Scientists agree that the only reason adults have children is so they have a socially acceptable reason to visit amusement parks, eat at novelty pizza arcades, and see movies with Shreks in them. Put some fun in the oven with today's family-friendly Groupon: for $22, you get a three-month membership for one child to Cartwheels & Coffee (a $45 value) on West Cary Street.
Cartwheels & Coffee caters to cooped-up kin by pairing an indoor child's play center with a laidback café. Little ones age 6 and under let loose amid the bright chambers, climbing along a smooth wooden structure with a slide and tunnel, or exploring potential careers as Hollywood stuntchildren by jumping on multicolored mats. In the reading nook, book wormlings warm up to imagination-fueling, picture-based literature perfect for inquisitive minds and word-weathered adults. Growing gourmands craft pretend feasts in the petite playhouse, complete with a shingled roof, kitchen, and invisible unicorn stables inside the imaginary Bat Cave.
While kids explore, parents relax with locally roasted refreshments in Cartwheels & Coffee's on-site café. Deliciously jolty Blanchard's coffee drinks, such as the americano brew ($2 for small) and blended frappé ($2 for small), and specialty drinks, such as the chai latte ($3 for small), entertain enervated taste buds without finicky palate defibrillators. Progenitors converse in plush, velvety booths while enjoying the café's complimentary WiFi access and clear views of their children at play.
With the three-month membership, one child and toting parent receive free admission during business hours, discounts on special events, and invitations to members-only events.
Richmond for Kids featured Cartwheels & Coffee:
- It was very easy to keep a close eye on them both. I think their setup is perfect for kids under the age of 5.
Cartwheels & Coffee
A gathering place for both children and parents, Cartwheels & Coffee sows the seeds of neighborhood camaraderie with its multi-purpose recreational facility. Inside, an enclosed play area entertains children aged six and under with interactive fun, and a separate section keeps babies captivated with age-appropriate toys. Meanwhile, parents can kick back alongside each other in the Wi-Fi-equipped cafe and sip on locally roasted cups of coffee or recharge with other items from the menu. Special events throughout the week provide a change of pace to normal activities, including singing sessions on Mondays and dance classes on Wednesdays.
2820 W Cary St.
Richmond, Virginia 23220Get Directions