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Best Child-Friendly Places in Centurion Where Kids Can Be Kids (and Parents Can Relax!)

Let’s face it, our little ones have more energy than a power plant. So, when the weekend rolls around and you’ve exhausted your list of home activities, it’s time to explore kid-approved wonders outside your house.

In Centurion, playful adventures await around every corner. Whether it’s giggling in the playpark or savouring the yummiest kiddie-sized burgers in town, there’s no shortage of ways to unleash that pint-sized energy.

So, grab your adventure cap (and maybe a spare shirt for those messy ice cream moments) and dive into the child-friendly places in Centurion.

Kid-Friendly Attractions


Address: Nellmapius Rd, Irene

Phone: +27 12 667 4822

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 7 AM to 6 PM

Irene Farm is a delightful working dairy farm offering a unique blend of education and outdoor fun for families. When I visited, I was amazed at how interactive and informative the experience was, perfect for children and their parents.

We started with a self-guided tour, using the visitor map to explore the farm and learn about dairy farming. We were fascinated by the cows in the maternity ward, where they are closely monitored during the last two months of their pregnancy.

We saw the cute baby calves in their pens, where they get the care and food they need to grow. Many kids love watching how the cows are herded, fed, and milked.

Pro Tips:
For a hassle-free visit, download their app to quickly check the menu, place orders, and catch up on farm news. It’s the smart way to enjoy your farm experience to the fullest!


Address: 144 Edward Ave, Hennops Park

Phone: +27 79 932 8576

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Friday – 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 6 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 3 PM

PlayTown is a fantastic indoor play area and kids’ party venue that offers a variety of themed playrooms. It’s a kids’ dream come true with every kind of fantasy room and play equipment you can imagine.

Our kids had an absolute blast exploring the different play areas. They enjoyed the kitchen, gym, fire station, trampolines, and the impressive pirate ship with slides.

The booking system ensures the venue is never overcrowded, allowing children to enjoy their playtime without too much hustle. For parents, there’s the added bonus of free Wi-Fi, ample parking space, and bottomless coffee.

Pro Tips:
Head to their eatery for tasty treats like garlic rolls, chicken bites, and small pizzas. Warm up with a choco milk, chai, or mochaccino, with the option to refill your cup!

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Address: Portion 37, Sterkfontein Ave, Doringkloof

Phone: +27 63 690 2583 

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 9 AM to 4:30 PM

Willow Feather Farm in Centurion is a beautifully maintained farm that offers a charming experience with a low entrance fee!

The kids loved feeding the various animals, from alpacas to potbelly pigs, with the provided animal feed bags. The play areas, including a soft-play section for toddlers and a jumping castle for the older kids, kept everyone entertained for hours.

I enjoyed the tranquillity of the gardens and the nursery walkway, which felt like a serene forest escape. It’s a perfect venue for a picnic while the little ones explore and play.

Pro Tips:
Keep an eye on an animal’s eyes, fur, and ears for clues about how they feel. For instance, if a goat’s fur stands up or an animal flattens its ears, give it space to keep things calm and safe.

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Address: Roosmaryn Pl, Rooihuiskraal North

Phone: +27 82 577 3611 

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 7 AM to 3 PM

Bishop Bird Park is a hidden gem nestled in a secure residential area. It’s easy to find, and the best part is that entrance is free. 

When we visited, we parked under the shady trees and set off on one of the many easy trails through the park. The kids had a blast spotting different animals like birds, bucks, meerkats, rabbits, and even a few friendly cats.

There are benches along the way for rest stops and bins to keep the park clean. We also found a perfect picnic spot with tables and seats under shady trees near the parking lot.

Pro Tips:
Encourage kids to use their ears more than their eyes to discover birds. They’ll be surprised by the variety of sounds, and it’ll make spotting them much easier later on.


Address: 1023 Lenchen Ave, Centurion Central

Phone: +27 66 590 5154

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Friday – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 9 AM to 6 PM

Mickey’s Play Café is a vibrant indoor children’s entertainment centre. I was impressed by how the café is conveniently located across from the play area, making it easy to keep an eye on the kids while enjoying a meal.

From toddlers to tweens, there’s something for every age group with a variety of toys and activities designed to spark creativity and encourage active play. I also appreciated the all-day, unlimited play rate.

The café offers a delightful range of treats and meals, ensuring there’s something for every taste. Plus, the ample parking right outside makes it very accessible.

Pro Tips:
Make your child’s birthday bash unforgettable by booking their themed décor package for R350 per child, complete with meals, drinks, and party packs. 

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Address: Jan Smuts Avenue

Phone: +27 12 670 9016

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday – 9 AM to 3:30 PM

The Smuts House Museum offers a fascinating journey into the life and legacy of General Jan Smuts. It’s set within a restored wood-and-iron building originally from Britain.

Kids will love exploring the museum’s interactive exhibits that bring history to life with stories of bravery and diplomacy. Outside, the sprawling lawns are ideal for fun-filled activities like picnics under shady trees.

On weekends, the museum comes alive with joy when local animal shelters host events to raise funds for animals in need. These events teach kids about caring for animals and helping others in our community.

Pro Tips:
Enjoy a walking trail for your furry friend at just R10 per dog, payable at the Museum’s reception or gate. 


Address: The Big Red Barn C/O Nelson & Glen Road Sunlawns Estate, Olifantsfontein

Phone: +27 21 201 1121

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 9 AM to 5 PM

Acrobranch Centurion is a great place for families who love outdoor fun. Kids can enjoy exciting zip lines and tricky rope bridges.

What impressed me most was how the staff interacted with the children. They were patient and encouraging, which made a big difference for the little ones who were a bit nervous at first.

The setting is beautiful too, surrounded by trees and chirping birds, making it a great spot for a picnic while the kids swing through the treetops. 

Pro Tips:
Always have your kid wear a helmet and buckle them up in their harness for safety. In the park, it’s crucial they stick to the safety rules and gear up correctly.


Address: Cnr Louise and, Rabie Ave, Monavoni

Phone: +27 83 328 6328 

Operating Hours:

  • Wednesday to Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM

The Play Date is a vibrant play park designed for children to explore and enjoy the outdoors. It boasts a variety of play equipment including jungle gyms, treehouses, slides, and more

What stood out during my visit was the welcoming atmosphere and excellent service. They even keep a tab for your convenience if you choose to order food and drinks. 

One highlight was the provision of a large mat and pillows under shady trees, perfect for parents to relax while keeping an eye on their little ones. For those planning a party, there’s a dedicated area for kiddies’ celebrations. 

Pro Tips:
Choose comfy, wash-friendly clothes for your child’s playtime. They’re perfect for all the sliding, swinging, and inevitable muddy adventures!

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Address: Black Korhaan Dr, Midstream Estate, Olifantsfontein

Phone: +27 71 253 3585 

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Thursday – 10 AM to 6 PM
  • Friday – 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 9 AM to 7 PM

Hyto Tyto Kids Play and Eatery is a haven for children aged 0–12. It offers a blend of imaginative indoor play areas and engaging outdoor activities.

The Hyto Hide, a four-story maze, was a favourite among the older kids. Watching them navigate the twists and turns, I could see how it effortlessly combined fun with learning.

Moving outdoors, the expansive park was a paradise for kids needing some fresh air and exercise. There are a variety of attractions available including train rides, a fairy garden, a jumping castle, paddle cars, and more. 

Pro Tips:
Have your kids wear closed-toe shoes to shield their feet from cuts and critters. Don’t forget to double-knot those laces to prevent trips and falls!


Address: Entrance 8, Centurion Mall, 1269 Gordon Hood Rd

Phone: +27 72 353 6895

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 10 AM to 8 PM
  • Sunday – 10 AM to 7 PM

Extreme Karting in Centurion is an indoor go-kart racing track that promises a thrilling day out for the whole family. The track, spanning 275 metres, is one of the longest indoor racing tracks in South Africa. 

The technical track was designed to balance fun and challenge, giving both kids and adults the ultimate racing experience. For the kids aged nine and up, the staff’s patience and guidance were remarkable.

My friend’s child was nervous at first but soon felt confident on the track thanks to the marshals’ encouragement.

Pro Tips:
Always gear up for safety on the go-kart track. Teach your kids to suit up, buckle up, and keep an eye out. Safety wins races!

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Address: Glacier Dr, Olifantsfontein 410-JR

Phone: +27 12 940 9955

Operating Hours:

  • Open 24/7

Jungle Park is a large green space featuring an inviting mix of grassy areas, towering trees, and playgrounds that cater to children of all ages.

I was drawn to the mini lake filled with water inflatables where kids were happily bouncing and splashing. It’s a safe and enjoyable spot for them to stay active and cool during warmer days.

The playground is amazing, with large wooden structures including slides, climbing walls, and a tunnel for crawling. Kids can also test their balance on a long beam.

Pro Tips:
Protect your child’s skin by applying sunscreen before leaving home. It works better after it dries. If you’re out for more than 30 minutes, remember to reapply it to keep their skin safe.


Address: 270 Witch-Hazel Ave, Eco-Park Estate

Phone: +27 79 430 0285

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 9 AM to 11 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 8 PM

GrubHouse Eco Park is a fantastic spot for families, packed with activities to keep children entertained. When I visited, the kids dived straight into the play areas, bouncing on trampolines, sliding down slides, and navigating the obstacle course. 

The arcade games were captivating, with colourful lights and exciting challenges that kept the little ones engaged for hours. Sand art was another popular activity, where they could create their masterpieces to take home as a memento of their day.

The food at GrubHouse is also fantastic. I particularly loved the juiciness and flavour of the burgers. 

The free Wi-Fi was a nice touch, allowing me to catch up on some emails while the kids played.

Pro Tips:
Let kids unleash their creativity at GrubHouse by making their own pizza!

Kid-Friendly Restaurants


Address: Cnr Rooihuiskraal &, Basson Ave

Phone: +27 12 653 9004 

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 8 AM to 9 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 8 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 8 AM to 9 PM

Thunder Ridge Spur Steak Ranch is a family-friendly restaurant with a massive play area, making it ideal for kids.

The service is incredibly fast, and the waiters are always friendly and helpful. When we visited, they even divided our platter for us since they knew we wanted to share. 

The kid-friendly menu offers a wide variety, including popular choices like crumbed chicken strips and cheese and bacon pizza. Plus, their breakfasts, chicken wings, and milkshakes are personal favourites. 

Pro Tips:
Join the Spur Family Club App to get free kids’ treats with their meals, a birthday surprise, and a chance to win in kids’ contests! 


Address: Hennops River Valley, Pretoria Rural

Phone: +27 79 886 9827

Thanda Manzi Country Hotel & Restaurant is a delightful spot that combines the charm of a country retreat with family-friendly activities. 

One of my favourite things to do with kids there is to take a gentle 2-km nature walk through the Aloe Valley and Hills. The views are amazing, and you can spot all kinds of cool birds like fish eagles and kingfishers, which is perfect for young explorers!

The restaurant at Thanda Manzi offers a delightful menu that caters to both adults and children. After our walk, we enjoyed a delicious meal on the terrace, which had a lovely view of the surrounding countryside. 

Pro Tips:
Book the private picnics offered at The Cove next to the waterfall and pond. The setup and beautiful natural surroundings make for a memorable experience.


Address: 246 Jean Ave, Die Hoewes

Phone: +27 74 434 0047

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 8 AM to 4 PM

Lime Tree Tea Garden has become a cherished spot for families seeking a relaxed outing. It’s the perfect place for a leisurely Sunday afternoon with the kids. 

The outdoor play area is a haven for children, equipped with bikes, toys, and a jungle gym that keeps the little ones happily occupied.

Although the sand pit turned out to be more of a dirt pit, it didn’t dampen the kids’ enthusiasm as they gleefully dug and played. The garden also offers a special menu just for kids, ensuring that even the pickiest eaters find something they love.

Pro Tips:
Get your favourite shawarma with chips for a special price available only on Saturday and Sunday. Choose from chicken (R65), beef (R75), or lamb gyro (R85).


Address: 211 End St, Clubview

Phone: +27 76 072 7252

Operating Hours:

  • Wednesday to Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 3 PM

Jubilee Restaurant, Events & Play Area is a versatile venue and restaurant, perfect for various events like kids’ parties, baby showers, conferences, and more. 

There are expansive lawns where kids race on scooters and kick bikes. They can also explore jungle gyms and build castles in sand pits. On sunny days, the splash pads become a magnet for squeals of delight and cool relief from the African sun.

There’s even a chance to feed fluffy bunnies and gentle donkeys at their petting zoo. The little ones learn about animals firsthand, fostering empathy and curiosity.

Pro Tips:
Remind your kids to walk, not run, near animals to keep them from getting scared. Always approach animals gently and let them see you first to make friends without any frights!

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Address: 5 Lyttelton Rd, Clubview

Phone: +27 78 052 0259

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday – 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 3 PM

JaJa Tea Garden is a delightful place in the Tuingenoot Nursery offering light meals and delicious cakes. One of the best things about this spot is how welcoming it is for children, with plenty of fun activities to keep them entertained.

My favourite part was trying their famous carrot cake. It was so moist and sweet, with a delicious cream cheese frosting that made it hard to stop at just one piece.

For the kids, there’s an exciting jungle gym where they can climb, slide, and play to their hearts’ content. There are also regular art classes, which are a fantastic way for kids to get creative and enjoy making something special.

Pro Tips:
Take your child for a stroll at Tuingenoot Nursery and get them involved in gardening. They’ll enjoy the textures and smells of the garden.


Address: Irene Village Mall, Van Ryneveld Ave, Irene Farm Villages

Phone: +27 12 662 0445

Operating Hours:

  • Monday – 10:30 AM to 9:30 PM
  • Tuesday to Thursday – 10:30 AM to 10 PM
  • Friday – 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Saturday – 8 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 8 AM to 9:30 PM

Piza é Vino feels like a cosy restaurant in Italy. The atmosphere is perfect for kids, with a play area nearby that keeps them entertained while parents enjoy their meals.

We found their menu to be impressively diverse, catering well to vegan and vegetarian diets, including options with vegan cheese. For those with dietary needs, they offer low-calorie and gluten-free pizzas that still taste delicious.

The service was attentive and quick, ensuring a smooth experience for families. Located conveniently near the mall’s parking, it’s an ideal spot for a stress-free family dinner.

Pro Tips:
Grab a pizza kit with everything you need for two large pizzas at just R150. It’s a delicious and easy way to create your own Piza Ē Vino experience at home!


Address: Shop G19, Centurion Lifestyle Centre, Lenchen Ave, Brakfontein 399-Jr

Phone: +27 10 335 0757

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Thursday – 9 AM to 9 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 8 PM

Panarottis Centurion Lifestyle Centre is a warm, family-friendly spot known for its large servings of fresh, handmade pizzas.

The kids loved playing with the dough and pressing out shapes! They were all smiles as they got to be little chefs, crafting their pizzas with various toppings.

For myself, I ordered the smoked salmon breakfast, which was perfect for my health-conscious lifestyle. The combination of smoked salmon, fresh greens, and a carb-free approach made it a delightful meal.

Pro Tips:
Transform any delicious kids’ meal by adding a Pizza Pete Lucky Packet for just R10.90, packed with chips, sweets, and a surprise toy!

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Address: Candlewoods Estate, 1795 Stonehedge Rd, Louwlardia

Phone: +27 79 432 5795

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Friday – 11 AM to 10 PM
  • Saturday – 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 4 PM

The Suburban Restaurant is an ideal family-friendly location with a spacious outdoor play area and a delightful playground for children.

Kids can climb, slide, and explore while parents relax at the outdoor seating nearby. It’s great to watch them have so much fun in a safe and open environment.

We tried their vegan pizza, and it was delicious! The golden-brown, crispy crust provided a satisfying crunch, contrasting with the creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture of dairy-free cheese.

Pro Tips:
Always have water within reach for your kids during playtime to prevent dehydration. A snack from the restaurant like fries or mac n’ cheese can also keep their energy up!
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