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The Little Village Play Cafe

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by Rossana Fazzolari (subscribe)
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Published September 29th 2015
A play space with a difference
They say it takes a village to raise a child. A special group of people have worked together to raise The Little Village Play Cafe. Jocelyn wanted to create a place where a playground meets a cafe for Carers to go to with children aged 0-5 years of age and the The Little Village Play Cafe was born.

The Little Village Play Cafe
Photo Credit: The Little Village Cafe Facebook Page


The Little Village Play Cafe
Is that the Fire Chief?


With a talented team behind her, Jocelyn was inspired to transform this shop space into a village oasis that equally entertains and nurtures children, parents, grandparents and carers of pre-school children. It's a place for kids to be kids. To explore, create and play imaginatively while carers can sit back, have a coffee and chat. The Village provides the type of support and change of scenery that breaks the routine for all adults who have experienced those isolated periods when raising young children.

The Little Village Play Cafe
In the Village


The Little Village Play Cafe
Posting my letter


Jocelyn has used her graphic design skills to expertly create the small scale village. At the edge of the village is a tactile wall for busy hands.

The Little Village Play Cafe
I can touch


There are modules that have taken on the identities of a Post Office - with a post box for posting letters, A Grocery Store - with all sorts of vegetables and fruits, A Fire Station, The Village Boutique - stocking costumes for dress ups with only the latest fashions of course, A Hospital that's well equipped to deal with any health issue and a very special cake shop called Sweet Jemima's Cake Shop. Named in memory of a friend's child who passed away suddenly at the age of 7. As the name implies, Jemima loved to eat cakes so her shop is fitted out with two fabulous ovens and all the necessary utensils to bake and serve cakes.

The Little Village Play Cafe
Cooking in Jemima's Cake Shop


The Little Village Play Cafe
What shall I wear?


The Little Village Play Cafe
Where is that tool?


Kids can visit this wonder village for $6.50 per child, entry fee is capped at $15 per family.

On the outskirts of the village is the play area for parents, grandparents and carers to have a well-deserved break. A special part of the surrounds is reserved for birth to 1 year olds and their nursing mothers. Breastfeeding is an important part of raising a child.

The Little Village Play Cafe
In the Village


The Little Village Play Cafe
In the Village


Bookings are welcome for groups. I'm sure many mother's groups will take the opportunity to gather here with their young ones who will be eager to tour the village.

The Little Village Play Cafe
In the Village


Keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for regular special events like book reading in Lynne's Library. Yes the village has a library and it's named after Jocelyn's late aunt who had a life long passion for learning. There will be craft events at Ga Ga's corner and Music sessions for the little ones who like to jam.

The Little Village Play Cafe
Photo Credit: The Little Village Cafe Facebook Page, story time.


All good villages have their regional cuisine. The Little Village Play Cafe serves a light lunch menu of focaccia, croissants, quiche, mini pies, dessert crepes, toasties for the kids and a great range of cakes, muffins, slices, chocolate balls, fruit kebabs and fresh fruit smoothies.

The Little Village Play Cafe
Food and Refreshments


The Little Village Play Cafe
In the Village Kitchen


The village and surrounds can be visited from 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday. On weekends the village can be exclusively yours for birthday parties and functions. While the kids party in the village, adults can share and enjoy gourmet platters. Click here for the going rates to have the village to yourselves.

The Little Village Play Cafe
Where's the fire?
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Why? A place to take 0 - 5 year olds
Phone: 03 8288 2580
Where: 33 The Mall, Croydon South
Cost: Village entry from $6.50 per child
Your Comment
What a gorgeous piece with lovely photos. Loved your beginning. Cheers Nadine
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5613) 1392 days ago
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