Thank you to all the moms and dads who participated in our recent survey on your favorite activities for young children (ages 1-7) in Kigali. The results are in and the parents of Kigali have spoken! This list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to wonderful activities to keep your children entertained in Kigali (we'll be sharing more soon!).
Vow to never have another boring day in our amazing city and head out now to discover these amazing, active adventures.
10. Heaven Restaurant & Inn Playground
7 KN 29 St
+250 788 486 581
Heaven’s restaurant, custom-built by local craftspeople, showcases Rwandan arts and crafts and serves an international menu for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. With a special menu just for kids, Heaven welcomes families and encourages them to dine and lounge on their shaded terrace or run and play on the outdoor playground.
9. City Arts Classes
4 KG 670 St
With creative classes for children and adults, City Arts offers ballet, art, yoga and creative writing and serves as a local community arts center. Check out their latest calendar on their Facebook page for details on classes and events.
8. Pili Pili – Sandbox and Pool
A growing favorite amongst families in Kigali, Pili Pili has something to offer for both parents and kids. With outdoor dining and drinks, kids can play in the sandbox or splash in the pool. Parents too can enjoy a swim or catch a sports game on the restaurant’s large television. Although with comfy daybeds for lounging and an amazing view over the city, you won’t need the big screen for entertainment.
7. Fazenda Sengha Horse Farm
Located on Mt. Kigali, Nyamirambo
Open everyday except Tuesday from 9am - 7pm
+250 78 440 6340
Fazenda Sengha offers private professional horseback riding lessons, including trail rides through the beautiful hills around Mount Kigali. Riders of all levels are welcome with children as young as six able to ride a horse on their own. Younger children can also ride if they are led, supervised, or instructed within an enclosed area on the farm. Not interested in horseback riding? Sengha also offers archery lessons for children 14 and up, a trampoline, and a state-of-the-art barbecue grill perfect for picnics overlooking the valley.
6. Spiderman Game Center
M. Peace Plaza
KN4 AV10, Nyarugenge, Kigali
+250 78 715 77 98
In addition to a variety of games which simulate car racing, airplane flights and basketball, the Spiderman Game Center features a padded play area, ball pit and carousel for children. Parents and friends can enjoy a meal, coffee, or dessert in the gated child-friendly space. You can also book the space for private parties and events.
5. Playground at Mamba Club
KG 680 St
+250 07 884 517 34
Mama Club was recently voted the best hostel in Rwanda by Hoscar and with a 6 lane bowling alley, small swimming pool, ping pong table, foosball table, billiards and an outdoor volleyball court it's no surprise that it made it on our top 5 list. The real favorite of parents and kids? The large outdoor playground which in addition to traditional playground equipment boasts an in-ground trampoline frequented by tourists and locals alike.
4. Playground at La Palisse Hotel
only 500 meters from Kigali International Airport
M-F 8AM-8PM, Sat & Sun 7:30AM - 8:30PM
+250 07 883 855 05
The huge outdoor playground and grass area at La Palisse Hotel are the perfect spot to organize play dates and picnics. Just near the hotel's basketball court and volleyball court, there's plenty to do at La Palisse for children (and adults!) of all ages.
3. Play Area at Bamboo Chinese
5/F KN 82 St
Avenue de Commerce
Daily, 10am – 10pm
+250 07 860 066 65
Just one of the restaurant play areas in T2000 which makes our top activities list. This time with a play area, Chinese cuisine, and beautiful rooftop views. Drop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy this fantastic indoor playground in Kigali's city centre.
2. Pool at Umubano Hotel
4 KG 7 Ave
+250 07 881 360 00
Formerly known as the Novotel Hotel, the spacious outdoor pool at the Umubano Hotel is a favorite weekend spot amongst families in Kigali. With plenty of lounge chairs, umbrellas and a weekly Sunday barbecue brunch, the pool at Umbano Hotel is the perfect place to spend the day swimming and splashing.
1. Play area at Monaco Cafe
G/F, KN 82 St
Avenue de Commerce
+ (250) 07 827 566 06
Inside T2000 is one of Kigali's hidden treasures and the #1 activity for children under 7 as voted by parents in Kigali. At the back of the Monaco Cafe you'll find a large play area complete with everything from multiple slides and swings to a ball pit and lots of padded play space for kids to run, jump, and climb all afternoon.