The above 3 things may sound super exciting to many but to many new moms and families the simplicity of these activities become similar to that of a huge circus production, with lots of research, logistics and planning required.
So to make your festive season a bit easier here are a few family friendly options to consider.
Pentravel (https://www.pentravel.co.za/) are efficient and helpful in creating the prefect holiday for you and your family, understanding family budget constraints and logistics of family travel.
Whether it be to Mauritius just 4 hours away or on board a cruise liner which can take you to faraway places, they strive to offer excellent specials on local and exotic destinations to ensure that you as a family are able to enjoy your time together and make special memories.No request is too big or small and every detail is taken care of or offered to you.
The cruises they promote are well known for offering phenomenal children’s facilities and entertainment.
Pentravel currently have two amazing specials on offer:
7 nights in Mauritius from R19 450 per adult and R3 515 per child (under 5, up to 2 children sharing)
Includes: Return flights from Joburg, airport taxes, 7 nights at 4 star Superior Victoria Beachcomber Resort and Spa, breakfast and dinner daily
Why it is a family favourite: Victoria is the perfect resort for families because not only does it boast inter-leading rooms for families with older children, they also have amazing family rooms fitting families of four nicely! The resort is also perfect for those with younger children as they have baby changing stations in the resort as well. Children of all ages can be kept entertained at Beachcomber resorts with their range of activities as well as their various kids clubs for up to all age groups. When you travel to Mauritius, children under 5 fly and stay absolutely FREE! All you have to do is pay airport taxes. For more information go here: https://www.pentravel.co.za/packages/7-night-stay-at-the-superior-victoria
2 night cruise to nowhere from R5 120 per adult and R2 060 per child (under 12)
Includes: Return flights from Joburg, airport taxes, 2 nights aboard the MSC Sinfonia from Durban Harbour, all meals and entertainment on board including daily entertainment on board.
Why it is a family favourite: A quick family getaway with minimal travel time. Children cruise free and just pay flight and port taxes. Kids clubs on board and loads of great kids entertainment! For more information go here: https://www.pentravel.co.za/packages/enjoy-a-cruise-to-nowhere-with-the-family
Want to get an awesome Tote Bag AND Bat and Smash Set? All you have to do is book your getaway with Pentravel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and use the keyword “BabyYumYum” in your email! As easy as that!
Suitcases packed ✓
Snacks packed ✓
Car hired ✓
Baby Car Seat Hired – oops we forgot that one. . .
Well the good news is that AVIS Car Hire (https://www.avis.co.za/drive-avis/car-hire-extras/child-safety-in-cars) not only offers you a truly premium car hire service with a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit every family, its luggage and its budget but is also able to offer you car seat hire for your precious cargo COUNTRYWIDE.
The reason why I declare that AVIS is superior is that the service is excellent, the booking interface is very user friendly, they offer car seats specific for your child’s age and weight. What’s more is that the car seats are not antiquities from the 90’s that are falling apart, nor are they full of grimy marks and left over hardened food. They are modern, clean and safe.
Because AVIS cares about your safety on the road, they have launch launched a new app called #SafeDrive which allows you to see all your trips and driver behaviour on the road. Daily rewards are allocated on the app and you can redeem them for coffee, smoothie or a meal, daily.
Avis SafeDrive also alerts emergency services to impacts during accidents, turns your phone into a panic button and gives you access to a 24-hour emergency centre. Purchase Avis SafeDrive with your next rental and make your journey an even safer one! The best drive is a SafeDrive!
And for an unforgettable holiday adventure, experience one of AVIS #BestRoadsSA! Avis tapped into South Africa’s hidden treasures, and selected the best South African holiday roads to drive. Developed with the holiday season in mind, the best holiday roads lets you experience unforgettable sightings, while making holiday memories that will last a lifetime! Check out the website here: www.avisbestroads.co.za! In addition, they are giving you the chance to WIN a free car rental for a weekend! All you have to do is take a picture of your favourite South African road to drive on, post it using #BestRoadsSA on the BabyYumYum Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to enter, and you could be the winner of a free weekend rental in an AVIS Group B vehicle!
It constantly strikes me as frustrating that public shopping centres in this day and age, where we spend our hard earned money, do not take into consideration my family’s needs (who by the way, happen to be with me when I am spending that hard earned money).
Have you every tried to squeeze your kids out of their car seats when you can only open the car door 20 centimeters wide because the parking bay is so small and there is another car parked next to yours?
Or have you ever been into the public restrooms to change your baby’s nappy whilst a queue of other people are waiting to use the toilets whilst staring you down while you remove baby’s stinky nappy on the very exposed changing table?
Or how about trying to get your pram up or down a few stairs as there is no lift or ramp?
I could go on for pages about this, but one shopping mall seems to have gotten it right.
Eastgate Mall boasts family friendly facilities such as 33 Moms and Tots extra wide parking bays, private feeding rooms for feeding and changing, family toilets allowing your little ones to accompany mom or dad into the toilet without having to squish into a tiny normal cubicle or feel awkward or insecure (if you are a dad) about taking your daughter into the males toilets.
During the Festive Season they also have extended trading hours, allowing you to put your kids to sleep and leave them with a caretaker before heading out to the shops.
Monday – Thursday: 9am to 8pm
Fridays: 9am to 9pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 9am to 6pm
Saturdays extended to 8pm from 1-30 December 2017
The outside Piazza area offers permanent play equipment surrounded by multiple food vendors, so that you can have the luxury of being able to enjoy your meal whilst watching your children play safely.
For more information checkout their site: http://www.eastgateshops.com/