Kids in Johannesburg: Fun weekend activities before the school bell rings

Many families have stayed home for the December holidays due to uncertainty brought about by the fourth wave and the travel restrictions placed on South Africa. With the holidays fast drawing to a close and schools reopening soon, free time and holiday fun is coming to an end.

Here is a list of activities that parents in Johannesburg might want to consider for the last days of the holidays.

TRAMPOLINING

Jumping on a trampoline has many benefits for children and adults alike. It improves balance and coordination, as well as core strength. Apart from the benefits, it is a fun activity to get the adrenaline pumping.

BOUNCE in Fourways offers a limited summer entry pass, and ensures an enjoyable and safe experience.

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

Address: 95 William Nicol Dr, Fourways

ZIP-LINING

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

Zip-lining involves a pulley suspended on a cable that is mounted on a slope. In zip-lining, one takes in an aerial view of the surrounding landscape. This is an exhilarating activity.

Costs: For more information and rates, click here.

Address: James & Ethel Gray Park, Melrose

INDOOR SKIING

Ski Deck in Randburg not only offers formal ski lessons, but it also welcomes those who just like to glide down a snowy path without having to travel all the way to snow-covered mountains.

Ski Deck also has a trampoline, a jungle gym, as well as a zip line. All of these are in an enclosed area, so parents can monitor children at all times. Skiing is not only fun, but it also improves concentration and coordination, so this is a super activity for children.

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

KARTING

Karting involves a small circuit track and go-karts or shifter karts. These are open vehicles so drivers must wear protective gear and a helmet.

Many karting venues have options for children and are equipped with additional safety and guidelines. There are several karting tracks around Johannesburg.

Address: Click here for karting tracks (and costs) in Johannesburg click here.

Address: 74 Bond Street, Ferndale, Randburg

CERAMIC PAINTING

The Color Cafe in Hyde Park provides children with an opportunity to develop their creativity by painting a ceramic.  The venue has a wide selection of ceramics for children to decorate.

Children are provided with a selection of paints, a palette, brushes and a cup of water. After they paint their selected item, it goes to the kiln to be glazed and can be collected three weeks later.

Costs: For more information on rates, click here.

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

TEDDY BEAR MAKING

Build-A-Bear is a unique activity where children can create their own furry friend. Build-A-Bear operates numerous stores in Johannesburg.

Children first choose a bear design, which a staff member will assist them in creating.  After this, children may even dress their stuffed animals with little outfits.

Costs: For more information on rates, click here.

Address: For details of all branches in Johannesburg, click here.

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