Moomah, a mega hip coffee shop in Tribeca, has it all for moms and their brood. It’s no wonder they were voted “Best Playspace” in 2010 by New York Magazine. You can get a frothy latte, a healthy snack or even a glass of wine — all while your little friends try their hand at some fabulous crafts.
Mind you, these crafts are not Popsicle sticks and glue, I’m not even sure they had crayons there. You can choose from a wide variety of projects from collages and painting kits to shadow boxes and jewelry making. The projects are DIT, Do it Together. I found the staff to be extremely helpful however and I did more coffee drinking than project making. The crafts range in age level from 18 months and up, they cost $15-35 each.
I wasn’t sure this would be a hit with my three boys. I was wrong — they loved it. When it came time to choose a craft, all three settled on nature-themed mobiles. The boys made fabric butterflies and then suspended them from painted twigs using twine, genius. They worked intently for about 30 minutes straight, plenty of time for a good cup of coffee and to check a few e-mails. Their adorable mobiles are still hanging in their rooms, not many “works of art” actually get display time for very long in our house, so that’s saying something.
Art classes are also offered, and when they aren’t in session the public can enjoy the “Funky Forest.” The day we visited class was in session and we didn’t get a chance to go in to the “forest.” So now we have a reason to go back. Apparently the forest is a life size interactive world that the children can manipulate. Admission is complimentary with a DIT project.
Whether you live in the New York area and are looking for something new to do with the kids or are just visiting the city, the trek to Moomah is truly worth it.