Children can be notoriously tricky to entertain so it always helps when a city has a good selection of kid-friendly activities on offer. Here are some ways to keep kids out of trouble in Accra and give the parents a break every now and then!
Avatarz Playground at Legon Botanical Gardens
Often described as a dynamic playground for kids, Avatarz features all kinds of installations such as rope climbing structures, suspension bridges, a jungle gym, swings, and slides. All this quality equipment is laid out in a lovely verdant setting.
Legon Botanical Garden, Off Haatso-Atomic Road, Accra, Ghana +233 26 2366 167
La Palm Royal Beach Hotel
With multiple restaurants, swimming pools and a fully dedicated children’s area dubbed La Palm Kid’s Theme Park, this top-notch hotel offers something for the whole family. The kids section includes climbing frames, slides, a sand pit, painting areas and viewing platforms with telescopes. Head over for one of their weekend buffets and make a day of it at this great location adjacent to the beach.
La Palm Royal Beach Hotel, No. 1 Bypass, Accra, Ghana, +233 30 221 5111
Marvel’s Mini Golf
Fun for all the entire family, Marvel’s combines a great mini golf course with a popular clubhouse that serves snacks. It also has a bar for the parents!
Marvel’s Mini Golf, Efua Sutherland Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 30 291 5400
After a day of exertion, treat the kids to yummy dessert or a scrumptious snack in this sugar haven where the menu includes huge waffles, crepes, American pancakes, cookies, cakes, frozen yoghurt and an endlessly changing list ice cream flavours, all within a relaxed coffee shop with balcony-seating out front. There are savoury items on the menu, too.
Ci Gusta, Patrice Lumumba Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 54 010 1333
In this great place for kids under 12, there is a standard play area equipped with all kinds of exhibits, toys, books and video games. There is even a popular ‘beauty parlour’ where they can pretend to be stylists and clients.
Happy Minds Ghana
This is a great little store that focuses on the development of children’s minds in a fun manner. There are many creative items here, such as sewing and embroidery kits, puzzles, and mentally stimulating games as well as the standard fare of books and dictionaries.
Happy Minds Ghana, Accra Mall, Spintex Mall, Accra, Ghana, +233 30 282 3041
This place is great to get gifts or simply to expand your kid’s book selection to include a more international mix of stuff as this gem of a children’s library sells all kinds of Africa-based books for the little ones. This gives you an opportunity to find books that you would have trouble getting anywhere else.
Young racing fanatics will especially love this new, well-equipped racing track that is excellently run and managed by super friendly staff. Along with top-of-the-line Honda karts, there is also a lovely on-site cafe with delectable treats and a playground for kids who don’t want to partake in the racing.
A1 Raceway, Devtraco Courts, 1 Rabat Street, Tema, Accra, Ghana, +233 55 657 7807
Pippa’s Health Club
Keep kids active with an array of classes at this beautiful and homey health club. This place offers ballet classes, a well-regarded Taekwondo programme, a dance academy, and a special Tumble Tots group for the 3-month to 3-year age group. There is an on-site spa as well as a coffee shop with some of the best healthy smoothies in the city.
Pippa’s Health Club, Ringway Link, Accra, Ghana, +233 30 222 4488
MaxMart Fun House
On the top floor of the MaxMart shopping emporium is a colourful and engaging area for kids that features arts and craft activities as well as an large soft play area.
MaxMart Fun House, 37 Liberation Road, Accra, Ghana, +233 30 299 9979