which kids love to roll down, as well as idyllic picnic spots and multitudes of plants, flowers, birds, streams and views.

Some other attractions for Cape Town travel with children are butterfly, lion, and crocodile parks; museums; farm villages (at one of which you can ride a camel!) and the World of Birds, where you can walk through cages filled with all sorts of birds - from the mundane to the flamboyant. Cape Town for kids that are a bit older and enjoy adventure is also great, with activities ranging from abseiling to shark diving.