It has suddenly dawned on me that the World Cup is less than 100 days away. Which means that my four year old daughter, Kayla, is going to be on holiday for about a million trillion gazillion years. And that I am going to lose the will to live. (Not that I am being negative or anything).
It gets more complicated – because this minefield (also known as “school holidays”) could end up costing a complete and utter fortune if I don’t manage to the costs of many of these child-friendly venues with some cheaper play dates at her friends’ houses. And I am one of the lucky ones – I just have one child. My BFG (Best Friend Giselle) now has three children, and so anywhere that costs R40 per child per hour ends up costing her R120 an hour before she has even had a cup of tea. With that in mind, I am going to keep highlighting the various places in Joburg that are just fantastic for children, but I am also going to begin rating venues based on cost. Keep an eye our over the next few weeks where I will include some very low-budget ideas and venues to keep the kids busy in June/ July!
Polka Dot Art Studio
Polka Dot Art Studio in Parkhurst is a visual feast for the eyes. From the moment you walk in, it feels as if you leave the grey and colourless routine and drudgery of day-to-day life around you. It is just the most inspiring venue. Although this is not one of those “send the kids off to go and play while you have a cup of tea” places, it should definitely appear on your radar screen. Firstly, because it is a stunning venue for parties (especially for girls), while also being a superb choice for kids that love anything to do with arts and crafts. It’s also a great place to buy gifts that children will actually use.
Let’s start with the art classes. I happen to be one of those moms that believe that children should try a bit of everything. Just because they want to start piano lessons, does not mean that they should do it forever! And the same goes for sport – if your child loves to play sport, then it’s a great idea to balance it with something quieter and more focussed. The Polka Dot Art Studio offers hour-long classes that allow children to develop their creativity while also improving their fine motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination, concentration and so many other valuable skills. And it’s also FUN. Not to mention rewarding when they look at what they have achieved during that hour. Each lesson is an hour-long and costs R100. It sounds like quite a lot, but I would definitely look at sending Kayla during the holidays – maybe on alternate weeks. I think the point here is not to see this as another extra mural that your child HAS to attend. But rather a privilege and a real treat, and something that they will really anticipate and look forward to.
With regards to parties, Polka Dot Art Studio has become quite renowned for their Sparkle Spa. So if you have a real girly-girl (as opposed to my Kayla who is a real tomboy and had a Spiderman party for her fourth birthday!) then this could be a potential venue for your next party. As long as you have a minimum of five girls, you can treat them to your choice of manicure, pedicure, facial and more. The cost is R50 per child per treatment or R300 per child for a whole selection of treatments.
Alternatively, you can choose from the various party offerings on the Polk Dot Art Studio website – craft parties, polka dot parties, combined craft and Sparkle Spa parties. In fact, the team at Polka Dot art Studios will even come to your house and run the party for you, or provide all the items you need in order for you to run the party yourself!
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Reviewed by Shelli NT