Top 10 kids activities in Johannesburg

22 May 2015



Words: Nissin Laby | Photos: Courtesy of First Car Rental

Need to keep your kids entertained over the weekends or in the upcoming school holidays? Then here’s list of fun and exciting activities in Johannesburg for children of all ages.

1. S.W.A.T Laser Tag

Playing cops and robbers never gets old and the S.W.A.T Laser Tag centre is just the place where kids can have fun in a secure environment. Laser tag is suitable for children aged 7 and older, and adults can join in the fun too. There are centres in Sandton, Pretoria and Germiston.

2. Fun Company

For kids that love action-packed outings, The Fun Company, at Menlyn Shopping Centre, gives them just what they need. There’s bumper cars, Ten Pin bowling, a 4D theatre, and arcade games where kids can shoot, hit, ride and jump their way to high scores.

3. Monte Casino Bird Garden

The Monte Casino Bird Garden is a great place for families with young children to enjoy a fun day out. Kids can feed the beautiful and tame rainbow lorikeets and watch the macaws and cockatoos roam freely in the Parrot Gallery. The Bird Garden also conducts educational and entertaining bird shows throughout the week.

4. Traffic land

Kid’s Traffic-land in Balfour Park offers a unique way for kids to learn traffic rules and have some fun while at it. Guides dress as police officers to teach road rules, as kids drive around in their battery-operated cars. For kids aged 9 and above, Xtreme Indoor Go-karting is where they can break the speed limits, safely of course!

5. Wild Cave Adventures

For kids who are into ‘Batman’ or even the ‘Twilight Zone’, the Wild Cave Adventures at the Cradle of Human Kind can be an unforgettable experience. The 1.5-hour guided excursion through the 4,400 sqm cave will leave kids and teens completely amazed.

6. Jozi X

Located in Bryanston, Jozi X is designed to give everyone aged 5 to 75 an adrenaline rush like never before. The activities at the adventure centre include mountain boarding, slacklining, jungle swings and trapeze, and the awesome ‘Face Offz’ is where you try to knock your friend off a 4 m high beam.

7. Johannesburg Zoo

Suitable for children of all ages, the Johannesburg Zoo gives kids the chance to admire more than 320 species of animals. The zoo houses everything from the Big 5 to record-holding animals like the Fennec fox, the smallest canid, and the Andean condor, the largest predatory bird.

8. Acrobranch

It’s fast, it’s fun and it’s the perfect adventure for the whole family. Acrobranch is an adventure through the treetops with zip lines, swing bridges and Tarzan swings. There are obstacle courses for adults, teenagers and kids. Children from age 3 years and above can swing from the trees, balance in the air and just go bananas.

9. A-Maize-ing Mazes

The Honeydew A-Maize-ing Mazes has been around for over a decade, which is testament to their popularity. People entering the maze have to use their powers of navigation (or just plain guessing) to find their way out. The main attractions are the Elemental maze, which is constructed from reeds (open from June to December), and the Maize Maze (open from February to June.)

10. Gold Reef City Theme Park

The world famous yet uniquely South African Gold Reef City Theme Park has something for everyone. The park is known for its thrilling rides, where you are propelled at frightening speeds, and adrenaline junkies are sure to find what they're looking for here. The park also has an animal petting zoo, a 4D theatre and putt-putt course.

More information

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For more information on the kids activities mentioned here, visit
1. S.W.A.T Laser Tag:
2. The Fun Company:
3. Monte Casino Bird Garden:
4. Kid’s Traffic-land:
5. Wild Cave Adventures:
6. Jozi X:
7. Johannesburg Zoo:
8. Acrobranch:
9. Honeydew A-Maize-ing Mazes:
10. Gold Reef City Theme Park: