11 December 2012 by Denise Slabbert

Ten fun spots for kids

South Africa is a child-friendly destination, and there are a number of great places for kids to hang out. Here’s our list of 10 fun kid-friendly places to visit during the summer holidays.

Irene Dairy Farm in Gauteng is a great place for kids to go exploring


The Johannesburg Zoo
With 380 species of animals, there’s bound to be more than one to fascinate each member of the family. Rent a buggy to ease your way around this 54ha site.

Gold Reef City
Home to over 30 thrilling rides, live shows, music and games. All set in a replica 19th-century gold mining village, this venue has entertainment for toddlers to teenagers, and for mums and dads too. It includes an animal farmyard.

Montecasino Bird Gardens
Education for all with a strong conservation message. Tour the main aviary, see the daily Flight of Fantasy show, and enjoy a meal overlooking a flamingo pond.

The Sci Bono Centre
Educational and informative, there is lots of fun stuff to do for the kids, including a children's building site and fun experiments.

Near Pretoria

Irene Dairy Farm
This Centurion attraction is a great place for the kids to go exploring. There's a jungle gym, and kids can also watch the ducks. The Barn Restaurant is a great place to grab a bite for the whole family.


uShaka Marine World
This is Durban’s ultimate children’s playground, with water slides and pools, dolphin and seal shows, shopping, restaurants and beach activities.

Gateway Theatre of Shopping
This shopping centre in Umhlanga has a Wave House and Skate Park – a hit with older kids.

There are also loads of wonderful beaches in an around Durban. A bucket, spade and perhaps a boogie board, and the kids will be entertained for hours.

A bucket, spade and perhaps a boogie board, and the kids will be entertained for hours.

Cape Town

Ratanga Junction
Open over the festive season, the theme park at Ratanga Junction has over 30 attractions and 23 rides, ranging from kids’ rides to white-knuckle thrills.

Two Oceans Aquarium
The dolphin show and rockhopper penguins at this V&A Waterfront attraction will delight the kids. Young ones can also work off excess energy in the play centre next to the Shoreline Cafè, watched over by trained minders.

Penguin colony at Boulders Beach
Combine beach time with ecotourism at Boulders Beach, near Simon's Town, where a colony of African penguins have set up home. A small information centre offers information on these flightless birds. The beach is protected, and considered to be one of the best swimming beaches on the Peninsula.

Visit the following websites for more inspiration: www.jozikids.co.za, www.capetownkids.co.za, and www.momsmatter.co.za.

Category: Attractions

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