Is Johannesburg on your bucket list, and is it on your bucket list with your kids? If so, you’ve made a great bucket list! Known as the ‘City of Gold,’ South Africa’s largest city and capital of the Gauteng province, is a fantastic destination for family holidays of a lifetime. 

With an incredible family-friendly culture, and almost endless attractions, there will never be a dull moment in Johannesburg, even with the sulkiest of teenagers in tow! Here is a list of some of the best things to see and do in Johannesburg with the family.

Northgate Ice Rink

Shopping all day isn’t exactly the whole family’s idea of a fun day out, so if you’re in the Northgate Shopping Centre, why not break the day up with a skating session at Northgate Ice Rink? Guaranteed to burst the whole family into action, this shopping centre ice rink caters for every level of ice skater, and age! 

Head to the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre

As long as a family member doesn’t suffer from vertigo, travelling to the 50th floor of the Carlton Centre skyscraper promises to be a memorable excursion. This towering building is in central Johannesburg. The Carlton Centre was built in the 1970s, but remains one of the tallest buildings in South Africa, standing at an incredible 223 metres. Needless to say, the views from the top are breathtaking. Once of the 50th floor, there is plenty of space for youngsters to explore and run around in, while admiring the view of course. 

Gold Reef City Theme Park

No family holiday is complete without a day at a theme park, and the South African city of Johannesburg is no exception. Gold Reef City Theme Park is located on an old gold mine, which closed in 1971. The amusement park is themed around the gold rush that began in the region in 1886. This impressive theme park is a ball for all ages, with rides and attractions for toddlers, older children, teenagers, and adults. Little ones never fail to love riding through the jungle on a safari train, or spinning giddily on the teacups ride. There is also a soft indoor play area, a 4D theatre, farmyard, and Science Exploratory attraction, for an educative, fun and memorable family day out in Johannesburg. 

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

For scientific young minds, a visit to the world-class Sci-Bono Discovery Centre simply has to be on your Johannesburg travel itinerary. This interactive museum features technology, science and mathematical exhibits, and offers workshops and holiday programmes that will spark a interest in young minds. The centre is also home of a fantastic planetarium, which is guaranteed to have a lasting impact on all the family. 


There’s nothing quite like a zipline adventure through the trees to get young (and old) pulses racing. At Acrobranch visitors of the age of three upwards can enjoy climbing, balancing and whizzing through the trees on this fabulous aerial adventure course. The staff are incredibly friendly, and everyone is zipped up with a harness, putting safety first at this memorable family-friendly Johannesburg attraction. 

Sounds exciting? Why not let the travel experts at Blank Canvas Travel help plan your family holiday in Johannesburg for you? We can take care of everything, from picking the right hotel in the South African city, to arranging an action-packed family-friendly itinerary.