Last week, I had an opportunity to take the kids to the new Bake and Play Cafe in Dallas (in the Lakewood area). It was lots of fun and we were able to tour Bake and Play Cafe as well as meet local chef and small business owner Tara Anderson of Half Pint Palates.
If you’ve got little ones and live in the Dallas/Lakewood area – or within a reasonable driving distance – you definitely need Bake and Play Cafe on your radar!
Bake and Play Cafe is several things, all rolled into one neat little spot. It’s a play area for kids, it’s a cafe (for kids AND parents), and it’s a place where kids can celebrate birthdays or just have some fun with a little hands-on cookie decorating.
There is an indoor, climate-controlled play area (yay!) complete with a train table, a play structure, dress-up clothes and dolls, and even a play area for infants. Even more awesome? They have an attendant keeping an eye on the little ones, so you can do grown-up things…like have a glass of tea or a sandwich with your friends…while the kids play.
Even the most helicopter-y of us moms will love this set-up. A large window allows you to see from the dining area into the play area, so you can keep an eye on your kids while they play – and eat your lunch in peace. My plan is to bring my kids and let them play for an hour or so while I get some work done – they have WiFi!
The menu is adult-friendly and kid-friendly, too…Claire devoured the chicken nuggets and also ate most of the snacks in the made-for-kids snack tray, which includes fruit, goldfish crackers, and other kid-tested snacks.
The kids both had the chance to decorate a cookie (for just a few dollars, you’ll get a cookie, icing and sprinkles!).
The kids (toddler to 8-years-old) can play for $8/visit (crawlers are free!), or you can get a 10-visit punch card for $50. While you’re there, you can pick up a snack tray for the kids (just $3) or have them decorate a cookie or a cupcake for $5 (or, of course, choose an item off the full menu – or not eat anything at all, if that suits you!).
Bake and Play Cafe also hosts birthday parties where kids can participate in preparing the foods they eat and you don’t have anything to clean up (yay!). You can also
While we were visiting, we got the chance to listen to local mom and small business owner Tara Anderson (professional chef) of Half Pint Palates. Tara creates baby (and toddler, and adult) food with a global flair. If you want your kids to get the chance to try lots of different flavors and textures, Tara is your lady! She has a menu full of nutritious and delicious foods for babies and kids (for example: purple Peruvian potatoes with olive oil, mashed and perfect as an early food or as a side dish for everyone). If you live in DFW, you can have Tara’s food delivered fresh to your doorstep.
While were listening to Tara talk about nutrition and food for kids, she whipped up a pasta and squash recipe for us using squid ink pasta. If you know me, you’ll know that when it comes to food, I don’t do weird. And squid ink is weird, you guys – even if you can’t taste it (it’s used to color the pasta black). Well – I tried it. And she was right…it tasted like normal pasta (you can see the recipe here – and I recommend following Tara on twitter, she shares lots of recipes!).
My kids have been asking to go back to Bake and Play Cafe nearly every day since we visited. Without a doubt, we’ll go back – it’s a special activity that I know the kids (and I) will enjoy!
Bake and Play Cafe is located at 6434 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 105, Dallas, Texas 75214. It’s open everyday from 7AM – 8PM, and even has a Parents Night Out Friday and Saturday from 7PM – 11:30PM.