SUNDAY TIMES - 3 family-friendly events to enjoy in Joburg this Easter weekend
Sunday Times Entertainment By Lucy Sarah Heaney, 2017-04-13 00:00:00.0

3 family-friendly events to enjoy in Joburg this Easter weekend

Sisonke Yafele as the Snake, Ayanda Nondlwana as the Gruffalo and Mandisi Heshu as the Mouse in the stage adaption of iconic picture book, 'The Gruffalo'.
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Whether you fancy treating your kids to a day at the theatre, or taking them on a picnic, there are plenty of fun events happening in Jozi over the long weekend

1) 'The Gruffalo' at Auto and General Theatre on the Square

Parents will already be familiar with 'The Gruffalo' – Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s iconic picture book following mouse’s walk through the woods.

A favourite among readers big and small, the book was then adapted for the stage, and following a sold-out interactive performance at the 2016 Cape Town Fringe Festival, the South African version of the Tall Stories West End hit will be in Joburg from April 11 until 7 May.

Get your tickets for either Easter Saturday or Family Day at the Auto and General Theatre on The Square – the performances take place at 11am and 3pm.

2) In the Forest’s Easter Folk Market

If you fancy a little adventure on Easter Saturday, drive out to Walkerville for a magical day under the trees at In the Forest.

The enchanted fairy trail is guaranteed to captivate your kids, and the craft stalls, food trucks, and craft beverages mean that it really is fun for the whole family – even your pets are welcome, as long as they’re on a leash. Visit

3) The First Locrate Picnic

The Locrate team have already made a name for themselves as the curators of cool with their regular Locrate Market in Soweto. On 16 April they’re taking their love for Joburg to a whole new level with the first Locrate Picnic.

Taking place at Constitution Hill, the picnic is set to be a family-oriented event themed around picnic baskets and wine. Celebrating the diversity and richness of South African families, you can arrive any time from midday on Sunday and expect Devil’s Peak brews and special entertainment to keep the little ones happy. Paired with the smooth live jazz, the event is sure to be a fantastic afternoon out.


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