Little Village Play Cafe (6505 W. North Ave., Tosa) offers a unique (for our area) concept. It combines a coffee shop and children’s play space geared to babies and kids up to 6 years old.
While the kids interact with a range of toys, games and play equipment, their parents/caregivers can hang out, grab a beverage (coffee, even wine and beer) and a bite to eat.
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The idea is the brainchild of Abi Gilman, a Milwaukee mother of three/marketing professional who says she was inspired by a pandemic-based priority shift and a yearning for an entrepreneurial challenge.
The open lounge/play area was designed to engage, with blocks, books and coloring materials; climbing equipment for older kids; and mobiles for babies. Grownups have different seating options (couches, tables and chairs). Wherever they are in the room, they can keep an eye on their charges. Events and classes are still to come.
The menu highlights local makers, serving 12-inch pizzas ($18 each) from Flour Girl & Flame, Funky Fresh Spring Rolls (six for $13.50), and pastries (hand pies, muffins, cookies, $3-$6.50) from Hatched. Hot beverages range from cappuccinos to flavored lattes to hot chocolate. The aforementioned beer and wine are on offer, as well.
Hours: Wed.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (with evening hours starting March 24); Sat. 8 a.m.-11 a.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-noon
Open-play pricing is $12 per child, for 90 minutes. No admission charge for parents/caregivers and children three months and younger.