If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you would have seen my recent post about Winelands Light Railway, situated just outside of Stellenbosch. A few weeks ago, my mom sent Hubs and I a link for a relatively new thing-to-do-with-kids nearby – riding mini trains! I can remember riding them as a kid, but haven’t yet given my kids the same opportunity.
So, as part of my son’s birthday celebrations, we decided to try them out.
Here is what you should know:
The cost was R 50 per person per ride, or R 100 per person for unlimited rides for the day. Since we were there with kids, the obvious choice was the R 100. (*cost as at 29/12/2019.)
The park has a total of 7 trains (if I recall correctly) of which 2 were operating on the day: a fuel and a steam engine.
It comprises a circular train track which includes a station, a bridge and a tunnel; all very entertaining for the littles. Also, I was able to ride along quite comfortably with the kids (something that I have to take into serious consideration since I’m on the larger side of the scale). Most importantly, the kids absolutely loved it!
Food and drinks:
There are few food trucks sprinkled around the lush, green lawns. Perfect for grabbing something to eat and drink and then finding a cool spot under one of the young trees. I would say that the costs for food and drinks are average for food trucks – so not that cheap, but manageable. There are picnic tables dotted around, but we chose to sit on the grass – a proper picnic feeling!
I didn’t take photos of this portion of the day – I was too busy being lazy and lying under a tree!
Other things to do:
They have a wooden jungle gym and play house, which entertained the kids for a good long while, in between wanting to ride the trains of course. There is also a collection of vintage tractors on exhibition in the hall, which I found quite interesting.
I’d say take the kids and go and check it out – they can ride the trains and have ample space to run free and burn all their excess energy. A win-win in my book!
Until next time,