Fun things to do with the kids at the V&A Waterfront over the holidays

Cape Town - It feels like yesterday we welcomed the December holidays, and just like that 2016 is also drawing to a close! Soon you will explore the wonders of our beautiful country with all the kids by your side. We are looking forward to a multitude of festive events to keep the family busy in Cape Town, and the V&A Waterfront is one of the stops on our list.

The V&A Waterfront has a festive line-up of activities for children to enjoy during their summer vacation. Treat them to activities like the Pumptrack, a petting zoo, stargazing, Santa's Workshop and of course, the Christmas light show. 

Kids will enjoy hours of fun while parents catch up on their Christmas shopping, but parents might be just as entertained by the exciting festive programme.

After your visit to the V&A, don't forget to stop by one of Cape Town's picture perfect beaches, or hit a market or two. Festive season is here!

Family events and activities to check out at the V&A Waterfront for the next two weeks.


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 the perfect tool to improve balance, learn skills and improve confidence on a bike. Helmets, bikes and scooters will be provided free of charge. Not entirely restricted to children, adults are also encouraged to explore the Pumptrack.

When: Thursday, 8 to Thursday, 29 December and Monday, 2 to Tuesday, 10 January

Where: Clock Tower Square

Time: 10:30 – 17:00

Cost: R30 per person

Petting Zoo

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.

Situated at Clock Tower Square, the Petting Zoo will be open to children of all ages from Saturday, 10 to Thursday, 29 Decembe except for Christmas Eve, 24 December, when it will close early at 14:00 to await Santa’s arrival. The Petting Zoo will return again in the New Year, running from Tuesday, 3 to Tuesday, 10 January. Entrance is affordably priced making it the perfect way to entertain the kids these holidays. Tickets are available at the door.

When: Saturday, 10 – Thursday, 29 December and Tuesday, 3 to Tuesday 10 January

Where: Clock Tower Square 

Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Cost: R25 per child

Springbok Rugby Museum 

You cannot call yourself the ultimate Springbok supporter until you've visited the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum, in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Every rugby – and sport – enthusiast should know the rich and optimistic road rugby has tread over the past years. Even though it’s a mere sport, South Africa’s road to victory – in more than one way – is entwined with that of rugby, and every South African needs to experience that in this state of the art museum and rugby ‘play field’. 

Teach the kids about this rich history at the Springbok Museum. 

When: Everyday

Where: Portswood Road 

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Cost: Adults R75, kids under 5 - Free, scholars - R50.

SEE: 8 Fun SA rugby facts

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