Yes, it’s true – the Mother City is renowned for its stunning beaches and beachfront restaurants. But let me let you in on a little secret…Cape Town is a hive of activity during the winter months and there are so many fun things to get stuck into!
So with winter and its chill starting to pinch at us early mornings and evenings, take a look at my top picks for family-friendly outings in and around Cape Town.
1. Tulbagh’s “Christmas in Winter” event
This is stunning family event, and if you book now, you can make weekend of it! The Tulbagh streets come alive with Christmas-esque decorations being employed in full force, a range of yummy food and an incredible atmosphere! I can promise you one thing – the kids will have a ball. Don’t miss out on this ‘cool’ event – it takes place on 23-24 June 2018.
More details here: https://www.facebook.com/ChristmasinWinterTulbagh/
2. Eastern Food Bazaar
My kids love trying different foods and engaging with different cultures, and this place is an option for exploring a range of cultures and flavours! The foods are exciting, different and are great for winter comfort eating – we usually do a walk through the Cape Town CBD to build up an appetite on a Saturday morning, and then stop by for a family lunch. This is an authentic Cape Town experience.
More details here: http://www.easternfoodbazaar.co.za/
3. The Harold Porter Gardens
Winter is the best time to visit, as the waterfalls are in full flow and are a must-see along with the amber pools! Set between mountain and sea, in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region, this is a great weekend “get outside” activity with the kids. The Garden Estate is the natural part of the garden and has several kilometres of nature trails providing scenic views of forests, mountains and coastline. Pack a picnic or reward yourself with a lunch at The Red Disa restaurant!
More details here: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/harold-porter
4. The Franschhoek Motor Museum
This is one museum that kids absolutely love – both my son and daughter enjoyed our latest visit immensely. Situated on the L’Ormarins Estate, the museum showcases vintage cars, motorcycles and bicycles. The condition of the vehicles are mint and many have amazing stories behind them. PS. A treat for mom and dad is to go wine-tasting on the neighbouring Anthonij Ruper Wine Estate.
More details here: https://www.fmm.co.za/
5. Classic Cape Town Train Ride
Always a highlight, take the train from Cape Town CBD to Kalk Bay or Simons Town, this is a family fun-filled activity! The scenery is stunning and there are so many lovely cosy lunch venues to choose from when you arrive at your destination.
More details here: http://cttrains.co.za/
P.S. Why not make it a party? I also find that going in a large group ups the excitement factor. Kids love having their friends experience life with them. So go out there and see what Cape Town has to offer.