To be honest, I wouldn’t normally venture into Cairns Cafe on my own unless I had planned to meet friends. In term time it is very, very busy and I find it quite overwhelming and even a little intimidating walking into a packed church hall full of groups of mums sat together. But I met with a friend last week who told me she had gone to Cairns Road Cafe a few days earlier and being the Summer holidays, it was less busy than normal.
After my children had a good, long play and burned off lots of energy, I ordered each a ‘Toddler Meal’. A Toddler Meal costs £1.50, whereby you can choose five different items of food per child. You can choose from a range of sandwiches (with a choice of white or brown bread), cocktail sausages, packets of sultanas, grapes, cheese and cucumber sticks.
Lunches are also available for mums, dads and carers. Volunteers serving were friendly and helpful. There are high chairs there and we were able to find a free table.
After lunch, for some reason, my son was desperate to go into the baby zone which is partitioned off. Later on, when the cafe was steadily emptying and when there were no babies in there, I allowed them both into this section. There are wall toys here, such as cogs and a clock which kept them occupied and they play quite happily for an hour or so (which made a pleasant change from recent times).
I think he was a bit bored towards the end. While there was a small handful of older, primary school age kids there (obviously there with their younger siblings), I would say the average age of children there is considerably younger then my son (who is 3 1/2). We are visiting Cairns Road Cafe again next week. I think he will enjoy it more then as we are meeting up with my friend and her boys, one of whom is the same age as my son so he will have a friend of his own age to play with.
Apart from that, both children enjoyed Cairns Cafe today. What’s more, it obviously tired them out because when we got home later on in the afternoon, both had a good, long nap and I was able to have a break! Result!!