It’s the winter break, which means the kids are at home looking for something fun to do to keep busy during these long holidays. Two weeks in already and parents have by now done the movies and play dates, and are looking for something more creative to keep their restless youngsters entertained.
Here are some fun ideas in Gauteng to keep the youngsters (and the entire family) occupied in July ...
Adventure golf for the family
Stoneridge Centre in Greenstone Park in the City of Ekurhuleni has an adventure golf venue that offers fun obstacles for contenders. The course has flowing waterways, shaded log overhangs, rose gardens and exotic plants.
There are three courses featuring nine holes each. To add to the outing, there is also a pizzeria and an outdoor area to relax and enjoy the warm sun during the day. The course transforms at night as the evening lights come on, making it look and feel like a theme park.
This is a great place for the entire family to visit. Call: +27 (0)82 444 5300 or +27 (0)82 789 1400, or visit www.adventuregolf.co.za for enquiries and bookings.
Cycology for the family
For a fun-filled outdoor adventure, the Cradle Bike Park at The Thatch Café is the place to visit. It is located in the west of Johannesburg in the Cradle of Humankind, about a 20-minute drive from Krugersdorp and 30-minute drive from Sandton and Centurion.
The bike park has a variety of tracks that cater for different age groups and skill levels. There is a beginner’s track for those who are still finding their wheels, while for the younger riders there are child road-safety-awareness tracks. There are also various short tracks for leisurely rides and to help new and younger riders improve their skills. The park’s tracks are built to offer a thrilling but smooth ride.
For more experienced riders (some with ambitions of becoming competing cyclists) there is the Jump and Pump track, the MTB Trail and the Professional BMX Track. With a bike store on site, this is a one-stop shop for all cyclists. For refreshments and snacks, there is The Thatch Café.
Call +27 (0)11 957 0109 or email email@example.com for enquiries and bookings.
Immersed in nature
There is no greater feeling than being surrounded by nature, having endless space and viewing animals. Kariba Ranch in Meyerton, Vereeniging, is the perfect place to enjoy a ranch experience without travelling too far from the city. Located inside Nienaber Estate right near the Kliprivier, it has a wide variety of game to see.
It has an “African-themed” countryside and lots of fun for kids and adults alike. The venue specialises in breeding exotic animals such as white peacocks and a zonkey, which is a cross between a zebra and a donkey, while there are also warthogs, zebra and interesting birdlife.
Kids can enjoy an educational experience at the petting zoo, and can learn more during a tractor ride where they are taught about the different animals. To complete the experience, they get a chance to feed the animals while supervised by the guides from the ranch.
Adults can join the kids during this learning experience or they can relax at the coffee shop and enjoy a warm meal or decadent cake.
Call: +27 (0)16 363 1123 or +27 (0)82 445 5922 or email: Karibaranch@lantic.net for enquiries.
We all know that nothing excites kids like climbing up and down, well, anything really. But imagine being in a forest where they can climb up trees and swing back down. This is what makes Acrobranch in Pretoria any kid’s dream come true.
From swinging between trees and hanging from branches, to ziplining and walking across bridges, Acrobranch is the stuff that jungle books are made of. It offers a safe and exhilarating environment for kids of all ages.
Kids are safely buckled into harnesses that are hooked into secure lines throughout the course. There are trained adult supervisors helping the children and making sure they are safe at all times. The courses are designed with different age groups in mind to ensure the kids are safe while they have fun – children explore at their own pace and comfort.
Acrobranch is open from Wednesday to Sunday. Call +27 (0)86 999 0369 for enquiries and bookings.
Rolling with friends
RollEgoli is a 1 000m2 skating fun park in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The roller-skating rink floor is smooth concrete, and the sides of the rink are semi-open, allowing for ventilation. There are benches around the rink where parents can sit and relax while their little ones enjoy gliding around freely.
To add to the excitement, party music plays through the loudspeakers and the disco and rope lights create a funky ’80s disco feel after dark. There are also two party decks overlooking the rink that are furnished with snug beanbags.
For those who do not have their own skates there is no need to worry as you can rent a pair on arrival.
For parents with younger children who are not yet ready to try their feet at skating, there is a jungle gym, a trampoline and a smooth track for riding scooters around the garden.
For an added thrill there is the “Bridge of Courage” between two big trees. To get on the bridge kids have to a climb a wall on one side, and at the other end of the bridge is a 3m-tall fireman’s pole that the kids slide down before landing on a soft mat.
Call +27 (0)83 232 9861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries and bookings.