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.

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


Riversands Farm Village, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand.

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

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!



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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