It’s that time of the year when everyone pushes up their prices. The kids want to go out as much as possible but everything costs an arm and a leg. So I’ve put together a list of 5 budget friendly things to do with kids in Cape Town over the school holidays.
5 Budget friendly things to do with kids in Cape Town
Go ice-skating at South Africas first outdoor ice-rink at The Blue Train Park
• R25 per person which includes 1 free train ride • Children under 1 are free •
This park has been in operation for 55 years! It has the famous Mini Blue Train, an outdoor ice-rink, a 30m zip line, dirt bike track, cement pushbike track and other slides and park facilities. There are so many activities to keep kids of all ages entertained. They are situated in Mouille Point.
*They are closed on Mondays
For more information: The Blue Train Park
Horse riding at Oude Molen Eco Village
• Free entrance to the village •
This is our favourite spot. My family and I have visited this gem of a place so often over the last 3 to 4 years. The village is situated in Pinelands, not far from Pinelands Station. You will find wood and craft enterprises, food gardens, a farm stall café, and a horse riding school to name a few. We always go for the horse rides and the farm stall café. At the farm stall cafe you can enjoy a glass of home made ginger beer, home made lunches and treats and loads of organic veggies on sale. Theres a sandpit for smaller kids + a tree house for older kids.
Here are the prices of the horse rides:
Under 16 years:
- 3 min – R10
- 6 min – R20
- 15 min – R50
- 30 min – R100
- 60 min – R150
16 years and over :
- 3 min – R20
- 6 min – R30
- 15 min – R60
- 30 min – R100
- 60 min – R150
For more information: Oude Molen Eco Village
Picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens and enjoy scenic views on the tree canopy
• Adults R65 • SA Students (with card) • R65 Children 6 – 17 R15 • Children under 6 Free •
Pack your picnic basket and take the kids to this beautiful garden. The kids are free to run around all day. Enjoy scenic views from a stroll on the tree canopy at no additional cost. The gardens are open all year round from 08h00 to 19h00.
For more information: Kirstenbosch Gardens
Play or relax at Green Point Park
• Free for all •
This is an amazing, beautiful, and well looked after park. Theres something for everyone to enjoy here. It boasts 25000 indigenous plants, trees, shrubs, bulbs and ground covers, consisting of 300 different plant species. There are walking paths, cycling paths, and outdoor exercise gym, kids playgrounds, water features and picnic spaces. They offer paid guided tours too.
For more Information: Green Point Park
Explore loads of animals at Giraffe house
• Adults R50 • Seniors R35 • Children 2 – 5 R30 • Children under 2 Free •
I absolutely love this place! Its almost like a zoo, but bigger and better. There are so many animals to see. My all time favourite animal is a giraffe, there are just so so pretty with their curly lashes, full lips and stretched out necks. The interactive creepy crawly encounters are held at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00 on weekends and school holidays. We visited Giraffe House about a month after Cole had arrived, so I wore him in my baby wrap and walked around for hours with hubby and Liam. It was quite obvious that Liams favourite was the the interactive creepy crawly encounters.
For more information: Giraffe House
SO, that is my list of my favorite 5 budget friendly things to do with kids in Cape Town. Please add yours in the comments section below.
NB: This is not a sponsored post. These venues and activities have all been either visited or researched by my family and I. Furthermore, all prices confirmed in this article are as at the date of the article being published and are subject to change.
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