The Best Child-Friendly Activities in Dar Es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is not only Tanzania's largest city, but it is also a centre of attraction for tourists. This throbbing East African city features a variety of cool family-friendly attractions and cool things to do with kids. Whether you live in Dar or if you are just visiting, be assured that you can have a fantastic time with the whole family.
Let’s take a look at some of the family-friendly and kid-friendly attractions in Dar es Salaam.
1. National Museum & House of Culture
From history to the culture of Tanzania, National Museum & House of Culture not only showcases a diverse and exciting array of artefacts but also exhibits fossils that were once excavated in the country. The museum has a bit of everything but if your kids go wild at the sight of unique pieces, such as functional bicycles completely made out of wood, yes, and the wheels too, then the National Museum & House of Culture should definitely be on your to-do list!
2. Ikulu (State House)
Initially built by the Germans and rebuilt after WWI by the British, the State House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania. With African and Arabian architectures, white walls, wide verandas, and walkways, and it overlooks the Indian Ocean on the east.
3. Nafasi Art Space
Nafasi Art Space is an excellent spot for families to gather around and celebrate art. You will find creative minds indulged in both performing and fine arts. If you are bringing kids along, they can try their hands at painting too. If you stumble upon a piece of art that you'd like to take home, feel free to make an offer.
Nafasi Art Space
4. Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Village
Mwenge Carvers’ Village in Dar es Salaam is your go-to place if you are looking for Tanzanian souvenirs. You can explore the village with your kids, take some time to walk around and spot some unique tribal Tanzanian art and craft pieces.
View our guide on the best souvenirs to pick up in Tanzania, so you don't go shopping blindly.
Mwenge Woodcarvers’ Village
5. Pugu Hills Nature Reserve
Pugu Hills is a protected nature reserve which is around 25 kilometres away from the centre of the city of Dar es Salaam. Take a day out with your family in Pugu Hills, go for a hike or just relax and bird watch.
Also, do not forget to visit the cave, which is famous for its bats' colony. The forest is home to a variety of wildlife species including civets, leopards, bush babies and a number of bird species.
Pugu Hills Nature Reserve
6. Kunduchi Wet-n-Wild Water Park
Kunduchi Wet-n-Wild Water Park is a great playground in Dar, perfect for families especially kids. The water park features a wide range of pools and slides, Go Kart, rain dance, and fun areas. It’s considered the largest water theme park in East and Central Africa. Families can spend the whole day here, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Kunduchi Wet-n-Wild Water Park
7. Bagamoyo Town
A prehistoric East African trade port, Bagamoyo Town demonstrates a very unique Swahili culture. You can visit ancient churches, ruins, mosques and Chuo Cha Sanaa, Tanzania's one of a few art colleges.
8. Tinga Tinga Art Centre
Tanzania is quite famous for artwork which can also be witnessed on the streets of Dar. Donning the bright oil colours and imaginative figures, the Tingatinga centre is a great source of artistic inspiration. You and your kids can walk around and buy a few things you like.
Tinga Tinga Art Centre
9. Bongoyo Island
Want to go for a swim in the Indian Ocean? Head to Dar es Salaam's most happening Island – Bongoyo. It’s a great place to enjoy a lazy day on the beach and indulge in adventurous activities like snorkelling. Bongoyo Island is also a paradise for seafood lovers.
10. Fun City
Located in Kigamboni, this amusement park is a great place for families to spend a fun day. It offers a wide range of attractions for adults and kids such as Ferris wheels, roller coasters, water slides, and restaurants. The park features the first wave pool in East Africa and provides enjoyment and amusement for both parents and kids.
11. Village Museum
Fancy a tour of Tanzania's tradition lifestyle? The Village Museum exhibits the typical Tanzanian huts where your kids can learn more about various local tribes. They can also witness the traditional dance if you spend a tad bit extra on the entry fee.
12. Coco Beach
Also known as Oyster Bay, Coco Beach is a located on the Msasani Peninsula of Dar es Salaam. From local cuisines to street food, Coco Beach features several places to dine, and also offers live music performances on the weekends.
This is definitely a popular place to visit in Dar with kids. The beach offers calm waters, plenty of sand, and a variety of kid-friendly activities. If you and the fam love soaking in some vitamin D, have a look at our guide to the 10 best beaches in Dar es Salaam for some more beaching hotspots!
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With a list, this extensive your now have no excuse but to take the whole family out for a fun-filled day!
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