Now that the season is shifting, cold and soggy weather will soon be upon us. Soon, the kids will be climbing the walls, and you’ll be looking for someplace indoors where they can get burn off their extra energy. You’ll find that and more at Café O’Play on Graham Road in Stow.
There are two main areas at Café O’Play — the coffeehouse area and the indoor playground. The play area is separate from the café by a knee-high wall with large windows, providing parents with an open line of sight into the play area. Kids can enjoy supervised playtime while parents relax with their choice of hot or cold beverages. When playtime is over, check out the lunch or dinner menus that feature a multitude of soups, salads, and sandwiches. A unique kids menu is also available, as well as a plethora of bakery items, proving something for even the pickiest eater in your group. But, the menu isn’t the best feature.
Café O’Play boasts a 5,000 square foot play area that features a toddler-specific play area filled with cushions, ramps, toys, and an age-appropriate climbing structure for children up to 48 months old. Another larger climbing area, this one for older kids, features obstacle courses, ramps, tubes and slides. The EyePlay play system features an unlimited amount of interactive games projected on an eight-foot by twelve-foot floor. The level of difficulty of the games in this area can be changed based on the age group of participants.
But, that’s not all Café O’Play has to offer. They have a screened sports court, perfect for basketball or soccer. During busier times, play monitors lead a variety of games in this open space. Another favorite game is gaga ball. This variation of dodge ball, played with one ball, combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping, with the object of being the last person standing. All in all, the varied activities make Café O’Play a great place for indoor fun, or an awesome venue for a high-energy birthday party. Two party rooms are available for rental for birthday parties or private events for up to 28 people.
Adults are admitted at no charge with a child. General admission for each child one and older is $8.50 each weekday and $10.50 each weekend. Admission to the play area is good all day. They also offer additional savings for groups and monthly passes; visit here for more information.
During the month of October, Café O’Play will offer a new School N’Play pilot program for children aged two to five. The program begins the week of Oct. 5, and runs through the end of the month, either on Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday. Each two-hour class focuses on school readiness, covering numbers, letters, music, and story time, lead by a staffer with a background in early childhood education. Parents or caregivers can take part in the program, or relax in the café during each session. The cost for the month-long program is $100, and advance registration is required. For more information, click here.