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Shopping Centres With Kids' Entertainment

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The winter school holidays are around the corner, which could mean very bored children and stressed-out parents. Fear not! We’ve rounded up a list of events happening in malls around the city that will keep them – and you – happy.

Kids Club at Killarney Mall

If you’re in or around Killarney, then this is the only place you and your child need to head to come the July holidays. For a once-off R80 membership fee, your sprog will have access to the best entertainment. We’re talking a multitude of activities, fun crafts and special movie and restaurant discounts. Once you sign them up, they will also get a cool welcome pack and birthday vouchers.

Details: 60 Riviera Rd, Killarney / 011 646 4657 /

Ice rink at Northgate

The ice rink at Northgate remains a top spot. Kids and teens will have a super-fun time skating round the rink while listening to the music and having a laugh or two. Sessions from 9.30am to 11.30am, 12pm -2pm, 2.30pm - 4.30pm and 7.30pm to 9pm. Entrance fee is R80 and blades are R35.

Details: 21 Northumberland Ave, Northgate / 011 794 8706 /

The Slope at Cedar Square

Cedar Square is great for kids seeking some adventure, and features The Slope - a 75m long, purpose built ski deck over 20m high covered in a high speed tubing surface that allows for tubing. Rides start from R85 for 30 minutes and booking is essential.

On the mall's ground floor is a massive play area filled with jungle gyms, soccer pitches and goalie posts and even a restaurant where the little ones can make their own pizzas. To be a kid at Cedar Square is something adults can envy. Speaking of adults, there's a lot of cool shops to check out while the kids do kids stuff. The play area is under supervision, and young adults play with the children and make sure that they do not scrape their knees or bump their heads during play time.

Details: Cedar Square, Fourways

Talent show, minions and face-painting at Cradlestone

If your kid is a mega Despicable Me fan, make sure you take them to Cradlestone on Saturday, 24 June from 10:00 to 12:00 to meet Mel the minion and Gru for the new movie, Despicable Me 3.

Cradlestone is also looking for local talent. So, if your sprog has what it takes – be it singing, playing a musical instrument – let them showcase their talent on stage. It’s open to all ages and is on every Saturday.

And on every weekend, there will be face painters and balloon sculptors roaming the mall, ready to make your child’s day with a butterfly or Spiderman face painting and an animal balloon.

Details: Corner N14 and Hendrik Potgieter, Ruimsig / 010 020 1234 / [email protected] /

Bounce at Waterfall Lifestyle Centre

Get your little one to burn all their pent-up energy at Bounce. The massive indoor trampoline park boasts more than 100 interconnected trampolines, giant air bags, slam-dunk arenas, wall running and dodgeball courts. Expect a lot of excitement, jumping up and down, adrenaline and rosy cheeks – but they will seriously have the time of their life at this uber-cool jumping park.

Details: Corner Waterfall Drive and Country Drive, Jukskei, Midrand / 011 517 2500 /

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