10 kids activities in Cape Town for October holidays

With the October school holidays just around the corner, and the promise of a balmy summer in the air, now is the time to plan some fun activities to keep the kids entertained (and not glued to their iPads). Cape Town is fast becoming one of the world’s top child-friendly destinations, and with good reason. There’s so much to do in Cape Town with kids, from coasting up to the summit of Table Mountain via cable car to hanging out with the local penguin colony in Simonstown. Here are our top ten things to do with kids in Cape Town this October:

1. Visit the world-famous Two Oceans Aquarium
A guaranteed hit with the kids, the Two Oceans Aquarium is home to more than 3000 sea animals. Marvel at fish, sharks, turtles and octopi in this enchanting underwater kingdom. During the October holidays, there is going to be a Waterfront Waddle in celebration of African Penguin Awareness Day on 11 oct, there are craft activities and puppet shows at the AfriSam Children’s Play Centre at 10.30am, 1.30pm and 4pm, then a shark feed at 3pm on 12 Oct, and you just might catch the adorable mascot Samantha the African Penguin!

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2. Ride the Cableway to the top of Table Mountain
It’s kids’ season at the Table Mountain Cableway. Until 31 October 2014, two children under 18 ride for free and receive a treasure map with every adult return ticket purchased.

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3. Go to the theatre
Watch the classic tale of Cinderella as told by the Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company at the Nassau Theatre, Groote Schuur High School (4 – 11 October 2014). The tickets are R55 per person and can be purchased at Computicket.

4. Make it magical
Take the kids out for a day of magic. From the 6th to the 10th of October, the College of Magic will be at the V&A Waterfront presenting a cast of magical characters and unbelievable illusions. And it’s free.

5. Play at the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory
Boasting more than 250 interactive science exhibits and mind-boggling puzzles, the Cape Town Science Centre is guaranteed to keep young minds engaged and entertained. Check the link above before you go – they’re promising to post details of a special Spring Holidays programme.

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6. Go for a picnic
Visit the Intaka Wetlands at Century City for a ferry ride and picnic amongst a cacophony of rare and popular birds, as well as exquisite flora.

7. Give them some thrills
Boasting more than 30 different rides suitable for children of all ages, as well as several entertainment attractions, Ratanga Junction is an adrenaline-fueled day of screaming fun. Tickets are R172 for riders over 1.3m, and R85 for riders under 1.3m. They’re also running a ‘Win a PS3’ competition during the Spring season.

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8. Set sail for swashbuckling fun
Hit the high seas for a pirate adventure. The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat departs from Quay 5 at the V&A Waterfront every day in the late morning, at lunchtime and at sunset, and includes a live pirate show that will thrill the whole family.

9. Go Tobogganing
Take your little speed demons on a bobsled rush at South Africa’s first tobogganing track, Cool Runnings, situated on the hillside opposite the Bellville Velodrome.

10. Go ice skating or tenpin bowling

Always a winner, the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World has enough fun packed under one roof to keep the kids busy for the whole holiday period, including arcade games, ice-skating sessions at the Ice Station and ten-pin bowling at R45 per person.

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Michelle Randall

Michelle Randall is a writer with a passion for all things travel and parenting. She's written for Mom&Me, Move, Your Baby, Kasomu Travel Experiences, Sun International and many more. She's also an art director in the film industry and mom to a tutu-wearing, tadpole-hunting toddler with an attitude.

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