7 fun things to do for kids in Johannesburg

Posted on 5 January 2022 By Taylah Strauss

Youngsters have tonnes of energy, and it can be difficult to keep them entertained. But, if you’re in Joburg, there’s no shortage of fun activities for kids to do. Here’s a list of seven winners.

1. Trampoline park


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Jumping on a trampoline has numerous benefits for children and adults alike; it improves balance and coordination, as well as core strength. Aside from the benefits, it’s simply a fun activity to get your adrenaline going.

Whilst outdoor trampolines are sometimes considered unsafe and difficult to maintain, indoor trampolines take that responsibility out of your hands. Indoor trampolines are safe, with foam-padded walls and dividers between sections, so injury is less likely to occur if your child falls. Falling is also less likely to occur, as staff members are assigned to ensure no one takes unnecessary risks.

Seeing as there is ample space, it is a nice activity for large groups too.

The BOUNCE trampoline park in Sandton offers a limited summer pass, and ensures an enjoyable and safe experience.

Rates: For more information on their rates, click here.

Contact details: 011 517 2500

Address: 95 William Nicol Dr, Fourways

2. Indoor skiing


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Located in Randburg, Ski Deck does not only offer formal training, but they also have an option for those who just wish to glide down a snowy path without having to travel all the way to the Drakensberg mountains.

In addition, Ski Deck also has a trampoline and a jungle gym, as well as a zip line. All of these are in an enclosed area, so parents can monitor their kids at all times.

Skiing is not only fun, but it also improves concentration, so this is the ideal activity for your kids before heading back to school.

Rates: For more information on their rates, click here.

Contact Details: 011 781 6528

Address: 74 Bond Street, Ferndale, Randburg

Also Read: The 20 Best Restaurants in Randburg

3. Paint ceramics

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The Color Cafe in Hyde Park has rows of shelves lined with a wide selection of ceramics for your child to pick. Whether a tiny elephant or a giant mug, you name it, they have it.

This activity is best spent in groups. Children are given a selection of paints, a palette, brushes and a cup of water. After they are done with their selected item, it goes to the kiln to be glazed and can be picked up after three weeks. After that, children can enjoy a snack off their menu.

Painting has a wide variety of benefits; it fosters creativity and boosts problem-solving and motor skills.

But the best part of all this is that your kids can make a mess and you won’t have to clean it up!

Rates: For more information on their rates, click here.

Contact details: 011 341 0734 

Address: Shop 3,4,5 Lower Ground Floor, Cnr Jan Smuts Ave and North Road, Hyde Park

4. Build-a-Bear workshop

Build-A-Bear is a one-of-a-kind global brand. Build-A-Bear workshops bring life to your child’s personalised furry friend. A child can pick a design from the shelf, after which a staff member will assist in the stuffing process. After this, children can even dress their stuffed animals with little outfits.

Build-A-Bear has numerous stores operating in Johannesburg alone, so you can take your pick!

Rates: For more information on their rates, click here.

Address: For the address and contact details of all their stores in Johannesburg, click here.

5. Go-karting

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Go karting in Johannesburg, or kart racing, involves a small circuit track and go-karts or shifter karts. These go-karts are open vehicles with no protection for the driver besides protective gear and a helmet.

It is still however completely safe! Many karting tracks have an option for children, which is equipped with additional safety and guidelines. With kart racing, your child can briefly experience life behind the wheel!

For karting tracks in Johannesburg, click here.

6. Zip-lining

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Though the spelling of the activity varies, its definition stays roughly the same. Zip-lining involves a pulley suspended on a cable that is mounted on a slope. With zip-lining, you can briefly experience a birds-eye view of your environment. It is an exhilarating and safe activity.

Acrobranch offers zip-lining for beginners, as well as an aerial obstacle course.

Rates: For more information on their rates, click here.

Contact details: 086 999 0369

Address: James & Ethel Gray Park, Melrose Street Extension

7. Horseback riding

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For just a day, your child can mount a horse and become an equestrian. This activity typically involves an instructor teaching your child how to safely mount and dismount a horse, and then they lead the horse around the tracks. Horseback riding is not without risk, but thankfully, Ravenwood Stables has helmets and riding boots in all shapes and sizes to ensure your child’s safety.

Rates: For more information on their rates, click here.

Contact details:

Address: 119 Club Street, Linksfield


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