Author: chickadee

A Kid-Friendly Café Needs a Kid-Friendly Coffee. Introducing the Babyccino!

Parents, we know you love your coffee! We also know our kids see everything we do and try to minic our actions. One of the first imaginative play games my son started playing was “making Mommy coffee”. So, why can’t kids get in on the fun coffee action? Babyccinos are a feature item on our…
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Did you Have a Gender Reveal Party?

When I was about 9 weeks pregnant, I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, touched my barely there bump and said “Nathan”. That was it. My baby was a boy and his name was Nathan. An ultrasound a few weeks later confirmed what I already knew. I was having a boy. There was…
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Let Your Garden Grow

Imaginative play provides opportunities for children to identify with the adult world. Children learn from experience. What they see, hear and touch every day gets absorbed into their young minds and shapes how they make sense of the world. At Chickadee Family Cafe, we strive to provide children with experiences; toys that engage the senses…
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Finding My Tribe: Mompreneurs

I spent last weekend in a conference room full of some of the most amazing women I’ve ever met. It’s taken a few days to come down from this high that was the Mompreneur Conference. It’s been just one year since my first interaction with this group of ladies and I can honestly say that…
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Indoor Playground vs. Play Cafe: What’s the Difference?

This is a question I get asked quite frequently when I tell people that I own a play café. “Is that like an indoor play gym with slides and rock climbing structures and trampolines?” I guess that’s what happens when you introduce an entirely new concept to your city. Indoor playgrounds have been around for…
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What I’m Reading: I Quit! Oh Wait, I’m the Mom.

A few days ago, my four-year-old asked me for a grilled cheese sandwich. Like the good mama I am, I whipped one up and served it to him. “Noooo!” I heard. “I didn’t want it cut like THAT!” I was kinda hungry so I ate his and made him another, cut the “right” way. Then…
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First Week With Baby? Here’s What I Remember.

We just celebrated my son’s fourth birthday.  We threw a Paw Patrol themed birthday party and made a birthday cake and at the end of the day, I sat down with my coffee and did what I do every year – flipped through photos of his birth, the day he arrived in the world and…
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Loot Bag Alternatives for Kids’ Birthday Parties

Truth time: I’m not a big fan of birthday loot bags. Usually filled with treats and trinkety toys, I find half the bag usually ends up in the trash can. When my son selected the Paw Patrol theme for his 4th birthday party, we visited the loot bag section and found the usual: candy, bubbles,…
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Do you have a word for 2019?

Every year, for the past several, I’ve been picking one word to represent what I want to focus on and achieve in the coming year. That one word is meant to guide my decisions all year long and bring me back to the intentions and goals that I’ve set for the year. Coming into 2019,…
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We Found Home

At long last, after months of searching for the perfect location for this family-friend play café, after intense lease negotiations, zoning approvals and building permit submissions, we have FINALLY found our location and have begun the work to bring Chickadee Family Café to you! What has taken sooooo long, you ask?  Well, friends, I didn’t…
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