Kids! What the hell do I know about kids? Nothing I tells ya. Other than the screaming. And the crying. That’s why today is a guest post and depending on the love you show her – we may well have a few more of similar posts to come.
The Best Baby-Friendly Cafes in Melbourne
Damn if this isn’t a controversial topic. Nothing gets some people going like taking kids to a cafe. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about then you need to get yourself up to speed on the hoo ha that went down in Sydney when a toddler decided to get a little scrappy at a cafe one recent weekend. I think the golden rule here is to be sensible. Yes there are some kid-friendly venues and that’s awesome, but if your kid is going to protest and you can’t make it stop then perhaps that day is the day for take-away coffee. It probably isn’t really the time to teach the “sometimes you have to do things in life you don’t like” lesson as, let’s face it, that’s impossible to teach to a little person who doesn’t understand consequences.
As all parents know though, a child’s behaviour is arbitrary and one day they’ll sit happily and play, and say “oh mummy can we go back there?” and the next they’ll moan like nobody’s business and tell you they hate it. So for the ‘happy to sit and play days’, here are some awesome Melbourne venues that will make any parent’s heart sing.
It was really hard to narrow down the list to just three. If you are looking for one that is closer to you I highly recommend you check out the Hey Bambini website. Just check that the cafe is still operating…I did find two that were no longer in business.
This place rocks! Funky decor and hipster staff make mum and dad feel like they haven’t entirely given up their old life to start a family. The grown up stuff stops there though. This place is totally inspired by doing it right for the kidlets. Run by two sisters with training in early childhood development, there are some really fun menu items for kiddies, plus toy and activities, pram access and an accessible children’s playground. They also do a killer kids birthday party here, so do check it out. They are on facebook and regularly update their page so have a squiz. You’ll be in your car for a family day out faster than you can say ‘Boo!’.
Birdie Num Nums doesn’t compromise on quality just to give you and your kids a great place to eat. The food here is amazing and the coffee exceptional. These guys are into their coffee and they always make sure that it’s great. There is a sandpit and a stack of toys in the courtyard out the back, which is protected in case of rain. During winter they crank up the outdoor heaters so parents and kids can still use these great facilities. They get a lot of mothers groups in here, too, so if you are thinking of coming with a group then it is better to book ahead. Pram access is also great. An awesome spot.
Personally I think this is an absolutely BRILLIANT idea. Why no one has thought of it before is beyond me. This is a cafe with a hair and beauty salon attached and my word, they have thought of everything. They have a bunch of kid-friendly stuff and it is all free. Three days a week they also run special activities which are great for the two+ group that might need a little more entertaining. If you want one of these activities it is a gold coin donation. They have staff available to supervise kiddies while you are getting a treatment done and nappies and wipes are available in case you forget yours. And this is just the highlight list of what is there. There is SO. MUCH. MORE. Check out their website for more info. Last but not least…you don’t have to be using the hair and beauty facilities to frequent the exceptionally child friendly cafe. Check it out mummies and daddies!
About the author
Kristy is a freelance travel writer for HotelClub.com, where you can find excellent deals on family-friendly Melbourne and Sydney accommodation. Kristy is a food enthusiast and mum of three who is always on the lookout for child-friendly cafes with a menu to match.