Sci Bono Discovery Centre
The Sci Bono Discovery Centre is a dedicated science centre that caters to young minds. The centre supports maths, science and technology education. Sci Bono features over 350 interactive maths, science and technology exhibits, making it the largest and most visited science centre in South Africa. They host regular holiday programmes, as well as large scale exhibitions. Kids are invited to interact and play with the permanent exhibits at the centre. So, not only are they having fun, but learning at the very same time!
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Details: Corner of Miriam Makeba and Helen Joseph Streets, Newtown, Johannesburg | 011 639 8400 | [email protected]
Is your little one an astrophysicist in the making? Take them to the WITS Planetarium. First erected in 1960, the Planetarium still operates on the East Campus of WITS University. They host regular shows and events for children aged 5 - 18 years old. Bring your kiddies to learn about all the wonders of the solar system, our moon and the constellations. Adults are welcome, too, so tag along for a great learning experience.
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Details: University of the Witwatersrand, Yale road, East Campus, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | 011 717 1390 | [email protected]
WITS Life Sciences Museum
The WITS Life Sciences Musuem is the only natural history museum located in Johannesburg. If your child has a keen interest in biology, archaeology or even just creepy, crawly things, this museum is definitely worth a visit. The main display area features skeletons, models and preserved specimens. Come and marvel at the fantastic display of aquatic species in the museum's pristine tank displays. This is edutainment on a whole new level!
*The museum is only open from 08:30 to 16:00 on weekdays.
Details: 33 Station St, Braamfontein, University of the Witwatersrand, East Campus | 011 717 6467
Adler Museum of Medicine
If your child has a keen interest in medical science, the Adler Museum of Medicine is the ideal edutainment venue for them. The museum is located at the WITS Medical campus in Parktown and contains interesting and invaluable collections depicting the history of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy through the ages. Travel back in time at a 20th century Johannesburg pharmacy, a doctor's consulting room, a dental surgery, an operating theatre and an optometry display of the same period. You might just leave with a whole new respect for medical science.
Details: University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown, Johannesburg | 011 717 2081 | [email protected]
James Hall Transport Museum
The James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg is the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in South Africa. The museum's impressive collection of animal-drawn vehicles, coaches, motorcycles, buses and cars dates back to as early as 1870. Here the kids will learn all about the history of the city, its people and how they got around way back in the early 1900s! It's entertainment and education all neatly packaged in one marvelous museum.
Details: Pioneers' Park, 193 Rosettenville Road, La Rochelle, Johannesburg South | 011 435-9485/6/7 | [email protected]