Turf City is fast becoming the place to go for kids' entertainment. There are so many things there for children, from Marden Swim School, to Sporty Joe's and Taekwondo. There are also some great cafes which are very targeted to families.

The best one is probably Sol Cafe. During the week it is very quiet, but at the weekends it comes to life. I was there last Saturday and it was buzzing with activity, and I must say, a little chaotic at times. The draw is the outdoor playground, so of course the place is crawling with young, sweaty children. There are tables right by the playground so you can keep an eye on the little ones while enjoying your coffee and it is all covered-an unusual touch for Singapore, and big enough that the kids don't get bored in 5 minutes.

There is also a small play area inside for toddlers, with age-appropriate toys and crayons for colouring. On the weekends there is free face painting between 12.30 and 2.30pm. This is a lovely touch, and I was impressed by the quality and care the artist took over each child. The kids were thrilled by the results, and I was pleased when the paint came off easily at the end of the day.

The food at the cafe is Spanish inspired, with big plates of paella, muscles and calamari. There is a kids' menu, but we ordered a simple cheese and tomato pizza for the kids from the regular menu and that was enough for two.

If you are not familiar with Turf City, it can be a little confusing at first, and the cafes are tucked away around the back, so take a wander round and you will notice signs about. Out the front is a row of hawker style food stalls, and to find Sol you need to walk through a corridor which takes you past the Taekwondo and Art Boot Camp. There are also public toilets here. At the end is an arcade where you will find KindyRoo, Kindamusic and Jitterbugs, and at the end, Sol Cafe.

200 Turf City Road



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