While chocolate cheer and bouncing bunnies abound all around Cape Town this month, the V&A Waterfront has put together a creative, educational school holiday programme to keep young ones occupied over the next few weeks.


Kids Theatre: The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure

The V&A Waterfront’s school holidays begin with the new Kids Theatre programme at the Amphitheatre, which will show performances of the V&A Waterfront’s first ever children’s play, The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure, three times a day from Monday, 3 April to Monday , 10 April.


Set entirely in the picturesque V&A Waterfront, The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure will follow Amy, a brave, adventure-seeking girl, who sets out to find an unknown treasure hidden somewhere in the Waterfront. Along the way she encountering many strange characters along the way, including an odd tour guide, talking seagulls, a gambling cave troll, prankster clownfish, and a loveable shark, making for a very interesting treasure hunt.


The half-hour performances will begin on the hour each day, from 12 to 2pm.


Incredible Illusions: Jaw-dropping 3D illusions

Incredible Illusions, the largest collection of 3D illusions created by master artist Kurt Wenner, comes to the V&A Waterfront this autumn from Tuesday, 4 April to Sunday, 23 July, to enthral both young and old alike. Comprising a jaw-dropping Grand Gallery of 360° 3D illustrations supported by a collection of humorous and adventurous images, this will be the exhibition’s first stopover on the African continent.


Incredible Illusions is the antithesis of the traditional exhibition experience: with no hallowed halls, soft chamber music, and certainly no photography bans, the travelling exhibition instead encourages interactivity and even the use of cellphones and personal interaction, to make each visit a customised experience. Visitors can share their visit with the world on social media and let their illusionary experience live a little longer.


Fun from beginning to end, the Incredible Illusions exhibition includes an “art jamming” zone where children and adults alike can learn the basics of 3D artwork to express themselves creatively. An educational zone tells the brief story of ‘Pavement Art’ and how the mathematical field of geometry plays a pivotal role in compiling a 3D design.


Tickets are available for pre-purchasing at www.webtickets.co.za or www.incredibleillusions.co.za


Cradle of Creativity: Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams 

Hot on the heels of The Mysterious Two Oceans Treasure is the Cradle of Creativity’s Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams, a series of preview performances at the V&A Amphitheatre these Easter holidays, from Tuesday, 11 to Wednesday 12 March, returning to the stage again on Saturday, 22 April.


Being held ahead of the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People, set to be held at the V&A Waterfront later this year, Jungle Theatre, Butterfly Dreams will give young spectators a taste of the some of the most exciting international and local theatre for young audiences that will be on show at the ASSITEJ World Congress. Performances will be held between 11am and 5pm and are free to attend.


The LEGO Play Experience

Little ones will have the chance to become a LEGO Master Builder at the V&A Waterfront these holidays, with the LEGO Play Experience in the Centre Court of the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre from Tuesday, 11 to Sunday, 16 April.


With exciting prizes up for grabs to the most creative, determined and innovative LEGO Builders, children can let their imaginations run wild with one of the largest LEGO collections they’ve likely ever seen! Free to attend, the LEGO Play Experience will be open at the Centre Court from 9am to 7pm daily.


Musical showcase over Easter Weekend 

Easter festivities abound at the V&A Waterfront this year, with a line-up of impressive musical performances at the V&A Amphitheatre, to keep visitors’ feet tapping and spirits soaring during the long weekend.


Held every day from 6 to 7pm during the long weekend, V&A Waterfront visitors can look forward to free performances by some of South Africa’s most revered local talent, including Manouche, Southern Wild, The Nomadic Orchestra, and Hot Water.


A group of four talented Capetonian musicians, Manouche is known for their modern take on traditional Gypsy jazz, blending this sound together with a little tango, waltz, folk, R&B, hip hop and electro swing, which they have performed at well-known local music festivals such as Rocking the Daisies and Up the Creek. They will perform on Friday, 14 April.


Following Manouche the next day, Saturday 15 April, is local rock band Southern Wild, who are taking time out from recording their debut EP to share a little Easter cheer.


Hot Water takes the stage at the V&A Amphitheatre on Easter Sunday, 16 April, will bring their ‘South African folk rock’ to the V&A Amphitheatre. Known for their lively stage presence, Hot Water’s utterly danceable rhythms will help you shake off the feast from earlier in the day.


The Easter weekend performances close with a show from The Nomadic Orchestra on Monday, 17 April, who will end the weekend on an energetic note with their unique take on South Eastern European music. Citing Macedonian, Romanian, Serbian, gypsy and circus music as an influence, Nomadic Orchestra is known for its fantastical sound, and only performs original songs, written by the band itself.

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