They are here, Best for Kids Award Winners! We love all things ‘kid’ & recognise those who share our enthusiasm. To celebrate the best of the best, we hosted our first Best for Kids Awards Winners 2016.
Starting in the heart of Gauteng, Pretoria and surrounds became our first nominated location. A shortlist was selected by the Best for Kids squad, child judges and mystery shoppers in five categories then eighteen well-deserved winners were chosen. The criteria? Kids wanted more!
Who selected the winners you may ask? Well, kids of course! We figured, as they use and experience these products and services, they should decide and they did not disappoint.
Meet the panel here.
Drumroll please…and the winners are…
1.BEST RESTAURANT KIDS:
Papachino’s – Silver Lakes
A fun and engaging venue!
The Papachino’s concept came to life in 2003 inspired by the desire for a child-friendly “family restaurant” with caring supervision that provides quality and wholesome meals together with a state of the art playground and restaurant facility with a difference.
As apposed to other franchise family restaurants with a play-ground Papachino’s focuses on the entire family’s well-being and involves our “astute young chefs” in activities like the “roll-make-and-bake” pizza
It’s all about the family, exceptional service, a tasty meal, and amazing playtime!
Papachinos’ food is freshly prepared to show their passion for quality and healthy eating and delicious food. They select their ingredients with the strictest of criteria and care and their focus and vision in the kitchen is natural, organic and homemade food.
2. BEST RESTAURANT PLAY AREA
Spur – Burning Arrow
An entertaining venue! Good old faithful Spur!
Burning Arrow Spur Steak Ranch is a family style restaurant with a taste for life!
Apart from the Burning Arrow Spur being a great restaurant to visit whether you are alone, with friends, family or a business affair with fantastic service, with friendly and helpful Managers and Waiters, the Burning Arrow Spur boasts the best outside play area for older kids and a smaller inside play area for smaller children. It is huge!
It has a bike track, Merry-Go-Round and lots of climbing frames as well as air hockey and Xbox. The Play Canyon is in itself is the main attraction where kids can have a delightful and creative physical playtime experience giving the adults a chance to catch up and have a great time not having to worry about the little ones getting bored at all.
In fact, it is difficult to get them out of there to have a delicious bite, and then later again to go home, but the lasting effect of the fun experience won this play area 2016 Best for Kids award!
More enjoyable amenities at the Burning Arrow Spur:
Facilities for disabled patrons
Check out Spur’s brand new Cheese & Garlic Prawns!
Lastly, Spur has a family app which is downloadable on your smartphone app-store for iPhone and Android.
What will the Spur Family App do for you?
Earn points towards Spur vouchers
Send Spur gift Cards safely via SMS
Easily enter Spur competitions
Find your closest Spur
Keep up with specials and Spur events
3. BEST OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT VENUE
Acrobranch – Rosemary Hill
A mesmerizing venue!
Fun outdoor activities on a beautiful farmland
Situated on a beautiful farmland just 10 minutes from Pretoria East (45 minutes from Sandton & OR Tambo), lies Acrobranch @ Rosemary Hill.
4. BEST INDOOR ENTERTAINMENT VENUE
BOUNCE Trampoline Park at Menlyn Maine Central Square
BOUNCE Menlyn Maine is a massive indoor trampoline park in Pretoria that provides an adrenaline rush for all ages.
Being the first indoor trampoline centre in South Africa, BOUNCE has hosted 1000’s of kids parties, 100’s of local school groups, and countless amounts of corporate team building activities. Decked out with performance grade trampolines, BOUNCE Menlyn Maine provides a locally accessible training ground for athletes looking to hone their skills before taking it to the game.
Like all BOUNCE trampoline centres, Menlyn Maine has an awesome Free-Jump Arena, trampoline Slam Dunk, Big Bag, Dodgeball and Wall tramps in the Performance area.
See the fun here.
Watch a cool video here.
5. BEST TOY STORE
Where the fun begins!
This Specialist Mega Toystore Best for Kids winner takes kids into different imaginative worlds with fantastic categories such as their Boy zone, Girl zone, Family zone, Cyber zone and more…
Toy Zone was chosen by our kiddie judges because of the experience and atmosphere, friendly staff and a Mega lot of toys to choose from.
Have a look at the variety of well-priced toys here.
6. BEST TOY BOUTIQUE STORE
Play Toys – Menlyn Maine
PLAY toys is a speciality toy shop with a difference!
Their mission is to stimulate and inspire young minds, encouraging creativity and learning through imaginative play. Toys have changed during the last century but one thing that has not changed is the fascination of both young and old alike, with wooden toys.
The benefits of playing with wooden toys
There are so many benefits. One of the most important benefits is the invitation to touch, feel and explore, an important component of any education program. Play Toys stock beautiful doll houses, castles, pirate ships and much more. An extensive range of puzzles, games, arts & crafts is on offer. The store assistants are knowledgeable and ready to assist you with choosing the perfect gift. All gifts are wrapped beautifully in a choice of gorgeous wrapping paper and ribbon. You can view their online store here.
Follow them on Facebook here.
7. BEST BOOK STORE
Fascinating reader’s venue!
Bargain Books is proud to have won SA Bookseller of the year 2011, 2013 and 2014. They are the leaders in Afrikaans, Children’s and Mass Market fiction in SA. They have an extensive product offering, many exclusive to Bargain Books and also publish Afrikaans Children’s Books.
8. BEST KIDS FURNITURE & DÉCOR STORE
Fun for your room venue!
From kitchenware to lounge living, Mr Price Home is about affordable modern living. Mr Price Home offers customers the latest in contemporary home textiles, kitchenware and home accessories. The products are inspired by local design talent to provide style with a distinctive local flavour.
The kids love!
9. BEST ONLINE FURNITURE & DÉCOR STORE
Amazing online venue!
Clever Little Monkey’s ranges of high quality super sturdy modern or classic designer kids’ bedroom furniture at affordable prices include baby nursery furniture, boy’s bedroom furniture, girl’s bedroom furniture, kids linen and children’s decor and accessories.
Their children’s bedroom furniture combines excellent design with good quality materials at the best value for money. Clever Little Monkey’s children’s furniture is made from eco-friendly materials and painted in water based paints ensuring the safest non-toxic finish for your children’s bedrooms. Our children’s linen and bedding selections are proudly handmade in South Africa.
Follow them on Facebook here.
10. BEST KIDS ELECTRONIC STORE
Epic electronic kids haven! Kids smartphone-watches are amazing for child and parent!!!
Introducing dokiWatch, the worlds most advanced 3G smartphone watch for kids 6-12 years old. It is a wearable phone and locator that combines video calling, voice calling, messaging, and location-tracking capabilities into one simple device. dokiWatch anticipates what families need in order to keep connected.
Not all kids are ready for smartphones yet. With dokiWatch, kids can lead an active childhood while parents can enjoy the security of knowing that they are safe.
11. BEST PET STORE
Furry fun venue! A great family run business with over 35 years of experience gives children such pleasure with a wide selection of fish, animals, accessories and knowledgeable service. A favourite kiddie venue!
Kids have a ball browsing and experiencing the wonderment of top quality, healthy fish, reptiles, birds and small animals along with the widest selection of equipment and accessories.
They attend all the international pet shows searching for the best quality products at the best possible prices. They source a lot of our goods from the South African market which creates jobs.
Their customers only come second to their animals.
Animal Kingdom aim to change people’s perspectives of what a pet shop is and to make their experience an enjoyable one.
KIDS CAN LEARN HOW TO BRING THEIR PET HOME HERE
12. BEST KIDS CLOTHING STORE
Charming and delightful clothing kids and parents LOVE!
What a great start-up story!!!
In 1991 the first retail store opened in Geelong. From these humble beginnings, we’ve taken our spirit to the globe, making sure Nigel’s vision for what our customers want is delivered every time. We want to give people the latest fashion at the right price. Value drives everything we do. In fact, if an idea doesn’t add value to our customers, our people, our brand or the community, we keep working on it until it does.
The turning point came at age 18 when Nigel’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. Armed with a pile of denim acid wash sample jackets, he headed to the Beckley Market in Geelong and set up shop. Customers loved the jackets and were trying them on, however, he left the market without making a sale. Disappointed but not deterred, Nigel chatted to his dad and returned the next week. He had an epiphany and dropped the price – the jackets sold out instantly. It was the start of something big.
Yummee and delicious clothing and accessories.
13. BEST KIDS FASHION STORE
H&M Menlyn – Fashion Trends
Trendy fashion venue!
Tweens and Teenagers FOLLOW H$M’s Fashion trends!
14. BEST VARIETY KIDS CLOTHING STORE
Why do kids love JAM!?
Since opening their doors in 1998, JAM has increased its footprint from 1 Durban-based store into over 70 stores situated across the country. JAM has built up a strong brand identity and has a loyal following.
Over the years, JAM has built relationships with both local and international manufacturers who know that we are always on the look out for the best deal. This system distinguishes JAM as it allows them to do what others cannot – bring customers real value for a real saving.
It is with this top quality clothing that they are able to attract people of different ages and backgrounds through the doors.
They really are “Famous for Less”!
15. BEST KIDS SPORT STORE
Mr Price Sport – Atterbury
What kid does not enjoy sport!?
The Mr Price Sports range comprises sporting apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories. All major sports types, including seasonal and non-seasonal sports, are represented in both international and own brands. All the product has been rigorously tested and carries the endorsement of top sports personalities in each sporting code.
The high costs of sports goods are a thing of the past and Mr Price Sport is excited to bring performance product within reach of the South African sports fan.
16. BEST OUTDOOR PARTY VENUE
Graceland Fun Farm – Zwavelpoort
Nestled away in the breathtaking Zwavelpoort valley, East of Pretoria, Graceland Fun Farm is the children’s party venue for tasteful and unique children’s parties in Gauteng. Mere stones throw away from Pretoria; you will be surprised to be surrounded by mountains, rivers and hectares of beautiful countryside.
They have a state of the art jungle gym, trampoline, bike track, tractor, car, truck, windmill and so much more. The lawns give the children vast open spaces to allow them to run and play freely and safely.
Here you will feel at home, relax and watch how your kids enjoy nature, the farm and just having fun, while you take a deep breath of fresh air and have a cup of coffee.
They create parties that are not only fun, amazing and unforgettable but also socially and environmentally responsible, specialising in eco- friendly and rustic party decor with special personalised themes for a unique party experience.
Follow them on Facebook here
17. BEST INDOOR PARTY VENUE
Fun Company – Menlyn Park
The ultimate destination in fun offering Tenpin Bowling, Glow Mini-Golf, Spin Zone Bumper Cars, Laser Mazes, 4D Theatre Rides and Arcade Games!
18. BEST KIDS BEAUTY STORE
Maddy Magoo – Centurion
Maddy Magoo is a revolutionary new concept in children’s hairdressing, designed to make the experience better for both child and parent.
This new division of Kids Emporium is truly one of a kind and will make any visit a memorable experience. The salon is also the perfect setting for your child’s birthday party so come on and do something different.
Glamorous party package:
Face Painting / Makeup
Colour Streaks for each guest’s hair
Creative Art Activity
Mini Photo Shoot
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HOW DO KIDS BECOME A BEST FOR KIDS JUDGE?
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WHAT DO OUR KIDS JUDGE?
‘Kids’ products and services equal “information overload”! We aim to pre-select, edit and review the different options to simplify your decision-making process. We also want to acknowledge the superstars of the industry and created an awards platform to do so. Click here to see our 2016 winners again!
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