Wit it being the school holidays again, the Next 48hOURS team took it upon ourselves to compile a selection of wonderful entertainment to keep the little ones occupied during the winter break.
‘Peter Pan’ at Canal Walk
The annual Canal Walk Theatre is recognised as hosting some of the finest children’s theatre productions in the country, and this year is no exception.
Kids and the young at heart will be captivated by J.M. Barrie’s enduring classic ‘Peter Pan’ from Saturday June 22 to Sunday July 14. Swept away on the adventure of a lifetime, the audience will travel with the Darling children and Peter Pan to the magical and enchanted Never Land. Here they’ll meet Tinker Bell, the mysterious mermaids from Mermaid Lagoon, the beautiful Princess Tiger Lily, the fun-loving Lost Boys and the evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates aboard the Jolly Roger.
This spectacular new family musical is directed by celebrated theatrical duo Fred Abrahamse and features the music and lyrics of Marcel Meyer.
Performances will be staged from Tuesdays through to Sundays at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm and tickets cost R70 through Computicket.
Kids Ahoy at V&A Waterfront
Kids Ahoy is a holiday programme that will run at the V&A Waterfront from June 29 to July 6. This holiday, the focus is on edu-tainment, crafts and creativity. Different activity areas can be found at the Market on the Wharf, the Craft Market and Wellness Centre and the Two Oceans Aquarium, each featuring craft-based activities to keep little hands active. Recycled materials will be incorporated, encouraging positive and practical ideas. While little hands and minds are kept busy and stimulated, parents can use the opportunity to browse. Workshops cost R100 each and range from half an hour to an hour and a half. A free Kids Ahoy cap is included.
Visit www.waterfront.co.za for more information and to pre-register and pay for the different workshops. A maximum of eight children, aged between six and 11 years old, can participate per time slot.
‘Make Way For Noddy’ at Artscape
‘Make Way for Noddy’ brings our friends Noddy, Tessie Bear, Mr Plod, Bumpy Dog, Dinah Doll and all the other friends back to Artscape Theatre Foyer during the June school holidays.
It is Tessie Bear’s birthday. Noddy writes her a song but everyone he meets, feels it is not an impressive present. What should Noddy do? Naughtly Sly and Gobbo are up to their tricks too. Big Ears cannot sleep. He asks Noddy to get special ingredients for a sleeping spell. Noddy forgets and brings the wrong things. Oh, dear Noddy. Join Noddy, Tessie Bear, Miss Pink Cat, Martha Monkey and friends in their fun filled adventures.
‘Make Way for Noddy’ is directed by Cheryl Abromowitz and adapted from the stories by Enid Blyton. Catch it at the Artscape Theatre Foyer from June 22 to July 6 at 10.30am daily (except Sundays). Tickets are R60 per person at Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695.
‘The Three Little Pigs’ at Cavendish
The Lilliput Children’s Theatre Company will be performing their popular show ‘The Three Little Pigs’ at Cavendish Square during the winter school holidays.
The delightful children’s classic, adapted and directed by Elton John Duffy, takes place in Mudwop Valley, were the three little pigs leave their farm in the Karoo to build houses of their own.
One wants to be a ballroom dancer, another wants to be an opera singer and the third wants to be a successful businessman. The big bad wolf pretends to be a travelling salesman in order to get into their homes but has to resort to blowing the houses down. When none of his disguises work, he tries to blow the houses up, with unexpected and humorous consequences.
The show will run from Monday June 24 until Saturday July 6 (Mondays to Saturdays). All performances will be at 11.30am and the shows will take place in the Old Café Sofia, on the Lower Ground Floor, opposite Kauai in Cavendish Square. Tickets are R45. Book at Computicket.
Children’s Magic Festival returns
The 2013 Traditional Children’s Magic Festival is back in Cape Town at the College of Magic this winter school holiday and is set to be bigger and better than ever before.
This year’s Festival will once again be hosted at the College’s grandiose and warm Victorian base in Claremont from Thursday to Saturday, June 26 and 29. Youngsters can look forward to dazzling shows, performances by some of the Mother City’s most seasoned artists, including Adri du Toit, Mawonga Gayiya, Craig Mitchell, Matthew Ross, and Sinethemba Bawuti, as well as a plethora of magic workshops.
All in all, 50 magicians, jugglers, clowns, escapologists and more will participate in the Festival.
Tickets are R50 and includes a free magical goodie bag on arrival. Book on 021 683 5480, or visit www.collegeofmagic.com for more information.