Willow Feather Farm
The owners of Willow Feather Farm had a dream to recreate the experiences and moments they enjoyed as children growing up on a farm. The result was a venue where children have the opportunity to play in a large garden and interact with a variety of animals within the safety and serenity of farm surroundings.
Animals you’re likely to encounter during a play date are sheep, potbelly pigs, goats, swans, ducks, geese, turkeys, ostriches, donkeys, guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens and birds. The Willow Feather Farm’s quaint tea garden gives parents the option to order from the classic tea garden menu or a pre-packed picnic basket to enjoy under a tree in the picturesque garden.
Details: Portion 37, Doornkloof, Rietvleidam, Irene / 063 690 2583 / www.willowfeather.co.za
Let the kids kick off their shoes and bounce off some steam at the indoor trampoline park in Central Square. BOUNCE has free-jump areas, trampoline Slam Dunk, Big Bag, Dodgeball and the first-ever adventure challenge course, X-Park, where climbing, jumping and zip-lining are combined to form a fabulous obstacle course adventure. Prices vary according to peak and off-peak times, whether you purchase two consecutive sessions and if you have a multi-visit or family pass.
Details: Second floor, Central Square, Menlyn Maine / 012 361 7758 / https://www.bounceinc.co.za
Graceland Fun Farm
A playdate at Graceland Fun Farm is perfect for kids and moms. With a state-of-the-art jungle gym, trampoline, bike track, tractor, car, truck, windmill and vast open lawn area to run and play freely, the kids are all set to have a ball while moms enjoy a cup of coffee at the One9ate café.
Details: Plot 198, Zwavelpoort Road / 083 251 2155 / http://gracelandfunfarm.co.za/
Kolonnade Shopping Centre
Kolonnade has a number of entertainment options that make this shopping centre a good bet for a fun afternoon. The Magic Company has a selection of arcade games and a ten-pin bowling alley for kids – and play date chaperones – to enjoy. For the older sprouts, there is K1 Karting zone, an indoor go-karting track located on the upper level of the parkade. The perfect ending to a lekker play date? Pop into Milky Lane and enjoy a waffle or two before heading home.
Details: Sefako Makgatho Drive, Montana Park / 012 548 1902 / http://www.kolonnadecentre.co.za/
Afro-boer is an edgy baker’s café and coffee shop surrounded by a spacious lawn, large playground with a jungle gym, trees and water features. All of this, plus the super-cute beaded wire sheep duo, make Afro-boer a pleasant play date locale. The staff are quick to provide picnic blankets for little bottoms to enjoy the lawns and the family bathroom is superbly equipped with comfortable changing facilities. Take the kiddie-friendly menu into account and you’ve got a fail-safe play date spot.
Details: Lynnwood Road / 012 807 3099 / http://www.afroboer.co.za/
Gumanji is located outside of Pretoria but well worth the drive if you’re looking for a superfun play date place. This awesome indoor play park has a dedicated baby section, a supersize jungle gym, ball pits, tunnels, an escape room and a Gumanji Town riddled with scooter tracks and playhouses.
Details: 154 Annabella Street, Bartlett / 071 886 3512 / http://gumanji.co.za/
By Jana van der Linde