8 activities to keep your tots jolly this season

CapeTalk host Pippa Hudson has put together a festive season holiday guide for your young ones.

Here are some of the many options to keep your kids entertained during the school holidays.

1. Theatre Shows

There are a number of theatre shows that will have children highly entertained.

  • The Lilliput Players are currently putting on the Elves and the Shoemaker at the Nassau Theatre until Saturday, as well as Cinderella at the Baxter Theatre from the next Monday till Saturday.

Tickets range from R70 to R75 each and are available from Computicket. More info on the Lilliput Players website.

  • At the Artscape Theatre, Stage Craft Drama School are putting on a production of Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs.

The classic fairytale production is directed by Cheryl Abromowitz and runs daily till next week Friday in the Foyer at the Artscape.

Tickets are R80 each and children are encouraged to dress up as princes and princesses.

  • Cape Town stage stalwart, Alvon Collison, is putting on his annual nativity play, The Spirit of Christmas, at City Hall on Tues 20 Dec. Alvon himself will be the narrator leading you through all your favourite Christmas carols and songs.

There will also be a chance of kds in the audience to come up on stage and join the show. Head on down to City Hall at 6.30pm.

  • Peter Pan and Tinkerbell

For those who love dance, Cape Town City Ballet are performing a ballet called Peter Pan and Tinkerbell at the Artscape Theatre.

From Friday till the 8th of Jan, with some evening shows, some morning shows, and some afternoon shows. Tickets range from R110 to R120.

2. Outdoor

(Take a listen to the audio for recreational things to do in the City of Cape Town, both free and at a fee).

3. Grand West Fun Park

Grand West this year have set up a special children’s entertainment hub, called the Fun Park for the holidays, with over 12 activities and rides for children aged 18 months and older to try .

Highlights vary from horse rides to aeroplane swings, an inflatable pop up park, a rocket parachute simulator, a bungee trampoline, lady bug rides, a toy ride, the rodeo bull, elephant rides, the space gyro and barrel swings.

The Fun Park and Sun Park will be open daily from 11am from this Friday till the 10th of January, excluding Christmas Day. Tickets cost R20 each and can be purchased at the ticket office inside Sun Exhibits.

4. Art Classes with Sue Nepgen

If your children have a creative streak, then why not treat them to an art workshop?

Sue Nepgen, who regularly hosts art classes, has a special holiday programme at her home in Constantia, which will see small groups learning and making art together.

The classes take place at her home, which borders the Constantia Green Belt, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from tomorrow till the 10th of Jan, with a break in the first week of Jan.

They cost R300 per session – which includes materials. For more info call 021 794 6609.

5. V&A Waterfront

As usual, the V&A Waterfront promises lots of family fun these school holidays – with a number of events and activities on offer.

  • Two Ocean’s Aquarium

The newly opened Ocean Exhibit promises to awe all, with a full 10-metre long tunnel and a 9 metre-wide, 4 metres high window onto a variety of subtropical species, as well the Touch Pool, the Nemo exhibit, the Jelly Exhibition, and of course the kiddies play centre.

From Monday next week till January 6th, they will be open from 9am until 7pm, with last tickets sold at 6.30pm. Tickets range from R70 to R150 each. Children under 4 get in for free.

  • Zip Zap Circus School

The Zip Zap Circus School are presenting Upside Down Town, a fun filled high paced energetic show that will keep you hanging on to the edge of your seats. Experience the usual thrills from the school and watch acts like juggling, triple trapeze and plenty more daily at the V&A Amphitheatre at 4pm until next week Tuesday

  • Petting Zoo

The ever-popular Petting Zoo has made return, giving younger visitors the chance to cuddle up to their favourite furry friends.

Situated just outside the Food Court at the Clock Tower, the Petting Zoo is open daily from 10am till 5pm until the 29th of December, and includes ducks, chicks, bunnies and many more fuzzy creatures.

Entrance to the petting zoo is affordably priced at R25 per person, per 15 minute slot.

6. VR Riding School

Another fun way to enjoy the school holidays is with a special horse riding camp being hosted by VR Riding School.

It all takes place Monday 19 December and Tuesday 20 Decmeber at the VR Riding School on Ottery Road in Phillipi.

The holiday camp is open to ages 6-16 years old. No riding experience is needed.

It is R400 per day you can choose to participate in both days or just one. The day starts at 9am and ends at 4pm.

Contact samhardcastle.vr@gmail.com for more information.

7. Santa’s Postbox

Keep the spirit and tradition of Christmas alive by helping your child to write a letter to Santa this festive season. For Capetonians living in Sea Point, or families who will be visiting the area this Christmas, a special child-size Santa Claus Post Box that will ensure express delivery to Santa Claus himself has been erected at the new Post Office on the second floor of The Point Mall in Regent Road.

8. Ice Adventure

Canal Walk’s Ice Adventure offers children and adults alike the chance to see animals of the Ice Age, experience ice slides and play in the snow-zone play area.

Canal Walk’s Ice Adventure, which offers children and adults alike the chance to see animals of the Ice Age, experience ice slides and play in the snow-zone play area.

At the Canal Walk Shopping Centre daily from 10am till 10pm until the 8th of Jan 2016. The cost is R20 to R80 per person - tickets via Computicket.

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