Joburg’s Winter School Holiday Musts For The Kids


Can you believe the school holidays are coming around yet again? We swear the last holiday happened a week ago! Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. Or are just exceptionally busy! Here’s our list of school holiday fun to keep the little ones out of mischief. There’s plenty of great options to thrill and entertain. 

Friends and Allies

Climbing is a sport that thrives on diversity, and Friends and Allies embodies this spirit. It’s a place where individuals from all backgrounds come together to challenge themselves both physically and mentally, fostering a sense of camaraderie. Whether you’re an experienced climber or just starting out, Friends and Allies offers a supportive environment to push your limits and enjoy the process. It’s an ideal destination during school holidays, especially in cooler weather, as it’s an indoor facility.

Syringa Park

Syringa Park at Avianto Estate is a beautiful family and events venue offering an unparalleled experience for all visitors. Spanning 10 hectares, this picturesque location features a wide range of facilities thoughtfully designed to provide guests with a casual and relaxing atmosphere. From sprawling lawns and cosy seating areas to various retailers and vendors in the main Pavilion, Syringa Park celebrates its natural surroundings while creating a memorable destination for outdoor adventures and quality family time.

Holiday Fun at Joburg Zoo

Calling all animal enthusiasts aged 7-13! Beat the school holiday blues with a wild adventure at the Joburg Zoo’s Holiday Programme. Running from 24 June until 28 June 2024, this exciting program offers a week of fun and learning. Get hands-on with animal feeding, participate in educational activities, unleash your creativity with animal-themed crafts and games, and discover the fascinating world of wildlife conservation. Each day brings a fresh set of adventures, ensuring unforgettable memories for your young zoo explorers!

Winter Fun at Acrobranch

Zip on over to adventure! Experience two hours of adrenaline-pumping courses with family and friends, suitable for all ages from 3 years to adults, catering to various difficulty and fitness levels. Choose your location from 11 parks nationwide: Gauteng, Western Cape, and Kwazulu-Natal.

Joburg’s Family-Friendly Activities

Joburg is full of exciting and interesting family-friendly activities. Whether you’re looking to go on an unforgettable adventure or something creative and artsy, there’s sure to be something on our list.

Click here to see our full list of thrills to experience and enjoy these school holidays here. There’s something for all ages, budgets, and interests. If you take photos of your adventure, don’t forget to tag us on our social media platforms.

Country Fun At These Petting Farms

For fun and interactive experiences for kids around Johannesburg that’ll get them away from their gadgets, why not visit one of these lovely animal petting farms? This is definitely a unique school holiday activity that they’ll never forget.

Here, children will get the opportunity to interact with animals, feed them, and learn more about the animals on each of these farms. Farm animal interactions take place in a safe environment.

A Family Getaway At Emerald Resort & Casino

Why not treat the kids to an adventure filled and action-packed school holiday at Emerald Resort & Casino? Not only is there luxury accommodation for you and your family, but there are also plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy.

Think water rides and slides at the Aquadome. Game drives through Animal World. Ten Pin Bowling and arcade games at the Fun Company. A fun-filled day of putt-putt; and much more. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied these school holidays.

Pony Rides at Shepherd’s Fold Stables 

Enjoy exciting pony camps and relaxing trail rides through the beautiful Elandsdrift Valley these holidays! Sounds lovely? Then visit Shepherd’s Fold Stables in Lanseria to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature.

If your kids enjoyed riding the lovely horses here, they can even enroll at the riding school to become a pro in dressage, cross country, and show jumping. This is a great option to get out and about during the school holiday.

School Holiday Adventures at Saddle Creek Ranch

Why not get your kids away from their Nintendos, computer screens, and smartphones and let them have some outdoor adventures? Saddle Creek Ranch in Hekpoort is just the place to escape it all. There’s plenty of action-packed adventures to be had here.

Think archery, horse riding, quad biking, go-karting, hot air balloon safaris, and laser clay pigeon shooting. And if mom and dad are looking for some peace and quiet while the kids have a blast, there’s also spa and picnic packages available. Booking it absolutely essential, so be sure to book your exciting activities ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Farm Day Visits At Donkey Dairy

Donkey Dairy in Magaliesburg has a unique offering for families! Escape the city and enjoy a day on the farm where you will enjoy an authentic experience. Breathe in some fresh farm air and interaction with some amazing animals.

The farm is also home to some of the rarest farm animals in South Africa. This includes dwarf goats and rabbits; miniature pigs, cattle and horses; silky chickens; Suri Alpacas; andthe stars of the farm, miniature spotted donkeys. You can also do some hiking, as they have some family-friendly trails on the property. Click here for more details about this unique farm!

Get Lost In The Honeydew Mazes

There is nothing like this sort of adventure! Where else are you able to get lost in a maze in the city? We can’t think of any other places other than the massive maze in Sun City.

But if you’re not willing to drive that far for some a-maze-ing fun during the school holidays, then Honeydew Mazes is a great alternative! This makes for a great birthday party entertainment idea as well as something to do together as a family. As with most places on this list, booking is essential.

Go Racing With Some Go-Karting

No matter where you are in Johannesburg, you’re bound to find a go-karting circuit for all of your competitive racing needs. To see where you can find a go-carting circuit near you, click here to see our list of destinations offering plenty of speedy fun, each with their own unique tracks and packages.

For your childrens’ safety, there are go-kart specifically for their age, safety gear, as well as friendly staff to ensure that they are minded while they have a blast.

See Scaly Critters at Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

Feeling brave? Have a fondness for scaly, cold-blooded reptiles? Simply just feel like getting out of the house and exploring the city? Grab the family and spend the afternoon visiting all of the creepy crawlies and cool crocs at the Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park.

It’s an exciting outing perfect for the whole family. Not only is it fun, but it’s also educational. One of the experiences this places is known for is their hands-on interactions with the slithery, scaly, hairy and creepy park residents (if you dare).

Experience Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind

A World Hertiage Site just outside of the city, Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind is an absolute must-visit if you haven’t been just yet. Here, you and you little ones will have fun exploring the Maropeng Visitor Centre.

This showcases the evolution of humans and the interesting fossil and excavation discoveries that have been made in the area over the years. And let’s not forget to mention the 4-million year old Sterkfontein Caves. Booking is essential. Click here for more information as to why you need to experience this amazing location these school holidays.

Adventures At Acrobranch

If your kids are in the mood for a little bit of outdoor adventure, how does an afternoon of exciting zip lining from treetop to treetop sounds? Acrobranch is just the place if you’re looking for exciting outdoor obstacles that’s sure to get your kids moving during the school holiday.

With nine Acrobranch parks throughout the country, they offer both children and adults a unique outdoor adventure in lush, green forests. Booking is essential, so click here for further information and what you can expect at Acrobranch.

Visit The Johannesburg Zoo

Something that’s sure to delight the entire family is a visit to the Johannesburg Zoo in Parkview. Exploring all of the interesting and unique animals throughout the zoo is great way to get some fresh air. They’re also offer exciting school holiday activities for the kids to enjoy during the school holidays!

This is the perfect day out for the whole family. Not only will you have an educational day learning more about their amazing animal residents, but you’ll also get to see animals you probably haven’t seen before.

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