Day Trips, Family Outings and Things to do in Gauteng

Everybody loves some time away – to unwind and relax, or simply switch off. Whether it’s an outdoor or indoor activity, a visit to a museum, family market, nature reserve, farm, playground, restaurant, pool, horse riding, go-karting or a train ride you’ll find it here.

Johannesburg Art Gallery
Joubert Park
Art Gallery with a number of important collections of international significance. We offer children's art classes and also have school tours available
From 6 yrs - All ages
The South African State Theatre
World-class shows ranging from Opera, Ballet, Musical, Drama, Cabaret and Children's Theatre.
All ages
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve
Bronkhorstspruit
Game drives, putt putt, fuffy slide, fishing, guided walks, bird and game watching, educational programs and camping facilities
All ages
The Silver Birch Restaurant
Randpark Ridge
Child friendly, family restaurant, party & function venue with kids outdoor play area.
All ages
Adler Museum of Medicine
Parktown
The history of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy through the ages. From children's birthday parties to school tours!
From 4 - 14 yrs old
Nerf Fest 2019
Lanseria
It is that time of the year again, Nerf Fest 2019! This year it’s going to be bigger and better than before with more activities for you and your kids to take part in and enjoy! Make sure you invite the whole family along for a blastin’ day!
All ages
Rabie Ridge Swimming Pool
Rabie Ridge
Public pool offering swimming lessons with trained life guards.
All ages
Warmbaths, A Forever Resort
Bela Bela
Forever Resorts South Africa offers some of the most popular holiday destinations in SA! Warmbaths is one of the most popular resorts, just an hour away from Pretoria & Johannesburg.
All ages
Coronationville Public Swimming Pool
Coronationville
Heated indoor public pool offering swimming lessons with a kiddies pool and trained life guards.
All ages
New Horse Haven
Witpoort
Specialized childrens horse riding yard. Educational, interactive lessons. Pony parties. Outrides
From 3 - 16 yrs old
Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
Mondeor
Nature rambles through an area of grasslands and wooded hills with wildlife only 10km from the heart of Joburg.
Davidsonville Public Swimming Pool
Davidsonville
Outdoor public swimming pool with kiddies paddle pool, picnic area and trained life gaurd on duty
Malvern Swimming Pool
Malvern
Public pool offering swimming lessons with a kids pool and trained life guards and picnic area .
iJUMP Trampoline Arena
Strubens Valley
Family entertainment and trampoline experience arena suitable for adults and kids
Harties Boat Company
Daily Boat Cruises Party Venue Restaurant Sunday Lunch Cruise Birthday Parties Special Occasions Fun things to do with Kids Family Friendly Children
From 1 mnth - All ages
Bordeaux Bike Park
Bordeaux
Bike park for little kids, party venue
From 4 yrs - All ages
Deon Malherbe Swimming Pool
Wonderboom
Public swimming pool with a kids pool and swimming lessons.
Roosevelt Park Swimming Pool
Roosevelt Park
Public swimming pool with swimming lessons for children.
All ages
Moletsane Public Swimming Pool
Moletsane
Public outdoor swimming pool with a kids paddle pool, swimming lessons & braai facilities.
All ages
Fountains Valley Resort
Groenkloof
Resort with a large modern pool, kids paddling pool, braai faicilities, lapa, two play areas, kiosk and a bar
All ages
Museum of Military History
Saxonwold
A home for the memory and study of military history of South Africa. We also offer school tours.
All ages
Transvaal Museum
The Transvaal Museum is South Africa's leading natural history museum.
From 7 yrs - All ages
Drama Department, University of Pretoria
Hillcrest
Educational Theatre (TIE)
From 5 - 16 yrs old
Wild Cave Adventures
Oaktree
Dare to be different! Abseil into dark caverns and be amazed by the beauty of wild underground formations! Only 40 minutes from JHB/PTA.
From 8 yrs - All ages
Blairgowrie Public Swimming Pool
Blairgowrie
Public pool with a kiddies paddle pool - learn-to-swim program on demand
All ages
Les Marais Swimming Pool
Les Marais
Public pool offering swimming lessons with kiddies pool, picnic area, gas braai facilities
Old Macdonalds Farm and Party Venue
Lanseria
Fun Filled outdoor party venue. Lots of space, lots of fun and lots of animals.
All ages
Garden World
Garden Centre with tea garden, kids playground, animal farmyard, wedding & kids party venue, Educ centre, craft market, Clover Mama Afrika Bakes
All ages
Ellis Park Public Swimming Pool
New Doornfontein
Public heated swimming pool with kiddies pool and trained lifegaurds.
All ages
Elfs Hill Party Venue
Fourways
A fantasy-filled beautiful childrens party venue with catering and entertainment. Open to the public on certain days.
From 1 - 10 yrs old
Bryanston Organic & Natural Market
Bryanston
Bryanston Organic & Natural Market  – a magical place, removed from the rush of everyday life, offering inspired crafts and wholesome food.
All ages
Hyundai Mushroom Farm Park
Sandown
Park, day trips, family outings, picnics, Hyundai hot air balloon
All ages
Play Africa
Constitutional Precinct
Exhibits & programmes that stimulate physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of young children from birth – 10 years
From Birth - 11 yrs old
Little Falls Pleasure Resort
Little Falls
Outdoor public swimming pool and kiddies paddle pool with picnic area braai facilities showers and a water fall and nature trail.
From 12 mnths - All ages
Mamelodi -West Public Swimming Pool
Mamelodi
Public swimming pool with a kiddies paddle pool and picnic area .
Modderfontein Nature Reserve
modderfontein
Guided walk through Modderfontein Nature Reserve with a knowledgeable guide.
From 8 yrs old
The Fat Olive Restaurant
Lanseria
We provide an ideal family entertainment destination suitable for all occasions. A child friendly restaurant with jungle gyms, jumping castles and an animals farmyard
All ages
Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy
Lanseria
Environmental walks and talks in Rhenosterspruit Nature Conservancy.
From 3 yrs - All ages
Boksburg North Swimming Pool
Public pool specializing in swimming training, offering swimming lessons with a picnic area and trained life guards.
Florida North Public Swimming Pool
Florida Lake
Public pool with a kids pool , picnic area and trained life guards.
Pines Resort - Chimp and Zee Rope Adventure Park
Silverfields
Rope Adventure Park with 26 exciting obstacles including 6 zip lines.
From 7 yrs - All ages
The Herb Farm
Blue Hills
Outdoor Play Area, Educational Gardens, Holiday Programs, School Groups, Party Venue
From 6 mnths - 13 yrs old
The Bunny Hop Haven
Observatory
Non profit company (NPC) in animal rescue and as an educational centre.
All ages
Crown Gardens Public Swimming Pool
Crown Gardens
Public pool offering swimming lessons with a kids pool with trained life gaurds and picnic area with braai facilities.
All ages
Dobsonville Public Swimming Pool
Dobsonville
Public pool offering swimming lessons and a kiddies pool for the little ones with trained life guards.
All ages
Gerdview Swimming Pool
Gerdview
Public pool with a kids pool, picnic area and trained life guards.
Sandton City
With more than 300 leading local and international retailers, Sandton City is a one-of-a-kind premier fashion and leisure destination. It's an energetic hub of Afro-cosmopolitan glamour - international shopping with South African flair.
Gecko Jewellers and Kids Party Venue
Crowthorne
Replica Gemstone Mine Tours, Gemstone Scratch Patch, Pedal Cars, Party and Corporate venue and open air Coffee Shop.
From Birth - All ages
Tiny The Tokoloshe
Fourways
Theatre youth production - Tiny the Tokoloshe is on a mission to change the reputation of Tokoloshes all over the country! After all, they’re delightful dream weavers, not hairy, scary creatures!
From 5 yrs - All ages
Picolinos Pizzeria and Party Venue
Fourways
Italian outdoor rustic restaurant, with a jungle gym, climbing wall and lawn for kids to run and play while you eat and watch them. We also have go-karting on weekends.
From Birth - All ages
Joburg Ballet
Braamfontein
Joburg Ballet is the country's foremost professional ballet company.
From 6 yrs old
Roodepoort Museum
Florida Park
The Roodepoort Museum house the memory of the region's culture, achievements and values. The permanent displays illustrate the changes brought about
From Birth - All ages
Family Fun Farm Kids Party Venue
Protea Rif
A fun-filled party-hub, farmyard adventure; braai & picnic venue for the whole family, situated on a CAMEL FARM on the outskirts of Krugersdorp. 3 venues to cater for all events and ages.
From 1 yr - All ages
Bounce Inc
Waterfall Estate; Fourways; Waterkloof Ext 2
Bounce trampoline park - free jumping arena, wall jams, bounce bag, dodgeball, super tramp, corporate events/teambuilding venue, party venue
From 3 yrs - All ages
Turfontein Public Swimming Pool
Turffontein
Outdoor public swimming pool with kids paddle pool, picnic area and swimming lessons.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
Poortview
Against the backdrop of the magnificent Witpoortjie waterfall, this Garden covers almost 300 hectares and consists of both landscaped and natural veld
All ages
Cradlestone Mall
Ruimsig
Cradlestone Mall offers the perfect mix of 160 quality shops, restaurants and services- all in a fresh and vibrant atmosphere.
All ages
VulPro – The Vulture Conservation Project Hartbeespoort
Rietfontein
The Vulture Conservation Project - We offer our visitors the chance to see South Africa’s iconic raptors up close, to experience the pleasure
All ages
Robin Hills Pool
Robin Hills
Outdoor public swimming pool and kiddies paddle pool with picnic area.
Honeydew A-maze-ing Mazes
Honeydew
Giant Maze Puzzles Outdoor Family Fun Parties Schools Teambuilding Weekend
From 6 yrs - All ages
Moffat Park Swimming Pool
Moffat Park
Outdoor public pool and kiddies paddle pool with picnic area and trained life guards.
Brooklyn Theatre
Menlo Park
The Brooklyn Thearte is commited to maintaining excellence in musical performance & providing cultural enrichment
HartRAO - Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory
We demonstrate connections to basic science and technology, and explain astronomical concepts that appear in the school syllabus. Visits to the Harteb
From 6 yrs - All ages
Artjamming
Melrose Arch; Bedford Gardens; Northcliff
Fun art and craft venue for kids, messy play classes, party venue
From 18 mnths - All ages
Cathedral Peak Hotel
Family holiday accomodation with activities for families and children.
All ages
Irene Dairy Farm
Irene
Dairy farm for day outings, dairy shop, family picnics, restaurants, party & conference venue.
All ages
Reefsteamers Steam Train Trips
Irene
Family orientated day-trips to various tourist venues on a real working steam train.
All ages
Adventure n Beyond
Party venue & party services incl Paintball, Archery, Air Riflery, Climbing to a Giant Swing
From 5 yrs - All ages
The IEA Elite
Walkerville
Private creche, primary and high school academy with regular interaction with horses, also offering pony parties, horse riding lessons, holiday camps, field trips and a kids club.
From 6 mnths - All ages
Hyto Tyto
Midstream
Play park and eatery. Tons of indoor and outdoor activities for 0-13-year-olds incl a train, swings, indoor maze, jungle gyms, obstable course, fountain, mud kitchen, restaurant and much more.
From 2 - 13 yrs old
RMC Cycle Park
Rietfontein
Kid friendly family orientated cycle park & kids party venues with 8 x bicycle tracks, picnic areas and a massive deck that overlooks our two spectacular dams!
Kates Dairy Farm
Honeydew
Dairy farm offering family tours, educational tours, school tours a party venue plus fresh farm products & organic food
All ages
Key West Shopping Centre
Situated in the heart of Krugersdorp, Key West Shopping Centre gives you the opportunity to shop, dine and browse to your heart's content with leading branded stores, anchor stores, movies, restaurants and more.
All ages
Like2Bike
Waterfall Country Estate
Kids bikes, cycling accessories & clothes as well as bike events
From 2 - 14 yrs old
Lenasia Ext 5 Public Swimming Pool
Lenasia Ext 5
Public swimming pool with a kids pool , swimming lessons on request, a lapa and picnic area
All ages
National Cultural History Museum
A museum which explores South Africa's cultural diversity with various permanent and temporary exhibitions
All ages
James Hall Museum of Transport
Rosettenville
Transport Museum which offers tours for school groups and holiday programs for children.
All ages
Action Bounce World
Sebenza
Gauteng's Largest Indoor inflatable kids play area and birthday party venue. Adults area. bar area. smoking area. kitchen
From 2 - 13 yrs old
Jozi X
Bryanston
Jozi X adventure action centre with Jungle Swingz, Face Offz, tight rope, 9m high 4-sided climbing wall, Crazy Ladder, Stunt Matt
From 5 yrs old
Safari Garden Centre
Willows / Die Wilgers
We are a family friendly restaurant with a jungle gym and enclosed play area where kids can also see marmoset monkeys, pot bellied pigs, dwarf mountain goats, rabbits and other animals. Mini tractor rides only on the weekends.
Aragon Stables
We offer quality horse riding lessons plus pony parties and camps for all ages in Muldersdrift. Whether you have never ridden before, or need lessons in show jumping or dressage, we can help you!
All ages
Alberts Farm
Northcliff
Alberts farm Conservancy for walks in nature, hiking, orienteering in Albertskroon, Northcliff.
All ages
Melville Kruisgemeente
Melville
The 100-year-old Melville Kruis congregation will once again host their very special and much anticipated, annual Boeremark on the church grounds.
All ages
RollEgoli
Bryanston
Roller Skating, Roller Rink, Kids Parties, Indoor, Active.
From 4 yrs - All ages
Action Sports South Africa
Fourways; Midstream; Weltevredenpark
The most action packed and fun sporting experience you will ever have! Cricket, Netball, Bubble Soccer and lots more!! All ages
All ages
Aromadough
Craighall Park
Make Aromadough, slime and a variety of activities in prebooked workshops. We also host birthday parties themed to the occasion and sell aromadough products for kids, teens and adults.
From 5 yrs - All ages
Thulani Fishing and Leisure resort
Wonderboom
Fishing resort, family day outing, braai facilities, paintball, volleyball, day visitors in Wonderboom, Pretoria
All ages
Ochse Square Swimming Pool
Albertskroon
Outdoor public swimming pool for kids and adults
All ages
Pretoria Youth Theatre
Irene
Goldilocks Theatre kids entertainment. Holiday entertainment. Things to do in the holidays.
All ages
Birchleigh Swimming Pool
Birchleigh
Public pool with a kids pool, picnic area, braai facilities and trained life guards.
EDRO - Coding Through Robotics
Learning to code by using robots! Fun, interactive workshops for kids to learn robotics and coding.
From 7 - 18 yrs old
Trees Eco Fun Park (Benoni)
Outdoor fun + a bit of education thrown in. Party venue with nature as the special guest.
From Birth - All ages
Derdepoort Resort
Derdepoort
Resort with a swimming pool and a kids paddling pool, play area, braai facilities, lapa
All ages
Life Day Spa Kids
Fourways
Kids pamper treatments and parties. Kids Spa, Hydrotherapy, Hydro Baby for complete indulgence and pampering of those precious little ones!
From Birth - 14 yrs old
The Green Room at Pirates East Greenside
Greenside
Friendly family/community cafe offering delicious meals, outstanding coffee and relaxed environment
Aj's in the Park
Craighall Park
Family restaurant, party venue with kids playground, wood-fired pizzas, jumping castle, childminders, a piano, big screen for live games
From 1 mnth - All ages
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa / Pretoria Zoo
Daspoort
This is the largest zoo in SA w/ Aquarium & Reptile Park, holiday programs, tours, camping, birthday parties, tractor train rides etc.
Soshanguve Public Swimming Pool
Soshanguve H
Public pool with kiddies pool, Learn To Swim program for free swimming lessons, braai area and play area with swings
All ages
Melville Day Spa
Westdene
Romantic Couples Packages, Kids Pamper Parties, Day Spa, Aesthetics & Wellness Centre
The Voortrekker Monument
Groenkloof
The great grey colossus can be seen from all directions as you near Pretoria. The massive Voortrekker Monument, built in honour of the Voortrekkers (Pioneers)who left the Cape Colony in their thousands between 1835 and 1854.
From 7 yrs - All ages
Riversands Farm Village
Fourways
We offer outdoor entertainment for the whole family plus a party or event venue including inspirational playground with water slide, paddling creek, live music, zip lining forest adventures, a coffee shop plus Treetop s forest adventures.
From Birth - All ages
Constitution Hill
Braamfontein
Educational tours, promotion of our constitution, children's walk, apartheid memoirs
From 2 yrs - All ages
Maxspeed
Benmore
Go-karting, outdoor, indoor, rental track, kids parties, party venue, corporate events, team building venue
From 5 yrs - All ages
Northern Farm
Honeydew
This is one of Johannesburg's best-kept secrets and offers over 2500ha of beautiful green grasslands and woodlands to explore.Many different recreational users i.e. cyclists, horse riders, hikers and birders enjoy relaxing in this farm like space.
All ages
Wits Art Museum
Braamfontein
Contemporary & historical art museum/gallery
All ages
Field Market
Parkmore
Food & craft market, Free entertainment, kids activities & play area, family day out, outdoors, handcrafted gifts, gourmet food & drinks
All ages
Past Experiences
Joburg Inner city/CBD tours, events, experiences, walking and public transport tours, Soweto and archaeological tours
Sterkfontein Caves
The ancient dolomite caves, with an underground lake, an hour from Johannesburg, is one of the fossils sites in the Cradle of Humankind .
From 6 yrs old
Noordgesig Swimming Pool
Noordgesig
Public pool with kiddies paddle pool and picnic area. Braai facilities available
Thaba Eco Hotel and Spa
Kibler Park
Eco hotel, spa, eco kids club, lion education, restaurant & coffee shop in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
From Birth - All ages
Clearwater mall
Strubens Valley
Clearwater Mall;stores, restaurants, coffee shops, kids play area in the piazza , fountains, Nu Metro with 3D technology and gaming arcade.
Roodepoort Theatre
Flora Park
Theatre productions for kids and adults
All ages
Johannesburg Zoo
Saxonwold
day and night tours, children's farmyard, tractor rides, kids party venue, school tours and more
All ages
Eersterust Swimming Pool
Eersterust
Public swimming pool offering swimming lessons, a paddling pool and a squash court.
Irene Country Lodge
Irene
Luxury family accommodation with kids activities, day spa, conference, wedding & functions venue, NOT a kids party venue.
All ages
Magalies Canopy tours
Magaliesberg Canopy tour, coming soon Abseiling, Paintball and Archery
From 5 yrs - All ages
Ebuhleni Swimming Pool
Tembisa
Public pool with a picnic area and trained life guards.
Museum Africa
Newtown
Johannesburg's major history and cultural museum housed in the old fruit and vegetable market which dates back as far as 1913.
All ages
Paterson Park Swimming Pool
Orange Grove
Outdoor swimming pool that offers swimming lessons.
Primrose Swimming Pool
Primrose
Public pool with a kids pool, picnic area and trained life guards.
Smuts House Museum
A museum peaceful surroundings with family friendly restaurant, nature trail and caravan park
All ages
Maropeng
Maropeng is the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. It is a fun and educational visit for the entire family.
From 6 yrs old
Windsor West Swimming Pool
Windsor West
Outdoor public swimming pool and kiddies paddle pool with picnic area.
Mall of Africa
Waterfall City
The Magic of Disney comes to Mall of Africa
All ages
Tjaart van Vuuren Swimming Pool
Villieria
Public swimming pool, kiddies paddle pool, private swimming teachers, picnic area where only gas are braais
Play Town
Rooihuiskraal
A ± 2300m2 indoor play area for kids, with fun activities for all. Safe environment for children, where they can play creatively. Restaurant on site
From 1 - 13 yrs old
Brixton Public Swimming Pool
Brixton
Public pool with a paddle pool for kids and picnic area - private swimming lessons on request
Dimples Cafe
Woodmead
Kiddies Party Venue, Family Restaurant, Live Music, Golf Theme Park, Massive Play Area, Awesome Food, Pizza, Burgers, Steaks, Cakes, Licenced
All ages
Shepherds Fold Stables
Lanseria
Find horse riding lessons for children and adults from 3 to 63 years! -We have experienced and caring instructors who cater for everyone. We also offer pony parties and pony holiday camps
From 3 yrs - All ages
The Ski Deck
Ferndale
Enjoy all the fun of bum-boarding, slope surfing and sliding down the slope at the famous SKI DECK in Ferndale. We have a 20m slope for smaller kids and 40m for older kids.
From 3 yrs - All ages
Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort
Cable car rides with restuarant, pizza shack,kidzone play area for kids, paragliding, abseiling, function venue for parties,weddings, conferences etc.
From Birth - All ages
Pretoria National Botanical Garden
Brummeria
Botanical gardens in Pretoria for family outings, picnics,
All ages
Eagles Tumbling Club
Rynfield
Tumbling and gymnastics from Tumbling Tots right up to Protea level
From 1 yr - All ages
Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park
Fourways
Crocodile & Reptile Park where the visitors interact with a variety of reptiles. Croc Flyover only one in Africa!
All ages
Hoffand Park Swimming Pool
Bez Valley
Public pool with kids pool, picnic area & trained life guards.
Gnu Kids
Zwartkop
We are a great family venue with a coffee shop, indoor and outdoor playground with a paddle pool for little ones, a braai venue with a dam for fishing and space for kids to bring their bikes and cycle around our dams.
From 1 - 11 yrs old
Hector Peterson Museum
Orlando West
A memorial to the 1976 Soweto student rebellion. The Museum is named after Hector Peterson who was a 13-year old student in 1976 and among the first victims to die from police shootings during the riots.
From 6 - 14 yrs old
Ranger Stables
Craighall Park
Ranger Stables is a small stable yard found in the heart of Craighall Park. We offer horse riding lessons, pony rental for parties, holiday camps and weekday / weekend outrides.
All ages
Kolor Kids Art
Parkhurst
Arts and crafts studio, party venue, art classes, art stationery suppliers, teambuilding for corporates
From 2 yrs - All ages
Tres Jolie
Ruimsig
Family friendly restaurant, wedding or kids party venue w/petting zoo, playground & pony rides, fully licensed
All ages
Kartzone
Pretoria West
South Africa’s newest rental karting facility. Go-karting for teens and adults, corporate functions, team building and more. We also have a fantastic restaurant on site.
From 12 yrs - All ages
Ennerdale Ext 9 Public Swimming Pool
Ennerdale
Public pool offering swimming lessons with a kids pool , picnic area and trained life guards.
South African National Parks
PEAP - Public Education and Awareness Project. We take displays to schools and shopping centres
All ages
Happy Island Waterworld
South Africa's biggest water amusement park based in Muldersdrift, Gauteng.
All ages
Linden indoor heated Public Swimming Pool
Linden
Public swimming pool offering swimming lessons, aqua aerobics, & baby pool. The indoor pool is for swimming all year round!
All ages
Delta Environmental Centre
Victory Park
Environmental centre for curriculum-linked outings, talks, school programmes & accredited teacher training
All ages
The Planetarium
Braamfontein
Star shows and space travel birthday parties
From 5 yrs - All ages
Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra
Bedfordview
Symphony Orchestra, development of musicians, music lessons, workshops
From 5 yrs - All ages
Saddle Creek Adventures
Hekpoort
Horse trail rides, quad biking, off road go karting and archery
From 3 yrs - All ages
Tree Top Adventures SA
Fourways
Obstacles course. family outings. zipline. picnics. team building. birthdays. kids. adventures. Holidays
From 3 yrs - All ages
Acrobranch
Senderwood; Melrose; Olifantsfontein
Come discover an original outdoor activity where you go from tree to tree doing fun exercises testing your balance, strength and focus. Acrobranch combines sport and adventure in a fun playful setting
From 3 yrs - All ages
Century Cinemax
Northriding
The largest operator of cinemas, including MAX, in East Africa is coming to South Africa at Northgate shopping centre! Cinemas with state of the art sound & picture, it's a cinema viewing experience will be like no other in the country!
All ages
Ice Rink - Northgate & Festival Mall
Northriding; Esther Park
The ice rink offers ice skating fun for the whole family (from tots, to teens, to moms and dads). You can book the venue for parties as well as corporate events and teambuilding activities
All ages
Eastgate Shopping Centre
Bedfordview
December holiday program- LEGO : Build Your Own Adventure. Eastgate shopping centre is a first class mall with over 300 stores and restaurants as well as entertainment for the whole family.
All ages
Eldorado Park Ext 9 Public Swimming Pool
Eldorado Park
Public pool offering swimming lessons with a kids pool and picnic area .
Sci-Bono Discovery Centre
Newtown
World Class interactive science museum offering science & technology programmes for general public & schools. Also Birthday party & conference venues.
All ages
Gold Reef City Theme Park
Ormonde
Gold Reef City Theme Park has an abundance of adventures rides, restaurants, history, site-seeing and tours for you to enjoy.
Mamelodi -East Public Swimming Pool
Mamelodi
Public swimming pool with a kiddies paddle pool offering swimming lessons.
All ages
Soweto Theatre
Jabulani
Theatre shows, performing arts, live music shows
From 2 yrs - All ages
Go-Play
Moreleta Park
Kids Indoor Play Centre, Cafe and Party Venue
From Birth - 12 yrs old
Blue Ocean VR
Bedfordview
Virtual Reality Experience Center for an immersive and interactive experience, Mobile VR parties, we will come to you or Extra Mural VR holiday programs for kids
From 7 yrs - All ages
Milk Bar
Parkmore
Family-friendly restaurant where coffee, food, drinks and a good times come together with a proudly African flair.
All ages
Kids World & Waterpark
Nasrec
Great entertainment venue for kids and families. Water based fun activities, go karts, carousels, jumping castles, live performances and much more on offer.
All ages
Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
A privately owned game reserve covering some 1200 hectares where visitors may now view in excess of 650 heads of game, including some very rare and endangered species
All ages
Compu-Kart Raceway Edenvale
Greenstone Park
Safe supervised indoor go-karting facility for kids & adults. Kids birthday parties
From 7 yrs - All ages
Joburg Theatre
Braamfontein
Theatre complex, mandela theatre, fringe for small shows, comedy, space.com, civic theatre, community service, plays
From 3 yrs - All ages
Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Irene
Nature reserve with dam, hiking trails, bird watching, game viewing & fresh water fishing
Pretoria North Public Swimming Pool
Public pool, kids pool, private swimming lessons, tuck shop, play area, picnic area.
All ages
Sydenham Swimming Pool
Sydenham
Public swimming pool offering swimming lessons and a toddlers pool.
All ages
Cresta Shopping Centre
cresta
Cresta Shopping; stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and entertainment, Barnyard theatre and movies
Acrobranch Pretoria
Olifantsfontein
Not only is it all round fun, but it is a great activity to build confidence and coordination. Slide, balance, jump, crawl, dash, swing or stroll – our courses will test your physical ability, brainpower and balancing skills.
From 3 yrs - All ages
Eldorado Park Proper Public Swimming Pool
Eldorado Park
Public pool offering swimming lessons with a kids pool, picnic area and trained life guards.
Mini Steam Trains
Florida Park
Miniature steam and diesel train rides. Situated in a big park with braai facilities, a lapa with kitchen faclities for parties and schools.
All ages
Olifantsfontein Swimming Pool
Olifantsfontein
Public outdoor swimming with kids paddling pool, play area, braai spot.
All ages
The Playhouse
New Market
Gautengs Premier Indoor Playcentre & Party Venue for children aged 0-15
From 1 - 15 yrs old
Lenasia South Public Swimming Pool
Lenasia Ext 4
Public pool offering swimming lessons with a kids pool, picnic area and trained life guards.
FreeRange Lifestyle Centre
Fourways
Restaurant, party venue, playgrounds, toy store, baby boutique, nursery school, creche and daycare centre, cooking school, gifting and clothing store
From Birth - All ages
ArkStar Kidz Club
Walkerville
NPO creating opportunity for our youth to learn, grow and participate in equestrian sport
All ages
National Children's Theatre (NCT)
Parktown
Professional children's theatre productions and kids birthday parties
From 3 yrs - All ages
Lory Park Zoo
President Park
Lory Park is a privately run zoo and animal sanctuary situared in Midrand. We house for an assortment of exotic and indigenous mammals, reptiles, bird
All ages
The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre
De Wildt
Cheetah and wildlife Centre for a family trip, educational tour to see wildlife.
From 7 wks - All ages
Mama Magic, The Baby Expo
North Riding
Bring your bumps, babies and toddlers to experience the magical world of parenting! Enjoy over 260 exhibits, expert advice, kids entertainment, expo specials and prizes galore!
From Birth - All ages
Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina
Crowthorne; Morningside
Child friendly restaurant, coffee bar, supervised play area for kids
All ages
GOG Lifestyle Park
Outdoor adventure venue for kids & families, kids spray parks, wall climbing, giant inflatables, 3 x BMX bike trail, Restaurant
All ages
Market Theatre
Newtown
The market theatre home to innovative locally produced theatre productions, art exhibitions, installations, workshops and more
Pottery Junxion
Dunvegan; Dowerglen
At our shop you will find an extensive range of ceramics to paint, mosaic or decoupage. Great for a day outing for kids and adults alike and for kids parties or corporate functions.
All ages
Saulsville Public Swimming Pool
Saulsville
Public pool, kids pool, Learn to Swim program free lessons on offer for adults and kids and picnic area
All ages
Sun Valley Stables
Kyalami
Teaching small children to be comfortable around ponies. Riding on lead rein in groups as well as basic pony care, grooming, feeding and handling. We also offer fabulous pony parties including play equipment.
From 3 - 18 yrs old
Vrededorp Swimming Pool
Vrededorp
Public outdoor swimming pool, kids paddle pool& picnic area
The South African Airways Museum Society
Dakota Crescent
Day trip to view and learn the history of South African Airways and its aircraft for families, schools and tour groups.
All ages
Peoples Theatre
Braamfontein
The Peoples Theatre is Gauteng's leading family orientated theatre company, dedicated to introducing children to theatre from a young age
All ages
Jozi Book Fair
Literature, promoting reading, story time, book fairs
All ages
Zitapark Paddling Pool
Garsfontein
Public swimming pool offering swimming lessons, kiddies paddle pool, play park with a picnic area.
Diepkloof Public Swimming Pool
Diepkloof Zone 1
Public pool offering swimming lessons with trained lifeguards.
All ages
The Art Shebeen
Linksfield
Drop off the kids, bring a friend or spend some therapeutic time alone while you let your creativity loose with canvas, paint, ceramic, wood or bling up with thinestone. Great for parties too.
From 3 yrs - All ages
Origins Centre
Braamfontein
The Origins Centre and Museum tells a story of how all humans began in Africa, developed tools, language, art and spirituality.
All ages
Silverstar Casino
Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp is the perfect place to experience casino thrills, great entertainment, or family fun on a day out in Johannesburg.
All ages
Newville Public Swimming Pool
Newlands
Public outdoor swimming pool with a paddling pool
Advent Fair of The Christian Community
Ferndale
Christmas Craft Market Family Fun day kids activities Home bakes
All ages
Pimville Swimming Pool
Pimville
Public heated pool offering swimming lessons, kids paddle pool and picnic area.
The Art Farm
Eikenhof
Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Kiddies Parties ,Weddings, Functions, Gallery, Winery, Chapel, Theatre
Friends of Kloofendal Nature Reserve
Kloofendal
Nature walks, walking trails, guided tours, bird hide, geological site, picnic concerts,first Witwatersrand gold mine
All ages
StokeCity AdventurePark
Olifantsfontein
A water-sports paradise - Kneeboard, Wakeboard, Water-Ski, AquaPark, Chill & Swim Zone, beach volleyball, party venue and more
From 5 yrs - All ages
Apartheid Museum
Ormonde
interactive history museum that illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa.
From 12 - 18 yrs old
Panettone Cafe @ Zoo Lake Sports Club
Saxonwold
Kids party venue, restaurant with large secure playground & jumping castle. Platters, buffets, party bags, magicians & cakes.
All ages
Hee-Haw Party Venue
Bredell
Hee-Haw Party Venue is a clean and spacious venue and picnic spots with lapas to choose from and the following activities jumping castles, waterslides, inflatable slide, quad trailer rides, zip line, scooter track, jungle gyms, trampolines and sandp
From 1 - 13 yrs old
Melville Koppies Nature Reserve
Emmarentia; Westdene
Back to nature walks through indigenous grass and shrubs. Kids and parents can take guided tours or just wander around. See the Iron Age furnace or 40
From 6 yrs - All ages
Pines Resort
Silverfields
Enjoy a day of swimming and sliding with your family and friends.
All ages
Playmobil: The Movie
Coming to a cinema near you soon - An exciting adventure through an imaginative universe
All ages
The South African Book Fair 2019
Bringing together authors, cartoonist, publishers, illustrators, educators, librarians, booksellers, government departments, ECD practitioners, media and other trade professionals to share information about children’s growth and development
Swartkrans Go-Karts
Swartkrans
Go-Karting, tarred monster track, birthday parties, picnics, swimming
All ages
Willow feather Farm
Irene
Kids party venue, tea garden and animal farmyard for day outings- supports greening of our community
All ages
CrazyKidz Farmyard
Danielbrink Park ( Kensington B)
Kids Party Venue & Farmyard for Day Visits, Party Services and arts & crafts studio in Daniel Brink Park, Randburg
From 1 yr - All ages
Kensington B Public Swimming Pool
Kensington
Public pool with a kids pool , picnic area and trained life guards.
Hyde Park Corner
Hyde Park
Hyde Park Corner is a light, spacious and welcoming and offers more luxury international and local brands than anywhere else in Africa. Our restaurants provide for a diversity of tastes, from fine dining to Meze on the move.
All ages
Kempton Park Swimming Pool
Pomona
Public pool offering swimming lessons with a kids pool , picnic area and trained life guards.
All ages
Northgate Shopping Centre
Northriding
Shopping Centre with ice rink, movies, cinema, shops, entertainment, food, restaurants, children, shopping, fun!
All ages

How to use our Day Trip Directory

Some day trips require planning and forethought, whilst others can be quite spontaneous. Whatever the occasion, your decision will depend on the season, company, cost, time of day and various facilities. Here are some ideas to consider while browsing the directory, which should help you find what you need

Indoor vs Outdoor Day Trips

Neither is the better. A venue choice really depends on the mood, occasion, company and often the budget. Kids will love the array of action packed indoor activities in and around the city. In fact, Mums and Dads may want to unleash the kid in them and join in the fun! Battle it out at laser games, enjoy painting together, bounce off some steam at a trampoline park, or keep updated with the latest trends and family fun at the many shopping malls. If you need some time-out there’s a number of indoor playgrounds that offer a childcare service while you enjoy a cup of tea – absolutely ideal for the occasional play date. During warmer climates one may be beckoned towards some outdoor action. Swinging on tree tops like Tarzan or get caught in a splash of colour at paintball – let the kids decide. Go-karting and fishing spots make for some ideal Dad and Lad time – if dad can handle the pressure of being beat! And while boys will be boys- the ladies can enjoy some pampering at one of the many spas and wellness centres. Adventure lovers- do you have what it takes to find yourself? – Get lost in a maze to find out. The Mazes offer an ideal day trip for team building, or families.

Nature and Animal Lovers outings

With the Jacarandas in full bloom, one tends to find the spring in the step. Nature walks and hikes certainly provide a breath of fresh air. Pack a picnic basket and drag along some friends and family – you’d be surprised at how beautiful the City really is. Be mindful of opening and closing times in the various seasons, and look out for guided tours to be safe. Zoo trots also make for a good Sunday morning walk. Get in tune with your body as well as nature, plus enjoy family time. One could adventure with elephants or monkey around – birds, reptiles, wild cats and more- Johannesburg has it all! Of course, one can gallop away in the wind – book an outride into the sunset or enjoy the scent of the fresh morning dew. Horse riding can be therapeutic and fun- family and friends, saddle up! The City – with all its tall buildings and billboards is also home to many farms. Sing along to the tune of Old McDonald while milking a cow, running amongst the chickens, feeding a goat or hopping with a bunny. Now there’s something warm and homely to be excited about.

Sports Lovers Day Trips

Mountain biking or road cycling? Swimming, hiking, abseiling or fishing? Whatever your adrenalin rush – the day trip directory most certainly has something for you. If the family is not keen on joining you, you may want to choose something closer to home for an early return, or a venue that caters for kids needs too. Teens and tweens will enjoy some roller skating, or ice skating fun too.

Outdoor Family Markets

There’s something homely about markets – something mysteriously nostalgic- that often leaves one feeling calm. Gauteng’s home–industry family markets are on a sudden growth, and make for a great family outing, or a stroll around. Products are unique and made with love, from food to furniture, and that is probably where the special feeling emanates from.

Museums, educational and city tours

Threading the path of discovery, Johannesburg’s rich history has much to offer the inquiring mind. Each listing on the directory will spark an interest for school tours, as well as family outings. There are some wonderful city tours you can explore. One can be taken back in time, understanding the background of our beautiful country, or propelled into the future at one of the many science centres . A mode of transport often forgotten is the train. Little kids can enjoy mini train rides while families and schools will prefer rumbling through the outskirts of Gauteng. From Caves to hop-on-hop-off bus tours, let the adventure begin.

Theatre and shows

Fancy dining out with your loved one? Or, giggling with the kids at impersonations of their favourite characters? The calendar is updated regularly with Jozi’s finest talent on show. Family theatre outings sure make for a special treat for all once in a while. The world of imagination, the confidence to act, to be bold enough to partake in public speaking events – these are skills that can only be honed and inspired in a world of theatre and drama. Schools, families, friends – here’s a trip that can suit any company. Music enthusiasts can also choose from a host of local to international shows.

Theme Parks

A day trip that certainly requires a bit of planning is theme parks. Most times one would need to leave early, pack some food, invite some friends and family, and pack in some extra clothes. However, exhausted as can be, as the day draws to a close, teachers, students, grandparents, families, cousins, friends, from toddlers to teens and tweens, can all concur that it was a day well spent. The memories live on forever, especially as these places are not frequented as often as shopping malls.

Begin the search

Explore the Day trips directory, get clicking on the various tabs, to find the ideal day trip in Gauteng for this weekend – and once you’re done, visit this page again to find your next place of interest. Get ticking on the bucket list

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