A Little One’s Guide To The Long Weekend in April

With the last long weekend in April fast approaching, the idea of having to entertain your children becomes a daunting task. Two public holidays, a school holiday, and a weekend thrown smack bang into the middle leaves you with FIVE WHOLE DAYS to come up with some activities to keep their active bodies and minds busy!

So, I’ve compiled a list of 3 places in Pretoria to visit over the long weekend in April that will keep your little ones entertained, fed and active.

The Daily Coffee Café | Perfect for breakfast

Think good coffee, good breakfast, a selection of cakes and a massive lawn for kids and dogs to roam. This pretty much sums up The Daily Coffee Café. Situated in Menlo Park, this breakfast spot truly welcomes all.

Choose from tables indoors, on the lawn or even in what feels like a secret garden. Wherever you sit, the jungle gym is an arm’s length away – which keeps the little ones busy while you sip on a delicious cup of coffee, or indulge in one of their many baked treats on display.

Leash poles and dog bowls are also freely available if you arrive with your dog. And if your pooch is a frequent guest, then check out this list of other dog-friendly restaurants while you’re at it!

Bounce | Perfect before nap time

There’s nothing like bouncing up and down for an hour to get the kids ready for an often-reluctant nap.

Bounce is situated at the newly-built Menlyn Maine centre in Pretoria. Multiple trampolines offer endless physical fun for any age group. Whether they want to jump in one spot for an hour, play dodge ball, or even attempt to master the obstacle course, rest assured that when that hour is over they will beg you for a nap.

Modern Italian Kitchen | Perfect for the afternoon

This pizza and pasta restaurant situated in Menlo Park ticks just about all the boxes. A lovely wooden deck is situated right in front of the covered play area. So, it’s ideal for parents to keep a watchful eye whilst enjoying their supper.

The best part is not the amazing jungle gym, but actually the kiddies section where the little ones have the choice of building their own pizza or decorating their own cookies, all while being assisted by the friendly and skilled staff.

Just remember, the ENTERTAINER also needs a break every now and then. So, offers can’t be redeemed on public holidays/exclusion days. Luckily, there are quite a few ENTERTAINER-friendly days in between the public holidays that make up the long weekend in April ?

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