Please note: Costs mentioned were correct at the time of writing (2021) and are subject to change at any time. Please contact your desired destination directly to confirm entry fees, costs and operating times. 

Joburg

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!

CityROCK

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. Due to the COVID-19 restriction, the Bird Gardens will be open from Wednesday to Sunday between 08:30 to 17:00. Also keep in mind that their Fantasy of Flight shows are cancelled until further notice.

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 rollerskating. This was THE thing to do when we were kids and RollEgoli is bringing it back with a bang! If you see us rollerskating 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

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. Here are a few crucial skills that'll get them through this challenge: they must use their sense of adventure, imagination, lateral thinking, powers of observation and, of course, teamwork. 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. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?

Top Escape Rooms In The City

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

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.

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Pretoria

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!

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Image from Pretoria Zoo via Facebook.

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 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.

Ice Skating

Cedar Junction Theme Park

Make the most of our South African summer by visiting Cedar Junction Theme Park! Here, guests, both young and the young at heart, 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.

Image from Cedar Junction Theme Park.

CryWolf

For an exciting day outdoors, filled with adventure and adrenaline, visit CryWolf in Irene. Here, visitors 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!

Cost: Click here for all the pricing details.

Venue: Smuts House Museum, Plot 53, Jan Smuts Avenue, Irene, Pretoria.

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Throughout Gauteng

BOUNCE Inc

Sitting on the couch with their eyes and hands glued to their cellphones is NOT the way kids should spend their school holidays, especially this festive season. 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 them 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.

Please note: All BOUNCE Inc venues will be reopening on 27 November 2020.

Acrobranch

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

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 mamas, papas, oupas, oumas and the little tykes, 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 — kiddie 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 all ages. 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.

1. Edutainment For The Kids

Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the weekend or during the school holidays? This is a great start! And not only is visiting the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park loads of fun for the whole family, but it also offers kids an educational experience like no other. What better way to learn about these scaly, cold-blooded reptilian critters than by visiting the park, gaining insight and info on them with guided tours, cool shows and feeding times?

2. They Offer Hands-On Interaction With These Creatures!

As part of the educational aspect of Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park, kids (and even adults) can get up close and personal with the slithery, scaly, hairy and creepy park residents. "How up close and personal is up close and personal" you may ask? Well, let's just say you'll have these critters right in the palm of your hands (guided and assisted, of course! Safety first!). If this makes your skin crawl, don't worry, it's the perfect activity to help you overcome and conquer your fear of this scary yet oh-so-fascinating animals.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

3. Try Out The Croc City Flyover... If You Dare!

As if conquering your fear of creepy creatures wasn't enough, you can also overcome your fear of heights with the Croc City Flyover! This 150m zip line is the perfect thrill for those who are brave and adventurous at heart. Built by Chimp and Zee, the Croc City FlyOver is an adrenaline-fuelled opportunity to fly or zip over Nile Crocodiles as they watch from below! Sounds scary, right? But don't worry, it's completely safe as you'll be equipped with the latest safety gear and escorted by trained guides over the two 75m zip lines.

The zip line tour consists of three platforms – the starting point, the middle section and the ending platform. The first section of the zip line traverses over two separate crocodile enclosures ending on the middle double platform. The second section extends over the large crocodile enclosure to the ending platform.

This is the perfect opportunity to get a bird's eye view of the various enclosures. Cost is only R100 per person and it's worth every Rand as it's a once-in-a-lifetime African adventure, designed to captivate and enthral every brave heart or adrenaline junkie!

4. They Host Interesting Venomous Snake Shows on Sundays

Do you kids have a fondness for snakes? Well, then they'll definitely want to see the Venomous Snake Shows on Sundays and Public Holidays at 11:00. This show is separate from the usual reptile interaction but is included with your entry fee to the park. Here, you can enjoy an hour-long show that covers a wide range of venomous snake, as well as all the facts and myths about them. The professional tour guides will also discuss snake safety like what to do if you come face-to-face with these dangerous creatures in the wild. You'll even have the unique opportunity to SAFELY touch a living, breathing Puff Adder (we got the chills when we did!) and ask questions.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

5. Lunchtime For The Crocs on Weekends

Ever seen a crocodile eat? Other than on the Discovery Channel, that is. No? Well, here is your chance! Visitors will be able to catch crocodile feedings on Saturdays and Sundays at 14:00. This experience is included in the entry fee, so make sure you don't miss out. It's definitely something you don't see everyday.

6. Explore The Park With Daily Guided Tours

Another interesting activity that's part of your day at the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is the guided tour. A professional tour guide will take you and your family on an informative and exciting tour of the park, where you'll get the opportunity to see a variety of reptiles, from crocs and snakes to big lizards and more. Tours are guide throughout the park every hour, starting from 09:00 – 16:30 daily. This is also include in your entry fee.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

7. It's Fun That Won’t Bust Your Budget

Another question you might have: cost? Honestly, entry is not that bad considering you get a full experience all in one ticket. You can expect to pay the following:

Your entrance fee to Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park includes interaction with a baby crocodile and other reptiles (supervised by a professional guide); a guided tour where you'll get to visit the resident alligators and crocodiles; and if you're visiting on Saturdays and Sundays, you'll get a chance to see the crocodile feeding.

Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

8. It's Also A Great Place To Host A Birthday Party

Parents, you don't need to worry about a thing! Just sit back, relax and let the Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park take care of everything when it comes to your little one's birthday party. On the day of the party, all you have to do is show up and have fun. They will setup, decorating and clean-up. Their parties run all year long, offering a truly memorable experience. Parties can be hosted during the following times:

Also, you can choose from one of the following party packages:

Standard Package

Pizza Package

Deluxe Pizza Package

Own Catering Package

For More Information

For more information about Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park, visit their website at www.croccity.co.za.

You can also contact them on 083 321 1016 or 083 657 7561, or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What Is It?

Leash up the doggos, gather the kids, grab your face masks and hand sanitisers and head to the brand-new Ark Animal Walk Park in Chartwell for a wonderful cause. Before you get walking, register at the registration tables and be sure to arrive on time for your designated time slot. Other than the fresh air and beautiful outdoors, there will be lots of goodies on offer, both dog and human related. Also, don't forget to browse through their Charity Store for Woodrock. There will be incredible raffles amazing giveaways on the day!

This walk park will give the Ark Family the opportunity to continue being involved in their passion relating to animals. The park will take their passion and love for animals to new heights. As the saying goes, the best view comes after the hardest climb. This pandemic and national lockdown hasn't been kind to everyone, and this is their chance to get back on track doing what they love, supporting animals.

Animal Rescues

The new arm of Ark rescue and rehabilitation will be there welcoming you on the day. This is the perfect opportunity to meet the team.

Also, Mandela Day is a big high for Woodrock Animal Rescue. In keeping with a tradition, Woodrock will never give up on the voiceless. All funds raised during this launch and Mandela Day initiative will support Woodrock Animal Rescue in saving dog moms and pups from a life of abuse and neglect.

Please note: In keeping with COVID-19 rules, they will be staggering groups of 50 walkers per time slot. Be sure to choose your hour accordingly. It is vital that you keep to your allocated time.

When Is It?

Saturday, 18 July 2020 and Sunday, 19 July 2020, starting at 08:00 through to 15:00 daily.

Where Is It?

Ark Animal Walk Park, 17 Howard Avenue, Chartwell, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It? 

Tickets cost R67 per person, R30 per dog, and children under the age of 12 walk for FREE.

Due to social distancing, this event must be pre-booked via Quicket. Click here to book your spots now before it's too late.

The first 100 patrons to register on Quicket will receive a complimentary gift.

For More Information

For more information about this exciting fundraiser event, visit their Facebook event page here.

Don't forget to visit their website and Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest news, events and information.

Please note: events are subject to change, be postponed or cancelled during the national lockdown/COVID-19 pandemic. Please directly contact the organisers of this event to ensure that it is still taking place on the date stated and venue above. 

Who Are They?

NH Chef is connecting people who love real food with people who cook real food. They provide a digital platform for home chefs to find their clients and for clients to find chefs who cook for their neighbourhood.

What Do They Offer?

Where Are They Located?

70 Vantil Road, Farmall, Chartwell, Randburg, Johannesburg.

Safety Precautions In Place

They sterilise their kitchen and equipment and sanitise all containers and delivery personal. They do non-contact deliveries.

Do They Deliver?

Yes.

For More Information

For more information about Neighbourhood Chef, visit www.nhchef.co.za.

Details: 065 208 9024 | [email protected]

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What Is It?

Looking to take it easy on Easter weekend? Then why not lay back with the festivities at the two-day Bespoke Garden Market at The Stables Village Centre? There's going to be exciting Easter entertainment perfect for the whole family, including the furry ones (please ensure that they're on a leash as there are ducks on the property). You can also expect plenty of delicious delights, live entertainment, a jumping castle for the little ones, an Easter Egg hunt and lots more for the kiddies. And of course, there'll be a variety of products from clothing to artisinal snacks for sale. Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Saturday, 20 April 2019 – Sunday, 21 April 2019 from 09:00 till 18:00.

Where Is It?

The Stable Village Centre, 212 3rd Street, off Cedar Road, Chartwell, Fourways, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

There's no entrance fee, but, a donation is humbly requested to support the talented local artists. All donations are for the live entertainment.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Bespoke Garden Market Fourways on Facebook.

You can also contact them on 083 327 6833 or [email protected].

What Is It?

The EAST Africa Market Festival, taking place at the Stables Village Centre this November, is all about showcasing the culture, cuisine and crafts of the region. Listen to a variety of talented musicians, shop at the craft market filled with all things East African, and sample the fragrant flavours of the local food. Tickets are selling fast, so get yours ASAP.

When Is It?

Saturday, 17 November 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00.

Where Is It?

The Stables Village Centre, 212 3rd Street, off Cedar Road, Chartwell, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R30 per person and are available at Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the East Africa Market Festival Facebook page.

What Is It?

We all love going to a market, right? Well, the Moonlight Market at The Stables in Fourways is one you should definitely check out. Come for a stroll under the stars as you browse through the vendors while enjoying a glass of bubbly or craft beer. Later, enjoy a meal from one of the gourmet food stalls. Your dogs are welcome and don't leave the kids at home either — there's a great play area as well as delicious desserts for them to tuck into.

When Is It?

Friday, 07 June 2019 from 16:00 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

The Stables Village Centre, 212 3rd Street, Chartwell, Fourways, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE.

For More Information

For more information, visit their website.

Also, check out their Facebook event.

What Is It?

Hop in and join The Stables Village Market for their ‘eggciting’ Easter Sunday Celebration. Kids will a special visit from the famous Easter Bunny and a variety of kiddies’ entertainment, while the grownups can explore artisanal Easter treats, live music, ice-cold craft beer, and delicious cocktails. The Village Centre will also be open until 17:00 for some late afternoon shopping. Even your four-legged furbabies can join in on the celebrations (however, they must be on a leash as there are chickens, cats and rabbits on the property).

When Is It?

Sunday, 01 April 2018 from 09:00 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

The Stables Village Centre, 212 3rd Street, off Cedar Road, Chartwell, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry is R10 per adult and children under 12 get in free.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event.

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