While most of us envision sunny, hot days by the pool, lazy outdoor lunches and outdoor activities for the summer months, we all know Gauteng weather can be unpredictable and an occasional storm or a few days of persistent rain are not uncommon. While there are few things better than ‘duvet days’ and Sunday snoozes when it’s rainy outside, for those with children, we know it brings a whole new challenge for entertaining the little ones – so we took a look at some of Pretoria’s best indoor activities.
Indoor Trampoline Jumping
BOUNCE is an indoor trampoline phenomenon which took the country by storm and hasn’t lost its appeal. BOUNCE at Menlyn Maine is a huge indoor trampoline park that is home to South Africa’s largest trampoline. They have a free-jump arena, trampoline slam dunk, dodgeball and performance area, as well as an adventure challenge course called X-Park that combines elements of climbing, running and jumping before zipping on the aerial runway to the finish line. Apart from just providing hours of entertainment and a means to burn energy, jumping on trampolines can also have social, physical and cognitive benefits for kids – making it a sound choice for a day’s activity.
Menlyn Maine, Level 2, Central Square, Amarand Avenue, Waterkloof
071 294 21117
Ice Skating, Movies and IMAX
The GroveMall in Equestria has something to keep everyone entertained – that includes you parents! It is home to Pretoria’s only ice-skating rink suitable for beginners to pro’s and even those keen on figure skating, speed skating or ice hockey. For the movie lovers, the IMAX cinema is right across the hall for those who like to see their blockbusters super sized! If ice skating or movies don’t take everyone’s fancy, The Grove is also home to tenpin bowling, laser tag, bumper cars, the 4D simulator, and classic arcade games so you’re definitely not short of options.
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The Grove, Cnr. Lynnwood Rd & Simon Vermooten Rd, Equestria
071 280 70963
Compu-Kart Go-Kart Racing
If speed is your game then go-karting is a perfect option to bide time while the heavens open. Located inside Zambezi Mall in Pretoria North is the indoor, go-kart racing track, Compu-Kart. Drivers can compete in a fun, safe environment on a 300m circuit and anyone from six to 60 years old is welcome to participate. Professionally organized Grand Prix races can be arranged and it makes a perfect venue for parties and team building events – safe in the knowledge that even rain won’t be able to put a damper on your day.
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Zambezi Mall, Cnr Moloto Road & ZambeziDrive East, Pretoria
012 808 3726
The Fun Room
The Fun Room in Waterkloof has a play structure designed for children from ages 0 to 12, with a special area dedicated to smaller kids from 0 to 2. It is a place where children are encouraged to play freely, creatively and safely – and with such a large play area filled with tunnels, platforms and ball pools it’s sure to provide hours of entertainment. There’s also a stunning café for moms and dads to relax at whilst the kids play and it’s equipped with WiFi so you can catch up on work.
Shop 1-5 Waterkloof Corner, Cnr Main Street and Crown Avenue, Waterkloof
083 415 5959
Indoor rock climbing
The Climbing Barn in Mooiplaats offers a great introduction to rock climbing in a controlled and fun environment. There is a 2-hour course for beginners (from 14 years upward) which provides an introduction to climbing, the equipment, tying, movement techniques and climbing skills. They have over 450sqm of climbing walls and 150sqm of bouldering walls in an upstairs cave with routes that are regularly changed to keep it interesting and fun. The Barn is also a great place to host birthday parties and team building events that cant be affected by the weather.
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Plot 210, Korhaan dirt Road, Mooiplaats
083 335 3220