Sometimes you just want to have a coffee in peace with your friends while the kids can be kept occupied in a play area
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!
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a very relaxed vibe and an incredibly beautiful and fresh menu, the Smug Fig is pretty as a picture. Their instagram is drool worthy too, I am obsessed with it. There is a small play area for the kids and is very welcoming to families.
Still looking for more inspiration? The list of cafes with play areas is seemingly endless with further options below. All are recommendations from other Brisbane Mums, just like you!