Frosty Fun @ Snow World at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre
Date: 29 June – 28 July 2018
The winter wonderland, Snow World, will be at Menlyn Park for one month only, so make sure you make your way there to experience ‘snow’ like never before. There will be plenty of frosty family fun for all ages, including a 20m Snow Ramp Slide, snowman building in the ‘cool’ Snow Play Area and encounters with massive, lifelike animals from the Ice Age! There will also be ice wall climbing, snowball games, real ice bars, snowboarding and lots of snow. You can get your tickets at www.webtickets.co.za which will cost between R40 – R80 per person. It’s a must for the whole family.
Take To The Avalanche Slope
For skiing, bum boarding, snowboarding and tubing, minus the freezing temperatures and slushy snow, make sure you head to Avalanche, situated at Cedar Square in Fourways. Visitors of all ages will have a blast sliding down their 65m ski slope, and you can even take a few skiing or snowboarding lessons if you’re planning a visit to the Alps some time soon. Avalanche is open every day from 08:30 until late and sometimes hosts special events in the evenings. The facility also offers a kids jungle gym and activity centre, a restaurant filled with snacks and good food, and expert ski instructors. Call ahead to find out about availability, specials, events and more.
Visit The Ice Rink!
Winter activities are not complete without a visit to an ice rink. While there are rinks all over the city, the most popular one in Joburg has to be the Northgate Ice Rink, hands down! Plus, they’re offering a winter holiday club for the kids during the winter school holidays, as well as half-price Tuesday nights, Family Day Sundays and more. Keep and eye out on their Facebook page for upcoming events, specials and more.
Take Skiing Lessons @ The Ski Deck
You don’t need snow to learn how to ski, bum board or snowboard – all you need are experienced instructors, 20-40m of ski slope, patience and the Ski Deck in Ferndale. They’ve been around for years and offer the opportunity to all ages to learn how to ski. Choose from casual bum boarding from R100*/person (two-hour session), skiing lessons from R1 140*/person (three lessons) or lessons with their fully computerised ski and snowboard simulator, The Sky Tek® Power Carver (from R2 450* for six lessons, by appointment only).
Sip On Winter Warmer Favourites @ Montecasino
Date: Every Friday between 01 June – 31 August 2018, from 16:00 – 18:00
This one isn’t exactly an activity per se, but it’s part of the snowy winter experience! In the movies, we always see individuals embracing the snowy winters with layers upon layers of clothing: cute gloves, beanies and scarves; cuddling up to crackling and toasty fireplaces; and, of course, sipping on winter warmer favourites like Gluhwein, booze-infused coffees and lots of hot chocolate. Well, Montecasino brings you a similar experience with Southern Sun Montecasino’s The Heat Is On offer. Warm yourself up from the inside out with a new winter selection of drinks and cocktails on the deck, along with live music and snacks. Drinks cost R60* each and you can take your pick from Gluhwein, caramelised Irish Coffee, Tequila Hot Chocolate, an Amarula Latte and Vodka Hot Chocolate! Oh, how we love winter!
Warm Up by the Fire @ Churchill’s Bar
When we think of a snowy winter, we think of stepping into a British pub, grabbing a pint, heading to the fireplace and warming up after being out in the cold a tad too long. If that’s also your vibe, Churchill’s Bar at Melrose Arch is just the place to experience it without spending a fortune on a ticket to London. Just imagine sinking onto one of their stuffed leather sofas, warming yourself by the fire with a whisky in your right hand and a cigar in your left. Sounds about right! They have a varied list of cognacs and cigars for you to choose from and, as for food, they do a scrumptious fish and chips.