Olly Olly Play Café

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321 Park Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022 321 Park Ave., Glencoe Directions
+18478352004
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85% of 106 customers recommended
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Report | 11 days ago
Fun place for kids We made it on time on their last day at that location, Not sure where they are and when?
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Report | 11 days ago
great place
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Report | 12 days ago
Kids loved it! Would go back! Not much of a Cafe, though.
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Report | 12 days ago
The Cafe really looked liked it was closing its doors. I didn't even want to ask for a drink of water.
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Report | 13 days ago
Very clean and safe environment for the kids
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Report | 12 days ago
Great place! smelly bathrooms
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Report | 13 days ago
We had a great time at the Olly Olly Play cafe and will definitely return. My kids loved the castle, pirate ship, and especially the costumes. The space is very well designed and beautifully sparks imagination.
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Report | 13 days ago
Great place for toddlers to play, while you kick back and relax!
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Report | 12 days ago
Hi, I think the play areas are great, and my kids love coming here. My older child wishes there were more art based activities. It is a small place and so adult bodies in the play areas is awkward. I wish there were a camera/monitor to see kids in the play areas from where I am sitting or that there were an additional worker there during high volume times to circulate the rooms/help kids. Also, with the place being a cafe I hope to see specialty coffees with milk available, for example, at my car dealer they offer 4 different varieties of Green Mountain coffee daily that is complimentary. If the coffee were of this quality, I'd pay for the initial cup with refills vs. complimentary coffee that I am not going to try without knowing the brand of coffee being served. Additionally, ordering from the cafe next door should be something you are able to work out with parents to quickly go next door to get 'carry out' so you are not having to leave your place to waitress, and I'd have a small bin set up for people to place their dishes in so you are not having to do this which frees your time up to run your operation. If you could convince the cafe next store to deliver for you, even better. You might also consider a recycling bin at least for bottles/plastic bottles and paper that the local area will pick up, there is a woman in Evanston who will also do composting for you if you want to consider trying to go the 'zero waste' route, just asking people to clear their plates before putting them in a bin. One more thing to consider would be to have parent volunteers come in to circulate allowing a discount or free admission for their work for a couple of hours. A big drawback for me is the layout of the cafe area. When I walk in to this place, I feel overwhelmed by the crowding in the cafe area. It would almost make sense to reduce the size of your work area as much as possible and to maybe move your area to the front of the place near the windows to allow a more open space/comfort for your tables placing the parents in direct line of view of their kids in the castle area. The way it is set up now the parents are lined up against the windows staring at your work area and I would not ever sit there, would consider just leaving if the few tables you have near the play area are taken by other parents. One final thought is that you have a background that qualifies you above others to run this play cafe. I'd use that large space on the wall above your work area to let people know about you. Sell yourself, and your place. What differentiates you from others operating a similar venue? Let people know about your early childhood background, your love for kids, a bit on your philosophy about early childhood education, etc. I'd reconsider the music angle, and even offer lessons for small groups of kids after school to bring in more clients. Just thoughts off the top of my head. :)
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Report | 14 days ago
Fun place to be a kid :)
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From Our Editors

At Olly Olly Play Café, pirates bury treasure, knights rescue princesses from dragons, and parents watch as little ones develop social skills through creative play. The interior space looks like a storybook spilled over into reality, with troves of costumes and toys spread beneath a ceiling painted to resemble a cloud-filled sky. A castle stands at the entrance, serving as the junction between different rooms where roads wind through town houses and a kid-size pirate ship lets little ones imagine attacking all-you-can-eat cruise buffets.

Aside from open play, Olly Olly Play Café educates kids during music classes that range from Baby Signing to preteens belting out Broadway songs. Elsewhere, a menu of locally sourced salads and sandwiches fuels visitors and their health-conscious imaginary friends.

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