Guests at Liz at Lancaster have a small (completely adorable) 2 year old. He is very sociable and wants to socialize with persons who have the same interests (like us all!) and because his parents are only here in SA for 2 months or so, they cannot enroll him in a creche. While there is lots around Liz at Lancaster for young children, much happens in the afternoon after school. Little David has however got to enjoy times at Green Genes at 39 St Albans Ave, about 5 blocks from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse. Green Genes is a ‘one-stop centre’ for mothers and children. Providing child-minders for child care, (as well as ballet, swimming and art lessons) there are many facilities for Mums to get a break and to catch up on their life. These include internet access, a library, a spa, a gym, and a pool . 011 501 4740 www.greengenes.co.za Last week Be Sharp Beetles (what a fabulous name) ran a music session for littlies and he loved it. See www.besharpbeetles.co.za for more information.
Elena and Martin also found their way to Bambanini in 85 4th Ave Melville which provided the answer to expenditure-of-child- energy concurrent with parent-peace-while-eating! If you check www.bambanani.biz/things-to-do/ you can see why both parents and child had a happy outing.
Other options for creative activities include Smudge, a children’s art centre in nearby Valley shopping centre. Built around a central art room, Smudge also offers an interactive music room, children’s book lounge, fantasy dress-up area, party room and a coffee shop. Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 10am-1pm. Entrance is R100 for the first hour and R50 for every hour thereafter inclusive of all art materials. The children take home everything they make. 21A, Valley Centre, 396 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park. Tel: 011 501 0234 www.smudgeart.co.za Creative workshops for children are run at Seedpod Studio in 4th Ave, cr 11th St, Parkhurst www.seedpod.com 011 447-006.
Then there are outings like the Zoo, the Zoo Lake and the Bird Garden at Monte Casino which has shows twice a day at 11 am and 3 pm 011 511 1864 www.montecasino.co.za
At Hedgehog Lane there is a fairground open 9-5 every day. Lots of activities include a ferris wheel, merry-go-round, sandpit, trampolines, a miniature Hedgehog Express train, and a mini bike track. There are also workshops with arts and crafts activities during school holidays. And there is a kid’s hairdresser on site. 278 Main Road Bryanston 011 463 8692 www.hedgehoglane.co.za