Break Time at The Red Balloon Cafe

A place for kids to play and enjoy healthy meals AND parents can mingle? Sign us up.

Editor’s note: The Red Balloon Café closed its Montgomery Road location in December 2019, but plans to reopen in a new location.

When rainy days and winter months roll around, Red Balloon Café will become your favorite escape. Not only does this Pleasant Ridge play café have the playground of our dreams, it also offers a retail store, coffee shop, and restaurant too. Parents and caregivers can enjoy their coffee and a bite (pesto goat cheese toast or a roasted yam burrito are among the fresh, healthy options) while the little ones let their imaginations run wild. From a large jungle gym and water play area to an art center and building station, the play space is filled with toys and plenty of interactive activities to keep the kids occupied for hours—which means play dates will never be the same.

Photograph by Jeremy Kramer

The retail shop, in the middle of the space, is full of adorable baby gear. There’s a large selection of cloth diapers, baby slings, and the cutest baby toys, and the staff is ready to train you to use the products.

Owners Cera Dudas and Caitlin Seigel-Hartzler took everything into consideration when creating this one-stop spot. “It’s been really awesome to build a community of young families,” says Dudas. “We’ve become a family [at Red Balloon].” The spot hosts events, an ever-changing list of classes (including kid’s yoga), and special treats for mom and dad (think pop-up chair massages). Oh, and Red Balloon hosts birthday parties, too.

Red Balloon Café, 6200 Montgomery Rd., Pleasant Ridge, (513) 620-8328

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