Cape Town winter holiday fun 2016
Here are a few attractions to keep your kids entertained and educated this winter holiday.
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Beat holiday boredom with these activities and events taking place around the Cape this winter.

Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

This year's production features many Disney characters from FrozenThe Little MermaidDisney-Pixar’s Cars and Toy Story 3, along with all-time favourites Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

The production runs from Wednesday, 6 July 2016 until Sunday, 10 July 2016 at Grand West's Grand Arena.

SHOW TIMES:

Wednesday, 6 July 2016 - 14h00 & 18h00

Thursday, 7 July 2016 - 11h00 & 15h00

Friday, 8 July 2016 - 10h00, 14h00 & 18h00

Saturday, 9 July 2016 - 10h00, 14h00 & 18h00

Sunday, 10 July 2016 - 10h00, 14h00 & 18h00

TICKET PRICES:

Weekdays (Wednesday to Friday) - R150, R250, R350 per person inclusive

Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) - R200, R300, R400 per person inclusive

FAMILY PACKAGE PRICES:

Wednesday to Friday:

4 tickets (less R40 per ticket) - R840 (R250*), R1240 (R350*)

5 tickets (less R40 per ticket) - R1050 (R250*), R1550 (R350*)

6 tickets (less R40 per ticket) - R1260 (R250*), R1860 (R350*)

*only valid for the two categories indicated

Saturday and Sunday:

4 tickets (less R30 per ticket) - R1080 (R300*), R1480 (R400*)

5 tickets (less R30 per ticket) - R1350 (R300*), R1850 (R400*)

6 tickets (less R30 per ticket) - R1620 (R300*), R2220 (R400*)

*only valid for the two categories indicated

Bookings can be made through Computicket, 0861 915 8000.

GROUP BOOKINGS:

20% Discounts on groups of 20 and more - all midweek performances only.

Bookings can be made through Jill Somers on 079 218 1658 or sales@showtime.co.za

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: No babies in arms without a purchased ticket.

Robin Hood

Canal Walk's annual theatre production for 2016 is Robin Hood. It takes place in the centre of the shopping mall, which has been transformed into a theatre depicting Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle.

This year, Canal Walk and the Hyprop Foundation partner with LEAP Science and Maths Schools. All proceeds from the theatre programmes, along with a percentage of the performance ticket sales will be donated to these no-fee schools.

The show will run from 24 June to 16 July 2016 and there are three performances a day (11h00, 12h30 and 14h00) from Tuesday to Sunday.

Tickets are available through Computicket at R75 per person.

School of Rock winter camps

3-Day Instrument Workshop: 27 to 29 June 2016

  • Monday, 27 June: Vocals and keys workshop
  • Tuesday, 28 June: Guitar workshop
  • Wednesday, 29 June: Drums, bass and percussion workshop

The workshop runs from 09h00 to 14h00.

Players of all skill levels will be accommodated and will be split into two age groups: 6 to 10 years old and 11 to 18 years old.

There is a maximum of 10 students per group and cost per day for each workshop is R600.

Participants are able to choose the days they would like to attend. 

Punk Rock camp: 11 to 13 July

The Punk rock camp is only open to participants 11 to 18 years old and competent on their respective instruments.

Kids gain the opportunity to learn Punk Rock songs and hopefully sign-up into the Performance Programme to be part of the next Season Show: Punk Rock.

The cost for the 3-day Punk Rock camp is R1500 per participant, who signs-up for the full 3 days.

Space is limited and booking is only confirmed on receipt of payment.

For bookings and more information, call 021 671 9580 or email School of Rock Claremont.

Bookings close 48-hours prior to the commencement of each camp.  

The Logos Hope

The world’s largest floating book fair comes to Cape Town, bringing with it a wealth of knowledge, help, importantly – literary hope!

Docked at Jetty 2 at the V&A Waterfront from Saturday 24 June to Monday 11 July, parents are encouraged to bring their children aboard the vessel to browse the wide book selection and meet the volunteer crew, who span 55 different nationalities.

More than 5 000 book titles are available for purchase, and visitors can also treat themselves to a variety of sumptuous eats available from the on-board International Café.

For more information, contact the V&A Waterfront on 021 408 7600 or email info@waterfront.co.za.

Reptile Garden

Various fascinating reptiles will be on display at the Reptile Garden during June and July 2016.

Visitors are able to see the reptiles on display, watch live snake shows and learn more through educational short films on show. They are also able to read fascinating facts and statistics about reptiles at the pop-up Reptile Lab and meet experienced snake handlers.

It also includes sand art, LEGO® tables and a PlayStation terminal, along with an on-site cafeteria. 

The garden is located in the Jubilee Hall in the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed and runs from 18 June to 18 July 2016.

It's open daily from 10h00 to 18h00 and tickets are available from Webtickets.

For more information, contact the V&A Waterfront on 021 408 7600 or email info@waterfront.co.za.

Innovation Station

Parents are invited to bring their little ones to the V&A Waterfront Centre Court for workshops focusing on encouraging exploration, stimulating children’s imaginations and problem-solving skills as they tumble around in a safe environment.

Overseen by four engaging facilitators, this year’s workshop theme is ‘recycling’ and seeks to instil a positive, environmental appreciation message. The daily workshops will focus on the processes of designing, making, prototyping and playing with recyclable materials.

It's located in the Victoria Wharf centre court from Tuesday, 28 June to Sunday, 10 July 2016 between 11h00 and 18h00 and costs R20 per child, per day. No bookings are required and entry can be paid for on arrival.

Please note: Depending on demand at the time, play time at the Innovation Station may be limited to one hour per child.

For more information, contact the V&A Waterfront on 021 408 7600 or email info@waterfront.co.za.

Rugby Tots

Rugbytots will develop your child’s physical, psychological, and social attributes, as well as gently encouraging rugby specific skills such as running with the ball, finding space, kicking, catching, scoring a try, and much more.

Two Holiday Clubs will run this winter, with the first scheduled for 4 to 8 July and the second from 11 to 15 July.

Each Holiday Club will have three classes per day, organised by age group.

Sessions have been organised for children aged 2 to 3, 3 to 5, and 5 to 7 years, and will take place on the Croquet Lawn at the V&A Waterfront at a cost of R300 (for one weeks’ worth of sessions) or R550 (for two weeks’ sessions) per child.

Pre-booking is essential for the first and second holiday clubs.

For more information visit Rugby Tots, or contact the V&A Waterfront on 021 408 7600, info@waterfront.co.za.

Skill-building Pumptrack

Instead of pedalling, kids use up and down "pumping" motion to propel the bicycle or scooter forward, which provides the perfect tool to improve balance, learn skills and improve confidence on a bike.

The temporary 50 metre Pumptrack is open from Saturday, 25 June to Sunday, 17 July and is open from 10h30 to 15h30 daily.

Helmets, bikes and scooters will be provided free of charge.

The activity is not entirely restricted to children, adults are welcome to explore the Pumptrack too.

For more information, contact the V&A Waterfront on 021 408 7600 or email info@waterfront.co.za.

Cooking classes

Learning Kat Cookery has holiday cooking classes this winter holiday.

Kids age 4 and up will learn to cook simple, nutritious food.

Each session is 2 hours long, and groups are kept to a maximum of three. 

Lessons are R300 each or four for R1000 and sessions run from 28 June to 8 July, Tuesday to Friday from 09h00 to 11h00.

For more information contact Kath on 078 308 4755 or kathkenyon@gmail.com.

The 2016 Traditional Children's Magic Festival

Young and old will be enchanted and enthralled at the Cape Town College of Magic's annual magic festival.

Ideally for kids age 3 to 10, the festival includes treasure hunts and adventure, along with performances and interactive workshops.

It runs from Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 2 July at the college's mysterious Victorian manor in Imam Haron road (formerly Lansdowne road), Claremont.

Shows will take place at 10h30 and 14h30, tickets are R80 and are available from the Cape Town College of Magic. Each ticket includes a magical goodie bag.

For more information contact the college on 021 683 5480.

Noddy

Join Noddy, Tessie Bear and friends at the Artscape Theatre this winter holiday.

Tickets are R60 and the show runs from Monday, 27 June to Saturday, 9 July at 10h30 (except Sundays). 

Activities to entertain the kids will be available before the show - from face painting to colouring in, puzzles and play tents.

Book at Artscape's Dial-a-Seat on 021 421 7695 or through Computicket.

Table Mountain Cableway

It's Kidz Season at the Table Mountain Cableway, where two kids ride for free with each adult return ticket priced at R240.

It is, however, only valid over weekends, public holidays and June/July school holidays.  

Tickets can be purchased online or at the lower cable station ticket offices (when purchasing tickets online, scroll to "packages" section). 

Please note the cableway is closed for annual maintenance from 25 July to 7 August.

For more information contact the cableway on 021 424 8181.

Kirstenbosch Gardens' Winter Wonders 2016

From Saturday, 25 June through to Saturday, 16 July, Winter Wonders offers a 3-week programme of fun, learning, walking, creativity and story-telling. Most of the events are free of charge, and there are also family focused activities for all to join in. 

The programme offers an opportunity to explore the most beautiful garden in Africa and learn more about the environment we live in.

Highlights include a puppet show at Moyo restaurant re-telling a San/African folktale, a guided walk with a botanist, Ernst Van Jaarsveld, and herpetologist Johan Marais who is bringing along some of his reptilian friends for children to see and touch if they dare!

The adventures include animated story readings by Struik Nature and Struik Children’s authors in the Botanical Society bookshop, treasure-hunts through the gardens, a biodiversity and waste art workshop, nature’s treasure box experience and Kirstenbosch’s version of the Amazing Race: ‘Find 50 in Kirstenbosch!

Struik Nature prizes and book hampers will be given throughout the programme.

For more information and to view the full programme, visit the South African National Biodiversity Institute's website.

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