Kids and Teens

Best shop for baby essentials: Baby City

Let’s face it: the world of babies can be pretty confusing. Which nappie brand is best? Do you really need knee pads for when they start walking? Baby City’s informed, friendly staff are here to help you answer these questions and more, so that you can navigate the truly vast range with ease. You got this, mama! – www.babycity.co.za

Best Shop for Kids Clothes: Ackermans

From cute-as-a-button ‘gros for your brand new baba to the latest looks for your budding fashionista, Ackermans is all about value for money quality. Don’t forget to pick up those essentials while you’re doing a wardrobe shop: the store has a range of must-haves for kids up to 10 years old, including baby goodies and school uniforms. – www.ackermans.co.za

Best kids’ menu: Spur Steak Ranches

No South African childhood is complete without a visit to Spur. The awesome play areas aside, the kids’ menu leaves your little ones spoilt for choice, with pizzas, burgers, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, fish fingers and even vegetarian options up for grabs. Spur also makes a great venue for parties, too. – www.spursteakranches.com/za

Best kids’ party spot: Benoni Monkey and Bird Park

Name one animal kids love more than monkeys. You can’t, can you? That’s what makes Benoni Money and Bird Park a fantastic party venue: the kids will be beside themselves with wonder. The venue also offers a play area and picnic and braai areas, and moms can relax in the tea garden while the kids enjoy themselves. – https://benoni-monkey-and-bird-park.business.site, Cnr Swallow and Barbet Roads, Benoni, 082 787 3932

Best kids’ takeaway: McDonald’s

McDonald’s really is our Old Faithful – when you’re too time-pressed to cook (or simply want to treat the kids), you just can’t go wrong with a Happy Meal. It’s pretty cool to know that there’s more diversity on the menu these days, with vegetarians catered for, and great coffee for mom… – www.mcdonalds.co.za

Best online school: Curro Online

Online schooling has become as much of a part of our lives as remote working, and both parents and learners who follow this model swear by its flexibility (great for kids whose families travel a lot) and the cost savings – no uniforms or transport. Curro Online gets the thumbs up for its outstanding approach, excellent teachers and quality curriculum. – www.curro.co.za

Best private Pre-primary, primary school and high school: St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls

St Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls takes pride in addressing the natural hunger for learning that’s inherent in every child. While taking every care to develop the values that ground a Christian education, the school is also cognizant of the skills that will equip children for the workplace of the future, including collaboration, presentation, coding, robotics, being more human, ethics and critical thinkingSt Dominic’s accommodates girls from pre-school to Matric. – www.stdominics.co.za, Kruger Street, Boksburg, 011 917 5150

Best public primary school: Rynfield Primary School

At Rynfield Primary, values form the foundation of an education that aims to develop every facet of your child’s potential: academic, social, spiritual, and physical. The goal is to inspire the desire to live with a spirit of significance, and this is achieved not only through the dedicated staff and involved parent body, but also by giving children access to top facilities and an extramural programme curated to allow them to explore their talents. – www.rps.org.za, Malherbe Road, Benoni, 011 849 5215

Best public high school: Benoni High School

Having recently celebrated its centenary, Benoni High School places firm emphasis on helping learners develop creativity and innovativeness, with an eye to seeing them leave the school as nation builders. A relaxed learning environment and full range of extramurals completes the package. – www.bhs.co.za, Dalrymple Street, Northmead, Benoni, 011 849 4129

Best tertiary institution: University of the Witwatersrand

‘Witsies’ have been leaving their mark in business, science, the arts and every other sphere for more than 100 years, and the university’s reputation as a centre of excellence stands strong. In fact, did you know that Wits include four Nobel Laureates amongst its alumni? Impressive, indeed. – wits.ac.za, Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, 011 717 1000

Best toy shop: Toys R Us

Even the most dignified of us brims with excitement upon entering Toys R Us! From crafts to cuddlies, puzzles, STEAM toys, Lego and even electronic gadgets, the store feels like a door into the imagination. You’ll love it almost as much as your kids do! – toysrus.co.za, 087 234 8697

Best young boutique: Earth Child

Earth Child is all about letting your kids live their best lives in clothes that are cool, comfortable, and enviro-conscious. Look out for trendy styles fashioned in natural fabrics allowing freedom of movement (for them) and long-lasting durability (for you). Earth Child caters for boys and girl up to age 10. – www.truworths.co.za