Sip and Play: The DMV’s Kid-Friendliest Cafes

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Some of us need a little wakey-wakey juice every now and then. Others literally bleed rocket fuel! Whether you’re looking for an occasional pick me up or a new stomping ground for your daily habit, these coffee hot spots (pun intended) offer refuge for those that want to re-fuel with kiddos in tow. So, re-think your coffee date; it’s not just for grown-ups. Next time, invite your tiny tribe out for some caffeine-infused fun.

Photo: Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Jammin Java
A coffeehouse that offers kid-friendly entertainment? Score! Feel free to plunge into your cup of joe headfirst while your little tot is enthralled by puppets, magicians and rockstars (oh my!). Thursday mornings feature The Great Zucchini, a magic show appropriate for tykes ages 2-7. Friday mornings showcase Rocknoceros, a tot-friendly musical act. Check the website for special, weekend shows.  Tickets start at $5 a person. Children one and up require a ticket to shows.

227 Maple Ave. E (Vienna, Va)

Artifact Coffee
Artifact—the caffeinated hipster hangout created by the team behind Woodberry Kitchen—has artisanal kid-friendly options, like homemade soda pop and “elevated” PB& J sandwiches. To keep little fingers busy, ask for a cool coloring menu, and/or hook them up with one of the cafe’s freshly baked cookies.

1500 Union Ave. (Baltimore, Md)

Trinity House Cafe
Appropriately situated on the corner of Church Street in Leesburg, Virginia, this coffeehouse and cafe is run by a Christian non-profit. With a casual inviting interior (and a cozy front porch), it’s easy to spend an entire afternoon here. There is a twice weekly story time (Monday and Wednesday) for kids. But the real draw is a picture-perfect play room to allow the little ones to romp around while you enjoy your mug of cafe.

101 East Market St. (On the corner at Church St.; Leesburg, Va)

Busboys and Poets
This D.C. institution (there are six locations) is a bookstore, an event space, a restaurant and a coffee shop all in one. Enjoy a cup of joe while your kiddos browse the multicultural book selections available at three outposts (14th and V, Takoma and Brookland). If your wee ones get hungry, there is a kid’s menu (although limited). Once a month, the 5th and K location hosts a Youth Open Mic where children 10 and up are encouraged to perform. Tickets are $5 a person.

2021 14th St., NW (U Street)

1025 5th St., NW (Mount Vernon)

4251 South Campbell Ave. (Arlington, Va)

5331 Baltimore Ave. (Hyattsville, Md)

625 Monroe St., NE (Brookland)

235 Carroll St., NW (Takoma Park)


The Coupe
The Coupe is more restaurant then coffee bar (although it bills itself as partially the latter), it made our list for offering a drink list your kids will coo over (think milk shakes, home-made sodas and horchata) while you slurp down your liquid energy. If you stop by before 11 a.m., be sure to check out the sticky buns. Yum!

3415 11th St., NW (Columbia Heights)

Playdate Cafe
Parents and caregivers are invited to participate in this free twice (sometimes three time) weekly event at the Great Falls Library in Virginia. Free coffee? Free playtime? Sign us up! We only wish a Playdate Cafe existed on every corner. And maybe served donuts.

9830 Georgetown Pike (Great Falls, Va)

Do you have a favorite kid-friendly coffee shop? Tell us about it in the comments below.

–Meghan Meyers

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