But here's the rub: is there a place that will accommodate everyone from Granny Muriel to four-year-old cousin Jack? Well if you're in Jozi, you're in luck. We’ve located five of Johannesburg’s kid-friendly restaurants where you can spend some good old family time.
Moyo – Zoo LakeMoyo is not just an eatery -- it’s a hub of creativity for kids of all ages. Kids will be able to learn African dances, listen to stories, learn traditional African games and make things while mom and dad enjoy themselves at the restaurant. As an added bonus, kids 12 years old and younger get a free meal for every adult meal bought up till 10 April. The restaurant, which boasts tasty African fare, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, trading from 8am till 10pm.
Papachinos – Fourways, Boksburg, Clearwater, Silverlakes and Broadacres
With branches all over the city , Papachinos restaurant is a great choice if you're looking for a generous portions for a reasonable price. Plus, there are fun play areas to keep the little ones entertained while you enjoy a hearty pizza or a maybe even a glass of wine. They’re open from 8.30am till 9pm, Monday to Saturday and from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.
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A Churrasqueira – Brackendowns, AlbertonIf yummy Portuguese food is what you’re after, pop in at A Churrasqueira. The restaurant is well-known for its efficient service and good food. There's a massive jungle gym for the kids to tumble about on while waiting for their meals. Their trading hours are from 12 noon until 9pm daily. Note that they're closed on Mondays.
Serendipity – Rosebank
For tasty African cuisine, try out Serendipity in Rosebank. The restaurant offers all meals from breakfast to lunch and has a lovely outdoor area for dining al fresco. On top of having an exciting play area for the kids, they also offers the services of child minders, to keep any parent’s mind at ease. Trading hours are from 9am to 5pm , Tuesday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm on Saturdays. The eatery is closed on Mondays.
Bambanani – Melville
Bambanani fashions itself as one of the few "upmarket restaurants that truly cater for families and children", making it any parent’s dream for a kids’ outing. The restaurant has a "state-of-the-art four storey covered jungle gym", a dress-up area, a media room with a Playstation, Wii, Xbox and a continuous reel of kids’ movies being screened, plus a well-stocked kids' library for the more discerning tot. Their trading hours are from 9am to 8pm daily, and they're closed on Mondays.
Additional sources: www.zomato.com; www.moyo.co.za; www.dining-out.co.za; www.papachinos.co.za; www.eatout.co.za; www.gauteng.net