Winter has descended upon Melbourne, but that doesn’t mean you and your family need to hole up at home this weekend! Dress your little one in their puffiest jacket and don your mufflers and hats and head to these child friendly cafes in Melbourne for a fun family outing.

Crafternoon

Encourage your little ones’ creative streak by paying a visit to Crafternoon, a unique cafe which serves delicious food and drinks and allows you and your child to create masterpieces as well! The cafe has a collection of art materials including paints, playdough, badges, masks and magnets which you can use to make jewelry boxes, fridge magnets, paintings; do anything your imagination tells you to do! It will be great for your little one to practice using their fine and gross motor skills and increase their confidence as they create something beautiful.

Find out more here. 

The Little Village Cafe

The Little Village cafe is designed just like a quaint English vintage with a fire station, hospital, cake shop and grocery shop that your little one can explore as you enjoy a cup of frothy coffee. It also has a library to encourage little readers and hosts several activities and events every month.

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Miss Marmalade

The quirkily named Miss Marmalade Cafe has a breakfast service until 3pm, making it perfect to go to after a Sunday lie-in. It has a kids friendly menu along with dishes like Brioche French Toast, House Baked Muffins, and Baked Corn Bread on the menu. It also has a family room with toys, books and a chalk board for your children to enjoy!

Head here for more information.

Go West Eatery and Tuckshop

Go West is another cafe which has a popular kids menu that has Half Serves of popular dishes like Cheesy Toast and Buttermilk Pancakes as well as the ‘Jack and Jill’ (poached or fried eggs with bacon and toast) and the ‘Spaghetti on Toast’. Parents, have a bite; you may just be surprised!

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Toot Toot Toys and Cafe

Toot Toot Toys is a train themed toy store which has a cafe nestled at the back. The cafe has a limited menu with coffee, tea and ready made snacks, but you can be sure your child will have an amazing time working their way through many miniature train tracks.

Little Buddy Cafe

Take your children (and their little buddies) to this cafe which is extremely toddler friendly as it has a huge toy box with special toys for toddlers and creamy coffee for the grown ups.

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Cheeky Chewies Cafe

This is a funky cafe with a special play area for under 5s and a special menu for them. Some of the kids’ meals come with a free toy as well!

Head here for more information.

Note: This long weekend, timings for the child friendly cafes may vary, so be sure to call ahead!