Finding places that are fun for the kids can be difficult, but there are loads of gems in Joburg, Cape Town, and Durban where you can entertain the family.
Here are our suggestions for the best places to take your children this weekend – many of which are running for a few weeks.
Enjoy classic stories
The People’s Theatre is putting on a special production of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh based on the beloved Disney animated film.
This is a really great way to introduce little ones to the likes of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Tiger, Rabbit, and Christopher Robin; or a really awesome treat for fans of AA Milne’s beloved stories.
Where: The People’s Theatre, Corner Loveday and Hoofd Streets, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
When: The show is on until 30 April, with performances at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm
Cost: R142 per person
Contact: You can book on webtickets.co.za
Trampolining is becoming one of the most entertaining and popular ways of staying fit and burning off some excess energy.
This weekend take your children down to 21 Jump Street at the Mall of the South where they can run around and have a great time jumping around.
They even have facilities suitable for children under 3, so your toddlers can join in the fun too.
Where: The Mall of the South, Corner of Swartkoppies Road and Kliprivier Drive, Liefde En Vrede, Johannesburg
When: Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Friday to Sunday, and Public Holidays 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Cost: From R95 per jumper, and R70 per toddler for an Open Jump with an additional charge of R25 for jumping socks
Contact: You can book on 21jumpstreet.co.za
Have a glow-in-dark adventure
Have fun playing glow-in-the-dark mini-golf at Glowing Rooms – Galaxy Adventure. The bright, bold colours of the Glowing Rooms’ 3D mini-golf course is sure to dazzle adults and children alike.
Inspire your young one to become the next Ernie Els by introducing them to the wonderful world of golf at this delightfully quirky mini-golf course.
Where: The Gallery Shopping Centre, Corner Koeberg Road and Turf Club Drive, Milnerton
When: Tuesday to Thursday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Friday to Saturday 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Cost: From R130 per person for an 18-hole course
Contact: You can book on glowingrooms.co.za
Be entertained for a good cause
The Barnyard Theatre is holding a charity event to raise money for the Masizakhe Community Pre-School this weekend.
All proceeds from 20th Century Countdown, a show celebrating the best music of the century, will be donated to the school.
Where: The Barnyard Theatre, Willowbridge Shopping Centre, 39 Carl Cronje RoadBellville Park
When: Saturday 18 March at 8:00 pm
Cost: R150 per adult, R120 per child
Contact: Tickets can be booked on the Masizakhe Community Pre-School Facebook page
Learn about snakes and crocodiles
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If your child is fascinated by reptiles take them down to PheZulu Safari Park, where expert guides will take you on a tour of the facilities and teach you about cold-blooded creatures.
The experience is both captivating and educational, and a great way to teach kids about nature.
Where: 5 Old Main Road, Durban
When: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: From R55 per adult and R45 per child for a 30- to 45-minute tour of the park
Contact: For more information visit their website phezulusafaripark.co.za
Skate away the day at the Durban Ice Arena
Escape the East Coast heat at Durban’s coolest location. The Durban Ice Arena rents out skates and caters for all people over four years old.
Sessions generally run for three hours, where you can skate to your heart’s content. Your kids are sure to love the fun atmosphere and novel experience of ice-skating in a tropical climate.
Where: Corner Somsteu Road 81 & Sylvestor Ntuli Road (Brickhill Road), Durban
When: Friday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, and 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm; and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: Renting a pair of skates will cost R80 or R90 per session, depending on the time
Contact: For more details visit durbanicearena.co.za