The Mother City is a fantastic destination for families with kids because there are just so many things to do in Cape Town.

And this is especially true for little ones, who can look forward to a world of adventure – whether they like animals, culture, shopping, or the outdoors.  We’ve listed a few suggestions for things to do with children in the City Bowl.

1.     Hint Hunt

Let the detective come out when you work together to solve the mysteries and puzzles at Hint Hunt to escape your themed room. This awesome family activity is at the Waterfront and offers a number of adventure options. Plus, they were recently awarded Cape Town’s Most Unique Experience by Cape Town Experiences.


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2.     Visit the South African Museum

The Iziko South African Museum in the Company Gardens is home to prehistoric fossils, stone tools, clothing from eras past, dinosaurs, and loads of marine exhibits, amongst many others.  The skeleton of a mammoth blue whale is always a hit for children and parents alike.


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3.     See the Castle

The Castle of Good Hope is right in the heart of the city and gives little ones the opportunity to explore an authentic castle, complete with dungeons and lookout points.

Castle of Good Hope

4.     Take a train

From the Royal Cape Yacht Club near the V & A Waterfront, take the steam train all the way to Elgin. This trip takes 3,5 hours and, along the way, there are stunning views of mountains, valleys and fynbos. At Elgin, the Elgin Railway Market is quirky and fun, with loads of food and entertainment. This trip is available on weekends.

5.     Explore the planets

The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome are guaranteed to get your children all kinds of excited. This adventure takes little ones into a cosmic world where everything feels a little magical and brand-new perspectives of the galaxy around us are revealed.


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6.     Take a Scootour

These non-motorised scooters are eco-friendly and easy to ride. Each tour takes you from Table Mountain down into the City Bowl. Children over 10 can ride their own scooters, while younger ones can hop on with an older sibling or adult.


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7.     Urban park pun

The urban park at the V&A Waterfront, called Battery Park, is all kinds of fun, and is within minutes of other popular attractions. It includes a skate park; courts for netball, basketball and soccer; and canals in which you can SUP (stand-up paddle) or canoe. And the bonus? It’s free!

8.     Two Oceans Aquarium

This is a no-brainer for anyone visiting the City Bowl. The aquarium has live exhibits, touch pools, shops and a restaurant. Stand in awe as turtles and sharks swim past, or be part of the chaos that is penguin feeding. It’s home to more than 3 000 marine and aquatic species.

Of course, these are just a few of the City Bowl attractions that are ideal for little ones. Others include walking tours, the Slave Lodge Museum, Greenmarket Square, feeding the squirrels at the Company Gardens, and the tunnel and dungeon tour.

Shark in Two Oceans Aquarium