What’s on for Families This Long Weekend in Gauteng (27 April – 1 May)

Looking for something to do this long weekend in Gauteng? We have quite a few shows on the go to watch (frogs, Gruffalos, Winnie the Pooh and more) plus our Transformers Animatronics still doing their thing as well. (Want to win tickets to Transformers? go here.)

  1. The Frog Prince

One fateful day, when Prince Pierre refuses to kiss Wendalina the Wicked Witch, she curses him and turns him into a frog. The only way out? To kiss a real princess. 

This show runs on 28 April and 2 May at 10am at the National Children’s Theatre. Tickets are R70.

The address is Wynnstay Theatre at National Children’s Theatre Grounds, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown Johannesburg. 

You can book bookings@nctt.org.za or 0114841584. Their website is here. 

2. The Gruffalo Live

We’ve been mentioning this production for the past two weeks, but it really is an entertaining adaptation of the famous book. My four year old laughed and loved the mouse looking for the nut. Laura’s five year old thought it was hilarious too. Lots of physical theatre as three actors work the play.

I’ve just checked the times on their site

27 April: 11am

28 April: 11am and 3pm

29 April: 11am and 3pm

30 April: 3pm

They’re not open on the 1st and then on the 2nd it’s 11 and 3 and then you’ll have to check for the rest of the days  until the 7 May. 

The venue is Auto and General Theatre on the Square at Sandton Square. Tickets are R85 for adults and R75 for children under 16.

 

3. Transformers Animatronics

This is another one that’s been going strong for weeks and will keep going until the 28 May. 

We have a competition running at the moment where you can win tickets here. Read all about how much we enjoyed it. 

The exhibition features 12 animated Transformers (that’s Autobots, Decepticons, Rescue Bots and Dino Bots inclusive) There’s also this cool play area afterwards where the kids can build with various lego sizes and create their own transformer.

Adults pay R155,  children 5-17 are R100 and children under four are free. The family package is R440 for two adults and two children. It runs until 28 May from 10am till 7pm at the Red Shed at Emperor’s Palace. Drive all the way in right to the end past the casino and go park in the parking garage next to the Red Shed.  For more info see their website. 

4. Winnie the Pooh

You’ll appreciate Pooh’s sunny nature and his love of honey. Pooh and his friends go on expeditions, muse about honey and birthdays, tell jokes and sing songs. There are two shows daily: 9am and 11am during the school term and 10:30am and 11:30am on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings essential.

 
Peoples Theatre, cnr Loveday and Hoofd St, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
R130
 
5. Kinderspiel Theatre:

Friday, Freedom day 27th of April at 10am ‘Khanyisa tells Gogo’s stories’, physical performance and shadow theatre, acting and interaction with the children, 3-99

Saturday, 28th of April at 10am ‘Granny Susan incredible Part II’ written and performed by Avril Cummins. physical Theatre, come and meet the Granny with super hero powers! And bring grandchildren and your own granny along! Ages 3-99

39a Greenhill Rd, Emmarentia, Tel: 011 646 0870
Kinderspiel@telkomsa.net
Tickets R60 per person

 
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What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (22-23 April)

This weekend you can dress up like a mad hatter, go on a color run, or a run/walk with your dog. Visit the Rand Show or Transformers Animatronics and watch the Gruffalo. 

 

  1. Break a Guinness World Record in Aid of the SPCA at the Madhatter’s Picnic on 22 April.

All is not quite what it seems as a White Rabbit, a Mad Hatter and a little girl called Alice host a most unusual tea party. Young and old are invited to put on their maddest hat and join the Mad Hatters’ Tea Party and set a Guinness World Record for the most people dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland, in one place. The Mad Hatters’ Tea Party offers a trip down the Rabbit Hole, for the whole family. “Off with their Heads!” can be heard across Riversands Farm Village with Human Chess, a Pritt Hat Parade, Best Dressed competition, Chocolate Hunt and a host of surprises!

This attempt has officially been approved by the Guinness World Records and all attendees dressed up as a character from this much loved tale will be part of setting a new record. Picnics In The Park will be donating R5 for each person in costume to the Randburg, SPCA! 

 South Africa holds GWR’s records for the Most Vuvuzela’s Played Simultaneously which was over 12 000, Most Surfers Riding The Same Wave which was 110, Most Runners in an Ultra Marathon which was 14,343 and now we are attempting to add another record to the books.  This record has never been attempted anywhere in the world and for this attempt the organisers are hoping that at least 3000 crazy attendees will dress-up to make history and support this worthwhile local cause. To be a part of the Guinness World Record attempt you have to register and agree to the terms and conditions.

Alice In Wonderland Characters:

Alice, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat, Queen of Hearts, Caterpillar, Tweedledee & Tweedledum, The Knave of Hearts, The King of Hearts, The White Rabbit, The March Hair and finally The Card Soldiers.

TIMES:
10:00 – Park Open, arrival for GWR attempt, Registration, Costume Approval.
12:30 – Guinness World Record Attempt: “Largest gathering of people dressed as Alice in Wonderland characters.”

13:00 – Access to main venue
14:00 – Movie (Alice in Wonderland 1951)
16:30 – Movie (Alice in Wonderland 2010)
18:30 – Through the Looking Glass (2016)
23:00 – Park Closes

VENUE:

Riversands Farm Village, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand.

BUY TICKETS HERE : http://bit.ly/2nmhFDf

FOLLOW THEM ON FACEBOOK HERE https://www.facebook.com/events/1812783572340041/

*Pets are welcome but must be social, safe and on a leash. This is an all ages event.

TICKETS ARE LIMITED AND INCLUDE :
Parking | Games | Access to all films | All Games at the main venue.

 

2. Dogs Unite

Take a 5km walk to celebrate your furry friend in aid of the SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind. Registration is from 7:30am and the walk starts at 9am at Delta Park, Blairgowrie. Pay R180 per person with a dog, R80 without a dog and R30 for a child under 12. Visit guidedog.org.za for more information.  23 April. 

3. The Superhero Tour

The Color Run’s Superhero Tour will commence in Soweto, 23 April and visit the rest of the country in the next year. The run starts at 10am at the UJ campus and costs R270 per person, or R245 per person for teams of four or more. Visit thecolorrun.co.za for more. 

4. The Muses

On the 23 April The Muses will entertain for one night only. They are SA’s top performing string quartet.

Meet four drop-dead gorgeous, classically-trained virtuosos, all keen to get as many people on their feet and dancing the night away each time they unpack the contents of their two carefully considered albums.

The show is at 8pm at The Barnyard Theatre, Cresta Shopping Centre and tickets cost R150. Visit barnyardtheater.co.za. 

5. Whoops, I forgot to mention the Rand Easter Show last week! How could I do that?! This show is running until Sunday 23 April from 9am till 7pm at the Nasrec Centre.  Cost is R20-150. 

Anyway, please pop over to Charlene’s post here and read all about it!

 

STILL GOING STRONG , AS WE HAVE MENTIONED IN PREVIOUS WEEKS:

5. The Gruffalo

My four year old loved this production and had a good giggle in various places. The production runs until 7 May at various times at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square at Sandton Square. Tickets are R85 for adults and R75 for children under 16. Visit their website for more information.

6. Transformers Animatronics 

The exhibition features 12 animated Transformers (that’s Autobots, Decepticons, Rescue Bots and Dino Bots inclusive) There’s also this cool play area afterwards where the kids can build with various lego sizes and create their own transformer.

Adults pay R155,  children 5-17 are R100 and children under four are free. The family package is R440 for two adults and two children. It runs until 28 May from 10am till 7pm at the Red Shed at Emperor’s Palace. Drive all the way in right to the end past the casino and go park in the parking garage next to the Red Shed.  For more info see their website. 

Read my post on our visit here and stay tuned, we will be giving away tickets for this event next week on the blog!

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What’s On This Easter Weekend Gauteng, Cape Town, PE and Durban linkup (14-17 April)

A long weekend stretches ahead… what are your plans? If you’re looking for ideas, you’ve come to the right place. There’s lots to do in Gauteng, from Transformers, to the Gruffalo, to lots of Easter fun events. In Cape Town we have lego and 3 D illusions. In PE there are a number events centred around the Splash festival. I have also linked up to a number of Easter events in Durban on the Family Outings blog. 

Gauteng: 

  1. Transformer Weekend alert!

If you are a Transformer fan, you have a treat in store this weekend. There are two events going on. One is the Transformers Animatronics at Emperor’s Palace and an activation at Eastgate. So if you want to have a Transformers day, go to Emperor’s Palace in the morning for two hours and then swing by Eastgate on the way back to check out more Transformers. 

a) Transformers Animatronics

I’ve had this on our what’s on list for weeks now, but I finally got to visit this past Sunday. It was a really nice morning out for Nicky and I wrote about it all in this post here. 

The exhibition features 12 animated Transformers (that’s Autobots, Decepticons, Rescue Bots and Dino Bots inclusive) There’s also this cool play area afterwards where the kids can build with various lego sizes and create their own transformer.

Adults pay R155,  children 5-17 are R100 and children under four are free. The family package is R440 for two adults and two children. It runs until 28 May from 10am till 7pm at the Red Shed at Emperor’s Palace. Drive all the way in right to the end past the casino and go park in the parking garage next to the Red Shed.  For more info see their website. 

b) Transformers Roadblock

This event is brought to you by Hasbro toys. You can meet your fave Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumble Bee.

The activation will also be featuring Optimus Prime in vehicle mode, a Transformers play area, an area to watch the latest Transformers Robots in Disguise animated TV series and stand a chance to win Transformers prizes at the Transformers Spin to Win wheel! I’ll also be checking it out so watch our Twitter for pics and news! And this one is free. 

13 – 17 April, at the Main Mall Court next to Edgars, Eastgate Shopping Centre from 10:00 am.

2. The Graffalo Live on Stage

We went to watch this on Tuesday and Nicky had a ball. He was giggling a lot. His favourite part was when the narrator kept hiding the nut away from the mouse who was trying to find it with a “nut map!” Very funny. There is a lot of physical theatre here, very expressive, lots of movement and dance, which is ideal for children. There is audience participation too!

I have to commend the actors on their sterling performance and their ability to change into the different characters. Three actors work the entire play, with one being the animals, one being the mouse, and one being the narrator and the Gruffalo. 

As you’ll know, this book is a classic written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. It follows a wily mouse who invents a character called the Gruffalo to chase away the enemies of a fox, snake and owl. These creatures are very creatively reproduced on stage with comedic flair. The only part Nicky didn’t like was the singing. Oh well.  The book takes on a whole new meaning now and he has been wanting to read it every night since we saw this production. 

The production runs until 7 May at various times at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square at Sandton Square. Tickets are R85 for adults and R75 for children under 16. Visit their website for more information.

3. Easter Fun

a) Easter Workshop

From 15-16 April at the Rosebank mall, 10am-5pm there will be free children’s workshops with a photo with the Easter Bunny between 1pm and 3pm

b) SOS Easter Family Event

At this family you can join the hunt for the Easter Bunny and his Easter goodies. The theme is Alice in Wonderland so dress up in fun hats and outfits. There will be lots of entertainment, food and beverages.  It begins at 3pm on 15 April at The Dam at De Vos farm in Midrand. Bookings at quicket.co.za. 

c) Easter night hunt

Also on 15 April, children between 2 and 12 can take part in a night time Easter egg hunt. Gates open at 6pm and entrance is R45 per adult, R15 for scholars and R10 for the hunt.  Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. Contact Samantha 0861001278. 

d) Kiddies Easter events

Pot and face painting as well as a tractor ride and an Easter egg hunt with the Easter Bunny will be happening at Garden World in Muldersddrift at 10am, 16-17 April. Entrance is R50 which includes the pot, paint, seedlings, face painting and the hunt.  For more information & to book, contact them on 011 956 3003 or 011 957 2545 and also see their website

e) Silverstar Casino

Silverstar Casino are running the Easter Playground everyday from 10am to 5pm from the 1st April to the 17th April. What’s more, it’s totally free!

So pack a change of clothes for the kids and head out for a day of fun, while you relax at any one of the many restaurants in the Outdoor Arena. They have childminders to help the kids on all the rides.

I’ve taken this directly from Sharon’s post and you can read about all the fun her kids had there. 

 

Cape Town:

Musical Showcase Easter Weekend at the V&A Waterfront:

Easter Weekend: 14 to 17 April
Friday, 14 April 12h00 to 14h00 Food Truck Fridays Silo District
18h00 to 1900 Musical showcase: Manouche V&A Amphitheatre
Saturday, 15 April 18h00 to 1900 Musical showcase: Southern Wild V&A Amphitheatre
Sunday, 16 April 18h00 to 1900 Musical showcase: Hot Water Duo V&A Amphitheatre
17h30 to 20h00 Sunset Tango Pierhead Deck
Monday, 17 April 18h00 to 1900 Musical showcase: The Nomadic Orchestra V&A Amphitheatre

 

Easter festivities abound at the V&A Waterfront this year, with a line-up of impressive musical performances at the V&A Amphitheatre, to keep visitors’ feet tapping and spirits soaring during the long weekend.

 Held every day from 6 to 7pm during the long weekend, V&A Waterfront visitors can look forward to free performances by some of South Africa’s most revered local talent, including Manouche, Southern Wild, The Nomadic Orchestra, and Hot Water.

 A group of four talented Capetonian musicians, Manouche is known for their modern take on traditional Gypsy jazz, blending this sound together with a little tango, waltz, folk, R&B, hip hop and electro swing, which they have performed at well-known local music festivals such as Rocking the Daisies and Up the Creek. They will perform on Friday, 14 April.

 Following Manouche the next day, Saturday 15 April, is local rock band Southern Wild, who are taking time out from recording their debut EP to share a little Easter cheer.

 Hot Water takes the stage at the V&A Amphitheatre on Easter Sunday, 16 April, will bring their ‘South African folk rock’ to the V&A Amphitheatre. Known for their lively stage presence, Hot Water’s utterly danceable rhythms will help you shake off the feast from earlier in the day.

 The Easter weekend performances close with a show from The Nomadic Orchestra on Monday, 17 April, who will end the weekend on an energetic note with their unique take on South Eastern European music. Citing Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian, gypsy and circus music as an influence, Nomadic Orchestra is known for its fantastical sound, and only performs original songs, written by the band itself.

 

As mentioned last week, the kid’s fun continues at this location.

Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July 10h00 to 19h00 Incredible Illusions Exhibition

(last admission at 18h00)

The Watershed
       
Tuesday, 11 April to Sunday, 16 April 09h00 to 19h00 The LEGO Play Experience Centre Court, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

Incredible Illusions: Jaw-dropping 3D illusions

Incredible Illusions, the largest collection of 3D illusions created by master artist Kurt Wenner, comes to the V&A Waterfront this autumn from Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July, to enthral both young and old alike. Comprising a jaw-dropping Grand Gallery of 360° 3D illustrations supported by a collection of humorous and adventurous images, this will be the exhibition’s first stopover on the African continent.

Incredible Illusions is the antithesis of the traditional exhibition experience: with no hallowed halls, soft chamber music, and certainly no photography bans, the travelling exhibition instead encourages interactivity and even the use of cellphones and personal interaction, to make each visit a customised experience. Visitors can share their visit with the world on social media and let their illusionary experience live a little longer.

Fun from beginning to end, the Incredible Illusions exhibition includes an “art jamming” zone where children and adults alike can learn the basics of 3D artwork to express themselves creatively. An educational zone tells the brief story of ‘Pavement Art’ and how the mathematical field of geometry plays a pivotal role in compiling a 3D design.

Tickets are available for pre-purchasing at www.webtickets.co.za or www.incredibleillusions.co.za

The LEGO Play Experience

Little ones will have the chance to become a LEGO Master Builder at the V&A Waterfront these holidays, with the LEGO Play Experience in the Centre Court of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre from Tuesday, 11 to Sunday, 16 April.

 

With exciting prizes up for grabs to the most creative, determined and innovative LEGO Builders, children can let their imaginations run wild with one of the largest LEGO collections they’ve likely ever seen! Free to attend, the LEGO Play Experience will be open at the Centre Court from 9am to 7pm daily.

Here is their online events calendar. 

Any more CT events? Leave them in the comments. Also if you are a Cape Town blogger who gets a lot of press releases on these kinds of events / goes to them and would like to write about them, I’d be keen to link up! 

 

Port Elizabeth:

My home town of PE will be having the Splash Festival this weekend. On the agenda is:

  • Steph the Hypnotist: 15 April 15:00 – 15:45 on the main stage, and 16 April 14:00 till 14:45
  • Kid’s Entertainment on the Coca Cola Stage: 15 April: 11:00 – 11:45 and 14:00 – 14:45
  • Fireworks display: 15 April 8pm, Hobie Beach.
  • Easter Egg hunt, 16 April at 11:00 till 11:45
  • Belino the Clown, 16 April at 13:00 till 13:45

I’ve only highlighted the children’s entertainment, there is a lot more on the go like the sporting events, music and stalls. So go ahead and check out the website for more details. 

Durban:

The Family Outings Blog has a few highlights. Go and check them out!
Mega Easter Hunt @ Ushaka
Easter Eggsplorer Egg Hunt @ Botanic Gardens
Hop Hop Hooray @ Watercress Mall
The Hillcrest Corner Easter Egg Hunt

 

Happy Easter everyone! May you have a very blessed weekend. 

 

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What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban (8-9 April)

Lots happening this weekend. Some schools are on holiday and Easter is nearly here. This week we bring you three cities. In Gauteng you can go to a market/ show, ride a bike, make a chocolate bunny or see the Transformers. In Cape Town we have activities happening at the V&A Waterfront and a Transformers activation also happening there. In Durban the Slime Fest is in full swing. 

GAUTENG:

  1. Belly Blesssings Maternity and Baby Market

This is happening in Pretoria. 8 April 2017 from 8:30am-15:00pm. This market is being held to offer moms beautiful, handmade goods. Come support small businesses who are passionate about pregnancy and the blessing thereof. Also featuring Myang, who we have posted about on this blog before (this giveaway and this post about sensory processing disorder and shoes). 

2. Off The Beant ‘N Track Mountain Bike Family Fun Day.

Off the Beat ‘n Track is a spectacular new event which combines music, family and sport to create a great day for families to enjoy the amazing outdoors of the South African landscape, while being entertained by celebrated musicians.

Rides will occur in a safe and secure environment from; 2km (for toddlers), 5km, 15km and 50km (for experienced mountain bikers) through the heart of one of Gauteng’s best kept secrets in Irene – situated almost halfway between Pretoria and Johannesburg.

 

Date: Saturday 8 April, 7:00 am

Venue: The Big Red Barn, Irene

Race Entry Fee:

  • 50km (12yrs+ ONLY) – R227
  • 15km (9yrs+ ONLY) – R170
  • 5km – Adult – R114, 
  • 5km – Kids (6-9yrs ONLY) – R91
  • 2km (4-5yrs ONLY) – R91
those who want to join but Not cycle:
  • Adult – R68
  • Kids (2–12 years) R40

For more info and bookings go to Jacarandafm.com. 

3. Easter with Lindt

Children six years and older will be able to mould their own Lindt Gold Bunny and create and decorate their own Lindt chocolate garden at the chocolate studio, Shop 38, Design Quarter Shopping Centre.

Classes are at 10am, 1pm, and 3pm on 8 April, 12-15 April and cost R195.  For more info visit their website. 

4. The Walkerville Agricultural Show

This lifestyle expo is fun for the whole family. There will be entertainment, crafts, over 100 stalls, equestrian events, a food court and beer garden plus a play area and entertainment for kids. Entrance is R40 per car and the show is open from 9am till late on 8 and 9 April.  

See their website for further details.

5. Transformers Animatronics

Still running, and I really want to try and see them this weekend. 

It is a travelling exhibition which features 12 animated Transformers, sculptures made from car parts and other statues. Children are able to build their own Transformers using waste materials in the activation zone.

Adults are R155, children 5-17 are R100 and children under four go free. The family package of R440 is for two adults an two children. It runs until 28 May from 10am -7pm at Emperor’s Palace. Visit transformersafrica.com for details.

Also: next weekend the activation currently visiting Cape Town (see below) will be at Eastgate so stay tuned for those details. 

 

CAPE TOWN:

  1. V & A Waterfront activities and entertainment.
V&A WATERFRONT: EASTER ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
Date Time Activity / Entertainment Venue
Monday, 3 April                to Sunday, 9  April 12h00 to 12h30

13h00 to 13h30

14h00 to 14h30

Kids Theatre: The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure V&A Amphitheatre
Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July 10h00 to 19h00 Incredible Illusions Exhibition

(last admission at 18h00)

The Watershed
Tuesday, 11 to Wednesday,12 April

Saturday, 22 April

11h00 to 12h00 Cradle of Creativity: Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams

Marimba Jam

Richard Antrobus – Being Norm

V&A Amphitheatre
Tuesday, 11 April to Sunday, 16 April 09h00 to 19h00 The LEGO Play Experience Centre Court, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre

 

Kids Theatre: The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure

The V&A Waterfront’s school holidays begin with the new Kids Theatre programme at the Amphitheatre, which will show performances of the V&A Waterfront’s first ever children’s play, The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure, three times a day from Monday, 3 April to Monday , 10 April.

Set entirely in the picturesque V&A Waterfront, The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure will follow Amy, a brave, adventure-seeking girl, who sets out to find an unknown treasure hidden somewhere in the Waterfront. Along the way she encountering many strange characters along the way, including an odd tour guide, talking seagulls, a gambling cave troll, prankster clownfish, and a loveable shark, making for a very interesting treasure hunt.

Incredible Illusions: Jaw-dropping 3D illusions

Incredible Illusions, the largest collection of 3D illusions created by master artist Kurt Wenner, comes to the V&A Waterfront this autumn from Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July, to enthral both young and old alike. Comprising a jaw-dropping Grand Gallery of 360° 3D illustrations supported by a collection of humorous and adventurous images, this will be the exhibition’s first stopover on the African continent.

Incredible Illusions is the antithesis of the traditional exhibition experience: with no hallowed halls, soft chamber music, and certainly no photography bans, the travelling exhibition instead encourages interactivity and even the use of cellphones and personal interaction, to make each visit a customised experience. Visitors can share their visit with the world on social media and let their illusionary experience live a little longer.

Fun from beginning to end, the Incredible Illusions exhibition includes an “art jamming” zone where children and adults alike can learn the basics of 3D artwork to express themselves creatively. An educational zone tells the brief story of ‘Pavement Art’ and how the mathematical field of geometry plays a pivotal role in compiling a 3D design.

Tickets are available for pre-purchasing at www.webtickets.co.za or www.incredibleillusions.co.za

Cradle of Creativity: Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams

Hot on the heels of The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure is the Cradle of Creativity’s Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams, a series of preview performances at the V&A Amphitheatre these Easter holidays, from Tuesday, 11 to Wednesday 12 March, returning to the stage again on Saturday, 22 April.

Being held ahead of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People, set to be held at the V&A Waterfront later this year, Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams will give young spectators a taste of the some of the most exciting international and local theatre for young audiences that will be on show at the ASSITEJ World Congress. Performances will be held between 11am and 5pm and are free to attend.

The LEGO Play Experience

Little ones will have the chance to become a LEGO Master Builder at the V&A Waterfront these holidays, with the LEGO Play Experience in the Centre Court of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre from Tuesday, 11 to Sunday, 16 April.

With exciting prizes up for grabs to the most creative, determined and innovative LEGO Builders, children can let their imaginations run wild with one of the largest LEGO collections they’ve likely ever seen! Free to attend, the LEGO Play Experience will be open at the Centre Court from 9am to 7pm daily.

 

2. Transformers Roadblock

Transformers roadblock takes place on: 

  • 7th, 8th and 9th April  at the V&A Waterfront, H&M court from 10:00
  • 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th April at the Main Mall Court next to Edgars, Eastgate Shopping Centre from 10:00 am

And will also be featuring Optimus Prime in vehicle mode, a Transformers play area, an area to watch the latest Transformers Robots in Disguise animated TV series and stand a chance to win Transformers prizes at the Transformers Spin to Win wheel!

Optimus Prime and Bumblebee can’t wait to meet you!

 

DURBAN:

Slime Fest

Now it is Durban’s turn to enjoy all that Nickelodeon has to offer in the form of lots of slime and entertainment! You can read my latest post on NickFest 2017 in Joburg here, but I think the Durban version is going to have a different spin on events. 

The Kiffness, Twins on Decks, Emtee, Timo ODV and K.O join previously announced artists Cassper Nyovest and Mafikizolo for a spectacular family-friendly jamboree of music, Nickelodeon TV characters, and lots and lots of slime – as uShaka Marine World is transformed into a icky, sticky, squelchy green and orange paradise for all the family to enjoy.

Older kids will delight in a host of games and day-long activities: head for the interactive Slime Zone for an epic Slime Blaster Battle: take a relaxing Slime Shower, slither around on the Zorb Ball Slime Pool; or get to grips with your arch-enemy during a bout of Slime Sumo.  For the younger kids, there’ll be singalongs from their favourite Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora & Friends, Chase & Marshall from Paw Patrol, and those green amphibious heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A dedicated Pre School Zone for very young children will be hosted in the Kids’ Corner.

For more info visit their website here. 

For other Durban events, particularly markets,  go to Family Outings. 

 

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What’s on this weekend (1-2 April)

This weekend in Gauteng you can sit back and watch a movie, or go out and have a jol at the Fantasy Fayre or Huawei Joburg Day. Listen to some classical music with your kid @Little Maestros. We also have two theatre productions and the Transformers which are still showing.

  1. Smurfs:The Lost Village

Smurfette and her best friends Briany, Clumsy and Hefty embark on a thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest to find a lost village before the evil wizard does, only to stumble upon the biggest secret in Smurf history. Check out the movie at your local cinema. 

 

2. Fantasy Fayre

This medieval inspired market has a number of fantasy themed stalls and various games for the whole family to enjoy, from Game of Kings (Viking Chess) to archery. Open from 10am till 5pm at The Moors Castle, Muldersdrift. Tickets are R25 online or R40 at the gate. 

Visit their website. 

3. Huawei Joburg Day in the Park

The picnic style concert boasts a stellar line up of South African bands and performers, including Goldfish, Mafikizolo, Gangs of Ballet,  Freshlygound and Locnville. 

The venue is Emmarentia and the time is 9am till 6pm. Tickets are R350 from ticketpros.co.za

4. Little Maestros

Classical music is a brilliant developmental tool for children from birth to age 6, boosting brain development and concentration. With this concert series, aimed specifically at the younger listeners, Little Maestros offer a relaxed environment where little ears learn through Mozart Bach and well-known nursery rhymes.

This Saturday the theme is  “BRASS BONANZA”

Please book your tickets on Quicket: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/24897-little-maestros-johannesburg-montecasino/

Adults R 100.00 pp
Children R 20.00 pp
Family Package: R 200.00 (2 Adults and 2 Children)

 

 

 

Regarding the rest of our events, these have been on the blog before and you can read last week’s one for  Transformers, Freckleface Strawberry and Winnie the Pooh kids.

 

What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (25-26 March)

This weekend in Gauteng the main attraction is NickFest! So much to do and the best part is that it really caters for all ages. We also have the other on going events we have mentioned before, such as the transformers and some theatre productions.

  1. NickFest Ticket Pro Dome 

I’m very excited about going to NickFest again; last time we went it was two years ago when Nicky turned three, so it was kind of a birthday celebration as well. He had so much fun. Read the post here. I am looking forward to him being older and being more adventurous on all the climbing apparatus as well.

This time there is so much on offer, including a pram park, mom and baby room and changing area plus 55 child minders on site.

To put you in the picture here are some stats:

   5,000 Visitors per day

3 X Performers per session

7 X Balloon Artists

  4 X Stilt Walkers

1 X Magician

7 X Face Painters

 2 x Soft Play Ball Ponds

 30 x Pedal Go-Karts

30 x Character Cut-Outs

55 x Child Minders

10,000 litres of Slime including a 625 m2 SlimeFest Slime Zone

1,280 giant construction blocks from Everblock

5000 m2 of carpeting

NickFest 2017 promises an amazing weekend of fun for all the family as Minnie joins performers Shekhinah, Nasty C, and co-hosts Jason, Nicholas and Donovan Goliath to welcome kids and families to the TicketPro Dome.  An amazing combination of music and family oriented entertainment, NickFest is packed with live performances, interactive zones, kid-friendly activities, and themed areas where Nickelodeon characters and programmes will be brought to life.

Don’t miss the exciting character shows and appearances by Nickelodeon superstars SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, plus loveable pups Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol. Or why not play on the Magic Kinder app in the KinderJoy interactive area, and hang out with the KinderJoy mascot Kinderino.

Get your tickets for NickFest 2017 at www.ticketpros.co.za and select Edgars, CNA and Postnet outlets, priced at R290 per head or R270 per person for a family of 4-6 people. Groups of 10 or more people enjoy a discounted price of R250 per head.  Entrance is free for children under one.  Entrance to the Slime Area costs R150 per person (tickets sold separately; kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult).

 

 For more information on NickFest 2017 please go to www.nickelodeon.com, join them on Twitter @NickAfrica and on Instagram@Nickelodeon_Africa, or like them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/NickelodeonAfrica. To join the conversation about NickFest 2017,please use the hashtag #NickFest.

 

2. Transformers Animatronics

We mentioned this last week and it is still going strong. 

Young and old can see Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and the Rescue Bots as well as an impressive arsenal of weapons used by the Transformers characters. This travelling exhibition features 12 animated Transformers, sculptures scaled between and 2m and 11m made from car parts, and other statues varying in size. Children are able to build their own Transformers using waste materials in the activation zone.

Autobots and Decepticons will also feature prominently, accompanied by the latest Dino Bots and famous Rescue Bots, the famed pre-school series that has expanded the Transformers fan base. Kids (and those young at heart) will get to enjoy a dedicated kids’activation zone, where they can build their own Transformers using waste materials.

 

Exhibition dates and venues

Johannesburg

  • Emperors Palace The Big Red Shed
  • 11 March 2017 – 28 May 2017
  • Visiting Hours: 10am to 7pm

Centurion

  • Centurion Mall
  • 10 June 2017 – 15 October 2017

Cape Town

  • GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
  • 10 November 2017 – 21 January 2018
  • Tickets are on sale for all shows at www.webtickets.co.za and search “Transformers Animatronics”.

Ticket prices

  • Adults R155
  • Children (4-17): R100
  • Pensioners: R100
  • Students: R100
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children): R440 
  • Children under 5: free
  • Box Office Tickets available at on site box offices
  • Schools: Special school packages are available in all cities Contact: Linda@exporsa.co.za

To find out more about the exhibition, venues, tickets and for FAQs, visit https://www.transformersafrica.com/ and www.exporsa.co.za

 

3. Freckleface Strawberry

This children’s theatrical production is based on the book by actress Julianne Moore. It tells the story of a red-haired, freckle-faced girl who learns that beauty lies not in the mirror but in the human heart. Times vary. Bookings essential.

 
National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown
R110 for adults and R90 for children
011 484 1584
 
4. Winnie the Pooh

You’ll appreciate Pooh’s sunny nature and his love of honey. Pooh and his friends go on expeditions, muse about honey and birthdays, tell jokes and sing songs. There are two shows daily: 9am and 11am during the school term and 10:30am and 11:30am on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings essential.

 
Peoples Theatre, cnr Loveday and Hoofd St, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
R130
 
 
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What’s on for families this long weekend in Gauteng and coming up in Cape Town (18-21 March)

With a long weekend coming up for many people with the public holiday on Tuesday, perhaps you’re looking for something to do. Many of these events we have listed before, but it’s good to know what is in town and happening!

  1. Blue Man Group

I have to mention them. You can read my post that I wrote on Monday about them.  They will still be in Joburg on Friday and Saturday and then they are coming back from 30th March till 2nd April. 

The Blue Man Group will be in Cape Town inbetween from 21 March. 

We are giving away tickets  to both Cape Town and Joburg productions – please read the post and enter!

2. Transformers Animatronics

Ok I feel really bad. I was invited to see this expo and I just did not make it.  But cars transforming into robots have to be awesome, right?

The exhibition’s scale is itself worthy of the Transformers themselves. A minimum of 2,500sqm of floor space is needed over a 20-day build-up to bring the sculptures and statues to life, displayed against the scenery of the legendary planet, Cybertron, all brought to life through eye-popping performance technology.

In addition, an arsenal of weapons used by the Transformers characters will be showcased. Fans young and old can immerse themselves in the incredible universe of these otherworldly creations, from their origins in comic books to the television series and blockbuster movies that have garnered billions of dollars in revenue.

Autobots and Decepticons will also feature prominently, accompanied by the latest Dino Bots and famous Rescue Bots, the famed pre-school series that has expanded the Transformers fan base. Kids (and those young at heart) will get to enjoy a dedicated kids’activation zone, where they can build their own Transformers using waste materials.

Following the sold out South American tour Transformers Animatronics: The Exhibition is currently travelling to South Africa in 7 shipping containers. After a 90 day transit from port to port Transformers Animatronics: The Exhibition will be in South Africa for 11 months, exhibiting in three cities, Johannesburg, Centurion and Cape Town.

Keep an eye out for the school competition! Pick ‘n Pay School Club in association with Transformers Animatronics: The Exhibition wants to see schools recycling. The school class with the best recycling campaign will win tickets to see Transformers Animatronics: The Exhibition.

Tickets are sold per one-hour timeslots. You can spend as much time as you like at the exhibition, but an average visit will take about two hours.

Exhibition dates and venues

Johannesburg

  • Emperors Palace The Big Red Shed
  • 11 March 2017 – 28 May 2017
  • Visiting Hours: 10am to 7pm

Centurion

  • Centurion Mall
  • 10 June 2017 – 15 October 2017

Cape Town

  • GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World
  • 10 November 2017 – 21 January 2018
  • Tickets are on sale for all shows at www.webtickets.co.za and search “Transformers Animatronics”.

Ticket prices

  • Adults R155
  • Children (4-17): R100
  • Pensioners: R100
  • Students: R100
  • Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children): R440 
  • Children under 5: free
  • Box Office Tickets available at on site box offices
  • Schools: Special school packages are available in all cities Contact: Linda@exporsa.co.za

To find out more about the exhibition, venues, tickets and for FAQs, visit https://www.transformersafrica.com/ and www.exporsa.co.za

 

3. Easter Chocolate Workshop

Easter  may still be a few weeks away, but do we really need an excuse to have fun with chocolate?  Kids can each make a chocolate figurine from modelling chocolate, finger-paint chocolate flowers and create chocolate leaf templates. The highlight of the workshop is when each child decorates their own chocolate bunny. 

 
For 4-12 year olds (older children accommodated by arrangement)
Snyman Sjokolateur Boutique Factory, Waterkloof Ridge
R250 per child
074 140 1087
 
4. Freckleface Strawberry

This children’s theatrical production is based on the book by actress Julianne Moore. It tells the story of a red-haired, freckle-faced girl who learns that beauty lies not in the mirror but in the human heart. Times vary. Bookings essential.

 
National Children’s Theatre, 3 Junction Ave, Parktown
R110 for adults and R90 for children
011 484 1584
 
5. Winnie the Pooh

You’ll appreciate Pooh’s sunny nature and his love of honey. Pooh and his friends go on expeditions, muse about honey and birthdays, tell jokes and sing songs. There are two shows daily: 9am and 11am during the school term and 10:30am and 11:30am on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings essential.

 
Peoples Theatre, cnr Loveday and Hoofd St, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
R130
 

 

What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (11-12 March)

This weekend in Gauteng watch Winnie the Pooh or the Blue Man Group; visit the Animatronics Transformers Expo or go to a market.

  1. Winnie the Pooh Kids

You’ll appreciate Pooh’s sunny nature and his love of honey. Pooh and his friends go on expeditions, muse about honey and birthdays, tell jokes and sing songs. There are two shows daily: 9am and 11am during the school term and 10:30am and 11:30am on weekends, public holidays and school holidays. Bookings essential.

 
Peoples Theatre, cnr Loveday and Hoofd St, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
R130
 
2. Blue Man Group

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Comedy, theatre, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. The new world tour showcases classic Blue Man favourites along with brand new content as they continually update and refresh their shows with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group is accompanied by a live band whose tribal rhythms help drive the show to its unforgettable climax.

 
All ages
Montecasino’s Teatro, cnr William Nicol Dr and Witkoppen Rd, Fourways
R370–R680

JOHANNESBURG

Venue:                   Teatro at Montecasino

Dates:                    From Tuesday 7th February 2017 until Saturday 18th March 2017. Then from Thursday 30th March 2017 until Sunday 2nd April 2017.

Off Peak Shows:   Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Evening and Sunday Evening

Peak Shows:       Friday Evening, Saturday Matinee, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee

Ticket Prices:      Off Peak: R370 – R595.

     Peak: R455 – R680

Bookings:             From Big Concert and Computicket

Cape Town

Venue:                   Grand Arena, GrandWest

Dates:                    From Tuesday 21st March 2017

Off Peak Shows:   Tuesday Evening, Wednesday Evening, Thursday Evening and Sunday Evening

Peak Shows:       Friday Evening, Saturday Matinee, Saturday Evening and Sunday Matinee

Ticket Prices:      Off Peak: R340 – R570

      Peak: R425 – R655

Bookings:             From Big Concerts and Computicket

I recommend the Big Concerts website as I was unable to login to Computicket.

SA Mom blogs will be giving away tickets to this event next Wednesday.

3. Transformers Animatronics

We mentioned this last week and it is still going strong. 

Young and old can see Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and the Rescue Bots as well as an impressive arsenal of weapons used by the Transformers characters. This travelling exhibition features 12 animated Transformers, sculptures scaled between and 2m and 11m made from car parts, and other statues varying in size. Children are able to build their own Transformers using waste materials in the activation zone.

Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park
adults R155, children 5–17 years old R100, children under 4 years old free, family package (2 adults and 2 children) R440
See their website here.
 
4. Lots of markets this weekend, including the one at Field and Study. 

Large free play area for children and various entertainment activities; – Dogs are welcome but must be on a short lease and by your side at all times; – They do not have an ATM on site, please ensure that you bring sufficient cash or use Snapscan (majority of traders provide this cashless payment option, download and set it up on smart phone beforehand to save time); – The market is wheelchair friendly, please obtain information from parking attendants on arrival.   Opening times Market is open from 10:00 – 15:00. The coffee stall and a few food stalls are open from 9am if you want to come earlier.

 
 
 
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What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (4-5 March)

This weekend in Gauteng lots of opportunity for shopping at the Hobby X show, Harties food and wine festival, transformers exhibit  and other markets.

  1. Hobby X Show

This show hosts a huge collection of a large variety of hobbies – everything from scrapbooking to woodworking. The nice thing about hobbies is that they can turn into a full time income too. You never know where your passion will take you. 

My father always used to exhibit at this show (making frames and woodworking) so it’s bittersweet for me. I have been to the show many times though and always found something interesting.

Celebrate 20 years of everyone’s favourite hobby and craft expo at the Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg from 2 – 5 March 2017, in Pretoria from 31 Aug – 3 September and in Durban from 29 Sep – 1 October 2017! Whether you need ideas and materials to indulge your creativity, are looking for fun ways to de-stress, or want to make money from your hobby – Hobby-X is your go-to expo.

2. The Ngwenya Country Market

This takes place at Ngwenya Glass Village on the first Sunday of each month:  5 March.

Shop for fabulous ware from 9am till 4pm. There will be a wide variety of goodies such as bags, hydroponic kits and more, as well as go-karting and crafts. Entrance is free.

Address: R114, Muldersdrift, South Africa

3. Harties Great Food and Wine Festival

Enjoy a fun filled day of wine tasting, great food from local Hartbeespoort restaurants, craft beer, art and craft stalls and loads of entertainment, such as a carnival for the children. Take your gazebo and picnic blankets. The festival is from 10am–6pm Saturday and Sunday.

cnr Kleinste & R511, Hartbeespoort
R120 per person, children R50, children under 3 years old free.

 

4. Transformers Arimatronics

Young and old can see Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and the Rescue Bots as well as an impressive arsenal of weapons used by the Transformers characters. This travelling exhibition features 12 animated Transformers, sculptures scaled between and 2m and 11m made from car parts, and other statues varying in size. Children are able to build their own Transformers using waste materials in the activation zone.

 
Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park
adults R155, children 5–17 years old R100, children under 4 years old free, family package (2 adults and 2 children) R440
See their website here.
 
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What’s on for families this weekend in Gauteng (25-26 February)

Lots to do this weekend in Gauteng! There is a homemaker’s expo as well as a Dinosaur Expo. There are two kiddie shows. There’s a midterm break holiday program and a list of school open days.

 

  1. Homemaker’s Expo: 23-26 February

Go along to the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate to give “A Tribute to your Home”, which is the theme of this year’s show.  We have posted about this expo last week when we gave away tickets, so you can read more about the details here. But basically you can see everything from books, outside areas, DIY to modern design. 

Show times: Thurs & Fri 10:00 – 19:00 | Sat & Sun 09:00 – 18:00

Entrance: R90 Adults, R60 Pensioners, Children under 12 – free

Buy your ticket online at Ticketpro.

Venue: Ticketpro Dome, Northumberland Rd and Olievenhout Ave, North Riding, Johannesburg.

2. Midterm break holiday program: Midrand

Those of you with children on a mid term break there is a holiday program happening in Carlswald. The program is suitable for children from 4 years old. 

Dates: 24-27 February

7:30am -5:30pm (R280) or half day until 1:30pm (R200)

Contact Carla on 0824028169 or carla@expressionsinfocus.co.za. See their website

3. School open days: 

  • Curro Aurora: Taurus Rd, Sundowner, Randburg. Grade 000-12. From 8am on 25 Feb for interested parents to meet teachers and view facilities.
  • Kairos School of Inquiry info talk: 9am for 9:30-11:30am. Grad 0-7. 12 Sabie Rd in Emmarentia. 
  • The National School of the Arts: 17 Hoofd St in Braamfontein. 25 February 8:30am – 1pm. This school offers performing and creative arts but also art, dance, drama and music alongside a full academic curriculum. 

4. The Little Town of Good Manners

This is a puppet show written and directed by Swannie Swanevelder. In this town everyone has manners apart from Old Man Joe who invents a machine to devour good words. The show starts at 2:30pm and tickets are R50.  Check out their website here.

5.  ‘The Little Dinosaur’ and ‘Fairywings’

25th of Feb, Saturday 10am.

Double bill. Margaret Auerbach performs the all-time favorite Dinosaur Saga. Out of an egg hatches little Dino, but where are the parents? A funny search with happy ending. So, too, for the fairy who has misplaced her wings: the Fairy Queen is coming to visit and the wings will have to sparkle! Ages 3 and upwards. 

39A Greenhill Rd, Emmarentia, for bookings: Kinderspiel@telkomsa.net
011 646 0870, R 60 per person.

6. At the Dino Expo

This dinosaur expo features realistic robotic dinosaurs and offers both inclusive and extra activities. 

From 24 Feb – 5 March they will be at the Nasrec Expo centre on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. 

7. In the forest family open day: Walkerville

Forest zip-line, archery, tomahawk toss, tree climb, pony rides, fairy trail & hay-bale splash pond! Alice in Wonderland Coffee Shoppe open – scones & cream, wacky waffles, cold drinks, cold beers & more!   Or bring in your own picnic basket & blanket.

Entrance: adults R35, kids R25 includes free entrance to our enchanted real fairy trail – share with all fairy lovers! R30 Adults, R20 kids From 09:30 to 18:00   Cost: R20 – R30 Read more on their website here.

 

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