I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
Published October 2nd 2013
Eat, Drink, Make
Crafternoon Cafe, located on Nicholson Street, Carlton, is an absolute favourite of ours. You can lose hours in this quirky cafe and come home feeling like your creative and digestive centres have been acknowledged, spoilt and shared with the world. Well, maybe not the world…it is only a teeny place (so always book), maybe 20 other people will share the results of your creative journey.
Happy big people and happy little people.
You see, Crafternoon successfully combines two of my favourite things, craft/mess and delicious home cooked treats and tasty coffee all in an environment aimed at children of all ages. Yes, that includes you big kids too. Upon arrival you are greeted by a large red coffee machine (happy mum), tables adorned with pencils, crayons and paper (happy kids) and the menu, which is unlike any other.
Your artistic endeavors begin at your table.
Page one is solely dedicated to choosing your craft, which is of course the aim of the visit, be that painting, play dough or badge making, but my recommendation is the pasting option. For a mere $7 p/h, although I don't think they're really counting, the craft corner is yours to devour, pompoms, glitter, stickers, straws, bits of this and bits of that. There's nothing an imagination can not create using these tidbits. And because you don't have to worry about scraping PVA glue off your table or vacuuming glitter out of your carpet you feel at ease and inclined to encourage your creative child's inner vision, and the results can be amazing, or humble depending on the day and the task.
Heaps of bits and pieces to help yourself too.
Each activity is set up at your table with items such as shapes for cutting playdough or a mini easel for painting and even a plastic container for collecting crafty items. Sometimes specials are available too so check out the boards. Bookmarks and trinket boxes were the daily special today. Such activities require extra payment but they're only low, $3.50 for the box, you'd pay that anywhere!
Today, like any other my girls went for the construction and soon we were up to our elbows in patty pans in all the colours of the rainbow as well as straws and pom poms, their normal tools of choice. They busied themselvesf, running back and forth, stopping now and then to munch down and obviously really enjoy some of their ham and cheese toastie and delectable french toast and some yummy Charlies juice too. I, on the other hand, succumbed to a latte and a Mushroom Mountain that was big in size and tasty too; so many yummy mushrooms, I could have done without the bread.
Coffee and Craft
A couple of hours later and the craft corner had been exhausted, the art pieces were drying, the books had been read and the toy baskets emptied, it was time to pay and hit the road. It's always worth one last look before you leave Crafternoon because you are sure to see an old-time buddy or favourite star adorning the floors. Today I spied Rainbow Bright and a few Mr Men characters too. And make sure you look up at the art work that floats like a cloud above your head.
A Cloud of precious artwork
This place is really one of my favourite venues to bring kids and in fact I think we might host some lucky little girl birthday party there soon. It's really kid friendly and doesn't just want people to think it is. Children are free to roam, cry, play and create and no one looks twice if they are sticking patty pans to their head or carrying 25 googly eyes to stick on an old Golden Book
Ta Daa! A cute doggy.
This place is an absolute treasure and I will keep trying to convince them to expand to Bayside. Lets hope!