The Joburg Zoo is open to the public seven days a week, 364 days a year – including Christmas, New Years and Easter holidays. It houses over 320 species of animals, totaling about 2 000 animals. They offer a number of different tours and you can even explore the zoo's active nightlife by taking the night tour. Bring along your family and a picnic basket, and enjoy the scenery.
From feathery and scaly, to animals from Madagascar to the Amazon, you're bound to find a wide variety of strange, beautiful, unique and majestic creatures at The Joburg Zoo. Here, you'll be able to find and explore the follow exhibits:
Located on the Western side of the zoo, this newly built enclosure houses many species of scaly reptiles, such as the Green Mamba, the Puff Adder, and the Dwarf Crocodile. This is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with these critters safely.
Experience the majesty, power and beauty of Africa's beloved lions at the Joburg Zoo. The zoo is home to 11 lions with three magnificent males and their pride females. The zoo is also home to rare white lions. You can find the AngloGold Lion Enclosure towards the war museum in the northern side of the zoo.
At the Madagascar Exhibit, you'll be able to see and meet some of the worlds most interesting primates, that are only found in Madagascar. Species that you'll find at their renovated enclosures includes the Black and White Ruffed Lemur, the Crowned Lemur, the Ring-tailed Lemur, the Red Bellied Lemur, as well as the Mongoose Lemur. Visitors can find the Madagascar enclosure just off Lemur Trail, in the central areas of the zoo.
Often, the Joburg Zoo hosts a wide range of events, perfect for the entire family. From something special for mo around Mother's Day and something to get your heart racing, to nighttime strolls through the zoo, there's something to intrigue all. Keep reading to see what sorts of events are held at the Joburg Zoo throughout the year (pandemic permitting, of course).
The Joburg Zoo is known for hosting a lovely event to honour Moms everywhere! Although this event hasn't been hosted in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, this annual Mother's Day celebration is usually an exciting must for families. The Mother's Day Concert at Joburg Zoo brings you a fab lineup of live music performances, which are sure to delight moms and all other guests on the day. To see when the next Mother;s Day Concert will be hosted, visit their Facebook events page.
Lace up your running shoes, get active and up that heart rate with the Zoo Trot! Here, you can enjoy an early morning run around the zoo while seeing all of the interesting and unique animal residents along the way. So see when the next Zoo Trot will take place, be sure to follow the Joburg Zoo on Facebook and keep an eye out on their events page.
Ever wondered what the zoo is like by night? then don't miss their Open Moonlight Tours. Experience the nocturnal animals waking up for the evening while also enjoying a lovely picnic under the stars. This is usually a lovely experience during the warmer months of spring and summer, but this event runs throughout the year. To fins out when the next one will be taking place, follow their Facebook events page.
Looking for something to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays? Then look no further than the Joburg Zoo and their exciting school holiday programmes. Every year, they host something special for the kids when school is out, ensuring they stay out of mischief while having plenty of fun. To see when the next Joburg Zoo Holiday Programme will take place, keep an eye on their Facebook events page.
During the December festive season, the Joburg Zoo goes all out with the Christmas cheer! The zoo becomes a busy and merry destination to visit if you're looking to see some beautiful twinkling festive lights by night to get you into the holiday spirit. To find out more about this event, click here.
Perfect for school outings and to education the kids during the school holidays, Joburg Zoo hosts a range of education programmes that's sure to be exciting and fun.
The Zoo School programme is included in the school entrance fee of R35 (Monday to Friday) per learner and educator with bus parking at R20.
The Johannesburg Zoo-to-You is a living classroom concept, showcasing a variety of animals, birds, reptiles, insects and small mammals. The presentation is based on various topics and includes conservation, animal defense and general information on the animals and their habitats.
Here are the little details to keep in mind before you visit the zoo. From entry fees and trading times at The Joburg Zoo, we've got you covered. Don't forget to take some additional cash along to grab a few refreshments during your visit.
The Joburg Zoo is open 364 days a year.
Please note: On special occasions, opening and closing times of the zoo will vary.
For more information about The Joburg Zoo, visit www.jhbcityparksandzoo.com.
You can also contact them on 011 646 2000 for more details.
Address: Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Upper Park Drive, Parkview, Johannesburg.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Experience the wonder and vibrant feathery residents of the Montecasino Bird Gardens in Fourways. This bird and wildlife park is just the space if you're looking for a memorable family outing in Johannesburg, or simply just want to enjoy some fresh air. Spend the afternoon wandering along vibrant garden walkways and viewing the various colourful birds, reptiles, mammals and unusual animals. A must-visit is the walk-through aviary, that's home to over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises and Nicobar pigeons, with smaller antelope wandering in the undergrowth.
Wondering what you and the kids can get up to at the Montecasino Bird Gardens? Take a look at the destinations features here and plan your exciting day out.
Both entertaining and educational, the Flight of Fantasy Bird Shows at the Bird Gardens are one of the highlights you need to experience when you pay them a visit. The stars of the show are their colourful and talented show birds, showing off their feathers, skills and personalities. These bird shows are held in the Tuscan amphitheatre, twice daily from Monday and Friday, and three times a day over weekends and public holidays.
Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Flight of Fantasy shows are closed until further notice.
After taking a lengthy stroll through the Bird Gardens, why not grab a bite to eat and something refreshing from the Flamingo Café that overlooks the Flamingo pond. The menu offers guests a selection of light meals, coffees and milkshakes, to be enjoyed against the tropical backdrop and ambiance of the gardens. Click here to take a look at their Grab & Go menu. The Flamingo Café is also an ideal venue for kids’ parties and can host up to 90 guests. Operating times are as follows: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00.
The Montecasino Bird Gardens offers guests a variety of features to experience, explore and view. Whether you're looking to take a look at their collection of amphibians, want to be brave and come face-to-face with many venomous snakes (safely, of course), or visit the resident mammals, there's a variety of enclosures for you to see. Here's a few you can expect to find:
There's also a variety of merchandise and animal treats available for purchase upon your visit. Here's the merchandise available and the cost per item:
Please note: Prices are subject to change at any given time.
Planning a visit to the Montecasino Bird Gardens but need all of the little details? Not a problem! Here are all of the opening times and tariffs to keep in mind before you make your way to this lovely facility:
For more information on Rewards Cardholder rates, click here.
There are also group rates available. Click here for more information.
For more information about the Montecasino Bird Gardens, visit www.montecasino.co.za.
You can also contact them on 011 511 1864 or [email protected].
Images sourced from Montecasino via Facebook.
If you haven’t yet heard of the Big Red Barn in Irene, then you have been seriously missing out! This antique hay barn, just 15 minutes from Centurion, is a phenomenal destination that provides a wealth of activities for each and every member of your family.
This is a fun-filled place to visit with the whole family. There is so much to explore and experience, and the day is never long enough – no one ever wants to go home. Not only that, but it's also affordable entertainment, so you get to try a whole bunch of exciting activities without busting the bank. Plus, there’s a really cool giant wooden pirate ship in the kids’ playground and loads of space to play games. It would be a brilliant place to have a party, too!
Acrobranch is always a win – an obstacle course through the trees that both children and adults can enjoy. Not only does it provide a variety of age-appropriate courses (suitable from age 3 upwards), but it also builds confidence and coordination, while also being a fantastic team-building experience.
We recommend that you book ahead as it can get busy, plus with the COVID-19 safety protocols and regulations, there's limited capacity. This is also a wonderful idea for a children’s birthday party.
The Cycle Park is another must-do for active families, plus all the paths can also be used for trail runners. Featuring over 36km of scenic tracks through the forest, over rocky grasslands and across farm fields, this is a great workout and place to test your off-road skills.
We recommend that you check out the route descriptions and opening hours so that you can plan your day accordingly!
Vroom Pedal Go-Karts are also on offer with tracks for kids aged 2 to 5, as well a more adventurous off-road course for older kids and their parents. You can either book a quick spin, or choose a "multiple ride" package if you feel like spending more time on the course.
We recommend that you click here for the various costs, beginning at just R20.
Vintage tractor rides at the Big Red Barn are so much fun for kids of every age as you explore the Sunlawns Farm Forest on the back of a trailer! Each ride takes 20 minutes and costs around R40 per person.
We recommend that you book your ticket at reception as soon as you arrive.
Clay Café is the perfect haven for those looking for something a little more crafty to do. Choose a ceramic item – anything from figurines and décor items to plates, jugs and mugs – and enjoy a light meal, cappuccino or piece of cake while you paint.
We recommend that you get the whole family together and each paint a mug to take home!
The Red Barn Café is a beautiful urban-style eatery overlooking the Eucalyptus forest and dishing up outstanding food to hungry guests. The burgers themselves are worth a visit, as are the lamb ciabatta, pulled pork baguette, buttermilk scones, Russian rolls and amazing Belgian waffles..
Ludwig’s Roses is synonymous with a wide variety of beautiful rose bushes that continue to thrive when you get them home. This is the perfect spot to buy a few scented rose, rose care sprays, candles, diffusers, hand creams, soaps and even rose fudge!
We recommend that you visit their website for the full range of roses available.
The Irene Village Market takes place on the first and last Saturday of the month. This beautiful market includes everything from crafts and artisanal foods to furniture, craft beer and wine.
We recommend that you make a day of it. Head to the market from 09:00 – 14:30 and spend the rest of the day enjoying the many other activities on offer at The Big Red Barn!
For more information about the Big Red Barn and all the family entertainment they have to offer, visit www.thebigredbarn.co.za.
You can contact them on [email protected] or 078 343 6939.
Driving time: 50 minutes to an hour
There is nothing more relaxing than escaping the city and unwinding to the sounds of the bushveld. And if you're looking to camp out in the wilderness, but in style and luxury, then be sure to book your escape with B’sorah Luxury Tented Camp in Broederstroom in the Magaliesberg. Not only is it close to home – being s mere hour's drive from the city – but it's a wonderful way to experience the wildlife – from luxurious glamping accommodation. Enjoy the breathtaking views, scenic trails, as well as adventure activities nearby the family-run farm. You can book a self-catering luxury tent from R1 400 per unit per night (sleeps two).
Driving time: an hour and 30 minutes
If you love hiking and the tranquility of nature, then you'll definitely love Rustig, out in Magaliesburg! Book yourself into one of their accommodation options – the three bedroom Heritage House; the five bedroom Farmhouse; the six bedroom Backpackers House; the two bedroom Stone House; or either one of the four or six sleeper tents – and enjoy a relaxing weekend away with family and friends. As for entertainment, Rustig offers amazing hiking trails to suit all experience and fitness level, as well as safe off-road running and biking trails. Unwind on one of the recliners next to their sparkling pool and even take a leisurely stroll through their beautiful gardens.
Driving time: 39 minutes
For a country escape that's not too far from home, be sure to book a well-deserved weekend away at the stunning African Pride Irene Country Lodge in Irene, Pretoria. This is the ideal destination for the whole family. Expect plenty of relaxing and fun activities including visiting the Irene Farm where you can see their resident cows be milked from about 15:00 daily; indulging in a treatment at the award-winning Camdeboo Spa; or dining at the Meadow Green Restaurant. They also offer a variety of accommodation offers ranging from Bestie Getaways and romantic escapes to something perfect for the entire family.
Driving time: one hour and 30 minutes
Situated in the Big 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve, 35km away from Pretoria , the Mongena Private Game Lodge offers getaway seekers a tranquil setting to relax and experience the wilderness. The lodge offers 24 air-conditioned en suite rooms situated in stunning indigenous landscaped gardens or enjoy the ultimate exclusive bush experience at their Tandala Trails Camp. Other than utter and complete relaxation in the middle of the bushveld, the lodge also offers guided safaris and bush walks, early morning and late afternoon cruises aboard a luxury boat, as well as divine dining at the Kingfisher Restaurant.
Driving time: 45 minutes
If you are looking for an escape that's not too far but not too close, then why not gather the family, take a road trip to the Zwartkops Mountains and enjoy a relaxing weekend away at the Glenburn Lodge & Spa? Spend some time getting pampered at the award-winning Glenburn Spa. Reconnect with the great outdoors while taking in the sites and sounds on the various nature walks and mountain hiking trails hikes onsite. Or even visit a few interesting local spots in the area including the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve (offering game drives and tours through the Wonder Caves), Siverstar Casino, the Sterkfontein Caves, and Danielsrust Game Farm (offering horse trail rides, quad biking, paintball, archery and clay pigeon shooting).
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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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Deluxe Pizza Package
Own Catering Package
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].
Now is the time to get your hands on the perfect bed to ensure you get a good night's rest! In spirit of Black Friday, Dial-a-Bed is offering their shoppers 20% OFF EVERYTHING, in store and online! Expect to get amazing deals and prices across a wide selection of bed brands including Forty Winks, Seally, Simmons, Dunlopillo, King Koil, Restonic and Slumber King, in all sizes, from Single all the way to King. And let's not forget about the bedtime accessories such as big fluffy pillows and mattress protectors.
Interested in seeing what they have to offer? Then click here to take a look at their Black Friday catalogue and get shopping now! Being South Africa’s largest branded bedding retailer, you're sure to find the perfect mattress from their selection of best sellers in stock.
If you happen to have any questions, Dial-a-Bed have knowledgeable professionals who are always on hand to give advice and assist you in finding the perfect bed. They will help you to break down your big purchasing decision into an easy step-by-step process, so that you leave with peace of mind, having made the correct decision.
Dial-a-Bed prides themselves on their service and excellent value for money, so you can be sure you will get your money's worth. They have beds to suit every back and budget.
If you like to do research before a big purchase, then spend time on their website at www.dialabed.co.za. It's informative and easy-to-navigate, allowing you to narrow down your choices before you test out mattresses in-store.
Enjoy peace of mind with their 100-night comfort exchange warranty. This allows you to take home a bed and sleep on it for 100 days – regardless of whether you buy online or in-store – before you make your final decision. If the bed is not perfect for you, they will fetch it and you can start the selection process again.
As you can see, Dial-a-Bed is all about convenience and service and they make it really easy for you to get a great night’s sleep. Did you know they also offer credit? What a win!
For more information about Dial-a-Bed and their amazing Black Friday deals, visit their website at www.dialabed.co.za.
You can also contact them on 086 100 7542 or [email protected]
Dial-a-Bed has over 65 stores and nine warehouses nationwide. Click here to find you're nearest store.
Melrose Arch is bringing the magic back to Christmas this festive season with dazzling Christmas light displays throughout the precinct, as well as plenty of fun for the whole family. Remember the days when we'd pile into the car and drive through the streets of the city, admiring the beautiful Christmas lights on display? Those days may be long gone, but Melrose Arch is reviving the tradition!
Melrose Arch will dazzle the city with a spectacular display of lights and a new Fantasy Garden on the Piazza. All the sparkling lights will be switched on on Friday, 22 November 2019 at 18:30 with a special ceremony featuring some of South Africa’s most popular singers. The ever-popular Mi Casa and Mzansi Youth Choir are the highlights of this year’s ceremony. Be sure to check out the other restaurants at Melrose Arch as well.
The award-winning Mi Casa has been a firm favourite on the South African music scene for many years. The trio – J’Something, Mo-T and Dr Duda - will get everyone singing and dancing as they wait for the lights to be turned on.
The Mzansi Youth Choir is renowned for its pulsating energy and youthful enthusiasm and, of course, the choir’s incredible voices constantly attract rave reviews. The Mzansi Youth Choir will be spreading festive joy by singing everyone’s favourite Christmas carols.
From 6 November 2020 - 10 January 2021, the precinct will come to life with an exciting festive entertainment programme, perfect for the whole family.
Of course, there’s more Christmas magic in store for Melrose Arch visitors this festive season. Do a little shopping and indulging at the Christmas Market, which will be held on Melrose Boulevard from Wednesday, 2 December 2020 to Saturday, 5 December 2020 from 15:00 to 21:00. You can expect to see Christmas decor and gifts, special handcrafted items, jewellery, ladies’ and kids’ clothing, toys, homeware, accessories and more.
Another festive favourite, the well-known Jeppe Pipe Band will return to Melrose Arch on Friday, 04 December 2019 at 18:30 to add to the jolly spirit in the precinct, playing favourites like Scotland the Brave, Jingle Bells, Amazing Grace and Little Drummer Boy.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a special visit from Santa Claus, so he will be visiting the precinct over weekends during December.
Have a lot of festive shopping to do? Don't you worry! Melrose Arch will extend their shopping hours from 22 November 2019 to 23 December 2019, giving visitors plenty of time to shop. And if you're pressed for time, take advantage of the gift-wrapping kiosk next to the Concierge Desk in the lower level Galleria where, for a small donation to HospiceWits, you can get those Christmas gifts beautifully wrapped.
Friday, 06 November 2020 - Sunday, 10 January 2021.
Melrose Arch Precinct, Corlett Drive, Melrose North, Birnam, Johannesburg.
Entry to Destination Christmas is FREE. However, do take cash along with you to do some shopping, indulge at one of the many restaurants throughout the precinct and to pay for parking.
For more information about Melrose Arch or Destination Christmas, visit www.melrosearch.co.za.
You can also contact them on 011 684 0000.
Join us this weekend with family and friends, and help us make a world of difference through the Thandulwazi Academic Scholarship Programme.
Enjoy a summer's weekend evening drive-in experience in a safe and secure environment, watching some of your favourite classic movies under the stars and overlooking our beautiful city.
And for all of your movie snacking needs, there will be a food truck offering delicious foods; milkshakes; cupped coffee; Chip 'n Dip; Mini Doughnuts; Amici's Pizza; and a Tuck-shop with popcorn, sweets, chocolates, cool drinks, crisps.
Please note: All COVID-19 protocols must be observed at all times.
Help them make a world of a difference, one movie at a time.
4 and 5 December. For more dates and movie lineups, click here.
St Stithians College, 40 Peter Place, Lyme Park, Sandton, Johannesburg.
Please note: Use the One & All Gate at Nursery Lane (Higher Ground Restaurant entrance) – follow the signage to New Field.
Each screening showcases two films and the entry cost is R400 per vehicle. Click here to get your tickets now.
This weekend’s movies:
For more dates and movie lineups, click here.
For more information about the Drive.in.co Roadhouse Restaurant Drive-Ins, visit roadhouse-restaurant-drive-in.shopstar.co.za.
You can also contact them on 076 8922 535 (WhatsApp) or [email protected].
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The Haunted Forest®, now in its fifth year, is a flagship Halloween event held at Riversands Farm Village in Joburg. The event has continuously grown since its inception in 2016, with this year taking a wicked leap into the world of horror and fright! Picnics in the Park has extended the Zombie Land experience until Sunday 14 November 2020 with limited tickets available. So, if you missed out on the fun of this exciting annual Halloween event, this is your chance to experience it! Wondering what to expect? Well, watch the video below, it's give you the chills!
The ticket "session 3" is for guests who attended last Saturday evening and if you were not able to come at all the other tickets are applicable to you.
Riversands Farm Village, Rose Road, Midrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Saturday, 14 November 2020 from 19:00 to 23:00.
Games (the games work on a token system):
Limited tickets are available for this extended event at R100 per person. To avoid disappointment, click here to get your tickets now before they sell out.
For more information on this spooky event, visit picnicsinthepark.co.
You can also contact them on 076 8922 535 (WhatsApp) or [email protected].
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This advent calendar will most definitely put a sparkle in your (or that special someone's) eye! Available at Takealot.com for R1 800 (on special at the time of writing this) and Zando, the Destiny Jewellery Advent Calendar with Crystals from Swarovski, will delight with this dainty box containing a variety of sparkling jewellery pieces. The box contains four pairs of earrings and four pendants with crystals and pearls from Swarovski; and 13 charms (some with crystals from Swarovski). There are also two necklaces and a bracelet for your charms. And to ensure that you are buying authentic crystals from Swarovski, the Swarovski seal comprises the latest security features. To establish the authenticity of the Swarovski seal tag or sticker, you can verify the tracking number on the Swarovski website. How fabulous!
Another one for the makeup lovers! If you're a big fan on M.A.C.Cosmetics, then be sure not to miss out on the opportunity of purchasing the limited-edition Boom Boom Wow Mini Advent Calendar. Filled with 12 M.A.C. Cosmetics makeup surprises, this is a fun and exciting way to add to your makeup collection and count the days until Christmas! This is another advent calendar that sells out fast, so be sure to visit M.A.C. Cosmetics online store and get yours now!
We all know and love The Body Shop! And this year, they're making Christmas extra merry with some cool advent calendars, jam-packed with your favourite Body Shop goodies. There are three options for you to choose from depending on your festive budget. First up, there's the Make It Real Together Ultimate Advent (from R2 750*). If you're not keen on spending that much, there's the Make It Real Together Big Advent Calendar (from R1 800) or the Make It Real Together Advent Calendar (from R1 200). A few goodies include the Mango Hand Cream (30ml); Moringa Fragranced Bath Bubble (28g); Coconut Exfoliating Cream Body Scrub (50ml); Coconut Lip Butter (10ml); Almond Milk & Honey Soothing & Restoring Body Butter (50ml); and much more.
Do you love Clarins beauty and skincare products? If yes, then you're definitely going to love this! Available online at Clarins.co.za ONLY, you can get your hands on their 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar from R1 985! Enjoy 24 make-up and skincare surprises that will give you a gorgeous glow during the festive season! They also have a 12 Days of Beauty & Wellbeing Advent Calendar for R1 050 with 12 Clarins best sellers if you're looking for a smaller option. Please note, these sell out FAST! So, order yours online before it's too late!
Count your way down to Christmas with the festive Mood 12 Mini Gins Collection Box from Yuppiechef! This is a deliciously refreshing rollercoaster of flavour, featuring 12 fun-sized 40ml bottles of gin from a variety of local distillers. It's the perfect opportunity for you to savour and explore the South African craft gin scene. It's also a great gift for a loved one who enjoys a good G&T. A few gins you can expect in this advent calendar includes 48 Gin Pink Gin, Cape Town Gin Rooibos Red Gin, Monks Mary Jane Gin and Indlovu Original Gin, just to name a few. Be sure to order this beauty before stock runs out!
This one is for the makeup lovers! If you have a fondness for essence cosmetics, then be sure to pick up their 2020 essence Ho Ho Home for X-Mas Advent Calendar (R499* exclusively from Takealot.com). Each day until Christmas Eve is a surprise with this stunning calendar, gifting you with 24 carefully selected and lovingly arranged Christmas-themed presents from Essence. Jam-packed with beauty favourites from the standard range in original size and limited products in a Christmas design, it is THE must-have for the festive season.
Christmas is not Christmas without chocolate! And Lindt has the perfect advent calendar for all you chocoholics. Take your pick from the LINDOR Advent Calendar (158g) filled with milk, dark and white chocolates with a smooth melting filling OR the LINDT TEDDY Advent Calendar filled with even more sweet thrills. As for prices, you'd have to visit a Lindt store near you. You can also find these at select Clicks and Woolies stores, or order them online!
Why not gift your little ones with the joy of LEGO®? They have a variety of LEGO® advent calendars that are sure to delight this Christmas. This is certainly a fun way to get into the festive spirit, with 24 different buildable presents, one for each day of the season. There's the LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar (R349.99), the LEGO® Star Wars™ Advent Calendar (R549.99), and the LEGO® Harry Potter™ Advent Calendar (R449.99). Take your pick and have a blast building a mini LEGO® world! Do keep in mind that these sell fast, so be sure to get your hands on them ASAP! If they are out of stock, simply just provide your details on the desired advent calendar page and they'll notify you when they receive more.
How about something different this year? We're absolutely loving the Funko Pocket Pop! advent calendars this year! Head to Takealot.com and add the Funko Pocket Pop!: Harry Potter Advent Calendar (R1 249) to your cart! Each calendar has miniature figurines of your favourite Harry Potter characters, making it the perfect addition to any Funko Pocket Pop! collector.
Another great treat before Christmas is NetFlorist's 12 Days Of Christmas Gourmet Advent Calendar. A unique touch for this calendar is the fact that you can personalise it with your name or the name of the person you're gifting it to, along with a festive message for the holiday season. Now onto what's important - what's inside! Each day brings an envelope filled with candy and treats. The envelopes contain Kit Kats, Skittles, M&Ms (peanut and chocolate), Haribo Happy Cola sweets, Oreos (original and golden), Jelly Teddies, Cadbury Nutties, Cadbury Astros, Liquorice Allsorts and creamy vanilla pieces. This advent calendar costs R499.95 and can be ordered online at NetFlorist.
Not keen on any of these? Not to worry, there's always the option to create your own for your family and friends, and have them do the same for you! All you need to do is by a ready-made advent calendar box – Takealot.com has one, the Christmas Toyshop Advent Calendar! It's a great option for the kids, but you can use it for anything and anyone. It's R595 per box* but the best part is you can reuse it every year. Or why not get your hands on the Christmas Tree Advent Calendar for R1 095? Now for the fun part – buy 24 bits and bobs that you know your kids/partner/recipient will enjoy. This definitely adds a lovely personalised touch to the advent calendar.
Please note: Christmas market dates are subject to change or be cancelled at any given time. Please contact the event organisers directly for further information and confirmation. No mask = no entry.
Join Black Horse Brewery for a great day out and about with the family. Their festive Annual Christmas Market is back, and better than ever. Expect to spend the day tucking into some delicious food, strolling through their various craft stalls where you can purchase a bunch of festive goodies. Don't forget to treat your taste buds and keep cool with a draught of craft beer, or a glass of gin or wine.
Before the Christmas frenzy begins, visit The Linden Market: African Christmas to get started on your festive shopping. This merry-must will span over TWO DAYS in the heart of Emmarentia Botanical Gardens. Expect everything from stunning market stalls to Santa in the Garden, sweet pooches and live music entertainment and much more. It's an absolute must visit for the whole family, including your four-legged companions. Other than all the exciting festivities, you definitely shop up a storm here as you'll find plenty of treasures such as vintage designer clothing, antiques, jewellery and accessories, as well as fresh flowers and organic skincare products. And on the culinary side, there will be lots of gourmet food, craft beer, bubbly and wine.
Get into the festive spirit at the Destination Christmas Markets taking place at Melrose Arch from 02 to 05 December 2020. Here, you'll find unique Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones, beautiful festive décor, special handcrafted goodies, stunning jewellery, clothing for all, homeware and accessories, and toys for the little ones. Not only will you get to do some festive shopping, but you can also spend the evening dining at on of the precincts fab foodie spots and enjoying the twinkling Christmas light display lining High Street.
For the last Field Markets of 2020, the Christmas Edition Markets bring you plenty of festive joy. Take a stroll underneath the trees to browse through curated stalls featuring quality, locally handcrafted items and deli products. And to delight your taste buds, enjoy a wide variety of gourmet food and craft drinks, plus there will be live music. The kids can run wild at the large free play area. Your four-legged companions are more than welcome to join in as long as they're on a leash.
If you're heading to Pretoria over the festive season, be sure not to miss out on Irene Village Market's Christmas Markets popping up every Saturday until 19 December (there'll be another on Reconciliation Day on 16 December). Here, you can get all of your Christmas shopping done and dusted at more than 100 South African handmade arts and craft stalls while enjoying nature with your family. Don't miss out on a Saturday stroll throw these festive markets and enjoy all the good food, craft beer and gin, the fresh air, live music, crafts and art, and much more.
Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club is hosting a Christmas Market that's sure to have all of the festive bells and whistles that comes along with the holiday season! There will be a wide variety of stalls showcasing beautiful gifting ideas, plenty of Christmas decor, fashion items, accessories and so so much more!
The highly anticipated annual Country Christmas Market in Kyalami is back with yet another jolly edition offering the perfect combination of fun, entertainment and shopping. Enjoy a lovely day out and about in the countryside admiring the Christmas gifts and themed stalls, plus there's a feel-good factor because you'll be supporting local vendors, artisans and crafters. A kiddie play area will keep the little ones occupied and dogs on leash are welcome. So, pull up a bench and spend the afternoon wining and dining with great friends while enjoying fantastic music in this rustic country setting. There's FREE entrance, FREE parking, FREE Wi-Fi, too!
The artisanal market we all know and love, KAMERS/Makers, will be returning to Irene, Pretoria, this December! This is the perfect opportunity to get started on all your Christmas shopping. For a celebratory end to 2020, the country's original artisan 'up'-market returns to Cornwall Hill College for a shopping experience like no other. Get ready for more than 200 proudly SA designers and crafters, all showcasing the coolest stuff you’ve never seen before – from fashion, food, skincare and ceramics to jewellery, lifestyle, music and much more. Click here to get your tickets now.
Get ready for all the festive cheer at this year's edition of the Christmas Village, returning to Sandton City! Gather your friends and family and enjoy a merry frolic through this European-inspired village that showcases all things Christmas and African. Expect everything from twinkling lights, Christmas carols and artisan stalls filled with delectable treats to one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts crafted by local makers. You can find the Christmas Village in the Protea Court at Entrance 12 near Doppio Zero.
If you're in Bedfordview in mid December and would like to enjoy some festive celebrations and retail therapy, then be sure not to miss the Italian Club Christmas Market! This very festive gathering is one of the biggest in Johannesburg! Pop in, delight your taste buds and senses, and also do some Christmas shopping. This market is a must-visit for the whole family! There is a R10 voluntary entrance fee that goes to charity.
Join Molly Malone's Fourways for their first-ever Alternative Christmas Market held by Alternatribe. Here, you can expect to find an interesting selection of handmade goth, punk, vintage, metallist, rocker and steampunk items and art, as well as clothing, jewellery, music, decor, bags, books, fandom and much more! The Molly's Bar and Restaurant is also open to get the weekend started. The big screen will be showing the perfect christmas movie for this event.
Don't miss the fifth annual East Rand Christmas Market, offering shoppers over 80 stalls to explore and shop through. Besides their great variety of festive stalls stocked with plenty of holiday goodies, there will be plenty of tasty eats, sweets and baked goods, and proper barista coffee, milkshakes, freezos, slush and more! Also, your furry four-legged companions are also welcome to explore this cheerful market with you. There's lots of things to do for the whole family, including a treasure hunt with Rudolph and Elf.
It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas! So, why not head to Brooklyn Mall and join in on the festivities with their Handmade & Homemade Christmas Fair. Expect two levels with over 120 cheerful stands filled with high quality items and products, all hand-picked for their uniqueness and exclusivity. You find a wide variety of crafts and artisanal bakes and cakes, and so much more. There's also plenty of bargains and high end collectables ranging from furniture, porcelain, books, antiques, art, jewellery, antique furniture, kitchenware, vintage clothing, silver and much more.
Get your last-minute gifts and stocking fillers done and dusted at the Christmas Market Under The Stars, brought to you by Sylvia's Market. Here, you can enjoy a merry setting with great food, wonderful crafts and lots of entertainment for both young and old. There will be live entertainment featuring a up-and-coming singers and a DJ. And for the kids, there will be carnival rides that are sure to thrill and delight, as well as a special visit from the ever-popular and beloved, Santa Claus!
The goal of Baby Friendly Companies are to provide peace of mind to employees at work when they have babies. Companies that use this program make their workers feel more comfortable and secure when they want to start a family.
Typical values a Baby Friendly Company has in their organisation is mainly to offer their employees reasonable work hours that allow them to balance their personal and professional life.
Not to discriminate against employees that want to start a family and the company supports their employees when they announce that they are expecting a baby.
BebedeParis has developed programs to assist companies by providing them with personal, exclusive and useful gifts and gift hampers when the pregnancy is announced, as well as at the time a new member of the family is born and even a welcome back gift when the parent returns back from maternity leave. These programs save the HR department time and money by taking the task of baby gifting of their hands and ensures that company gifting stays within budget.
Javier Ros, HR vice president of SEAT and long-time customer of BebedeParis says the following:
At SEAT, we take care of employees when they have a child. Among other things, we send them a personalised baby hamper to celebrate the birth of their child. We have conducted a survey to measure the impact it has had. Some of the results are as follows:
Commitment: 100% of employees feel more committed to their work, since they believe that the company takes care of them and their families at such important moments as the birth of a baby.
Satisfaction: 97% of respondents are satisfied with the gift and see it as useful.
Employer branding: 78% of employees became brand ambassadors for the company since they have commented on the special treatment by the company at such a special moment in their lives.
BebedeParis is the leading provider of baby gifts in South Africa and is trusted by companies such as BBD Software, Netstar, Ooba, Gulfstream, Blue Label, Consulta and many more. They also have an online shop for family and friends of new parents to choose a special gift to congratulate new parents on the arrival of a new member to the family.
No matter whether you're young or young at heart, Johannesburg is sure to have something to delight and entertain. There's plenty of animal sanctuaries and menageries to visit, perfect for a fun-filled day that's not only exciting but educational too. There's also lots of interesting museums to explore as well as loads of fun indoor venues and more. Keep reading to find out more about where to go.
Get a little fresh air and sunshine by taking a stroll through and visiting the animals at the Johannesburg Zoo in Parkview. 54 hectares big and housing over 320 species of animals, this internationally accredited menagerie is highly respected for its high standard of maintenance, animal welfare, nutrition and ethical conduct. The Joburg Zoo is open 364 days a year including Christmas, New Years and Easter holidays. And to keep the kids entertained, they do host school holiday programmes that's sure to keep them busy.
For a thrilling day out, why not head to Montecasino in Fourways? Not only do they have plenty of entertainment within the complex, ideal for all ages, but they also have the exciting Montecasino Bird Gardens just outside! Here, families can enjoy viewing a wide variety of bird species as well as reptiles, amphibians, small animals and even the local Ring-Tailed Lemurs that roam freely in one of the enclosures. There are also interesting bird shows held in the amphitheatre.
Have a fondness for the critters that are scaly,cold blooded, and even slither and crawl? Then be sure to visit Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park in Chartwell. This is just the place if you're looking to do something daring (like holding a baby crocodile or touching an exotic snake) and different, like also learning about the creatures that call this venue home. There's also a Croc FlyOver Experience designed for the brave at heart. The zip line is an thrilling adventure that allows visitors to fly 5m above the ground over the crocodiles!
Helping in creating awareness of conservation, Lory Park Animal & Owl Sanctuary is a must visit if you're looking to spend an afternoon out and about , admiring and enjoying all the beautiful animals that reside here. Lory Park have an ethical, fun and interactive programme at the zoo. Also, educating the public on conservation has always been the forefront of what they do.
Looking for a relaxing day out with the family, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature, surrounded by various different bird species, wildlife and monkeys? Then visit the Benoni Monkey & Bird Park. Also, they have a Tea Garden that overlooks a large kids play area, perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon outing. they also offer party packages if you're looking for a unique birthday party idea for the kids.
Looking to take a journey into the past? Then be sure to visit the James Hall Museum of Transport, the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in the country. Housing thematic displays and exhibits in the various halls, the museum will take visitors on an interesting and rare glimpse into Joburg's transport history, dating back more than a century. There's also an impressive collection of memorabilia, artefacts, special interest vehicles and an extremely rare and exciting steam vehicle collection.
Dabble with science is a fun and exciting way at the world-class, award-winning Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Southern Africa’s largest science centre. This is an edutainment destination offering a broad variety of science and technology related events, activities and programmes for the general public as well as the school community.
Take an adventure back to where is all began! Where humankind started all those thousands of years ago. Maropeng is the official visitor's centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, that presents powerful evidence of this is where our existence began. Other than the unique heritage museum that houses thousands of artefacts and fossils that date back millennia, visitors can also take a tour through the incredible Sterkfontein Caves, that's more than 4-million years old. This is where famous archaeological finds including the 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus skull of "Mrs Ples" and the 3-million year old almost complete Australopithecus skeleton of "Little Foot" was discovered.
The Ditsong National Museum of Military History is the only museum of its kind in the country. This military history memorial is one of eight world-class museums situated in Gauteng. This one is Joburg’s only Ditsong Museum – the remaining seven are located in Pretoria. The museum boasts a vast collection of more than 44 000 items, all divided into 37 separate categories, including the official South African war art and photograph collections. The aviation collection contains some of the rarest aircrafts in the world.
For paintertainment perfect for the whole family, Artjamming™ is the place to be! Located at various branches throughout the country, Artjamming™ offers guests with an activity where they can play, paint, sponge or spray all over a blank canvas, unleashing all of their inner creativity. Take your pick from 12 different size canvases, a choice of non-toxic acrylic paints on tap, various brushes and tools and get painting!
For a massive jump arena complete with trampoline dodgeball, foam pits, slam dunk tracks, extreme jumping, fitness classes and much more, iJump is an absolute must visit if you're looking for a thrilling day out for all ages. And for younger children, the exciting iKIDZ arena houses over 400 square meters of trampoline and playground reserved exclusively for them. And if you're feeling hungry after jumping around, visit their gourmet in-house eatery, Sliders, for some of the best speciality mini burgers in town.
It's time to jump around! And what better place to do this than at BOUNCE Inc. Here, visitors can enjoy springing here, there and everywhere on more than 100 interconnected trampolines housed within huge, colourful spaces. Also at this urban playground, all of the hard surfaces have been replaced with circus-grade sponge, giant air bags and springs to ensuring less injuries and more fun.
Looking to treat the kids to a fun day out? Want to join them and have a blast together? The Playhouse is an indoor play centre in Alberton, offering both children and adults of all ages and abilities a great way to have some fun and get some exercise. They offer guests a four level indoor play structure, a one-of-a-kind indoor Electric Train, a 16m signature Rainbow slide, tons of soft toys, three ball ponds, a foam pit, and a trampoline to play in and on!
Situated close to the N1 highway and just outside of the Joburg city border, Cresta Shopping Centre offers a world of shopping and leisure to the friendly residents and visitors of Randburg and surrounds. Cresta Shopping Centre is not just large; it is one of the biggest shopping centres in the southern hemisphere, having gone through no fewer than eight extensions and refurbishments to accommodate the demands of an ever-expanding northern suburbs of Johannesburg. This centre offers shoppers over 260 stores featuring everything from fashion and footwear, food delights and home and décor to entertainment, the latest tech, services and more.
As one of the northern suburb's best-loved retail hubs, Cresta Mall is home to over 260 retailers. For everything related to shopping and retail, the emporium is your ideal destination! The mall is a dedicated shopper’s dream! When faced with so many clothing brand options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by choice, luckily we’re here to help out. The list of stores covers almost all niches. Here, you will find everything from formal wear to gadget and hobby shops as well as anchor tenants Clicks, Woolworths, Game, and more.
From quick meals in between shopping to borderline fanciful feasting, the Cresta Shopping Centre is packed to the brim with family favourites and upmarket restaurants alike. The three level food and entertainment court (complete with a Ster-Kinekor cinema, Goldrush Bingo and CrestAquarium) brags with the usual suspects such as KFC, McDonald's, and Burger King. And then there are more sophisticated restaurants the closer you move towards Pick 'n Pay's side, such as the legendary Plaka Mediterranean eatery.
Other than visitors being spoilt for choice when it comes the the retail offerings Cresta Shopping Centre has to offer, there is a recent attraction located on the cinema level that's sure to delight both young and old. Be sure to visit the CrestAquarium, which is home to 32 specially selected exotic reef fish. This aquarium will not only enchant and delight shoppers, but will also highlight the critical importance of preserving our irreplaceable marine life. Click here to find out more about this feature.
South Africa’s biggest movie exhibitor, Ster-Kinekor calls Cresta Shopping Centre home! Located on the lower floor of the centre, along with the CrestAquarium and Goldrush Bingo, this specific complex has state-of-the-art 3D cinemas, as well as Prestigecinema for a VIP experience. Complete with a top-class concession stand stocked to the brim with tasty popcorn, slushies, and other snacks, this is just the place to catch the latest blockbusters on the big screen.
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If you've been to Cresta Shopping Centre, you know that this place has ample parking, and we mean floors of parking! You can take your pick from underground parking if you don't wish to have you car bake in the sun while you enjoy a well-deserved shopping spree, and if it's a short trip, pick a spot in one of their opening parking areas located at each entrance. Also, shoppers can enjoy three-hours FREE parking if they park their car in these open area parking areas. There are also special reserved parking bays for families and senior shoppers.
Not only does Cresta Shopping Centre boast with mall-wide free Wi-Fi, but it also has a recently launched family room, which features a dedicated reception area; spacious changing and feeding rooms; a family restroom; kitchenette with microwaves; lockers for valuables; a fun play area and trolley/pram parking. To keep track of the little ones, the information kiosk offers child identity bands, which can be used to contact the parent or guardian in the case the child goes missing. On Wednesdays, senior citizens are treated to free parking at the shopping centre – brochures are available at the front desk. Also, look out for special parking bays around the centre for families and senior shoppers. Gift cards are also available for purchase from the information desk.
Tel: 011 678 5306
Email: [email protected]
Address: Corner Beyers Naudé Drive and Weltevreden Road, Cresta, Randburg, Johannesburg.
If you enjoyed taking a trip through Cresta Mall with us why not check out our comprehensive guide to shopping in Johannesburg? It's filled to the brim with everything you need to scratch that retail therapy itch of yours!
Halloween isn't Halloween if there's no candy involved. So, if you need to stock up and get ready for those little trick or treaters, take a look at our list of top sweet stores in Joburg.
Before you head off to the creepy and scary parties in the city, make sure you look the part with the most ghoulish costume ever! These costume hire stores have costumes for every kind of monster, witch, goblin or ghost you wish to morph into this Halloween.
Please note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and safety rules and regulations, all venues will be doing screenings before entry. Don't forget to wear your face masks and carry hand sanitiser along with you as we continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All events have a capacity limit, so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Some events may be fully booked by the time you read this. Contact event organisers for further information.
This Halloween, Rosebank Sunday Market will be celebrating both Halloween and Dia de los Muertos on Sunday, 01 November 2020. So be sure to join them for a day of fun and entertainment. Dress up in your scariest costume and bring your kids with their pumpkin buckets to Trick ’n Treat at the market. They'll be hosting a Halloween flavour, JERUSALEMA global dance sensation exhibition at noon with The Rainbow Line Dancers. There will be prizes for the best dressed Halloween/Cinco de Mayo visitors on the day.
No need to stay home this Halloween! Although we're in the middle of a pandemic, doesn't mean we cannot celebrate (safely). This year, The Dark Comic will be hosting their very first Halloween Fest. Expect a dress-up competition, some tasty locally baked treats, plenty of games, as well as some trick or treating. And to ensure that you're inspired and ready for this spooky time of the year, they'll also be sharing costume ideas, make-up and dress-up kits leading up to the event.
Pretoria’s annual Halloween jol is back for its 2020 edition! Save the date and get your tickets ASAP, because this year, they’re getting ultra spooky! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety regulations and protocols, capacity id extremely limited, so be sure to get your tickets ASAP before tickets run out. No under 18 ghosties are allowed and this year's theme is come as you aren’t. The lineup includes performances by Van Pletzen, PHFAT, Desmond and the Tutus, December Streets, Ruff Majik and The Klubs. Screening ill take place upon entry and don't forget your mask! NO MASK NO ENTRY.
This year, the ever-popular and loved Haunted Forest by Picnics in the Park have to do things a bit differently. Do keep in mind that there are limitations on capacity, 500 guests ONLY. But for the 2020 edition, they'll be delivering a more intimate festival. The main field will host a big screen and most scenes with more games and entertainment, while the forest will house the scary Zombie Land (instead of the Haunted House). Be sure to dress the part (AKA as scary as possible) and enjoy a fun day out with the family at this spooky celebration.
Support local artists and makers at the first Alternatribe Rebel Market! Although it's not Halloween themed, it's definitely a great way to spend your Halloween afternoon. Expect to see, shop, savour and enjoy the some epic alternative inspired artisanal alcohol, bites, brands and products! All the goodies sold at this market falls under the 'alternative' category ranging from goth, punk and fantasy to geeky, delicious or just plain weird! Please do ensure that you keep with the safety rules and regulations (wear a mask and carry hand sanitiser with you).
The community deserves to enjoy a little bit of spooky fun and what better why to do that than by visiting the Randburg SPCA's Howl'ween Market! There will be cauldrons full of fun for all ages, all in aid of the fight to protect animal rights. Stroll through a variety of market stalls filled with delicious food to spooky gifts and goodies to take home with you. Of course, Halloween is all about dressing up, so come dressed as spooky as you can and join the fun costume competition. Safe, off-road parking with be provided and all COVID-19 protocols and social distancing is a must, so remember those masks. This will be the first time the Randburg SPCA has been able to raise funds with a public event since before lockdown commenced, and all support and donations will be appreciated.
Looking for some creepy fun for you and your family? Then be sure to join in on the eerie Halloween Walk through the sanctuary at Brainy Birds Parrot Rescue. This is a fundraiser event to save the sanctuary and is sure to be loads of fun for both young and old. There's a free goodie bag for the first 100 children to arrive at the event. There'll also be plenty of refreshments for sale on the night, including boerewors rolls, roti, samoosas, cakes, biscuits and more.
How about a romantic dinner for two with a spooky twist? Join LeSi Restaurant in Pretoria for a lovely three-course a la carte dinner in the perfect social-distancing-friendly setting, making this a date night experience you'll never forget. Booking is essential.
This one is for the grownups! This Halloween, why not join a fun and safe way to explore the city, spooky style! Get all dressed up in your most ghoulish costume and do a six drink challenge at six different establishments in Joburg with the Halloween Pub Hopping Party Tour. This tour includes exciting adventures, historical stops, and loads of fun. A few highlights include a tour of Ponte's Tower, drinks and snacks on the 51st Floor; visiting the oldest bar in Joburg; Halfway House pizzas; Saigon Suzy Karaoke Roulette and more.
It's time to party up a storm at Truth Select's Halloween Ball Matinee 2020! This awesome party opens the doors to the supernatural world of spirits, ghouls and monsters for one night only. But do keep in mind that there is a capacity limit due to rules and regulations around COVID-19. Expect deranged, frightening horror and prepare to dance like the undead. There's no dress code, but it's Halloween after all, so why not dress up in your creepiest outfit? The live music lineup includes Jon S & Brad S, Avi Subban, Kyle Watson, Vimo, Chunda Munki and Kyle Cassim.
Join Rumours Lounge Strydom Park for a horror-filled Hallows Eve! They'll have some of Gauteng's sickest bands performing on the night, along with spooky stalls, a crazy costume competition and tons of games and prizes! Be sure to dress deadly and join them for a jol! As for the lineup, you can catch Capgras Delusion, Raptorbaby, Sunken State, Deadline and Facing The Gallows.
Get ready to scare, dare, wine, dine, and dance the night away at Chicago's Piano Bar's Trick or Tequila Halloween Party! Enjoy an evening filled with drink promos, free trick or treat shots at the door (if you arrive before 20:00), best dressed prizes, live bands, DJs and their famous dice game – roll the dice and win free shooters! There are some awesome dress up prizes and bar vouchers to be won on the night, too. Booking is essential if you'd like to enjoy their two-course set menu Fan Filled Feast.
Join Carnival City Casino & Hotel and unleash your inner jester! Explore and discover a wide variety of nonstop entertainment, perfect for all ages. There's something for everyone to enjoy. Visit the casino floor and try your luck on the thrilling slots and table games, enjoy live entertainment from regular live DJ shows and concerts, and tuck into a delicious meal at one of their restaurants. Carnival City is all about serving up a feast of fun that won’t break the bank.
For authentic Indian cuisine that'll delight your senses, be sure to grab a table and dine at Vikrams at Carnival City. Expect only the best in Indian cuisine here, the food here is nothing short of an artistic masterpiece, offering guests a selection of internationally acclaimed curries and delicious chicken and mutton dishes.
Calisto’s Portuguese Restaurant offers guests a family-friendly setting where both young and old can enjoy a hearty Portuguese feast. Its diverse menu offers everything from the best flamed grilled Portuguese chicken to the finest seafood and meat, freshly prepared using only the finest ingredients. It’s more than a restaurant, it’s the best experience south of Portugal in Johannesburg.
Craving a juicy burger with all the toppings? RocoMamas is just the place if you're in the mood for American-style and sized comfort food. Take your pick from their selection of Smash Burgers, limited edition options, salads, wings and ribs, and shoestring fries.
Whether you're visiting the East Rand for business and leisure, Carnival City offers convenient and comfortable four-star hotel accommodation. The Carnival City Hotel is ideally located, within close proximity to the O.R. Tambo International Airport and the East Rand Mall. And best off all, it's a mere short walk away from all the excitement and entertainment within the complex. They have accommodation options for all needs and budgets, ranging from twin family rooms and king rooms to luxury rooms and junior suites. The hotel also offers its guests free Wi-Fi during their stay, as well as a complimentary breakfast.
Carnival City offers visitors a playground of nonstop entertainment on their casino floor. Discover and try your luck on their wide variety of thrilling slot machines and high-tech table games, ready to play in both the smoking and non-smoking casino areas. And to ensure that you're watered, enjoy refreshments from the Carnival City Bar while playing on the casino slots and 57 table games, including American Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Poker.
From old school classics to the newer modern games, The Magic Company will definitely keep families and younger visitors entertained during their visit to Carnival City. The kids will have a blast playing on a wide selection of arcade games and collecting tokens to trade for fun prizes to take home with them. There's free entrance into the arcade as well as 24-hour security to ensure that all visitors are guaranteed to have fun in a safe environment.
Gather family and friends and make your way to Carnival City's Bowling Alley for some sporty competitive fun! Each lane can cater up to 10 people, making it the perfect place to host a fun-filled birthday party – just book a lane, bring the cake and they’ll do the rest. Ten-Pin Bowling at Carnival City is also a great idea for corporate events, private parties and charity fundraisers.
How about a little bit of racing around a track? Designed for ample fun while keeping safety in mind, Carnival City’s Grand Prix outdoor racing track stretches over 450m, with sharp bends and turns that you need to drive around before racing towards the finishing line. These go-karts are the ideal entertainment for visitors both young and old, catering to young children aged from seven to grandparents aged 70.
For an easy entertainment option that's perfect for the entire family, be sure to visit the Carnival City Ster-Kinekor and see what movies are showing on the big screen. With six state-of-the-art cinemas featuring the latest blockbusters and 3D movies, you can catch the latest local and international releases in high definition. And for an amazing cinema experience, book your seats at the Cine Prestige Cinema! Or treat the kids to a movie at the dedicated Kids Cinema, one of only six in South Africa.
Carnival City is a convenient and affordable multi-venue conference and banqueting destination. With 10 venues to choose from, they can host corporate seminars and functions, banquets, exhibitions, fashion shows, product launches, team-building events and more. No conference or event is too small or large to host at Carnival City, they also offer half-day and full-day conferencing packages. Their function venues are equipped with the latest audiovisual equipment, excellent on-site catering and four-star accommodation for out-of-town delegates.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 011 898 7000
Address: Century Road and Elsburg Road, Brakpan, Boksburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Behind the scenes, Eastgate has been working to present you with an amplified Piazza experience, taking the open-air space to completely new levels of sophistication, innovation, and entertainment, as inspired by the local landscape and community.
Eastgate is a proudly South African shopping centre and it is befitting to unveil the locally-inspired passion project on Heritage Day weekend, where we celebrate culture and a South Africa that belongs to all.
Eastgate has proudly transformed its Piazza into a place with an identity, a place that has a story to tell. It will showcase the never-seen-before additions to its space with Solar Trees, beautifully painted and engaging animal sculptures, and so much more!
Let Eastgate be your host on this exciting long weekend, where families can enjoy a sunny Weekend Market and journey through the Piazza learning about the fantastic animals of the Jukskei River, with many new photo opportunities and a delightful ambiance. Kids have an opportunity to be creative with colouring-in activities and competitions, featuring the Piazza’s new resident animals, at all the restaurants.
Further elevating the wonderful weekend entertainment awaiting you, the Piazza will host live entertainment with purpose. In partnership with Waiting in the Wings, a percentage of the parking proceeds will be donated to the relief fund for struggling artists impacted by the ongoing pandemic.
Eastgate looks forward to seeing you, and your families, for a weekend of fun!
From 24 – 27 September 2020.
The Piazza at Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Road, Bedfordview, Germiston, Johannesburg.
For more information about Eastgate Shopping Centre, visit www.eastgateshops.com.
You can also contact them on [email protected] or 011 479 6000.
For exhilarating entertainment in Joburg South, be sure to visit the bustling and thrilling Gold Reef City Casino & Theme Park! Here, there's sure to be something exciting and fun for all ages. From the latest blockbusters and theatrical productions to great dining hot spots for any occasion, family entertainment and much more, this is a must visit for the whole family! Here's what you can look forward to when you next visit Gold Reef City.
Visit the hip Vigour & Verve for a variety of great burgers, cheesy pizzas, signature sarmies, hearty pastas, decadent cakes, desserts and pastries, and so much more! You can find this coffee bar-style café at the newly refurbed area at Gold Reef City Casino.
Gather the whole family and make your way to Billy G Buffet to indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet delight! Once you have gotten your table, take a stroll through the different counters offering everything from hot and cold starters and a wide variety of main courses and decadent desserts to see what's on offer. There will most definitely be something to delight your palate.
Craving some delicious Portuguese cuisine? Then be sure to stop by Calisto's! They specialise in delectable seafood as well as the best chicken dishes you’ll ever find. All in all, this restaurant offers an amazing dining out experience that will bring you back for more.
Although Gold Reef City is all about the entertainment, dining and thrills, there's also a handful of retail stores that you can explore withing the precinct, offering everything from mementos to novelty gifts and a few goodies to nibble on. These include Candylicious which is jam-packed with a wide selection of sweet treats that's sure to delight, Copper Africa offering a wide range of South African souvenirs, and the Old Mine Shop that sells everything from African beaded dolls and Big Five printed T-Shirts to fairy and angel ornaments.
Offering historic charm and warm hospitality, the Southern Sun Gold Reef City is just the place to book a stay if you're planning a lovely weekend away with the family. The hotel offers guests a choice from 38 comfortable well appointed rooms,complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, DStv, tea and coffee station, mini bar, electronic safe, and more. There is wheelchair-enabled access available, as well as smoking rooms upon request.
Take a trip back into the past at the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel. This hotel is situated right in the middle of the bustling theme park and is an authentic portrayal of a turn-of-the-century mining town hotel. Take your pick from 75 luxurious en-suite rooms, enjoy the hotel’s private pools and gardens, and have a blast with free access to the bustling theme park. There's also a host of family-friendly dining options to choose from when you're all ready for a bite to eat, including Barney’s Restaurant and Bar and several other well-known franchise restaurants, all located within the precinct.
Gold Reef City's casino arena boasts over 1 700 slot machines and 50 tables, offering guests a wide selection of games and thrills to enjoy. This is the ideal place to see if Lady Luck is on your side! The main casino floor accommodates both smokers and non-smokers in divided sections while the recently renovated Privé now includes a lavish reception, lounge and a private gaming room. Click here to see what slot machines you can expect to enjoy on the casino floor and click here to take a look at their variety of table games.
One of the main reasons families visit Gold Reef City is to enjoy a day out at the thrilling theme park! Here, families can enjoy a wide range of exciting rides, from the daring Tower of Terror and the winding Anaconda, to the relaxing Lazy River and the Giant Wheel offering stunning sights of the city. Although there are age and height restrictions when it comes to the various rides available within the theme park, there are plenty of fun things that visitors of all ages can enjoy. Click here to see a full list of all the rides at Gold Reef City Theme Park.
Offering a wide selection of classic and old school arcade games, fun activities and exciting crane machines, The Magic Company will certainly keep the kids entertained for a couple of hours. Best of all, most of the machines will issue tickets which can be exchanged for cool prizes to take home after all of their gaming (and pocket money) is all gone.
Keep the children secure and entertained at Gold Reef City's Créche. Here, parents can let their children enjoy a fun experience at the casino with peace of mind, without having to worry about their safety. There will be a wide variety of fun activities and things to do that'll keep your little ones busy, while you head off to one of the many restaurants for a well-deserved date night for two or try your luck on the casino floor.
In mood for a little bit of theatre? Gold Reef City Casino plays home to the luxurious 1100-seat Lyric Theatre, complete with rich decor and atmosphere, plush fittings and elegance. This theatre caters to all performance preferences, from large Broadway shows making their debut to ever-popular musicals, hilarious comedy skits and much more.
Looking to treat the family to an on-screen adventure at Gold Reef City? Then be sure to visit Movies @ Gold Reef City to see what's on circuit on the big screen! There's sure to be the perfect film on show, whether it's something to delight the little ones or a movies that'll scare the you out of your seat. Don't forget to visit the kiosk to grab a few snacks to enjoy while watching the big screen.
Need to host a productive business meeting with various delegates? Or are planning a big celebration that's going to bring people from far and wide? No matter what the occasion, Gold Reef City is sure to have the space for you. Their conference venues include a Conference Centre offering a variety of setup options to suit all meetings, conferences, product launches, exhibitions and team building requirements. Formal banquets and beautiful weddings are also catered for, complete with customised menus with the very best in taste and suitability to your individual requirements.
Tel: 011 248 5000
Address: Corner of Northern Parkway and Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Right next to the O.R. Tambo Airport in Kempton Park, stands the Palace of Dreams! You guessed it, we're talking about the ever-popular, buzzing and thrilling Emperors Palace. Here, guests of all ages can enjoy, indulge and experience true luxury, excitement and entertainment. Make the most of your visit by booking a stay at one of their four unique hotels; indulging in a well-deserved pamper session at the health and beauty spa; trying your luck on the magnificent casino floor; dining at a spectacular restaurants; and spending quality time with your loved ones with your choice of entertainment activities. Here's what you can find and expect to see at Emperors Palace on your next visit.
Situated at the extravagant five-star Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel, Aurelia’s offers diners a fusion of the latest international food trends, all expertly blended with bold African flavours. This is the perfect place for special occasions, a business meeting, a casual meal or Sunday lunch with the family. Indulge in five-star dining right in the heart of Kempton Park.
Rosetta’s is a buffet restaurant that pays homage to Egyptian architecture and African cuisine in its decor and generous food offerings. This restaurant is a popular family-friendly favourite during the special holidays including Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. However, you can visit all year round for fabulous dining at the restaurant’s 24-hour bistro. If you have a sweet tooth that needs something decadent to satisfy that sugar craving, there is a DIY waffle and milkshake station well-known for its massive selection of toppings!
Tribes Restaurant offers diners a modern, ethnic African-theme paired with traditional fusion cuisine complete with a unique “Tribal touch”. Pay them a visit and enjoy a fine selection of African-inspired steaks and grills in the restaurant’s boma area. For birthday celebrations and family get-togethers to romantic dinners for two and business meetings, Tribe offers visitors a unique dining experience and unforgettable taste of Africa.
Emperors Palace not only offers plenty of entertainment perfect for the whole family, but it also offers a handful of shopping destinations you can visit in between gaming, dining and watching the latest shows. For a sugar fix, visit Sugar Rush Candy Shop, which offers a wide range of sweet treats, drinks and keepsakes. There's also Mr Biltong if you're craving something salty and meaty. And for your leather goods, visit Love.
With 182 magnificently furnished rooms and suites, the luxurious and elegant five-star Peermont D’oreale Grande Hotel. This is just the hotel if you're looking for the ultimate in supreme comfort and lavish indulgence. Enjoy a matchless regal experience, enhanced by superior levels of service as well as a Butler Service as an optional extra. Other features at the hotel include Wi-Fi, a swimming pool, an art gallery, a 24 hour gym, complimentary airport shuttle service and a cocktail bar and lounge.
The four-star Mondior Hotel at Emperors Palace will surpass all expectations with its true luxury and impeccable attention to detail. Leisure and business travellers can enjoy a comfortable stay in one of the 150 spacious rooms and suites available at the hotel. Features within the hotel's rooms include a mini-bar upon request, room service, fast food court delivery, Wi-Fi, bath and/or shower, tea and coffee station, TV with selected satellite channels, and more.
The three-star Peermont Metcourt Suites features 76 spacious contemporary suites, friendly service, as well as extensive access to all the entertainment and thrills Emperors Palace has to offer. Before guests head off to explore and experience Emperors Palace, they can enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the stylish Primavera restaurant. All rooms have a tea and coffee station, TV with selected satellite channels, air conditioning, an electronic room safe, hairdryer, bath and shower, writing desk and electric shaver point.
Offering absolute comfort and convenience, the three-star gem – Peermont Metcourt Hotel – provides guests with lovely accommodation set in a beautifully manicured garden, complimented by a private pool terrace. After a good night's sleep, start off your morning with a cup of coffee and hearty breakfast at the F.L.A.G. Café. Spend your afternoon at the entertainment complex, within walking distance from the hotel. And to end your exciting day on a high note, why not enjoy sundowners at the 21 Degrees cocktail bar.
Emperors Palace offer visitors a wide selection of casino games to try their lucky on. From various table games including Roulette, Poker and Blackjack to flashing slot machines, there's something to suit all pockets. And for ease and convenience, guests can enjoy cashless gaming, without the queues or fuss. Enjoy either the Main Casino, the exclusive Privé areas or in the Velarium Casino providing smokers with 116 slot machines and 20 tables.
Jupiter’s is a secure childcare facility that offers families a range of exciting activities and events to keep little ones aged between 3 and 12 years entertained while parents enjoy an evening exploring the entertainment complex. Jupiter's can be found within The Emporium, complete with a snack bar, DVD theatre, various play rooms offering a wide range of activities, a Play Station room, and certified child care staff.
A favourite among children and grown ups alike is The Magic Company! This fun area is filled with plenty of classic and old school arcade games, as well as a few newer additions that's sure to delight. A few popular games include Whack-a-Mole, Dance Revolution, claw machines, Down the Clown, the X Rider 3D/4D Simulator, and much more. And best of all, after playing a couple games, you'll have enough tickets to get a fun prize to take home with you.
For top notch shows and entertainment, be sure to visit the Theatre of Marcellus to see what's currently taking centre stage. This lavish, 17-tiered auditorium has hosted an impressive list of international and local acts over the year, including exciting dance shows, beloved musicals and popular plays. The theatre undertook a R6-million renovation to ensure your experience at the venue is nothing less than spectacular.
For a theatre experience that ideal for all ages, Barnyard Theatre Emperors Palace is sure to have just the thing. Perfect for birthday parties, year end functions and get-togethers with family and friends, this venue not only has great shows lined up, but they also offer menus offering a wide range of food and drink as well as decor packages to ensure you evening out with them goes off without a hitch.
Gather your family and friends, grab some popcorn and refreshments from the kiosk, and catch one of the latest blockbusters at Emperors Palace's Nu Metro cinema. There's sure to be something for all ages, ranging from comedies and animations, romances and dramas, thrillers and action to local must-sees and more. Click here to see what's on show at Emperors Palace.
Other than catering to all your entertainment needs, Emperors Palace also offers just the place to hold those productive meetings and product launches. Emperors Palace Convention Centre consists of a number of banquet rooms, halls and ballrooms, perfectly suited for large events. Whether you are looking to host a boardroom meeting, conference, trade show or banquet, their venues, facilities and expertly trained staff ensure successful events, time after time. Click here to see their conference packages.
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 011 928 1000
Address: 64 Jones Road, Kempton Park, Johannesburg, South Africa