When I initially thought about doing a series of Thursday adventures with the twins, Crafternoon Cafe was one of the first locations I put into my planning list on Springpad. It really embodies exactly what I had hoped to find in this year…a clever and unique gem of a space that caters to kids and their grownups. Bonus points for great coffee and fresh healthy food! I even saw the owner pop out front and grab some fresh herbs from their garden boxes for our lunch she was making.
This past week we had the chance to cross this spot off our list. I can assure you that while it now may be in the “already done” pile, we will be back for sure!
After a drive across town, (Crafternoon is located in North Carlton and we are Bayside so it is a bit of a hike)the little ones had a bathroom break and the moms ordered coffees before we had a chance to check out the menu.
First on the menu is crafting! There is so much to occupy and entertain the kids. We picked the construction option as I felt that gave them the most value for our time that day. I am sure that Clover will want to paint on her next visit and try the playdough option as well. I ended up buying the twins a heart shaped trinket box each to use as the base for their project. They could have just pasted on paper, but I felt like it would be a sweet little keepsake for them.
Kids get an hour to help themselves to as much paste, glitter, feathers, pipe cleaners, straws, pom-poms, buttons, beads and googley eyes as they can glue to stuff. There is even a table full of books and magazines that they can cut up at will. You don’t have to be a kid to craft here, they even have knitting classes on some nights. Anyone of any age can make and enjoy!
The twins and their little friend, Ella, were so busy creating masterpieces that they hardly had time for lunch. They did manage to eat every last crumb of their ninja shaped fairy bread. Ella even licked her bowl just in case there were a few candy sprinkles left behind. I, on the other hand, had no problem finishing my tofu and beetroot burger because it was FANTASTIC and the kids were busy! My friend, Ruth and I even had a few conversations. Like all the way to the end of our thoughts. With the kids at the table. Now when the kids were done crafting, I could not help but straighten up a little bit. I returned some books to the shelf, put the lids on all the markers and at least returned the unused supplies to their little plastic trays on the table. The great thing though…it was not a mess in my house.
Ruth had called ahead to make a booking for us in case it was busy. It is a small space, so probably a great idea if you are planning a visit. We even ended up with the big table at the back. So much room for the three kids to be creative. I can imagine that this is a great place for birthday parties! Speaking of birthdays, this cafe just turned one year old! It is wonderful to see something so charming thrive in an ever increasing fast food world!
Now if you ever want to open a second location, may I suggest Hampton?
In Melbourne? Make a trip to Crafternoon Cafe to eat, drink and make! Not here, look around your own city to see what delightful little places like this are out there!