Top 12 Things To Do With Kids In Gauteng This Holiday
“AAAAAAGH IT’S HOLIDAYS!”
- every tired, uninspired, overwhelmed parent ever.
But never fear, Cleaning Hub is near, with our Top 12 Tips To Tantalise Tikes! We have scoured Gauteng for the best things to get their butts off the sofa, get them busy, get them happy, and (most importantly) get them tired.
We have compiled all contact details and costs involved, so all you need to do is click, drive, drop, and smile.
Yeesh! Fun for kids is an indoor play centre and activity hub centred around a giant two-storey soft play structure which encourages active, physical play for children up to 12 years. The play centre also boasts a Paint pot craft corner where children can express themselves creatively, and a Little Bakers corner where they can ice or decorate a biscuit or cup cake.
Their coffee bar supplies freshly baked cakes, delicious coffee and a scrumptious menu for both parents and children. There are excellent supervisors, allowing you to relax while the kids challenge their bodies and burn off that extra energy; they also have a ‘drop and shop’ service.
For latest prices see their full activity and price list.
Tel 0116569669, email email@example.com, yeesh.co.za
2. Play tourist
The Red Bus City Tour is a hop-on, hop-off excursion which takes you to some of the most interesting spots in Joburg – from Gold Reef City to the James Hall Transport Museum – with a special audio commentary channel for kids. Get your kids to broaden their horizons and really travel in their own city.
Pssst… Keep your eye out for specials which often run over the school holiday period!
Adults tickets cost R170, and kids (aged 5 to 17) are R90. Kids under 5 are free (online prices). These prices are for a one-day ticket; you can get a number of combos and multiple-day tickets too.
Tel 0861733287, citysightseeing.co.za
3. Get swinging
Acrobranching gives you... er, we mean the kids.... the chance to unleash your inner ape and go swinging through the treetops! The Acrobranch park in Melrose consists of four courses and is equipped with zip lines, swing bridges and Tarzan swings. The courses are family-friendly and safe for children as young as three years of age, and there’s a lot of variety: “Sprinting Cheetah” for speedsters, “Stalking Leopard” for testing balance. So grab the kids and take to the trees.
Psssst… If you are Centurion side visit The Big Red Barn’s Acrobranch.
From R160 to R220 a person depending which course you’re doing.
Tel 0869990369, acrobranch.co.za
4. Get back to your roots
Take a day trip out to the Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng for a family trip that promises to be as fun as it will be educational. The Learner Centre is interactive and informative in a sneakily fun way, and will be a hit with both young and old. The main attraction, however, is the underwater boat ride that guides you through the history of earth’s creation in a visceral and awe-inspiring way. If the fossil display piques your interest, take a tour through the Sterkfontein caves – the home of the historic “Mrs Ples.”
Psssst... the caves are sometimes closed to the public – best to call them beforehand to check.
Admission to the Maropeng Visitor Centre costs R65 for children (ages 4 to 14) and R120 for adults, and admission to the Sterkfontein Caves is R97 for children, R165 for adults. Combination tickets for both cost R125 for children and R190 for adults. Children under 4 free.
Tel 0145779000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, maropeng.co.za
5. Visit a zootopia
Let’s raise a generation of animal-loving empathetic kids! Encourage this fascination with a visit to The Johannesburg Zoo, which has all sorts of exciting things lined up for the holidays. Not only do they have the little Honey Kids from seven to 13 years old can enjoy a Holiday Fun Day, with animal feeding, crafts and games from 12 December 2017.
Psssst… Why not recruit them in the Honey Badgers Club as a different Christmas present?
Holiday Fun Day is R85 per child. Standard zoo entrance fees are R50 for kids between three and 12, and R80 for adults. Open Monday to Sunday (including public holidays) from 8:30 to 17:00.
Tel 0116462000, www.jhbzoo.org.za/kids, email@example.com
6. Play mad scientists
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre’s holiday programme from 9 December 2017 - 7 January 2018 “Myth Busters” theme!
Myths and misconceptions exist within our society in general. Ever wondered whether a certain idea or story is true or not? Ever wondered whether some common perceptions are real or not? Join Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in the Myth Busters holiday programme and discover the science behind common misconceptions through fun and interactive activities ranging from workshops, shows, and floor activities.
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is open 7 days a week including public holidays except Christmas Day. Monday - Friday 9h00 – 17h00, and Saturday & Sunday 9h00 – 16h30.
Adults are R48, children 3 -16 cost R32, and kids under 3 are free.
011 639 8400, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.sci-bono.co.za
7. Go wild
Kids driving you mad in front of the TV? Get them into the great outdoors! Friends of Kloofendal is a conservation NGO that offers guided nature tours through the Kloofendal Nature Reserve in Roodepoort. These tours give you a chance to learn about and interact with the nature reserve’s plants, animals and insects. From bird ringing to panning for gold, there’s an interesting event happening almost every weekend!
Various prices depending on the activity. See their website for details.
Tel 0116742980 or 0796935608, kloofendalfriends.yolasite.com
8. Get cooking, good looking
If you and your kids are foodies, or simply want to learn more about cooking, why not sign up for a family cooking class? The Little Cooks Club has franchises throughout the city and offers morning classes for children during the school holidays (excluding public holidays). Each franchise has a different schedule, so it’s best to phone and check what’s on offer at the franchise nearest to you. It’s not only a great way for kids to learn about nutrition and the joys of cooking, but it’s a great chance for you to work together and bond.
Added bonus: your dinners at home can only benefit from the cool cooking skills you’ll acquire and the easy, yummy recipes you’ll learn at these classes. Alternatively, check out some of these great recipes – we have enough to have you cooking for days!
Prices depend on the activity and age of your child.
Tel 0835563434, email email@example.com, littlecooksclub.co.za
9. Hit the bullseye
Kids feeling trigger happy and threatening to kill each other? Try out the Bush Paintball Range, conveniently situated 10 minutes from Fourways. They’re open 7 days a week, and offer a number of different fun playing fields between the trees.
Psssst… Parents can relax at the Riversands Market up the road while the kids run some energy off!
From R150 per person, R120 kids (for low impact balls). Prices include safety gear.
Tel 0793874217, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
10. Explore the night skies
Cultivate a love for the stars, constellations and comets with a visit to the Johannesburg Planetarium. Don’t be put off by their website, which is a glorious throwback from the beginning of the internet! They have experts on site to answer any of your astronomy questions and the show is pretty spectacular for adults too.
Psssst... telescopes are also for sale at the Planetarium which means you can take star-gazing into your own hands.
Adult tickets are R45 and kids tickets R30. Family tickets also available for R165 (max two adults with their dependent children – scholars or full-time students – and grandparents)
Tel 0117171390, email email@example.com, planetarium.co.za
11. Get potty (and painty)
Get in touch with your inner artists and stimulate those brains! The Pottery Junxion in Edenvale is a great place to get your hands dirty, your kids creative, and have something to show for it at the end of the day. Check into their studio and paint and decorate your own personalised plates, bowls or tea sets. All tools, products and ceramics are available on site. Ages seven and up can try one of their painting or mosaic workshops too.
R95 for a three-hour session, excluding the product: you pay for the products and for the amount of paint you use in addition to the R20 per hour starting fee. Bookings are essential.
Tel 0114532721, email firstname.lastname@example.org, potteryjunxion.co.za
12. Have an aMAIZEing time
Honeydew Mazes’ new Bee Maize Maze is now open and their 12th maize maze, designed in the shape of a honeycomb, has a whopping 3.5km of pathways and includes an eight-station general knowledge quiz which can be enjoyed by the whole family.
They’re open on weekends from 10am-5pm, no bookings required, though bookings are required for any special events such as kid’s parties.
R150 an adult and R100 a child. There’s also a family ticket (two adults and two children) for R420.
Tel 0737952174, email email@example.com, or honeydewmazes.co.za
- Georgina Roberts