The Experience: Cafe au Play is a unique kind of community gathering place from which every neighborhood would benefit. Not only do they serve great coffee and healthy snacks, the baristas don’t shoot you dirty looks when your baby starts wailing or your toddler throws her orange slices across the room.
The brainchild of Kristin Heying, a single mom who was looking for ways to connect with other families, Cafe au Play is a nonprofit, family friendly coffeehouse and community center. Its mission is to provide support, social interaction, creative stimulation and community inclusion to diverse families.
In the short time they’ve been open, they have developed an incredible variety of activities for both kids and caregivers. Regular events include a weekly parent support group, a breastfeeding support group, music by Van Oodles, performances by Teeny Tiny Theatre, Five Minute Chair Massages, and more. Patrons are encouraged to lead programs, so if you have a skill or area of expertise you’d like to share, bring it on!
Inside information: If you have fantasies about making the perfect capuccino, Cafe au Play is the place for you. Volunteer a few hours a week behind the counter, and they’ll train you in the secret art of creating espresso drinks.
Ages: All ages welcome. Cafe au Play hosts numerous events geared toward younger children, as well as a weekly homework club for school age kids, staffed by students from Warner Pacific College.
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cost:Most of the activities are free. Occasionally a small donation is requested.
Location: 5633 S.E. Division St., Portland
Contact information: 503-894-8506, www.cafeauplay.org.
April 19th, 2011 | Category: Family Fun Reviews