What to do with the kids this holiday season
A list of the top things to do with kids in Joburg during the holidays
Now open in Bryanston, Roll Egoli is not just a popular roller skating rink, it’s also the perfect place to have fun on the trampoline or go ziplining. There are more than 1,000 square metres of covered floor on which you can roller blade and roller skate to your heart’s content, and the sides of the rink are semi-open to let the breeze blow in. In the shady garden there are some chickens and a play area for the younger kids. There’s also an on-site pizza restaurant that offers gelato, coffee, cold drinks and great pizza.
A great day out for the whole family, Fahrenheit Seafood & Grill is as well-known for its stunning menu as it is for its fantasy play area for kids. There are three family restaurants: one in Benoni, the other in Edenvale – both quite close to OR Tambo, and one in Alberton. All are excellent. Aside from offering delicious meat and seafood for lunch or dinner, they also offer a fully licensed bar. With shady gardens, private decks and the play areas, they are perfect spots to relax and have fun while the kids enjoy themselves.
THE PwC BIKE PARK
The PwC Bike Park is Gauteng’s home of adventure and skills for mountain bikers, trail runners, corporate events and kid’s parties. Whether you’re a member, visiting for the day, renting a bike or testing out your new 29er – there is something here for everyone. The perfect place for active and adventurous kids, from cycling to parties, jungle gyms to jumping castles. They have unintimidating trails for the littlies, medical assistance on standby and bikes for hire. The PwC Bike Park is one of the hottest kids’ party destination in Jozi.
For active kids, this location is unbeatable. There are eight different activities to participate in, including 9m-high climbing walls, a circus-sized trapeze and mountain-boarding for beginners, plus BorderX trails for more experienced riders. Equipment and padding is provided. There’s also Slackline, popular with climbers and gymnasts, and Big Air Krush Kushion Jump, the first of its kind in the country, where kids can learn tricks, spins, rolls and more on any non-motorised discipline like a skateboard or bicycle. Or you can enjoy the tarred and dirt runs for BMX, mountain boards, rollerblades, skateboards, etc. Finally there’s bubble soccer, which is great exercise and good fun.
Skiing in summer in Joburg? You’d better believe it! In fact, you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing and bumboarding on the 65-metre ski slope at Avalanche in Cedar Square, Fourways. Take the draglift to the top of the slope, and then make your way down. You can have a skiing or snowboarding lesson with an expert instructor, if you wish. Or a party – catering is available. The young ones can enjoy the activity centre and there’s a restaurant serving snacks all day. Photographers are stationed on the slope to take pictures of those adventurous enough to brave the slope. What are you waiting for?
Let your kids’ creativity shine through at this popular ceramic painting store in Hyde Park. And while you’re there, try it out yourself – there’s painting as well as mosaic activities to keep you busy. It’s a great way to relax and, whether you’re an artist or not, you can make something special. They also serve drinks and snacks to enjoy while you’re working. Pick an item from a wide selection of raw ceramic products, including bowls, plates, vases and knickknacks. Choose the paint colours you want to work with, and stencils, mosaic tiles or anything else you need to make your masterpiece. There’s someone on hand to assist, but the rest is up to you.
Maropeng is the highlight of a visit to the Cradle of Humankind, and a fun educational experience for the kids. At the entrance is the massive burial mound, the Tumulus, gateway to many secrets about humankind, and inside is an informative presentation that explains the history and pre-history of the human race, reaching back four million years. Part of the visit includes an underground boat ride through time, going backwards from the present to when earth was first created. This unforgettable journey of discovery includes finding out what it was like to live in the Ice Age, and when the earth was submerged under water.
Enjoy a great family day out at Pirates, with lots of place for the kids to play sport and run around. There’s a jungle gym and also a special Astroturf area where they can ride their bikes. This club in Greenside is the oldest sports club in Gauteng, and one of the three oldest in the country. It offers facilities for eight different sports – baseball, bowls, cricket, hockey, running, rugby, squash and tennis. The little restaurant at the club offers great food at good prices. Sit outside in the sun while the kids have the time of their lives.
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