Barry Bateman Family Portraits Dec 2012

Reviewed by Sholain Govender-Bateman – Pretoria-based New Media journalism lecturer, former The Star and Pretoria News journalist & editor of magazines. She is mum to two gorgeous girls, Isobel and Aishwari, and wife to Barry Bateman. Twitter @sholain 

What a fun experience going to the  Menlyn Park fun Company! As a rule, hubby and I avoid busy shopping malls with the girls and rather go to parks and restaurants that have open air playgrounds and jungle gyms. However, we decided to give the new play area a go and it was a hit!

There’s a wide variety of games and activities including an area for little kids. Arcade games range from the standard racing and shooting games to ‘high-tech’ games that even hubby enjoyed.

We had a blast having pics taken in the photo booth which I’m sure will be a hit with little ones and adults.

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Isobel had only good things to say about the centre and rated the bumper cars as her highlight. Just be sure to check that your child is big enough to ride the bumper cars and is buckled in properly because it can get a bit rough.

The Fun Company bumper cars Menlyn Park Pretoria


Aishwari, who is now 4, loved the jungle gym structure which is a multi-level maze-type structure where parents can keep an eye on their children from different angles. The bonus is that the entire structure is netted so the kids stay safe.

Ten pin bowling and mini golf are two other highlights although I confess that Aishwari had a mini-meltdown when she realised that she could not ‘throw the ball’ into the holes and had to actually follow rules!  (Note to self – explain the rules next time)


We plan on trying out the 4D theatre and lazer maze next time we’re there since they were both very popular this time round.

There’s also a sports bar on the same level as well as food and tables and chairs so you can have something to eat or drinks whilst the kids are busy playing.

On a whole, it was a lovely experience. I will definitely be going back but probably at off-peak times since I’m sure that it’s going to be a popular hang-out spot for youngsters on the weekends and holiday times. Luckily, I think the fact that there is a view of the play area from the food court level above, and it is open plan, it is easy to keep an eye on what’s happening.

What: The Fun Company Menlyn Park. They also have branches in the Grove Shopping Centre, Pretoria plus Rosebank and Modderfontein, Johannesburg

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