NickFest at SilverStar Casino

I’ve grown up watching SpongeBob SquarePants, and even though I find his laugh totally annoying (maybe it’s my pregnancy hormones?), I watch it because my daughter loves him.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Kids and family favourite Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305) is teaming up with Tsogo Sun and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust to stage its first ever family-centric festival, NickFest, in Johannesburg at The Globe at Silverstar on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 June.

NickFest will thrill kids and parents alike with its unique combination of live music from SA A-listers, character shows and appearances by Nickelodeon superstars SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Packed with fun and interactivity, NickFest promises a fabulous day out for kids of all ages and their families, with designated activities for pre-schoolers, primary school kids, tweens and teens. And of course there’ll be lots of Nickelodeon’s trademark slime – tons and tons of gooey green stuff…in the awesome Slime Area!

A favourite with SA kids, Nickelodeon currently broadcasts three 24-hour kids channels in SA: Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Nicktoons.


During the 2 day festival, NickFest will welcome more than 4,000 kids and families to The Globe, with the site totally transformed into a‎ Nickelodeon wonderland. Two shows will be held on both days at 10:00 am and 14:00 pm. Details of performers will be released shortly.

In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, NickFest will also feature The Celebrity Slime Challenge in which well-known celebrities will get doused in slime to raise funds for the charity, which is currently constructing the second paediatric hospital in South Africa, in Parktown, Johannesburg.

The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital began construction in April 2014, and is targeted to open in the second half of 2016. The Trust continues to fundraise towards its R1 billion target, of which R620 million has been raised. “It is with support and donations from partners such as NickFest, as well as the public that we look forward to Madiba’s wish becoming a reality. And we look to the global community to continue supporting this project, which will improve children’s health for generations to come,” said Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Tickets for NickFest are on sale via Computicket, priced R110 per person (entrance free for children under 2). Ten percent of funds from ticket sales will be donated towards the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital.

See you there!

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To join the conversation about NickFest use the hashtag #NickFest.

About NickFest
NickFest is the first ever African edition of Nickelodeon’s international family friendly music festival. Known internationally as “SlimeFest”, NickFest is a happy mash-up of music, character appearances and singalongs for the family to enjoy together.

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  1. 2015-05-12 / 19:32

    NickFest is such a great thing. What could be a more exciting experience for the kids than getting to experience their favorite channel in person?

  2. 2015-05-12 / 20:44

    I’ve always loved when people got doused with slime! NickFest looks like so much fun for the kids.

  3. 2015-05-12 / 22:53

    My son always used to watch Spongebob when he was little! NickFest looks like it will be a blast! I love that they are raising money for charity.

  4. Wendy
    2015-05-12 / 23:06

    Sounds like a great event and for a wonderful cause as well. It’s nice to take kids to a fun event and be helping kids at the same time.

  5. 2015-05-13 / 00:16

    NickFest sounds like so much fun! I wish it’d come nearby here. Though I’ll be honest I am thankful that none of my kids like Spongebob, because I don’t!
    I got to see Double Dare live once when I was younger! But I was too young to be picked to come on stage. Or maybe it was something else? I don’t remember but I know there was SOMETHING live that I went to that had to do with Nickelodeon!

  6. 2015-05-13 / 01:04

    This is such an awesome idea, glad they are doing a family festival! Nickfest sounds awesome, kids are surely going to love going to this!

  7. 2015-05-13 / 01:16

    This will be such a blast for the kids! It’s such a fun way to raise money for that charity!

  8. 2015-05-13 / 03:08

    Even as adults, we still watch SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We adore Patrick Star in particular and also wear shirts with characters. This event is great as it helps others through donations.

  9. 2015-05-13 / 04:04

    I didn’t like SpongeBob as a kid, and as a result didn’t allow my kids to watch it (language, extreme silliness, etc.), but we like Dora a little, and my son likes the old Ninja Turtle episodes! This event seems cool!

  10. 2015-05-13 / 04:40

    I grew up watching Nickelodeon and surely NickFest will be blast!

  11. 2015-05-13 / 05:05

    I think NickFest is historically awesome! It would be so much fun to attend.

  12. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    2015-05-13 / 10:52

    Oh my little cousin would love NickFest. She is SUCH a Spongebob fan, she’d have a blast 🙂

  13. 2015-05-13 / 13:24

    What a great idea! My son is not yet into Spongebob but I think he’s hilarious, lol!

  14. 2015-05-13 / 16:01

    My daughter loves Spongebob.I wish we have one this kind of fest in my area.

  15. 2015-05-13 / 16:08

    NickFest sounds like a fun entertaining event for everyone. My kiddo is a NickJr fan.

  16. 2015-05-13 / 17:30

    This sounds like a great event! My kids love Sponge Bob but I’m not much of a fan, some of the shows I wonder about! My kids would love NickFest

  17. Ann Bacciaglia
    2015-05-13 / 18:42

    Nickfest looks like an amazing event. My kids would love to go to this. It would be such a fun day.

  18. 2015-05-13 / 19:58

    That’s great what they are doing with ticket sales. Sounds like a great event.

  19. 2015-05-14 / 01:42

    It’s nice that this hosting this event in.. Africa, did I right? Fun event with great cause.

  20. 2015-05-14 / 04:11

    NicFest sounds like a blast!! I used to love Nickelodeon when I was younger, I loved all the game shows and watching people getting slimed!

  21. 2015-05-16 / 05:50

    I’m pretty sure my 2 and 3 year old are both in love with Dora. They have actually taken to watching some shows on Netflix in Spanish and can count and name colors in both languages. Pretty cool stuff.

  22. 2015-05-17 / 01:30

    I’d never heard of Nick Fest. What a wonderful effort! It sounds like it would be so much fun.

  23. 2015-05-19 / 17:45

    Wow. This is the first time I even heard of a Nick Fest but it seems super fun! My niece would love it.

  24. Pearl Lewis
    2015-06-12 / 13:55

    Does anyone have 4 tickets for the Nick Fest Please !

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