I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published September 27th 2017
An artsy little cafe where you and the kids can get creative
When a friend told me about Mug 'N' Brush Café in Rockingham, I immediately put it on my 'to-do' list. A café where my daughter can do some ceramic painting while I have a coffee? I'm sold!
So along we went, with me having visions of her loving every minute of it – painting, splashing the brushes around and making messy, beautiful art. I was clearly expecting too much from a two year old.
This was the first 'art' café that I'd ever been to so I wasn't sure what to expect, but a lovely lady greeted up and showed me the range of ceramics available for painting. It's pretty simple – you pick an item to paint, take as long as you need and when it's done, it is put through the kiln to glaze the item and you pick it up when it's ready.
In the meantime, I ordered a coffee for myself and a juice for my daughter from the café, while looking longingly at the range of cakes and slices staring back at me from the cabinet. There's a gated children's play area, making it an ideal place for a mums' catch up with the kids. You don't have to feel obliged to paint, I must add.
The ceramics are priced at $16, $26 and $36, which also includes all paints, use of brushes and the cost for the item to be fired in the kiln. So we got to work.
Well. My idealist view of how my toddler would love this was so, so wrong. Don't get me wrong – she didn't dislike it, it's just that she prefers exploring the bathrooms or climbing on a table. She started well, before getting up for a wander and sporadically returning to daub some paint on the mug I'd chosen. So naturally – and not wanting to waste the $16 I'd paid to paint the mug, plus the delicious coffee I'd ordered – I got to work.
The work in progress...my creative talents are amazing
I certainly enjoyed myself, that's for sure. I found painting that little mug somewhat therapeutic – even relaxing. Not a word I generally use with my toddler and her infant sister, but this was great. Paired with a great coffee, complete with a sweet little biscuit, it was a thoroughly lovely morning!
You can choose from all sorts of things to paint – there are plates, bowls, animals, dinosaurs, reptiles, racing cars and so many more items.
We spent about 90 minutes at the café before the mug was finished and by then it was definitely time to take my daughters home. While the toddler didn't get too involved in the painting, she sure finds ways to busy herself.
You don't need to book for this type of painting, and the day we went was a rainy old day, so it was quiet. They serve breakfast, lunch and hot and cold beverages.
Mug 'N' Brush also runs art classes for children aged two and over and adult art classes, for which you do need to book. They also offer pottery parties and children's parties.
While my toddler is still a work in progress on the art front, Mug 'N' Brush was a lovely way to spend the morning. My artistic creativity needs some work, but if you can leave feeling just a little bit relaxed, that's all that matters.