The Kids’ School Holiday Bucket List


Okay, guys. It’s time to come up with an action plan. Mission: Keep The Kids Entertained These School Holidays has commenced. We have a few days before they go back to the grindstone for their second term, so we best make the most of them and give them a holiday they’ll never forget. Who’s with us? And to get you started on creating your very own ‘personalised holiday programme’ for the kids, here are a few Kids School Holiday Bucket List musts you need to visit. Good luck!

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Bounce Inc

Sitting on the couch with their eyes and hands glued to their cellphones is NOT the way they should spend their school holidays. They need to get out of the house, away from their gadgets and get active, which is why Bounce Inc is the ideal place to be. Not only does it offer a cure for boredom, but it also offers loads of fun activities to keep them busy all day long. Think 3000 square metres of interconnected trampolines, adventure features, padding and airbags, allowing kids (and even adults) a chance to bounce around, throw balls, do backflips, show off their aerial skills and just have a blast.

How much is it: Prices vary between R85 – R500 depending on age, group size and venue. Jumping socks are not included in the price.

Where is it: Menlyn Maine (Pretoria), Waterfall lifestyle Centre (Midrand), Fourways Mall (Fourways)

CityROCK

Let the kids climb the walls in a good way at CityROCK in Randburg. It’s the biggest indoor climbing gym on the continent, and best of all, it has some of the best coffee in town too! So, if climbing isn’t your thing, at least you can enjoy a good cuppa Joe while the kids go climbing. The gym boasts 2000 square metres of high wall climbing, 124 top rope anchors, nine automatic belay walls, 500 square metres of bouldering, a well-stocked outdoor gear shop, a beautiful yoga studio, a training area and a dedicated beginners’ climbing area perfect for birthday parties, kids and courses. Not only is it fun, but it gets the kids active! Our kids’ entertainment expert, Kayla NT, rated the place a fab 8/10. Check out why here.

How much is it: Day passes cost between R110 – R150 per person depending on age. Climbing gear hire is not included in the day pass rate.

Where is it: 173 Republic Road, Fontainebleau, Randburg.

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Montecasino Bird Gardens

Spend some quality time with the family and experience the wonder, beauty and vibrant residents of the Montecasino Bird Gardens. This is the only wildlife and bird park of its kind in Africa and is a definite must when you’re visiting Montecasino. Here, you can wander along enchanted walkways, explore the magnificent and well-manicured gardens and marvel at a menagerie of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world. Also, don’t miss out on the bird shows and the walk-through aviary where you’ll find over 60 species of birds, reptiles and small mammals roaming freely.

How much is it: Children under 2 get in FREE, entry for children aged between 2 – 10 is R45 per child and entry for adults is R70 per person.

Where is it: Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Acrobranch

Another great idea is to let the kids swing about and experience a treetop adventure at Acrobranch. There’s something for all ages and all fitness levels, from ziplining and tricky crossings to high ropes and much more. And even better, this makes for an awesome family activity if you’re looking to do something new together. There’s no better place to get your kids out and about, reconnecting with nature than at Acrobanch. When last did you or your kids climb a tree? Hmmm, we thought so! Just make sure you wear the right gear – closed shoes, comfy clothes, long hair tied up and safety gear (provided by Acrobranch).

How much is it: Activities cost between R50 – R280 per person depending on age and type of activity. Make sure you book online as most branches are cash-free zones.

Where is it: Huddle Park (Linksfield), James and Ethel Gray Park (Melrose), the Big Red Barn (Pretoria), Rosemary Hill (Pretoria East), Musaiek (Pretoria North).

City Sightseeing Joburg

How much of the city have your kids actually seen? We don’t mean all the fun places, their friend’s house down the road, or the mall. We actually mean all the significant and historic parts of the city including Nelson Mandela Bridge, Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum, the Johannesburg Zoo,  and SAB World of Beer (no beer for the kids of course!). If not, this is the perfect way to experience the city and 20 of Joburg’s leading attractions. It’s very interesting and loads of fun for the whole family. Where will you get the opportunity to explore and experience the city while riding on top of a big redouble-decker bus? Nowhere else but at City Sightseeing Joburg!

How much is it: a one-day ticket is R180 per person and a two-day ticket is R280 per person (price excludes entrance fee to the local attractions).

Where is it: The tour starts from The Zone @ Rosebank

The Lion & Safari Park

Who doesn’t love animals? And lucky for us, we don’t need to drive too far to experience what South Africa is well known for – it’s wildlife! The Lion & Safari Park in Harties offers loads of outdoor activities perfect for a fun day out for all ages. This is one of the top spots near the city to experience our wildlife first hand. No need to travel all the way to Mpumalanga or the Kruger! Take your pick from interaction and walk experiences, guided tours, self-drive safaris or even relaxing and grabbing a bite at the Bull ‘n Buck Grill. You can even feed a giraffe!

How much is it: Prices vary between R100 – R1450 per person depending on activity and age.

Where is it: R512 (Pelindaba Rd), Lanseria, Broederstroom, Kalkheuvel

Croc City & Reptile Park

Sure, scaly critters make our skin crawl, but this cool spot is definitely worth the visit if you’re looking for thrill, chills and a whole lot of fun in between. So, if your kids are fearless, brave and up for experiencing anything (even holding a creepy, cold, scaly, icky creature that sends us running for the hills), then the Croc City & Reptile Park is just the place for them. Just imagine them holding a baby crocodile or touching a slithery snake and getting up close and personal with a hairy and super creepy tarantula. Eeeek!

How much is it: R80 per adult, R70 per pensioner and R60 per child

Where is it: Corner of Cedar Road and R114, Nietgedacht, Chartwell, Johannesburg.

Papachino’s

Sometimes, as parents, we need a little bit of a timeout. A place where we can relax, unwind and let the kids run wild while we enjoy some peace and quiet. Cue Papachino’s! Not only is this considered an awesome hangout for mamas, papas, oupas, oumas and the little tykes, but it’s a great place to grab a delicious bite to eat (the pizzas are amazing) while the kids run rampant and blow off some steam in the designated kiddies’ play area. This is definitely a family haven that caters to all your needs – kids, food, wine and chillaxing.

How much is it: Entrance is FREE. Just pay for your meals.

Where is it: You can find braches in Clearwater, Fourways, Silverlakes, Boksburg and Broadacres.

RollEgoli 

Kids will never understand the fun, excitement and the amount of concentration that goes into rollerskating. This was the ‘in’ thing to do when we were kids and RollEgoli is bringing it back with a bang! This is the perfect activity to get the kids out of the house, keep them active and have them hanging out with their friends showing off their skater tricks (like we used to do back in the day!). Skating does work up an appetite which is why RollEgoli boasts some of the best wood-fired pizzas in town! and for the younger ones, they also offer a treed garden with a few shy chickens and a jungle gym with a trampoline.

How much is it: Standard entry – R85 per person (3-hour session) | Skate Hire – R45 per person | Long Socks: R75, short socks: R65

Where is it: 296 Main Rd, Bryanston, Norman Road intersection, Johannesburg.

Gold Reef City

This one is a no-brainer. If there is one place in the city that has everything you need to thrill, excite and treat the kids to a fun day out, Gold Reef City Theme Park is it! There are rides galore, loads of sugar (you know, for the sugar rush they’ll need to get them through the entire park), good foodie spots and of course, there’s an educational element too (just because it’s the school holidays, doesn’t mean they can’t do a little learning). Jozi’s Story of Gold heritage tour is a must for all ages, where you’ll learn how Johannesburg came to be, how gold was discovered on the reef, descend 75m underground and even witness the magnificent glow of a live gold pour.

How much is it: Thrill Rider – R215 per person above 1.3m and R125 per person | Non-Rider – R125 per person above 1.3m | R135 per person under 1.3m | Click here to get your tickets.

Where is it: Ormonde, Johannesburg.

Escape Room

Need something entertaining for older kids? Let’s say from 12 years and upwards? Then why not challenge their cognitive skills with real-life room games at the Escape Room? This is the type of adventure where they are “trapped” in a room with friends and family. This is real, not a computer game, so there are no cheat codes! They’ll need to use their noggins to get out of this room. Here are a few crucial skills that will get them through this challenge: use their sense of adventure, imagination, lateral thinking, powers of observation and of course, teamwork. Once they have cracked a series of stimulating, challenging and fun puzzles and solve the mystery, they’ll be freed from the escape room. They just need to keep in mind that they will have to do this within the time limit. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Book your visit ASAP!

How much is it: Two people – R590 | Group of three people – R840 | Group four people – R1 080 | Group five people – R1 250 | Group six people – R1 410 | Group seven people – R 1645

Where is it: Dunkeld West Centre, corner Jan Smuts Avenue and Bompas Road.

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Jozi X Adventure Centre

Nothing like an adventure to get the adrenaline pumping! And to delight your kids’ sense of adventure AND keep them entertained for hours on end, Jozi X Adventure Centre is a MUST! They have everything under the sun from bubble soccer, games of Arch Rivals, zorbing and loads of other fun and exciting obstacle courses. This makes for an epic day out with friends, so make sure you book a session or two for your kids and their friends. This is the ultimate and extreme experience for both young and the young at heart.

Art Jamming

We all know how kids LOVE making a big mess! So why not let them go bonkers with paint and creativity at Art Jamming? Best of all – you don’t need to worry about the cleanup afterwards. Bliss! Art Jamming allows your little ones to indulge their inner artist and create their own inspired, colourful and interesting masterpieces. All they need to do is pick their canvas, decide what they want to paint and go wild.

How much is it: Cost depends on the size of the canvas (between R165 to R700)

Where is it: Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

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Where will you be taking the kids these school holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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