Self-Guided Kid's Entertainment Tour of Cape Town, Cape Town (Self Guided)

Cape Town provides a lot of entertaining activities for kids. Some of the attractions are interactive and inspire creativity, while others such as the Book Lounge, the Planetarium, and the African Museum provide enriching knowledge in fun and exciting ways. Take this tour to explore the best places for kids in Cape Town.
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Self-Guided Kid's Entertainment Tour of Cape Town Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Kid's Entertainment Tour of Cape Town
Guide Location: South Africa » Cape Town (See other walking tours in Cape Town)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: JohnB
Plinka Plonka Play‎

1) Plinka Plonka Play‎

Plinka Plonka Play‎ is a funky playground and entertainment zone for the kids located in the center of Cape Town. Here your child will find a large playground area and loads of toys. You can be sure that your children will truly enjoy their time here. Take advantage of Tuesday's special offer, and play for the whole day for the price of one hour.

2) Artjamming

At Artjamming your kids will have the chance to become artists. You will be amazed at how creative your kids can be with some paint and a brush. The staff is very friendly and there are professionals ready to help inspire your kids. Artjamming is located in Shop 10 at the Wembley Square Mall.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
The Book Lounge

3) The Book Lounge

The Book Lounge opened in 2007 and rapidly gained popularity as one of the best libraries and bookshops in town. The place has several departments, of which two are dedicated entirely to kids. The store also has a coffee shop and a playground.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm; Sundays: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
South African Museum and Planetarium

4) South African Museum and Planetarium (must see)

A good way to spend an interesting afternoon, especially if you are looking for something to do with the kids, is at the South African Museum and Planetarium in Company Gardens.

There is something for everyone in the museum, from rock paintings to stuffed animals and skeletons. There are nine permanent exhibitions that trace the Earth from its earliest beginnings into the future and to the stars themselves.

In the Planetarium high-tech light and sound displays recreate the night sky inside a domed auditorium. You will learn about our galaxy and our place in the universe. There is also an impressive collection of meteorites.

In Virtual Earth you can take part in interactive displays about the planet and how the Earth is changing, not only through man’s clumsy approach to environmental protection but also through the natural shifting of the continental plaques and the upheavals within the Earth’s core.

Darwin and the Cape, African Dinosaurs and Boonstra Dioramas are different sections dealing with life on Earth back to over 300 million years ago, with dinosaur and reptile fossils and artefacts from the earliest human emergence on the continent.

In the Wonders of Nature section, you will find over 20 items, including ammonites, a turtle carapace, some amazing clusters of various quartz and an iron meteorite that is as old as time.

The best part of the museum is undoubtedly the section dedicated to marine life and the Whale Well, where you will be amazed by the skeleton of a huge whale, sharks and the reconstruction of a giant squid.

Why You Should Visit:
The entry-price is right and the exhibits are wonderfully curated. The coffee shop is quaint and well stocked.
The museum's highlight is on the ground floor – an excellent exhibition on ancient cave and rock paintings.

If you're here for the planetarium show, arrive early to save yourself a seat (it gets crowded!).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-5pm

5) Planetarium (must see)

The Planetarium is located on the premises of the South African Museum and is a must-see if you are traveling with your kids. It provides an extraordinary experience where you can explore the universe and the stars with your feet planted firmly on the ground.

The dome was upgraded with a new screen & projectors that bring the night sky to life with a 3D 180-degree view.
But, you don't just have to go to learn about the stars, as there are other kid-friendly shows as well (e.g. "Tilt" is amazing and also educational).
Merry Pop Ins

6) Merry Pop Ins

Merry Pop Ins is a kid's clothing shop and entertainment area. It has a good selection of clothing items at affordable prices. The shop organizes puppet shows, story readings, clown parties and other activities for kids on a regular basis.

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Create Your Own Walk in Cape Town

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Self-Guided Museums Tour of Cape Town

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Self-Guided Shopping Tour of Cape Town

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Self-Guided Tour of Cape Town's Garden District

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Self-Guided Art Galleries Tour of Cape Town

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km

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Whether you are in Cape Town for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cape Town has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cape Town, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.