Family Grounds Cafe Provides Kid-Focused Fun

By Tatum Bartlett | Monday, July 5, 2010

Sip away at Family Grounds Cafe. Photo by Mike Fourcher.

Most moms and dads out there have gotten “the look.” Waiting in line for your extra large quadruple-shot latte?sweat dripping down your brow, a screaming toddler in one arm and another pulling every juice box and milk carton out of the cooler?you look up in search of salvation, only to be met with disapproving, “what-would-possess-you-to-bring-those-kids-to-my-coffee-haven” looks.?At Northcenter’s Family Grounds Cafe (3652 N. Lincoln Ave.), your little ones are not only welcomed, but the space has been designed with them in mind.

Run by husband and wife team John and Brady TenBrink, the former auto body garage is now a 3,000 square foot coffee shop and play palace. Half of the space is dedicated to the mamas and the dadas (there’s free WiFi and free parking to boot), while the adjoining 1,500 square feet (accessible for a fee) boasts an infant-only crawl zone, playhouse, pretend marketplace, performance stage, mini basketball court, train table, construction zone, and an arts-and-crafts station.?Parents can join in for the total family experience or watch from the cafe as they sip their well-deserved lattes. Family Grounds Cafe playspace monitors are available to assist and guide children in activities like story time and crafts.

The cafe also hosts live music every Saturday morning and additional kids? music performances Monday through Friday. Additionally, an array of classes and events fill out the calendar.?Upcoming events include:

  • A Child Safety Seat Check on July 7 (12?5 p.m.), where you can have your child safety seat checked by a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) while also enjoying?90 minutes of complimentary playtime (for one adult and one child) and one free drink compliments of Family Grounds.
  • An Infant/Child CPR Class on July 14 (7?8:30 p.m.)
  • A Fancy Nancy Soiree special summer play date for girls ages 4?6 on July 9, 16, 23, and 30 (1?3 p.m.), featuring facials, makeovers, hors d?oeuvres, and a fashion show.
  • Super Hero Training special summer play date for boys ages 4?6 on July 14, 21, 28, and August 1 (1?3 p.m.)

For store hours and information on registering for classes and events, call (773) 281-0785 or visit the Family Grounds website.

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