Let the school holiday activity planning begin!
So, my mom and I were chatting about the upcoming school holidays the other day. She’s the headmistress of a pre-primary school in Joburg, so she’s pretty excited about the break, but she also confessed that she’s already looking forward to her first day back. Yeah, I also raised my eyebrows…
But I kind of get it. You see pre-primary school teachers are the most popular people in the world on the first day back at school. Us parents are all like smiley and high-five-y and ‘we missed you sooooooo much-y’ because let’s be real, school holidays are freakin’ EXHAUSTING!
Don’t get me wrong. I love the extra time I get to hang with my little man. But I have learnt there is only one way we can get through it without both wanting to put the other up for adoption, activities, activities, ACTIVITIES!!!
My little man, his two grannies and I were recently treated to an awesome family-fun day at the V&A Waterfront. From stuffing our faces at the new Col’cacchio concept store with a beautiful view of the ocean, to a trip on the Cape Wheel and an exclusive preview at the MUST-DO Future Park, it really was a REAL treat.
All I can say, is the school holidays are going to be filled with some family fun this October! Check out their full school holiday guide below!
New family-friendly menu and concept store at COL’CACCHIO V&A Waterfront
The Italian inspired franchise is known for its gourmet thin-based wood-fired pizzas, hearty pasta and crisp fresh salads; and have now launched a V&A exclusive concept store and menu.
The new store will be a favourite amongst busy mums and dads offering a convenient grab and go section for a quick bite. The store also sells a selection of signature Col’Cacchio ingredients and fresh pasta handmade in their in-store pasta room – which will make for family fun cooking experiences.
The new menu includes everything iconically Col’Cacchio – tried and tested Italian themed main meals with the addition of fish and meat dishes along with delicious desserts.
Where to find the new store?
On the Upper Level, Victoria Wharf at the V&A Waterfront opposite Top Shop and next to the Sunglass Hut.
Outdoor ice rink at FANTASY SKATE
Come have fun and glide with us atFantasy Skate, the first outdoor synthetic ice rink in South Africa now located on the Pierhead wharf at the V&A.
Bring your own skates or hire from us. Not suitable for kids under 4yrs. Proceeds go to the Rotary Charity.
Date: 30 June 2017 to 31 October 2017
Time: 11h00 to 18h00 week days • 10h00 to 19h00 weekends
Duration: Operational for 4 months, 7 days a week (20 minute slots)
Venue: On the wharf, Pierhead Deck (west of the Clock Tower swing bridge)
Cost: R30 per person for a 20minute slot
Tickets: Onsite Only
Panoramic views of Cape Town from the CAPE WHEEL
Take a breather with a ride on the Cape Wheel. The giant observation wheel offers spectacular 360˚ panoramic views of Cape Town from the vibrant V&A Waterfront precinct – allowing you to see a bird’s eye view of Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Town City skyline, Paarl Mountains, and the Cape Town Stadium. There are 30 fully enclosed air conditioned cabins that will take you 40 metres above the ground in safety and comfort on the four revolution ride.
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: Adult (18 years) R120
Child (4-17 years) R60
Under 4 years free of charge
Sweet treats for all at LIMNOS BAKERS
Indulge at the latest addition to Vic Wharf, Limnos Bakers. Stop at the bakery to pick up one their handmade cakes and pastries for the family – and venture out into the property to have your sweet treats with a view of the City.
Where to find the new store?
Shop No FC07. Ground Level, Victoria Wharf
Watch your drawings come to life at FUTURE PARK!
Interactive digital technology will breathe life into children’s drawings at teamLab’s Future Park exhibition at the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed from 23 September to 31 January.
The exhibition’s fun, interactive activities will captivate the imagination and introduce young ones to the wonders of technology by using scanners and sensors to make each child’s colourful drawings come to life in a digital universe.
At the sketch aquarium, children can colour in fish and other water creatures, scan them and watch as they swim about with other children’s creations across a floor-to-ceiling digital screen.
Children will also encounter a sketch town where they can draw a car and see it drive around in a town, a light-ball orchestra filled with large balls that change colour and music as they touch it, a colourful game of hopscotch, a town they build and digitally connect, as well as a table where little people come alive.
Play in a digital universe that evolves before your eyes
Date: 23 September 2017 to 31 January 2018
Time: 10h00 to 19h00
Venue: Jubilee Hall, The Watershed, V&A Waterfront
There is so much more to see and do at the V&A Waterfront during the upcoming school holidays – and all year around. Check out our Kids Ahoy page on our website for a full list of all our family-friendly activities.
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Kate Royce is an advertising Creative Director, co-founder of Mammas’ Meeting Place and adoring mother to little Ethan whom, she is convinced, is set to be the greatest adventurer and explorer the world has ever known. Her dad once described her as “having the ability to find beauty in the strangest places,” which she thinks is one of the nicest things anyone’s ever said about her.