Scene 1: Cabin fever The kids are picking on each other, parents nerves are fraying and everyone just needs a change of scene.
Scene 2: Child friendly Cafe
The kids are sipping babycinos and playing together peacefully in the designated play area, while the parents relax. Ahh.
We are so lucky here in Brisbane to have a large number of cafes that genuinely welcome children and their parents or carers. The following list of 20 cafes all belong to Scene 2, having a kids corner or actual kids play area to keep youngsters and attending adults happy.
With a shady park out the window, and a well stocked kid's corner, many parents frequent this wonderful cafe. The kid's menu is sensible and served on colourful trays to make them feel very special. Adults will just love the coffee and food here too.
The location is the drawcard for this cafe. You can wander through the Japanese Garden or rainforest, pop into Botanical Cafe for lunch, then search for ducks and maybe visit the Planetarium all in one day. They have well presented kid's meals and you can watch them play out on the grass while you read the paper.
Kids will love poking their head through the tiny doorway into their own private playroom here. In fact, they are made to feel right at "home". The kid's meals are served on bright plates and trays with pretty cups, while adults will be totally satisfied with the fresh, modern menu on offer. Worth a visit just to see the kids play area.
If you venture to the courtyard garden at the back of the rather popular Willow and Spoon, you will find a selection of toys to keep kids busy, and some green space to stretch their legs. There are lots of little nooks and corners to read books and they do very good smoothies too.
Any parents near this place will probably be regulars. They cater very well for children with a room full of toys and imaginative touches throughout. Bowerbird Cafe is a nurturing, nest-like place and rates high on the A-list of cafes for kids.
Set amidst the palms and plants at Eden Gardens, you will find this lovely cafe. The tables overlook a large duck pond with Eastern Water Dragons to spot. The separate kids playground is a major drawcard for this venue as well. They can draw on the giant chalk board while you enjoy your meal, then you can buy something special for the garden.
Although this place is only tiny, they cater very well for children. The Kid's High Tea ($18) is great and they have a wonderful kid's play corner complete with a high tea set, of course. Highly recommended as a morning tea treat for mum or grandma, with the kids in tow.
This is the best place to chill out at Southbank with kids. They can explore the sculpture garden while you sip and eat. It is just a peaceful and soothing venue to let children and adults absorb their surroundings.
La Linea Caffe is designed with parents in mind - you will love the fenced play area here, where the kids can play and enjoy their own time while you enjoy yours. They have their own menu and you have yours. Relax and enjoy.
With a name like Urban Harmony, you can expect it to be a pretty relaxing place. This is a cafe/shop to visit if you need to do some specialty shopping, but be prepared to be tempted. The cafe provides activities to keep little ones busy along with excellent gourmet pies, cakes, salads and coffee.
Nothing compares to this place - it really doesn't get more child friendly than this. "Nicky Noo and the OO Crew" cater completely for parents/carers and children. Whilst good manners are paramount, they are allowed to draw on the tables, mold shapes in clay, and listen to stories while eating an excellent selection of healthy food designed for little fingers. Ooniverse Cafe is well worth a visit.
After a big play at Moora Park, and maybe a swim at Shorncliffe, Cafe on the Park is the perfect spot to unwind with children. They have a separate kid's room full of lego, doll's houses and books to keep them busy. They specialize in fish and chips and milkshakes, but the sandwiches and cakes are very tasty too.
You can sit in Reef Point Cafe overlooking Moreton Bay, while the kids play in the park or even on the beach. This is a very relaxed seaside cafe with walking tracks and bike tracks stretching from its doors.
Take the kids on the Citycat to Northshore and spend the afternoon enjoying the "playscape" here. The Riverside Cafe has excellent views of the watercraft plying the Brisbane River, so this is a sure winner for any children with a passion for boats. There is a beach to explore and interesting parklands next door.
16. Cafe Tara: 988 Waterworks Rd, The Gap
There is a whole outdoor area dedicated to children at Cafe Tara. There are several "cars" to drive up and down, a fenced playpen and a cubbyhouse all in the one cafe. They have a fun kid's menu too, with "Happy Face" (cheese on toast) being my kids' menu item of choice. They do a good adults coffee and meal there too.
17. Cafe Boombana: 1863 Mt Nebo Rd, Mt Nebo
If you drive west of Brisbane up into D'Aguilar National Park for some lovely bushwalks and fresh air, you must stop in at Cafe Boombana. The cafe overlooks a bushy valley, serves excellent food and stocks a fabulous toy basket. Listen out for the Bellbirds while you sip "the best milkshakes in the world".
Situated within the nursery, you can sit in this cafe safe in the knowledge that the kids are having fun in the enclosed playground. We reckon they do the best babycinos in Brisbane and you can always justify your visit by buying plants for the garden. They serve great food too.
This cafe is part of the Walkabout Creek complex, and a visit to The South East Queensland Wildlife Center next door is highly recommended. They have many unusual native animals to feed and spot, and you can take a walk in the neighboring bushland after your meal. Every Weekend, they have a family Wild Encounters program which is well worth attending.
This is a low key cafe with amazingly colorful wall murals and an imaginative kid's corner, including bongo drums, ukuleles and even a Space Invaders Game for older children (and adults). Great food and coffee too.
Totally agree with Ooniverse, that place is amazing! Due East at Gumdale is great as well, it's more of a bar than a cafe (not that I'm complaining!) and it has a great fenced off playground and a Kids Club.
Scuzi Caffe at Chermside is great for families. Its large open outdoor space lets the kids have a play and parents can relax. It definitely doesn't feel like you are in a shopping centre, giving everyone a fresh break from the shopping day. The staff are great and offer a friendly atmosphere.
Really nothing for South?
lorikeets in the garden centre on redland-beenleigh rd has a great little set up. As a garden centre they have room to roam. There is a great little aquarium with fantastic fish and displays. They also have giant sculptures (dinosaurs etc) and birds to look at (mind they don't bite little fingers). And on some weekends they have a miniature pony wandering through the centre for children to pat. Heaps to see.
Also the menu is pretty good. And caters for Gluten free.
A fantastic list - thank you! We love to go to The Cupcake Taste in Park Tce, Graceville. The food is yummy, well priced and the service is amazing. You'll also find a selection of wooden cake and ice-cream sundae Another favourite for us is The Cupcake Parlour in Bulimba. It has a delicious selection of cupcakes and over in the corner is a playpen full of fun for littlies. The BCC Library is found just over the road and two great playgrounds nearby. It's a fun outing when you include a City Cat Ride too. The stop is down the end of Oxford St.
Plum Tucker in Red Hill is a fantastic child friendly cafe. There is a great kids menu as well as a build your own breaky menu for fussy eaters. The staff cater for children well bringing colouring in to the table, as well as snacks such as watermelon if there will be a wait on food.
There is also two kids tables of toys, one upstairs and one downstairs in the courtyard.
They are open for Dinners on Friday and Saturday too, and again have a great kids dinner menu!