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11 kid-friendly Hillcrest places you'll also love

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Ah, spring. September marks the end of chilly winds, runny noses and hairdo-killing rain. Now there's sunshine, picnics and blossoming flowers to look forward to. Of course, your little ones will be clamouring for fun times. With a school holiday around the corner, you might be panicking a little bit. Don't. This is the season for everyone. Simply head to Hillcrest for fun spots the whole family will enjoy.

1. Springside Nature Reserve

This wilderness wonder is right on Hillcrest's doorstep. There's a diversity of plant and animal life that will delight your children. A sundial here makes for a wonderful learning opportunity. If you're feeling burnt-out from work, you'll love the area's tranquillity.

2. Wetrock Adventures

Want to avoid a sunburn at the beach? This indoor heated water park is less than 10 minutes away from Hillcrest. Your child will have a blast on the slides and splash pools. Jump in or sit it out with that book you've been dying to read. The lifeguards will keep an eye on your kid.

3. The Batcave Comics N Games

This shop is a celebration of geek culture. Think board games, card games, comics, gaming accessories and all types of trinkets. Batcave Comics N Games regularly hosts game nights so you and your child can bond over a shared passion.

4. Pallet Jacks

Pallet Jacks is a local favourite with its yummy food and supersized jungle gym. The main menu has an impressive selection from pastas, grills, pizzas to burgers. Tuck in while your tykes tire themselves out. Update: Pallet Jacks closed on 29 September. They will be relocating to a new premises. Check out their Facebook page for more information. 

5. Winsome View Animal Farm

This delightful animal farm lets your child see, pet and feed all manner of creatures. Something you'll appreciate: Most of the animals (including ducks, geese, pigs, goats, donkeys) are rescues. That's your good deed for the day done.

6. Lucky Bean

Yes, your kids have another indoor play area option. There's a play barn, bike track and fantasy house for dress-up fun. Word on the street is that you can have the best cappuccino here. Now that's a great excuse to swap the sugar for some caffeine.

7. PheZulu Safari Park

This 12-minute drive is worth it. "Your adventure awaits" promises the sign at PheZulu and they mean it. Your family can take a game drive, visit the crocodile and snake park and see traditional Zulu dancing. This taste of Africa makes an unforgettable experience.

8. Hillcrest Paintball

Bickering children? You deserve a break. This paintball centre has a range and a variety of fields. Your kids will let off steam in a secure and exciting environment. The best part? Hillcrest Paintball's affordable packages won't break the bank.

9. Shongweni Farmers' and Craft Market

Every Saturday, people across KwaZulu-Natal make their way to this famous market. Sure, you'll have to get the kids up early. But, they'll thank you. There's delicious food (cool), beautiful crafts (cooler) and some of the finest gin you've ever had (coolest).

10. Umgeni Steam Railway

This train ride is one of the Upper Highway's most unique attractions. Youngsters will enjoy the movement and gorgeous scenery. Mum and dad will find it a romantic and rather nostalgic trip. The train stops at a charming market where you can buy some tasty treats.

11. Rocking Horse Equestrian Centre

Children and adults alike are fascinated by horseriding. And for good reason. Riding these majestic animals is a pleasure. It brings a sense of calm and gives you the confidence to take on life's challenge. All these benefits are a trot away at one of Upper Highway's most prestigious stables.

Hillcrest is undeniably family friendly. With its country vibe, amenities and close-knit community, it's the perfect place to live. Make it your home town with Century 21. View our Hillcrest listings and give our team of SMARTER. BOLDER. FASTER.™ property professionals a call or email.

Author: Century 21

Submitted 17 Sep 19 / Views 438

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