The Best Fox Valley Coffee Shops & Cafes with Play Areas for Kids!

play area for kids at Koi Coffee & Tea in menasha

Caffeine seems to be a staple in nearly every parent’s day. Along with bottomless refills, many of us find ourselves wishing we could bottle up all of our children’s wild energy! There is now a happy medium – coffee shops and cafes with play spaces. Check out these fun spots that offer plenty of coffee options for parents and exciting areas to play for kids for your next playdate! 

Fox Valley Play Areas 

Koi Coffee & Tea 

Head downtown Menasha to visit Koi, a quaint and cozy spot for a warm treat. Their menu includes options like Honey Pear Lavender Scones, Taro Boba Tea, and Caramel Toffee Crunch Lattes. Little ones can sip on premium hot chocolate, smoothies, or milk. 

Along with a delicious menu, the inside is filled with plenty of tables, comfy oversized chairs and live plants. The children’s area is sectioned off by paned door walls and features a large table, assorted games, grocery playset, jumbo plush animals, and imaginative play toys like Duplos. 

On the wall, a shelf holds the most adorable crocheted animals that are available for purchase for $5 each. Choose from sweet little bumblebees, button eyes octopuses or cute turtles. 

Kids will love their: 

  • Spacious play area with games, a grocery playset, puzzles, and jumbo plush animals. Fresh slices of banana bread 
  • Creamy, whole milk hot chocolate 
  • Crocheted toy animals available for purchase 

Plan a visit: 

Fireside Cafe 

Fireside Cafe is an inviting, cafe located inside the lobby of Christ the Rock Community Church. As parents enjoy a morning beverage, kids can burn off energy in their indoor play space! 

The indoor space features a giant padded climbing system with a tunnel slide, a hopscotch rug, blocks, trucks, and more. There are complimentary movies that play and kids can relax in the comfy chairs with a snack. During warmer weather, visitors are invited to play outside in the on-site park area.

The cafe offers an assortment of goods including gluten-free pizzas and items geared toward kids. Young children can order a Toddler Trio and select three snacks of choice. Bigger kids also have snack options for them, too. All items offered are locally-sourced. 

Kids will love their: 

  • Dedicated indoor and outdoor play spaces 
  • Exclusive snack options for big kids and toddlers 
  • Complimentary wifi and movies 

Plan a visit: 

  • Fireside Cafe, inside Christ the Rock Community Church, W6254 US-10 #114, Menasha
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 2 pm & Sunday 10 – 12:30 am. Closed on Saturdays 

Kaukauna Coffee & Tea 

For those who are looking for a convenient place to grab gluten-free or vegan options and fresh brewed coffee and tea, this is the place for you! Kaukauna Coffee & Tea serves a diverse menu, including breakfast! 

Upon arriving, customers are greeted by a counter and case filled with fresh bakery treats, including fudgy avocado brownies, vegan and gluten-free chocolate chip muffins and peanut butter oat bars. The staff is very friendly and are happy to suggest items to try. Kids can nibble on grilled cheese sandwiches and sip on cocoa, juice or flavored lemonade. 

There are plenty of tables and also a nook with a tabletop toy bin and a kitchen playset, to entertain the kiddos. The cafe also sells a variety of crafts and trinkets. A rack of toddler outfits are also on display and are for sale. Find a unique outfit while you visit, the options are adorable! 

Kids will love their: 

  • Kids nook with a tabletop toy bin and a play kitchen 
  • Fudgy avocado brownies 
  • Chilled apple juice 
  • Shelf of crafts and trinkets 

Plan a visit: 

  • Kaukauna Coffee & Tea, 127 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Kaukauna 
  • Hours: Monday – Saturday 6:30 am – 2 pm, closed on Sundays 

The Pawffee Shop Cat Cafe

Prepare for the purrfect morning out with the kids at the Pawffee Shop in Appleton – the most adorable cat cafe! Kids can drink hot chocolate and eat kitty-inspired macarons while snuggling with a bunch of friendly felines!

Parents can browse a generous menu of drinks, including orange cranberry herbal hot tea, and cat-inspired coffees like White Cat (Light-Medium blend), Purruvian (Medium-Dark blend) and De-Catffinated (decaf). Young visitors can order milk, juice and munch on Banana bowls – sliced bananas with chocolate and caramel sauce. 

The cafe welcomes parents and kids to spend time with the cats and soak in limitless cuteness and cuddles. The cat side of the cafe features tables and cat-pillow-filled benches and a room full of toys to entertain the kitties (and let’s be honest, the kids, too!). All of the cats are up for adoption, so the day out just may double as meeting the Banew fur family member! 

Kids will love their: 

  • Cute kittens and cats 
  • Feline-inspired keychains 
  • Bakery and fruity snacks 

Plan a visit: 

  • The Pawffee Shoppe Cat Cafe, 1745 N. Casaloma Drive, Appleton 
  • Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday 9 am – 7 pm, Thursday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm, Saturdays 9 am – 2 pm. Closed on Sunday and Monday. The cafe opens one hour prior to the cat lounge hours 
  • Reservations are recommended for Saturdays. Reserve a time in half-hour increments between 9 am – 2 pm on the cafe’s website.

Familiar Grounds Coffee Shop 

A fresh cup of joe and gourmet eats…sound familiar? Familiar Grounds Coffee shop in New London has all the frills paired with an inviting family atmosphere. From 1 pm – 3 pm on the third Sunday of every month, families are invited to stop in for delicious food, fun, and games. Engage in friendly competition with the kiddos with games like Connect 4, Giant Jenga, and Kerplunk! 

Grab a tasty bite by selecting from an array of quiches, sandwiches, soups, and salads. The drink menu also offers many options including a creme brulee latte, carmello, hot spiced cider, and more. Limited time specials can be found on the cafe’s Facebook page. From coffees, smoothies, and bakery items galore, there is something for even the pickiest taste buds! 

Kids will love their: 

  • Family-centered game events 
  • Sweet Frozen Cinnamon Bun beverages 

Plan a visit: 

Caramel Crisp Corner

While it may not be your typical play space, the Caramel Crisp Corner in Oshkosh offers a wonderland of fun for children and a comfortable space to unwind for their parents! 

The shop features an on-site collection of goods ranging from candy to toys to gourmet popcorn. Recently, they’ve expanded to include an ice cream shop, and their bakery whips out nearly 30 different kinds of their famous cookies! What more could a kid want? 

Browse through rows and rows of every toy imaginable and pick up a few to take home and enjoy. Kids can also grab their favorite book to read while digging into a bowl of ice cream! 

Kids will love their: 

  • On-site toy & book store 
  • Variety of candy and ice cream 
  • Super Fruity Gourmet Popcorn 

Plan a visit: 

  • Caramel Crisp Corner, 200 City Center D, Oshkosh 
  • Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Saturday 8 am – 4 pm and Sunday 9 am – 4 pm 

Spaces Beyond the Fox Valley 

If you’re on the go or looking for an adventure, check out these fabulous cafes with play spaces outside of the immediate Appleton area. 

Mini Mocha Play Cafe, Sheboygan 

A shoe-free space for kids ages six and younger. The space focuses on imaginary and dramatic play with items for dress-up, house, restaurants, puppet shows, a train table, and beyond! 

  • FREE Colectivo drip-coffee/tea and Wi-Fi for grown-ups 
  • Hours: Visit website 
  • Admission: 0-7 months FREE, 8-11 months $7, 1 year & older $14, adults are no charge
  • Mini Mocha Play Cafe, 815 New York Ave, Sheboygan 

Little Sprouts Play Cafe, Shorewood / Mequon 

An indoor play cafe geared toward children up to six years of age. The space is filled with toys and structures that will inspire a child’s imagination. Little Sprouts also offers classes! 

  • FREE Stone Creek coffee and Wi-Fi for all parents 
  • Hours: Visit website for open play hours and class information
  • Little Sprouts Play Cafe, 4606 N. Wilson Drive, Shorewood 

Bug & Goose Play Cafe, Elm Grove 

The cafe is a lively center for play, learning, and growth! The tablet and screen-free space offers climbing and slide structures, high-quality toys, and crawling areas for kiddos.

  • Hours: See website for open play hours and class info 
  • Admission: $16.50/child for up to three (3) hours of play
  • Reservations required. 
  • Bug & Goose Play Cafe, 13448 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove 

What is your child’s favorite space? Let us know on social media with #GoValleyKids

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