Being a stay at home mommy to my 21 month old Lucas, part of the past 10 months or so since he could walk, was to find awesome places for us to go during his awake time. Not too far away from home and a pleasure for me as well as for Lucas to go to…
Here are my top 9 toddler friendly places to go to – all of them are in and around Durbanville.
- Bon Amis: This is one of my favourite spots on sunny mornings. They have great coffee (very important) as well as an awesome and affordable kiddies menu (I normally get either their kiddies french toast or flapjacks for Lucas). They have an on site nanny who can help to keep an eye over your little one – but not so much if there’s a couple of kids running around. She mostly helps when you would like to go and look at the bunnies. The play area has nice shade, lots of sand and jungle gyms, swings etc.
- Meerendal wine estate: We go here quite regularly – but I usually go there when hubby is with me. The jungle gym is suitable more for the older toddler, so someone has to be with Lucas all the time. The jumping caste over weekends he also loves, but once again its more suitable for the slightly older child. You can’t really be on your own and try to have a leisurely cup of coffee as well – so hubby and I will take turns watching him when we go there. I will order a plate of chips or a pastry when we are there for Lucas.
- Bash: I love bash especially when Lucas was a little bit younger. It is ideal for your little one who just starts to walk or even just pull himself up. They have a cool play area/coffee shop so you can easily have your coffee and watch your little one. They also have a full-time nanny there to keep an eye… Their menu isn’t that great and a little pricey – but there are some options for your toddler which is o.k. Lucas always enjoys the play kitchen area and the small jungle gym.
- Chocolate coffee shop: This is normally a quick stop for us. I get to drink a great cup of coffee and Lucas loves their chips. I have to keep an eye on him but he normally just likes to stroll around the outdoor kiddy area, pick up some stones, look at the flowers and the fountain or try to get into their kiddy castle.
- Spur Durbanville: Great practical place to go on rainy days. The play area is nice and clean and have lots to keep the little ones busy. Awesome padded indoor jungle gym and a nanny most days who can also help to keep an eye. The coffee isn’t my favourite but I like the cheap snack options for Lucas like the sweet potato chips!
- Willowbridge shopping mall: What a cool mall for toddlers! Only on good weather days though… The jungle gyms need our supervision because Lucas likes to be daring :). So once again two adults are needed if you want to sit down and drink your coffee… So hubby and I will take turns to watch Lucas (hubby normally knows I need my coffee, so he will watch Lucas more than I do ;). There’s also a giant sand pit – just be aware of the harsh sun on sunny days.
- Stodals: The only think that I don’t like about Stodals is the noise of the N1 right next to it. The coffee is also ok but not amazing 🙂 The play area is very cool… Quite a few jungle gyms, lots of sand and a bonus is the walk through where they can look at some cool animals!!
- Evertsdal Opstal: Yummy coffee and yummy food. They don’t have a kiddies menu so Lucas will have some chips and some of my food. The outside play area is small but it’s nice with a jungle gym, some sand, two swings and lots of area to explore. Choose a sunny day though…
- Playzone: I havent been recently, but the small play area for crawling Lucas was nice… I need to go again to see how Lucas enjoys the many huge plastic indoor jungle gyms and many other thins. I am sure he will love it, so this is on my to-do list… The food and coffee are average so don’t go for that 😉
Places I have tried and not keen on going back to:
- Funky Frogs Tygervalley – very small play area and the coffee is really bad 😉 – So take your own coffee if you would like to go and sit. But good for kids over 2 if you would like to go and shop and your toddler will let you leave him/her there.
- Bossa Nova Durbanville – horrible cold play area for toddlers. Fine for older kids because there are many computers for games.
- Wimpy Durbanville – the play area is VERY small and only suitable (there’s a sign) for kids from 4 years old.
Love Helene x x x