The winter school holidays are fast approaching which means energised youngsters looking for fun activities. Don’t keep your children cooped up indoors during these chilly holidays when there’s so much happening in and around Pretoria. Here are a few fun activities lined up for the coming months in Pretoria.
Kids Entertainment Pretoria
1. Transformers Expo
Optimus Prime, Megatron, Bumblebee and Ratchet will be some of the characters on display at The Rise of Robots: The History of Transformers walk-through exhibition. Come and witness the rise of this iconic 1980s animated Generation 1 toy line all the way to the new-age animated Rescue Bots as well as the impressive metal sculptures representing the CGI Transformers of today. The exhibition runs until 15 October, Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 7pm. Children under 4 enter free. Visit www.transformersafrica.com
2. Holiday Arts Programme
Montana Family Market is making sure that every child finds something fun to do this festive season which is why they will also be running a not-to-be-missed holiday art’s programme from 11 to 22 December, 11am to 1pm. This is the perfect space for all those art-loving 5 to 12-year-olds. Run by Montana’s arts’ facilitator, Talia van der Westhuizen, this fun holiday programme will bring out the inner artist for a small R10 fee for materials.
- Monday 11 December: Christmas card.
- Tuesday 12 December: Sand art in a bottle
- Wednesday 13 December: Pet rocks.
- Thursday 14 December: Snow globes.
- Friday 15 December: Make your own pizza
- Monday 18 December: Sand art in a bottle.
- Tuesday 19 December: Aeroplanes
- Wednesday 20 December: Christmas tree
- Thursday 21 December: Make your own pot plant
- Friday 22 December: Make your own pizza
For an educational outing that will kickstart a lifelong fascination with the greater universe, take the children to Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) for their monthly open day. There are fun demonstrations and activities at the visitors’ centre as well as a tour of the observatory and audio-visual show on astronomy. Visit www.hartrao.ac.za
4. Saturday and National Holiday Entertainment
If you’re wondering what to do with your children on a Saturday or public holiday then look no further than Montana Family Markets in Pretoria. Boys and girls will have a fantastic time at this delightful Pretoria-based market where the children’s activities will include a colouring in competition, dance competitions, face painting, balloon sculpting and candle making. Visit www.montanafamilymarket.co.za
5. Tjiff and Tjaff
On Sunday, 3 December , children will be entranced by Spektrum Children’s Theatre’s remake of the popular Kyknet TV series, Tjiff and Tjaff. The cuddly green characters are bound to have your children engaged and excited throughout the show. The 15 minute show will be followed by a 25 minute meet and greet where children can chat and pose for photos with these lovable characters. Suited to audiences of all ages, this show is definitely worth a watch. Visit www.montanafamilymarket.co.za
6. Graceland Fun Farm
Situated within the stunning Zwavelpoort Valley is this child-friendly fun farm offering a host of activities including jungle gym, trampoline, bike track and tractor with lots of open space for unrestricted play. Graceland Fun Farm will have extra activities during the winter holidays, with an exciting programme still to be confirmed. Children can have some holiday fun while parents enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee. Visit www.gracelandfunfarm.co.za
There is plenty to do during the school holidays in Pretoria so your kids certainly won’t get bored. Whatever their interests are there is bound to be an activity, show, exhibition or theatre on that’s just up their ally. Relax and enjoy the winter school holidays in Pretoria.