Holiday fun in Jozi this Winter!

This is my very first July holiday with my kids at home with me! Whilst I still need to work, I can schedule my work, events and appointments around them and our plans for the day. My kids like to get out. They suffer from cabin fever and like variety and a change of scenery and it’s in all our best interests to get out the house and have fun, even in the cold Jozi winter. Unfortunately, we can’t always just spend spend spend, and a lot of fun can become quite costly. Here’s a variety of fun and different things to do this holiday with your kids that you can pick and choose from according to your budget: Disney on Ice will be at the Ticketpro Dome from 22 – 30 June 2019. Tickets for this phenomenal event are still available and more information can be found here: https://www.disneyonice.com/za/en-za/ticket-info/Magical-Ice-Festival/8001 This is a pricier activity, but from what I hear, it’s worth every cent! What a treat to see your favourite Disney characters gliding across the ice! Soph would lose her mind at the sight of Olaf or Anna! Book now to avoid disappointment, this show is always a sell out!

Clearwater Mall is providing a variety of free activities from 15 June – 08 July 2019 – think of Sand Art, Glitter Art, Lego, Fun, Games, Puppet shows and Kallie the Clown! For a full schedule check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2073672442761565/ for times and activities – all fun will be happening in the Clearwater Mall Piazzo.

New releases hitting Ster-Kinekor theatres this holiday include: Toy Story 4 (releasing 21 June 2019), Secret Life of Pets 2 (releasing 28 June 2019), The Big Trip (out now), Aladdin (out now), A Dog’s Journey (out now) and the new Spiderman: Far From Home (releasing 03 July 2019). As you can see, there’s no shortage of entertainment, and remember, if your children have their Ster-Kinekor Vitality Card they can watch movies for FREE every day for movies starting before 7pm – score!

A trip to Hyto Tyto for one (or more) of their Holiday Program activities! From Kids Clay, to Little Cooks, Little Actors and Esteamed Kids – there is something for everyone. There is limited space for all of these activities – please contact the relevant Teachers on the programme instead of Hyto Tyto.

The Herb Farm in Midrand is offering some amazing holiday activities for just R50 per activity – everything from Make a Scarecrow to Milo Mud Balls, Sand Art, Wonder of Worms and Make Carrot Cupcakes with Herb Hunts during lunch! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for activities beyond Week 2.

Canvas Club in Weltevreden Park has a brilliant holiday line-up taking arts & crafts to the next level. They use a wide variety of materials to take the children on a magical creative journey of building explosively awesome crafts such as rockets, robots, fairy wings, musical instruments and many more! For more information contact Wendy on 079 692 6833 or check out canvas.club.

NickFest Live will once again be held at the Ticketpro Dome from 06 – 07 July 2019. Filled with slime, music and mayhem and all your kids favourite Nickelodeon stars and SLIME – lots of it! For more information: https://www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/bb3e5129-7bc4-6ba5-f794-5c95059ca92c.

Inchanga Stables is hosting a Winter Pony Camp from 1-4 July 2019. Monday to Wednesday 9:00-4:30, Thursday 9:00 – 12:00. What can you expect? Lots of riding and other fun, including treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, riding lessons, outrides, etc. For Ages 5-15, beginners and friends of riders are welcome and beginners always ride assisted. Lunches are included, the camp concludes with a fun gymkhana show and prize-giving to which parents are invited. R1600.00 per child. Please book and pay your 50% deposit by 24 June – contact Leonie 0734367037 to book your space!

The Nat Geo Kids Weird But True! exhibition, brought to you by National Geographic, in partnership with Sci-Bono, opens at the Sci-Bono Discovery Science Centre in Johannesburg on 16 June 2019. For the first time on the African continent, this engaging and interactive exhibition will give young minds the opportunity to explore our amazing and very weird world. Tickets cost R40 – R60.

Snakes in the City. If anyone has a child interested in snakes, this is a dream come true. Oli has oftened watched the Snakes in the City show on TV and now the two stars of the show, couple Simon Keys and London-born Siouxsie Gillett will be at Carnival City from 23 – 24 June 2019 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Want to know the best news if you’re an avid fan? The shows are FREE!

Madagascar The Musical Adventure Jr. is still on at The People’s Theatre until 04 August 2019 at R149 per ticket and runs at 10:30 and 14:30. Book tickets now at https://www.joburgtheatre.com/madagascar-jr/ this is bound to be a hit with the kids! Charlotte’s Web, based on the book by E.B. White, is showing at the National Children’s Theatre from 18 June 2019 – 19 July 2019. Your children will fall in love with this heart-warming classic I adored growing up. Tickets are R50 – R120 and Babies under 1 enter for free. For more information – https://www.nationalchildrenstheatre.org.za/copy-of-on-show.

Catch Pep Bou’s Wonderful World of Bubbles at The Fringe at Joburg theatre from 03 – 21 July 2019! Perfect for children from the age of 5, they use a variety of bubbles including fishbowl bubbles, animal bubbles, bubbles on a high-wire, sliding bubbles, puppet bubbles and even a train inside a bubble tunnel. Tickets range from R150 – R190 – for more information, click here: https://www.webtickets.co.za/events/featured/bubble-magic-jhb/1489071787.

Why not join the Johannesburg Zoo for their June holiday programme taking place between 18 – 21 June 2019 from 09:00 – 13:00, every day. Kids aged between 7 – 13 can experience outdoor adventures with a range of fun activities including animal feeding, arts and crafts and lots of games. Make sure you pack your child some lunch to take along on the day, and sunscreen. Booking is essential – contact Lebo on 011 646 2000 (2243).

Feel like embracing Winter without the snow? Treat the kids to an afternoon of bum-boarding, slope-surfing and sliding down the 20m slope at the famous Ski Deck in Ferndale. R100 per child for two hours of fun, with access to the jungle gym and zip line. Bookings for this are only available during the week and by appointment.

Lastly on the calendar, Silverstar will be treating the kids this Winter holiday with not only entertainment within the venue, but there’ll also be excitement on the Square and an amusement park! The Square will include fun activities like pedal karts, sand art and ceramic painting, colourful face painting and balloon sculpting. The amusement park will be loads of fun where the kids can enjoy riding the Crazy Wave, the Sky Rider, spinning in the Music Box and zooming on the Hully Gully. And because that simply isn’t enough, there’ll also be a Fun House and Carousel! The fun will be on from 15 June 2019 – 17 July 2019 from 10:00 – 22:00 (weather dependent) – tickets are available at all rides.

Hopefully you’ll find something fabulous from the list above to keep the kids occupied and in good spirits during these holidays! If you’re stuck for places in Pretoria to visit with your kids, my friend Mari-Louise from Just a Mamma has you covered – so many new places for my bucket list – check it out here!