Space to Play at Kid and Hub
There’s a new Adelaide hangout that’s getting a bit tick from kids and parents alike.
There are play cafes and there is Kid & Hub – a stylishly unique creative space dedicated to pre-school children.
Co-founders Stacey Du Bois and Giuliana Scala have flipped the traditional play café on its head. There are no ball crawls in their open, airy warehouse space on Magill Road. No crazy slides. No bouncy castles. In place of such standard play café equipment is the Play Hub featuring a bookshelf, costumes and quality educational toys.
“We didn’t want to create just another indoor playground. We wanted a space that’s inviting to both children and parents; offering a nurturing space to unwind and have a great coffee but also provide a real benefit to children’s learning,” Giuliana explains.
Aesthetically, pastels take precedence over other play café’s usual primary colours. Turf lawn trumps drab linoleum and colourful neon lights, big cosy cushions and suspended cloud mobiles add a certain charm to the already-whimsical interior.
“It’s a beautifully designed area,” she says proudly. “The perfect oasis for children and parents to spend quality time together, learn new things and interact with other children and grow.”
A pivotal part to Kid & Hub is its activity space, where a facilitated based learning program comes into play. Pre-schoolers can discover the joy of arts, crafts, cooking, music and sport. The most popular program, Movers and Makers, promotes learning through play, creative play and exploration. Broken into two components; the first lets kids run, jump, balance and sing, while the second focuses on creative sensory play and exploration.
It’s a sensory delight as little hands are encouraged to manipulate all kinds of messy play components made by Guiliana and Stacey. Children can fondle rainbow spaghetti, handle slime, splash about in glitter infused water, fossick for animal figurines ensconced in dyed rice, finger paint and much, much more – and that’s just in one session.
That’s right. In a bid to keep things fresh and exciting, no two Kid & Hub sessions are the same. The facilitated activities follow monthly themes and weekly sub themes, all with the aim to help children learn self-regulation, stretch their problem-solving abilities, increase their social and emotional competence, and build their imagination, initiative, curiosity and original thinking skills.
“We love programming and facilitating lots of creative activities for children to enjoy on a daily basis like painting, craft activities or science experiments (in Movers and Makers) or our colouring-in station in our café.” Guiliana explains.
This kiddie heaven also acts as a magical place for parents thanks to the Coffee Hub café. Top notch barista-made coffee and delicious offerings like croissants, chia pudding and banana bread are on offer. They even sell staples such as milk, nappies, wipes and ready-made dinners.
“You can’t go past our kid’s menu. There are two sensational food offerings, which are always a hit. One is a fun, colourful, healthy tasting plate plus our delicious ham and cheese croissant baked fresh each day by local Adelaide supplier, Abbots & Kinney,” Giuliana says.
With plans to expand the play hub and café, Giuliana and Stacey will continue to push the boundaries and introduce new initiatives to their next level play space.
“Coming soon to Kid & Hub will be workshops for parents. We are always thinking of new ideas and we will introduce exciting new plans over time so watch this space,” Giuliana promises.
Kudos, Kid & Hub.
Activities at a Glance
Kid & Hub features new weekly activities and the educational program includes a theme of the month.
Creative sensory play
Gross motor – run, jump, balance
Monday: 8am – 12.30pm
Tuesday: 8am – 3.00pm
Wednesday: 8am – 3.00pm
Thursday: 8am – 3.00pm
Friday: 8am – 12:30pm
Saturday: 8am – 12.30pm
Closed Public Holidays / open School Holidays
Kid & Hub will be closing for construction works on Monday 20th November, and reopening on Monday 27th November to undergo an expansion! Concurrently with the Play Hub expansion, they’ll also be installing central cooling and heating and building up our gross motor activity area.