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
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
Aqua Park - Floating Obstacle Course
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
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 has a variety of fantastic family-friendly restaurants on offer - find our ultimate list here.
For child-friendly restaurants in Pretoria, click here.