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5 Kids Entertainment Ideas in Pretoria

The days are warming up and school holidays are fast approaching so now’s the time to start planning some exciting activities for the little ones. Pretoria offers a number of fantastic holiday programmes and children’s entertainment which are definitely worth trying out. Here are a few fun activities to take advantage of this September and October.

Kids Entertainment Pretoria

1. Tricky Trevor Comedy Magic Show

The lovely Montana Family Market has a number of quality children’s activities planned throughout the holidays including the amusing Tricky Trevor and his comedy magic show on Saturday 30 September from 12pm to 12.45pm. There is only a R2 entrance fee to the market and parents can enjoy some great shopping at the 500 fleamarket-style stalls which sell everything from children’s toys to recreational equipment. Families can also grab a bite to eat following the show at the Food Zone.  

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2. Pony Rides

Shepherd’s Fold Stables, situated in the stunning Elandsdrift Valley, has been around for 26 years offering horse riding for all ages and all levels of experience. They have riding lessons, trail rides, breakfast outrides and the exciting Pony Camp with the next one taking place from 2 to 6 October.

The emphasis is on a fun learning experience for all children interested in horses. The programme consists of riding lessons, outrides, ‘hands-on’ care of horses, activities, lectures, and games. No previous riding experience is required as all riding abilities are catered for in a controlled environment. This is suited to children between 6 to 16 years with all activities supervised by experienced instructors, who all have Level 1 First Aid certificates. The day starts at 8am, ending at 5pm, with children welcome to attend all five days or just individual days. There is also the option of a sleepover – available to children over 8 years – at an additional cost. Visit www.shepherdsfoldstables.co.za

3. ZooClub

Pretoria is home to the country’s largest and most diversely inhabited zoo. The National Zoological Gardens – or Pretoria Zoo as it’s commonly known – is an 85-hectare animal enclosure rated as one of the top eight best zoos worldwide with an incredible collection of wildlife and plantlife. Children are given a really fantastic opportunity to learn about conservation during a four-day course which is open to children in Grades 7 to 12. This activity-filled programme introduces youngsters to the wider field of nature conservation, where they get to explore and research the adaptations, behaviour and conservation issues of animals in the zoo, reptile park and aquarium. They will interact with the zoo’s conservation and veterinary staff, and will also assist with the husbandry of selected animals.

The course is facilitated in English and runs from 8am to 4pm with the successful completion including a certificate and T-shirt. They can also join the ZooClub which aims to further inspire its members about conservation and encourages them to follow a career in science. The cost is R150 per person and the next course runs from 3 to 6 October. Contact Karabo Mabuse at karabo@nzg.ac.za

4. Sand Art

For children with a penchant for crafts then the Sand Art demonstration and experience is the perfect fit. Taking place at Montana Family Market on Saturday 7 October from 11am to 1pm, children will get a hands-on instruction in sand art, getting the chance to create beautiful pictures through this unique, minimal mess medium. This fun activity is suited to children of all ages, with Montana Family Market the ideal place for a great family day out.

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5. Train rides

The Centurion Society of Model Engineers boasts a track of just under 900m with trains trailing through stunning landscape including tunnels, bridges and over lakes. This is perfect for those budding train enthusiasts and a great site for a family picnic. There is a diesel profile loco which takes people for rides at R10 per person and they’re open to the public every Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There is also a lovely Centurion Family Market every first and third Sunday of the month from 10am to 3pm. Visit www.centuriontrains.com for more information.

Check out more fun activities for kids in the holidays by visiting Montana Family Market in Pretoria. Situated on the corner of Enkeldoorn Avenue and Sefako Makgatho Drive, Pretoria, just across from Kolonnade Mall, Montana Family Market is a diverse shopping experience promising family fun. Pop in for a quick shop and bite to eat or stay for a full day of family fun at one of Pretoria’s best markets.


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