You don’t have to be 21 to legally enter a pub anymore. As a matter of fact, you could be ten years old, and as long as you enter with your parents, the club will go out of its way to keep you happy. To encourage young parents to have some fun, numerous city clubs and pubs now provide babysitting services apart from various other distractions to keep the kids busy, while the adults get a drink and unwind.
Blue Frog, Hard Rock Café and Sanchos are a few places that are ‘child-friendly’. But Four Seasons Hotel, Worli, goes the extra mile. It actually maintains a menu of services for guest kids within the premises and beyond. “We can escort children to Hamleys or Landmark book stores if we have proper authorisation from the parents,” says Divya Mohan, PR manager, Four Seasons. “But for guests who come in for brunches and would like to spend time alone, we have a children’s corner with a member of the staff looking after them. We get games, there’s always a video playing and a candyfloss corner. We even organise cookie-making classes on some parents’ behest.”
The Mexican restaurant Sanchos has a specific area where they serve alcohol, but it also allows patrons to bring their children along. “We have a lounge area which attracts a lot of families. Being a parent, I understand that people would like to spend some time with their children as well, so they appreciate this,” says Collin Pereira, brand manager at Sanchos, Bandra. “Also, the good part is that we’re a non-smoking restaurant.”
Blue Frog, one of the city’s most popular live gig venues, sets aside Sunday afternoons for the younger ones. Called Mini Frog, this section is dedicated to keeping children occupied from noon to 3.30 pm with baby-sitting services as well as arts and craft amongst others. Hard Rock Café too caters to parents who don’t have the option of leaving their children behind. On Sundays, the club assigns certain adults to take care of children and keep them entertained with fun activities and impromptu acts. Meanwhile, parents, who are yet to avail of these services, are more than happy. “I’ve not been to these places, but now that I know, I would love to,” says Kanika Mehta, a mother of two. “Usually we’re left with only parks to go to with kids, but this presents a nice opportunity for young parents.”