Kerry Haggard is a writer, editor, wife and mother to the two most gorgeous boys that ever there were. One day when she grows up she hopes to be a real geek, but for now, she’s happy to sit and watch her husband excel at that…

We chose to stay in Jozi these holidays, and it really was great – the roads and shops were quiet, the weather was mostly agreeable, and we spent some good quality time at home.

We did go out and about though, and it was great to be a tourist in our own city, so to speak. Having two small boys changes your choices of venue somewhat, and it was intriguing to see who caters for families and how.

We went to the Johannesburg Zoo for a morning, and it was great to see all the development there, and the wide variety of animals, the beautiful landscapes, and the restaurant. What wasn’t great? Seeing the golfcarts lined up for repair (apparently they’re being discontinued in the new year), and being put at number 19 on the waiting list at 10 in the morning, in spite of one of our party being heavily pregnant. We also felt that R10 per ride in the funfair was outrageous.

I thought that Heaven’s Gate in Boksburg, looked like a great spot for a visit, but was disappointed to see that it very definitely is by appointment only – it’s not just schools that need to make appointments, as I understood from the website. But it’s got a great selection of birds, and plenty of spots for picnics, so we’ll definitely go there again, with an appointment.

The Secret Garden at Norscot Manor was nice for the little people, although a little more shade in their playground would not go amiss. It’s a really pretty venue, and looks like it would be great for moms’ teaparties, while the littlies keep themselves amused.

Twigs at the Garden Shop (cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and Bolton Avenue in Rosebank) has a great enclosed playground for children and their food is good, but that’s about where the ‘great’ stops. Service is appalling, and there is nowhere to change nappies – it’s either the boot of your car (my choice), or on the concrete floor in the less-than-elegant outbuilding toilets.

The hit of our holiday? The Adventure Golf park at Stoneridge Mall, just behind Greenstone Mall. A great vibe, three fun courses, and a friendly and well stocked refreshment stand … and they didn’t charge us for the littlest Haggard (aged 21 months), who clutched his ball and golfclub (aka ‘bat’) as if his life depended on it for most of our time there

What was your favourite holiday outing in Jozi these holidays?

4 Responses to “Out and about in Jozi”

  • That would keep us busy for, say, a week and half.

  • adeela says:

    we stayed in jozi this holiday with 3 kids aged 7,5 and 2. had lots of fun exploring at Sci-Bono, enjoyed Montecasino Bird gardens,Ten- pin bowling at the Zone, Jungle Rumble in Mulbarton. Were really disappointed with the Johannesburg Art gallery, most exhibits were closed, lifts out of order, no kids activities as advertised.

  • Wayne says:

    It definitely appears that parents our trying to spend more time with their kids outdoors. Why not take a scenic drive to Magaliesburg and learn the basics of fly-fishing. The kids can also catch crabs. Mom can enjoy an outdoor wellness massage and the family can munch on the mouth watering contents of one of our picnic baskets.

  • debbie says:

    thanks to jozikids i was so well prepared for these dec holidays with my 4 and 1 year old boys ! we had places to go and things to do just about every second day. some of the activites were sci-bono (free), pretoria zoo, the jhb zoo kids program, the bokkie park in boksburg (free) and irene market (free). best of all was the Dr Seuss show at the national childrens theatre , and the barney show and activities at sandton city (free). and it didnt cost us an arm and a leg thanks to all the free activities.

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