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

Johannesburg|Excursions & Activities|Things to do with Kids

Pinocchio - The Ultimate Pantomime Adventure

Re-live this classic family tale of the wooden puppet Pinocchio and his father Gepetto at the Joburg Theatre.

When: 11 November - 30 December 2017

Where: Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre, Loveday Str & Hoofd Str, Braamfontein

Cost: R 185.00 - R 315.00 per person

A Handful of Keys

This hilarious comedy production is back! Although something for the older kids, it is a definite family favourite must-see. 

When: 22 November 2017 - 14 January 2018

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

Cost: R 100.00 - R 200.00 per person

Cinderella on Ice

The latest Imperial Ice Stars production is set to wow audiences this December and is bound to be another showstopper with its phenomenal special effects and talented cast. 

When: 1 December 2017 - 7 January 2018

Where: Teatro at Montecasino, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways

Cost: R 150.00 - R 425.00

Joburg Ballet's Summer School

This is the perfect holiday entertainment for any budding or experienced ballerina aged 6 - 18. Expect a 5-day dancing programme (including ballet, contemporary dancing, pilates and more) led by staff and dancers of the Joburg Ballet.

When: 6 - 10 December 2017

Where: Joburg Theatre, Loveday Str & Hoofd Str, Braamfontein

Cost: R 1,700.00 - R 2,700.00

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: 03 December - 23 December 2017

Where: Lippizaner Centre, Dahlia Rd, Kyalami

Cost: R 120.00 -  R 170.00 

Family Summer Picnics

Read this for a complete list of Gauteng's favourite picnic spots

Family Adventure Activities

Take advantage of the perfect outdoor weather and read this for 13 unbeatable adventure activities in Johannesburg.

Fun in the Sun: Theme Parks

Johannesburg|Excursions & Activities|Things to do with Kids

Aqua Park - Floating Obstacle Course

Visit South Africa’s first ever floating obstacle course at 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! While here, make a day (or even a weekend) out of it and try your hand at water skiing and wakeboarding at the Cable Park.

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

             Add Session to any Cable Pass Purchase: R 120.00 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 mining 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: Open 7 days a week, Monday - Sunday, 09h30 - 17h00

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

Johannesburg|Excursions & Activities|Things to do with Kids

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:​​​


Read our recent blog post for a complete list of must-visit family markets in Johannesburg.


Lively Family Lunches & Dinners

Johannesburg|Excursions & Activities|Things to do with Kids

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

For child-friendly restaurants in Pretoria, click here.

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 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 busybody. 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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