OUTDOOR CAPE TOWN SPOTS TO ENJOY WITH OR WITHOUT KIDS.

Even in winter, the sun gives us regular appearances and those of us with kids and cabin fever can once again let them loose (and ourselves) to enjoy the best this city has to offer. Here are a few places we regularly take Caleb for him to enjoy the sand, grass, ocean and brilliant outdoors in the city:

1. MUIZENBERG BEACH.
This beach signals the start of the False Bay coastline and what a splendid beginning it is. When the winter swell curls perfectly in a triumphant dance and the icy chill wraps itself around us, Muizenberg beach is still great for beach walks, play time (on those warm winter days), coffee at one of the many beach restaurants and dare I say a surf. I haven't surfed here in winter in ages (let alone surfed) but the waves truly are wonderful now- so if your kids are old enough, send them or yourself on a surf lesson with instructors from one of the surf shops. This beach tends to be windy, so make sure you and baby are dressed warmly and with a warm hat to cover their ears.

Muizenberg Catwalk:
This walk along the seaside of the railway is perfect with young kids, a pram and any shoes as it's paved. Unless you don't mind a little sea spray at one or two points on the road, go at low tide. It's fairly safe but always try to go in pairs or groups. This walk will take you all the way to St. James Beach.

2. SEAPORT PROMENADE.
Twenty five minutes in the opposite direction and just past Cape Town CBD will bring you to the Seapoint promenade- a hub for cyclists, kayakers, runners, parents and putt-putters. This pedestrian only zone is great to take your baby for a walk and also for time on the grass or in the park. Pancakes, icea-cream, coffee and snacks can be purchased all the way at the end near the Sea Point swimming pool. Bring a picnic blanket and relax on the grass in the sunshine with your baby.

3. SPIER.
Moving out to the winelands of Stellenbosch now, this is another perfect spot to picnic and enjoy playtime beneath the oaks and on the lawns. When the sun is out, the grass is dry and your baby can crawl about while you lunch outside Eight Restaurant or one of their other restaurants. Parents can join a segway tour or you can explore the beautiful grounds with you bub in a pram or carrier.

4. HOUT BAY HABOUR.
Mariner's Wharf is a popular place for us to grab Sunday afternoon lunch and what's great is that Hout Bay beach is right there for walks, playtime, a dip in summer ( or for some kids a dip in winter too). Go for walks along the jetty, buy ice-cream and coffee from the container outside. You can find lunch at Mariner's Wharf, Fish on the Rocks or Lookout Deck. Hout Bay beach can also get quite windy so come prepared.

5. MIDDELVLEI WINE FARM.
We gently discovered this gem of a wine estate in Stellenbosch where you can have a boerie braai (without having to do it yourself), feed the farm animals with your kids and in our case- go a tractor ride. This wine estate is the first one to bring a ‘kom kuier’ feel to the winelands and it’s such a beautiful area to lunch, picnic on the lawn with moerkoffie and enjoy the outdoors with your family.

6. ALPHEN GREENBELT.
Being so close to our place in the Southern Suburbs, we have often ventured here to take Caleb on walks on his pram. He is generally not a fan of being in his pram but we found that he would stick it out for a longer time when he can enjoy the river, trees and green area where horses, dogs and other families go on walks.

7. ST. JAMES BEACH.
One of the first times we took Caleb to the beach, it was here. When you don’t want to take your kids into the vast ocean, try a tidal pool first. St. James has a great one where you can enjoy the cool ocean but not worry about the waves if you’re not a strong swimmer. Families love this beach alongside the railway with its colourful changing rooms. Plus you can get there by train as the station is right there. St. James Walk
It’s a beautiful walk from Muizenberg Beach all the way to St. James on the roadside of the railway. You even continue walking past St. James beach all the way to Kalk Bay. Great exercise with or without a pram.

8. VERGENOEGD WINE ESTATE.
Together with the daily duck parade and ample lawn space for picnics, Vergenoegd makes for a wonderful wine estate to visit with your family. Book a picnic in advance, you’ll receive blankets, gourmet food and anything else you made need on the grass. Make sure you and your kids are nearby when the ducks make their way through the farm.

9. KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS.
If you’re looking for ample garden space with lawns, trees, streams, trails and beautiful fynbos and vegetation, Kirstenbosch provides some of the world’s best in all these areas. Pack your own picnic or visit one of the restaurants on site. Pram-friendly pathways and crawl-worthy lawns.

10. FISHHOEK BEACH.
Fishhoek is one of those beaches with a gentle break perfect for dipping baby toes into the water and going for a swim. There’s a lifeguard tower and a play park and you can buy ice-cream, lunch and coffee at the restaurant on site. There’s also a great ‘catwalk’ for a pram stroll.