Things to do with Kids in Bloemfontein

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Kids activities in Bloemfontein

Did you know that Bloemfontein has more than 6 museums and historical attractions, over 100 restaurants and is home to the first digital planetarium in Sub Saharan Africa? Bloemfontein is also the capital of the Free State and it is centrally located in the heart of South Africa. This hub of activity is therefore not only a destination city for those living in this province, it is an ideal stop-over for a family road trip from Gauteng to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or the Wild Coast.

We, at Things to do with Kids, love exploring all corners of our beautiful country and have therefore put together a list of family- and child-friendly activities to do in this vibrant city of roses:

Take a Walk on the Wildside

For the animal lovers among you, Bloemfontein has a number of nature reserves, wildlife estates and conservation centres:

For the big cat lovers, this is a must-visit: here they offer up close and personal tours with possible animal interactions (depending on weather and the mood of the animal).

Naval Hill is situated in the heart of Bloemfontein and forms part of the Franklin Game Reserve. Visit this popular spot for amazing views of the city as well as a variety of wild- and birdlife.

  • Soetdoring Nature Reserve

This small reserve is a resort, predator park and houses a pride of lions, among its variety of wildlife. A great reserve for birding enthusiasts.

Bagamoya is a sanctuary for lions offering tours as well as animal interactions. This venue also offers accommodation, a child-friendly restaurant, a children’s play area and a variety of outdoor activities. Photo credit of the Bagamoya Wildlife Estate Website

Appreciating Nature

At Things to do with Kids, we love getting out into nature and believe that this is one of the best ways for families to bond. Bloemfontein does not disappoint with a variety of great outdoor spots available:

These beautiful gardens are situated in a valley on the outskirts of Bloemfontein and offers a peaceful backdrop for family picnics.

Visit this untouched wild area outside Bloemfontein for picnics, walking- and hiking trails, jogging, running, bird watching, mountain biking or dog walking.

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This holiday resort situated on the banks of the Modder river offers a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, game drives, mini golf, walking trails and swimming. Accommodation and a child friendly restaurant also available.

Kids Entertainment

In addition to the variety of things to do with kids listed above, the City of Roses, also offers a variety of kids entertainment & party venues:

  • Child-friendly restaurants with play areas:

    • Bob’s Peanut Butter Shack

    • Die Pienk Meerkat

    • Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies

  • Theme Parks & Putt-Putt:

    • Modenso Park

    • Gwen Bali Waterworld (only open in Summer)

  • Paintball:

    • Ruins Paintball

    • Meerkat Kolonie

For the Finer Things in Life: Education, History, Science & Music

For the history buffs among you, Bloemfontein hosts a number of historical sites, memorials and museums:

This museum offers a glimpse into the history of the Anglo-Boer War as as well as the chilling accounts of the concentration and prisoner-of-war camps prevalent during this time. While there be sure to admire the tribute to the extensive role women and children played during this war, embodied by the National Women’s Memorial.

Visit this museum for natural history, cultural history and art. Photocredit: NASMUS website

This museum was built as a Neo-Dutch style mansion in 1947 and was the official residence for State Presidents during official visits to Bloemfontein from 1961 - 1985. This beautiful building is now an art museum with with a variety of walking trials available on the property.

This planetarium, established by the University of the Free State, is the first digital planetarium in Sub Saharan Africa. The education centre is open daily and offers full dome digital presentation shows.

An astronomical research station situated about 20kms outside of Bloemfontein, Boyden Observatory is also a Science Education Centre, opening its doors to regular public events, open evenings and a regular weekly event on selected Fridays.

The University of the Free State’s music department often host concerts, showcasing their talented students.

This market opens every Saturday on the Emoya Estate and offers food, live entertainment and a variety of outdoor kids activities.

We hope you enjoy exploring this interesting and historical city in the Free State. If we have missed a venue or an activity, let us know!


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Alexa A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveller always on the lookout for a new adventure. She is a high energy, natural influencer and an inspiration to those around her. Although she has based her career on sales and marketing, she studied politics, philosophy, and economics. A passion for writing has led her to blog on Things to do with Kids. In her free time, Alexa loves spending quality time with her family, the outdoors, reading a good book, baking and exploring new restaurants, markets, and activities. 

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