10 FUN THINGS TO DO IN JO’BURG THIS SUMMER – WITH KIDS OR WITHOUT.

Nat Geo Kids – Weird But True! Exhibition

16 June 2019 to 14 January 2020
This is for children and adults alike! A wild and entertaining interactive exhibition is waiting for you. Weird But True! invites you to share in crazy, entertaining, brain-bending, visually stunning photos, graphics, games and installations.
Venue: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Helen Joseph St, Newtown
Time: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm | Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4.30pm
Cost: Museum entry rates apply
Tel: 011 639 8400

Cirque Rock – a Rock Extravaganza

15 November – 30 December 2019
Cirque Rock is an extravaganza you don’t want to miss!
It’s mind blowing with skateboards, ladders, crates and its signature silk, poles and acrobatics. It’s a visual experience, with dramatic dance routines set to classic rock music. Party to the music of Boston, Van Halen and John Miles. Revel in the 80s and 90s styled music from Mr Mister and Kings of Leon. Thrill to the music by Queen, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Pink and the Black Eyed Peas.
Venue: Barnyard Rivonia
Time: Tuesday to Saturday 8pm | Sunday 2pm
Cost: R130-R195 | Tuesday shows buy one get one free

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

28 October 2019 to 22 December 2019
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a play based on the original classic by Ronald Dahl.
Meet Charlie Bucket who lives in poverty with his parents and four bedridden grandparents in a ramshackle old house at the edge of town. Meet the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. Meet the Oompa Loompas and experience the fantastical inventions of the most amazing candy factory in the world. You’ll love this play and so will the kids.
Venue: Main Theatre at National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg
Time: Various
Cost: R70-R120
Tel: 011 4841584
Email: bookings@nctt.org.za

The Snow Goose

30 October 2019 – 24 November 2019
The Snow Goose is a sensitive and hauntingly beautiful adaption of Paul Gallico’s classic novella which is played out in the desolate Essex marshes and is set against the background of the miracle of Dunkirk. With the use of masks and creative staging, this play tugs at the heart strings with its poignancy and vulnerability.
A wounded snow goose brings a young girl, Firth, and the recluse Philip Rhayader together in a moving story of friendship and courage.
Venue: Studio Theatre, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Sandton
Time: Wednesday to Friday 8pm | Saturday 4pm and 8pm | Sunday 3pm
Cost: R130-R180

Jack and the Beanstalk

30 October 2019 – 22 December 2019
Janice Honeyman, queen of the pantomime, is at it again! With her usual brilliance, she tells the classic fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk. It is a tale about a poor country boy, Jack, the family cow, magic beans, an unfriendly giant, an enchanted goose and an enormous beanstalk. This panto will delight you and the kids!
Venue: Mandela Theatre at Joburg Theatre
Time: Various from Wednesdays to Sundays
Cost: R275 – R395
Tel: 011 877 6800

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR

2 November 2019 – 22 December 2019
Fly through the air with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr!
Batty inventor, Caractacus Potts begins to restore an old race car with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Things go wrong when the evil Baron Bomburst decides he wants the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and nutty Grandpa Potts to outwit the wicked Baron and Baroness and their evil henchman, the Child Catcher.
Venue: Peoples Theatre, Cnr Loveday and Hoofd St, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
Time: Monday to Friday 9am and 11am | Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10.3o am and 2.30pm
Cost: R149 | Peoples Theatre Kids Club Members R100

The Woods Paintball

The Woods Paintball range is open for anyone ranging from beginners to experts. There are four different fields and a shooting range that is set in a pine forest and there’s an area designated for spectators.
Venue: The Woods Paintball, Rose Rd, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand
Time: 9am to 6pm
Cost: R100 – R150 (may change)
Tel: 079 387 4217

The Wits Planetarium

The lights dim slowly, as the stars appear like magic in front of the audience. What a wonderful opportunity to explore the planets, stars and galaxies of the universe with the experts. Shows usually last approximately one hour.
Venue: Wits Planetarium, University of Witwatersrand, Yale Rd, East Campus, Braamfontein
Time: Book for times
Tel: 011 717 1390

The Wonder Cave – Cradle of Humankind

The single-chamber Wonder Cave, deep under the Witwatersrand, is situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, on of the world’s richest hominid fossil sites. This is the home to fossils of rodents and birds among other small animals, and beautiful rock formations.
After an initial 90-step descent with the help of a tour guide, visitors take an elevator down to the chamber of the 60m deep cave. This natural wonder has spectacular cave formations. Features include rimstone pools, cave pearls, and stalactites and stalagmites up to 15m in height, most of which are still growing. The cave also has its own colony of bats.
Wonder Cave offers a variety of tours and entrance is by guided tour only. Which an option of a day tour, a night tour and an opportunity to experience an 18m abseil, visitors are able to enjoy this experience to its full extent.
Venue: Kromdraai, West Rand, Gauteng
Time: Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm | Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm
Cost: R90 | Pensioners R80 | Children U13 R70 (may change)

The Origins Centre

The Origins Centre is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind, telling the story of the emergence of human beings and humanity in Southern Africa. Origins is home to a vast array of palaeoantropological, archaeological and genetic materials charting the origins, evolution, and the development of humankind. These materials include ancient stone tools, artefacts of symbolic and spiritual significance, and examples of the region’s visual rock art.
Venue: Origins Centre Museum, Yale Rd and Enoch Sontonga Ave, Johannesburg
Time: Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm | Saturday and Public Holidays 10am to 4pm | Sunday closed
Cost: R81 adults | R40 students & children | R66 pensioners (may change)