Spotlight: The Kids' Table
— 7 Aug 2018 by Lauren Furey
This month, Boxpark Croydon begins a regular run of family fun, courtesy of The Kids' Table. That's right.
The Kids' Table will be taking over Boxpark Croydon, every Sunday from 12 August, to provide arts, crafts and entertainment for your little ones. To find out more, we caught up with, founder, Sarah Frow.
Tell us who you are and what you do.
I’m a mum of two from South London and I run a pop up kids corner service for 3-10 year olds at dining destinations in London and Surrey.
How did the idea for The Kids' Table come about?
The Kids’ Table was born from my own experience as a mum wanting to continue to eat out at all the places I loved in my pre-parent days but finding that there was nothing there to keep the little ‘uns amused; maybe a colouring-in sheet and some crayons, if you were lucky. We’d endlessly be cutting our meal short because the children were getting restless or we’d give them the tablet, resulting in parental guilt – it’s the weekend, we’ve brought the kids to an adult environment and we’re sticking a screen in front of them. So I set about creating a service that would fit into those adult dining venues to give the kids a bit of fun, and allow mum and dad to continue to visit their favourite places and finish a sentence.
What can visitors expect from your events at Boxpark?
We’re big on craft at The Kids’ Table – we do a different craft activity each week that ties into big events, or what’s going on in the world; we made medals and flags for the World Cup, decorated paper plate donuts for National Donut Week, we made bejewelled crowns and tiaras for the Royal Wedding, cardboard cacti and tacos for Cinco di Mayo, and Hall of Fame stars for the Oscars. Alongside the crafts there are loom bands, Lego, face painting, temporary tattoos, toy cars, dinosaurs, Octons, colouring-in and mask decorating.
Do parents ever get involved with the face painting and crafts?
We have had dads be guinea pigs for their children’s face painting designs before – it’s always amusing seeing fully grown men leave the pub with a rainbow cheek decoration! As we can get quite busy, we generally ask for the seats at the table to be saved for the kids as the parents look on, but some do like to lend a helping hand with their kids’ creations and have fun harking back to their childhood days; getting their hands on pipe cleaners and wiggly eyes!
Where else can parents and tykes find The Kids' Table?
We’re at selected pubs across South London and Surrey and soon to launch at a bar/restaurant in Clapham; the name of which I can’t divulge quite yet, but all new launches will be announced on our social channels, and parents can check out our website for their nearest participating venue.
We’re being asked all the time to come to people’s local areas; next on our hit list is South East London and North London and, ultimately, we’re looking to expand out of the South East to the rest of the UK.
What was the last song you listened to?
I’m not going to earn any cool points for this but it was S Club 7, 'Reach' at Whizzy Wonders - the baby sensory class I take my 6 month old daughter to! After all the lovely sensory activity for the babies, the class always ends with a mum and baby boogy, so if you’re ever in Tooting at 10.15am on a Thursday morning and hear S Club 7 blaring from the top floor of The Wheatsheaf, that’ll be us breaking out our best mum moves, while jigging babies on our hips - ha-ha!
You can follow The Kids' Club online on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Head to The Kids' Club website for future events!