#Kids: School Holiday Programmes For Autumn 2019

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


Bright Young Chefs Holiday Club

Dates: 18 – 29 March 2019

Do your children enjoy cooking? Of course, they do! Bright Young Chefs will be hosting an Easter-inspired 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 Easter-themed treats such as choc chip hot cross buns, chocolate cake with an Easter fondant topper, carrot loaf, Easter bunny cupcakes, and chocolate and caramel brownies. Sounds yummy! Click here to book now.

Icy Adventure at the Northgate Ice Rink

Date: 28 – 31 March 2019

When last did the kids go ice skating? Can’t remember? Then be sure not to miss out on a four-day Ice Adventure at the Northgate Ice Rink this March. This cool and fun adventure will offer kids four days full of games, prizes competitions and giveaways, and FOAM! Usual costs apply regarding entrance – R85 for entry and R35 for skate hire.

Seussical The Musical Jr.

Date: 10 March 2019 – 28 April 2019

Based on the much-loved Dr Seuss books, Seussical Jr draws its characters from numerous stories. It is filled with non-stop music, laughter and feel-good fun. Dr Seuss has been a children’s favourite author for over 60 years and is loved for his use of language, rhyme and humour. The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who, Green Eggs and Ham and many more, have been the stepping stones to reading for many children and introduced them to a wonderful range of characters and positive concepts. Dr Seuss is bound to appeal to children of all ages and abilities, encouraging them to think and be creative.

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Holiday Fun At The Johannesburg Zoo

Date: TBC

Join the Johannesburg Zoo for their December holiday programme taking place between the (to be confirmed) 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.


Musical Theatre Holiday Club

Date:  18 – 22 March 2019

The Musical Theatre Holiday Club at the Johannesburg Academy for Theatre Arts is aimed at all school-going children, divided into Minis, Juniors and Seniors groups. The holiday club runs during the week, ending with a showcase performance at the end of the workshop. This workshop will develop your child’s coordination, musicality, expression, voice projection, improvisation and performance while encouraging youngsters to become a triple-threat in the arts. But, most importantly, it’s fun!

Spectacular Spectrum Holiday Programme

Date: 16 – 31 March 2019

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will be offering a Spectacular Spectrum Holiday Programme for the little ones this March. This will include a spectacular band of colour activities, just as you’d normally see with rainbow, produced by separation of the components of light by their different degrees refraction according to wavelength. This will be displayed to young ones through different workshop activities. Not only is this educational and insightful, but it also offers loads of fun.

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Rocketry Course at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Date: 18 – 22 March 2019

Teens who aspire to become an engineer or MIT student one day will definitely love this! They’ll become a rocket scientist for a few days and learn about the history, applications, physics, chemistry, economics and mathematics of rocketry while designing, constructing and launching a rocket of their very own. This exhilarating five-day rocketry course aims to improve Grade 11 learners knowledge and awareness of the Aerospace industry and its associated careers. For more info, call Nolundi Mjajubana or Silindokuhle Mbonane on 011 639 8447 or 011 639 846.

Lillian Gray Holiday Art Programme

Date: 25 – 29 March 2019

Are your kids creative? Enroll them in the Lillian Gray 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 – print making; Day 4 – collage; Day 5 – scraper board and painting clay statues. The kids will be exposed to various art media so they can explore what they are drawn to most. The programme takes place between 25 – 29 March 2019  between 09:00 – 12:15 daily, so book ASAP! Space is limited.


Casual Bumboarding at the Ski Deck

Date: 15 March 2019 – 17 May 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.

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Human Rights Festival at Constitution Hill

Dates: 21 – 24 March 2019

Constitution Hill will be hosting its second annual Human Rights Festival under the theme 25 Years of Democracy. The Human Rights Festival commemorates Human Rights Day, which pays homage to all those who lost their lives in the fight for democracy. It also highlights the work of social justice organisations and underlines the importance of civic activism, and the values and principles enshrined in the Constitution. The festival will include a Kiddies Corner to keep the little ones entertained, and will include jumping castles, face painting, art sessions, drumming, classic music, painting, storytelling, free play and a short 1km walk on Sunday, 24 March 2019.

Ranger Day at Lory Park Zoo

Date: 19 – 22 & 26 – 29 March 2019 | 16 – 17 & 23 – 26 April 2019

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 R200 per day and includes a hot dog, a small bottle of 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.


Space Wonders Holiday Fun

Date: 16 – 31 March 2019

This March, Cradlestone Mall will be bringing youngsters plenty of intergalactic fun with a thrilling out-of-this-world holiday activity lineup to keep boredom at bay. The SPACE WONDERS programme will include everything from an Inflatable UFO Spaceship and Selfie ‘Space’ to a cool Space Chamber and loads of virtual reality entertainment. There’ll be something for kids of all ages.


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