Please note: These Mother’s Day events are valid for Mother's Day weekend 2021 ONLY. Events are subject to be cancelled/postponed/change at any time. Event dates were correct at the time of writing (April 2021). Please contact the event organisers directly for further information and confirmation. All Covid-19 safety protocols and precautions must be upheld. No mask = no entry. R.O.A.R. 

The Castle Market: Mother’s Day Edition

This Mother's Day is a little earlier than the rest of the other events, but it truly does sounds like an absolute goodie! On Sunday the 2nd of May, don't miss The Castle Market: Mother's Day Edition at Chartwell Castle. Expect everything from lovely live music, beautiful hand selection stalls showcasing a wide range of items for purchase, kids entertainment to keep the little ones busy, as well as delicious food. Now doesn't that sound like a lovely day out and about with the family?

Mother's Day Market at Country Market

Located at the Country Market at the Country Pub in Midrand, the Mother's Day Market is another early event to attend if you're looking to go all out and make the most of that special lady in your life. Join them for a wonderful day of shopping, fun and live entertainment outdoors in the fresh air. Here, you'll be able to cherry pick the perfect gift for Mom while supporting local entrepreneurs and artists. This market offer free parking and entry, and is family and pet friendly. Spend the afternoon browsing stunning stalls, unique products, and even savouring some delicious treats.

Sky Dining On Mother's Day

How about a dining experience like no other, in celebration of that wonderful motherly figure in your life? Sky Dining at Higher Ground Restaurant on the grounds of St Stithians is an absolute must if you haven't experienced it yet. Not only will you get to enjoy a delightful meal 30 some metres in the air, but you'll also get to see some of the best views of the city. You can book either a breakfast, lunch of dinner. Click here for more information and to make your booking now.

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Mother’s Day Paint Experience

Spend some quality time with mom with Lillian Gray Art School's Mother’s Day Paint Experience! Here, you and mom can spend the afternoon painting up a storm while having a blast. And best part is, you both don't need to be the reincarnation of Picasso or Van Gogh, all you have to do is pitch up, bring along a sense of humour and have some fun getting creative. Spacing for this experience is limited, so be sure to book your spots well in advance to avoid disappointment. Click here to book now. Cost includes a rose for mom, cookies, coffee, tea and all art supplies. Please note children need to be 5 years and older.

Mother's Day Family Market at The Italian Club

There is nothing more relaxing than taking a stroll through a delightful market, shopping for unique and interesting trinkets while sample some of the tasty spoils on display. Be sure to not miss the Mother's Day Family Market at The Italian Club in Bedfordview. Over the weekend, you can expect to enjoy a beautiful market in the main hall dedicated to celebrating moms everywhere. Also, Settebello will be open offering their delicious menu and bar services. Friday will be a lovely night market to start off the weekend on a high note and Saturday will be a day market, perfect for enjoying the last sunny days of summer.

Randpark Ridge Mother's Day Craft Market 

Start off your Mother's Day celebrations with a visit to Randpark Ridge Shopping Centre to stroll through their lovely Mother's Day Craft Market. You'll find a selection of handcrafted items that's both unique and interesting, some vegan skincare to add to mom's beauty regime, as well as delightful nibbles and food to indulge in. Be sure to pay them a visit and take a look at what they have in store in celebration of moms everywhere.

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Mothers Day Painting at Olive 'n Twist

Visit Olive 'n Twist this Mother's Day for their first ever dedicated event — Painting & Pizza! They will guide you through the process of painting an acrylic painting from scratch, and each person gets a delicious pizza! No artistic experience is required. What could possibly be better than having fun with mom this Mother's Day while getting a little creative? Booking is essential, click here to find out how to book now.

Mother's Day Secret Sunrise Dance

Start off your Mother's Day celebrations with something rather unique on the Killarney Mall rooftop. Don't miss out on the fun and excitement at the Mother's Day Secret Sunrise Dance. You and mom are welcome to dress up, dress down, or rock up in your pajamas, and enjoy a morning of simple dance routines that are easy to follow and make for a fun workout. Limited tickets are available, social distancing will be practiced. Your ticket will include a Mugg & Bean cappuccino and croissant.

Mother’s Day Virtual High Tea & Paint Party

Celebrate mom AND support a wonderful cause with SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind's Mother’s Day Virtual High Tea & Paint Party. The best thing about this event is the fact that you don't need to leave home to enjoy it and have a great time. You can join in the comfort of your own home. Order for your Mother’s Day High Tea Box and have your spoils delivered straight to your door by one of their friendly S A Guide-Dogs staff (only available in Cape Town, Joburg and Pretoria). The box includes a delicious high tea, a bottle of Miss Molly bubbly, filter coffee, doggy treats for the furbabies at home, a template to create your very own Guide Dog Artwork along with step-by-step instructions, as well as the link to a follow-along online tutorial by Yaymaker on how to paint you Guide Dog Artwork.

Visit The Johannesburg Zoo

Something that's sure to delight the entire family is a visit to the Johannesburg Zoo in Parkview. Not only is this a fun-fulled day out in the city, exploring all of the interesting and unique animals from all over the world, but it's a great way to get some fresh air and a lengthy walk in. Here, you'll discover over 320 species of animals, totaling about 2 000 animals on the premises, ranging from mammals and reptiles to birds and other unique creatures. If you haven't been to the Joburg Zoo just yet, this is the perfect opportunity!

rhinos at the zoo

Explore The Universe at The WITS Planetarium

Something else that will delight and blow your kids' minds is a fun-filled visit to the WITS Planetarium. Although they might not have a school holiday programme running, they do have some awesome celestial public shows coming up that your kids moat certainly do not want to miss. Upcoming shows at the planetarium for tweens and kids include Secret of the Cardboard Rocket and Space Travel. Bookings need to be made minimum 24 hours prior to your preferred date and time due to Covid-19 safety regulations and protocols. Click here for further information.

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Pony Rides at Shepherd’s Fold Stables 

From exciting pony camps for the little ones and relaxing trail rides through the beautiful Elandsdrift Valley for all ages, visiting Shepherd's Fold Stables in Lanseria is always a great option if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with nature. And if your kids enjoyed riding the lovely horses at Sheperd's Fold Stable so much, they can even enroll at the riding school here to become an expert in dressage, cross country, show jumping and more.

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Outdoor Adventures at Saddle Creek Ranch

These school holidays, why not get your kids away from their Nintendos, computer screens and smartphones and let them have some outdoor adventures at Saddle Creek Ranch in Hekpoort. There's plenty of action-packed adventures to be had here, including 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.

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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.

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Image by Honeydew Mazes.

Go Racing With some Go-Karting

No matter where you are in Johannesburg, you're bound to find a go-karting circuit perfect for all of your competitive and 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? No matter what the reason, 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 that showcases the evolution of humans and the interesting fossil and excavation discoveries that have been made in the area over the years as well as the 4-million year old Sterkfontein Caves. Booking is essential, also, these activities are currently only available over the weekend. 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 ziplining from treetop to treetop sounds? Acrobranch is just the place if you're looking for exciting and unique outdoor obstacles that's sure to get your kids moving. With nine Acrobranch parks throughout the country, they offer both children and adults a unique outdoor adventure, from tree to tree in lush, green forests. Booking is essential, so click here for further information and what you can expect at Acrobranch.

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What Is DateFactory? 

DateFactory are your guardian angels! They plan, pack and ship an interesting, unique and exciting date night in a discreet box right to your doorstep, no matter where you are in South Africa. It's definitely a great option if you have done all of the usual date night ideas and are looking for something different and "outside of the box" (ahem, excuse the pun).

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What's In The Box?

To keep your date night a surprise, DateFactory don’t really tell you what to expect. You see, each of the DateFactory date night boxes is a lucky packet, but for grown-ups – you never know what you're going to get. And that's what adds to the excitement! BUT, you can be sure that each and every box will have a particular theme and will include something to eat and drink, and have a few fun activities in store! A typical box will provide you and your sweetheart with about two hours of quality time. As for what types of boxes are available, here's what you can choose from:

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Digital Date Box 

You'll receive a fully planned date night itinerary sent straight to your inbox as soon as you order your preferred choice. There are three options for you to choose from: Secret Garden Digital Date (R119); To The Moon & Back Digital Date (R99); Honeymoon Time Digital Date (R89); or the Mafia Digital Date (R89). Click here to find out more.

Monthly Date Boxes

DateFactory plans and releases a brand-new date box EVERY month. Depending on how frequently you and your sweetheart do date night, you can take your pick from three different subscriptions. Choose the monthly subscription at R475* per month and you'll get a DateFactory boxed delivered once a month. You can also opt for a delivery every two months at R485*, or every six months a R495*. Click here for more information on these subscriptions.

Themed Date Nights

DateFactory also offer themed date night boxes! These boxes range from Belfiore Date Night (R520*); Spa Date Night (R520*); Secret Garden (R540*); and Dusk Till Dawn (R540*). Who knows what's inside! Click here to order yours now.

There are MANY other options available, like mini date nights, specialty boxes, gift vouchers, discount packages and even a few raunchy variations. Click here to take a look at what else they have to offer.

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How Much Does Each Box Cost? 

DateFactory date night boxes start at R385* per month, which excludes delivery costs to major centres across South Africa. The most you'll spend on a DateFactory Box is R540*. Everything is ordered online at datefactory.co.za.

*Please note: Prices are subject to change.

Get Your DateFactory Box Now!

Start planning date night with ease now by visiting datefactory.co.za. All you have to do is browse through their online store, pick the date night boxes/subscriptions that suit you and your budget, add to cart, click on the check out button and pay. Boom, date night planned.

For More Information

For more information about DateFactory, visit their website at datefactory.co.za.

You can also contact them on 081 464 0258 or [email protected].

Don't forget to like or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Host A Tea Party

Get the kettle on the boil and make a few little sarmies and treats. Set up a lovely spot in the garden with cushions, a small table and decorations. Then gather the kids for a fun tea party outside. And if you're looking to make it extra entertaining for the little ones, be sure to take a look at Exclusive Books' downloadable party planning pack themed around the book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr. This tea party planning pack includes fun activities including how to make your own party bunting and hat, exciting party games and lots of fun colouring sheets.

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Have A Braai!

What do we South Africans do best in times like these? We braai! Grab a few steaks and chops out of the freezer, gooi together some salads, open a few tins of corn and beans and you have yourself a delicious get-together for you and your family. Also, enjoy this lovely weather we've been having by eating outside. And afterwards, toast a few marshmallows if you have some stocked in your pantry.

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Create A Garden Reading Nook

During this lockdown, we've got plenty of time to catch up on reading those books we've always wanted to tick off of our list. Also, those classics that everyone recommends you read at least once in your lifetime. Here are a few classic novels to consider. Make reading these classics extra relaxing by setting up a comfy little nook in your garden. Grab a cup of coffee, a blanket, a few cushions and enjoy an afternoon outside with one of your favourite books.

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Have A Picnic In The Garden

Just like a tea party, prep a few goodies and set up a picnic somewhere in your garden. Other than enjoying some delicious finger snacks, this is the perfect time to play a few old school board games with your loved ones... while outside. Jenga might be a little bit of an issue with the uneven surfaces, but here are a few other board game suggestions to consider playing during your garden picnic.

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Meditate Or Do Some Yoga

Meditating and doing yoga outside in your garden has many benefits. Other than the fact that you'll have more room to stretch out and move around without knocking anything over, you'll also get some fresh air. The sounds of nature will calm you and you'll also be getting some Vitamin D from the sun. So, grab your mat, a bottle of water, set up on the grass and zen out.

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Fit In A Workout

Speaking of fitness and wellness, why not get your heart rate up with a quick workout outside? And with Adventure Boot Camp posting daily workouts on their Instagram page, getting an effective workout has never been easier. You can also check out various YouTube videos offering everything from HIIT, strength training, breaking a sweat while doing housework and much more. Click here to read our article about how to keep fit during isolation.

lady doing squat exercises in her garden

Play Backyard Games With The Kids

Get the kids away from their technology and spend some time outside playing a few old school backyard games. These can be as simple as charades, tag and finding cool shapes in the clouds to playing soccer, hide and seek or creating your own cool obstacle course using outdoor furniture and other household items. This is the perfect opportunity to get creative.

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Do Some Gardening

Since the season is changing, there's plenty of gardening that can be done on your property. Leaves are falling from the trees, so why not rake them up and save them for a compost heap? Prune those rose bushes and prep your flowerbeds for the new season. Or why not get started on growing your own veggie patch? You can even change up the scenery a little bit by clearing your garden of unwanted plants or simply just planting them in another area on your property.

For more gardening tips and to-dos, be sure to read our Let's Get Gardening article. It covers everything from autumn gardening to eco-friendly plants and indoor plants.

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Exclusive Books Saves The Day!

Parents are caught in a double whammy. Firstly, the kids have already been on school holidays. Secondly, we're in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak and are currently on lockdown. Both these predicaments combined means you're either running low on ideas or have exhausted all avenues of entertainment. Loads of reading. Crafts with crayons, glitter, glue and paint. Movie nights. Games. Screen time. What now? Cue Exclusive Books.

Exclusive Books recently sent out their Fun Stuff For Mini Fanatics Week 1 emailer to their EB Fanatics subscribers, jam-packed with fun book-themed ideas to keep the little ones busy.

To make sure you don't miss out on this activity packed email, be sure to subscribe to EB Fanatics Loyalty Programme here. We'll share a few of their fun book-themed activities below so you can see what to expect.

For 0 – 6 Year Olds: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Bring The Tiger Who Came To Tea alive by hosting your own tea party with the little ones. Download the full party planning pack of activities from Exclusive Books, complete with everything you'll need to plan, host and enjoy the most amazing tea party. This party planning pack includes fun activities, including how to make your own party bunting and hat, exciting party games and lots of fun colouring sheets. This tea party is going to be loads of fun!

the tiger who came to tea book alongside a cup if tea on a tray

For 6 – 12 Year Olds: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Do your kids enjoy reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid? If yes, then download a Diary of a Wimpy Kid activity pack to keep them entertained during the school holiday lockdown. This activity pack is loaded with Wimpy Kid quizzes, puzzling crosswords, creative masks of their favourite characters, as well as loads of other cool stuff to keep the boredom at bay.

books collection of diary of a wimpy kids in a store on display

For 6 – 12 Year Olds: Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl's stories are exactly what you are looking for if the kids love chocolate and enjoy a little bit of mischief and magic! Let the kids discover the splendid world of Roald Dahl and meet some of his most famous characters. Have fun with this downloadable activity pack, which shows children how to make their own BFG Dream Jar!

roald dahl book collection stacked in a row

For More Information About Exclusive Books

To receive more fun activities to do with the kids over the lockdown, be sure to subscribe to the EB Fanatics Loyalty Programme here. This will keep you up-to-date with exclusive deals, previews and updates.

For further information about Exclusive Books, visit www.exclusivebooks.co.za.

You can contact them on 0800 332 550 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.

Start An Online Course While In Isolation

Why not upskill by enrolling for an online short course at GetSmarter while you're in isolation? They offer courses for 15 different faculties, ranging from Art & Design, Education and Business Management to Writing, Marketing, Health and Law. Click here to take a look at what courses they have during the month of April 2020. For more insight into other courses that they have lined up for 2020, visit their website at www.getsmarter.com.

working from home with laptop, coffee, phone and headphone on a wooden desk with a shelf in the background

YouTube Tutorials

YouTube has thousands of videos uploaded for your viewing pleasure. It's the perfect platform to find a new hobby or learn a new skill. Visit the website and explore, you're bound to find something to suit your tastes and interests. Need a few suggestions? Think along the lines of dance instructors, knitting tutorials, makeup application videos, cooking classes and more.

Joburg YouTubers Meetup

Do Some Gardening

Get outside, enjoy a little bit of fresh air and get your hands dirty in the garden. Since you have some spare time on your hands, why not prepare your garden for autumn and winter, or get started organising, planning and planting your own veggie garden? Need a few ideas? Click here for a few tips.

Go On A Virtual Museum & Art Gallery Tour

You don't need to purchase a plane ticket and travel abroad in order to see some of the world's renowned art galleries and museums. With the advancements in technology, you can view these remarkable places from the comfort of your own home. Think along the lines of the Natural History Museum in London; the Vatican Museums in Rome; the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in South Korea; and The Met Gallery in New York. Here are other ways to support the arts while you're in self-isolation.

Johannesburg Art Gallery JAG

Start Bullet Journaling

There's a new craze that has taken the world by storm – bullet journaling! Now, this isn't just a bunch of squiggles and scribbles, it's actually quite therapeutic. And it comes along with a number of benefits, such as helping you stay organised, inspiring fresh ideas, boosting your creativity, encouraging you to reach your goals, and most importantly, it gives you a little escape from all the negativity to give you some peace of mind.

journaling on block paper with colourful page dividers

Listen To Podcasts

Whether you need a little inspiration, motivation or a spot of happiness, there's definitely a podcast that'll lift your spirits or pique your interest during isolation. There are many topics and genres to choose from, all you have to do is explore the world of podcasts. But, if you're just looking for something to lighten the mood, check out these inspiring podcasts that we handpicked ourselves.

podcasts ipod on a wooden table with earphones attached

Attend A Lockdown Livestream Concert

In case you missed it, Global Citizen and the World Health Organization have teamed up to bring the world Together, At Home. This is a virtual music experience to bring people around the world together as everyone practices self-isolation and social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Keep an eye on Global Citizen’s FacebookInstagram and Twitter pages to keep in the loop with the schedule of artists who will be streaming and when. Concerts are performed in Pacific Time, so add nine hours to the scheduled time to convert it to SA time.

Learn A Language During Isolation

Since you'll have some free time on your hands, why not be productive and learn a language? There are many tutorial videos on YouTube as well as language apps that you can try. And if you want to make learning more entertaining, why not try Duolingo.com? This site is free to use and offers more than 100 languages for you to choose from. What makes this site fun is the fact that you'll learn while playing an online game. Lose a 'life' for every incorrect answer and score points and progress for correct answers. This is the perfect opportunity to teach yourself how to read, write, understand and speak a brand-new taal. Try it!

learning a new language from colourful books

Workout With YouTube

Gyms are closing their doors during #LockdownSA, so why not keep yourself active with these workouts from fitness enthusiasts on YouTube? There's no excuse to not get our butts off the couch and break a sweat. If we're going to be snacking and binge watching series for 21 days, we need to counteract the laziness with a great workout.

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Create The Ultimate Zen Zone For Mental Well-being

With all the stress and uncertainty going on, surely you need a space where you can meditate, calm down and zen out to ensure mental well-being during the lockdown. Click here for inspiration to create your own zen zone at home, in your car and at work (for when you return after the 21-day self-isolation period). It's important to keep calm, in good spirits and focused during this time.

City Rock

If you're looking to do some yoga, shop for some awesome gear, and most importantly, engage in some rad indoor wall climbing, then CityROCK Johannesburg is definitely the right place for you. This is the perfect place to start rock climbing especially if you have never done it before. With the aesthetic design and sheer height of the colourful walls, you will leave a climbing addict. Did we mention they serve great coffee? It's simply the best, you must go try it!

Wonderwall Climbing Gym

Whether you are a climbing expert or a shy beginner, Wonderwall Climbing Gym is suitable for anyone and everyone. Offering thrilling 500m2 of indoor climbing walls with both top-rope and lead facilities with routes graded from 13-27, gear rentals, change rooms and so much more, pop in any day from Tuesdays to Sundays (closed on Mondays and public holidays) and have yourself a day to remember. 

Soul Adventures

Take it to the extreme and partake in some hardcore rock climbing. Alright, it's only hardcore because it's outdoor, but other than that, do not be alarmed. Join Soul Adventures to get both the physical and mental satisfaction of climbing all the way to the top. And if you're an adrenaline junky, this is definitely something for you. Be one of the few people who can say, 'hey, I climbed Kilimanjaro.' How freaking awesome is that?

East Rand Climbing Gym

Take it back indoors at the East Rand Climbing Gym located in Benoni. Imagine conquering your climbing fears in a vibrant and social atmosphere with great music and intense but worthwhile personal training? Well, stop imagining and go check it out for yourself! To top it off, the gym also offers outdoor rock climbing trips to Waterfall Boven, Swinburne, Harrismith and other popular crags around South Africa - but only on Saturdays.

Bounce Inc.

Sure, everyone loves Bounce Inc. for their trampolines but did you know they also have climbing facilities? Booyah! Join Clip 'n Climb exclusive to Bounce Inc. in Fourways. Best for those who want to experience the extreme thrill of rock climbing but with safety and fun as the top priority. This is the easiest and most accessible rock climbing experience for beginners, and it's great for extreme climbers looking for a new challenge. But don't take our word for it, go conquer the world for yourself.

Know other cool rock and wall climbing venues not mentioned above? Let us know below!

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Join The Freestyle Academy Workshops at BOUNCE

Looking for an exciting extramural activity that will thrill and excite the kids? Well, why not sign them up for BOUNCE's Freestyle Academy Workshops. Now, just so you know, this isn't just a 'jump up and down on the trampoline' workshop. This workshop cover a wide range of Trampoline and Freestyle skills, ranging from beginner to advanced moves. Workshop participants must be seven year old or older and must be taller than 125cm. Visit their website to book your spots ASAP.

Do Parkour at George Lea Park

We are always looking for activities that'll keep our kids moving, active and busy while enjoying the outdoors. The Concrete Foundation Crew offers just the workshop for your kids. Ever considered letting your kids try out parkour? Not only is it 'cool', but it's also a great activity if you want the kids to step away from the TV, their phones or their Play Stations/Nintendos/Wii/Xbox/whatever. These parkour classes take place at the George Lea Sports Park every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 17:00 — 19:00 and Saturdays from 08:00 — 10:00 Contact them for more information.

Concrete Foundation Crew

Athlete: Bjorn De Klerk. Photo by Concrete Foundation Crew member, Shawn van Zyl.

Join A Guides Or Scouts Club

Guides and Scouts clubs have long entertained and provided valuable life skills for millions of children, so why not let your little ones join one of these special organisations to get them outdoors, learning new skills, camping and even selling brownies! Most clubs accept boys and girls from the age of seven to 17 and teach complementary skills. Most club members attest that these clubs taught them a few lessons that stuck with them for the rest of their lives. Take a look at Scouts South Africa or Robin Hills Scout Group.

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Learn A New Language

There is nothing more interesting than learning a foreign language. When you first hear a new language, the sound is so unique and different that you cannot help but notice and listen. If you’re interested in offering your child the opportunity to learn about another world, its language, culture and customs, 2017 is the year to do it. For Italian, Società Dante Alighieri Johannesburg offers extramural classes for children and teenagers. If you’d rather want them to parlez vous français, Alliance Francaise offer French courses for students.

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Take Centre Stage With Some Drama Classes

Is your child a born performer and wants to have a future in television or theatre? Then why not nurture that dream and passion with drama or acting classes for kids? Not only will it build your child’s self-confidence, but it will also provide them with life and communication skills. If this sounds like an amazing opportunity for your little one, check out the drama programs at Helen O’Grady Drama Academy or for acting lessons, try Kids On Camera.

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Your Little Ones Get Creative With Sewing Classes

Crafting is fun and it’s even more so when your child can use these skills throughout their lifetime – whether they’re looking to create unique items or make their way into fashion design. If sewing sounds like a great creative outlet for your little one, Sew ‘n Grow is just the place to be. Not only do they offer sewing classes, but they also have sewing holiday programs to keep crafty kids creating when school is out.

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Have we left out any great unusual extramural activities for kids that you love? Let us know below!

What Is It?

The Hartbeespoort Family Fun Day picnic experience is here and you and your family are invited.

The family fun day will be packed with awesome activities. Expect some music, rides, ambience and lots of other awesome activities to partake in.

So fill up the tank and head out of Jozi for a little break.

Where Is It?

Hartbeespoort Holiday Resort, North West.

When Is It?

Sunday, 08 December 2019 at 12:00.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R140 - R160 per person, get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

Catch The 2019 RWC At Cresta

Cresta Shopping Centre, in partnership with sponsors Huawei, Gilbert and African Bank, officially opened its first smart Rugby Fan Zone in the Food and Entertainment Court for shoppers to enjoy the Rugby World Cup games on the big screen.

Cresta Rugby

Cresta wants to share the festivities and excitement of the 2019 Rugby World Cup with its shoppers, thus the Rugby Fan Zone came to be. The Fan Park includes live screenings of games on the big screen, as well as smart interactive activities, innovative competitions, live performances and guest appearances for key games - promising a unique, joyful viewing experience for shoppers to enjoy with their friends and families.

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Entrance to the World of Rugby Cup Fan Zone is free for all and shoppers can expect great deals from the multiple restaurants in the centre, as well as rugby themed activities, pre-and-post game entertainment and on-the-spot competitions throughout the tournament. So, while the winning teams celebrate in Japan, visitors could also win fantastic, instant prizes such as digital devices, rugby gear and more from sponsors, Huawei, African Bank and Gilbert. Kids will be thoroughly entertained by the games, competitions, activities and surprise visits from the CrestAquarium ‘voice of the ocean’, Crestal.

Cresta Rugby

The World of Rugby Fan Zone is a place to share quality time with family, friends and for us to celebrate and support The Springboks.

The Cresta Wold of Rugby Fan Zone Game Schedule

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For More Information

For more information about Cresta Shopping Centre and their exciting events, offers and news, visit www.crestashoppingcentre.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 678 5306.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news.

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What Is It?

Need something to do with the kiddies? Then get the whole family together and enjoy a fun weekend with thrilling rides at the Soweto Kids Festival. It will be a weekend to remember with a boat load of activities to keep the little ones entertained. Mom and Dad can also enjoy a bit of a break, as there are awesome rides for the little kids, thrill rides for the big kids and tons of experiences that the whole family can enjoy.

Activities include giant water slides, fossil digging competitions, indigenous games, colour runs, jumping castles and tug of war. There will be food and drinks stalls at the venue, too.

Here's all that you and the kids can get up to on the day:

Kids Paid Activities (R 10 per activity)

Adult Paid Activities (R 10 per activity)

The Soweto Kids Festival is a must-visit, so get your tickets as soon as possible!

When Is It?

Saturday, 07 September 2019 at 10:00.

Where Is It?

Dobsonville Rugby Field, 3290 Nontlantla Street, Dobsonville, Soweto, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Ticket prices range from:

R50 for adults and R60 for children aged 2 - 12 years.

Group Packages:

Family of 4 (2 Adults & 2 Kids) at R200.

Family of 5 (2 Adults & 3 Kids) at R250.

Family of 6 (2 Adults & 4 Kids) at R320.

Book yours online via Computicket.

For More Information

For more information follow them on Facebook - facebook.com/events/392877434663259

Or, contact them on 078 182 1679 | [email protected]

Century Cinemax

Northgate Shopping Centre's cinema had a renovation not too long ago that brought in Century Cinemax. This cinema has long been a popular choice in West African countries like Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Century Cinemax makes use of the latest digital technology to provide viewers with the best sound and picture quality. Each one of the screens offers a different experience with unique viewing for the ultimate movie experience.

Viewings include VIP 2D, VIP 3D, 2D Max Screen, 3D Max Screen, Gold VIP, Playroom 2D, Playroom 3D, Standard 2D and Standard 3D, on comfy plush seats. Other treatments include reclining seats, cuddle seats and treats. Treats offered are flavoured popcorn, candyfloss, hot chocolate in a cone and slushies. And the best thing about this movie house? Kids get their very own bright and colourful cinema!

Find more information here.

Century Cinema

Ice Rink

Perhaps the most popular draw to Northgate Shopping Centre, the ice rink offers hours of chilly fun for the whole family. Cost for a session of skating is *R80.00 for entrance and *R35.00 for skate hire. But there are discounted rate for groups, on Tuesdays, for Sunday Night Madness and for those with a Cheap Skate Card.

Other services available at the Northgate Ice Rink include skate sharpening for *R50 as well as party hire and a tuck shop offering snacks and drinks. Those who are unable to skate can join the ice skating academy for an eight week course (1 hour per week) with professional coaches. These lessons are great for all ages.

Find more information here.

Northgate Ice Rink

Fantasia

This shopping centre boasts one of the largest arcades at a shopping mall. Fantasia has all the latest in arcade games to keep the fun going. Here, individuals, couples, families and children can spend hours upon hours having a blast playing the large variety of games on offer. The better you do in a game, the more tags you earn. These tags can then be exchanged for your choice of toy.

So grab your friends and head on over to Fantasia. Spend the day battling against zombies in an adrenaline pumping shoot out. Fight against a bask of hungry crocodiles, wage war against the strong arm or bust a move dancing against the clock. Enter an action packed basketball game against the jolly clowns, try your chances at beating lady luck or test your strength on the hammer game.

Find more information here.

Fantasia

Events

Adjoining Northgate Shopping Centre is the Ticketpro Dome, one of Joburg's most popular entertainment destinations. They offer many events throughout the year including conferences, exhibitions, shows, concerts, banquets and festivals.

Apart from the dome, Northgate Shopping Centre itself hosts a multitude of events. These consist of sidewalk sales, road races, putt-putt, competitions, Black Friday sales, Halloween fun houses, fun fairs, shavathons and Christmas events. These fun events are perfect for the whole family.

Find more information here.

Ticketpro Dome

Contact details: Northgate Shopping Centre | 011 794 1687 | Corner Northumberland and Olievenhout Avenues, Northriding | [email protected] | https://www.northgate.co.za

*Prices correct at time of writing.

**Images sourced from Northgate Shopping Mall's website and Ticketpro Dome's Facebook page.

What Is It?

Up for the challenge? The Ponte City Challenge is ready to put your fitness and speed to the test with their 54 floor building. If you think you can beat the current record then do come join. With this comes a beautiful meal and a drink to wash down so make sure you make the most of this adventurous experience.

When Is It?

Sunday, 29 September 2019 at 07:00 - 10:00.

Where Is It?

Ponte City, Berea, Hillbrow, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R150 per person, you can get your tickets online!

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page or this website for more information.

1. Plenty Of Entertainment For The Whole Family

Other than all the travel inspiration, outdoor accessories and demonstrations, there'll be plenty of entertainment perfect for the whole family. Wondering what's on the entertainment lineup? Well, you can expect everything from live music, a kids and toddler play area to keep the little ones entertained, a market to explore, an adventure area to get the adrenaline pumping, a beer tent for all your refreshment needs and a host of other attractions.

The Gauteng Getaway Show

2. Travel Inspiration Galore

As we mentioned, there will be plenty of travel inspiration and accommodation options awaiting you at the Gauteng Getaway Show. This will be the ideal opportunity to suss out a few interesting locations, plan your next adventure and gain all the necessary information you need to make the most of it.

The Gauteng Getaway Show

3. Great Offers & Prizes Up For Grabs

The Gauteng Getaway Show is not complete without having great offers and amazing prizes up for grabs. All weekend long, you'll be able to take advantage of offers and deals that you will not see anywhere else. These deals and offers will be exclusive to the Gauteng Getaway Show, so don't miss out! And as for the prizes up for grabs, you can expect international travel prizes as well as luxury local getaways.

The Gauteng Getaway Show

4. Get Your Hands On The Best Travel & Outdoor Gear

Head to the market and stock up on everything you need for that next getaway. From outdoor gear, 4×4 products and accessories to motor homes, caravans and trailers, camping equipment, adventure operators and more, you'll be able to find everything you need at the Gauteng Getaway Show.

The Gauteng Getaway Show

5. Go On An Adventure

Life is all about adventure, so why not push your limits and have a blast trying out a few of their adventure activities hosted over the weekend? Make sure you check out their outdoor adventure zone which is sure to have a whole lot of exciting and thrilling activities that'll get your heart racing!

The Gauteng Getaway Show

When Is It?

Friday, 04 October 2019 - Sunday, 06 October 2019. 

Where Is It?

Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Road and Olievenhout Avenue, North Riding, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R40 - R80 per person at Quicket

Ticket prices are as follows:

For More Information

For more information about this exciting show, visit www.getaway.co.za.

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, offers and information.

Bokkie Park

Bokkie Park has an array of farm animals including goats, sheep, cows, donkeys, horses, ostriches, rabbits, pigs, peacocks, geese, ducks and guinea pigs. The kids, and adults, can spend the day meeting and feeding these animals. This is a great way to get kids to interact with and respect animals and a great learning opportunity. The park also offers braai facilities, lapas and jungle gyms, with lots of room for picnicking and running around. Feed for the animals is sold at the onsite tuck shop, but you can also bring your own vegetables from home. The animals at the park are particularly fond of carrots. Items like bread, meat and processed food should not be fed to the animals.

Find more information here.

Contact details: 011 999 5236 | 8 Southvale Rd, Leeuwpoort 113-Ir, Boksburg

Carnival City

This casino and entertainment venue offers a plethora of children's activities, for all ages. The Kidzone Créche will babysit children form four months to 12 years old, while keeping them busy. Older kids can explore the outdoor theme rides. And tweens and teens can spend hours at the arcade, battling it out laser tagging and racing away at the go-karts. Family time can be enjoyed playing a few rounds of ten pin bowling or catching the latest blockbusters at the cinema. And there is a wide variety of restaurants to satisfy any hunger pangs when the night draws to a close.

Find more information here.

Contact details: 011 898 7000 | Carnival City Casino, Elsburg Road, Brakpan | [email protected]https://www.suninternational.com/carnival-city/

Wild Waters

With plentiful exhilarating water attractions, Wild Waters will thrill people of all ages. What better way is there to spend the long summer days, than with water fun? Families and children of all ages will have a blast splashing in the water, sliding into pools and riding the waves. Attractions include Raging Rapids, Super Tube Slide, Wave Pool and Speed Slide, among others. Other amenities range from braai facilities and lapas to jungle gyms and volleyball courts.

Find more information here.

Contact details: 011 826 6736 | 1 Margaret Avenue, Bardene, Boksburg | [email protected]http://www.wildwatersboksburg.co.za/

bokkie park

Wi: Jump Trampoline Park

This trampoline park, located at Mall @ Carnival, boasts over 100 trampolines, nine 14m slides, zip lines, obstacle courses, dodge ball, wave runner, volleyball, bag jump, basketball, party pods and a chill zone. This park caters to children from three years old and up, as well as teenagers and adults. Kids under the age of three are cared for at the toddler zone. If all this wasn't enough, there is also an onsite restaurant and retail store. Tickets buy you an hour of jumping, and includes jumping socks.

Find more information here.

Contact details: 011 915 0614 | [email protected] Shopping Centre, Heidelberg Rd & Airport Road, Dalpark, Brakpan | [email protected]http://www.wijump.co.za

Blades and Triggers Paintball Field

For a fun filled family day out, why not go paintballing? This game is not only thrilling, but it also involves strategy, skill and teamwork. Blades and Triggers offers a variety of games on their many fields. There are astro turf and grass fields for 3- or 5-man teams, with inflatable bunkers. Games include the adrenaline packed speed ball, rec ball as well as tactical, milsim and scenario paint ball games. For other activities, try archery, airsoft and precision shooting.

Find more information here.

Contact details: 082 725 8035 | 157 Northrand Road, Driefontein85-lr, Boksburg | [email protected]https://www.bntpaintball.co.za

Trees Eco Fun Park

Not quite in Boksburg, but in the neighbouring Benoni, this park offers a great option for family days out. Trees Eco Park is a private, access controlled park, offering safety and convenience. The park has picnic areas, jungle gyms, swings, trees, an educational bug house, lapa, limbo and other kid appropriate games, garden furniture and braai facilities. Bookings are required, at just R25 per person from 10:00 - 17:00.

Contact details: 082 458 1504 | 2 Totius Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni | https://www.jozikids.co.za/listing/trees-eco-fun-park-benoni/

paintball

Rush Trampoline Park

Laying at the entrance to Greenstone Shopping Centre is a children's play area. This 30 000 square foot area is home to Rush Trampoline Park. Rush boasts many activities to keep the children active. These include the trampolines, dodgeball courts, basketball lanes, foam pit, battle beam and fidget ladder. Parents can grab a cup of coffee and watch their children jump for joy from the viewing area or keep themselves entertained watching the game on the big screen. Adventurous parents can even join in on the fun.

The Fun Company

Located just past the food court, opposite Mugg and Bean and Musica, is the centre's arcade, aptly named The Fun Company. They offer hours of fun in the form of bumper cars, a bowling alley and all the classic arcade games. Kids, and adults, are bound to have a blast racing, shooting villains, shooting hoops, dancing and whacking the crocodile. All in a bid to score as many tags as possible in hope of getting the largest, loudest and most colourful prize.

Toy Kingdom

Everyone's favourite toy store has recently opened up shop at Greenstone. Toy Kingdom has an assortment of toys including action figures, arts and crafts, baby and early development, games and puzzles, dolls, plush and educational toys. All these may sound pricey. But don't stress. Toy Kingdom has a Royalty Club offering shoppers 1 loyalty point for every R25 spent. This is bound to make Christmas and birthday shopping a little lighter on the pocket.

bumper cars

Ster-Kinekor

One of our favourite memories as children was going to the movie theatre with friends, family or as a school outing. Watching a movie on a huge screen with surround sound and that oh-so amazing popcorn that we dusted in way too much spice was the highlight of our day. Spoil your kids with the same lasting memory by taking them out to catch a movie. They show many kid-appropriate and family-friendly movies from animations to feel good comedies. Pro tip, get a cuppa at the Ster-Kinekor coffee vending machine, for a little extra help keeping up with the kids.

Shopping

Kids love going shopping, trying on new clothes, exploring the hidden world in books and, of course, getting new toys. When its time to spruce up your kid's wardrobe or spoil them with books and toys, head over to Greenstone. Stop by at Exclusive Books or Bargain Books to pick out new and exciting storybooks, fairy tales and colouring books. Or get some much needed wardrobe items from Cotton On Kids, The Hub, Ackermans or Jet.

Food

After all the exertions playing in the arcade, jumping around like a jack-in-the box and all the shopping, the kids are bound to be hungry. Greenstone offers a few kid-friendly restaurants. These include the South African classics like Wimpy, Spur and Panarottis. End all the fun on a sweet note with an ice cold scoop, swirl or cake slice from Milky Lane.

kids movies

Contact details: 011 524 0445 / Cnr van Riebeeck and Modderfontein Road, Greenstone Hill / [email protected] / https://greenstonemall.co.za

What Is It?

FIBO Global Fitness Africa is back and it's going to be bigger and better than ever before. This long awaited fitness and health experience is what all fitness bunnies have been waiting for.

You can find all your health and fitness needs at FIBO Global Fitness Africa from cloths to equipment, and much more.

Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Friday, 25 October 2019 - Sunday, 27 October 2019.

Where Is It?

TicketPro Dome, Northumberland Road & Olievenhout Avenue, Northriding, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R80 - R150 per person, get your ticket here.

For More Information

For more information, visit their website. Or, you can follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/FIBOAFRICA

Twitter - twitter.com/@FIBOAFRICA

Instagram - instagram.com/fibo_africa

Contact them on +27 11 549 8300 or via email at [email protected].

What Is It?

SA Events Mag and SA Travel Mag are bringing the most fun filled event to Joburg, the SA Family Fun Day.

This event is great for the whole family so make sure that you get your tickets now. The event will be packed with fun activities for kids and adults.

Event will be take place in an open area so there is more than enough space to bring the whole family.

Adults activities include Sack Race ,Tug-of-War ,Egg Run Kgathi Dithini and many other indigenous games and for the Kids Inflatables, Face Painting, Disney Characters and more.

Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Saturday, 24 August 2019 at 07:00

Where Is It?

Zoo Lake Sports Club, Lower Park & Prince of Wales Drive, Parkwood, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R65 - R360 per person, get your ticket Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

What Is It?

All the active junkies and adrenaline junkies, here's your time to shine and have a good time. Whether alone or as a team of 4 or 8, you can come and have fun at the Jump City Challenge Gold Reef City.

This event promises a whole lot of fun and activity - bring all that energy and adrenaline and you could be a winner (check out their page for more deets)

Book your spot now!

When Is It?

Friday, 31 May 2019 from 18:00.

Where Is It?

Town Square - Gold Reef City Theme Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Get your tickets at R265 per person, or check more details regarding teams Here.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Also, check out their Facebook event page.

This venue, as the name suggests, is based on a carnival theme. The building is shaped like a huge tent with lights hanging around it, which makes the scene shine bright like a star. This is quite fitting, as it is Brakpan's star. If you are around the Brakpan and Boksburg border, it can be seen all around like a giant lighthouse imploring you to draw near. The carnival theme is completed with giant clown murals, fantastical carnival scenes painted along the walls, carousal styled bars and, you guessed it, an actual carnival.

Outside, the miniature carnival features all the classic games of skill and chance that would win you a giant teddy bear. There are also several rides for children, like the enormous lollipop merry-go-round, among others. This outside area also features a play-ground with slides and swings for less adventurous children. But the main attraction is the go-karting. That's right, Carnival City has go-karting — something the other casinos definitely don't have. The only drawback is that it's only for the kids, not adults.

Go Karting

Adults do have their own entertainment options here too. It is a casino, after all, and was made for gambling. And with the 57 table games, which includes the classic American roulette, poker and black jack, gambling you shall do. This does not even mention all the slot machines they have. Also, as mentioned above, they have a bar that looks like a carousal — the perfect place to get something to treat those shot nerves or to celebrate any winnings if it's been your lucky night. And your kids will be taken care of, even if the carnival is not their thing. The younger kids can hang out at the Kidzone Créche while the older kids can head on over to the arcade.

Casino

The arcade here is certainly the best I have ever seen. Most of these gaming facilities in Joburg are small-scaled with barely enough room to move. To top that, many of the machines aren't even functioning. And you always spend all your tokens while waiting for that one family to stop hogging the only air hockey table. Not at Carnival City's Arcade. Here, there is plenty or room and plenty of games from the classic whack-a-crocodile to the latest zombie killing technology. They even have more than one air hockey table so everyone can get a chance at swiping those pucks. And because all of this isn't enough, they decided to throw in a Laser Tag Zone. Just in case killing zombies, crocodiles and dueling your friends in an epic air hockey game wasn't enough.

Arcade

Fighting zombies, racing go-karts and winning black jack is bound to burn a hole in your stomach. You'll be able to fill those hungry bellies at any one of the 13 restaurants or the food court. Not sure what to get? No worries! Among others, they have American, Asian, Italian, and Portuguese choices on hand, as well as a store dedicated to satisfying that sweet tooth for dessert. And if you feel like a little family fun time after all of this, head on over to the cinema and catch a movie or have a relaxed ten pin bowling match.

Find more information about Carnival City here.

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