I was stoked when our family got invited to Bugz Family Playpark at the beginning of this year. Bugz is one of the best kept secrets in kids (+family) entertainment in the Western Cape and I have long been wanting to write an article about the playpark. Bugz family playpark can best be described as a mini-Ratanga Junction – “mini” in the sense that Bugz specifically caters for children of 10 years and younger. All the rides are suited to this age group and young kids are able to get a healthy dose of exercise at the playpark as most rides are self-operated by the kids themselves, e.g. row boats that are peddle-steered, water slides, a foefie slide and jungle gyms. I was giddy with excitement in the week prior to our visit as I couldn’t wait to see how our two preschoolers would react when they got to see all the rides at Bugz!
Our Bugz outing
When Saturday arrived for our visit it turned out to be one of the hottest days in Summer. We turned up at the playpark fully prepared and started to unload one gigantic bag from the car that was filled with cold water bottles, sunscreen, sunhats and bathing costumes. We were ready for just about anything! At the gate each one of us received a VIP ticket to the playpark. The VIP tickets are the coolest since it includes entrance to the park and full access to all rides (with the exception of the quad bikes and Megan’s Petting Farm). Otherwise entrance fees are R30 per adult and R35 per child (R25 respectively on weekdays). Tokens for the rides are available at R5 per token. All prices as at the time of publication in March 2015.
The playpark is well-kept and an abundance of trees make for a lush, green play environment and provide shade on hot days. The main free play areas include two areas each on a large sandpit with jungle gyms, swings and other climbing apparatus. Other play areas have some cute play houses, castle and tree house perfect for imaginary play. Indoors another jungle gym and magic shows on weekends await children. All of these play areas are covered by the entrance fee and does not require tokens. Although the park was bustling on our visit the shaded walkways, grass areas and picnic tables added a sense of tranquility midst the sound of children screaming with delight. I could only laugh at one dad who brought along his own picnic blankie and who was lying on his back reading Die Burger while his (older) kids were playing their little hearts out.
Our two girls were immediately drawn to the girlie play houses (don’t sweat it – there is a castle and tree house for the boys or adventurous girls). After playing in the play houses for a while they were ready to take on some rides. Each ride is neatly marked with a sign announcing the appropriate age for the ride and the amount of tokens needed to ride. Staff is very professional and will not allow children outside of the denoted age bracket onto a specific ride. I found it reassuring and was glad that they kept to the rules as safety should always come first with entertainment for young children. Rides in the colourful wonderland of Bugz include a choo-choo train, peddle cars, row boats, water slides, horse rides, swing horses, toddler tractors, a worm train and a humongous jumping castle (What a long list! I hope haven’t left out anything?). Rides on the quad bikes and Megan’s Petting Farm are payed for separately on site.
After all the fun on the rides we found the Bugz Too restaurant, a cool retreat with water spraying fans, where we sat down to a lunch of hot dogs and juice. For dessert we each had an ice cream. My husband and I had the coffee ice cream in a sugar cone and it was AMAZING! It is good to know that if the colorful excitement gets too much one can go inside to rest or if the weather goes bad the fun can continue in the indoor play area. By the time we got back to our car the kids were exhausted and we drove back to Stellenbosch reliving a morning of great quality time spent together as a family.
Kids parties at Bugz
A couple of birthday parties were taking place at the time of our visit and we loved the fact that outside parties are enclosed with no access for the general public. Bugz is a mega-party world and apart from the outside party spaces, inside parties can take on a variety of forms from chocolate-making parties to cake boss, cookie decorating and Sparklz makeover themed parties. Indoor party venues are not just venues but a whole imaginary world created for young children and the venues that may be chosen from are: the princess ballroom, barnyard, secret garden, bakery, toy land, hideaway or the crown room. The party boutique at Bugz is open to the public and sells products for all party needs: balloons, serviettes, bunting and more… For more info on Bugz’ kids parties and baby showers or to make a booking, visit their website here.
A special word of thanks
I want to take the time to properly thank Bugz Family Playpark for our VIP tickets and snacks. We truly had a ball of a time! To our readers, all opinions expressed in this article are the writer’s own and it is our hope that you enjoy Bugz as much as we did!
Also want to join in the fun? Bugz Family Playpark is stuated in the Northern Suburbs.
From Paarl’s side on the N1: Drive past the Engen petrol station on the left of the N1. Take the Lucullus Maroela exit. You will be able to see the “little bugs” perched on the wall on your right from the N1. At the end of the off-ramp turn right at the stop street and drive over the N1, take the first right which will be the entrance to both the Cape Garden Centre and Bugz Family Park.
If you are driving from Cape Town, drive past Cape Gate Centre on your left on the N1. Keep going and turn off at the Lucullus Maroela off-ramp. Immediately turn left at the stop street (you will already see Bigz in front of you at the stop) and immediately again turn right into the entrance of the Cape Garden Centre/ Bugz.
If all else fails, Google!