Laying at the entrance to Greenstone Shopping Centre is a children's play area. This 30 000 square foot area is home to Rush Trampoline Park. Rush boasts many activities to keep the children active. These include the trampolines, dodgeball courts, basketball lanes, foam pit, battle beam and fidget ladder. Parents can grab a cup of coffee and watch their children jump for joy from the viewing area or keep themselves entertained watching the game on the big screen. Adventurous parents can even join in on the fun.
Located just past the food court, opposite Mugg and Bean and Musica, is the centre's arcade, aptly named The Fun Company. They offer hours of fun in the form of bumper cars, a bowling alley and all the classic arcade games. Kids, and adults, are bound to have a blast racing, shooting villains, shooting hoops, dancing and whacking the crocodile. All in a bid to score as many tags as possible in hope of getting the largest, loudest and most colourful prize.
Everyone's favourite toy store has recently opened up shop at Greenstone. Toy Kingdom has an assortment of toys including action figures, arts and crafts, baby and early development, games and puzzles, dolls, plush and educational toys. All these may sound pricey. But don't stress. Toy Kingdom has a Royalty Club offering shoppers 1 loyalty point for every R25 spent. This is bound to make Christmas and birthday shopping a little lighter on the pocket.
One of our favourite memories as children was going to the movie theatre with friends, family or as a school outing. Watching a movie on a huge screen with surround sound and that oh-so amazing popcorn that we dusted in way too much spice was the highlight of our day. Spoil your kids with the same lasting memory by taking them out to catch a movie. They show many kid-appropriate and family-friendly movies from animations to feel good comedies. Pro tip, get a cuppa at the Ster-Kinekor coffee vending machine, for a little extra help keeping up with the kids.
Kids love going shopping, trying on new clothes, exploring the hidden world in books and, of course, getting new toys. When its time to spruce up your kid's wardrobe or spoil them with books and toys, head over to Greenstone. Stop by at Exclusive Books or Bargain Books to pick out new and exciting storybooks, fairy tales and colouring books. Or get some much needed wardrobe items from Cotton On Kids, The Hub, Ackermans or Jet.
After all the exertions playing in the arcade, jumping around like a jack-in-the box and all the shopping, the kids are bound to be hungry. Greenstone offers a few kid-friendly restaurants. These include the South African classics like Wimpy, Spur and Panarottis. End all the fun on a sweet note with an ice cold scoop, swirl or cake slice from Milky Lane.
When it comes to clothes for your little 'mess maker', keep in mind that babies grow at such a rapid rate that you can barely keep up. So instead of buying expensive high-end clothes that will be too small in a few months or less, buy more frequently for less. Take a look at the baby clothes from Jet for some amazing offers. You can buy your baby toiletries while you're there as well!
Another great alternative for affordable baby clothing is Pep. From the cutest little baby shoes to the most adorable beanies, you have quite a lot to pick from. Not only can you have your baby infant's clothes sorted from Pep, but you can even choose to progress into the toddlers and kids' sections of the store. For boys and girls, you get it all.
If you're a first time parent chances are you don't have most of the baby essentials you'll need. And instead of jumping on board the secondhand ship, you'll probably want to buy brand new but still at reasonable prices. If this is the case then take a look at Game. From car seats to baby strollers and so on, you'll find good options.
Another great alternative for baby clothes and essentials is Ackermans. Not only do they stock some adorable baby clothes and essential toiletries, their website. We're absolutely in love with their range of boots for the little ones! They're all just so cute.
This market is like a dream for new parents and parents with baby stuff they no longer need. From strollers to car seats and feeding chairs, whatever you need, they probably have it. Although their products are mostly secondhand, they are strict with quality so rest assured you won't be buying run-down items for your baby. For more, visit their website here.
This is another great place to source affordable baby stuff, plus it's on Facebook, surprise surprise. From Gauteng Baby and Toddler Seconds you can buy, sell and swap pre-loved baby stuff. The group is not only limited to Johannesburg but accessible across the country. So if you're a Joburger and you're visiting family or friends in Cape Town, you can still make use of the group offers. You will need to join the group in order to sell or buy, just answer the admin questions and you're good to go.
Pre-loved Joburg is also a Facebook group dedicated to buying and selling secondhand items. This group is however, not only focused on baby items but a whole range of items. So, while you're doing your shopping for baby, you can also buy yourself a pre-loved camera to snap some precious moments or a comfy rocking chair to rock your baby to sleep.
With over 25 000 members in this group, surely you ought to be part of it as well? Plus, you get to score some great deals on Secondhand Baby Essentials. Do note that the group is exclusive to the buying and selling of baby items only, and if you do not abide by their rules, you will be removed. Either way, whether you are buying or selling pre-loved baby items, this is definitely a great option to consider.
It may not be a secondhand store, but Baby Depot is a great spot if you're looking to get some great quality yet affordable stuff for your little one. They offer great combo deals that'll get you everything you need at a price you cannot ignore. They're stockists of Avent, Nuk, Tommee Tippee,Peg Perego,Graco,Chicco,Bambino, Tiny Love, Chelino, Hauck, Mothers Choice, Snuggle Time, Angelcare, Evenflo,Maxi Cosi, Joie Munchkins and Snookums just to name a few.
Know other budget-friendly places to get baby stuff? Let us know below!