The Hungry Peacock in Tyabb is an amazing cafe and play space that is well worth a special trip if you're not local to the area.
Parents own the large sprawling cafe and they've thought of everything to keep the kids fed and entertained and the adults fed and watered.
There's even a sign telling you to put your feet up and relax!
The outside area is popular on sunny days, with plenty of picnic tables and benches on the deck overlooking the cubby house, construction site and sandpit.
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Inside there are two play zones.
The larger area has colouring-in and spot-the-peacock activities as well as a small train table that Baby 2.0 is much enamoured by.
The smaller area at the back only has a two tables for eating but is jam-packed with toys.
There's a fenced play pen for babies and toddlers, another construction zone, a wall-hung road track, a mini supermarket/cafe and a bank of books for browsing.
Naturally for such a family friendly cafe there are plenty of high chairs and nappy change facilities (toilets are in a separate building).
The breakfast menu contains standard cafe classics and generally a few dollars more expensive than I'd normally expect. For instance it's $15.50 for one slice of toast and smashed avocado with peas and feta and a pan-fried cheesy toasted sandwich is $12. But I'm happy to pay the prices as my kids play for 2 hours without disturbing me – it's the equivalent of a play centre + cafe experience.
Everything is made on site except for the delectable brownies and brookies – brownie cookies – which are seriously addictive.
Along with the myriad of play opportunities at the cafe The Hungry Peacock also hosts daily sessions of The Busy Peacock. Pay $10 per child for 45 minutes of messy play inside a large shed that you don't have to clean up afterwards!
- pram access;
- high chairs;
- change table;
- kids menu;
- standard menu suitable for kids;
- toys, books and games;
- indoor and outdoor play areas;
- The Busy Peacock session times are 9.30am and 11.15am daily (except Mondays) $10 per child;
- free parking on site and on street;
- available for party bookings; and
- short drive to Dinosaur World.