Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with gingerbread-biscotti parking meters. For $7, today's Groupon to Your Play Cafe in Los Lunas strews the streets with $15 worth of straight-up sandwiches, coffees, and other usual café suspects. As the vibe is easy and long visits are encouraged, there's no need to use the whole Groupon in one visit.
Though the lunchtime munchfare may be expected, Your Play scrambles the café paradigm by welcoming both children and adults. The space has extensive indoor and outdoor play areas designed to reconcile the often mutually contradictory parental impulses to spend time with the kids and get out of the house. The café aspires to be a family hangout that fulfills both the grown-up need for caffeine and adult conversation and the childhood need to slip down a slide and yell common Latin phrases in public.
While Mom nibbles on menu items such as a turkey club panini ($7) or a muffin ($1.50) and sips a frothy mocha ($2.50/small), junior can push around toy trucks through a miniature townscape. There's also menu items for kids (all served with juice and a cookie), such as quesadillas ($3) and bananas with peanut butter ($3), and a swingset outside for Dad. With free WiFi, parents can check out stock portfolios while two-year-olds can start researching colleges.
1400 Main St.
Suite H NW
Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031Get Directions