You don't have to talk your kids into a visit to a theme park! A theme play park (or fun park) is an amusement park built around a fun theme. Common themes include water parks, adventure parks and some theme parks are based around movie studios.
Theme parks are very popular kids' attractions in South Africa because of the various kinds of activities theme parks offer.
A video of Theme Parks for Kids
Information on Theme Parks for Kids in South Africa
Is a theme park for your kid(s) and your family?
As well as being a fun family activity, many theme parks actually have an educational or informative element. Some parks are based around physical activity, such as water parks, and these can provide a great opportunity for the whole family to get some exercise and fresh air.
The main benefit for kids visiting theme parks is fun and entertainment. Most of them have a number of rides suited to different ages, and some may even offer additional games and activities for kids.
Most theme play parks have a selection of rides that are suitable for very young toddlers and children (although they may not be suitable for babies) with more thrilling rides aimed at older children and adults. Adventure type theme parks are best suited to bolder children who are not easily frightened, while more sensitive children might prefer a quieter setting or a more nature based theme.
Most parks have catering and toilet facilities and souvenir or toy shops.
Get ready to get there with your kids!
Most major cities have at least one theme park, but the Gold Reef City in Johannesburg is known for gathering the highest density in the country. Admission to larger theme parks can be expensive but discounts may be available for families or season ticket holders. Getting there out of season could be an option if you want to pay less, but may not always be the best idea from a weather perspective. Often pre-booking tickets online can get you a discount of around 10%.
If you are planning on visiting a theme park, here are some suggestions:
- They can get very busy during school holidays. It is best to arrive early to avoid long queues for rides. Weekends during term rather than school holidays may be better.
- Make sure you take sunscreen and hats if the park is outdoors
- Wear flat, closed toed shoes if planning to go on rides
- Bring board shorts, a towel, and even maybe a thin top wetsuit to protect your kids from the sun or the fresh air if you plan to visit a water theme park
- Be aware that you usually can't bring in food or drink from outside
Most theme parks in South Africa are open during the summer months, though some theme parks may be exceptions. It is advisable to check first if you are planning to go on a public holiday to avoid disappointment.