Things to do with Kids in Pretoria - Gauteng's new 'Sandton'

Things to do with Kids in Pretoria - Gauteng's new 'Sandton'

For those of you living in Pretoria, we have some good news! You are now living in the fastest growing South African metro economy. For real. Pretoria has overtaken both Johannesburg and Cape Town with a 7,6% employment rate as well as a strong GDP per capita growth. I know, this is amazing news! This family-friendly city is now becoming the new ‘it’ place to invest and live in.

My sister recently moved back to Pretoria (wise choice, huh?), so we have been visiting the Jacaranda City quite often and, with three little kids to entertain, we are always on the lookout for fun things to do as a family. So, when Pam Golding Properties asked me to write this post listing some kid-friendly activities, I jumped at the opportunity (because any excuse to explore this laid-back, family-oriented city with my family is a good enough reason to get in the car and take a drive). And, if like me, you are thinking of investing in this up and coming city, here are some houses for sale.

Things to do with Kids: Pretoria

Visit the Zoo

Things to do with Kids | Pretoria | Child-friendly

A family picnic, a relaxed stroll, some educational information on the mesmerising animal kingdom, a trip in a cable car or even a night-time zoo experience (an over-night camp), --- the biggest zoo in South Africa is worth a visit any (and even every) day.

Address: Cnr Zita and Len Brown Streets, Garsfontein

Water Fun at Zita Park

Situated in Garsfontein this public swimming pool offers a water slide, a play park, ablution facilities, picnic spots and a tuck shop.

Address: 232 Boom Street, Daspoort

Go on a Mini Train Ride

Things to do with Kids | Pretoria | Child-friendly

Photo Credit: Venue Website

If your kids love exploring various modes of transport as much as mine do, then Cedar Junction Theme Park (the biggest train theme park in Pretoria East) is a must-visit. Offering real, life-size train replicas, and a 1,2km track which takes you around the scenic park through tunnels and over bridges, as well as jungle gyms, animal viewing, jumping castles, a mini bike track, a trampoline, a swimming pool with a slide and more, this theme park guarantees a memorable day of family fun.

Address: Plot 404, Graham Road (Lynnwood Extension), Zwavelpoort

Go on a Treetop Adventure

Things to do with Kids | Pretoria | Child-friendly

I am so in love with the Acrobranch model and their various branches, that they make it into almost every blog post I write. This phenomenal outdoor venue offers kids and adults alike the opportunity to challenge themselves with age-appropriate obstacle courses, zip lines and Acro-bungy (basically a reverse bungy experience or, as my 3-year-old son likes to describe it: ‘flying up into the trees’).

Address: Branches located in Pretoria East, Pretoria North and Centurion

Get your Adrenaline Pumping

If you have a need for speed, racing go-karts around the track at Compu-Kart Raceway is the thing for you. Create a family competition and see who is the best and fastest driver (I might be biased here, but my vote goes to mom).

Address: Zambezi Mall, Zambezi Drive, Pretoria

Have a Picnic

Things to do with Kids | Pretoria | Child-friendly

I recently put together a list of my favourite picnic spots in Pretoria.

Indulge in a Family Meal

For a deliciously loud lunch that becomes dinner and more, visit one of these 14 child-friendly restaurants in Pretoria

Indoor Fun

Although Pretoria generally has a mild climate, the city does experience some very cold days. On these days, head on over to the BOUNCE trampoline park at Menlyn Maine and jump for joy.

Address: Menlyn Main, Amarand Avenue, Waterkloof Ext 2, Pretoria

Go Biking

Things to do with Kids | Pretoria | Child-friendly

Photo Credit: Venue Website

Situated next to the Cowhouse Market (one of Gauteng’s must-visit family markets), the Hazeldean Valley Kiddies Bike Park offers kids a free, enclosed (safe) area where they can burn off some energy.

Address: Ridge Road and Oukraal Boulevard, Hazeldean, Pretoria

Horse About

Offering a thrilling, active and ‘close-to-nature’ family experience, Esperanza Equestrian Centre boasts various horse trails (no, you do not have to bring your own horse), as well as pony rides for the kids.

Address: Plot 588 Mooiplaats, Pretoria East

For some more outdoor entertainment inspiration, be sure to read Tanya’s blog post listing 7 fun things to do in Pretoria East





A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveler always on the lookout for a new adventure. She is a high energy, natural influencer and 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 and on her personal blog called ‘Sleepless in Jozi”, which is focused on life as a mommy, travelling and generally being a busy body. In her free time Alexa loves spending quality time with her family, the outdoors, reading a good book and exploring new restaurants, markets and activities.

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