Moms of toddlers will know the struggle of finding toddler friendly places to visit in Cape Town, or anywhere else for that matter. It’s a difficult age group to cater for as they’ve just learned to walk but aren’t quite strong or big enough yet for jungle gyms. So where to go? Because the last thing you want is a screaming, tantrum throwing toddler in a public place while your food is getting cold on the table and everyone is giving you the stare down!
Below is a list of what I consider as toddler friendly places to visit in Cape Town as they’ve definitely made our outings with the little rascal a bit easier. However, it’s certainly not a once-size-fits-all list. What we consider toddler friendly, might not necessarily be your cup of tea so consider this a guideline for where to start when venturing out in Cape Town with your little one.
Toddler friendly places to visit in Cape Town – as explored by us!
This list is a combination of baby activities in Cape Town and toddler friendly places that’s perfect for family gatherings. You’ll find indoor play areas, restaurants, wine estates and even a kiddies hairdresser that we’ve tried out with our little one! We’ve come to realise that our little guy is quite happy with a large grass area and places with limited restrictions that enables him to play and run freely.
Playdate Super Park – V and A Waterfront
This is probably one of the coolest indoor play areas in Cape Town. The fun park has various activities for all ages but the toddler activities are of course what we’re interested in! Little City is aimed at 0-6 year olds and features a mini-maze, large Lego blocks and life sized groceries to encourage learning. The first hour of play is free for under 2 year olds and the moms and dads will be happy to hear that Playdate also has a café and free WiFi.
Blasters Family Restaurant – Cape Gate
A family friendly restaurant situated in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, Blasters has a large indoor play area to keep the little ones occupied while you enjoy your meal. Kiddies are tagged with their name as well as parents’ contact numbers to ensure safety and easy identification of needed. Bear in mind that the play area is not divided into age groups so you might have to exercise caution with your toddlers.
Middelvlei Wine Estate – Stellenbosch
A large lawn area and sandpit makes for a happy toddler. Add to that a child-friendly Boerboel and Great Dane, as well an opportunity to feed the farm animals and you’ve got a happy little child. Middelvlei is great for summer outings with the kiddies as their signature boerebraai is best enjoyed outdoors where you can keep an eye over your little ones running around.
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Yesterday little explorer and I ran to #Stellenbosch to escape the heat!😰 Some would think that was a bad idea but sitting under those big trees really did help😎 Stellies Taproom is a eatery that serves picnic style lunches and of course craft beers for the parents😉 Everything is centered around this beautiful green lawn and they also have a jungle gym and cute ducks to keep the kiddies entertained!👍🏼
Joostenberg Bistro – Stellenbosch
This is another venue with a great lawn area for the tiny tots to run around freely. The Stellies Taproom is a picnic style eatery which serves food that you can enjoy outside on the grass. Joostenberg is ideal for family get-togethers and the venue has enough trees to provide shade for hot summer’s days. If you have a busy toddler like we do, you might have your hands full trying to keep them away from the geese.
Funky Frogs – Tyger Valley Centre
Funky Frogs is an indoor play centre situated inside the Tyger Valley mall. The venue has a separate play area for under 2 year olds which is supervised by trained child minders. However, parents can also watch over their little ones while having a cup of coffee. The toddler area has a small slide which leads into a ball pond. Besides the fact that Tyger Valley mall has dedicated breastfeeding rooms, Funky Frogs also has their own private area for nursing and nappy changing.
KidStation – Tyger Manor
A hair salon especially designed for kids! This is definitely the place to go to for your baby’s first haircut. They’ve got loads of fun activities to keep your toddler occupied and distracted from the snipping of hairs. Bubbles are blown by the staff and there’s even TV screens at each styling area to make the process as fun as possible. To celebrate your baby’s first haircut you’ll receive a cute certificate of bravery which includes a photo and a lock of hair which you can show to the rest of the family.
Bon Amis Restaurant – Durbanville
A kiddies playground – literally! Bon Amis is situated in the Durbanville Wine Valley on the popular Tygerberg Valley road and has a large outdoor play area complete with little houses, a sandpit and jungle gyms for all ages. The pond area is enclosed and the restaurant has outdoor seating so that you can supervise the kiddies. The only thing you might need to be cautious of is the forest path.
Damhuis restaurant – Melkbosstrand
Just 38km outside of Cape Town, you’ll find Damhuis seafood restaurant. Perfect for lunch or dinner with the little ones after a day spent on the beach which is conveniently just across the road from it! The beach sand covered outside play area has a little lighthouse and you can bring along the kiddies’ beach toys to keep them occupied with as well.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden – Newlands
Quite possible the best family picnic spot in Cape Town! Besides the wide open lush green lawn spaces, Kirstenbosch is also abundant in bird life and various plant species which is perfect for pointing out to the little ones. Our little one thoroughly enjoyed running around freely on the grass and having his juice and snacks outside on the picnic blanket. Toddlers love being outside and this is a great way to keep them occupied while spending quality time with the whole family.
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Overhex Bistro just outside Worcester in the Western Cape is the perfect stop if you’re tackling the world famous Route 62 with children.👨👩👧👦 They’ve got something for children of all ages and we found the under 3yrs toddler play area extremely helpful during our two stops at this wonderful restaurant. It’s helps that they’ve got delicious food and great wine too because they’re also the home of @survivorwines 😃 I’m always amazed at these 2 photos we took on the two occasions we visited – I mean just look at how fast our little explorer is growing!😱
Overhex Winery and Bistro – Worcester
This hidden gem is not in Cape Town but is the ideal place for a pit stop when you’re on a Route 62 road trip. Overhex is situated just outside the town of Worcester, 1.5 hours from Cape Town. The bistro has an indoor enclosed play area for under 3 year olds with artificial grass and cute little toy elephants to keep them amused. The premises also has a large lawn area if they don’t feel like being cooped up inside.
If you have any more toddler friendly places to visit in Cape Town to add to the list, please feel free to let me know in the comments below! You can also follow my little one’s Instagram account @liamcade – for more updates on toddler friendly places to visit.