If you’re keen to soak up some sunshine and enjoy a restful day out with the family, why not pack a picnic basket, stick a blanket in the car and head to the Bunny Park, in Rynfeld, Benoni?
Visitors to the Bunny Park can commune with farm animals such as cows, donkeys, goats , chickens, turtles – and rabbits, of course. It’s the ideal day out for three- to 10-year-old children, who get to spend time with friends of the four-legged kind and learn to appreciate the natural world.
The free-roaming animals at the park are tame enough to be handfed, and visitors are encouraged to bring fresh carrots, or purchase veggies at the park’s kiosk.
Peacocks, pony rides and a playground
If the little ones tire of tracking down rabbits, they can also view peacocks or go on a pony ride. Pony and camel rides are available for the children, for a fee.
They could also head over to the playground where they can expend their energy on various swings, slides, a tractor and other rides.
A small train runs through the park and a mini fairground will entertain the children with rides.
On the last Saturday of each month, a small craft market runs until 15h00 in the Bunny Park, and extra markets are hosted during Easter and Christmas. Between 70 and 100 stalls are hosted there, all specialising in handmade crafts. Woodwork, fabric painting, jewellery, aromatherapy candles, metal work and more products are available for visitors to browse.
Children can be entertained by ceramic painting, sand art and a fishing stall.
The family can sit down and have lunch at a number of stalls which offer a variety of light: boerewors rolls, Chinese food, Indian food, vetkoek and mince, pancakes and more.
Food and amenities
Although there is a hot dog stand and a kiosk which sells snacks and drinks, the Bunny Park is better suited to picnicking. Braai facilities are available for guests. Alternatively, you could pack healthy sandwiches, fresh juices and spend the day relaxing on a blanket under one of the trees while the children run around. .
Toilets are available on the grounds – bring along wet-wipes just in case.
The Bunny Park is perfect for young families looking to connect with nature within city bounds.
Daily from 07h00 to 17h00
From the N12 take the Pretoria Road (M44) off-ramp and bear right to continue along Pretoria Road. The Bunny Park is located on Johannesburg’s East Rand, near Benoni’s Lakeside Mall.