If you’ve decided to stay home these holidays and the thought of keeping your kids adequately entertained is giving you sleepless nights, this is for you.
With these extreme activities in and around Joburg, not only will your kids get rid of all their pent up energy from sitting in school desks all year round, they will also think you’re the coolest parent ever for taking them there.
Lion Park, Lanseria
Dubbed Gauteng's number 1 attraction, the Lion Park is real treat for kids of all ages. This wildlife conservation enclosure, situated near Lanseria Airport and Fourways, is an easy day-trip's drive from either Johannesburg or Pretoria.
You can opt for a self-drive through the 2 km² park or take a guided tour which allows you to get extremely close to white lion, wild dog, hyena and a number of African wildlife species such as zebra, giraffe, gemsbuck, springbuck and blesbuck. They also offer special tours like an amazing cheetah walk and the exclusive mesmerising lion tour guided by world renowned animal behaviourist, Alex Larenty. Cost:
Between R200 and R500
Check out the Lion Park website for more details
At Acrobranch your kids will get the chance to monkey around just like they always wish they can – in treetops! Now, before you freak out and go looking for something less dangerous, we can assure you that it’s all completely safe and supervised. There are four different obstacle courses to choose from, ranging from ‘Playing Cubs,’ which is specially designed for little ones, to ‘Hunting Lions,’ which boasts 47 obstacles and platforms up to 9 metres high.
Each of the courses have a variety of foresty obstacles, including a Tarzan swing, ziplines, monkey bridges and swaying logs.
Cost: Depending on which course you opt for, prices range between R100 and R200.
Check out the Acrobranch website for more details
Quad Biking, Pelinduna Adventures, Hartbeespoort
Get in touch with your wild sides at Pelinduna Adventures by hopping on a quad bike and rushing through the Hartbeespoort bushveld. The park offers a variety of terrain, including bush, sand, rocks and water. You don’t need any experience to hit the trails, so it’s perfect for you and your adventurous teens!
Check out the Pelinduna Adventures website for more details
Laser Quest, Brightwater Commons
Yup, believe it or not, laser quest is still a thing! Check out Laser Battle Zone at Brightwater Commons for some adrenaline-pumping fun, suitable for anyone of 6 years or older. The room is laid out to look like a derelict city, with plenty of spots to hide out and stalk your ‘enemies’ in the dark.
Just note that booking is essential if you’re looking to go over a weekend!
Cost: R50 per person for a 15-minute game or R120 per person for multi-play (3x15mins).
Check out the Laser Battle Zone website for more details
Indoor go-karting, Sunninghill Village Shopping Centre
Indulge any racing driver fantasies by treating your family to a Monaco-style go-karting experience. Just be sure to keep all long hair tightly tied up (preferably in a bun), wear closed shoes and no loose-fitting or flowing clothing.
Cost: Between R130 and R370 per person, depending how long you go for.
Check out the Xtreme Indoor Karting website for more details
Gold Reef City Theme Park
The quintessential holiday treat, take your kids to Jozi’s gold rush themed amusement park and they will probably love you forever. The park has a huge variety of rides, of which the Anaconda is probably the flagship attraction – it’s one of only two inverted roller coasters in the world, as well as the fastest and tallest in Africa. There is also the Giant Wheel, the Tower of Terror, UFO, Miner’s Revenge and the chilled out Dream Boat.
Cost: R165 full price per person
Check out the Gold Reef City website for more details