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Best Fun Places for Kids and Adults in Pretoria Tried and Tested by My Family

If there’s one thing Pretoria knows how to do, it’s blending fun for all ages into a perfect outing. I decided to prove this point by planning a day out for my entire family—kids, grandparents, and all.

Trust me, when you try to entertain both a 5-year-old who’s obsessed with dinosaurs and a 70-year-old who prefers a quiet stroll in the park, you need a plan that’s as versatile as it is fun.

After combing through local spots, making a few phone calls, and consulting with friends, I put together a list of the top places in Pretoria where everyone can have a blast. So, here’s how our adventures unfolded and where you should head next!

Pretoria Zoo


Address: 232 Boom St, Daspoort 319-Jr

Phone: +27 12 339 2700 

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 9 AM to 4:30 PM

The Pretoria Zoo, the largest in South Africa, boasts over 3,000 animals, ensuring a captivating day out for all. 

I took my niece there, and she couldn’t stop talking about the elephants and giraffes for weeks. We spent a good chunk of the day just wandering around, seeing everything from majestic lions to playful monkeys swinging from branch to branch.

One highlight was definitely the farmyard area, where she got to feed some of the friendliest goats I’ve ever seen. Plus, the cable car ride up the mountain was a hit with both of us. It offered a unique perspective of the zoo and its inhabitants.

Pro Tip:
Plan a picnic at one of the many shaded spots for a relaxing break, and don’t miss the chance to use the braai facilities by the Apies River.

Pretoria National Botanical Gardens


Address: 2 Cussonia Ave, Brummeria

Phone: +27 12 843 5071

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 8 AM to 5 PM

The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens is a serene oasis sprawling over 9 hectares, featuring indigenous plants and vibrant birdlife.

When we visited on a tranquil weekday afternoon, it was a refreshing escape from the urban hustle. The easy access and ample safe parking were a relief, making our arrival stress-free.

The highlight of our visit was the impressive waterfall and the gentle hike, which provided a nice change of scenery with some elevation. The kids particularly enjoyed the variety of birds we spotted along the way. 

Pro Tip:
Play a game of I-Spy with the different plants and flowers in the garden. It makes your walk more fun and helps everyone appreciate the beauty around them.



Address: Soutpansberg Road, 18 Honingnestkrans Street

Phone: +27 (021) 201 1121

Operating Hours:

  • Wednesday to Friday – 9 AM to 5 PM

Acrobranch is a unique treetop adventure offering an exhilarating experience for both kids and adults.

The kids were thrilled to try the beginner courses, swinging from tree to tree and navigating through wooden walkways and rope ladders. They felt like little Tarzans, laughing and cheering in the lush, green forest.

My friends and I took on the more challenging courses, and the zip lines were definitely the highlight, giving us a bird’s eye view of the beautiful surroundings. It was exciting but safe, with friendly staff guiding us through each obstacle.

Pro Tip:
For a hassle-free Acrobranch experience, consider booking a table in advance to secure a spot for your group. This way, you can enjoy the adventure park without worrying about finding a place to relax and dine with 6–8 people.

Grove Ice Rink

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Address: Lynnwood Rd &, Simon Vermooten Rd, Lynnwood Ridge

Phone: +27 12 807 3060

Operating Hours:

  • Monday – 9:30 AM to 7 PM
  • Tuesday to Sunday – 9:30 AM to 10 PM

The Grove Ice Rink is a great place to enjoy some quality time on the ice with friends or family, offering everything from races to skating practice.

On my first visit, I discovered how delightful and exhilarating ice skating can be. The staff were incredibly kind and helpful, which made my first-time experience smooth and enjoyable.

I loved the feeling of gliding across the ice and the sound of the blades. It was really fun, especially with the lively music playing in the background. People of all ages were there, from kids learning to skate to adults enjoying a relaxing skate session.

Pro Tips:
Visit The Grove on Tuesday nights for half-price skating. For a fun weekend, go on Sunday nights. Entry is only R85, and skate hire is free!

Bounce Menlyn Maine


Address: 180 Amarand Ave, Waterkloof Glen

Phone: +27 11 517 2500

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 12 PM to 6 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday – 9 AM to 6 PM

Bounce Inc. is a fantastic spot to spend your school holidays or weekends. The trampoline park here is huge, with so many different activities to try.

I’ve been there with my family, and the kids loved bouncing around on the trampolines and trying out the dodgeball courts. They even got to practise their slam dunks in the dedicated zones.

The staff are really friendly and helpful, making sure everyone stays safe while having fun. It’s a great place for kids and adults alike to let loose and enjoy some active playtime. 

Pro Tip:
For a refreshing break, head upstairs to Mira Coffee. This charming spot not only serves up a delightful array of coffees but also offers a cosy seating area to relax and recharge.

Cedar Junction Family Resort


Address: Plot. 404 Graham Road Zwavelpoort Street Extension

Phone: +27 82 766 2748

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 10 AM to 5 PM

Cedar Junction Family Resort is a local gem, and as someone who’s spent countless summer days there, I can vouch for its charm.

The array of slides caters to all tastes. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker craving the rush of a steep drop or prefer a leisurely float down the lazy river, there’s something for you.

The mini resort vibe adds to the allure, with well-maintained facilities and a palpable sense of family-friendly fun. For kids, it’s a paradise of splashing and giggling, while adults can kick back and soak up the sun or join in on the action-packed activities. 

Pro Tip:
Make sure to catch the mini train ride. It’s a delightful journey for the little ones, chugging along a scenic 1.2-kilometre track that winds through enchanting tunnels and over quaint bridges.

Total Ninja Kolonnade


Address: Entrance 2, Shop LG41, Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Dr Van Der Merwe Rd, Montana Park

Phone: +27 12 630 0360

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 10 AM to 9 PM

Total Ninja Park is a sprawling haven for adventure seekers, boasting a wide array of obstacle courses and inflatable challenges inspired by the famous Ninja Warrior series.

We’ve had the chance to explore its offerings firsthand, and it’s an exhilarating experience for both kids and adults. From scaling towering walls to navigating tricky balance beams, there’s no shortage of excitement here.

One thing we particularly enjoyed was the Mini Ninjas area, perfect for younger children under 5. Meanwhile, older participants can test their skills on the Total Ninjas course, tackling obstacles that cater to various levels of experience.

Pro Tip:
Book a 2-hour session on weekdays to enjoy a complimentary hot meal from the kiddie’s menu. Remember, this special offer doesn’t include drinks and can’t be combined with other promotions, so plan your visit accordingly!

Indy Kart Indoor Karting 


Address: 24 Garsfontein Rd, Moreleta Park

Phone: +27 11 764 2771 

Operating Hours:

  • Monday & Sunday – 11 AM to 6 PM
  • Tuesday to Thursday – 11 AM to 8 PM
  • Friday & Saturday – 11 AM to 9 PM

Indy Kart Indoor Karting offers a thrilling adventure for all ages. What I loved about this place is the sheer adrenaline rush you get from racing around the corners and straightaways. 

The combination of fast and slow corners, along with straightaways perfect for overtaking, keeps the excitement levels high throughout the race. 

Safety is a top priority, so even beginners can enjoy the ride with peace of mind. Plus, the friendly staff ensures everyone has a blast. 

And let’s not forget the affordability. This experience is worth every penny!

Pro Tip:
For a safe and enjoyable experience, always tuck in long hair and avoid loose garments or scarves. This ensures nothing gets caught in the kart’s moving parts, keeping you secure as you race.

Thulani Fishing and Leisure Resort


Address: 516 Lavender Rd, Wonderboom

Phone: +27 72 604 6038 

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday – 9 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 9 AM to 5 PM

Thulani Fishing and Leisure Resort is a gem tucked away by the Apies River, offering a blend of relaxation and excitement for visitors of all ages.

Settling in for a day of fun, we fired up the braai and enjoyed a leisurely picnic by the tranquil waters. As someone who enjoys fishing, I was thrilled to try my luck in both the river and the resort’s own dam, where I managed to reel in some catches.

The highlight for the kids was undoubtedly the swimming pools, complete with thrilling water slides that kept them entertained for hours on end. 

Pro Tip:
Remember: sharp hooks are the secret to a great catch. Ensure your hooks are in top condition—either by using new ones or by sharpening old ones—to significantly increase your chances of reeling in the big ones.

Esperanza Equestrian Center

Address: Plot 588 Mooiplaats, Pretoria East

Phone: +27 76 184 5660

At Esperanza Equestrian Center, families can immerse themselves in the world of horse riding. Children of all ages and sizes can enjoy pony rides, while older ones can saddle up on horses.

I’ve seen firsthand how these experiences foster self-confidence and responsibility in children, all while they bond with these majestic animals. For adults, it’s a chance to reconnect with nature and perhaps rediscover a childhood passion.

Whether you’re a beginner or seeking long-term courses, or if you’re looking to enrol your kids in a holiday camp, Esperanza has something for you.

Pro Tips:
Always begin your ride with the horseman’s handshake, where you extend your hand, palm facing down, for the horse to complete the connection by touching his nose to your hand. It’s a way that helps build trust between you and your horse. 

Ashers Farm Sanctuary


Address: Plot 37 Tweedragt, Boschkop, Pretoria East

Phone: +27 83 784 5554

Operating Hours:

  • Wednesday to Sunday – 9 AM to 3 PM

Ashers Farm Sanctuary, a sanctuary close to my heart, offers a transformative experience for kids and adults alike. 

During my visit, I couldn’t help but be moved by the individual stories of each animal, from the resilient horses to the curious chickens.

The tour not only educated me on the impact of factory farming but also allowed me to interact with the animals, some of whom eagerly approached for a gentle pat.

Pro Tips:
Visit Asher’s Corner Cafe at the sanctuary. Don’t miss their signature chickenless burger and South African platter, which pair perfectly with their delightful milkshakes and smoothies for a truly satisfying vegan feast.

AdrenalinX Adventure Park

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Address: 74 Graham Rd, Shere

Phone: +27 73 271 3936 

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 8 AM to 6 PM

AdrenalinX Adventure Park is where I’ve spent many weekends with friends and family. From navigating through laser games to perfecting my aim with airgun shooting, every activity brings a surge of excitement.

The archery range always challenges my precision, while rock climbing and abseiling push me out of my comfort zone in the best way possible. And when the sun beats down, the water park’s monster slide offers a refreshing cooldown.

With instructors guiding us through each activity and ensuring safety at every turn, it’s the ideal destination for both kids and adults to unleash their adventurous spirit.

Pro Tips:
Try AdrenalinX Adventure Park’s tasty food choices. Get the spit braai menu for a delicious feast with lamb, chicken, potatoes, salads, and garlic bread!

Thrashers Padel & Skate


Address: 241 Serene St, Garsfontein

Phone: +27 63 758 1694

Operating Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday – 6 AM to 10 PM
  • Sunday – 6 AM to 8 PM

Thrashers Skate Park is where I’ve spent some of my afternoons, honing my skills on a skateboard. 

I’ve seen beginners take their first tentative steps on the ramps, and experienced skaters pull off jaw-dropping tricks with ease. When I took my nieces and nephews, they couldn’t get enough of the playground nearby. 

The shop on site is like a treasure trove, stocked with everything a skater could need, from boards to safety gear. 

Pro Tips:
Keep your energy up during intense skate sessions by grabbing their cheesy burger combo, complete with crispy fries and a choice of succulent beef, crumbed chicken, or a hearty veggie patty.

Hazeldean Valley Trails


Address: Hazeldean, Corner of Ridge and Oukraal

Phone: +27 83 669 8588

Operating Hours:

  • Open daily – 6 AM to 6 PM

When we visited Hazeldean Valley, my older kids and I enjoyed a trail run through the beautiful, fast, and flat routes that range from 3 to 47 km. The variety of paths, each with technical sections and easy bypasses, made it suitable for all skill levels.

Meanwhile, the little ones had a blast at the Hazeldean Valley Kiddies Bike Park, where they could safely ride on two separate trails: a blue-dot trail for toddlers and a green-dot trail for older children.

We rented bikes, which were in excellent condition and added to our overall convenience. Even our dog had a great time, as dogs on leashes are welcome. 

Pro Tips:
Enjoy the peace of mind provided by the fenced-off park area while you savour the local flavours at Cowhouse Market. And if you want to stay extra vigilant, opt for the indoor seating to maintain a clear view of your little adventurers.

Anja’s Tea Garden


Address: 1190 Stellenberg Rd, Equestria

Phone: +27 72 153 6732

Operating Hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday – 9 AM to 5 PM

Anja’s Tea Garden is a delightful escape where you can enjoy delicious meals, homemade cakes, and a variety of drinks in a beautiful garden or cosy dining room. 

The menu, though not extensive, offers excellent quality food. Every dish we tried was flavorful and satisfying. 

For the kids, there’s a wonderful play area that keeps them entertained while we relax.

Anja herself adds a personal touch, making every guest feel welcome with her attentiveness and heartiness. 

Pro Tips:
Request the crustless vegetarian savoury cheesecake to be served with a side of their homemade chutney. It’s a perfect complement that enhances the flavours and transforms the dish into a culinary adventure.
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