It’s raining, it’s pouring…staying home all day is boring! Nothing beats a play date with lattes and friends on a rainy day…especially when you don’t have to host it at your own house (& clean up after everyone)! It makes sense in a city where coffee is King, that we’d have a variety of kid-friendly places to indulge our java habits. Read on for some ideas of places you can go to grab a coffee and/or a light meal with your wee-ones when your own four walls start getting a little too familiar!
Tot Spot Cafe in Woodinville is set up like a cozy living room with couches for parents and plenty of toys for babies and little kids. The fee-based play space is monitored by a staff member providing parents with an extra set of eyes (which allows them to chat with a friend or utilize the free wi-fi while the kids play). The menu serves up light meals, espresso, and toddler plates. On Thursdays, the cafe is open late for Family Nights…come for dinner! Get on Tot Spot’s email list for notices on special events, classes for parents, and Parents Night Out. www.totsoptcafe.com
Serendipity Cafe in Seattle’s Magnolia Village is a full-service restaurant, that also happens to be very kid-friendly. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner most days, Serendipity’s atmosphere is casual with home-style meals, espresso, beer/wine, gelato, and a free play area in the back for the kids to wander off and play when they’re “all done.” In the play area, they’ll find an art table, chalkboard wall, train table, dollhouse, books, games & puzzles. The specially portioned kid’s menu offers your little one the perfect amount of food for their kid-sized appetites. www.serendipitymagnolia.com
The Village Bean is a welcome addition to Bothell’s Country Village shops. Stop in for a snack, breakfast, lunch or coffee while the kids play at the train table or with the books & toys. It’s the perfect stop before or after exploring the Village (don’t miss the playground and train rides behind the shops). www.thevillagebeanbothell.com
Orange Blossom Society Drop-in to this comfy Craftsman house in Downtown Redmond, and let the kiddos (under 6) play in the toy-filled living room while you help yourself to a selection of coffee, lattes, tea, pastries, fruit & packaged snacks from the back kitchen (pay upon leaving) or even use the Wi-fi if needed. The playroom is fee-based and parents supervise their own kiddos. Check the daily schedule before you go in case your little one wants to participate in a drop-in class being offered…kids yoga, art, gardening and more. www.orangeblossomsociety.com
The Sugar Rush Baking Co. in West Seattle is part bakery/part coffee shop with homemade goodies baked fresh all day long. The signature mini cupcakes (offered in two dozen different flavors) are a huge hit with the kiddos. In the back of the coffee shop is a complimentary play area with toys geared to kids under 5 and seating around it for the parents. In addition to bakery items, you’ll find toddler friendly snacks (yogurts, fresh fruit, cheerios) and yummy soups for you. www.sugarrushbakingcompany.com
Mosaic Coffeehouse in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood is in the basement of a church (leave the stroller in the car) behind Dicks Drive-in. The community coffee house serves up coffee, tea, and goodies from Little Rae’s Bakery. The separate play room has toddler-friendly toys and seats for the parents. The coffee house is run by volunteers and patrons pay “what they think it’s worth”. Getting out of the house? We think that’s worth it! www.mosaiccoffeehouse.org
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—Angie J. Ballas