If you’re looking for a place that ticks off a few hours in the day with the kids – head to one of our favourite spots on the Promenade, The Blue Train Park. Not only is the view an absolute beauty but the salty sea air and sunshine helps with parenting on a particularly high level. This is a bit of a favourite for our family, Asha even had his fourth birthday party here and it was a hit. The promenade really doesn’t have to work very hard at being known as the best spot on the Atlantic Seaboard. But to a five year old and 18 month old, add a little blue train that motors through a tunnel right next to the sea and, well, you have yourself the most excellent spot to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning (or afternoon).
The Blue Train Park in Mouille Point is run and managed by the Rotary Club of Sea Point. The Rotary Club forms part of a global network of 31 000 Rotary Clubs all across the globe. The club comprises of a collective of private individuals, businesses and professionals who believe the Rotary Club offers the opportunity to carry out humanitarian projects to those in need. So not only is a visit to the Blue Train Park in Mouille Point a fun morning out for the entire family but your ticket proceeds go towards the betterment of others.
The park is exceptionally well maintained, even after 60 years of service. A fairly new addition to the park is a pancake station right at the entrance. It’s more of a pancake hut and rumour has it that these are some of the best pancakes on the promenade. Entry into the park is still a great deal: Entrance + 1 train ride: R28 OR Entrance + 2 train rides: R45. Do remember though that the park is closed on a Monday. The highlight for the little tigers is without a doubt the train ride on The Old Lady BUT the park is, well, just that – a park. There are various areas where the teenies can run and play, with different sized wooden jungle gym structures, monkey bars, climbing frames, swings and even a mini soccer stadium for some ball kicking. Bring bikes and scooters along as there is a small skate ramp, as well as an old-fashioned foofy slide (eeeeek, how do you spell that?!). I suppose kids nowadays would know it as a zip line.
There are always parties happening at the Blue Train Park but you are allowed to wander about in between them and make use of all of the facilities. The parties are set up under wooden gazebos with picnic style tables and benches, more often than not there are a few jumping castles about. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen and a cap as there aren’t too many shady spots around. Snacks are essential. As I mentioned above, there is the new’ish little pancake hut (we’ll definitely be trying one of those next time) and a tuck shop that offers the usuals: cooldrinks, chips, sweets and ice-creams. So if you are a health nut – look away now.
I have such great memories of visiting the Blue Train Park from my childhood. Ash absolutely cannot believe that it has been around since I was a child because 35 is “so old mom!”. WHAT?! Never in a million years did I think I would be taking my children to the same places I spent so much time at during my childhood – never.
So to sum it all up:
- Pack snacks
- Sunscreen and hats
- Bikes and scooters
The Lighthouse, Beach Road, Mouille Point (across the road from Cafe’ Neo)
Happy Blue Train Rides x