Traveling to any place in the world with children takes a normal holiday and changes it quite considerably. Most destinations in the world do not cater for families with children, and this makes it rather difficult for the adults to be able to see all the sights that there are to see without having a babysitter that one can trust in place. However Cape Town, one of the most beautiful destinations in the world caters extensively for families with children, in fact from child friendly accommodation to wonderful restaurants to dine at, the Mother city has you and your little ones covered. Below is a short comprehensive list on where to stay, what to see, what to do and where to eat.
Where to stay
There is a wonderful hotel situated in the heart of the magnificent Stellenbosch, The Spier – www.spier.co.za. Their extensive catering for children is on a phenomenal scale. On the premises are two indoor play rooms, two bathrooms / toilets dedicated for the little ones, two undercover outdoor porches where the little ones can play as well as a huge outdoor play area. The magic of the whole idea around the children is that you could either be there whilst they take part in the activities which range from pizza and biscuit making, farm walks and feather arts, or you could go out to enjoy wine tasting or doing those things that one wouldn’t be able to do with the children. They have grand picnic options on the beautiful grounds, ot they have the scrumptious Hotel restaurant, the eight restaurant, which incorporates everything at eight. The nationally acclaimed Head Chef PJ Vadas makes every meal an absolutely mouthwatering experience. Overall The Spier with their divine conference facilities and rooms with inter-leading rooms to accommodate parents with children of all ages in one of the most beautiful settings in the mother city, is the best choice when traveling with the whole family.
If youre looking for something a little more like independent living then Wild Clover – www.wildclover.co.za is definitely a grand place to choose. The beautiful country like accommodation is self catering and has fireplaces for the colder evenings, wood is also supplied in the rooms. Wild Clover lies 20 minutes from the city centre, they have an exciting area called the ‘kids zone’ that is completely dedicated to the little ones, with a grand jungle gym, sand pits and monkey bars, there are also a wide variety of activities dedicated simply for the young-lings. With a beautiful setting, their dedication to children and the excellent on site restaurant as well as the brewery, Wild Clover is definitely an excellent choice when choosing accommodation in Cape Town.
What to see
The mother city has millions of things to see, in fact that is mostly what Cape Town is about, a party for the eyes, when it comes to parties, there is a real pirate boat experience to be had at The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront known as The Jolly Roger Pirate boat, they allow maximum 75 children on board and have the most exciting activities including treasure hunts, pirate shows, walking the plank and so many other activities that the children will love. They also offer private charters and the prices are extremely reasonable. The Jolly Roger fleet has expanded quite a bit and so there are many options to be chosen from. www.yacoobyachts.co.za
Then of course there is the whole reason of being in Cape Town and that is to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, Table Mountain. Of course hiking up the mountain with the children is something of a gamble, so taking the epic Table Mountain Aerial Cable Car is not only exceptionally exciting for the children with its 360 degree revolving floor, but its also a very magical experience for the adults. Up top Table Mountain is the wonderful restaurant, The Table Mountain Café, the children can also explore the summit with you and see the amazing enthralling views of the whole of Cape Town. Make sure to take your camera with as the photographs captured of your children up top the mountain will be priceless.
The Iziko Planetarium is another wonder for both the old and young. With a great museum sporting hundreds of exciting exhibitions throughout the year. The planetarium itself is a state of the art audio visual experience that allows one to view everything in the night sky, clearly and accurately, it is a childs absolute wonder, and the wonder of most adults too. Definitely a great idea.
What to do
Green Point Park is a phenomenally wonderful public park that has become a beloved place in the hearts of all Capetonian parents. There are wide areas for pedestrians and bike riders, children and adults to pass one another safely. There are wonderful shaded picnic ‘islands’ for the whole family. The entire park is safely guarded and the toilet facilities are kept spic ‘n span. There are wonderful playing jungle gyms for the children, so whether you are alone or with the children the Green Point Park is a wonderful choice on a hot sunny day.
Artjamming is a wondrous explosion of imagination, paint and they even have messy play classes that are designed for children from the ages of 8 months to 4 years. Artjamming provides you with an epic menu of non toxic acrylic paints on tap, brushes, tools, easels and 12 different sized canvasses. www.artjamming.co.za, is definitely a grand choice in entertainment for the whole family when entering the most artistic city in all of South Africa.
Dragonland is Table views proudly children friendly zone with intense amounts of activities for children and their parents. It is also perfect for those rainy days where there is nothing else to do. The entire dragonland is indoor and features a gaming arena, arts and crafts arena, a party shop, an exclusive bridal and designer wear shop, a dad’s corner, amongst hundreds of other exciting facilities. Dragonland is also completely wheelchair and pram safe, so on those days where the skies are grey, Dragonland is the most incredible option that there is, for the whole family. www.dragonland.co.za
Where to eat
Café Roux is without a doubt at the top of the list when it comes to children friendly places to catch a great meal. Situated in Noordhoek, which in itself has dozens of fabulous activities in and around the area, this wonderful restaurant borders on a farm village playground idea. They also cater for childrens birthday parties. www.caferoux.co.za
Primi Piatti has brought a new innovative idea aimed at the kids to the table, named Primi Pods, they have trained caregivers teaching children how to bake biscuits as well as pizza, coupled with other phenomenally exciting activities for the little ones, all this while the parents sit back and relax, enjoying one of the many scrumptious meals on offer from Primi Piatti. There is a Primi Pods in Sea Point, Constantia and Cavendish Square, as well as one at the V & A Waterfront. www.primi-world.co.za