Things to do with Kids this Spring in Johannesburg

Things to do with Kids this Spring in Johannesburg

What's on in Johannesburg this Spring

Driving through JHB at the moment is my favourite time of the year. All the shades of reds, browns and golds are slowly turning to bright purples, pinks and greens. It also reminds me that this time 2 years ago I was heavily pregnant and waiting for my Spring Baby to arrive and bring much colourful joy to our lives. I am sure this is how we all feel about September and the start of Spring. A feeling of new beginnings in a tiresome year. If you are wondering how and where you should be spending your quality family time, we have found an amazing list of places and events which will happily see your family through the Spring.

One of the best parts of September is the very South African Braai Day weekend for Heritage day! What are you doing to celebrate?

(See what's on in Johannesburg, Durban and on the Garden Route this Spring)

Read our Things to do With Kids under R100 in JHB and Inexpensive outdoor activities for families for other ideas of what to do!

Spending the holiday in another part of our beautiful country? Read our guides: Things to do with Kids this Spring in Cape Town, Things to do with Kids this Spring in Durban and Things to do with Kids this Spring in the Garden Route.

What’s on this Spring 2019

September - November 2019


Muddy Puppy, (Krugersdorp)

The Muddy Puppy is an obstacle course fun run that gives dogs and their walkers the chance to enjoy being outdoors. Running a distance of 2 to 4km and consisting of obstacles with crawling, climbing, jumping, slipping, sliding, wagging, barking and lots and lots of mud. Medals and treats to all finishers.

Children under 6 are free |R90 Children under 12 | R160 Online | R200 entry fee on the day.

When: 29 September 2019 7am to 12pm

Where: Walkhaven Dark Park, Zwartkop, Krugersdorp

Who: Child to Adult (6 years and above)

For more information: call 072 537 0122

Website: Mud Puppy

La Veneziana: Ice Cream Tasting Event (Magaliesburg)

All it takes is 30 – 40 minutes to comfortably enjoy an ice-cream tasting experience tasting at La Veneziana’s most traditional and creative flavours together with your loved ones. The ice-cream tasting event will not only give you a chance to bring out your inner connoisseur as you taste various ice creams and hand baked puddings off their menu, it will also give you the possibility to buy your favourite flavours straight from their factory shop, with many bargains not to be missed out on.

R55 ages 12+ | R35 ages 3 – 12 | Free Children under 3

When: 24 Aug, 11am-3pm (This event forms part of Magalies rocks the cradle)

Where: La Veneziana Ice Cream, Magaliesburg

Who: Toddler to Adult

For more information: call 082 604 5670


The Sandy Land Getaway 2 (Sun City, North West)

Sandy Land getaway is a full day trip to Sun City. The road trip usually leaves Park Station in Joburg, stops at the coolest craft village, Cameleon village, where you find all sorts of African hand made products and then makes its way to Sun City. A day of relaxing and fun in the Valley of the Waves, in the wave pool and on the slides.

R400 per seat | Kids and Family Packages available | Your ticket covers the entrance to the resort and the Valley of the Waves.

When: 28 September, 7am – 5pm

Where: Bus Leaves from Park Station (Johannesburg), Event is in Sun City (North West)

Who: Toddler to Adult

For more information: email

Website: The Sandy Land Getaway 2

World of Golf (Johannesburg)

World of Golf | Johannesburg | Active Activities | Kids Party Venue | Party ideas for boys and girls

In Jo’Burg you will find 18 hectares of land dedicated to fun, family, friends, play, the outdoors, leisure and sport. The venue is themed around the game of golf, World of Golf is the leading golf and family leisure park in South Africa. Also, one of the best choices when it comes to a kids party venue.

Where: Maxwell Dr, Waterval 5-Ir, Midrand

More Information: World of Golf

Swartkrans Go-Karts (Krugersdorp)

Swartkrans Go-karts | Gauteng | Kids Party Venue | Activities

Kids will have access to a monster 700m track! The longest and most exciting Go-kart track in Gauteng! The venue is also a great kids party venue and as from the 6 July 2019, and then every Saturday thereafter, they will be hosting the Cradle Market.

Where: 56 Hekpoort Road Krugersdorp

More Information: Swartkrans Go-Karts

Movie Under the Stars (Rosebank)

It will be a fun filled night to remember! Food, popcorn, sweets and drinks will be on sale at the venue. No food or drinks will be allowed into the venue. Picnic blankets and chairs will be allowed. Patrons with chairs will be asked to sit towards the back of the field so as not to obscure the view of the screen for other patrons.


4pm Venue opens

6pm Film 1 (family movie)

8pm Film 2 (PG 10 movie)

10:30 Venue closes

R125 per person | R400 for four people |Tickets include entrance for both films

When: 30 August, 4pm-10:30pm

Where: 13 Jellicoe Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196

Who: Tween to Adult

For more information: call 011 788 1120



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Comic Con Africa & Kids Con (Midrand)

Comic Con Africa focuses on all elements of pop culture, including cosplay, comic books, anime, manga, other creatives, film & series, games (including video and esports) and books/authors.

Kids Con is the first and entirely Kid focused convention in Africa, KidsCon is taking the term ‘fun and games’ to the next level. The interactive four-day convention is geared to celebrating and inspiring all kids to embrace the superhero within and to cosplay along with those who are older, but still kids at heart.

R160 single day pass | R500 4 day pass – A ticket to Comic Con Africa gives you access to the Kids Con Hall.

Kids 6 and under enter for free.

When: 21 to 24 September, 9am

Where: Gallagher Convention Centre, 19 Richards Drive, Halfway House, Midrand, Johannesburg.

Who: Toddler to Adult

For more information: call 011 5498300

Website: Comic Con Africa & Kids Con

Kyalami 9 hour (Midrand)

Fans of racing can expect two days of jam-packed race track activity including a support race, qualifying laps, celebrity hot laps, team activation's and grid walks, all leading up to the 9 hour race on 23rd November.

Alongside the race activity is an extensive programme filled with entertainment for all the family to join in on, including consumer activation's, a main stage hosting South Africa’s hottest bands and DJs, a Kid’s Zone, bars and food trucks plus plenty of outdoor fun.

Cost: R160 – R8280 | Tickets vary according to days and access | Children under 3 years enter free.

When: 21st - 23rd November 2019, 8am -11pm

Where: Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Allendale Road, Kyalami Estate, Midrand

Who: Toddler to Adult

For more information: call 0861234695

Website: Kyalami 9 hour

Indoor Play - Things to do With Kids

JHB also has these amazing kids indoor play areas you could visit. Maybe you feel like a little less sunshine or the weather isn’t exactly sunny and bright.


Peppa Pig (Kempton Park)

More fun than a muddy puddle! It’s going to be a BIG day out as the smash theatrical Peppa Pig Live tour returns to South Africa as Ackermans presents “Peppa Pig’s BIG DAY OUT”. This action-packed live stage show is especially designed to give young fans an unforgettable first live theatre experience ... Fans will be laughing, cheering and dancing – just like Peppa!

Tickets range from R99-R399.

When: 20 - 29 September, 10am, 1pm and 6pm

Where: Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, Johannesburg

Who: All Ages (Prams are not allowed in the venue)

For more information: email

Website: Peppa Pig, Things to do With Kids

Journey Beyond – a Symphonic Circus (Braamfontein)

Journey Beyond is an extraordinary artistic collaboration between Zip Zap Circus and the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra. Journey Beyond will be performed for the first time ever at the Joburg Theatre, as part of Heritage month. Journey Beyond artfully blends mesmerising choregraphed circus acts with orchestral masterpieces, amplified by soloist Zolani Mahola from Freshlyground. This Symphonic Circus will captivate, thrill and transcend audiences beyond their imaginations.

R165-R320 | Early bird, Family packages, Special price Pensioners/Students and Scholars tickets available.

When: 20-22 September, 3pm or 7:30pm

Where: Mandela Theatre, Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein

Who: Tween to Adult

For more information: call 0827757502

Website: Journey Beyond – a Symphonic Circus

Story Book Theatre - Things to do With Kids

Story Book Theatre (Braamfontein)

A show featuring beloved, timeless tales like Rumpelstiltskin, The Emperors New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea and more. The aim is to inspire children to read and to share the wonder of books. The show sees interaction between the cast and the audience, who become an integral part of the show. The classics are brought to life through the use of engaging narration, music, movement, puppetry and audience interaction. Story Book Theatre is aimed at children aged 3 to 10.

R149 | R100 for members of the Peoples Theatre Kids Club (R120 membership fee)

When: 2 to 29 September, 9am and 11am

Where: Johannesburg Theatre Complex, Loveday Street, Braamfontein

Who: Toddler to Adult

For more information: call 011 403 1563

Website: Story Book Theatre


Aardklop Arts Festival 2019 (Potchefstroom)

Aardklop is one of South Africa’s biggest and most popular Afrikaans arts festivals. Top South African actors and musicians perform in new and beloved theatre and music productions. There will be a variety of entertainment from theatre, music and visual arts to book and current affair discussions, children’s theatre and lifestyle experiences.

R50 per day | R75 week pass | Kids U12 free | All events have their own costs.

When: 24 to 28 September, All events have their own times

Where: All events have their own venues, Potschefstroom

Who: Tween to Adult

For more information: call 0875270023

Website: Aardklop Arts Festival 2019

Change Colours Kiddies Pool & Braai Picnic (Germiston)

Change Colours Kiddies Pool & Braai Picnic is a kiddies event for ages (1-15 years ). The venue will be furnished with kids activities, pools, zip line, ice skating and more. It is a fun day for the kids and parents. The kids get to have a good time with parents enjoy a braai and good background music.

R80 – R350 | Adults enter for free | All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

When: 9 November, 11am – 7pm

Where: Leondale Sports Grounds, Germiston

Who: Baby to Teen

For more information: call 082 973 2623

Website: Change Colours Kiddies Pool & Braai Picnic

Founders Hill Family Festival & Pyro Spectacular (Modderfontein)

Founders Hill brings you Founders Hill Family Festival, an epic event for the whole family filled with music, food and entertainment. SA's greatest upcoming DJs and artists. Entertainment for the whole family will be provided. Laser Light Pyro Spectacular, inflatables for kiddies, craft stalls, live music and all sorts of food on sale

R81-R259 | All ages welcome

When: 7 September, 2pm-8pm

Where: Founders Hill School, Lethabong

Who: All ages

For more information: call 011 447 6651

Website: Founders Hill Family Festival & Pyro Spectacular

Fleurenville Spring Day Festival & Market  - Things to do With Kids

Fleurenville Spring Day Festival & Market (Montana)

Come enjoy a fun day out to celebrate the arrival of spring. Visitors can expect a memorable day out, with a variety of products and food to purchase at the market. Fun activities for the whole family will include a jumping castle, photo booth, face painting, games, jukskei, putt-putt, croquet, lucky draws, a best spring hat competition and much more. The day will end off in the evening with a community braai. The day’s entertainment will include performances from local artists and performing groups, including the Gumboot Dancers and non-stop excitement from the MC, Greunen Parker.

Adults R20 | Children R10

When: 5 October, All day from 9:30am

Where: Corner 3rd and Jan Bantjies, Montana, Pretoria

Who: All ages

For more information: call 012 943 8700

Website: Fleurenville Festival & Market

Zoo Lake Family Braai Picnic & Colour Festival (Parkview)

Family Braai Picnic is South Africa’s Biggest Braai and Picnic travel event, an extraordinary movement that promotes family social activities and gatherings. Young people from various backgrounds will have the opportunity to network over braai, drinks, music and non toxic colour powder! Everyone is welcome. The event is a bring & braai picnic. So bring along your braai packs, picnic baskets, snacks, drinks, camp chairs, gazebo and anything else you think you’ll need for a day out in the park.

R50 Kids | R60 Adult |Family and Group packages available.

When: 14 September, 10am-5pm

Where: Zoo Lake, Parkview, Johannesburg

Who: All ages

For more information: call 076 327 0392

Website: Zoo Lake Family Braai Picnic & Colour Festival

Barfundi Vleis - Things to do With Kids

Fire and Feast Meat and food festival (Northriding)

2019’s festival will host a line-up of culturally diverse chefs each chosen for their talent and expertise in taste and technique. This quintessential proudly South African weekend-long love affair of meat, fire, braais and music promises to be the event of the year for all discerning diners, foodies, braai-masters, butchers and industry experts.

Eat, meat, feast and repeat at the ultimate meat, braai and music celebration.

Adults - R100 | Students&Pensioners: R80 | Kids U12: R20

When: 6-8 September, 10am – 6pm

Where: TicketPro Dome

Who: All ages (Baby changing facilities available)

For more information: call 011 794 5800 or email on

Website: Fire and Feast Meat and food festival

Picnic and Braai - Things to do With Kids

And if you love that picnic and braai but prefer less crowds than at these festivals, try out these family friendly picnic spots in Johannesburg


The Kids Gym - Things to do With Kids

The Kids Gym (Fourways)

Healthy Living Day

Join us for an afternoon of food, fun and fitness at our Healthy living day. Kids get to enjoy the gym under supervision. Adults will attend a healthy snack demo as well as plant based food demo. Goodie bags and lots of prizes to be won.

R150 | R50 for kids | Members can attend for free but booking is essential.

When:18 August, 12:30pm -2:30pm

Where: The Kids Gym

Who: 18 months to 15 years

Skipping Clinic  - Things to do With Kids

Skipping Clinic

Beginners to advanced all welcome! Come learn to skip or if you can skip come learn some fun tricks. Lots of fun to be had. BringWater Bottle and Kids Gym Socks if you have.

R200.00 incl snack & lunch | Members receive a 50% discount

When:12 August, 9:00am – 1pm

Where: The Kids Gym

Who: Ages 5 to Teen

Ninja Clinic

Come hone your Ninja Skills! We’ll be working on lots of cool Ninja skills and having lots of fun too! It will build self esteem, strength and teach boys and girls all the tricks of the trade on how to become a true ninja. Join them for a class of obstacle courses, jumping, rolling, climbing and so much more. Bring Water Bottle and Kids Gym Socks if you have.

R200.00 incl snack & lunch |Members will receive a 50% discount but booking is essential.

When:13 August, 9am – 1pm

Where: The Kids Gym

Who: Ages 5 to Teen

Ninja Clinic - Things to do With Kids

Tumbling Clinic

This is for ALL LEVELS and for all boys and girls! Come work on handsprings, somersaults and twists or learn the basics! BringWater Bottle and Kids Gym Socks if you have.

R200.00 incl snack & lunch |50% discount applies to members but booking is essential.

When:14 August, 9am -1pm

Where: The Kids Gym

Who: Ages 4 to Teen

Tumbling Clinic - Things to do With Kids

Ball Skills Clinic

Our Ball Skills Clinic will focus on the fundamental skills necessary for success in all ball skills. We will work on a rotating basis and will focus on hitting, throwing, catching and ball control. Bring water bottle and Kids Gym Socks if you have.

R200.00 incl snack & lunch |50% discount applies to members but booking is essential.

When:15 August, 9am – 1pm

Where: The Kids Gym

Who: Ages 4 to Teen

Ball Skills Clinic - Things to do With Kids

Holiday Club

It’s almost time for HOLIDAY CLUB again! Join us for one day, five days or for all ten days using the links below.

Themes for each day are as follows:

Monday, 19 August: Fun Olympics

Tuesday, 20 August: Skip Champions

Wednesday, 21 August: Superheros

Thursday, 22 August: Pyjama Day

Friday, 23 August: Ninja Day

Monday, 26 August: Disney Day

Tuesday, 27 August: Circus Day

Wednesday, 28 August: Pirate Day

Thursday, 29 August: Star Wars

Friday, 30 August: Ninja Day

R150 (Excluding Lunch) or R200 (Including Lunch) |

Holiday Club All 10 Days: Price From R1350-R1800

When:19-30August, 8am -1pm

Where: The Kids Gym

Who: 18 months to Teen

For more information: Call 010 601 6444

Address: The Kids Gym, Cedar Square, Fourways

Website: The Kids Gym Johannesburg

Holiday Club - Things to do With Kids

Laps4Cows - Cliffview Primary (Randburg)

This event will be a multi-disciplined event targeted at Primary School going children (assisted, if necessary, by their parents) All schools are invited.

5 Separate Events,

  1. Cycle
  2. Run
  3. Run/Cycle/Run
  4. Climbing and Siding a GIANT Inflatable
  5. Up and Down Stairs.

Each event will last for 30mins indicated by a horn or hooter. Food stalls, coffee truck, tuck shops and entertainment like jumping castles and clamber club for littles are available. Family day of fun.

R20 per discipline | It is encouraged that all participants to do all events however they will accept at least 3 of the 5 events to be participated in.

When: 14 September, 9am-2pm

Where: Cliffview Primary School, Fairlands, Randburg

Who: Tween to Teen

For more information: call 083 258 6771 or visit

Website: Laps4Cows - Cliffview Primary

Visit a Child-Friendly Restaurant, Johannesburg

Having fun and enjoying all the spring events? why not pop into one of these restaurant or coffee shops. Sit down relax and let the kids play, because these restaurants in this blog are all child-friendly.

Have fun and keep in touch with social media! Facebook: @thingstodowithkids, Twitter @thingstodo_kids and Instagram @thingstodowithkids.



Tracey, a former communications specialist and globetrotter, studied Psychology, Sociology and Management and is now a full-time mom of two boys. Tracey is constantly searching for connections, support and inspirations to start influencing and encouraging other stay at home moms. She is affectionate, charismatic and deeply caring making her decisions to dedicate her time to children and other moms ideal. She loves spending time with her family, traveling and trying out new family friendly activities. Writing for Things to do with Kids is a new adventure and dream for Tracey.

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