Spring is sprung and summer is hot on its heels! Dust off your peak caps and get those picnic baskets ready – the ‘fun’ season is on its way as we head towards the summer holidays. Read on for our best outdoor family entertainment ideas.
There’s so much more for the little ones to do than just sitting inside and watching the South Easter swirl outside, so why not take them out for a day of fun in the sun?
Cape Town has so many family-friendly events that will fill up your event calendar every weekend. Take advantage of the Mother City’s glorious weather with these fun outdoor family entertainment ideas.
5 Super Fun Spring Family Outdoor Entertainment Ideas
1. Acrobranch (Constantia)
Source: Cape Town Magazine
Fancy flying through the jungle just like Tarzan? Visit Acrobranch, located in the Constantia Nek forest and wind your way beneath the glorious Cape mountains. Acrobranching is for all ages and you have your pick of three courses: Acro-twigs adventure course (R110), the Monkey Moves course (R160) and the Swinging Tarzan course (R220) for the most adventurous.
All courses are closely monitored by safety guides, so you will be perfectly safe as you whip through the air and enjoy the sheer exhilaration. After you have had your fun, stop for a bite to eat at the restaurant on site. Please note, there are no picnics allowed and Acrobranch is a cash-free zone.
1 Hout Bay Rd, Hout Bay | 021 201 1121 | 09:00 – 17:00
2. World of Birds (Hout Bay)
Source: African Fusion Travel
This establishment has been going strong for the past 38 years. World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary is an independent institution that supports conservation on a global scale and has the aim of bringing a respect and understanding of nature to the public.
Bring the kids to the park for a day of beauty and adventure. Witness feeding times, interact with the primates in the Monkey Jungle, let the kids burn off some steam in the children’s playground, and enjoy the curio shop, the restaurant, a picnic area and so much more.
Feeding times for the birds are exciting as you get to see all the inhabitants tuck into their breakfasts and dinners.
- Penguins: 11:30 and 15:30
- Pelicans: 12:30
- Cormorants: 13:30
- Birds of Prey: 16:15:
Visit the Monkey Jungle from 11:30 – 13:00 and 14:00 to 15:30.
World of Birds relies solely on donations and sponsorships and offer yearly memberships which help greatly to keep the organisation running. The sanctuary is open 365 days a year.
Valley Road | Hout Bay | 021 790 2730 | 09:00- 17:00 | firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Green Point Urban Park (Green Point)
This voluminous park promises the perfect day out for the entire family. Dotted with numerous playpark and picnic areas, Green Point Park is an eco-adventure that will have you coming back any weekend you have free.
There is even an outdoor adult gym and workout area where you can try out all the equipment free of charge. Dogs and bicycles are welcome, please just ensure Fido is on a leash.
So pack the kids, a picnic and some sunscreen and head to this serene eco-park for a day of relaxation and good, old fashioned playtime in the Cape Town sunshine. Visit Cookies and Cream ice cream parlour which is just beyond the park for a sweet treat to top off a fantastic day.
There are tours available for R35 per person and they start at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00 each with an official guide. Email email@example.com or call the Visitor Centre on 021 417 0101 for more information.
1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road | Green Point | 021 417 0120 | 07:00 – 19:00 | firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Noordhoek Farm Village (Noordhoek)
Noordhoek has a relaxed and unhurried beat that you feel the moment you pass its borders. There is something about the ancient milkwood forests and the uninterrupted sandy beaches that just have your day made as soon as you arrive.
Noordhoek Farm Village is one of Cape Town’s ultimate gems and offers an enchanting experience under the oak trees for families, friends and visitors. Visit the tourism office to find out all the numerous activities and tours available each day.
The kids will love the massive playpark and a packed and fun-filled schedule prepared for a full day of activities every Saturday. This is perfect for mom and dad who can enjoy the art and wine on offer. All activities are free and take place between 10:30 and 12:30.
Village Lane & Noordhoek Mani Road | Cape Town| 021 789 1900 | email@example.com
5. The Giraffe House (Stellenbosch)
Source: The Great Adventurer
Take the kids on a mini safari adventure at The Giraffe House in Stellenbosch. The Giraffe House is home to giraffes (of course), eland, zebra, impala, springbok, monkeys, owls, storks, ducks, parrots, geese and lots of other creatures great and small.
The Giraffe House is the perfect place for the family to enjoy the sunshine, learn about wild animals and why they are so special. There are also educational programmes, creepy crawly encounters, snake encounters, a play area and a bicycle track.
While there is no restaurant, you are welcome to bring a picnic basket along. There is also a small kiosk available that stocks snacks and drinks. Please note, they do not allow alcohol on the premises.
Entrance is R50 for adults, R35 for seniors and R30 for kids under 15.
Corner of R304 and R101 | Stellenbosch | 021 884 4506 | firstname.lastname@example.org