Papachinos is a much-loved family-friendly restaurant with locations all over Joburg. However, their branch at Stoneridge Shopping Centre offers a kid's party experience that will have your little one beaming from ear to ear. Not only can the birthday person and their band of buddies make their own pizzas, but the decor and atmosphere is all about the kids. That's not to say that the parents can't have a good time. Papachinos' menu caters to young and old, offering Italian-inspired family meals. Little bambinos can tuck into their fill of fries, burgers and waffles, while the adults indulge in a cocktail or two. The play area at Papachinos Greenstone is unrivaled. The kids will have hours of fun letting their imaginations run wild here, so book their next party at Papachinos!
Details: Cnr Modderfontein & Hereford Drive, Shop 95, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone, Edenvale, Gauteng | 010 449 9941 | [email protected]
Go Ape SA
When you think of Modderfontein, you are not likely to imagine a paradise for kids. However, you would be wrong to assume that there is nothing for the kids to get up to in this old dynamite town. Go Ape SA is an aerial park situated smack bang in the middle of Modderfontein. They offer climbing, scaling and obstacle courses for children aged four to 18. So, whether you are a parent to a precious pre-schooler or sullen teen, this party venue is sure to delight them. You also need not worry about safety, as there are strict guidelines according to ages. Little ones are kept far from the older tree climbers, so risk of injury is minimal. Go Ape caters to parties for kids aged five and upwards, offering a designated party area, snacks and party packs. Let's get climbing!
Details: Go Ape SA, Corner of Valley Rd & Johannesburg Rd, Modderfontein, Lethabong, Gauteng | 072 544 0415 | [email protected]
Trampoline parks have jumped up all over the city. However, for a fantastic kids party in the East, check out Gravity at Bedford Centre. More than just a bounce centre, Gravity has an array of adrenaline pumping activities, including a climbing wall, zipline and foam pits. Parents also need not worry about catering or party favours, as Gravity does it all for you. The birthday person also receives a voucher for one free bounce session and a special Gravity gift. If your child has a whole bunch of energetic friends, bring them here. Afterwards, lug them all along to Chevy Lane, the coolest 1950s-inspired diner in Bedfordview. With monster milkshakes, gourmet waffles and burgers galore, you'll be the coolest parent of the moment.
Details: Bedford Centre Upper Level, Corner Smith Street & Van Der Linde Road, Bedfordview, Gauteng | 072 052 4781 | [email protected]
Happily Ever Laughter
For an outdoor kid's party, visit Happily Ever Laughter in Bedfordview. The play area here is perfect for toddlers, as moms and dads can easily keep a weary eye from their tables. However, there is ample fun and whimsy to be had for little ones on the funky slides and mini race track. If you want a more formal party, Happily Ever Laughter can organise that too. For an additional cost, they will arrange decor according to your theme, as well as yummy platters for the party goers and parents. The restaurant also hosts casual high tea for mommies and daughters, featuring delectable sandwiches, scones and pastries. So, whatever kind of party you have in mind, let Happily Ever Laughter deliver all that and more.
Details: 24A Riley Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 011 450 0711 | [email protected]
Another Bedfordview haven for overworked moms and dads is Kiddilicious. Offering a wonderful alternative to indoor party venues, Kiddilicious has mostly outdoor seating perfect for small parties. But, if you are in need of a more private area for the little one's birthday celebrations, Kiddilicious also has a separate party venue. This spacious indoor area flows out onto a covered patio and a beautiful, fully shaded garden and play area. You can order a couple of yummy platters to share, as well as mini cakes to sweeten up the occasion. If that wasn't enough to convince you to book this venue, then take a sneak peek at the Kiddilicious Beauty Salon. Hosting pamper parties for groups of up to 12 young ladies, spa packages include welcome mocktails, paraffin manis and pedis, facials and fruity treats to snack on. Book now!
Details: 15 Nicol Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg | 076 358 6003 | [email protected]
Benoni Monkey and Bird Sanctuary
If your little one and their friends prefer the outdoors and are the animal-loving kind, organise a party at the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park, offering a fun, relaxed environment with an array of birds, bunnies and other exotic wildlife to keep the kids entertained. There is also a separate play area and party venue. You need not worry about catering or any of the other fuss that comes with party planning, as the Benoni Monkey and Bird Park will arrange it all for you. Just sit back and enjoy the fresh air while the kids learn all about interesting animals. This is perfect for small birthday party groups.
Details: 244 Swallow Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 787 3932 | [email protected]
Trees Eco Fun Park Benoni
Trees Eco Fun Park is a private facility located in Benoni. If all you really need for your child's birthday party is lots of open space, a swimming pool and braai facilities, then this is the venue for you. Ideal for a family get together, Trees Eco Fun Park offers access to all their facilities for only *R250 per spot, which accommodates up to 30 people. Booking is essential as no walks in will be allowed. Pack up the kids, their cozzies, sunscreen and their favourite braai snacks. Birthday cake is welcome too.
Details: 2 Totius Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni, Gauteng | 082 559 8504
Finally, we have Kidzville Party Venues in Kempton Park. With five different themed party venues available according to your child's age, Kidzville is one of the most diverse party venues in the East. Each venue comes complete with a shaded lapa area, braai facilities, separate bathrooms and play areas. Host an Adventure Island, Boot Camp, Farm Fun, Pirate Park or Disco Party for the special birthday person. Kidzville supplies all the cutlery and furniture you need to host a smashing party. It's great for parents on a budget who prefer to supply their own snacks and entertainment. Kiddies are encouraged to dress up according to the theme of the venue, so be sure to specify the dress code on your invitations.
Details: 81 Main Road, Brentwood Park AH, Kempton Park, Gauteng | 083 463 1429 | [email protected]
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