Glow Worm Play Cafe


Is there a place for young children to play while you relax in a café setting?

Glow Worm Play Cafe

Yes, there is such a place! Glow Worm Play Café recently opened and has the perfect combination of fun and relaxation.

Glow Worm Play Café is located near the Highlands and the Downtown Louisville area and offers a combined space for children six and under to play while caretakers can enjoy a café setting as well. The bright, open, 2,000 square foot play lounge is a place where not only your kids will be asking to return to, but you will too.

Glow Worm Play Cafe

Play sessions are two hours and can easily be booked online. Glow Worm Play Café is very conscious of providing a safe, healthy space by limiting capacity numbers to 20 children. There is a 30-minute break between play sessions to allow for proper cleaning. Shoes are also discarded at the entrance to the lounge which especially helps with cleanliness. 

The Glow Worm Play Café lounge has a great range of play areas perfect for young children to explore independently or with an adult. The area is not overwhelmed with clutter and there’s room for runners, walkers, toddlers, scooters and crawlers. The two playground structures are the perfect height and allow children to climb, slide and swing. The gymnastic rings are a unique play feature that children enjoy swinging on. Children switch back and forth between the two playgrounds, climbing each ladder and slipping down each slide.

Glow Worm Play Cafe

A play area isn’t complete without push and ride-on toys. Glow Worm Play Café has several small, fun ride-on bumblebees and ladybugs. Children love to scoot around the lounge. The marketplace area also has two shopping carts for children to use for shopping or just pushing around. These are perfect for children to practice gross-motor movements and balance.

Glow Worm Play Cafe

If children need a break from all of the running and riding around, there are other areas that allow for slower-paced play. There is a small coloring table, puzzles, books, building blocks and a fun train table. A smaller, enclosed space is near the booths and has softer, appropriate toys for the littles.  Admission is free for children 6 months and under and free for those 12 months and under with a paid sibling.

Glow Worm Play Café really thought of it all when it comes to accommodating children and caretakers. There is a nice, cozy area for caretakers to nurse or feed babies. Equipped with a rocker, pillows and cleaning supplies, the area is still within the lounge, so no one has to stop playing. The restrooms are also conveniently located near the play lounge.

The café area is separate from the play lounge, but visitors are welcomed and encouraged to place an order and enjoy it in the play lounge. During our visit, I started with a Miel latte and was able to sit and enjoy it in one of the many booths in the play lounge. Served in a beautiful ceramic mug, it was nice feeling like I was in an adult space too. I noticed that the music playing in the play lounge was also a perfect combo of children’s music and genres that caretakers would enjoy.

The Glow Worm Play Café has several drink options for adults and children. There are also plenty of baked goods and treats. Staggeringly Delicious provides all of the homemade goodies for Glow Worm Café. It is difficult to make a choice because everything looks divine. Choose from mini-muffins, pop-tarts, scones, pastries, cookies, brownies and more. Another great aspect to Glow Worm Café is that after placing our snack order, one of the employees warmed it up for us and brought it to us in the play lounge so the playing didn’t need to stop. There are several tables in the café area too if you want to eat or drink in there. 

Glow Worm Play Cafe

There are a few light lunch and snack options available.  Water is conveniently ready on the cafe’s counter for visitors to grab as they play or refill sippy cups. It’s easy to grab a snack or drink, return to the play lounge, choose one of the retro booths, sit on the couch or at one of the tabletops. There’s plenty of space for everyone and all ages. Highchairs are also available in the play lounge. 

Glow Worm Play Café also has an event space and currently offers party options. Take a look at their Facebook page to see photos of just how creative and fun the party room can be. Always watch their Facebook page for special events too. So far events have included, yoga, story times, music classes and there’s even a “Two Years Eve” party planned. 

The vision of creating a space that offers community for adults and children truly shines at Glow Worm Play Café.  With plans of continuing to expand class offerings, potential camp options and more, the community will only increase at Glow Worm Play Café. And let’s face it, with how the last two years have been, it feels good to be with others in a safe, fun atmosphere. 

Glow Worm Play Cafe is located at 962 Barret Avenue Louisville, KY 40204

Also, you can always drop in for a little something from the café.  No play session required to enjoy a Miel latte. 


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