Joburg is a place where everybody loves doing their own thing, and it makes absolute sense because there is so much diversity and so many things to do. Where sports is concerned, there are many who love participating in sports and some, not so much the traditional stuff. This brings us to the alternative Pool & Snooker sport. Yes! you heard right, Pool & Snooker is no longer just a hobby or interest but has become a sport and culture in the city.

It's Nothing New But The Culture Is...

Many who might not know the term pool because they associate it to a swimming pool would know this game as Snooker. Potato, sweet potato - same difference. Okay maybe sometimes the white ball is smaller with snooker.

In the good old days, going to the pub, bar, tavern (whatever you may choose to call it) somehow ended up with a good game of pool. The misconception of this game the past few years was that it is a game that people who drink alcohol play. Of course! They do but the Pool & Snooker virus has spread out to more than just the "beer drinker"

Where The Change Comes In

These days the culture of pool has changed drastically, with many Pool & Snooker Places in Joburg popping up and rumours of tournaments, how can it go unnoticed.

People are taking it more seriously and are entering tournaments, the culture is really growing but that does not mean you must lose some of the fun challenges on the spot. Those still do exist and are quite fun so grab a few friends to go an enjoy a game of pool.

These day you have wider options to choose from on your journey to finding Pool & Snooker places.

Let's take a look at a few cool spots in Joburg where you can go and enjoy a good game of pool, maybe even challenge someone.

Pool & Sneakers Johannesburg

Ballbreakers

If you are a regular pool player and you don't know this place then you're not really there yet. Ballbreakers is probably the most well know pool spot in Jozi.

They are one of the places that are specifically for playing pool and having a round drinks and has branched out to many places around Joburg. Bringing many to their awesome spot in Fourways, Sunninghill, Cresta, Weltevreden and South side, Mondeor.

So why not make it your regular spot.

Pool & Sneakers Johannesburg

Wanderers Snooker Club Johannesburg

If you are into the serious stuff and tournaments, the Wanderers Snooker Club is where you are to start.

They are open to non-members and of course members to come and enjoy the amazing facility. So if you know someone who is a member then you are in luck to test out the facilities - members can atleast bring a non-member once to enjoy a game a snooker.

We hope this is a useful kick start to your avenues to the Pool & Snooker life guys.

Just In Time For The School Holidays!

The Nat Geo Kids Weird But True! exhibition, brought to you by National Geographic, in partnership with Sci-Bono, will be heading to the Sci-Bono Discovery Science Centre in Johannesburg this June. For the first time in Africa, this engaging and interactive exhibition will give young minds the opportunity to explore our amazing and very weird world. Based on the wildly successful Nat Geo Kids magazine feature and a best-selling series of books, the facts and interactive features cover a broad range of topics including science, food, pop culture and more.

Did you know that girls have more taste buds than boys do? Or that slugs have 3,000 teeth and four noses? And who knew that gorillas burp when they’re happy? Kids, and adults alike, are invited to celebrate everything Weird But True! through wild, entertaining, brain-bending, visually stunning photos, graphics, games and installations. This initiative aims to inspire both young and old to explore our world in an engaging and fun-filled way.

Sci-Bono is the largest science centre in South Africa and hosts a variety of interactive exhibitions and learning programmes, offering visitors the chance to engage with science and technology in a hands-on and experiential way.

When Is It?

Just in time for the winter school holidays, the Nat Geo Kids Weird but True! exhibition will be open from Sunday, 16 June 2019 until Tuesday, 14 January 2020.

Enquiries for group bookings or school tours can be made through the Sci-Bono information desk at [email protected].

Follow National Geographic Africa and National Geographic Museum on Facebook for more information, and regular updates about the upcoming Nat Geo Kids Weird But True! Exhibition.

For More Information

For more information about the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and their brand-new exhibition, visit www.sci-bono.co.za.

You can also contact them on 011 639 8400 or [email protected].

Don't forget to give them a follow or like on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with the latest exhibitions, programmes and events.

What Is It?

Home to a wide range of iconic brands including Nerf, My Little Pony, Transformers, Play-Doh, Monopoly, as well as premier partner brands such as Disney and Marvel, Hasbro is bringing fans an epic warehouse sale they simply cannot miss!

You can find and own the most loved gaming and toy brands at discounted prices at the Hasbro Warehouse Sale. Whether you’re starting your Christmas present shopping extra early or want to stock up on something fun for the Easter holidays, this amazing Hasbro Warehouse Sale offers all the best toys at a fraction of the cost. They're up to 80% off!

Take your pick from a wide range of games to suit all ages from Hasbro Gaming.  Get your hands on loads of Play-Doh, which continues to captivate kid’s imaginations and unleash their creativity. The world of My Little Pony is filled with the magic of friendship, where fans will be spoilt for choice, while little dreamers can create endless memorable Princess moments with the Disney Princess & Frozen range. Marvel fans, look out for Avengers and Spiderman products, as well as Star Wars and Transformers if that's more your style. Also, keep an eye out for items from Hasbro’s Collectables range, which includes Trolls, Lock Stars - the collectable lock accessory lets you hold the key to unlock your collection, and Littlest Pet Shop -  the littlest pets with BIG personalities up for keeps.

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When Is It?

You can catch this sale at the following venues on these days:

Saints College Festival (St Stithians College):

Northcliff High School:

Where Is It?

Catch this amazing sale at St Stithians College and Northcliff High School on the dates above.

How Much Is It?

The entry fee* at St Stithians Sports Festival is R40 per person, per day.

*Cash, Visa and Mastercards accepted. No cheques, AMEX or Diners Club cards.

For More Information

For more information about this epic sale, visit the Hasbro Warehouse Sale event on Facebook.

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Story

Known for its rich storyline Rock Star's Red Dead Redemption 2 transports players to the time before John Marston settled as a rancher with his wife, son, and Uncle.We return to the exciting franchise as Arthur Morgan, a member of the Van Der Linde Gang, lead by the infamous Dutch van der Linde (yeah, they dude you hunt down in RD1) alongside a young John Marston.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The Gameplay

Rockstar delivers a masterpiece in every aspect. Its organic and evolving open world, characters, storyline and gameplay mechanics made us feel "free men". Red Dead Redemption 2 also brings the best technical elements of this generation. This gun totting spaghetti western may very well be one of the most in-depth simulations of life we've ever seen (sorry Will Wright, you've been dethroned). It manages to do all the things survival games have been trying to do while making them interesting and not invasive... oh, and you can swim now. So, no more drowning in the Rio Grande!

Now your actions have consequences. It gives players a real sense of playing their role through the honor system and the character skill progression by actions your character performs. And above all, in truest Rockstar fashion, it's one of the best stories in gaming, and Arthur Morgan quickly becomes an even more lovable character than I expected. RDR2's start is slow, measured, but as the layers begin to unfold and the scope of the game's sandbox is known, you see just how impressive it all really is. With that said, it is clear that Rockstar is kicking ass and taking names as they've set their sights on the wide world of RPG's - Bethesda should be shivering in their boots as they gear up to launch Fallout76 outside of beta.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The Conclusion

There is just so much in Red Dead Redemption 2. After countless hours with the game, there's still so many side-quests, collectibles and mysteries to discover. The world might not be Rockstar's biggest, but it certainly feels like its deepest. It feels rich, you're constantly side-tracked with new adventures, as they've truly crafted a world that you want to get lost in, to spend time in and just absorb. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolute undisputed classic and a legend in the making, plus with Red Dead Online on the horizon, it looks like our adventures in the wild west are just beginning.

Score: 13/10... yep, RDR2 has broken the mold.

By Shawn Greyling

FIFA Fever Is At Fever Pitch!

In spirit of the soccer mania going around the city and the impending finals, The Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton is gearing up for all the big games and is inviting you to join them! The hotel business lounge and lobby has been transformed into a soccer lovers paradise and has been fully spruced out with everything you need to enjoy all the action!

You may not be in Russia catching all the action live, but a pretty good second to that is heading to Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton. Watch all the big games throughout the rest of the tournament, while getting treated like a champion (no matter what team you support). There are even bucket specials on selected beers to help you cope with all of the match day heat: buy-six-beers-and-only-pay-for-four, while tucking into one of their delicious food baskets. You need to keep the energy levels up after all!

This is the perfect spot to catch all the big footie action with your mates and family!

For More Information

For more information, visit www.radissonblu.com.

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

However, with my recent (very) challenging trekking adventures to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and Machu Picchu in Peru, I didn’t really have a leg to stand on when it came to not joining my extended family on camping trips. And so, I vowed that the very next time a family camping trip was mentioned, I would agree to go along with it and embrace the experience in its entirety.

Fast forward to March 2018, when my father-in-law nearly fell over in shock when he casually mentioned camping in Sondela and I said, “Great, let’s do it!” I then proceeded to find a date that suited the whole family and make the booking myself. I vowed not to overthink the whole thing, and to just go with the flow – it’s not that I CAN’T rough it; it’s just that I don’t want to!

Sondela

Let me be the first to say that camping at Sondela is not roughing it. Far from it! The entire venue has been structured around ensuring that everybody – from grandparents to parents to children – have absolutely everything they need to make sure they have the best possible stay. It’s all there at your disposal – you choose what suits you and your family.

My parents-in-law arrived a while before we did – and were blown away by the offers to help set up the tent and caravan as soon as they had parked the car. We had opted for private ablution facilities (such a win) and really enjoyed the private toilet, shower and outdoor sink with hot and cold running water. An onsite braai was ready and waiting for us (which was cleaned daily by the support staff), and firewood, firelighters and charcoal were readily available at the café-style shop near Reception.

Sondela

The facilities are SPECTACULAR – both cold and heated pools, a farmyard where children can feed the goats, free roaming sheep, horse riding, quad bikes, zip lines, game drives, daily entertainment and games, jungle gyms, and so much more. The BEST part for us was the freedom the children had to cycle, rollerblade, skateboard and play. My 12-year old and her friend only spent time with us when they needed food (or money) - and collapsed into their sleeping bags at 8pm having spent the entire day cycling and swimming. They had one of the best holidays ever – because of that freedom and the variety of activities on offer.

Sondela

My 5-year old was equally happy with an abundance of aunts and uncles to play with. She fed goats, went on game drives, swam for hours, played on the playground – and even had her very first horse riding experience (and now wants lessons!) The very patient stable manager, Challenge, was so patient with her and helped her overcome her fear of horses. We went from excitement to floods of tears (when she was on the horse and wanted to get off) to a stunning outride where she chatted happily to Challenge, and now firmly maintains it was the highlight of her trip.

For me – having reviewed countless venues over the years – the standout feature of Sondela is the staff. I couldn’t fault them! The venue had NO idea that I was writing a review, so I was treated no differently from anyone else. Whether going on a game drive or horse ride, quad biking or ordering a cappuccino, the levels of service were spectacular.

Sondela

And so is the pricing. We paid around R600 per night for the stand, the various activities are surprisingly inexpensive, with many free offerings like the pool, entertainment and game drive.

Some of the more active members of the family also went for a 22km off-road cycle and came back filled with stories of how they rode through a herd of giraffe! My sister-in-law also went for a 7.5km trail run and thoroughly enjoyed it.

I also love the fact that there is an onsite restaurant and pizzeria (perfect for those not wanting to face dirty dishes), and great for when lazing by the pool and needing a snack or drink.

Sondela

There are also chalets - for those not wanting to camp – comfortable, fully kitted out, and with the added bonus of buck arriving at your froth door demanding to be fed.

The bottom line is that we will be back – and soon. My sister has now booked for the coming weekend, friends will be going in winter, and we are already looking forward to our next visit.

Thank you, Sondela – for giving our family memories we won’t forget in a hurry!

*This review was not sponsored, we paid for the trip in its entirety and all views are my own.*

For More Information

Website: www.sondela.com
Tel: 014 736 8900
Fax: 014 736 3501
Email: [email protected]
Accounts Fax: 014 736 3747
Physical address: Farm Tweefontein 462 KR | Bela Bela (Warmbaths) | 0480 | South Africa

The world will stop in its tracks this September as rAge Expo 2019 comes at us a month earlier than usual... and we're not complaining at all.

What Is It?

The annual rAge Expo, now in its 17th year, is a three-day geek-culture mega-event that features video games, computer hardware, sports tournaments, gaming peripherals, retail stores, local game studios, board games, convention artists, comic books, cosplay, digital lifestyle gear, gadgets & tech gear, creative arts pieces and SA's biggest BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer/Console) LAN.

rAGE EXPO

At R160 for a day pass (access for one day only) and R320 for a weekend pass (access for all three days), your rAge ticket gives you access to the entire expo: all the displays and activities on the show floor, all the latest in gaming hardware and software, all the stage entertainment, all the esports spectating, cosplay, geek arts and culture, locally developed games on the home_coded stand and a wide variety of gaming apparel and accessories. There’s so much to see and do, guaranteeing a full weekend’s worth of excitement and entertainment!

rAge Expo

Tickets for the expo are on sale now and tickets to the NAG LAN, Southern Africa’s largest BYOC LAN, will be on sale from 27 July via the rAge website, so keep your eyes peeled because they move like lightning.

rAge Expo

New games to play, the latest gaming hardware to try out, esports play and spectating, locally developed games, show specials, competitions and giveaways – the weekend is going to be so jam-packed with things to do, play and see. Seriously, it’s going to blow your mind.

When Is It?

Friday, 27 September 2019 – Sunday, 29 September 2019. Dates and times are as follows:

Where Is It?

Ticketpro Dome, Corner Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road, Northriding, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Day Pass – R160 per person (ticket valid for entry for one day only).

Weekend Pass – R320 per person (ticket valid for entry for all three days).

Children under 6 enter for free.

The following tickets are only available to purchase at the door:

Family Pass – R540 per family (ticket valid for one day for 2 adults + 2 children aged between 6 & 18).

Student Pass – R110 per person (ticket valid for Friday only upon presentation of valid student card).

Purchase tickets online here or at Ticketpro outlets.

For More Information 

For more information contact 011 794 5800 or email [email protected] or visit www.rageexpo.co.za.

Visit The Sweet Spot of the Mall: The Easter Fun Zone

Easter is a special occasion, so of course, Eastgate has once again gone all out by adding a family-friendly 'sweet spot' that both young and old will just love! From 29 March - 15 April 2018, the Strelitzia Court will come to life with the Easter Fun Zone, offering an unforgettable experience jam-packed with loads of Easter-themed activities to excite the little ones.

Families can take a stroll down Lollipop Lane, enter the Bunny Path and hop about from one exciting activity to the next. There's something for all ages, includes the Edu Play Corner, the 4D Colouring Zone, a Donut Ringtoss, a Bunny Hop Mallow Spot, Hansel and Gretel's Gingerbread House that offers virtual reality Easter eggs hunts, PS4 gaming and movies, and last but not least, the Hopscotch Patch.

This vibrant and thrilling Easter playground is the perfect spot if you're looking to treat the kids to a little fun in between shopping. They've marched around the mall with you, they definitely need a fun break.

Eastgate

 

 

For More Information

For more information about Eastgate and their Easter celebrations, visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact them on 011 479 6000. 

Also, check them out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What Is It?

Mutters Dog Day is back! This event is just the thing for dog lovers, as the entire day is dedicated to these lovable, furry, four-legged angels. All pampered pups, dastardly dogs and canine critters are welcome... with their humans, of course. Expect a day full of the best kind of doggie delights you can imagine. There are plenty of things that you and your best friend can do:

R10 from every ticket sold will go towards these charities:

Please note: All dogs MUST please be on leashes and have up-to-date vaccinations. Don't forget your yellow bandanna if your dog should not be approached. Please do not take unsocialised dogs to this event.

When Is It?

Saturday, 10 November 2018 from 10:00 - 17:00.

Where Is It?

La Vue Guest Lodge & Function Venue, Plot 161, Nooitgedacht, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Games Pre-Booking

Entry Tickets

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Mutters Facebook page or contact [email protected].

What Is It?

ICON CGC is SA's longest-running comics and gaming convention, and this year they’ll be celebrating their 26th anniversary! Geeks of all ages can head to The Palace of Dreams, Emperors Palace to gather, shop and play at this signature event. There will plenty of tabletop and board gaming warfare, cosplay competitions and plenty of fun for all, whether you’re full-on geek or geek-curious. ICON CGC has become a staple on the South African pop culture calendar, featuring a number of firsts. This year continues to break new ground as it hosts the local leg of the World Cosplay Summit for the first time ever on the African continent.

There will be over 40 panel and workshop presentations for you to suss out, focusing on topics such as the state of esports in South Africa, how to design monsters and aliens for games, how to get started on your own YouTube channel and much more. Panel guests include parenting expert Nikki Bush, tech commentator Arthur Goldstuck, international cosplayer Linda "Vampy Bit Me" Le, game designer James Sutter, and gamer mom Pippa Tshabalala. Also, the South African National Blood Service will be on site to help you be a hero and #SaveANation.

ICON CGC

As ardent ICON attendees will know, the convention hosts key international guests, authors, thought leaders and more from the world of pop culture. The line-up this year includes (from left to right):

When Is It?

Friday, 29 June 2018 – Sunday, 01 July 2018.

Where Is It?

Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road, O.R. Tambo, Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R 120 and R 895 per person and are available at www.iconcgc.co.za.

Ticket prices are as follows:

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.iconcgc.co.za.

What Is It?

This is something fun and challenging for all snooker players over the age of 40. The SA Masters Snooker Championship is where some of Mzansi's skilled snooker players show off their skills on the pool table. Here, you also get to socialise and indulge in great food and beer. So, if this sounds like your type of thing, why not round up your crew and get your game face on?

Where Is It?

The Wanderers Club, 21 North Street, Illovo, Johannesburg, South Africa

When Is It?

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 at 08:00 – Sunday, 24 July 2016

For more information, click here.

Whether you are looking for something to keep the little ones entertained, need to get your hands on a birthday gift for a young one, or want to get something fun to bring the whole family together, Toy Kingdom is a fun and entertaining paradise for both young and old.

Toy Kingdom offers a collection of games, dolls, and educational toys to delight and excite children. You can expect everything from action figures and Barbies, puzzles and boardgames, to playsets, remote controlled cars, fluffy teddy bears and so much more.

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