What Is It?

"Nobody puts baby in a corner!" If you have no idea where this famous line is quoted from, then is event is ideal for you. The Flix presents the 1987 romantic dance drama Dirty Dancing at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens this March. Bring the whole family along for an outdoor movie experience unlike any other. You'll have the time of your life!

When Is It?

Friday, 27 March 2020 from 17:00-23:00

Where Is It?

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R80 - R100 per person on Webtickets.

For more information

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What Is It?

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, situated west of Johannesburg in Roodepoort, is the backdrop for the Denim Walk by Night fundraiser, taking place on Saturday 29 February 2020 from 16:00.

This year the theme for Rare Disease Day is “Reframe Rare” and we would love the public to help us light up the night by wearing their denims and funkiest neon gear. Bring your headlamps and torches and head down one of two routes – The 1.5km route is wheelchair friendly or there is a 2.5km route for the more enthusiastic.

Little Field Mouse Market will be running a moonlight market alongside the Denim Walk by Night, offering a host of food and craft vendors, so bring your picnic blankets and deck chairs, and join us for a night under the stars.

When Is It?

Saturday, 29 February 2020 at 16:00.

Where Is It?

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R65 - R100 per person |Get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Here.

The Xmas Show at Garden World

Date: Sunday, 08 November 2019 from 11:00

Join Garden World for a magical evening of pure entertainment with a Christmas twist. There might not be carols, but this is a Christmas show you don't want to miss! Stars of radio, stage and screen will be bringing Joburgers a one-night-only, top-class variety concert jam-packed with magic tricks, singing, instrumental pieces, fun and loads of surprises. There will be a bar service available for the adults, non-alcoholic drinks for sale for the kids, food stalls, craft stalls – what more do you need for an evening of a sheer holiday celebration? Tickets cost R190 per person. Bookings are essential so make sure you book with Magriet or Corné on 011 957 2545 or 011 956 3003.

Christmas Carols Service & Family Picnic

Date: Friday, 29 November 2019 from 17:30 – 19:30

Head to Dainfern College for their annual Christmas Carols and Christmas Market. Make your way to the Multipurpose Hall for the Carols Service starting at 18:00, which will be followed by the Christmas Market in the JP Block. Gather the family and don’t forget to take along a picnic basket filled with holiday treats for this festive evening.

Wonderland of Lights

Date: Sunday, 01 December 2019 - Sunday, 05 January 2020

The Wonderland of Lights and Market promises to outshine any other family holiday activity this festive season, with over 100 lights on display. The display will take place at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort, and contains over 13 unique themed stages lighting up the already beautiful botanical conservatory. There will be an 11 foot Gingerbread Man, an army of Nutcracker Soldiers, Santa's reindeer and a larger than life Christmas Grinch. Make sure you get your tickets now!

The Drakensberg Boys Choir Noel Concert

Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - Wednesday, 04 December 2019

This is a show that'll definitely delight your ears. Enjoy a selection of Christmas Carols by The Drakensberg Boys Choir, who'll take centre stage at the Linder Auditorium and perform their Noel Concert for ONE NIGHT ONLY. The Cantare Children’s Choir and Bronberg Children’s Choir will also be performing at this special concert. Tickets cost between R80 - R175 per person and can be bought from Webtickets.

1 Fox Xmas Market

Date: Saturday, 07 December 2019 - Sunday, 08 December 2019 from 19:00

Get into the festive spirit with the 1 Fox Xmas Market in Ferreirasdorp. Celebrate this special time of year with your family and friends in a great venue, offering a line-up of live music, delicious market food to delight your taste buds and refreshing drinks. And because it's Christmas, entry is free!

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens Christmas Carols & Market

Date: Friday, 29 November 2019 - Saturday, 30 November 2019

Why not enjoy a day out and about at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens? Not only to do some hiking, exploring and eagle watching, but also for festive gift shopping and to sing a few of your favourite Christmas carols. Throughout the afternoon, there will be a Christmas market and in the evening there will be festive carols by candlelight and live entertainment by The Welsh Male Voice Choir of SA and various artists. Get your tickets for the carols here.

Bryanston Organic & Natural Market’s Moonlight Markets

Date: Every Tuesday night from 19 November 2019 to 17 December 2019 from 17:00 – 21:00

Just in time for the festive season, Bryanston Organic & Natural Market will be hosting their stunning Moonlight Markets once again. There will be plenty of entertainment to get the whole family into the festive spirit, including magicians, jugglers, buskers, a Christmas-themed puppet show and carols. Christmas isn’t Christmas without carols! Plus, more than 120 carefully selected vendors will be showcasing original gift ideas, wholesome food and authentic crafts. It's a magical night under the stars. R20 gets the adults in and children under the age of 12 get in for FREE. Parking is always in demand, rather take an Uber if you can.

What Is It?

Don't miss out on this year's Old Mutual Music In The Gardens taking place at the Walter Sisulu. It's going to be super awesome.

Expect to experience a good vibe, laid back Sunday and nothing bust good music. You will be enjoying music performances from Sound Supreme and Simphiwe Dana.

You do not want to miss this.

Get your tickets now!

When Is It?

Sunday, 25 August 2019  at 12:00 - 17:00

Where Is It?

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Malcolm Road, Roodepoort, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R50 - R200 per person, get your ticket Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

Spoil The Old Lady

Mother's Day Lunch At The Rand Club

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019 at 12:30 - 16:30.

We all know the greatest way to bond with loved ones here in Mzansi is through a meal or two. So, we have an idea, why don't you join in on celebrating Mother's Day with a spectacular carvery lunch served in the main ballroom? Speaking guest - Marnus Greyling will be playing amazing tunes on the piano. To make sure you do not miss book with [email protected]. For more information on this event visit this Facebook page.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Brunch At Houghton Golf Club

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019 at 10:00 - 12:30.

They say brunch is breakfast without an alarm. Mother's Day Brunch has been revamped with a Boo Chic Brunch this year. They are super excited to announce that those joining will be entertained by Nadya Mycroft, who will be performing throughout the event. We already know that mom will love this chilled setting and you sure will too. See you there! For more information please visit this Facebook page.

Glamour Mother’s Day High Tea

Date: Saturday, 11 May 2019 at 11:00 - 16:00. 

GLAMOUR in proud partnership with Mall of Africa and Revlon South Africa are presenting a heart-warming opportunity to celebrate the precious bond between you and your mom this Mother’s Day. Sounds like something you would like to bring your mom to? I may bring mine too. This is an opportunity for mom to spend the afternoon being serenaded with music that will take her down memory lane, enjoying a continental luncheon and treats whilst sipping on an assortment of teas from the tea station. Mom will also have the chance to mingle with Asanda Sizani - who is GLAMOUR's editor-in-chief. She will be joined by her special guest speakers, celebrity moms and their daughters who will be delivering insightful, meaningful commentary on their experiences. Come and enjoy a blissful moment filled with love. Make sure you don't miss out, grab your ticket for just R200 - R360 per person online or simply visit this Facebook page for more information.

Mother's Day Paint Event

Date: Saturday, 11 May 2019 at 14:00 - 16:30.

How about we do things a little differently this year? We're thinking more on the artistic side of things. Say, painting? Sounds like a great idea, right? We think so too. You and mom can join in on this Mother's Day Paint Event for a special time to spoil mom. Together you will get the chance to create one painting consisting of different canvasses. Don't worry, no painting experience is needed. Tickets are R900 - R1 950, and you can get yours here!

Mother's Day Concert at Joburg Zoo

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019 from 11:00 - 15:00

This is going to be an amazing event for the whole family, especially for mom! Expect a day filled with amazing live music by our very own local talent, scrumptious food, a fully stocked bar, jumping castles, face painters, giant puppets, zoo entrance and animal demonstrations, a Manhattan Sweets activation and much more. Don't forget to pack a picnic basket to take along with you. Tickets cost R120 per adult, R70 per pensioner/child under 12, and kids aged 3 and under get in FREE. Get your tickets here.

Mother's Day

Mother's Day Music And Dance Performance At Melrose Arch

Date: 12 May 2019 at 12:30 - 13:15.

Bring mom to the ballet, she'll love it - we promise! This is your chance to show mom how she means to you by treating her to a day out at Melrose Arch, enjoy a music and dance performance, in aid of charity, and a delicious lunch on High Street or the Square. Performers from the National School of the Arts will perform a variety of pieces, including excerpts from favourite ballets, contemporary dance and instrumental music at The Venue on High Street at Melrose Arch. Tickets cost R50 per adult; children under 12, free. All proceeds will be donated to the Smile Foundation, which puts the smiles back on children’s faces with corrective facial reconstructive surgery and treatments. To book, visit www.smilefoundationsa.org. Tickets will also be on sale at the door on Mother’s Day, subject to availability.

Mother's Day Lunch At Melrose Arch

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Show mom that she means the world to you by treating her to a stay out at Melrose Arch, where you will be enjoying music and dance performances, in aid of charity, and a delicious lunch on High Street on The Square. You have an array of endless options to choose from and you can order lunch from one of the participating restaurants; Paul, Ono Poké Eatery, Jamie’s Italian, Kauai, Moyo, Ocean Basket, Ghazal and the African Pride Melrose Arch and Autograph Collection hotel’s March Restaurant. Booking through your restaurant of choice is advisable. Sit back and enjoy an idyllic autumn afternoon with your loved ones, while relaxing to the soothing sounds of Classic 1027's string quarter in the background.

It's The Thought That Counts

Personalised Gifts For Mother's Day

If you aren't looking for something fancy and instead want something more personal to give mom on this special day, we think she will truly appreciate a gift or two. Things that she can hold onto and cherish. Don't you worry we have all the perfect personalised gifts you can give to mom. We have compiled a list of what to get, how to DIY them and where to get them. Sounds more like your style? Then check this out!

Fresh Florals And Fun Flamingos To Make Mother's Day Extra Special

Floral prints are always in season no matter the reason. And we think it's fitting for mommy dearest to get a gift she'll love to wear on relaxing weekend mornings before she taps into mommy-mode. She'll be comfortable while looking nice on those long and luxurious afternoons this Mother's Day with Bras N Things' new range of sleepwear. Too gorgeous to wear just for bed, if you ask me.

The Bras N Things sleepwear collection features soft satin, fabulous floral prints, snug fleece and fun prints. Who else would do a better job at modelling these amazing pieces than momma bear Michelle Alan? We thought so too. They are giving you satin long PJs in prints to suit every mood.


By Lelethu Baba

What Is It?

Adventure Junkie SA and the Proteadal Conservation Association are once again hosting the Black Eagle Mountain Run. Join them at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens this May, for a race day in celebration of Joburg's wild spaces. The organisers aim is to drive a fundraising initiative towards conserving the precious ridge habitat's of Roodepoort, as well as all the amazing biodiversity within this area. There will be 8km and 16km routes. These routes head into the open rocky  grassland and include more technical running sections. Whether fiercely competed or enjoyed at a more leisurely pace, both routes pass by the garden's cascading waterfall. Frequent park goers will know that this waterfall is home to a breeding pair of majestic Black Eagles. It is also a great spot to take a quick selfie before dashing off to the finish line.

If you are unable to compete in the longer races, take the 2.5km route which travels through the beautiful garden walkways. Following the race, there will be an honorary prize giving for the participants, as well as the National Trail seeding Event. Food and drinks will be available.

When Is It?

Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 05:00 - 10:00.

The 8km begins at 08:30.

The 16km begins at 07:45.

The 2.5km Fun Run/Walk  begins at 09:00 (TBC)

Late/Line Entries and number collection will take place on the day at the venue from 06:00 onwards.

Where Is It?

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, Malcolm Road, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost:

Click here to enter yourself in one of the races.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Contact Details:

Tel: 061 907 0063 | Email: [email protected]

What Is It?

Spend some quality time with the fam and enjoy the outdoors at the Gardens Family Fun Day, which will be jam-packed with arts, food and crafts. There will be lots of live music and dance performances that will delight the entire family, as well as fun games lined up. Also, all rides on the day are FREE! Just don't forget to take these along with you:


When Is It?

Sunday, 28 April 2019 from 10:00 – 18:00.

Where Is It?

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R100 and R380 and can be purchased at Webtickets and all Pick n Pay outlets .

Early Bird tickets (limited):

Family Package (limited):

For More Information

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

You can also contact them on 071 921 3429.

For The Artsy Kids

In their ironic vintage t-shirts and the latest on-trend sneakers, these kids are undoubtedly the coolest. They are difficult to impress with run-of-the-mill outings, such as cinemas at the mall or milkshakes at your local roadhouse. We recommend taking them down to the Maboneng Precinct's Market on Main. This inner city Sunday market offers a true taste of Joburg's eclectic multicultural arts scene. If you need to find activities for teens that will beat the commonplace, this is your bet.

Stop off at The Bioscope — Joburg's first independently run cinema complex. Here you can catch a few good 'oldies', or the latest cutting-edge documentaries and indie films from around the world. There are also unlimited food choices available from the many trendy food truck stalls. Encourage your teen to bring along a few friends ... if you are capable of rearing together a bunch of nonchalantly excited teens.

Water Babies

Teens love having a rare skill to brag about to their friends. If your child is a confident swimmer with a love for all things aquatic, send them to scuba diving lessons. The Urban Dive Centre in Randburg offers scuba lessons and diving parties for kids eight years and older. Lessons are taught in their outdoor heated pool, ensuring safety at all times. The kids will definitely (maybe) thank you for giving them this neat skill on your next trip down to the beach.

Alternatively, pack up the family for a day out at the Emerald Resort and Casino near the Vaal in Vanderbijlpark. The resort's massive enclosed Aquadome water park is the perfect hang-out spot for a water loving teen. There is a range of fun water slides and games to play as well.


Future Hollywood Stars

Adolescents should have a creative outlet — whether it be music, dance or art. If their school does not offer creative subjects or extra-murals, look out for your nearest after-school drama club or dance class. The Helen O'Grady Drama Academy holds weekly drama and voice workshops for teens aged 13 - 18. They have various locations across the city. Classes are tailored towards developing a sense of self-confidence in young performers, as they are trained in spontaneous improvisation, voice production, theatre games, radio plays, quick fire dialogues, monologues and structured scenes.

Investing in your child's creative talents also offers them future career opportunities and the chance to build life-long friendships. Dance is a fantastic outlet for young adults. It allows great possibility for self-expression, while giving the body a full workout. Katz School of Dance in Sandton holds classes in a wide range of dance disciplines, including ballet, afro-fusion, hip-hop and Spanish dancing.

The Nature Lovers 

A breath of fresh air is sometimes all a grouchy teen needs to boost their spirit. Although, you may have to drag them tooth and nail from the comfort of their bed.

Visit the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort for a fun-filled day out in nature. Pack a picnic with your kid's favourite snacks and stroll leisurely through the serene gardens. The park is home to 198 bird species and other cute creatures, like the duiker. So bring along a pair of binoculars. If your teen is into bird watching, look out for rare species of eagle that swoop down from the mountainside cliffs of the park. For the more adventurous teen, there are a few challenging hike trails to choose from. Be sure to take lots of photographs during the day — the cascading waterfall at the end of the park is the perfect spot for a family selfie.

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Tech Freaks

Some kids just love all things technology. Who can blame them? They were basically born with smartphones in their hands. Virtual reality gaming is the latest in-thing for young game fanatics and tech lovers. Blue Ocean VR offers an all round virtual reality gaming experience. They further specialise in educational programmes, which aid learning in subjects like History, Geography, Biology, Art and Design. Budding graphics, gaming and virtual reality designers should also attend this gaming centre's 3-D Art and Design classes.

Alternatively, give your techie-in-the-making an "old school" gaming experience at your nearest arcade. The Fun Company is an arcade paradise, featuring ten-bin bowling, bumper cars, 4-D cinema's, arcade games and mini-golf.

What Is It?

We know that finding kid-friendly New Year's Eve events can be a mission so we often settle for staying at home. But the Walter Sisulu Garden is hosting a New Year's Eve Bash that's perfect for the whole family. Have a picnic under stars while waiting for the big countdown. Take a stroll through the gardens, let the kids play on the endless manicured lawns or take selfies in the sunset (because golden-hour lighting is the undisputed best).

Food vendors will be on-site so you don't go hungry, kids' entertainment will give Mom and Dad a break and there will also be a DJ spinning tunes. Get your tickets soon!

When Is It?

Monday, 31 December 2019 from 17:00

Where Is It?

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets can be purchased here.

For More Information

For more information visit their Facebook events page.

What Is It?

What's the festive season without listening to Christmas carols? It's just not the same, right? Carols really add to the magic of Christmas. Well, head to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden this December for their annual Christmas carols and market. Bring the kids along and be entertained by The Welsh Male Voice Choir of SA, joined by various artists. The market stalls will be stocked with loads of food and drinks, as well as arts and crafts to give you a head start on your Christmas gift shopping.

When Is It?

Saturday, 1 December 2018 - Saturday, 2 December 2018 from 8am

Where Is It?

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens,  Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R20 - R80 per person and can be purchased here.

For More Information

For more information visit the Facebook page.

The Secret Tea Garden

Set in the tranquil gardens of Norscot Manor in the heart of Fourways, The Secret Tea Garden offers you a lovely quiet escape from the malls. It’s a fabulous, affordable venue for a leisurely family breakfast or an afternoon filled with tea and cake. Relax on the beautiful terrace overlooking the manicured garden and distant views while your little ones amuse themselves in the impressive play park, which is guaranteed to give parents a much-needed break over the busy weekend!

Where: 16A Penguin Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Montecasino Bird Garden

If you haven’t yet visited the incredible Montecasino Bird Garden, why not pay the place a visit over the weekend? There are beautiful walkways past countless exotic birds, an impressive cycad garden, a frog room as well as the longest snake in the world… how cool is that? Plus, you’ll also find other unusual mammals like sloths and lemurs in the bird gardens; it’s an outing that’s sure to thrill the whole family! You can even attend a wonderful Flights of Fantasy show any day at 11:00, 13:00 or 15:00.

Where: Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Melt Chocolates

Pretty much everyone likes chocolate, right? And you can trust us when we say that there’s no better place to get your chocolate fix than Melt Chocolates! The family-owned chocolatier offers an extensive variety of chocolates for you to taste and shop, as well as a delightful little cafe. At the cafe you can order up some of the very best chocolate milkshakes and cupcakes that we’ve tasted in Joburg… just be prepared for a sugar rush of note following your visit.

Where: Nicolway Shopping Centre, corner of William Nicol & Wedgewood Link, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Zoo Lake Swimming Pool

Before you stick your nose up at this, hear us out… we know we’re not really in the age of using public pools any more, but Zoo Lake Swimming Pool is beautifully maintained and kept looking fresh at all times. It’s a great place for some family fun or time with your loved one on a warm day; simply grab your costume, pack a picnic basket and you’re ready to go!

Where: Zoo Lake Sports Club, Avonwold Road, Parkwood, Johannesburg.

Roast Café

Situated in the leafy Melrose Arch centre, Roast Cafe offer the most drool-worthy cakes along with top-notch coffees. You’ll be able to choose from divine options including roasted coconut, cashew cream, salted peanut butter, red velvet, red velvet and meringue, Bar One Cheesecake, Smarties and rainbow… tempting, isn’t it?

Where: 10A High Street, Melrose Arch, Melrose, Johannesburg.


Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

If you’re looking to spend some time in the great outdoors this weekend, the gorgeous Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens sure is the place to go. One of SA’s eight botanical gardens, you can snack on sarmies beneath the waterfall while watching the Verreaux’s Eagles perched at the top with your binoculars or, you could walk through the breath-taking rocket and fern garden and breathe in some real fresh air. Otherwise, if you prefer, you can organise yourself a guided tour of the gardens.

Where: Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

The Living Room

If your idea of a great weekend goes hand in hand with a great party, then there’s no place to be seen other than The Living Room. The uber-trendy rooftop venue in Maboneng overlooks the fabulous city skyline and feels as if you’re sitting in a nursery, hence its name. Lounge around snacking on tapas and sipping on cocktails as the sun goes down, and then get ready for a real party which is sure to pick up later in the evening.

Where: 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

The Maboneng Precinct

When it comes to Maboneng, we love going on Sundays because this is when the Market on Main comes alive. However, there’s plenty to do in this renewed and vibrant inner-city area that’s brimming with the trendy on any other day. Take in a movie at The Bioscope, tuck into a meal at Grain Restaurant, sip on a cocktail at The Living Room, or even take a swim at the newly-opened Poolside Café.

Where: Corner of Fox & Kruger Street, Maboneng, Johannesburg.

Hennops Hiking Trail

If nature is your thing, you’ll absolutely love spending your weekend walking in nature on the fantastic Hennops Hiking Trail, which is a short 40 minute drive out of Sandton. There are two main hikes, plus a shorter trail, which is suitable for kids. All trails boast wonderful scenery to soak up, and there’s even a swimming pool to splash in post-hike. The range of landscapes is enough to get the soul stirring... trust us on this!

Where: Hadeda Camp, Pretoria Rural, Pretoria.

Le Sel @ The Cradle

Last on our list, but by no means least, is the relaxed, contemporary eatery that is Le Sel @ The Cradle. Architecturally magnificent with extensive outdoor seating and the most amazing views of the Cradle of Humankind, the restaurant offers diners an experience like no other. Their menu is extensive, offering up everything from wild mushroom risotto and grilled tuna to braised lamb shank and duck confit. And, on Sundays, they have a special set menu for you to indulge in, which also comes highly recommended.

Where: Route T9, Kromdraai Road (R540), Cradle of Humankind.

By Candice May

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away with your loved ones, then head off to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. The  Botanical Garden is home to more than 198 bird species and a number of reptiles and small mammals such as the common duiker. Special features are the tree wisteria (Bolusanthus speciosus) avenue and special collections of medicinal plants, cycads, aloes, tree species, succulents and natural ridge vegetation. The green lawns and spreading shade trees in summer and the massed aloe collections that blaze into flower during winter, are just some of the seasonal features that draw visitors to the garden. This is a great outdoor adventure that will keep the whole family entertained.

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