This week is my first ever children's book week and the pressure is on. I've seen pictures all over FB and Instagram of the marvellous creations that parents are coming up with. There are some truly creative souls out there and sadly I am not one of them. I outsource. Thanks to the good folks at Kmart I have found a very fabulous Darth Vader outfit for No. 1 son to wear, as he is becoming a bit of a Star Wars nerd. I didn't actually realise before this year how many businesses get on the book week bandwagon....even cafes do! One such cafe is the very child friendly Twine & Twig in Wentworth Point.
Twine & Twig is not only a cafe but it is also a 2nd hand book store hence why if you walk in there this week you may see their staff dressed as Little Red Riding Hood or Pinnochio - they are totally getting into the spirit of the 69th Children's Book Week. I love the concept of a cafe and book store, they kind of go hand in hand, don't you think? At Twine & Twig you will find used books on shelves and in baskets around the cafe that are all for sale. On the back wall there is a large chalk art mural depicting Sherlock Holmes with a couple of other dudes (please excuse my ignorance as I have no idea who they are). The book theme continues at your table where you will notice that each table's number has the name of an author on it. So when you go up and order you can say " Hi bring my cappuccino to Bronte please or I'll have skim soy latte at J K Rowling's table thanks". There are signs saying that the books are for sale and to keep your little kidlet's hands off them but if you wander to the front of the cafe you will find a little box full of kids books that you can take to your table for little ones to read.
Now you might also notice that all of the tables inside the cafe are a really decent size. I think this is because Twine & Twig have a huge stack of board games that can be borrowed and played at the table - and as we all know your usual small cafe tables are not going to fit your typical Monopoly game, a few coffees and a sandwich on it. So if you have older kids you can sit back and enjoy your brew over a game of cards or Scattergories. Just to let you know there are a couple of T & Cs in regards to the games - a bond is payable depending on which game you choose. This is just to make sure that the games are not damaged. If you order a dessert the games are complimentary.
Now the other child friendly aspects of Twine & Twig are that they have high chairs, super kid friendly staff and cute little kids menu. I ordered the sandwich & milk combo ($8.50) for lunch for my youngest. The ham & cheese sourdough toastie came with awesome stretchy cheese which kept him amused for quite a while. They also have cheeseburger sliders, hot dogs and eggs on toast for your little ones. In between meal times you will find sweet treats in the front cabinet than can be enjoyed with milkshakes and babycinos.
There are loads of yummy salads and sandwiches for adults to enjoy at lunch time. The couple of times that I have visited I've had really tasty chicken sandwiches made with Brasserie Bread. Sometimes it's just nice to go to a cafe and have a sandwich and coffee, nothing too fancy, and not having a big serve of hot chips on the side! They actually do serve sides of fried polenta cubes if you are in need of some serious fried carbs.
So if you are looking for somewhere to take the kids for afternoon after school this week, I think Twine and Twig is the place to be. And tell me dear parents, do you outsource your kid's book week costume or are you one of those creative souls that I am envious of?
Shop 3C The Piazza, Wentworth Point NSW
02 8199 1048
Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm
Sat - Sun: 8am - 5pm