Cape Town - Having a good time with your family shouldn't cost a fortune. That's why we've sourced some of the very best family experiences to do if you're low on cash.
Whether you're into outdoor adventure, art or going to the movies - we've got the best of Cape Town on a budget, right here:
Out & About
There's nothing better than fresh air, running around and seeing new sights with the family. Here are a few of our best budget-friendly options:
Cycle on the Sea Point promenade – The Sea Point promenade is the hub of family outings in Cape Town, plus you can teach your kid to ride a bike there! Try UpCycles. You pay R50 to hire the bike for one hour.
Cape Point Funicular – If you’ve been up the Table Mountain Cableway, or just don’t have the money to take the whole family up just yet… opt for this cheaper yet equally scenic option. Children pay R23 for a return trip on the funicular, adults pay R55.
Springbok Experience - You cannot call yourself the ultimate Springbok supporter until you've visited the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, in the V&A Waterfront. Take the kids ahead of this year’s rugby season. Families of four pay R180
Hike up Lion’s Head - Get a 360 view of the Cape Town for FREE. The hike can be a challenging hike for smaller kids, but children over 10 should do perfectly fine with mom and dad’s help.
Galileo Open Air Cinema - The outdoor movie season runs until Friday 29 April 2016, so take the kids now before winter sets in. Tickets are R70 per person.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – This is the perfect place for families. Pack a picnic and feed the ducks, or stroll through the beautiful greenery. Entrance to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are R55 for Adults, R15 for Children (6 - 17 years). Children under 6 years and BOTSOC members can enter free of charge.
Bounce World - This is every kids' dream - bouncing around in an area that's (virtually) hurt-proof. It's the largest inflatable play area in South Africa and entertains kids and adults of all ages.
Cool Runnings - Cool-Runnings is Africa's only toboggan track, where you can sit in a sled and go whizzing down the curving stainless-steel track…
The Ice Rink - Cape Town has a cool new way for the kids to beat the summer heat as SA's first outdoor ice-rink has opened up in here. With winter approaching, it's going to be even cooler...
City Rock - If your kids still have energy left, take them rock climbing. This technical sport will stimulate core strength in a a fun but safe and vibrant environment.
Scootours - These guys operate tours down Table Mountain and Signal Hill on the coolest looking, big-wheeled scooters. It's loads of fun, and an awesome, alternative way to experience Table Mountain.
Markets are free to enter and some offer awesome kids play areas and activities. A few of our Cape Town favourites include:
Oranjezicht City Farm Market - Traders make every effort to create links between urban farming and Cape Town’s history and heritage in this highly popular market.
Bay Harbour Market - The Market is located in an old fish packing warehouse in Hout Bay, which was revamped in order to aid new local entrepreneurs to make a living. Once you spend some time at this market, it is clear that the people behind it do indeed have a heart for the local community.
Watershed Market - The market also includes the Jubilee Exhibition Hall and smaller spaces which play host to world famous exhibitions, live entertainment and workshops, so the market space continues to be of value even in off-peak times during the week.
Neighbourgoods Market – The original hipster market of Cape Town, founded in 2006 already by entrepreneurs Justin Rhodes and Cameron Munro. The market is housed in an old sky-lit brick warehouse and courtyard at the Old Biscuit Mill in the industrial Woodstock.
Root 44 - This is the epitome of modern markets. They thought about everything; a playground for the kids, a marque tent to keep dry in the notorious wet Cape weather, wine (of course) and the best food in the Western Cape.
The Clay Café – This airy space located under Table Mountain allows children to pick a clay item they would like to decorate and get creative with decorating the 'blank canvas' of clay. It is a relaxed atmosphere with a green garden and jungle gym to play on.
Little Maestros – Classical Music Concert for Tots - The Young Blood Gallery in Cape Town is bringing classical music to “little ears” through the great classical musicians. Parents bring your child’s own favourite musical instrument for them to make their own music.
Artjamming - Children can spend the day with their friends in a safe environment creating something very special to take home. It’s all about the splashing, spraying and wild brush strokes.
District Six museum – An exhibition space to behold, and a part of history to teach your children about… This is a Cape Town must. Self-guided visits are R30 per person, a visit with an ex-resident / guide costs R45 per person.
Cape Town Science Centre - If your kid likes to blow stuff up, this place would make them go gaga. With more than 250 interactive exhibits and mind-boggling puzzles, it's a world of discovery.
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