For some relaxation and fresh air, take a trip down to Tres Jolie with the family. With beautiful gardens and landscaping, complemented by fountains and water features, this is definitely the place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Kids can enjoy the farmyard where they can feed the animals, have a pony ride, play on the jungle gym, dig in the sandpit and go for a swing, all within watching distance of parents.
Tranquil, relaxed and the perfect place for a time out from the city, River Café is a lovely spot for a delicious breakfast to start off your day or lunch with family and friends. Either enjoy the fresh air out on their large lawn, or sit out on their undercover deck. And with swings, slides, jungle gyms, a jumping castle, a water slide in the summer and a giant sandpit, the kids are sure to have a blast in the safe, closed off park setting.
Goblin’s Cove, Magaliesburg
For something magical and away from the rush of the city, pay Goblin’s Cove in the Magaliesburg a visit. Kids will love this garden restaurant laid out in a forest setting. The little ones can wander through the beautiful Fairy Grove gardens on the hunt for fairies and goblins, explore an aviary or have tonnes of fun in the play area. This is one of my personal favourite spots if you are out and about in Magalies.
Picolino’s Pizza-A-Ria, Fourways
For a rustic feel and a wonderful atmosphere for parents and children alike, visit Picolino’s Pizza-a-Ria in Fourways. With occasional live events, live sports broadcasts and outdoor thatched lapas, this is the place for the whole family to enjoy. And let’s not forget the kid’s entertainment – there is a large play area filled with climbing walls, sandpits, slides, swings, jungle gyms, and they can have the time of their lives go-karting.
A great African experience for the whole family! From art and music to cuisine and crafts, everything at Moyo is African-themed. Enjoy some truly South African meals, traditional dancing and attire and African face-painting to get you into the spirit. Kids can play and be creative in the art space provided, learn African dances, listen to stories and play traditional games while parents enjoy the atmosphere.
Bambanani is all about family and food. Enjoy something tasty to eat while your kids are having a great time, safe in the hands of full-time childminders. There are various kid-centric activities that take place at Bambanani, so check out their website to stay in the know.
Gia’s On Montrose
Gia’s on Montrose is the perfect place to take the kids and indulge in something tasty. There is a jungle gym on site to keep the little ones occupied, plus the lush surrounds are perfect for family outings – who wouldn’t like being surrounded by nature? Try one of their old-school home-made burgers… you won’t be sorry!
Situated in the stunning Delta Park, Delta Café is a great spot to grab a bite to eat or simply enjoy a steaming cup of coffee while being surrounded by nature, breathing in the fresh air. Bring the kids along… they’re more than welcome to play in the lush surrounds.
A Churrasqueira is an authentic Portuguese restaurant in the south. They’re fully equipped with a kid’s play area, complete with a jungle gym and race track! They also serve Magnum milkshakes, which are to die for. Enjoy a tasty seafood dish and rest easy knowing your kids are having a great time.
By Kim Brown
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