A new addition to the Waterfront, this urban park is a gateway from Cape Town’s CBD to the V&A. With loads of activities to keep the kids entertained – such as a scooter path, a high-quality skatepark and a multi-court for netball, basketball and soccer games, stand-up paddle boarding and canoeing in the canal – they won’t want to leave! So, bring a picnic basket and enjoy it on the lawn.
Why they’ll love it Your children will love the first-ever skatepark in Cape Town, built to world-class standards using lightweight construction. Features include: a bowl with a spine and pump hump, quarter pipes, layback banks, ledges and rails.
Opening times Daily, 6am – 6pm
Cost Free entrance, but you’ll need to pay for parking (parking is free on weekends)
Contact 021 408 7600, email@example.com
Where to find it Battery Park, Between Cape Town CBD and The V & A Waterfront
The Company’s Garden
This historic garden, first made public in 1848, is home to some important South African landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium, St George’s Cathedral, and the National Library of South Africa, to name a few.
In recent years it’s become a haven in the middle of the busy city, where tourists and locals can stroll, throw down a blanket, and feed the squirrels.
Why they’ll love it Lush lawns, giant Porky Hefer-designed birds’ nests they can climb into, and the ever-ravenous squirrels – not to mention close proximity to the museum and Planetarium.
Opening times Daily, 7am – 6pm (April – August); 7am – 7pm (September – March)
Cost Free entry
Contact 021 444 1901, Lindiwe.Mkhwanazi@capetown.gov.za
Where to find it 19 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
A little Eden in the middle of the Mother City, Green Point Park (managed by the City’s Strategic Assets Department) lies right below the Cape Town Stadium. Enjoy a spontaneous afternoon picnicking on the open lawn while the kids run free, or take a walk, run or cycle in the fresh air surrounded by the sounds of the ocean. Could an outdoor space tick more boxes?
Why they’ll love it There’s plenty of space to run around; a gated Tot Lot playground with swings, a jungle gym, slides and tunnels; and a bricked path along the water where they can cycle safely. Add to that, one of Cape Town’s favourite ice-cream parlours, The Creamery, is just a short walk away.
Good to know While the children play, adults can enjoy a bite at the popular Tea in the Park Café, whose spacious outdoor terrace offers wonderful views of Cape Town Stadium and Lion’s Head.
Opening times Daily, 7am – 6pm (the park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset)
Contact 021 444 4258, Nwabisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town