This post was in collaboration with Sun International.

I recently had the opportunity to review Carnival City with the family and I must say it was an adventure for my kids as we drove through roads we don’t normally drive on in Johannesburg. 😉

46 minutes away from Sandton and 32 minutes away from O.R. Tambo airport is the festival fairground of non-stop fun, Carnival City.

Carnival City is situated in Brakpan, on the East Rand of Johannesburg – right opposite a major mall which is extremely convenient if you forgot an item or two for your holiday. 😉

Under Carnival City’s big top tent visitors encounter all the exuberance of a travelling circus and fairground – jesters, rollercoasters and bright, bold colours all compete for sensory attention.

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The central attraction is undoubtedly the world-class licenced Casino with its exciting variety of casino slots and 57 table games, comprising American Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat and Poker.

And not just for the punters in the casino, but for the entire family. Carnival City is a convivial place where your inner jester will feel right at home and the whole family, from the youngest to the oldest, can have fun, fun and yet more fun.

From the regular live DJ shows, concerts, and other family-orientated events, coupled with a great selection of restaurants and other entertainment venues, all meld together serve up a feast of fun for everyone. Seven days a week.

It was my second time visiting here however my first time staying at the hotel and I must say, I was impressed overall with my stay.

The Room:

I was not sure what to expect as Carnival City is one of the older casinos but with the current revamps at the hotel, I must admit, the room was a treat. It has modern finishes and is extremely spacious.

Absolutely loved the bathroom.

You would pay around R 1 855 for a standard king room for 2 adults and 2 kids.

The Food:

There is a host of family-friendly restaurants.

•            Ocean Basket

•            Calistos

•            RocoMamas

•            Panarottis

•            Spur

•            Milky Lane

•            Candylicious

•            Food Court – Fast Food Outlets

We ended up eating at FEGO café which is also kid-friendly. Our meals were delicious. They do have some great specials happening at the moment.

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Kids entertainment:

Let Carnival City help you entertain the kids this school holiday.

For parents who need to get out of the house for a couple of hours – grab the kids, round up friends or family members, and head to Pocket Park at Carnival City for some holiday fun.

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Children aged 3 to 13 can look forward to fun activities with arts and crafts from Thursday, 16 December between 12h00 to 17h00. 

These include cupcake decorating, making necklaces with beads, and decorating your own face mask.

Pocket Park was revamped in 2015 and is an exciting grassed, outdoor play area with climbing frames and slides, perfect for energetic young ones, while parents take a breather on one of the benches.

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DATE: 16 – 19 December, 24, 26, 27 and 31 December

01 – 02 January 2022

TIME: On selected days from 12h00 – 17h00

COST: Free

VENUE: Pocket Park, Carnival City (located outside, near The Magic Company)

Corner Century and Elsburg Road, Brakpan, 1540

Close by, there are a variety of theme-park rides to choose from. You can ‘ride as much as you want’ for only R150 per person on the rides in the area, excluding go-carts.


DATE: 1-15 December – Saturday and Sundays

From 16 December – daily

TIME: 12h00 – 19h00

COST: R150 per person

Go-karts are excluded.

VENUE: Pocket Park, Carnival City

Corner Century and Elsburg Road, Brakpan, 1540

At Carnival City, there is lots of fun for the whole family, from the ringing and flashing of the arcade games at The Magic Company to Lazer Zone, ten-pin bowling and go-kart racing, Carnival City will surprise and delight the young and the young at heart.

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When you need a break, take in a Ster-Kinekor theatre experience that features the latest blockbusters. Friendly, professional childminders at the Kidzone Creche also give parents an opportunity to relax.

All Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to, and guests must wear masks at all times.

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