During your holiday in Sri Lanka, you are either visiting historic, cultural, wildlife, or natural tourist attractions most of the time. At one point, children may get bored of doing those adult activities with you as they may not find the attractions as fascinating as you would. They need entertainment suitable for their age. So if you have children under 10 years of age travelling with you, here are some places that you can take them for an hour or two of entertainment.
This man-made lake built by a British Governor serves as a center of outdoor recreation in Nuwara Eliya. You can take your children on boat rides or introduce them to water sports such as jet skiing and windsurfing. Horse rides are also a fun activity for kids at Lake Gregory.
Named after Queen Victoria, this park was inaugurated in the late 19th century. In addition to the rare species of birds and plants in this park, there is also a separate children’s playground with a mini train ride that gives your kids an interesting ride around the park.
Hakgala Botanical Gardens
Plan a full day picnic at Hakgala Botanical Gardens with your family and your kids will surely love the fresh air and open space to play catch me if you can. Don’t forget to carry a bat, ball, hats, sunglasses and plenty of food and water.
If your children are strawberry lovers, take them to the enchanting strawberry fields during season time and watch how thrilled they will be to pick their own strawberries!
This is a well maintained playground located at the southwest corner of the Kandy Lake. The equipment available is suitable for kids of different ages and is a popular one amongst locals.
E.L. Senanayake Children’s Park
Similar to The Playground, this one is also a kiddie’s park and is significant because it is the oldest of its kind in Kandy. This urban children’s park is an ideal outdoor entertainment option for your kids during your stay in Kandy.
Kandyan Dance shows
The kids are sure to enjoy this one as they get to see performers dancing with fire, walking on fire and even eating fire! In addition to that there will be plenty of costume changes throughout the show along with some interesting music dominated by the drummers.
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
These massive gardens have a wide range of plants and flowers, as well as plenty of space for kids to run around, cycle, play ball and picnic all day long.
In Colombo, there are several outdoor children’s playgrounds in places like Vihara Maha Devi Park (Townhall), Diyatha Uyana (Battaramulla), Nawala, Havelock Road (Colombo 05), Zoo Road (Dehiwala), and many more!
Apart from these, Colombo also has a few indoor play areas such as Majestic City (Colombo 04) Fun Factory (Nawala and Mount Lavinia), Super Kids (Colombo 05), Tiny Tots (Nawala), and a few more which are perfect options to entertain your kids on rainy days!
A few theme parks are also scattered around Sri Lanka:
- Leisure World – Avissawella
- Guruge Nature Park – Ja Ela
- Saniro Dream Paradise – Veyangoda
- Excel World – Colombo 01