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KwaZulu Natal with Kids – Things to Do with Children in KwaZulu Natal

Updated Monday, 18 April 2022

Is it school holidays again?  Battling to keep the kids entertained?  Look no further than this blog for fun filled ideas to make the holidays fly by!  KwaZulu Natal may have sticky, humid summers, but it also has the most wonderful, temperate winters – perfect for spending the day outdoors.


If you live in the Ballito area what about a few hours at the Flag Farm Animal Farm?  The farm is located on the N2 North and is open daily from 9am to 4.30pm.  Children will have the opportunity to learn how to milk a cow, feed the chickens or have a pony ride.  There is a tea garden for light meals or picnic sites should Dad want to meet you after he finishes work.  The farm is also pram and wheelchair friendly.

Does your little boy want to ‘grow up’ to be be a train driver?  Surprise him with a trip on the Umgeni Steam Train.  The train runs from either Kloof Railway Station to Inchanga Station or vice versa.  Trains leave Kloof at 8.30am and 12.30, and leave from Inchanga at 10h30 and 15h00.  Trains operate on the last Sunday of each month.  Moms can do a bit of shopping at the Inchanga Craft Market.

Mini Town, Durban

How about a trip to Mini Town?  For parents born and raised in Durban they might have come full circle, themselves having visited Mini Town as children!  As the name suggests Mini Town shows off scaled down, miniature versions of Durban’s landmarks; including the harbour and airport.

Located on the beachfront (Snell Parade), it would be possible to visit Mini Town and then walk along the promenade all the way to uShaka Marine World (this is a bit of trek though so make sure you are ready for a slow amble with plenty of refreshment breaks!).

uShaka Marine World makes for a wonderful day out and with Sea World, Snorkel Lagoon and Wet ‘n Wild Waterworld Park (to name a few) you will never be bored!  The aquarium is one of the largest in the world and the dolphinarium is the largest in Africa so prepare to be impressed.

If the weather is inclement, you can entertain the family at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping.  Not only do they have an IMAX Theatre, but they also have a Fantasy Forest.  The Forest is open 7 days a week from 9am and offers everything from Bumper Cars, Mini Golf, Ten Pin Bowling and an amusement arcade.  You might not want to leave!  The Fantasy Forest is located on the 2nd floor, next to Ster Kinekor.

Midlands Meander

If you are up in the beautiful Natal Midlands why not visit The Junction at Nottingham Road and join in the fun at the Candle Dipping Shop.  Children can dip candles in the shapes of animals or make mom a new set of dining table candles in bright hues!

So, if you set your mind to it holidays can be a fun filled time, and the kids might be so exhausted with all the activities that they look forward to going back to school! has a long list of family friendly things to do in KwaZulu Natal (See KwaZulu Natal Family Entertainment). If you think of anything that’s missing from our selection please drop us a line at We welcome all suggestions and contributions for our Things to Do Section. Help us build a GREAT selection of Things to Do, to give tourists to South Africa an insight into some of the things only locals know about!

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