How to keep kids busy during the holidays

  • 23 December 2016 | Carla de Klerk

Looking for fun activities to keep the kids occupied and active this school holiday? We have you covered. We have shared our favourite outdoor activities in the surrounding East Rand area sure to keep you and the young ones entertained until it’s time to go back to school.

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1. Sandboarding at Mount Mayhem

Want to get the adrenalin pumping and your muscles moving? Sandboarding with Pure Rush Industries is the way to go. Get ready to glide and slide down Mount Mayhem for an experience that will leave you thrilled and excited. As the cost of the trip includes training, beginners are welcome. Wear comfy clothes and bring a swimming costume as there is even a pool to cool off in afterwards!

Where: Pure Rush Industries, Benoni
Cost: R350 per person, includes safety gear, sandboards and training
Weather recommendation: Sunshine or cloudy
How to book: Contact Pure Rush Industries here, booking in advance is essential.

2. Enjoy a picnic at Bokkie Park

Pack a picnic and spend a long leisurely day at Bokkie Park. Kids can enjoy the playground, petting zoo, and camel and pony rides over the weekends. Activities at the farm allow you to stroke and feed the animals or even milk the cows. Bring along a packed lunch or use the braai facilities and make it a fun family day. There is also a tea garden where you can relax while the kids play. Don’t forget to watch out for the bunnies that roam free on the farm.

Where: Southvale Rd, Parkdene, Boksburg, East Rand, Gauteng.
Cost: Free
Weather recommendation: Sunshine, cloudy or windy
How to book: Entrance is free and the park is open from 8am to 5.30pm. No booking required, learn more about Bokkie Park here.

3. Learn a thing or two about nature at Le Grange Bird Park

Learn more about the amazing bird and fish species the visitor park has on display. Expect to see some stunning specimens including ostriches, hornbills, peacocks, black swans, blue cranes, cockatoos, pheasants, macaws, geese, ducks and mahems. Don’t forget your camera though as these winged wonders are quite amazing to behold. There is a café and the Blue Crane Tea Garden where you can stop for lunch and refreshments while enjoying the pleasant surroundings. Kids will thoroughly enjoy the jungle gym and play area alongside the tea garden.

Where: North Rand Road, Boksburg
Cost: Price on request, learn more about Le Grange Bird Park here.
Weather recommendation: Rain or shine
How to book: Booking is not required. The park is open Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 17h30. Saturdays from 08h00 to 16h00. Sundays and public holidays from 9am to 4.30pm

4. Moves those muscles at the Modderfontein Ride Free Bike Park

Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city at the RideFree bicycle park at the Modderfontein Nature Reserve. Experience the bush with the wind in your hair by exploring the picturesque reserve by bicycle. The cycle track will allow you access to areas that are not accessible by car, so why not play a game of treasure hunt while cycling with the kids? The reserve features four routes varying in difficulty for different riding abilities, ranging from 10km to a challenging 42km, all promising wonderful views with with bridges and slopes adding a hint of adventure. There is 24-hour security, safe parking and ablutions. A restaurant serves ice-cold drinks and hearty meals to enjoy after your ride.

Where: Modderfontein Nature Reserve, Arden Road, Modderfontein
Cost: Free, but don’t forget to bring your own bike
Weather recommendation: The park is open rain or shine, but best experienced on a nice sunny day
How to book: The Ride Free park is open every day from 6am to 6pm, no booking required. Learn more about Modderfontein Ride Free Bike Park here.

Make some memories this December with the kids. Not only will the kids love these outings, but you can enjoy it as a family too! Go out, have fun and make everyday an adventure, rain or shine.