SPECIAL PROMOTION – $25 off (5) Session Teen Yoga Class!

SPECIAL PROMOTION from Elissa Cirignotta, Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor and Cafe au Play Program Volunteer!

Teen Yoga @ Gem-Studio in NE Portland
1110 NE Glisan, Portland

Sundays in March! 2 to 3pm
March 1, March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd, March 29th

Come to all 5 sessions for $75 or drop in at $16 a session.

Mention you saw this at Cafe au Play and get a special price of $10 a session (a $25 deal!)

Community Yoga Poster for Cafe Au Play

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SPECIAL CLASS: Jan. 14 @ 11am – Chirp! Early Childhood Music Class

Wednesday, January 14th @ 11am to 12pm – Chirp! Early Childhood Music Class!
$5 suggested donation.

Join us at Cafe au Play as we sing, move and play to grow! Chirp is a fun, interactive developmental early childhood music program focused on growing your child’s skills through music. Our classes are facilitated by board certified Music Therapists with extensive early childhood experience. We’ll be back on Dec. 10th and Jan. 14th at 11am! Visit us at ChirpMusicTherapy.com for more information. Contact your Music Therapist for any questions – Keeley@EarthtonesMusicTherapy.com.

2015.1 Chirp Cafe au Play Flyer

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2014 in Review by WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 63,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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End of the Year Gift & Cafe au Play Reopens on Jan. 2nd!

Dear Cafe au Play Friends,

Happy New Year!  2015 is almost here and we are looking forward to starting the new year with all of you!  Over the past four and a half years, Cafe au Play has grown tremendously and become an essential neighborhood gathering place for families and youth. During this time, many parents have expressed to me how important Cafe au Play was to them when they became a new parent by giving them a place to be with their children outside of their homes, offering entertaining and educational activities as well as a natural playground of rain water systems and basalt rocks. There is a movement to create spaces like Cafe au Play all over the United States because families realize how important places like Cafe au Play are to fostering social interaction and support for both caregivers and their children.

This year Night Grounds, our youth center, became a reality! We expanded our hours into the evening to offer a space for youth where they can express their creative endeavors and practice their barista skills. Our goal this year is to further expand Night Grounds and our Barista Job Skills Training Program so more students have the opportunity to participate!

As this year draws to a close, please make a donation to Cafe au Play and help set us up for success in 2015!

Thank you for your support. You make Cafe au Play possible!


Kristin Heying
Cafe au Play Director


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Thank you & Happy Holidays from all of us at Cafe au Play!

Cafe au Play sold out of trees – woo hoo!! Thank you all for buying your tree from CAP and making this our most successful tree sale in seven years! We have so much to be thankful for this year (more details to come in January) and all of us (Cafe au Play Staff and Board) are looking forward to starting 2015 with all of you!

Cafe au Play is OPEN tomorrow, Dec. 23rd from 8am to 5:30pm then we close for the holidays from December 24th through January 1st! We wish all of you the happiest of times with your family and friends during the holidays and a Happy New Year! We look forward to seeing you on January 2nd when Cafe au Play re-opens!


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Special Performance – Dec. 17 @ 11:15am – Motion Magic!

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Wednesday, December 17 @ 11:15am to Noon – Motion Magic with Morgan – an interactive circus and movement adventure with clowning, juggling, yoga stories, acrobatics and more! $5 per child suggested donation.

Motion Magic’s interactive show is the perfect blend of entertainment and education. Morgan will display amazing skills like hat tricks, balancing, juggling, and acrobatics, all topped off with complete silliness and fun activities. She will get the kids moving with yoga stories, scarf play, balancing peacock feathers, clowning and more. Morgan performs up and down the west coast at Libraries, Festivals, Birthday Parties and other events. She also teaches circus arts at Elementary and Preschools in and around the Portland area.


Motion Magic

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Cafe au Play Tree Sale Activities – December 13th and 14th!

Cafe au Play’s Jingle Mingle Holiday Tree Sale is in full swing and starting our third weekend! This is Cafe au Play’s biggest fundraiser of the year – all the proceeds benefit our mission and programs! Cafe au Play is hosting fun family activities all weekend (see below). We also have beautiful handmade knitted items (hats, mittens and sweaters) and tree trunk candles for sale to benefit Cafe au Play!  The candles were made by Zac Garcia and Charles Heying and the knitted items were made by Mary McFadyen! 

We have NOBLES of all sizes (4ft to 9+ft)! Our TREE SALE is OPEN daily – 8:30am to 8pm with Full Service and Self Service Hours. During full service hours, you will receive courteous help from Cafe au Play volunteers to assist you in selecting a tree, giving your special tree a fresh cut, and securing your tree for transport!

Full Service Hours – Sat & Sun: 9am to 8pm & Mon – Fri: 5pm to 8pm
Self Service Hours – Mon – Fri: 8am to 5pm

Dec. 13th – Silly Saturdays, Special Holiday Edition – 10:45 to 11:30am – Suggested Donation $3 per child.  Join Silly Miss Jeanie for a special festive storytime show featuring festive songs, stories, and a holiday sing-a-long!

Dec. 13th – Snowflake Ornaments – 11:30am to 1pm – Suggested Donation $2 per child
Join us to create a beautiful snowflake ornament!

Dec. 14th – Pointed Man Band – 10 to 11am – Suggested Donation $5 per child
Join us for adventure, emotion, fun facts about bugs and plenty of High Fives! Fun music for all to enjoy.

Dec. 14th – Snowman Holiday Cards – 11:15am to 12:30pm – $2 Sugg. Donation per child
Make a snowman out of cotton balls. This is a fun and easy craft for kids of all ages!

Dec. 14th – Create Your Own Wrapping Paper – 2:30 to 4pm – $2 Suggested Donation per child.  Explore various art mediums to create one of a kind wrapping paper to wrap your special gifts!

Snowflake Ornament

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