Fun Things to do in Johannesburg this Easter & Autumn 2019

  • Easter & Autumn 2019 | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

Autumn is around the corner and although it is still warm, the days are becoming shorter, the night's 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 moderately 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 school holidays.

Here is what’s on in Johannesburg this Easter and Autumn:

(Read our blogs to find out what's on in Cape Town - Easter 2019, what's on in Durban this Easter and What's on this Easter & Autumn on the Garden Route 2019.)

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Kid-Friendly Events this Easter

Arts & Culture

Seussical The Musical Jr

If you are looking for a family outing which will have you rollicking with laughter and rhyme, be sure to get tickets to this fabulous Broadway show.

Where: People’s Theatre, Joburg Theatre Complex, Loveday St Johannesburg, Gauteng

When: 09.03 – 28.03.19

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Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

Easter & Autumn | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

Get ready to enter a winter wonderland featuring the most magical moments as Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival, an all-new live production coming to South Africa, including Pretoria for the first time!  Families of all ages will be delighted by adventurous moments from Disney’s The Little MermaidTangledBeauty and the Beast and Frozen, in a brand-new ice spectacular. Book at Computicket.

Where: Pretoria: Time Square, Menlyn Maine | Johannesburg: Ticketpro Dome

When: Pretoria: 14 – 17.06.19 | Johannesburg: 21 - 30.06.19

More Information: Disney on Ice 


Denim Walk to Raise Funds for Rare Diseases

Support the fundraising efforts of Rare Diseases South Africa, in conjunction with Genetic Alliance South Africa, and help increase the visibility of rare diseases and congenital disorders. Participants can choose between a shorter wheelchair-friendly walk or a longer hike and are encouraged to stay after the walk for a relaxing family afternoon strolling through the market.

Where: Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

When: 23.02.19

More Information: Denim Walk 

Boobaloo Expo for Moms

If you are a new mom or a mom-to-be, head on over to this expo for maternity and breastfeeding clothing, teething jewelry and accessories.

Where: Sun Arena, Menlyn Maine

When: 01.03.19 – 03.03.19

More Information: Computicket

Wild Wild West 2019

Easter & Autumn | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

Become your inner Clint Eastwood and travel back in time to 1885: a time of cowboys, cowgirls, ranchers, rustlers, bandits, saloon girls, ‘injuns’, sheriffs, and gunslingers. This fun event will feature a fancy dress challenge, the Quick Draw Quiz, blackjack tables at the Last Chance Saloon, Mexican standoff games, tombola, horseshoe toss and roping, a pie eating contest, a variety of stalls and much more.

Where: La Vue Guest Lodge, Muldersdrift

When: 09.03.19

More Information: Wild Wild West 

Bright Young Chefs Workshop

If your child is a budding Masterchef, then be sure to book tickets to this baking workshop hosted by Bright young Chefs. Kids get to make their Easter bunny cupcakes!

Where: Bright Young Chefs, Cnr Gordon & Long Road, NORTHCLIFF, JHB

When: 21.03.19

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The Dino Expo

This exciting exhibition, featuring life-size animatronics (yes, they move!) and static dinosaurs is a must-visit for any young dinosaur, nature or science enthusiast.

Activities included in the general entrance ticket: Wits University Fossil Display, Jurassic Tour, Dino Fossil Digging, Dino Coloring and use of the Jumping Castle.

Where: Fountain Valley Resort, Pretoria

When: 23 – 31.03.19

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The Family Braai Picnic and Colour Festival

The biggest braai and picnic travel event, offering a venue for families to socialise and have fun. Expect music, water slides and a jumping castle.

Where: Fountain Valley Resorts, Pretoria, Gauteng

When: 06.04.19

More Information: Webtickets

Monster Jam

Easter & Autumn | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

Monster Jam in SA for the first time!

There is no other action-packed live event or motorsports experience that compares to the thrill and excitement of Monster Jam. Unscripted and unexpected, Monster Jam delivers edge-of-your-seat, adrenaline-charged excitement for the entire family. Monster Jam is the larger-than-life sport that provides spontaneous entertainment for fans of all ages!  Bigger, faster, louder, Monster Jam is as BIG as it gets! Book at Computicket.

Where: FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

When: 04.05.19

More Information: Monster Jam  


The Welakapela Kids Festival

How wonderful - an art festival created specifically for children. Do not miss out on this ‘first-of-its-kind’ experience and enrich the kids’ lives.

Where: Ruimsig Athletics Stadium, Roodepoort

When: 11 – 12.05.19

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Sporting Events

The UV Run

Easter & Autumn | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

Join this fun ‘glow in the dark’ themed run and be sure to bring the kids along. The kid-friendly ‘Bug Zone’ is set to provide tons of entertainment in the form of face painting, balloon modeling and more.

Where: Rietvlei Zoo Farm, Alberton Johannesburg

When: 30.03.19

More Information: Tickets through Entry Ninja

Excursions & Activities

Acrobranch Outdoor Activity Parks

Easter & Autumn | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

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 mining 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 airplanes.

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 & Autumn | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

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.


Child-Friendly Restaurants 

Easter & Autumn | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

Johannesburg has a variety of fantastic family-friendly restaurants on offer - find our ultimate list here.


Picnic Spots

Easter & Autumn | Things to do with Kids | Johannesburg

There is no better way to relax than with a family picnic in the tranquillity of nature. Click on the link 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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Alexa A wife and mom, Alexa is an avid traveller always on the lookout for a new adventure. She is a high energy, natural influencer and an 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. In her free time, Alexa loves spending quality time with her family, the outdoors, reading a good book, baking and exploring new restaurants, markets, and activities. 

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