The V&A Waterfront is an exciting place to explore with the family with plenty of entertainment for all. My family and I spent a fun day exploring around the V&A Waterfront enjoying some of the activities it has to offer. Our first stop was the incredible, Incredible Illusions Exhibition.
Incredible Illusions 3D Art Exhibition: 4 April – 23 July 2017
The Incredible Illusions Exhibition displays the original 3D Art of Kurt Wenner. Incredible Illusions is completely interactive, a concept very different to what is normally exhibited at conventional museums. Touching, photography and being immersed in the artwork is encouraged. It is alot of fun getting the whole family involved in posing in the artwork, although the young ones will not understand the concept. (Mommy had alot of fun photographing the boys in each piece!) This is the exhibition’s first stopover on the African continent. At the end there is an Art Jamming section where children and adults alike can learn the basics of 3D artwork to express themselves creatively. This was, of course, the best part for my 3 year old! Kids get 1 free picture to paint. For the more serious folk there is the extraordinary fusion of art, history, mathematics and science
4 April to 23 July 2017 | 10am – 7pm | The Watershed | Child under 5 FREE | Tickets: Webtickets
Our lunch stop was at the the exciting new addition to the V&A Waterfront MAReSOL. This friendly and sophisticated Portuguese restaurant is located in the old Hildebrand building at the Pierhead. MAReSOL boasts breathtaking harbour views and is an outstanding choice for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The décor is bright and fitting for the setting, and the service and food quality excellent. Authentic Portuguese dishes are presented with a touch of Mozambique flair. The kids had a Prego roll and mom and dad shared the Cataplana, a fragrant seafood combination of mussels, prawns, fish, calamari and chorizo with rice served in a pan. It was delicious!
The Old Hildebrand building, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront | 8am – 10pm | www.mar-e-sol.co.za
The Cape Wheel
After lunch it was time for some tourist fun on the Cape Wheel. The kids absolutely love this! Get a bird’s eye view in this giant observation Cape Wheel of Excellence 40 meters high offering 360 degree panoramic views of the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, Table Mountain, Cape Town Stadium and Robben Island from an air conditioned cabin. This is great fun for all.
Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront | 10am – 11pm | Adult: R120 | Child: R60 | Child under 5 FREE | www.capewheel.co.za
The Springbok Experience Rugby Museum
The Springbok Experience is a modern interactive museum telling South Africa’s story through the eyes of its most powerful sport. It takes visitors on an interactive journey through the fascinating story of South African rugby from the 1860s right up to modern times. It also tells the ‘hidden’ story of black rugby history for the first time and pulls no punches in placing rugby in South Africa’s social history as a sometimes divisive and ultimately unifying force. The museum features more than 60 audio visual displays where visitors can watch the history of South African rugby unfold, set among cases displaying historic objects such as famous trophies, jerseys, boots and other memorabilia. There are games for children and adults alike where they can test their kicking, passing, fitness and reaction skills in the interactive ‘Springbok Trials’ games zone. There’s even a flagship Springbok shop. The kids didn’t love this experience but they did have fun in the interactive section.
Portswood Rd, V&A Waterfront | Tuesday to Sunday: 9am – 5pm | Adult: R75 | Child: R50 | Child under 5 FREE | www.sarugby.co.za
City Sightseeing Boat
Next on the V&A Waterfront tour was a trip on the City Sightseeing Harbour Cruise but as the weather was not playing along we decided to leave this for another day. We returned two days later on a beautiful sunny day to enjoy a harbour cruise. This is a lovely way to experience Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront on a 25-minute Harbour Cruise. The City Sightseeing Boat departs every 20 minutes from the jetty outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, perfect for little ones. You will get to meet the adorable seals, learn about Cape Town nautical history and experience Cape Town from a different perspective. There is even an audio commentary channel for kids to keep them entertained and informed.
Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront | Adult: R40 | Child: R20 | Children under 5 FREE | www.citysightseeing.co.za
Don’t miss this photo opportunity 🙂