Hosting a birthday party is not child's play – you have to send invites, remember specific dietary requirements, entertain a group of kids for a few hours at least, and deal with parents as well. To help with your birthday party planning, we have compiled a list of some of the best venues to host a children’s party in Gauteng.
Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City is a popular family attraction for good reason – it offers huge variety, which is essential when it comes to entertaining children with different interests. It is less than 10km from the Johannesburg city centre, which makes it easily accessible. Children can enjoy a number of activities at the theme park, which caters for all ages. Older kids can enjoy a movie, go bowling or play games at the Magic Company venue.
If you happen to need an extra pair of hands, you can get all the help you need at the in-house Kiddies’ Express crèche.
Kinderland Party Venue
At Kinderland Party Venue in Tshwane all you have to do is show up ready to have fun and learn more about animals through educational talks. Guests get a taste of what it’s like to be on a farm even though they are in the middle of the city. There's tree houses, live animals, sandpits, kids’ activities and more.
The venue is ideal for busy parents as Kinderland takes care of everything –from catering, party packs and entertainment to designing unique invitations. There is also an in-house photographer to capture special moments, and a mural artist to help kids create their masterpieces.
Kidzville in Ekurhuleni has three party venues to choose from – there is a party farm venue, a pirate park party venue and a disco party venue, all in one large open space. Children can choose a Survivor-themed party, go for a boot camp-themed party, or dance to their favourite tunes at a disco-themed party. Catering is not provided at the venue, but arrangements for outside catering can be made to make sure your child’s party is a memorable one.
Emerald Resort & Casino's PartyZone
This indoor venue at Emerald Resort & Casino is the perfect choice for a children’s party as you won’t have to worry about the weather. Another great advantage is that the PartyZone area, which hosts children’s parties, is open seven days a week. There are many activities to keep the kids entertained, including a heated pool. Children can also spend time learning about exotic animals, play games at the iZone, try rock climbing or take part in adventure golf, to name just a few.
Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve
The Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve is situated in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, with outdoor activities and spectacular views. Guests can expect a fun-filled day with educational tours to the Wonder Caves, game drives or an introduction to astronomy. The kids can also spend the day at the children’s play park enjoying slides; navigate their way through an obstacle course; or get the chance to have supervised interaction with wild animals. Catering is available and the venue for children's parties is open on weekends only.