3 fun places to take the kids in Gauteng this weekend

Like us, you’re probably counting down the minutes to a glorious weekend where you can take some time out to kick off your heels and relax while the kids get to play outside. The only hard part will be deciding where to go…

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Here are 3 good ideas to consider that should make everyone happy this weekend.

Riversands Farm Village

When it comes to chilling on the weekend, Riversands Farm Village has got it down to a fine art for city slickers. Enjoy a lazy day sampling delicious food and drinks from vendors and enjoying some retail therapy and music, too.

Great news if you’re into Halloween is that Picnics in the Park will be hosting The Haunted Forest 2020 Zombieland at the venue this weekend with lots of “scary” activities to delight the whole family. There’s two sessions suited to kids age 2-12 on Saturday, which includes trick-or-treat, a movie and games, but you’ll need to book tickets for this event specifically through Computicket.

But even if you don’t manage to get tickets for the event, there’s a super, educational play area called Playscapes where kids between the ages of 3-12 can enjoy themselves while you relax nearby. It’s been designed to develop their cognitive and motor skills and features a water slide, a paddling creek, lots of climbing equipment, a scooter park as well as an animal farmyard.

Why the kids love the farm?

Besides the super Playscapes area where they can burn off all that energy, there’s also the opportunity for them to do some obstacle courses and ziplining through the pine trees on the farm with TreeTop Adventures. There’s a variety of fun packages to suit every age group, including the Woodpeckers course for kids aged 3-6.

If you are doing Halloween this year, Picnics in the Park will be hosting The Haunted Forest 2020 Zombieland at Riversands Farm this weekend. There’s two sessions suited to kids age 2-12 this Saturday (31 October), which includes trick-or-treat, a movie and games, but you’ll need to book tickets for this private event through Computicket.

Where is it located?

Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand

Opening times

Fridays 1pm to sunset; Saturdays and Sundays 8:30am to sunset


Entrance to the farm is free, but entry to the Playscape area costs R50 per child for unlimited play. The TreeTop obstacles courses and zipline adventures range in price from R150. Tickets for The Haunted Forest 2020 Zombieland event costs R400 for 2 adults and 2 kids under 12.

For more information, visit

Hyto Tyto

When it comes to a kids’ haven, it takes a lot to beat Hyto Tyto, a stunning new play park and eatery located in Pretoria. Catering for kids aged 0-13, there are tons of indoor and outdoor activities to keep them entertained literally the whole day. Inside the venue there’s a 4 storey indoor maze for kids age 4-13, as well as a separate toddler play area. But outside, it’s a sensory explosion: there’s a go-kart ring, a BMX track, swings, slides, jungle gyms, a mini train and even a fairy garden to explore!

There’s the coolest snake path to the biggest jumping pillow your kids will ever see.

Hyto Tyto has a great breakfast and lunch menu. You can also order platters, which are very popular.

There’s a special kids menu for when they need to refuel from all the fun and games. And moms with babies will be glad to know there’s a breastfeeding and baby change area.

Where is it located?

Midstream Action Sports, Midstream Drive, Black Korhaan Drive, Olifantsfontein

Opening times

Tuesday to Friday from 9:30am to 7pm; Saturdays from 9am to 7pm and Sundays from 9am to 4pm


  • Tuesday to Friday – R75
  • Saturdays and Sundays – R110.

Tickets for Buster & Bella available through Computicket.

For more information call 012 942 1392 or visit

Trés Jolie 

With exquisite landscaped gardens with fountains and water features, Trés Jolie is the prettiest place to go to for a relaxing day out with the kids.

A country restaurant, and popular wedding and party venue, it also boasts a farmyard where your kids can touch and feed the animals, enjoy pony rides and play on the jungle gym and jumping castles. Over the weekend the kids can also have their face painted, learn how to do sand art and ride on the carousel swings. They even have their own kids menu.

Tres Jolie has a delicious menu with a combination of Mediterranean and traditional South African fare to tuck into while you watch your kids play in full view. But you can also order a pizza from their pizza menu, which is freshly prepared and served straight from the oven to your table.

Where is it located?

22 Peter Road, Ruimsig (between Honeydew and Muldersdrift)

Opening times

Fridays to Sundays, 9am to 8pm


Entrance to Trés Jolie is free, but booking is essential over the weekend. While the sand art and face painting activities are free, entrance to the farmyard costs R10 per child. Food to feed the animals is available at R10 a bag and the carnival rides cost R10.

For more information, visit


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