Active kids need suitable food and good play options, while mum needs a cuppa and some relaxation. Shape suggests three great options. By Esther Au Yong
Active kids, and their parents, need places to go! (Photo: Anek Suwannaphoom)
It’s the weekend – for those with children, that might be both a fun and tiring prospect, especially for those with toddlers and young kids. How do you keep these energetic little humans entertained and fed at the same time? An early breakfast at a fun venue or a nice brunch is a great option. We suss out some options with nutritious food, suitable play areas or activities and, for bonus points, early opening hours (young children somehow do not understand the concept of sleeping in).
Here are three suggestions:
Kith (Robertson Quay branch)
Opening the earliest at 7am, this branch has a super relaxed vibe. Have your morning cuppa as the kids busy themselves with scooters, toys and just plain running around by the river. Food-wise, the toasties are popular and creative – for instance, there’s one with cream cheese, mixed berries and pear with maple butter – and the Kith Salad is very yummy, substantial and healthy. www.kith.com.sg
For $5 an hour (two hours on weekdays), children can play, craft and create anything they like from a dedicated corner filled with markers, coloured paper, crayons, tape, glue and other extras. Creative adults can also purchase arts and craft kits to bring home or attempt while eating their meal at the cafe. www.eatplaylove.com.sg
Located in the former LaSalle compound in the east, there is a huge green area facing the cafe for the children to run around in. The eatery provides board games and colouring sheets, but we really do recommend a weekend visit as there’s a super fun, and free, bouncy castle. As there’s a heavy Aussie (specifically Melbourne) influence, you can expect good quality Java. www.cafemelba.com.sg