Eating out with the kids-your options

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14021662 1231962410157393_305329154508078787_nNairobi restaurants are easening the burden on Kenyan parents that comes with eating out by providing child-friendly areas to wine and dine.

This comes as a sign of relief for parents such as Cheryl who is the mother to a one and a half year old baby boy.

Photo credit: Zen Garden

“The challenge I face is getting him to settle down and sometimes what restaurants offer are not suitable for his age,” she said.

Cheryl and other mums like her will be pleased to learn that there are some restaurants who have heard their plea.

The first of these is Adega Restaurant, a Portuguese Halaal restaurant located at the Lavington Curve Mall on James Gichuru Road. The restaurant offers high chairs for toddlers up to the age of three years. The play areas are of two kinds.

“There is a swing and a seesaw and then we have a separate area with a television dedicated to children’s programming such as cartoons,” said Nabil, manager at Adega.

Apart from this play area, Adega also offers colouring material for the more artistic children. For more information call 0723 111 999

In the food area, there is a children’s menu that consists of items such as burgers, chicken nuggets, fish fingers, chicken nuggets and preggo which is a burger with a Portuguese bun. According to Nabil, preggos and chicken nuggets are very popular with the younger ones.

Children eating at Adega on Sundays will be pleased to have a laugh with the resident clown and also get some face-painting done.

Another restaurant catering to children is Caribea Bar and Restaurant which is found in Kilimani. This restaurant lends itself to older children to their large grounds. Parents who are interested can bring along playing items such as balls, bouncy castles, trampolines and set up in the field to play. For the younger ones there is a swing and a blackboard with chalk for those more interested in drawing. For more information call 0703 993 123

Families planning to eat out with the kids might also want to consider Tamambo Karen Blixen situated in Karen. Toddlers and babies are offered wooden high chairs which come in small and big sizes.

The kids menu is quite wide offering food items such as burgers, fries, sausage, spaghetti, hot dogs and fish fingers. The most popular is burgers and fries.

On Sundays, Tamambo Karen Blixen offers bouncing castles and face-painting for the children. An entertainer is also present to play with the children. Occasionally, the restaurant has art classes whereby children are taught how to paint. This however occurs at a fee. For more information call 0719 346 349

Spurs in Nairobi is another restaurant that families with young ones should consider visiting. Located at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel in Westlands, this restaurant even caters for babies in that it offers a changing area. Should a parent need to change their baby’s diaper, they will be pleased to learn that there is a platform accompanied by a soft mattress in the ladies’ washrooms. Sitting apparatus for toddlers are also catered for in the form of high chairs up to the age of five years.

There is a children’s menu that has food items such as chicken nuggets, fish fingers and kiddie chicken or beef burger which are a favourite with the young ones.

The play area consists of an indoor and an outdoor section. Younger children may be interested in the outdoor section which offers a slide and bouncing castle. It is best suited for kids until the age of 12 years. Indoors, there is a playstation, a television playing educative videos and a colouring station. There are also two child minders on site.

Children celebrating their birthday here will also be treated to a clown and a magician. For more information call 0724 253 804

Families visiting Zen Gardens should best do so on Sundays as that it is when all the fun happens. On this day, a bouncing castle and trampoline is on site while face-painting is offered. The Jade Coffee shop caters to parents with babies because there is a changing area. There is also a wooden high chair for toddlers up to the weight of 10kg. For more information call 0717 976 548

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