One of my favourite things to do on a rare day off from work is head to my local cafe and meet up with a girlfriend for a good old chinwag. This couldn't have been easier when my little boy Louis was a baby, okay so I had to make sure I had everything but the kitchen sink packed in my baby bag but apart from that, keeping him entertained was easy as.
Now, as a busy 4 year old, keeping him occupied isn't as simple and no matter how many colouring sheets, activity books or electronic devices I'm armed with, the inevitable is that after 20 minutes he's going to get bored, fidget and cause mischief!
So wouldn't it be awesome to have more cafes that have prepared for this very real problem and equipped their establishment with suitable kids entertainment? Here are Brisbane Cafes with Play Areas, perfect for any mummy catch up.
Kabels Cafe, Chermside Kabels Cafe is an awesome choice if you are looking for a child friendly eatery and coffee house in Brisbane. With both indoor seating and an outdoor courtyard complete with children's activity area and toy box as well as a brilliant children's menu, Kabels is definitely one to visit.
Spokes Cafe. (Image via Must Do Brisbane)
Spokes Cafe, Samford Based in the Samford Valley, Spokes is not only child friendly but also dog friendly and bike friendly- a real all rounder. The indoor kids play area is more on the techy side of things complete with kids TV and electronic games table (space invaders eat your heart out!) but does take it back to the old school with huge chalk board for little ones to get creative.
King Country Garden Cafe
King Country Garden Cafe King Country is not just your average cafe where paper and pencils are provided, there is numerous things to keep kids happy whist mum enjoys a coffee and a spot of lunch. With 2 seperate outdoor play areas, jumping castle and petting zoo as well as large grass areas, maze like nursery and multiple areas to explore, King Country is the perfect place to visit with your little ones!
The Soul Pantry
The Soul Pantry, Newmarket Co-owner Patricia Foley describes The Soul Pantry as "an urban oasis - a retreat where people can call in to reconnect and unwind." That's all well and good for mummy when she's trying to take some time out but what's on offer to keep the kids happy? There are numerous items of kids activity dotted around the welcoming courtyard, a large and colourful abacus, colouring in table, stuffed toys, an upturned dinghy, an old wheelbarrow and wooden building blocks making an everyday coffee trip an adventure for small visitors.
Our Place Coffee Garden
Our Place Coffee Garden, Victoria Point Again, another brilliant dog friendly, kid friendly cafe which serves up a great cup of coffee. The outdoor courtyard is both well equipped for pooches and our little ones with various ride ons and toys dotted around.There's also yummy cakes and treats on offer which are another great way to keep the kids happy.
The Alley Cafe, Everton Park The Alley Cafe is the ultimate cafe/play area joining and the perfect place to meet up for a morning of caffeine and chats. The playground is fully fenced and filled with enough play equipment to keep even the busiest child occupied. The ground is astro turfed so no risk of any nasty bumps and falls and is featured under a large cloth shade for sun protection.
Cafe Lagarto, Samford Another popular child friendly cafe in the Samford area is Cafe Lagarto, well equipped with an outdoor children's play area to keep the kids occupied whilst you finish your coffee and although they don't have a specific children's menu here, they are more than happy to convert all of the menu items to child friendly portions.
Chapter IV, Paddington Sit on the verandah looking out over Brisbane's inner north and enjoy what Chapter IV has to offer. Not only delicious coffee and a killer brekky menu but also a children's playroom filled with enough toys and activities to keep young minds busy for any length of time.