Hooray for the holidays!
Longer hours, activities for the whole family and exciting new animals make the Two Oceans Aquarium Cape Town’s preferred family destination these school holidays.
The iconic Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town is home to more than 8 000 marine animals representing over 250 species. Nowhere else can you experience quite as much of the diverse life that thrives underwater along the Southern African coast. The Aquarium prides itself on showcasing local species (with one or two wonderful exceptions), celebrating the biodiversity that makes our part of the world so unique and precious.
We have your school holiday plans covered! Join the underwater amazement at the Two Oceans Aquarium from 15 June to 8 July with fun and adventure for the whole family. Here’s what’s on offer at the Aquarium:
- 10h30 - Puppet Show at the I&J Children’s Play Centre
- 11h30 - Penguin Exhibit feed
- 12h00 - Feeding time in the I&J Ocean Exhibit
- 13h00 - Kelp Forest Exhibit dive feeds on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with presentations on the other days of the week
- 13h30 - Puppet Show at the I&J Children’s Play Centre
- 14h00 - Diver led feed in the I&J Ocean Exhibit
- 15h00 - Predator Exhibit ragged-tooth shark feeding (Sundays only)
- 15h30 - Puppet Show at the I&J Children’s Play Centre
- Plus: All day kids' arts and crafts!
The Aquarium will be extending its hours during this period, from 09h00 to 18h00.
During the school holidays, the Two Oceans Aquarium will, as always, be jam-packed with activities to keep landlubbers of all ages entertained, inspired, and warm. With the Aquarium’s extended hours from 15 June to 8 July (open from 09h00 to 18h00), there will be even more time to enjoy the wonders of this magical underwater world.
The Two Oceans Aquarium has extended its opening hours for you this holiday period:
- 15 June until 8 July open 09h00 - 18h00
We are open every day during this time. This means more time for you and your family to be surrounded by the wonders of the underwater world.
Exciting new exhibits
Discover a world of underwater oddities: Brand new batfish, crabs that craft their own armour, filter feeders that come alive at snack time and the strange colour-changing frogfish which uses its own fishing rod to catch its prey.
The three awesome large-scale exhibits – featuring amongst others majestic ragged-tooth sharks, tall waving kelp fronds, and turtles, stingrays and a full 10m-long tunnel – are complemented by many smaller exhibits that surprise and delight around every corner. Close encounters happen at the Touch Pool and Microscope, and five feeding times a day ensure that visitors are engaged and informed throughout their visit. While this is an awesome day out for children with lots of opportunities for interaction, we have it on good authority that adult curiosity and wonder are also awakened on every visit to the Aquarium.
#AfterDark19: Dangerfields and Twin Weaver will rock the Aquarium
Texx and the City and the Aquarium are once again joining forces to showcase some of South Africa's finest musical acts - join us on 26 June 2019 for local music sensations Dangerfields and Twin Weaver, promising an unplugged night to remember in Cape Town's most unique concert venue.
Members only! An evening at the Aquarium
On 3 July 2019, we will be keeping our doors open until 21h00 for anyone who has an active Two Oceans Aquarium membership. On the day, the Aquarium will be open to the public as per usual from 09h00 to 18h00; thereafter our members will have exclusive access until 21h00. No ticket sales will be available on the evening, but our Visitor Centre will be open for membership sales and renewals.
Get your face painted
A face-painter will be taking up residence in the Aquarium to decorate your kids' faces with all things fishy, fantastic and fun! Find the painter in the Aquarium on the weekends (that's 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 29 & 30 June and 6 & 7 July).
This comes at no extra cost - everyone visiting the Aquarium during this time is welcome to have their face painted.
Feeding time presentations
Every day, our divers and animal keepers hand-feed the rays, turtles, sharks, penguins and more in our large I&J Ocean Exhibit, Kelp Forest Exhibit, Predator Exhibit and Penguin Exhibit. During these feeds, a presenter provides insights and valuable information to those who have gathered to watch - that's right, our divers can talk to you from underwater!
Be sure to check the daily feeding time schedule before you visit, so you don't miss your favourite animals enjoying a snack!
Be part of the exhibit
Get hands-on with South Africa's ocean heritage at a wide variety of interactive experiences - feel coastal seaweed and invertebrates at the Skretting Touch Pool, peek into the world of the tiny at the Microscope Exhibit, uncover a coelacanth fossil and climb inside a live-sized turtle shell at the Turtle Wall.
And the fun doesn't stop there - little ones are invited to climb right inside the technicolour Jelly Baby exhibit, or be surrounded by beautiful orange clownfish in the "Nemo" display. Parents, get your smartphones out because these are the perfect photo opportunities to capture your Aquarium memory.
Come for the fish, stay for the puppet show
The Aquarium’s I&J Children’s Play Centre will host a wonderful array of activities aimed at our younger visitors. Interactive puppet shows with an important environmental message are held thrice daily at 10h30, 13h30 and 15h30. And if you can't get enough of the characters and their story, you can purchase a storybook to take home with you.
New scuba diving experiences, and old favourites
Have you ever wanted to swim like a fish? Visit the ragged-tooth sharks on their own turf? Or, explore an underwater forest? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, a Diving Experience might just be what you need these holidays. We have three experiences on offer, catering for all skill levels:
- NEW! Advanced divers can explore between the stems of giant sea bamboo discovering ocean wonders in the one-of-a-kind Kelp Forest Exhibit.
- Dive with the ragged-tooth sharks in the Predator Exhibit, suitable for those already able to scuba dive.
- New divers and veterans alike, explore the I&J Ocean Exhibit and meet turtles, stingrays and more. If you've never dived before, ask our Dive Centre about the same-day introductory scuba course at the Aquarium.
Meet the penguins
The Aquarium's much-loved African penguins are fed daily at 11h30 and 14h30 - visitors receive an educational and informative talk about these charismatic and endangered birds while enjoying their feeding antics.
One-of-a-kind Kelp Forest Exhibit
Africa's only above-ground kelp forest is back! This iconic exhibit has become a fast favourite for children and adults alike, and with such an amazing diversity of iconic species, it's easy to see why.
Every day at 13h00 our marine experts will hold a presentation in front of these giant algae - be sure to visit!
Museum Night V&A Waterfront
Explore the V & A Waterfront in a new light, after dark - it's Museum Night!
Get your Two Oceans Aquarium tickets for half-price from 5PM to 10PM on the eve of 27 June 2019. This is your chance to answer the question: do fish sleep?
Be sure to support our amazing neighbours too - Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Medical Museum, Iziko Maritime Centre, Chavonnes Battery Museum, Robben Island Jetty 1 Museum, Nelson Mandela Gateway Museum, The Cape Wheel and Everard Read / CIRCA Gallery are all part of this amazing evening.
Skip the queue and get straight into the action with your family - get your Aquarium tickets online here.
Want to come more than once? An Aquarium membership invited you a year of amazing perks and unlimited Aquarium visits.