#Kids: School Holiday Programmes For Summer 2018

School holidays are here, and if you have no idea how you’re going to keep the little ones busy for the next month or so, then check out these kids’ holidays programmes. Make sure you book your spots ASAP!


Bright Young Chefs Holiday Club

Dates: 05 – 20 December 2018

Do your children enjoy cooking? Of course, they do! Bright Young Chefs will be hosting a festive holiday club to keep them busy and entertained over the school holidays. The cost is R150 per workshop (three hours long) per child, which includes a chef’s hat, use of all the equipment and ingredients, refreshments, aprons (for use only) and takeaway containers. They’ll have lots of fun cooking and baking delicious treats such as Christmas tree brownies, Christmas cake, merry cupcakes, gingerbread cookies and Christmas houses. They will even get to do some crafts! Click here to book now.

Holiday Fun At The Johannesburg Zoo

Date: 10 – 14 December 2018

Join the Johannesburg Zoo for their December holiday programme taking place between the 10 – 14 December 2018 from 09:00 – 13:00 daily. Here, kids aged between 7 – 13 can experience outdoor adventures with a range of fun activities including arts and crafts, animal feeding and enrichment, and lots of games. Every day at the Johannesburg Zoo is different! Just make sure you pack your little ones some lunch to take along on the day. Booking is essential, so contact Lebo on 011 646 2000 or email lebo.moalusi@jhbzoo.org.za. Entry is R90 per person.


Lillian Gray Holiday Art Programme

Date: 10 – 14 December 2018

Are your kids creative? Enrol them into the Lillienroly Holiday Art Programme before the end of this week! This workshop will focus on a different artist each day and the programme is as follows: Day 1 – acrylic painting; Day 2 – clay; Day 3 – printmaking; Day 4 – collage; Day 5 – scraper board and painting clay statues. The kids will be exposed to various art mediums so they can explore what they are drawn to most. The programme takes place between 10 – 14 December 2018 so book ASAP! Space is limited!


Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club

Date: 10 – 14 December 2018

Want to keep the kids away from their gadgets this holiday season? Take them to Cherry Tomatoes Gardening Club for their Summer Holiday Club. This programme will run from 10 – 14 December 2018 at REEA Foundation Veggie Gardens in Craighall Park and Gardenshop Bryanston from 09:00 – 12:00 daily. It’s perfect for kids aged between 4 – 10. Each day will offer a variety of fun activities and will include lots of digging and exploring, planting and creating. There are only 12 spots available each day at each venue so make sure you book your spots ASAP!


Destination Christmas

Date: 10 – 16 December 2018

Melrose Arch will offer plenty of fun and exciting festivities for the kids at the Piazza this December. It’s the ideal place to keep them entertained while you get started on your Christmas shopping. Click here to check out the Destination Christmas programme for more information. There’ll be a cost, though, so make sure you’ve got some cash on hand.

Melrose Arch

Lory Park Zoo

Date: 11 – 14 December 2018 & 18 – 21 December 2018

Ranger Day at Lory Park Zoo is an opportunity to teach children about animals and how to be a zoo ranger for the day. They’ll spend the day cleaning enclosures, preparing food for the resident animals and get the chance to interact with the ambassador animals. Children will be supervised by the education officer or supervisor on duty at all times to ensure their safety. The cost of this holiday programme is R190 per day and includes a hot dog, small Oros, a packet of NikNaks and a Paddle Pop ice cream. Make sure your child has extra water, sunscreen and old clothes that can get dirty, as well as extra snacks to nibble on throughout the day.


In The Wild Holiday Fun

Date: 12 December 2018 to 06 January 2019

This December, Cradlestone Mall will be bringing youngsters plenty of wild fun and thrilling themed holiday activities to keep boredom at bay. The In The Wild Holiday Fun programme will include everything from an Adventure Park jam-packed with the coolest inflatables, an Under The Sea obstacle course and an Animal Express Train to the Tropical Jungle Playground, interactive wildlife talks and more! There’ll be something for kids of all ages.


Montecasino Christmas Village

Dates: 12 – 17 December 2018

Not only does Montecasino offer plenty of fun for adults, but there’s also plenty for the little ones too. The Magic Company, movies, ten-pin bowling, the Bird Gardens and now, the Christmas Village which will be taking over the outdoor area from 12 – 17 December 2018. Parents can stroll through the European-style village while the kids watch an open-air, family-friendly movie on the Piazza at 18:00 daily. There will also be lots of delicious food and treats available at the stalls.

Montecasino Christmas Village

The Ski Deck

Dates: 12 December 2018 – 07 January 2019

Treat the kids to an afternoon of bum-boarding, slope-surfing and sliding down the 20m slope at the famous Ski Deck in Ferndale. No need to endure freezing conditions and travel to the other side of the world to enjoy a little skiing. Cost is R100 per child for two hours of fun. They’ll also have access to the jungle gym and zip line. Bookings for this are only available during the week and by appointment.

Ski Deck
Image by Ski Deck

The Beach Festival at Silverstar

Date: 13 December 2018 – 06 January 2019

The beach is coming to Silverstar casino this December just in time for the school holidays! The Beach Festival will hit The Square which will be transformed into a sandy amusement park from 10:00 to 22:00 daily (closed on Christmas Day). There will be plenty of beach fun for the kids, sunset cocktails for the adults, delicious food specials and loads of live entertainment. It’s a must for the whole family. And the best part is that entry to this festival is FREE!

beach festival

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