This is something I’ve been thinking about a bit lately. A while ago, I took my kids to a “child friendly” place, and they were bored stiff! Mostly because this place catered to preschoolers and not kids who are 7 and 9.
They are growing up, and growing out of what many people call “child friendly”, yet they are still children. My 9 year old hates going to McDonalds at the moment. He finds the playground boring, and the Happy Meals no longer fill him up (quite apart from the fact that he has to have the meal modified so he can eat it). He much prefers going to a “grown up” cafe and having a hot chocolate & something from the menu there.
There are many other things that say they are “child friendly” that my kids are simply too old for. My nephew, on the other hand, is nearly 18 months and is loving these child friendly venues. They have toys he can play with and playgrounds the perfect size for him. And he LOVES his babychinos!
It seems that many places that are “child friendly” cater more to the preschool and lower primary school market, rather than for older children. The child size meals are too small and the adult meals too big!
If anyone knows of a child friendly venue that caters really well to older children in Melbourne, I’d love to know about it 🙂