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Some kids need constant entertainment. It’s really hard to keep it new and interesting all the time though – so we’ve decided to help you out, with this list of things to do with your kids in Johannesburg.

Also see: 10 unusual things to do in Joburg that won’t cost a fortune

Please note: the prices below are subject to change at the organisers’ discretion. Best to give them a call or check their website before travelling.


Things to do with your kids in Joburg

1. Yeesh! Fun for kids

Yeesh! Fun for kids is an indoor play and activity centre owned and operated by a child psychologist. It includes a large indoor structure that has jumping castles, trampolines, and a maze of fun obstacles and play equipment. Winner of the Best Indoor Party Award by Leisure Options 2010, they have quality supervisors so you can take some time out in their coffee bar and grab some freshly made confectionary and light snacks. You can also drop your kids off while you shop. There’s an arts and crafts and a ‘Junior Chef’ corner for children to get creative, and varied holiday activity programmes for all school holidays.


For latest prices see their full activity and price list.


Tel 0116569669, email


1. Red Bus City Tour

The Red Bus City Tour is a hop-on, hop-off excursion which takes you to some of the most interesting spots in Joburg – from Gold Reef City to the James Hall Transport Museum – with a special audio commentary channel for kids. Keep your eye out for specials which often run over the school holiday period.


Adults tickets cost R160, and kids (aged 5 to 17) are R90. Kids under 5 are free (online prices). These prices are for a one-day ticket; you can get a number of combos and multiple-day tickets too. Full details and latest prices here.


Tel 0861733287,


2. Get swinging at Acrobranch

Acrobranching gives you and the kids the chance to unleash your inner ape and go swinging through the treetops. The Acrobranch park in Melrose consists of four courses and is equipped with zip lines, swing bridges and Tarzan swings. The courses are family-friendly and safe for children as young as three years of age, and there’s a lot of variety: “Sprinting Cheetah” for speedsters, “Stalking Leopard” for testing balance. So, what are you waiting for? Grab the kids and take to the trees.


From R100 to R250 a person depending which course you’re doing.


Tel 0105930493,


3. Visit the Cradle of Humankind

Get out of the city and head to the Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng for a family trip that promises to be as fun as it will be educational. The Learner Centre is interactive and informative and will be a hit with both young and old. The main attraction, however, is the underwater boat ride that guides you through the history of earth’s creation in a visceral and awe-inspiring way. If the fossil display piques your interest, take a tour through the Sterkfontein caves – the home of the historic “Mrs Ples.” (Please note, the caves are sometimes closed to the public – best to call them beforehand to check).

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Image by Lisa Johnston.


Admission to the Maropeng Visitor Centre costs R65 for children (ages 4 to 14) and R120 for adults, and admission to the Sterkfontein Caves is R97 for children, R165 for adults. Combination tickets for both cost R125 for children and R190 for adults. Children under 4 free.


Tel 0145779000, email


4. Spend a day at the Johannesburg Zoo

If all else fails, take the kids to the zoo. The Johannesburg Zoo has got all sorts of exciting things lined up for the holidays. Kids from seven to 13 years old can enjoy a Holiday Fun Day, with animal feeding, crafts and games from 29 March to 1 April 2016.


Holiday Fun Day is R80 per child. Standard zoo entrance fees are R46 for kids between three and 12, and R75 for adults. Open Monday to Sunday (including public holidays) from 8:30 to 17:00.


Tel 0116462000,


5. Go quad-biking

Escape the urban jungle and hit the Segwati quad trails on the slopes of the Witwatersberg mountain range overlooking the Cradle of Humankind. Combine your quad-biking trip with a picnic, a braai or maybe even some game-viewing or bird-watching. There’s also a paintball range. Kids have to be over 13 years old to go quad-biking. You can do this by foot as well, as they have lovely hiking and walking trails. Segwati also has cottages and a bush camp if you plan on turning your quad-biking trip into a weekend away.


Please call Segwati for latest prices.


Tel 0824129823,


6. Visit Kloofendal Nature Reserve

Friends of Kloofendal is a conservation NGO that offers guided nature tours through the Kloofendal Nature Reserve in Roodepoort. These tours give you a chance to learn about and interact with the nature reserve’s plants, animals and insects. From bird ringing to panning for gold, there’s an interesting event happening almost every weekend! You can have a look at their event line-up here. If you feel like doing your part for nature conservation, you and the family can join the Friends of Kloofendal team on one of the invasive alien “hack” sessions.


Various prices depending on the activity. See their website for details.


Tel 0116742980 or 0796935608,


7. Attend a cooking class at Little Cooks Club

If you and your kids are foodies or simply want to learn more about cooking, why not sign up for a family cooking class? The Little Cooks Club has franchises throughout the city and will offer morning classes for children during the school holidays (excluding Easter weekend and public holidays). (Each franchise has a different schedule, so it’s best to phone and check what’s on offer at the franchise nearest to you). It’s not only a great way for kids to learn about nutrition and the joys of cooking but also a chance for you and the little ones to work together and bond. Added bonus: your dinners at home can only benefit from the cool cooking skills you’ll acquire and the easy, yummy recipes you’ll learn at these classes. Alternatively, check out some of these great recipes – we have enough to have you cooking for days!


Prices depend on the activity and age of your child.


Tel 0835563434, email,


8. Play paintball at Bush Paintball

Feeling trigger happy? Try out the Bush Paintball Range, conveniently situated 10 minutes from the Fourways Shopping Mall. They’re open 7 days a week, and offer a number of different playing fields.


From R120 per person, including gear.


Tel 0792082724 or 0607884337, email,


9. Explore the night skies at the Planetarium

If stars and constellations and comets are your kid’s thing, the Johannesburg Planetarium should be at the top of your to-do list (although their website is a glorious throwback from the beginning of the internet). Have a look at their show schedule here; they also should have experts on site to answer any of your astronomy questions. Added bonus: telescope are also for sale at the Planetarium which means you can take star-gazing into your own hands.


Adult tickets are R45 and kids tickets R30. Family tickets also available for R165 (max two adults with their dependent children – scholars or full-time students – and grandparents)


Tel 0117171390, email,


10. Paint your own pottery at Pottery Junxion

The Pottery Junxion in Edenvale is a great place to get your hands dirty and have something to show for it at the end of the day. Check into their studio and paint and decorate your own personalised plates, bowls or tea sets. All tools, products and ceramics are available on site. ages seven and up can try one of their painting or mosaic workshops.


R95 for a three-hour session, excluding the product: you pay for the products and for the amount of paint you use in addition to the R20 per hour starting fee. Bookings are essential.


Tel 0114532721, email,


11. Get lost in a Maze

Honeydew Mazes’ new Bee Maize Maze is now open and their 12th maize maze, designed in the shape of a honeycomb, has a whopping 3.5km of pathways and includes an eight-station general knowledge quiz which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

They’re open throughout the Easter holidays (excluding Good Friday and Easter Saturday), with no booking required. If you wish to host a large group, or a birthday party, please refer to their website for more information.


R150 an adult and R100 a child. There’s also a family ticket (two adults and two children) for R420.


Tel 0737952174, email, or

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12 Responses to “11 things to do with your kids in Johannesburg for the school holidays”

  1. Matt Cornish

    How about a Rugga Clinic to get young guys clued up on rugby at high school. Knowing the safety,basic skills and rules will put them ahead of the rest of their class!

  2. Charlotte

    Another great idea is to visit Da Vinci – The Genius (see I think most kids from about the age of 10 and will really enjoy the interactive touch screens, mirror room and testing out some of Da Vinci’s amazing machine inventions. And its great for moms and dads too! Especially the 25 Secrets of Mona Lisa which reveals how this amazing painting was made and answers some of all those questions everyone has been asking for centuries, like ‘Did Leonardo leave out the eyebrows and eyelashes on purpose?’

  3. Damien Grivas

    A-mazing Mazes is closed for the holidays and only opens again on the 10th of January.

  4. David

    Kids Bush Survival Morning

    Venue: Silverbush Farm

    Date: 16July 2015

    Time: 8H30 – 12H00

    Cost R 250.00 per person

    Ian from Cashane Rangers will be hosting the morning and will take the children on a huge adventure into our mountain. They will learn what they can eat in the mountain, plants that can be used for medicine and is useful and how to make fire. They will cook their own sausages and to make Stokbrood. They will receive a muffin and a 500ml water on arrival and will eat afterwards the food that they cook and a coke

    Parents may join in on the day as the views are spectacular or parents can sit in our mountain barn, eat something light and read a book. For moms that are needing to do some shopping, Cradlestone Mall is about 20 minutes from us.

    Children will leave having learned a great deal about nature in a fun environment and hopefully exhausted. A peaceful afternoon should be enjoyed by all.

    Please forward all enquiries and booking to David Brown on 083 4521196. Payment on booking

  5. David

    Please update for December 2015! e.g. ferry guided tour at Joburg zoo was in April and doesn’t seem available this holiday…

    • Kati Auld

      Hi David! The Family Fun Day was still available when we checked, but apparently it is now sold out. As of this morning, there was still availability for the older kids’ holiday programme.

  6. Maryanne

    Saddle Creek Adventures has pony rides and quad bikes for kiddies and adults. Its in Hekpoort thats in Magaliesburg, close for pretoria and johannesburg families


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