Main Line mom Lauren Ainsworth wished there was a place close to her home where she could grab a bite, maybe meet up with a friend, and her kids could safely play (well, a place that wasn’t Starbucks or Peace A Pizza). So, she quit her job and decided to open one herself this fall.
Set to open at the end of November, The Play Cafe (right on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr) is mostly what the names suggests: an open place space for kids aged zero to 5. But like the Little Treehouse in Chestnut Hill (which, by the way, is possibly switching owners), there is also a sitting area for adults, with La Colombe coffee, smoothies and light eats (think fresh and organic — with gluten-free options — for kids and adults). So sip that espresso, sister, actually finish a conversation with a friend, and still keep an eye on the tots. (Hurray!)
The 4,000-square-foot space will feature a Lego loft, a stage with costumes for pretend (and real) shows, a pretend store, lots of non-electronic toys, and a boutique. Oh, and everyone gets to keep their shoes on. But possibly the coolest aspect is the 10-foot drawing board, for which Ainsworth commissioned a New York artist to create a scene of Bryn Mawr, so kids can literally draw all over their hometown.
As a former 9-to-5 working mom, Ainsworth values the flexibility of drop-ins; she will charge $10 a day, with $5 for every additional sibling. There are also month-to-month ($45) or annual ($30 a month) membership options. Expect Mommy-and-Me groups, enrichment classes, and birthday party packages in the near future.
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