The Little Village Play Café - Croydon South - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones popped in at The Little Village Play Café last week and enjoyed a morning of play, food and some quiet time. A great option for little ones and their carers. Thanks Kate for the great pics and review x Catherine. To follow Kate's adventures with her little ones, head to her Insta page. 

The Little Village Play Café is a relaxed space that is perfect for local parents & carers of preschool aged children to come and enjoy a hot coffee and bite to eat, while their little ones play in a safe, fun and stimulating environment.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

New owner Karen (who is a mumma of four + grandmother to EIGHT!) recently took over the business in June and with the help of daughter, Samantha have made a super cute ‘little village’ play area with Fire Station, Grocery Store, Hospital, Cake Shop and Boutique. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Each offering children lots of toys and props for imaginative play + a selection of dress ups to help look the part too.  There is also an area deigned especially for crawlers to explore and a library filled with books and a circus tent for little ones wanting quiet time.

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

While the children play, adults can sit back and relax in the café that ensures you can always see what your little explorer is doing. 

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

From the café you can grab simple snacks (think toasties, fruit skewers and cupcakes) as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks. Note: no outside food is allowed except for baby food and formula.  

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

The Little Village Play Café also host birthday parties and run children's activities such a story time, craft and music classes during the week. They will soon be starting crafts every Tuesday & Thursday at 11:00am, baby chino Tuesday where kids get a free baby chino with every paid entry and Grandparents only pay $5 for grandchild entry Monday to Friday.

Our tips:

  • The Little Village Play Café is located at 33 The Mall in Croydon South
  • The Play Café is open from Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Private parties are held on weekends
  • The café seating area is small so call ahead or contact them via Facebook to book a table
  • Play entry is FREE for kids under 12 months, $6.50 for kids 12 months+ and $15 for 3 or more kids (applies to siblings only)
  • No food is allowed in the play area
  • Shoes must stay on
  • Children should be supervised by parents & carers and taken to the toilets
  • Make sure you book a table ahead of time as it is a very popular spot for parents & little ones
  • Toilets and Change table available
  • Plenty of unrestricted parking close by
 Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were invited to the Little Village Play Café for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

For more information about the Little Village Play Café, head to their website.

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