So is it just me, or is there a sudden boom in the kid-friendly café market? After all, I haven’t been looking for very long, it’s possible I just didn’t notice.

My first clue that such things existed was while expecting Girl the Younger. I was googling for things to do to get myself out of the house after baby arrived, and came across Kid Kaf. A couple weeks later I heard about Two Monkeys (from Savvy Mom, I think), and now we have a new kid friendly café on the block: the Sippy Cup Café in Morgan’s Grant.

This morning I was treated to a taste of what’s in the Sippy Cup, where preparations are in high-gear for Monday’s planned opening. The space was still littered with ladders and cables (and a sprinkling of contractors), but it was not hard to picture what visitors will see on Monday.

When you enter the café, you first pass by the stroller parking in the vestibule. But with no strollers in sight, you’d never guess this was anything other than your typical café – the marble counter-tops, the dark chocolaty colour scheme, and the brick accent wall all say “urban-chic coffee house”.

Walk past the counter and through a glass door and you reach the play room. When I saw it, the play room was still dominated by a large stack of special rubber-backed carpet tiles, designed to provide a little bit of bounce for anyone that goes ‘boom’. But proprietor Preston Martelly described for me the bench-style seating that will run along the wall, the drink shelf (keeping hot lattes away from little hands), and the toys: a play house, workbench, kitchen set, and train table, along with books and a rotating selection of free standing toys.

The menu includes everything you’d expect from the coffee house experience: a wide array of hot and cold drinks, baked treats and fancy sandwiches, plus of course a kid’s menu. This will consist primarily of pre-packaged snacks to start with: the goal, Preston told me, is to keep the play room peanut-free, although the adult menu will include items with nuts.

Preston also expressed an interest in supporting local mompreneurs and parenting groups, by providing a venue for meet-ups or an assembly-point for group field-trips. Such events could be posted to the event calendar on the café website. The calendar will also eventually include on-site activities like kids crafts and movies.

So welcome to the new kid, let’s get together and do coffee.