Things to do with children in Cape Town – Two Oceans Aquarium

When you’re in Cape Town, it is a must to visit the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.  There are multiple shops, catering for all sorts of shopaholics, brilliant restaurants and loads of entertainment for adults as well as children.  One of the main attractions at the V&A Waterfront, is the Two Oceans Aquarium and is definitely one of the things to do with kids on a rainy, cold winter’s day in Cape Town.

The aquarium opened on the 13 November 1995 and comprises of seven exhibition galleries with large viewing windows.  The enchantment of this aquarium is due to its location, where the Indian and Atlantic ocean meet.

  • Atlantic Ocean Gallery – This gallery allows you to discover the life of the Atlantic Ocean. Such marine life as translucent jellyfish, tiny and rare Knysna seahorse and giant spider crabs.
  • Holcim Activity Centre
  • Cape Fur Seal Exhibit
  • I&J Predator Exhibit – In this gallery you will see ragged-tooth sharks and stingrays. If you have diving qualifications you can dive in the predators’ tank.
  • Indian Ocean Gallery – Showcases six exhibits of marine life found in the Indian ocean. The anemonefish (a.k.a.clownfish) seen in the movie Finding Nemo and his friends and a wealth of other colorful fish can be found in this Ocean’s coral reefs.
  • Kelp Forest Exhibit – One of the aquarium’s biggest attractions, this underwater forest is home to shoals of silver fishes sparkling through the sunlight.
  • Sappi River Meander Exhibit

It is possible to scuba dive with ragged tooth sharks at the Aquarium if you hold a Padi Open Water Certificate.

It is also possible to host your child’s birthday party at the Aquarium where they set up a table in the restaurant with fun snacks and drinks.  They also take the kids on a guided tour around the building around feeding time for all the different animals, like the penguins and sharks.  They also go to the activity centre where the children can draw pictures, make cards, play in the sand or sit and watch the penguins.

Luke always loves going to the Aquarium and he loves telling us about all the different fish and what their purpose is.  It is definitely a very educational and fun place for children and it doesn’t matter how old you are, it is still one of the most fun things to do.

There are plenty more things to do at the Aquarium and if you go to their website: http://www.aquarium.co.za/ you will find opening times, their rates, about hosting your function at the Aquarium and loads more.ImageThere are rides in and around the Aquarium for kidsImageImageImageImageClownfish or better known as Nemo from Finding NemoImageImageImageImageImage  ImageThe jellyfish are definitely one of my favourites ImageImageImageLittle sea horses – they are just beautifulImageImageImageSome sharksImageSpider Crabs – they really scare me, so so big!ImageSome big lobstersImageImageAbsolutely love the penguins – Rockhopper PenguinsImageActivity centre for the kids where they can watch fish swim, the penguins and make some fun drawings ImagePlaying in the sandpit brings a lot of joy to the little onesImageEven the parents can partake in the fun activitiesImageImageKids love seeing how tall they are in comparison the penguinsImageImageImageInteractive touch screen TV – learn all about the different frogs and where they come from and liveImageInformation boards and TV’s all over the AquariumImageLove the African Penguins which are an endangered specie ImageImageBaby African Penguin – too cute.  Busy losing all his fluffImageFeeding time for all the Penguins.  ImageImageThey each have a name and can be distinguished from each other by the amount of black spots and how the black spots are scattered on their chestImageOne big frogImageThey even have snakesImageFeeding time and a guide telling us all about the different fishImageLoved seeing the fish being fedImageHand feeding the sharksImageVery scary sharkImageRagged tooth sharks….you can go diving and swim with themImageImageBig and scary sharkImageBeautifull stingrays

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Things to do with children in Cape Town – Ratanga Junction

It is very important to have children experience things in their life from an early age and sometimes we as parents wonder what can we do with them and what is “age appropriate”.  Well, I can tell you that Cape Town is one city which offers you with so much to do with children from all ages.  Luke (my son) is now 6 years old and I am always looking at things for us to do on weekends which the both of us would really enjoy.  I have decided to go on a journey of exploration with Luke on all the different things to do in and around Cape Town.  You will find photos and a review of how our experience was and especially what Luke thought of his day out.

I am going to start with Ratanga Junction Theme Park which is situated just off the N1 next to Canal Walk in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town.

More than 30 attractions including 23 rides ranging from Kids Rides to Family Rides and Thrill Rides for the more intrepid adventurers. The white-knuckle thrills and spills, are only one element offered by Ratanga Junction.

At every ride, they have a height measurement which acts as guideline to riders.  Kids can only go on the Thrill Rides should they be taller than the specified height measurement.  

Luke had a blast at Ratanga Junction and would love to go back there for another day of fun.  It was hard to get him to go home as all he wanted to do was go on the rides over and over and over.  Luckily for us as parents, they have food areas where you can get snacks, burgers, colddrinks and something sweet.

For more information you can go to: http://www.ratanga.co.za/ 

 

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As you can see, Luke just missed out on the Cobra.  He might look tall enough but he was standing on his toes just to reach the minimum required length.

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Luke absolutely loving the bumper cars.  Luckily there are ones for adults as well. 

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This was an absolute hit with the kids!  They didn’t want to stop going on this ride.

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Loving the swings as well

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Part of Ratanga’s Airforce

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Beautiful view of Table Mountain and The Cobra

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The amazing flying bus

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There are even some birds to look at like this beautiful Eagle

Ratanga Junction is definitely worth trying out when it’s nice and sunny.  The theme park is generally open during school holidays.  Their opening times and dates can be viewed on their website,  http://www.ratanga.co.za/