World Family Day | Shimansky

International Day of Families on May 15th highlights the importance of spending quality time as a family. If you need inspiration on how to celebrate World Family Day we invite you to read on. We have a selection of top family activities on World Family Day with a focus on fun things to do in the Waterfront.

Are you in search of activities in the Waterfront for families? We invite you to book a Shimansky Diamond Experience at our V&A Waterfront showroom. Discover the fascinating three-billion-year-old story of a diamond’s journey from deep inside the Earth to its proud place in a prestigious Shimansky jewellery setting, and get a behind-the-scenes view of the Shimansky team of master diamond cutters at work.


The V&A Waterfront attracts roughly 24 million visitors each year, making it South Africa’s most-visited destination. When you consider how much it has to offer, this is hardly surprising. However, with so many choices it might be difficult to decide what to do in Cape Town Waterfront on World Family Day.

Of the many V&A Waterfront activities to choose from, few offer an experience quite as spectacular as Cape Town Helicopters: A bird’s eye view of Cape Town in one of South Africa’s quietest, state-of-the-art helicopters. Cape Town Helicopters offers a range of scenic routes around the Cape Peninsula with a marvellous view of some of the most iconic sights in the world. Gaze at famous landmarks such as Cape Town Stadium, Lion’s Head, Clifton and the Twelve Apostles from the sky, or be flown to one of the most breathtaking picnic spots you’ll ever see. Choose from a range of tailored experiences – from magical West Coast mussels and oysters with a “boma” on the beach, to the Cape Winelands where you’ll touch down for a gourmet picnic. You can even personalise your itinerary to suit your own requirements.

World Family Day | Shimansky


When it comes to kids-friendly restaurants in the Cape Town Waterfront, visitors are spoilt for choice. The V&A Waterfront is exploding with an eclectic mix of dining options that combine a warm, family-friendly atmosphere with exceptional food. One such gem is Baia, set in a prime spot at the Victoria Wharf with spectacular panoramic harbour and ocean views. Having earned the reputation for serving the best seafood platter in the Cape, it’s certainly a great place to celebrate World Family Day.


World Family Day | Shimansky

Gibsons Gourmet Burgers & Ribs is another great choice if you are in search of family restaurants in the V&A Waterfront. Famous for their export quality, grain-fed beef, Karoo lamb, pork ribs and gourmet designer burgers, this trendy, award-winning establishment is the perfect place to wind down after a day of family activities. And, with over 100 hand-spun “WOW” shakes on the menu, the kids will be happy too.


V&A Waterfront activities include an exciting mix with something for everyone. Whether you prefer the land, air or sea there is bound to be an adventure that will speak to you. Let’s explore fun things for families in the Waterfront that take you from land to the ocean: Step on board the TIGGER 2 Royale and enjoy the wonderfully exhilarating feeling of the wind in your hair and sea spray on your face. Spending a couple of hours on a 55-foot luxury Power Catamaran – the flagship vessel of the charter industry – is bound to be an unforgettable experience for the whole family. Whether you indulge in a lunch, dinner or sundowner cruise or reserve the vessel for a tailored private affair, the TIGGER 2 Royale experience will not disappoint.

World Family Day | Shimansky


When it comes to exceptional experiences, it’s often more about “where” than “what”. So, instead of asking where to celebrate World Family Day, rather consider the setting. After an exhilarating day at the V&A Waterfront, why not extend your Family Day celebrations at the luxurious Cape Grace Hotel where you can experience the very essence of Cape Town living at its best. Situated on a private quay between the bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina, there is no better place to unwind and appreciate the Mother City’s natural beauty. The Cape Grace Hotel love their younger guests and make it their business to ensure that they feel very important. So while the adults indulge in a sumptuous tasting menu, a rare whisky pairing or a luxurious spa treatment, the kids can enjoy one of the many activities specially designed for them, such as gingerbread decorating and Africa-themed story time. If you are wondering what to do on World Family Day, the Cape Grace Hotel gently whispers a welcoming invitation.

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Families in search of activities for kids at the V&A Waterfront might be pleasantly surprised to watch their youngsters in awe of what they discover at the Cape Town Diamond Museum. What makes this experience so refreshingly different from other activities in the Waterfront for families, is its captivatingly mysterious nature. A guided tour through the Cape Town Diamond Museum reveals the fascinating three-billion-year-old tale of a diamond’s journey from deep inside the Earth to its proud place in an iconic Shimansky jewellery setting.

World Family Day | Shimansky

However, the Cape Town Diamond Museum only makes one part of the complete Shimansky Diamond Experience, which includes a behind-the-scenes view of the Shimansky master diamond cutters and goldsmiths at work as they create unique, bespoke jewellery by hand. The experience’s final highlight is a walk through the Shimansky Jewellery Showroom where a wide selection of exquisitely designed masterpieces is on display: hand-selected GIA certified diamonds and tanzanite, set in glamorous gold or perfect platinum (perhaps the perfect opportunity to shop for the next big celebration). To book a complimentary tour, click here.