The V&A Waterfront is determined not to let rain end play this winter, with a full line-up of activities to keep children busy come rain or shine.
Logos Hope: world’s largest loating book fair
The world’s largest floating book fair, Logos Hope, will soon visit Cape Town, bringing with it a wealth of knowledge, help, and importantly – literary hope. Docked at Jetty 2 at the V&A Waterfront from Saturday, June 24, to Monday, July 11, visitors can board the vessel to browse the wide book selection and meet the volunteer crew, who span 55 different nationalities.
More than 5000 book titles will be available for purchase, and visitors can also treat themselves to a variety of eats available from the on-board International Café.
Some of South Africa’s most fascinating reptiles will occupy Jubilee Hall in the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed for the rest of June, making for an exciting excursion for parents and children during the upcoming school holidays.
From Rock Monsters to Monty the Giant Python and the twin Boa Constrictors on display, visitors will gaze on reptiles of all shapes and sizes, watch live snake shows, learn a little more about our scaly friends via educational short films on show, read fascinating facts and stats about reptiles at our pop-up Reptile Lab, and meet some of our experienced snake handlers.
Running from June 18 to July 18, access to the Reptile Garden also includes sand art, LEGO tables and a PlayStation terminal to keep young ones occupied for a while, and parents are welcome to visit the on-site cafeteria while their kids keep busy. The Reptile Garden is open daily from 10am to 6pm and tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za.
Fifty metres of fun is what children of all ages will encounter at the new temporary pumptrack between Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, July 17, this winter. A pumptrack is a continuous track where the rider uses an up and down ‘pumping’ motion to propel the bicycle/scooter forward instead of pedalling, providing an ideal tool to improve balance, learn skills and improve confidence on a bike.
Open from 10.30am to 3.30pm daily, helmets, bikes and scooters will be provided free of charge. Not entirely restricted to children, adults are also welcome to explore the Pumptrack.
High-energy creativity and playful fun will be the order of the day at the Innovation Station, scheduled daily over the holiday period. Parents are invited to bring their little ones to the Centre Court for workshops that focus on encouraging exploration and stimulating children’s imaginations and problem-solving skills as they tumble around in a safe and stimulating environment.
Overseen by four engaging facilitators, this year’s workshop theme is “recycling” and seeks to instil a positive, environmental appreciation message in young children’s minds. The daily workshops will focus on the processes of designing, making, prototyping and playing with recyclable materials, and cost R20 per child per day. It will run at the Centre Court within the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre for 13 days from Tuesday, June 28, to Sunday, July 10, between 11am and 6pm. No bookings are required and entry can be paid for on arrival.
Raucous roughhousing: Rugbytots for little ones
Encourage your future Springbok with sporting sessions designed to fill a gap in the childhood development sector, by using rugby specific skills. Rugbytots has been devised to 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 July 4 to 8 and the second from 1 July 1 to 15. 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: www.rugbytots.co.za.
* For more information on any of the above activities, contact the V&A Waterfront Info Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org; or on 021 408 7600.