The clay café is situated 20km from the Cape Town CBD in a place called Hout Bay. We visited this amazing place for the first time last week. When we went in the first thing I noticed was the buzz of excitement in the air. In no time at all we were briefed on what to do and how to get started with painting our clay pieces. Everything had a system and protocol that was extremely easy to follow.The staff were also very helpful, friendly and efficient.
First, we had to choose the pottery piece we wanted to paint. The wide variety of items you can choose from was great. They have small, medium and large items available. The description and price of these items are clearly marked which makes the selection process nice and easy.
My son chose a space rocket and my daughter chose a bunny. We also had my elderly grandmother visiting for the week, she chose to paint an African hut. They really had a blast painting their pieces. I was taken aback at how much they loved this activity. They spent over an hour putting stickers and painting their clay pieces. What surprised me the most was that my 3 year old who, like most other 3 year old’s, has a short attention span actually sat and painted her entire bunny and sat painting it for over an hour with minimal help from me or her dad. My husband and I never choose to paint any of the clay pieces as we had anticipated the kids needing our help with their paintings, but this was clearly not the case at all. Both my kids managed to paint their clay pieces entirely on their own. Now we know for next time to take our own pieces to paint and join in on the fun.
Once you have completed your painting you leave it there for firing and glazing. This takes about 3 and a half weeks after which you may collect your item. All items once fired are dishwasher proof, microwave proof and oven proof.
Once we were done painting we stepped outside and were again left amazed by the array of fun activities that was there for the kids to enjoy while we relaxed. There were three netted trampolines, a jumping castle, a swing, a sand pit, a bridge that the kids could run over,a tunnel that they could run under and a small stream of water that the kids could play in. Be sure to carry a change of clothes for the kids in case they end up sitting in the stream like my one year old did. The kids really enjoyed themselves playing outside and had to be begged multiple times when we had to leave. We ended up waiting for many, “please just one more minute”.
There is also a restaurant there with quite a variety on their menu. You place your order with the waiters who serve you at your table while you are painting. This restaurant is not halaal certified, however, we were told by the management that they are halaal friendly. All the meat used comes from halaal certified suppliers. Allocated utensils, pans, pots and separate ovens for pizzas are used for their halaal guests. We tried out their milkshakes and a margherita pizza and we loved it.
If you are visiting or residing in Cape Town I would highly recommend a visit to the clay cafe as it was so much fun for the entire family. Please note that booking is essential over weekends and can be done here.
Have you visited the Hout Bay Clay Cafe before? What were your experiences? They also cater for birthdays. For any further information you may visit their website or contact the Hout Bay Clay Cafe directly.
*Disclaimer: This post was done in collaboration with Clay Cafe Hout Bay. All views expressed are strictly our own and were not influenced by the sponsor*
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