What's on for Families in Johannesburg this Summer

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What's on for Families in Johannesburg this Summer

Most of us are anxiously counting down the last few working days of the year - let the festive family fun begin! For those of you not heading to the  beach, the bush, or the winelands for a well-deserved break, this vibrant city we call home, has so many fun-filled and family-friendly excursions and activities to offer during the festive period, it will definitely feel as if you did have that family escape! Here is my bucket list of events:

Festive Fun: Festivals, Excursions & Shows

Colour in the Sun Joburg

Celebrate Reconciliation Day in the Jo’burg summer heat by colouring in your life to live music.

When: 16 December 2016, 11h30 - 22h00

Where: Carnival City Festival Lawns, C/O Century and Elsburg Rd, Brakpan

Cost: R 160.00 - R 210.00 per person (each ticket includes 1 bag of colour powder)

Lippizaner Christmas Festival

South African Lippizaners is hosting a Christmas Show with the Welsh Male Choir of South Africa, promising a wonderfully exciting showcase for kids and adults alike (the kids will even be involved in the show in a secret way!).

When: 04 December - 23 December 2016, 10h30 - 15h00 - 19h00

Where: Lippizaner Centre, Dahlia Rd, Kyalami

Cost: R 160.00 per person

Fun in the Snow

Let your kids experience snow in the summer heat as Serendipity creates a special Christmas experience with their snow machine.

When: 26 November - 23 December 2016, 09:00 - 16:30

Where: Serendipity,48 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank

Cost: R 50.00 per child, adults free

Garden of Lights

Take a stroll through the spectacular showcase of lights and Christmas characters lending a mesmerising Christmas atmosphere to the perfectly manicured gardens at Emperors Palace.

When: 02 December 2016 - 08 January 2017, 19h00 - 22h00

Where:  Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park

Cost: R 25.00 per person

Cirque Éloise iD

A fantastic show combining circus, arts, dance and acrobatics - a child friendly must-see.

When: 30 November - 24 December 2016

Where: The Teatro at Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways

Cost: R 150.00 - R 450.00

Great Moscow Circus

Watch the wonder and excitement in your children’s eyes at the world premiere of the Great Moscow Circus’ brand new show.

When: 22 December 2016 - 14 January 2017

Where: The Teatro at Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways

Cost: R 150.00 - R 595.00

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

A magical musical performance about the Biblical story of Joseph - a show sure to delight the entire family.

When: 10 November 2016 - 29 January 2017

Where: Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways

Cost: R 100.00 - R 350.00

Mr Popper’s Penguins

This show will transport your family into the feel-good, hilarious, singing and dancing world of the Poppers family and their penguins.

When: 08 - 18 December 2016

Where: National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown

Cost: R 100.00 - R 120.00 per person

French PIC NIC

Go on a French adventure during this themed picnic event at the ever-trendy PIC NIC in Newtown. Expect French treats and a Congolese band.

When: 10 December 2016, 12:00 - 17:00

Where: Work Shop New Town, Newtown Junction, C/O Gwigwi Mrwebi St & Miriam Makeba Street, Johannesburg

Cost: Entrance is free

African Summer Christmas Picnic

Celebrate our unique and summery festive season the African way -  with live music (including Christmas Carols), delicious treats and ice cold drinks, during a relaxed picnic at the popular Joziburg Lane.

When: 15 December 2016, from 19h00

Where: Joziburg Lane, C/O Eloff & Wemmer Jubilee Streets, Johannesburg CBD

Cost: Adults: R 100.00 each | Children R 30.00 each

Family Summer Picnics

For a complete list of our favourite picnic spots in the Gauteng region, click here.


Fun in the Sun: Theme Parks

Aqua Park - Floating Obstacle Course

South Africa’s first ever floating obstacle course opened its doors in September and the aptly named Aqua Park is bound to ensure a day of exhilaration with its series of inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows, bouncers, swings, ramps, jumps, ladders, a trampoline, a slide, wiggle bridges and more!

When: Tuesday - Friday: 12h00 - 18h00 | Saturday & Sunday: 10h00 - 18h00

Where: Stoke City,C/O R562 & Olifantsfontein Road, Randjiesfontein,Midrand

Cost:     General Admission R 40.00 per person, Children under 8: Free

             Aqua Park 50min Session: R 150.00 per person

Gold Reef City Theme Park

Africa’s largest theme park offers some of the tallest, biggest and fastest thrill rides, tamer family rides, a 4D theatre and a mine museum with an underground mine tour. A cinema, a variety of restaurants and accommodation also available. This destination has activities for everyone and allows for a fun-filled family excursion.

When: 07 December 2016 - 11 January 2017, Monday - Sunday, 09h30 - 18h00

Where: C/O  Northern Parkway & Data Crescent, Ormonde

Cost:     Thrill Rider - R190 per person above 1.3m

Non Rider - R110 per person above 1.3m

R120 per person under 1.3m

R160 per pensioner 60+ years (incl. thrill rides if physically safe)

R160 per student, upon presentation of a valid student card

R485 family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children under 1.3m)

Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge

Family Shopping: Markets

Everyone loves a good market - the fresh, often organic produce, the artisanal products, homemade clothing, arts and crafts and yummy food and drinks, always make for a relaxing family outing of browsing. Luckily Johannesburg has a very large variety of markets on offer:

Christmas Market at Alice Art Gallery

When: 26 November - 18 December 2016, 09:00 - 16:00

Where: Alice Art Gallery, 217 Dryf Avenue, Ruimsig, Roodepoort

Cost: Entrance is free

The Festive Fair

When: 10 December 2016, from 10:00

Where: Woodmead Retail Park, 1 Waterfall Cresent, Woodmead

Cost: Entrance is free

Fourways Farmers Market

When:     Every Sunday: 09h00 - 16h00

Saturday Night Christmas Market: 10 & 17 December 2016, 13:00 - 21:00

Sunday Day Christmas Market: 11 & 18 December 2016, 09h00 - 16h00

Where: C/O William Nicol Drive and Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways

Cost: Entrance is free

Bryanston Organic Christmas Moonlight Markets

When: 10 & 17 December 2016, 17h00 - 21h00

Regular Market: Every Thursday & Saturday 09h00 - 15h00

Where: 40 Culross Rd (off Main Rd), Bryanston

Cost: Entrance if free

The Blubird Wholefood Market Birnam

When: Every Sunday: 09h00 - 14h00

Where: Blubird Shopping Centre, C/O Atholl-Oaklands Rd and Fort Str, Birnam

Cost: Entrance is free

Rosebank Sunday Market

When: Every Sunday: 09h00 - 16h00

Where: Rosebank Mall, 50 Bath Avenue, Johannesburg

Cost: Entrance is free

Ruimsig Farmers Market

When: 10 December 2016, 09h00 - 16h00

Where: Maragon Ruimsig, 144 Van Dalen Road, Roodepoort

Cost: Adults: R 10.00 per person | Children: free

Lively Family Lunches & Dinners

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

For child friendly restaurants in Pretoria, click here.


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