13 Cool ways to entertain the kids in Jozi

2016-03-30 20:00
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School holiday time is precious and before you know it you and your lovelies will be hitting the school drop-off drill and pounding the home-work books in no time. Here are a few suggestions on how to make the most of what’s left of the first term break for 2016 – and it helps that they won’t break the bank either.

1. Take them fruit picking

Picking the big ripe peaches and baking something delicious is a good day-outing on its own. At Camdeboo Farm, children can explore the world of South African Agriculture. They will also see what farmers and farm workers do all year. Take your peaches home and cook up something delicious. South Africans all know that nothing beats fresh peaches and custard! What a treat.

2. Culture Vulture fun

Have fun at the Lesedi Cultural Village -  Kids can try their hand at the Ketti slingshot challenge, try interactive drumming, adventure with their amazing race and test your knowledge with a Lesedi Quiz.

3. Caving anybody?

For the Brave! Wild Cave Adventures. Go caving and explore the dark underworld of Gauteng. What is living and lurking below? Go and see with your headlight and abseil into the abyss. An ecological awakening of the earth and soil that supports us all.

4.Monkey see, monkey do at Acrobranch

For the quick, nimble and lively! Take your kids and their friends for the ultimate obstacle course challenge. Get rid of all that pent up energy. Swing from the trees and zipline through the leaves at Achrobranch. It’s 2 hours of huge fun with Tarzan swings, crossings, walkways, bridges, acro-bungy and zip lines!

5. Head to the Joburg Zoo

Apart from being able to see a host of intriguing creatures up close and personal, the zoo is also awash with beautiful scenery and great spots to spread out and have a picnic. Currently the stars of the show are three adorable lion cubs called Letaba, Juba and Siba. So, be sure to swing by these big cats’ enclosure to check them out.

6. Take them for picnic at Northcliff Hill

No matter what you think of Jozi as a city, seeing it from way up high is rather spectacular, Northcliff Hill offers a comprehensive view of Johannesburg with the CBD on the one side and the northern suburbs on the other. Although it’s pretty impressive any time of day, opting to go for a sundowner picnic is always a great idea!

7. Planetarium

Sightseeing of a different sort! Introduce your kids to the wonders of the night sky at the Johannesburg Planetarium. The ‘Sky Tonight’ show offers a tour of the planets, stars and constellations currently featuring in our evening skies. It’s also a great way to refresh your own knowledge of astronomy.

 8. Nan Hua Buddhist Temple, Bronkhorstspruit

The fact that there is a Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit of all places, is reason enough to pay it a visit. However, once there, you’re guaranteed a fascinating insight into the peace-inspired lives of the monks who call it home. The temple is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00. On Sundays visitors have the option to join in on lunch in the dining hall for R30 per person – just take note: silence is expected in the dining hall at all times.

9. Show them the Absa Money Museum

Learn all about the history of money in South Africa by paying a visit to the Money Museum in downtown Johannesburg. It houses a collection of various forms of money used through South African history, dating back 4 500 years, and including cowrie shells, Venetian glass beads and gold coins recovered from sunken ships.

10.  Go to Cullinan

Located just 30km outside of Pretoria, this prettily preserved Victorian town is famous for being the location where the world’s largest diamond was found in 1905. Aptly named the Cullinan Diamond, the colossus weighed in at 3 106 carats and was presented to King Edward VII. The town pays tribute to its rich heritage with a number of different interesting museums and apart from that it’s full of lovely, quaint shops, restaurants and coffee shops.  

11.  Zoo Lake

An ever popular spot among Joburgers, Zoo Lake is perfect for a relaxed family picnic outing. Stretch out on the grass, hire a little rowing boat, take a stroll, bring your skateboard and don’t pay a cent! Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? And good news! You can braai there too.

12. Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam

If you thought Joburg was just all high rise buildings, skyscrapers and bustling streets, you’re very wrong. Somewhere on the outskirts of the CBD lies a place of perfect tranquility and natural beauty: Emmarentia Dam and the surrounding Botanical Gardens. There are seven distinct gardens within the botanical gardens, of which the Rose Garden is absolutely magical and a must-experience.

13. Indoor go-karting, Sunninghill Village Shopping Centre

Indulge any racing driver fantasies by treating your family to a Monaco-style go-karting experience. Just be sure to keep all long hair tightly tied up (preferably in a bun), wear closed shoes and no loose-fitting or flowing clothing.  Check out the Xtreme Indoor Karting website for more details