On our visit, it didn’t immediately appear to be the most kid-friendly cafe around; we didn’t spot any highchairs or boxes of toys. But looks can be deceiving. While Helter Skelter might be a bit tricky for parents visiting with little babies, or multiple prams, it’s a fantastic spot for toddlers and older kids.
One wall of the cafe is painted in blackboard paint, and chalk is provided so that little artists are kept busy while the adults enjoy the top-notch coffee and menu items (the pulled pork jaffle has created quite a stir!). The furniture is intrinsically kid-friendly, while being pleasing to the adult eye (and backside) as well; lovely reclaimed timber boxes are all you need for a comfy seat.
Better still, the baby cinos are some of the best we’ve seen, complete with marshmallow, and served in a miniature rubber latte cup, so there’s no risk of breakages. The refreshingly simple kids’ menu features good old-fashioned baked bean jaffles, and, for special treats, kids will squeal with delight when presented with a magic-looking ‘sparkle bikkie’.
There are also colouring books and pencils available, as well as a new and growing zine library that older kids and parets alike will love to peruse over their morning tea.
The icing on the cake? The table corners are fitted with safety shields to protect the noggins of Helter Skelter’s littlest patrons; now that’s what I call kid-friendly!
Address: 206 Somerville Rd, Kingsville
Monday & Tuesday: 8am – 2pm
Thursday – Friday: 8am – 2pm
Saturday: 8am – 1pm
Sunday: 9am – 1pm