Take the kids ‘mountain climbing‘ in the safety of a suburban setting. City Rock in Fontainebleau offers kid courses (ages five to 16) to teach little ones how to rock climb like a pro. The venue also offers climbing sessions, complete with safety equipment. It’s a fun way to let the kids blow off some steam and get active instead of lazing on the couch all day. And there’s also a fully equipped gym on-site, which is available to members of this indoor climbing venue.
Roll Egoli came about as a result of a lack of safe skating facilities for suburban Joburg kids and this super-smooth cement floor rink is on a residential stand in the heart of Bryanston. Old-school roller skating is a great way to get the kids off the couch and squeeze in some exercise. You could brave the roller rink yourself and bust out some disco moves – show the young ones how to throw it down!
Northgate Ice Rink
Some of our fondest childhood memories include ice skating for the first time while holding mom or dad’s hand to help us keep our balance. Pass these memories on to your children and take them to the Northgate Ice Rink. They are bound to love it. Dress them warmly and show them how to carve around the ice like a pro. Who knows, maybe the little one could be the next Brian Boitano — you know, the figure skating champion? Anyway. The bottom line is that the kids will love it – and you will too. Even though it will be cold in there to begin with, they’ll definitely warm up the more they skate around the ice.
Little Cooks Club
The Little Cooks Club has a hands-on approach to introducing children to cooking and getting them to appreciate good food and a healthy diet. Kids are taught how to work with kitchen utensils and they gain a basic understanding of how certain ingredients go together. If this sounds like something your little ones would love to do, then check out their upcoming events and classes here.
Since 2006, the Pottery Junxion in Edenvale has been offering the best in ceramics to Joburg and they have since branched out into workshops for young ones and also kids’ parties. Bring your children here to let their creative side flourish by being taught to paint, draw and sculpt with clay. It’s important for kids to work with their hands to develop their fine motor skills, so this is a highly recommended activity.
How about letting the kids get a little creative while also getting a little bit messy at Artjamming™? Whether it’s playing, painting, sponging or spraying, it’s all about having fun and unleashing their own individual creativity. Little and grownup Artjammers are offered a wide choice of materials and supplies, which includes 12 different size canvases, plenty of easels, a selection of non-toxic acrylic paints on tap in many bright and beautiful colours, brushes and tools to freely express themselves. Best of all, you don’t need to be Picasso, no painting or drawing skills are required.