Parents get a break at LL’s Your Play Cafe
If you were looking for a place where you can take your kids for a good time at a reasonable price, but not fill them with filth, look no further.
Rebecca Saenz, owner of Your Play Cafe in Los Lunas wanted her own coffee shop. What she ended up with is a sort of hybrid between a playground and bistro.
A “quiet area” covers half of the building for people who want to have a cup of joe and surf the web.
Play equipment sits out back and inside. There was a charge to use the kids area at first, but she decided to make it free.
On her website she says the cafe “opened with the idea that stay-home parents and working parents need some time to relax, but at the same time around their lovely children. That is why our mission is to offer a coffeehouse with play areas and activities for children, caregivers, and the community.”
The cafe sits in a former Chinese restaurant, and the space has gone through extensive renovations. It opened in March, and business has been steadily increasing, Saenz said.
On Wednesday a group of children sat around a table making decorative bowls as part of an art class.
Melanie Sanchez, a former Albuquerque school teacher, led the class. She said she is happy to be teaching again and comes to the cafe a few times a week to teach classes.
“It’s a lot of fun,” she said.
The cafe offers art classes, karate, sign language, music and the like.
Saenz serves up healthy fare, like yogurt, bagels and salads. She makes several kinds of paninis — ham, turkey, vegan. A panini is a flat sandwich cooked in a press.
There is a full kids menu that includes quesadillas and paninis.
There is a full espresso bar, and Saenz brings coffee in from her native Costa Rica. She also sells Costa Rican souvenirs.
Michael Pauling was in the cafe with his two kids and one of their friends. He loves the cafe because it is someplace to take the kids that is in Los Lunas. He said he takes the kids to places in Albuquerque, but that can run about $50. The cafe is close to his house, and he appreciates that it serves healthy food that isn’t loaded with sugar and carbohydrates like other children-oriented businesses.
As we spoke, his children were playing chess in the corner.
“My kids never played chess,” he said, adding that he likes that because it teaches them critical thinking skills.
Saenz rents out the cafe for birthday parties and meetings. She offers many different price ranges and options, so call ahead to schedule.
Your Play Cafe is located at 1400 W. Main St. in Los Lunas, Suite H (in the shopping center at Los Cerritos Road and Main Street). Call 866-9214 to schedule parties and meetings. The website is www.yourplaycafe.com.
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