If you’re looking to entertain kids in the Vaal, the following venues offer great ways to keep them busy, and teach them interesting facts, too.
Animal World at Emerald Resort & Casino
Emerald Resort & Casino in Vanderbijlpark has a number of entertainment spots for the whole family. Animal World, in particular, is a great opportunity for the kids to have fun and learn about various animals. There are birds, exotic animals, and reptiles from here and abroad. While at Emerald, the kids can also enjoy the iZone, where they can play a variety of computer games, the Aquadome indoor water park, and the KidZone play area.
Fantasia at River Square Shopping Centre
That old-school arcade feeling – but even better – can be found here. Fantasia, at the River Square Shopping Centre, has games suitable for children and adults alike. Race-car or superbike games; dance or adventure games; and even table soccer or pool ... all under one roof. Certain games have tokens up for grabs, which can be redeemed for souvenirs to take home.
Boswell Wilkie Circus
Located in Randvaal in Vereeniging, the Boswell Wilkie Circus is a multipurpose entertainment centre catering to themed parties and other forms of entertainment. An outdoor kids’ party theme called Bubble Magic is one of the best ways for kids to experience this venue, and although there are no longer circus performances, the main hall has been converted into a circus-themed restaurant called Café du Cirque. The venue also has an art and craft shop on site, and its circus extravaganza public shows throughout the year, which showcase a love of the circus, are worth checking out.
Sharpeville Heritage Precinct
With the importance of learning our country’s history, the Sharpeville Heritage Precinct is the perfect place to visit. It was built to commemorate the events of 21 March 1960, when the Sharpeville Massacre took place during a protest against South Africa’s pass laws, which restricted the movement and ability to work of black people. Although not quite suitable for very young children, older kids will benefit from learning more about our country and how far we’ve come. The entrance has a list of people who were shot dead by police during the massacre, and there are 69 pillars in the garden in their memory.
Motorbike Museum in Deneysville
For motorbike fanatics out there, the Motorbike Museum in Deneysville has an admission fee of only R20. It is located at the Lake Avenue Inn and is the first motorcycle museum in South Africa. Here kids can learn about some of the greats in motorcycling from our country and some from neighbouring countries. Don’t forget to make a booking to visit.