Eating out with the kiddies. Do you?
Look around on any weekend morning and you’ll see cafes brimming with families. We’re certainly a nation of brunch lovers and it’s often the best time to eat out with the kids, especially bubs and little ones. They’re usually fresher and in better spirits, and that’s a bonus for everyone, right? ;-)
It’s not something we do all the time with our son, but we definitely want him to experience ‘dining’ out, and all that goes with that; the family time, the chats, eating politely, sitting still… yeah that. It’s my experience that kids are good with sitting still up until the last mouthful goes in. Once that’s done, the meal is over. O-V-E-R! So what then?
More and more cafes and restaurants are rolling out the welcome mat for families and people eating out with kids. Paper table cloths for drawing, a fat stack of pencils or crayons in a tin on the table, colouring books, toys to play with, kid-friendly menu options and portion sizes all make eating out with kids a much more enjoyable experience.
Or why not take along your own activity pack? The Seedling range has several gorgeous options to choose from, like the DIY Butterfly Mask or the Good Things for Boys. All packed up with goodies to keep little hands busy, and even better, the kids can take their creations home with them afterwards to display in their room. Check out the Seedling range here.
What we’ve learnt?
Pack your own snacks. Even when you are planning to eat out, pop some cut up fresh or dried fruit, crackers and cheese or yoghurt in a lunch bag (check out our super fun Junior Lunch Bags – personalise with your child’s name! ) for those moments when waiting is just not bearable!
Go early! The kids and staff are fresh and the venue more likely to be on the quiet side.
We tracked down some kid-friendly options for you to try.
An institution in Balmain, now with several locations around NSW and QLD. Pack your appetite, these guys offer a super yummy Middle Eastern brekkie, including a degustation (for the brave, or those with older children!), plus butchers paper and crayons for little artists to get stuck into. Check out menus and book online here.
Recently revamped and over looking gorgeous Coogee Beach, the Ground Floor is an ideal location for catching up with family and friends. It’s pram-friendly and has become the meeting spot for mid-week mum catch-ups. The games arena offers a trip down memory lane as the kids can take part in petanque, giant magnetic scrabble, ping pong or an in-house theatrette. Check it out here.
The Grounds of Alexandria
Fair warning, The Grounds has showed no sign of slowing down since it first opened. Mid-week, weekend, it is consistently packed. However, go early and bag yourself a spot. Fabulous people watching, set in picturesque gardens with exquisite attention to detail, complete with outdoor play centre for the kids to run around, as well as resident pig, Kevin Bacon; it’s all a visual delight. And while you may have to wait, the service is friendly and the coffee and food yummy. Find out more here.
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