Monday 9 March 2015

Free and cheap things to do with kids in Cape Town

Having children can be expensive! There are nappies, teeny garments, sticky sweets, toys and school fees… so when it comes to entertaining them most parents like to keep the costs as low as possible. Fortunately for you there are family-friendly activities that exist in Cape Town that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Here is an overview of things to do with kids for free or for less than R50 to help you get through the child-rearing phase with your bank balance still more or less intact.

Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum
At this captivating Cape Winelands museum there’s enough to enchant both little boys and girls for a solid hour or two! The affordable, family-friendly venue is home to an assortment of vintage playthings and a wonderland of tiny replicas of farm houses, historical buildings and rooms complete with mini tables, cabinets, curtains, plates, beds, grandfather clocks and much more. Your little girl will truly enjoy the mini tea sets, porcelain dolls in period clothing and well-loved teddy bears. While the boys will appreciate the hundreds of Dinky Cars, trucks, convertibles, fire engines and motorbikes. The museum is fascinating for children, but it is also a delight for parents.
Price: R10 for children; R20 for adults
Address: Market Street, Stellenbosch

Treetop Canopy Walkway at Kirstenbosch
The spectacular botanical garden in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs is always a prime place to spend a day with the little ones, plus the treetop canopy walkway has made it even more of a fun-filled playground for the young-ones. Kiddies are bound to love the view from the top, the amazing feeling of floating above treetops and the fact that they can encounter twittering birds and frolicking woodlands creatures at eye level. Plus, much to parents delight, making use of the pathway is absolutely free – you just need to pay the basic entrance fee at the gate.
Price: FREE for children younger than 6, R10 for children between 6 and 17, R45 for adults 
Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands

Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm
This family-run farm is located just outside Paarl, and it gives the little ones a rare chance to view hundreds of live Nile crocodiles for next to nothing. Regular guided tours are run that take guests out onto fenced-in walkways that snake between ponds which hold over 1500 toothy reptiles! Kiddies even have the opportunity to hold a juvenile – an exhilarating experience for any child. Children can then spend the rest of the day running around and clambering over the outdoor jungle gym, playing in the indoor playpen or fishing for bass and tilapia in the on-site dam. There’s even a café selling croc pies, burgers, salads and more.
Price: R28 for children younger than 18; R48 for adults
Address: Babylonstoren Road, Simondium

When it comes to entertaining your young ones for free or less than R50, this doesn't mean simply sitting at home – no one wants their kids climbing up the curtains or swinging from the lampshades! Rather check out these cheap and fun things to do in the Mother City.

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Written By: Christine Romans

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