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Exploring Cape Town with the Little Ones: Our City Family Favourites

There is plenty of family fun to be had in the Mother City, but you don’t need to venture far to find awesome activities and adventures in and around the V&A Waterfront. Our recommendations are VIK (Very Important Kids) approved and are sure to keep you all grinning from ear to ear during your treasured time in the Cape.


Two Oceans Aquarium

Located in the V&A Waterfront and suitable for all ages.

Enter a watery world of imagination and fascination! Experience the incredible diversity of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans at the Two Oceans Aquarium. Home to over 3 000 sea-dwellers, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with multicoloured fish (the Nemo tank is a favourite), jellies, sharks, turtles, a shy octopus, penguins and reptiles. Read more about why we love this education and fun family excursion here.

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Cave Golf

Located in the V&A Waterfront and suitable for ages 4 years and up.

This is miniature golf with a difference. The 18 hole course is located indoors inside a man-made cave, so while you’re perfecting your putting skills, you can absorb some of the Cape’s cool underground atmosphere. Because it is indoors, this means that it is a great activity for rainier days. The course is compact, but it challenges you with vertical ramps, sharp corners, numerous obstacles and slanted putting surfaces, so even seasoned players might have difficulty maintaining a low score! Playing time is approximately 30 minutes, which leaves plenty of time to visit the Mineral World’s Scratch Patch right next door.

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The Scratch Patch

Located in the V&A Waterfront and suitable for ages 4 years and up.

Glinting Tiger’s Eyes, beautiful Rose Quartz, exotic Agets, and the twinkle of crystals. Discover the amazing mineral wealth of South Africa and spend hours selecting your own choice of semi-precious stones. This is a place where you and your little ones can have loads of fun ‘scratching’ for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor in abundance! If you’re lucky, you might even find some really rare and precious gems. The Aladdin-like experience is soothing and uplifting, and offers kids the chance to take home something special and ‘discovered’ in their own treasure hunt.

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The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum

Located in the V&A Waterfront and suitable for all ages.

Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

A must for rugby or general sports fans! The Springbok Experience is a world-class, modern interactive museum telling South Africa’s story through the eyes of Rugby – arguably our country’s most adored and iconic sport. With more than 60 audio visual displays, visitors are invited to watch the history of South African rugby unfold, set among cases displaying historic objects such as famous trophies, jerseys, boots and other memorabilia. There’s an animated painting depicting the first days of play, a moving map that shows how the sport spread across South Africa, an installation that uses light to detail how the Springbok badge has changed over time, footage of matches being played during World War II, life-size sculptures of iconic players, a wall where visitors can compare their own height to that of our current team’s players (you’ll feel distinctly miniature).

The biggest highlight (for children both young and young at heart) has to be the ‘Springbok Trail’ zone – where those brave enough can test their kicking, passing, fitness and reactive skills and then compare them to the national team’s standards.

Afterwards, pick up your Springbok jersey and join the ‘green and gold’ champions.

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Located in the V&A Waterfront and suitable for ages 2 years and up.

ArtjammingTM is just about the most fun you and your little ones can have with a paintbrush, sponge, or spray can.

Provided with a blank canvas in a choice of 12 sizes, non-toxic acrylic paints in no less than 45 colours, easels and brushes, all that’s left to do is don your apron and unleash your inner Picasso. No drawing or painting skills are necessary, but there are qualified artists on hand to assist with inspiration or guidance where required.

Art classes should be booked in advance as they do tend to fill up. To do so, email or call + 27 21 4255050.

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Hamleys Express Train

Located in the V&A Waterfront and suitable for all ages.

All aboard! The famous UK toy giant, Hamleys, has their very own mini train at the V&A Waterfront – the very first store to do so in the whole world. The Hamleys Express runs daily from the train station outside the unmissable landmark that is the Cape Wheel (situated at the harbourside shopping and entertainment hub of the V&A Waterfront) and stops at the Watershed, providing an exciting adventure for small visitors. With a themed conductor and the iconic Hamleys Teddy mascot aboard on weekends, they’ll clamber in with glee before chugging off on a tour of the waterfront, mall and surrounds. Mum and dad are welcomed to squeeze in too or walk alongside the choo-choo. After the 15-minute ride, swing past the Hamleys Store and exchange your train ticket for a Hamleys Badge that will enter you into the draw for a monthly hamper before exploring the array of toys – both traditional and cutting-edge.

Tickets cost R20 per person for 15 minutes and are available from the Hamleys store on the Ground Floor of Victoria Wharf or from the train station outside the Cape Wheel.

Train rides are weather dependent. Please contact the Hamleys store on +27 21 418 2927 or visit the train station outside the Cape Wheel for enquiries on the day.

Blog post by Tarah Darge

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