From an exciting cinema experience to plenty of art galleries and more, Parkhurst is just the place if you're looking to enjoy something unique and out of the ordinary. There's sure to be something for all ages, all you have to do is pop in for a visit and explore this suburb for your self.
In the mood for a movie but don't want to visit one of the overcrowded cinemas in the city? Then why not enjoy a unique movie viewing experience at the brand-new Egrek Cinema? Located on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Egrek is an independent 30-seat cinema offering high quality projection, surround sound and comfortable seats, perfect for screening the latest movies. This is an interesting and a beautiful cinema experience you don't want to miss. Visit Egrek Cinema's website to see what's currently showing on their big screen.
Whether you're looking to enjoy some fresh air, walk the dogs, or get in some exercise after a long day at the office, guests and residents can visit Verity Park on 6th Avenue. This is a little green space where you can just escape the rush of everyday life and reconnect with nature for a little bit. Other than being a lovely outdoor area to take the dogs, get active and socialise with family and friends, it also offers a playground equipment to keep the kids entertained and some benches if you just want to relax and take in all the sights and sounds of the park.
You'll find the Parkhurst Recreation Centre on 5th Avenue. Here, you'll also find the Parkhurst Clinic and the library, as well as a garden. And just across the street, you'll be able to walk the dogs and enjoy some fresh air at Verity Park, complete with a playground for the kids (which has a spinning wheel, swings and slide) and benches if you're keen on relaxing during your stroll. There are classes and lesson held at this centre from time to time, as well as support groups. Recreational activities include art and drama classes, ballet, bridge, senior exercises, samba lessons and even holiday programs for children.
Contact the Parkhurst Recreation Centre on 011 442 6717.
If you have no idea where to start, be sure to make your way to 4th Avenue in Parkhurst and explore your way through the suburb from there! This bustling and ever-popular strip is filled with many shops, restaurants, antiques and more, ready for you to enjoy. It's just the place if you're looking to shop for something unique and exclusive, grab a bite to eat or a refreshing cocktail with your friends, or if you're in need of a night out on the town. There's sure to be something for all tastes on 4th Avenue.
For contemporary fine art, visit the Guns & Rain Art Gallery on 12th Street. Here, visitors will get the opportunity to explore and admire exquisite works of art by emerging artists from seven African countries (namely South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland and Nigeria) with a focus on social and political issues. Artists include Bev Butkow, Thina Dube, Ann Gollifer, Ayobola Kekere-Ekun and Nicky Marais, just to name a few. Guns & Rain is committed to fair, mindful and ethical trade. Visits are by appointment only, but if you can’t visit in person, you can also view and order art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world.
The Art Room, corner 4th Avenue and 7th Street, is a vibrant venue that plays host to art exhibitions, performance art, auctions, poets, musicians and even wine tastings. The Art Room produces exhibitions throughout the year and also offer unframed artworks available from the Editions Box. So, if you're in need of some inspiration, or simply just want to appease your inner artist, feel free to visit the gallery and view and browse the exhibitions, or have a little chat about art.
Since 2014, the Henry George Gallery on 6th Street has been devoted to showcasing profound works of art from artists from all over the country, whose personal visual interpretations and approaches resonate authenticity and break new ground in art. This gallery seeks out emerging South African talent for collectors and those who are looking for some beautiful local art for their homes.
From the latest blockbusters and hot hangout spots offering some of the best cocktails in the city to wide open spaces perfect for a leisurely Sunday stroll and fun things to do with the family, the suburb of Bryanston has something that'll tickle everyone's fancy when it comes entertainment.
Although there are no cinemas in Bryanston, nearby neighbouring suburbs do offer various malls and venues complete with a Ster-Kinekor. To find out where you can catch one of the latest blockbusters on the big screen with family and friends, click on your desired suburb below:
Situated on Westview Drive, Bryanston Park is just the spot if you're looking to stretch your legs with a leisurely afternoon stroll, want to enjoy some sunshine and fresh air, or simply just want to reconnect with nature. Although it's a small area, it's a lovely, quiet park where the kids can play while you get some peace and quiet after a long and productive day/week at the office.
Who says you can't find a forest in the middle of the city? In Bryanston, you certainly can! Lace up those hiking shoes, grab your four-legged companions and head to the Bryanston Pine Forest on Ebury Avenue. It'll make you feel as if you have stepped right out of the city and straight into a relaxing getaway away from all the noise, hustle and bustle. This is a lovely spot if you're looking to enjoy an afternoon stroll to relax and think, while walking the dogs.
A hidden gem in the heart of the city, the well maintained Rietfontein Nature Reserve is a must-visit if you're looking to get some fresh air and do some trekking. Here, you can spend an afternoon hiking and taking in the sites and sounds of the city as well as nature. If you're lucky, you might even get to spot impala and rabbits along your journey, along with local bird life.
The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market is Joburg's original outdoor market, and was established in 1976. This gem in the heart of Bryanston boasts over 90 stalls, offering visitors everything from delicious deli foods, arts and crafts to gifts, jewellery and clothing, all made from mainly natural materials. There's even eco-fashion and natural décor stalls for you to explore. The market is open on Thursdays from 09:30 to 13:00 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 15:00. This is a lovely and unique spot if you're looking to do some retail therapy or treat the family to a fun day out.
Craving a little bit of adventure? Then why not spend the afternoon enjoy action-packed activities at the Jozi X Adventure Centre, on the corner of Main Road and Sloane Street? This adrenaline-filled hot spot caters to guests aged between 4 to 75 years old, offering a wide range of fun activities that's sure to entertain! Here, you can expect loads of fun, including Trapeze, Krazy Ladder, Face offz, Freeklimbs, Rope Walkz, Jungle Swingz, a 100m Slip & Slide available during summer and much more. This is the ideal spot if you're looking to arrange an exciting birthday party, a memorable team building and even school outings.
When was the last time you laced up a pair of skates and went rolling around a roller rink? Can't remember? Then why not visit RollEgoli on Main Road? Spend an afternoon (or session) skating around their all-weather 1 000 square metre roller rink, climbing all over their jungle gym or bouncing about on their trampoline. They also have a self-service cafeteria boasting wood fired pizza, homemade gelati, muffins, hot beverages and cold refreshments. You can either bring your own skates or hire a pair at the venue, just ensure that you bring and wear your own socks. Please note that they do not accept cash, only cards on premises.
There's nothing more thrilling than getting all geared up, loaded with a round of paintballs and spending an afternoon out and about partaking in a fast-paced outdoor adventure! Battlezone Paintball Centre in the heart of Bryanston offers a variety of paintball and laser tag options perfect for birthday parties, bachelor parties, corporate team building and even just a fun day out with your family and friends. Take your pick from their selection of five playing fields, as well as their variety of packages offering something for all needs and budgets.
Why not become a member of the Bryanston Country Club and enjoy the Club's relaxed yet elegant family lifestyle, welcoming members and guests into a world of personal attention and service. The Club features a full service Clubhouse complete with restaurants offering both fine and casual dining, function and event venues, their esteemed 18 hole golf course, swimming pool and Lapa area, two bowling greens, four squash courts and nine tennis courts. And let's not forget their wide selection of fun activities including their walking trail, sports, kids club, fitness fun and much more. Click here to find out how you can become a member.
Wind down after a long week at the office at Social On Main, a trendy bar and restaurant in the heart of Bryanston. Here, visitors can enjoy epic cocktails, fantastic food and a great vibe. In the afternoons, this is a great and relaxing place to hold a business meeting or grab a relaxed lunch. But by night, this joint becomes a lively atmosphere, filled with people looking to wind down and end off their day on a high note with friends and a couple of drinks. If you're planning a visit, be sure to call in advance and book your table. This place is quite popular with the locals.
For ‘dude food’ made good, ice-cold draughts and a chilled yet fun night out with your mates, book your table at Tiger's Milk in Bryanston. This venue has become a popular evening hangout for professionals as well as a weekend get-together spot for residents over the weekends. Not only will you enjoy great food and a lively vibe, but you'll also love the city views from their balcony area. Also, if you're looking for something fun to do on a Wednesday night, don't miss their Quiz Nights every Wednesday!
Situated at Café del Sol Botanico at the Bryanston Shopping Centre, is The Landmark Cocktail Bar! The Landmark is the night-time counterpart to Café Del Sol’s light, daytime ambiance and offers guests an urban edge and interesting dimension to the Café del Sol experience. Stop by during the day for amazing lunches and relaxed vibes, and by night, enjoy an exciting evening scene filled with sophisticated cocktails (over 100 for you to choose from), craft beers and an energetic atmosphere.
Looking for a fun night out on the town? Or on the hunt for a daytime adventure perfect for the whole family? Fourways has plenty of entertainment lined up for you, no matter what you're looking for. Grab your friends and family, jump into the car, and head to Fourways to explore what they have to offer.
Need to keep the kids entertained while you run a few errands at Fourways Mall? Not a problem! Head to Fourways Mall Ster-Kinekor and see what blockbusters are on circuit. There's sure to be something to entertain the kids far better than shopping. Or better yet, why not make it a fun family-outing and watch a movie together? Don't forget to grab a few snacks at the kiosk before you head into your movie.
Montecasino offers families the ultimate entertainment destination in Fourways. And of course, the entertainment lineup would not be complete without the biggest and latest blockbuster movies on the big screen at [email protected]! Bringing you films across many genres, including Hollywood, Bollywood and local, you're sure to find the perfect movie to entertain all ages. [email protected] offers their visitors an unparalleled entertainment and cinema experience they're sure to enjoy!
Cedar Square Shopping Centre has it all - lovely restaurants, retail stores galore, and of course, the latest exciting movies to hit the circuit! Once you have done all your shopping, why not get your ticket to see that latest animation movie with the kids? Or better yet, get your fill of adrenaline with the newest and coolest action movie that has just been released? Not matter what you're in the mood for, there's sure to be a film on circuit for you.
Looking for a safe place to let our dogs run free without having to worry about them getting lost once you let them off their leash? The Kingfisher Park in Fourways offers a small 12-hectare park, perfect for short strolls and letting your pooches burn off some energy, safely. Here, dogs are allowed to be off their leashes if they're friendly and socialised. While they frolic about, you can enjoy the fresh air, sounds of the local bird life and enjoy the scenery.
For more information, call 011 783 7407.
With an area of approximately 16 hectares, the Norscot Koppies & Kingfisher Nature Reserve is truly a jewel in the heart of suburbia. Situated in Douglasdale, this reserve is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including Blesbok and Duiker. It's the perfect spot to unwind on a Sunday afternoon. The reserve is open twice a month. Any donation are used to keep the reserve beautiful, clean, safe and enjoyable for all.
For all the entertainment you could ever need, visit Montecasino! There's sure to be something to excite you and your family. See if Lady Luck is on your side on the casino floor. Feeling hungry? Grab a seat at one of their amazing restaurants or head to the food court for something on-the-go. Kids will be entertained for hours at the Magic Company. Or why not enjoy a day admiring the beautiful birds at the Montecasino Bird Park just outside the casino? There's also shows on at the theatre, movies on circuit and shops for you to explore. Talk about loads of entertainment!
Gather the family and enjoy a little bit of competitive fun at the Adventure Golf Course at Fourways Mall. There are three different courses to choose from, each with nine holes ranging in difficulty, offering guests of all ages hours of entertainment. Along the way, enjoy the many various natural features, caves, ponds and water fixtures. This makes the ideal day for the whole family, and perhaps even a fun date night idea for you and that special someone.
Have a love for animals? But more specifically, cold-blooded and scaly reptiles? Then this park is a must-visit! The Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is becoming one of the most exciting attractions in Gauteng, offering visitors the opportunity to take part in thrilling activities including holding a baby crocodile, touching exotic snakes and getting up close and personal with creepy crawlies like a tarantula! It's an exciting day out for all ages.
Grab your friends and head to BallBreakers Fourways to play a few rounds of pool. This pool hall is just the place if you're looking to catch the latest sporting action, grab a few after work drinks with colleagues and friends, listen to a few good tunes from the jukebox or if you want to hon your pool skills and sink a few balls.
Home of the Fourways Action Falcons and the Western Gauteng Wolves, Fourways Action Sports offers just the place to enjoy Action Cricket, Action Netball and Action Soccer, which are a few of the fastest growing social activities in the country. Experience the excitement and thrill of sport as the arena comes to life with both seasoned and up-and-coming talent, practicing, playing and sharpening their claws for their upcoming season.
Soweto possesses a vibrant culture and history, a fact that becomes especially apparent when searching for something to do in the area. If you're looking for entertainment, Soweto has attractions as far as the eye can see – quite literally – when you take the spectacular Orlando Towers into consideration!
For the thrill of a lifetime, take to the skies (for a moment) and bungee jump off the top of the Orlando Cooling Towers. If that isn't challenging (or terrifying) enough for you, put on a custom-made straitjacket and bungee jump without the use of your arms!
SCAD (Suspended Catch Air Device) freefalling - sound terrifying? If not, then read on! The world’s highest SCAD freefall takes place inside the Western Cooling Tower. If you are a serious adrenaline junkie in search of entertainment in Soweto, you'll find it at the Orlando Cooling Towers.
Interested in base jumping? Look no further! The Soweto Towers are base jump friendly, offering base jumping as an option for experienced jumpers. If you're a bit less adventurous, but still in search of a thrill, climbing the towers will offer oodles of entertainment and challenge experienced and beginner climbers alike. Try a 25m climbing wall and challenge your abilities!
MadMead Brewery launched Soweto Gold lager and opened the uBuntu Kraal Brewery in Soweto to commemorate 20 years of freedom and democracy. Soweto Gold was named the top craft beer in South Africa, so the brewery is definitely worth visiting for a taste of this brew.
Also worth noting is the fact that the Ubuntu Kraal Brewery is situated in Orlando West, Soweto. This location is of particular historic significance, being home to sites such as:
The site of the brewery was previously a construction site in the late 1980s. Today this former ash dump has been transformed into conference facilities, a cultural village, brewery, entertainment area, bar and restaurants, and private overnight accommodation.
Walter Sisulu Square is situated in the heart of Kliptown, Soweto. This township centre is unique, the first of its kind. Embracing both local and international trends, historical and modern, the Square epitomises the spirit of ekasi and Soweto. Ideal for family excursions, or for a shopping trip unlike any other, Walter Sisulu Square is a place unlike any other - and promises that is entertainment just as unique.
Points of interest at Walter Sisulu Square include:
Kremetart Park opened in Soweto in 2008, and has rapidly become a firm family favourite. The park is equipped with two miniature soccer fields constructed from sand as opposed to grass, in a bid to create an environmentally-friendly play area. The park also includes water features, benches, indigenous trees, and a large space to host events and fun fairs. Kremetart Park is also unique, in that it possesses a big-screen television where World Cup events were previously screened by Ekasi TV, and free broadcasts continue to be screened today.
Mofolo Park is located in Mzilikazi Street in Soweto. It is a popular park amongst Sowetans, and is best known for the vibrant concerts regularly held on its grounds, as well as the celebrations and events which take place there. Mofolo has seen both local and international musicians grace its stage. Notable events have included the first Drum Beat Soweto music concert in 2011, as well as recent Youth Day celebrations. Mofolo was previously a dump site, which makes its conversion into a colourful, beautiful place of artistic expression even more meaningful.
It's time to have a little fun in the suburb of Randburg! Question is: what do you feel like doing today? You can head to one of the malls in the area and see one of the latest movies on circuit. Or you can spend some time in the sun and fresh air competing for the best par with Adventure Golf. Or how about taking a stroll through Delta Park? The options are endless.
Looking to catch one of the latest blockbusters on the big screen? Then be sure to make your way to Ster-Kinekor Cresta Shopping Centre for a fun day out at the movies. There's sure to be a film that'll catch your eye, whether you're looking for an animation for the kids, something romantic for you and your sweetheart to watch together, some adrenaline-packed action or a story that'll have you reaching for a tissue (or two). To see what's on at the movies at Cresta, click here to visit the Ster-Kinekor website. You can either book your tickets online, or purchase them at the cinema. Don't forget to grab the popcorn and slushie!
For the ultimate experience in movie viewing, visit the Century Cinemax at Northgate Shopping Centre in Northriding. This is the very first shopping centre in South Africa to feature the amazing movie-screening technology from Century Cinemax. You can expect top-notch cinemas reaching international standards, boasting impressive state-of-the-art surround sound and clear picture. Each screen is unique and offers a different experience for maximum family entertainment and comfort.
One of the city's biggest green lungs and a Sunday stroller's paradise, Delta Park in Victory Park offers visitors wide open spaces and plenty of lush to help them reconnect and enjoy nature. There's 104-hectares of grassland and woodland to explore. Be sure to wear comfy clothing and shoes, as you can stroll these grounds for hours! This is also a wonderful spot to take your four-legged companions, as there's plenty of space for them to run around, stretch their legs and even meet a few new fur friends. Many of the park's visitors enjoy the many walking trails, which link three beautiful tree-lined dams. Don't forget to pack a lovely picnic basket, find the perfect spot and enjoy the ambiance.
Near the Northgate Shopping Centre and Ticketpro Dome in Northriding, is a pristine 55-hectare park, offering visitors rolling walks around a dam and indigenous bushveld to admire and enjoy. This beautiful park is a hidden gem that not many Joburgers are aware of. The Golden Harvest Park is completely fenced off with a guard at the gate to ensure the park's visitors' safety while the explore and experience this stunning little piece of nature. Also, keep in mind that there's an entrance fee that needs to be paid in order to get into this park, but the minimal fee is well worth it.
One of the most popular parks within Randburg, the 81-hectare Johannesburg Botanical Gardens form one of the city’s vital green lungs. Visitors can expect large, grassy, open spaces scattered with trees, offering the perfect location for runners, picnickers and dog walkers. It hosts the occasional concert season and kite-flying competitions, as well as the ever-popular Linden Market four times a year. Visitors can also spend the afternoon taking a leisurely stroll through the park's special gardens – the Shakespeare Garden, the Rose Garden, the Herb Garden, a Hedge Demonstration Garden and the main arboretum. The park is fenced and there are gates located at all the entrances which are staffed by security guards.
Within the Ferndale on Republic Mall premises lies a well-known putt-putt course that everyone who resides in Randburg knows of, as it has been in its exact location for MANY years. Gather the family and enjoy a little bit of competitive fun at the Adventure Golf course. There are three different courses to choose from, each with nine holes, ranging in difficulty, offering guests of all ages hours of entertainment. Along the way, enjoy the many various natural features, caves, Koi ponds and water fixtures. And after an exciting game, why not grab a drink from the onsite bar?
When was the last time you went ice skating? Or have you never been ice skating before? Well, it's time to make your way to Northgate Shopping Centre, pull on some skates and take to the ice at the Northgate Ice Rink. This is the perfect spot if you're looking to plan a kids birthday party or just want to do something fun with family and friends. There are two sessions that run throughout the day and there's the option of skate hire if you do not own your own ice skates. And if you're feeling thirsty or a tad peckish, there is also a tuckshop on site.
Put the pedal to the metal and enjoy some go-kart racing action at the Randburg Raceway Indoor Karting Track in Strijdompark. They cater to drivers aged between 7 to 70 and offer three different kart sizes, ensuring that everyone can join in on the speedy fun! There are also various race styles available, including quick 10-minute races, Grand Prix style events and endurance races. Please note that bookings are essential. It's thrilling entertainment for the whole family.
For unique outdoor entertainment for the whole family while getting some fresh air and sunshine, visit Honeydew Mazes and get lost in their a-maize-ing mazes! They offer a variety of mazes to explore, as well as Moonlight Mazes where you venture through the twists, turns and dead ends of the various mazes at night, in the dark. This is also an interesting entertainment option for birthday parties, school outings and team building events.
With two of the best manicured courses in the country, as well as separate a mashie course, Randpark Golf Club’s uniquely different to other golf courses. It is the ultimate urban golf destination on par with excellence. Also, be sure to check out their takeaway, golf events, special offers and more.
Founded in 1982, the Randburg Harriers Running Club is a family-orientated running club offering a variety of amenities and facilities available to their members. This is just the club if you're looking to get into running as a sport. There's entertainment for all ages.
Grab your friends and head to BallBreakers Cresta to play a few rounds of pool. This pool hall is just the place if you're looking to catch the latest sporting action, grab a few after work drinks with colleagues and friends, listen to a few good tunes from the jukebox or if you want to hon your pool skills and sink a few balls.
Hiking is permitted under level 3 lockdown, so long as you keep a good distance from others and avoid trekking in large groups. You must also wear a face mask at all times and may only hike between the stipulated exercising hours, which are 06:00 - 18:00. Most public parks are not open to the public yet, but there are a couple of top hiking spots that you can visit in level 3 lockdown. Many of these spots are free to enter, as well, so you can save those precious pennies for more outdoor adventures after lockdown has fully ended.
Modderfontein Nature Reserve is open to runners, cyclists and hikers in level 3 lockdown. Come and enjoy the tranquility of the outdoors and get in a good dose of sunshine on one of their many meandering trails. The reserve is open between 06:00 - 18:00 all days of the week, so you can get as much exercise in as possible. Stop along the way to do a little bird watching and take in the beauty that this city park has to offer.
The Hennops Hiking Trail is 45 minutes outside of Johannesburg, but it's well worth the drive. This untainted family farm offers three hiking trails of different lengths and difficulty levels. Put on your hiking boots and come out for a one-of-a-kind adventure. You do not have to pre-book to visit the farm, but you must comply with COVID-19 regulations at all times. The farm closes daily at 17:00. Happy hiking!
Grab your tackle, because it's time to go fishing! While there aren't many fishing spots within the city, the nearby Vaal Triangle offers ample space to cast your rod and reel in a few big catches. Just remember that you cannot leave the Gauteng province to go fishing or hunting, so keep within home ground.
Suikerwater Fishing is a public camp area and top fishing spot located near Suikerbosrand River. Bring your own gear and set up for a day of peace and serenity on the banks of the water. Of course, you will not be able to stay over for the night so be sure to pack up early.
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve is situated near Bronkhorstspruit. Take a trip with the family to this expansive reserve to enjoy a day of mountain biking, hiking, game drives, bird watching and fishing. Bookings are required and there will be a cap of 50 vehicles per day over weekends. You may not have more than five people in one vehicle and you must wear face masks at all times. The reserve is open on weekends between 08:00 - 17:00. To make your booking, please email [email protected]
Did you know that there are quite a number of game farms and nature reserves situated in and around Johannesburg? So while we may not be able to travel across the country to explore the great outdoors, we can still enjoy the abundance of nature that lives just outside our front doors. Don't forget to bring your camera along to snap all those picture-perfect wildlife moments from the safety of your car.
This Pretoria nature reserve covers over 4000 hectares and has survived as a conservation area since 1929 despite its urban locale. Take a slow drive around the reserve, trying to spot all its vast wildlife. Rietvlei is open to the public between 06:00 - 18:00, so you really can make this an all-day trip. Reserve your booking by emailing [email protected]
If you prefer not to drive long distances to experience nature, book a day trip to Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge. It's only 30 minutes from Sandton, so you can be there and back home in a jiffy. In level 3 lockdown, the lodge is fully back up and running. Their full list of activities include running, mountain biking, swimming, canoe and bicycle rentals, hiking, paddling, fly fishing, self game drives and boat cruises. Limited food and drinks will also be for sale to keep you refreshed on your journey around the farm. Contact them on [email protected] to make a booking.
Do you know of any other hiking trails, fishing spots or game reserves open in level 3 lockdown? Let us know about them!
Bokkie Park, located in Boksburg, offers free animal interactions. Here, the kids can feed ducks, geese, peacocks, ostriches, cows, sheep, goats, horses, guinea pigs and rabbits. The park also offers many picnic spots under the lush trees, a jungle gym and braai facilities. Entrance to the park is completely free. You can purchase animal feed at the tuck shop, or you can bring your own from home. Pro tip: the animals there are quite partial to large, juicy carrots. But feel free to bring along some cabbage too. Just remember that none of these animals should be snacking on bread.
Visiting museums is a great activity for the little ones. They are both entertaining and informative. But, they can break the bank. We found a bunch of free museum tours across the city. Your kids can explore and learn all about their city at no cost. Learn about the first African civilizations, long forgotten transport, natural history, traditional medicine, the life of Nelson Mandela and money at these interesting institutions.
Another informative activity is to explore the flora and fauna of our beautiful city. This can easily be done at either the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens or the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. But for a another option, check out the plethora of nature reserves available in Pretoria and Johannesburg. While some have free entry, others charge only a small amount for the upkeep of the reserves.
Keep the learning going with science experiments. These fun and interactive activities will keep the kids busy for hours. They will also encourage your kids to think, explore, ask questions and be inquisitive. With these science experiments, they can learn all about the properties of non-Newtonian fluids, grow their own crystals, learn about farming and plants, discover sound waves, uncover the truth about density, use the power of a potato, bend light and erupt a volcano.
Joburg has many parks located in all the suburbs. Some of these parks may be a bit lackluster, but there are many well-maintained and safe parks worth exploring. The best thing about this is that it's for the whole family, furbabies included. The kids can get some sun playing on the jungle gyms or bring a ball and play a round or two of their favourite sport. You can also pack a picnic for some added family bonding time.
Our childhoods were filled with days at the library, when we could spend hours going through colourful books of all shapes and sizes. We could sit on the poofy bean bags and get lost in a world of fantasy where none of our little problems existed. And the best part was when all the kids would gather round for story time. Spend the day at one of the top libraries in Joburg. This is the perfect free entertainment for children who still want to be captivated by the fictional world.
This park, located in the aptly named Parkview, has been a favourite among Joburg residents for many years now. And we can see why. The park boasts boat rides, a fountain, restaurant and a sports club and pub. Spend the afternoon paddling away in a boat watching the ducks go about their day. Or have a picnic under one of the shady trees for a getaway right in the city.
Contact details: 011 483 1017 | Cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street, Parkview
Based in Randburg, this 55 ha park is perfect for spending the day out with family, kids and the pooches. Spend the day fishing, braaing, picnicking or hiking. It has many dwindling paths as well as a pristine lake, making it the perfect location for a day out with the dogs. Nature lovers will love all the indigenous bushveld and resident water fowl.
Contact details: 011 712 6600 | First Avenue, Northgate
Tucked away in Birdhaven, James & Ethel Gray Park is what remains of a bird park. As such, this park is home to many species of birds, and makes a great day out for birdwatchers. The park features grass, lawns, walking paths, ablution facilities and water bodies. Dogs will love running through the park, swimming in the streams and rolling around in the mud.
Contact details: 011 435 4727 | Atholl Oaklands Road, Abbotsford
This big park in Edenvale is home to luscious green lawns, park benches under leafy trees, a kids play area and jungle gym and lovely walkways, all rounded off with safe, ample parking and clean bathrooms. The park also plays host to the Horwood Family Farm market once a month. Spend the day out in the serene surroundings enjoying yummy food and drink while the kids and dogs burn off extra energy.
Contact details: 011 999 3140 | 1 Homestead Road, Edenvale
The Wilds Municipal Nature Reserve is a park in Houghton, crowned with koppies and indigenous vegetation. The park features water falls, fountains and evergreen nature making for a leisurely respite from day to day life. The park also has many lovely finds such as the sundial, red aloes, shaded benches and amazing views. With stone paths and meandering walkways, this location makes the perfect destination for a hike or power walk.
Contact details: 011 643 2313 | Houghton Drive, Houghton
Kloofendal Nature Reserve is a 128 ha park in the middle of Bankenveld, Drakensberg and Savana ecosystems. This park offers both education and entertainment with the early gold mining remains, informative plaques and amphitheater. The reserve also has several species of flora and fauna, which can be viewed while hiking on one of the hiking trails. Followed by a relaxed picnic under one of the many lapas.
Contact details: 011 760 9143 | Galena Avenue, Kloofendal, Roodepoort
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Trying to find activities for the whole family that does not involve the TV or wasting away all your savings can be tough. We have the perfect solution to this dilemma: the Bokkie Park. For those of you that are completely hopeless with Afrikaans, bokkie refers to goats. This park is a huge plot of land with plenty of hungry farm animals dreaming of giant, juicy carrots. Not that these animals aren't fed. You'll see truckloads of food arriving for them, but they are just a bunch of gluttonous beasts. And we mean both gluttonous and beasts. You have not lived until a goose fight breaks out in competition over the food you're holding.
This venue has a wide array of animals. These animals include cows, sheep, goats, pigs, ostriches, rabbits, horses and, of course, goats. Although, walking into the park, you'll probably be surprised by how few animals you see around. The property is big enough to allow plenty of room for all the animals to roam. The quiet will not last long, though. Before you know it, you'll have a flock of geese stalking towards you. Hungry geese can be alarming, they look like gang members preparing to attack. Plus, they hiss — vehemently. That said, it's quite fun to see them blundering towards the food thrown on the ground, desperate to get there before their peers do.
When the geese have been greedy enough and you move on along the winding walkway (with them stalking you, no doubt), you may be lucky enough to spot a collection of ducklings gushing after their parents or catch a rare glimpse of a baby lamb suckling on its mom.
If you do, you have arrived at the goat part of your journey around Bokkie Park. The first time we came here, we did not see any goats or sheep around. Then, quite suddenly, about 50 of these animals came blazing towards us, or rather the bag of carrots. It was amusing to have them climbing onto one another, head-butting each other out the way, and even tearing holes in the bag containing the carrots — all in a bid to devour the nourishing morsels within.
Next, you'll find the pigs and their litter of piglets. These little darlings are not so interested in food. However, it is always worth paying them a visit. We could spend hours watching them. The little ones run up to their food trough, the fence, the pens and even each other to wiggle their bottoms in an attempt to get a good, satisfying scratch, and the bigger critters burrow about in the mud. It is just glorious.
Among the herds of goats and sheep, you'll come across a few ostriches. We do not recommend too much interaction between these brutes and young children. These large birds are the notorious bullies of the park. They will fight, chase and intimidate to get their bit. They had to be mentioned simply because it is so entertaining to watch them eat. Your little ones will be flabbergasted watching an ostrich swallow a carrot whole, with that huge sideways lump travelling down its long, skinny neck.
Remember to leave some extra snacks for the last of the creatures. The cows like to drift around the park and are, therefore, sadly forgotten. But feeding these animals will certainly be a treat for children. Just keep some serviettes handy as the cows like to wrap their extensive and sloppy tongues around the hands that feed them. This gloppiness is not something one should miss.
Other than the animals, the park also offers braai facilities and lapas. This is perfect for an Easter celebration, where you'll be surrounded by all the real-life animals of the occasion. If braaing is not your thing, there are plenty of picnic spots, where you can relax next to the lake, while your children release their pent-up energy running around and playing on the jungle gyms. Otherwise, you can get some snacks at the tuck shop, which also provides feed for the animals.
*This destination is intended for families of all ages. However, it is important to note that the animals here should not be chased, pushed, hit or taunted. This is for your own safety. Please respect the park and animals and don't litter, as this is a choking hazard to the animals. Animals should NOT be fed bread or any other processed food.*
Find more information about Bokkie Park here.
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Joburgers love curated food, art and beverages. We just adore having things tailored just to our personal liking. Artisan markets are therefore becoming increasingly popular. These fun-filled family events are also the perfect way to unwind on the weekends. With offerings of tasty treats, craft drinks and a distinctly Joburg vibe, visiting markets is the new way to explore the city.
The Mall of Africa is the single largest shopping precinct in the whole of Africa. What better place to hold a weekend market than just outside the mall? Here are all the details you need to know about the opening of the very first Waterfall Sunday Market:
The Waterfall Market will be set up at Waterfall Park on Sunday, 17 February 2019. The park is just opposite the Mall of Africa in Midrand. This expansive picnic ground plays host to many outdoor family-friendly events, including holiday-themed night markets. In November 2018, the organisers of the Fourways Farmers Market hosted a summer night market at the venue. Now, the park will be transformed into an artisans wonderland. Featuring the best crafters, artists, bakers and musicians the city has to offer. The venue is child-friendly and is the perfect spot to go for a Sunday afternoon picnic.
There will be a plethora of exciting food stalls on show at the Waterfall Market. From gourmet street food trucks to home-baked breads and cakes. Organic food fundies should also have their spoils, as Joburg's finest fresh produce stalls will line the Waterfall Plaza.
Drink enthusiasts, your needs have not been forgotten. The usual gin, craft beer and cider stalls should be expected at the event, as well as wine and champagne tasting expositions. Visitors can enjoy their food goodies and ice cold drinks at communal tables set up around the park. Alternatively, bring along a picnic blanket and make up your own little feast spot in the park.
Pretoria-based singer-songwriter duo, Bad Peter, will be headlining the Waterfall Market stage. PG Badenhorst and Alwyn Bekker (a.k.a Bad Peter) have released two EP's since their inception in 2014. They released their last musical output, titled 'Need to Hear', independently in 2017. Their music is distinctly South African, as it blends various styles and genres into one smooth sound. 'We don’t like to limit ourselves to a specific genre. Being singer-songwriters gives us that freedom. You’ll hear folk, blues, african, pop and latin influences in our songs', Bad Peter says of their style.
Listen to a sample of Bad Peter's music here.
Photo sourced from Bad Peter on Facebook.
The Waterfall Market will take place on Sunday, 17 February 2019 from 9 AM - 5 PM. Find the Waterfall Park at Lone Creek Cresent and Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City, Johannesburg. Entrance is R10 per person. Children under 12 and pensioners enter for free.
Contact the Waterfall Park on Facebook.
Tel: 087 845 1183
Those who are in-the-know can’t get enough of this adventure venue that provides an abundance of excitement, freedom and adventure for all ages and fitness levels. Activities are graded according to how challenging they are – green (easy), blue (medium) and black (the ultimate challenge).
To be honest, it’s an absolute bargain. Entry is around *R150 and includes ALL activities (including extreme activities) and you can stay there for as long as you like. Pack a picnic basket and/or braai meat (braai facilities are available). You only need buy your drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) at the on-site bar, restaurant or pop-up shop.
What’s On Offer?
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 (the restaurant is open from 10:00 to 21:00).
Address: Plot 126, Nooitgedacht (Old R114), near the old Lion Park.
Tel: 072 394 7437
Web: GOG Lifestyle
Pines Resort is another unsung venue when it comes to a water-based day out. Featuring numerous slides, swimming pools, jumping castle, playgrounds, braai facilities and shaded picnic spots, the resort has received many positive reviews that make it worth checking out.
Kids can swim, slide and splash to their heart’s content for R100 – R140 for the day. You can pack your own picnic or buy toasted sandwiches and fries at the shop, plus the facilities are clean and well-maintained.
However, you must pre-book at Computicket AND print your tickets to be allowed entry. No tickets are sold at the gate.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00.
Address: 2 Ivan Smuts Avenue, Silverfields, Krugersdorp, Johannesburg.
Tel: 011 955 3845
Web: Pines Resort
Yes, it’s still there – why mess with a good thing?
Featuring a variety of attractions including raging rapids, wave pool, super-tube slide, speed slide and the frightening Kamikaze Slide, Wild Waters is a highly effective antidote to “Moooooom, I’m bored!”. There are also jungle gyms, sandpits, braai areas, volleyball facilities and even a putt-putt course, as well an on-site tuck shop selling drinks and snacks.
Hours: Daily: 10:00 – 17:00.
Address: N12, Rondebult Road, Boksburg, Johannesburg.
Tel: 011 826 6736
Web: Wild Waters
This is the place to be when you are looking for an out-of-this-world experience. Both kids and adults will have a ton of fun at the Aquadome. They offer pools to suit everyone, whether you just want to relax or have a splashing good time. The kids will love the water slide and shipwreck, and everyone enjoys drifting along in the lazy river or taking a dip in the warm waters of the indoor, climate-controlled Aquadome.
Aquadome at Emerald Resort and Casino offers pool-side fun for any season. Summer or winter, you will enjoy your money's worth with their indoor pools. Mom, dad and the kids will all have something to look forward to.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 – 18:00, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00.
Address: Emerald Resort & Casino, 777 Frikkie Meyer Blvd, Vanderbijlpark.
Tel: 016 982 8000
Let's take a road trip to Pretoria for an amazing family day out! ZambiBush offers many swimming pools, water slides, playgrounds and entertainment. This resort specialises in family celebrations and birthday parties for the kids. They will organise everything you need to make the day special.
ZambiBush Resort is set across lush gardens and lawns that face the local dam. There are a number of separate children’s venues to entertain children within the resort. ZambiBush offers ideal options for weekend getaways in Gauteng. You can relax at one of their 34 lapas situated around the pools, with tables, chairs and braai facilities. They have a shop with refreshments and take-aways.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00.
Address: 37 Cecil Avenue, Sinoville, Pretoria.
Tel: 084 504 3481
Web: ZambiBush Resort
We all need a good splash every now and then. And at this water park both young and old will have an amazing time. Get your adrenaline charged and ready because it's about to be splashy!
Happy Island offers 10 water activities to enjoy, which includes something for everyone.
What’s On Offer?
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00.
Address: 106 Lake View Drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.
Tel: 010 600 3333
Note from Joburg.co.za
Please take care when attending any park in and around the city, there is always the risk of crime so we therefore advise that you go in a group. Some of these parks will do guided tours, contact them if you are interested in something along those lines.
Walkhaven gets the number one spot because they really cater strongly to our four legged friends. With a dedicated pet friendly restaurant (The Walkhaven Kitchen), bar (The Dog Box) as well as a top notch kennel (Jurassic Bark Kennel), Walkhaven just can’t be beaten for a dog loving family’s day out of the house. The farm itself boasts 22 hectares of grassland and is a stone's throw from the Cradle of Humankind. A must for dog lovers!
Address: Plot 77, Zwartkop, Johannesburg
Open Hours: Seven days a week 08h00 to 18h00
Click here for more information.
Marais Steyn Park
This park isn’t spectacular by a long shot but has a nice stretch of land for your dogs to exercise and caters to those of you living east of the city. There is a lot of bird life around a small wetland for those of you into a little bird watching. There is also a skating bowl, which happens to be one of Joburg’s best kept skateboarding secrets which the kids will enjoy.
Address: Corner Cork Avenue and Beech Avenue, Edenvale
Open hours: Open all day seven days a week
Arguably Joburg’s most beautiful park, The Wilds has been declared a National Monument and strangely sits in the dead centre of urban Johannesburg. This jaw dropping park is open for walking tours during the summer months and you can bring your dog provided it’s on a leash.
Address: Parking is available on the corner of Houghton Drive and St. Patricks, Houghton
Open Hours The park is open during business hours weekdays and weekends but the best way to visit the park is by organising a tour
Contact: 011 643 2313
Sandton Field and Study Centre
A huge fenced-off piece of land with the added bonus of security where dogs can run wild to their hearts content. Horses inhabit the land across from the park which always has the dogs inquisitive and enjoying themselves. This park is situated close to the Sandton CBD which makes it a nice one for the northern suburbs crowd. There is a café on the property called River Café – great atmosphere and lovely meals.
Address: Off Rivonia Road, Sandton
Open Hours: Call for more info
Contact: 011 783 2442
Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, Pretoria
This one is for our readers from Pretoria, but is also possibly one of the best places for a dog walk in Gauteng. The land is tidy and absolutely massive with bridges to cross streams and lots of walking tours to choose from. Dogs are required to be on a lead but with the size of the area you may get away with letting them off for a quick run.
Address: General Louis Botha Road, Faerie Glen, Pretoria
Open Hours: 06h00 to 18h00 all week
Contact: 012 348 1265/6
A few more ideas:
Gillooly's Farm - Gillooly's Farm is a big winner when it comes to walking your dogs (thanks to Larry in the comment section for reminding me). Read the comment below for his personal experience regarding this. 011 453 2207.
George Lea Park - In Hurlingham, they allow for dog walks.
Hugh Wyndham Park - In Dunkeld, they allow for dogs and is a great spot for picnicking etc.
Cheltondale Park - Near Norwood Mall, this park is popular with people in the area for dog walking. There is also a children’s play area.
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