Spoilt brats or nurtured souls–what do you think of children who attend beauty spas?
it a waste of money to send your little princess (or prince) to a spa? Does it create
a sense of entitlement? Is it even fair on children to expect them to behave
appropriately so as not to disturb other adults who’re paying big bucks to be
Traditionally, spas have been places where adults can retreat from the
stresses of our regular lives (including our children!). However, many spas are now beginning
to offer kiddies packages like mini facials, mani-pedis and age-appropriate
shoulder and foot massages in child-friendly environments.
African Kids Spa in Durban’s Ushaka Kids’ World (opened just last month) includes fun touches like glitter tattoos and hair
styling. In Gauteng, Riverview
Spa’s Spa for Little Ladies adds kiddies’ bubbly.
The Cape’s Arniston Luxury Spa’s
Ginkgo Teen Spa has treatments aimed at older girls (like facials and waxing) but also provides
a few options for 6-12-year-olds, if they’re accompanied by an adult. Mint
Wellness in Camps Bay caters for tweens with Funky Fingers manicures and Twinkle Toes pedicures, and each
includes a milkshake (nice touch).
adult spas, the treatments are quite pricey, but just like grown-ups, the idea
is that it’s a special treat once in a while, rather than a regular affair.
If you’re happy to spend money on fun fairs, arcades, theme parks, water
parks or taking your kids to the cinema, kiddie spas now fit into the same
Home sweet home
For those who aren’t ready to take their kids to spas, there’s a growing trend
of companies bringing professional kiddies pamper parties to your home. This is
a great idea for birthday parties,
where gaggles of giggling girls will make up for (or
won’t notice) the lack of professional appointments.
out Little Party Planners (which
works across the country), Arwen Parties in the Mother City and Pamper Parties in Johannesburg.
prices of mobile pamper services are a bit lower as there are fewer infrastructural
costs, but may require a set minimum number of participants to make the travel
worth their while.
figured–in the interest of journalistic integrity, you see–that I should get
some first-hand experience, so I took my daughter (who is all of 3 years old) to
the spa at uShaka Kids’ World. I enjoyed a delicious foot massage while she got
her little nails painted bright pink with nail-art butterflies. The environment
is kiddy-friendly, so I didn’t need to stress when she chatted loudly or got up
midway through her treatment to explore the venue.
As I caught her eye through the haze of bliss, we had one of those special
moments that can only be gained through shared experience. Her manicure lasted
about a day, but the smiles are still on both our faces.
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