Eight fun things to do with the kids on the weekends

Luckily for us, Highveld winters are often punctuated with gorgeous sunny days which mean we can still enjoy the great outdoors. The Cradle of Humankind  World Heritage Site and surrounds including Muldersdrift, Magaliesburg, Hekpoort and Munsieville offer a host of kid-friendly venues and a chance for the whole family to escape for a day, a weekend or even longer.


There is definitely no shortage of fun family outings in the area, and we’ve rounded up some of the best child-friendly activities for you:




With mountain biking and walking trails, a mini golf course, tennis courts a jumping castle and professional child minders, Avianto is an exciting family recreation destination. www.avianto.co.za


Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind Visitor Centre


Situated at the centre of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Centre, the Maropeng Visitor Centre is an exciting, world-class exhibition, focusing on human origins and our ancestors over the past few million years. It has won awards for its interactive displays and will be enjoyed by both adults and children. www.maropeng.co.za


Croc City


This is a fun, educational outing where the family can enjoy crocodile feeding, snake shows and guided tours. For the brave, there is also a zip-line flyover. Enjoy a meal at the pizza restaurant while the children play in the shaded playground. www.croccity.co.za


Gilroys Brewery and Ngwenya Glass Village


While at Gilroys, parents can enjoy a beer, guided tour of the brewery, quaint shops and even watch the ancient art of glass blowing at Ngwenya Glass Village… all of this while children play in the playground under the watchful eye of trained child minders. www.gilroybeers.co.za


Heia Safari Ranch


Pack a picnic and enjoy the day out at Heia Safari Ranch. Kids and adults alike will love the mountain bike trails, fishing, open swimming, roaming wildlife and the Little Heroes Adventure Park. www.heia.co.za


Rhino & Lion Park


The name does NOT say it all! Yes, you can view the roaming gentle giants, the rhino, and visit lion, cheetah and wild dog in the zoo, but there is also an animal crèche, children’s play park, 4×4 adventures and abseiling at the Rhino & Lion Park. You can even explore the Wonder Caves. A fun outing for the whole family! www.rhinolion.co.za




Children can build their own pizzas at the EnGedi Bistro and they can let their energy out on the safe playground. Delicious food and a picturesque setting – perfect for a lazy Sunday lunch. www.engedi.co.za


Silverstar Casino


Silverstar Casino is an entertainment hub for parents and childrens – it was designed with families in mind. Movies, ten-pin bowling, laser tag, arcade games, the Twinkle Club crèche and a selection of restaurants promise endless entertainment for children of all ages. www.silverstarcasino.co.za


Riverstone Lodge


Riverstone Lodge has its own children’s playground and coffee shop named Little Feet. A jungle gym, trampoline, sand pit and bike track will keep the kids entertained while parents enjoy some time out. www.riverstonelodge.co.za