How to ... keep the kids busy these holidays

2015-03-25 16:40

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Schools have closed for the Easter holidays and some parents are wondering what they’ll do with their children. Worry not, we have a few ideas that will keep the little ones occupied for the next few weeks.

Rand Show

Zanele Vayeke, a pilot with the South African National Defence Force. Picture: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

From Easter Friday, you and your family can participate in different activities at the Rand Show. The fair will this year introduce the Pirates Paradise playground for kids aged three to 14. The paradise will feature various slides and jumping castles for the little ones. And the best news is that there is no additional charge.

There will also be exhibitions by the Animal Kingdom and South African Defence Force, to mention a few.

The annual fun fair will be at Joburg Expo Centre from April 3 to 12.

Rates: Adults – peak R120, midweek R60

R50 for pensioners over 65

R50 for teens aged 13 to 16

R20 for kids aged six to 12

Free for children under six.


Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of Home at Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California. Picture: Gregg DeGuire/WireImage


This animated comedy about an alien race in search of a place to call home is sure to tickle the funny bone. The film follows the overly confident Boov as they get busy reorganising Earth after humans are relocated. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh. The two fugitives realise there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

Starring Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin, this movie will be fun for the whole family.

It’s in cinemas on Friday.

More family movies on circuit include: The Spongebob movie: Sponge Out Of Water, Barbie Princess Power and Shaun the Sheep: The Movie.

Easter egg hunt

The National Children’s Theatre will be hosting its very first Easter Egg Hunt on March 28.

Kids of all ages will be searching for puzzle pieces on the grounds in Parktown.

Cost: R60


Disney’s The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling’s story about a little boy, Mowgli, comes alive again in this colourful production of Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids. This time Mowgli learns valuable lessons from his friends as they journey to the Man Village. This exciting song-and-dance affair is at the Peoples Theatre in Braamfontein until April 27.

Rates: R65 – R110


Follow the story of a little orphan Swiss girl, Heidi, from the time she arrives in the Alps to live with her grandfather.

Written by Johanna Spyri in 1881, Heidi is said to be the most-loved children story of all time.

The production will be on stage until April 12 at the National Children’s Theatre.

Rates: R65 – R110

Light Fantastic Show

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is bringing fun to science, this time using laser light. The Light Fantastic show, presented by Dr Stephen Ashworth from the University of East Anglia, will demonstrate the special properties of laser light and show how these can be put to good use.

When: March 28 (10am and 1pm)

Where: Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Cost: Free

Stargazing at Maropeng

For a night under the stars, Maropeng (Cradle of Humankind) will take visitors on an interesting look at the role of astronomy in the development of the human mind and what we have learnt about the starry skies during this process. The event will be hosted by their resident astronomer, Vincent Nettmann on March 28 from 5.30pm.

Rates: Adults: R325

Four to 14 years: R185

The Art of the Brick

A visitor walks past Yellow during the media preview of The Art of the Brick exhibition. Picture: Edgar Su/Reuters

Every kid loves to play with Lego, but this man changed the game. United States artist Nathan Sawaya created one-of-a-kind Lego brick sculptures for exhibition.

The large-scale sculptures include a T-Rex skeleton constructed from over 80 000 Lego bricks that measure more than 6m in length.

The artwork will be on display at The Zone in Rosebank from April 3.

Rates: School groups – R85

Adults – R140

Kids – R95

Indoor activities

As the weather is not looking promising, Yeesh! Fun for kids offers some great indoor activities.

Open every day, the facility boosts a giant two-level structure for 4- to 12-year-olds. This place is designed to give the parents time out as each section is supervised by a trained child minder.

Prices vary.

For the full list click here.

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