Cafe Kids Boutique – a Kid Friendly Cafe dream!
Posted on May 18th, 2017
After seeing the gorgeous Cafe Kids Boutique on Instagram we just had to know more – what exactly did this Kid Friendly Cafe offer? It turns out that the term Kid Friendly was coined just for this cafe, and it was always the dream of owner, Belinda, to create a wonderful space to celebrate our little ones, while also serving great coffee.
We loved the sound of that so we delved a little further…
Café Kids Boutique is found at 8 Hewish Road, Croydon. The cafe was set up solely to be kid friendly – there are loads loads of activities, a dedicated free play area including dress ups, and most importantly a genuine love of children, as well as a full quality cafe menu and great coffee. In Belinda’s words, this is a place “where kids play freely, where adults indulge and treat themselves guilt free – they need spoiling too!”
Belinda owns and runs the cafe with the help of a team of casual staff. When I was talking to her about her role she said “I am the owner, manager, barista, marketer, party coordinator… the list is endless!”
Belinda took the time to tell me about her experience and reasons for establishing her Kid Friendly Cafe in Croydon. “When my daughter was a toddler there wasn’t anywhere kid friendly I could take her other than large noisy indoor play centres. If we went to a café she would be bored within minutes. I decided to create a dedicated space for families to have great cafe quality food and coffee, and a place where they knew their little ones were welcome too.”
Cafe Kids Boutique have a large free fantastic play area including dress ups, dedicated kids menu, highchairs, party room, school holiday activities and a real love of children.
They also have a retail shop stocking a range of goods including fairy gardens and accessories for DIY, gorgeous baby goods and have also recently just started the sale of quality pre-loved kids clothing. Parents are able to sell their quality pre-loved goods through the shop on consignment, making Cafe Kids Boutique a real hub for parents. They’re just had Pumpkin Patch, Seed and Calvin Klein clothes dropped off! In addition to this, Belinda is really passionate about supporting the local community and also stocks local mum-made handmade goods too.
I asked Belinda for the inside tip on the menu, and she found it hard to choose one thing to suggest to our Kid Friendly Cafe followers! She said “we have a full café menu, and a dedicated kids menu too. There are lots and lots of tempting options to try including slow cooked curry vegetables for cold days, paninis, zucchini slice, All Day breakfast, kid sized toasties and spaghetti, and even fairy bread for those days when a treat is in order!”
When getting to know Belinda, her passion for her cafe and her community was really clear. She is clearly considering lots of different ideas to make her cafe Kid Friendly, including birthday parties and a brand new bead-bar! Adults and kids are able to make their own necklaces for only $10, which sound like such fun to make, and a really lovely gift idea.
Cafe Kids Boutique have also just ordered scenery screens which will have felt animals for kids to place on screens to make their own scenes and stories to encourage imagination and creative play. To top that off, there is also free interactive story reading time on Tuesdays at 10.30am!
Need to know
Address: 8 Hewish Road, Croydon Vic 3136
Opening times: Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm, Saturday 9 – 1pm
What’s on offer? Free play area – Story time on Tuesdays at 10:30am – Bead-Bar – Pre-loved Kids Boutique – Fantastic full cafe and kids menu – high chairs – dress ups – activity room – birthday parties – great coffee.
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To celebrate being profiled by Kid Friendly Cafes, Cafe Kids Boutique has a special offer for our community!
We are so excited to share that as a special for Kid Friendly Cafe community members – you’re invited to make a necklace at the bead-bar for only $10, and get FREE coffee and cake! What a wonderful morning out with your best mum friend, your mum, your sister… or anyone you’re keen to catch up with, while the kids have a fantastic time in the free play area! Just let Belinda or her team know you’re part of our community and get beading. We’d love to see your creations!