When two lifelong friends both became mums, they knew there was something missing in the Sydney café scene. There were cafés for the kids but nothing that truly catered to families. 12 months ago they launched Kinder Cafe and they haven’t looked back.
You drive in to the car park of what looks like an industrial complex but tucked away in the corner, is a haven for families. With a café, classes for kids, dedicated office space and a soon to open hair & beauty salon, Kinder Café has it all when catering to the modern mummy market. And did I mention they serve coffee?
It all started when Kristen Marshall and Bowie Kingsley, friends since high school, had their first babies at the same time. “There was nowhere that we could go that suited both our needs as well as the kids. We wanted to fill that gap in the market because families deserve it,” says Kristen.
And fill it they do. Open Monday to Saturday, they host a timetable of fun and engaging classes for the kids to get involved in. From Kids Acro and Mini Movers to Kinder Rhymes & Music or the popular Build It Workshops, the classes run at convenient times around toddler nap times and are suitable for a wide variety of ages. During school holidays the timetable ramps up to cater for the school age demographic.
For mums there are Mums & Bubs Fitness, Meditation and Pilates options as well as other ad hoc workshops you can book in to attend on site. What differentiates Kinder Cafe from a regular play centre is the office space, available to book by the hour. You can book the kids in to a class or crèche and tuck yourself away in the quiet and private office space to catch up on some work.
Or you can grab a seat, order a coffee and catch up with a friend. The coffee is great and the ever-evolving menu caters to adult and kids tastes alike. Not your typical kids menu of chicken nuggets and chips, kids have options including a sandwich board, picnic board and they make a mean babycino.
Also operating as a party venue, you can book the space only or the team can arrange the whole thing from decorations and entertainment to food and party bags. The upstairs hair and beauty salon, soon to open, will also cater for pamper parties and “mummy & me manis”.
The thing that strikes you most when you walk into Kinder Cafe is how warm it is. The staff are mums themselves and they get it. Kristen and Bowie have built a place where mums are welcome, no matter how bad a day they are having. It is always busy and bustling, full of the laughter of kids and the chatter of parents, enjoying a coffee or the chance to answer a few emails while the kids play. It really is more than just good coffee!