With the long weekend almost upon us, I found 20 Easter events you can attend with the family in and around Gauteng!
20 Easter Events to check out:
1. Danone Frozen Yoghurt World
A highlight of this wintery playground is the Danone snow-tubing slope, a six-metre-high snow ramp covered in 20 centimetres of real snow where you can grab a snow tube and hang on tight for 30 metres of sliding fun.
Another highlight is the Danone Frozen Yoghurt Bar. Buy a Danone Frozen Yoghurt Popsicle and see how easy it is to make your own popsicles, adding cool, delicious, nutritious fun to any home occasion.
Then head to the snow play area. It’s the perfect place for building a snowman, making snow castles or just enjoying the crunch of snow beneath your feet.
Where: Rand Show
When: Good Friday, 14 April to Sunday 23 April 2017
Show Hours: 09h00 – 19h00 Daily; 18h00 Last Entry.
2. Rand Show
South Africa’s biggest consumer expo is the only show to offer attractions covering everything from sport, motoring, military, and science and technology, to design, animals, gardening, health and beauty, and variety shows. There’s an entire day out for the whole family packed into each Rand Show ticket.
Where: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec (GPS – S26°14.484’ E27°58.510).
When: Friday, 14 April, to Sunday, 23 April 2017, from 9 am to 7 pm (last entry at 6 pm).
Rand Show tickets at the gate cost R150 for adults, R50 for pensioners, R50 for 13-16 years, R20 for 6-12 years, and under six enter free. Midweek specials for Tuesday, 18, Wednesday, 19, and Thursday, 20 April, only are R75 for adults, and R20 for 13- to 16-year-olds. Open-air parking is R20 per car. Tickets are available at the gate or through Computicket.
Tickets give access to a wide variety of entertainment attractions but exclude rides on the helicopter and monorail, drifting, bag jumping, the fun fair, and refreshments and food.
For more information, visit www.randshow.co.za.
3. Meet the Easter Bunny!
Come and meet the Easter Bunny on 15 and 16 April between 9:30 and 11:00 in the Piazza. Take a photo with him or just give him a hug. He’ll be handing out loads of Easter eggs!
Where: Clearwater shopping Mall
When: 15 – 16 April 2017
4. Easter Folk Market
Meander through the enchanted Faerie Trail – spot the little fairies on mystical forest paths.
The most beautiful craft stalls with unique hand made products.
Great food, yummy baked stuff, food trucks – something for everyone.
Craft beers, craft gins & liqueurs, drinks in fresh coconuts & lots of other beverages – and a spot of wine tasting under the trees perhaps?
Lots of tables and seating or bring a blanket & pick a shady spot.
The maypole with dancing ribbons – kites decorating the sky, archery (be Robin Hood) for big & small, tree climb, pony rides, tomahawk toss, zip-line for kids in the trees & lots of easter egg challenges!
To cool off sit on the edge of the hay-bale paddle pool with a craft beer or cocktail!
Where: In The Forest Venue
2 Aloe Ridge Drive, 1961 Walkerville, Gauteng, South Africa
When: 15 April 2017
Price: Adults R25 at the gate. Kids that fit under the mushroom – free.
5. Consol Solar Jar Easter Night Hunt
Join us for the first Consol Solar Jar Easter Night Hunt! It’s a fun-filled evening of sweet treats, laughs, and lights.
Where: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Malcolm Rd, 1731 Roodepoort, Gauteng
When: Saturday 15 April 2017 (6 PM – 9 PM)
Price: R45 per adult, R15 per scholar.
Easter Hunt: R10 per child (2-12 years).
Jar Decorating Competition: R10 per entry.
For more information about this event, call 086 100 1278 or [email protected].
6. Easter Made in Africa Pop-up Market!
Delight in some family fun at Mall of Africa! We bring you the “Made in Africa’ Easter pop-up market, with an array of beautiful crafts, stunning items, and delicious foods! Bring the kids for an authentic Easter Egg hunt, in giant hay bales, with plenty fun for all!
Where: Mall of Africa
When: April 14 – April 16
7. Eastgate Easter Carnival
Celebrate Easter with stilt walkers, balloon sculptures, face painting as well as an easter bunny on all levels.
Hamleys Toy Store Eastgate will have a parade with Marching Band on the Saturday 15th April 2017 at 1 pm starting from Hamley’s store.
Toys”R”Us with have a Tru Tru Train on Saturday 15th April 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm to transport our little shoppers.
We will have a carousel in the Piazza area from the 15th April to the 16th April from 10 am to 5 pm at a cost of R10 per ride.
Where: Eastgate shopping mall
When: 14 – 17 April 2017
8. Nissan Easter Festival
There’s the family market, where you can wander through the variety of market stalls and the Nissan Kids Zone is a safe place for the little ones to bounce, run, play and climb in a wonderland of mechanical rides and jumping castles, with workshops and activities like canvas painting and other arts and crafts.
Where: Kyalami Equestrian Park
When: Until April 17 2017
For more information, visit www.nissan.co.za.
9. Easter Fun At Montecasino
Join us these Easter holidays for family fun entertainment! From treasure hunts, pedal go-karts, arts and crafts, and visits from the Easter Bunny, Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination is the place to be.
The Flights of Fantasy bird show takes to the stage at the Montecasino Bird Gardens at 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00 daily, with Easter treasure hunts on the 16 March to add to the four days of non-stop fun. Entries into the treasure hunts are limited so get there early to avoid disappointment.
Where: Montecasino – Fourways
Bird Gardens: 16 April
Easter treasure hunt
Date: 16 April 2017
Time: 11h30 and 13h30
Entrance Fee: R70 per adult / R39 for kids 2yrs to 12yrs
Date: 14 – 17 April 2017
Time: 10h00 – 18h00
Enjoy the following fun activities:
Two pedal go-kart tracks: No cost
Arts and crafts station: No cost
Get your photo taken in a go-kart: R50 per photo
For more information, visit www.tsogosun.com/montecasino.
10. Easter Fun at Rosebank
Where: Rosebank Mall
When: Saturday, April 15th, 2017 to Sunday, April 16th, 2017
11. Transformers Animatronics
Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and the Rescue Bots will invade the African continent for the first time in Transformers Animatronics at Emperors Palace.
Following a massively successful Latin American tour, visitors can look forward to breathtaking sculptures, made from wrecked cars, on display against the scenery of the legendary planet, Cybertron, that will be brought to life through eye-popping performance technology.
Where: Emperors Palace
When: Until Saturday 27 May 2017.
Adult – R155 Children under the age of 4 – Free Children between 5 – 17 years old – R100 Family Package – R440 (2 Adults and 2 Children)
12. Disney’s Winnie The Pooh Kids
Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS is a delightful show based on the beloved characters of A.A. Milne and Disney animated feature films. Featuring favorite songs from the film, as well as new hits by the Academy Award-winning Robert and Kristen Lopez (Frozen), this honey-filled delight is as sweet as it is fun.
Where: Joburg Theatre
When: Until Sunday 30 April 2017.
Times: 10:30 and 14:30
13. The Gruffalo
The picture book The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler in 1999, is a worldwide phenomenon, having sold over 13 million copies in 75 editions worldwide. The stage production brings the Gruffalo characters to life while remaining true to the story.
Where: Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton, Johannesburg.
When: Until 7 May 2017
Price: R75 – R85
Times: 11:00 and 15:00 (most days)
Price: R40 park entry (Kids U8 free), R150 for a 50minute session.
For more information, visit www.stokecity.co.za.
14. Hirsch’s Meadowdale: Easter Egg Hunt
15. Transformers Roadblock
Transformers Roadblock, brought to you by Hasbro, is giving kids the chance to meet their favourite bots Optimus Prime and Bumblebee!
The event will also be featuring Optimus Prime in vehicle mode, a Transformers play area, an area to watch the latest Transformers Robots in Disguise animated TV series and stand a chance to win Transformers prizes at the Transformers Spin to Win wheel!
Where: Main Mall Court next to Edgars, Eastgate Shopping Centre
When: 13 – 17 April 2017 from 10:00 am
16. EASTER PLAYGROUND AT SILVERSTAR CASINO
Some of the child-friendly entertainment will include a soft play park, train rides, pedal karts on an inflatable track, water slide and buskers. The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance on certain days, with treats for the kids.
For those who prefer spending their time watching movies, the Easter Playground will have two free family movie screenings. On Friday 14 April, guests can catch the screening of HOP and on Saturday 15 April, the Rise of the Guardians.
Where: Silverstar Casino
When: Until 17 April 2017, 10:00 to 17:00 daily. Entrance is free for everyone.
17. Easter Egg Hunt at the Joburg Zoo
Where: Johannesburg Zoo
When: 16 April 9:00 to 13:00
Price: Adults R80, Kids (3-12 years) & Pensioners R50
18. Easter egg hunt – Cedar Junction
19. Easter Fun at Cradlestone Mall
20. Hamleys Easter celebrations
Join us for loads of fun this Easter! We will have daily activities, competitions, and appearances from Bunny Bear! We will also be having a grand Easter hunt at all stores at 2 pm on Saturday 15th with amazing hampers up for grabs.
Where: Hamleys stores countrywide
When: 15 April 2017 at 2 pm
Which event will you be attending? I’m definitely taking Kitana to the Rand show this weekend.