Butterfly World for Children and Families

Butterfly World Cape Town

photo-of-a-dog-with-butterfly-on-his-nose-hd-dog-wallpaperAnother delightful adventure for children, walk amongst the butterfly’s. Free and flying around you. Buy something to eat while you are there, great place to spend the day with the children. I see that they know have a spider room, fantastic for those little one’s interested in spiders, my son has a passion for learning everything about spiders.

So it looks like an all round adventure for everyone, contact details below. – Prices blow – Children Under 3 FREE

(From whatsonincapetown)

The largest free-flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa. An enclosed garden offers an array of colourful butterflies which flit around visitors. Other attractions include a reptile bay and spider room, for the more adventurous visitor.Refreshments and light meals are available from the Schmetterling restaurant.271768_original

Venue: Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl)
Time: 9am to 5pm daily (except Christmas Day)
Cost: Adults R 58  |  Children R 33  |  Families R 149 (2 adults,2 children)  |  pensioners/college students R 53  |  Children under 3 enter free

Tel:  021 875 5628
Email: esther@yebo.co.za
Website: www.butterflyworld.co.za


The World of Birds for Children

The World of Birds

Macaw, Blue-and-Gold PJ4aThis is a must for all families, pack your picnic basket for the day and take a trip to The World of Birds, It on one of the many benches and watch the flamingo’s on the lake. Wonder through the large bird enclosures and experience the birds around you. The last time I was there a bird wanted to perch on my shoulder. Magnificent Owls, Eagles and other fascinating birds. The monkey enclosure is great fun as these friendly fury animals try and open your hand convinced you have some treats for them. It can be a full days delight and will take you some time to get through this delightful journey.

These birds are rescued and re-rehabilitated, by amazing and wonderful volunteers. So If you have bird that needs help this is the place to take it, be sure to offer a donation no matter how small or large.

(Extract from Whatsonincapetown) below)

We have a place called monkey land where you can find these very naughty little monkeys

The largest bird park in Africa with over 3000 birds including numerous birds of prey, as well as reptiles and monkeys. Walk-through aviaries offer the chance for close-up encounters with a variety of birds and animals.

Venue: Wildlife Sanctuary, Valley Road, Houtbay, Cape Town
Every Day 9am – 5pm  (Feeding Times:  Penguins, 11.30am & 3.30pm, Pelicans 12.30pm, Cormorants 1.30pm, Birds of Prey 4.15pm)  Monkey Jungle open 11.30am – 1.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm

Cost: Adults R 85, Pensioners and Students, R55 (with card) Children R 40,  U3s Free.

Tel: 021 790 2730
Email: info@worldofbirds.org.za
Website: www.worldofbirds.org.za

The Lego Expo in Cape Town –

The Art of the Brick Lego Exhibition in Cape Town


img2600x2000_PanoramaPoster01Don’t miss the world-renowned expo at the V&A Waterfront that transforms a common kids’ toy into contemporary art

While Lego building bricks have delighted little kiddies for decades, come the end of 2014, these much-loved construction toys will be captivating South African adults too thanks to The Art of the Brick exhibition. This phenomenal display, which is the work of acclaimed New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya, graces Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront from Friday, 12 December 2014 until Saturday, 28 February 2015 with 76 colourful, large-scale figures and portraits made entirely from tiny Lego pieces.

Voted one of the world’s top 10 must-see exhibitions by CNN, the nomadic expo has already toured cities in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe, and now it comes to South Africa (it’s in Johannesburg from May 2015) to show locals how an ordinary game can be re-imagined as fine art.

The walk-through display, which will take up 1000m2 of the new Watershed building at the V&A Waterfront, includes everything from a 6m-long, 80,000 brick Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and multiple realistic human forms to interpretations of celebrated artworks, like the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo statue. Some of the awe-inspiring 3D creations even make significant social commentary, and every one is simply perfect in proportion and scale.

The whole event is evidence of the remarkable talent of master creator Nathan, who gave up a career in law to play with Lego full-time, and it’s also a tribute of sorts to an iconic children’s brand that’s both very familiar to all and also full of imaginative potential. “Everyone can relate to the medium since it is a toy that many children have at home,” the artist is quoted as saying. “But my goal with this exhibition was to elevate this simple plaything to a place it has never been before.”

Aside from the display, there will also be an interactive activation area focused on kids’ fun, family time and education. This zone will be home to PlayStation consoles, Lego building stations, The Art of the Brick merchandise, a kiosk and more, so that every member of the clan can find some extra entertainment.

Of course, the hungry can also find plenty of food at the markets and restaurants that surround this easily accessible part of the Waterfront… that is, if they can pull themselves away from the blow-your-mind highlights of this spectacular exhibition.


Tickets for the expo are available online via Computicket.com and cost R140p/p for adults and R95p/p for kids under 18 years of age. School groups of more than 20 children get charged at a discounted rate of R85 per child, and families of four also benefit from a lower combination fee of R395 (R99 each). From 12 December onwards, tickets will also be sold on site (subject to daily availability).

The expo will run every day between 9am and 7pm. Tickets are sold for specific one-hour time slots to avoid congestion, and no entry will be granted 45 minutes prior to closing time.

Looking for other ways to entertain the little ones? Have a look at our overview of 50 things to do with kids in Cape Town.

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Hansel and Gretel – A kids favourite

Natasha-Dryden-and-Steven-van-Wyk-in-Hansel-and-Gretel.-Pic-2-by-Oscar-ORyan-700x400The Baxter Theatre Centre in association with Canal Walk  present HANSEL AND GRETEL

Based on the fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
Adapted for the stage and directed by Fred Abrahamse, with music and lyrics by Marcel Meyer.

One of the world’s best loved fairy tales, Hansel & Gretel, comes to the Baxter this festive season in a delightful musical version by multi-award-winning duo Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer.

Performances take place every Monday to Saturday at 10AM and 12 Noon.

When the production premiered at Canal Walk it was listed as one of the Top 5 Theatre Productions of 2011 by the Next 48 Hours.

Respected theatre critic Peter Tromp described it as “perfect in every way. I cannot remember anything even approaching the sheer professional gloss of Hansel & Gretel. You couldn’t come up with more ideal holiday entertainment for the kiddies.”

Not to be missed, Hansel & Gretel is the perfect holiday entertainment for the entire family!

For discounted block bookings, charities, corporate bookings and fundraisers please contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962, e-mail sharon.ward@uct.ac.za, or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993, e-mail carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za

Dinos Alive Play Park – All Mothers out there

Dinos Alive Play Park

Tyrannosaurus Rex[1]22 December 2014 to 28 February 2015
Features nine life-sized animatronic dinosaur models, an excavation sandpit, face painting, PlayStation games and a kiddies birthday party area.

Venue: The Red Shed, V&A Waterfront, Breakwater Boulevard, Cape Town
Time: 10am  – 7pm (excl. 25 Dec)
Cost: R 50

Tel: 081 011 1718
Website: www.dinosalive.co.za
Facebook: Dinos Alive
Twitter: @DinosAliveSA