I am so happy for the rain that is falling outside as I am sitting inside next to the fireplace writing this post. We really need it! With the upcoming holidays, and the good rains I am hoping for this season, I am about ready to pull out my list of favourite indoor play areas for Winter. This is the list that I use as inspiration for play dates when the weather does not allow for us to play outside. Every year I search around for new venues that I can add to my list and check if there are ones that I should remove as I gear up for the Winter school holidays.
Here is my go-to list for indoor play areas that we want to play at on cold and rainy days this Winter:
Photo source: Skilpadvlei Wine Farm Facebook Page
Skilpadvlei boasts a great outdoor play space but I first discovered its indoor playroom in 2013. Ever since then we have visited Skilpadvlei every year in Winter to make use of the playroom. Sometimes a jumping castle is also set up in the playroom during Winter for even more fun. Read more about ALL the play areas at Skilpadvlei in our past article, New outdoor play area for Skilpadvlei.
www.skilpadvlei.co.za | 021 881 3237
2. Delicatessen @ Tokara
There is no designated play area indoors at Delicatessen on the Tokara Estate BUT with Melissa&Doug’s toys in crates all over the floor and children’s books on the bookshelves you will be able to entertain toddlers at the deli on any rainy day. Read more about Tokara’s child-friendly deli in our past article, Tokara’s Delicatessen remains a family favourite.
www.tokara.co.za/delicatessen | 021 808 5950 | Hours 09:00 – 17:00 on Tues-Sundays
3. Ocean Basket
The indoor playroom at Ocean Basket is one of the best in town! It is big and filled with toys. The play area has glass walls and parents can keep an eye on their children if they are seated at a table at the back of the restaurant near the playroom. The biggest bonus of this playroom is that there are no TV games. Seriously, it is time to dress up, colour-in, play house-house or enjoy the many other toys on display.
4. Minotoba Spur Stellenbosch Square
The Spur at Stellenbosch Square offers Wii, face painting (when attendants are on duty), the biggest jungle gym (I’ve certainly) ever seen at a Spur franchise and even books to read… all indoors. Glass walls allow you to see into the play area and there are several tables located right next to play area so that you can keep an eye out for the kids. Perfect for Winter!
It is under roof and it is great fun to take a trip down memory lane. The toy museum in Market street right behind the tourism info centre houses a significant collection of miniatures and other toys. Park at the back of Checkers for the nearest entrance. One of the miniatures that may be viewed is a mini replica of South Africa’s most famous train: the Blue train. Read more about the Toy museum in our past article, A visit to the toy museum, here.
www.stelmus.co.za/toy_miniature_museum | 021 882 8861
6. Jumpin Jax, Wiesenhof Adventure Park
Photo source: Wiesenhof Adventure Park Facebook Page
Following renovations, the trampoline park at Wiesenhof Adventure Park will reopen for business on Saturday 1 June 2018. Jumping around under roof is a great way to get rid of some extra energy indoors! Follow Wiesenhof”s Facebook page to see the renovations and watch out for the reopening.
www.wapark.co.za | 065 820 2737 | Winter hours: 9 am – 5 pm Saturdays, Sundays & school holidays
7. Dirtopia, Delvera
Kids can still go go-karting under roof at Dirtopia at Delvera while parents have a cup of coffee. The go-karting track is not entirely closed on the sides and it may still be a bit cold but after a few rounds on the track the kids will not feel cold at all! Go-karting is free if you order from the coffee shop.
www.dirtopia.co.za | 021 884 4752
Prepare for hours of fun when visiting the largest indoor play park in the Cape Winelands! Eaglevlei is the perfect afternoon outing. There are many jungle gyms, slides and obstacle courses for the older kids to choose from as well as a baby and toddler section near the entrance. Parents can grab a coffee and sit down at the edge to watch the children play. Read more on Eaglevlei in our past article, The biggest indoor play park at Eaglevlei.
www.eaglevlei.com/playpark | 021 884 4713
9. Franschhoek Cellars, Franschhoek
Franschhoek Cellars is one of our family’s favourite spots to hang out and chill. Although the play area is outside, it is protected from above and along three sides by a canopy. This keeps the area cozy and, for the most part, free from rain and wind. Sit outside on sunny days to have the perfect view of the kids playing or inside the Platform Restaurant when it is cold. The best part? Child minders are on duty to oversee the kids playing at all times.
www.thefranschhoekcellar.co.za | 021 876 2086
10. The Stone Kitchen, Wellington
The Stone Kitchen added a new playroom during renovations last year and it sure is grand. A rock climbing wall and a Lego play station are two of the fantastic features of this indoor space. You will also find a jungle gym, reading nook and play kitchen in the play area. Entrance to the playroom is either from inside the bistro or from the garden. A large window ensures that parents can watch their kids play if they are seated near the window. Read more on The Stone Kitchen and its various play areas in our article, Beautiful Dunstone’s revamped bistro and indoor playroom.
www.dunstone.co.za | 021 873 6770 | Nov – April (Summer) from 08:30 – 16:00 | May – Oct (Winter) Wed to Sunday 08:30 – 16:00 | Dinner on Fri & Sat ’till 22:00
11. Bash, Paarl
Photo source: Bash Facebook Page
This indoor play area is too good not to mention! Although this is a drive if you do not stay in Paarl, it is well worth it if you are planning a day outing for the school holidays. Bash is a play centre and restaurant where moms can sit down to eat and have coffee and kids can play their little hearts out. It is located close to the N1 on the Du Toitskloof Pass-side of Paarl. Bash is definitely known for its indoor play area including wooden jungle gyms, toys and bikes, but it also has an outside play area if the weather allows.
www.bashvenue.co.za | 021 914 1460
As always, I would love for you to share your tried and tested indoor play spaces in the Stellenbosch area by commenting below.