Holiday Fun in Cape Town
The Easter holidays are almost upon us, and parents all over the country are faced with the dilemma of how to keep a houseful of youngsters amused for two weeks. Enter the Mother City – entertainer extraordinaire.
The luxury of having easy access to Cape Town during the school holidays cannot be understated by the harassed parents of today’s times. This wonderful city is full of diversions to keep the younger set absorbed, and out of your hair for hours on end, and while the fun has to come to a halt at some stage, you can always count on outdoor activities to tire them into submission for most of the evening at least.
Cape Town’s many gorgeous beaches are a great place to start the day, with water to splash about in, rock pools to explore and miles of white sand just begging for some medieval real estate in the form of sand castles.
While some of the beaches in Cape Town seem reserved for the rich and famous Ray-ban set, there are loads of family-friendly stretches of sand where you can spread your towel out and relax while the children have a ball. Try St James’ Beach, Miller’s Point and, my personal favourite, Boulders Beach, with its colony of penguins for added amusement. Don’t forget your sunblock to avoid any unpleasant after-effects of a day under the South African sun.
I love picnics and relaxing in the outdoors, so when the beach gets crowded, I head off to Bishopscourt Village Park, with my brood in tow, to lap up the tranquillity of this secret garden in the city. Large grassy spaces, trees to climb and a stream to wade in, are a delight for the kids and I get to enjoy some much-appreciated downtime under a shady bough with a book.
Bugz Family Playpark is another treat for the whole family with both indoor and outdoor rides for the youngsters, as well as a restaurant for adult socialising, and at Planet kids you can sign your younger set up for the holiday programme which includes games, art, jumping castles and swings.
Artsjamming and Clay Café provide another creative outlet for children, with sculpting and painting activities, while story time at The Book Lounge is a favourite with youngsters from 3 to 8 years old.
These are just a few of the child-friendly options in Cape Town, ask for more at your nearest tourist information centre or at your Cape Town accommodation provider if you are visiting during the holidays