5 Kid-Friendly Spots in Joburg
In our March 2016 issue (on shelves now), we featured the beautiful small apartment of Bailey Bezuidenhout, co-founder of Kimmy & Bear, one of Joburg's most loved mom blogs. One look at her compact home is evidence enough that this lovely lady knows how to combine wholesome, attentive parenting with an eye for style, and it's a skill that's made her carefully curated blog a favourite among design-conscious parents everywhere. Naturally, as she's always out and about with her twin toddlers Anna Clementine and Florence Willow, she's also very aware of the Joburg spots that are ideal for little ones but that will appeal to the parents caring for them too. To help other moms and dads with ideas, she's shared a few of her favourite kid-friendly cafes, parks and hotspots with us:
salvation cafe'This is one of our local weekend breakfast spots. It's a great family place because it's located inside a courtyard, so kids can explore in a contained area. There's also a kids' menu and they make the most delicious coffee freezos in Joburg. We usually browse the shops along 44 Stanley Avenue after our meal - Tinker Tailor (for the toys) and Atelier (for the children's books) are two of the girls' favourites.
Find Salvation Cafe at 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg
the garden shop nursery'We often visit the nursery, which is a cool haven on a hot summer's day. I always welcome the opportunity to restock my herb pots, get some seedlings for my veggie garden or buy an indoor plant, and the twins have fun exploring the rows of greenery and riding in the trolleys. The Garden Shop branch around the corner from us also has a cafe, Munch, and I sometimes get coffee there while the girls visit the little playground.'
Find all the Garden Shop branches at gardenshop.co.za
'The Service Station cafe is another favourite breakfast venue - I like it because the omelettes are so good. We usually sit at the large communal table at the back because I find more space makes meals easier with kids, and then we head over to Love Books next door for story time at 10am, which the girls really enjoy.'
Find Service Station on the corner of 9th Street and Rustenburg Road, Melville, Johannesburg
tyrone avenue: croft & co, fruit & veg city, the library and zoo lake'The strip of shops and cafes along Tyrone Avenue in Parkview makes for a great outing with the girls. We start off with breakfast or coffee at Croft & Co, then head to the Fruit & Veg City to pick up some groceries before going to the library to choose new books. I get to tick some chores off my list and have a yummy meal, and the girls get to spend the morning listening to stories (there is a story hour at the library for kids under three years of age on Mondays at 10am and for kids over three years of age between 3.30pm and 4.30pm).' 'While the story hour is perfect for a rainy day, if the weather is good and we feel like getting out, we stroll down to Zoo Lake to watch (or run away from) the ducks.'
the johannesburg zoo
'The zoo is a not-so-hidden gem that I like to visit with my girls during the week - often we don't see another soul. It's a wonderful place for an afternoon walk as there is plenty of shade, you don't have to worry about the danger of cars and, of course, the animals provide lots of entertainment. It's worthwhile buying an annual pass as it provides you with unlimited entry, so you can even just pop in for a quick visit.'
Find the Johannesburg Zoo on Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg
EXTRA BONUS SPOTS:
the grove green cafe'This recently opened cafe is a little oasis with outdoor seating and herbs growing in pots along its edges. I love that we can walk there for breakfast as it's just up the road from our house, and the food, smoothies and fresh juices are delicious. Because everything on the menu is super healthy (even the pancakes and quinoa cookies), it’s a great place to take kids.'
Find The Grove Green Cafe at 15 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg
wits art museum (wam)
'For a different type of outing I take the girls to an art gallery. WAM is our favourite. It's a great size so we don't feel overwhelmed, and aside from the art, the ramps and stairs are very interesting to two-year-olds. It's a good way to see some amazing art, and the counter at the on-site cafe is a prime spot from which to watch the hustle and bustle of Braamfontein.
Find WAM on the corner of Jorrisen Street and Bertha Avenue, Braamfontein, Johannesburg