52 Awesome Things to do with Kids in Johannesburg 2018

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52 Awesome Things to do with Kids in Johannesburg 2018

(your bucket list for every week of the year)

When it comes to our buzzing, business-centred city, Johannesburg is very seldom associated with words and catchphrases such as ‘family fun’, ‘adventure’, ‘thrilling experience’, or ‘holiday destination’. When people think of Johannesburg, their mind’s eye will generally produce images of city buildings, traffic, road rage and business people rushing from one meeting to another. And Johannesburg really is like that, but (and this is a big but), our city also has an amazing family-orientated culture and a plethora of family-friendly activities to choose from. There are so many things to do with kids, in fact, that we have put together of list of 52 activities and excursions to choose from (or you can do them all – one for every week of the year).

Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg | Bucket List

Johannesburg Renamed: The City of Family Fun

Here is a bucket list of family-friendly activities and excursions in and around Johannesburg

  1. Go on a tree-top adventure obstacle course at Acrobranch Huddle Park and Acrobranch Melrose
  2. Fly through the air on a zip line at Magaliesburg Canopy 
  3. Let the kids create their own furry friend at Build-a-Bear Workshop 
  4. Explore the fascinating animal kingdom at the Johannesburg Zoo 
  5. Have a loud and happy family meal at on these child-friendly restaurants in Johannesburg & surrounds 
  6. Indulge in a relaxing family picnic at one of Gauteng’s favourite picnic spots 
  7. Braai in the soul-soothing sun at one of Johannesburg’s favourite braai spots 
  8. Plan a day of thrilling excitement at Jozi X Adventure Park
  9. Get up close and personal with crocodiles, snakes and even a tarantula at Croc City Crocodile and Reptile Park
  10. Go wild at an outdoor go-karting track with Dirt Ryder Adventures
  11. Bring some strategy and colour into your life at The Woods Paintball in Fourways
  12. Meet the King of the Jungle and feed a giraffe at the Lion & Safari Park
  13. Get ready for tons of water fun, from water-skiing, wakeboarding and bum boarding to a thrilling floating obstacle course at Stoke City Wake Park
  14. Experience thrill rides and tamer rides at the popular Gold Reef City theme park
  15. Get a different perspective at Harties Cableway
  16. Monkey about at the Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary in Magaliesberg
  17. Explore the world on horseback with Harties Horse Trail Safaris
  18. Be amazed at a performance by the South African Lippizaners
  19. Explore our magical city on the hop-on-hop-off CitySightseeing tour
  20. Fall in love with the stars at the Johannesburg Planetarium
  21. Dance with the birds at the Montecasino Bird Gardens
  22. Test your ice skating skills at the Northgate Ice Rink
  23. Escape city life while staying in the city at Riversands Farm Village
  24. Indulge in some retail therapy at one of these must-visit family markets 
  25. Have a party at one of these kids’ party venues 
  26. Be transported into the world of theatre at the National Children’s Theatre
  27. Have a break while the kids play at the indoor Quack & Moo Clubhouse in Sunninghill
  28. For indoor fun, let the kids get active at Yeesh in Woodmead
  29. Go skiing on Avalanche’s 65m indoor ski slope 
  30. Get creative at Artjamming
  31. Bounce for joy at a Bounce Trampoline Park
  32. Roll through life at Roll Egoli Roller Rink in Bryanston 
  33. Paint ceramics at Color Café in Dunkeld
  34. Watch a show at Montecasino Teatro
  35. Get fit with Park Run South Africa
  36. Explore all that Emperors Palace has to offer
  37. Indulge in some pampering and self-care while the kids are being entertained at Mami Paradiso Day Spa 
  38. Be inspired by nature at Kloofendal Nature Reserve
  39. Explore the world of art, indulge in freshly baked goods and let the kids go wild at the Art Farm in Alewynspoort
  40. Introduce the kids to math, science and technology at Sci-Bono Discovery Center
  41. Build strength and strategy skills while rock climbing at City Rock
  42. Go on an underground gemstone mine tour at Mapatiza
  43. Celebrate the history of humankind at the Wits University Origins Centre
  44. Teach the kids about our political past at the Apartheid Museum
  45. Immerse yourself into the life of Gandhi at Satyagraha House
  46. Explore the world of tanks, trucks and fighter aeroplanes at the South African National Museum of Military History
  47. Get a rare glimpse of Johannesburg’s transport history at the James Hall Museum of Transport
  48. Learn about the history of the South African railways at the South African National Railway and Steam Museum
  49. Have a steam train adventure trip with Reefsteamers and the Magaliesburg Express
  50. Meet Homo Naledi at the Maropeng Visitor Centre, Cradle of Humankind
  51. Go caving at the Sterkfontein Caves
  52. Catch trout at Brookwood Estate 
Alexa A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveler always on the lookout for a new adventure. She is a high energy, natural influencer and inspiration to those around her. Although she has  based her career on sales and marketing, she studied politics, philosophy and economics. A passion for  writing has led her to blog on Things to do with Kids and on her personal blog called ‘Sleepless in Jozi”, which is focused on  life as a mommy, travelling and generally being a busy body. In her free time Alexa loves spending  quality time with her family, the outdoors, reading a good book and exploring new restaurants, markets  and activities. 

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