Keep the kids busy in Alberton

PICNIC: The Alberton Dam in Bloutulp Road is a popular venue for people who want to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. There are lovely picnic areas with grass and beautiful trees. A great number of water birds nest on the island in the middle of the dam.

SO the school holidays are upon us all and parents who aren’t going away on holiday must be wondering how they will be keeping their children busy. The RECORD shares a few fun holiday ideas which will not leave you out of pocket.

FISHING: Jackson Dam in Jackson Street is a lovely spot for city dwellers to experience the outdoors and get some healthy sunshine. It is the ideal spot for a family get-together. It has a nice children’s playground, and one can fish there, play some sport or games, walk your dog, have a picnic, read a book and simply drink in nature and relax.

THE JAMES HALL MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT: This museum in Johannesburg is the largest and most comprehensive museum of land transport in South Africa. It was established by the late Jimmie Hall together with the City of Johannesburg in February 1964. The JHMT gives visitors a rare glimpse of Johannesburg’s transport history, dating back more than a century. The museum is the most comprehensive land transport museum in South Africa, with thematic displays and exhibits in the various exhibition halls. 

GO FOR A HIKE: Enjoy nature as a family at Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, located on Peggy Vera Road, Kibler Park, Gauteng (26°18?13?S 28°0?39?E). This reserve is home to many wild animals, including zebra, red hartebeest, porcupines, black wildebeest, otters, blesbok, springbok, duiker and 170 bird species. They can be contacted on 084 804 4073.

COMICS: Smallville Comics is situated on the corner of Penzance Street and St Aybun Street in New Redruth. Comic fanatics can explore something of everything there. Contact them on 083 534 9301.

GOLD REEF CITY: Gold Reef City is located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971. The park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand. Park staff wear period costumes of the 1880s, and the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period. There is a museum dedicated to gold mining on the grounds, where it is possible to see a gold-ore-containing vein and watch as real gold is poured into barrels. There are many attractions at Gold Reef City. 

VISIT THE LOCRATE MARKET: The self-described lifestyle market “to break all markets”, the Locrate Market has “mother trucker” food trucks, live music, poetry readings, bike tours, craft beer and singular designer apparel. It is held the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 6pm. Its founders’ vision is to empower entrepreneurs and create indelible experiences. Call 073 521 9035 or 0735078424 for more information. The address is: Vilakazi Precinct, Orlando West, Kudu Street/Moema Street, Soweto

MEYERSDAL: Action Arena offers netball, hockey, cricket, volleyball and soccer. Dress in sports kit and bring orange wedges for half-time, because Action Sport has 100 indoor floodlit all-weather sports arenas in South Africa for action cricket, action netball and action soccer. Show off or build up your speed, fitness and ball co-ordination skills. Strategy and teamwork are active in short spontaneous aerobic sessions. Recreational, social, competitive and international games are played for all

WINDOW SHOPPING: Established over 30 years ago, Alberton City Shopping Centre has long been a pillar of community involvement. With over 120 stores to choose from, it’s the place for friends and family to meet, share and connect with convenience. Offering a dynamic tenant mix which reflects a diverse blend of international and local brands, it’s easy to see why this popular family destination has become a household name in the South-East neighbourhood of Johannesburg. With a passion for people 

ALBERTON DRIVING RANGE: They have a wide variety of your favourite dishes with a great view over the driving range, making you feel like a golf pro at the 19th hole.
There is plenty to do for the kids, with a nice jungle gym to keep them occupied while you can watch sporting events on the covered deck with a fully licensed bar area. They are situated at 165 Second Avenue. For more about them, contact 079 638 3354.

PICNIC: The Alberton Dam in Bloutulp Road is a popular venue for people who want to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. There are lovely picnic areas with grass and beautiful trees. A great number of water birds nest on the island in the middle of the dam.

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Elzaan Pienaar

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