The WITS Art Museum is one of the most accommodating to children, often hosting school tours and family walkabouts. The museum houses over 13 000 African artworks, making it the perfect place to introduce kids to the African art canon. The museum is also spacious and easy to navigate, so kids shouldn't feel too overwhelmed. Afterwards, take them for a light snack at WAM Cafe. They have the most delicious mini quiches and cakes.
Details: University Corner, Corner Bertha (extension of Jan Smuts Avenue) and Jorissen Streets, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | +27 11 717 1365 | [email protected]
The Johannesburg Art Gallery is a must-visit for art lovers of all ages. Perhaps not suited to younger children, this gallery is a wonderful place to bring teens with a keen interest in art history. Come and see a collection of Picassos, Pierneefs and Sekotos here. You can also engage with modern art and exhibitions, such as the recent The Art of Comics, presented in association with the French Institute of South Africa. Sign yourself and the kids up to become friends of the gallery, to be the first to be let into the loop about tours, exhibitions and visiting artists.
Details: Cnr Klein and King George Streets, Joubert Park, Johannesburg | 010 594 5544 | [email protected]
If you have never brought the kids to Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, the upcoming school holidays is the perfect time to do so. Not only will they learn about our country's history and the importance of democracy, but there is an array of fantastic art to engage with too. The exhibitions gallery often hosts special events, too. From Thursday, 21 November 2019 to Sunday, 15 December 2019, the gallery will be hosting the On Main Road exhibition, curated by the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. Entrance is free, so bring the kids along to see it.
Details: 11 Kotze Road, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | +27 11 381 3100 | [email protected]
Victoria Yards is a mixed-use arts precinct, which is ideal for family outings. With a number of micro galleries and foodie hot spots, you can spend ample time wandering around here with the kids. There is also more than enough outdoor space for them to run around without causing too much havoc. Victoria Yards also host First Sundays markets, featuring all their usual tenants as well as guest crafters and artisans. Their final First Sunday market for 2019 will take place on Sunday, 01 December between 10:00 - 16:00.
Details: 16 Viljoen Street, Lorentzville, Johannesburg | 010 594 5210 | [email protected]
Lilian Gray Art School is one of the most highly reputed art schools for children and adults in Johannesburg. Their annual art exhibition invites parents and prospective students to come and marvel at the fine work produced throughout the year. While not strictly an art gallery, this art school is well worth visiting. Plus, both you and the kids can enroll in classes to learn all the skills you need to create your own masterpieces.
Details: 82 Kessel Street, Fairland, Johannesburg | 076 828 2448 | [email protected]
Take a short drive out of the city to the historical Art Farm in Joburg South. This family-friendly venue welcomes the sound of children's laughter, providing a play area and yummy eats for all. Plus, their stables are filled with artistic treasures, ranging from paintings, to pottery, handcrafted jewellery and much more. There is also a loft bookstore here with over 7000 books to choose from! Bring the kids along for a fun day out among fine art and food.
Details: Plot 56, Klipriver Road, R550, Alewynspoort, Eikenhof, Gauteng | [email protected]
The NIROX Foundation works to promote young artists, designers and sculptors at their exquisite park near the Cradle of Humankind. Come and admire their collection of permanent sculptures and occasional art exhibitions. The sculpture park also features artists in residence and workshop spaces open to the public on Sundays from 10:00. Bring the whole family along for a day out in the fresh air. Once you have thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful surrounds, you can enjoy a delicious Sunday lunch with the family at Baba G's Kitchen. The kids are sure to love this venue, so make some time during the holidays to treat them to a visit.
Details: R540 Kromdraai Rd, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp, Gauteng | [email protected]
Do you know of any other child-friendly art galleries in the city? Let us know about them!
Going out to eat with the bambinos can be challenging. So here's our list of kid-friendly restaurants that we'd like to share with you.
This restaurant in Melville completely revolves around kids. There's nothing like it in Joburg. Catering for children from 6 months to 12 years, Bambananihas a safe play area with a four-story covered jungle gym, a dress-up area, a sandpit, a games room with PlayStation, Wii, Xbox and a library full of books for all ages. Your little ones are watched over by full-time childminders so you can relax and enjoy your meal.
What do kids do when they hear jumping castles, canoeing, animal farmyard and climbing trees? Well, we imagine they go completely crazy with excitement because that's simply kiddie paradise. So go and explore The Fat Olive country restaurant in Lanseria. While they burn the energy off, you can relax with a glass of sparkles or a cup of tea as you gaze at the dam and the distant mountains from the deck.
Papachinos has awesome pizza and the kids can even make their own. How many children do you know who hate pizza? None! So now you know where to go. If you're not convinced, they also have burgers among other kiddies' goodies on their menu. Plus, a rad play area for them to work off the sugar from their delicious milkshakes. There are several branches in Joburg, find yours on their website. A super popular destination when it comes to Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Joburg, Papachinos will have the little ones entertained for days.
When it comes to play areas, there isn't one quite like at AJ's in the Park. This restaurant is tucked into the sports club of Craighall Park and has a play section packed with jungle gyms, slides, swings, jumping castles, you name it. And loads of space for kids to run free on the field, safely, and with childminders keeping a beady eye. So take off this weekend and enjoy some fun in the park. Did we mention they have banging pizzas and burgers?
For scrumptious food and drinks, take yourself and the little ones to Munch Café. With a kiddies menu to excite any child, you won't have to bribe them to finish a plate at this place, that's for sure. They've got fish fingers, a variety of pizzas and even a Baby Breakfast and French toast. The branch we know at Crowthorne in Kyalami has a play area.
This boutique restaurant and party venue in Bedfordview is known for quality food and children's entertainment. They have a unique fantasy playground with little toadstool houses, colourful slides and a tricycle track that will keep kids happy for hours. Happily Ever Laughter is also popular for kiddie parties, christenings and even corporate functions, so they offer a great combination of child-friendly AND adult-friendly. Happily Ever Laughter is one of our favourite Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Joburg.
Imagine sitting under the trees, enjoying a delicious coffee, while the little ones are off playing. Gia's on Montrose is an amazing restaurant that swaps ceilings for trees and nature. The kids will love the play area and so will Mom and Dad because it's enclosed and safe. You can also enjoy the nursery because nothing beats the calming effect of flowers and plants. It's also one of those rare gems that serves hearty breakfasts and lunches the entire day.
What Is It?
Taste of Portugal 2030 is a food festival where everyone can sample, enjoy and buy authentic Portuguese food, drinks, fashion, art and music. Celebrate the unique delights of this beautiful country that is more than 850 years old by taking in the hospitality and relishing live cooking shows by the Argentine chef, Chakall, and Portuguese-South African chef, Mimi Jardim. End the night off with some dancing while musician Tex Fonseca entertains you with his blend of African, Portuguese and Brazilian music. Bring the whole family!
When Is It?
Where Is It?
Red Roman Shed, Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park
How Much Is It?
Tickets cost R85 per person and are sold on Computicket.
There's also a discount for children under 12 and pensioners.
Children 6 - 12: R40 per person
Pensioners: R65 per person
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What Is It?
Sun, food, music, a picnic with the family... Sounds like a perfect Spring day and a perfect pre-Heritage Day celebration. If this your idea of the perfect way to spend a spring day, Hawaii Spring Picnic at Germiston Lake is for you. Spend the day with your partner, friends, family, colleagues while enjoying some music next to the dam.
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When Is It?
Sunday 23 September 2018 at 11:00 - 23:55.
Where Is It
Germiston Lake, Webber, Germiston, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Tickets start from R150 per person and are sold on Computicket
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Take your little bambinos for some kid-friendly dining at Bambanani. Offering play areas for children and delicious food plus drinks to go with that - this might just become a family favourite. Parents can actually relax while kids keep busy with fun activities filled with excitement while keeping boredom at bay.
What do kids do when they hear, playgrounds, canoeing, animal farmyard and climbing trees? Well, we imagine they go completely crazy with excitement because that is simply children's paradise... So go and explore The Fat Olive. While they burn the energy off, you can relax with a glass of sparkles or a cup of soothes.
What do you or think when Papachino's is mentioned? Pizza, of course! And how many kids do you know who hate pizza? None! So there, you know where to go. If you're not convinced, they also have burgers among other kiddies' goodies on their menu. Plus, a rad play area for the kids to work off the sugar from their delicious milkshakes.
For a rustic feel and a wonderful atmosphere for parents and children alike, visit Picolino’s in Fourways. With occasional live events, live sports broadcasts, quiz nights and outdoor thatched lapas, this is the place for the whole family to enjoy. And let’s not forget the kid’s entertainment – there is a large play area filled with climbing walls, sandpits, slides, swings, jungle gyms, and more!
For some relaxation and fresh air, take a trip down to Tres Jolie with the family. With beautiful gardens and landscaping, complemented by fountains and water features, this is definitely the place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kids can enjoy the farmyard where they can feed the animals, have a pony ride, play on the jungle gym, dig in the sandpit and go for a swing, all within watching distance of parents.
When it comes to play areas there isn't quite a play area like the one at AJ's In The Park. Not only do the kids have fabulous fun but adults can join in - albeit on a separate playing field. So take off this weekend and enjoy some fun in the park. Did we mention they have amazing pizzas and burgers? Well, they do, so head over there!
For scrumptious food and drinks, take yourself and the little ones to Munch Cafe. With a kiddies menu to excite any child, you won't have to bribe them to finish a plate at this cafe, for sure. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner - it's perfect for anytime family dining. So what are your waiting for? Go munch away!
This boutique restaurant is nestled away in Bedfordview. Happily Ever Laughter is the perfect location for quality food, children's entertainment and parties. So when you need a restaurant where your kids are entertained while you and your friends can lounge around and enjoy an elegant party, this is the venue for you!
Know other great child-friendly restaurants not mentioned above? Let us know below!
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