Are you looking for somewhere to go now the older children are back at school? Do you want to get out of the house with the little ones and meet new people? Well Little Moo’s Play Cafe is just the place for you.
Owner Anne-Marie Shortt spoke to InTallaght this week and told us all about her new venture and the reason behind it;
“I want Little Moo’s to be a warm, friendly and welcoming space for kiddies and parents. Somewhere mums can come without expectation from anyone and if they want to mix / interact with others super, if they want to just chill and catch up on their Facebook and emails that’s cool too. There will be plenty of mums here who will recognise when you or your little one is having one of those days, as we all have them so it’s nice to be among people who just ‘get it’”
Anne Marie told us what sparked up this idea for the play area in the first place and why she feels it is important for other mothers to take advantage of this new facility in the area;
“I found there was nowhere local that I could bring my daughter to play safely without my constant shadowing her even though some are advertised as baby and toddler friendly, which they may be, but they don’t give the mams a chance to sit down & get a breather.
So many days my day has begun at 5am after very little sleep before hand and trying to entertain a baby / child for the entire day is tough so I would have adored somewhere I could take her where I could actually relax for a little bit and have a nice hot cuppa without actually worrying about other kiddies knocking her over in a larger play centre or having a buggy & all the normal baby paraphernalia being in the way along with a possibly a crying baba too in a normal coffee shop.
So I decided to open Little Moo’s. It’s a home from home, back to basics approach where kids can play, interact and socialise with other kids and have lots of fun while the parents supervise but can still catch a break and have a hot cuppa & a treat. The play space is in the middle of the hall so that kids can be seen from all tables & chairs and parents are free to enjoy their cuppa whilst still being within an arms reach of their little ones.
Another reason I wanted to open Little Moo’s is to facilitate mother & baby groups. A lot of women are in monthly mother & baby groups from pregnancy via Facebook or rollercoaster, so they join a group of other women who have a due date in the same month as their own & can go through the ups and downs with them as they start this journey. They build some wonderful lifelong friendships through these online communities and love to meet up in person but it is so hard to find a venue suitable for group meet ups that is central, baby and toddler friendly, where you don’t have to bring all your own toys and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Little Moo’s is perfect for this as we’re just 5 minutes from the M50 so very accessible and we are set up and ready for the kiddies already, all you need to do is book in, arrive & enjoy”.
There will be the option of healthy snacks and treats for both adults and children. They have a library of books that parents can enjoy they will also be doing activities throughout the month and holding baby and toddler related informational talks too.
Little Moo’s Play Cafe is open three days a week (10am -2pm) and will vary monthly. Any child between the ages of 0-6 months is free, 6-12 months admission is just €3 and finally 1-4 years at €6.
If you wish to get more information on Little Moo’s Play Cafe contact Anne Marie on 0863880282 or email here today [email protected]. They are located at Tymon North Road just opposite Scoil Iosa.