Day trips, family outings and things to do in Johannesburg

Looking for somewhere to go today or over the weekend? Select an area or type of place above and browse the list below.

Sandton City


With more than 300 leading local and international retailers, Sandton City is a one-of-a-kind p...


Northgate, Cresta, Randburg

Indoor and Outdoor Go Karting, Fastest karts in South Africa, can accommodate from 5 yr olds. G...
From 5 yrs - All ages

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve

Mondeor, Johannesburg South

Nature rambles through an area of grasslands and wooded hills with wildlife only 10km from the ...

James Hall Museum of Transport

Rosettenville, Johannesburg South

Transport Museum which offers tours for school groups and holiday programs for children.
All ages

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre


World Class interactive science museum offering science & technology programmes for general pub...
All ages


Melrose Arch

Fun art and craft venue for kids, messy play classes, party venue
From 18 mnths - All ages

Bryanston Market

Bryanston, Sandton

Bryanston Market is a magical place, removed from the rush of everyday life, offering inspired ...
All ages

The Planetarium


CLOSED UNTIL DEC 2023 Shows for schools and the public about stars, the galaxy, space travel an...
From 5 yrs - All ages

Fourways Mall

Fourways, Sandton

Fourways Mall is proud to sit in the heart of the community, boasting an exceptional and world ...
All ages

Wits Art Museum


Contemporary & historical art museum/gallery
All ages

Museum Africa


Johannesburg's major history and cultural museum housed in the old fruit and vegetable market w...
All ages

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

Emmarentia, Randburg

Back to nature walks through indigenous grass and shrubs. Kids and parents can take guided tour...
All ages

Delta Environmental Centre

Victory Park, Randburg

Environmental centre for curriculum-linked outings, talks, school programmes & accredited teach...
All ages

Owls Loft Guest House


Guesthouse accommodation for families in a tranquil setting. Party Venue.
All ages

Origins Centre


The Origins Centre and Museum tells a story of how all humans began in Africa, developed tools,...
All ages

The Bunny Hop Haven


Non profit company (NPC) in animal rescue and as an educational centre.
All ages

Rand Show


Joburg's best day out, the expo returns this April with an exhilarating offering sure to please...
All ages

CrazyKidz Farmyard

Danielbrink Park ( Kensington B), Randburg

Kids Party Venue & Farmyard for Day Visits, Party Services and arts & crafts studio in Daniel B...
From 1 yr - All ages

Kids World & Waterpark

Nasrec, Johannesburg South

Family entertainment with a waterpark, bring and braai facilities, go karts, carousels, jumpin...
All ages

Alberts Farm

Northcliff, Randburg

Alberts farm Conservancy for walks in nature, hiking, orienteering in Albertskroon, Northcliff.
All ages

Total Ninja Northgate

Northgate, Randburg

Largest supervised indoor activity, fitness venue in Africa and party venue, inspired by the gl...
All ages

Riversands Farm Village


We offer outdoor entertainment for the whole family plus a party or event venue including inspi...
From Birth - All ages

Urban Airsoft


Action packed adrenalin pumping tactical army style shooting games & activities - the world's N...
From 10 yrs - All ages

Sun Valley Stables

Kyalami, Midrand

Shows, pony camps, fun days and outrides. Different levels of promotion. Safe first ponies to c...
All ages

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Joubert Park

Art Gallery with a number of important collections of international significance. We offer chil...
From 6 yrs - All ages

Joburg Ballet


Joburg Ballet is the country's foremost professional ballet company.
From 6 yrs old

Southgate Mall

Mondeor, Johannesburg South

Since 1990 and the first cosmopolitan regional shopping centre in the south of Jozi, Southgate ...
All ages

Adler Museum of Medicine

Parktown, Randburg

The history of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy through the ages. From children's birthday part...
From 4 - 14 yrs old

The Glen

Oakdene, Johannesburg South

Shopping mall with 3 levels of exquisite walkways.
All ages

ASSITEJ South Africa


Access to performing arts experiences for children and young people.
All ages

Story Cafe

Fourways, Sandton

Bespoke children's book store and workshop space.
From Birth - 15 yrs old

Constitution Hill


Educational tours, promotion of our constitution, children's walk, apartheid memoirs
From 2 yrs - All ages

MiFitness Kids Play Park

Sunninghill, Sandton

Party venue outdoor adventure park which promises to keep the little ones busy with sliding, cl...
From 2 - 10 yrs old

Apartheid Museum

Ormonde, Johannesburg South

Onteractive history museum that illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid in South Africa.
From 12 - 18 yrs old

Johannesburg Zoo

Saxonwold, Randburg

The Big 5, Animals of the Amazon, Day and night tours, children's farmyard, tractor rides, kids...
All ages

Peoples Theatre


Gauteng's leading family orientated theatre company, dedicated to introducing children to theat...
All ages

Messy Play Kids


Sensory play for curious babies and kids. Explore textures, colours and more. Boost imagination...
From 6 mnths - 5 yrs old

The Slope at Cedar Square

Fourways, Sandton

The Slope is the new renovated Avalanche Venue in Fourways. A now extended 75m long ski slope o...
From 4 yrs - All ages

Indykart Indoor Gokarting

Bedfordview, Aspen Lakes , Johannesburg South; Rosebank, Randburg; Moreleta Park, ...

Indoor go kart racing, premium Motorsport for fun outings, parties, teambuilding and events. Be...
From 8 yrs - All ages

Lory Park Zoo

President Park, Midrand

Lory Park is a privately run zoo and animal sanctuary situared in Midrand. We house for an asso...
All ages

Market Theatre


The market theatre home to innovative locally produced theatre productions, art exhibitions, in...

Mall of Africa

Waterfall City, Midrand

Described as the true home of African luxury, Mall of Africa offers a shopping experience like ...
All ages


Modderfontein, Edenvale; Melrose, Centurion; Garsfontein, Pretoria East; Pretoria ...

Come discover an original outdoor activity where you go from tree to tree doing fun exercises t...
From 3 yrs - All ages

Melrose Arch

Melrose Arch

Shopping centre with stores, restaurants, coffee shops and hotels.
All ages

Ditsong: Museums of South Africa

Saxonwold, Pretoria West, Donkerhoek, Soshanguve, Silverton, Silverton, Pretoria E...

An amalgamation of eight museums that have diverse collections covering the fields of fauna and...
All ages

The Ski Deck

Ferndale, Randburg

Enjoy all the fun of bumboarding, slope surfing and sliding down the slope. We have a 20m bumbo...
From 3 yrs - All ages

Play Africa

Constitutional Precinct

Exhibits & programmes that stimulate physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of young...
From Birth - 11 yrs old

Ranger Stables

Craighall Park, Randburg

Ranger Stables is a small stable yard found in the heart of Craighall Park. We offer horse ridi...
All ages

Bounce Inc

Magwa Crescent, Midrand; Fourways, Sandton; Waterkloof Ext 2

With more than 100 interconnected trampolines housed within huge, colourful spaces at a growing...
From 3 yrs - All ages

Museum of Military History

Saxonwold, Randburg

A home for the memory and study of military history of South Africa. We also offer school tours...
All ages

Dimples Cafe

Woodmead, Sandton

Kiddies Party Venue, Family Restaurant, Live Music, Golf Theme Park, Massive Play Area, Awesome...
All ages

Jozi X

Bryanston, Sandton

Jozi X adventure action centre with Jungle Swingz, Face Offz, tight rope, 9m high 4-sided climb...
From 5 yrs - All ages

Puzzle Park SA

Olifantsfontein, Midrand

Day trip venue, a unique attraction offering interactive fun for the whole family. 3D maze, puz...
All ages

Silvertree Stables

Kyalami, Midrand

Horse Riding lessons, Pony Parties, Kids Birthday Parties, Pony Camps, Fun Days, Pony Rides,Out...
From 3 yrs - All ages

WGRUV Dance International

Bryanston, Sandton

Contemporary, Ballet and Spanish Dance, pre-professional program and home to WGRUV Dance Intern...
All ages

Hector Peterson Museum

Orlando West, Soweto

A memorial to the 1976 Soweto student rebellion. The Museum is named after Hector Peterson who ...
From 6 yrs - All ages

The Secret Tea Garden

Norscot Manor, Sandton

Outdoor Tea Garden and function venue in a beautiful setting. Kiddies play area to keep them en...
All ages

Northgate Shopping Centre

Northriding, Randburg

Shopping Centre with ice rink, movies, cinema, shops, entertainment, food, restaurants, childre...
All ages

ArkStar Kidz Club

Walkerville, Johannesburg South

NPO creating opportunity for our youth to learn, grow and participate in equestrian sport
All ages

The Smash Room


Come get rid of your frustrations, destress and break things! Great for parties, family fun or ...
From 6 yrs - All ages

Happy Town

Craighall Park, Randburg

A miniature play town and cafe for children to play pretend with 8 different themes.
From Birth - 6 yrs old

Soweto Theatre

Jabulani, Soweto

Theatre shows, performing arts, live music shows
From 2 yrs - All ages

Joburg Theatre


Theatre complex, mandela theatre, fringe for small shows, comedy,, civic theatre, com...
From 3 yrs - All ages

Total Ninja

Greenstone Park, Edenvale; Northgate, Randburg; Montana Park, Pretoria

Largest supervised indoor activity, fitness venue in Africa and party venue, inspired by the gl...
All ages


Melville, Randburg

Restaurant, kids play area, shows for kids, arts for kids, library, gluten free, vegetarian, ve...
From Birth - 12 yrs old

Visit Holiday care and programs to help you plan your child's upcoming holiday.

How to use our Day Trip Directory

Some day trips require planning and forethought, whilst others can be quite spontaneous. Whatever the occasion, your decision will depend on the season, company, cost, time of day and various facilities. Here are some ideas to consider while browsing the directory, which should help you find what you need

Indoor vs Outdoor Day Trips

Neither is the better. A venue choice really depends on the mood, occasion, company and often the budget.

Kids will love the array of action packed indoor activities in and around the city. In fact, Mums and Dads may want to unleash the kid in them and join in the fun! Battle it out at laser games, enjoy painting together, bounce off some steam at a trampoline park, or keep updated with the latest trends and family fun at the many shopping malls. If you need some time-out there are a number of indoor playgrounds that offer a childcare service while you enjoy a cup of tea; absolutely ideal for the occasional play date.

During the warmer months one may be beckoned towards some outdoor action. Swinging on tree tops like Tarzan or get caught in a splash of colour at paintball; let the kids decide. Go-karting and fishing spots make for some ideal Dad and Lad time (if dad can handle the pressure of being beat!) And while boys will be boys, the ladies can enjoy some pampering at one of the many spas and wellness centres. Adventure lovers- do you have what it takes to find yourself? Get lost in a maze to find out. The Mazes offer an ideal day trip for team building, or families.

Nature and Animal Lovers outings

Gauteng is beautiful. Nature walks and hikes certainly provide a breath of fresh air. Pack a picnic basket and drag along some friends and family; you would be surprised at how beautiful the city really is. Be mindful of opening and closing times in the various seasons, and look out for guided tours to be safe.

Zoo trots also make for a good Sunday morning walk. Get in tune with your body as well as nature, plus enjoy family time. One could adventure with elephants or monkey around; birds, reptiles, wild cats and more- Johannesburg has it all!

Book an outride into the sunset or enjoy the scent of the fresh morning dew. Horse riding can be therapeutic and fun for family and friends, so saddle up!

The city with all its tall buildings and billboards is also home to many farms. Sing along to the tune of Old McDonald while milking a cow, running amongst the chickens, feeding a goat or hopping with a bunny. Now theres something warm and homely to be excited about.

Sports Lovers Day Trips

Mountain biking or road cycling? Swimming, hiking, abseiling or fishing? Whatever your adrenalin rush, the day trip directory most certainly has something for you. If the family is not keen on joining you, you may want to choose something closer to home for an early return, or a venue that caters for kids needs too. Teens and tweens will enjoy some roller skating, or ice skating fun too.

Outdoor Family Markets

There is something homely about markets, something mysteriously nostalgic. Gautengs home industry markets make for a great family outing or a stroll around. Products are unique and made with love, from food to furniture, and that is probably where the special feeling emanates from.

Museums, educational and city tours

Threading the path of discovery, Johannesburgs rich history has much to offer the inquiring mind. Each listing on the directory will spark an interest for school tours, as well as family outings. There are some wonderful city tours you can explore. One can be taken back in time, understanding the background of our beautiful country, or propelled into the future at one of the many science centres. A mode of transport often forgotten is the train. Little kids can enjoy mini train rides while families and schools will prefer rumbling through the outskirts of Gauteng.

Theatre and shows

Fancy dining out with your loved one? Or, giggling with the kids at impersonations of their favourite characters? The calendar is updated regularly with the provinces finest talent on show. Theatre outings sure make for a special treat for all once in a while. The world of imagination, the confidence to act, to be bold enough to participate in public speaking events; these are skills that can only be honed and inspired in a world of theatre and drama. Schools, families, friends, here is a trip that can suit any company. Music enthusiasts can also choose from a host of local to international shows.

Theme Parks

A day trip that certainly requires a bit of planning is theme parks. Most times one would need to leave early, pack some food, invite some friends and family, and pack in some extra clothes. However, exhausted as can be, as the day draws to a close, teachers, students, grandparents, families, cousins, friends, from toddlers to teens and tweens, can all concur that it was a day well spent. The memories live on forever, especially as these places are not frequented as often as shopping malls.

Begin the search

Explore the Day trips directory, get clicking on the various tabs, to find the ideal day trip in Johannesburg for this weekend and once you are done, visit this page again to find your next place of interest. Get ticking on that bucket list and don't forget to review places you've visited!