Disclaimer: I was provided two daily passes to The Play Café to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Yesterday Miller, Maddox and I ventured to Bryn Mawr to visit The Play Café. It was a little bit of a drive from our house, but well worth the trip –
especially with Miller singing ‘Lips Are Moving’ in the backseat.
I just have to get this out of my system: The Play Café is ahhhhh-mazing.
Phew! Feeling better now.
Lauren (owner) and Lauren (manager) greeted us as we arrived and checked us in. Miller could hardly contain herself as we settled in and tucked our shoes and coats away. A slide! A Lego Loft! A marker wall! A dress-up corner! Blocks! Cars! Trains! Books! STRING CHEESE! A few seconds of Miller’s wide-eyed delight and I knew we’d be visiting The Play Café on a regular basis.
The Play Café is a gorgeous, colorful 4,000 square foot indoor play place designed to stimulate children’s senses and imagination. From the Lego Loft and dress-up stage to the giant drawing wall and Baby Area, The Play Café has something for every child (or let’s face it, Mom) to enjoy. While The Play Café is designed mostly with children ages 0-5 in mind, Mom can also have a blast coloring on the dry-erase wall older kids can utilize the café area for homework, reading, tablet play, etc.
The café serves coffee (they had me at La Colombe), tea, soups, salads, sandwiches and other light fare for both adults and kids. Miller was beyond excited to see yogurt pouches, juice boxes and her all-time favorite snack, string cheese. While Miller and Maddox munched on their healthy snacks, I crammed the most phenomenal chicken curry sandwich from Le Bus into my mouth with breathtaking speed enjoyed a yummy sandwich. Several moms utilized the free wifi and worked on their laptops in the café area as their children played nearby. One thing I really appreciated about the facility was its open floor plan. No matter where you are in The Play Café, you can easily see all of the other areas. Since the café and baby area are adjacent to the main play space, it’s easy to keep an eye on your children at all times.
As Miller ran from one exciting play area to another (she was a HUGE fan of the Lego Loft), Maddox and I explored the carpeted Baby Area nearby. With its developmental toys and soft climbing mats, the Baby Area is perfect for crawlers and new walkers. Maddox and his new baby friends crawled through the cushy tunnels and played with the assortment of colorful toys and rattles as their older siblings played nearby. As I mentioned before, I could sit with Maddox in the Baby Area and still have eyes on Miller in the main play area a few feet away. It’s really a perfect setup.
Another aspect that I really appreciated was the nursing/diapering area just outside the bathroom. With a comfy chair and Boppy available, nursing mothers have a semi-private place to sit while still having a view of their other children in the main play area. A large diaper changing station outside the bathroom keeps the bathroom more available to potty training kids and adults. Seriously awesome.
Miller, Maddox and I had a blast yesterday, and we will absolutely be visiting The Play Café again – sooner rather than later. The Play Café is a fantastic spot for indoor fun, especially during these cold winter months. We hope to see you there!
Play Café Bonus Features:
- Lauren and Lauren are both darling. My son was so taken with them both that he insisted on giving them hugs as we left. I’ll be honest…I wanted to hug them too.
- The Play Café is also available for party rentals! They have a wonderful private party room and several party package options. Check them out here.
- Every First Friday, Mama Mac visits The Play Café to teach an interactive music class. Check out the other events and classes available for kids here.
- Pay by the day or become a member! Find rates here.
- There is an absolutely ADORABLE pop up shop called First & Marley in The Play Café’s lobby. The shop features really fantastic kids and baby items. Check. It. Out.
- Should your child say, suffer a head-on collision with another child, Lauren(s) will come running with cute boo boo ice packs!
- There is a small lot located behind The Play Café, and street parking is available nearby on the surrounding streets.