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Glitter Kids Cafe – fun, affordable, and good food. Balmain Rd, Lilyfield.

Overall: Lovely. Nappy change, feed, rest, and loads of play.

Good Points: Affordable! $2 entry fee for kids. Good food on the menu, at reasonable prices. Party room upstairs. Bright comfortable seating. Loads of table space. Indoor and outdoor covered activity areas. Ball pit just inside the safety gate of the cafe. Massive chalkboard wall. Dolls house. Painting stations inside and outside. Books and toys. Toilet in the nappy change room, and another separate toilet. Sliding door access to both the toilet and nappy change rooms. Great bathroom fittings. Loads of toilet paper. Soap and paper towel at sinks. Single chair in the nappy change room.

Bad Points: Not open Mondays 🙁 Paper towel dispenser empty in main toilet, so a roll of paper towel was on the sink instead. Hard chair in the nappy change room.

 

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Glitter Cafe is a great place to head with little kids. I’ve been to indoor playcentres with loads of equipment for the kids, and cafes for the adults. But these can get quite crowded and be a bit expensive (entry fees for children and adults!). Finding Glitter is a dream come true for parents and carers of little people. At $2 per child (no fee for adults), it’s incredibly affordable. Most of all, it’s just a comfortable, pleasant place to visit.

It took me a couple of uh-oh trips to Lilyfield to finally remember Glitter is NOT open on Mondays. Go for it any other day of the week, but DON’T go on a Monday. Otherwise you’ll be kicking yourself like I did hehehe.

Parking is on-street, but it’s pretty easy to find. I usually find a spot outside the Antique dealer a few doors further up the road. I just love coming to this area. It’s so different from the north-western suburbs of Sydney where I usually spend my time. I love the north-west, but it’s just nice to check out a different area.

Glitter has loads for kids to do, without being too much. If they want to jump and leap and be really physical, then there is the covered area at the back with the jumping castle, slide, climbing equipment and mini bike ramp. For little ones who want to do some creative work on their own, there’s a couple of painting stations with all equipment provided. Perfect! Also, there’s the giant chalkboard wall inside the cafe. Dolls houses, blocks, trucks, ballpit, books to read…………..a little bit of fun to cater for each little personality.

So what is there to do for us parents? Well do you want to do something or would you rather sit down and relax? I want to relax, and I can easily do this here. There’s loads of comfy seating and tables, so take a book, laptop or craft with you, sit back and relax. Of course this doesn’t mean ignore what your children are up to. But the layout of the cafe means you can have some ‘me-time’ while keeping an eye on your cherub.

The food and drinks here are definitely affordable. Menu items are priced between $2 – $5, with only a couple of items exceeding that range (eg soup & roll for $6). Pricing aside, I love that there’s not just beige food available. There’s yoghurt, fruit salads, sandwiches, banana bread and more. It is so refreshing to come across a kids cafe that isn’t just hot beige food (chips, nuggets, burgers) that costs a wallet-load. The typical response from other cafes is it’s too expensive to focus on fresh healthy food. Well if Glitter can do it and charge such good prices, why can’t other places? I think it comes down to effort. And Lana, the lovely owner, puts in alot of effort.

Now it’s time for the nitty-gritty. What are the baby change facilities like? Well I was happy to find there’s two separate rooms, both with locking sliding doors. The first room has a toilet. The second has the baby change table (including wipes, nappies, paper towel, toilet paper), chair, toilet and sink. While it’s not the most sensational baby change room, it has everything you’d expect plus more. I was very impressed to see wipes and nappies available. I know on rare occasions I’ve forgotten one of these items and have had to come up with some interesting alternatives. So to have these essential items available at no extra charge, it’s just a really beautiful touch.

In terms of being able to fit a pram inside the change and toilet rooms, give it a go. I doubt a double would fit in, but a regular pram should be able to. But even if you can’t get the pram in there, it’s a pretty safe environment.

Before I wrap up this entry, I have to tell you about one more very sweet thing. Just after lunchtime, Lana was busy putting something together at the counter. She soon emerged with a tray in hand, carrying mini juice cups with straws, and marshmallows. With the permission the parents and carers Lana then handed these out to all the children, completely complimentary. Isn’t that just the sweetest thing ever?

Thank you Lana for making Glitter Cafe a beautiful, fun, enjoyable place for both adults and kids. We’ll be back 🙂

no ordinary cafe – 83 Penshurst Street, Willoughby, Sydney

Well it’s called ‘no ordinary cafe’ for a couple of reasons.


It was a lovely autumn Friday afternoon here in Sydney. We hadn’t had any lunch so decided to check out a ‘kid-friendly’ cafe! And the choice of the day – no ordinary cafe.


Getting inside is simple enough, although mind you we did not have a stroller with us. Once inside the cafe, you can either take a couple of stairs or the ramp to the back of the restaurant to the kid-friendly area. From memory, the ramp is wide-ish but I doubt it would cater to side-by-side prams. Could be a tight squeeze for contemporary chunky prams, but there’s always the couple of steps to pull up instead. BTW, the ramp is a bit slippery if you’re not wearing rubber soled shoes – thing to note if you are carrying your little one.


What makes it kid-friendly?? There is a kids menu, great indoor small play area with a good selection of toys, and……..an area for nappy changes (now this is the problem area).
Bub needed a nappy change so hubby set off to find the facilities. On the side of the little hallway, leading to the alfresco dining area, is the bathrooms and opposite is the baby change area. This is a portable change table, hidden by a black sheer curtain in the……….FOOD STORAGE AREA!!!!!!!!!





Yep!!! The freezer, fridge and general food storage area for this cafe is in the same space. And I mean, THE SAME SPACE!! The large chest freezer is literally up against the change table!!!! 
One positive thing is that if bub rolls off the change table to the right, at least she’ll fall on to the freezer instead of the longer drop to the floor.
But really!!! Changing pooey/wet nappies in the same area as where food is stored???????!!!!!!!
Really not good.


Another bad point – no nappy bin, or any bin close by the change table. If you and bub are patient, you can wait until one of the toilets on the opposite side of the hall is vacant and dispose of nappies in the bins contained within. AND……no hand-washing facilities!!!! Unless, again, you are able to wait for a vacant toilet where you are able to use the sink.





Will we go there again? Hmmm…………………….a very long think required here………….. probably not. Well, maybe just to take a couple of extra photos (we used the iPhone so the quality is not quite as sharp) so you can see exactly what I’m talking about.
Really though, unless you’re little one is toilet-trained I would not recommend taking babies or toddlers to this cafe. Yes, there is a great little playmat with a good range of toys to keep them from boredom and wanting to eat your food as well as their own. Honestly though……..the health issues raised by having the baby change table in the food storage area (without bin to dispose of nappies/wipes, or a single sink to wash your hands) – not worth it. 
Had me thinking twice about the food afterwards.


Now I have totally not even touched the topic of being able to feed your baby at this cafe! My apologies. If you are comfortable with feeding in public open areas, on wooden chairs, in a cafe setting, then go for it. Just note the furniture is not built for comfort. There is an outdoor dining area at the back of the cafe (walk past the food storage/nappy handling area) but on the day we were there it was frequented by those who like a cigarette with their food. Personally, not something I want to expose my child to. 


In short, if you’re not breastfeeding, and your little one is toilet-trained then definitely go to the no ordinary cafe. If you are breastfeeding, and/or your little one is not toilet-trained, then I’d suggest travelling to your nearest McDonalds (in the least anyway – at least the baby change facilities at McDonalds are AWAY from food storage areas).