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Ooniverse Cafe

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Published January 4th 2013
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Ooniverse Cafe opens where The Nook used to be

There are plenty of "child friendly" coffee shops to choose from, but not many cafes developed especially for children. Ooniverse Cafe, which has just opened at the Cinema in Hawthorne (where The Nook used to be) is a quirky place which fills that gap. I am sure it will become a favourite spot for parents and kids in East Brisbane.

Ooniverse Nicky Noo OO Crew
Nicky Noo and The "OO

Ooniverse is the home of Nicky Noo and the "OO" Crew. Nicky Noo and her alien friends, Wacky Woo, Dancer Doo, Robby Roo and Shippy Shoo have come to Earth to encourage children to recycle, use good manners, eat well, be sun-safe and be positive. This comes to life in Ooniverse Cafe through the healthy menu and fun activities.

Ooniverse Cafe Hawthorne
Ooniverse Cafe, Hawthorne

Healthy options available to order include reasonably priced fruit skewers and chicken wraps. I ordered a freshly squeezed apple juice and Turkish toast for my daughter and it came with healthy garnish of carrot sticks and cucumber. For grown-ups, they serve a decent Picco coffee.

Ooniverse Healthy Turkish Toast Kids
Delicious and Healthy Menu

Ooniverse fresh juice
Fresh Apple Juice

The staff were very friendly and, as you might expect, great with children. They helped my daughter to paint her handprint on the wall and invited her to plant a seed in the planters outside the Cafe.

Seed Planting Ooniverse
Planting a Seed at Ooniverse Cafe

With her name written on a lollipop stock next to her seed, she can go back and watch it grow - a great excuse for me to go out for a coffee! They also balloon-modelled a flower which she could take home. She couldn't wait to tell my husband about her trip there when he came home from work.

Ooniverse cafe seeds
Seeds at Ooniverse

The decor is bright and zingy and the staff wear zesty orange "OO" Crew T-Shirts. There is fake grass on the floors and the colourful "OO" Crew characters adorn the walls. The tables are covered in paper to draw on and there are crayons and tubs of modeling clay to play with at the tables. There are Nicky Noo books to read on the tables. For younger ones, there is a corner with books and a few toys.

Handprints Ooniverse Cafe Wall
Colourful Handprints at Ooniverse

Nicky Noo and the "OO" Crew also run birthday parties. The 1.5 hour party includes activities such as painting, balloon modelling, treasure hunts and pass the parcel. The parties are run by Nicky Noo in costume.

ooniverse cafe seeds
Ooniverse Cafe, Hawthorne

Ooniverse will have its grand opening on 12th January but has already informally opened its doors. However, I was surprised how quiet it was when I went, considering it is the school holidays. It's a great concept which deserves to do well. So, spread the word and give it a try. It's very well located, next to Hawthorne Park, Tumbletastics and Hawthorne Limited Hours Childcare Centre. Let us know what you think in the comments forum below.

cafe table drawing
Drawing at Ooniverse
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Why? Your kids will love it
When: 8am - 5pm Weekdays, 9am - 3pm Weekends
Where: 261 Hawthorne Road, Hawthorne
Cost: Reasonable
Your Comment
Sounds great, keep the kids happy and occupied and mum can enjoy a coffee
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 3206 days ago
Oooniverse cafe is a must your kids will love it and so will you
by Dncfi (score: 0|4) 3206 days ago
What a great place to take kids.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3200 days ago
Just moving to Hawthorne - lookng forward to checking it out with my boys!
by berri (score: 0|6) 3204 days ago
We went recently and I agree that the food on offer is healthy and yummy. However it was also quite grotty and messy - not sure if it was the aftermath of a kids party perhaps? Anyway my kids said they wouldn't want to go back because it was so dirty. That's a shame as it is a perfect little spot and so handy for before and after movies.
by bros. (score: 0|2) 2732 days ago
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