Emma loves her usual hang-out spot, Serendipity but on rainy days like this we sometimes pop into SMUDGE, in Craighall Park. There’s loads of things for the little ones to do and a really pretty coffee area for moms and dads, with WI-FI, so you can blog away, get work out the way or just enjoy the gorgeous surroundings…I’m not sure how much more Dora the Explorer I can handle this morning so we might be popping off to Smudge shortly
Smudge’s Art Room – qualified artists guide children through a variety of art and craft activities that change weekly and include drawing, sticking, painting, building, gluing, singing, dancing, moulding, sculpting, learning, expressing and of course smiling and laughing. Each Smudge child will leave with not only the masterpiece they created, but having had an enriching experience that leaves their imagination tingling with excitement. The art room offers a wonderful array of activities including painting, drawing, beading and sticking – all under supervision of friendly and attentive staff.
The music room offers a dreamland of sound – rain shakers and xylophones adorn the walls along with a massive bass drum and tons of percussion instruments, affording children the chance to create their own music and rhythms. Specialised music workshops, are offered by a qualified music therapist monthly.
In the dress-up area children can create their own fantasies in a ceiling suspended tent, dressing up as pirates and princesses accessorised by feather boas, hats, shoes and jewellery. We have wonderful Disney costumes including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aerial, Belle and Tinkerbelle as well as the boys favourites Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Pirates, Mr Incredible and Power Rangers suits. This is the room where the magic comes alive and your little ones explore their creativity to their fullest.
Smudge’s book lounge offers a quiet space for children to pick up their favourite book and curl up and read on comfy floor cushions. Special sessions will include book readings.
Smudge’s baby area is situated next to the coffee shop so you can see your baby whilst you relax close-by. The baby area includes a soft baby play-pen with loads of soft toys and musical instruments for stimulation, a soft-play climbing toy, play-dough tables and giant felt boards. Friendly staff are always on hand to look after your baby whilst you take a much needed break.
And while all the creative fun is going on, mum, dads, grannies and nannies can relax in the coffee shop which offers freshly baked cakes and pastries as well as a little icing table for children to create their own magical cupcakes.
Smudge’s shop is full of wonderful arts and crafts gifts for children of all ages. We stock imported paint stamps, sandart bracelets, glitter, rhinestones, craft boxes, paint, brushes, paper and anything else you can think of to keep your children busy or take care of those school projects. We also stock the JellyBean range of toys from the UK from baby comforters to their first bunny! Also available is the Maileg range from Denmark offering gorgeous, hand-stitched rabbits, pigs and giraffe toys. Smudge also sells dress-up clothes including pirate suits, fairy dresses, wands, crowns, handbags, wings and hats for all occasions. Pop in to look at our lovely winter scarves, gloves and non-slip socks!
Visit their website at http://www.smudgeart.co.za/