Festive summer delights for children at the V&A Waterfront

Festive summer delights for children at the V&A Waterfront

Date: December 8 until December 29; January 2 to 10
Venue: Clock Tower Square
Time: 10.30am – 5pm
Cost: R30 per person
Fifty metres of fun is what children of all ages will encounter at the V&A Waterfront’s temporary pumptrack this festive season.
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. Bikes and scooters will be provided free of charge. Not entirely restricted to children, adults are also encouraged to explore the pumptrack.

Christmas Light Show
Date: Friday, December 9, to December 17
Time: 8.30pm and 9.30pm
Venue: Upper Level, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
Cost: Free to attend
The first day of extended trading hours, Friday, December 9, will be marked by a Christmas Light Show to dazzle Victoria Wharf shoppers with a display of coloured light patterns, all set to Christmas-themed music, carols and performances to instil traditional Christmas cheer.
Light Shows will be held twice daily at 8.30pm and again at 9.30pm.

Stargazing at the Waterfront
Date: Saturday, December 10get-up-close-with-all-manner-of-furry-friends
Time: 1 – 9pm
Venue: Old Pierhead Square, near the Port Captain’s Building
Cost: Free to attend
A budding astronomer’s delight, both young and old are invited to experience the stars at the V&A Waterfront with this free-to-attend stargazing event. Visitors can enjoy live telescope views of the Sun, Moon, stars and planets during this special event.

Petting Zoo
Date: Saturday, December 10, to December 29; January 3 to 10
Time: 10am – 5pm
Note: Petting Zoo will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve (December 24)
Venue: Clock Tower Square
Cost: R25 per child; Tickets available at the door.
The ever-popular Petting Zoo will return to the V&A Waterfront this December, giving younger visitors the chance to cuddle up to their favourite furry friends.

Zip Zap Circus
Date: Monday, December 12, to December 20
Time: 4 – 5pm
Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Cost: Free to attend
The Zip Zap Circus returns to the V&A Amphitheatre this December, with a high-paced, energetic show entitled ‘Upside Down Town’, with twists and turns that promise to keep young ones spellbound. Acts include jugglers, trapeze artists, contortionists and more.

Santa’s Workshop
Date: Saturday, December 10, to December 24
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Victoria Wharf Centre Court
Cost: Free to attend
With a ho-ho-ho and a belly full of fun, Santa and his elves will be at Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre this festive season. Children of all ages can come down to Santa’s Workshop at the Centre Court where they can meet Santa himself and tell him all of their Christmas wishes.
Note that a professional photographer will not be on-site to take images. Parents and guardians are advised to bring their own cameras for photographs.

Christmas Special – Apostle Choristers
Date: Wednesday, December 21
Time: Sound check at 6pm
Performance: 7 – 8pm
Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Cost: Free to attend
Families are sure to get into a cheerful, festive spirit with the Apostle Choristers, who will fill the V&A Amphitheatre with Christmas cheer on Christmas week. Excited visitors are welcome to stop by a little early and catch the Choristers’ sound check at 6pm.
First established in 1995 to promote choral music within the community, the choir is managed by the Ithemba Cultural Society. It is musically directed by well-known performer and director Camillo Lombard and is divided into three regions, namely the Cape Metropole, Boland and the Swartland.

* For more information, call the V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600; or send an email to info@waterfront.co.za.