It is raining, it is pouring but the kids are definitely not snoring! Winter has fully arrived on our doorsteps… and with the school holidays upon us we have compiled a list of venues in and near Stellenbosch where the kids can play – every one of them under roof!
Here is our indoor play area list for Winter 2014.
(You are most welcome to read this post, but do note that we have published a more recent list of indoor play areas that may be found here: Child-friendly places for Winter 2017.)
Restaurants with indoor play areas
Le Pommier has a decent size indoor play room with a tv, chalk board and other toys, board games and colouring utensils. If you find yourself lucky and the sun is out you can take the kids outside to visit Le Pommier’s petting zoo. Read more in the post we published on summer and winter playing at Le Pommier.
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 post Kiddies welcome at Tokara’s trendy deli.
The biggest indoor play room in Stellenbosch by far. Skilpadvlei’s indoor play room offers a TV, building blocks and a jungle gym. Although there isn’t any other activities in the large room there is lots of running around space for the kids while the adults enjoy the fireplace in the restaurant. Read the full post on Skilpadvlei’s play areas here.
Vredenhof Organic Estate
This Estate’s philosophy is to keep children entertained the old-fashioned way: with lots of creativity and no TV! The play area is partially under roof with a castle, a pirate ship and a gypsy caravan to stir the imagination and make for great creative play. Visit Vredenhof’s website here.
Wakaberry Frozen Yoghurt Bar (Stellenbosch)
Although Wakaberry is not a restaurant but a frozen yoghurt bar it is the perfect spot for taking the family out for a healthy snack or dessert. Wakaberry Stellenbosch has a lovely indoor play area for little ones. Older children can entertain themselves at the fooze ball table or with other board games. Read our post on Wakaberry’s kiddies fun here.
Die Wingerd at Protea Hotel, Technopark
Die Wingerd Restaurant at the Protea Hotel also has a small indoor play room with DVD’s, TV games and table where kids can colour in. Although the indoor play area is rather small, the restaurant boasts an impressive outdoor play area including a lawn with a soccer goal post for all the little ones who are sure to be inspired to play soccer after the Brazil World Cup!
Other franchise restaurant options
Spur, Panarottis and Jimmy the Fish. Jimmy the Fish gets our vote if you are looking for an indoor trampoline and Panarotti’s in Eikestad Mall is our choice for a restaurant located in a mall.
Play parks that have under roof play areas
Play parks are great because these are a great way to let your kids get rid of extra energy when it is cold outside. They may not be as adult-friendly but it sure beats sitting at home when it is raining!
Buggz Play Park
Buggz is the Ratanga Junction for kids. When the sun is out various rides are available for the children to enjoy on weekends and in the school holidays like the Choo Choo Train, horse rides or quad bikes. If the weather takes a turn in the wrong direction the play park has plenty of play space inside. Read our article on Buggz Playpark here.
Kidz @ The Mall at Habitat Centre (opposite Somerset Mall)
A kids’ play space adjacent to Somerset Mall where mom can sit down and have a decent cup of coffee while the children play. The centre offers two play sections: one for the little ones (ages 0-3) and a second one for children ages 4 – 10.
Cookie Works is a coffee and cookie shop in Dorpstreet. Kids (and grownups) can create their own cookies or buy any of the freshly made cookies. Color in activity books keep the kids busy while adults can create a “cookie quote of the day” with pen on paper. If you don’t like drawing, indulge in a game of chess or play with their deck of cards. More info on the Cookie Works Facebook page.
Grape Juice Tasting at Spier
Want to go wine tasting but it is raining and the kids can’t play outside at a wine estate? Take them to Spier and they can do some grape juice tasting of their own! R35 per tasting (July 2014 prices) including three grape juices and the kids get an educational activity sheet that they can colour in or do activities on. More info on their website here.
Take kids to the local library – it is free, indoors and educational.
Grocery shopping at Stellenbosch Square
Do your shopping at Stellenbosch Square. A jungle gym and small play area at the centre of the mall is also under roof (under roof but no walls so beware that it may still be chilly!).
Butterfly World near Klapmuts houses exotic free flying butterflies in a greenhouse. The butterflies may be less active in cloudy, cold weather but there are loads of other animals that may be viewed are reptiles, spiders such as tarantulas, birds, marmosets and more.
Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum
The toy museum is in Market street right behind the tourism info centre and houses a significant collection of miniatures and other toys. One of the miniatures that may be viewed is a mini replica of South Africa’s most famous train: the Blue train.
Hold a kids party at Delvera
Kids can do art and other creative activities at the Funky Monkey while parents have some tea/ coffee. Delvera also have an under roof go-karts track for groups/ kids’ parties. Read all about Delvera’s kiddies’ activities in our post on Stellenbosch biggest kids’ party venue.
Since this article was written, Wakaberry and Kidz@TheMall have closed in 2015. Stellenbosch Square’s play area has closed since it was renovated. For up-to-date info, read our most recent post on indoor play areas, Child-friendly places for Winter 2017 here.
Do you know of other great indoor winter options for the kids? Please leave a comment below