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Play and get active<h2 class="sectHeading">Our recreational facilities </h2><p>Our outdoor spaces are among the most beautiful in the world, from parks and pools to outdoor recreation centres, mountains and forests. <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities">Explore our recreational facilities</a>. </p><h2 class="sectHeading">Parks</h2><p>Our environmentally friendly <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Smart%20parks">smart parks</a> are safe spaces with world-class facilities. They are kitted out with play areas, trees, picnic sites, and kick-about sports areas, allowing kids – old and young – to enjoy the outdoors together.</p><p>We’ve transformed rundown or unused public spaces into skate parks – recreation hubs where skaters and bikers can get together, have fun, and develop their skills. Contact our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Departments/Recreation%20and%20Parks%20Department">Recreation and Parks Department</a> to find out about skate parks near you.</p><p>Our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Spray%20parks">spray parks</a> are a holiday highlight for children in areas with limited access to recreational facilities. These environmentally friendly parks allow children to enjoy water play in a safe, fun environment.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Swimming pools</h2><p>Our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Swimming%20pools">public swimming pools</a> are a favourite among children during the hot summer months. Some of our pools are Olympic sized and include breath-taking views. Most are fully equipped with separate baby pools and springboard diving pools.</p><p>Learn how to keep your children safe in the water by reading <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/explore%20and%20enjoy/visitor-safety/general-safety-awareness/water-safety-at-pools-and-beaches">Water safety at pools and beaches</a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Community centres and recreation hubs</h2><p>Our recreation hubs, held in community halls across the City, offer a safe space for children to enjoy their free time. Find a recreation hub near you using the 'recreation hub' filter on our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Community%20centres">Community centres listing page</a>. </p><p>We offer fun activities including board games, life skills and fitness programmes, cycling, soccer, gymnastics and dancing. Programmes run for three hours a day, five days a week, and during holidays. With so much on offer, children never have to be bored outside of school hours.</p><p>Follow the City Connect link below for an introduction to some of our recreational programmes.</p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Activities-and-programmes/Sport-and-recreation/children-and-youth">Children and youth programmes</a></p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Beaches</h2><p>Cape Town is renowned for its beautiful coastline. Our beaches attract swimmers, surfers, windsurfers or people just wanting to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Our tidal pools are a perfect way for kids to explore our unique marine life.</p><p>Read more about <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/explore%20and%20enjoy/nature-and-outdoors/our-beaches-and-coast/our-unique-coastline">our unique coastline</a> or go straight to our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Beaches">beaches listing page</a> to find a beach near you.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Resorts</h2><p>Resorts are a great place to take the family for a weekend away to enjoy the outdoors. Cape Town has a variety of <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Resorts">coastal resorts </a>offering affordable accommodation that ranges from self-catering holiday cottages and chalets to camping and caravan facilities.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Sports fields</h2><p>We have a number of <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Sports%20fields">sports fields</a> across the City where local and visiting sports teams can enjoy playing cricket, hockey, soccer, athletics, and swimming. They’re well equipped with changing rooms and clubhouses, so they work well as a conference and team-building space too.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​Outdoor adventure centres</h2><p>Enrolling your child in a camp is a fun way for them to learn important life skills such as teamwork, communication and listening skills. Our <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-city-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities/Biodiversity%20parks/Princess%20Vlei%20Conservation%20Area">Princess Vlei Eco Adventure Centre</a> offers activities such as kayaking, bike tracks and obstacle courses. Not only do these improve fitness and coordination, they encourage teamwork and build self-esteem.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Hiking</h2><p> <a href="https://www.sanparks.org/parks/table_mountain/" target="_blank">Table Mountain National Park<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>, home to iconic Table Mountain, is a wonderful place for families to picnic and hike while enjoying our unique<a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/Nature-and-outdoors/Our-precious-biodiversity/Our-floral-kingdom"> floral</a> and <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/Nature-and-outdoors/Our-precious-biodiversity/The-capes-animal-kingdom">fauna</a>.</p><p>Read more about <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/explore%20and%20enjoy/nature-and-outdoors/mountains-and-hiking/explore-our-mountains-fynbos-and-forests/Explore%20our%20mountains%2c%20fynbos%20and%20forests">our natural heritage and outdoor activities.</a></p><h2 class="sectHeading">Wheelchair-friendly facilities</h2><p>Playing outdoors is just as important for children with disabilities. But as a parent with a child with a disability, getting around the city could be challenging if you’re not prepared.</p><p>Use the 'disability access' filter when browing <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/See-all-City-facilities/Our-recreational-facilities">our recreational facilities</a> to find City facilities that offer wheelchair access. To learn more about Cape Town's public transport options, read <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/family-care-and-support/family-with-disabilities/universal-access-and-public-transport">Universal access and the public transport system</a>. </p><p>Some of our facilities offer programmes especially designed for people with disabilities. Follow the City Connect link below. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading white-copy yellow bg-darker-grey"><div class="graphic"> <i class="info citycard">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>City Connect</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/City-Connect/Activities-and-programmes/Sport-and-recreation/People-with-disabilities">People with disabilities</a></p></div></div></span>GP0|#296eed3a-135a-4b6c-a4f6-b949b9c4a91b;L0|#0296eed3a-135a-4b6c-a4f6-b949b9c4a91b|Play and get active;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#e191a0d6-26c0-4f61-a521-0a26adc8ad68;GPP|#063a6668-d6cb-4c45-adaf-f559697b85fd;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711Encouraging kids to be active is good for their health and a positive way to channel their energy.0

 

 

 

 

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