WITS Art Museum
The WITS Art Museum is one of the most accommodating to children, often hosting school tours and family walkabouts. The museum houses over 13 000 African artworks, making it the perfect place to introduce kids to the African art canon. The museum is also spacious and easy to navigate, so kids shouldn’t feel too overwhelmed. Afterwards, take them for a light snack at WAM Cafe. They have the most delicious mini quiches and cakes.
Details: University Corner, Corner Bertha (extension of Jan Smuts Avenue) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | +27 11 717 1365 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Johannesburg Art Gallery
The Johannesburg Art Gallery is a must-visit for art lovers of all ages. Perhaps not suited to younger children, this gallery is a wonderful place to bring teens with a keen interest in art history. Come and see a collection of Picassos, Pierneefs and Sekotos here. You can also engage with modern art and exhibitions, such as the recent The Art of Comics, presented in association with the French Institute of South Africa. Sign yourself and the kids up to become friends of the gallery, to be the first to be let into the loop about tours, exhibitions and visiting artists.
Details: Cnr Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg | 010 594 5544 | email@example.com
If you have never brought the kids to Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, the upcoming school holidays is the perfect time to do so. Not only will they learn about our country’s history and the importance of democracy, but there is an array of fantastic art to engage with too. The exhibitions gallery often hosts special events, too. From Thursday, 21 November 2019 to Sunday, 15 December 2019, the gallery will be hosting the On Main Road exhibition, curated by the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. Entrance is free, so bring the kids along to see it.
Details: 11 Kotze Road, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | +27 11 381 3100 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Victoria Yards is a mixed-use arts precinct, which is ideal for family outings. With a number of micro galleries and foodie hot spots, you can spend ample time wandering around here with the kids. There is also more than enough outdoor space for them to run around without causing too much havoc. Victoria Yards also host First Sundays markets, featuring all their usual tenants as well as guest crafters and artisans. Their final First Sunday market for 2019 will take place on Sunday, 01 December between 10:00 – 16:00.
Details: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg | 010 594 5210 | email@example.com
Lilian Gray Art School
Lilian Gray Art School is one of the most highly reputed art schools for children and adults in Johannesburg. Their annual art exhibition invites parents and prospective students to come and marvel at the fine work produced throughout the year. While not strictly an art gallery, this art school is well worth visiting. Plus, both you and the kids can enroll in classes to learn all the skills you need to create your own masterpieces.
Details: 82 Kessel Street, Fairland, Johannesburg | 076 828 2448 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Art Farm
Take a short drive out of the city to the historical Art Farm in Joburg South. This family-friendly venue welcomes the sound of children’s laughter, providing a play area and yummy eats for all. Plus, their stables are filled with artistic treasures, ranging from paintings, to pottery, handcrafted jewellery and much more. There is also a loft bookstore here with over 7000 books to choose from! Bring the kids along for a fun day out among fine art and food.
Details: Plot 56, Klipriver Road, R550, Alewynspoort, Eikenhof, Gauteng | email@example.com
Nirox Sculpture Park
The NIROX Foundation works to promote young artists, designers and sculptors at their exquisite park near the Cradle of Humankind. Come and admire their collection of permanent sculptures and occasional art exhibitions. The sculpture park also features artists in residence and workshop spaces open to the public on Sundays from 10:00. Bring the whole family along for a day out in the fresh air. Once you have thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful surrounds, you can enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch with the family at Baba G’s Kitchen. The kids are sure to love this venue, so make some time during the holidays to treat them to a visit.
Details: R540 Kromdraai Rd, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp, Gauteng | firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know of any other child-friendly art galleries in the city? Let us know about them!