When last did you go shopping at Sandton City?
Did you have the kids with you...?
If it was a weekend or a public holiday (or even better, Christmas shopping like now :) , then chances are that it was pretty crazy, as the mall tends to get from about 10:00 onwards!
It is at times like this that the Mushroom Farm Park (or Hyundai Sky Park) is ideal for a welcome break, away from the madness of the mall.
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Location and Setting
It is fairly hard to miss the Mushroom Farm Park in Sandton - just look for the huge Hyundai helium balloon!
The Mushroom Farm Park is situated just off Rivonia Road on Daisy Street, in Sandown, Johannesburg.
Click here for a map.
For the kids...
Shopping-drained kids are greeted by a huge sandpit, containing a wide variety of colourful jungle gyms, slides, swings and other play equipment, all guaranteed to excite the little ones and keep the adults exercising as they supervise playtime :)
If it's a walk (or a run) that the kids are after, then there is more than ample space for them to scoot about and use up those energy reserves.
There is a very picturesque setting as you walk down towards the dam in the park, and as you cross the wooden footbridge, you might be forgiven for thinking you were somewhere far off in the country, and not right in the middle of Sandton!
The Hyundai helium balloon (similar to the one at Montecasino) is also sure to attract attention, wide eyes and fascination from the kiddies.
The balloon is operated by Aerial Displays in partnership with Hyundai - for more info on balloon rides click here.
For the adults...
The Mushroom Farm Park reminds me of what parks in Johannesburg used to be like when I was a kid.
Bombela have done a fantastic restoration job, after the park was used as a temporary shaft during construction of the Gautrain - it is beautifully landscaped, and it incorporates a walkway that takes you around the entire park.
For the bird watchers out there, there are also about 80 different species of birds who flock around the dam.
According to the Hyundai website, we should also soon see a coffee shop on the premises, but in the meantime, a good old picnic basket will do the trick!
Access to the park is controlled by security guards, and entrance is free.
The toilets are clean and well maintained - always important!
For a reprieve from the craze of Sandton shopping, the Mushroom Farm Park is high up there on my list.
The fact that the park balloon is sponsored by Hyundai, and the presence of the Radisson Blu Hotel right next door, ensure that the Park is definitely on the up and up.
Getting in touch
We were unable to locate a contact number or email address for Mushroom Farm Park anywhere, but as soon as we do, we will update it here.
read more: Mushroom Farm Park (also Hyundai Sky Park) review, Sandton (JHB)