The 2020 summer holiday has been very unusual because of the global pandemic. The COVID-19 single headedly changed any outside plans. We know many children, were looking forward to their summer vacations that unfortunately had to be spent indoors. Similar to adult’s children’s lives have been turned upside down by the global pandemic. Between schools being closed and playdates being cancelled, children’s routines have change and while many kids have enjoyed the extra time with their parents, many have a want to go outside. Once it is fully safe to go outside, many parents will likely be looking for a post lockdown party once movement restrictions are over. We need to celebrate ourselves and the kids for living through what we can honestly say has been one of the most challenging times. The pandemic is a good reminder that life is for the living and we need to enjoy each day to the fullest.
Here is a list of 10 fun places in Lagos to take your kids for a #PostLockDownParty
1. Upbeat Centre
Located inside Lekki Phase 1 on Admiralty Road off Admiralty way in Lagos, UPBEAT, is considered West Africa’s 1st Trampoline Park & foremost recreation centre. UPBEAT was born to fill a gap in the market, establishing a world class and fun sports and fitness recreation centre in Africa for the benefit for all in the community. UPBEAT is a vibrant recreation centre for babies, school children, young adults, thrill seekers, parents, and grandparents for all things fun and fitness. Wall climb, bounce while you dodge balls, dive into the massive foam pits, attempt the UPBEAT obstacle course and challenge friends. Get ready to play hard!
2. Rufus and Bee
Located at Twin Water mall in Oniru, Lagos Rufus and Bee is a games arcade, restaurant, bowling alley and sports bar all wrapped up in one. It is located in Lekki off Remi Olowude, Lekki, (2nd roundabout). The games arcade is packed with lots of different games – football, shooting, cars, basketball, etc. It’s like letting a child loose in a candy store. This is a must visit destination for the family. You won’t regret it.
3. Lekki Conservation Center
The lockdown has made me appreciate the beauty of nature. And there is no better place to do this than the Lekki Conservation Centre. Children will enjoy the walk, seeing nature and also seeing the monkeys, the 95yr old tortoise, peacocks, crocodiles and other animals. Make sure you go on the canopy walk and climb the tree house. Lekki Conservation Center is located at KM 19, Lekki-Epe Expressway – not too far from Chevron and just before the 2nd Lekki Tollgate.
4. Hi-Impact Planet
Hi-Impact Planet is considered to be the Nigerian version of Disneyland. It is an amusement theme park and resort along the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway – KM 12 Lagos Ibadan Expressway Ibafo. I have been here at least 3 times and we still didn’t get to do everything even though we got there as soon as they opened. There are indoor games arcade with lots of games, rides, bumper cars, ice skating, Ferris wheel, carousel, go kart, train rides and an indoor 4D cinema. It now has a swimming area and water slides.
5. Dreamworld Africana
Next stop – Dreamworld Africana. The park has lots of rides including a roller coaster, carousel, ferris wheel, bumper cars, go karts, games arcade, bouncy castles, etc. It also has a swimming area and water slides to make that big splash. It is located at KM 20 Lekki-Ajah Expressway Lagos. It just after the 2nd Lekki toll gate, a major landmark to look out for is the Orchid Hotel.
6. Omu Resort
Omu resort is unique – is a combination of a mini zoo, seaworld, wax museum and an amusement park. Omu Resort boasts of a wide range of fun activities – zoo, wax museum, rides, mechanical bull riding, horse riding, waterpark, paintballing, quad bikes, roller skating, kayaking and go-karts. It is located at 1, Omu Resort Drive, Bogije Town Lagos.
7. Funderland Mall
Looking to do some skating? – then Funderland Mall is just the place to get started. The Mall is home to DCube Skating Rinks, Trotter and Pop Water Park. Together they offer you fun games, rock climbing, pony ride, swimming pool, slides and indoor skating Funderland Mall is at 16/18 Lekki- Epe Expressway opposite Mega Chicken (between Chevron and VGC).
8. Funtopia Water Park
Looking to cool off and make a big splash after the “heat of lockdown”? Funtopia Leisure Resort is a water park that offers 3 water slides, swimming area, games room, snack bar and bouncy castle. It is located at Km 35, Lekki-Epe Express Way, opposite Pan African University just a few minutes away from Victoria Garden City.
9. Apapa Amusement Park
Apapa Amusement Park is another must for every child that lives in Lagos. This amusement park boasts of bumper cars, carousel, air bicycle, mini football pitch, mini Ferris wheel, roller coasters, indoor arcades and a number of other rides. I love the Pirate Ship and Fruit Worm the best. The indoor games arcade has lots of fun for the kids especially the younger ones. Apapa Amusement Park is located at 34 Randle Street Apapa.
10. Fun Factory Lekki
Fun Factory is one of the coolest places to have a party for kids and is definitely on our #PostLockdownParty list. It is mainly an outdoor fun place to take the kids for a relaxed weekend and to burn off their excess energy. It has outdoor slides, rides, a little pool and space for the little ones to run around. It is located on Admiralty Way Lekki Phase 1
11. The Beach
I’m not sure this list would be complete without including the beach. Lagos is blessed with beaches, and you can choose from a selection of beaches if you would like to spend a day at the beach having a picnic, drinking coconuts, building sandcastles, swimming and lots of water fun. Badagry, Illashe, Eleko, Landmark Beach, Oniru, Atican beaches are some to name a few. If you are up for more adventure, take a boat ride to Tarkwa Bay or check your local boat club for possible departures.
Let’s remember to celebrate surviving 2020.
Titi Adewusi is Co-Founder, 9ijakidsS; an EdTech company – a fun learning company. that has developed over 250 educational fun interactive games to help children ages 3-13 years understand and retain knowledge as well as excel in school. She is mother to two boys 9 and 12 years and is always looking for fun places to take her children. She believes children learn best through play.
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