Share this article

Holiday fun for Joburg kids

The City of Johannesburg’s Library and Information Services has released a month-long, fun-filled and activity-packed holiday programme to keep children busy and away from mischief.

The programme, which caters for children aged between two and 18, runs from Wednesday 7 December 2016 when public schools shut down to Tuesday 10 January 2017 in time for the reopening of schools for the new academic year.

It ensures that learning does not stop and that children have a fun-filled, educational and enriching holiday.

Children will be treated to a variety of stimulating programmes everyday - except on public holidays - from 9am to 4pm.

More than 65 public libraries in the City’s seven regions will offer educational and entertainment activities ranging from making Christmas cards and playing computer games, to listening to stories and playing games such as chess, tug of war spoon and egg.

Some of the stories to be told to children at some of the libraries include “The First Christmas” and “Mary’s Child Was Born” to fit in with the Christmas theme.

One of the highlights of the programme will be a visit by a yet unnamed popular soccer player to the Norwood Library in Region E on Wednesday December 15 to address children on being active.

On Friday December 9, the Southdale Library will host representatives of the South African National Council on Alcohol Abuse and Drug Dependence (SANCA), who will give a talk on the dangers of substance abuse.

At the Protea Glen Library in Region D, Soweto, on Monday December 12, the Water Wise team will stage a puppet show on how to use water responsibly. The team will move to the Rivonia Library in Region E three days later.

On Tuesday December 13, officers from the Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) will deliver a lecture on public safety at the South Hills Library in Region F.

Other activities children will engage in include five-a-side soccer matches, traditional games, face painting, arts and culture, drawing using a computer programme called Paint, using an e-learning programme called Tux of Maths to better understand mathematics, decorations, colouring, treasure hunts and the building of puzzles.

For the full holiday programme, go to the City’s website:​