10 things to do in Cape Town during the school holidays for less than R100​

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Tired of hearing “I’m bored” during school holidays? No problem! We are here to share some experiments that you should try with the little ones.

From indoor play parks, to spying on neighbors and space travel, to adventurous sea stories, rubbing fluffy afros and jumping on an “old lady”…

Our list of 10 things to do in Cape Town this school holiday for less than R100 will beat the boredom blues and help you let the good times roll by.

Have hours of fun on Playstation by Rush

Hip hip hooray, it’s time to play!

Playstation by Rush is a safe, fun and exciting way to spend the day climbing over, under and through everything. This indoor play park is perfect for children aged 2 to 13.

Slowly slide down a 4m High-Line course, testing your courage, balance and core capabilities.

Disappear into a maze of adventures, blocking your every move with fun obstacles. Slide down a 4 meter high slide that delivers thrills and tons of laughs. Cycle the Pump Track or practice playing for Bafana or the Proteas on the indoor astroturf.

Location: 10 Honeywell Road, Retreat
Price: From R30
Times: Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Call: 021 683 3841
Visit: playstation.rushsa.co.za/

Take a boat trip around the waterfront

Spot seals, ships and listen to marine stories while navigating the busy waterways of the waterfront.

Relax on an open-air boat as your captain takes you to breathtaking attractions.

Highlights include the SAS Somerset, the world’s last boom defense ship, the largest synchronized lifting drawbridge in the southern hemisphere, and other exciting attractions.

Note: The cruise is weather dependent and lasts approximately 25 minutes.

Location: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Price: Adult: R64; Child: R35
Times: 10am-5pm
Call: 021 511 6000
Visit: www.citysightseeing.co.za/en/cape-town/city-sightseeing-harbour-cruise

Focus on the descent at Cool Runnings

Do you have a need for speed?

Race down a 1.25km half-pipe on a bobsleigh and navigate the twists and turns of Cool Runnings, Africa’s first downhill luge track.

It’s completely safe and great fun for everyone. But if you don’t feel like having heart palpitations, go relax and enjoy a boerie bun, burger or pizza at their cafe.

Note: Closed when it rains for safety reasons.
Location: Off Carl Cronje Drive, Tygervalley
Price: Children: from R75; Adults: from R85
Times: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Weekends, public holidays and school holidays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Call: 021 949 4439
Visit: coolrunnings.capetown/

Visit the Alpaca loom

Since 2004, Alpaca Loom has had over 300 cute and furry animals.

Come in and rub their little chins and soft wooly afros at the petting zoo. Watch weavers spin the finest alpaca scarves, shawls and blankets, the perfect solution for Cape Town’s cold winters.

Or, enjoy mouth-watering cakes and freshly brewed coffee at the café, while enjoying the view of the Dromedaries and our Table Mountain in the background.

Location: Suid Agter Paarl Road, South Paarl
Price: From R20
Times: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Call: 084 793 3666
Visit: www.alpacas.co.za/

Play at Blue Train Park

For over 60 years, the Blue Train Park has given Capetonians reason to smile.

Have you always wanted to become a train driver?

Well, hop aboard the “Old Lady,” a blue mini train (not anyone’s grandma) for a fun 10-minute ride around the park.

When you’re done, enjoy the rest of the park’s facilities. Do kickflips and alley-hoops at the skate park, race with a friend on the dirt bike track or hold on as you hurtle down a 30m zipline and much more!

Location: Beach Road, Mouille Point
Price: R35 includes a free train ride
Times: Tuesday to Thursday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Call: 084 314 9200
Visit: thebluetrainpark.co.za/

Head to the Ostrich Ranch

Go on a wild adventure at Cape Town Ostrich Ranch.

Book a guided tour and learn fascinating things about the largest bird on the planet. Here, your guide will also explain the anatomy of an ostrich, how it lays its eggs, and the valuable products produced by these feisty, long-necked birds.

Capture some memorable moments with them or standing on them. (Yes, an ostrich egg can support the weight of an adult human.)

Location: Van Schoorsdrif Road, Philadelphia
Price: From R55
Times: 9am-5pm
Call: 021 972 1669
Visit: www.ostrichranch.co.za/

Take a marine walk

The V&A Waterfront has some of the coolest neighbors in town, and you don’t even need an invitation to visit. From otters and sunfish to seals, birds and jellyfish, these are just some of the animals that also call the waterfront home.

There are eight viewpoints across the area, where you can see how some of these animals live, feed, sleep, play and even breed… will your neighbors let you do this?

You can even help scientists by contributing to the V&A Waterfront project on the iNaturalist app. Download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play Store and join the V&A Waterfront project.

Location: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Price: Free
Times: 9am-9pm
Call: 021 418 3823 Visit: www.waterfront.co.za/marine-wildlife-walk/

Explore the planetarium and digital dome

The Iziko Digital Planetarium and Dome is the most advanced digital planetarium on the African continent.

This state-of-the-art facility brings digital technology to Cape Town, blending art, science and entertainment into a one-of-a-kind experience. Take a virtual journey through their 360◦ cinema, exploring everything from the outer layers of the solar system to the inner layers of the human body.

Location: 25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Price: Adults R70; R40 children with SA ID card
Times: Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call: 021 148 13800
Visit: www.iziko.org.za/museums/planetarium/

Skate at the rink

Hit an icy surface with your friends, family and everyone else this school holiday.

Lace up your shoelaces, put on your bomber jacket and hit the ice to slip, slide and twirl around an Olympic-sized arena, with pump jams and lekker vibes adding up to a great holiday skate session.

Little ones can experience some frozen moments on the small ice rink in the food court, perfect for getting their little feet moving and grooving.

Location: GrandWest Casino, 1 Jakes Gerwel Drive, Goodwood
Price: From R40
Times: Monday to Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday to Thursday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Call: 021 535 2260
Visit: icerink.co.za/

things to do during school holidays

Score a hole-in-one at Kids Village mini golf

Ready for a round of golf, tiger?

Visit Tygervalley Golf Village, a course for everyone.

No really, there are 27 holes, each with its own layout and African theme, designed for the smallest member of your family still in diapers or for veteran players.

From climbing challenges to various bridge crossings and much more, the course offers fun for the whole family.

Location: Carl Cronje Drive, Bellville
Price: Adults R50; Children R40
Times: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Call: 021 948 5673
Visit: www.thegolfvillage.co.za/kids-village/

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