Kids' Entertainment Under R100

Keeping your gang entertained is often hard on a budget. Family outings are super-fun but can quickly gobble up a big chunk of your cash flow. Not to worry – we’ve found a couple of exciting entertainment options, all under a hundred bucks.

C’est La Vie

C’est La Vie is a winner for toddlers and young kids. There are several age-appropriate open-air play areas that are designed to let little bodies explore, play, run, jump and roll to their heart’s content. The circular pit in the centre of the café is designated for children under the age of two years and entrance fee for your little one is R20. This allows moms and dads to enjoy a coffee and a light meal while being at arm’s length of where their toddler is ridding themselves of all that energy. For the two- to four-year-olds there is a large garden play area with a jungle gym and entrance is also charged at R20 per child. The pedal car track, pedal boats on the pool and jumping castle are designated for children aged five and up and will cost you R60 entrance fee.

Details: Corner of End and Blackwood Avenue, Clubview / 012 654 0220 /

Irene Farm

Irene Farm is a fully operational dairy farm located between Pretoria East and Centurion. There is plenty of space to walk around and enjoy the farm animals, bird life, beautiful surroundings and fresh air. Irene Farm has two on-site restaurants, a farm shop and a spacious garden area with a children’s playground. Entrance to the farm is completely free. If you intend to have a bite at one of the restaurants after letting your little one run around for a while, advance booking is highly recommended.

Details: Nellmapius Drive, Irene / 012 667 4822 /

19th Hole Putt Putt

The 19th Hole Putt Putt venue has two open-air courses that can provide hours of miniature golfing fun for children, from ages one and up, and adults. Tickets are priced at R50 per player and are valid for three rounds of putt putt within one month of the purchase date. Finish off a fun-filled outing with a yummy waffle from the Waffle Place cafeteria. Not a bad deal at all!

The venue also has a jungle gym, two trampolines, a mini town and a selection of games such as fingerboard, dominos and chess available, if these facilities are not in use for a birthday party.

Details: Corner of January Masilela and Serene Streets, Garsfontein / 072 720 6321 /

The Wonderboom Fig Tree

The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is located in the northern part of Pretoria, straddling the Magalies Mountains. This 200-hectare reserve is famous for a magnificent 1 000-year-old fig tree that grows within its boundaries. Legend has it that this tree was, once upon a time, large enough to shade 1 000 people! After two decades of quarantine, this famous fig’s branches have grown large enough to reach the ground and eventually rooted to give life to a circle of daughter trees that now surround it. This splendid piece of natural history can be viewed from a boardwalk that has been constructed around it.

Entrance to the reserve is R31 for adults, R19 for children between the ages of seven and 12, and R11 for children under six. Invite the grandparents along for this outing – pensioner’s entrance is R20.

Details: 012 543 0918 /

The Grove Ice Arena

The Grove Mall Ice Arena is the first eco-friendly ice rink in Africa! And it’s a pretty budget-friendly outing as well. Entrance fee to the ice rink is R75 and ice skates can be hired for R35. Try the Sunday night madness special that is entrance fee and skate hire for only R65.

Details: The Grove Mall, Equastria / 012 807 3060 /

Botanical Gardens

The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens is a true botanical tapestry. Boasting the presence of 50% of the entire counrty’s tree species, a picnic with the kids in this urban oasis can be an enjoyable and educational outing. Put on a warm jacket and follow the paved walkway through the two diverse sections of the garden.

Adults pay R33 entry and children R15. Kiddies under the age of six can enter the Botanical Gardens, and run wild, for free.

Details: Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria / 012 843 5071 /

By Jana van der Linde