Tumble Bears

logoA brand new play, activity and PARTY VENUE opened up in Lakeside in the Pick ‘n Pay shopping centre in January 2015.  Tumble Bears Make and Play opened last week and has already had a very successful first week.  It caters for kids from baby to about age 5.  I took my 2- and 4-year old along over the weekend to sample what they have on offer and they fitted their target age group perfectly!  Upon arrival we were greeted by friendly faces of the staff so eager to take the kids around and have some fun.

My boy was young enough to enjoy the “baby” area (age 0-2) with great age appropriate educational toys, ball pond, etc. And it was fenced off so he was kept safe in that area, with his own child minder looking after him.

baby area

He was also old enough to enjoy some of the activities, he particularly loves cars, so he found this rather fun!


The venue is perfect for arts and crafts and there are several sections set out for the kids to draw, paint, do sand art, etc.

collage of art

This activity centre is linked to the Tumblebear gym program that is popular at many Southern Suburbs pre-schools, and this gym program is now also available at this new venue in the mornings during the week.  The classes expose little ones to sensory touch and development and help develop a bond with mother and baby or baby and carer.

They have a section of soft play equipment that is perfect for creating an obstacle course.

Sienna soft play

I was immediately drawn to the coffee shop area, which is close enough to keep an eye on your kids, but far enough away to have an adult conversation knowing the staff was looking after your kids.  The coffee shop offers a variety of tuckshop items (chips, chocolates) as well as cakes, muffins and coffee to give moms that boost of energy they desire.

coffee shop

The main draw-card for me was that this venue offers BIRTHDAY PARTIES and almost every second client of ours is looking for a special place for their child’s birthday.  Tumble Bear has a private party room (that can seat 15 kids) and a variety of party packages are available plus a number of optional extra’s. We are sure this is going to be a very popular part of their offering, so book early.

Happy birthday

All-in-all Tumblebear Make and Play has so much to offer, in summary:

  • Play area for babies/toddlers
  • Soft play/obstacles
  • Arts and crafts (some at an additional fee)
  • Child minders to look after your kids (a drop and go feature may be in the pipeline)
  • Coffee and cake
  • Wifi (coming soon!)
  • Credit/debit card facilities
  • Baby changing area
  • Gym activity program during the week in the mornings

The venue is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Entrance to play. R30 per hour

Entrance to play for 2 hours or more R50

Entrance to do arts and crafts R20 plus cost of craft packet



2 hours play.  Basic decor which includes tablecloths, chair covers, bunting and balloons – minimum 10 children


2 hours play. Basic decor as above. Add in a party pack, plate and serviette. Minimum 10 children


2 hours play. Themed decor and themed party packs, plates and serviette  Minimum 10 children


Choose a package from above.  An additional R800 venue hire will be charged.  We will then close our doors for 2 hours while all the party people have fun.

The exclusive option is only available on a Saturday afternoon and a Sunday morning.

Beverages and catering available to order:

  • Pot of tea R45 (10 -12 cups)
  • Coffee R80 (10 cups)
  • Jug of 100% juice R40
  • Jug of ceres mix a juice R20
  • Savoury platters (click here for selection)
  • Novelty cakes and cupcakes (quoted separately)

Additional entertainment:

  • Facepainters
  • Balloon modeller
  • Magician
  • Puppet show

To enquire or book for a party at Tumblebears, please fill out the form below:

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