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April’s Family-Friendly Activities For All Ages!

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Tired of sitting at home doing nothing and are looking for something fun to do with the whole family? Well, here’s plenty of exciting family-friendly activities you can explore and experience within the city and surrounds. Keep your eye on this list, as we will be adding some new adventures to it every month!

Please note: Costs mentioned were correct at the time of writing (March 2024) and are subject to change at any time. Please contact your desired destination directly to confirm entry fees, costs and operating times. 

Go On An Adventure at The Johanesburg Zoo

While summer is still in full swing, why not enjoy the outdoors by visiting The Johannesburg Zoo? Spend the day strolling through the various enclosures, viewing the furry, scaly, weird and wonderful animals that call this place home. Not only is it fun for all ages, it’s also educational. Also, keep an eye out for their upcoming events that’s sure to thrill the whole family.

Explore Gauteng With Gautrain

Lately, travelling has become expensive. Petrol and diesel costs are burning holes in our pockets. But with Gautrain, you have a cost-effective and convenient alternative that won’t bust your budget. With five stations throughout the province, all offering a wide variety of activities and must-visit destinations within proximity of each stop, you’re sure to have an exciting adventure. Click here for more information about Gautrain, fare, schedules and where you can find each of the stations throughout Gauteng.

Kiddies Fun Under R150

Times are tough, especially with the price in petrol, inflation, and everything else. But if you still have budget to treat the kids with a fun-filled day out and around the city, then take a look at our list of fun activities for under R150 per person. Not all thrills and entertainment need to cost a pretty penny.

Shepherd’s Fold Stables

From horse trail rides out in nature and fun-filled school holiday camps to a quiet countryside escape and pony parties, Shepherd’s Fold Stables provides the setting for any occasion, be it a fun day out or for a little bit of adventure. Also, there are pony rides available for the little ones under the age of 6. They can enjoy a little ride around the farm accompanied by a groom. Also, if you kids love ponies and have a birthday coming up, why not plan a two-hour pony party at this idyllic destination?

Willow Feather Farm

Willow Feather Farm located on the outskirts of Centurion offers families a lovely destination to enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air, and some lovely sunshine. One of the goals of Willow Feather Farm is to recreate the cherished experiences of their childhood on the farm. Visit their a delightful animal touch farm, indulge in a lovely picnic at their Picnic Park, and stroll through their beautiful gardens.

Chartwell Castle

Take the family to Chartwell Castle for a fun day out. Here, you and the kids can explore their 6 000m² maze. It’s the largest maze in the Southern hemisphere and is definitely a sight you don’t want to miss. This certainly tops our list as one of the most unique outdoor activities in Joburg. Also, there’s a kiddies play area at Chartwell Castle, with a castle-themed bouncy house, rocket-shaped inflatables and a mini train track.

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown is one of those places that slips off our radar screen, only to return with a vengeance when we remember how much we love it! We have spent many MANY hours there over the past few years, and it never ceases to amaze us. It is a giant “classroom” where kids learn maths, science and technology through play and experimentation. There are over 350 exhibits to explore, as well as a variety of educational activities and events throughout the year.

Fruit Picking Near Johannesburg

Escape the rush of the city and head out to the countryside to enjoy an afternoon of fruit picking. There are a number of fruit picking destinations within driving distance of Joburg. Strawberry season has just begun, so be sure to head to these lovely berry farms for an afternoon in the sun, enjoy some fresh country air.

Pioneer Museum

Treat the family to an outing at the Pioneer Museum in Silverton, Pretoria. This museum will give you a look into life and the way of living during the 1870s. Here, you and your family will get the opportunity to travel back in time, knead homemade bread, make your own candles, and enjoy a braai with the kids! For entry costs, be sure to visit their website for further information.

The Rand Airport & SAA Museum Society

The Rand Airport in Germiston offers visitors a touch of history, tons of family fun, and spectacular flights of fancy at their annual Rand Airshow. Not only is this destination entertaining for all ages, but it is also educational. And if you’re feeling a bit munchy after walking around the museum, then stop by Harvard Cafe for something delicious and a refreshing drink.

Go Karting In Joburg

Keen on a bit of fun combined with adrenaline and excitement as your race around an asphalt track? Then be sure to book a fun day out at one of Joburg’s go-karting destinations. A little bit of competition is healthy, and this activity will definitely have the young ones thrilled. Booking are recommended. Here’s where you can race a go-kart!

Waterpark Thrills

With Spring blooming throughout the city, it’s time to get those cozzies ready and head to one of Gauteng’s exciting waterparks! During the month of September, many of these parks will be reopening to celebrate Spring, offering a great place full of watery fun and a spot to keep cool. Just don’t forget the sunscreen and cap!

Blueberry Beacon Family Restaurant & Playground

What sets Blueberry Beacon apart from other family-friendly restaurants is its dedication to providing a fun and engaging environment for children. The restaurant boasts a playground that keeps the little ones entertained, allowing parents to enjoy their meal in peace. The menus offer everything from hearty breakfasts, moreish street food and must-try nachos to saucy pastas, combo platters, pizzas, and of course, decadent desserts.

Asher’s Sanctuary Farm

Asher’s Farm Sanctuary is a safe haven for animals and a place where stories of struggle and survival are shared. Each resident of the sanctuary, from cows and pigs to chickens and horses, has a unique tale to tell.

Visiting Asher’s Farm Sanctuary is a must for families seeking a fun, educational, and heart-warming day out. The sanctuary offers tours where visitors can meet the rescued animals and learn about their stories. The animals at Asher’s love visitors as much as you’ll love touring the farm. This is the perfect destination for animal lovers of all ages.

Herb Land in Midrand

Herb Land is a delightful destination that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. This charming venue is a haven for nature lovers, food enthusiasts, and those seeking a peaceful retreat. There’s a fun-filled play area for the kids, a cosy little cafe to grab a bite to eat, and plenty of gardens to enjoy.

The Ditsong National Museum of Military History

There’s a reason why the Distong National Museum of Military History in Saxonwold is a must-visit for families. It is a treasure trove full of military-related journals, weapons, vehicles and photographs from a number of wars in South African history. It aims to commemorate and pay homage to South Africans that have died fighting in and for their country.

The James Hall Museum of Transport

The James Hall Museum of Transport 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. Their steam vehicle collection is one of the most popular attractions for the little ones, as well as antique fire engines donated by the Johannesburg Fire Station.

Play Africa

The Play Africa Museum in Johannesburg is an interactive museum that encourages children to learn through play. The museum is designed to be hands-on. Children are not just allowed but encouraged to touch, explore, and interact with the exhibits. This approach helps children to engage with the material in a more meaningful way, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the subjects at hand.

Visit JoyJozi!

There’s a brand-new family-friendly destination waiting for families to visit. A place where kids can take their parents, JoyJozi offers a one-of-a-kind family playground and restaurant experience that you won’t get anywhere else! They provide families with a safe and secure space to enjoy some playtime, delicious food, and treat the kids, inspiring curiosity, connection, and exploration. This is a fun-filled playground paradise for the little ones. Since they are new on the block, space is limited! So be sure to book your visit to avoid disappointment.

Harties Cableway

Looking for something different to do over the weekend? then why not visit the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway for amazing views, good food, and some thrills for the kids! Take a cable car up to the top of the mountain, take a stroll along Dassie Loop to take in the views, and then head to the Kids Zone for some family entertainment. There is a Boost ‘n Bounce, jungle gyms, as well as an ice cream parlour, that’s sure to delight the kids. As the kids have a blast, parents can grab a drink, pick the perfect shaded table or beanbag and take in the views of the Magaliesberg Mountains, Harties, and surrounding areas.

Chameleon Village

Also in Harties, you’ll find the family-friendly Chameleon Village! Here, you’ll find everything from a market, edutainment and conservation parks, plenty of foodie spots, a putt-putt course, pool and water features to keep the kids cool, and live entertainment. This is a great way to spend your Saturday afternoon. There is most definitely something for everyone to enjoy here.

Get Crafty at Color Café

There’s plenty of fun to be had at Color Café! Grab your little ones and spend a few happy hours with Color Café, getting creative with some ceramic painting. And the best part about this activity is you don’t need any painting or art experience to create something special and unique. Have a blast picking the item you want to paint, letting your inner artist indulge, and having a good time with your loved ones. And once you’re done, you’ll each have a custom piece of art to take home with you. This is certainly a unique and different activity to try!

Summertime Berry Picking

Between the months of January to April, be sure to visit The Field Berry Farm in Joburg South for a day of raspberry picking. Spend the day strolling and picking juicy berries from their field, let the kids blow off some steam on the jungle gym, and treat your taste buds to their famous raspberry fro-yo and slushie. This is a unique and interesting experience perfect for the whole family. There is an entry fee as well as a set price per kilogram of raspberries picked from their farm. Also, you can shop other delightful raspberry products at the venue.

Donkey Dairy

For a unique experience perfect for the whole family, be sure to head to Donkey Dairy in Magaliesburg. Yes, it’s a two hour drive from Joburg, but we promise you, it is well worth the visit! Here, you and the little ones can enjoy a day interacting with rare miniature animals out in the countryside. You can expect to find an array of farm animals, including dwarf goats, miniature pigs, miniature rabbits, miniature cattle, miniature horses, silky chickens, Suri alpacas and not to forget the stars of the farm, miniature spotted donkeys. Booking is essential as no visitors are allowed without a prior booking.

CityROCK

Let the kids climb the walls in a good way at CityROCK in Randburg. It’s the biggest indoor climbing gym on the continent, and best of all, it has some of the best coffee in town too! So, if climbing isn’t your thing, at least you can enjoy a good cuppa joe while the kids go climbing. The gym boasts 2 000m² of high-wall climbing, 124 top rope anchors, nine automatic belay walls, 500m² of bouldering, a well-stocked outdoor gear shop, a beautiful yoga studio, a training area and a dedicated beginners’ climbing area perfect for birthday parties, kids and courses. Not only is it fun, but it gets the kids active too!

Montecasino Bird Gardens

Spend quality time as a family and experience the beautiful vibrant residents of the Montecasino Bird Gardens. This is the only wildlife and bird park of its kind in Africa and is a must when you’re visiting Montecasino. Here, you can wander along walkways, explore the manicured gardens and marvel at a menagerie of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. Also, enjoy their walk-through aviary where you’ll find over 60 species of birds, reptiles and small mammals roaming freely. 

City Sightseeing Johannesburg

How much of the city have your kids actually seen? We don’t mean all the fun places, their friend’s house down the road or the mall. We mean all the significant and historic parts of the city, including Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and the Johannesburg Zoo. City Sightseeing Johannesburg is all about experiencing the city and 20 of Joburg’s leading attractions from the comfort of a big, red, double-decker bus. Fun for the whole family!

Croc City & Reptile Park

Sure, scaly critters make our skin crawl, but this cool spot is worth the visit if you and your kids are braver than us and are looking for thrills, chills and a whole lot of fun in between. If your kids are fearless and up for experiencing anything (even holding a creepy, cold, icky creature that sends us running for the hills), then the Croc City & Reptile Park is just the place for them. They can touch a baby crocodile or a slithery snake and get up close and personal with a hairy tarantula. Eeeek!

RollEgoli 

Today’s kids don’t understand the fun, excitement and concentration that goes into roller skating. This was THE thing to do when we were kids and RollEgoli is bringing it back with a bang! If you see us roller skating too, don’t judge us! This is the perfect activity to get the kids out of the house to a place where they can hang with their friends and be active, showing off their skater tricks (like we used to do, back in the day). Skating works up an appetite, which is why RollEgoli has some of the best wood-fired pizzas in town! And for the younger ones, they also offer a tree garden with a few shy chickens and a jungle gym with a trampoline.

Escape Room Thrills As A Family

Need something entertaining for older kids, let’s say from 12 years upwards? Then why not challenge their cognitive skills with real-life room games at the Escape Room? This is the type of adventure where they are ‘trapped’ in a room with friends and family. This is real, not a computer game, so there are no cheat codes! They’ll need to use their noggins to get out. Once they have cracked a series of stimulating, challenging and fun puzzles and solve the mystery, they’ll be freed. They just need to keep in mind that they’ll have to do this within the time limit.

Jozi X Adventure Centre

There is nothing like an adventure to get the adrenaline pumping! And to delight your kids’ sense of adventure AND keep them entertained for hours on end, Jozi X Adventure Centre is a must. They have everything under the sun from bubble soccer, games of Arch Rivals, zorbing and loads of other fun and exciting obstacle courses. This makes for an epic day out for your kids and their friends.

Artjamming For Family Crafting Fun

We all know how kids LOVE making a big mess! So, why not let them go bonkers with paint and creativity at Artjamming? Best of all, you don’t need to worry about the clean up afterwards. Artjamming allows your little ones to indulge their inner artist and create their own inspired, colourful and interesting masterpieces. All they need to do is pick their canvas, decide what they want to paint and go wild. It’s a creative family activity you’ll all enjoy.

Go Ape Aerial Forest Park

Aerial parks are all the rage right now. So, why not bring the kids to Modderfontein’s Go Ape branch over the weekend? They can let out some steam and brimming energy while you sit back and enjoy the fresh air. There are four courses to choose from, sorted according to age appropriateness and difficulty. Kiddies aged 4 – 8 can test their balancing skills on the Green Course, which features 21 obstacles. The most popular course caters to 8 – 12 year olds, offering 22 aerial challenges. Teens can have their fill of fun here too, on the Blue or Purple courses. The course can fill up quickly over weekends, so it’s best to arrive early. It’s family fun for all!

Modderfontein Nature Reserve

The Modderfontein Nature Reserve is a hot spot for weekend braais and family get togethers. While it does tend to get busy over weekends, the reserve is expansive enough to escape for a few hours. There are various walking and hiking trails, which take you on a tour of the reserve dam and plant life. If you are weary of walking alone, join the Modderfontein ParkRun event which takes place every Saturday morning. This 5km timed run (or walk) is a great way to get your weekly dose of sunshine, good exercise and a chance to meet new friends.

Pretoria Zoo

Do you and the kids have a love for animals? Then we know just the place to visit! The 85-hectare Pretoria Zoo is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. A staggering 9 500 animals call this popular destination home – ranging from mammals, birds and fish to reptiles and amphibians. There’s also an aquarium and reptile park that forms part of the zoo. There’s plenty for all ages to explore at the Pretoria Zoo. Visit their website and get your tickets now!

The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History

Explore South Africa’s natural heritage at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. This is the only natural history museum in Gauteng and one of the largest in South Africa. Here, visitors will be able to view collections and exhibits that includes hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, other fossils, skeletons, skins and mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals and much more!

The Grove Ice Rink

For an easy entertainment solution perfect for both young and old, why not visit The Grove’s Ice Rink for some cool fun on the ice? Hire some skates and take to the ice, race your friends and family with laps around the arena, practice your skills, or simply just have a great time. This is the perfect outing during the summer month when it’s hot outside, the ice rink is sure to keep you cool and refreshed.

Cedar Junction Theme Park

Make the most of our South African summer by visiting Cedar Junction Theme Park! Here, you and your family can spend the day hopping on train rides, making a splash with 16 water slides, dipping into four different pools to keep cool, floating down the Lazy River, climbing up and down Jungle Gyms, bouncing on trampolines and so much more! There’s plenty of exciting outdoor activities to keep visitors entertained at Cedar Junction Theme Park.

CryWolf

For an exciting day outdoors, filled with adventure and adrenaline, visit CryWolf in Irene. Here, the family can spend the day doing exciting activities including two-speed go-karting ideal for both young and old, playing some paintball or laser tag (depending on whether or not you can handle being hit with a paint ball), or trying out laser clay pigeon shooting! Click here for all the pricing details.

BOUNCE Inc

Sitting on the couch with their eyes and hands glued to their cellphones is NOT the way kids should spend their weekends or school holidays. They need to get out of the house, away from their gadgets and get active, which is why BOUNCE Inc is ideal. Not only does it offer a cure for boredom, but also loads of fun activities to keep the whole family busy all day long. Think 3 000m² of interconnected trampolines, adventure features, padding and airbags, giving kids (and even adults) the chance to bounce around, throw balls, do backflips, show off their aerial skills and just have a blast.

Acrobranch For Family Adventures

Another great idea is to let the kids swing about and experience a treetop adventure at Acrobranch. There’s something for all ages and all fitness levels, from ziplining and tricky crossings, to high ropes and much more. This is also a great family activity if you want to do something new together. There’s no better place to get your kids out and about and reconnecting with nature than at Acrobanch. When last did you or your kids climb a tree? Hmmm, we thought so! Just make sure they wear the right gear — closed shoes, comfy clothes, long hair tied up and safety gear (provided by Acrobranch).

Papachinos Offers Family Dining

Sometimes, parents just need a bit of time-out. A place where they can relax unwind while letting the kids run wild and blow off some stream. Cue Papachinos. Not only is this an awesome hangout for the family and all ages, but it’s a great place to grab a bite to eat (the pizzas are amazing) while the kids run rampant and blow off steam in the designated kiddies’ play area. This is a family restaurant that caters to all your needs — kiddies entertainment, food, wine and chillaxing.

The Lion & Safari Park

Who doesn’t love animals? And lucky for us, we don’t need to drive too far to experience what South Africa is well known for — its wildlife! The Lion & Safari Park in Harties offers loads of outdoor activities for a fun day out for the whole family. No need to travel all the way to Mpumalanga or the Kruger! Take your pick from interaction and walking experiences, guided tours and self-drive safaris. After all that excitement, relax and grab a bite to eat at the Bull ‘n Buck Grill.

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