Combine good coffee and a clean indoor playspace and everyone’s day gets better! That’s what’s promised at the Good Day Play Cafe, a venture that began with a site in Bayside, Queens and is now expanding to Brooklyn.  After seeing demand for an indoor playspace serving great coffee and good eats, the co-owners have opened up a sister store. The newest Good Day Play Cafe is bigger than the first but has the same format, allowing kids hours of fun, and caregivers a well-earned break. We went along to check out the new space.

photo: Emily Myers

Coffee and Eats
The cafe offers Stumptown coffee as well as NCB, (a cold brew coffee with the look of draught beer) plus fresh juice. After the site’s official opening mid-March, the cafe will be serving snacks and finger food; sandwiches, chicken nuggets and mac ‘n’ cheese are on the menu.

A popular choice from the juice bar is the Dragon Fruit Bowl, a smoothie as thick as ice-cream, that contains dragon fruit, banana, and pineapple. As delicious as it sounds, you’ll be lucky to tear the kids away from the toys and get them to sit down and eat. There’s an hourly rate to play in the space with discounts for siblings. For little ones, under eight months, the cost to play is just the purchase of a drink.

photo: Emily Myers

Keeping It Clean
Don’t forget to bring socks! Beyond the coffee shop, shoes have to come off to keep the space clean. Preschoolers will quickly become engrossed in the enclosed play area which includes an angled climbing wall, a slide into a ball pit, play marketplace, train table, a matted area for younger kids with sensory toys, building blocks, a LEGO station, a magnetic wall, puzzles and dress-up clothes. There’s no childcare here—parents need to supervise their kids at all times—but with so many play options, caregivers get a moment to relax.  Maximum capacity in the space is 73.

photo: Emily Myers

Blocks with a Difference
A Japanese Hioki cypress wood cube pit is a curious feature along one wall—think foot massage meets sandbox. The wood is considered antibacterial, with studies showing it produces phytoncides, which suppress the germs behind some skin conditions. There’s science that says the lemon-scented wood can reduce stress hormones, blood pressure and boost immunity. (We’ll take all the protection we can get during flu season!) Plenty of sand toys keep kids happily entertained among the crouton-sized sea of blocks.

photo: Emily Myers

Fun Beyond the Play Area
The toilets are clean and spacious and showcase a novel way of making the contents of the soap dispenser a little more appealing (see above). The cafe offers weekend party packages starting at $450 for the basics and $1000 for the premium package, which includes everything from pizza, cake and custom banners to goody bags and tablecloths. The owners are also looking at offering membership packages allowing patrons the chance to pre-buy hours and get extra perks.

photo: Emily Myers

Getting There
There’s lots of room to park strollers by the front entrance. More South Slope than Park Slope, the Good Day Play Cafe is on 5th Avenue between 16th Street and Prospect Avenue, a block from Prospect Avenue subway station on the R line.

Good Day Play Cafe
591 5th Ave.
South Slope
347-294-4334
Online: gooddayplaycafe.com

Have you checked out the new play space? Let us know in the comments below.

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—Emily Myers