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Some ideas for sunny and bad-weather days to entertain toddlers and older kids:
  • Jock's Bay (Betty's Bay) is one of our all time favourites. This sheltered little bay is accessed via the delightful Denys Heesom Trail which is a very short downhill stroll leading to the beach with little cascading 'waterfalls' dripping down the rocks. There are rockpools on both sides of the little beach. The Bay is protected and offers safe swimming & body boarding for kids.
  • Fairy Glen Picnic Site and the Fairy Forest at the Palmiet River between Betty's Bay and Kleinmond is a must on windy days. A bit busy during the holiday season, the river and rockpools allow hours of fun while mom can relax in the cool water. There are various long hikes starting at the Nature Reserve here, but try this rewarding walk with little ones: Park your car at Fairy Glen. Walk through the picnic site as if to go to the river but continue walking a little further. Very soon you will find a sign to Feetjiebos (Fairy Forest). Continue until you find a very old, very small indigenous forest. A great site for a Forest Feast.
  • Rondevlei (Circular Lake) in Betty's Bay is a good place to teach a toddler to swim. You will have to wade quite far into the lake before reaching water deeper than (adult)knee deep. The water is clear and tranquil. Malkopsvlei/Bass Lake near the Central business district of Betty's is often contaminated and can sadly NOT be recommended for swimming.
  • There is a little stream at the back of Silversand's Beach near the start of the dunes. A brilliant location for building sandcastles as shallow digging near the water's edge creates lovely water channels. The water is very shallow during summer. More caution is advised during the wetter winter months.
  Stony Point Penguin Reserve
One of only 2 mainland breeding colonies on the coast of South Africa. The site at Stony Point has been declared a Nature Reserve. Please do not deviate from the path - a boardwalk /platform has been errected to allow easy viewing.
Kleinmond Lagoon and Play park
A popular spot to take the little ones for safe swimming. Adult supervision is advised at all times especialy with smaller children as there are some irregular holes/ sudden drops invisible from the shore.
The playpark is situated on a stretch of lawn next to the lagoon. Little boats can be rented during the summer months.