10+ Great Activities for the Kids’ Easter Holidays in Johannesburg

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School holidays can be tough on parents, but fear not! The Easter holidays are short and there is plenty to do to keep your kids entertained. From theme parks, Easter egg hunts, playground activities, roller-skating and more, your children can have their pick of delightful ways to keep busy.

Parents need not feel left out either, as many of these activities have options for the adults to enjoy whilst the children play to their heart’s content.

A child on a ride at the Rand Show - Easter Activities for kids

Rand Show: An Easter festival with music, rollercoasters, crafts, and fun

The Rand Show has been a staple annual Easter holidays tradition in South Africa, inviting thousands to celebrate the Easter Weekend together. The event is great for the entire family, with something for everyone to enjoy.

For the kids, there is a Kids Hall, with its Candy Land theme and exciting activities. Children can play sports games, explore the world of virtual reality, bounce around in the jump zone, learn a thing or two from the educational theatre and more.

While the kids are enjoying themselves, the parents who are not on supervision duty can have their own share of fun at the Craft Area, where they can indulge in locally crafted drinks, or they can enjoy the local musical acts at the Main Stage, visit the shopping hall or grab some refreshments.

Cost: Free – R320pp, book via Ticketpro

When: 28 Mar to 1 Apr, 9am – 7pm daily
Where: Johannesburg Expo Centre, (NASREC), cnr Nasrec Rd & Randshow Rd, Johannesburg

Craft Cafe at Clearwater Mall

Daily creative activities and play for kids at Clearwater Mall’s Craft Cafe

The Craft Cafe at Clearwater Mall is one of the biggest family-friendly Easter events in Johannesburg not to be missed. Head to their Rochester Court for fun and exciting ways for kids to get creative and play to their heart’s content.

There are 5 set workshops running daily at various times. The centre is also hosting a special space for kids to play during sessions, and try multiple workshops throughout the day. All materials and tools needed are included in the rates, and kids can take home their finished creations.

Cost: From R30pp to R50pp, book via Webtickets

When: Running from 21 to 28 March. Monday to Sunday, various times
Where: Rochester Court at Clearwater Mall (Upper Level), Hendrik Potgieter Rd, Christiaan de Wet Rd, Strubens Valley, Roodepoort

Get the full programme and details here

The main cast of Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr on-stage

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr: an Easter holiday retelling of a classic tale

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr is a retelling of a Disney classic filled with a mixture of magic, suspense, fun and excitement. Pinocchio, the little wooden puppet who after a series of adventures is magically brought to life by The Blue Fairy, must show that he is BRAVE, HONEST and UNSELFISH before he can become a real boy.

The performance features the beloved songs ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ and ‘I’ve Got No Strings’, alongside a host of other songs tackling timely issues about what it means to be “the perfect child” – and what it means to be “a real father.”

Book a ticket and make it a family outing to see local talents on stage this Easter.

Cost: R165 | R130 (Kids Club members) | R140 (Kids Club guardians), book via Webtickets

When: 12 Mar – 21 April at various times | 29 Mar to 1 Apr (Easter Weekend), 10.30am & 14.30pm daily
Where: Peoples Theatre at Joburg Theatre, cnr Hoofd Street & Civic Blvd, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

Chocolate Café

Sandton City’s Chocolate Cafe is back!

Both kids, teens, and adults can head to Sandton City Centre Court for a chance to get creative with chocolate at this exciting activation running daily for a limited period.  

Decorate your very own Easter cookie, build your signature holiday s’mores and pack your Easter Bunny cracker to the brim for take-home. The activities are suitable for ages 5 and upwards, and parental supervision is required.

‘Sandton City is known for its unparalleled retail and lifestyle experiences, and this Easter, we plan to continue to offer visitors to the centre even more delicious, unforgettable moments,’ explains Dimitri Kokinos, Asset Manager of Sandton City. READ MORE

Cost: FREE entry, R30pp per activity. Pay at entrance

When: Running from 20 March to 1 April, daily from 9am to 6pm. Except 26 March
Where: Sandton City, 83 Rivonia Rd, Sandhurst, Sandton

A child climbing up a treehouse ladder

JoyJozi: Fun activities and a cuisine experience for the whole family this Easter

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

Parents can enjoy the restaurant or explore the countless other facilities at the venue whilst the kids enjoy themselves. Outdoor leisure activities include an action court, treehouse, bicycle track, mini splash park, and a dedicated space for toddlers right next to the vegetable garden.

For the indoor play centre, there are multiple mazes, slides and games as well as a vintage arcade room and a media room. Crafts are available, and for book lovers, there’s a well-stocked reading room overlooking the garden.

Cost: Free (older kids and adults) | R60 per child under 15 (Weekdays) | R100 per child under 15 (Weekend & Public Holiday)

When: Fri, 11am-9pm | Sat, Sun, and Public Holidays, 9am-9pm | School Holidays, 11am-9pm
Where: 51 Eastwood Road, Dunkeld, Johannesburg

Easter Egg Hunts in Johannesburg

Try one of the many Easter egg hunts in Johannesburg

Learn all the tips and tricks to making these delicious Parisian treats filled with divine ganache. This baking demonstration covers all the steps, and you get to try your hand at creating 4 marvellous-filled macarons to take home. Included are printed recipes and all ingredients and equipment.

See our full guide to Easter egg hunts in Johannesburg

A child jumping on a trampoline at BOUNCE

Bounce Inc: Make like the Easter Bunny and get bouncing

Bounce Inc is a family-friendly destination for people of all ages. Whether you come to perfect your backflip, learn new skills, or simply hang out with friends and family, it’s the ideal venue to “get a taste of Freestyle.”

The venue consists of 3000 square meters of interconnected trampolines surrounded by padding and airbags, and additional adventure features placed around the playground. The activities allow for the development of muscles, coordination, balance and agility.

For the younger children, there are the miniBOUNCE zones that allow them to have their own fun in a safer play area. This is a great activity to keep the kids active and entertained over the Easter holidays.

Cost: R45 (per pair of BOUNCE socks) | R99pp – R125pp (miniBOUNCER) | R90pp – R499pp (students & adults) | R699 – R799 (awesome 4some), book via BOUNCE

When: Mon to Thurs, 12pm – 6pm (9am – 6pm on School & Public Hols.) | Fri, 12pm – 6pm (9am – 7pm on School & Public Hols.) | Sat, 9am – 7pm | Sun, 9am – 6pm
Where:  BOUNCE Fourways Mall, 95 Winnie Mandela Dr, Fourways, Sandton

A child being taught how to roller skate by a guide

Rollercade Pretoria: Glide through life with some roller-skating fun this Easter

Rollercade Pretoria provides a safe and friendly environment for the entire family to enjoy roller-skating. Everyone can partake in the fun, set to a groovy skating playlist in the background. Parents who prefer to spectate can sit back and relax at the Rollercade café and purchase a snack or refreshment.

Bookings are essential to reserve a shoe size. Tables and chairs are also available for booking, and guests may bring their own food and drinks if they have booked beforehand.

Cost: R200pp (per 2-hr session) | R100pp (own skates) | R40 (spectator attendance fee)

When: Mon, 1pm – 6pm | Tues, Wed, Thu & Sun, 10am – 6pm | Fri & Sat, 10am – 9pm (16+ for 7pm – 9pm sessions)
Where: Menlyn Park Shopping Centre Level 5, cnr Atterbury Rd & Lois Ave, Menlyn, Pretoria

Kids playing golf on the Adventure Golf course

Adventure Golf: Enjoy a Peaceful Easter with a tranquil game of Putt-putt

Experience putt-putt with Adventure Golf. Each of the four venues offers tranquil surroundings with caves, water features, magnificent greens as well as professionally laid out putting courses.

This is a great activity to keep both parents and children entertained, whilst also offering a unique sense of peacefulness and scenic views amid the fun. If the parents prefer, there is a Deck Restaurant where they can relax and supervise from afar whilst sipping a coffee or enjoying a meal.

Visit any one of the four locations nearest you this Easter holidays.

Cost: R140pp (adults) | R110pp (Scholars) | R80pp (Under 7s & Pensioners)

When: Mon – Thur, 10am – 9pm | Fri & Sat, 9am – 10pm | Sun, 9am – 6pm | Public & School Hols., from 9am
Where: Randburg, Fourways, Hillfox or Stoneridge

Head to PlayTown this Easter holidays

PlayTown: A kids’ play venue offering education and entertainment all at once

Playtown is a family-friendly recreational facility, offering a diverse array of activities for children. Designed with both entertainment and education in mind, this vibrant space caters to various age groups, creating an inclusive environment for young adventurers.

PlayTown’s main focus is pretend play. There are multiple themed playrooms dedicated to various pretend activities. These include a police department, a grocery store, a gym, a news station, a doctor’s office, and more.

In addition, there is an outdoor area for the children’s enjoyment, a jungle gym, and a soft-play or jumping area. Parents can enjoy the on-site restaurant while the children have their fun.

Cost: R50 per child (Tues-Fri) | R100 per child (Sat & Sun)

When: Tues to Fri, 12pm – 6pm | Sat, 9am to 6pm | Sun, 9am to 3pm
Where: Highway Business Park 95 Park Avenue North, Rooihuiskraal, Centurion

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