The July school holidays are here! If you’re looking for fun things to do with the kids or events to attend then read on…

I got an awesome list for you!

Fun things to do with Kids & Events to attend this July:

1. Smurfs (Johannesburg)

“La-la-la-la-la-la, sing a happy song. La-la-la-la-la-la, Smurf the whole day long!” A song that generations of fans have come to love and with a little sprinkle of magic dust, South African audiences will soon be transported into the magical world of colourful mushroom houses and little blue people when THE SMURFS LIVE ON STAGE – SMURFS SAVE SPRING takes to the stage.

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Your favourite Smurfs characters including Papa Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Brainy Smurf and the adorable Smurfette will be coming to South Africa – for the first time ever – to transform the Wintery breeze into a colourful Spring (the Smurfs’ favourite time of the year). The Smurfs are busy preparing for the much-anticipated annual Spring Parade but if Gargamel has his way, there won’t be a parade at all! While the Smurfs are singing and dancing with excitement, the wicked Gargamel comes up with a plan to trick Mother Nature and bring an end to the festivities.

Tickets available from R150 per person. Bookings available through Computicket or the Emperors Palace Box Office on 011 928 1297/1213.

Where: The Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

When: 13th to the 30th July 2017

Show times:  10h00, 14h00 and 18h00

2. Disney on Ice

Share in the magic with its extraordinary lineup of Disney stories that come to life in The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice!

Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy on a walk down memory lane with Dory, Nemo and Marlin from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as well as Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen. There’s Rapunzel, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and your favourite Disney Princesses plus Buzz and Woody; Simba, Timon and Pumbaa; Jasmine, Aladdin and Genie.

Make unforgettable memories as you explore The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice these July school holidays.

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The production concludes with a captivating parade of classic and modern Disney characters, bringing the production to a final culmination of excitement and adventure. With an extraordinary lineup of hit songs, memorable scenes and timeless characters, The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice has a story for every generation.

Book now at Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit or your nearest Computicket service centre. Patrons are asked to please note that owing to safety regulations each person, irrespective of age (including babes in arms and children under two years) must have a purchased ticket. To discover more about Disney On Ice, log on to


Johannesburg – The Ticketpro Dome

Durban – Main Arena, Durban ICC

Cape Town – Grand Arena, Grand West


Johannesburg (Until Sunday, 9 July 2017)

Thursday, 06 July  – 11am

Friday, 07 July – 10am, 2pm

Saturday, 08 July and Sunday, 09 July – 10am, 2pm, 6pm

Durban (Thursday, 13 July to Sunday, 16 July 2017)

Thursday, 13 July – 2pm, 6pm

Friday, 14 July – 10am, 2pm, 6pm

Saturday, 15 July and Sunday, 16 July – 10am, 2pm, 6pm

Cape Town (Wednesday 19 July to Sunday, 23 July 2017)

Wednesday, 19 July at 6pm

Thursday, 20 July at 11am & 3pm

Friday, 21 July at 10am, 2pm, 6pm

Saturday, 22 July and Sunday 23 July 2015 at 10am, 2pm and 6pm

3. Transformers Exhibition (Pretoria)

This unique 2500sqm traveling exhibition for the first time in South Africa. Young, old and everyone can experience the global phenomenon and will get to see their favourite Transformers at real-life size.

events julyRates: 
Adults: R135
4 – 17 years: R95
Pensioners: R95
Students: R95

Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children): R410

Under 4 years: Free

Get your tickets here:

Where: Centurion Mall, Pretoria 

When: 10 June – 15 October 2017
Open every day 10:00 – 18:00 except Monday.

4. Puss in Boots (Johannesburg)

Set on a mystical, magical Caribbean island, Puss in Boots features a laugh-a-minute, great audience participation, breath-taking sets, gorgeous costumes and toe-tapping tunes which are sure to enthral both young and old.

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For more information, visit

Where: The Lyric stage at Gold Reef City

When: Until Sunday, 23 July 2017

Shows: Wed at 14h30;
Thu & Fri at 19h30;
Sat at 14h30 & 19h30;
Sun at 11h00 & 16h00.

5. Kidz Rock The Hits (Johannesburg)

Get ready to party as Kidz Rock The Hits! This youthful, energetic show pays tribute to billboard number one hit songs such as One Direction with Perfect and Drag me Down, Justin Bieber with What Do You Mean?, Selena Gomez with Same Old Love and Demi Lovato with Cool for the Summer. They also pay tribute to new hit songs from icons such as Adele with Hello and Taylor Swift with a multitude of hits including Bad Blood, Blank Space and Shake It Off. Pop groups like Maroon 5 hit the number one spot with Sugar, whilst Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars released the best-selling song, Uptown Funk. Also on the playlist are songs by Meghan Trainor, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ed Sheeran and many more. Experience the Kidz Rock band, singers, and dancers in full flight as they rock the house with all the greatest number one hit songs! events july

For more information, visit

Where: Barnyard Theatre Silverstar Casino & Gold Reef City


Barnyard Theatre Silverstar Casino (08, 21 & 22 July 2017)

Barnyard Theatre Gold Reef City (14 & 15 July 2017)

6. The Adventures of Mr.Toad (Johannesburg)

THE ADVENTURES OF MR TOAD is a delightful, upbeat version of Kenneth Grahame’s ever-popular The Wind in the Willows.

The story has all the best ingredients – great characters, humor, lots of adventure, and a heartwarming message about the true value of friendship.

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Visit for more information.

Where: The National Children’s Theatre

When: Until Sun 23 July 2017 from 10:30 and 14:30

Prices: R100 Adults and R80 Children  

7. Disney’s Cinderella Kids (Johannesburg)

Disney’s treasured animated film charms its way to the stage, fairy godmother, and mice in tow. The timeless, “rags to riches” fairy tale becomes a new audience favorite in Disney’s Cinderella Kids, an adaptation of the treasured animated film that will charm its way into your heart and remind audiences that dreams really can come true. Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends – and a lot of help from her Fairy Godmother – Cinderella’s dreams come true. She goes to the ball, meets the Prince and falls in love!

For more information, visit

Where: Joburg Theatre

When: Until Sun 23 July 2017

Times: 10:30 & 14:30

8. Pinocchio (Cape Town)

The Lilliput Children`s Theatre Company’s most popular show, Pinocchio, is based on the original Carlo Collodi classic of the little wooden puppet who has to prove himself to be honest and trustworthy before he can become a real live boy, with help and guidance from Jiminy Cricket and the Blue Fairy.

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Follow Pinocchio and Gepetto on their adventures to Stromboli`s Puppet Theatre and inside a whale. Watch Pinocchio`s nose grow as he lies to Gepetto and see Jiminy Cricket magically turn into a life-size cricket.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or

Where: Baxter Theatre – Baxter Theatre Centre

When: Until 08 July 2017

9. Peter Pan (Cape Town)

Meet Peter Pan, Wendy Darling and her brothers, as well as Tinkerbell, and the Lost Boys in a magical musical telling of the classic J M Barrie story – Peter Pan in association with Toys R Us – this July. Fun for the whole family, don`t miss out on your opportunity to suspend reality and escape to Neverland.

To book your ticket, visit

Where: Canal Walk Theatre – Canal Walk Shopping Centre

When: Until 23 July 2017

Times: 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm

10. Classic Car Show & Prawn Festival (Johannesburg)

The Classic Car Show, German vs Jap and Prawn Festival show promises a feast for the eyes, the ears, and the palate! Expect a fun filled day of American muscle cars, classic cars, vintage cars, drifting, helicopter rides, food stalls and live entertainment.

To book your ticket, visit

Where: Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec 

When: Sunday, 09 July from 8 am

11. World of Dogs & Cats PET EXPO (Johannesburg)

Johannesburg’s best day out, it is a three-day pet expo and a festival of entertainment. Take the kids to enjoy dog dancing and magnificent horses on parade, meet celebrity pets, and discover what breeds make the best pets for your family. The show feature special areas for cats, dogs, horses, reptiles and exotic pets, you can interact with a huge range of pet breeds, and buy treats and care products for your own pets.

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For more information, visit

Where: Gallagher Convention Centre

When: 14 – 16 July 2017 from 10 am

12. James And The Giant Peach (Durban)

Greg King directs and designs this magical reimagining of the well-loved, deliciously quirky children`s classic by Roald Dahl, about the young orphan, James who has a remarkable adventure involving a giant peach and five eccentric giant insects.

For bookings, visit

Where: Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre 

When: Until 23 July 2017

13. uShaka (Durban)

This winter season, uShaka Marine World is celebrating all things outdoorsy with a Durban winter holiday filled with fun, adventure and tons of excitement; plus you can enjoy some savings while living in the moment and making memories of a lifetime.

For only R199, take advantage of their fantastic new winter combo deal which gives you access to the uShaka Chimp & Zee Rope Adventure Park as well as Wet ‘n Wild. That’s a whole day of fun!

For more information call uShaka Marine World on 031-3288000 or visit

Where: uShaka 

When: From 1 July 2017

14. Artjamming’s Art Holiday Programme

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To book your ticket, visit

Where:  Artjamming V&A Waterfront,  Artjamming Melrose Arch, and Artjamming Willowbridge Centre

When: Until 21 July 2017

15. Movies @ Tsogo Sun

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Movies to watch this holidays are Spider-Man, Despicable ME 3 and Cars 3. Enjoy discounts if you a club member!

Where: Montecasino, Suncoast, Silverstar, Gold Reef City, The Ridge, Hemingways, and Emnotweni.

Have you heard about the new app to discover events in your area?

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Child Friendly SA is a free App developed for busy parents on the go. They provide easy access to over 10,000 South African businesses that provide child friendly services and products. Parties, movies, day trips, extra math classes, emergency numbers, 24-hour pharmacies, free events, holiday programmes and many more – this super App puts the information in the palm of your hand.

Special features include in-App call, email, sharing, routing and Uber integration. Listings are presented based on what is closest to you while you are on the move driving your kids and their friends. Designed by parents for parents.

For more information, visit

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