Winter Family Exploring in Cape Town
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3 Things-To-Do with Kids In Cape Town During Winter

Brrrr… Mama, it’s cold outside! Question is: What do we do to keep the kids busy?

We all love the sunny skies and sandy beaches that Cape Town has to offer during summer, but when winter comes we all tend to head indoors, snuggle up on the couch (or in bed) and enjoy some quality time in front of the tv (or other technological entertainment). This may be your natural hibernation instinct, but what we tend to forget is that little ones want to be active, run around and explore. They’re not made to sit still for hours on end. Staying indoors and keeping ourselves busy with technology also causes us to be less active.

Whilst we sing the ol’ song of ‘it’s raining, it’s pouring. The old man is snoring…’, perhaps some insights as to what’s available for us to do during winter with the kids?

We’ve done the research and here’s our top three things-to-do with kids in Cape Town during winter that’s sure to keep them actively entertained in the cold months:

  1. Indoor Playparks
    Let your little one get rid of some energy in a fun indoor play area. Not only can you sit and enjoy the view of them climbing, sliding and exploring with a big smile on their face, but they’ll be sure to make some friends and work up a good appetite along the way. Our favourite play park has got to be Bugz Playpark in Joostenberg Vlakte. It’s any kids play paradise! Not only a fund place for summer, but their indoor play areas are ideal for the winter months.

    Better yet, if you’re stuck on birthday party ideas for your winter born child. Bugz Playpark’s got you sorted! A few themed party packages available – the most difficult part for you mom, will be selecting the guests!

    What’s more, they’re open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

  2. ArtJamming
    Adventure doesn’t always require running around. Sometimes, the biggest adventure can start with a mere blank canvas and a whole lot of imagination! Being a creative mom, more than the adventurist type, I simply love the concept of ArtJamming! With our closest branch being at Willowbridge Shopping Mall, ArtJamming offers entertainment through getting creative with paint, music and movement… they even offer Messy Play classes (and that means no cleanup for mom!).

    A special kids zone offers set 1-hour classes and they also cater for birthday parties. Read up more on these activities here.

    Creative, messy and great fun – indoor exploring has never been this fun!

  3. Indoor Adventures
    Get exploring and show your child a world outside of their own. Make use of the opportunity to add some education to your adventures and outing by visiting establishments such as the Two Oceans Aquarium or the Iziko Museums’ Planetarium. Learning about new and exciting places, things and creatures will sure bring up some memorable conversations and experiences with your little one.

Do you have any additional places of recommendation that we can add to our list? Share with us in the comment box below.


Out & About

5 Kiddie-friendly wine farms in The Cape Winelands

Living in Cape Town has a great advantage of never being out of options when it comes to entertainment for the family. One of our favourite outings as a family is to explore the Cape Winelands District (Stellenbosch, Paarl, Worcester, Wellington and Franschhoek) whilst enjoying all the delicious food, superb wines and family activities it has to offer. 

We always opt for places that are kiddie-friendly as this means the possibility of us staying longer is more likely than not. Whether it is a fun, jungle gym, a cookie decorating activity, a kiddie grape juice tasting or just a plain kids menu at the restaurant, here’s our family’s top five kiddie-friendly wine farms that we enjoy visiting… time and again. 

1. Joosterberg (Klein Joostenberg)

A firm breakfast favourite for us, Klein Joostenberg offers a great variety of things to taste, see and do. 

The Bistro offers open seating outside that’s ideal for parents who wish to keep an eye out on little ones playing on the grass or jungle gyms or swings. 

Giving that true farm feeling, a few chickens roam amongst guest sitting outside, which keep the kids entertained for hours on end as well. Indoor seating also has a ‘homey’ vibe that adds to the authenticity of the farm. 

The food is freshly prepared with a menu that caters for all tastes. 

The Deli sells fresh goods such as fruit veggies, flowers and herbs, preserves and a variety of pork cuts fresh from the butchery – a must before leaving as we love doing our weekly grocery shopping getting stocked up on farm fresh goods. 

As we usually end up doing the breakfast run at Joostenberg amd we’ve yet to explore other activities on the farm such as their wines or picnics.

2. Tokara

Probably my favourite, all time plave to visit as the views are simply breathtaking, the food is absolutely amazing, the wine and olive oils produced on the farm is simply divine and there’s a sense of true tranquility when I visit Tokara. 

Another breakfast destination for our family as I am simply in love with their Delicatessen! 

They have a beautiful play area outside with peacocks walking around on the grass area. The decor is simplistic and yet intriguing as it hosts all of the goods that they sell – from chocolates, olive oils, spices, kitchen goodies and load more). 

A kiddies menu is available for little ones and I’d recommend bokking before visiting as they get filled up quickly for breakfast.

3. Jordan 

Jordan, has got to be my second favouw ine farm in our area. As with Tokara, it has a tranquil vibe to it with friendly staff, the most amazing breads and charcuterie that you will ever taste. The bakery @ Jordan is a great place to. Isit with the family for a summer’s lunch  as you sit on the deck whilst the kids play on the grass area as you look out on the farm dam. 

We simply love the relaxed atmosphere that Jordan has and the wines that they offer are pretty damn good as well. We always end up leaving with a few bottles after lunch to enjoy at home at a next occasion.

4. Skilpadvlei

If you’re looking for a relaxing breakfast and getting the kids to play and release some of their energy the Skilpadvlei is ideal! 

Affordable and quality food and wine to enjoy – this is yet another firm favourite of our family with a visit almost on a monthly basis.

5. Under Oaks

Recommended by Granny and Grampa, this is a newcomer to our list of favourite wine farms in the Cape Winlands area. Specifically in Wellington/Paarl. 
Under Oaks is known for the delicious pizzas that they serve up alongside their wines.  The farm also has a homey feel to it with a fun play area for the kids outside on the grass areas. 

When visitig you’re most likely to end up being there for more than 2 hours as time passes so quickly and the fun just doesnt stop. Highly recommend the pizzas!

Next time you pop round to our neck of the woods, be sure to pop round to one these for a great day out for everyone!