I introduced you to a parent’s utopia, Little Beans Cafe, back in 2011. I wish (do you hear me universe?) that I could tell you one has opened in Lake County. Alas, I can’t but I can tell you that it’s a lot closer and still totally worth the trip. The new Little Beans Cafe Evanston has everything you love about the Lincoln Park locale with even more to love.
The large bright play room has the kid-sized community buildings we love from the Lincoln Park location and a new clubhouse with slide. The popular gated baby area is still there, as well as comfy couches, plenty of tables and chairs for mom, and ride-ons for the kids. In addition there is a baby room that’s a quiet comfy respite for moms to nurse. There is also an additional program room; while we were there it had lights off and “dancing” lights spinning around the room.
My favorite is the RV. I want this RV in my size, for real! This area, known as Little Beans, is for children 0-6. The staff monitors this age limit, too. When we visited, we had older siblings with us who were allowed to come in and help siblings play, but were kindly asked to get off equipment and give it to the smaller kids.
Never fear moms of older kids–they will not miss out. The Big Beans Ninja Obstacle course is across the hall and is perfect for any kid with a lot of pent-up energy. My two older kids (10 and 8) as well as the boys we came with (5, 6 and 7) could have stayed there all day. They were sweaty messes and properly worn out when we left. The course can be run like a race or the kids can free play on any of the equipment. During the morning hours the zip line is closed so that little kids can also play in the foam pit.
But wait, there’s more! A recording studio features dress-up, a photo booth, karaoke and video-making. There is a game area with air hockey, board games (and tables for mom to sit and watch) as well as a large projection interactive game on the floor. There is also a gym stocked with basketballs, floor hockey, and on one of our visits, mats and a mini-trampoline.
The facility also has a small library area filled with books and a comfy chair. It was dark and quiet and the perfect spot to hang out with a a very tired toddler while the big kids ran around. There is also a small art room stocked with paper and coloring activities.
The cafe offers healthy choices for both moms and kids–even your pickiest eater will find something to enjoy.
Little Beans Cafe Evanston is open:
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
*** Editor’s Note: this post was written in 2015, for current rates and information visit the Little Beans Cafe webpage.***
Rates apply to crawlers and over. Younger infants are free with adult beverage purchase. Adults are free with children.
Daily Pass: $12
(Discounted to $8 after 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday)
First Sibling: $10
(Discounted to $6 after 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday)
Additional Siblings: $8
(Discounted to $4 after 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday)
Little Beans Cafe Evanston also offers activities and events, some of the upcoming events are:
Pregnancy Special: We know how tough it is to chase your kid(s) around the park in the hot summer sun when you’re pregnant with your next little one. Don’t sweat it, ladies. Come to Little Beans all summer for a discounted $8 admission. That’s right, if you’re visibly pregnant, your kids can play for $8 (regularly $12). Just say PREGNANT at the register.
Theme Thursdays: $6 admission if your child represents the week’s theme:
- 6/25 – Band/music t-shirt
- 7/2 – Red, white and blue
- 7/9 – Toy trade: bring a gently used toy to donate or trade
- 7/16 – Book exchange: bring a gently used book to donate or trade
- 7/23 – Animal shirt
- 7/30 – Pajama day
- 8/6 – Princess and pirate
- 8/13 – Bathing suit/water day
- 8/20 – Dinosaurs
- 8/27 – Superheroes
Evanston Summer Festival Series
Little Beans Cafe Evantson
430 Asbury Lane, Evanston
[email protected] | 847-807-3731
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