Play Africa

Venues:
11 Kotze Street
Constitutional Precinct Johannesburg View on Google Maps
Online Service
Times:
Our usual opening times are
Tues to Fri: 9:30am-3:30pm
Sat: 9:30am-12:30pm
Schools and groups welcome. Please phone to book for groups of over 5 children
Cost:
Everyone is welcome in this space. We are a Not For profit and where possible we appreciate donations
Booking is essential
Ages:
From Birth - 11 years old
All programs are tailor made for the age groups and numbers of children we expect, therefore pre-bookings are essential.

Virtual programming


Play Africa Connects - A series of talks with support and advice for parents during this time of uncertainty.
African Storytelling for Children - A series of stories with song and music told by our 4 wonderful storytellers. Links on our Facebook Page.

Stimulating exhibits & programs for kids at Constitutional Hill


Play Africa's exhibits and programmes stimulate physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of young children from birth – 10 years. Each exhibit is fun and captivating for both children as well as the adults who love them, allowing families to spend quality time learning, playing, dreaming and discovering together.

Imagination Playground - Creative ideas come alive as children and families use special big blue blocks to make and build whatever their minds can imagine. From time machines to castles, motorcycles to kitchens, children take the lead as they innovate on one another’s ideas

Rigamajig - This large-scale building kit for hands-on free play and playful STE(A)M learning lets children use wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope to follow their curiosity through play while learning 21st century skills. There are no right or wrong answers; the act of playing and building is the goal

Marble Run - Children learn the basic design and testing concepts critical to engineering, and build larger-than-life marble runs using inexpensive materials and masking tape

Farm to Market - Children and families get to play make believe while planting, harvesting, selling and buying vegetables and fruit. This fun exhibit lets children learn numeracy, literacy while having fun

Children's Maker Space - In this flexible, versatile exhibit, creativity comes alive as children choose from a range of everyday, recycled materials, wood offcuts and recycled e-waste to make their own creations

For special programs we also offer the following

Make a Movie with Stop-Motion Animation - Children and families make a movie through stop-motion animation. In this station, everyone takes turn making new marks on a single canvas, taking pictures throughout the process. At the end, the images of the evolving image the children have created are used to make a movie

Incwadi Yothando - Children and their caregivers use a range of craft materials to create incwadi yothando, or “love letters,” to the people and things that are important to them

Mono printing - Children and families create art side by side as they roll out printing ink onto plates, design their own creation, and pull their own prints

We Are Play Africa - Children work with local artists to paint self-portraits. Together, the self-portraits will form part of a collaborative work of art created for Play Africa to send a message of welcoming and belonging to all who visit

Our Stories - Storytelling is an important creative art, linked to South Africa’s important oral cultural traditions. Volunteers read from Play Africa’s library and support literacy through a range of hands-on learning experiences

Farm to Market - Children learn about agriculture, whole foods and healthy nutrition in this hands-on exhibit that promotes role play and the building blocks for early literacy and numeracy.

The Nature Hero Program -The Nature Hero program is linked to a proudly South African book called The Big Show published by Play Africa in collaboration with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. The story teaches children and families important lessons about human impact on the world around us, and the power of working together as a team to shape the future of our planet.

Children's Theatre - Children and families pull back the curtains to express themselves as they play pretend on stage using a range of props and costumes

Children’s Planetarium - Children and families can explore South Africa’s night sky together inside our portable planetarium, supported by a Play Africa facilitator who will introduce basic vocabulary and indigenous stories about the stars that have been through the ages

Holiday programs


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Children's Museum play days

Date:
Every Tuesday
Info:
BOOK HERE or email info@playafrica.org.za

Play Africa, the award-winning interactive “children’s museum” based at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, has launched its full programme of playful activities and exhibits that offers children equitable learning experiences that bridge divides and help build South Africa.

As part of its commitment to facilitate transformative, innovative playful learning experiences for children, parents and educators, Play Africa’s interactive exhibits focus on three areas. These focus areas include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP and CREATIVE ARTS - all of which can be experienced within their colourful space at Constitution Hill.

The STEM Exhibit activities include Hands on Maths, The Imagination Playground, Lego/Duplo, Farm to Market and Magnet Ball Wall.

The ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP Exhibit activities include My Constitution Activities such as the Children’s Courtroom, Voting Booth and Children’s Rights Exhibit.

The CREATIVE ARTS Exhibit activities include African Storytelling, Fantasy Play such as Mokoro and Incwadi Yothando.

Booking is essential!
Venue:
Play Africa
11 Kotze Street, Constitutional Precinct Johannesbuerg
Time:
9am-10:30am
11:30am-1pm
2pm-3:30pm
Cost:
Donations for booking are R80 per child

Children's Museum play days

Date:
Every Wednesday
Info:
BOOK HERE or email info@playafrica.org.za

Play Africa, the award-winning interactive “children’s museum” based at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, has launched its full programme of playful activities and exhibits that offers children equitable learning experiences that bridge divides and help build South Africa.

As part of its commitment to facilitate transformative, innovative playful learning experiences for children, parents and educators, Play Africa’s interactive exhibits focus on three areas. These focus areas include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP and CREATIVE ARTS - all of which can be experienced within their colourful space at Constitution Hill.

The STEM Exhibit activities include Hands on Maths, The Imagination Playground, Lego/Duplo, Farm to Market and Magnet Ball Wall.

The ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP Exhibit activities include My Constitution Activities such as the Children’s Courtroom, Voting Booth and Children’s Rights Exhibit.

The CREATIVE ARTS Exhibit activities include African Storytelling, Fantasy Play such as Mokoro and Incwadi Yothando.

Booking is essential!
Venue:
Play Africa
11 Kotze Street, Constitutional Precinct Johannesbuerg
Time:
9am-10:30am
11:30am-1pm
2pm-3:30pm
Cost:
Donations for booking are R80 per child

Children's Museum play days

Date:
Every Friday
Info:
BOOK HERE or email info@playafrica.org.za

Play Africa, the award-winning interactive “children’s museum” based at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, has launched its full programme of playful activities and exhibits that offers children equitable learning experiences that bridge divides and help build South Africa.

As part of its commitment to facilitate transformative, innovative playful learning experiences for children, parents and educators, Play Africa’s interactive exhibits focus on three areas. These focus areas include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP and CREATIVE ARTS - all of which can be experienced within their colourful space at Constitution Hill.

The STEM Exhibit activities include Hands on Maths, The Imagination Playground, Lego/Duplo, Farm to Market and Magnet Ball Wall.

The ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP Exhibit activities include My Constitution Activities such as the Children’s Courtroom, Voting Booth and Children’s Rights Exhibit.

The CREATIVE ARTS Exhibit activities include African Storytelling, Fantasy Play such as Mokoro and Incwadi Yothando.

Booking is essential!
Venue:
Play Africa
11 Kotze Street, Constitutional Precinct Johannesbuerg
Time:
9am-10:30am
11:30am-1pm
2pm-3:30pm
Cost:
Donations for booking are R80 per child

Family Play Day: Children's Rights at Play Africa

Date:
Jun 8, Jul 27, Aug 31, Sep 28
Info:
BOOK HERE

Get ready for a fun-filled day with exciting activities such as children’s voting, children’s protest, mono-printing, Lego/Duplo building, farm to market game, and more!

My Constitution Family Play Days are hosted at Play Africa on the last Saturday of every month at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg. These interactive events aim to educate families about children’s rights, our constitution, and democratic elections through engaging and interactive activities. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to have a blast while learning about important subjects in a creative and enjoyable way!

For ages 12 and under
Venue:
Play Africa
11 Kotze Street, Constitutional Precinct Johannesbuerg
Time:
9.30am-2pm
Cost:
R80 p/child
Contact: 
events@playafrica.org.za

Meet a STEM Role Model

Date:
Every Thursday
Info:
On Thursday mornings and afternoons we have a wonderful series called 'Meet a STEM role model' where a scientist speaks to children in a live session about their work, about how they became a scientist etc. We have been running these sessions for a while and have had really amazing scientists sharing with children.
Venue:
online
Time:
Every Thurs morning & afternoon
Contact: 
Click here to join and watch

Play Africa Super Dads Saturdays

Date:
Jun 22
Info:
BOOK HERE

Join Play Africa’s SuperDads, a dedicated day celebrating the important relationship between father and child through the joy of play!

March 11th, sees the first in a series of dedicated Saturdays for SuperDads, offering fathers a regular, safe and non-judgmental space to be part of their children's early development through play and positive role modelling.

SuperDads aims to strengthen father-child relationships by creating inspiring play environments that proactively welcome all fathers, including previously absent fathers, uncles and male role models in a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Play Africa’s pioneering play and learning facilitators will offer open-ended play as well as facilitated play activities during the day. Fathers can explore, discover and imagine with their young children using Play Africa’s unique playful learning materials and exhibits.

Throughout the day the participating ‘super dads’ will be encouraged and celebrated as active fathers, supported by Play Africa’s play and learning facilitators.

For dads and kids aged 2-12
Venue:
Constitution Hill
Braamfontein Johannesburg
Time:
9.30am-2pm
Cost:
R80 p/child
Contact: 
events@playafrica.org.za

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