It feels like we’ve been living in the middle of the Antarctic lately. Seriously, that was more than just ‘winter’. My poor kids are so layered up right now, their movements are restricted and their resemblance of the Michelin Man is striking! The current weather has inspired my latest list of places to keep the kids busy instead of cooped up in the house all winter long. Some of these places will have been on these two lists (50 things to do with your kids in Johannesburg & The best kid-friendly brekkie spots in Joburg), but I thought it’s easier to search for a winter specific list when you’re in a bind and you’re pulling your hair out. Look, as long as my kids are dressed warmly enough I let them play outside, but if the weather is particularly miserable – here are some indoor options to keep the kids busy.
Glitter Factory, Fourways – looking for a crafty outing, this is it: with pottery, mosaics, canvas, wood & fabric painting the kids will be spoilt for choice. Find them at: 42 Witkoppen Road, FreeRange Lifestyle Centre, Fourways.
Artjamming, Melrose Arch, Cresta & Bedfordview – Feel like some messy play? There are three studios in Joburg. Find them at: Shop 27 The Piazza Melrose Arch Shopping Centre Atholl Oaklands; Cresta Shopping Centre, Shop 47B, Entrance 4 & Bedfordview Shopping Centre, Cnr &, Smith Rd & Van Der Linde Rd, Bedfordview.
Kids Unleashed, Alberton – A massive indoor play centre for the kids for hours of fun! Find them at: 29 Louis Trichardt Street, Alberton.
Bambanani, Melville – Always on my list! Their programmes are amazing, and the food is great. Find them at: 85 4th Avenue, Melville.
Go-Play, Eco Park, Centurion – So keen to try this one out! They even have some fab holiday workshops on the go. Find them at: 270 Witch-Hazel Ave, Eco Park, Eco Boulavard, Shop 22, Centurion.
Gumanji Indoor Play Park, Boksburg – This is definitely worth the drive and provides hours of entertainment – everything from massive slides, to ball pits, scooter tracks and a climbing wall! Find them at: 154 Annabella Road, Bartlett, Boksburg.
The Play House, Alberton – This is one that I am absolutely desperate to take the kids to. Just look at that slide! There’s so much space to play and explore, I might battle to get the kids out of there! Find them at: 40 Heidelberg Avenue, Alberton.
The Fun Room, Pretoria – Newly opened in Waterkloof, they have a play structure designed for children from ages 0 to 12, with a special area dedicated to smaller kids from 0 to 2. There’s also a stunning café (with free wifi) to relax at whilst the kids play. Find them at: Shop 1-5 Waterkloof Corner, Cnr Main Street and Crown Avenue, Waterkloof.
TumbleBugz, Benoni – Where do I start? There is so much to do here. From the TumbleZONE, a three-leveled play structure for children up to 12 years to help improve gross motor skills, to their TumbleTOWN – a little indoor town where children can play and learn about their world. Find them at: Cnr Glen Gory & Queensberry, Benoni.
Kidz Fun House – Play Centre, Germiston – Parents can enjoy their tasty café menu whilst their kids have a ball in the giant pirate ship and explore the spacious, and clean play area. Find them at: 11 Sunrock Close, Meadowdale, Germiston.
Mini City – Life Smart Centre, Boksburg – Let your kids explore an entire ‘mini city’, learning while they play! There’s nothing else like it! Find them at: 145 North Rand Road, Boksburg.
Chevy Lane, Bedfordview – Set inside a fabulous 50’s styled diner restaurant, is a play area that has it all! From gaming to a slide into a massive ball pit, rides, bikes and petrol station – there’s even a teen area! Find them at: Bedford Centre, Bedfordview.
iJump, Strubens Valley, Boksburg & Oakdene – ‘High jump’ as Buggy calls it, is a favourite in our home. Hours of sweaty fun is to be had in this indoor trampoline arena catering from toddlers to teens. It’s so popular there are 3 iJump arenas in Joburg. Find them at: iJUMP Clearwater Crossing, Corner Hendrik Potgieter and Christiaan de Wet, Strubens Valley; iJUMP East Rand Mall, Bentel Ave, Boksburg North and iJump The Glen, Orpen Rd & Letaba Road, Oakdene.
BOUNCEinc – Fourways, Midrand & Pretoria – Another fabulous and super popular indoor trampoline arena with three franchises across Johannesburg and Pretoria. Beside the trampoline an Big Bag area (the giant inflatable bag sits in a five-foot-deep pit), there’s also the Clip ‘n Climb wall for beginners to experts. Find them at: BOUNCEinc Fourways, Fourways Mall Lower Level – Adventure Golf Entrance Crn Fourways Bvd & William Nicol Fourways Lower Level – Adventure Golf Entrance; BOUNCEinc Waterfall, Cnr Waterfall Drive & Country Drive, Jukskei Ext 50, Midrand & BOUNCEinc Menlyn Maine, Level 2 Menlyn Maine Central Square, Amarand Avenue, Waterkloof Ext. 2, Pretoria.
RollEgoli, Bryanston – Feel like some old school fun? Take the kids on a skate down memory lane! This massive undercover roller rink is child friendly, and there’s a restaurant & play area on site. Find them at: 296 Main Road, Bryanston.
Northgate Ice Rink, Northgate – The coolest place to be this winter, quite literally! Layer up and experience the ice for a unique winter experience. Skating frames for beginners can be hired! Find them at: Northgate Shopping Centre, Northumberland Road, Randburg.
Ster Kinekor Kids Cinema, Sandton – Remember this post I did on the newly opened Kids Cinema? You have to take your kids to this one-of-a-kind cinema experience, complete with bean bag chairs and a slide into a massive ball pit! Find them at: Sandton City Mall, Rivonia Rd & Sandton Drive, Sandton.
Cradlestone Mall, Krugersdorp – The Mall has the most amazing, entirely free Dinosaurs of The Lost World on display throughout the mall until the 15th July 2018 (hurry this one ends soon)– for more info read the blog post here and there’s free parking! Find them at: Corner Furrow Road and Hendrik Potgieter Road, Muldersdrift, Krugersdorp.
Photographs, where not my own, are sourced from the various venue’s Facebook pages or have been supplied.