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Ultimate Guide to Kids Activities in Pretoria

If you’re looking for a place that is overflowing with fun, diverse activities for children of all ages, then you should head straight to Pretoria. From canopy tours to mini train rides and absolutely everything in between, Pretoria boasts an impressive children’s social calendar. Here is a comprehensive list to kids’ activities in Pretoria. 

20 of the Best Kids Activities in Pretoria 

Shopping and Indoor Activities – for those rainy or cold days

The Grove Mall

The Grove Mall is home to Pretoria’s only ice-skating rink, a toddler water park, IMAX cinema and entertainment centre complete with tenpin bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, the 4D simulator, and classic arcade games. There is absolutely everything to keep children active and entertained here. Visit www.thegrovemall.co.za

Montana Family Market

For a diverse shopping experience and entertaining day out for the whole family, consider Montana Family Market. This fun, fleamarket-style complex has an enticing range of some 500 stalls selling everything from children’s toys and craft products to recreational equipment and luggage. Every weekend, the Montana Family Market hosts live entertainment and fun activities for the youngsters including inflatable archery, princess and farmyard visits, as well as pizza, candle and snow globe making. There is also a fantastic children’s play area. Visit www.montanafamilymarket.co.za

Compu-Kart Go-Kart Racing

Located inside Zambezi Mall, Pretoria North is the indoor, go-kart racing track, Compu-Kart. Drivers can compete in a fun, safe environment reaching speeds of 65 kilometres an hour. Visit www.compu-kart.co.za

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BOUNCE Indoor Trampolines

South Africa’s largest indoor trampoline can be found at Menlyn Maine. There is so much hippity-hoppity fun to be had at the trampoline slam dunk, big bag, dodgeball, and wall tramps in the performance area, as well as a unique adventure challenge course called X-Park that combines elements of climbing, jumping, and free-running before zipping on the aerial runway to the finish line. Visit www.bounceinc.co.za

 

Anja’s Tea Garden

Delicious meals, homemade cakes as well as hot and cold drinks can be enjoyed in the beautiful garden or cosy dining room of Anja’s Tea Garden. There is a great play area for the children while parents take some time off. Visit www.anjasgarden.co.za

Animal Fun for the whole family – Lovely outdoor days for all

The Zoo

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is the largest zoo in the country and home to more than 3 100 animals representing more than 500 different species including mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles. It has the largest inland aquarium countrywide, a well-appointed reptile park and the third largest collection of exotic trees in South Africa. Dedicated to conservation efforts, all enclosures are spacious and mimic the natural habitat. It’s a must-see. Visit www.nzg.ac.za

Esperanza Equestrian Centre

There are horse rides for older children and adults with pony rides available for the little ones. The centre offers lessons and even hosts fun holiday camps. Visit www.esperanzariding.wixsite.com/riding-school

Bester Birds Zoo

Centred on ‘conservation through conversation’, the zoo has more than 55 bird species and 40 varieties of animals. There is a large farm area for friendly interaction with furry critters. Visit www.besterbirdsanimals.co.za

Children’s Farm

Children’s Farm – or Kinderplaas - was founded in 1980 to educate children about domestic farm animals. Children are given the opportunity to contact farm animals by feeding and petting them, giving children a new appreciation for these domesticated animals. All activities are conducted in a fun, safe and interesting manner with guided tours on offer. Visit www.childrensfarm.co.za

Irene Dairy Farm

This quaint dairy farm is run by the fifth generation Van der Byl family, ideally located within the heart of the city. The farm has retained its old-world charm and children can witness Friesland cows being milked between 2pm and 3.30pm. There are two on-site restaurants serving wholesome food while farm-style home-baked treats and fresh farm milk are available in The Dairy Shop. There is also a children’s playground with the resident hens and roosters ready to welcome visitors. Visit www.irenefarm.co.za

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Graceland Fun Farm

Tucked away in Zwavelpoort Valley, Graceland Fun Farm offers a countryside experience surrounded by mountains and rivers just outside the city. Children will be kept entertained with the jungle gym, trampoline, bike track, tractors and more with lots of open lawn for unrestricted play. Visit www.gracelandfunfarm.co.za

Activities and theme parks – burn off some of that energy

Cedar Park Junction Theme Park

For an energetic, outdoor family excursion in Pretoria, Cedar Park Junction Theme Park is a definite must. Pedal boats, a zip line, train rides, animal viewing, a swimming pool and slide, jungle gym, jumping castle, mini bike track and trampoline will keep children of all ages entertained. Visit www.cedarjunction.co.za

Acrobranch

Really get to grips with nature on this treetop adventure involving ladders, tunnels, walkways and bridges forming an obstacle course across the canopy. The Pretoria North park has a three-hour high-flying adult course which is also suited to children over the age of nine years. Younger children can visit the Acrobranch in Centurion which has much smaller obstacles for the little ones. Visit www.acrobranch.co.za

Hazeldean Valley Kiddies Bike Park

Parents can enjoy a quick bite at the Cowhouse Market while younger children cycle in the safety of Hazeldean Valley. There’s also a cycling track for older children and all entry is free. Visit www.hazeldeanvalley.co.za

AdrenalinX Adventure Park

There are lots of action-packed outdoor activities at the park such as laser games, air-gun shooting, archery, rock climbing and abseiling, and a water park featuring a monster super-slide. There are presentations performed by instructors to ensure a safe day of adrenaline-fuelled fun.

Zita Park Paddling Pool

This Pretoria water wonderland has slides, pools, play parks and a restaurant…everything you need for a fun family day out. Visit www.tshwane.gov.za

Gotcha Paintball Range

With five different playing fields, there is terrain for all paintball enthusiasts and newbies. A game field is scattered with natural or artificial terrain, which players use for tactical cover. Game types can include capture the flag, elimination, ammunition limits, defending or attacking a particular point or area, or capturing objects of interest hidden in the playing area. This is truly fun for the entire family. Entrance cost is R140 per person. Visit www.gotchapaintball.co.za

Blaze Laser Tag

This mobile laser tag provider works in and around the Pretoria area, offering all ages a fun, interactive game of tag using laser guns. Visit www.blazelasertag.co.za

19th Hole Putt Putt

With two entertaining 19-hole courses, this is the place to enjoy some wholesome putt-putt fun. The ticket cost is only R50 per person and allows entrants to play three rounds.  Visit www.onestopentertainment.co.za

Thrashers Skate Park

Built in 1996, this is one of the country’s oldest skate parks and is the perfect venue for skateboarding, rollerblading, BMX, roller derby, inline skating and more.  It offers lots of transition and street obstacles including ledges, stairs, a funbox, pyramid, two quarter pipes and a death ramp. Visit www.thrashers-skatepark.co.za

 

 

Fun for kids in Pretoria