Things to Do With Kids in Johannesburg Over the Summer Holiday 2023


If you know where to look, it’s easy to find things to do with kids in Johannesburg over the festive and summer holiday break.  Whether it’s an outdoor adventure, taking them to watch a show or a more thrilling and active outing, there’s something lined up for all ages, from the toddlers, and tweens to the teens.

Our lineup boasts a range of events from gaming activities, playground fun and theatre shows that really are catered for the young ones. So let the kids play and explore dozens of exciting things to do this festive and summer season.

Kids events in Johannesburg running for a limited period

Circus Galassia

Circus Galassia

Relive the golden age of authentic circus with a captivating series of 2-hour matinee and evening shows staged in a traditional tented circus setting. The unique charm of Circus Galassia showcase is their intentional focus on human-only entertainment – no real animals feature in any of the acts. 

What’s more, the acrobats, jugglers, clowns and daredevils are all world-class talent from various parts of the globe that serve up breathtaking and death-defying stunts under the masterful eye of the ringmaster.

While you’re there, round out the festive feels with candy floss and freshly popped popcorn, and wash down warm hotdogs with a range of slushies while you and the family are transported through the wonders of the circus.

Cost: R170pp to R290pp, book online via Circus Galassia. Rates are R150pp every Wednesday for all seats. What’s on in Joburg readers received 15 % discount on their ticket price. Use code WOJ15 at checkout

When: Running from 15 December 2023 to 7 January 2024. Various days, from 3pm to 5pm and 7pm and 9pm
Where: Sandown High School, Rivonia Drive, Sandown, Sandton

Website: | Email: | Tel: 078 144 2673

Momo’s Magical Adventure

Momo’s Magical Adventure

African-style Christmas adventure

In this heartwarming tale, Momo finds herself in Johannesburg while her friends embark on their summer seaside adventures. She’s the lone adventurer in the bustling city, patiently awaiting her favourite night of the year – Christmas Eve.

This children’s theatre production is brought to life by a talented cast of South African performers. Tebogo Molepo shines as the spirited Momo, while Justin Swartz embodies the lovable Mack the meerkat. The stage comes alive with the rest of the exceptional ensemble, featuring Mlindeli Emmanuel, Ryan Smith, Noluthando Mathebula, Jordyn Schaefer, and Katlego Nche.

Each of the actors portrays a delightful array of magical festive characters including Sandi the Gingerbread man, Busi the butterfly, and other beloved friends from Momo’s vibrant imagination. Definitely one of the must-see theatre shows in Johannesburg this festive season. READ MORE

Cost: R50pp, book online via

When: Running from 8 December 2023 to 7 January 2024. From Tuesday to Sunday, at 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30pm
Where: Sandton City, 83 Rivonia Rd, Sandhurst, Sandton

Website: | Tel: 011 217 6000

Fourways Mall

Santa Land Aventure at Fourways Mall

This year’s edition of Santa Land Adventure at Fourways Mall is better than ever with a wide range of immersive and entertaining experiences and activities that are guaranteed to surprise and delight all members of the family. 

The entertaining Christmas wonderland and play space runs until 22 December 2023 and ventures through the mall with interactive experiences and activities at four fantastical zones. Visits can be booked online as 2-hour sessions where kids, teens and adults can try various things to do rueing set 2-hour slots. For all the details, click here

Cost: R40pp per 2-hour session, book via Quicket. Infants under 1-year enter FREE

When: Running from 1 to 22 December 2023, daily from 10am to 6pm. Each session lasts 2 hours. The earliest slot starts at 10 am daily and the last one at 4:30pm. Note that the 4:30pm slot specifically lasts 1.5hrs, and Santa Land closes strictly at 6pm
Where: Fourways Mall, 11 Ruby Cl, Witkoppen, Fourways, Sandton

Website: | Email: | Tel: 011 465 6095

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The Terrified Talabalushi

A fantastical children’s play with mythical South African creatures

The story of The Terrified Talabalushi unfolds deep in the Knysna forest where a family of Talabalushi are having problems. Tokkie, the terrified Talabalushi, is scared of everything, and Mama Tok, Big Tok and Loshe, his sister, are at their wits’ end.

How will Tokkie get over his fears? The local animals also get involved. And then there is Andie, the boy who isn’t afraid of anything! Or is he? This original, local and delightful children’s musical has all the feels.

Most people don’t know what Talabalushis are, which isn’t surprising – they are very secretive and are only active after sunset. A Talabalushi is a small, Southern African, mischievous creature, a combination of a goblin, a spirit, and a tree creature found in the unseen side of South African forests, and sometimes even closer to our villages, towns, and cities.

Cost: R150pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running until 17 December 2023, selected days at 11am and 3pm
Where: The Market Theatre, 56 Margaret Mcingana St, Newtown, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 011 832 1641

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Peppa Pig’s Singalong Surprise

Everyone’s lovable but slightly bossy little pig is in Joburg

In this incredible escapade, Peppa tries to plan the perfect day for Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig but not everything goes according to plan. From space rockets to starfish, exploding bubbles to Bing Bong singalongs – it is non-stop excitement.  

Peppa Pig Live in South Africa promises to have fans laughing, cheering and dancing – just like Pepp. This fully immersive musical production, featuring all the favourite songs along with incredible life-sized puppets and beautifully costumed characters, brings Peppa Pig to life like never before. And Daddy Pig is happy to advise that he has personally checked that all venues are good to go even in the event of loadshedding.

Cost: From R85pp, book via Quicket

When: From 15 to 24 December 2023, daily from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Where: Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston

Website: | Email: | Tel: 011 479 6000

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Shrek The Musical JR

The much-loved animation film comes to life on stage

The Peoples Theatre showcases the production of Shrek Jr, based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film.

This rendition of Shrek has been adapted specially for younger audiences. The noble character of Shrek is portrayed in a lovable and fun-filled way making him engaging and captivating to younger children. Shrek the Musical JR utilizes the magic of theatre, filled with song, dance and laughter to leave a lasting impression on audiences of all ages.

Cost: R140pp – R165pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running until 24 December 2023 | Tuesday to Friday, 9am and 11 am | Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am and 4pm
Where: Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Blvd, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 082 450 6524

Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

Glowing of Christmas spirit

The annual Johannesburg Festival of Lights features an enchanting collection of illuminated life-size animal characters and classical, harmonious entertainment, food and craft night market for visitors at the Johannesburg Zoo.

Patrons can enjoy a tranquil walk in the zoo on a designated lit route away from the animals under trees decorated in enchanting lights

Cost: Adults – R175pp | Kids U 3 – 12 – R75 pp | R100pp for pensioners, book via Webtickets

When: Running until 7 January 2024. Thursday to Sunday, from 7pm-10pm
Where: Johannesburg Zoo, Jan Smuts Ave, Parkview, Randburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 011 877 6800

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Peter Pan

The world Neverland reimagined for modern theatre

Janice Honeyman’s Pantomime production of Peter Pan is one of the best musicals and theatre shows in Johannesburg. Based on the classic tale by J.M. Barrie, this is the third time that the pantomime Peter Pan is showcased at the theatre.

The show incorporates the magic of the traditional pantomime props and sets, with the magic of modern LED screens. Starring in the role of Peter Pan is the talented Sandi Dlangalala who debuts in his first Janice Honeyman pantomime.

Newcomer Virtuous Kandemiri will be sharing her pixie dust as Tinkerbell. Her musical theatre experience includes shows like, ‘Seussical Jr.’ and ‘The Buddy Holly Story.

Cost: R130pp to R350pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running until 24 December 2023. Various times
Where: Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Blvd, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 011 877 6800

Ongoing things to do with kids in Johannesburg

Total Ninja

Total Ninja

A Ninja Warrior-inspired obstacle and inflatable park

Total Ninja at Northgate Shopping Centre, the latest spot for fun and adventure activities in Johannesburg. Nestled in the heart of the Northgate, this indoor park brings the excitement of the global sensation TV series Ninja Warrior to life.

Experience a thrilling experience filled with massive inflatables and obstacle courses designed to push your Ninja skills to the limit while keeping you in top shape. You can expect a range of attractions and conveniences, including a ground-floor Café complete with a spectators’ area, a dedicated Ninja zone catering to the under-five crowd, and complimentary secure parking for up to two hours. READ MORE

Cost: R160pp, 50% discount off the second hour. Book online

When: Monday to Friday, 10am to 9pm. Saturday & Sunday, 9am to 9pm
Where: Shop 267, Northgate Mall, Northumberland Avenue, Northgate, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 010 630 0612

Acrobranch Melrose


A tree-top adventure for the kids

Acrobranch is a Tree-top experience dedicated to offering children and adults alike a unique adventure as they move from tree to tree in lush, green forests. Obstacles consist of awesome tree-top high ropes and tricky crossings (with ladders, tunnels, walkways and bridges).

They also offer spectacular zip lines to top it off all aerial adventurists are strapped securely to two carabiners – offering both security from injury or harm and the advantage of being able to test one’s strengths without the fear of falling. Booking is not necessary, but highly recommended as harnesses are limited.

Cost: From R100pp, book online

When: Wednesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm
Where: Modderfontein, Casalinga, and Melrose in  Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 086 999 0369



Explore this immersive playground with loads of family activities

JoyJozi is a one-of-a-kind playground, restaurant, and experiential venue designed for families to unwind together. This restaurant in Johannesburg incorporates everything from safe and interactive play spaces indoors and outdoors, and a host of unique pop-up experiences.

Outdoor leisure activities include an action court, tree house, bicycle track, mini splash park, and a dedicated space for toddlers right next to the vegetable garden. All the play equipment has been tastefully integrated into the expansive gardens

For the indoor play centre, there are multiple mazes, slides and games as well as a vintage arcade room and media room, perfect for the winter months. READ MORE

When: Wednesday to Friday & Public Holidays, 11am to 9pm | Weekends, 9am to 9pm
Where: 51 Eastwood Road, Dunkeld, Johannesburg

Website:  | Email: | Tel: 063 963 8013 or 011 393 1005

CityROCK Johannesburg

CityROCK Johannesburg

For all skill levels and climbers of all ages

CityROCK is a climbing gym, which caters to climbers of all levels, from first-time kids to experienced outdoor climbers.

CityROCK’s children’s zone is all about fun, where kids can use this activity to develop fine muscle control, gain a sense of achievement and body awareness and for those who take it more seriously, develop the correct climbing skills.

Their climbing facilities include a large bouldering area (bouldering is climbing 3m – 4m high without a rope) and up to 15m high walls for roped climbing. For all top rope climbing they only use the Grigri belay device and for belayed climbing, all climbers and belayers must pass a compulsory top rope belay test.

Cost: Adults – R180pp |Student/Pensioner – R160pp | Kids U18 R150pp, book online

When: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 9pm | Friday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm
Where: 46 Fourth Ave S, Fontainebleau, Randburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 010 007 2732

Blades and Triggers OPS

Blades and Triggers OPS

Challenge your friends to a sharpshooting activity

Blades and Triggers OPS is a supervised Airsoft and Nerf gun battle zone located at Clearwater Mall in Roodepoort. It offers hours of pulse-racing action where visitors compete in various games across four different arenas.

The arenas include Close Quarters Battle Zone, an airsoft facility, with over 40 different themes and games to choose from such as Capture the Flag or Verse the Zombies and Team versus Team. Each team can consist of 10 members. The Trigger Happy Arena is a time trial for the fastest shooter, Young Guns is a Nerf facility for kids, aged four and older, and Pew Pew is a target shooting arena and hosts the infamous Red Light Green Light game.

Cost: R50pp to R250pp, book online

When: Tuesday to Thursday, 12pm to 7pm | Friday, 9am to 9pm | Saturday, 9am to 7pm | Sunday, 9am to 5pm
Where: Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Christiaan de Wet Rd, Strubens Valley, Roodepoort

Website: | Email: | Tel: 072 686 7722

Bunny Hop Haven Animal Sanctuary

Bunny Hop Haven Animal Sanctuary

Get up close and lend a helping hand to animals in need

The Bunny Hop Haven animal sanctuary is a home for rescued and rehabilitating exotic pets and farm animals. Schools and families can spend time interacting with and feeding farm animals during their visit.

The non-profit company is a haven and home to rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, pigs, and tortoises. Most of the animals are up for adoption and the haven follows a strict home check and adoption process.

Besides being an animal sanctuary, the Bunny Hop Haven is an educational and play centre too. Children can interact and learn about animals through playing with and feeding the animals. The sanctuary houses a children’s jungle gym for endless hours of fun.

Cost: R35pp to R45pp, pay at venue

When: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 4pm | Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Where: 59 Frederick St, Observatory, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 082 307 7057 or 073 397 0140

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Bounce INC

Get ready to bounce around and grab some serious airtime

With so many fitness activities in Johannesburg, it’s hard to find one that kids and teens can genuinely enjoy and want to partake in. Not simply because you feel as though you need to keep fit, but rather because you have fun whilst exercising. Bounce Inc. is exactly the sort of venue that caters to this desire.

Their venues in Midrand and Fourways feature 3000 square meters of interconnected trampolines surrounded by padding and airbags, and additional adventure features placed around the playground.

Whether you come to perfect your backflip, learn new skills, get silly and have fun, or simply hang out with friends and family, it’s the ideal venue to ‘get a taste of Freestyle.’

Cost: From R80pp, book online

When: Fourways Mall – Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 6pm | Mall of Africa – Monday to Sunday, 8am to 9pm
Where: Fourways Mall – Lower Level, Cnr William Nicol & Fourways Bvd, Fourways, Johannesburg | Mall of Africa – Shop 2025, Mall of Africa, Lone Creek Crescent and Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City, Midrand

Website: | Email: | Tel: Fourways Mall – 011 517 2500; Mall of Africa – 011 517 2500

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Southern Africa’s largest science centre

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is a world-class science centre that supports maths, science and technology education with innovative, dynamic learning experiences that contribute to building South Africa’s science, engineering and technology capacity.

With events, school programmes, live experimentation and high-tech displays, it aims to create an interactive learning experience to develop an interest and understanding of how science translates into our daily lives. The centre practices dynamic and interactive learning and has almost 400 permanent exhibits that encourage all visitors to touch, feel, learn and play. There’s also a climbing wall where kids can let loose.

Cost: R60pp for Adults | R40pp for children 3 – 16 years. Pay at venue

When: Monday to Saturday and public holidays, 9am to 4.30pm | Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am to 4.30pm
Where: Cnr Miriam Makeba & President St, Newtown, Johannesburg

Website: | Email: | Tel: 011 639 8400

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Create Lonehill

Let your creative side shine

Create Lonehill hosts fun bisque and ceramic art activities for the whole family set at Prison Break Market in Midrand.

Kids and adults are invited to express their creativity with pottery and painting. Visitors are inspired to have fun and add decorative patterns and designs to their creations, which can be gifted or stand as a personalised art piece at home. The participants can use various artistic styles to beautify mugs, jugs, plates, decor items and kid stuff.

The venue also hosts birthday parties, baby showers, kitchen teas and book club events.

Cost: R165pp to R250pp. Book online

When: Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm
Where: Prison Break Market, Shed D, 10 MacMillan Rd, Glenferness AH, Midrand

Website: | Email: | Tel: 064 956 7343

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MacFresh Deli & Berry Farm

Berry picking in Benoni

MacFresh Deli & Berry Farm is located in Benoni and offers fresh farm produce as well as blueberry and strawberry picking experiences. Let the kids grab their buckets at the venue and forage their own berries. The MacFresh Delicatessen sells a range of products including various cheeses, sauces, jams, honey, farm-style butter and more. The farm offers the opportunity for the whole family to pick their own berries (strawberries and blueberries) to take home.

Mona’s Country Kitchen is also on the same site and offers a range of meals and drinks.

Cost: Free entrance

When: Wednesday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm
Where: 48 Evans Rd, Cnr Evans and Benoni Rds, Benoni, Gauteng

Website: | Email:   | Tel: 082 569 2469

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