Dragging children to a restaurant without any entertainment for kids can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, family friendly restaurants are on the rise in a big way as restaurant owners meet the needs of frustrated parents who desperately need places like these to go with their kids.
This kid friendly directory will help you find restaurants with playgrounds, animals, kiddies menus, baby facilities. Whether it is a tea garden with jungle gyms, pizza making for kids, health food, farmyard or kids party venues you'll find it here, in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni, West Rand and the Vaal Triangle.
How to use our Kid Friendly Restaurant Directory
Okay so you’ve decided to lunch with a friend, to catch up and maybe share some expert advice on this new parenting role you’ve found yourself in. Great going! But, does this mean looking for a baby sitter? Fortunately, Jozikids offers a list of kid friendly restaurants, that will ensure the lunch is enjoyable and the kids are well entertained. All that one has to have in mind is a visual map, to select an area that is easily accessible, albeit traffic! What’s more is that most of these restaurants also offer a party venue – no more worrying about catering, entertainment, venue or even party packs! Kid friendly restaurants – does it all in one, Mum. When browsing the restaurant listings, take note of the kiddies and baby facilities, and lookout for those that offer kiddies menus.
Monkeying around, restaurants with playgrounds
Eating out can now include some stretching and climbing. Playgrounds have become popular at many restaurants
allowing kids to kick off their shoes and just be kids. A childminder will ensure your little one can get down from the highest bar, and keep the older kids at bay. The Urban mum can multi-task at ease: grab a meal, let the kids unwind, plug in the laptop to catch up at the office, and invite a few other mums and tots to join in the fun a little later. “Home is where the wi-fi is”, or so it’s said - teens, adults and kids alike may find a new home at these restaurants. Baby change rooms and facilities, and soft play equipment will leave baby equally happy!
Restaurants with animals
Animal and nature lovers will be pleased to know that kids can get hands on experience with animals whilst lunch or dinner is taken care of. Restaurants with animals
offer a range of kids activities such as feeding cows, riding ponies, or petting goats. Farmyards bordering Jozi not only offer great experiences but restaurants with delicious kiddies menus and farmstyle stores with fresh produce. This makes for a perfect family lunch on a Sunday, and a happy shopping experience for next week’s menu.
Johannesburg family friendly restaurants
If there is a profile of a typical Joburg parent it is one who is extremely busy, juggling many jobs related to kids and if they have a job or a company, that too and if they are not single, its the partner as well. So these busy parents living in the concrete jungle of Johannesburg will be delighted to know that they can visit kid friendly restaurants in Johannesburg
with space for them and their kids to chill, whether its with a playground, a craft corner or a farmyard, they will find it in our restaurant directory..
West Rand and Ekurhuleni family friendly restaurants
You'll be amazed what these restaurants have to offer. There are kid friendly restaurants on the West Rand
with playgrounds, petting zoos, pony and camel rides plus one at a nursery with a tea garden, allowing parents to shop for their gardens as well, find plants, herbs and flowers to take home.
East Rand kid friendly restaurants
include a farmers market, a boutique restaurant and the South African Airways museum restaurant where your kiddywinkles can board an old parked SAA aeroplane, fancy that!
Pretoria family friendly restaurants
Amongst Pretoria's kid friendly restaurants
you will also find a leafy nursery with a restaurant and kids playground plus a magnificient rose garden with a tractor and jungle gym.
Creative Minds: restaurants with arts and crafts
Clay cafes, sand art, ceramic paintings, mosaics – a world of wonder. Smaller restaurants may not have the space for huge jungle gyms and playgrounds, but have not forgotten the kids. They offer creative pastimes, with delicious kiddies menus. Creative kids are guided by staff, with all necessary equipment at hand to take home something to remember. Artsy Fartsy? -
Health Conscious Eating
Organic? High protein? Low carbs? Banting? Whatever your lifestyle choice, Jozi has a restaurant for you, where you can enjoy something different, prepared by the experts. Why not include the kids? Fries , burgers and pizzas are a sure treat, but health freaks feed their kids what they feed themselves, and can now make an outing of it.
Keep a lookout for those restaurants offering party planning services
. Kiddies menu, entertainment, venue, and even party packs can be sorted at a price. Invite some folks too, child-minders will see to the kids whilst you chat away.This can be a special treat for those less fortunate kids- billboards and social media entice towards dining out, and when one can include these kids in the celebrations, a heart has been touched and warmed.
Experience different flavours and culture
Manners for minors, eating etiquette, restaurant behaviour – the mantra that goes on in the car as you drive to the restaurant. “No - slipping spaghetti through your nose is not funny. Neither is bringing chips to your mouth with your toes!” Kids will be kids, no matter how much you teach them at home. So, shrug off the cop- watch, and let them experience foods of different cultures, experience diverse etiquettes of eating with cutlery, or without, experience different settings and experience life! Let them eat what they cannot pronounce, enlighten them about what is good, and what is not, about halaal, kosher, non-alcoholic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, diabetic friendly and all the other dietary requirements so that they too can make informed choices.
Begin the search
Spend time browsing through the different restaurants all over Jozi – look at various kiddies menus on offer, entertainment, maps, baby facilities and then make a booking. Happy eating!