Whats On For the Family This Weekend

WOW, it’s the weekend already and its Friday the 13th – unlucky for some but lucky for others! This weekend there is lots happening again.

Don’t forget that the Panto is still running at Joburg Theatre and so is the Little Mermaid at the Peoples Theatre.

James and the Giant Peach – Be transported into the enchanted world of Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’ at the NCT – a magical story for all ages, 10 Nov-23 Dec. The National Children’s Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s ‘James and the Giant Peach’, the delightful story of James, his magical peach and the best friends a boy could have. ‘James and the Giant Peach’ is a tale of a young orphan boy fleeing from his two conniving aunts, who meets an old man who gives him a bag containing the strongest magic in the world. James spills contents of the bag on an old peach tree and watches in amazement as the tree grows a peach which keeps on growing until it is as huge as a house. He steps inside this magical peach and meets five larger than life garden bugs. Together they embark on a magnificent journey taking them from the cliffs of Dover, across the Atlantic Ocean all the way to New York City. Booking essential. There are two types of tickets – tickets for chairs and tickets for cushions. Tickets for chairs are R 110 and tickets for cushions are R 90. To book phone 011 484 1584, or e-mail bookings@nctt.org.za. Booking is essential, as some performances are given at schools.

James and the Giant Peach


Space Travel – Travel with Thomas the astronomer in his giant rocket, to the game reserve, and then on to the Moon and beyond! Sing-along show specifically designed for 5-8 year olds. Saturday 14 November 2015 at 10h30. Tickets are available from half an hour before the show, at the door. Doors close promptly at the advertised show time, with no late entry. Tickets: R 27pp Email: planet@planetarium.co.za Tel: 0117171390 Where: Yale Road (off Empire Road), University of the Witwatersrand, Milner Park

Space Travel

Story Time – Free story time for 4-8 year-olds at Love Books in Melville, Sat 14 at 10h00 (younger children are welcome if accompanied by their parents). Let the kids attend a free story-time at Love Books, while you browse the Bamboo Farmers’ Market in Melville on Saturday 14. The Bamboo Farmers’ Market is a small rooftop market with loads of local and organic produce, straight from local producers. You can expect to find farm milk and butter, free-range eggs, fair-trade coffee, vegetables and more. Whilst you’re browsing the market, your children can enjoy a free storybook reading at 10h00 at Love Books, situated on the Lower Level of the shopping centre. Love Books’ storytellers relate everything from fairy tales to traditional African folklore, classics to brand new stories.

Story Time

Red Riding Hood – an interactive puppet show of this classic tale at Kinder Theatre in Emmarentia, Saturday 14 at 10h00. A classic tale retold by Margaret Auerbach, lively and charming – and luckily the big bad wolf gets what he deserves, with the help of the children! Tickets are R 55 each. Email: kinderspiel@telkomsa.net Tel: 0116467457 Where: 39a Greenhill Road, Emmarentia

Red Ridinghood

A-maize-ing Mazes’ Moonlight Maze – Their main attraction is a giant maze – either their ‘Elemental maze’, constructed from reeds, which is open from June to December, or their ‘Maize maze’, open from February to June (mielies are a seasonal crop!). After completion of the maze, there are fun puzzles and smaller mazes available in the courtyard. The maze takes on a completely different personality at night – where else can you wander around outside in the dark in Johannesburg? Gates open at 17h15, entry into the maze is at 18h15 (no late entries), and everyone is out of the maze by 20h00. The security gates are closed and locked between 18h15 and 19h45. Children under 15 need to be accompanied by an adult into the maze. The venue is not licensed, but there is a coffee shop which is open for cold drinks, teas/coffees and ice creams. Cost: Adults: R 120 Children under 16 years: R 100 The venue does accept debit and credit cards. Booking is essential, as numbers are limited. Email: enquiries@maizemaze.co.za Tel: 0737952174 Where: Boland Street (Off Beyers Naude), Honeydedew


Fairy Dust – Fairy Dust is an exciting and larger-than-life hour-long family magic show by illusionist Vicus Cruywagen. Children and adults are transported to an interactive world of magic, illusion, comedy and mystery. Vicus is pestered throughout the show by a frantic fairy, Twinkle. Interaction between Vicus and Twinkle will have everybody in stitches! Children are encouraged to participate by joining Vicus and Twinkle on stage to experience the magic first hand. Wonderful entertainment for all ages. Tickets are R 40pp and are available from Webtickets Email: vicus@radicalmagic.com Tel: 0824206414 Where: NG Kerk, 44 Fifth Street, Linden

Fairy Dust

GROW JOZI – the perfect event to indulge your green fingers in a spectacular setting. Located at Johannesburg Botanical Gardens it is a new modern take on gardening, integrating all aspects of a holistic outdoor lifestyle. Not only will there be a fresh farmers market but we will have artisan delicacies, craft beers, local wines, hundreds of plants for sale, gardening talks, a vinyl fair, a night Christmas market and even a spider demonstration to keep you entertained. Tickets available on Web Ticket.

Grow Jozi


Trains, trains and more trains – Take a picnic to the Rand Society of Model Engineers in Florida on Sunday 15. Free entry – kids can enjoy a mini steam train ride (R 10). The track comprises two circular loops, the shorter of the two is about 450 metres long, while the longer is about 850 metres long. The total running surface of the track is almost 1,6 km’s. The vertical height difference between the highest and lowest points in the track work is 5 metres. Other track features are, a single track concrete bridge, two single track steel structured bridges, a double track 2-span steel structured bridge, and two parallel tunnels. There is a small museum with old engines on display. R 10 per ride. Email: rsme.florida@gmail.com Tel: 0110469179 Where: Len Rutter Park, Corner Golf Club Terrace and Louis Botha Drive, Florida


Bumper Ball – Take friends and family and go try out the bumper balls on Sunday 15 November 2015, from 11h00 to 15h00. You can play soccer, or just play around in a bubble suit. There will be entertainment for the little ones too – jumping castles, face-painting and ice-lollies. Dress comfortably and wear shoes you can run and jump in. Take a picnic blanket to sit on. There will be food and liquid refreshment stands available, as well as good music. Email: cvele@majmun.co.za Tel: 0790879254 Where: Marks Park Sports Club, Judith Road, Emmarentia

Bumper Ball

Bryanston Flea & Farmers Market – The grandest of openings of this Funday market. Farmers with their owm produce, organic foods, on tap,craft beers, antiques and collectables, free range chicken, child and dog friendly, sweets coffee shop, tea garden, lumches and breakfasts….see you all there from 09h00 – 13h00 at 173 Main Road, Bryanston

Flea Market

Have Fun and see you there!



  1. Thanks so much for this post. Some really cool things are happening this weekend.


  2. Thanks so much for this post. Some really cool things are happening this weekend.


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