What to do with Kids this Winter in Johannesburg

School holidays just passed… Can you recall how your child spent it?

Late nights, TV on loud watching Frozen for the 80th time and lots of dirty laundry on the floor… Well that’s what my house looked like during the holidays.

I sung Let it Go almost every day…

For an almost 3-year-old, holidays at home is about screaming “MOM” every 5 minutes and reorganising the house. My living room was filled with puzzles, my office with dolls (without clothes) even my bathroom had toys! There was toys EVERYWHERE! Picture this: A pregnant woman walking through a room filled with Legos trying to reach the toilet seat… Reaching my destination was like climbing up Mount Everest.

My daughter isn’t in “school” yet, she attends a playschool which has days off plus my niece and nephew spent the holidays with us. So I had 3 kids at home. One is almost 3 (my daughter) my niece is 5 and my nephew is 10.

Even though I loved having minion company at home, there were days everyone needed a break from Frozen. I mean there’s only so many times you can sing Let it Go before your head starts spinning.

TV isn’t the solution to school holidays or weekends. I prefer the kids playing with toys, doing arts and crafts (not writing on the wall with lipstick but you know something on paper instead) and of course spoiling them with a day out when they behave.

Ice Age Expo

I know many of you may have kids in different age groups and finding it difficult to find something they all can do together… Well I’ve found some places to check out in Johannesburg during July/August plus I’ve got some activities you can do at home as a family. And I just might have a competition for you to get out of the house and into the cold. 😉

5 places to visit in Johannesburg with kids this July/August:

1. Ice Age Expo

I remember last year there was a dinosaur expo, Kitana was so fascinated. When I heard the ICE Age Expo was coming to Johannesburg, I fist pumped. Kitana loves Ice age and I love SID so I had to go! It was a great day out but unfortunately it can get expensive.

About the exhibition:

You will get to see 45 moving, life-size animals distributed among 12 scenes, as well as 11 animals in an interactive play area.

The exhibition’s main objective is that visitors should enjoy and share a unique experience; one that’s more exciting and moving than visiting a museum because the breath taking landscapes and scenarios recreate prehistoric life, showing biotypes such as tundra, forest and glaciers and placing each species in their natural environment. The ticket price includes a Snow Blizzard Tunnel.

Be transported to another world by having an adventure through the 12-m long Snow Blizzard Tunnel. Here you’ll experience a real snowstorm with actual snow and wind! Source: Ice Age Expo website.

The exhibition runs until 8 August 2015 at the Sandton International Convention Centre. It’s opened from Monday to Friday 09:00 ‒ 19:00 AND Saturday and Sunday 09:00 ‒ 20:00. You can get more info on the website: www.theiceage.co.za

2. The Art of the Brick

If your child loves Lego as much as mine then this is a must visit exhibition. The exhibition runs until August 2nd at The Zone – Rosebank. You can get more info on the website: www.theartofthebrickexpo.co.za

3. Bounce Inc.

The new place everyone is talking about. BOUNCE is a world where the wall becomes the floor, a slam-dunk is within your grasp and the rules of gravity no longer apply. It’s packed with lots of things to do with kids and the family, it takes the rush of getting airborne and adds a bunch of new dimensions – from aerial manoeuvres to slam dunking, wall running and dodgeball warfare. The best part is it doesn’t matter if you’re under 5 or an action sports junkie in training – you’re never too old or too young to have an awesome time. Source: Bounce Inc. website.

Please note this venue is for 3 years and older (you too 😉 ) The venue is opened Mon – Fri: 10am – 10pm Sat: 8am – 10pm Sun: 8am – 8pm. School & Public Holidays – Mon – Fri: 9am – 10pm Sat: 8am – 10pm Sun: 8am – 8pm. You can find out more info on the website: www.bounceinc.co.za

Credit: Bounce
Credit: Bounce Inc.

4. Shrek Musical

The People’s Theatre presents Shrek the Musical. A musical event the entire family can enjoy. The show runs until August 2nd. School Holiday Show times: 10:30 am and 14:30 pm. Call 011 403 1563 to book or www.joburgtheatre.com

5. Laser tag

Laser Tag is the “in thing” now for a 10 year old… (That’s what I heard)… The Laser Zone in Brightwater commons welcomes kids from 6 years and older. They opened from Tuesday 11:30am-20:00pm to Saturday 09:00am-23:00pm. You can get more info on the website: www.laserbattlezone.co.za

There’s so many activities you can do at home with kids if you on a budget and don’t feel like going out. Pinterest is my best friend during the holidays because I get so many cost-effective ideas and the kids are always so impressed with me. I feel like “Super Mommy” at the moment with a big stomach of course.

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Hi, I’m Shan. I’m a wife, mom to 3 kids and a businesswoman who works from home and gets very little sleep at night. My days are filled with dirty diapers and toddler tantrums, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am in the Forbes 30 under 30 list for Forbes Africa 2019 and just recently launched my start-up – MomSays.

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  1. Robin Masshole Mommy
    2015-07-23 / 15:51

    It sounds like there is a lot to do there for families! It’s so important to keep them busy, too 🙂

  2. 2015-07-23 / 19:55

    I don’t know that much about Johannesburg, so it this is interesting to me. I am learning a lot more just by seeing this post.

  3. 2015-07-24 / 00:13

    I have never been to Johannesburg but it looks like I need to add it to my list!! Looks like you had a lot of fun!!

  4. 2015-07-24 / 00:43

    I have never been there so it would be nice if given a chance. These looks all fun!

  5. 2015-07-24 / 01:17

    I would totally love to check out that ice age expo! Rhylan would totally get a kick out of it.

  6. 2015-07-24 / 02:23

    Wow – these are some really great ideas! My kids would both go crazy over the Ice Age Expo!

  7. 2015-07-24 / 02:59

    These all sound like so much fun! My kids would have loved the ice age expo and the laser tag.

  8. 2015-07-24 / 06:41

    Ice Age Expo would be my family’s hands down favorite. I am sure they would learn a lot from the trip. Kids love dinosaurs and this would be a great adventure for them.

  9. 2015-07-24 / 09:04

    I have never been to Johannesburg, but would love to explore one day! Thank you for highlighting so many activities! I this the ice age expo would be fun for all the family!

    • 2015-07-29 / 22:20

      You should come visit soon. 🙂 You will love it!

  10. upliftingfam
    2015-07-24 / 17:36

    These all sound like fun activities. I bet the Ice Age exhibit is neat. My kids like that movie too.

    My youngest loves Frozen too. We watched that movie almost every day for a month after we bought it.

  11. Rosey
    2015-07-24 / 18:24

    It’s fun to come across lists like this one. I always have an idea or two spawned too!

  12. 2015-07-24 / 18:40

    What a fun list of things to do! It really makes me want to visit Johannesburg! What fun activities you guys have there! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Tom
    2015-07-24 / 19:10

    My kids love learning about animals! So i am sure they would love to visit. Learning about the animals from the ice age would make their day!!

  14. 2015-07-24 / 20:38

    What fun activities. The Ice Age expo sounds really fun! My kids would love this, for sure.

  15. Jeanine
    2015-07-24 / 20:41

    Sounds like there is no shortage of activities to keep all busy. Which is fantastic to hear!

  16. 2015-07-24 / 20:44

    These are all great things to do. I would love to go to the Ice Age exhibit.

  17. Lisa Bristol
    2015-07-24 / 20:45

    My kids love to play Laser Tag . We have a great place here that is indoors so it is a great rainy day activity.

  18. 2015-07-24 / 21:19

    I’ve actually seen the Shrek play before and it’s surprisingly pretty good! My 10 year old brother and sister loved it just as much as my parents and I did 🙂

  19. 2015-07-25 / 03:32

    These are such wonderful and fun ideas to do while visiting there. We would really love the Ice Age Exhibits.

  20. 2015-07-25 / 04:44

    I don’t know what I’d enjoy more … the Ice Age Expo or the Shrek Muscial. The ice age one might scare my little guy, though.

  21. 2015-07-25 / 14:02

    We like to play laser tag. IT’s a fun game. Shrek sounds like it would be funny as a musical.

  22. 2015-07-25 / 23:02

    How cool that the Ice Age Expo has moving, life-size animals – that’s a lot of fun for all ages I would think! We have something like Bounce here, it’s call SkyZone…I think that’s what it’s called – anyways, my nephew loves that place.

  23. 2015-07-26 / 00:26

    These looks like some great things to do with the kids in Johannesburg. I like the Ice Age Expo, I think they kids would really like that.

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