It is a fundamental truth of parenting restless young children in the winter months that as the amount of energy they have increases, our own seems to quickly diminish. Fortunately, a unique new business is helping to balance that equation by giving kids through age 7 a safe place to burn off that excess energy while moms and dads recharge with a cup of coffee.
At Urban Fort Cafe, which opened in December 2017, kids can play at an indoor fort, slide and climbing wall, as parents enjoy beverages from Blueprint Coffee and treats from Whisk Pastries.
“Our number one priority for Urban Fort is to attempt to ensure full visibility of the play area from our cafe. My goal as a mom of a 2-year-old is to be able to see Gideon wherever he is without ever having to get up from my chair, or interrupt my conversation with a friend,” said Urban Fort Cafe Co-Founder Megan King-Popp. “For me, this would allow me to fully relax and enjoy.”
King-Popp and Co-Founder Monica Croke hope the cafe will become a community gathering spot for young families, providing a space for children to learn and grow together. Children can explore a custom-built train table and play pretend in a kitchen, farmers’ market and dress-up stage. Urban Fort Cafe offers a designated space for infants as well.
Admission to Urban Fort Cafe is $8 for drop-in play ($6.50 per additional sibling). Ten play passes may be purchased for $65. Seasonal passes, which include unlimited play, drinks and guest passes, are available as well; prices vary depending on the size of the family.
Urban Fort Cafe offers several light, healthy snacks for children, and plans to expand its menu to include sandwiches, salads and soups. King-Popp is working to add classes and birthday parties later this winter.
Urban Fort Cafe is located at 1854 Russell Ave., St. Louis, MO. Hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays; and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays. Urban Fort Cafe is closed on Tuesdays.