In celebration of the closing of Jozi Schools, Joburg Tourism finds kid-friendly things to do in Johannesburg for winter school holiday fun!
Not only does the month of June commemorate Youth Day, but it also welcomes the much anticipated winter school holidays. Starting on 17 June until 8 July, Jozi kids get to enjoy three weeks of winter vacation, avoiding having to brave the coldest few weeks of the year. While for many the winter school holidays offer an opportunity to rest, recharge and veg out with a Fortnight fest, others (typically a younger Jozi crew and their parents) find the three weeks to be two weeks too long, bringing on boredom, idle hands and a constant nag to “do something”. Fear not, Joburg Tourism has put together a list of kid-friendly things to do in Johannesburg. From the hottest kids hangouts to winter holiday activities to keep kids busy these winter school holidays, read on to find the best in School Holiday fun for Jozi Kids!
Disney on Ice
Making a winter Wonderland comeback to the city of gold, join Mickey, Minnie and some of your favourite Disney characters as Disney on Ice presents their Magical Ice Festival. With delightful scenes from everyone’s frosty favourite Frozen, to Ariel and Sebastian’s under the sea world in The Little Mermaid, tales from Tangled and who could forget about Beauty and the Beast. On stage from 22 to 30 June at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, grab tickets to see the Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival offering the ultimate in winter school holiday fun.
In closing out the winter school holidays, returning to Johannesburg on 6 to 7 July 2019, don’t miss the biggest and slimiest event of the year at the Nickelodeon NickFest Live. Packing the TicketPro Dome full of the goopiest giggles and loudest laughter ever, young Jozi audiences can look forward to a host of top music acts, special guest appearances and their favourite Nickelodeon stars from television! For more inofrmation, visit the TicketPro Dome website and book your tickets to the 2019 NickFest Live now!
Some of our favourite kid friendly activities include dance, movement, creativity and music! For young maestros, muso’s and little one’s born to take centre stage, look forward to joining a five-day musical theatre holiday camp proudly presented by the National Children's Theatre. Running from 1 to 5 July, the Musical Theatre Holiday Camp will host two different programmes suited to various age brackets, namely the Lion King Programme from ages seven to nine or the Addams family for ages ten to thirteen. Compiled of classes including singing, dancing, acting, mask making, stage makeup and stage combat, each class is presented by qualified specialist instructors involving all aspects of musical theatre performance, for more contact the Johannesburg National Children's Theatre.
For winter school holiday fun enjoyed by everyone, from planets to space travel, constellations and the seasonal changes that take place in the night sky, the planetarium is a treat for both young and old, revealing a twinkling world of lights that is not always clearly visible above the city. The WITS Planetarium presents various age appropriate shows including a Space Travel Journey for ages five to eight as well as the Secret of the Cardboard Rocket fitting for ages eight to twelve. Experience the wonders of the solar system and all of the planets or travel to the moon learning about its different phases, how it influences the earth’s tides and what the astronauts got up to as they were bouncing around the dusty stone.
Rangers Day at Lory Park ZooBe a zookeeper for a day helping animal keepers at the Lory Park Zoo feed, clean and enrich the animals. From feeding the bunnies to striking up a conversation with the cockatoos, work with the donkeys, owls, meerkats as well as the lions and tigers. Kid rangers will learn about animal care and husbandry while participating in fun activities such as making toys for the animals. Book to spend a day in the life as a ranger these winter school holidays, hosted from 18 - 21 June, 25 - 28 June and 2 - 5 July 2019.