The Easter long weekend is coming up soon and it's the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with the family!
There are four full days to celebrate and spend as you please. Better yet, Cape Town is the perfect destination to find fun activities that will keep everyone in the family entertained - from the youngsters to mum and dad and even gran and grandpa! As a destination, Cape Town and its surrounding areas offer a ton of fun things to see and do. This long weekend is your chance to experience a few!
Check out our pick of the best activities to keep the whole family entertained this Easter weekend below:
Take the family on a hike
Spending a few hours in nature is an oldie but a goodie! Choose your route depending on everyone’s fitness levels and ages. Try one of the popular trails like Lion’s Head or one of the routes up Table Mountain. You can also take a look at some Hout Bay Hikes here. Be sure to drink lots of water and wear sunscreen. Head out in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the heat!
Visit Noordhoek Farm Village
Head to Noordhoek Farm Village for a laid back day with great food and boutique shops to browse through. There will even be a morning of fun just for the kids on Saturday, 3 April with face painting, horse rides and more! Noordhoek Bunny Rescue will also be there to share some stories about their rescue center.
Also in Noordhoek, older kids and their families might enjoy a longer, scenic horse ride along Noordhoek Beach which is an amazing way to end the day!
Take a cruise around the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is one of the top attractions for visitors to Cape Town! It’s also filled with family-fun activities for travellers and locals alike. One super memorable activity is taking a cruise around the harbour. Choose to take a leisurely boat trip, a sunset cruise or even a pirate boat trip - the choice is yours! Looking for something slightly different? Take a trip to Seal Island in Hout Bay or cruise around the canals in the Waterfront to see the vibrant district from the waterways.
Go kayaking in Hout Bay
Grab a paddle and hit the ocean this long weekend! Hop into a kayak in Hout Bay and paddle along the beautiful coastline. See the stunning Chapman’s Peak and keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, penguins and sunfish! This activity is great for both beginners and experienced kayakers (do note that it will be weather dependent).
Soak in the sunshine at Kirstenbosch
Spend the day relaxing surrounded by nature in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Nestled on the slopes of Table Mountain, it is well-loved as one of the great botanic gardens of the world. Pack a picnic to enjoy on the lawns, explore the trails and stroll along the canopy walkway while you’re there.
Get your creativity flowing at Clay Cafe
This is a great indoor activity for people for all ages! At Clay Cafe, you can spend a few hours getting your creative juices flowing while hand painting pottery. All you need to do is book a table and show up - Clay Cafe provides the pottery and paints and will fire and glaze the pieces for you which you will need to collect in a few weeks time. Simply pick the item(s) you’d like to paint (mugs, plates, plant pots, batman sculptures… you name, it’s probably there!), grab your tools and start creating! Tasty food, coffee and sweet treats are available and there is an outdoor area for kids to play in at the Hout Bay venue.
Enjoy a picnic at a wine farm
Cape Town is surrounded by beautiful wine farms and estates. Several are home to magnificent lawns that are perfect for family picnics! Find a spot that tickles your fancy in Constantia or further out in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Order a platter or two, lay back and relax in a beautiful setting while the kids run around nearby. Mum and dad can even enjoy a glass of wine!
Catch a drive-in movie at the Galileo Open Air Cinema
Enjoy an old school evening with a drive in movie! The Galileo Open Air Cinema offers outdoor movie screenings at venues around Cape Town. Feel the nostalgia of a classic drive in movie experience accompanied by a great film and snacks! The Galileo also offers VIP and picnic movie experiences (on Wednesdays and Thursdays respectively). Take a look at the movie schedule here.
Discover the world below our feet at the Two Oceans Aquarium
Experience the wild wonders of the ocean at Cape Town’s Two Oceans Aquarium! Located at the V&A Waterfront, it offers a fully fun educational experience for people of all ages. See sharks swim, watch penguins gobble fish, wander through the exhibits and get a closer look at marine life at the touch pool and microscope exhibit.
Admire the art at the Zeitz MOCAA
For a touch of art and culture, pay a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (MOCAA) situated in the Waterfront’s Silo District. The museum is the only one on the continent dedicated to contemporary African art and the building itself is a marvel! Checking out the worldclass exhibitions is a definite-must for art-loving families!
Rent bikes and cycle along the promenade
Feel like a kid again while the family zooms along the Sea Point Promenade! Rent a bike and make your way along the winding Sea Point promenade (see if you can make it all the way to the lighthouse!). It’s flat and there are no cars, making it a safe and fun route for all ages. There are also bike rental stations in Camps Bay and the Silo District at the Waterfront for something different!
Hop on a segway and glide through the Cape Winelands!
Get your adrenaline pumping with a segway adventure tour through the winelands! Experience spots like Spier Wine Farm from a unique point of view - by segway! A guide will lead you through the farm and vineyards. Have fun while gliding from spot to spot - this will definitely be a wine farm visit to remember!
Whether you want to spend time outdoors, feel creative or get active, you can do it this Easter weekend. No matter your age or interest, and whether you are a local or just visiting, there is something for everyone in the family in Cape Town!