What to do this Easter

Ebony Langur which can seen at Mystic Monkeys. Photo courtesy of mysticmonkeys.co.za

Its Easter weekend and the kids are on school holidays, if you are a little stumped on what to do with yourself and the little ones, then have a look at our list of top things to do Gauteng this Easter.

Easter Fun at Montecasino 
Enjoy some Easter Fun at Montecasino when the Easter Bunny will be handing out Easter eggs and providing loads of entertainment along with face painters, stilt walkers and magicians. Call +27 (0)11 510 7000 for more information.
Mystic Monkeys 
Visit the Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wild Animal Park north of Pretoria that has white lions, Bengal tigers, cheetah and more than 40 species of primates. You can also play with the cubs. Call +27 (0)12 723 0315 for more information.
Camdeboo Farm Experience 
Are you an earth child? Pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables at Camdeboo Farm Experience in Fourways. The farm is open only on weekends. Call +27 (0)73 410 2712 for more information.
Frogs Trail 
Visit Frogs Trail near Cullinan where you can also bring along your tents for a fun night of camping. Call +27 (0)86 152 2262 for more information.
Rustig Resort 
The Rustig Resort near Hekpoort will definitely make your Easter weekend an unforgettable one. has a pool, braai facilities, Boer War ruins and walking trails. Call +27 (0)87 940 1903 to book.
Picnic in the Sky 
Looking for a different experience? Have a Picnic in the Sky on the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Johannesburg while you eat food provided by Market on Main. Call +27 (0)79 567 0997 for more information.
Trees Eco Fun Park 
Let the kids loose at the Trees Eco Fun Park in Benoni, where they can climb trees, crawl through tunnels and play in a sandpit. It’s also a great spot for picnics. Call +27 (0)82 458 1504 for more information.
The Rand Society of Model Engineers 
Travel on a mini steam train at The Rand Society of Model Engineers on the West Rand. Open days are on the first and third Sunday of each month. Call +27 (0)11 763 6813 for more information.

Cheetah running at the Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre. Photo courtesy of showme.co.za

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre 
Book a tour at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre at De Wildt near Hartebeespoort and get the rare opportunity of interacting with cheetahs and wild dogs. There is a 10% discount until 10 April. Call +27 (0)12 504 9906 for more information.
Elephant Sanctuary 
Interact with these gentle giants and walk trunk-in-hand at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hartebeespoort this Easter. Call +27 (0)12 258 0423 to book your experience.
Van Gaalen’s Kaasmakerij cheese farm  
Take a tour of the Van Gaalen’s Kaasmakerij cheese farm and learn some interesting facts about dairy products. The farm is situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg and is open every day except Tuesday. Call +27 (0)12 207 1289 to book.
Rietvlei Farm 
Outdoor enthusiasts should visit Rietvlei Farm and Lifestyle Centre south of Joburg for some mountain biking, fishing or picnicking with the family. Call +27 (0)11 024 1512/4 for more information.
Aragon Stables 
Saddle up this Easter and learn to ride horses at the pony camp at Aragon Stables in Muldersdrift from 4 to 5 April. Call +27 (0)82 666 3728 to book.
Footloose Trout Farm 
Try your hand at fly-fishing or conventional fishing at the Footloose Trout Farm,  a 10ha farm in Fourways that has 13 dams stocked with trout, bass, barbel and carp. Call +27 (0)11 464 5264 for more information.
Fancy skiing this Easter? Avalanche is a fun-for-all ski slope in Fourways. It’s open daily from 07h00 until late where kids can enjoy a variety of activities from skiing and snowboarding to bumboarding and tubing on the 65m ski slope. Call +27 (0)11 467 2426 for more information.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden 
Take it easy this Easter at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden and enjoy fresh air, beautiful scenery and maybe a picnic. Call +27 (0)86 100 1278 for more information.

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. Photo courtesy of Mister-E

Joyride Family Funpark 
Joyride Family Funpark is the ultimate playground for adults who love the thrill of being behind the wheel and burning some rubber. Children over the age nine are also allowed. Call +27 (0)83 447 9606 for more information.
Monaghan Farm 
Visit Monaghan Farm near Lanseria for great family picnics. Or eat at the restaurant that uses fresh produce from the farm. Call +27 (0)82 070 7500 for information.
Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary 
Hang out with some feathered friends in one of Johannesburg’s oldest bird sanctuaries, the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary. Eagles, mongoose and rinkhals have been spotted here. Call +27 (0)11 888 4831 for information.
Pines Resort 
Pines Resort is a family venue with water slides, pool, braai facilities and a place to picnic. It also offers a relaxing day away from the buzz of the city. Call +27 (0)11 955 3845 for information.
People’s Theatre 
The People’s Theatre, next to the Joburg Theatre, is showing an adaptation of The Jungle Book, a Kipling classic, until 15 April. Book now on +27 (0)11 877 6800.
National Children’s Theatre 
Charlotte’s Web, is showing at the National Children’s Theatre until 14 April. This children’s classic tells the story of a pig named Wilbur which is saved by a girl called Charlotte. Book now on +27 (0)11 484 1584/5.
Gold Reef City 
Gold Reef City Theme Park’s Junkyard Joyland is a must-see that features top local actors, and runs until 9 April. Call +27 (0)11 248 6800 to book.
Rand Show 
Take the kids to see some good old-fashioned entertainment. Puppetales is on at the Rand Show, from 5 to 15 April. Call +27 (0)82 964 6189 for details.

The dancing figurines in front of the joburg Theatre. Photo courtesy of http://www.joburg-archive.co.za

Joburg Theatre 
Don’t miss Giselle at the Joburg Theatre from 12 to 29 April. The ballet is about a girl who protects her lover even after death. Book on +27 (0)11 877 6898.
Barnyard Theatre 
The Barnyard Theatre Cresta will be showing Alice in her Wonderland on 5 and 9 April. Call +27 (0)11 280 4300 for more information.
St John’s College 
St John’s College is hosting the 17th annual St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival on 5, 7 and 9 April where 11 high schools and nine preparatory schools will go head to head. Call +27 (0)11 645 3000 for information.
Kidz Cafe’s Holiday Theatre Camp 
Give your kids the opportunity to act, sing and dance at Kidz Cafe’s Holiday Theatre Camp in Sunninghill. The camp has a three-week holiday programme that ends on 26 April and runs from 10h00 till 15h00 daily. Call +27 (0)11 234 0449 for more information.
Creative Hothouse 
Creative Hothouse in Craighall Park offers a five-day holiday programme that will ensure your kids use their time creatively, as they sing, dance, act and make new friends. There are two programmes, 9 to 13 April and 16 to 20 April from 08h00 to 16h00 daily. Call +27 (0)11 880 5205 to book your place.
King’s Camps at Kingsmead College 
King’s Camps at Kingsmead College in Johannesburg offers activities for children as young as four years, and keeps them busy for a week with fun activities, arts and crafts, and sports such as cricket and soccer. The programme runs from 16 to 20 April and 23 to 26 April from 08h00 to 16h00 daily (times vary depending on children’s age). Call +27 (0)10 500 1011.

Learning to fish at Kidz Fishing Camp. Photo courtesy of www.kidzfishingcamp.co.za

Kidz Fishing Camp 
Kidz Fishing Camp in Viljoenskroon near Potchefstroom is a cool getaway for kids who love nature and want to learn more about fishing. There will be two Kidz Easter Camps from 10 to 12 April and 24 to 26 April. Call +27 (0)83 610 2911 to learn more.
Kids Village Day Camp 
Are you working through the holidays? Kids Village Day Camp in Honeydew will keep your kids entertained from 07h30 to 17h30 every day. Call +27 (0)82 551 8078 for information.
Chartwell Stables Children’s Riding School 
Get your children saddled up, riding and enjoying the outdoors this Easter at Chartwell Stables Children’s Riding School in Johannesburg. The holiday programme runs from 17 to 19 April. Call +27 (0)73 952 8572 to find out more.
Lego Fourways Mall
During April Lego will be building a 2.5m high fireman and fire engine in Fourways Mall, between Spur and Ocean Basket, and you and your kids can be part of the action. Come in any time from 08h00 to 15h00. Find out more by calling +27 (0)11 465 5386.
Little Cooks Club 
Little Cooks Club will teach your little ones to cook nutritious meals while having a blast. For workshops in Fourways call +27 (0)82 874 2851, Rivonia +27 (0)83 985 8080 and Centurion +27 (0)82 783 7737. There will be special classes on 12 and 17 April.
Smudge Art Centre 
Smudge Art Centre in Craighall Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy yummy baked treats and the best coffee in town while your kids are entertained by arts and crafts. Smudge is open from Tuesday to Friday from 10h00 to 15h00, 10h00 to 16h00 on Saturday, and 10h00 to 13h00 on Sunday. Smudge is closed on Good Friday. Call +27 (0)11 501 0234 for more information.
Build-a-Bear workshop 
Let your kids make a fluffy friend or two at your nearest Build-a-Bear workshop. Call +27 (0)86 112 3277 for information.
Color Café  
Create beautiful ceramic artefacts to take home or give as gifts at Color Café in Hyde Square Shopping Centre. Phone Color Cafe on +27 (0)11 341 0734.
Scrapbook Den 
Take the day off and attend a scrapbook class. Scrapbook Den in Edenvale offers classes, kits and guidance for kids and adults who want to try scrapbooking, plus there is a holiday programme that runs from 10 to 20 April from 09h00 to 13h00. Call +27 (0)11 453 2724 to find out more.
The Kiddies Craft Club at Craft@Fourways 
Keep the kids busy this holiday with mosaics and ceramics at The Kiddies Craft Club at Craft@Fourways. Pop in from 14h30 to 16h00 for their two-hour workshop. Call them on +27 (0)11 467 5694.
Bizzi-Bea in Alberton sells over 500 different types of ceramics, and hosts craft lessons for the kids. Spend time creating and playing. Choose either the Noordheuwel centre in the West Rand or the Brackenhurst in the East Rand. Classes run from 10h00 to 16h30 every Tuesday to Friday. Call +27 (0)11 867 6936 for a quote.

Thrilling rides at the Rand Show. Photo courtesy of michelbega.co.za

Rand Show 
The Rand Show runs until 15 April at Joburg Expo Centre in Nasrec and is always a firm favourite with families. There are loads of shows, exhibitions and stalls to keep the family entertained. Call +27 (0)11 494 2894 for more information.
Get your kids climbing and swinging at Acrobranch in Melrose. This is a great outdoor venue for the family to have braais and picnics and is open every day from 09h00 to 17h00 on weekends and 13h00 to 17h00 on weekdays. Call +27 (0)78 438 7463 to find out more.
Bush Paintball 
Bush Paintball Tatz Junction in Pretoria has seven fields designed to suit all types, from beginners to experienced players. Test your stalking and bushcraft skills. Call +27 (0)84 911 1906/7 to book.
Honeydew A-Maize-ing Mazes 
Try to find your way out of the maze with Honeydew A-Maize-ing Mazes. This year the theme is, The World Under Your Feet. Note: they are closed on Good Friday and Saturday but are open on Easter Sunday, 8 April and Family Day, 9 April. Call +27 (0)73 795 2174 for more information.
Discover a world of science – the fun way – at Sci-Bono in Newtown. Holiday activities continue until 9 April. Call +27 (0)11 639 8400 to learn more.
Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery 
Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery offers gardening workshops for kids where they will also make a Beastie Box. There will be an Easter breakfast on 7 April. Call +27 (0)82 553 0598 for more information.

Back view of Tumulus. Photo courtesy of www.maropeng.co.za

Maropeng is the place to be this Easter. Indulge in their Easter buffet lunch from 6 April until 9 April; join in the Easter activities and festivities. This is also a great opportunity to check out their fun and educational playground. Call +27 (0)14 577 9000 to book.
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