Mar­ket gets to the root of a day out

Cape Argus - - Weather & Leisure - Lance Wit­ten

HAVE you ever been at a fes­ti­val or mar­ket and just wished there was more va­ri­ety? Maybe you’d like to see more crafts, more books, more cloth­ing, more food and drink op­tions?

In that case, the Root 44 Mar­ket along the R44 be­tween Stel­len­bosch and Som­er­set West is ex­actly what you’re look­ing for. It’s just... well, more. There are scores of food op­tions to choose from – pizza on a board to pizza in a cone, tra­di­tional Ger­man fare on a roll or on a plate, pit bar­be­cue, sushi, burg­ers – you name it, they’ve got it. And there are plenty of op­tions to quench your thirst too.

But, per­haps the best part, is the play area for the kids. There are sep­a­rate ar­eas for un­der-fives and those a lit­tle older; mean­ing you don’t have to worry about your tod­dler be­ing knocked over by the big­ger kids.

They’re all closely mon­i­tored by trained staff. The in­door gyms are well-pro­tected from the harsh sun and wind, while the out­door area is a real treat.

Foofy slides, a sprawl­ing wooden gym, a five-a-side sand-floored foot­ball arena and pedal-pow­ered go-karts are all avail­able to the kids (and the grown-up adult kids too). All this for just R90 per child, all day long. There’s also a mini putt-putt course and am­ple climb­ing wall space to en­sure your lit­tle ones are com­pletely pooped by the time you check out.

Big-screen TVs, beer gar­dens and live mu­sic will keep adults en­ter­tained too.

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