Easter Weekend in Gauteng

Seeing all the chocolate bunnies displayed in most shops we know that Easter is almost upon us and for those slogging it out every day at the office, it’s been a long wait and will be a welcome break from the normal 9 to 5 routine.

Some people will remain at home to catch up on work in the garden, enjoy the luxury of being able to sleep in later than usual or just get in some total relaxation and do nothing but read a good book or watch a good movie.

For parents with small children it means purchasing chocolate Easter eggs or bunnies to be hidden away in the house or garden bringing screeches of delight, and sometimes tears, to the children as they scatter around trying to find them.

Parents that find themselves with the dilemma of ‘where do the kids go’ because they have no option but to work can relax by taking their children to the ‘Kids Village Day Camp’ in Honeydew where your children will be safe and happily entertained from 07h30 to 17h30 every day.

If you want to take advantage of the long weekend and get away from home to do something different there are loads of options are available for you and don’t let the fact that you don’t have a car stop you either. Spoil the family and yourself and get a cheap car hire vehicle for a day or for the weekend at a great rate and take that break you deserve. Log into an independent website that will get you the cheapest car hire option available, covering all major cheap car hire dealers.

Children are always happy to be taken out for a treat, why not stop in at the ‘Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wild Animal Park’ located in Pretoria north where even adults will stand in awe at the majestic beauty of the Bengal tigers, white lions and cheetah and a large selection of primates. Give you child the unforgettable experience of playing with some of the cubs.

Take the family or a group of friends for a long weekend getaway to ‘Rustig Resort’ near Hekpoort with pool and braai facilities including walking trails as well as historical Boer ruins taking you back in time.

If you live in an apartment, give your kids the opportunity to run around, shout and play and pack a scrumptious picnic basket with Easter treats and drive to Benoni to the ‘Trees Eco Fun Park’ where you can relax while the kids are totally occupied messing about in the sandpit, crawling through tunnels or climbing trees. If you’re nearer to Melrose take the kids to ‘Acrobranch’, a wonderful outdoor venue for the family where you can picnic or braai while the kids are swinging and climbing around playing ‘Tarzan’.

Another fun venue for picnics is ‘Rietvlei Farm and Lifestyle Centre’ just south of Johannesburg. Pack the mountain bike and fishing gear into the boot, not forgetting your food and refreshments and spend some quality time with your children as you teach them the techniques of casting their fishing lines. If it’s a pool and waterslides you’re after where you can also picnic or braai, Pines Resort is a great family place to spend time relaxing away from your normal routine.

Take a drive to Fourways to make a fool out of yourself as you try and impress your son with your first ever attempt at fly fishing and when you’re really frustrated resort to just plain old fishing at the 10ha ‘Footloose Trout Farm’ that has a total of thirteen dams, well stocked with barbell, carp, bass and trout so chances of catching something are fairly good even for the novice fishermen like yourself.

Surprise your children with something totally different and loads of fun and laughter and take them skiing over Easter where at ‘Avalanche’ in Fourways you can all participate in bum-boarding, tubing, snowboarding or skiing.

Adults that still enjoy behaving like children have the opportunity to be in the driving seat, burning rubber at the ‘Joyride Family Funpark’ including children nine years and older being permitted to participate.

Everyone from young to old loves going to the Rand Show and for children in particular, the traditional ‘Puppetales’ is on from 5th April.

Get the kids off the coach, far from the television and enlighten their minds with a treat at the theatre. At ‘The People’s Theatre’ (alongside the Johannesburg Theatre) you can take your child with a friend to see a classic from Kipling, ‘The Jungle Book’ that is running until 15th April. Alternatively at the ‘National Children’s Theatre’ is the classic children’s story ‘Charlotte’s Web’, all about a pig with the name of Wilbur who has been saved by Charlotte. This show is running until the 14th April. Every child has surely had ‘Alice in Wonderland’ read to them before going off to sleep, indulge your children with a trip to the ‘Barnyard Theatre’ in Cresta to see ‘Alice in Her Wonderland’, on 5th and 9th April.

If you want the ‘men’ in the house to go out and leave you to your own happy devises, send them off to ‘St John’s College’ for their 17th yearly ‘St John’s College Easter Rugby Festival’ taking place on 5, 7th and 9th April with nine preparatory schools and eleven high schools slogging it out.

‘Montecasino’ will be providing plenty of entertainment for the kids at Easter where eggs will be handed out by an Easter Bunny along with magicians, the tallest stilt walkers that are always a delight for children including face painters.

Book a wonderful family day with a tour at the ‘Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre’ at ‘De Wildt’ near to Hartebeespoort where you or the children can have a unique experience of interacting with wild dogs and cheetahs and get a 10% discount until 10th April. If it’s the giant animals you’re keen on, walk hand-in-trunk with one of these gentle giants at the ‘Elephant Sanctuary’ also in Hartebeespoort where booking is essential.

If your kids are always eating cheese, take them on an educational tour to ‘Van Gaalen’s Kaasmakerij Cheese Farm’ in Magaliesberg where they’ll gain some fascinating information on dairy products and make a day of it by stopping in a picturesque spot with your picnic basket and recently purchased fresh cheese!