It’s almost the end of January, and quite frankly we are tired of staying cooped up indoors avoiding the frigid Chicago weather. We’ve been meaning to stop by the new play place in Schaumburg, Kids Art & Cafe, and it was the perfect place for young kids to release some pent-up energy.
- The play structure. The kids immediately gravitated towards the play structure dominating the area. With ball pits, slides, and an upper level of more fun, it wasn’t a surprise that the kids stayed here most of the time.
- Tiny tots can have fun too. The little kids area (best for 18 months and under) has a little padded section with enough toys to keep them busy.
- Imaginative play. Pretend play at its best with dollhouses, play kitchens, laundry, and more.
- Fun toys. They were kept pretty busy with the ride on toys
- Wonderful art classes. They offer a clay class (Monday and Wednesday evenings) with a real artist, Natalya Sots, as their art teacher who teaches them clay pottery. (She creates the most awesome teapots.) Look at some of the kids’ creations. Unbelievable, if you ask me. (They are even offering an adults class.) They also have regular art classes on Thursdays.
- Comfy. The cafe has some seating though I can see it getting busy and crowded. They also have board games available to use. I love that it’s separated from the kids play area and you can see the kids over the partition.
- Homemade Food. The food from the cafe is delicious. I’m talking Belgian waffles and pierogis. All made from scratch and without harmful ingredients.
- Homemade ice cream. They also make their own ice cream on-site, and we’re talking all natural too. No powders — just milk, whipped cream, egg yolks, sugar, and whole fruits. At the suggestion of the owner, Marta, we couldn’t resist trying the toffee and vanilla flavor. SO GOOD!
- Coffee! They not only serve delicious food, but their coffee is nothing to scoff at either. When the owner, Marta and husband, were trying to pick a coffee for the cafe, they had a group of friends over to taste test the coffee. The choices were hand-picked by her husband and from different places around the globe, courtesy of his travels for his job. In the end, the coffee from Italy won out. And quite honestly, you won’t be disappointed either!
- Wi-fi. Gotta love free wi-fi, right?
- Birthdays are fun. They offer birthday packages with a cute private room.
- The cafe area was more spacious.
- We could try an art class next time!
- Check their Facebook page for offers!
- Check out their special events available – for instance they have a fun looking Valentine’s Day party coming up.
- Don’t forget to bring socks.
- Take their home made ice cream to go. $3 for a cup.
- Don’t bring your strollers! There really won’t be a space to put them.
- Stay tuned for big things to come in May. Shhh! It’s a secret.
The kids didn’t want a leave, so I know that the kids loved the place. We would definitely come back, have another waffle and coffee and try out a class!
Location: 710 E. Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL. Located in a strip mall on the corner of Plum Grove and Schaumburg Rd.
Hours: Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ticket prices: Children over 12 months $10.00, Siblings over 12 months $8.50, Children under 12 months $5.50, Adults are free; Admission 50% one hour before closing.
Parking: It is a busy strip mall so it took a few minutes to find parking in the large parking lot.
Stroller-friendly? I’d definitely leave the stroller at home. No place to really leave it.
Food: They have a cafe that serves delicious eats like waffles, pierogis, paninis, coffee, and ice cream.
Crowded: We visited on a Tuesday afternoon and it was not crowded.
What to expect: An indoor play place with a play structure, kids toys, crawler area, and a cafe.