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 May 5th 2017
Toddler-friendly coffee with toys and a playground nearby
When you become a parent, eating outside the home (OK, and in the home too) becomes more about how you can keep the kids entertained while you shovel food in for a few seconds at a time, rather than the actual pleasure of eating.
Dining out has become a world of strictly child-friendly venues – those with playgrounds, toys or cute little babyccinos on offer.
Sul Lago cafe in Beeliar has been a great find, offering all three of the above. The first thing I noticed through the window was the table full of toys, but it was only when I sat down that I noticed the playground on the other side of the lake. Even better!
We sat right next to the toys, which was convenient. I begrudgingly ordered a decaf coffee, which I'm totally over after 8 months of the stuff, a babyccino for my toddler and a serve of banana bread (my 'safe' food throughout pregnancy.)
Although I suspect the BB wasn't home made, it was still scrumptious. The toys and babyccino definitely came in handy for letting me finish my coffee and snack without too much trouble. If you're looking for something a bit more substantial than banana bread, you'll find breakfast staples such as The Big Brekky, eggs Benedict and pancakes, plus hamburgers, lasagne and a range of sandwiches and rolls.
Bribery in parenting will get you everywhere. My stubborn little toddler didn't want to leave, so I coerced her out with the promise of the nearby playground. Only problem was, she didn't want to leave there either. It's not a massive playground, but it has a play structure, slide, swings and outdoor gym equipment for mums and dads.
Being so close to the place, I'm surprised I hadn't ventured to Sul Lago before, but I will certainly be back, knowing just how child-friendly it is. Perhaps next time I'll be able to order a 'real coffee'.