Okay, so I am ALL about finding the hidden gems inside our city, and when someone posted last autumn about a new play cafe opening in Salt Lake City, I was super excited to try it out. As soon as it opened in November, I grabbed the three boys and headed over to Storybrook Play Cafe to see if it was going to be our favorite new place.
The first time we went, I actually drove right past it. Though it’s right there in plain sight, the drive is easy to miss as you’re going down a fairly busy road. But we turned around quickly and went in. Parking can be a little bit of a struggle, as every time we’ve gone, it’s been HEAVING with people, and there’s not a huge lot. We’ve had to wait for others to leave on occasion, but for the most part, you can usually find a spot.
The inside boasts a sweet little boutique with children’s gifts and accessories, a cafe where you can buy coffee and pastries, and a play space specifically catering to children ages 0 – 6. There is also a party area downstairs if you want to book a private event, though we haven’t had a chance to try that yet.
Inside the play space is littered with tiny play houses, toys and costumes galore. There is something for every personality, and my kids were honestly in heaven. With a 1, 3 and 5 year old, there was something for each of my children to do, whether they chose to play together, by themselves or with other kids they found.
Probably their favorite spot is in the ball pen, a small foam pool of orange and blue balls that the kids can jump into and play. I do find this part a little stressful, as other kids love to throw the balls around or even throw toys onto the kids inside. We also had a couple of issues with a little boy jumping on top of baby Chester repeatedly, but kids don’t really behave sometimes. You just gotta roll with it.
The whole play space is really meant for parents to interact with their kids, though I have found that the majority of the time, the moms (and yes, it is almost exclusively moms) will sit together by the entrance, sipping coffee and nattering together. But the place truly becomes magical when you get down and play with your little ones. I LOVE watching the stories they make up as they imagine themselves fighting bad guys with swords, working as a grocer at the store or making coffee for daddy.
The cafe is pretty good, too. They have a lovely, though small, selection of pastries which is nice when the kids get peckish. And the coffee is not as good as Starbucks (though it IS as expensive!), but it’s still decent enough. The staff is really friendly and very quick to help you out.
I also love that the cafe area has toys and decor that will keep kids happy enough while you eat or drink. It is always a bonus when you can do that without issue.
And the decor is positive and uplifting and just plain fun! So who can really complain?
All in all, if you’re looking for a fun place to take your kids, this is a great one. Located at 1538 3300 S, Salt Lake City, it is open Mon-Fri 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am- 1:00 pm (private parties 1:30-8:30), and Sunday-private parties only
Price of admission is $6 per child, though you can get 10 visits for 1 child for $40 or buy a family pass for up to 4 kids which allows 10 visits for $90. We went with the family pass right from the start, and we haven’t regretted it.
If you’re looking for a fun family-friendly place, check out Storybrook. And let me know if you’ve tried them and what you think! I’d love to know!