Did You Know There's A Brand-New Water Park in Mogale City? - Happy Island Water World

If we knew about this place before we went on leave for December, we would been there faster than the speed of light! It would've been the perfect place to keep cool throughout the festive season heatwave. But it's not too late to experience the fun, thrilling and brand-spanking-new Happy Island Water World, as summer isn't over yet!

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Happy Island Water World is Making a Splash

R500-million and 18 months later, Happy Island Water World in Muldersdrift, Mogale City, had it's soft launch on 28 December 2018. And to delight their guests, they have 15 rides and slides, some of which are a first in South Africa! This water park has already made a splash with the locals, as they have already seen about 25 000 people walk through their doors.

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What To Expect

Like we mentioned above, there are 15 rides and slides for visitors to try! Just keep in mind, that since they are in the pre-launch period, not all the rides will be open and operating (as far as we can tell, you can experience 13 of the 15 right now). Wondering what you can expect at the water park? Here are the rides:

The Biggest Wave Pool in Africa

Their TWO gigantic Wave Pools are the largest on the continent, measuring a whopping 20 000m2 complete with hydraulic mechanisms that produce ocean-like waves at regular intervals. See, no need to head to KZN to be able to swim in the sea!

Gravity Loop

This one will literally make your stomach sink! Feel the sensation of gravity suck you down a near-vertical slide into an inclined loop at up to 60km/h! That's 2.5 Gs in less than 2 seconds! If you have the heart (or the stomach) for this, don't miss the opportunity to try this one. It's the ultimate body slide experience.

Spiral Slide

This slide will definitely have your head spinning for all the right reasons. Twist, turn and tumble your way down this thrilling slide before splashing into the landing pool area. And best of all, it's great for all ages.

Lazy River - Not operational during pre-launch

Want to relax and soak up the sun? Gently float down the Lazy River in a rubber tube as it takes you down the ​850m course through the beautiful water park surrounds. Also, this lazy ride is perfect for all ages. You can get your single or double tubes at the entrance.

High Speed Slide

Havde the need for speed? Then be sure not to miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the thrill and excitement of the park's high-speed slide! Thrill-seekers will whoosh through this ride at up to 40km/h. But do exercise extreme caution on this slide, as it's certainly not for the faint-hearted.

Behemoth Bowl

Looking for a group ride to experience with family and friends? Then this is something you need to try. The Behemoth Bowl or Super Bowl is a four-person per tube, wild, adrenaline-filled adventure through a massive bowl that'll take you down into a clear pool below. It's an absolute rush!

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Master Blaster Super Tubes

Two super tube slides, one that's open air, and one that is almost entirely dark. One thing they have in common - both will leave you with adrenaline running through your veins! This ride is a classic super tube ride, enjoyed with one or two-person tubes.


This is the big one! Adrenaline junkies, brace yourselves! It's a first in Africa and is as spectacular as it is fun. You'll love the experience of being sucked down a giant tornado funnel into the water pool below. This one is a must.

Rainbow Slide

Whether you're feeling a little competitive with your mates or simply want to experience what it actually feels like sliding down a rainbow, this ride is for you! Take a slide down this fast and wild ride down the magical rainbow, perfect if you're looking to race against your friends.

The Python Slide

Three reasons why you need to experience the Python Slide: 1. it's wild; 2. it's high-speed; and 3. it's loads of fun! Enough said!

Massage Pools

Been a long week at the office and in need of some soothing massages? Then head over to the Massage Pools, be lazy, soak and relax a little while being gently massaged. Just keep in mind that these pools are not heated.

Pirate Boat Slide

Arrr, me mateys! Board the Pirate Boat if you dare. Your only escape back to safety is sliding down into the Lazy River. This one is perfect for the kids and anyone with a wild imagination.

And For The Kids...

Other the big rides that'll thrill your socks off, they also have a bunch of fun water features for the littler kids, because what is a water park without fun for all ages? Some of the water park features that are ideal for the younger aged children includes:

Fun Slides

Built just for the kids, there are THREE different slide experiences that all ending in a shallow pool. The kids will love it.

Amazon Rain Forest

Themed on the Amazon Rain Forest, this mini water park features plenty of fun for the little ones, including slides, a pool, and a full rain forest maze for them to explore.

Spray Park

The Spray Park has dozens of playful fountains. It is a safe, fun place for toddlers, young kids, teens and older folk to cool off in the summer heat.

Boome Rango

This is a high-speed four-person tube ride pushing riders up almost vertical slopes as well as spinning, turning, rocking and gliding everywhere. It's sensational!

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They Also Offer Accommodation!

Want the fun to last a little longer? Then why not check out the accommodation options available around Happy Island Water World! You can take your pick from:

We think this will make the perfect weekend getaway for the whole family! So, if you're interested in making your experience last all weekend long, click here to find out more.

How Much Is Entry?

At the moment, entrance is R199 per adults and R99 per child.

HOWEVER, the prices will increase to R399 per adult and R199 per child once they have gotten through their pre-launch period but the prices have not been finalised.

The reduced prices are said to be in effect because only 13 of the 15 rides are fully operational.

For More Information

For more information about this brand-new water park, visit happy-island.co.za.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep in loop with the latest updates and happenings at Happy Island Water World.

Don't Miss The Magical Festive Fun at Cresta Shopping Centre

Festive Fun For The Whole Family

This holiday season, Cresta Shopping Centre brings back all your family favourites  as well as tons of activities to let shoppers Imagine More! From 14 - 24 December 2018, Cresta will be hosting 11 days of live entertainment and fun for the whole family. You can expect everything from memorable moments with Santa Claus, making festive decorations and cookies at the craft zones, free gift wrapping and extended shopping hours to shopper competitions, meeting your favourite cartoon characters at the Cartoon Network activation and give the gift of kindness through our Festive Charity Tree, Cresta is the place to get into the holiday spirit! After all, ‘tis the season to be merry!


Meet The One & Only Santa Claus

Make sure to take the kids to Cresta so they can share their Christmas wishes with the beloved and jolly, Santa Claus. You can also make special, festive memories by posing for pictures in the Santa Zone in the FNB Court. Don't forget to grab your instant print to take home with you for only R40 each.

Live Entertainment

To add more jingles to the bells this festive season, shoppers can enjoy live, pop-up entertainment on Fridays (14 and 21 December 2018), Saturdays (15 and 22 December 2018) and Sundays (16 and 23 December 2018). Included is a line-up of a variety of performers that'll bring holiday cheer and joy to the centre.


Holiday Fun For The Kids

The kids are now on school holidays, so what are parents to do to keep them entertained? Well, Cresta has the answer! There’s plenty to keep the little ones busy and spark some innovation and talent this festive season! Take them down to the Kids Craft Zone in the Banking Court, where they can make festive decorations with recycled materials or adorn their own festive cookies at the Cookie Decorating Station.

And in the Food Court (upper level), kids can learn how to draw cartoon characters at the Imagination Studios and create their very own Power Puff avatar to print out and take home with them. There'll also be a Cartoon Network meet-and-greet with characters from the hit shows Adventure Time and The Amazing World of Gumball on Fridays, (14 and 21 December 2018) Saturdays (15 and 22 December 2018) and Sundays (16 and 23 December 2018).


Give Back To The Community This Christmas

The award-winning Cresta Festive Charity Tree will make a comeback this year, after the great support shown by shoppers in 2017, which resulted in over 5 000 books being donated to the local Tshepo Community Development Project Library. The charity tree can be found in the Banking Court and will once again allow shoppers to donate this festive season. It's a giant tree decorated with nametags of children from local partner children's homes and what they wish for this Christmas. Cresta shoppers will be able to select a name from the tree, purchase a small gift (toy or clothing) for the child and drop it off for Cresta’s team to wrap and distribute. The bookshelf tree will also be available for more book donations.


Don't Forget The Free Gift Wrapping & Extended Shopping Hours

To thank their shoppers for all the support, Cresta will take care of wrapping your gifts at their free gift-wrapping stations so that you can spend your time enjoying your shopping.

To ensure you get the most from the festive season, Cresta Shopping Centre will be extending their trading hours between Friday, 14 December 2018 until Monday, 24 December 2018 as follows:

Special Trading Days:


For More Information

For more information about Cresta Shopping Centre and what they have in store for you, visit www.crestacentre.co.za.

Also, don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Carnival City Has An Awesome Line-Up For The Kids This December

Keep The Kids Entertained At Carnival City

The school holidays are fast approaching and if you need a way to keep the kids busy, then don't miss out on all the excitement and fun at Carnival City this December. There'll be plenty of super-charged entertainment and magical, family-style fun lined up over the festive season. Something for all ages.

Carnival City

Young peeps can go wild at the Lazer Zone, try their hand at go-karting on a simulated Grand Prix circuit, play arcade games at the Magic Company, watch the latest movies at Ster-Kinekor and play ten-pin bowling. But that's inside, there's even more outside! Outside, there are fun rides for smaller children and carnival stalls, where youngsters can take a chance at winning some cool prizes.

Carnival City

There's Also A Holiday Programme

Along with all the excitement Carnival City has to offer, they'll also have a fun-filled holiday programme planned for the kids at the Pocket Park from Thursday, 13 December 2018. Each day brings face painters and balloon modellers, as well as stilt walkers in princess and pirate costumes. And on the weekends, there'll be arts and crafts to get their hands dirty! And best of all, there's no fee to join the festivities in the Pocket Park from 12:00 to 17:00 daily.

Carnival City

The programme for this December holiday is as follows:

Carnival City

And There's More...

Another highlight during the holiday season is the opening of the highly-anticipated next instalment of the Transformers series, Bumblebee, at Ster-Kinekor at Carnival City. And as if that wasn't enough excitement, the much-loved and well-known Santa Claus will be visiting Carnival City to meet and greet his young followers.

For More Information

For more information about Carnival City and the latest entertainment, special offers and events, visit www.suninternational.com.

Also, don't forget to give them a like on Facebook and Twitter.

First Thursdays: Burger King® SA & Yay Abe hosted by Sneaker LAB

What Is It?

For a unique and interesting night out, don't miss Burger King® SA & Yay Abe hosted by Sneaker LAB. It's an evening dedicated to art, sneakers, delicious food and just having a good time. This First Thursday event is in celebration of local illustrator, Russell Abrahams from YAY ABE, and his collaboration with Burger King South Africa. From 19:00, Russell and BK will be welcoming guests and offering a little insight into the collaboration and what to expect. You can also catch a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes with a video projected on the wall.

Burger King

This event will be taking place at Sneaker LAB in Braam. And there's an exciting lineup to look forward to, which includes everything from refreshing drinks and awesome music from DJ Khanya to sneaker cleaning for your beloved sneaks, as well as BIG KING™ burgers which will be delivered throughout the evening. It's going to be a night out you don't want to miss!

Burger King

When Is It?

Thursday, 06 December 2018 from 19:00 to 22:00

Where Is It?

Sneaker LAB, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

Burger King

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE!

For More Information

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

Don't forget to visit Burger King South AfricaSneaker Lab and First Thursdays Johannesburg on Facebook.

Also, don't forget to follow Burger King South Africa on Instagram and Twitter.

Burger King

Don't Miss These December Releases From Empire Entertainment

Second Act

It’s never too late to make your life what you want it to be. A hilarious feel-good story that’s sure to inspire, Second Act is about a big box store worker who is frustrated with her unfulfilled dreams. Stuck in a dead-end job, 40-year-old Maya (Jennifer Lopez), decides it’s time for a change and reinvents herself and her life and proves to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts and that it's never too late for a second act. Her talent was real. Her résumé was not.

Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer

Just in time for Christmas, here's a reindeer movie coming to a cinema near you. Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer is the perfect festive flick to get you into the jolly spirit. When Blitzen announces his retirement on 21 December, a miniature horse has three days to fulfil his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa Claus' team at the North Pole tryouts.

Robin Hood

Keen on an adrenaline-packed action movie to get the heart pumping? Robin Hood will be hitting the big screen later this December. A war-hardened Crusader and a Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown in a thrilling action-adventure from director Otto Bathurst. This movie has gritty battlefield exploits, mind-blowing fight choreography and a timeless romance all rolled up into a two-hour must-see. Robin Hood - the legend you know, the story you don’t.

For More Information

For more information about Empire Entertainment and their upcoming releases, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or check out their latest movie trailers on YouTube.

Spend & Win At Killarney Mall This Festive Season

Visit Killarney Mall This Festive Season

It's time to get your Christmas shopping done! Head to Killarney Mall and you'll be able to find everything you're looking for in one place. With a wide variety of stores and an even wider array of beautiful products and inspired choices, Killarney Mall makes gift shopping a breeze. And this festive season, they'll be offering a chance to win some amazing prizes plus there's a beautiful market packed with stunning Christmas gifts and delicious food.

Killarney Mall

Prizes Galore

This festive season, they're doing something extra special for their loyal customers - 12 Days of Giveaways! From 01 - 12 December 2018, shoppers will stand the chance of winning their share of R60 000 in prizes! All you have to do is spend R200 or more, submit your slip and entry form at Killarney Mall and you're in the draw. And to increase your chances of winning some fabulous prizes, head to social media, find their Countdown Advent Calendar, and start tagging them in your selfies with your entry by the Food Court. It's as easy as that. Keep an eye on their Facebook page as winners will be announced daily.

Killarney Mall

Feasting & Fun

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and to celebrate, Killarney Mall is bringing you their cheerful and delicious Festive & Foodie Market. On Friday, 07 December 2018 from 10:00 - 15:00, shop to your heart's content, sample and indulge in delicious bites and treats, grab a refreshing drink and enjoy in-centre entertainment ideal for the whole family.

Killarney Mall

For More Information 

For more information about Killarney Mall and their 12 Days of Giveaways and delicious market, visit www.killarneymall.co.za, contact them on 011 646 4657 or [email protected].

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

H2O NYE With Black Coffee

What Is It?

Countdown to the New Year at H2O! This NYE event marks the beginning of H2O’s journey into 20 years of dance. And to celebrate, H2O will host an unforgettable New Year's Eve experience with Joburg’s best party featuring superstar headliner, Black Coffee, along with 30 of the country’s best DJs across FOUR dance floors. Join H2O at Wild Waters for the final sunset of 2018 and to celebrate a brand-new beginning.

When Is It?

Monday, 31 December 2018 from 16:30  - Tuesday, 01 January 2018 at 04:00.

Where Is It?

Wild Waters, 1 Margaret Avenue, Bardene, Boksburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R150 and R250 per person depending on the ticket sales phase, and can be bought at h2o.howler.co.za.

For More Information

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

Don't Miss The Ultimate Kids' Holiday at Cradlestone Mall!

School Holiday Fun For The Kids

This December, Cradlestone Mall will be bringing youngsters plenty of wild fun and thrilling themed holiday activities to keep boredom at bay. Their holiday fun programme will be available throughout the mall from 12 December 2018 to 06 January 2019 along with a jungle playground.

Adrenaline-pumping inflatables will be all the buzz in the Adventure Park (in the open parking with an entrance fee of R30 per child), but there’s also lots of fun to be had INSIDE the mall. They’ve put together various inflatable activities that are not only exciting but affordable!


Under The Sea Obstacle Course

As you guessed, this obstacle course is ocean-themed! Kids will enter through monstrous shark jaws, tackle their way through the wavy obstacle course, face the scary Kraken and make their final escape through the Pirates Cove. It's an adventure like no other!

Animal Express Train

All aboard the Animal Express Train! This one is the perfect activity for kiddos who have a love for trains. They'll take a scenic trip through Cradlestone Mall and jump, jump, jump!

Rainbow Rush

Hey kids, ever wondered what it would be like to slide down a rainbow? Now is the time to find out, so make your way to the Rainbow Rush! Here you'll get the chance to slide down an 8m high rainbow. Trust us, it's not scary, just a lot of colourful fun!

Rain, Rainbows & Sand Go Hand In Hand

Kids will have a blast digging for gold nuggets and gems galore. There'll be plenty of buckets, spades and shiny delights. And if they're willing and daring enough, they can try out the water experience with giant fun props.


Tropical Jungle Playground, Woolworths Court

This play area has it all — lots of wild animals and plenty of exotic plants dangling from a thicket of vines above. From the first step, kids get swiftly teleported into a world of wonder as they walk beside gigantic flowers in an array of tropical colours. It’s the perfect spot for a photo.

The adventure heats up a notch with danger ahead! The little ones must balance as they cross a perilous swing bridge that hangs over blazing coals and flames to make it to the other side while dodging the poisonous fire-snakes! Once out of danger, they must crawl on all fours through a cobwebbed, dark, mysterious cave while avoiding the giant spiders!

Leaving the cave, there's a jump up onto another bridge and slide down to the next branch of the adventure. The little explorers will have to get down on their 'paws' to discover all the treasure that lies beneath them. Best they grab some tools and start digging. If they look between the plain old rocks and they could spot precious rubies, sapphires and diamonds! And at the very edge of the forest is where the real fun awaits – run-up ramps, ropes, slides, a crawl-through tunnel, wooden decks, a mini-rock climb and more.

King Kong's Hideout, Mugg & Bean

There will be plenty of jumping fun through the gigantic gorilla!

Who's Who In The Zoo, Edgars Court

Don't miss the opportunity to take selfies with the majestic animatronic Panda and White Tiger! There'll also be arts, crafts and fun quizzes here.


Jungle Vibe Tribe, The Game Court

Let the kids set their wild side free at the Jungle Vibe Tribe Shack. Here, they'll get to work on their drumming on rustic jungle drums and war cry skills. They'll examine the optical illusion wall of natural wonders and challenge themselves with Jungle Fear Factor, where they'll have to be brave and stick their fingers into jars of Jungle Frog’s Eyes, Slippery Slime and other weird wonders!

Interactive Wildlife Talks

And in this area, kids can play with creepies, crawlies and cutesies. There will also be interesting and interactive talks on the animals. The time schedule is available on the Cradlestone Mall's Facebook page. Let the adventures begin!

For More Information

For more information about the school holiday fun at Cradlestone Mall, visit www.cradlestonemall.co.za.

For all the latest news and updates, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

You can also contact them on 010 020 1234.

The Capital Offers The Ultimate Staycation

Happy Staycation!

What’s better than getting your bonus just before the holidays? How about getting up to 35% off your vacation in Johannesburg and Pretoria? Sounds pretty good, right? The Capital is offering you the opportunity to vacay like an A-lister. While the rest of the city flocks to the coast, you go for gold with a staycation in the city.

At The Capital, they give guests a space to completely relax while living it up. Why go where everyone else is? The only way to truly escape the vacation chaos is to holiday in Gauteng. And best of all, you don't have to travel far and everything you need is nearby — restaurants, shopping hubs, entertainment, the works.

The Capital

Want to do your Christmas shopping at the mall? They offer complimentary shuttles to scoot you around the city. Keep in touch with your loved ones and post all those fantastic festive moments using their FREE, uncapped, high-speed Wi-Fi. And don't you worry about your wheels, there's complimentary parking available at the hotels. Are you staying in an apartment? They'll gladly do your laundry for FREE. The Capital ticks all the boxes: convenience, comfort, easy on the pocket and unmatched hospitality. Check!

Other Facilities

Stay at any of their Sandton hotels and enjoy the resort facilities at The Capital on the Park, where they provide a holiday escape with resort activities of an island retreat. From a dedicated kiddies club, daily entertainment programme for the adults (until 05 January 2019) and indoor virtual golf to complimentary workouts with trainers, a spa and champagne bar, jacuzzi and resort pool, there's no shortage of things to do.

The Capital

Save lots of ka-ching and have the time of your life at The Capital — the ultimate holiday destination, without you having to leave the city.

*Rate applies to Joburg and Pretoria

*Subject to availability

Terms and Conditions

The Capital

For More Information

For more information about The Capital and their various hotels and bookings, visit thecapital.co.za, email [email protected] or call 011 290 9700.

Also, don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Dave Chappelle Is Coming To SA!

What Is It?

Legendary, comedic genius Dave Chappelle is once again coming to SA! If you don’t know Dave Chappelle (because you’ve probably been living under a rock), he’s an American comedian, actor and producer, best known for his groundbreaking television sketch comedy program The Chappelle Show, which gave birth to some of his most notable characters including Tyrone Biggums as well as his parody characters Rick James, Lil Jon and Samuel L Jackson among others. Since The Chappelle Show, he has established himself as arguably one of the most popular touring comics on the US and international circuit, selling out shows within minutes of announcement.

So brace yourselves people. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, 4 October 2018. You don’t want to miss out.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 5 December 2018 at 20:30

Where Is It?

Teatro at Montecasino, Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Fourways,  Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R575 - R1540 per person and can be purchased here.

For More Information?

For more information, visit Computicket here.

Four Reasons You Need To Head To Barnyard Theatre This Summer

Barnyard Theatre is going big with some epic Summer Holiday Specials that are too good to miss! So, whether you need an excuse to get out of the house, a quick entertainment solution, or simply want to do something different this December, here are our four reasons why you MUST visit Barnyard Theatre this festive season. Ocean holidays are so last season — stay in Jozi and get to your favourite Barnyard for the ultimate summer holiday vibe.

1. Unmissable Ticket Discounts

It's the December holidays, which only means one thing — bring on the fun times! And what better way to do that than heading to Barnyard Theatre and enjoying an entertaining show without busting your festive budget? From 18 December 2018 to 31 January 2019, only pay R130 per person for selected Barnyard shows at their Gauteng venues. PLUS, at select Barnyard Theatres, you can score even more with their Tuesdays Buy-One-Get-One-FREE deal and Sundays 50% off for pensioners.

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2. Kids Get In FREE During The Summer Holidays

Need a quick boredom killer? Take advantage of this summer holiday special where kids under the age of 12 get in for FREE on Sunday matinee shows and Gold Reef City Barnyard’s Saturday matinee shows (limited to 2 kids per paying adult). Not only is this fun for the kids, but it also gives you the chance to enjoy special family time. No more whiny kids complaining about being bored.

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3. Celebrate New Year's The Right Way

Have no plans for New Year's Eve? Then why not gather up your loved ones for the Barnyard Theatre New Year's Eve Party! Party the night away Barnyard-style with a refreshing drink on arrival, delicious snacks, an awesome show, as well as a fun surprise accessory to make sure you look the part for the celebrations. Tickets cost R395 per person at their Gauteng & Suncoast venues (Cape Town R400 per person), so make sure you get yours now before it's too late. There'll also be delicious food on sale which can be pre-ordered or purchased on the evening. It’s the best place to be on the last night of 2018!

Barnyard Theatre

4. It's A Great Date Night Out!

For a date night that's a little more exciting than the usual, why not grab your sweetheart by the hand and enjoy Barnyard Theatre's Experience Package For 2: This offer is valid for Barnyard shows taking centre stage from 18 December 2018 - 28 February 2019*. At only R350 per couple, you'll be treated to two Barnyard show tickets (one for each of you), one large pizza to share, as well as one bottle of Durbanville Hills OR two soft drinks. Now that's an awesome date night idea right there!

*Ts & Cs apply. Offer excludes 31 December 2018 and 14 February 2019. *Valid at Gauteng venues. Wine not for sale to persons under the age of 18.

Barnyard Theatre

Suncoast Barnyard Opens This December

Did you know that a new Suncoast Barnyard will be launching on 12 December 2018 with the acclaimed hit production Big Top Rock? To find out more, visit www.barnyardtheatre.co.za/suncoast.

Don’t forget that The Barnyard Theatres are the ideal venues for conferences, fundraisers, year-end parties, birthday bashes and more!

For More Information

Follow Barnyard Theatre on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to keep up to date with their latest offers. And don't forget to check their website www.barnyardtheatre.co.za.


#Kids: A Little Theatre For The Kids

I still remember my very first kids theatre experience. I was four years old and will never forget the feeling of anticipation I felt sitting in a “proper grown-up” chair at the theatre, waiting for the curtains to open. I may not remember much about the actual show (it was Annie – The Musical), but I vividly recall the very first scene and being completely swept away by the characters.

My parents, despite never having much disposal income, always made sure that their three daughters went to the theatre as often as possible. We attended many ballet productions and quickly came to anticipate Janice Honeyman’s annual pantomime. It’s a tradition that we now continue with our own families, and we love experiencing theatre through the eyes of our children.

Here are the TOP SEVEN SHOWS we recommend in the next few months – and deeply suspect that parents will enjoy the shows just as much as their children!

Annie Jr.

Date: 04 June - 05 August 2018

Venue: People's Theatre, corner Loveday and Hoofd Streets, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein

This one is a classic and a must-see for all ages! With all the songs you know and love, including “Tomorrow,” “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile,” and “Hard Knock Life”, Annie Jr. will be gracing the People's Theatre stage for the very first time. Join the plucky and positive Annie on a fun-filled adventure as she finds a new home with billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his secretary Grace and a sweet mutt named Sandy.

Book now!

The Selfish Giant

Date: 24 - 26 August 2018

Venue: The Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Oscar Wilde’s charming morality tale of the Selfish Giant is brought to life by the young and talented dancers of the Johannesburg Youth Ballet. Consumed by selfishness, the Giant builds a wall around his beautiful garden to keep children out. Once the wall is up, it becomes wintry in his garden because no other season dares to enter a place where no children are allowed to play. But one morning, a very special child brings Spring back into the garden, as well as love into the Giant’s cold heart. This show is perfect for all ages.

Book now!

Charlotte's Web

Date: 28 August - 07 October 2018

Venue: National Children's Theatre, 03 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg

The heart-warming children's novel Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White, will be brought to life with a lovely musical at the National Children's Theatre from August to October 2018. The story is based on a piglet named Wilbur, who befriends a barn spider named Charlotte, who lives on a web overlooking Wilbur's enclosure. When Wilbur discovers his fate of being slaughtered, Charlotte promises to hatch a plan guaranteed to spare his life. This delightful production is a must for the whole family!

Book now!

Peter and the Wolf

Date: 20 September - 21 October 2018

Venue: Studio Theatre, Pieter Toerien Theatre, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

This whirlwind stage adaptation of the timeless tale is the perfect introduction for kids to the magical world of theatre. With a unique South African flair, this miniature masterpiece will include local sounds, puppetry and animation in its unique staging. While entertaining, the production also aims to educate children on recycling.

Book now!

Matilda The Musical

Date: 17 October - 02 December 2018

Venue: The Teatro at Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Who remembers the movie? We know we do! And now, the story of Matilda is coming to centre stage! Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book written by the incomparable Roald Dahl. It's the story of an extraordinary little girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to change her dark destiny. A winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is set to delight South African audiences of all ages this Spring. Get your tickets now!

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The Little Prince

Date: 25 October - 25 November 2018

Venue: Studio Theatre, Pieter Toerien Theatre, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s beloved tale of a pilot and a young alien prince gets new life as it's retold on stage at the Pieter Toerien Theatre. This story has been delighting readers since it was first published in 1943 and has been translated into more than 250 languages. Follow the journey of The Little Prince, who leaves his tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the oddities of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. Told with the help of shadow art and Japanese Bunraku puppetry, this production is not to be missed.

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Janice Honeyman’s Snow White

Date: 03 November - 23 December 2018

Venue: The Nelson Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

The ever-popular and hugely entertaining story of Snow White will be brought to life once again in an enchanting production complete with stunning sets, beautiful costumes, breathtaking special-effects and lots of comedy. Bigger and more spectacular than ever, this event will delight audiences both young and old with a never-before-seen-in-South-Africa 3D interactive journey into the forest. Join the Joburg Theatre for the most magical pantomime ever told.

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Summer Just Got A Whole Lot Hotter At Silverstar

The Beach Is Coming To Joburg

Silverstar Casino is gearing up to become a holiday paradise right on your doorstep once again with their much-anticipated Beach Festival. For the fourth year running, The Square at the heart of Silverstar will be transformed into a sandy amusement park from 10:00 - 22:00 daily (closed on Christmas Day). And the best part is that entry is FREE!

From beach fun for the kids to sunset cocktails for the grown-ups, sizzling food specials and live entertainment, there really is something to appeal to everyone’s sense of holiday fun. The whole family can spend the day in the sun and sand, surrounded by a host of entertainment.

Silverstar’s Beach Festival is also the perfect place to see in the New Year, so make sure you don’t miss out on all the staycation action.

beach festival

Shop Up A Storm At The Local Market

Visit Silverstar's trendy artisan market every Sunday for the next month, where passionate local folk from artisans and musicians to designers and culinary specialists will showcase their talents and sell their wares. While you browse the stalls for delectable eats and artisanal goodies, the kids can blow off some steam in the play area. And when you’re all shopped out, grab a bottle of bubbly from the champagne stand or a few ice-cold ones from the Craft Beer & Gin Bar and find a spot to sit down and enjoy the entertainment.

silverstar market

Don't Miss 50% Off All Movies

A night out enjoying a blockbuster movie is about to get a whole lot cheaper… 50% cheaper to be precise! Silverstar's ever-popular movies @ 50% off promotion is back from 07 December - 10 January 2019.

Enjoy a 50% discount on ALL movies, any time and any day of the week – this means adults pay just R30 (2D) or R35 (3D), while kids under 18 pay just R27 (2D) and R30 (3D). Score!

Here are some exciting new titles being released this December:

Ticket prices for cardholders:


Indulge In Soulstice Day Spa Specials

It’s that time of year yet again — the season to be giving and indulging! And the Soulstice Day Spa has the perfect specials just for this. Valid until 15 December 2018, treat your colleagues, family, friends or yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating pamper session. Book one of the following spa packages this holiday season:

Package 1 | R490 per person

Package 2 | R690 per person

Package 3 | R990 per person

Exclusive Offer

Bookings of 15 people or more receive private use of their outdoor hydro-pool area. This also includes complimentary use of the spa facilities — steam room, outdoor chilled pool and heated hydrotherapy pool.

To book, call Soulstice Day Spa on 011 662 7500 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, visit their website www.soulsticedayspa.co.za.

Please note: specials are valid Monday to Friday, excluding any public holidays, until 15 December 2018.


Tuck Into Some Publicity 

Publicity, the West Rand’s favourite watering hole, is also known for its wide variety of delicious pub grub, guaranteed to satisfy even the hungriest of guests. Their epic Durban-Style Platter (R225) has six mutton samosas, lamb meatballs, six jalapeño and cheese rissoles, chill bites and cocktail beef sausages served with fries and BBQ and peri-peri sauce. Ravenous? Then book by calling 011 662 7486 or you can book online.


For More Information

For more information about Silverstar and their hot summer entertainment line-up, visit their website www.silverstarcasino.co.za.

You can also check them out on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Expect Nothing But Luxury At African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection

A Luxurious Summer Getaway

Leave the everyday behind and step into a world reserved for those with discerning taste.

From the moment you enter through the impressive wooden doors, you’re greeted with an exclusive ambience laced with the hotel's signature scent. Designer furniture, fine dining and sumptuous comfort combine to tempt your every sense, while exceptional service elevates the experience into a class of its own.

Take full advantage of the warm weather and enjoy a light lunch or cocktail at the one-of-a-kind Pool Bar. Kick off your shoes and cool off as you dine alfresco at one of the tables immersed in the shallows of the sparkling pool.

An added benefit for Marriott Rewards members is that you can earn, redeem and enjoy full Elite Marriott Rewards benefits at the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection. Only here will you experience a stay that's exactly like nothing else.

After all, if it were for everyone, it wouldn’t be extraordinary.

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection

Enjoy Up To 20% Off Your Stay

Offer Details

Terms and Conditions

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, Autograph Collection

For More Information

For bookings and more information, visit their website www.africanpridemelrosearch.com

Tel: 011 214 6666

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: www.facebook.com/africanpridehotels (@melrosearchhotel)

Instagram: www.instagram.com/melrosearchhotel

Address: 1 Melrose Square, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

Relax And Have A Break At Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo Airport

A December Escape Like No Other

Holidaying in Joburg doesn't have to be the usual. Experience the Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo Airport’s unique aviation theme.

With newly refurbished bedrooms, a staycation here with your family or friends will include unlimited Wi-Fi and relaxation at its best. Chill out on one of the sun loungers around the pool and enjoy snacks and cocktails from the Warehouse Restaurant. Looking for a little more activity? Experience the journey to becoming a pilot with the flight simulator on-site.

Get to know the area with great tour options, shuttles to the Rhodesfield Gautrain Station and evening shuttles to nearby entertainment venues.

Catching a flight to your next holiday destination? Why not stay the night, catch the free scheduled shuttle to the airport in the morning and leave your car with them while you enjoy your well-deserved break?

OR Tambo

Enjoy Up To 20% Off Your Stay

Offer Details

Terms And Conditions

OR Tambo

For More Information

For bookings and more information, visit their website here.

Tel: 011 977 2600

Email: [email protected] 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/proteahotels

Twitter: www.twitter.com/proteahotels

Trip Advisor: www.tripadvisor.co.za

Address: Gladiator Street, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Spend Your Summer In Trendy Illovo At Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers

Enjoy A Trendy Summer Staycation

Enjoy fine cuisine in the upmarket The Big Apple Restaurant, relax at the hotel’s poolside sundeck, sip on a refreshing cocktail in the 24-hour coffee bar or make use of the extensive in-house gym (closed on public holidays).

The hotel offers superbly appointed bedrooms which boast full en-suite bathrooms with a bath and shower, LCD television, DStv, a tea and coffee station, wireless Internet access, individually controlled air-conditioning and electronic safe.

Other facilities include Internet kiosks, an in-house transfer company, a Heaven Express shop, as well as free outdoor and undercover parking. All guests become temporary members of the Wanderers Club, which is located 50m from the hotel. This allows for access to the tennis and squash courts, as well as entry into the restaurant and kiddies' play area.


Enjoy Up To 20% Off Your Stay

Offer Details

Terms And Conditions Apply


For More Information

For bookings and more information, visit their website here.

Tel: 011 770 5500

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: www.facebook.com/proteahotels

Twitter: www.twitter.com/proteahotels

TripAdvisor: www.tripadvisor.co.za

Address: Corner Corlett Drive and Rudd Road, Illovo, Northern Johannesburg.