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We live in a beautiful city – Johannesburg, South Africa that has so much to offer. Sometimes we forget to appreciate our own town and search for something in another city which we already have!

I listed 15 places that I think you should visit with the kids especially during the school holidays since many of these places have awesome school holiday programmes. My daughter Kitana loves trying new activities, some of her favourite spots are listed down below.

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15 Places to visit and Activities to try:

1. Sci-Bono Discovery Center

Sci-Bono is a great place to introduce your child to science, maths, and technology. They even run educational holiday programmes.

Website: www.sci-bono.co.za

2. City ROCK

Get your kids to experience real rock climbing at one of Johannesburg’s local climbing crags.

Website: www.cityrock.co.za

Source: City ROCk

3. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

A great picnic spot with beautiful scenery for the entire family.

Website: www.sanbi.org

4. The Lion Park

If your child loves animals as much as mine does, then this is a must visit. I  love that you can get close to the lions.

Website: www.lion-park.com

Lion park Johannesburg

5. Acrobranch

Acrobranch is an exciting aerial adventure where zip lines, Tarzan swings, nets, bridges and other fun obstacles take children from tree to tree.

Website: www.acrobranch.co.za

6. Peoples Theatre

Situated in the Joburg Theatre Complex, this 200 seater theatre caters specifically for kids. Audiences are enchanted, captivated and entertained by the magical world of theatre.

Website: www.peoplestheatre.co.za

Memories for the whole family are created on stage at the Peoples Theatre!

7. Bounce

Fly through the air and bounce off the walls. BOUNCE is a massive indoor trampoline park for all ages with venues around Gauteng.

8. Papachinos

A family restaurant with a supervised kiddies area. Kids can also make their own pizzas. This is one of the popular places in Johannesburg which offers great food for the entire family.

Website: www.papachinos.co.za

9. Johannesburg Zoo

The Joburg Zoo is one of the most popular local and tourist attractions situated in the leafy northern suburb of Johannesburg.

Website: www.jhbzoo.org.za

10. Mapatiza – Underground Gemstone Mine Tour

Something different for the kids to do! My daughter really enjoyed the tour and digging up for “treasure”. At Mapatiza, you learn a little more about the different gemstones (via the underground tour) and get the opportunity to dig in the scratch patch for gems.

Website: www.geckojewellers.co.za

11. Artjamming

Allow your child to paint his/her expressions via art. A fun activity for the entire family!

Website: www.artjamming.co.za

12. Gold Reef City theme park

A popular and well-known place in Johannesburg. A theme park filled with adventure for the entire day!

Website: www.tsogosun.com

Golden Wave ride

13. Montecasino Bird Park

One of my favorite places to visit with my kids on a Sunday. There’s so much to see at this beautiful park which is filled with all different types of birds.

Website: www.tsogosun.com

14. RollEgoli

RollEgoliis a safe suburban roller skating facility in Bryanston Johannesburg. They offer 1000sqm of covered concrete floor perfect for roller skates or roller blades.

Website: www.rollegoli.co.za

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15. Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park

Croc City has guided tours daily from 9 am to 4:30 pm which features reptile interaction, where all visitors are given the opportunity to safely interact with various reptiles (Including a croc-hatchling). Crocodile feeding happens on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm. They do a venomous snake show, which is very popular, every Sunday at 11 am. Additionally, in 2014 they opened a Zip-line which we call a Flyover; the only one of its kind in Africa where you can safely fly over the crocodile enclosures!

Website: www.croccity.co.za

Sightseeing Johannesburg Red bus

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za

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The best way to see what Johannesburg has to offer is by you getting on a big red bus :)!

It’s an experience you will never forget.

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