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 and outdoors, fine dining, and a host of unique pop-up experiences.

Co-founder Brad Cilliers - a parent himself - says, ‘JoyJozi to us means space – where we are relieved of our obsession with future goals and past events. It is a space for exploration, family time, exquisite food, and spontaneity. It is space for being, rather than doing.”

Cilliers and his team have been working closely with PlayOn Founder and free-play fanatic, Colin Levin, who conceived the state-of-the-art play equipment that exists within the property as well as an interactive showroom space.

‘The best feedback I can get as a playmaker is watching kids experiment on the equipment. My idea is to consistently update the space as global play trends filter through,’ says Levin.

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. Creative crafts are available, and for book lovers, there’s a well-stocked reading room overlooking the garden.

At the end of the garden, you’ll find a 70-seater amphitheatre and stage for visitors to watch, join, and even perform their own shows in a beautiful, serene setting.

JoyJozi has partnered with the National Children’s Theatre and Story Cafe for a lineup of enriching, memorable shows.

Time: Wed to Fri & Public Hols: 11am-9pm | Weekends 9am to 9pm

Price: 12 months to 14 yrs: R100 Weekends, R60 Weekdays | all other ages free

Venue address: 51 Eastwood Road, Dunkeld, Johannesburg

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Wheelchair accessibility: Unknown