I’m a born and bred Durbanite who left home at the age of 19. In all honesty, I’m not a fan of Durban but that’s for personal reasons and not much to do with the city. The truth is, a vacay in Durban has an incredible amount of pros but we will chat about that shortly. After our road trip to the coast in September, we thought we would recommend our favourite things to do in Durban with kids.
#1 Bounce Cornubia Mall
As Bounce Brand Ambassadors we have been privileged to visit all the branches and my kids say that BOUNCE Cornubia is their favourite. They especially love the X-Park. BOUNCE is such an awesome way to keep fit, relieve those stress levels and have quality family time together. Check out their website for specials as well as schedules for things like BOUNCE Fit, Flight Academy, MiniBOUNCE and Holiday Camp. We know and live the benefits of BOUNCE, now its your turn to experience it for yourself.
#2 Florida Road
Florida Road was a vibe when I left home 21 years ago and has pretty much only improved. It really is a hub of entertainment in Durban, home to a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and uber cool hangouts. It is in walking distance of tons of Airbnb’s which makes it super convenient. There is other accommodation in the area but I am an Airbnb fan. Our fav hangouts when we visited Florida Road were :
- Sugarlicious – Our number 3 on this list
- Bunny chows by two and a half men
My friends’ 10-year-old son recommended Sugarlicious and he wasn’t wrong. OMG, a mouthful of awesome deliciousness. French macaron shells sandwich an extensive range of yummy ice-cream, They even have a Signature Range dipped in chocolate. Go on and treat the kids, and yourself. You’ve earned it. Jozi peeps, we have a Sugarlicious store based in Emmarentia.
#4 Umhlanga Beachfront
The upmarket area of Umhlanga is home to some of South African’s incredible beaches. Beautiful, scenic sand stretches for miles in both directions. Shark nets offshore offer safe bathing in the warm waters of KZN. Whether you are the adventurous type or lazing on the beach type, Umhlanga has you sorted. The Umhlanga Promenade, Lighthouse and the Whalebone pier are definitely highlights. Street parking is limited and you will probably need to make use of the underground parking facilities, which isn’t a bad thing considering Durban’s humidity.
#5 Ushaka Marine World
While I’m not a fan of long queues to access activities, uShaka Marine World is arguably Durban’s biggest draw card. It is a 16-hectare theme park located on Durban’s Golden Mile. It is super packed over school holiday’s but your kids will have loads of fun in the sun. It comprises of :
- uShaka Sea World
- uShaka Wet ‘n Wild
- uShaka Sea Animal Encounters Island
- uShaka Beach
- uShaka Village Walk
- uShaka Kids World
- uShaka Dangerous Creatures
- Chimp & Zee
Sea World happens to be Africa’s largest aquarium. Durbanites I’d recommend you get an Annual Pass and save yourself some moola (refers to money in South Africa). Don’t forget to pack in loads of sunblocks, hats and money. You will need to purchase food and drinks at Ushaka Marine World as you are not allowed to take your own into their facilities. There are lockers to store your valuables so that you can enjoy your day without having to be the keeper of everyone’s possessions.
#6 Cornubia Mall
We love love love it. Its outdoor mall and is extremely spacious. Probably what we loved most about it. There’s entertainment, several restaurants and lets not forget BOUNCE. It isn’t overcrowded with people which makes for a pleasurable day out. There are also many Insta-worthy spot to get create amazing content for the gram. But wait, it even has soccer pitches and a mountain bike trail.
#7 Gateway Theatre of Shopping
A very dramatic name for a mall, but it truly owns its title with a huge variety of fashion, entertainment and dining options. Gateway boats over 400+ stores and 70 eateries. I have to give you a heads up though. Gateway is incredibly busy with tons of people streaming in all directions. We found people were extremely rude, either pushing you or bumping into you without even so much as an a apology, so keep your little ones close. The reason it has however made the list is due to the host of exciting entertainment options for kids. Here’s the list lovelies:
- Snow Wonderland
- BE.UP Park – My boys really wanted to go here but my nieces weren’t keen, so next time for sure.
- XD Theatre Dark Ride
- Wave House – Why is there a wave house though when Durban has amazing beaches that are free?
- Ster-kinekor – Click here for a movie I don’t recommend for kids.
- Sport on court
- Mr. Funtubbles Family Fun Fair – Its for younger kids though. My boys were bored here.
- Galaxy Bingo
- Electric Avenue
- Dodgem cars
- Acting carting
- Acting bowling
#8 Walk on the Promenade
The Durban Golden Mile is one of the most popular beachfront stretches in South Africa. The promenade is lined with a variety of fabulous restaurants and is almost always a hive of activity. Paddling pools, slides and fountains keep the little ones occupied while the “big kids” get to tackle the waves. Hire bicycles and go for a ride while watching the sun rise. Drink sundowners after a busy day of sightseeing and most certainly go on a rickshaw ride.
#9 Eat on the beach at Circus Circus Cafe
Enjoy a scrumptious meal while taking in the sights and sounds of the Durban beachfront. Choose a table where you can sink your feet into the beach sand while enjoying the smell of breezy ocean air. Little ones can happily build sandcastles to their hearts content and while you enjoy some down time.
#10 Moses Mahbida
The Moses Mabhida Stadium based in Durban directly opposite Kings Park Pool, is a multi-use stadium offering more than just soccer matches. There are a host of activities to keep the entire family entertained. While the SkyCar is currently undergoing a major overhaul, you can try out any or all of the following activities:-
- Big rush big swing
- Stadium tours
- Segway gliding tours
- Adventure walk
- Peoples park
- Helicopter flights
- Hire bicycles and go for a cycle.
While we have only listed 10 things to do in Durban with kids, there are a host of other activities. We however prefer to only recommend experiences we have personally tried and test ourselves.
Wishing you safe travels and happy adventuring during your stay in the beautiful coastal city of Durban. Make sure to tag “fitlikemummy” on Facebook and Instagram so that we can travel along with you.