Autumn is around the corner and although it is still warm, the days are becoming shorter, the nights longer (and cooler) and the sunlight is losing its harshness, lending the world a softer glow. After a very hot summer in Johannesburg, I am eagerly awaiting the warm sun and cooler air of Autumn and I cannot wait to indulge in some much-needed quality time during the upcoming Easter festivities and holidays.
Here is what’s on in Johannesburg this Easter:
Kid-Friendly Events this Easter
Arts & Culture
A virtual city in a digital universe for the kids to create and play in.
When: 24.02.18 - 08.04.18
Where: The Globe | Silverstar Casino | R28 | Muldersdrift | Mogale City | JHB
The Sound of Music
This famous musical requires no introduction. It is a firm family favourite and a definite must-see during this holiday.
When: 31.03.18 - 29.04.18
Where: Teatro | Montecasino Blvd | Fourways
Lippizaners Easter Performance
Be mesmerised be a Lippizaner performance and enjoy a meal, as well as an Easter egg hunt, before the show.
When: 01.04.18 | 10h30
Where: 1 Dahlia Road, Kyalami
Reefsteamers Magaliesburg Express Train Tour
I am super excited about our impending trip on this heritage steam locomotive train to Magaliesburg from Johannesburg Park Station. My almost 3-year-old will be utterly fascinated! Visit the Reefsteamers website to find out more regarding the various activities available in Magaliesburg (i.e. picnics, helicopter flips etc).
When: 31.03.18 | 09:00 - 17h45
Where: Park Station JHB
Excursions & Activities
Take the kids on a safe, outdoor, obstacle adventure and let them experience your childhood memories of climbing trees and ‘foefie’ sliding. Acrobranch has 4 branches in the Gauteng area to choose from, so book an age-appropriate obstacle course, enjoy their zip line and try out the acro-bungy (it’s amazing!).
When: Wednesday - Sunday: 09h00 - 17h00
Where: Johannesburg: Melrose Park & Huddle Park | Centurion: Sunlaws Estate, Olifantsfontein | Pretoria North: Honingnestkrans | Pretoria East: Rosemary Hill
Gold Reef City Theme Park
Africa’s largest theme park promises an exciting and fun-filled day out. This family excursion must-visit has thrill rides, tamer family rides, a 4D theatre and a mine museum with an underground mine tour. A cinema, a variety of child-friendly restaurants and accommodation are also available.
When: During School Holidays: Monday - Sunday: 09h30 - 17h00
Where: C/O Northern Parkway & Data Crescent, Ormonde
A Trip on the Gautrain
South Africans are not used to the public transport systems found in Europe and the USA, so the Gautrain, with all its bells and whistles, is something exciting. And let’s be honest, kids love trains! Take the kids on an excursion to Rosebank for some Bubble Waffles at Plan B (yum!) or to OR Tambo International and marvel at the aeroplanes.
When: Monday - Sunday, approx.: 05h00 - 21h00 (exact times vary according to the station)
Where: Choose your closest station: Park, Rosebank, Marlboro, Midrand, Centurion, Pretoria, Hatfield, Rhodesfield, ORTIA
Easter Egg Hunts
Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic at Poplar Park, Sandton
When: 18 March 2018 | 15h00 - 18h30
Where: Poplar Park, 11 Poplar Ave, Riverclub, Sandton
Easter Egg Hunt at Norscot Manor, Fourways
When: 25 March | 09h00 - 17h00
Where: Norscot Manor, 16B Penguin Ave, Fourways
Kings Easter Festival
When: 29.03.18 - 01.04.18
Where: King's College and Preparatory School, 54 Hornbill Rd, Bryanston
Offering a festive atmosphere with artisanal & fresh, homemade treats, handmade products and more, markets are often a popular family destination:
Fourways Farmers Market
When: Every Sunday: 09h00 - 16h00
Where: C/O William Nicol Drive and Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways
Bryanston Organic Market
When: Every Thursday & Saturday: 09h00 - 15h00
Where: 40 Culross Rd, Bryanston, Johannesburg
The Blubird Wholefood Market Birnam
When: Every Sunday: 09h00 - 14h00
Where: Blubird Shopping Centre, C/O Atholl-Oaklands Rd and Fort Str, Birnam
Rosebank Sunday Market
When: Every Sunday: 09h00 - 16h00
Where: Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Johannesburg
Read our blog for more must-visit family markets in Gauteng.
Johannesburg has a variety of fantastic family-friendly restaurants on offer - find our ultimate list here.
There is no better way to relax than with a family picnic in the tranquillity of nature. Click here for our list of favourite picnic spots in Johannesburg and surrounding areas.
Happy Easter all! Tell us what you are up to these holidays? We love to hear from our fans!
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