Easter is around the corner, can you believe it? To me, this year is flying by! Goodbye, Summer and Hello Autumn!
Do you have any plans for the long weekend?
For some reason, I’m not feeling it this year. Maybe because the price of the marshmallow easter eggs is ridiculous! It was a tradition in my family to buy a box every year but this year I skipped the tradition and bought a few loose ones because honestly it just isn’t worth the price and I never ever win those competitions! 🙁
We spending the holiday at home because I have a busy 6-month-old so travelling long distance for me now is a big no-no and sometimes it is really nice to NOT go away.
Johannesburg roads are quiet but that doesn’t mean we have nothing planned for the long weekend. There’re many eggciting events you can attend with the family to make the holidays memorable.
1. OREO Activation (25 – 28 March 2016)
Everybody’s favourite cookie celebrates its 104th birthday.
Celebrating the kid inside of us all and inspiring moments of openness and curiosity, is what this delicious cookie does best, and what led to the development of OREOs latest Wonderfilled campaign, Open Up with OREO. This enchanting campaign executes in more than 50 countries across the world this year and South African fans have not been left out. The campaign will share the positive message of asking them to open up their hearts to others while offering local consumers the chance to win one of 3 family trips to New York City worth R200 000 each.
For a chance to win one of these amazing trips to the home of OREO, fans must purchase a pack of OREO biscuits (176g or 429g) and SMS the last five digits of their barcode to 40185. OREO cookie lovers can also enter online at www.letwonderout.co.za. SMS rates and Ts & Cs apply.
OREO lovers must visit Montecasino Piazza over the Easter weekend (25 – 28 March) with the whole family and be sure to (literally) look on the bright side (and by bright we mean the sky) every day at noon for a wonderfilled surprise.
2. The Rand Show (25 March – April 2016)
As South Africa’s biggest consumer show and Joburg’s BIGGEST day out, the Rand Show is the entertainment destination of choice this Easter.
Offering 10 days of BIG family fun, the Rand Show is crammed with lifestyle exhibits, shopping and exclusive deals, great food, and a top-class line-up of entertainment chosen to delight every member of the family.
What’s on offer for the Kids:
- Enjoy a mini farming experience in the Animal Kingdom: watch Border collies herding a flock of sheep, then catch “The Milking Lane” theatre production and milking demonstrations, and pet and feed farm animals in Old McDonald’s Farmyard. There’s also a display of reptiles.
- Two science stages will present non-stop science action, with the Naked Scientist from 25-28 March, and the Kalahari Scientist and Nutty Scientists for all 10 days. There’s also the Edudome mobile planetarium, Destructobots 2016 and the FIRST Tech Robotics Challenge, exhibits of fossils and amazing inventions, plus much more.
- The daily Bazillion Bubbles workshop and giant-bubble blowing competitions, the giant soccer action zone brought by Spanish Football League LaLiga, and trampoline displays in Trampoline Fun Land. There are kiddies gardening workshops in the gardening pavilion and Making and Baking workshops in the food hall. And of course there’s the fun fair (rides not included in the entry ticket).
Dates: Good Friday, 25 March, to Sunday, 3 April 2016
Show hours: Gates open daily at 09h00. Ticket booths and gates close at 18h00. The show itself closes at 19h00, but the fun fair remains open until 20h00.
Venue: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Rand Show Road, Nasrec.
Adults R150.00 per person
Adults R150.00 per person
Pensioners over 65 years R50.00 per person
Children 13 – 16 years R50.00 per person
Children 6 – 12 years R20.00 per person
Children Under 6 years No charge
3. Easter fun at Clearwater Mall (24 – 29 March 2016)
Join the Easter Bunny’s kitchen between 24 and 29 March in the Piazza! Loads of prizes to be won for the little ones!
Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 can decorate their favourite Easter treats every day between 10:00 and 15:00 every hour.
Bookings are recommended so contact Jeanri on 083 408 8802.
But that’s not all – you can meet the Easter Bunny every day between 21 and 28 March at 10:00 everyday – he will be handing out free Easter eggs to the kids!
Please note that the activities will be closed on Friday, 25 March.
4. Easter Bunny Visiting Serendipity (26th March 2016)
An Easter egg Treasure hunt will take place – in an Easter bedecked garden – with the Easter Bunny joining in!!
Tables will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Date: Thursday 24th March at 2pm and Saturday 26th March at 10am/ 2pm.
Cost: R60 per child – includes entrance fee, treasure hunt and meeting Easter Bunny. Adult’s entrance is free.
5. Easter Sunday at Maropeng (27 March 2016)
Celebrate Easter Sunday at Maropeng this year. They’ve got everything you’ll need to make it an exceptional day out in the Cradle of Humankind, from Easter bunny competitions, an Easter egg hunt and joy rides for the kids, to tours, brunches and beer gardens for the adults.
What’s on offer for the Kids:
- An Easter bunny competition for children between the ages of two and eight years old. There will be prizes for the best dressed Easter bunnies.
- An amazing Easter egg hunt, with 800 Easter eggs to find.
- The chance to meet the real Easter bunny.
- Easter bunny face painting.
- Tickets for the parachute ride, giant slide and rock climbing wall can also be purchased.
- You can also take the opportunity to enjoy the origins of humankind in their Maropeng exhibition at discounted Easter rates.
Please note that the special below applies only to Sunday, 27 March 2016:
Two adults and two children: R270 per family – R100 off
Additional child discount: R50 per child – R15 off
Be sure to stop for a sumptuous brunch at the Tumulus restaurant between 11am and 2pm or a fast food offering from one of their delectable food stalls.
6. Easter Fun Hunt at Gold Reef City (25 – 28 March 2016)
Get the kids to the Gold Reef City Theme Park for some Mega Holiday Fun. There is so much to keep them busy with over 30 rides of which 9 will get your adrenalin pumping, 10 restaurants and fast foods, farmyard PLUS they can join the Easter Hunt with great prizes, the Easter Bunny show and so much more.
If you are the adventurous type, join the EASTER FUN HUNT around the park from 25 to 28 March. Get your FUN map when you enter the park, visit the nine FUN STATIONS and participate in the activities at each station, get your stamp of approval and you could win one of 5 Samsung Galaxy Tablets.
PS: Make sure you deposit your completed entry form in the entry box at the Town Square.
Easter Bunny Who?
A live show from 25th to 28th March in the Golden Amphitheatre, the show is a combination of music, draw and comedy. Entry to the show is FREE to all Theme Park visitors.
12h00 to 13h00
14h00 to 15h00
7. Easter Playground at Silverstar Casino (26 – 27 March 2016)
Venue: Silverstar Square
Tickets: Free Entry
Visit the Silverstar Easter Playground for loads of family fun including rides, face painters, jumping castles, appearances by the Easter bunny, movies on the Square, giveaways and much more.
On Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 March 2016 visit their fresh, quaint and quirky, eccentrically amazing and trendy Easter Pop-Up market.
From wire art, home decor, clothing, jewellery, funky gadgets, cool stationary, kiddies and baby goods, market food, there is no limit to the magnificent crafts, gorgeous handiwork and innovative ideas on offer.
8. The Easter Sunday Faire (27 March 2016)
Join the Easter Bunny and bring the family to us for a day filled with fun!
Easter egg hunt, Easter Bonnet parade, jumping castle, jungle gym, face painting, fuseball and much more! Great prizes to be won!
Visitors will be treated to a fantastic selection of fine wines, delicious foods, marinated olives, Method Cap Classique, a wide variety of craft beers, artisanal foods and crafts, as well as live music, all set in the magnificent gardens – a venue rivalled by only the best JoBurg has to offer.
The Wanderers Club provides a relaxed setting in the heart of Jozi leaving you feeling just like you are out in the countryside, where the whole family can come and enjoy the sunshine before the winter chill of Winter starts to set in. Children are welcome and there will be a supervised area for them to play while parents can leisurely enjoy all the faire has to offer.
9. Nissan Easter Festival (19 – 28 March 2016)
The Nissan Easter Festival is an annual scintillating, high-energy equestrian event. It’s also a festival of family fun with a non-stop programme of activities, including an Easter-egg hunt, a dog agility show, a Lipizzaner show, a horse carriage race, a fancy dress class, and much more.
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.
Date: 19 – 28 March 2016.
Tickets: Free entry
Time: 09h00 – 16h00
10. Easter Fun For All At Montecasino (25 March – 28 March 2016)
Venue: The Piazza at Montecasino
Time: 10h00 – 18h00
From treasure hunts, inflatable climbing towers and kiddies Clamber Clubs to mini trains and visits from the Easter Bunny, Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination is the place to be for the whole family this Easter Weekend.
Kids will enjoy a full interactive fun day on the Piazza which will be transformed into a playground just waiting to be explored. Over and above the inflatable climbing towers, take home crafts, face painters and magicians, kids also have the option of joining the Clamber Club or Clamber Pamper. Clamber Club’s obstacle courses will definitely be a favourite amongst the boys, while the Clamber Pamper that involves everything from nails to toes will be loved by the girls. Entry into the Piazza is free.
To add a traditional touch to their Easter entertainment, the Easter Bunny will be visiting Montecasino every day to hand out Easter eggs. He will be joined by the Bird Gardens Mascots, Lucky Liquorice, Jelly Tot man and the Oros man, each adding their own special touch of magic to the weekend.
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 27 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.
The treasure hunts will take place after the bird show at 11h30 and 13h30.
Hop on over to Hamleys, the Finest Toy Shop in the World, to take part in some egg-citing Easter activities! Until 28th March 2016, Hamleys will be hosting a range of fun filled Easter activities and competitions.
Hamleys Lucky Easter Dip!
Take part in the Lucky Dip at Hamleys and WIN every time!
Children will have the opportunity to draw a colourful egg from the ‘Lucky Dip’ Box with every purchase made! The different colour eggs WIN different prize, ranging from Hamleys balloons, stickers and yummy Easter eggs.
Those lucky enough to pick the Hamleys Golden Egg will be entered into a draw to win a Hamleys Easter Hamper filled with yummy chocolates and toys!
Win Spot Prizes At The Bouncing Bunny Competition!
To add to the Easter fun, Hamleys will have bouncing bunny competitions with amazing spot prizes. Children will be able to show off their best bunny hops for a chance to win fun prizes.
Meet the Hamleys Bunny Bear
Hop on over for a cuddle and feel free to take a selfie with The Hamleys Bunny Bear. Children will be able to meet The Hamleys Bunny Bear at all Hamleys Toy Shops in Johannesburg at Scheduled time.
So come in, take part and see how lucky you are this Easter!
See you there? 😉