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School holidays family fun in Joburg

19 Sep 2018
It’s school holidays again and if you’re looking for ways to keep the little ones busy, we have rounded up some fun ways to spend the days.

VISIT A FAMILY-FRIENDLY MARKET 
Shop for organic goods, arts and crafts and health and wellness products at Joburg's original outdoor market Bryanston Organic Market while the kids keep busy at the children's workshops making their own candles or wooden toys. Meanwhile at Rosebank Sunday Market the little ones will love the free Kids' Zone with face-painting and jumping castles. 

HISTORY AND HERITAGE AT CONSTITUTION HILL
Make it an educational day out and take the teens to pay a visit to one of Joburg's most important heritage landmarks, Constitution Hill. Take a tour of the Constitutional Court and learn about Nelson Mandela's time in prison at the Mandela's Cell exhibition and end off the day with milkshakes and lunch at The Hill cafe.

THRILLING RIDES AT GOLD REEF CITY
Gauteng's leading theme park is open throughout the holidays and you'd be hard-pressed to find a better place to keep surly teenagers amused. Extreme rides like the Anaconda, Jozi Express and Tower of Terror are for the brave, and for toddlers there's the option of a gentle train ride around the park with a soft-serve ice cream in hand. 

PLAY DETECTIVE AND ESCAPE FROM PRISON AT AN ESCAPE ROOM
Plot your way through a haunted castle, break out of prison or embark on a mission to prevent a super-villain from blowing up the world at Lostland, an 'escape room' adventure in Rivonia. Meanwhile at Illovo's Hint Hunt you and the gang are locked inside a mysterious crime scene where you are tasked with finding various clues and snippets of evidence in order to escape with enough time to prove your innocence! Fiendishly fun for teenagers and adults alike. Advance booking is recommended. 

ZIPLINING AT ACROBRANCH
Test your skills and your stomach for heights by zip lining from tree to tree and climbing across rugged woodland at one of Acrobranch's aerial adventure playgrounds in Melrose, Modderfontein or Centurion. There are courses for all levels and ages including toddlers. Online booking is recommended. 

BOUNCING FUN AT IJUMP
Visit the iJUMP trampolining arena in Roodepoort for high energy entertainment. Bounce off the walls, play a game of basketball or dodgeball with a twist and let the younger ones run (or should we say jump?) free in the iKIDZ soft play area.

GO FOR A HIKE
Joburg is among the world’s most treed cities and there is no shortage of scenic green spaces for enjoying long walks and a number of interesting nature reserves crisscrossed by well-maintained hiking trails, all within easy reach. Check out our guide to great hiking trails within easy distance of the city here.

A DAY OUT AT THE ZOO
A day out at Joburg Zoo is the perfect treat for little ones with a passion for wildlife. From July 2-6 the zoo also runs a special school holidays programme for kids with games, crafting classes and a chance to join the zookeepers while they feed the animals. Email lebo.moaulusi@jhbzoo.org.za to book for the holiday programme which runs daily from 09:00-13:00.

SEE THE EXOTIC BIRDS AT MONTECASINO BIRD GARDENS
With hundreds of fascinating birds species, from domestic to exotic, birds of prey plus a huge pelican and a sloth who gives slothfulness a good name this is a super attraction for all ages.

TAKE A TOUR ON THE JOBURG CITY SIGHTSEEING BUS
See the city in a new way on the open-top, hop-on hop-off bus. The red route makes 11 stops in the City Centre and south Joburg including the James Hall Museum of Transport, the Origins Centre and Gold Reef City, while the Green Tour takes a scenic ride through five of Joburg’s greenest suburbs with stops including Zoo Lake and Joburg Zoo. Kids even get their own fun activity pack to keep them occupied on the bus between stops.
 
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