Snow park part of hol­i­day fun

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPOSTER - RE­BECCA JACK­MAN

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact car­ols@kirsten­boschro­tary.co.za.

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.

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