Joburg winter holiday fun 2016
Here are a few attractions to keep your kids entertained and educated in Johannesburg this holiday.

Beat holiday boredom with these activities and events taking place around Joburg this winter.

Also see: Cape Town winter holiday fun

Gateway to Space exhibition

The Department of Science and Technology partners with Media24 to exhibit technological advancements in space science and technology. 

The exhibition focuses on the South African space sector and includes SA's space journey illustrated on a timeline stretching from 1535 to 2016. It also boasts international influence, having had input from Nasa and the US Space & Rocket Centre, along with archaeologists and geologists.

It also has short videos explaining the reasoning behind various displays along with an interactive space area.

The exhibition runs from 1 June to 31 July. Tickets are available through Computicket and are priced between R75 and R180.

It opens at 09h00 and closes at 18h00 during the week, but over the weekend, it closes at 18h30.

Please note there are allocated time slots for tickets purchased. In order to alleviate long queues, time slots are implemented and only a certain number of visitors are allowed inside the venue at a time.

If you buy a ticket for a certain time-slot, you can only enter the exhibition at that time and not earlier.

If you for instance have a ticket for 11h00 time slots, it does not mean that you have to be there at exactly 11h00. You must, however, enter the exhibition within 20 minutes of your indicated time slots. If you enter after 20 minutes after your time slots, it will result in a loss of tickets.

Any unused tickets will be forfeited, as stated in the Terms and Conditions.

Last entry 30 mins prior to closing time and there will be no sales at the door from 17h30.

For more information, visit Gateway to Space: The Exhibition, call 021 406 4446/4573 or email

The Dino Expo

The Dino Expo boasts a wide variety of realistic, life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. 

It features the Wits University original fossils exhibition, the Dino Jurassic tour, musical theatre and various kids activities.

This event welcomes young and old. It takes place at the Eastgate shopping centre from 24 June to 17 July, opening at 10h00 and closing at 16h00.

Please note the expo will be closed on Mondays.

Tickets are priced between R100 and R120 and are available through Computicket

For more information visit The Dino Expo.


O.A.K Youth Theatre presents the Hans Christian Anderson classic, Thumbelina, at the Atterbury theatre, Pretoria.

The show runs for two performances only - 20 and 21 July. Show times are 15h00 for 20 July and 19h00 for 21 July.

Tickets are available through Computicket and are between R100 and R120.

For more information email O.A.K Youth Theatre or contact the Atterbury theatre on 012 471 1700.

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

This year's production features many Disney characters from FrozenThe Little MermaidDisney-Pixar’s Cars and Toy Story 3, along with all-time favourites Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

The production runs from Friday, 24 June 2016 until Sunday, 3 July 2016.


The Ticketpro Dome


Friday, 24 June 2016 to Sunday, 3 July 2016


Friday, 24 June 2016 - 6pm

Saturday, 25 June 2016 - 10am, 2pm & 6pm

Sunday, 26 June 2016 - 10am, 2pm & 6pm

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 - 11am & 3pm

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 - 11am

Thursday, 30 June 2016 - 11am

Friday, 1 July 2016 - 10am & 2pm

Saturday, 2 July 2016 - 10am, 2pm & 6pm

Sunday, 3 July 2016 - 10am, 2pm & 6pm


Weekdays - R100, R200, R275, R375 per person inclusive

Weekends - R175, R275, R375, R475 per person inclusive



4 tickets (less R40 per ticket) - R940 (R275*), R1340 (R375*)

5 tickets (less R40 per ticket) - R1175 (R275*), R1675 (R375*)

6 tickets (less R40 per ticket) - R1410 (R275*), R2010 (R375*)

*only valid for the two categories indicated


4 tickets (less R30 per ticket) - R1380 (R375*), R1780 (R475*)

5 tickets (less R30 per ticket) - R1725 (R375*), R2225 (R475*)

6 tickets (less R30 per ticket) - R2070 (R375*), R2670 (R475*)

*only valid for the two categories indicated

Bookings can be made through Computicket, 0861 915 8000.


20% Discounts on groups of 20 and more - all midweek performances only.

Bookings can be made through Jill Somers, 079 218 1658,

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: No babies in arms without a purchased ticket.

Shrek the Musical

This Broadway musical is an adaptation of the hit DreamWorks movie Shrek. Great fun for the family, this show runs at the Gold Reef City Casino's The Lyric.

It runs from 24 June to 17 July, showtimes are either 14h30 or 19h30, depending on ticket bookings.

Tickets are available through Computicket and are between R150 and R290.

For more information contact Gold Reef City, 011 248 5000.

Dora the Explora Live

Dora sets out to explore SA stages this winter holiday in "Dora's Pirate Adventure". 

The show takes place at Emperors Palace's Theatre of Marcellus from 7 to 12 July. Tickets are available through Computicket and are between R250 and R505.

Showtimes are 11h00, 14h00 or 18h00, depending on ticket bookings.

Please note each individual entering the production is to have a valid ticket, including babies in arms.

For more information call Emperors Palace on 011 928 1000.

Kidz Rock the Hits

A tribute show for the Billboard hit songs of 2015, this show is great for older kids. 

Taking place on Saturdays in July and August, the production will show at the various Barnyard theatres around the Gauteng province - Rivonia, Emperors Palace, Cresta and Pretoria.

Tickets are R100 and are available through the Theatre.

For more information contact The Barnyard Theatre:

  • Cresta: 011 478 5300
  • Emperors Palace: 011 928 1108
  • Rivonia: 087 236 3088
  • Pretoria: 012 368 1555

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