Jozi is famous for its glitter and golden status – an alluring force for the more mature crowd. But did you know that the little ones can enjoy this city, too? Discover how by scrolling through this catalogue of ten fun things to do in Johannesburg with kids during the School Holidays 2023 Johannesburg! So whether your child has a passion for science or a knack for painting, we got you covered.
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1. Northgate Ice Rink
Straight off the list of The Ultimate 50 Best Things To Do In Johannesburg is a skate session at Northgate Ice Rink. Situated at the Northgate Shopping Centre, this would pose a perfect opportunity for your kids to get acquainted with people of their size, all while learning a new skill! The ice rink is located inside the shopping complex – so come rain or sunshine, it’ll always be the right time to put on those skates.
Location: Northumberland Road, Northriding
2. Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Do you have a little Einstein under your roof? Take them to the world-class Sci-Bono Discovery Centre – an interactive museum featuring science, mathematics and technology exhibits. The museum also offers holiday programmes and workshops in these disciplines that will spark the interest of the youngest minds. Start getting the little ones excited by telling them about the centre’s awe-inspiring planetarium!
Location: Corner of Miriam Makeba & Helen Joseph Streets
3. Adventure Golf
This is something you can do no matter where in Johannesburg you are. Why is that? It is because Adventure Golf can be found in Fourways, Randburg, Stoneridge AND Hillfox! So let the kids battle it out on the putt-putt course and crown the day’s mini-golf champion. Celebrate this victory with delectable pizzas and beverages at The Deck, the on-site restaurant.
Location: Various locations
4. Fourways Farmers Market
Take a weekend family trip to Taroko Farm in the Modderfontein Reserve and explore Fourways Farmers Market. You can even bring your furry four-legged family member along for this one – head from stall to stall and collect gourmet delights and artisanal crafts. If the kids aren’t too interested in this shopping expedition, have them spend time at the playpark! Then, when everyone is hungry, enjoy lunch alongside the lake or under lush lines of trees.
Location: Norfolk Ln, Klipfontein View, Lethabong
5. The Field Berry Farm
Get the little ones out in the sun for an action-packed day of fruit picking at Field Berry Farm. You can even add some friendly competition to this activity and see who is first to fill their bucket with sweet little juicy drupes – there are more than enough raspberry plants to pluck from! You can also ride bikes with the kids at one of two designated tracks.
Location: Walkerville, De Deur
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6. Color Cafe
Having fun at Color Café can be done in three easy steps. First, select a raw ceramic item, determine a design and create something special! This is one of the best ways to spend quality time as a family – everyone will get the chance to expand on their creative abilities. The best part is that you can come back in about six weeks to collect your masterpiece. So pick up the brush and get started!
Location: Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue & North Road, Hyde Park
7. Zoo Lake
Line up the kids for an unforgettable boating experience at the beloved Zoo Lake. This public park offers endless views of lush greenery and two beautiful dams generated by the Parktown Spruit. This would be the perfect setting for a family picnic, too. Zoo Lake is adjacent to the famous Johannesburg Zoo, so what stops you from getting to know the park’s walking paths?
Location: Parkview, Randburg
8. Pretville Town & Bioscope
Get ready to travel back in time and get a taste of the 1950s at Pretville Town & Bioscope! This film town is home to numerous Afrikaans films and allows you to experience where the magic is made. From era-specific props like vintage cars to a classic diner where you can indulge in milkshakes, Pretville offers the WHOLE experience! You can even watch the movies filmed on the premises at the on-site bioscope.
Location: R511, Rietfontein, Hartbeespoort
Few things come close to the heartwarming feel of children’s laughter, and you are guaranteed to experience this during a rollerskating session. That’s why we recommend taking the little ones to RollEgoli. You can join them – all that gliding would be a great workout for you while the kids have a way to release built-up energy. The venue also has a scooter track, trampoline, jungle gym and more, so they’ll never get bored!
Location: 296 Main Road, Bryanston, Sandton
10. Upside Down House
A wacky end to the list of things to do in Johannesburg with kids – turn their world upside-down with a trip to the Upside Down House! Yes, a full-blown home on its roof while the foundation is in the air. The rooms are upside-down too! This is a sight to behold and undoubtedly one that the kiddies would appreciate. A holiday in Hartbeespoort doesn’t sound too bad, now does it?
Location: R3 Hartbeeshoek Road, Hartbeespoort