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Pop Up Playdate Café

Calling parents of young children! This Saturday morning, at Yoga Parkside – a place for your children to play while you enjoy a morning coffee, fresh pastries, and time with friends.

In Berlin, Kinder Cafés have become popular as places parents can meet friends at a café, order food and drinks, and visit while their children play. Adventure Playgrounds are becoming the ideal places for children in Singapore to explore, discover, test their limits, learn to solve problems, and gain experience navigating the world from the own initiative. The-Backyard-Atelier-Buffalo-NY-3Here in Buffalo, we’ve combined these ideas into a Pop Up Playdate Café, a collaborative venture between The Backyard Atelier, Tipico Coffee, Butter Block, and Urban Creatives LLC, to be held on the lawn at Yoga Parkside, Saturday, July 2nd, from 10 am to 12 pm.

Ideal for parents with young children, the Pop Up Playdate Café provides a space for parents to connect with friends, while their children play in a space loaded with interesting touchable items. Tipico Coffee cold brew, sparkling lemonade, and Butter Block’s fresh pastries will be available on site for those who pre-order. Pre-registration is required by midnight, Friday, July 1st.

The Backyard Atelier is an outdoor, play-based early childhood program that draws inspiration from the Adventure Playground movement (playwork), Reggio Emilia Approach and Forest schools of Europe. By creating a curated space that prioritizes each child’s play agenda, children are allowed to explore their interests, questions and big ideas through open-ended, child-directed, loose parts play.

Details are available at

Pop Up Playdate Café | Saturday, July 2nd | 10 am – 12 pm | Yoga Parkside | 2 Wallace Avenue | Buffalo, NY


Written by Arete


Megan Mills Hoffman, Alaskan-born and raised, arrived in Buffalo in 2003 thinking she'd stay for a few months, much like her other brief sojourns in Missoula, Montana; Oxford, Mississippi; Portland, Oregon; and Albany, New York. Then she discovered Wegman's cheese aisle and Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House, the first of which reminded her of her mother's experience living outside Manchester, England and the second of her father's experience in construction in Alaska. While discovering Buffalo's others treasures, she worked with Buffalo Rising as it first expanded online, the Burchfield Penney Art Center's New Museum Project, Buffalo State College, Western New York Land Conservancy, Young Audiences, and The Gow School. She has served on the boards of the Allentown Association, Mandala School, Western New York Environmental Alliance, and Field and Fork Network. With a B.S. in Sociology and twenty plus years of experience working in community development and grassroots organizations, she has embraced, developed, launched, and established, to varying degrees of success, a variety of local social movements, all directed at changing the way we think about our education and learning. She lives in a small town south of Buffalo, much like the one she grew up in, with her Buffalo-born husband, daughter, and Bernese Mountain dog.

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