Accra for kids
Where to keep children, teens and families entertained in the capital
While they're not a dime a dozen, Accra has some great facilities for the little ones in your life - from kids' pools and restaurants to an excellent minigolf course. Provision for children in the capital is improving all the time, but it's worth planning ahead to avoid tantrums. If it's not too hot, there are some great outdoor venues for kids in Accra - if it is, air-conditioned play areas are a blessing. Spoil them rotten with Time Out's pick of things for kids to do in the capital.
La Palm Royal Beach is one the best pool complexes in Ghana, an ideal way to spend a lazy Sunday. New is the La Palm Kids Theme Park, a pleasant and safe enclosed park right by the pool. All pool facilities are open to non-residents; be sure to make use of them! Facilities include a casino, fitness centre and spa and sauna. Meals can be taken in the bar. There are several restaurants, including the Royal Dragon Chinese restaurant and the Continental Restaurants – we’d avoid those and head to the open-sided and thatched Ghanaian Village (0302 215 100). There’s often live highlife on weekend evenings – one of the few places to see it. Overlooking the beach, the thatched setting of the Ghanaian Village restaurant is also a highpoint, and a great place to sample Ghanaian dishes such as red red (bean stew with plantain).
- By Labadi Beach
This is an impressive new minigolf course that will attract fun-loving adults as much as children (there’s a bar after all). The 18-hole golf course has the usual challenges and tricks. The clubhouse serves snacks and refreshments. There’s also football and regular movie nights.
- Forest Avenue, Abelenkpe traffic lights, Dzorwulu
Clothing boutiques, global sports brands and high-end furniture outlets populate the ground floor of Ghana’s largest shopping mall. Glamourous African-inspired fashions fill the racks of Kiki Clothing and Jil Boutique, and a branch of African fabric specialists Woodin and Vlisco have a good range of prints. Also on the ground floor find familiar brands such as Levis, Puma and Swatch. A small food court includes fried chicken outlet Barcelo’s and upmarket bar and restaurant Rhapsody’s, and kids can let off steam in a central play area with a bouncy castle. Upstairs is the territory of Silverbird, which runs a well-stocked book and music store, Ghana’s only multiplex cinema showing current blockbusters, Nollywood and Ghanaian films, and now a new bar Silver Lounge.
- Tettah Quashie and Spintex Road
This restaurant and play place, by the Morning Star School, off the Danquah Circle, is a handy stop off for families. For the children there is a bouncy castle and games room, while the parents can hide in the pleasant restaurant that serves Ghanaian dishes, as well as fried chicken and other items. Healthy options include a juice bar, or a drink in the coffee shop.
- 27 Orphan Crescent, North Labone
This is a remarkable place for children under 12 who love to be spoiled rotten. The large safety-conscious play area is great to expend energy, but the part the little girls tend to love is inside the beauty parlour. There’s a play area outside and video games, books and toys to play with. Food such as burgers and pizzas are available. There’s a one-off charge for the play area.
- No 133 Noi Fetrika Street, Airport Residential