After walking into Carlton's Crafternoon Cafe', I quickly notice that the place was a little bit different to those which I usually visit.
8232; To begin with the entire floor had been covered in magazine pages which had then been sealed into the linoleum. Secondly, our place mats were blank sheets of A4 paper and there was a collection of pencils, crayons and textas available for us at the table. The third thing was that the whole first page of the menu listed a variety of craft activities which we could order from our waiter, along with the food.
8232;I was soon face with a dilemma in choosing between 'Poached chicken, Milawa Brie and Cranberry Toastie' ($7.00) with a 'Collage and Construction Kit' ($7.00 per hour) or 'Organic, free-range, raisin French Toast with natural yoghurt and fresh fruit' ($9.00) accompanied by 'Mirror Making' supplies ($4.00).
It wasn't long before the youngster in my lunchtime group had it all sorted out however, with one of them selecting the 'Playdough Tub' ($4.00) and the other busying herself with 'Badge Making' ($3.00).
These were delivered by a team of happy staff wearing 1950's style headbands and fun aprons, along with our generously frosted cupcakes, chocolate milkshakes, mushroom toasties and lattes.
In addition to this, the kids quickly found the craft counter where they could collect glitter, ribbons, pipe cleaners, confetti, straws, glue, rulers, stamps and various other decorative items. Our table became chaotic and completely full, much like Crafternoon's cosy, thirty-seat venue.
We ate and created beneath a cloud of proudly displayed drawings that had been clipped onto the ceiling. It wasn't just the children getting in on the action either, as most of the adults there were happily drawing and colouring in as well. Myself included and it became hard to tell whether my hands were all sticky from the satisfying meal or from the glue I had been using to paste together a craft collage.
Crafternoon is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch. There's a wonderful atmosphere there and it was great fun to spend some time in such a creative and hectic hub. They host birthday parties and run craft classes there as well.