ACTIVITIES IN ACCRA FOR KIDS
Being parents ourselves we know how important it is to give children the opportunity to release any pent-up energy and blow off some steam, especially after a major relocation. What better way to do this than by playing and having fun? Between playgrounds, arts and crafts, dance, sports, and storytelling, there is plenty on in Accra to keep your young ones entertained. This list of some of our favorite activities for kids will keep them so busy that you might even get to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee in peace!
Legon Botanical Gardens & Playground
Located in the leafy green surrounds of the botanical gardens, this unique playground gives toddlers to teens options of professionally constructed natural wood and rope jungle gyms, swings, slides, climbing nets, suspension bridges, and other fun high-quality equipment. Open from 9am – 6pm daily. Entry fees apply.
Legon Botanical Gardens, off Atomic Haatso Main Road at Agbogba Junction.
0262 366 167
A basic playground with plastic climbing equipment, play-on games, and rides. Enough to keep the little ones entertained while you do some shopping. A fee is charged per hour.
A&C Square, Jungle Road, East Legon, Accra.
0242 108 977
Kidz Cottage is a hair salon and beauty parlour for under 12’s, and has a lovely outdoor play area in its grounds. There are jungle gyms, slides, rides, swings and ride-on toys. A fee is charged on entry.
Kidz Cottage, Noi Fetreke St, Airport Residential, Accra
0244 674 892
La Palm Royal Beach Hotel
Despite being a bit worn around the edges and in need of a touch up this hotel is still very popular with families. Their fully dedicated and enclosed kid’s area offers climbing frames, slides, a sand pit, arts and crafts, and viewing platforms with telescopes looking out over the beach. The La Palm pool complex has a number of shallow spots for paddling. Lifeguards are on duty, but always keep an eye on your kids regardless.
Bypass, 1 Labadi Road, Accra, Ghana
0302 215 111
Mmofra Place is a beautiful green child-centred space filled with handmade and upcycled play equipment. It has plenty of room for young children to ride bikes and run around safely, as well as quite shady spots for picnics. Located right next door to Marvel’s Mini Golf. A small entry fee is taken by the attendant upon entry.
No. 2 Forest Avenue, Dzorwulu, Accra.
Fun 4 Kids
Excellent for younger children, both branches of Fun 4 Kids at Osu and West Hills provide a soft play area, fun fair rides, a book corner, movie area, games, and face painting. They can also host birthday parties.
Oxford Street Mall, Cantonments Road (AKA Oxford Street), Osu
West Hills Mall, Cape Coast Highway, Weija, Greater Accra
024 464 0315
Kids Planet is a secure play centre within Marina Mall. Leave the kids to play with arcade games, soft play structures, arts and crafts, and educational toys, while you shop. Fees charged per hour.
Marina Mall, Airport City, Accra.
0545 500 000
MaxMart Fun House
Always full of energy and fun, Fun House offers a large soft play area with slides, ball pond, and an obstacle course, as well as arcade games, an arts and crafts area, and birthday party venue. Great for under 10s. Fees charged per hour.
3rd Floor, MaxMart 37, Independence Avenue, Accra.
0209 423 213 / 0545 860 836
ARTS, CRAFTS, COURSES & CLUBS
Cheeky Monkey Club
A multipurpose recreation centre proving a number of child-friendly services and facilities such as a swim school, art & craft studio, dance studio, playground, photography studio, and venue hire. They also run courses such as computer coding for kids, Lego STEM play, and a variety of other fun and educational activities. Charges depend on the activities selected.
27 Nyadji Crescent, Asylum Down, Accra
0548 648 846
Mr Happy’s Clay Workshops
For a lovely way to spend a few hours creating with your kids contact Unique Ceramics (Happy Pottery). Mr Happy offers pottery lessons for children and adults. Lesson fees include everything you’ll need… instruction, clay, firing and use of tools. Call ahead for the lesson schedule.
Located on the road behind Gulf House near GS Plaza, off Tetteh Quashie Circle, near Wild Gecko
0244 144 746 or 0249 671 848
Mint Club is a family-friendly recreational facility offering a variety of fitness classes and self-improvement workshops for adults, as well as dance, storytelling and sensory activities for babies, toddlers and older kids. See their Facebook page for a list of current classes and courses.
Meridian Apartments, Quartey Papafio Ave, Airport Residential, Accra
0248 420 472
Osu Children’s Library
Officially known as the Kathy Knowles Community Library, this was established as one of a number of libraries under the Osu Children’s Library Fund Project. The organisation promotes literacy, theatre, art, tech adoption, volunteering and publishing. Programs include story-times, literacy classes, computer instruction, arts and crafts, cultural dancing and lay librarian training. Books published by OCLF make great gifts! Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 – 5:00 and Saturday until noon.
On Haile Selassie Street (formerly 2nd Avenue), Ridge, Accra
0246 838 171 or 0277 452 380
The Studio Kids at The Secret Garden
The Studio Kids provides fantastic after-school & weekend activities centered around Ghanaian culture, cuisine, art & crafts. For current courses and programmes visit their Facebook page.
0553 618 681
Cheeky Monkey Club
Cheeky Monkeys offers a Swim School operated by an internationally qualified instructor – further details above.
27 Nyadji Crescent, Asylum Down, Accra
0548 648 846
Ghana BlueFins offers swimming lessons and programs for all ages and abilities. Their learn-to-swim sessions can be held at the University of Ghana pool or any pool of your choice.
0553 921 896
Lizzy Sports Complex
Founded by renowned former Ghanaian born French footballer, Marcel Desailly, the complex is an all-in-one sports recreation centre with 4 football pitches, 5 changing rooms, a full swimming pool, a children’s swimming pool, and a multipurpose court for basketball and handball. A Football Academy, Football Training Programmes, Summer Camps for children, Private Schools Football Gala, Corporate Football League and a 5-aside Night Football for adults are all run here. For a current schedule please visit the website.
200 Cotton Street, East Legon, Accra
0302 521 851
Marvel’s Mini Golf
Fun for the whole family! Marvel’s is an 18-hole mini golf course that has the usual challenges and tricks. The clubhouse serves snacks and drinks. Remember to take your sunscreen and insect repellent.
Forest Avenue, Abelenkpe traffic light, Dzorwulu, Accra
Pippa’s Health Club
Besides its regular members gym for adults Pippa’s offers children ballet classes, a Taekwondo programme, a dance academy, and a special Tumble Tots group for 3-month to 3-year olds. There is also an on-site spa and a coffee shop / smoothie bar.
5th Ringway Link, Ringway Estate, Accra
0302 224488 / 0302 224488
Football training from an internationally qualified coach. 2-5yr olds on Mondays from 3-5pm at the Aviation Social Centre, and 5-10yr olds on Wednesdays from 3-5pm at the Dzorwulu Astro Turf. Your first session is free.
0558 038 887
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