The A to G of play

2010-10-02 09:32


– for animals at the Mini Zoo in Mitchell Park on the corner of Ferndale and Innes Roads in Morningside. Admiral the tortoise has been there since 1915. The zoo houses a variety of exotic birds, small animals and reptiles including crocodiles. Entrance fee is R4 for kids and R6 for adults. Mitchell Park is a favourite destination for the spectacular flower beds, large playground and tea at the Blue Zoo Restaurant.

B– for Balancing Act, an ­interactive enviro-drama at the Durban Botanical Gardens today at 10am. The show is filled with puppetry, magic and story-telling suitable for children older than four. Tickets are R25 for kids and R35 for adults.

C– for climbing the biggest jungle gym in Africa at the new Rayz Kids World at uShaka Village. For R35, kids aged two to 12 can spend hours in the treasure cave, Lego lounge, paint pen, giant sandpit, ­movie shack and ­kiddies amphitheatre. Parents, meanwhile, can chill at the shady Duzi River Lounge with ­coffee and a book. Open every day from 9am to 6pm.

D– for Durban Ice Rink on North Beach where, for R40, you can grab some skates and take to the ice for a two-hour session. After a few double-axles, thaw out with some hot chocolate and toasted sandwiches at the Ice Café. Be sure to bring along thick socks and spare clothing to change. The rink is open every day from 10am to 10pm during the school holidays.


E– for education at the Durban Natural Science Museum. See the terrifying life-size reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, realistic animal exhibitions, an Egyptian mummy and much more. The museum is situated on the 1st floor of the Durban City Hall. Entrance is free. Call 031 311 2242.

F– for Funworld, the amusement park on Durban’s beachfront. Little ones can enjoy rides such as the flying elephant or carousel, while bigger kids and adults have the thrill of the scream-making swing boat and tilt ’n whirl, or the milder dodgem cars. Funworld is open until 10pm and at night the lights make the whole experience quite magical. Call 031 332 9776.

G– for Giba Gorge Mountain Biking Park which caters for everyone from beginner riders to adrenaline junkies. There’s a BMX track with ramps and a mountain bike trail. While parents take a stroll, the children can ride. There’s plenty of space for a picnic. There is also a restaurant and a coffee shop. Entrance is R15 for kids and R10 for all non-riders. Helmets are required. Visit

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