For those living or traveling to Korea, I’d like to introduce what I believe would be most parents’ lifesavers here. Whether you have plans to shop around a big mall, appointments out of the city, or are going somewhere and need a watchful eye to manage your kids for a couple of hours, Kids Cafes are perfect. They combine play, food, and even tutoring at some places.
Overview of Kids Cafes
These kids Cafes are located in all areas and are very easy to find. They cater to mostly kids aged up to 6 years, due to facilities being more appropriate for young children. However, there are some bigger institutions that can accept kids up to 9 years old. These cafes tend to have trampolines, sandpits, ball pools, and more. However, these cafes are hard to find.
You can also find them in various malls, although for a higher price per hour. For example, COEX mall does have a kids cafe called Pororo Place. Another thing to note is that these places tend to be open all days of the year including, red days. But, sometimes Seollal and Chuseok are an exception to this.
In Korea there are especially popular cafes where foreign workers are present. Kids can play and have fun in English. Therefore, if you are a foreign national and are dropping your kids off, it will feel just like home. In many places, there will be no language barriers and your kid will feel at ease.
With different play rooms perfectly put together to avoid accidents, Kids cafes also offer your little one meals prepared with utmost care.
Petiet 5 in Itaewon
If you want to spend a family day but don’t want to be stressed about watching over your kids 24/7, there is one kids cafe I would like to highlight, this is Petit 5 in Itaewon. Located just a couple of minutes away from the station this cafe feels so luxurious you’d never guess it’s actually a kids cafe.
It’s the perfect spot for parents to sit, chill, and have some coffee together whilst the kids actually play and have someone watching over them.
This cafe also offers amazingly displayed food that feels as if going to a bakery in France. They offer very prettily presented food. Like these ones and all sorts of beverages. Best of all, the price is just 5,000 won per hour for kids, and the adult fee is waived. The food is on the pricier side, but it’s worth spending as the quality and quantity are very good for a kids cafe.
In general playgrounds and kids cafes are pretty accessible and somewhat affordable, depending on your area, number of hours/kids etc.