Indoor Winter Entertainment Spots For Kids


We’re on the hunt for indoor activities that will keep kids busy (and off their iPads) this winter! Here are a few places that need to be on your radar screen as temperatures continue to fall in Joburg!

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Disney On Ice

Popular among young and old alike, Disney On Ice returns to South Africa this month with a brand-new show, Disney On Ice presents Dream Big! Celebrate the magic with an extraordinary lineup of Disney stories that come to life at the Ticketpro Dome from 22 June to 01 July 2018. Watch as your favourite Disney characters come to life before your very eyes. Plus, there are great family discounts on offer to make sure this winter school holiday outing is memorable for the whole family. To avoid disappointment, book your tickets today!

City Rock

Fancy some mountain climbing within the safety and comfort of a suburban setting? City Rock offers junior courses (ages five to 14) to teach little ones how to rock climb. The venue also offers climbing sessions, complete with safety equipment. It’s a fun way to stay fit, plus City Rock also boasts a fully equipped gym, which is accessible to members of this indoor climbing venue.

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Roll Egoli

Roll Egoli came about as a result of a lack of safe skating facilities for suburban Johannesburg folks. The super-smooth cement floor rink is located on a residential stand in the heart of Bryanston. Old-school roller skating is a great way to get the kids off the couch and squeeze in some exercise. You could also brave the roller rink and bust out some disco moves – show the young ‘uns how to throw it down.

The Ice Rink

Some of our fondest memories were those spent ice skating for the first time while holding mommy’s hand. Pass these memories on to your children, as you take them to the Ice Rink in Northgate. The kids are sure to love this. Fit them up with a jacket or three and show them how to carve around the ice like a pro. The kids will love it – and you will too.

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Yeesh! Fun For Kids

If your little one is full of energy and needs to be kept busy with different activities, then Yeesh! is the place to be. It has playpens, jungle gyms and even a coffee bar for mom to relax at. This is a great place to have the kids burn off that excess energy and get their motor skills going. Yeesh! also has holiday activities specifically planned to give the grown-ups a well-deserved break.

Little Cooks Club

The Little Cooks Club Cooking Programme uses a hands-on approach to introducing children to new foods, with a view to get them to appreciate good food and a healthy diet. It is important for children to learn how to work with kitchen items and gain a basic understanding of how certain ingredients go together. Besides, if you pull this off right, little Suzie will be cooking gourmet meals in her EZ Bake oven in no time. 

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Pottery Junxion

Since 2006, the Pottery Junxion has been offering the best in ceramics to Joburg. They now offer workshops for kids to learn how to let their creative side flourish by teaching them how to paint, draw and sculpt with clay. It’s also important for children to work with their hands to develop their fine motor skills.

Avalanche

This is a fantastic venue at Cedar Square Shopping Centre that has also become a popular party venue. Kids can ski, snowboard and bum-board to their heart’s content! The 65m slope is open 7 days a week, and includes instructors should your child need a little help. Lessons are also available by arrangement.

The Ski Deck

Another popular party venue, The Ski Deck is a great place where kids can learn to bum-board, slope surf and ski – either in preparation for an overseas skiing holiday, or just for fun. There are a variety of slopes for various ages, as well as an outdoor garden with jungle gym, zipline and trampoline!

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Bambanani

This is still one of our favourite indoor venues where kids can play and have an absolute ball. Plus, they cater for children aged 6 months to 12 years. Featuring a 4-story jungle gym, dress up area, sand art, media room and library – it’s an absolute dream venue for kids and their very grateful parents. The child minders are excellent, the facilities are superb, and the food is absolutely superb. Whether play dating, needing to get some work done or meeting friends for a meal – this spot in Melville is an absolute win!

The Playhouse

The Playhouse in Alberton is an indoor playground on steroids! They have absolutely everything kids need to blow off some steam, have fun, explore and grow in confidence. The venue is also very popular for parties, the on-site train is a huge drawcard, and the childminders are exceptionally good at getting shy children to come and play.

By Shawn Greyling

Know of other rad winter entertainment sports for kids not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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