The Port Elizabeth Rotract Club, in association with the Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth and various Interact Clubs, is once again hosting Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party, between 3 and 13 December 2015. The fun-filled show is aimed at children between the ages of 2 and 10 years, along with their parents. The programme runs every evening over the two-week period, once a year, and includes games, skits, snacks and lots of surprises. Uncle Jumbo’s is an outside farm-style picnic event. Refreshments are on sale, and the proceeds go towards charity.
“The scene is set in front of a castle, which is on Uncle Jumbo’s farm,” says one of the organisers. “Uncle Jumbo comes out and welcomes the kids. We play a few games and sing a few songs.” This year’s event includes a marching band and the children got to march around the imaginary farm. Additional characters were The Fairy God Mother, Winnie The Pooh, Snow White, Peter Pan, Big Ears, Noddy, Captain Hook, Mr. Plodd, Blue Suit and more.
The children meet various characters from Toyland
In a skit, Mr Plodd gives Noddy a hard time for parking in the wrong place
Characters from Toyland at Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party
“The show has been running for 53 years now” explains Sivuyile Luthando, president of the Rotract Club. “The purpose is to raise funds for various charities around the city and to bring families together in a fun environment.”
Sivuyile Luthando, president of Rotract PE
Children playing a game called ‘Chasing Clowns’ at Uncle Jumbo’s Christmas Party
Be sure to get down to Featherbank Farm, on Heatherbank Street in Charlo to join in the fun. Remember to upload and share your pics and videos on social media. Use the hashtags #ShareTheBay and #MyNelsonMandelaBay to participate in an exciting competition. More info at http://www.nmbt.co.za/share_the_bay.html
Children enjoying games and fun with their parents and characters from Toyland
Members of the marching band #ShareTheBay
The children help Mr Plodd arrest Captain Hook, who was causing trouble.