The festive season is upon us and for those famalies who won’t be travelling out of Gauteng or who will be travelling out really late we all know kids needs entertainment this season that’s the only way to make it through as parents.
I have compiled a list of activities currently taking place throughout December that will keep your kids busy:
1.The Play Lab
This aimed towards children aged from 8 months to under 5 years old.
Five sensory learning stations filled with varying non-toxic, hand made and taste safe materials. They offer trial sessions, term class bookings and parties.
Cost: Adults Free | R205
2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (5 December 2019 to 5 January 2020)
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town is a musical theatre show featuring Santa and Mrs Claus with the elves, reindeer and Frosty the snowman, together with a cast of singers and chorus singers.
Venue: Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, 1
Montecasino Blvd, Magaliessig, Johannesburg
3. Carols by Candlelight(7 to 10 December 2019)
SPAR Carols by Candlelight with Jacaranda FM sees South African music artists and entertainment for adults and children this festive season.
Carols by Candlelight at St. Stithians College (7 December) features Swing City, Rubber Duc, Lira, Roan Ash, Tarryn Lamb, Matthew Mole, Paxton, and the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The event at Loftus Versfeld (10 December) features Jo Black, Swing City, Early B, Riana Nel, Roan Ash, Joshua Na Die Reën, Tarryn Lamb, and the Soweto Gospel Choir.
The SPAR kiddies’ entertainment area provides children with play areas, games, crafts, buskers, movies and more.
Entry is free, attendees are encouraged to bring a toy for selected charity organisations.
Venue: St. Stithians College, 40 Peter
Place, Lyme Park, Sandton | Loftus Versveld, 416 Kirkness St, Arcadia,
Time: Gates open 4pm | 7pm to 9pm
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory(28 October 2019 to 22 December 2019)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a theatre adaption by Richard George based on the original classic by Roald Dahl.
Charlie Bucket lives in poverty with his parents and four bedridden grandparents in a ramshackle old house at the edge of town. One day, they learn that the eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka has hidden five golden tickets in his candy bars and that the lucky winners will each receive a lifetime’s supply of candy as well as a tour of Wonka´s chocolate factory. By an amazing stroke of luck, Charlie finds money in the street and with it, he buys a candy bar in which is hidden the last golden ticket. The lucky winners and their family members meet Willy Wonka, the incredible Oompa Loompas and experience the fantastical inventions of the most amazing candy factory in the world.
The entire production is smoothly tied together by an energetic and personable Narrator, who effortlessly bridges time and excites the audience with creative anticipation.
Venue: Main Theatre at National Children’s Theatre, 3
Junction Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg
Cost: R110 Children | R130 Adults
5. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang JR(2 November 2019 to 22 December 2019)
hitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. comes alive for the first time at the Peoples Theatre. Based on the beloved film version of Ian Fleming’s childrens book, with a score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Junior. is a family-friendly blockbuster filled with stage spectacles and Academy Award-nominated songs.
An eccentric inventor, Caractacus Potts sets about restoring an old race car from a scrap heap with the help of his children, Jeremy and Jemima. They soon discover the car has magical properties, including the ability to float and take flight. Trouble occurs when the evil Baron Bomburst desires the magic car for himself. The family joins forces with Truly Scrumptious and batty Grandpa Potts to outwit the dastardly Baron and Baroness and their villainous henchman, the Child Catcher.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. is directed by Jill Girard and Keith Smith, with musical direction by Coenraad Rall, musical staging by Sandy (Dyer) Richardson, set and lighting design by Grant Knottenbelt and costumes by Merry Whillier and Sean McGrath.
Performers for the production include: Mondé Sibisi as Caractacus Potts, Caroline Borole as Truly Scrumptious, Luciano Zuppa as Grandpa, Roberto Queiroz as Lord Scrumptious, Matthew Otto as the evil Baron with Joelle Rochecouste as Baroness and Raymond Skinner playing the role of Boris, the worst spy ever.
Venue: Peoples Theatre, Cnr Loveday and
Hoofd St, Joburg Theatre Complex, Braamfontein
Time: Mon to Fri 9am & 11am | Sat, Sun & Public Holidays 10.30am & 2.30pm
Cost: R149 | Peoples Theatre Kids Club Members R100
6. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol(29 November 2019 to 14 January 2020)
Crewworks brings a classic holiday tradition to life with A Christmas Carol; Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of warmth and redemption.
The show sees Jason Ralp (Phantom of the Opera, Shakespeare in Love) as Scrooge, and introduces several ghosts and characters from his past, present and future, taking the audience on an emotional journey from the old Scrooge’s tight-fisted, miserly ways, to the new Scrooge, spreading goodwill and cheer through his generous spirit.
Venue: Studio Theatre at
Montecasino, Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Sandton
7. Garden of Lights(29 November 2019 to 5 January 2020)
Emperor’s Palace presents their annual Garden of Lights show, a light extravaganza and yuletide adventure all in one.
Photos with Santa Clause can be taken at the entrance to the garden. A funfair with a ferris wheel provides all the favourite rides for guests alongside foodstalls, toys and sweets.
Character favourites such as the Christmas Elves, Mr. Snowman, the Enchanted Princess, the Festive Fairy, the Candyman and more are all present throughout.
Children are required to wear shoes inside the garden and it is strongly advised that guests bring along umbrellas in the case of rainfall. All proceeds raised by the event go to charity.
Entrance price is to Garden of Lights only and does not include Funfair rides, food or beverages or toys. Opening of the garden is weather dependant. As space is limited, pre-booking for the Garden of Light is essential.
Venue: D’oreale Grande Garden of Vespasian,
Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Rd, Kempton Park, Johannesburg
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Cost: R25 per person | R100 Family Package (family of 5) | Free Under 2 years
8. Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights(1 December 2019 to 5 January 2020)
Joburg Zoo Festival of Lights features a collection of illuminated life-size animal characters with classical, harmonious performances, food and craft markets for visitors.
Patrons can enjoy a tranquil walk in the zoo on a designated lit route away from the animals enclosures under trees decorated in captivating lights.
The festival commences with a classical performance of the Nutcracker by Joburg Ballet at the Bandstand at the Zoo from 1 – 8 December.
Joburg Zoo Festival Lights uses lighting decorations that are LED and energy efficient that make this an exclusive night market experience.
The Zoo boasts the Big Five, a vast 54 hectare site with animals from across all continents including rare species of animals from the Amazon.
In association with the City of Johannesburg entities, Joburg Theatre, City Parks and City power entertainment varies on a daily basis, offering entertainment and a night out in the zoo for all ages.
Venue: Joburg Zoo, Jan Smuts Ave and Upper Park
Dr, Parkview, Johannesburg
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Cost: Kids R60 | Adults R120
9. Menlyn Park Frozen 2 Festive Ice Rink(3 to 24 December 2019)
Menlyn Park brings the Frozen 2 Festive Ice Rink ahead of the movie releasing in cinemas on 6 December 2019.
There are 30 minute daily sessions for children. Entrance includes skates, helmets, single use socks and seal mascots for younger children.
Children 5 years & under accompanied by a parent with a ticket get free entrance and are pushed around on a skating aid seal that is subject to availability.
Venue: Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Menlyn,
Time: 11am to 6pm
10. MEET PEPPA PIG
Peppa will be
stopping by The Marketplace in Fourways Mall for a Spectacular Sing-Along
Free shows run daily at 11am and 2pm.
Kids will also have the very special opportunity to meet Peppa after each show from 11.30am – 12.30pm and again from 2.30pm – 3.30pm.
Meet and Greet spots are limited to 100 and run on a first come, first serve basis.
Please note that this not a ticketed event and seats are limited.
All Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and cannot be left unattended.