5 Things to do in Cape Town when it’s cold out

When one thinks of Cape Town, images of the beaches, mountain and winelands come to mind. What to do, however, if you find yourself in Cape Town on a cold winter’s day? Or just on a day when the weather is less than ideal? You’ll be glad to hear that there are still loads to do indoors in the Mother City. Here we look at five activities that’ll keep you and the kids entertained:

Indoor rock climbing at City Rock

City Rock is located in Observatory in Cape Town’s southern suburbs and offers indoor rock climbing facilities for beginners, experts and children. If you’re not a member already, you’ll have to pay a day pass at the door. If you have your own gear, you can bring it with. It’s highly likely that this will mean that do you have some experience climbing, but you’ll have to prove yourself with a quick belay or lead test before you’re let loose on the walls. If you’re brand-new to the sport, fret not – City Rock has gear for hire and they offer short introductory courses as well.

Cape Point where two oceans meet

Ice skating at Grand West Casino

Show off your ice skating skills at Grand West Casino’s ice rink. The rink is Olympic size, so there’s more than enough space to do so! Bring your own skates if you have, or simply hire a pair from reception. If you’re not ready to venture onto the ice just yet, visit their website to see what ice spectacles they have in the pipeline. These range from ice shows to ice hockey and figure skating championships

Marvel at butterflies and more at Butterfly World

Step into Butterfly World and it’ll feel like you’ve entered a magical alternate universe. The butterflies flit around you freely and might even take a breather on your shoulder if you’re lucky. The greenhouse is 1000m², so be sure to reserve at least an hour of your time. You can also expect to see indigenous and exotic spiders and scorpions, and a number of other small animals.

Interactive displays and exciting activities at The Science Centre

The Science Centre used to be in Canal Walk mall, but recently moved to Observatory. While the address has changed, the level of scientific wonder hasn’t. Visitors can experience weightlessness, control a ball with their brainwaves, inspect South Africa’s first electric car and step outside to a play a game of chess on the Giant Chess set. It’s the perfect mix of entertainment and education!

Indulge in a bit of culture at the Artscape

The Artscape is situated in the heart of the Mother City. It entertains locals and tourists alike with an assortment of cultural events. Go there for a spot of opera or ballet, or book your seat at a musical or comedy showcase, magic show or stage production. Expect to see local acts, as well as some of the entertainment industry’s biggest names and productions. With bar services available and a restaurant as well, you can make an evening of it.

  • Terrence recently had a delightful stay in hotel Green Point, in Cape Town and went to the Artscape for a show. He enjoyed himself thoroughly and is planning on a follow-up visit very soon.

Author: Muzi Mohale

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