Dear parents

Please find details for outings on offer during 2018. Many of the outings form part of course programs running in Midrand, Randvaal Discovery and Weltevreden. All other home school,families are welcome to join in for the outings.

Requests for special outings for groups can be made provided they fall within our field of expertise and have a group number greater than 25. These include: Haartebeeshoek, Pretoria Salt Pan, Voortrekker Monument, Cross JHB geology, James Hall Transport Museum, Council For Geoscience, Kloofendal Mine ( We did all of these in the last cycle: 2017)


Friday 23 February 2018 – Sci bona Science experience. 9am to 1:30pm.

Always a must for the family to start the year. We use this outing to set the scene for the year. Kids get to do a themed science show , a practical component and then a science treasure hunt to find answers to problems, found in the displays. Cost R100 per participating kid + R25 entrance kids, R45 entrance adults. Completed – Very ssuccessful


Friday 23 March – Visit to the Planetarium and geological museum. Tentative date, to be confirmed. 9am to 1:30pm 

A family visit aimed at looking at the practical side of our study of the solar system. This will linked to a visit to the geological display at Museum Africa in preparation for our geological lesson components later in the year. Cost R100 per kid + entrance to the Planetarium. Can only confirm this once I can confirm Wits holiday events ( Parking a problem at Wits) Did not take place – Contact the Planetarium for group home school day on 15 June


Thursday 10 May 2018 – Visit to National Weather Service Centurion Pretoria. 10:30am to 1pm.                         

The visit to the Weather Service forms part of our class study of weather and climate. Here kids will see the instruments used to gather weather data as well as see hoe this data is processed. The highlight of this visit is the live launch of a weather balloon.

Cost R100 per participating kid.


Friday 25 May or alt Friday 22 June – Visit to the BMW Motor Assembly Plant in Rosslyn Pretoria. 9am to 1pm

These outings to BMW will be pushed to Aug or Sep ( Plant still being retooled) Will give new dates

This visit offers an almost unique opportunity for kids older than 8 years, to visit one of the most technologically advanced industrial plants in South Africa. Will include a full pre- reading note to prepare you for what you will see. Cost R100 per participating kid


Friday 27 July – Visit to the SA Museum Of Natural History – Pretoria. 9am to 2pm   

This will be our first visit to this venue and will involve a treasure hunt through this spectacular museum. Following lunch we will walk around the old parts of Pretoria, Including Church Square to look at some amazing history. Cost R100 per participating kid + entrance to museum or where required.


Friday 24 August – Geological Trail – Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden. 9am to 2pm

Join us for an integrated educational adventure over the top of the ridge behind the gardens. Here we will be looking at geology, landforms while doing some practice mapwork and orienteering in preparation for the big Parys Camp out. Cost R100 per kid + entrance to Gardens. Usually R25 per scholar and R45/ R50 for adults


Friday 28 September: Practical outdoor Photography class. Walter Sisulu Botaniacal Garden. Time 8:30 to 1pm 

This outing is a must for young photographic enthusiasts.We cover basic photography concepts followed by a practical walk through the gardens to test our newly acquired skills in this beautiful setting. All participating kids must have a camera to work with, Cost R100 per participating kid + entrance to the gardens. Will include a pre – read note before the class.


Tuesday 9 to Thursday 11 Oct – Parys multidisciplinary camp. 3 days + 2 nights                                   

This camp serves as a family experience based in the world famous Vredefort Impact Structure. Here kids will have an opportunity to do practical activities covering many of the topics studied over the course of the year. The story of Vredefort, mapwork practical, orienteering practical,  mineral and rock identification, astronomy, science experiments as well as time to be together and have fun.  Cost: R250 per participating kid ( camp educational charge) R50 pp for camping per night or R200 pp for indoor accom per night. All families to prepare their own meals.


Friday 26 October – Johannesburg to Magaliesberg practical outing                                           

This is our end of year family outing to study the rocks, geology , landforms and spectacular scenery of this route. We end the trip with a ride to the top of the Magaliesberg via the cable car service. May consider adding an overnight stay in the area for those interested so we can walk the spectacular back route of the Magaliesberg on the Saturday morning. Cost R100 per kid , class fee, Entrance to the cable way: About R100 per scholar and R130 per Adult ( This is a group concession) Any overnight would be advised later.


Other outings

Please note that I will also be advertising some Saturday outings via Jozi Kids. These would be repeats on some of the geological outings done over the last two years. JHB to Magaliesberg, Parys asteroid impact geological, cross JHB geological

Also looking to organize a visit to a working steel plant for an older group of kids – 16 years and older