Release kids’ energy and relax

Lynne Gadd-Claxton

ENJOYING a good meal with children is not always an easy feat.

The answer is to take the kids to a restaurant with a child- friendly menu, ample space for them to release some summer energy and a play area. The Herald selects some of the best.

The Pink Fig – which re-opens on Wednesday – is situated at 3 Heatherbank Road in Charlo. The restaurant has a farm feel with large verandas and ample space for the kids.

Every item on the menu – including the bread – is made at The Pink Fig and staff are friendly and accommodating. The menu offers you a choice of gourmet toasted sandwiches such as chicken and camembert with cranberry sauce for mom or just plain toasted cheese for the kids. The secure playground offers everything from a scooter to swings. Inquiries: (041)368-6278.

Apron Strings Garden Restaurant, nestled in the quiet Lovemore Park suburb, serves delicious tea and scones and offers hearty breakfasts and lunches too. Blankets are on offer for clients who want a picnic feel while being served.

Diners can sit outside in the lush garden while the children swing or run around the garden. The restaurant is open Wednesday to Sunday and inquiries can be made on (041)366-1217. The restaurant has been closed following the Christmas rush and will be open from tomorrow.

Georgios Coffee Shop situated in Uitenhage has a jumping castle and various rides for the kids. The menu includes delicious lunches and scrumptious breakfasts. The coffee shop is situated in Thorn Street.

Open Sky offers a relaxing environment where the family can meet and enjoy a meal together. The venue offers a variety of activities from a jungle gym to a touch farm and putt-putt.

Open Sky is situated on Plot 74 of farm 10 Wyndomayne Road in Little Chelsea, Port Elizabeth. Inquiries: (041)372-1235.

The Boma situated at 424 Sardinia Bay Road in Lovemore Park, serves delicious snack baskets for the kids and traditional South African potjies.

The playground includes a jungle gym, rocking horses, swings and a seesaw. Inquiries and bookings: (041)366-1591.

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