Snow park part of holiday fun
THE HOLIDAYS are here! There is lots of fun for the whole family that includes carols by candlelight, Father Christmas, thrilling rides, movies, music and magic shows.
The V&A Waterfront has a variety of entertainment. Santa’s Workshop, runs until December 14. There will be storytelling sessions daily from 11am to 1pm, an opportunity to have your picture taken with Father Christmas, and craft activities at R50 each. A magic and illusions show, Summer Magic, will be on at the amphitheatre at 3pm daily until December 24.
The Kids Ahoy playground will have giant floor games, bean bag tossing, ring tossing, go- fish, stilt walkers and balloon shapers.
A petting zoo will be open from December 14 to January 14 between 11am and 5pm. It will be closed on December 24 and 25 and on January 1 and 8.
At the Cre8tive Kids activity area at the Blue Shed Craft Market, it costs R20 for half an hour of play with play dough, colouring in, playing games and getting your face painted. Kids can also do crafts at an additional cost.
Cape Town’s shopping malls will also be decked out to entertain you during the holidays.
Cavendish Square will have a range of children’s activities until Christmas Eve. Santa’s Workshop play area on the ground floor will offer musical stories, dance adventures with Simple Simon and friends and the Hokey Pokey for children younger than eight. At Keedo children can help design and paint fabric squares for quilts for the young children of the Isiseko Educare Centre. The Cape Town Philharmonia Choir will sing carols on December 21 at 12pm.
Canal Walk has created a special winter experience at the Snow Play Park until January 5. There will be a fairy tale ice palace with a 21m ice slide, a 13m slide and two snow-filled play areas where children can make snowmen and throw snowballs. Father Christmas will stop at the Snow Play Park to listen to your Christmas wishes. You can have your photo taken with him and post a letter to the North Pole in a special post box. Tickets are R30R70 at Computicket.
Create a bear at Tyger Valley Centre and Somerset Mall BuildA-Bear Workshop from R99. You can buy Rudolph or Clarice the Reindeer, Wishes Santa, Cheerful Monkey or Sock Monkey, Smurfs or One Direction bear, complete with a recorded message. Build-ABear will collect bears for a children’s charity. See www. buildabear.co.za or call 08611 BEARS (23277).
Ratanga Junction is open until January 14. So whether you prefer the Cobra or the tea-cup ride, head there for an adrenalinpumping ride and a day of adventure any day except Christmas day. Visit www.ratanga.co.za
There are new movies coming out too. Disney’s Frozen is out on December 20. It tells the story of Anna and Kristoff, as well as snowman Olaf, on an epic adventure in Everest-like conditions. The team race to find Elsa, Anna’s sister, whose icy powers have trapped their kingdom in eternal winter.
Take a trip back in time in a 3D movie, Walking with Dinosaurs, and find out what life was really like 70 million years ago when these awe-inspiring, prehistoric creatures roamed the Earth.
Get mom to pack a picnic and the whole family to sing carols by candlelight at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden from December 12 to 15.
The nights will feature Cape Town Concert Brass and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir. There will also be a variety of entertainment before the event. Carols start at 8pm, gates open at 5pm and tickets cost between R10 and R75.
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There will be carols by candlelight at the V& A Waterfront amphitheatre on December 20 from 8pm. The performance will include well-known hymns, carols, Christmas songs, a vocal group, live band, nativity scene
FURRY CRITTERS: There’s the petting zoo for all animal lovers.
SNOW PLAY: More fun at Canal Walk’s Snow Play Park.
CRAFTY: Create your own bear at Tyger Valley Centre and Somerset Mall’s Build-A-Bear workshop.