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Published March 28th 2016
Catch up for coffee with more talking, less kid-wrangling
As a parent, it's a blessing to find a cafe with a play area for your littlies.
Catching up at a cafe without one usually goes something like this:
So how's everything - yes ,you can have a babycino - how's everything going? NO the sugar packets are not for eating! Sorry, you were saying - sit back down in your chair please!
But among mums groups and Facebook friends, word is spreading of this peaceful retreat. You won't drive past it, you would never guess it's there. But those in the know will find it at Everton Park, tucked at the back of the grounds of Northside Christian College and Nexus Church.
It has a full-on playground (not just a manky box of second-hand toys) and a (limited) cafe service. And it's not just for school mums.
The playground is gated, shaded, astro-turfed, and suits kids aged zero to 5. There's room to run around inside it, and a glass fence to easily keep an eye on them. Tick, tick, tick! As long your kids aren't old enough to read and write, they're sorted here.
There's heaps of room around the tables for strollers, and for kids to be kids without ruining anyone else's deep and meaningful conversation.
Our coffees and biscuits were delicious. Other than biscuits and muffins unfortunately there's little on offer in the way of food at present (due to licensing) - so bring supplies for the kids.
One of the loveliest aspects of this place is that it's not designed to make a profit for profit's sake - management seems genuinely keen to create a fun, comfortable space for kids and their parents. Profits are reinvested in the cafe and the church community. (But don't worry if you're not churchy, everyone seemed to be there for the coffee and the playground.)
To find it, enter the grounds of the school and church on Flockton St and head up the hill - you'll see the cafe playground on your right and a car park on your left. Enjoy!