Paarl – The Perfect Kids Playground

Last week, Kurt and I were lucky enough to take the kids on a day tour through the beautiful town of Paarl, less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town. We got to visit 4 different kid-friendly places in the heart of the Cape Winelands!

It was a real treat for the kids and besides the midday tantrum which Alyssa decided to throw, it was a fun-filled day for the whole family. It was so funny because on the day, she was wearing a t-shirt  which says #nofilter – and that day there really was no filter 🙂

Paarl Kids playground

I think she was just hungry, because as soon as she finished her lovely lunch at Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, she was back to her normal self but instead of just saying “Mom, I’m hungry”, the entire lunch sitting had to hear her moans and cries for no particular reason.

Aidan had a ball of the time, I would have thought that he would be the one to be miserable as he was missing his usual nap time. He just started walking a few weeks ago, and he just loved walking the foreign terrain.

Our first stop was the Crocodile Farm, Le Bonheur. We got to meet the crocs, who resembled statues, during a tour of the farm. I was totally freaked out by these creatures – probably because I’ve seen too many child/animal related incidents lately. Kurt was brave enough to hold a baby croc though.

Paarl Kids Crocodiles

Paarl kids crocodile

The second destination was one of the cutest little places I’ve ever seen. Alpaca Loom is home to the cutest little creatures – pet Alpacas. I literally wanted to take one home with us. There’s also a cute little coffee shop where you can also see some luxurious hand-crafted alpaca wool products being made. The coffee shop overlooks a Jungle gym for the kids and a petting zoo for the kids.

paarl kids alpacas
Paarl Kids alpacas

Paarl kids playground

Paarl kids playground

Inside the coffee shop

We then headed over to Rhebokskloof wine estate for lunch. This place looks as if it comes out of a magazine. The gardens are just spectacular and whilst Alyssa was throwing her tantrum, Kurt and I each took turns to walk with her and calm her down. Eventually, she calmed down and after getting something delicious in her stomach, she was fine and continued to play with her brother and friends in the play area.

Paarl kids playground

Paarl Kids Playground

The meal that saved the day

Paarl kids playground

We ended off the day at Nederburg wines, for some milkshake and hot chocolate pairing for the kids. The kids were kept in suspense as they were each handed a covered box. They were totally excited when they revealed such cute little treats inside.

Paarl kids playground wine tasting

Paarl kids playground

Adults were treated to some wine tasting or some bubbly….

paarl kids restaurant wine tasting

Thankyou Drakenstein Municipality and Paarl Tourism, for the lovely treats and spoils throughout the day.

We will definitely be bringing the kids back to visit Paarl, I’m sure there are more hidden gems which we will unravel.






  1. Rob Hahn July 19, 2016

    Hi Hayley

    When you come out to Paarl again please come and visit us at eat@simonsvlei at the Simonsvlei winery, R101 Paarl. We are a family restaurant and very kiddie friendly. We have a massive kiddies play area where we serve meals and we do many kiddies parties.
    We have a seperate kiddies menu and sell wine at cellar door price, meaning no mark-up on the wines!
    Rob Hahn

    • Hayley July 19, 2016

      Hi Rob. Certainly! We will definitely take you up on that offer soon.

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