This past weekend, extreme weather reports saw us anticipate a boring weekend indoors. The weather Gods however, were on our side. So, we headed out to Hartbeespoort to check out the new addition to the GOG Lifestyle Group. GOG Kids, Harties’ timeous opening is perfectly in sync with the arrival of summer and the beginning of the festive season.
GOG Kids is securely situated in the heart of the well-known Chameleon Village. We received a friendly and warm greeting upon arrival. After finding out picnic spot, it didn’t take my little one too long before he hopped into the swimming pool which is basically where he spent majority of the day.
GOG Kids, Harties which is much smaller than its’ sister branches located in Krugersdorp and Soweto, still boasts exciting features:-
1. Party Venues
The are 7 kids party venues casually scattered around the circumference of GOG Kids. Each venue has its’ own unique size and colour scheme. The quaint little houses exude immense potential for parents to be as creative as they possibly wish, when hosting a party for their little ones. There is also a venue specifically for adult celebrations. So, if you are looking to host a high tea or baby shower, but want the kids to tag along, then GOG Kids is the solution. There are several helpers on-site who attentively look after the little ones as they explore this hub of excitement and wonder.
2. Spray Pads & Pools
The spray pad was a definite hit with both my kids . Featuring no less than 8 different sprays, aside from jumping into the pool there is no better way to stay cool this summer.
I was most impressed by the spray pad’s non-slip flooring (which by the way, looks like beach sand). The added safety feature makes absolute sense especially seeing as GOG Kids appeals to families with younger kids. This actually translates to more peace of mind for parents.
Three dedicated play grounds can be found at GOG Kids. My little one loved the wooden jungle gyms the most. There’s however a variety of apparatus that will keep them busy for hours.
I personally loved the beach area and managed to escape my kids while I caught up on some reading. I think I enjoyed the rotating pod more than the kids did. I must also admit that I noticed that the toddlers just couldn’t get enough of playtime at the “beach”.
4. Picnic Spots
The layout at GOG Kids really promotes a sense of calm and tranquility. Various picnic spots can be found beneath the trees and you are definitely spoilt for choice. Best of all, you can bring your own picnic baskets and blankets to make the most of your day and it won’t cost you a thing.
I should mention that I found a little pool in a secluded spot and took full advantage of the opportunity. GOG Kids really is so pretty that I snatched up the opportunity to create some content of my very own. I mean, what’s a blogging girl to do?
It’s important to note that while the park is not 100% complete, this new family spot has loads of potential and you can expect so much more awesomeness come 2019. The additions of Toyland, The Ice Cream Parlour, Sweet Factory and Waffle Place makes GOG Kids the place to be. GOG Kids’ intimate setting is reassuring for parents that they will be able to keep a close eye on their little ones, while catching up on some much-needed R&R. We had an awesome day and I had to literally force my kids to get out of the pool. Sunburnt and completely exhausted, it was a fabulous family outing.
R150 (kids aged 4 – 18)
R50 (Adults over 18’s)
Free entry (Children under 4)
All tickets and bookings can be made online at gog.co.za/lifestyle-parks as well as at the entrance gate.